Hot Water Tank Brands 2020-03-26T19:15:03+00:00
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The Leading Hot Water Tank Brands.

Sometimes operating the plumbing industry and trying to find the best hot water tank replacement that is suited to your specific needs can be a bit exhausting. This is why we have done the research for you. Contact our friendly plumbers today if you have any questions. 

When looking for a hot water tank you always want to be sure you are getting the best hot water tanks available. Truth is that there is a very minimal price difference between the best hot water tank and the worst hot water tank, we’re talking about $100 dollars cost to the consumer.

After years of research gathering data on all the hot water tank brands out there we have found that only two brands are worth considering when buying a tank, due to the fact that on average they last longer and have fewer issues than all other tanks. We find that the best hot water tanks on the market are the Rheem classic pro Plus, followed by the Bradford white, the rest are install at buyers own risk.

Rheem Hot Water Tanks

RHEEM Hot Water Tanks

Rheem hot water tanks and Rheem hot water heaters, are an amazing top tier brand to consider when looking for the best hot water tank. There are many different models of hot water tanks and water heaters. Rheem currently is making a line of tanks exclusive to home depot that is an “average” line. These models they sell are a toned down version of the model we sell at Urban Piping Ltd, and is the way that big box stores can cut their cost to make larger margins.

The version we sell at Urban Piping Ltd. is a favourite among our industry as it is known for its legendary reliability. The Rheem Classic Plus hot water tank has not changed that much over that last 3 decades. Perhaps with minor improvements but this tank makes the world of difference.Here is why…

  • Glass liner , the glass liner in the Rheem hot water tanks prevents salt, rust, corrosion from happening on the internal steel tanks. This is a great improvement as most new houses have salt water softeners and the salt rusts out a hot water tank at a faster rate.
  • 10 yr warranty; Our Rheem tanks come with a ten year warranty.
  • Brass drain valves and pressure relief valves. It may not seem like a big deal but most other brands still use plastic drain valves of which we see considerable amounts of failure within 5 years.

Rheem hot water tanks typically have a life expectancy of approximately 10-15 years. They also are our most reliable hot water tank in Canada at the current time with only a 1/500 unit call back rate.

Bradford White Hot Water Heaters

Bradford White Water Heaters

Bradford White have a long history with quality and reliability. They have been consistently ranked in the top 2 year over year. Bradford White annexed a company called Jet Glass whom made awesome hot water tanks and were the first company to have a interior glass liner. This company adopted this on there tanks and have been so successful that Rheem hot water tanks also adopted this in there higher end tanks.

Bradford White hot water tanks are found to carry a manufactures limited warranty of 8yrs on the tank and liner, 1 yr typically on the gas valve and other mechanical parts with the water heater.

Bradford White hot water tanks typically have a life expectancy of 10-15 years.  They also have a about a 5/500 unit call back rate at this point in time.

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John Wood Hot Water Tanks

John Wood hot water tanks have a long history and are typically a brand that people are familiar with. Up until about the mid 90s John Wood hot water tanks had practically a monopoly on the water heater industry. They were installed in nearly 90% of all homes. During the 90’s John Wood water heaters decided that to save money and cut cost they were going to cut some key quality items from their hot water tanks.  They went with a lower grade steel for there inner holding tanks, a plastic drain valve on the exterior, and a lower grade pressure reducing valve. All these items in turn started to give John Wood water heaters a bad name and by the end of the 90’s their market share had dropped to around 45%.

In the early 2000’s John Wood decided to implement extra safety features with their hot water tanks. The first was their “ flame Guard” system where the burner was sealed off from the exterior thus preventing rogue flames. The second was safety switches that would turn off the tank if there was a pressure imbalance. The problems that followed from the safety switches were plentiful, almost all of the switches in our experience that we have came across have needed to be changed.  With all these shortcomings by about 2008 John Wood hot water tanks had dropped to about a 15% market share. Today we find that John Wood hot water tanks typically have a life expectancy of 5-10yrs, and a call back rate of nearly 30/500 units. Urban Piping Ltd. will not install these water heaters.

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Giant Hot Water Tanks

Giant hot water tanks are common in Canada, you can find them at Rona and Totem stores and many home builders have used them exclusively in the past. The reason mostly is they are a discount water heater, and the manufacture/wholesaler will provide a big discount for bulk buys in the tanks. We don’t have very good luck with these tanks, and find typically that they only last about 6yrs on average. We have never installed these hot water tanks in Canada so we cannot provide any typical call back data on them.

