As we head into ‘boiler season’ if you’re in need of a new boiler, then here’s a few considerations to suit all homes and budgets from our surveyor, Adam Cole.
As an Accredited Installer of all the major boiler brands, we will work with you to find the right heating solution for you and your home.
There are lots to choose from and we often get asked what the best options are.
The answer to that question is, there is never one option to suit all, we wish it was that simple!
Our recommendations for Best Value, Best Quality and Best Budget are based on our experience and should provide a sound starting point for anyone looking for a new boiler.
Which brand should I choose?
We’ve been installing boilers for over 35 years and work with all the leading brands including, Worcester, Vaillant, Ideal and Baxi. We find our customers often know what make and model they want but if not, we are here to help.
Do I need a combination, system or regular boiler?
More and more people are choosing combination, or combi, boilers because they produce both heating and hot water on demand, without the need for a cylinder, meaning it’s a great solution for properties with limited space and hot water use, thanks to their compact, single unit form.
System boilers use a cylinder to store hot water, but the majority of heating still takes place in the boiler itself. This would be an ideal choice for homes with multiple bathrooms where hot water is in high demand
Regular boilers (sometimes known as traditional, conventional or heat only boilers) are ideally suited to homes that already have a traditional heating and hot water system which is linked to a separate hot water cylinder.
These boilers also need a cold water storage tank in the loft to feed the hot water cylinder as well as a tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system. A regular boiler may be the best option for replacing an existing boiler if the property has an older radiator system, as it might not be able to cope with the higher water pressure that is delivered by system or combi boilers. Read our guide for more information
Making a smart choice
Any new boiler installation should be made with smart heating controllers and smart thermostats. In fact, we now fit them as standard. These allow you to monitor your heating use, control it from your phone or tablet when you’re home or away and improve overall efficiency. What’s not to like? Again we offer a range of options to best suit your needs.
Best Value Boiler
Worcester Greenstar 4000
The latest in boiler technology, the Worcester Greenstar 4000 is perfect for small to medium sized homes with one bathroom, it features a modern new design, an easy to use full colour text display and it’s quiet too. The Greenstar 4000 has a wide power range to meet all of your heating and hot water needs, whilst doing so efficiently.
Vaillant ecoFIT Pure
This is a great choice is space is a premium in your home. It’s designed to be flexible, with a rear flue option available to give you more choice where you put it. It’s smart, too. When you don’t need as much heat, it will reduce itself to just 20% of its maximum output – meaning greater energy efficiency and lower bills for you.
Best Quality Boiler
Worcester Greenstar 8000
This is top of the range and comes with a 12 year warranty. Two options to choose from the 8000 Style or 8000 Life, each with the unique benefits. Wall hung, stylish, modern design the Greenstar 8000 is the perfect choice for heating larger homes.
Vaillant ecoTEC Plus
This is Vaillant’s flagship boiler. It’s so smart that when it knows you don’t need as much heating power, it can drop to using 16% of its maximum power saving on fuel and money. And benefits from a Quiet Mark accreditation meaning it’s really quiet. If you want efficiency, easy to use, reliable and quiet, this one could be for you.
Available as a combination and regular boiler too.
Best Budget Boiler
Ideal Logic Range
This is a great choice if you’re after a reliable boiler with a 10 year warranty but don’t have a big budget. The Logic Max includes an additional system filter to enhance the longevity. Our team like them easy to install and compact.
Glow-Worm Energy Boilers
Glow-Worm’s product range is clearly defined to meet the needs of a wide range of UK homes. Offering a basic but quality range to suit tighter budgets.
About the brands
Worcester’s entire gas boiler range come with a 12 year warranty. They are also able to run on a 20% hydrogen blend – so you can be confident it will run on gas for its lifetime.
German technology, UK made, the brand has been around for over 100 years and prides itself of its innovative, future proof technologies. Always a safe choice.
Ideal has been around for over 100 years and prides itself on providing best quality heating to its customers.
Glow-worm were one of the first manufacturers of combination boiler technologies in the 1990s so know their stuff. Great prices and reliable boilers that do a great job. It’s owned by Vaillant but maintains its well-known British brand identity.
Gregor Heating is an accredited installer of Worcester and Vaillant brands.