13 Best Water Heater Malaysia 2020: How To Choose (Do You Need A Pump?)

Whether you prefer a relaxing warm shower or a steamy hot shower, you’ll need one of these best water heaters in Malaysia!

And although it isn’t strictly necessary in a tropical country, it’s great to have an unlimited supply of warm water when you need it! Warm water is definitely a luxury many of us take for granted!

Check out this breakdown of reputable water heaters you can find in Malaysia. And their prices!

Types Of Water Heater

Did you know there are 5 different kinds of water heaters?

1. Solar Powered Water Heater

Sunlight is a natural resource that Malaysia has plenty of!

Which is why some new houses implement solar powered water heaters! You can spot them by the solar panels on top of the roof!

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2. Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater

You might have seen one of these before! It looks like a water storage tank. But it is insulated. And there are temperature and pressure control valves.

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3. Tankless Water Heater

Because they solve the main issue with the previous type of water heater:

Tankless water heaters (or on-demand/ instant water heaters) use electric (or gas) coils to heat up water.

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4. Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters (or Hybrid Water Heaters) are not at all common in Malaysia.

They typically use a pump to draw heat from the ground (or air) to heat up a water tank.

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5. Condensing Water Heater

This is another gas-based water heater that you won’t find in Malaysia:

It’s only applicable if your house is connected to a natural gas supply.

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How To Choose A Water Heater

We really have it easier than four-season countries when it comes to choosing water heaters:

Because of the Malaysian climate where the water supply temperature doesn’t vary far from the comfortable shower temperature!

And since most houses (if not all) are not connected to gas lines:

That further simplifies our choices to solar, conventional and tankless water heaters!

1. Capacity And Flow Rates

How many people do you have in your family? And do they all bathe around the same time (e.g. morning or evening)?

And if you run your dishwasher or washing machine in that peak time, then take that into account as well!

Obviously, the easiest course of action for large families is to go for the tankless water heaters! Where the hot water supply is basically unlimited!

2. Location

Like water filters, there are individual (point-of-use) water heaters and those that are meant to be installed right at the water supply!

3. Pump Or No Pump?

How is the current water flow in your house? If you find it to be lacking, get a water heater with a pump!

A pump will help too if your water tank happens to be on ground level and most of the bathrooms are upstairs!

DC Pump Vs AC Pump

DC pumps are less prone to electric shocks than AC pumps. They come at a higher cost but are more efficient!

4. Cost

You can get water heaters for as low as a few hundred Ringgit!

5. Other Features

  • High energy efficiency (also more environmentally-friendly) saves on electric bills
  • Long warranty for the pump
  • Built-in electrical safety
  • Scalding prevention

13 Best Water Heaters In Malaysia 2020

1. Panasonic Non-Jet Pump Standard Series Instant Water Heater DH-3RL1MW

Good old Panasonic is one of the best water heater brands in Malaysia!

Their Non-Jet Pump Standard Series Instant Water Heater that comes with a shower head, is Sirim Certified. And very user-friendly!

Installation is easy too. Though some find the water jet to be too strong!

Panasonic Non-Jet Pump Standard Series Instant Water Heater DH-3RL1MW
  • Type: Electric Power Control
  • Booster Pump: No
  • Water Pressure: 9.8 – 380 kPa
  • Power Consumption: 3,600 W
  • Features: Built-in ELB, Auto Thermal Cut-Off, Flow Sensor, 8 Safety Points, Filter
  • Dimensions: 380 x 190 x 93 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: RM229

2. Midea Non-Pump Water Heater MWH-38Q

This instant water heater by Midea has its own built-in safety features too. It shuts off automatically if the water temperature goes over 55°C!

And like the previous model in this list, water heater does not have a pump! Instead, it relies on your existing water pressure!

Midea Non-Pump Water Heater MWH-38Q
  • Type: Electric Power Control
  • Booster Pump: No
  • Water Pressure: n/a
  • Water Flowrate: 1.2 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,800 W
  • Features: Built-in ELCB, Overheat Protection, Anti Dry-Heating Protection, Flow Sensor
  • Dimensions: 330 x 224 x 93 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: RM158

3. Joven Instant Water Heater SA8E

Joven’s Instant Water Heater SA8E is another tankless water heater you can buy in Malaysia that comes with a showerhead.

