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Top 5 Water Heaters of 2016

Updated: Mar. 25, 2016

FurnaceCompare tracks more than 200 series of water heaters. Of those sold in 2016, 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 .63 to 3.25. They also vary in features and price.

Rank Brand and Series Consumer Rating Efficiency (Energy Factor) Average Pricing
5. AO Smith Energy Saver 2.7 out of 5 up to .63 EF $903
The A.O. Smith Energy Saver water heater is available in either standard vent or direct vent models and meets the requirements of manufactured housing installation. Units feature FVIR technology which protects against accidental ignition of flammable vapors and a Green Choice burner that reduces NOx emissions by up to 33%.
4. Rheem Performance Platinum 3.5 out of 5 up to 2.45 EF $634
The Rheem Performance Plantinum is available in electric and gas models with capacities ranging from 38 to 75 gallons. The Hybrid Heat Pump is the most advanced of these units, with a 2.45 EF and up to 86 gallons first hour delivery.
3. Rheem Performance Plus 4.1 out of 5 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. General Electric GeoSpring 4.2 out of 5 up to 3.25 EF $1,080
The GE GeoSpring is a hybrid water heater available in 50- and 80-gallon capacities. The GeoSpring is 70% more efficient than a standard electric water heater, according to the company. It features a backlit LCD display with 4 modes and a vacation setting, and an optional ConnectPlus module allows the water heater to be controlled from a smartphone.
1. Rheem Performance 4.22 out of 5 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 2 to 50 gallons and gas units ranging from 28 to 98 gallons


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 125 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 2016. 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.


The prices displayed are the average prices that we found on the websites of internet retailers that sell this particular series of water heater.

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