Urban Piping

What to Expect from Urban Piping Ltd.

  • Easy scheduling and on time appointments

  • Friendly and courteous plumbers that are easy to talk to.

  • Professional plumbers in a company uniform and clearly marked company vehicle.

  • Our plumber will diagnose the situation and will advise you of any necessary procedure.

  • Our plumbers will then get to work solving the issue in a timely manner.

  • Clean up is important!  We work to make sure the job site is left in an acceptable manner.

Better Business Bureau Plumber
Urban Piping Homestars

9.8 / 10 (110+ reviews)

I had a garburator installed for $800. When I called regarding what I thought had been an issue they responded very quickly and went far beyond my expectations. Excellent customer service.
It was going to be a while for a plumber to get to our house so Graham came himself so that we could get our water back on faster. He isolated the problem, fixed it quickly and that was that. Not having water due to a leak is a pain so it was very nice of him to come as quickly as he could. Thanks!!
So impressed with how quick and efficient Graham was! We got our hot water to our outside hose bib in minutes! Also super friendly and followed all covid safety regulations to a tee! Would highly recommend urban piping!!
I have had Urban Piping work on multiple projects over the years and have always been happy with their work. This time is no different. I'm doing a large reno and have Urban Piping doing all of the associated plumbing. Their first job on this project went smoothly, they also made great suggestions for cost savings and efficiencies for the job. I'm happy to have them on this project!
We had a leak from one of the bathrooms into our living room below. Jordan was prompt, professional, and thorough in completing the repair. We were very thankful and impressed with the whole process and price was reasonable. It's as if there was no issue at all.
The service provided by Urban Piping was outstanding. When my hot water heater failed during the recent awful cold snap they replaced it and provided "above and beyond" service to ensure all went well in that very cold weather. Graham and Jordan were knowledgable, efficient, prompt and diligent. I would recommend Urban Piping without hesitation.
Great service with courteous and timely response. Respond within an hour of my call on a Sunday. Provided detailed explanation of what would be done to fix my issue. Would use Urban Piping again without hesitation.
I contacted Urban Piping via Homestars on New Year’s Day. I didn’t expect a response for a day or two after the holiday. I got a phone call that day and within two days my rusty water heater had been removed and a new one installed. The service was quick, efficient and effective. All my questions were answered politely and completely. This company clearly cares about their customers and the service they provide.
Graham responded promptly late Friday to my plea for help for a new water heater and provided a a very reasonable quote and confirmation to replace it the very next business day (Monday)! Monday saw Jordan arrive just as promptly at the appointed time. He was courteous, efficient and performed a very clean replacement installation of the new one. Very happy!
Just had Urban Piping out to install 2 x 50 gal hot water tanks. Jordan did a great job, was super helpful and answered all my questions friendly and professorial. It's not the first time I have used them and it wont be the last. Thank you!
Just had Urban Piping out to install 2 x 50 gal hot water tanks. Jordan did a great job, was super helpful and answered all my questions friendly and professorial. It's not the first time I have used them and it wont be the last. Thank you!
We have called Urban Piping on two occasions for our rental property. The first time we had a leaky water tank which they quickly diagnosed and replaced. Their price was very reasonable and their service was prompt. The second time we had water coming into the basement. I called them and they came over the next day. They were able to run their equipment to clear debris out of the pipes going to the street and the problem was solved. It took about an hour, the temperatures were -13C so I was worried that a pipe had burst. They let me know how much they were going to charge so there were no surprises. We were very happy with the service and price. Thanks Jordan!
I have to say Urban Piping were careful considerate and their plumber was pleasant, courteous, and did a professional job.I thought a $100 service call fee was reasonable
Really happy with Urban Piping. Our hot water tank broke down on a Sunday, and I had a call back within 20 minutes. I really appreciate their recommendations and options for me to save some cost. They were out the next day and the install was quick and clean. Great experience.
First rate service for a a somewhat tricky drain/sink replacement. Jordan was competent, hardworking and pleasant, and he charged a reasonable rate.
Excellent job, first class results. Dedicated workers, efficient and timely. I am thrilled now and am sure will be happy with the work they have done in years to come
These guys were exceptional. Had a hot water tank leak Friday in the middle of the night. They were there right away with a tank replacement. Jordan was professional, clean and quick. The owner Graham was incredible and walked me through the whole process. Could not be happier. Will recommend over and over again.
