Does anyone have any recommendations as to what water heater manufacturers make a reliable tank. I'm not too enthusiastic about getting a GE model from HomeDepot. From what I have found online, Rheem seem like a good choice. My local Ferguson plumbing place carry the A O Smith brand.
Whirlpool seem to have high ratings on the Lowes site but they also have a lot of extra electronic (I read something else to go wrong) features, that seem to make what should be a simple system, complex and therefore not reliable.