The so-called hybrid water heaters are usually simply heat pump water heaters that draw on electricity or gas to run and are governed by both water flow and water temperatures. Like heat pump heaters, they work best in warm climates.
They are said to be at least twice as efficient as standard electric heaters, and they produce far fewer emissions. Because of their modernity, such hybrid heaters often come with LED touch pads that enable the user to control temperature and output far easier than with other hot water heaters. Many users appreciate the “high demand” mode that reduces the amount of time it takes water to get hot.
Hybrid heaters can come with a large tank, which might not work for homeowners or apartment-dwellers that are trying to save space and money. Many hybrid heaters need to be placed in a room at least 10’ x 10’ x 10’ to provide proper clearance.
Other models have small tanks and operate according to tankless technology. Many of these models work in concert with gas lines, not electrical currents.
If space is not an issue, a hybrid that works with electricity might be the best bet.
If space is a concern, the smaller units are still larger than tankless apparatuses, but more compact than a 50-gallon tank. Generous tax credits help many to justify the higher cost and installation fees that can result when you put in a hybrid heater.
Hybrid Water Heater Reviews – High to low Ratings
$1400 – $1500