Takagi Tankless Water Heaters
Review and Buying Tips

Reviews of Takagi water heaters, including popular T-KJr2 and T-H3 models. Explore the most advanced Takagi tankless models with the condensing technology reaching high energy efficiency of over 95%. Check out the best models and features to look for, from small to large homes, using one or multiple fixtures.

Highlights

Top selling models

Features to look for and benefits

Takagi water heaters are equipped with many advanced and very useful features ensuring high performance, efficiency, better user experience, comfort, and great savings. Some of the top features are:

  • Takagi water heaters provide flexible venting installation. This is possible due to its ability to use indoor, outdoor and direct vent conversion kits, concentric and dual-pipe systems, and terminate it horizontally or vertically.
  • The largest Takagi models provide sufficient hot water flow from one to several bathrooms. With the Multi-Unit and Easy-Link options, users have an opportunity to connect two or more water heaters into one system and get more power and higher water flow rate, which is needed for high demanding applications.
  • Most of the tankless units are equipped with the electronic circuit board and microprocessor which control the whole operation and provides enhanced safety and advanced monitoring, including diagnostics and error code notifications.
  • Inside of the combustion chamber, double flame sensors ensure greater safety.
  • With the help of the air-fuel ratio rod and computerized operation, water heaters ensure clean gas combustion, better performance and efficiency.
  • A temperature controller is integrated into some models and provided with others, ensuring more convenience and higher savings.
  • The best models utilize commercial grade materials for heavy-duty conditions and long-term use.
  • A primary heat exchanger is the standard element and only in top models it is made of commercial-grade copper alloy - HRS35, which gives more strength than the regular type (commonly used) copper.
  • A secondary heat exchanger is made of corrosion resistant 316L stainless steel and it is found on condensing models only (T-H3 and 540P models).
  • A bypass and flow adjustment valve built-in in some of the commercial models that deals with the high hot water demand.
  • Every model has several safety features so it can protect the unit from freezing, extremely high temperatures and overheating.
  • The manufacturer provides a great warranty of 15 years on the heat exchanger and 5 years on other parts.

Takagi models review

Takagi T-H3 tankless water heaterTakagi T-H3

Takagi offers several models with the tankless technology, designed for residential and commercial applications, where the most advanced models include the condensing technology, integrated digital controls, “green” combustion and efficient operation.

For easier selection, we will group all the tankless models into three categories so depending on your home size you can select one either for small, medium or large size homes.

Sizing guidelines

To choose the right Takagi model, you have to know what size to look for. To properly size the heater, take into consideration the following factors; peak flow requirements, temperature rise (the difference between outgoing and incoming water temperature) and types of applications.

Flow rates

To calculate the peak flow requirements, or how much hot water do you need at one time, use the chart below. See how many applications are to be used at the same time and add those numbers to calculate the total sum of the water flow.

Application Average
water
flow (GPM)
Average
water
temperature (F)
Tub 1 102
Shower 2.5 104
Washing machine 2 120
Dishwasher 1.5 110
Kitchen sink 1.5 110

Example: If running three applications simultaneously: 2 showers (2.5 GPM) and a washing machine (2 GPM) (2x2.5+2=7 GPM), the total flow rate is 7 GPM. To get enough hot water, choose a model from Takagi T-H3/540P series.

Below is the table with the available Takagi models, water flow and number of fixtures it can supply, and for two regions – warmer with the temperature of the incoming water of 70 F and colder – with the temperature of water 50 F.

Takagi
model
Water flow 
(GPM)
# of showers in
warmer region
# of showers in
colder region
T-KJr2/110 4.6 2.5 1.5
T-K4/310 6.2 3.5 2.5
T-D2/510 6.5 3.5 2.5
T-H3M 4.5 2.5 1.5
T-H3J 6.1 3.5 2.5
T-H3S 6.8 4 2.5
T-H3/540P 7.6 4.5 3

Small size models – great for homes with one to two bathrooms

Takagi T-KJr2 series

Takagi T-KJr2-IN and T-KJr2-OS models are the smallest tankless water heaters that use only one heat exchanger, making them non-condensing. These are recommended for homes with one to two bathrooms, also apartments, cottages and condos, and for indoor (T-KJr2-IN) and outdoor (T-KJr2-OS) installations.

Takagi T-KJr2 models are designed for efficient and cost-effective way of residential water heating and can be combined with the radiant floor or baseboard heating. With the appropriate venting kit, Takagi T-KJr2-IN can be converted into the direct vent models for use in confined areas. The temperature controllers are provided for convenient use. The heaters use a two-pipe vent system for an efficient and low NOx gas emission to the outside atmosphere.

110C series

TK-110C-NI is the non-condensing unit that is designed for indoor use only, and it comes with the one-pipe concentric vent option. Small size, great for small houses and apartments. This is an ultra-low NOx model that has the temperature controller built-in.

110U series

An indoor model TK-110U-I also comes with an integrated temperature controller which is provided for an outdoor model TK-110U-E. The model has a small size, so it is great for small houses and apartments. Ultra-low NOx gas emission. Non-condensing.