Graham and his team really know every aspect of what needs to be done. The finished job is amazing- Thank you Urban Piping
Graham was honest, thorough, and friendly. He recommended only the services that were needed and started with the simplest approaches first.
We are super happy about the service we got from Urban Piping ! Jordan went above and beyond in helping us! He installed a new toilet , and kitchen faucet and helped out out with a couple small problems as well. I can't say enough about what great service we received. Graham also arranged for us to have some drywall fixed also, which was a great plus ! Thanks again
Urban Piping did a fantastic job in changing a water valve and piping in the kitchen sink.Thanks again for doing a great job!
Urban Piping did a fantastic job in changing a water valve and piping in the kitchen sink.Thanks again for doing a great job!
Very professional service. Went above and beyond compared to other plumbers I have used. Responded quickly including coming right back when we noticed something needed tweaking.
Recently Urban Piping did a drain cleaning at my residence in Mckenzie Towne because our sinks and showers were not draining properly. They were prompt, efficient, the price was right....and the problem was solved. Well Done.
Called Urban Piping at 7:30 am and Graham was here by 12:45. The job was done quickly and professionally. Would definitely use this company again.
The poly B replacement they did turned out amazing. It was exactly as quoted and you couldn’t tell where they opened up the walls and ceiling. He was punctual, friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable! If you need an amazing plumber call urban piping Ltd. highly recommended
Graham and the rest of the team at urban piping we’re professional and efficient with their work on my home. Will be highly recommending them to all my friends and keeping them in mind for future jobs. Thank you !
Jordan replaced the hot water tank for us. Really nice guy, great job done. A good company to work with. Keep up the good work.
Jordan arrived punctual, and completed the job to our satisfaction in the time allotted. Both Jordan and Graham were friendly and courteous. Job site was left clean and tidy after old tanks removed. They were recommended to us by a friend, and I would certainly recommend them to our friends.
Graham from Urban Piping arrived on time and had everything ready to go. He gave me a quote for $700 to do a Garburator in my kitchen. He inspected my existing plumbing under my sink and then explained to me the process and immediately went to work. Not only does the garburator work great but now the plumbing under my sink is very clean and organized. The invoice on my bill was BELOW the quote. I didn't think that was possible but I was extremely happy. I HIGHLY recommend having the guys at Urban Piping as they did the job right the first time. I will definitely be using them again when I do my basement renovation!
Graham does an amazing job very well done. Love these guys
Such good response time and efficiency. Best prices ive seen thus far
these guys are the best company ive ever dealt with. truly blown away by Graham and the boys!
loved dealing with these guys for a wide variety of plumbing throughout the years. best services and price.
Graham and Jordan do an amazing job! so efficient and clean i was truly impressed with the level of professionalism and quality done from urban piping
Urban Piping did an outstanding job replacing the poly-b throughout our house, replacing toilets and flushing drain lines. We were impressed with the customer service, prompt response time and attention to detail through the estimate process. Going through the findings, I learned a lot about the house because Graham took the time to show and explain things to me, even well outside the scope of work. These guys do the entire job, including the refinishing work to walls, ceilings, etc so my job was easier, I didn't have to research and hire separate contractors for anything! Graham also helped us to make smart decisions about specific pieces of work to stay in budget.When it came time for work to begin, he walked me through what to expect through to completion. Attention to detail is beyond thorough with this crew! Everything turned out exactly as we expected and on budget, and the quality of the finishing work is so good that my family can't tell where the walls were opened up! They ran air scrubbers and took great care to protect the house from damage or traveling mess; it was cleaner when they left than it was before they started! Thanks for taking such great care of us through this project, guys!
Jordan from Urban Piping came over to do a complete drain cleaning service to our home because we were having problems with the bathroom sinks and drains draining slowly. He was in time, very friendly and cleaned every drain in our home. He also found that there was a problem with a seal in our master bathtub and fixed that for us too. Quick, easy, and great price on the service. Good job guys.
Very good on the plumbing and pipe replacement side of things. Ok on the drywall work.
Graham and his team were fantastic! His calm demeanor coupled with his excellent service made our Poly-B replacement as stress-free as possible. The attention to detail is unsurpassed. He reorganized our shut-off valves to make them more accessible, brought the plumbing up to the current code, totally protected our home and furnishings, and left the home in almost spotless condition. Having the big air scrubbers constantly on to remove the dust, the plastic walls cordoning off areas and the great clean-up crew made coming back home a great experience. On time and on budget too!!! I'd recommend Urban Piping to everyone for Poly-B remediation.
