Which is the best boiler to buy?
Buying a new boiler is one of the bigger purchases for any homeowner and is central to keeping your home running. It’s important to do your research and make sure you're getting a good quality boiler.
There are a lot of different boiler brands and models on the market, so it can be difficult to know which one's right for you. Our tips below should help you to make your choice, but you can also use our online tool to find out which one is perfect for your home in just two minutes.
There are three main types of boiler
These heat water straight from the mains, giving you hot water on demand. This means that they're ideal for small to medium homes as you don’t need a hot water cylinder or cold water storage tank, saving you space.
Good for houses with more than one bathroom, as they provide hot water to multiple taps at the same time. These types of boilers do require more space as they work with a hot water tank and cold water storage tank, but they're a good solution if you have low water pressure.
Much like regular boilers, these are ideal for multiple bathroom homes, due to the hot water tank. However, they take up less space than a regular boiler as a cold water tank isn't needed.
Normally, homeowners just want an upgrade of the boiler type they have now, however, you should consider other types if your heating needs have changed. For example, you may have added more bathrooms to your home or may want to get rid of storage tanks to free up space (e.g. for a loft conversion), meaning a different type of boiler may now be better suited to your home. You’ll also need to consider which size of boiler is best for you, to make sure it suits your needs.
Trust an independent recommendation from Which?
So now you know what kind of boiler is right for you, how do you go about picking the best brand and model? Which? is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that tests services and products (including boilers) to help consumers make good buying decisions. For boilers, Which? get the opinions of thousands of boiler owners and hundreds of engineers each year to find the most reliable brands and models on the market.
But what does the Which? Best Buy logo mean?
Put simply, Which? award this to the very best products on the market, so if a product has got their seal of approval, you know it's going to be good.
According to Which? around a third of people who've bought a boiler since 2013 have had an issue with it and had to fork out for expensive repairs. Buying a Which? Best Buy boiler means you can be sure you're getting a reliable model. Even if you do get a Which? Best Buy model, you still need to have it serviced annually to keep it performing at its optimum and keep your boiler guarantee valid. If you get yours installed with us, we offer a 3-year boiler service plan to keep it working efficiently and maintain the terms of your guarantee.
It’s also why we install boilers that are highly rated by Which?, so you can rest assured that you'll be buying one of the best models on the market.
So which brands do Which? deem the best?
There are a few brands which have the Which? Best Buy award, but only one has been consistently recommended by Which for the past 10 years - Worcester Bosch, one of the most reliable, highly rated boiler brands on the market, for their Greenstar gas boiler range.
It’s for this reason that we install Worcester Bosch boilers for our customers, to make sure you’re getting the best, most reliable model for your needs. Not only that, all models come with the opportunity to upgrade up to a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee and are 94% efficient, helping you to reduce your energy bills.
Use our online tool to find the best boiler for you
So, when it comes to buying the best boiler, first make sure you know what type of boiler you need and then do your research, keeping an eye out for the Which? stamp of approval. However, if you want to save time, then why not use our online tool and get the top-recommended boilers for you in just two minutes.
For all your questions about boilers - buying, servicing or installing - visit our Heating Hub.
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