Whirlpool N40S61-403, 40-Gallon
Whirlpool N40S61-403, 40-Gallon

Best gas water heater

The Whirlpool N40S61-403 gas water heater offers good efficiency with ample First Hour and recovery rates for average household use. Backed by a lengthy six-year warranty, the Whirlpool 6th Sense uses affordable natural gas, saving homeowners money on energy bills, although it's not Energy Star-compliant.
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Est. $420 Estimated Price
Rheem Fury 22V40F1, 40 Gallon
Rheem Fury 22V40F1, 40 Gallon

Cheap gas water heater

The Rheem Fury (Standard and Ultra Low Nox) 22V40F1 natural gas water heater offers excellent durability and good efficiency, despite not being Energy Star-compliant. Owners report energy savings of $100 per month or more. The Rheem has an ample recovery rate between 34 and 40 gallons, depending on the type of fuel used.
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Ecosmart ECO 27
Ecosmart ECO 27

Best whole-house tankless water heater

The tankless Ecosmart ECO 27 electric water heater offers an endless supply of hot water on demand. Because it doesn't have a storage tank, it takes up little space, and it requires 200-amp electrical service to operate. With 99.8 percent efficiency, the unit offers excellent energy savings in climates where the ambient temperature stays above 37 degrees Fahrenheit.
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GE GeoSpring GEH50DEEDSR, 50 Gallon
GE GeoSpring GEH50DEEDSR, 50 Gallon

Best hybrid electric water heater

The GE GeoSpring GEH50DEEDSR offers excellent energy savings with four modes of operation, plus a vacation setting to reduce the temperature when you won't be around. With automatic conversion to electric power in hybrid mode, owners never have to worry about running out of hot water with this 50-gallon capacity water heater.
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Stiebel Eltron Accelera SBB 300 Plus
Stiebel Eltron Accelera SBB 300 Plus

Best solar water heater

If having the most efficient hot water heater available -- no matter the cost -- is your goal, you cannot go wrong with the Steibel Eltron Accelera SBB 300 Plus. Thanks to its solar technology, this hot water heater can save homeowners almost $5,000 compared to a standard Energy Star-rated unit, according to expert sources. It qualifies for a wealth of tax rebates and incentives, and doubles as a dehumidifier in cooler basements.
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