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Water Heater Brands: Let’s Weigh the Pros and Cons

When buying any product, you want to stop and consider brands. While products are generally all the same in their major functions, different brands prioritize different design philosophies and usually end up offering different benefits based on the brand you choose. Water heater brands are no different. Different products have different pros and cons that you, the consumer, need to weigh before deciding which heater you want to have in your home.


A long time player in the water heater space, Navien offers some of the most popular tankless water heaters on the market today. Navien prioritizes efficiency in their tankless products, and because tankless models are generally more efficient than their tanked counterparts, they put all of their energy into making sure their offerings are the absolute cream of the crop. Navien offers both condensing and non-condensing tankless models. Condensing heaters use exhaust gasses to contribute to heating. These are more efficient than non-condensing models for this reason. Non-condensing water heaters vent the exhaust gasses outside, which reduces corrosion. Many homeowners are concerned about the switch over to tankless, but a Navien heater will be sure to put their fears to ease.

Bradford White

Founded all the way back in 1881, Bradford White is the oldest water heater provider in America. And when you look at their offerings, it’s not hard to see why. They offer a wide variety of tankless and tank units all outfitted with excellent warranties including five and 15 year offers for various parts and components. Because of their experience in the industry, they’ve also perfected their tank units to be just as efficient as a tankless product.


Starting in Japan back in the 20’s, Rinnai provided excellent service internationally for 50 years before finally opening an office out west in California back in the 70’s. Like other companies, Rinnai values efficiency in their products, but unlike the competition, they have a specialization in hybrid model heaters. Hybrid models offer a traditional storage tank but use a heat pump to warm the water as it flows through the system. They also have a focus on affordability, so they are especially enticing for homeowners looking for high quality products on a budget.


Started in 1925 by two brothers, Rheem is based out of Emeryville, California. Diversity is the name of the game with this provider: heating, cooling, water heating, pool and spa heating, and commercial refrigeration, Rheem just about does it all. If you have some sort of temperature control needed in your home, Rheem probably has you covered. They also offer the most extensive warranties, making them the go-to choice for homeowners looking to ensure their water heater works in tip-top shape for years to come.


“But they just make appliances!” No! They do more than just blenders and fridges. In recent years, they broke into the water heater game offering affordable, varied products in addition to their more traditional, home appliance products. Kenmore products are known widely for their reliability and high quality, and this also extends to their water heaters. If you need a product that’ll last you in the long run, consider a Kenmore.
There are a lot of options out there for water heater brands, and picking the best one is important to ensure the optimal outcomes for your water heating endeavors. If you’re not sure which to pick, it’s always best to call your trusted local plumber and ask some questions. We’re always here and happy to help!
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