Compact, Energy-Efficient Hot Water for Small Homes
After extensive review and research, we are confident in recommending the Japanese-made Rinnai V65iN indoor tankless water heater as a perfectly reliable, cost-effective solution for mid-size homes.
If you’ve never owned a tankless water heater, you will be well pleased with its constant performance and compact size. You’ll also notice a reduction in your energy costs. For those who have experienced the benefits of a tankless water heater, the Rinnai V65iN will undoubtedly meet your high expectations.
Continuing our in-depth reviews of tankless water heaters, we’re examining the Rheem RTE 13. It’s a fully electric, viable option for small households.
If you’re upgrading from a traditional (tank) water heater, you’ll be impressed with its small size, energy efficiency, and constant supply of hot water. If you’ve already had the pleasure of owning a tankless water heater, you’ll enjoy how easy the Rheem RTE 13 is to install.
Is It Worth Your Money?
The Rheem RTE 13 seems expensive at first glance, but the initial investment is worth the benefit of the energy it will save you. It will adequately meet the needs of most small families with the ability to supply one shower and a dishwasher or washing machine simultaneously.
It’s easy to install with electrical and plumbing connections only and is compact enough to install under a sink or in a cabinet. Adjust the temperature control from 80-140-degrees Fahrenheit.
You won’t need to perform much maintenance on the Rheem RTE 13, but this is one tankless water heater that we wish came with a longer warranty. The company ensures the heat exchanger for 10 years, but the remainder of the parts for only one. In addition, the warranty is only valid if an approved technician installs the unit.
Detailed Review & Breakdown
The Rheem RTE 13 provides all the benefits of an electric tankless water heater, but the cost and water capacity limitations might make it unsuitable for some homes. Here are the details that you’ll want to know before buying this unit.
Is This The One For You?
Who Is This For? As a low volume water heater, the Rheem RTE 13 is designed for households of 1-3. With a maximum flow rate of 4 gallons per minute, it will reliably supply one shower and a washing machine at the same time.
Its compact size makes it ideal for installing it under a sink in the bathroom or kitchen. If the layout of your home separates the bathroom and kitchen by a long distance, install the water heater in a cabinet or closet between the two to minimize travel time for the hot water supply to either location.
We like this fully-electric model for small or low-volume households. We like that it saves on energy. We like the size.
We do not like that the company provides no warranty on the unit when the owner installs it. The installation is not complicated. Most handy persons should be able to perform the task without much of a problem.
Other Options Worth Looking At:
If you’re not sure if the Rheem RTE 13’s 4 gallons per minute will meet your needs, consider purchasing the Rheem RTEX-18, which provides 7 gallons of hot water per minute. You could also look into a Rinnai natural gas or propane unit.