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Best boiler brands: The ultimate top 10 for 2020

This question is one almost every new boiler shopper is going to consider at some point.

In this post, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of boiler brands, explain some of the key differences between them and why some have such a good reputation, while some others have lagged behind in the battle to be named the best boiler brand champion.

You may have never given much consideration to boiler brands but are likely to have heard of household names like Worcester Bosch, Viessmann, Vaillant and Baxi

Much like you may have done Nike, Puma & Adidas.

...but you’d be understandably apprehensive about the longevity of a Diadora boiler.

So how do you know which brand to choose? 

Factors we considered when picking the best boiler brands

You want a boiler to be reliable, offer maximum value for money and to have a long life - like milk during an apocalypse.

Ultimately, these are the areas where the best boiler brands perform perfectly. 

A decent warranty period is also a winning combination, as if something does go wrong, you want the guarantee that you will not be left in the lurch to deal with it yourself. 

Lesser boiler brands will indeed leave you in said lurch.

So, to summarise, we considered the following factors when putting together our top 10 list: 

  • Warranty period offered by the brand 
  • The overall reputation of the brand based on customer reviews 
  • TrustPilot reviews  
  • Awards and accolades e.g. Which? Best Buy Awards
  • Customer service performance 
  • The price range of their boilers  
  • Efficiency ratings 

Note: Most UK households use a combi boiler, so should you want a more in-depth analysis of these, make sure to check our best combi boiler article for the full rundown.

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Top 10 best boiler brands

So, without further ado, here are the best boiler brands that made our top 10 list (in ascending order): 

  1. #1 Worcester Bosch
  2. #2 Viessmann Boilers
  3. #3 Ideal Boilers
  4. #4 Valliant Boilers
  5. #5 Alpha Boilers
  6. #6 Baxi Boilers
  7. #7 Glow Worm Boilers
  8. #8 Potterton Boilers
  9. #9 Intergas Boilers
  10. #10 Vokera Boilers

 

#1 Worcester Bosch Boilers (Best)


Worcester Bosch Boilers (Best)

Other wise known as… the boiler brand you’ve heard of.

A renowned name in the UK home heating sector.

...and the preferred boiler of 9/10 Dads.

Which? Best Buy BoilerWorcester Bosch has a long history as being one of the best-selling and most trusted brands. Several of their combi boilers have been awarded a Which Best Buy Award for 10 consecutive years. 

Worcester obtained status as the best boiler brand not just through product quality, but aftercare.

Their commitment to Worcester boiler owners after installation, is quite literally second to none and the attention paid to you as a customer can border on creepy.

To showcase this, they outcasted the word warranty - suitability replacing it with the Worcester Guarantee.

Worcester Bosch Guarantee

Overall, Worcester Bosch is a great all-rounder, offering high quality and award-winning boilers at competitive prices. 

Combine that with their excellent guarantee offer, customer service and easily sourced parts and you have the best boiler brand in the UK. 

Key facts on the Worcester Bosch boiler brand

  • Guarantee period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    Yes, boat loads - for 10 years running
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,900 > £2,600

Representative Worcester boiler installation prices from Heatable.

*Prices assuming a basic ‘like-for-like’ combi boiler installation.

Boiler Model kW Fitted Price  
Worcester Greenstar 25i 25 £1,885
Worcester Greenstar 30i 30 £1,985
Worcester CDi Compact 28kW 28

£2,095
(0% APR available)

Worcester CDi Compact 32kW 32 £2,370
(0% APR available)
Worcester 8000 Style 30kW 30 £2,395
(0% APR available)

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#2 Viessmann Boilers (2nd Best)


Viessmann Boilers 2nd Best


Dominating the European boiler market, Viessmann has a 5-star reputation thanks to their superb German engineering and simple, crisp designs. No ridge-cut here.

Now, breaking their way into the UK market, the Viessmann brand is building a solid reputation nationwide, for both reliability and quality whether you can pronounce their name, or not.

We’re reliably informed it’s ‘Veezman’.

Awarded a Which? Best Buy Award on 7 of their models, Viessmann has been described as a “very smart choice” by the trusted consumer organisation. They do ramble on.

Which? Best Buy Boiler

All Viessmann boilers are technically brilliant and this is a definitive advantage the brand has over rivals. For example, they use stainless steel heat exchangers as opposed to aluminium commonly used inside most other boiler brands.

A heat exchanger is pivotal and generates the hot water. Some boiler brands choose to neglect this component and construct them from lesser materials at the price of longevity. Picture a well built Roman gladiator, armed only with Scotch Eggs - it will be his downfall.

Viessmann Heat Exchanger

Stainless steel is more durable, better able to deal with sludge and withstand years of corrosion, two major culprits of boiler faults and failures. 

If you prioritise quality above all else, then a Viessmann boiler may be the right choice for you and your home.  Check out our Viessmann Vitodemns 050 Review and Viessmann 100 Review for a more in-depth look into two of their most popular models. 

Key facts on the Viessmann boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    Yes, three bags full
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,695 > £2,300

Representative Viessmann boiler installation prices from Heatable.

*Prices assuming a basic ‘like-for-like’ combi boiler installation.