Similar model: Rinnai RL75

Medium size models – great for homes with up to three bathrooms

T-K4 series

Takagi T-K4-IN and T-K4-OS are non-condensing, tankless water heaters designed as the indoor and outdoor models with the water flow capacity and energy efficiency sufficient for heating water in homes with up to 3 showers - working simultaneously. The remote control is not built-in but is provided, as the standard feature. The venting system of the indoor model uses the two-pipe system. Low NOx emission.

310C series

TK-310C-NI is a non-condensing indoor unit that comes with the concentric venting system for easier installation. It meets the ultra-low gas emission requirements. It comes with a built-in temperature controller.

310U series

The 310U series offers two models; an indoor TK-310U-I that uses the two-pipe venting system, and outdoor TK-310U-E model which is ventless. An indoor model comes with the integrated temperature controller, while it is provided with the outdoor unit. These are ultra-low NOx models.

Large size models – great for homes with up to four bathrooms

D2 series

Takagi T-D2 water heaters are designed for residential and light commercial applications and indoor and outdoor installation. Up to 4 heaters can be connected into one system, using the Easy-Link communication cable. They utilize the commercial-grade heat exchanger.

510 C series

Takagi TK-510C-NI comes with the concentric vent option making the installation much easier. It is available only as an indoor model. Due to its strong burner and commercial-grade heat exchanger, it is recommended for heavy hot water use. It meets ultra-low NOx requirements.

The model can be used in homes and commercial applications. Designed for residential water heating, combination space heating, and recirculation systems. With the Easy-Link communication cable, up to 4 units can be connected, while with the Multi-Unit controller, allows up to 20 units. The temperature controller is built-in.

510U series

510U series comes with almost the same features as the above 510C series (including the Easy-Link and Multi-Unit systems), with the difference that its indoor model TK-510U-I uses the two-pipe system. There is also an outdoor type - TK-510U-E, designed for homeowners who prefer outside installation.

H3M, H3J, H3S and H3 series

Takagi water heaters from H3M series have the lowest water flow rate, while the H3 models are the most powerful and have the highest hot water delivery rate.

All the models from Takagi H3 series are Ultra-low models and Energy Star compliant. Indoor models come with the two-pipe vent system and integrated temperature controller while the outdoor models are ventless and come with the separate controller. Only the T-H3-DV-N and T-H3-OS-N use an Easy-Link or Multi-Unit controller to connect more units into one system and therefore provide more hot water.

540P series

Takagi water heaters TK-540P-NIH and TK-540P-NEH are tankless and condensing water heaters that can provide instant hot water. How? The series integrates a recirculation pump and a dedicated recirculation line, also the temperature and pump controller on the indoor model and provided controller of the outdoor unit. These units are also ultra-low NOx compliant and can use Easy-Link for more hot water delivery.

Similar model: Rinnai RUC98

Specs

Takagi
model
Power 
(BTU)
Energy factor Temperature
range (F)
T-KJr2 19,500-140,000 0.79 99-167
T-K4 11,000-190,000 0.80 99-167
T-D2 11,000-190,000 0.80 100-176
T-H3M 15,000-120,000 0.90 100-140
T-H3J 15,000-160,000 0.94 100-140
T-H3S 15,000-180,000 0.95 100-140
T-H3 15,000-199,000 0.93 100-160
110C/U 15,000-140,000 0.81 100-140
310C/U 15,000-190,000 0.82 100-140
510C/U 15,000-199,000 0.81 100-160
540P 15,000-199,000 0.93 100-140

Recommendation

While there are many tankless models to choose from, Takagi T-H3-DV is one you should consider buying. Takagi T-H3-DV is the tankless water heater with the condensing technology and designed for heavy usage in residential home. Behind the modern look there are several amazing features such as the cutting-edge electronics and powerful gas burner. The model can reach high 199,000 BTU so the water is heated with the ultra-high energy efficiency of 0.95 and delivered to maximum five fixtures with the rate of up to 10 GPM.

Why should you choose a tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters, such as those from Takagi, do not store hot water as the conventional tank-type. Tankless models heat water on demand when it is passing through one or two heat exchangers. Those models with two heat exchangers are called condensing. And they are the biggest energy savers. This is important because up to 25% of the home’s annual energy use goes on water heating.

Another great advantage, except on demand heating, is the unlimited supply of hot water. The advanced models are controlled by the built-in computer which allows better temperature control, accuracy, enhanced safety, convenience, and comfort. Also, reliable and durable operation.

Takagi water heaters are compact and lightweight that comes with the size of a small suitcase, allowing easy handling and installation. The wall mount, long vents, and flexibility in the design ensure unit installation almost anywhere inside and outside the house.

About Takagi

Takagi Industrial Co. is one of the four popular Japanese manufacturers of tankless water heaters sold in the US. The headquarters is in Japan, and Takagi has been designing and producing water heating appliances since 1952.

According to the manufacturer, Takagi water heaters are the first units with a continuous water supply and on-demand heating that entered the North American region.

Also, Takagi is among the first ones who were able to offer a model, T-H1, with the ultra-high thermal efficiency of close to 95%.

(updated 2019)

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