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Best Water Heaters of 2018

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Updated: Mar. 13, 2018

FurnaceCompare tracks nearly 300 series of water heaters. Of those sold in 2018, which are most highly rated by homeowners?

The list below represents the top-rated water heaters available for sale in the US and Canada. These water heaters vary in efficiency from an Energy Factor of .71 to .95. They also vary in features and price.

Rank Brand and Series Consumer Rating Style Efficiency (Energy Factor) Price Starts At
5. Rheem Performance Platinum 2.56 out of 5 tank up to .93 EF $578
Rheem's Performance Platinum line of water heaters is an electric tank-style model. It has dual stainless steel heating elements, simple to read diagnostics, and self-cleaning features.
4. Rheem Professional Classic 3.2 out of 5 tank up to .93 EF unavailable
Rheem's Professional Classic line of water heaters is an electric tank-style model. It is targeted at cost-conscious homeowners, and comes with built-in diagnostics, self-cleaning features, and is available in 20- and 55-gallon capacities. Rheem\s Professional series is only available to licensed professionals in the trades -- they are not sold directly to homeowners.
3. Rheem Performance Plus 3.39 out of 5 tank up to .95 EF $489
Rheem's Performance Plus line of water heaters is available in both gas and electric models. The Performance Plus comes in 40- and 50-gallon capacities, is self-cleaning and features a premium grade anode rod for longer tank life.
2. Bradford White TTW 4.0 out of 5 tank up to .71 $1,036
Bradford White offers 10 different TTW models, 6 of which are Energy Start qualified. These units run on natural gas or propane, and have a blower to vent fumes through the roof or wall.
1. Rheem Performance 4.08 out of 5 tank up to .95 EF $447
The Rheem Performance is a line of gas and electric water heaters designed for use in many applications, including manufactured housing. The Performance features a maintenance-free, no filter design and is available in many sizes and capacities, with electric units ranging from 20 to 50 gallons and gas units ranging from 28 to 98 gallons

Methodology

Consumers and homeowners have submitted thousands of reviews to this site. In addition to reviewing a particular model of equipment, the reviewer also assigns a rating from 1 ("Very Unsatisfied") to 5 ("Very Satisfied"). The following list ranks the top 5 water heater series from lowest to highest, based on the average of those consumer satisfaction ratings.

FurnaceCompare.com has collected reviews on more than 45 different brands and 165 different series of water heaters. However, we have only included a series on this list if we have at least 5 reviews of that series, and if the series is available in 2018. If we only have a few reviews, there is a risk that a single homeowner will skew the average rating too far in one direction or another.

Pricing

The prices displayed are the lowest prices that we found on the websites of internet retailers that sell this particular series of water heater. Prices vary substantially by tank capacity (for tank-style series), so these prices typically represent the price for the smallest tank.

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