We have been happy users of the Bennington C600 since we moved into Punggol Lodge.
I shall not go into the storage heater vs electric heater debate. This review is based on our experience with our unit – both of us have never used a storage heater before.
The C600 was one of the first items we had installed in our place.
As mentioned before, one of the things that HDB got right in the design of new flats is the system of connected pipes which gives you hot and cold water mixers for the bathrooms. Of course some might argue why not have mixers for the kitchen taps too but honestly I personally think it unnecessary.
For those of you new to bathroom talk, mixers are just those taps that can go from hot to cold.
The concealed pipes are also a nice touch. Which brings me to the first advantage of electric heaters – their small size. Countless house owners have regretted getting storage heaters. If you do consider those, make sure you and your plumber are on the same page. A storage heater that is too big might have to be installed out in the service yard. This would mean less space in the yard and additional piping. Either way also make sure the pipes that are connected are done with minimal bends and length. It’s usual (usual may not necessarily be best) practice for sub-cons, in this case the plumber, to mount the heater first and then figure out the pipes. This point applies to both storage and electrical heaters, arguably more for the former than the latter.
Another consideration for all heaters would be the speed the water flowing from your shower turns hot from the moment you turn the tap on. It takes a good 50 seconds on average before you get hot water in the shower. However keep in mind a large portion of the wait is for the heated water to travel through the pipes before reaching the shower head.
Overall I would recommend this water heater to any BTO owners out there. It functions well and so far I have had no problems since my installation last November, a period of a year. It’s small size and neat installation is a definite plus.
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+ small size
+ suitable for small families
+ short wait for hot water
– a perfect heater would have instant hot water on demand