50 and 60 Gallon Tank Water Heaters

Makers of these standard-size water heaters are quite aware of the Green Revolution. As a result, they offer high-efficiency models in both of these large sizes, seeking to compete with options such as tankless heaters that promise to cut one’s energy bill. The high-efficiency models do cost $100+ more than regular versions, on average.

There are a couple of advantages to these larger heaters: they can heat the water for an entire large house and they are fairly easy to install. Installation fees for other models, such as tankless heaters, can run into hundreds of dollars if you do not have electrical expertise.

Note that there is a sizeable price jump when you order a 60-gallon model as opposed to a 50-gallon model. Be sure that your residence needs that extra-large capacity before paying double the price, in some cases.

Rheem has drawn good reviews in this larger category for reliability and ease of installation. The pilot light tends to stay lit more consistently on Rheem large heaters, an important issue. Rheem also makes a 50-gallon electric heater.

Reliance, A.O. Smith, Bosch, Bradford, G.E. and Ruud also make large heaters in gas, propane and electric models. G.E. ranks very high for energy efficiency in electric models, while A.O. Smith has a high-ranking gas model.

Bradford and Rheem make interesting natural gas models that use a direct vent to draw outside air for combustion, although both are more expensive than comparable 50-gallon models, and a bit tricky to install.

50 and 60 Gallon Tank Water Heaters – High to low Ratings

Rheem 42VR50-40F

Rheem 42VR50-40F High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater, 50 Gallon

Rating: (4.3 out of 5 stars)
For those looking for high capacity water heaters that use natural gas as fuel, try the Rheem 42VR50 that supplies 50 gallons of water. This high efficiency heater is maintenance free as it has no filters. And similar to other Fury Gas Series models … [ more ]
Price Indication:
$530 – $580

Bradford White M250T6DS-1NCWW

Bradford White M250T6DS-1NCWW 50 Gallon Electric Water Heater - Tall Model

Rating: (4.1 out of 5 stars)
As part of Bradford White’s tall electric models classified as Energy Saver, the M250T6DS-1NCWW Electric Water Heater exemplifies the power of the Hydrojet® Total Performance System. This system includes a device in the cold water inlet that reduces … [ more ]
Price Indication:
$500 – $550

Rheem 22V50F1

Rheem 22V50F1 Natural Gas Water Heater, 50 Gallon

Rating: (4.1 out of 5 stars)
The Rheem 22V50F1 is a member of the Rheem Fury Gas Series which offers economical yet effective hot water solutions. Thanks to its design, maintenance of this water heater is a breeze; it doesn’t have any filters that need to be cleaned or replaced. Another big plus is … [ more ]
Price Indication:
$400 – $450

Rheem HP50RH

Rheem HP50RH Heat Pump Water Heater, 50 Gallon

Rating: (4.0 out of 5 stars)
Households and commercial establishments in hot and warm climates can benefit from using water heaters that involve heat pump technology. This latest innovation in water heating combines the best features of tank and tankless water heaters which results in … [ more ]
Price Indication:
$1300 – $1400
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