My Opinions on Tankless Water Heaters

In the past, having that giant water heater taking up valuable real estate in the basement or garage was just a regular part of life. But not only was it mammoth in size, it also wasn’t entirely efficient at heating water fast. Even worse, having that water sit around in a tank meant that it was more susceptible to picking up scale or rust.

Thankfully though, dealing with that huge, old, inefficient water heater doesn’t have to be a reality anymore. With the advent of tankless water heaters, space and efficiency are no longer the big issues they once were. These new eco-friendly heaters save you money and space — and that makes them a wise investment.

A tankless water heater (photo by Navien).

A tankless water heater (photo by Navien).

With that said, I share below what I think are the best tankless water heaters on the market right now. In my opinion, these are the good ones that I found while looking for a replacement of our tank-style heater (which just broke down and is beyond repair).

Navien Water Heater

With traditional tank-style heaters, people tended to have to wait a few minutes for the water to heat up. Not so with tankless water heaters. With condensing technology and high-quality heat exchangers, the hot water comes out nearly instantly, in a highly-efficient manner that saves you money on your gas or electric bill.

And since all of Navien’s water heaters come with a remote control, it’s easy to adjust settings or make changes without a lot of fuss — even when that tankless heater is in a location that’s less-than-ideal to access easily. Some models even come with “intelligent preheating,” meaning the heater has the ability to recognize the hot water usage patterns in your building, and will pre-heat water accordingly.

And even better for the environment, the Navien brand takes special care to avoid emitting noxious gases into the air. You could check out a review of a Navien water heater to know more.

Rheem Water Heaters

Like other models of tankless heaters, the advantage of Rheem brand water heaters is their small size. Another selling point of this brand is the wide selection of model sizes, so you’re sure to get just the right size for the space in which you’ll be using the heater, with the option to choose models that run either on electric, propane or natural gas. With water output options that range from 1.5 gallons per minute all the way up to 9 gallons per minute, you can choose your model based on how much hot water your household uses.

Rinnai Water Heaters

Rinnai’s line of water heaters are, like some other brands, Energy Star Qualified, so you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting an efficient machine that will save you money on your overall utility bills — as well as options for tax credits and energy rebates. With temperature lock options and built-in recirculation features, Rinnai’s heaters will deliver the hot water you want, at the time and temperature that you want it most.

You can choose among different natural gas or propane models, all with a condensing technology that ensures you get your hot water without a lot of excess waste. Most Rinnai water heaters are relatively high-output, at up to 9.8 gallons of water per minute.

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