Need advise on Electric Water heater - Rheem or Bradford White or other
My 22-year old water heater needs replacement. I read through many of the posts here and researched the internet for advise. I have narrowed the choice down to bradford White and Rheem. These appear to be the highest recoomended (best) brands.
Background: I have a 3000 sq-ft ranch on slab, in central FL. 4 people in house, 65 gal spa/tub, 3 baths. Only electric service (no gas). I currently have a 52 gal tank ("State" model "Censible 510E").
The product calculator recommends I go with a 65 gal tank.
The Bradford White M-2-65RDS runs around $770 (internet price) and has a "First Hour Available rating of 154 gal" and "40 GPH @ 90F Rise Recovery". Warranty is 8 years and can be upgraded to 12 with protection Plus (whatever that is).
The Rheem PRO66-2 runs around $800 (internet price) and has a "First Hour Available rating of 71 gal" and "21 GPH @ 90F Rise Recovery". The warranty is 6 years and can be upgraded to 10.
It seems the obvious choice is to go with the Bradford White. Am I missing any info in this decison process? Is there anything else I should be considering.
What about those new heat Pump water heaters?
I saw one of those new Rheem heatpump water heaters at HD today. 50 gallon goes for $1500 (so $1000 with $500 tax credit). Still more than a conventional unit but it claims to save 50% over convential electric unit - and some say it will air-condition my gargae while it works.
Are these any good? I could not find any info on Recovery rate - but First Hour Rating is about same as conventional heater. The sales guy says it has a single electric heat element which is only used if heatpump can't keep up. Not sure how often that happens. But one could not tell the difference between the heat pump and regualr electric heater of same size.
Is this true?