5 Best Tankless Water Heaters of 2020
When looking for the best tankless water heater, there are numerous considerations that you will want to take into account. I would certainly advise that you have a reasonable idea what your electrical and water requirements are, so that you can select the brand and model that best suits your specific needs.
The main questions to ask yourself are:
- Is the heater for indoor or outdoor use?
- Does it deliver an appropriate amount of power for your home?
- Are the flow rate and water pressure appropriate for your needs?
- Does it use electricity or gas for power?
- Is it energy-efficient?
There are a number of different types of tankless water heaters, including electric, natural gas, and portable. I present the top five below.
The Stiebel Eltron Tempra 24 Plus: Reliable, Technologically Advanced, and Reasonably Priced!
One of the most reliable and technologically advanced heaters that you will find available is the Stiebel Eltron Tempra 24 Plus.
This sleek and sophisticated water heater can give you a constant temperature output regardless of the size of the hot water demand. It features a simple single flow sensor design, automatically adjusting the flow of water to prevent inconvenient temperature fluctuations.
It is easy to plumb in and operate, mainly because a Tempra requires no venting to the outside, saving you money and time.
As with all new water heaters, however, make sure that your electrics can support the new water heater, especially if you live in an old house.
The Eccotemp L5: Great for Outdoor Use!
One of the great things about the Eccotemp L5 is that it is portable. You can take it pretty much anywhere, making it ideal for outdoor use: camping, boats, cabins, etc.
It comes with a shower head so that you can use it to take a hot shower after a day on the beach, or wherever you are.
Powered by liquid propane, a strong flame heats the water as it passes through. You will need to find a source of water to feed through it, but there is an adapter that allows you to attach it to any common garden hose type of nozzle.
Easy to Install and Versatile!
The Rheem RTE 9 is another great water heater. Designed to be very efficient and compact, this on-demand water heater manages to be both easy to install and versatile, whether you need the hot water for a home, RV, or boat.
The water connection is a standard half inch, and it has an on-unit temperature control. The brass/copper heat exchanger is durable and hard wearing.
The Ecosmart ECO 27: Efficient and Economic!
The Ecosmart ECO 27 is an exceptionally efficient and economic electric heater. Designed to be capable of heating incoming water with temperatures as low as 37 degrees, this model is especially well suited for homes located in the Northern USA and Canada.
With an energy efficiency rating of 99.8% and its patented self-modulating technology, this electric water heater is capable of saving the consumer big money on heating bills—up to 60% in some circumstances.
Ideal for Two or Three Bedroom Homes: The Rinnai RL75iN!
The Rinnai RL75iN is ideal for providing water for 2 or 3 bedroom homes. A natural gas-powered device capable of delivering 7.5 gallons of hot water per minute, the RL75iN is energy efficient and very economical.
The Rinnai can be mounted in pretty much any room and vented with a single wall or roof penetration to the outside. It is possible that you will need to buy special pipes, however, contact your local Rinnai distributor for detailed advice.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 Paul Goodman