Comparing the heating systems by several UK boiler manufacturers will go a long way towards helping you find the right boiler for your home.
You have no shortage of options when it comes to boiler manufacturers which can make it hard to know where to start. Fortunately, we’ve listed the main UK boiler manufacturers with some links to further information about each boiler manufacturer.
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To ensure that you make the right choice between all of the UK boiler manufacturers, we highly recommend that you get the advice of a professional heating engineer.
Requesting new boiler quotes from several Gas Safe registered heating engineers (or OFTEC registered in the case of oil boilers) is a great place to start. The quotes will recommend a particular boiler manufacturer (or choice of boiler manufacturers), and you can then set about comparing the background to each boiler manufacturer and the warranty on offer.
Which are the best UK boiler manufacturers?
The best UK boiler manufacturers on the market are debated by both heating engineers and homeowners. However, of the many boiler manufacturers to choose from, there are some boiler manufacturers which always top the polls:
- Ideal Heating
- Worcester Bosch
The reason these UK boiler manufacturers are frequently recognised as the best lies in their reliability, efficiency and comprehensive warranties/guarantees.
How to choose a new boiler
As well as deciding on a boiler manufacturer and model, you’ll also need the right type of boiler to suit your home. Firstly, boilers can be fueled by either gas, oil, LPG, electricity, or wood pellets (in the case of biomass boilers). It’s highly likely that your home is best suited to a natural gas boiler. Over 80% of UK homes have a natural gas boiler and are suitable for installation in homes connected to the gas network. The alternatives – oil, LPG and electricity – are usually only considered when the property doesn’t have a mains gas supply.
|Heating Fuel||Property Type|
|Natural gas||Any property connected to the gas network|
|Oil||Off-grid properties with additional room for an oil storage tank|
|LPG||Off-grid properties with room to store the fuel|
|Electricity||Small properties with typically up to 10 radiators and 1 bathroom|
In addition to the type of fuel, boilers are categorised into three types depending on how the system works: combi, system and regular. Let’s take a look at how each of these works.
The most common type of boiler installed in the UK is an all-in-one combi boiler which takes its water supply directly from the mains and heats water on demand. It is a compact unit, meaning there is no need for any external water tanks in the attic or airing cupboard.
Like a combi boiler, a system boiler takes its water supply from the mains, but it requires a separate hot water cylinder to be able to produce hot water for taps and showers.
Regular (also known as conventional or traditional)
A regular boiler gets its cold water supply from a large tank in the attic, and requires a separate hot water cylinder to produce hot water for taps and showers.
Boilers come in different sizes which represents how much hot water they will be able to provide. The size of boiler – measured in kilowatts (kW) – you need will depend on how many radiators and bathrooms you have, as well as how many people live in your property. Installing a boiler which is too small will not be able to meet your hot water demand. Meanwhile installing a boiler which is too big will waste fuel and have higher running costs.
So, the fuel, type, and size of your boiler is (for the most part) already decided for you and/or a heating engineer will advise you on what you need, but you are in control of which boiler manufacturer you choose to buy.
The importance of comparing boiler manufacturers
The boiler manufacturer that you choose will impact the price you pay, the warranty you receive, and the general reliability of your boiler.
Whether replacing an old boiler or installing a brand new boiler in a new build, you are investing in one of the most important appliances in the home. Make the right choice, and the boiler should last between 10-15 years in good working order. Make the wrong choice, and you could be facing regular repair bills and breakdowns before having to buy a new boiler in less than 5 years.
When you consider that the average gas combi boiler installation costs between £2,000-£2,500 (and more for a system or regular boiler), it is clear that this is not an investment you want to have to repeat anytime soon.
Get free boiler quotes today
Getting advice from professional heating engineers will ensure that you choose a boiler that suits your home from the right boiler manufacturer.
Using Boiler Guide, you can get free quotes from up to 3 boiler installers in your area. Simply complete the online form and local installers will soon be in touch to provide no-obligation quotes for you to then compare.
It’s worth noting that some heating engineers exclusively install boilers from a certain manufacturer. This could see them promote a certain boiler brand but could also entitle you to a longer warranty period. This is because many manufacturers offer extended warranties when installed by an ‘approved’ installer.