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Top Ten Water Heaters/geysers in India by standing loss and size in 2016

By on April 24, 2016
Hindi Translation: स्टैंडिंग लोस्स और आकार के आधार पर भारत के दस सबसे अच्छे वॉटर हीटर/गीजर

Although electricity consumption of water heater or geyser depends on the amount of hot water used (as discussed in our link: Choose the right sized water heater/geyser for electricity saving), standing loss can be an important factor while deciding which water heater to buy. “Standing loss” or heat/energy loss of a water heater to the surrounding in 24 hours is an important factor used by BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) to decide on star rating of a water heater. Using hot water optimally and choosing the right sized heater can minimize “Standing Loss”, but the most efficient water heater for a given size can assist in minimizing losses. Most sources on the Internet provide details on features and reviews. Electricity consumption hardly becomes the deciding factor. To help people make electricity consumption as deciding factor, we at Bijli Bachao have decided to put up a list of Top Ten Water Heaters/Geysers in India by standing loss and size.

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  • The basis of this ranking is the data from BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency). BEE data contains standing loss of a water heater and this information is self reported by the manufacturers. The data is calculated in test conditions.
  • We have taken the data on standing loss and categorized it by the capacity or volume of the water heater. The water heater with the least value of standing loss units/lts is given the highest ranking. Multiple models with the same value are given the same rank.
  • The list below contains only the top ten ranked water heaters. List of all BEE star rated water heaters are available on the useful links given below.
  • Use the ‘Add to compare’ icon to compare the monetary value of the units available from BEE based on your tariff from your electricity provider and your usage.
  • We regularly update this list as new models get added in the BEE list of water heaters.

Top Ten Water Heaters

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Click To Expand: Less than 10 lts



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Click To Expand: 15 lts



Click To Expand: 25 lts



Click To Expand: 50 lts



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List of BEE Star Rated Water Heaters

Below is the list of all BEE star rated water heaters. You can use the filters at the bottom of the table to filter out the information that you need.



If you plan to purchase a water heater online then you may look at our recommendations on Amazon.in:

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  • NILESH KAMTHE

    Hello team
    please let me know best and energy efficient 25L heater having good after sales network in PUNE Maharashtra area

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      The list of most energy efficient models is given above on this page. Racold, AO Smith, Bajaj, Havells are some of the top brands.

  • A.P NAIDU

    i want to buy A.O smith HSE-SDS-6 is it good ? or should i choose any other model

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi,

      This AO Smith model is a BEE 4 star rated model. Brand AO Smith is quite good. In smaller sized water heaters, standing loss is quite less, so buying a BEE 4 star rated water heater is not bad if the brand is good. I think you can go with this model as BEE 5 star rated models in 6 lts do not have as good brand value as this one.

  • JAGMEET SINGH Suri

    Hi Abhishek,

    I stay in Delhi/NCR, and am looking for a 25 L option that can stand the test of following concerns:

    1. Hard Water ( very Hard water would be more appropriate).
    2. High Water pressure as I am staying in a high rise. ( have had a horrible time with my current Kenstar due to this reason).

    Thanks
    Jags

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You can go for any of the Morphy Richards, AO Smith or Havells models that are energy efficient as well as they can handle hard water and High pressure:

      Morphy Richards LAVO EM25
      Morphy Richards PREMIO DIGI25
      Morphy Richards FERVO DIGI25
      Morphy Richards LAVO DIGI25
      AO Smith HSE-VAS-025
      AO Smith HSE-SAS-025
      AO Smith HSE-SBS-025
      AO Smith HSE-SES-025
      AO Smith HSE-SFS-025
      AO Smith HSE-SDS-025
      Havells QUATRO 25
      Havells QUATRO DIGITAL 25
      Havells PURO TURBO 25
      Havells BUENO 25
      Havells PURO PLUS 25
      Havells MONZA EC 25

    • JAGMEET SINGH Suri

      Thanks Bud! appreciate your prompt revert.

