Downsize Water Heater?

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It is this very criteria that causes me to STAY with a gas heater, although I BRIEFLY considered an electric unit.
At my former home, we were all-electric. I replaced the 40 with a 50 JUST IN TIME for the three, growing daughters to "discover" hot water. The timing was PERFECT! I had no complaint about the unit, recovery rate or otherwise. *I* always had hot water and that was good enough for ME!!
Now, I must replace my aging 50-gallon. Downsize; High-recovery; High efficiency; name brand; cheapie; in-between; This is silly.
I am currently leaning toward downsizing to a 40 but, this time, a high-recovery unit.
http://www.hotwater.com/lit/spec/media/res_gas/ARG-SS003-0405N.pdf
I'm sure A.O.Smith downsized the actual gallon capacity (by 2) of this particular "high recovery forty" to achieve the impressive recovery rate.
The OP mentioned their preference for a FULL-TUB bath. We have one "full" bath with a whirlpool tub (one person). One whirlpool bath and a 38-gallon model will surely be exhausted. Given that the tub is virtually never used, it is of VERY little influence in my selection process. Heck, I remember taking baths when I was little and my mom coming in with a huge pot of water she'd heated on the stove to augment what came out of the tap. I don't remember for sure, but I presume the water heater had given its all at these times!
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JR

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There is no way I'd EVER even consider having an electric water heater or furnace.
We had an electric water heater and stove at our vacation cabin for a while when we first bought it. After 6 months of paying that outrageous electric bill, I swapped them both out for propane units. Any electric heating unit is going to be way less efficient than it's gas counterpart.
At our house, I have a 40 gallon high efficiency water heater. My wife and I can take extremely long showers back to back and we still have never managed to drain it. Even after doing a load of laundry and running the dishwasher beforehand.
When looking for a house, one of the first things I look for is all gas appliances (furnace, water-heater, dryer, stove). The only 220 breakers in the fuebox are the ones that power the garage and A/C.
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Everything in a potential house can be changed. When looking for a house, the first and last thing to look for, is if your wife likes it.

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I have now changed my mind. I no longer think you should downsize to a 40 gal. You should get a 50 gal. When 1 of your son-in-laws loses his job, and the family moves in with you, you're going to need that extra 10 gallons.

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Everything in a potential house can be changed. When looking for a house, the first and last thing to look for, is if your wife likes it. ++++++++++++++++++++++
Sounds nice BUT!
What if theres no gas in the neighborhood:(
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