Which Water Heater to buy??

Time for a new water heater. Had a State that lasted 15 years. Have natural gas and only room for a 40 gallon short tank. My options are: John Wood: 1st. hour recovery rate: 75 gallons energy factor: .57 Six year warranty $235
Bradford White: 1st. hour recovery rate: 73 gallons energy factor: .56 Six year warranty $249
Sears PowerMiser 6 (made by State) 1st. hour recovery rate: 67 gallons energy factor: .57 Six year warranty $239
Thanks in advance for your help.......
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why not consider tankless??
Jeff

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Have a Bradford-White in this house which was never drained or maintained..I've been here 3 years, Heater was installed in 1986 (!!). Only now showing signs of rust.
So, having it replaced tomorrow with another Bradford-White which, with regular drainings may very well last me another 15 years or more.....kinda like urban legends. You can't go wrong with Brandford-White HWH's, or Maytag Appliances ;)
Looked at Tankless heating units.....considerable cost ($1000+) from what I saw, also read in that price range you're talking about 1 or 2 sources at any given time...meaning 1 person taking a shower, with a dishwasher going there might not be hot water for the tap, another shower, etc, etc......gallons per minute issues???...saw about buying 2 systems running in parallel but decided I'd stick with the cheaper, tried-and-true option.
Again, only from what I read about Tankless did I get the above info.

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I'll be in this house for at least another 6-8 years. Tankless will make more sense in the next house when the kids have all moved out. Also, by then maybe the tankless systems will be a bit more affordable. I've now got a river flowing through the basement and had to make a decision. I went with the Bradford White. They have a good reputation and representation in my area. The hardest part of the installation will be trying to find a place to install the expansion tank. Thanks again for the ideas....

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