Looking to build your dream home or simply upgrade your existing water heater? Whatever your reason, it's important to find an efficient yet affordable water heater that will suit your needs. Did you know that a water heater is one of the most used appliances in your home and on average, accounts for the second-highest energy consumption in a home? From taking hot showers to washing your hands or running the dishwasher, your water heater is consistently working hard to heat your water. In fact, nearly 5% of all American energy consumption is from water heaters. So, we researched several of America's best water heaters and read reviews from consumers to industry experts. From all of this research here are the top three; Rheem water heaters, Bradford White water heaters, and Ecosmart tankless water heaters. Read below for more information on each of these great choices for a water heater!
What do you want in a water heater?
The first thing you should do when considering a water heater is to think about what your household needs are. For example, do you live in an area with lots of water? Or do you live in a state such as Arizona with very limited water supply? If it's the latter then you may want to spend a little extra money on a more efficient water heater. Or perhaps you want to reduce electricity usage and would want to go for a water heater that uses the least amount of energy possible. Then there are other factors such as how much hot water you use in a day, and how often you use that hot water. So, let's take a dive into what each of those three water heaters offers, then we'll discuss which one may be best for you.
Rheem Water Heaters
These types of water heaters are known as "tankless" water heaters. What does that mean? These heaters do not use any tank and instead have a super hot heating element that instantly heats water as soon as you need it. Rheem heaters also use significantly less space and are much less prone to leaking compared to other water heaters. Of the tankless water heaters available, Rheem offers one of the most energy-efficient designs yet still allows you to heat enough hot water for a whole family. So, no more cold showers or worrying about someone doing the dishes as you take a shower! Additionally, Rheem water heaters offer mobile leak detection so you'll always be in the know if something should go wrong.
Bradford White Water Heaters
Next up on our list are tank water heaters manufactured by Bradford White in the United States. These heaters offer numerous sizes from just 6 gallons for personal use to 75 gallons for family use. Whatever size you may need, each heater is rated as an energy saver since they primarily use gas instead of electricity for the heating element.
Ecosmart Tankless Water Heaters
Finally, another "tankless" water heater designed by Ecosmart. This brand of water heaters bosts a self-modulating system that instantly delivers the exact temperature of water you want. This brand is also known for saving consumers up to 50% on water heating costs due to its low energy consumption. Probably best of all, Ecosmart heaters fit virtually anywhere and come with a lifetime limited warranty. So, not only will your heater be efficient, it will last a lifetime.
Which one is right for you?
It may be difficult to choose even among the three water heaters we discussed. However, there are clear advantages and distances for each brand. First of all, the tankless designs are highly energy-efficient, deliver instant heat to water and are very compact in size. If you need to save space then you may want to consider a tankless heater. However, tankless heaters are much more expensive than traditional tank heaters due to their newer technology. Tank heaters such as the Bradford White heater also offers energy savings by using gas instead of electricity when heating water. You may also notice that Bradford White heaters cost a lot less than the two tankless heaters we discussed. However, the tank heaters will require a lot more room in storage to hold the water, especially if you need a large size like 60 or 75 gallons for a family. The tank heater will also be more prone to leaking and will take more time to pull in and heat water to the desired temperature. So, you'll need to consider your budget and if some of the tradeoffs of either the tank or tankless heaters are good for you.