A review of the US Craftmaster water heaters, covering electric, gas, tank, and tankless types. Check out the best models, models with the maximum energy savings, and top features.
US Craftmaster, a division of the American water heating company, is owned by A.O. Smith, one of the biggest manufacturers of water heaters in North America.
The company offers various water heaters for potable water heating, pumps, expansion tanks, portable and hydronic tanks. Its products are sold through the chain stores such as Sears and Lowe's but can be found online too.
US Craftmaster water heaters use natural or propane gas and are designed either as the tank-type or tankless, utilizing all four venting installation options; atmospheric, direct vent, power vent, and power-direct vent.
The tank-type is further divided into the Gas Hybrid, Flame Guard, and PowerFlex series, also Self-Cleaning, Ultra Low NOx, and models for the mobile housing (manufactured homes).
The best and top recommended models to consider are high-efficiency tank-type and tankless water heaters.
The High-Efficiency line of heaters utilizes advanced technology that allows pressurized combustion, easy temperature adjustment, and control via LCD and touch button controls so as the problem diagnostics. And this is not all; patented air intake system, powered anode, Sta-Kleen dip tube system, and a 12-year warranty make this type a favorable selection.
Every tankless water heater from the US Craftmaster comes with Energy Star compliance and high energy efficiency. The best models are condensing due to their ultra-high energy factor, high water flow rate, lower annual operating costs, and great performance.
In addition, these models utilize commercial-grade components such as the stainless steel heat exchanger and top features such as the hydronic heating capability, direct vent conversion kit, and a 12-year limited warranty.
Some of the advanced features found on US Craftmaster gas water heaters include the commercial-quality electronic gas valve with the Intelligent Control and a microprocessor for better performance, accuracy, and control. The Intelligent Control also allows the self-diagnostics so the user can be notified of any problem through the LED indicators.
The best models do not utilize the most common pilot light and manual lighting, but the integrated and durable thermopile allowing self-power operation, a great benefit during the power outage.
Gas heaters are equipped with safety and protective features such as the self-cleaning dip tube, heavy-duty anode rod, automatic shut-down system, and Flame Lock Safety System as part of the FVIR system. They reduce the sediment and limescale buildup, protect from tank corrosion, air supply restriction and overheating, accidental fire outside the combustion chamber, and in the presence of the flammable vapor.
As we could see from the above review, gas water heaters from the US Craftmaster manufacturer are available in several sizes, with more or less advanced models, and for every budget. Cheaper models are simpler and do not meet the Energy Star standards, while the more expensive ones are the opposite; they include advanced and durable elements, have a longer warranty, and can save energy while being environment-friendly.
All models are designed for domestic water heating. Still, some heaters can work in combined space heating and potable water heating and the solar heating system for water storage or as a backup.
The US Craftmaster water heaters are also powered by electricity and are found in three groups; heat pumps, standard type, and Energy Smart group.
The best electric models can provide high efficient water heating, utilize advanced technology, are durable, and are made of quality materials.
These include heat pumps, which are found as 50-gal and 80-gal units, with high efficiency, first-hour rating, and great features such as the non-sacrificial powered anode, easy-to-use display, and Smart Grid application.... all working for higher savings, better comfort, and plenty of hot water.
The Energy Smart is another group of recommended water heaters due to the great features such as the LCD display with the operating mode selector and diagnostic system, durable stainless heating elements, and others.
The best models have a warranty of 10 years for the heat pumps and 12 years on Energy Smart models.
No matter which type you prefer, look for the model that best fits your hot water needs. For example, you can select a budget-friendly model, high efficient for energy savings, high recovery for larger families, or electric heat pumps that are Energy Star approved.
There are also small gas tankless models for on-demand water heating, models with an extended warranty, heaters with advanced features, and so on.
In addition to the standard type of electric water heaters described in the above text, there are also electric heat pumps or hybrids.
What makes the US Craftmaster heat pumps special is the hybrid technology that delivers high energy factor and recovery rate, and offers quality elements and advanced features such as powered anodes and smart electronics.
Note that many of the electric heaters from this manufacturer are energy efficient, but only the heat pumps are Energy Star compliant.