Reviews for the best hot water heaters can be found online at Consumer Reports, Consumer Search and Lowe's. Consumer Reports has a buyer's guide, as does Consumer Search, which lists the five best hot water heaters. Lowe's has reviews on numerous models.
Choosing the best hot water depends on various factors. Consumer Reports' buying guide discusses different types of hot water heaters, including tankless, hybrid and solar. Different features are addressed, such as safety, space requirements and plumbing. General information about major brands is included.
As of February 2015, Consumer Affairs' list of the five best hot water heaters includes models by Whirlpool, Rheem, GE, Ecosmart and Stiebel Eltron. Both pros and cons are listed, and prices vary from $420 to $2,399. The buying guide describes the most important factors to consider to find the best hot water heater.
The Lowe's website also has a buyer's guide with a handy list of potential considerations in several categories. There are also thousands of reviews by customers covering a number of brands. Reviewers rank specific models on a scale of one to five stars. The average rating for each model is displayed. Displayed models can be sorted by rating so the highest rated are listed first.