Water Heater Brands

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When it comes to choosing the best water heater for you, your business or your family, you have a myriad of options to consider. What are the “best” brands and manufacturers? Is there a premium option for residential compared to light commercial? At Captain Plumbing, we recommend and install only the top rated water heaters ranked time and time again as having the highest quality. There’s a cream of the crop—but in the world of water heaters, there isn’t a clear winner. Instead, it’s a neck and neck tie for prime brands.

Each of these water heater industry leaders is comparable in products offered and how they function. Choosing the right model is a practice of matching the model to your needs, preferences—and at times the fuel options available at your property. At Captain Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being matchmakers. If you’re on the fence and can’t decide, our professionals are on deck to help guide you towards your perfect match.

Claiming the Gold

AO SmithAO Smith is a water heater leader that’s made in Mexico and has a reputation founded on excellence. The company just turned the big 1-4-0, boasting nearly a century and a half of “integrity, innovation and customer satisfaction.” The most popular (and highly recommended) option in the AO Smith lineup is the Vertex model. The Vertex 100 is a green gas burner option that lowers nitrous oxide emissions and features an astonishing 96 percent thermal efficiency. It was created to deliver nonstop hot water even during “high volume” times in the typical American household.

rheemRheem is another popular pick, also made in Mexico (but headquartered in Georgia) and founded in the 1920s. What started out as a brother-owned company in San Francisco flourished into coast-to-coast distribution in just 10 years. The Rheem name is known for reliability and dishes up a wide variety of water heater options. Dubbed the “industry leader for total heating, cooling and water heating solutions,” their goal is to exceed customer expectations—and they achieve it year after year.


Take Your Pick

Bradford-Logo-574-x-268Bradford White is another esteemed manufacturer of water heaters and is proudly made in America. With a history that goes back to 1881, Bradford White is known as one of the top “technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating in the world.” Headquartered in Philadelphia with major manufacturing in Michigan, every single product is built for wholesale distribution. Serving residential, industrial and commercial customers, the company promises, “We will be the manufacturer of choice.”

Every brand and manufacturer Captain Plumbing recommends has blazed trails and proven itself. There are no dark horses or ringers here—just the best manufacturers with premium water heaters.