Ruud Water Heater Review: Features, Price, And More

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May 2, 2024

Ruud Professional Achiever Plus Water Heater Review (2024 Update)

When replacing a water heater, homeowners must consider various factors such as type (tankless or traditional), number of units, and hot water capacity . The Ruud Professional Achiever Plus line offers both electric and gas water heaters designed for long life, low costs, and powerful performance .

Electric Ruud Professional Achiever Plus

The electric version comes in capacities of 30 to 50 gallons, suitable for households of three to five people . Key features include:

  • UEF rating of .90 to .93 for improved efficiency
  • Resistored stainless steel upper and lower heating elements for longer tank and anode rod life
  • First-hour rating of 45 to 72 gallons and 21 GPH recovery at a 90°F rise
  • Exclusive Ruud diagnostic system with LEDs for easy troubleshooting
  • Premium-grade anode rod and EverKleen technology to combat sediment and extend water heater life

Gas Ruud Professional Achiever Plus (Atmospheric)

The atmospheric gas version is available in capacities of 40, 48, 50, and 55 gallons, with a UEF of .58 to .66 . Key features include:

  • First-hour rating of 52 to 105 gallons with natural gas
  • 36.4 to 61 GPH recovery at a 90°F rise
  • Ruud Guardian System for easy maintenance and safety features
  • Compliance with 40 ng/J NOx requirements and matchless lighting

Both versions come with eight-year limited warranties for parts and tank, with the option to upgrade to 12 years (electric) or 10 years (gas) with Ruud ProtectionPlus .

Pricing and Comparison

The 50-gallon electric Ruud Professional Achiever Plus is priced at $552.64, while the 50-gallon atmospheric gas version is priced at $726.85 . Compared to similar models like the Rheem Performance Plus ($509.99) and A.O. Smith ProLine SL ($728.95 to $767.95) , the Ruud Professional Achiever Plus is competitively priced with comparable features and specifications.

Conclusion

The Ruud Professional Achiever Plus is a solid choice for mid-sized households looking for a dependable, efficient, and reasonably priced water heater. With a long-lasting tank, solid warranty, and impressive performance ratings, this water heater earns a 4 out of 5-star rating.

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