The compact unit is stylish with just a simple dial on the front to control the temperature! And you can adjust the head for 5 possible spray outcomes!

Joven Instant Water Heater SA8E
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: No
  • Water Pressure: 10 – 380 kPa
  • Water Flowrate: 2 – 8 L/min
  • Power Consumption: 2,200 – 5,200 W
  • Features: Thermostat With Safety Cut-Out, Double Poles EELS System, 10 Safety Features
  • Dimensions: 341 x 221 x 76 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM228

4. Toshiba Instant Electric Water Heater DSK38S5MW

Packed with many safety features (to prevent electric shock or scalding) and even an LED display:

The Toshiba Instant Electric Water Heater DSK38S5MW lives up to the high expectations many associate with this Japanese brand!

Toshiba Instant Electric Water Heater DSK38S5MW
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: No
  • Water Pressure: 30 – 300 kPa
  • Water Flowrate: 1.5 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,800 W
  • Features: Smart Control System With LED Display, Whirl Water Flow Tech, Auto Cut-Off
  • Dimensions: 400 x 200 x 97 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM209

5. Panasonic Jet Pump Standard Series Home Shower Water Heater DH-3RP1MK

Once again, Panasonic delivers! Its Jet Pump Standard Series Home Shower Water Heater DH-3RP1MK is one of the best water heaters with a pump that you can get in Malaysia.

It’s nice to know that the pump has a 5 year warranty too! Just remember to turn on the pump for your shower. And turn it off afterwards!

Panasonic Jet Pump Standard Series Home Shower Water Heater DH-3RP1MK
  • Type: Electric Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Pump
  • Water Pressure: 4.9 – 380 kPa
  • Power Consumption: 3,600 W
  • Features: Built-in ELB, Auto Thermal Cut-Off, Flow Sensor, 8 Safety Points, Filter
  • Dimensions: 380 x 190 x 93 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump)
  • Price: RM386.9

6. Midea Water Heater With DC Silent Pump MWH-38P3

Alternatively, you can look into this similar standalone shower unit by Midea. This quiet Water Heater With DC Silent Pump MWH-38P3 has ample built-in safety measures too.

However, if your house generally has low water pressure to begin with, you may not see much improvement in the flow rate!

Midea Water Heater With DC Silent Pump MWH-38P3
  • Type: Electric Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Pump
  • Water Pressure: n/a
  • Water Flowrate: 1.2 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,800 W
  • Features: Built-in ELCB, Overheat Protection, Auto Thermal Cut-Off, Built-in Auto Flow Sensor, Anti Dry-Heating Protection
  • Dimensions: 406 x 230 x 102 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 6 years (Pump)
  • Price: RM339

7. Joven Instant Water Heater With Booster AC Pump 880P

A notable feature of the functional Joven Instant Water Heater With Booster AC Pump 880P is that the pump won’t run if there’s no water flowing! So you don’t have to manually switch it off!

But if you don’t like the sound of a pump running while you shower, you may want to look at another model!

Joven Instant Water Heater With Booster AC Pump 880P
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: AC Pump
    Water Pressure: 380 kPa (Max)
  • Water Flowrate: 2 – 8 L/min
  • Power Consumption: 2,200 – 5,200 W
  • Features: Auto-Thermostat Cut-Off At 55°C, Built-In Double Poles EELS System, 10 Safety Features
  • Dimensions: 370 x 250 x 100 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump), 5 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM399

8. Joven Instant Water Heater With DC Pump i88P-RS

With its DC inverter pump, the Joven Instant Water Heater With DC Pump i88P-RS is relatively quiet (below 45dB)!

If that’s not enough, it has 10 safety features (e.g. anti-scalding, surge protector, splash proof, etc)! And the included rain shower has sufficient water output!

Joven Instant Water Heater With DC Pump i88P-RS
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Inverter Pump
  • Water Pressure: 10 – 380 kPa
  • Water Flowrate: 2 – 8 L/min
  • Power Consumption: 2,200 – 5,200 W
  • Features: Thermostat Cut-Off, Double Poles EELS System, 10 Safety Features
  • Dimensions: 358 x 237 x 70 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump), 5 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM668

9. Toshiba Instant Water Heater With DC Pump DSK38ES3MB

Other than the digital temperature control, the Toshiba Instant Water Heater, DSK38ES3MB has a DC inverter pump that saves 60%  power and is quiet (38dB).

