If you are looking for a new boiler, possibly following an emergency breakdown, it is likely a quick installation is required, however, the best model at a competitive price will also be of interest.
Unfortunately, boilers do not come cheap and therefore, customers will be looking to ensure that their boiler purchase is for; the best model available at the time, that is suitable for the property’s requirements as well as the household needs, and that the boiler will be reliable.
There are many companies selling combi-boilers, often selling various makes of boiler and different models which can result in an overwhelming market when you are first browsing.
In this post, we will discuss the process of how to choose a combi-boiler including the factors to consider, as well as reviewing the best combi boilers available on the market at present.
How should I Choose a Combi-Boiler?
Combi-boilers are very popular these days as they are compact but clever units that provide both heating and hot water without the need for a water tank.
There is a range of factors that will need to be considered when choosing a combi boiler as follows:
- The size of the property including the number of bathrooms
- The number of residents
- The water pressure available
- The amount of space available for the boiler unit
Combi-boilers are most suited to smaller residential properties with only 1-2 bathrooms. If the property size is bigger than this some combi boilers may struggle with water pressure issues when, for example, more than one bath or shower is being utilised at the same time.
Another factor when looking to install a combi-boiler is what existing heating system is in place. For example, if there is a back boiler or water tanks in place, these would need to be decommissioned and removed, which will increase the costs of a new boiler installation. Also, if there are changes required to the system pipework, there would further additional costs.
Straight forward boiler installations, installing a like for like combi-boiler in a smaller residential property could be fairly easy to organise via an online boiler supplier for example, however where there are changes required as discussed above it would be worth seeking the advice of a qualified heating engineer in order to advise the changes required.
Which are the Best Combi-Boiler Brands?
In order to shortlist our top three combi-boiler recommendations, we have compared the following factors:
- Warranty durations offered by the manufacturer
- The overall brands’ reputation
- Previous customer reviews on platforms such as Trustpilot
- Boiler price ranges and value for money
- Boiler specifications and performance
- Energy efficiency ratings
- Reliability levels, calculated from the numbers of issues raised with recently fitted boilers
- Brands that receive the most industry awards
- Customer aftercare service performance
#1 Worcester Bosch boilers
Our first position goes to Worcester Bosch who are well established UK brand that produces prestigious and sought-after boilers. The company have a great reputation within the boiler industry for producing quality boilers, and they have even won awards along the way while also provide a high level of customer service and aftercare to their customers.
Worcester Bosch manufacturer a wide range of boilers, across most boiler types and keep good availability of parts should replacements be required. In addition, the company is well-known for offering long product warranties, sometimes up to 10 years, which provides additional reassurance and peace of mind to customers.
Worcester Bosch boilers do often price up as a little more expensive than some of the competitor models however as we have seen, the benefits of the quality of the boiler and after-sales provided, grant Worcester Bosch as our top recommended boiler manufacturer.
The Worcester Bosch combi-boiler model that we would recommend is the Greenstar i, which happens to be the manufacturer’s top-selling boiler. The model receives great reviews online and has a great reputation for reliability as well as energy efficiency. This combi-boiler is available in two options of power output; 25kW and 30kW depending on the requirements of the property and the household, and yet is compact in size and has easy to use simple controls.
#3 Viessmann Boilers
Our second position goes to Viessmann who is a German boiler manufacturer that has been dominating the European boiler market for some time and is now growing in popularity within the UK too. Viessmann produces high-quality boilers at competitive prices and also offer long product warranties also.
The Viessmann boiler model that we would recommend is the Viteoden 050-W gas combi-boiler. This popular and award-winning boiler model is available in two different power output options, produces low C02 emissions while having an A-rated energy efficiency score.
#3 Vaillant Boilers
Vaillant is granted our third place for boiler manufacturer recommendations and is an award-winning German company that produces high quality and highly efficient boilers.
In addition to the standard of the boiler, Vaillant also offers long product warranties and have good availability of parts should replacements ever be required.
The Vaillant combi-boiler model that we would recommend is the ecoTEC exclusive. Similar to our other combi-boiler recommended, this model also comes in two output options depending on the property and household requirements however the options are more powerful than the rival brands, which makes this combi-boiler suitable for slightly larger properties or those households with higher hot water demands. In order to achieve the powerful results from the ecoTech exclusive, high water pressure to the property will be required.
As the name suggests, the model is more eco-friendly than others available on the market and is built using 85% of recycling materials, as well as securing an A-rated energy efficiency score.
Combi Boiler Summary
We appreciate that the boiler market can appear crowded at a first glance, however, hope that during this article we have simplified the most recommended options by summarising the top three combi-boiler manufactures, as well as exploring each brand’s top boiler model.
When assessing our recommendations, we reviewed the brand’s reputation, customer reviews, boiler prices as well as the other factors such as warranty durations offered by the manufacturer.