Top Water Heater Brands - A Quick Review
What makes a great hot water heater consists of a few things; the most important being is its energy efficiency. To help consumers, let us try to discuss the best type of water heaters.
There are only a few sources of energy used in war heaters. These are electric, gas, oil, and solar. Depending on how much hot water you consume and where you live, these things will dictate what style of hot water heater you should use and how to store your hot water.
Let us first discuss two of the best tankless water heaters. The first one is the Rheem RTGH-95DVN condensing tankless water heater. Rheem is one of the top selling brands of hot water devices in the country, and there is little wonder why. This model can be powered by gas or electric, and produces up to nine and a half gallons per minute. Their warranty terms show a lot of confidence in their products, offering 12-Year Limited Warranty on heat exchanger, 5-year warranty on parts, and 1-year warranty on labor. More than one unit can be joined together to increase capacity in case your home continues to grow over the years. It is also a condensing type of hot water heater, in that it will re-use the vented air to reheat the incoming cold water. There is also a protective overheating wrap that will vent extra heat and prevent this model from ever getting too hot. Excess heat and fumes are simply vented outside via a standard PVC pipe. It comes with a remote control for the digital thermostat that can be mounted up to 10 feet away. The second one is the Stiebel Eltron Tempra 24 plus tankless water heater. Designed to work in colder environments, where smaller units can’t perform, this model will produce enough hot water for two demands at once. Considered to be one of the most contemporary tankless hot water heaters in the market, the Tempra-24 guarantees an even temperature no matter what the demands are on the system. Under these conditions, most tankless units can’t keep up, but the Stiebel Eltron Tempra will. This model will continue to produce when demands are being made, so don’t ever be concerned about running out. Hot water temperatures can easily be adjusted, but will not go higher than 140 degrees to prevent scalding.
Now, let us examine two of the best electric water heaters. The first one is the whirlpool 80-Gallon Hybrid Electric Heat Pump water heater. The Whirlpool brand is a well-known brand. It is believed to cost less than half of more traditional electric hot water heaters. The high performance insulation will allow it to store heat energy more efficiently, and the touch screen control center will give you four setting options of efficiency, electric mode, hybrid mode and vacation mode. Nobody but those with the password can get in and alter any settings since the touch screen display is tamper proof. With a Maintenance Free Powered Anode Rod that protects the tank for the life of the water heater, their warranty is one of the best in the industry. The second one is the AO Smith Voltex Hybrid Electric Heat Pump. This is a great feature if your basement is excessively warm, or damp. This hybrid electric hot water heater absorbs heat from its surroundings, and allows it to be transferred to the water inside, while cooling and drying the air around the tank. Like all great models, the Voltex includes a four mode setting; high efficiency, hybrid, electric and vacation. It also sports an 80-gallon volume, which is average for the typical family of five.
For the natural-gas water heaters, the best is the Rinnai REU-VC2528FFUD-US Natural Gas Tankless Water Heaters. This particular model can be used for both residential and commercial use, and sized to fit most any usage. Producing seven and a half gallons of hot water per minute, and up to 180,000 BTUs, this Rinnai tankless water heater sports an 82 percent thermal efficiency that is considered to be one of the best in the business. It can be vented though the wall, or roof, and mounted just about anywhere on an exterior wall. Including the coveted Energy Star certification, this model includes a 12- year warranty on the heat exchanger; five years on parts, and one year on labor for residential use. It comes with the standard digital controller with Error Code Indicator and can also be equipped with a commercial grade thermostat for higher capacity.
For solar water heater, the best is the Stiebel Eltron SBB 300 Plus Dual Heat Exchanger Solar Storage Tank. Like all good hot water heaters, it contains an anode rod that will help prevent rust from the inside out. The heat exchangers are made of heavy gauge steel with porcelain enamel coating to improve conductivity, as well as prevent rust. This solar storage tank for hot water comes with a heavy gauged, galvanized steel casing, with porcelain enamel coating to make it look and function great. This model will also come with up to three inches of foam insulation, making it one of the best insulated hot water tanks in the market. The oversized exit port makes it easy to reach inside and clean out any mineral build up that can impair performance.