What are the best boilers for this year? We highlight the best boilers for 2020.
We look at what we believe are the best boilers in regards to efficiency, power and suitability, reliability and of course cost!
Like anything, the more money you spend, generally, the better product you get.
Every home is different. Buying a big brute of a boiler in a small bedsit flat is like buying a monster truck to sit in London’s rush hour traffic.
Absolutely pointless and waste of your hard earned cash.
Using this analogy, think of how much fuel a monster truck uses just ticking over compared to a finely tuned city car designed to use as little petrol as possible saving their owners cash at every opportunity.
What are the best boilers for 2020?
These are the best boilers for 2020:
A quick list of the boilers we have chosen to be a cut above the rest in every area. As much as it kills us to write being British, the Germans come out on top.
As soon as anyone mentions the word ‘Engineering’ if ‘German’ doesn’t automatically come to your mind then you’ve either not watched enough BMW adverts on your television or you prefer to buy Japanese!
In the building and engineering of boilers, they have not relented in striving to reach their pinnacle and continue to churn out fantastic, reliable and efficient combination boilers to keep homes throughout the UK for years to come.
Here is the list of boilers currently topping the UK’s boiler market.
- Viessmann Vitodens 100-w Combination Boiler
- Viessmann Vitodens 050-w Combination Boiler
- Ideal Logic+24 Combi Boiler
- Worcester Bosch Greenstar CDi Classic Regular
- Vaillant ecoTEC Plus System
What are the best types of boilers?
Before we get fully onto our list the fantastic boilers we have chosen to help you decide, we feel like we should confuse matters more to help you understand what you will be buying for your beloved home.
As with most lines of products there are different types of boilers.
They all warm homes and provide hot water to kitchens, bathrooms and showers, they just do it in different ways.
The reason for this is the range of different household types, some are suited to high rise flats where as others will be more suited to larger properties.
Anyway here is a description of the types of boilers for the common man looking for the best at what they can afford.
This is a combination boiler.
Small and compact, yet powerful enough to provide the required heat to most UK homes.
It provides heat for your radiators and gives you instant hot water to your kitchens, bathrooms and mains showers any time of day.
The water is heated up by a combi boiler directly from the cold mains.
Due to their small dimensions combi boilers are great for freeing up space in smaller homes.
Able to go in standard sized kitchen cupboard, under stairs or out of the way they are the nations choice at the moment with most boilers installed in UK homes being combi boilers.
One thing we also take into consideration is noise output of the boilers we have listed, and the best boilers we have chosen are also super quiet, just in case they are installed near to living areas.
They really are improving all the time and you will struggle not to find a combination boiler that doesn’t suit your home and your budget.
One of the downsides to combination boilers is that they don’t work very well when the water pressure is poor but fortunately these days water pressure in most UK homes is good enough to ensure combi boilers work to their optimum levels.
If you are unfortunate to have low water pressure in your home , then one of the other boiler types maybe better for you.
Another disadvantage to this type of boiler is that you can’t effectively run more than one bath or shower at a time.
This all boils down to the water pressure from the mains.
Although we have pointed out this as an issue, we strongly recommend combi boilers be the first consideration when looking at a new boiler installation in any home.
Their versatility outweighs most of their downfalls but if you really have to get another type of boiler then read on to see your other options.
Heat only Boilers
Heat only boilers, commonly known as regular boilers or open vent boilers are a fantastic way of of delivering strong water pressure at high temperatures in any home, even more so in larger homes where a combi boiler is just no good!
A heat only boiler will have a hot water storage cylinder which is usually found in your loft along with a cold water tank where water is stored prior to being circulated around your home.
This type of boiler is gradually becoming less and less installed across the UK mainly due to the amount of space they take up.
If you are considering a loft conversion in the future or like to use the space in your attic for storage then these are probably not the best idea.
If you currently have a regular boiler like this then a direct replacement of a heat only boiler is probably the most cost effective in regards to installation and maintenance but it does limit the new boiler warranty to cover heating only.
Something possible to take into consideration is if you look at it from a home buying/selling point of view it could be the difference between it your property being sold quickly or not.
One fantastic reason which may not follow the seemingly dated heated only boiler is that it can be used in conjunction with anyone who has solar panels.
The suns thermal energy can be harnessed to warm up the water in your home rather than fossil fuels such as gas and coal to help save you more money.
A system boiler is very very similar to a heat only boiler.
