Nicolette Forbes

By: Nicolette Forbes on September 27th, 2022

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Noritz vs Rheem Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are all the rage among homeowners due to their space-saving design and endless hot water. There are several different tankless water heater brands on the market and two of the more popular ones are Noritz and Rheem. But which one is the best option for you?

We here at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating, and Air are trained and certified with some of the top water heater manufacturers on the market like Rheem and Noritz. Since 2007, we’ve helped thousands of clients across the Los Angeles area with their water heater needs including helping them decide which tankless water heater is right for them. 

In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of both Noritz and Rheem tankless water heaters so that you can ultimately decide which brand is the best option for you and your home.


Who is Noritz? 

Noritz is a titan in the tankless water heater industry, and their water heaters are loved by those who own them. The tankless water heater brand offers several types of tankless water heaters, including natural gas water heaters and propane water heaters. Noritz doesn't manufacture electric tankless water heaters since it is focused on providing whole-home solutions rather than point-of-use models, which use elecricity.

Check out this article here as we dive into more specifics offered by Noritz.


Noritz Pros and Cons

Noritz tankless water heaters come with both pros and cons that can help you determine if Noritz makes the right products for you. Noritz tankless water heaters have several pros, including:

  • High-quality components
  • Easy Installation
  • Best of Gas Models
  • Something for Everyone

High-quality components

From commercial-grade copper cases to copper heat exchangers, you can count on Noritz parts being of the highest quality. Noritz ensures a healthy lifespan for its products by not skimping on the details, making their tankless water heaters built to last.


Easy Installation

Noritz tankless water heaters also feature top-mounted connections. This feature makes it easier for technicians to custom-tailor ventilation and accessories. 


Best of Gas Models

Noritz only produces gas-powered tankless water heaters. This focus allowed Noritz to dial in its products while innovating in the process. Over the years, Noritz has released a healthy number of innovative models.


Something for Everyone

Because Noritz offers tankless models in a variety of sizes, it can be suitable for any sized household. Whether it’s just you or a party of five, Noritz has you covered.

Every company has room for improvement, and with Noritz, some cons include:

  • Gas Only
  • Limited Wifi
  • Higher Cost

Gas Only

Noritz only produces gas tankless water heaters. If you're looking for any other type of water heater, like a tank-style or electric tankless water heater, you're out of luck with Noritz.

On top of not providing other varieties of water heaters, Noritz doesn't manufacture point-of-use filters, meaning you won't be able to target individual fixtures. 


Limited Wi-Fi

Some Noritz models allow you to use your smartphone to control your tankless water heater. However, Noritz only provides Wi-Fi on select water heaters, so not all of the water heaters are Wi-Fi capable. If you are looking for a brand that only offers Wi-Fi-capable tankless water heaters, Noritz may not be the manufacturer for you.


Higher Cost

Noritz costs a little more than comparable items from other brands, as tankless water heaters can cost anywhere from $4,800-$7,500, including installation. While the upfront cost of a tankless water heater is higher, the warranties and life expectancy of a tankless water heater can save you money in the long run. Check out this article here to learn more about what affects the price of a tankless water heater.


Who is Rheem?

Rheem is one of the most popular water heater brands on the market. Rheem water heaters are well known for their performance and reliability and are available in several options, including electric and gas tankless water heaters. They also offer several types of tankless water heaters, including condensing, mid-efficiency, and electric. 

Check out this article here as we explain the differences between the three types of tankless water heaters Rheem offers. 


Rheem Pros and Cons

Overall, going with a Rheem tankless water heater comes with many pros and cons. Some of the pros of having a Rheem tankless water heater are:

  • One-Stop-Shop
  • Safety First


Rheem offers tons of tankless water heater options (as well as tank-style options) and several hundred patents on products that reach farther than just water heaters. These products include:

  • Tankless water heaters
  • Tank-type water heaters
  • Hybrid water heaters
  • Solar water heaters
  • Pool/spa heaters
  • Water softeners

This level of variety is unique to Rheem and won't be easily found in another brand.


Safety First

Rheem's water heaters have a safety feature to prevent scalding accidents. The company's water heater's shut off after the water reaches a set temperature. Additionally, this feature assists in keeping the water temperature consistent. 

Some of the cons of having a Rheem tankless water heater include:

  • Specific Parts
  • Professional Installation Required

Specific Parts

Rheem uses proprietary parts, meaning you won't be able to use just any part if your tankless water heater runs into trouble. Instead, you'll likely have to count on a technician to grab the parts for you. 


Professional Installation Required

You won't be able to install a Rheem tankless water heater on your own if you want to take advantage of the warranty coverage. You'll need to have the tankless water heater professionally installed to get covered. Additionally, if the tankless water heater is installed incorrectly, you will void the warranty. Check out this article here to know how to tell if your tankless water heater has been installed incorrectly.


Noritz or Rheem? You Decide!

Because tankless water heaters are an investment, choosing the right one for you can be a process, especially considering how many options are available. However, when it comes to tankless water heaters, Noritz and Rheem are among the best! From easy installations to affordability, these brands are two of the best on the market.

Not sure if Noritz or Rheem is right for you? Check out this article here as we dive into the top tankless water heater brands of 2022 so that you can find the right brand (and tankless water heater) for you and your home.

When it comes to tankless water heaters, Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air wants to set you and your home up for success. If you live in the Los Angeles area, and you’re ready to see what a Rheem or Noritz tankless water heater looks like for your home, click the ‘Book’ button below, and one of our certified tankless water heater technicians would be happy to help you. Or if you have any other questions, call us at 310-853-8690, and one of our call center representatives would be glad to assist you.BOOK ONLINECALL