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4.1 | 23 Reviews

GE® Smart 50 Gallon Tall Electric Water Heater

GE Appliances GE50T12BLM

***Will consider competitor pricing***

Features

  • Real Capacity
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Leading Performance
  • Quick Recovery

Quick Specs

  • Type: Small Water Heater
  • Energy Star Rated: No

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Real Capacity

Get the most hot showers from the only water heater that holds a true 50 gallons of water (Compared to 50 gallon electric steel tank water heaters per DOE rated gallon capacity)

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Built-in WiFi

Easily adjust temperatures, set vacation mode schedules and receive notifications with Built-in WiFi powered by SmartHQ

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Leading Performance

Live comfortably with this best in class unit that delivers 78 gallons of hot water in the first hour (Measured through DOE First Hour Rating)

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Quick Recovery

Two 5500W heating elements quickly increase water temperature for hot water when you need it

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Household Size

Provide hot water for the whole family of 3 to 5 persons

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Anode Sensing

Notifies you when your anode rod needs replacing to help extend the life of your tank

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Stainless Steel Heating Elements

Ultra-durable stainless-steel heating elements resist rust and corrosion

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Inlet Tube

Replenishes water from the bottom of the tank to maximize hot water delivery

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Brass Drain Valve

Rust-proof construction can be counted on to provide long-lasting service

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Easy Set Up

Replace your old water heater quickly and easily using standard water and electrical connections

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Digital Display

Make easy, accurate adjustments at the touch of a button

Real Capacity Get the most hot showers from the only water heater that holds a true 50 gallons of water (Compared to 50 gallon electric steel tank water heaters per DOE rated gallon capacity)

Built-in WiFi Easily adjust temperatures, set vacation mode schedules and receive notifications with Built-in WiFi powered by SmartHQ

Leading Performance Live comfortably with this best in class unit that delivers 78 gallons of hot water in the first hour (Measured through DOE First Hour Rating)

Quick Recovery Two 5500W heating elements quickly increase water temperature for hot water when you need it

Household Size Provide hot water for the whole family of 3 to 5 persons

Anode Sensing Notifies you when your anode rod needs replacing to help extend the life of your tank

Stainless Steel Heating Elements Ultra-durable stainless-steel heating elements resist rust and corrosion

Inlet Tube Replenishes water from the bottom of the tank to maximize hot water delivery

Brass Drain Valve Rust-proof construction can be counted on to provide long-lasting service

Easy Set Up Replace your old water heater quickly and easily using standard water and electrical connections

Digital Display Make easy, accurate adjustments at the touch of a button

Features

  • Real Capacity
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Leading Performance
  • Quick Recovery
  • Household Size
  • Anode Sensing
  • Stainless Steel Heating Elements
  • Inlet Tube
  • Brass Drain Valve
  • Easy Set Up
  • Digital Display
CAPACITY
Unit Capacity 50 Gallons
FILTER
App Filter - Vacation Mode Yes
App Filter - Tank Diameter 22 in. and above
App Filter - Capacity Water Heater 50-59 gallons
App Filter - Product Type Water Heaters Electric Standard
App Filter - WiFi Connect Built-In
APPEARANCE
Color Appearance Gray
POWER / RATINGS
Integrated Energy Factor 0.93
Volts/Hertz 240V; 60Hz
Heating - Electric - Heater Watts 5500/5500
Voltage (MAX) 240.0
Electrical Circuit Required Dedicated 30 Amp Min.
Electrical Connection Direct-Wire
First Hour Rate (FHR) 78 Gallons
Operating Water Pressure 20-125 PSI
WARRANTY
Warranty Notes See written warranty for full details
Parts Warranty 12-year limited
Labor Warranty 1-year limited
WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
Net Weight 142.0
Connection Sizes - Water Inlet (MNPT) 3/4"
Product Height (to top of water inlet/outlet connections) 63.875
Product Diameter 22.0
Connection Sizes - Hot Water Outlet (MNPT) 3/4"
Product Height (to top of unit) 62.375
Approximate Shipping Weight 154.0
FEATURES
Sensing Anode Yes
Overheat Protection Yes
Fuel Type Electric
WiFi Connect Built-In
Drain Valve Type Brass
Configuration Tall
Temperature Setting Factory Default 120° F
Vacation Setting Yes
Operating Modes Normal
Vacation
Water Connection Location Top
Control Type Electronic with Digital Display
Temperature Setting 100-140° F Range
Product Type Electric Electronic
Diagnostic Feedback Yes
Family Size 3-5 People
Height Description Tall

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  • Type: Small Water Heater

  • Features

  • Energy Star Rated: No

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4.1 out of 5

78% of reviewers recommend this product.

5 Stars

Great product

Stephmathis 4/18/2022

We bought this to replace an existing GE smarthome water heater that was a 2006 model. It still worked. We were just adding a new water softener system & filtration system.
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5 Stars

40 gallon smart hot water tank

Raymond42355 3/23/2022

Great unit - love the technology - water is super hot
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Yes, I recommend this product

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4 Stars

Works so far

Hot Water Guy 3/4/2022

Uses a lot of electricity, but I chose it to replace a gas hot water heater because I have solar panels on my roof. I hope this is a good decision.
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1 Stars

GE is no longer top of the line

Michelle Hoff 2/23/2022

Our water heater arrived 2 hours after the window AND it won't work. The code is F11 which states top heating element not working. Add insult because of getting here so late, tech support is CLOSED until morning. Thanks for no hot water!!
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No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

Does the job

Celly13 1/6/2022

Good product. App is easy to set up and nice to be able to set the temp on your phone
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Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

Basic, but reliable!