The main difference between a heat only boiler and system boiler is that the latter doesn’t require the need for a cold water tank installing in the loft or anywhere.
However a system boiler does still require a hot water tank for any water it has heated up to be stored.
System boilers are great for homes with low mains water pressure.
They can deliver piping hot water to separate taps in bathrooms, kitchens and are great for houses that have a power shower or 2! As long as you have the extra space for the hot water tank then a system boiler could be a great option.
They are relatively easy to install and are pretty easy to run and look after.
System boilers rely on the hot water tank being full and warm.
Whilst your boiler ensures it is warm for as long as possible, insulating your hot water tank is an extra step you can take to keep it warmer for longer.
This takes extra pressure off your boiler meaning that you save money on your gas and electric as it isn’t being warmed up as often!
Another huge similarity a system boiler has with its heat only brother is that it can be used alongside solar panel systems.
Again this means that you can harness the sunlight during the day to help heat up your water tank.
Saving money is one thing we all like to do and if you have solar panels already you are obviously conscious about saving money on your electricity bill, so why not your gas bills.
There are many companies available to help you convert your solar PV system to heat your water system up. Definitely something to help future proof your home.
Buying the best boilers
Buying a new boiler is something we hope and pray we never have to do, but considering the human life span the odds are stacked against you having to at some point buy a new boiler for your home.
Hopefully in this article we can help you in deciding what is a big decision for most people when begrudgingly parting with cash which would be better spent on a 2 week all inclusive holiday.
Choosing the best boiler for you
The best boiler can depend on the type of boiler you want, We have already discussed above which types of boilers there are out there so hopefully you are some way into deciding which boiler type you require.
Whilst discussing these we have also broached upon which types are suited to the size of your home or workplace.
One thing we need to discuss, probably the main thing for most new boiler buyers is the budget that you will set for your new heating system. setting a budget is a fantastic idea as you know how much you want to spend.
How To Get The Best Boilers For Your Budget
There are many ways to make sure that your budget works for you.
There are many many boiler companies out there, almost 2 million new boilers are installed in the UK every year so you can imagine how much competition there is.
You can use this to your advantage simply by getting quotes from various boiler installation companies and letting them compete for your custom.
Many boiler installers will offer to beat any like for like quote.
We all know that they will have a set price they will go down to so if you can play a few boiler companies off against each other, providing they are reputable and reliable then you are onto a winner.
Ensuring your chosen boiler company is Gas Safe registered is paramount, as you know that they have passed the relevant ‘tests’ to enable them to carry out the required work to the high standards required when fitting gas equipment, especially boilers.
Different ways to get the best boiler prices
A new and upcoming way of getting a good ‘fixed’ price for your boiler is to look at new companies offering ‘buy it now’ prices online.
This should be the price you pay for your complete boiler installation package including your boiler.
Therefore there should be no hidden costs at the end and all work completed for the exact price you pay at the beginning.
This is a new concept but one that is quickly taking off!
Make sure the company you use is covered by all the relevant parts to operate legally in this and you should be able to get some seriously good boilers and installation work at great prices.
Whilst there are so many options it is always good to bear in mind that there is no such thing as the best boiler, but there is a best boiler for you and your home.
How to make boiler quotes work for you
We have just mentioned about how you can get boiler companies to compete for your savings pot but there are a few things you should take into consideration when searching for the best boiler quotes,
One of the main ones is to ensure you get your boiler type correct.
Make sure you search by combi, heat only and system boiler.
Once you are confident you have found a boiler that looks like it will be highly suited to your humble abode you need to check if it is going to be ‘the one’.
Once you find your boiler you need to check the performance of it for example the efficiency or the flow rate of the hot water out of your taps that it will deliver.
A boiler of Efficiency ‘A’ or above is a must.
Anything below this is considered uneconomical and may cause you to pay more in gas bills than you have to.
A major thing to consider is how you want to pay for your new boiler.
Not many people have a couple of thousands of pounds laying around waiting to buy a new boiler.
Boilers usually break when we least expect them to, usually in the middle of winter when they are needed the most!
To solve this problem many boiler companies offer boiler finance in which you can pay for it in monthly instalments.
Different ways to pay for your new boiler
Buying your boilers on finance simply means you defer the initial outlay of the cost of buying the boiler and the installation.
Think loans, mortgages, car finance – it’s all the same just you are spreading the cost of your boiler through a credit agreement instead.