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4.8
I had a garburator installed for $800. When I called regarding what I thought had been an issue they responded very quickly and went far beyond my expectations. Excellent customer service.
It was going to be a while for a plumber to get to our house so Graham came himself so that we could get our water back on faster. He isolated the problem, fixed it quickly and that was that. Not having water due to a leak is a pain so it was very nice of him to come as quickly as he could. Thanks!!
So impressed with how quick and efficient Graham was! We got our hot water to our outside hose bib in minutes! Also super friendly and followed all covid safety regulations to a tee! Would highly recommend urban piping!!
I have had Urban Piping work on multiple projects over the years and have always been happy with their work. This time is no different. I'm doing a large reno and have Urban Piping doing all of the associated plumbing. Their first job on this project went smoothly, they also made great suggestions for cost savings and efficiencies for the job. I'm happy to have them on this project!
We had a leak from one of the bathrooms into our living room below. Jordan was prompt, professional, and thorough in completing the repair. We were very thankful and impressed with the whole process and price was reasonable. It's as if there was no issue at all.
The service provided by Urban Piping was outstanding. When my hot water heater failed during the recent awful cold snap they replaced it and provided "above and beyond" service to ensure all went well in that very cold weather. Graham and Jordan were knowledgable, efficient, prompt and diligent. I would recommend Urban Piping without hesitation.
Great service with courteous and timely response. Respond within an hour of my call on a Sunday. Provided detailed explanation of what would be done to fix my issue. Would use Urban Piping again without hesitation.
I contacted Urban Piping via Homestars on New Year’s Day. I didn’t expect a response for a day or two after the holiday. I got a phone call that day and within two days my rusty water heater had been removed and a new one installed. The service was quick, efficient and effective. All my questions were answered politely and completely. This company clearly cares about their customers and the service they provide.
Graham responded promptly late Friday to my plea for help for a new water heater and provided a a very reasonable quote and confirmation to replace it the very next business day (Monday)! Monday saw Jordan arrive just as promptly at the appointed time. He was courteous, efficient and performed a very clean replacement installation of the new one. Very happy!
Just had Urban Piping out to install 2 x 50 gal hot water tanks. Jordan did a great job, was super helpful and answered all my questions friendly and professorial. It's not the first time I have used them and it wont be the last. Thank you!
Just had Urban Piping out to install 2 x 50 gal hot water tanks. Jordan did a great job, was super helpful and answered all my questions friendly and professorial. It's not the first time I have used them and it wont be the last. Thank you!
We have called Urban Piping on two occasions for our rental property. The first time we had a leaky water tank which they quickly diagnosed and replaced. Their price was very reasonable and their service was prompt. The second time we had water coming into the basement. I called them and they came over the next day. They were able to run their equipment to clear debris out of the pipes going to the street and the problem was solved. It took about an hour, the temperatures were -13C so I was worried that a pipe had burst. They let me know how much they were going to charge so there were no surprises. We were very happy with the service and price. Thanks Jordan!
I have to say Urban Piping were careful considerate and their plumber was pleasant, courteous, and did a professional job.I thought a $100 service call fee was reasonable
Really happy with Urban Piping. Our hot water tank broke down on a Sunday, and I had a call back within 20 minutes. I really appreciate their recommendations and options for me to save some cost. They were out the next day and the install was quick and clean. Great experience.
First rate service for a a somewhat tricky drain/sink replacement. Jordan was competent, hardworking and pleasant, and he charged a reasonable rate.
Excellent job, first class results. Dedicated workers, efficient and timely. I am thrilled now and am sure will be happy with the work they have done in years to come
These guys were exceptional. Had a hot water tank leak Friday in the middle of the night. They were there right away with a tank replacement. Jordan was professional, clean and quick. The owner Graham was incredible and walked me through the whole process. Could not be happier. Will recommend over and over again.
Graham and his team really know every aspect of what needs to be done. The finished job is amazing- Thank you Urban Piping
Graham was honest, thorough, and friendly. He recommended only the services that were needed and started with the simplest approaches first.
