50 gallon electric water heater is one of the most popular and selling sizes. One of the reasons is that 50-gal tank supplies enough gallons of hot water for the family size of four, and at the same time is affordable. The capacity of the 50 gallon water heater is usually enough for 1-2 bathroom homes.
We have collected some very useful information about electric, 50 gallon water heater manufacturers, and it includes reviews of Rheem, GE, Kenmore from Sears, AO Smith, Bradford White, Whirlpool and Reliance models. We have made this list to make your decision and shopping experience easier.
Kenmore Power Miser 12 is the 50 gallon electric water heater that is sold exclusively through Sears. Here are the top features found in user reviews and specs:
Good size, tall in height (62").
Energy efficient water heater, thanks to the 3 inches thick foam insulation.
Good tank capacity provides enough hot water for family of 4 and one to two bath homes.
Self cleaning Roto-Swirls, prevents mineral build-up and sediments deposits on the bottom of the tank and components.
Two heating elements give enough heat for home water heating. Limeguard system allows increased resistance to lime scale deposits.
Two heavy-duty anode rods for better tank protection from corrosion.
12-year warranty on metal tank and parts.
Kenmore 55 gallon tank is budget friendly model.
excellent value for your money
thermostat allows adjustment between warm and scalding
quick recovery rate
superior protection and warranty
easy to install
slowly reheats the water in the tank
water is not hot enough
Average consumer rating is 4 of 5, based on over 50 reviews.
Kenmore Power Miser 12 (32154) is highly rated, if not one of the best 50 gallon electric water heater from this company and is perfect for a family size of 4 or mid-size homes. It is durable (2 anodes fight the corrosion) and with the high insulation value of 24 keeps the heat longer. It sells for approximately $560 CAD.
Rheem / Ruud Marathon MSR50245 is the only 50 gallon electric water heater that is made of plastic and has the lifetime warranty:
Rheem provides limited lifetime warranty.
6 years replacement parts warranty.
Seamless, blow-molded and lightweight polybutene tank that doesn't leak.
High efficiency (energy factor is 0.94), losses only
5 F of heat in
No need for the anode rode.
No rust, no corrosion.
One of the strongest tank heaters in water heating industry.
Price is around $1000.
highest energy factor
eligible for rebates
good customer service
expensive when comparing to other 50 gal electric water heaters
small issues with brand new water heater elements
not more efficient than cheaper water heaters
Author's note: Rheem / Ruud Marathon MSR50245 is due to its high quality tank, great energy factor EF and a lifetime warranty, probably the best 50 gallon electric water heater on the market. You can buy one for approximately $960.
Energy Smart Lifetime 50-gal main features are:
Great size for the family of four and 1-2 bathroom homes.
9 years warranty from Whirlpool.
Energy factor 0.92 provides savings in operating cost.
Non-CFC polyurethane foam helps to reduce heat and energy loss.
Self-diagnostic electronic control that comes with the three operating modes for energy savings, when on vacation and normal.
Touch screen display.
Easy to monitor the water heating operation and adjust the hot water usage pattern for better efficiency and reduced energy loss.
First hour delivery is 65 GPH, recovery rate is 20.7 GPH.
easy to install
settings are easy to use, minimal adjustment needed
affordable price, price is around $430
energy efficient; good insulation
good on money to operate
lots of hot water
warranty not long enough
hot water output is slow
heating performance is low to moderate
heater problems with leaking
low quality parts, drain valve for example
Average customer rating for this 50 gallon electric water heater is 4.5 of 5, based on over 50 reviews.
High energy factor of 2.4.
Energy Star approved that reduces the cost of water heating up to 62% - and is eligible for rebates.
Integrated electronics allows easy diagnostics and monitoring.
2x4500 watt heating elements for electric water heating.
Upper heating element from stainless steel for longer life.
T&P relief valve factory installed, no need for additional purchase.
Energy cutoff switch, for excess temperature situations.
GE heat pump and 50 gallon electric water heater runs very efficiently
plenty of hot water
good on electrical bill
easy to install (installs like a standard electric water heater)
Energy Star approved
Average customer rating is 4 of 5.
If you want to buy a GE water heater it is hard to find it online. The only 50 gallon electric you can buy is General Electric hybrid, called GE GeoSpring Heat Pump. It is Energy Star recognized due to its high energy efficiency. GeoSpring is the latest addition to GE water heating. GeoSpring heat pump is 50-gallon heater and it consumes up to 62% less energy than a standard electric water heater. Older model has the number GEH50DNSRSA, and the new one GEH50DEEDSR.
There is another highly recommended water heater that utilize the heat pump technology and electric heating elements. Rheem HP-50 is the heat pump that comes with the 50-gallon tank size, has a high energy efficiency and as great features as the above GE.
One of the top models among 50-gal electric water heaters from AO Smith is a tall PXHT 52 model that is coming from Conservationist series.
Low density upper and lower heating elements are more efficient and last longer than standard type.
3 inch thick foam insulation with the R-value of 24 for the high energy efficiency.
First hour delivery is 60 GPH and recovery rate 21 GPH.
High energy factor of 0.95.
Factory installed Hydrojet Total Performance System to reduce sediment build-up, increase first hour delivery and maximize the performance.
Factory installed heat traps to reduce the heat loss.
Recovery rate of 20 GPH and energy factor of 0.91.
Reliance 50 Gallon DORT top features are:
6 years warranty.
first hour rating - 64 gallons.
Energy factor 0.90.
Glass lined tank.
Anode rod protection.
factory installed temperature and pressure relief valve
enough hot water for family of 4
some elements bad quality
an average water heater
Reliance 50 Gallon DORT found its place here as the budget friendly 50 gallon electric water heater, designed for families who want an economy heater, decent features and reliable operation.
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