Like any good finance provider or credit card company there are many different monthly payment plan options that boiler companies offer.
£0 deposit is a fantastic one if you don’t have any money at all to pay towards a new boiler right away, similarly so is buy now pay next year, where you can completely defer your payments until the following year!
These monthly payments are generally higher due to the %APR interest but are a great option for a sudden boiler breakdown.
Another one high on peoples financial shopping list is the 0% interest boiler finance offer.
This simply means you don’t pay any extra than what is agreed over your payment plan. Something which shrewd people like as no one likes to pay any more than they should for their boiler.
Speak to boiler finance experts for the best deals
If this is something you think would benefit you in your boiler purchase then it is definitely worth speaking to a specialist at one of your chosen boiler companies who can go through the many different boiler payment plan options available to you.
People with poor credit can also get boiler finance nowadays too!
Always ensure you do your homework when buying a new boiler.
Check reviews from previous customers, always be aware that some companies are going to have bad reviews. It doesn’t make them a bad company, everyone is different.
We all have that friend who could pick fault in absolutely anything if they wanted to so make sure you read everything.
We can’t stress enough to make sure that the boiler installation company you use has all the top required accreditation so you know they are trustworthy. You can ask for this at any time from them.
Your Current Central Heating System
Most households have a fossil fuel based central heating system, typically powered by natural gas piped into the home from a mains supply.
All the gas comes from a few specific places but the people you pay are the people who control your ‘gas line’.
They rent this out from the gas board and charge you a premium to use it.
You can change who manages your supply at any time. Most reason people change is cost.
You can often find cheaper suppliers competing for your custom.
If you have gas central heating, your boiler will use up to around 60% of your home’s CO2 emissions. This will make your choice of boiler even more of a priority, mainly if you are looking to cut your bills.
You can help cut your bills by replacing your old non-condensing boiler with a new modern condensing boiler will help on save you money through its efficiency.
The key to picking the most efficient boiler is by choosing the right type and the correct size of boiler for your home.
A new boiler might be the better option when you want to cut your heating bills.
Depending on what circumstance you have, you might be able to just get away with only installing new controls.
The best size boiler
Buying the best size boiler for you home can be hard. Here are some things you will need to think about.
- The capabilities of the boiler, how many taps you have, how many showers you have, how many bath tubs you have and how many radiators you have.
- The actual physical size of the boiler and whether or not it would fit in the space you have set aside for it. Will it fit in a cupboard? Check the boiler specifications for its dimensions – usually looks like 50cmLx100cmHx50cmD or something similar. This describes the length, height and depth of the boiler so you can measure up beforehand.
- The location of the boiler is also important to think about. Most boilers are designed to be compact and light. For more convenience, the boiler can be mounted onto a wall. This will also matter in regards to where the flue pipe will go. Flue pipes are where the steam created by the boiler comes out of, usually out of an exterior wall or the roof. Boilers are rarely fitted on partitioning walls for this reason.
Buying a reliable boiler
When it comes to buying your new boiler, reliability and how much you can depend on your boiler are two of the most important things to consider.
The reliability of a boiler will effect which boiler you end up buying.
The more reliable the boiler is, means the less money you will have to spend for expensive repairs.
Why choose a reliable boiler…
Boiler reliability is something than is hard to measure with specifications and looks.
A boiler may look fantastic and have all the bells and whistles but its main components and how it is put together, adding to the reliability maybe seriously lacking.
Think the difference between buying a top of the range Alfa Romeo and top of the range Skoda. Alfa has all the looks and style but continually renowned for a lack of substance underneath and known to break down.
Whereas nowadays, Skoda, previously well known for being a ‘skip on wheels’, couldn’t have a better engine, chassis and pedigree since being taken over by the Germans at Volkswagen.
The Skoda may not look half has good as the Alfa Romeo, but you can guarantee you will get at least twice as far in it before it has any issues!
With this in mind, you also have to remember that pretty much no one ever sees your boiler except you, so who cares what it looks like.
When it comes to boilers, if it looks fancy, I wouldn’t fancy my chances.
Reasons to consider a new boiler
One thing you may notice but not think much of is that if your boiler is on the floor rather than being on the wall, it is more likely to be less energy efficient.
If this is the case, then we highly recommend it might be a good idea to find an economical replacement boiler.
