Best Bradford White Gas Water Heaters Review and Buying Tips
(updated 2017)

Explore the main features of Bradford White gas water heaters including the ultra efficient, high input and recovery, low and ultra low NOx models and models with the power, direct and atmospheric venting. Compare the best from tank-type and tankless models.

Model review

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There is a great selection of Bradford White gas water heaters powered by natural gas and propane (LP) gas, all contained in the four main groups: atmospheric, power, direct, power-direct vent.

Most of the tank-type water heaters from the above groups are designed with the Bradford White's exclusive features, strong and durable elements, to deliver improved performance, higher efficiency, greater reliability, more operating hours and savings.

Features and benefits

  • Defender Safety System or Eco-defender system with the ScreenLok Technology for an increased safety and reduced gas emission.
  • ICON system for better accuracy, more savings and comfort.
  • Hydrojet Total Performance System to reduce the sediment deposits.
  • Low gas emission.
  • At least 2" thick foam insulation.
  • Higher energy efficiency to qualify for the Energy Star approval.
  • Water heater equipped with two anodes or commercial grade anode rod.

Best Bradford White gas water heaters to buy

When searching for the best gas models, look for the components and features using the following expressions; commercial grade, professional, advanced, high efficiency, Energy Star and high First Hour Rating, water flow and recovery rate. Explore the benefits of the top Bradford White gas water heaters from the categories with different venting options, such as the following 50-gal models:

Atmospheric Vent High EF Blower Model (RG2F50S6N)

  • Energy factor of 0.71 and Energy Star compliant
  • Hydrojet Total Performance System
  • High efficiency blower
  • ICON System
  • Defender Safety System with ScreenLok
  • First Hour Rating is 81 gal., recovery rate is 41 GPH
  • Brass drain valve

eF Series High Efficiency Power Vent Model (RC2PV50H6N)

  • Energy factor of 0.79 and Energy Star compliant
  • Vertical dual pass heat exchanger system
  • Two heat exchangers, both protected by Vitraglas
  • ICON System
  • Hydrojet Total Performance System
  • High gas input of 76,000 Btu/hr
  • Two anode rods
  • Brass drain valve
  • First Hour Rating 131 gal., recovery 93 GPH

Power Direct Vent Model (RG2PDV50S6N)

  • Energy factor of 0.71 and Energy Star qualified
  • ICON System
  • Defender Safety System with ScreenLok
  • Hydrojet Total Performance System
  • Heat traps
  • First Hour Rating 83 gal., recovery rate 43 GPH

Ultra Low NOx Direct Vent Models (URG2DV50H6N)

  • Ultra low NOx gas emission
  • Eco-Defender Safety System
  • Ultra Low NOx Burner with Primary and Secondary Air Distribution Devices
  • Hydrojet Total Performance System
  • First Hour Rating 83 gal., recovery rate 43 GPH

Best tankless models to buy

The best of Bradford White tankless water heaters is coming from the condensing series; RTG-199HE. This high performing unit is built for indoor and outdoor installations, providing endless supply of hot water with the high water flow, making it ideal for homes with up to 3 bathrooms.

Bradford White model RTG-199HE is equipped with several innovative features, which make the system have the high performance and thermal efficiency, enhanced safety, reliable and durable operation:

  • Condensing technology and dual heat exchanger system for better efficiency.
  • Scale Reduction Technology (SRT) for scale and sediment build up reduction.
  • Ultra low NOx vertical gas burner with full modulation for cleaner air and better comfort.
  • Dual fan configuration.
  • Advanced control panel with temperature control and diagnostics for easy troubleshooting.
  • Greater temperature stability for less temperature fluctuation.

The manufacturer of Bradford White gas water heaters gets many positive reviews from its users and this is one of the reasons why we recommend these products for heating potable water in residential applications. The above is just an overview of the main characteristics, but if you would like to know more about these and other products or read the manuals and service bulletins, check out the official website.

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