Deciding on the right boiler brand for you can be a lengthy, tedious process. With so many different brands offering their services, prices and reliability ratings, it can be a daunting task.
Here is an overview on some of the more popular boiler brands to help you decide which the best is for you.
This brand is reliable and well-known in the industry, having won Which’s best boiler six years in a row. The standard of boilers they produce are of the highest quality, resulting in a high-reliability rating. The company manufactures a full range of combi, system and conventional boilers to suit all size homes. Most come with two or five-year manufacturer warranty but that can be extended to up to ten years.
Vaillant, like Worcester Borsch, has received glowing reviews for its quality and reliability of boilers. Some heating engineers, however, argue that Vaillant boilers are easier to fix owing to the fact that spare parts are easier to source. The company manufactures a full range of combi, system and conventional boilers. Vaillant boilers, however, tend to have a higher than average price tag. Warranty is standard at two, three or five years.
Glow-Worm boilers are at the cheaper end of the spectrum and have received good reviews based on the Which consumers’ report. Their reliability rating is expectedly lower than both Vaillant and Worcester Borsch, however. Engineers say they are relatively easy to fix, as parts are numerous. Warranties come at two or five years.
Ideal boilers are in the middle of the price scale and reliability ratings. The build quality is also said by Which to be average. Ideal provides a vast selection of boilers in all sizes and styles. Two, seven and ten-year warranties are standard.
Main boilers are slightly cheaper than Ideal, but they have a much lower reliability rating with engineers. The reason for this is that although there are lots of parts available for them, they can be a nuisance to fix and will end up costing you a large amount of money as time goes on. Standard warranties are two and five years.
Vokera is the main budget boilers that you would probably find in a tenanted residence. They are not known for their reliability, however, and should be avoided if you can afford a more reliable and longer-lasting model.
Potterton is a well-known British boiler brand who have won the Which? Magazine Best Buy award several times. They can be fairly expensive but have had good reviews and great reliability. They offer a full range of styles and sizes.
As well as all the brands mentioned, there are many other available, so it is important to spend time researching into what’s right for you and your home.