Umamimami 12/29/2021

I don't need to have all of the wifi connectivity. I tried it, but there really aren't that many options to mess with to justify having another app on my phone. However, app works, also pushing the actual buttons on the water heater works too. Water is consistent and there are no problems, just what I like.
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Yes, I recommend this product

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1 Stars

Not very smart

Steeler Dave 12/27/2021

I bought this water heater thinking that if I paid a few extra dollars for a smart one, I would save money on my electric bills long term. Wrong. The SmartHQ app that you have to use to control this heater is so lame that you cannot do something as simple as set a schedule to turn the heater off for a few hours in the middle of the night. You can manually turn the heater on and off or adjust the temperature from your phone - and that's it. My old dumb water heater had the same functionality, I just had to actually walk over to it. The horrible app is my biggest problem with this heater, but I should also point out that it arrived in an error state. The first time I turned it on, it began beeping and showed "F6" on the display. I started pressing buttons and got it to quit beeping, but I was unable to set the temperature or connect it to my phone. Luckily it was actually heating water to a default temperature, or else it would have been a much bigger problem. I ended up having to make several phone calls over the next week to GE customer service, with them telling me different things to try. Finally some one told me to press a sequence of buttons three times real quick, and that cleared the error. Weird. My entire house is full of GE appliances and have had really good experiences with all of them - except this one. Either save your money and get a non-smart version or try another brand with more capable controls.
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No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

Very efficient

Jren 9/11/2021

Great product, space saver and excellent service. Great value
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Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

Exceptional value

Tony1965 8/4/2021

Easy installation and this being a smart device is what caused me to buy this water heater.
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Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

Like the brand

Santa Clause 7/21/2021

So far so good. Replaced a GE water that was 16 years old. Nothing wrong with it, except age. It looked and worked like a brand new one. Did nothing to it in 16 years! Always replace things before they go bad.
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Yes, I recommend this product

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1 Stars

Terrible Delivery, wrong manual included, value?

WD H 5/22/2021

Desired non-smart unit was out of stock, so needed to buy this more expensive 'smart units'. Upgrade was not worth it. Delivery assured on 4 days and only cancelled after no-show. Took 21 days vs 3-5 promised. Came with manual for non-smart unit! Complaint not answered.
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No, I do not recommend this product

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4 Stars

Good so far

Kmcaustin 5/8/2021

This replaced a 20 year old GE hot water heater. Install went good except there are no instructions for the wifi feature. After searching around found you need to install the smarthq app and follow instructions to turn on wifi and configure.
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3 Stars

Took 2 to get it right

The Cottage Hot Water 3/18/2021

Only had the water heater for about a month. It heats water! The wifi and app are just OK. Very simple but effective for my use at the cottage. I do have to say the quality of the build is not great. The 1st one there was a leak at the cold water intake. It too 2 weeks to get a replacement water heater. Thank god it was for a cottage and not my home. The 2nd unit arrived. The overflow valve is not installed properly...it should point straight down...but mine is off by about 20 degree angle. Not a big deal...I am using PEX as my down pile so it flex's fine...but really...can't someone see that isn't right at the manufacturing site...lazy! I kept the unit as I did not want to wait another 2 weeks for a replacement. One last thing...not a big deal. Once the WiFi is enabled there is a quit high pitch squeal coming from the control board. It's in the basement and you need to be close to the unit to hear it but it could be irritating. Just waiting for it to fail...lol.
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No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

Easy controls and WiFi connection!

Traveling service tech 3/7/2021

I travel for work and I've always wanted a WiFi connectable water heater. The controls are very easy to use and simple to turn on vacation mode for a specific number of days when I'm traveling for work. Then it returns to normal mode before I'm home. I love this!
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1 Stars

Smart feature is absolutely useless. Save your $

TheReviewer 3/5/2021

This could be an awesome water heater IF GE put in some effort to develop the app. Currently, the "smart" features are setting the temperature and vacation mode via WiFi. However, most people will set it and forget it. There should be analytics for usage. Electricity saving modes. Common GE, you guys are the engineers here. Otherwise, save your money and buy another brand that has more features in their app.
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No, I do not recommend this product

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5 Stars

Works as it should

Jarch3 2/28/2021

I am happy with this water heater, the price point was a little high compared to similar water heaters, but hoping I get what I paid for.
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Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

It heats water like u would think

Fyrckrnate 2/28/2021

WiFi is nice ........................:............
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5 Stars

Great addition - great features.

Bud2014 12/1/2020

Replaced with this GE 50 gallon and great looking compared to old one and more importantly, easy features and energy efficent!
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5 Stars

Great so far

Shawn52 11/17/2020

Installation instructions were complete and easy to understand. materials seem to be well made. once the water tank was full and powered up we had hot water within an hour. I like the web interface on the unit also.
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Yes, I recommend this product

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5 Stars

Great product

Nick23 11/1/2020

I love the wifi features. Very simple to use from my phone.
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4 Stars

received first and second one had dents in side

deltarome 10/20/2020

product is acceptable but cardboard packaging is too tight to water heater metal and dents easily.
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5 Stars

Wifi is great

Dan Abey 8/10/2020

This is a great product. Very good quality. Works very effciently- less energy
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5 Stars

Fabulous Water Heater

todd14 8/3/2020

The design is sleek and clean. Love being able to control its temperature with my phone.
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