Plus, the pump is auto activated whenever the incoming water pressure is too low!

Toshiba Instant Water Heater With DC Pump DSK38ES3MB
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Inverter Pump
  • Water Pressure: 30 – 300 kPa
  • Water Flowrate: 1.5 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,800 W
  • Features: Smart Control System With LED Display, Whirl Water Flow Tech, Auto Cut-Off
  • Dimensions: 400 x 200 x 97 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump), 5 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM490

With Rain Shower Option:

Toshiba Instant Water Heater With DC Pump DSK38ES3MB + Rain ShowerCheck Price

10. Alpha Water Heater Smart 18i With DC Pump

Another Sirim-approved water heater with a low noise DC pump (<40dB):

The Alpha Water Heater Smart 18i With DC Pump has a UK-made heating element and electrical protection. Including a line fault indicator light!

Alpha Water Heater Smart 18i With DC Pump
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Inverter Pump
  • Water Pressure: 20 – 380 kPa
  • Water Flowrate: 3 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,600 W
  • Features: Smart Auto Test, Line Fault Indicator, ELCB, Safety Thermal Cut-Off
  • Dimensions: 413.5 x 230 x 91.3 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump), 5 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM549

With Rain Shower Option:

Alpha Water Heater Smart 18i with DC Pump + Rain ShowerCheck Price

11. Rubine Silent DC Inverter Pump Water Heater RWH-SSE891D With Rain Shower

Local brand, Rubine has a DC Inverter Pump Water Heater RWH-SSE891D that can be installed together with an equally stunning chrome rain shower and shower unit!

The warranty for the heating element (UK technology) is for 7 years!

Rubine Silent DC Inverter Pump Water Heater RWH-SSE891D With Rain Shower
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Inverter Pump
  • Water Pressure: 20 kPa (Min)
  • Water Flowrate: 2 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,600 W
  • Features: Extra Safe DPDT Protection System, Safety Auto-Cut, Smart Control
  • Dimensions: 440 x 190 x 75 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump), 7 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM599

12. CENTON EcoSerene Series Instant Shower Water Heater With DC Silent Pump

If you don’t mind supporting a local brand, the CENTON EcoSerene Series Instant Shower Water Heater is a very affordable tankless water heater. With a DC pump!

The included hand shower has different spray patterns. And the water heater is not without the usual safety features (e.g. surge protector, overheating, etc).

CENTON EcoSerene Series Instant Shower Water Heater With DC Silent Pump
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Inverter Pump
  • Water Pressure: 380 kPa (Max)
  • Water Flowrate: 2 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,600 W
  • Features: Built-in Flow Sensor, Double Function Thermostat, Auto Cut-Off
  • Dimensions: 376 x 246 x 98 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump), 5 years (Heating Element)
  • Price: RM370

13. Electrolux ComfortFlow™ 800 Rain Shower Water Heater With DC Pump EWE361MB-DST1

Electrolux products always seem to cost more:

And the Electrolux ComfortFlow™ 800 Rain Shower Water Heater With DC Pump EWE361MB-DST1 is no exception!

It’s got 15 safety features and a fancy touch screen capability with a big digital temperature display. As well as a unique EcoShower mode to save water for when you don’t need to use the heater!

Electrolux ComfortFlow™ 800 Rain Shower Water Heater With DC Pump EWE361MB-DST1
  • Type: Electronic Power Control
  • Booster Pump: DC Inverter Pump
  • Water Pressure: n/a
  • Water Flowrate: 2 L/min (Min)
  • Power Consumption: 3,600 W
  • Features: Dynamic Power Control, Safe Ready, EcoShower, 15 Safety Features, Smart Intuitive Touch Screen
  • Dimensions: 401 x 220 x 80 mm (H x W x D)
  • Warranty: 1 year, 5 years (Pump), 5 years (Heating Element), 10 years (Motor)
  • Price: RM779

Conclusion

Tankless water heaters are the most popular type out of all the best water heaters in Malaysia! For their affordability! You can install them on your own too.

And some come with a pump to compensate for low water pressure in your home!