  • Murthi

    Hi Abhishek,
    First of all congratulations on the fabulous work being done and shared by your team. I have a Racold Altro 25L water heater at home with 5 members in the family. I did not see this model in the above list. Can you pl. check and let us know if this is efficient and what is power consumption of this model and suggest if I need to replace for energy efficiency… Thanks, Murthi

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi,

      The model numbers that Racold has registered with BEE are very different from what they have on their website (and what they are selling). Also Racold does not have technical specifications of models on their website to really confirm how good they are. So it will not be possible for us to confirm if the model is energy efficient or not.

    • Murthi

      Hi,
      For a 5 member family, will 15L capacity water heater be sufficient? Also which is better – Instant heater or storage heaters, in terms of energy efficiency? Pl. suggest with specific brands. Thank you.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      If people in your family prefer bucket bath then even 10 lts would be sufficient. For shower bath, 15L would be good enough. Instant is better in terms of energy efficiency, but instant ones are only 1 and 3 lts (not 15 lts). Also 1 and 3 lts are not good enough for bathing (especially for shower). If you use instant water heater in bathroom then it will work only if you use bucket bath and then too it would take time to fill the bucket as rate of hot water flow will be less.

  • Karthik Ramaswamy

    Hello Experts,
    I am looking for a Water Heater in Bangalore, so automatically that filters out Geysers not Suitable for Hard Water so I guess will have to choose from Venus, AO Smith, V Guard etc.
    I prefer Indian brands but I am Ok to go with AO Smith or other Brands.

    My Observation/Requirement

    1.] I already have a Racold 1 ltr Geyser which is fine most times but in winter I am having to keep the flow of water to real low for hot water which is taking too much time.
    Prefer an instant geyser which heats faster in winter and can have better flow of water to get the warm water.

    2.] I want to install a Geyser which has Thermal Cut and also consumes very less energy compared to others in its class.

    3.] We are a family of 3 most days so prefer a geyser which suits a family of that size, is 6 ltr better than 3 ltr?

    Thanks in advance for looking into my long requirement but a genuine one and thanks for your answers! :-)

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Here is my response:

      1) Instant Water electric water heaters available in India cannot provide you with fast flow of hot water in most cases as we have mentioned on this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/water-heaters/should-you-buy-instant-water-heater-for-your-bathroom.html

      If you want instant water heater, then better go for a gas water heater, which not only saves electricity but is energy efficient too. Just that you need to be careful with it’s installation.

      2) Choosing the right sized water heater is the most important aspect of choosing a water heater. If you prefer bucket bath then you need at least 10 lts water heater and for shower bath you need 15 lts. 3 and 6 lts would not suffice. You can read more on this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/water-heaters/choose-the-right-sized-water-heater-geyser-for-electricity-saving.html

      You should go for the most energy efficient 10 or 15 lts water heater mentioned above on this link. To read more about water heaters, check posts in our water heater section: http://www.bijlibachao.com/save-electricity/water-heaters

    • Karthik Ramaswamy

      Hello Abhishek,
      Firstly Thanks a lot for your reply, just wanted one more help from you, can you suggest a good water heater for Hard Water like in Bangalore.
      Can I go with Venus Water Heaters, what is your opinion about Venus Geyers?

      Thanks,
      Karthik R

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Venus water heaters are quite good. Do you need it for bucket bath or shower bath?

    • Karthik Ramaswamy

      Hello Abhishek,
      Thanks for your reply, I need the Water Heaters for both Showers as well as Bucket Baths. I checked Venus in one of the Sites Amazon or some other one and found that they don’t have auto turnoff feature. I felt that feature is very important to have safety wise.

      Going with Crompton Greaves Solarium DLX SWH815 15-Litre Storage Water Heater now after checking with two-three dealers.Kindly let me know your opinion on my choice and whether I should change my choice.

      Thanking You,
      Karthik R

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      In that case you should go for a 15 lts model. The CG (Crompton) model that you have selected is a good one. It is BEE 5 star rated with low standing loss. I think you can go with it.

  • Nilesh

    hello team want to know about after sales service of Midea Water Heater- MWHSA0255VK(Capacity–25L)

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Nilesh,

      We are not aware about it to comment on the same.

  • Tamilselvan

    My self from Tamilnadu.I like to buy 15ltr water heater. Which should I buy Ao Smith Hse sds 15ltr or tell the exact brand and model..

