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    Question Electric Water Heater - Model Help

    I am in need of a new water heater to replace my existing 66 gallon tanked electric water heater. I have called a couple local reputable companies and received some quotes and was looking for some help comparing the recommended models. I have listed the pertinent facts (as I understand) along with a link to the Spec Sheet and the quoted price:

    1. State ES6 66 DORT Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $1208
    66 Gallon Capacity
    Aluminum Anode Rod
    72 Gallon 1st Hr Rating
    .88 Energy Factor
    R Value = 16
    6 Yr Warranty

    2. State ES6 80 DORT Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $1368
    80 Gallon Capacity
    Aluminum Anode Rod
    81 Gallon 1st Hr Rating
    .86 Energy Factor
    R Value = 16
    6 Yr Warranty

    3. AO Smith ECT-66 Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $750
    66 Gallon Capacity
    Aluminum Anode Rod
    72 Gallon 1st Hr Rating
    .88 Energy Factor
    R Value = 16
    6 Yr Warranty

    4. Bradford White M-2-65R6DS Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $1200
    66 Gallon Capacity
    Magnesium Anode Rod
    77 Gallon 1st Hr Rating
    .89 Energy Factor
    R Value = 16
    6 Yr Warranty
    Includes Pan and Expansion Tank

    5. Bradford White M-2-80R6DS Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $1400
    80 Gallon Capacity
    Magnesium Anode Rod
    92 Gallon 1st Hr Rating
    .88 Energy Factor
    R Value = 16
    6 Yr Warranty
    Includes Pan and Expansion Tank


    I have also looked at a few Big Box options.

    6. Whirlpool E2F65HD045V Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $902
    66 Gallon Capacity
    Not sure of Anode Rod
    Not sure of 1st Hr Rating
    .90 Energy Factor
    6 Yr Warranty

    7. Whirlpool E2F80HD045V Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $1039
    80 Gallon Capacity
    Not sure of Anode Rod
    Not sure of 1st Hr Rating
    .87 Energy Factor
    6 Yr Warranty

    8. US Craftmaster ES2J65HD045V Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $984
    66 Gallon Capacity
    Not sure of Anode Rod
    Not sure of 1st Hr Rating
    .90 Energy Factor
    12 Yr Warranty
    Touch Screen Interface

    9. US Craftmaster ES2J80HD045V Spec Sheet Quoted Price: $1097
    80 Gallon Capacity
    Not sure of Anode Rod
    Not sure of 1st Hr Rating
    .87 Energy Factor
    12 Yr Warranty
    Touch Screen Interface

    Are any of these better than the other? Are any of these able/not able to have a 2nd Anode installed? Ball valve? New dip tube?


    I understand that some of these are made by the same main company so the differences may be small or non existent.

    All things being equal the price of #3 ($750) is very appealing.

    Any recommendation? Any help would be MUCH APPRECIATED as I have reached paralysis by analysis mode.

    Notes - I am deciding between a 66 gallon and 80 gallon tank based on my family needs (no help needed there - hello wife). The install will be in a basement with no known space restrictions

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    Put all of them in a hat and then pull one out. The differences between electric heaters is so small as to be no of no consequence. Unless the heater has the anode rod in a separate tapping on the top of the tank, you won't be able to use two, because the second one has to take the place of the hot water outlet nipple. BUT, I can buy an 80 gallon heater for less than a 65 gallon one, and it is about the same diameter but slightly taller.
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