Here's everything you need to know about the EcoSmart Smart Pool 18 Electric Tankless Pool Heater, including the good, bad, and everything in between.
We'll be including user reviews so you can see how this heater fares over time, and we'll find out if this model is worthy of a place among the best pool heaters (opens in new tab).
EcoSmart Smart Pool 18: What need to know
The EcoSmart Smart Pool Heater has a digital thermostat control which means you can set the temperature exactly as you like it. There’s no standby heat loss with this pool heater because it heats the water when you want it. It’s also seriously compact – EcoSmart electric tankless water heaters are significantly smaller than standard tank heaters, so they’re a practical choice if you’re limited in terms of space in which to place it.
EcoSmart SSmart Pool 18: Price
EcoSmart is a best-selling brand when it comes to tankless water heaters. They’re known for selling high performing, highly efficient heaters with a generous warranty – some models even come with a lifetime warranty. Because of that, this is a brand in the premium price bracket but we think it still represents good value for money, because it’s an affordable option for an electric pool heater that will last as long as many more expensive alternatives.
EcoSmart Smart Pool 18: Design & features
The Smart Pool electric pool heater has a digital temperature display and dial that lets you set your preferred water temperature in 1-degree increments. It can be used as an alternative to a heat pump or as a booster and is compact, lightweight and energy-efficient no matter what the ambient temperature is. The Smartpool heater offers 99.8% thermal energy efficiency compared with most water heater tanks, which are only 65% efficient. EcoSmart electric tankless water heaters are 90% smaller than a tank type heater, allowing you to place them almost anywhere.
EcoSmart Smart Pool 18: Performance
EcoSmart Pool Heaters are a compact alternative to heat pumps and this one can also be used as a booster. The Smart Pool Series are energy efficient, whatever the ambient temperature. If you don’t have a natural gas line or would prefer not to use propane gas, an electrical pool heater is a viable alternative. It’s a fast and efficient option for quickly heating up your pool, and the advantage of this tankless model is the space-saving design.
EcoSmart Smart Pool 18: User reviews
Pool Cleaning HQ rated this the 3rd best electric pool heater (July 2019) with a score of 9.0, while Pool Zoom quoted a 99.8% efficiency regardless of ambient temperature.
Reports from Pool Above Ground state that this heater comes with a two-year limited warranty which covers everything but labour, other handling faults, and the heating elements. They also found this model easy to install and attractive to look at.
Should you buy the EcoSmart Smart Pool 18?
Yes, if you’re looking for a reliable, energy-efficient electric pool heater. It’s an especially good buy if you’re limited in terms of space in which to place it, as the tankless design makes it considerably more compact than other electric pool heaters.
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