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      If you want to buy AO Smith, then any of these would be great:

      AO SMITH HSE-VAS-015
      AO SMITH HSE-SFS-015
      AO SMITH HSE-SES-015
      AO SMITH HSE-SBS-015
      AO SMITH HSE-SDS-015
      AO SMITH HSE-SAS-015

      They are the most energy efficient models in 15 lts. SFS is a 3 kW model so will heat faster. Others are 2 kW models. And yes SDS that you are looking at is also a great model.

  • dinesh joshi

    Any stats on Gas geysers ? Would be good if you can start forums where people would actively participate.

    Had more queries on other electronic devices as well

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Sorry, currently we do not have stats on Gas Geysers. Thanks for the suggestion on Forums, we will certainly think about it.

    • dinesh joshi

      Looking for geyser for 2 people what size is recommended?

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Depends on how you plan to use the geyser. For bucket bath 10 lts models are good. For shower bath, 15 lts are better.

  • http://www.dollarshower.com/ Ajith Prasad Edassery

    Hi Abhishek, Thank you for this amazing list. I need a 25L Five-star geyser and shortlisted on AO Smith and Bajaj. I see that Bajaj Majesty GPU is available online but discontinued in offline stores. They say, the new Five star model is called ‘Bajaj Calenta’. Any idea how is this? Your response will be appreciated as I have to pick either Calenta from the nearby store or Majesty GPU online based on which is better.

    (We need 25L model only as all four of us take long showers)

    Thanks,
    Ajith (Bangalore)

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      My frank opinion would be: just buy any BEE 5 star rated water heater, just don’t leave it on when not in use and buy as small water heater as possible.

    • http://www.dollarshower.com/ Ajith Prasad Edassery

      Thanks for your reply Abhishek. i have shortlisted on Bajaj Majesty GPU/ The reason for changing my reasonably-well functioning Venus 25L is that now it takes about 40 minutes for it to cut off in the mornings and about 35 mins in the afternoons. It’s already 10 years old and every year or so, keep burning its coils. I am hoping that newer geysers will heat up much faster and save power. Any idea how long is the cut-off time for typical 25L geysers?

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      25 lts means to heat the water to 60 degrees, electricity units required would be 25 x (60-20) x 0.0012 = 1.2 units or kWH (details of calculation mentioned on this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/water-heaters/choose-the-right-sized-water-heater-geyser-for-electricity-saving.html

      Now if your water heater has 2 kW heating element then time it would take would be 1.2/2 = 0.6 hrs or 36 mins. If the heating element is 3 kW then time taken would be 1.2/3 = 0.4 hrs or 24 mins.

    • http://www.dollarshower.com/ Ajith Prasad Edassery

      Thanks again Abhishek. As per your posts, I am delaying my geyser buying decision to conduct a couple of experiments. We have three geysers (25 x 2, 15 x 1) at home in three different bathrooms and all are 2000W. The one in the main bathroom is the workhorse (25L) and it was set at 65 degrees. The other one (used for brushing, washing face etc) is a 15L one and was set at throttle (75 degrees). Today, inspired by your formula, I set both at 55 degrees after opening the lid at their bottoms (old model Venus). Let me see how things go for a month or two. Later, I want to do one more experiment of swapping these two so that I may know if 15L one is enough for me before buying the same :)

  • R Shankar

    Hi Abhishek, are the quality levels of Venus and Elac (both Tamil Nadu brands) good enough at par with MNCs like say AO Smith and Racold and national brands like Bajaj, Havells, Usha Shriram, Crompton Greaves etc. ? Given to understand that Venus in particular has the heating element enclosed in a ceramic candle for durability and also that the heat loss protection is very superior and Elac has very fast heating capabilities. Appreciate your feedback on both Venus and Elac please in relation to the MNC and national brands.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi,

      Venus is a good brand and quite at par with MNC brands. I have not heard much about Elac though, so cannot comment on it.

