State Water Heater Review

Review of gas, electric and tankless water heating by State Industries

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An expert review of the gas and electric State water heaters. The review covers the best models, its features and benefits. Find the Energy Star and condensing models for the ultra-efficient water heating and great savings. Compare the 30-gal, 40-gal and 50-gal models by using the easy to read comparison chart.

Premier and Select State water heaters are the most popular brands, found among residential gas and electric tank-type units, where Select offers the widest selection. State produces models which are high efficiency, high recovery and variety of other customized models for special needs such as manufactured housing, tankless, condensing, direct vent and other.

Since the State water heater company is owned by AO Smith, there are many quality features that both brands share... Blue Diamond glass coating is one of these superb features.

Advanced features found on tank-type models

  • Blue Diamond is the high quality glass coating used to protect the tank from corrosion.

  • Self-Cleaning State Turbo Coil dip tube is technology that State utilize to reduce the sediment build-up while keeping the heater's efficiency high, extending the tank's life and saving you money.

  • Green Choice is the eco-friendly burner designed to reduce NOx emission so WH can comply with the regional standards for low NOx requirements.

  • FVIR or flammable vapor ignition resistance design is used for protection and accidental ignition of flammable vapors outside the combustion chamber.

  • Intelli-Vent is the smart electronic gas control valve that guarantees the accurate operation and helps in troubleshooting through its diagnostic system.
  • Stainless steel core anode rod is used to protect the metal tank from corrosion.

  • Energy saving heat traps that reduce the energy loss.

  • Thick foam insulation that also helps in reducing the standby heat loss.

  • Heavy duty anode rod, which can be made of Aluminum or Magnesium and is used to protect the tank surface for corrosive water action.
  • Durable hot surface igniter for longer life and service.

State Gas-powered for Residential Use

State Industries, as the major player in the heating industry, manufactures gas-fired water heaters that are using both natural gas and propane. Most of the models are tank-type while some are using tankless design for on-demand water heating and there is one group which is called hybrid that combines both technologies.

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Gas-powered State water heaters from the Premier group are available in many different models, contained in four major groups and based on the venting options:

  • Power Vent

  • Power Direct Vent

  • Direct Vent
  • Atmospheric Vent

Two models are truly outstanding; Premier Power Vent DV model is State's super high efficiency model with 96% thermal efficiency, very similar to AO Smith Vertex 100 Power DV. Another model, Premier Power Vent is also high efficiency, but with the slightly lower thermal efficiency of 90%. Its fully submerged helical coil heat exchanger is what makes these water heaters unique. Check out the Premier series here.


Select series provides the widest selection of residential heaters. These models are designed as atmospheric, direct and power vent units, and are produced in variety tank sizes; from 40 gallons to 100 gallons capacity and for different applications:

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  • State water heater from Select High Output series is ideal for large families and high-demand homes, and there are models from 40 to 100-gallon tank size and recoveries up to 81 gallons per hour.

  • Select High Efficiency is designed with minimum EF 0.62 and therefore is eligible for the rebate program.

  • Select tall and short atmospheric models offer 30, 40 and 50-gallon tank size.

  • Select Power Direct Vent is using a two-pipe venting system with a closed combustion and offers 40, 50 and 75-gallon models.

  • Select Power Vent is using electrically powered blower so it can run vents up to 120 feet.

  • Select Direct Vent water heaters are using one pipe venting system available in sizes from 40 to 75 gallons.

  • Select water heaters for manufactured housing installations, with standard and direct vent option, and from 30 to 50 gallons tank size.

  • Select Ultra-Low NOx is specially designed if there is low NOx emission requirement.


Hybrid water heaters utilize the advanced technology that combines both tankless and conventional tank-type design, and with the help of the patented circulation system the maximum heat transfer and high first hour delivery are easy to achieve.


Tankless water heaters from State Industries can be found as the condensing and conventional models with the interior or exterior installation options, all using Takagi on-demand technology. All the residential models with the maximum gas input of up to 199,900 are high efficiency and Energy Star qualified as their EF is 0.82 or higher. State tankless water heaters are heating water on-call, provide hot water in endless and continuous supply and can be used from point of use service to whole-house use, as some units provide up to 9.8 gallons per minute max.

State Electric for Residential Use

From electric brands, State Ind. produces three groups of tank type:

  • Premier

  • Select

State Premier electric water heaters are designed as the most energy efficient residential electric units that are using a self-cleaning system. Premier Hybrid model is the only electric unit that is Energy Star approved mainly due to its heat pump technology.

State Select Electric group, like Select gas family, is the widest group of water heating models, available in different sizes and efficiency. Models like high-efficiency, tall, short and Lowboy, Tabletop, Junior and Point-of-Use models can cover almost every residential application and family needs.

The highest efficiency group is group of heat pumps, the only electric water heaters from State that have ultra efficiency and are Energy Star approved.

About State Industries manufacturer

State Water Heater Company was founded in 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee, US. Two years after, in 1948, State manufacturer produces its first electric water heater and in 1954 first gas-fired water heaters.

With seven manufacturing plants and hundreds of distribution centers and contractors across US, State hot water heater manufacturer provides solid customer and technical support, parts availability and warranty.

Today State Industries offers over 500 products of residential and commercial water heaters, tank type and tankless, and other water heating equipment like pump tanks, expansion tanks...

Official website: State Industries Company

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