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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the best. It is worth the extra $50 !, January 25, 2015
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This review is from: Stiebel Eltron SHC 2.5 Mini-Tank Electric Water Heater, 2.5 Gallon (Tools & Home Improvement)
I have always wanted something like this. Being an impatient person, I always hated waiting a minute for the hot water to make it to our most used faucet...the kitchen sink. I no longer have to wait more than 2 seconds and the water is really hot the way I have it set. I purchased this one because of one reviewer's research showing this to be made in Germany and of very high quality. He was absolutely correct. I am pretty handy, but not a plumber, so the installation required several trips to Home Depot to get the required fittings. Rest assured, they carry exactly what you need, but it can be a challenge finding it yourself or enduring the "assistance" of the grouchy guy in the plumbing department. My biggest challenge was how to handle the pressure relief valve plumbing with our slab foundation. I solved the problem by putting the unit in a plastic bin I got at Walmart. The Stiebel doesn't seem to get too hot, so I think my plan will work if it is ever needed... Read more
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged and Very Hot Water Super Fast in a Compact Design, November 28, 2013
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TR (Right Here) - See all my reviews
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I have this installed in my dog grooming van. The unit is powered by a twist timer, and I it fully heats in about 20 min.. The full hot temp is too hot, so I lowered the setting. To those who want really hot water, this unit is a winner. Also, adjusting the thermostat is easy and on the front of the unit, one doesn't have to go digging into the guts to adjust it. It's been in the back of my van for almost a year without any leaks, and I assume it would be invincible if it were parked in the safety of a home bathroom. I also like that it only uses 11 amps or so; it doesn't max out the wiring or the circuit breaker to make the ultra hot water. It is much slimmer than the Bosch unit, and the Steibel website says that it is made in the US or Germany and not China like the Bosch. I do want to write the company for assurance on this, but it would only provide peace of mind for future use as its already installed and works flawlessly for the present. I am glad I bought it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot water in one second. Priceless!, February 25, 2016
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oldned92 (Tennessee, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stiebel Eltron SHC 2.5 Mini-Tank Electric Water Heater, 2.5 Gallon (Tools & Home Improvement)
Got this 2.5 gallon water heater to provide instant hot water at our kitchen sink because the main water heater is too far away. Connected it to the hot water shutoff valve, and then direct to the faucet and dishwasher using flexible SS connectors. Had to install a 15 amp receptacle under the sink to plug it into. Now we get hot water from the faucet in about 1 second! Sure beats waiting 30 or 40 seconds like before. We love it and should have done it sooner. The temperature varies a little bit from "nice and hot" to "pretty warm" depending on how long it's been since the heater last cycled. Since it is connected to the hot water line from the main water heater, it never runs out of hot (or at least quite warm) water. It never fires up for more than a few minutes at a time, and recovery time is very fast. Ther are several brands of mini-tank water heaters available, all have a different shape and configuration. We picked this Stiebel primarily because its round... Read more
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