    • R Shankar

      Noted and one more thing, for storage type heaters, would you generally suggest to go for a conventional design cylindrical drum type metal body (powder-coated surface) with inner-tank copper or the modern ones with plastic exterior and inner-tank of copper/aluminium . Is this a right approach in saying that many proponents of “old is gold” still swear by the conventional ones (with of course at par energy-efficiency ratings like 3 or 5 star) in contrast to the ones with plastic body ? The old school of thought says plastic body exteriors are only aesthetically superior and not as durable and robust as the metal body types . Happy to get some of your views.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I do not think plastics (or thermoplastic to be precise) should have challenge in durability. Here is an interesting article comparing steel and thermoplastic: http://www.processingmagazine.com/company-resources/the-debate-rolls-on-stainless-steel-versus-plastic-tanks/

  • Muralidhar Kasyapa

    Hi Abhishek, Could you please suggest me best Geyser from the following for a 5 member family staying in Hyderabad. We stay in 3rd floor, Independent house. Also is it advisable to buy Online? AO Smith HSE-SDS-25; AO Smith HSE-VAS-025; Bajaj – Platini PX 25 GVD; Bajaj- SHAKTI GPV 25. Your help at earliest is much appreciable for me to freeze on one of these.
    Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi,

      Are you really interested in buying a 25 lts water heater? A 15 lts one is good enough if people in your family prefer shower bath and 10 lts one if people prefer bucket. Bigger the water heater, more is its electricity consumption. A O Smith and Bajaj, both are good brands. You can check the list of most efficient water heaters above to find a model based on your brand preference.

    • Muralidhar Kasyapa

      Hi Abhishek,

      Thanks for your response, I thought of going with 25L cause during guests visits a 25L would suffice the need, also the price difference is not that great between a 15 and 25L. I would request you to please point me to a specific model within A O smith and Bajaj be it 15 or 25L (this is my specific request). And will you suggest buying geyser online?

      Regards,
      Murali

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I would suggest going for 15 lts model. As for the models, I will just pick up No 1 and No 2 from the list above:

      Rank Brand Model Capacity Standing Loss (units/day)
      1 AO SMITH HSE-VAS-015 15 0.450
      2 AO SMITH HSE-SFS-015 15 0.451
      2 HSE-SBS-015 15 0.451
      2 HSE-SAS-015 15 0.451
      2 HSE-SDS-015 15 0.451
      2 HSE-SES-015 15 0.451

      All are from AO Smith. While buying online, just make sure that you buy it from a seller with good rating and make sure that you are getting a warranty on the product.

    • Muralidhar Kasyapa

      Thanks Abhishek, this helped me in Freezing on “HSE-SDS-015 15 0.451”.

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  • G10

    Hello Team
    This website is a treasure trove for all of us curious Indians looking for some real data to make informed buying decisions. Really appreciate your effort here! Kudos to the entire BijliBachao team!!
    I am moving into my new apartment in Mumbai soon enough and I am looking for some guidance on choosing the water heaters.
    I actually don’t live in Mumbai and I visit home for about 30 days in a year. All year round only 2 people stay in this house but my cousins and relatives visit almost every other weekend. Most of them bathe using 2 buckets of water. However, couple of us (me & my cousins) love bathing using a shower. My bath session is normally 20 mins long.
    Now since the home is in Mumbai, its normally warm outside & the water temperature is mostly not too cold, so I can actually shower in regular tap water for almost 6-8 months in a year (March to November).
    I have 2 bathrooms, I want to have facility to take a shower in both the bathrooms but with capability to have a longer shower in the master bath. Can you recommend some power efficient and price efficient water heaters that I can get installed? I would also appreciate if you can recommend brands which have good customer service in Mumbai based on what you have seen/heard.
    Thanks a lot in advance!!
    Cheers
    G10

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi G10,

      15 lts water heater should be more than enough. However if you like longish shower then max 25 lts would be good enough. You can look at models from Havells, AO Smith, Racold, Bajaj, etc from the list above.

    • G10

      Hi Abhishek

      I am not able to pinpoint which Racold models you listed. RACOLD ESWH(DG/SW)-15V – Which one is this ? Eterno? Can you point me to a link on racold’s website ? Also RACOLD ESWH-10V & PR(NEO/STYLO/STYLO ES)-6V
      Appreciate if you can assist.
      Thanks!

