Whole-house on-demand systems, about the size of a breadbox (remember breadboxes?), use electric or gas to heat water at the moment you need it and are increasingly replacing tank-storage systems.
Now, German manufacturer Stiebel Eltron has taken the concept one step further with its new mini on-demand electric water heater, which is pretty cute at about 7 inches square and 3 inches deep.
Though not big enough to fill Kohler’s new 84-inch overflowing bath for two with any efficiency, the new mini could provide hot water for a guest-bath sink or a wash-up area you’ve been considering for the garden shed. Or a pool house? How about on a boat, small cabin or RV?
Stiebel Eltron’s whole-house electric on-demand heaters are available online for about $400 with free shipping; the mini costs less than $200.
For more information, go to the Stiebel Eltron’s website, or call (800) 582-8423.