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EcoSmart Tankless Water Heaters Review

Updated on June 6, 2013

About EcoSmart Tankless Water Heaters

EcoSmart is known for its energy-efficient products that range from high quality LEDs and tankless water heaters in particular, which claim to help users cut down on their energy bills by as much as 60 percent. Being tankless, they can also free up several cubic feet of space.

What makes these heaters so popular is partly the fact that they are compact, easy to install and can be fitted anywhere including for entire homes, radiant floor heating, spas and pools besides point of use applications. But most importantly, the water heated in the tankless heaters does not lose heat through stand-by loss and cycling losses throughout the day when there is no need for hot water. Tankless heaters like the EcoSmart units heat water on demand, instantly as and when required, avoiding this wasteful heat dissipation.

While after heating, the water still needs to pass through a standard pipe length to the point of use, EcoSmart tanks reduce the distance from heater to point of use. The heated water travels less distances after being heated, and so less energy is lost. With the technology installed in the EcoSmart heaters, it is possible to heat 1 gpm of water by 10 degrees F almost instantaneously with a power of 1470 watts.

In this post we undertake EcoSmart Tankless water heater reviews for the top 5 most popular units available today, and come to a conclusion about the quality of products.

Popular EcoSmart Tankless Water Heater Models

The EcoSmart Tankless water heaters are available for purchase online at the Home Depot, Amazon as well as at brick and mortar retailers in several cities across the America. Of the latest models available, there are a few that are selling particularly well. Here's a look at these.

1. EcoSmart ECO8 8kW 240 Volt Tankless Water Heater

This particular model is a compact 12 by 8 inches and comes with patented self modulating technology. It weighs just 5.8 pounds and can be super easy to install. This model also has all the latest technologies available in tankless heaters today. These include digital readout, a changeable thermostat and power use that can be modulated. Installation is easy, operation is smooth. However the instructions do not mention the fact that owners will need an electrical box with screws at the terminals to connect the 30-inch cable on the unit to the power supply cable. Once the electrical system is setup, the unit is easy to use. It's important to remember that the lifetime warranty becomes invalid if setup instructions are not followed. As promised, the model manages to heat up 2 gallons of water in a minute, though it's restricted to climates where average water temperature through the inlet is higher than 67 degrees.

2. EcoSmart ECO11 11 kW Tankless Water Heater

This unit is meant for indoor use with a heating rate of 2.14 gallon per minute. It weighs a little more than the ECO8 at 7 pounds, but it's still compact and light enough compared with a heater cum storage tank system. It can be easily stored into the storage area below standard kitchen sinks for kitchen use or above showerheads. It may be small, but it provides sufficient hot water. The unit runs on 220 V and has a lifetime warranty like most EcoSmart water heaters. The digital temperature control on the ECO11 allows users to modulate the temperature by single degree increments. It's simple to use, having an automatic thermostat that doesn't need to be manually controlled.

3. EcoSmart ECO27 Electric Tankless Water Heater

As is apparent, the ECO27 is a 27 kW tankless heater that runs on 240 volts and has a greater heating capacity at 3 gallons per minute. The ECO27 also delivers what it promises. The units are also fitted with the patented self modulating technology which sets EcoSmart products apart from others in the field. The higher power output makes the ECO27 suitable for colder homes in the northern parts of USA and in Canada. It is also best suited for homes that have Jacuzzis and large Roman style baths with greater water demands. Users are given great control over the temperature settings which allow 1 degree increments. This unit can easily be used to heat water for use in 3 baths simultaneously as long as low flow heads are used.

4. EcoSmart POU3.5 3.5kW Point of Use Electrical Tankless Water Heater

The POU3.5 is a point of use tankless heater that is specifically designed for installation below sinks and other single applications. The unit is compact and supports flow rates of 0.5 gpm. It is also fitted with a 0.5 gpm sink aerator, which helps in controlling water flow, saving water and increasing perceived water pressure in low flow faucets. It needs a 30 amp power outlet so be sure to read the specifications before purchase to ensure your kitchens and bathrooms are wired for it.

5. Tankless DSK5.5 Instant Electric Hot Water Heater for Showers

The instant tankless water heater is specifically designed for single showers for use in homes, RVs, pool areas and boats. It works by instantly detecting when the water is turned on and off and automatically connecting or disconnecting the electrical circuits as the case may be. This reduces the risk of elements burning that is present in other showerhead heaters that don't have automatic circuit interrupt mechanisms. Mounting hardware is available along with the unit and it is easy to mount since no additional hot water lines are necessary. However before purchase, ensure that your home meets the electrical requirements (single phase 220V and 25A). This unit comes with a 5 year warranty and is available at an affordable $120.

The EcoSmart tankless water heater reviews across online stores suggest that customers are pleased with the quality of the units. At the same time, the units are quite affordable, with the 11KW unit available at a little over $200 and the 27KW unit selling for around $450 on Amazon. Offering a good blend of quality and affordability, in addition to additional energy cost savings, the EcoSmart units are highly recommended in today's homes and offices. However before purchasing, it is important to ensure that electrical requirements of the user and the hot water needs meet the unit specifications for optimum use and energy savings.


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