We are super happy about the service we got from Urban Piping ! Jordan went above and beyond in helping us! He installed a new toilet , and kitchen faucet and helped out out with a couple small problems as well. I can't say enough about what great service we received. Graham also arranged for us to have some drywall fixed also, which was a great plus ! Thanks again
Urban Piping did a fantastic job in changing a water valve and piping in the kitchen sink.Thanks again for doing a great job!
Urban Piping did a fantastic job in changing a water valve and piping in the kitchen sink.Thanks again for doing a great job!
Very professional service. Went above and beyond compared to other plumbers I have used. Responded quickly including coming right back when we noticed something needed tweaking.
Recently Urban Piping did a drain cleaning at my residence in Mckenzie Towne because our sinks and showers were not draining properly. They were prompt, efficient, the price was right....and the problem was solved. Well Done.
Called Urban Piping at 7:30 am and Graham was here by 12:45. The job was done quickly and professionally. Would definitely use this company again.
The poly B replacement they did turned out amazing. It was exactly as quoted and you couldn’t tell where they opened up the walls and ceiling. He was punctual, friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable! If you need an amazing plumber call urban piping Ltd. highly recommended
Graham and the rest of the team at urban piping we’re professional and efficient with their work on my home. Will be highly recommending them to all my friends and keeping them in mind for future jobs. Thank you !
Jordan replaced the hot water tank for us. Really nice guy, great job done. A good company to work with. Keep up the good work.
Jordan arrived punctual, and completed the job to our satisfaction in the time allotted. Both Jordan and Graham were friendly and courteous. Job site was left clean and tidy after old tanks removed. They were recommended to us by a friend, and I would certainly recommend them to our friends.
Graham from Urban Piping arrived on time and had everything ready to go. He gave me a quote for $700 to do a Garburator in my kitchen. He inspected my existing plumbing under my sink and then explained to me the process and immediately went to work. Not only does the garburator work great but now the plumbing under my sink is very clean and organized. The invoice on my bill was BELOW the quote. I didn't think that was possible but I was extremely happy. I HIGHLY recommend having the guys at Urban Piping as they did the job right the first time. I will definitely be using them again when I do my basement renovation!
Graham does an amazing job very well done. Love these guys
Such good response time and efficiency. Best prices ive seen thus far
these guys are the best company ive ever dealt with. truly blown away by Graham and the boys!
loved dealing with these guys for a wide variety of plumbing throughout the years. best services and price.
Graham and Jordan do an amazing job! so efficient and clean i was truly impressed with the level of professionalism and quality done from urban piping
Urban Piping did an outstanding job replacing the poly-b throughout our house, replacing toilets and flushing drain lines. We were impressed with the customer service, prompt response time and attention to detail through the estimate process. Going through the findings, I learned a lot about the house because Graham took the time to show and explain things to me, even well outside the scope of work. These guys do the entire job, including the refinishing work to walls, ceilings, etc so my job was easier, I didn't have to research and hire separate contractors for anything! Graham also helped us to make smart decisions about specific pieces of work to stay in budget.When it came time for work to begin, he walked me through what to expect through to completion. Attention to detail is beyond thorough with this crew! Everything turned out exactly as we expected and on budget, and the quality of the finishing work is so good that my family can't tell where the walls were opened up! They ran air scrubbers and took great care to protect the house from damage or traveling mess; it was cleaner when they left than it was before they started! Thanks for taking such great care of us through this project, guys!
Jordan from Urban Piping came over to do a complete drain cleaning service to our home because we were having problems with the bathroom sinks and drains draining slowly. He was in time, very friendly and cleaned every drain in our home. He also found that there was a problem with a seal in our master bathtub and fixed that for us too. Quick, easy, and great price on the service. Good job guys.
Very good on the plumbing and pipe replacement side of things. Ok on the drywall work.
Graham and his team were fantastic! His calm demeanor coupled with his excellent service made our Poly-B replacement as stress-free as possible. The attention to detail is unsurpassed. He reorganized our shut-off valves to make them more accessible, brought the plumbing up to the current code, totally protected our home and furnishings, and left the home in almost spotless condition. Having the big air scrubbers constantly on to remove the dust, the plastic walls cordoning off areas and the great clean-up crew made coming back home a great experience. On time and on budget too!!! I'd recommend Urban Piping to everyone for Poly-B remediation.
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