These are just some of the things to consider when buying a new boiler. We understand this is a big purchase to most common people and it is very important that you do research on your boilers first.
There is a wealth of information on the internet so there are no excuses to make an uniformed decision on anything these days.
The Top Ranked Boilers For 2020
Claimed by Viessmann as their ‘best selling gas condensing boiler’, pretty much says it all. Engineered in Germany and imported to the UK to be fitted in homes around the country at great prices.
Rated efficiency A, which is required to be a top of the range boiler at both providing heat to radiators and hot water.
The 10 years warranty on offer for this combi boiler says it all. having peace of mind for 10 years is pretty satisfying considering the amount of money you are about to spend.
The Viessmann Vitodens is endorsed as a Which? best buy. If the top independent reviewing panel recommends it you know it’s going to be good.
Easy to use touchscreen controls, no more fiddly dials and buttons confusing everyone.
Dubbed as quiet, so if you are having it installed near to living quarters it won’t be bothering you during your favourite programs if someone else in the house decides to run a bath!
All this in a small compact design with the power to and reliability to back it all up, this is a serious piece of kit and should be at the top of everyone’s boiler wish list.
The baby brother to the Vitodens 100, does pretty much everything but on a smaller scale.
More compact, so there is an obvious drop in power to count but don’t let this put you off. It’s still powerful enough to power most UK homes, which it has even more chance of fitting in due to it’s smaller dimensions.
Reliability isn’t compromised either, with upto 7 years warranty available on this model, so that’s at least 7 winters you can sit through knowing your going to be kept warm and toasty when you need it most.
With an energy efficiency rating of A, you can also feel like you are able to make the most out of your purchase at as little cost to you as possible.
You get all this along with the reliability of German standards at a lower cost than the Vitodens 100.
If the 100 just isn’t for you then this is a great alternative, to most it isn’t even a compromise as it is just good enough for most homes, we just couldn’t ignore the fact the bigger brother is just superior.
Ideal have been making boilers of some sort since being founded in 1906 so you can be sure they know what they are doing when it comes to household heating.
British made to excellent standards the Ideal Logic is a fantastic little boiler that does everything you need it to at the price of something far less superior.
The 24 plus has been designed with most common UK households in mind – small and compact to fit in them, and just the right amount of power to work effectively and efficiently to save you money.
It has an energy efficiency rating of A so your gas bill will take a plunge if you have an old boiler, and a 7 year warranty on the whole boiler (10 years on the heat exchanger!) so running costs will continue to be low!
All in all the logic + is a fantastic all round boiler that is available to everyone.
If you like the sound of a top quality British boiler at a super competitive price then this is for you. If you are power conscious there are also bigger, more powerful models available for slightly larger properties.
When people think boilers, they usually think Worcester Bosch.
Some people actually think this is the only type of boiler that exists.
This is due to some relentless advertising from British Gas telling people how good they are. They aren’t wrong, they are an exceptional boiler, there are just some that outclass them for the money you will pay.
This is our first system boiler to get on our list.
It’s the best boiler they offer and it does exactly what you expect. Exceptional performance, instant heat with good water pressure at all taps. This boiler is great for larger homes.
It is probably a bit of over kill in most UK homes but if you need that extra oomph from a boiler then this is the one for you.
As with every system boiler you need a hot water tank so be wary of the space you need, but generally if you can afford one of these installing you will probably have the good sized house required to hide it away!
Although the initial outlay for the boiler may be hefty, running it can be the complete opposite.
This boiler leads the way in home energy efficiency ratings to help seriously cut bills.
If you are lucky enough to have solar panels then this system boiler is designed to work along side solar PV systems to help heat water during the day, for free! This piece of kit is definitely worth the price, its just whether or not it is worth it for you and your home.
Another British beauty to add to the list. Although Vaillant aren’t as big as some of the companies we have already mentioned, it hasn’t stopped them refining a top of the range system boiler! The ecoTEC plus range is a refined boiler that works for UK households.
Precision engineering ensures that this boiler kicks out hot water at a minimal cost to the owner.
One thing to note with this boiler is how quiet it is!
If you are planning on having it within ear shot then this is a must. Nothing should get in the way of a football snooze fest.
The ease of use and the straight forwardness of the boiler means it’s a winner with everyone at a great price.
We know its a lot to take in but its a big decision for most.
Hopefully the brief information here and the links we have provided to products for extra info can help you decide and have some happy heating along the way.
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