Bradford White Water Heaters

Bradford White water heaters are according to several websites and plumbing forums, that we found online, the preferable water heater company to deal with. Bradford White's high reputation is the result of the great product quality, availability of the replacement parts, service and rapid repairs.

Professional contractors who are dealing with plumbing applications, water heating and product owners are the groups of customers where Bradford White company has a solid reputation.

Bradford White manufacturer produces both tank and tankless water heaters, available in multiple sizes, gas-, solar- and electric-powered. BW tankless water heaters are designed to work with solar water heating systems also.

Either model you buy from many Bradford White water heaters available, keep in mind to ask for the professional installation and avoid risk of incorrect installation and potential warranty issues.

About Bradford White Water Heater Co

Bradford White Corp. with its long history, dating back to 1881, is one of the America's largest and oldest water heater manufacturers.

Headquarter is in Philadelphia and 800,000 sq. ft. manufacturing operation is in Middleville, Michigan.

Bradford White subsidiaries are LAARS a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential gas and oil-fired boilers and commercial pool heaters; and NST, Niles Steel Tank Company, manufacturer of custom pressure vessels.

Model Reviews

bradford white water heatersBradford White Corp. carries a variety of residential heaters or products for home use. Appliances that are available are gas, electric, oil and solar operated, tank type and on demand water heaters, different in size, capacity and performance. You can also check out the prices and buy from, the biggest online store.

This review article covers gas hot water heaters only. To see electric and solar heating appliances reviewed follow the provided links.

As all the conventional 30, 40 and 50 gallon residential gas-fired hot water heaters with the gas input of less than 75,000 BTUs, must comply for FVIR or Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistance, Bradford White has designed and implemented the Defender Safety System.

What is Defender Safety System?

Bradford White water heaters utilize the flame arrestor as part of the ScreenLok Technology preventing the flammable vapors coming from outside to be ignited outside and in close proximity to the combustion chamber. This system also provides better efficiency and very low NOx emissions. Thermal switch is installed to deactivate burner and pilot light if there is no sufficient air flow due to lint dust or oil accumulated on the arrestor plate.


There are two limited warranty options for Bradford White gas water heaters; one is standard 6 years and the other, extended, is 10 years, both warranties cover glass-lined tank. 6-year warranty is also provided, covering most of the component parts.

12-year limited warranty on heat exchanger and 5 on parts is provided for BW on demand hot water heaters.

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There is a wide selection of Bradford White water heaters and majority of the tank type models are using patented technology Defender and Eco-Defender Safety System. Some units do not.

We will cover BW heaters that are divided into three groups, and based on the venting option installation:

  • Atmospheric vented models

  • Power Vented units

  • Direct Vented water heaters

You will also be able to find the information and reviews about other types of Bradford White water heaters:

  • Energy Saver models

  • High Input models

  • Extra Recovery

  • High Efficiency water heaters and EnergyStar

  • High Performance

  • Ultra Low NOx

  • Manufactured homes models

  • EverHot tankless water heaters

Atmospheric Vent Review

Bradford White water heaters with the atmospheric vents are the most common type of all models. They are using one vertical vent pipe that passes straight up through the roof. With a water heater draft diverter, pipe that is long enough and natural drought, products of combustion are atmospherically and securely vented out.

Defender Safety System series

Defender Safety System Atmospheric Vent Energy Saver water heaters feature 10 models from 29 to 60-gallon tank size and gas input from 30,000 to 50,000 BTU. These models are recommended for small to medium size homes. All the appliances are equipped with the FVIR protection system.

High Input

High Input Atmospheric Vent Energy Saver Models feature large 75 and 100-gallon tank size, high recovery rate and 76,000 and 85,000 BTU gas input. No need for external energy supply as it is using a heat energy from the pilot flame to generate electricity.

Extra Recovery

Extra Recovery Bradford White water heaters provide more hot water than standard appliances and in less time. There are three models available, ranging from 40 to 65 tank size and 40,000-65,000 BTU gas input. All the appliances are equipped with the FVIR protection system.

If you need an extra recovery unit with larger tank size, 75-gallon water heater is available but with no Defender Safety System.

Extra Recovery

Extra Recovery, EF, Energy Saver models are atmospheric water heaters that are the most energy efficient BW models, EnergyStar qualified and eligible for energy rebate. 5 models are available, from 30 to 60-gallon capacity and 32,000 to 40,000 BTU. They are equipped with Defender Safety System.

High Performance

Energy Saver High Performance Bradford White water heaters are designed for high water demand as they provide high recovery and first hour delivery. 25-gallon model with 78,000 BTU can provide 155 gallons and 55-gallon model with 80,000 BTU, 200 gallons of hot water in an hour.


Eco-Defender Safety System Ultra Low NOx Series are the green water heaters, eco-friendly appliances as they emit 75% less NOx than standard models. 19 models are available, ranging from 30 to 65-gallon capacity and 30,000-55,000 BTU. Some models are high efficiency and some are extra recovery.

TTW or through-the-wall and Power Vented

Power vented water heaters are using fan that forces the exhaust gases out, through the vent pipe. They can be used when the long vent pipes are needed, because of the heater location.

TTW series

Energy Saver High Performance TTW models feature two sizes: 25 and 55-gallon capacity providing 76,000 and 78,000 BTU/hr and delivering amazing 155 and 200 gallons.


Defender Safety System Energy Saver TTW1 Models are EnergyStar water heaters with 40, 50 and 60 gallons tank size and from 40,000 to 42,000 BTU/hr gas input. Very flexible on vent installation.


Defender Safety System Energy Saver TTW2 Models and Non-Defender Models offer three models 48, 65 and 75-gallon tank size and even more BTU/hr than TTW1 models.

Direct Vent

Direct vent water heaters are venting combustion products through the outside wall and using outside air for combustion.

Defender Safety System

Defender Safety System Energy Saver Direct Vent models are closed combustion water heaters, with co-axial, pipe inside a pipe, venting system. There are two 40 and 50-gallon capacity models with 38,000 and 42,000 BTU/hr. High-Input models are also available with 48, 65 and 75-gallon tank size and 50,000 to 60,000 BTUs.

Defender Safety System PDX1

Defender Safety System PDX1 Energy Saver Power Direct Vent Models features 40 and 50-gallon tank size and 40,000 BTU gas input, while PDX2 is built in three sizes: 48, 65 and 75-gallon, and 60,000 to 70,000 BTUs. With two-pipe option it provides even more flexibility.

Other models

Defender Safety System Energy Saver Manufactured Homes models are designed as atmospheric and direct vent closed combustion units for mobile homes. Available models are 30 and 40-gallon size with 32,000 and 34,000 BTU and closed combustion water heater with 30,000 BTU.

Bradford White water heaters with the tankless technology are known as EverHot series and are used for residential applications with the continuous supply of hot water. Six EnergyStar models are available with up to 199,000 BTU per hour gas input and with an inside and outside installation options.

Bradford White is a manufacturer that gets many positive reviews for its water heaters. Have in mind that BW ranks higher than other popular brands on the North American market.

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