Bryant Evolution 186B Review
SEER:Up to 16
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 68
Price:$3,800 - $4,800
Tonnage:1.5 to 5
Cooling Capacity:24,000 to 60,000
The 186B is part of Bryant's high-end Evolution series, but it's the most basic air conditioner in this line. Whereas all the other models in the series have a two-stage or variable-speed compressor, the 186B only has a single-stage compressor, though it is a more advanced scroll style that's better for energy-savings, durability, and noise reduction. Thanks to the higher-tech compressor, the 186B still offers a high-efficiency rating and ENERGY STAR® certification, meaning you'll save money on monthly power bills and could even be eligible for certain rebates upon purchase. And because the 186B doesn't have the same advanced specifications, it's also more affordable than other Evolution series air conditioners.
About the Bryant Evolution 186B
Average Price (with installation): $3,800 to $4,800
- Enhanced humidity control
- Quiet operation during cooling stage
- Single-stage compressor
- Quiet, durable, and efficient scroll compressor
- High-efficiency rating and ENERGY STAR® certification
The Bottom Line
Bryant's Evolution line contains some high-end air conditioners with great specifications and features, but the 186B is a more basic unit. As a result, the 186B also comes with a lower price tag, making it a more economically-friendly system if you're looking to upgrade your air conditioner. Finally, even though the 186B isn't the most advanced model from Bryant, it still affords an excellent efficiency rating, ENERGY STAR® certification, and durable, reliable, and quiet performance.
In Depth Review
Bryant Evolution 186B Product Specifications:
SEER: Up to 16
ENERGY STAR® certified: Yes
Decibel rating: As low as 68
Tonnage: 1.5 to 5 tonnes
Scroll Compressor: Whereas many basic air conditioners have a standard compressor, the Evolution 186B is equipped with a scroll compressor that promises longer-lasting and more durable operation, quieter performance, and improved efficiency.
Convenient Remote Operation: The Evolution 186B can be controlled remotely using the Wi-Fi enabled Evolution Connex control. This management system doesn't just allow you to control your temperature settings, but it will also provide automatic maintenance reminders and service alerts, and help you maximize your cooling system's performance.
Other Key Features
- Uses a more environmentally friendly refrigerant
- DuraGuard Plus protection system
- Heavy-gauge sheet metal cabinet
- Louvered steel coil guard
- Baked-on powder paint finish for protection against the elements
- Protective low- and high-pressure switches
- Filter dryer
- PSC fan motor for quiet operation
- Compressor sound blanket
The Evolution 186B comes with the same warranty as most other Bryant air conditioners: standard five-year parts limited warranty or an extended 10-year limited parts warranty if you register the unit within 90 days of installation. For added protection, consider purchasing the optional labour warranty as well.
Comparable Models by Bryant
Model Comparison by Price: Bryant Evolution 186B versus Legacy 113A
The Legacy 113A is the most affordable and basic air conditioner Bryant offers so that you could save quite a bit on the purchase price with this lower-end model. Whereas the Evolution 186B costs an average of $4,300 with installation, the Legacy 113A averages about $3,300. However, the 113A has a much lower SEER rating of 13, so it won't save you as much on energy bills as the Evolution 186B, and it may not meet efficiency requirements in some regions.
Model Comparison by Features: Bryant Evolution 186B versus Preferred 124ANS
For homeowners who live in small homes, spaces with limited storage, or multi-family dwellings where space is at a premium, a standard-size air conditioner isn't always an option. And that's where the Preferred compact 124ANS might be preferable to the Evolution 186B. Because the Evolution 186B has a small footprint, it can easily be installed on a roof or a deck, and as close as six inches to your home in case of a nearby neighbouring dwelling. Another benefit of the Preferred 124ANS is the price tag because it's roughly $400 cheaper than the Evolution 186B.
Model Comparison by Tier: Bryant Evolution 186B versus Evolution 189BNV
Whereas the 186B is the most standard air conditioner in Bryant's Evolution series, the 189BNV is the most advanced. It has a variable-speed compressor that provides better temperature maintenance, enhanced humidity control, and improved efficiency, with a SEER rating of 19. The variable-speed compressor also promises excellent noise-reduction, so the 189BNV is the quietest air conditioner in Bryant's line. The result of the more advanced air conditioner, however, is a much higher price tag, and the Evolution 189BNV will cost between $4,300 and $5,300.