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      HI Jeeten,

      The biggest challenge in India is that brands do not provide details on their website so that consumers can make an informed decision. We at bijli bachao try to match data from BEE with that available from manufacturers, but sometimes it is hard to match. Racold has 5 models: Altro 2 Plus*, Eterno dg, Eterno Swift, Altro 2 ,CDR* in which they have 15 lts model. They claim that all of them are BEE 5 star. But the data they have submitted to BEE does not match with what is given on their website. And worst of all, there is no data on standard loss of these models on their catalogue to confirm if these models are really BEE 5 star or not.

    • G10

      I agree. This is a mess. I always thought that all these online ecommerce sites will force these companies to maintain up to date websites and detailed product pages. But I was wrong. It has even gone worse. It was so difficult to find Lavo EM & AO Smith heaters in a city like Mumbai. All the dealers were interested in selling Racold and Havells. Such a mess.
      I really appreciate what you guys have put up here. You have a bit long way to go but I am sure people will more and more rely on sites like yours to make informed decisions.
      I really hope that companies start sending you the products so that you can independently certify and validate the claims. I guess you have a market! All the best!

  • Janak Vaidhya

    i am very confused because of i want to buy lankless electric water heater . my home have single phase electric connection

  • Janak Vaidhya

    please give me advice for tank less water heater 8000 power watt is ok

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      8 kW (or 8000 watt) tankless water heater should be good enough to provide you continuous flow of hot water. But it cannot work in a single phase connection. You will need a 3 phase connection and with significantly higher connected load (much bigger electricity connection). 8 kW is just needed by this water heater. Then you would have several other appliances. Your house load will be calculated by summing up the loads of all the appliances. You will have to call an engineer from your electricity distribution company to evaluate the total load if you go for a new increased load connection.

  • Panduranga Bhat

    Hi Abhishek

    For Bangalore, where water is hard (borewell supply) do I select 1) Morphy Richard Lavo 2) Ao SMITH HSE- HAS 3) RACOLD Altro 2 ? I am looking for 25 litre horizontal model.

  • farhan

    hi abhishek, i have ssen one advertisement on tv of havells geyser showing one unit consumption per day… which was that model…. i would really like to know which model of havells should be preferred for lowest electricity consumption…. also of any other brand is ok… ANd what is standing loss?

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Farhan,

      No water heater can assure you daily energy consumption because electricity consumption of water heater depends on usage of water. Electricity consumption will be more if the same water heater is used by 10 people instead of 1 person just because 10 people will use much more hot water. Companies can only tell you the maximum energy that the water heater loses in a day (which is also the standing loss). Essentially it is an indicator of how good is the insulation of the water heater so that hot water does not get cold. Better the insulation, lower is the heat loss and thus lower is the electricity loss. But the consumption will depend on the usage of hot water. You can read more about standing loss on this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/water-heaters/choose-the-right-sized-water-heater-geyser-for-electricity-saving.html.

      Otherwise in general Havells is a good brand. You can look at the list above and find a havells model in the size that you are looking at.

  • Anand

    Hi, I am having a family of 4 with a small kid, so totally 5 members, I want to purchase an water heater, could you please suggest the brand and product to go, to let you know, that my bathroom is of approx. 6 to 6.5 feet, what has a loft above my bathroom… and I lives in Chennai, in my area ground water contains of salt. (It means, the water is good to cook, bath, washing, for example while boiling the rice, it seems to be bit yellowish color after it is cooked), so please suggest a good water heater, by considering the above points. Thank you sir…

  • L K Sharma

    Hi,
    I had an instant water heater in the kitchen, which just broke down. My washing machine is also connected on the same line.
    I would like to go in for a PNG heater.
    Please suggest, if I should go in for a PNG or a 15/20 ltr electric heater.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      PNG heater would be far more energy efficient and money saving and if you can make sure that it is installed in the safest way, it would be the best thing to go for. A 15/20 lts water heater would not be instant and you will have to start it 15-20 minutes before the use.

  • Anuj Sharma

    i want to purchase geyser for family of 4. Which type of geyser would you recommend i should go for?

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      If your family uses bucket for bathing then 10 lts model would be good. If you use shower then 15 lts would be better.

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