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Whirlpool 6th Sense Water Heater

Updated: Jan 29, 2016

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Overview of the 6th Sense

The Whirlpool 6th Sense line of water heaters is available in both gas and electric models. The 6th Sense technology combines advanced engineering and energy control systems to provide intelligent delivery of hot water. The Energy Smart electric models are feature an electronic touch screen interface and a choice of operating modes. The gas models have a self-powered electronic gas valve and an LED status indicator to monitor the system. The 80-gallon Hybrid Electric Heat Pump water heater is Energy Star qualified, as are the Energy Efficient and High Efficiency gas water heaters.

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Consumer Reviews of the Whirlpool 6th Sense

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4 of 5 stars 6 reviews

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Date created: 2015-11-06 Location: Trinidad, co

Satisfaction Rating:

4 of 5 stars Somewhat Satisfied

"Good water heater, decent price"
I've had a natural gas-powered Whirlpool water heater for about the last six months, and I'm quite satisfied with it. My current unit replaced an aging electric model which was making my electric bills high, due to its poor efficiency. So far, my bills (all told, including gas and electric) are about $10 cheaper every month - which I attribute to having replaced a lot of inefficient appliances this year. Installation was provided free of charge - so no hassles there. No problems whatsoever thus far, I'm pleased to report. The price wasn't particularly amazing, but I certainly could have spent more (mine was $449 brand new, but "no name," competing models were being offered at $300+). Overall, it was a worthy purchase that I'd probably make again (although I doubt I'll have to).

Date created: 2015-07-28 Name: Becca
Location: Pennsylvania

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

We had this water heater for a year and we have been having problems. We do the regular maintenance and have done so twice. When things began to break down I had a hard time finding parts. Lowe's doesn't carry them so you have to order them. No heating company deals with them so they can't help. You have to pay big money for the "recommended" service people to come and fix. For the labor alone you can buy another water heater. I can only imagine the years to come in the future, however I'm not going to wait until I have no hot water. Whirlpool is terrible. I will never buy another Whirlpool product again. I'm going to stop using my Lowe's card for buying appliances. Two words: Home Depot.

Date created: 2012-03-06 Location: Bethelhem PA

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"Whirpool Hot Water Heater"
This is a Whirpool 6th sense 50 gallon tall gas water heater. We are limited in which water heaters we can get because we have gas. This one is top of the line. It is very easy to install but make sure you buy the kit that goes with it for installation. It will definitely make your life easier. It has multiple temperature settings and it also has a vacation setting which is a big money saver! Who would want to be able to save money while on vacation! Good value for the money. It also has a very fast recovery. Meaning that when you use a lot of water and you are waiting for it to refill and reheat it doesn't take much time at all! I would definitely recommend this Whirlpool 6th Sense 50 Gallon water heater in a heart beat!

Date created: 2012-01-11 Location: Houston, TX

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"Water Heater - Energy Efficient"
I am very satisfied with my Whirlpool water heater. I have this water heater running now for four years, it has been very reliable. Always hot water when need it. The heater is power by natural gas and contrary to some belief it is very fuel efficient and silent. The gas bill for the Heater never exceeds a small $15 a month. Also, in particular I like the auto-ignition mechanism, the pilot and the light indicator that gives function/trouble codes. It is very easy to operate and to hook up. Once it is running, you don't need to touch it anymore. It works like a charm. Obviously, it is a good idea to do a yearly maintenance or to get a professional to check it for you on a yearly basis. I would definitely recommend Whirlpool gas heater to a friend because of its unique features, its price and its reliability.

Date created: 2011-06-08 Location: Columbia, TN

Satisfaction Rating:

4 of 5 stars Somewhat Satisfied

"Satisfactory but nothing special"
I bought my current hot water heater, a whirlpool 50 gallon 6th sense, approximately 5 years ago when my older water heater stopped working. Compared to my older hot water heater, the Whirlpool works quite well. The water heats up quickly and even when a number of people repeatedly shower, the water heater keeps up and nobody winds up using cold water. I do not recall how much it cost when I bought it new, but I remember thinking it was neither the most expensive nor the least expensive. Overall I would say that I got what I paid for; I am not blown away by my water heater, but it performs well and I have no real complaints about it, and it was a reasonable price. If it continues to run for several more years without incident I would definitely consider the brand and model again when the time comes to replace it. I do not brag on my water heater, but if asked I would probably recommend it to a friend.

Date created: 2011-04-19 Location: Atlanta, GA

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"My Whirlpool 6th Sense Water Heater is Pretty Good"
I had my Whirlpool 6th Sense Technology water heater installed in my house about a year after I moved in. So, it's been about 6 years. I've never had a problem with it. Thankfully, I've never had one of those nightmare scenarios where your water heater breaks and floods the house. Water heats up pretty quick. It's pretty easy to see where to adjust the temperature. Directions on how to adjust the pilot light for going on an extended vacation were stuck right to the side of it. I was pretty nervous about doing that, but I followed the direction there to turn it down and then turn it back up when I got back from Switzerland and everything went smoothly. No worries. Mine is white. I wish I could have gotten the super high tech looking frosty silver ones, but that's not what was on sale when I got mine at Lowes. Eh. What are ya gonna do? As long as I can take a hot shower, I'm good. This one gives me a nice long hot shower with no worries.

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Other 6th Sense Reviews

Online reviews of the 6th Sense water heaters are not generally positive. Reviewers at diychatroom.com discuss a problem with the electronic ignition. Comments on thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com also mention a problem with the ignition not working properly. The longer warranty that Whirlpool offers is discussed, with most reviewers favoring other brands with shorter warranties.

6th Sense Warranty

The 6th Sense electric water heater is covered by either a 9-year or 12-year tank and parts warranty, depending on the model. The Hybrid Heat Pump water heater has a 10-year tank and parts warranty. Gas model tank and parts warranties vary in length from 6, 9 and 12 years, depending on the model.

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