Gas Water Heater Ratings part 5, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Gas water heater ratings part 5 completes our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Ruud, Senorial, Sole, Spherehot, State, US Craftmaster, Vaughn, Vulcan, Warmstream, Westinghouse, and Whirlpool brands.

BRAND-----------BASIC-HIGH EFFICIENCY

RUUD------------------3*-----------------4*

This brand is a part of the PALOMA GROUP. The ACHIEVER PLUS series units use basic tank technology but have a good warranty. The PROFESSIONAL ULTRA series offers high efficiency water heaters that are backed by a pretty good warranty. ruud.com

SENORIAL-----------<1*-----------------NA

These water heaters are made and sold in Argentina. They are available in a variety of sizes but use atmospheric combustion and enameled tank technology. The guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. talsar.com.ar

SOLE----------------<1*-----------------NA

This brand is made and sold in Peru by MT INDUSTRIAL. They are very basic units that can be purchased directly from their website. sole.com.pe

SPHEREHOT---------<1*-----------------NA

This brand is made and sold in India. The gas model is very basic and not very efficient. The warranty on the units is not as good as most other brands in the industry. spherehot.com

STATE-----------------4*-----------------4*

The premier units have self cleaning technology and a strong warranty. They are also available in power vent and direct vent models but their warranty is not as good and they receive a 3* rating. The brand is a part of A.O. Smith. statewaterheaters.com

US CRAFTMASTER----2*-----------------NA

This brand is made by AMERICAN WATER HEATER which is owned by AO SMITH. The POWERFLEX series gas units are high efficiency units. They have a powered anode but use basic glass tank technology. uscraftmaster.com

VAUGHN-------------<1*-----------------3*

The GC models are high efficiency models that are available in sizes from 40 to 120 gallons. They use hydrostone lining but there is better technology and they have a limited dealer network. vaughncorp.com

VULCAN-------------<1*-----------------NA

This brand is from RHEEM AUSTRALIA PTY LTD and is sold in Australia. The FREELOADER models are basic units in two sizes. They use basic enameled tank technology and the warranty is not as good as many other brands. vulcan.com.au

WARM STREAM-----<1*-----------------NA

This brand is made and sold in India. It offers seven sizes of units that use the most basic of technology. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. warmstream.co.in

WESTINGHOUSE------1*-----------------3*

This brand is made by HTP and offers high efficiency (97%) units in three sizes. They can be purchased online but their guarantee on most parts is not very good when compared to other brands. westinghousewaterheating.com

WHIRLPOOL-----------5*-----------------NA

This brand offers a wide variety of gas fired units but their high-efficiency models are top of the line. They feature electronic ignition controls as well as an automatic flue damper and they are backed by a very good warranty. The units can be purchased through LOWES home improvement stores in the USA. whirlpoolwaterheaters.com

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