Bradford White Electric
Water Heaters Review

Utility, Lowboy, Tabletop, Instantaneous models

Bradford White electric water heaters are used for water heating in areas where natural gas and propane are not available or more expensive. Electric models are cheaper, more reliable and easier to install, service, troubleshoot and maintain. Plumbers love them. Check out this review to see what BW manufacturer has to offer.



An Overview


Features and Benefits

Heating elements

Most electric-powered Bradford White water heaters use a simple immersed screw-type copper heating elements. One unit will use either one or two elements, but it depends on the power and its design. Heating element on electric water heaters usually provides 4.5 kW direct heat power and over 90% efficiency, while smaller models like Utility, PC and Wall Hung models are equipped with 1.5 kW elements.

To provide sufficient power, heaters are equipped to work in single phase or three phase operation modes and within voltage range from 120 V to 480 V.

Two heating elements and fully automatic surface-mount thermostat control allow Bradford White electric water heater to work in two modes: Simultaneous and Non-Simultaneous.

Simultaneous operation is when both elements are being heated at the same time or one heating element works at a time.

Top Features

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Most electric models are Energy Saver, thanks to the specially designed heat traps and 2" thick foam insulation for heat loss reduction. Bradford White water heaters are built to keep the efficiency and performance high. This is done through several patented systems.

Hydrojet Total Performance System is BW patented system that fights the sediment build-up in the tank while extending the first-hour delivery. Dip tube as part of this system is designed to create the turbulent water and therefore reduce the mineral deposits.

Vitraglas lining is used to protect inner metal tank surface. Another element is added to fight corrosive aggressive hot water action; it is known as protective magnesium anode rod.

Bradford White M265R6DS is one of the Energy Saver models, equipped with the great features such as Hydrojet Total Performance System, Vitraglas lining, 2" insulation foam and fully automatic controls. This 65 gallon unit sells for approximately $1020.

Utility and Wall Hung models are designed with 1" thick foam insulation and without Hydrojet Total Performance System; Tabletop models are equipped with high density fiberglass insulation and glass lined tank.

There are two limited warranty options for Bradford White electric tank type models; one is standard 6 years and the other, extended, is 10 years, both warranties cover glass-lined tank. 6-year warranty is also provided for most of the component parts. Find Bradford White dealer for details about prices, installation, troubleshooting and warranty.


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Model reviews

Bradford White Corporation and its water heating devision carries a variety of electric water heaters for residential use. These are found different in tank capacity, size, power and built-in features:

  • High Efficiency Energy Saver Upright

  • Solar Saver

See the prices here.

Upright Energy Saver

Upright Energy Saver series offers several models with a tank capacity from 30 to 119 gallons, including popular 50 gallon models. These electric models are available as a single heating element units or double, with more power.

These units are also designed as high efficiency models, known as the High Efficiency Energy Saver Upright series, and are perfect in the long term, providing a low cost operation. These can be found in capacities from 40 to 80 gallons.

Other than the above exclusive features, Energy Saver models are equipped with:

  • Non-CFC foam insulation, 2" thick
  • Automatic controls
  • Heat traps (except 119-gal model)
  • First hour delivery rating is from 50 to 118 GPH for standard models and from 57 to 92 GPH for high efficiency models.

Documents

Spec Sheet

Manual

HE Spec Sheet

HE Manual

Lowboy Energy Saver

Bradford White electric water heaters from Lowboy Energy Saver series are built for customers who need flexibility in installation, whose home are smaller in size and lacks space. With its 34" in height, Lowboy units are ideal for closets and under the counter. Smallest unit features 19-gallon tank size, while the largest 47 gallons.

Bradford White M250L6DS with the tank of close to 50 gallons is the largest model in the Lowboy series, and with 34" in height is ideal for small and tight space. You can buy one for approximately $580, still with the great features like Hydrojet Total Performance System, Vitraglas lining, 2" insulation foam and fully automatic controls.

Documents

Spec Sheet

Manual

Utility Energy Saver

Bradford White Utility Energy Saver water heaters are available in sizes from 6 to 30 gallons and are recommended for small to medium applications and hot water demand. If you are looking for smaller water heaters and low hot water demand, use 6-gallon Bradford White M16U6SS model.

Documents

Spec Sheet

Manual

Tabletop

Tabletop Energy Saver model is a 38 gallon capacity electric water heater that is designed to match other home appliances. Because of its 24x25x36" size it is usually installed next to the washer or dryer providing addition counter space and perfect match. Tabletop models are discontinued.

Documents

Spec Sheet

Manual

Wall Hung Energy Saver

Wall Hung Energy Saver electric hot water heaters are also designed as Tabletop to save some space and for homes where there is no basement or installation options are limited. There are 5 available models ranging from 6 to 30 gallons.

Documents

Spec Sheet

Manual

PC Powerful Compact

PC Powerful Compact is a 2-gallon tank type electric water heater, compact and perfect for small hot water demand, distant point of use applications; like kitchen, bathroom or garage, under the sink or in tight space.

Documents

Spec Sheet

Manual

Kwickshot

Kwickshot Bradford White water heaters are electric, tankless and instantaneous appliances, usually installed at the point of use.

There are several models available:

  • Single point (single phase) electric units - 3 to 5.5 kW (120-240 V)

  • Thermostatic - 7.5 and 9.5 kW (240 V)

  • Flow controlled - 5.5 to 9.5 kW (208-240 V)

  • Series Two - Thermostatic - 19 kW and 240 V

  • Series Three - 28 kW and 240 V

  • Series Four - 38 kW and 240 V

  • Thermostatic Triple Module - 18 to 32 kW (120-480 V)

Main features:
  • No delay in hot water supply
  • No stand-by heat loss as the flow switch activates the unit only on demand
  • Proper temperature rise with the built-in flow restrictor
  • Easy wall installation
  • 10-year warranty

Documents

Spec Sheet

The Verdict

Bradford White electric water heaters are getting many positive reviews from users and contractors. Great selection allows you to choose a unit for almost any home size, with the low or high hot water demand and any location.

If looking for a budget-friendly, a standard tall-size model M240T6DS that has a 40 gallon capacity is recommended. If the room cannot accommodate its height and if 40 gallon tank is what you need, you can get a shorter version like Bradford White M240S6DS-1NCWW for the same economy price. See the prices here.


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