I am needing to replace my leaking State Water Heater. I live in a smaller community and it looks like my GAS water heater options are Richmond, Whirlpool and Kenmore? I can't really find anything positive online or on these forums about any of these brands. So what to do? I read that Richmond is a part of Rheem and that Rheem is good?

The last Richmond I had was an ELECTRIC in my old house and I hated that thing. Even though it said 50 gallon it had a very short supply of warm water. Also it could constantly be heard making popping/sizzling noises.