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Heat Pump Water Heater Ratings

With our heat pump water heater ratings, you can compare units side by side using our Head To Head tool.

You can compare over 40 models from 13 brands in ten categories such as warranty, noise level, capacity, & cost.

You can also read the individual reviews of each brand below.

Our simple rating system gives each brand a color code and a star rating. If the card is green, then, that is one of the top picks from HvacRepairGuy. If the card is yellow, then, that would be a budget pick from HvacRepairgGuy. If the card is red, then, the brand is not recommended by HvacRepairGuy. With our heat pump water heater reviews you can cut through the sales hype and find value. It truly is like you were taking a repairman shopping with you!

HvacRepairGuy's 2024 Top Pick

AMERICAN

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is a part of AO Smith and the Proline XE Series offers water heaters with either a 50, 66 or 80 gallon tank. The unit has four operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family as they change. The unit also has a user friendly LCD display that allows for control and adjustments as well as built-in Wi-Fi control with a smartphone app. The water heaters have a smart anode that protects the tank from corrosion and notifies you when it needs replaced as well as smart leak detection. The brand uses basic glass-lined tank technology and is only sold through authorized dealers but they are backed by a very good warranty.

AMERICAN STANDARD

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This brand offers water heaters with either a 40, 50, 65, or 80 gallon tank and the units have five operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family as they change. They have a user friendly LCD display that allows for control and adjustments as well as built-in Wi-Fi control with a smartphone app. Their I-Memory control allows the water heater to learn water usage habits and adapt its operation to save energy. The water heaters have dual cathodic protection with both a powered and a magnesium anode that protects the tank from corrosion as well as smart leak detection. They offer an optional shutoff valve that can be activated by the leak detection system and the units are very quiet in operation with noise levels less than the normal refrigerator hum. The brand uses basic glass-lined tank technology and is only sold through authorized dealers but they are backed by a very good warranty.

AO SMITH


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

The Proline XE Voltex Series offers water heaters with either a 50, 66 or 80 gallon tank. The unit has four operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family as they change. The unit also has a user friendly LCD display that allows for control and adjustments as well as built-in Wi-Fi control with the AO Smith smartphone app. The water heaters have a smart anode that protects the tank from corrosion and notifies you when it needs replaced as well as smart leak detection. The Proline XE Voltex Series models are only available through their authorized dealer network while the Signature 900 Series units, which have the same features, are available at Lowes Home Improvement stores. The brand uses basic glass-lined tank technology but they are backed by a very good warranty from a leader in the hot water industry.

BRADFORD WHITE


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in the USA, is available in three sizes, and is backed by a good warranty but the water heaters are only available through authorized dealers. The AeroTherm Series features models that use enameled tank technology with microban antimicrobial protection. The units have five operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family as they change and they can be controlled through the Bradford White Connect smartphone app.

HTP


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is a part of Ariston Thermo USA and is sold through a plumber/dealer network. The HPWH50H water heater has four operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family as they change. The exhaust air from the unit can be vented to the outside of the home but that does not make much sense as the air that is removed from the home will have to be conditioned which will raise your energy bills. The water heaters are available in only one size and they do not have smart controls or built-in Wi-Fi support but they are backed by a good guarantee.

LOCHINVAR


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in the USA and is backed by a good guarantee but the water heaters are only available through a limited dealer network. The HPSA models are smart water heaters with Wi-Fi connectivity and a smart anode that protects the tank from corrosion and notifies you when it needs replaced as well as smart leak detection. They offer an optional water shutoff valve that can automatically stop the incoming water if a leak is detected. The units use basic glass lined steel tank technology but are very quiet while in operation with a noise level that is much less than the normal refrigerator hum. They are available in three sizes and have four operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family as they change.

RELIANCE


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is a part of AO Smith and offers units that can be purchased at various hardware stores such as Ace and True Value. The water heaters have four operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family. They also have a user friendly LCD display that allows for control and adjustments as well as built-in Wi-Fi control. The units have a smart anode that protects the tank from corrosion and notifies you when it needs replaced as well as smart leak detection. The brand uses basic glass-lined tank technology but is backed by a good warranty.

RHEEM


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The ProTerra plug in models are a great option for easily replacing a traditional gas storage water heater as the units have a factory installed appliance cord and can be plugged into a standard receptacle. They have built-in Wi-Fi with leak detection that can shut off the water supply through the integrated water shutoff valve. These water heaters are available in four sizes and have their integrated HydroBoost mixing valve to maximize performance. The units are reasonably priced and can be purchased at home improvement stores such as The Home Depot.

RICHMOND


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is made in Mexico by Rheem Manufacturing and can be purchased at home improvement stores such as Menards where they are reasonably priced. The Encore Plug-In shared circuit models are a great option for easily replacing a traditional gas storage water heater as the units have a factory installed appliance cord and can be plugged into a standard receptacle. They have built-in Wi-Fi with leak detection that can shut off the water supply through the integrated water shutoff valve. These water heaters are available in four sizes and have their integrated HydroBoost mixing valve to maximize performance. The Encore Plug-In dedicated circuit models require a separate electric circuit and offer optional kits for leak detection and water shut-off.

RUUD


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This brand is from Rheem Manufacturing and the Professional Ultra Series features plug-in models for either a dedicated electrical circuit or a shared circuit. The shared circuit models are a great option for easily replacing a traditional gas storage water heater as the units have a factory installed appliance cord and can be plugged into a standard receptacle. They offer optional kits for leak detection and water shut-off. The dedicated circuit models have built-in Wi-Fi with leak detection that can shut off the water supply through the integrated water shutoff valve. These water heaters are available in four sizes and have their integrated HydroBoost mixing valve to maximize performance.

SanCO2


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

These water heaters are made in Japan by Sanden and are sold through a very limited dealer network in the USA. The units are split systems with the heat pump located outside and the water tank inside the home. They are available in three sizes and feature durable stainless steel tanks and use environmentally friendly CO2 refrigerant. The systems have a stratified water tank with the cold water connection on the bottom and the hot connection on the top and they require a mixing valve. The units must be installed by a pro and are expensive when compared to integrated models from other brands.

STATE


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand is a part of A.O. Smith and the units are backed by a good warranty but they are only available through a plumber/dealer network. The Premier AL models have four operating modes for flexibility in matching the hot water needs of the family. They also have a user friendly LCD display that allows for control and adjustments as well as built-in Wi-Fi control. The units have a smart anode that protects the tank from corrosion and notifies you when it needs replaced as well as smart leak detection. The units are very quiet while operating with a noise level that is significantly less than the normal hum from a refrigerator.

STIEBEL ELTRON


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in the EU and they are only available through a plumber/dealer network. The Accelera models feature a stratified water tank with the cold water connection on the bottom and the hot connection on the top and they require a mixing valve. They have a unique wrap-around aluminum condenser which isolates the refrigerant piping from the potable water and use an impressed current anode that never needs replaced. The water heaters are available in only two sizes and they do not have smart controls or built-in Wi-Fi support. They are relatively loud in operation compared to other brands but they are backed by a good guarantee.

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