Review of the best Bradford White electric water heaters for heating potable water and buying tips. See the features that make electric models cheaper, more reliable and easier to install, service, troubleshoot and maintain than the gas models.
There are many electric water heaters from Bradford White you can choose from; from the smallest 2-gallon, designed for point-of-use service and single application, to large 80-gallon tanks found among heat pumps - recommended for the whole house water heating and families with 5 to 6 members. Or tankless with the on demand water heating.
The electric water heaters are grouped in several categories;
If looking to buy one of the best Bradford White electric water heaters from the standard type, such as the Upright models, ensure that the model utilize some or all of the following features:
While the above features are great to have on the standard electric type from Bradford White, the best models to buy are coming from the Kwickshot series - instantaneous type and AeroTherm - heat pump group.
Kwickshot is the electric tankless water heater that heats water on demand and delivers hot water in endless supply, to one or more fixtures, depending on the size. These are built as the energy saver models, where water is heated only when it is needed, so there is no stand-by heat loss.
The smallest unit, used for a single fixture has only 3 kW, while the largest that is used for more than one fixture is three phase, thermostatic unit with 32 kW of power (EFTR-32000-6-T-10). This model is recommended for purchase for large homes where there is high demand for hot water.
As opposed to tank-type models that carry copper heating elements, Kwickshot is equipped with the Ni-Chrome elements for the optimum heat transfer and longer life. Due to its small and compact size, these models also provide an easy wall installation.
AeroTherm heat pumps is the best type to buy from Bradford White electric water heaters. The reasons for this are several;
Bradford White electric water heaters are getting many positive reviews from the users and contractors. Great selection allows you to choose a unit for almost any home size, with the low and high hot water demand and for any location. If you prefer conventional type, which is also affordable, go with the tall 50-gal models from Upright series, with the features described above.
If your preference is a small and compact unit, than the instantaneous type is the best bet.
And if you have decided to buy a water heater with the most advanced features no matter the price, Aerotherm heat pump is the one to go with... especially as it pays off in a few years.
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