Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 20
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CLTucson Online description is NOT accurate; product / tape OK
Package says "Acts like R19 Value*" in font that is 1/4 inch high, top center of packaging. Package says " 3.5 R Value" lower down in smaller font. I don't understand the physics of this heat transer equality -- possibly it's the New Math. The ONLINE description states this would cover a 60-gallon water heater, which I would strongly dispute. The ACTUAL PACKAGE does not make this claim, merely has the dimensions of the product adverstised on the package. I own a 40-gallon water heater, and used every square inch of this product to barely cover it. Some advice about cutting it follows. The top of my water heater is 75 inches from the floor, so I made the first cut into the product about 75 inches from the end, making a very long rectangle. This section was taped to the water heater using the supplied tape. The remnant piece was then taped over the exposed area, using the supplied tape. The tape was fine, separated from the backing okay, and had good adhesion to the product. I did not have any left to cover the top. It took me about 20 minutes to install. As the majority of the surface area is the SIDE of the water heater, and not the TOP, I judged the water heater was sufficiently covered. The product itself seems fine, but the advertising of it's capability (R-value and what water heaters it would fit) definitely needs improvement to gain the confidence of the customer. Bottom line: it worked fine for me, but I was annoyed by the inaccuracy of the advertised features.
October 29, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Barbara Misleading advertising
As the previous reviewer stated, it had a different & lower R value on the package. I asked my local store why? " It WOULD BE R19 EQUIVALENT when added to the insulation already calculated from the water heater itself." NOT what I wanted. Bought the R11 from the store for a lower price but overall higher R value. Only difference was the backing of foil and the thickness of fiberglass.
September 17, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Read2me Not R19 -- says R Value 3.5 on packaging
This was available in the store, but I bought online because product descriptions says R19 Equivalent.......not sure why you advertise this way when it is not R19 Equivalent on package.
October 11, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Elliott Not particularly pleased.
It didn't fit my 60 gallon tank as advertised (too short); aluminum tape didn't adhere to the insulated foil backing as well as it should have.
October 25, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by WeekendWarrior What I learned when I got home.
When you replace a water heater you usually do it in a rush. So the value of the blanket, I don't know. The quality was OK. I didn't shop around on the price. It only took a few minutes to install. The aluminun tape that came with the blanket would not seperate from the paper backing. I had to use my own. The blanket was about 12" short in heigth from covering the 59" tall 50 gal.water heater. I had to use part of my old blanket to finnish. Like I said I was in a rush. I didn't stand there and read the complete print on the bag. My fault I assumed a water heater blanket would cover a water heater.
February 21, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by provmag Not Really Worth the Money
Using Plain R22 with backing would have been better and cheaper. This product was not cut for a water heater jacket. It is just a flat piece of foil backed insulation. You have to cut it exactly to fit, with no room for error. The waste has to be used to cover the top.
November 29, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Badger Too small
I bought this for our new water heater. I just installed a 50 gallon unit. This blanket is about 20 inches too short for the circumference. I ended up having to piece it together. This was the only WH blanket my closest HD had, otherwise I would return it.
I even asked the guy working the isle if it would fit a 50 gallon tank and he said "yes". Perhaps HD should post a sign at this bin stating to measure your tank first.
Advice: measure the circumference of your WH before you buy this.
February 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by st8er Stop the Cold
I have a 50 gallon water heater this blanket is too small and the directions on the packaging say "vinyl side out" there is no vinyl side on this product both sides are silver paper like material. Might be a better product for smaller water heaters.
December 6, 2011