Boiler Model kW Fitted Price  
Viessmann 050-W 29 £1,695
Viessmann 050-W 35 £1,890
Viessmann 100-W 26

£2,130
(0% APR available)

Viessmann 100-W 30 £2,195
(0% APR available)
Viessmann 100-W 35 £2,415
(0% APR available)
Viessmann 111-W 35 £3,425
(0% APR available)

Check our new boiler costs guide and use our boiler size calculator if you want to get a better understanding of how our fixed price boiler quote tool works. 

#3 Ideal Boilers (3rd Best)


Ideal Boilers (3rd best)


As their name implies, the Ideal brand does indeed create some ideal boilers. Not incredible, not awful. Just… ideal.

Established in 1906 in Kingston upon Hull, Ideal boilers have a long history in the UK home boiler market as a historic British brand with a reputation for excellence. 

So far, so boring. But the Ideal brand has at least secured sponsorship of the equally boring, and arguably third best football team in the Midlands - West Brom.
Ideal Boiler Man

Ideal offers a comprehensive range of boilers from budget-friendly models to the more robust variety with all the bells and whistles and fancy features you could want. 

Key facts on the Ideal boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 12 years (MAX accredited installers only)
  • Which? Best Buys
    None
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,400 > £2,900

 

#4 Vaillant Boilers (4th Best)


Vaillant Boilers (4th Best)


Vaillant is another boiler brand with a big presence in the UK boiler scene and another one of the few brands awarded with a Which? Best Buy. 

Which? Best Buy Boiler

And joining Abraham Lincoln and Shakira's hips on a particularly prestigious list - Which? don’t lie.

Vaillant have earned their right to sit amongst the other award winning brands through churning out premium quality boilers longer than anybody would care to Google. 

Made in the UK, Vaillant offers a variety of boiler types and sizes, engineered to an extremely high standard and backed by a hefty 10-year warranty. 

Key facts on the Vaillant boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    Yes
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,800 > £3,900
Downsides? The only thing to exceed Vaillant's product quality is their price.

#5 Alpha Boilers (5th Best)


Alpha Boilers (6th Best)


Would mutton ever dress as lamb?

It seems so.

Disguised as, or accused of being a ‘budget’ boiler brand, Alpha have been quietly slotting nifty little bargain boilers in to UK homes for years and totally forgot to advertise that fact.

Alpha boilers are a budget-option brand that has been increasing its market share in the UK wide boiler market over the last few years. They are a fantastic option for the buyer who is looking for a reliable and affordable heating solution with a moderate warranty length. 

Although considered a budget boiler brand, on a technical level, Alpha’s products are excellent, for example, they utilise a stainless-steel heat exchanger which is usually something you would only expect in a premium brand like Viessmann. 

Alpha E-Tec BoilerAlpha’s range of combi boilers are by far the most popular and they include the likes of the E-Tec, Intec or Evoke, and they are priced between £520 and £2,500. 

Their warranties also average at around 5 years for most models, less than other premium brands, but still reasonable.   

The ever classy parents of Alpha, - the Italians - count Alpha as their countries #1 boiler brand and fourth  favourite thing in the world behind, olive oil, smoking and Andrea Pirlo’s hair.

Alpha is a superb choice for those wanting the best boiler (if on a budget). 

Key facts on the Alpha boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    None, not for lack of trying
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,500 > £1,995

Representative Alpha boiler installation prices from Heatable.

*Prices assuming a basic ‘like-for-like’ combi boiler installation.

Boiler Model kW Fitted Price  
Alpha E-Tec Combi 28 £1,575
Alpha E-Tec Combi 33 £1,745

Looking to pay for your new boiler monthly? Refer to our boilers on finance guide for more info. 

#6 BAXI Boilers (6th Best)


BAXI Boilers (5th Best)


With their manufacturing centre based in Preston, Lancashire, BAXI is another British made boiler brand with a solid offering of combi, regular and system boilers engineered to last the test of time. 

Although not typically recognised as being a premier option in the heating industry overall, BAXI does have a nice selection of products, with healthy warranties and award-winning customer service. So, with all these factors in mind, if you are looking for a brand that offers maximum value for money, a BAXI may be the way to go. 

It’s not necessarily all quality delivering on that time test, though. Rather quantity.

BAXI have produced more boilers in the last decade than Gillette have razors, and in doing so have inadvertently spoiled their own boiler broth.
Too many cooks

Choosing one of their very good boilers requires a roulette style gamble, or extensive research.

On the plus side, BAXI’s North Pole of boilers has commanded an army of boiler elves on hand to deliver awesome aftercare.

If excellent customer service and availability of parts is important to you, BAXI offer both. 

Key facts on the BAXI boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    None
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,300 > £2,100

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#7 Glow-Worm Boilers (7th Best)


Glow Worm Boilers (7th Best)


Glow-worm remains in its infancy as another ‘budget’ boiler brand but has the good fortune of being charitably fostered by boiler brand giants, Vaillant.

Manufactured in their Derbyshire factory, Glow Worm is another UK made boiler brand offering a variety of boilers including combi, regular and system models. Glow Worm’s Energy range incorporates the latest technology to help increase efficiency, reduce fuel wastage and ultimately reduce your carbon footprint. 

An ideal option for those looking for an energy-efficient boiler on a budget. All the while, easing up on your planet burning appliances.  

Key facts on the Glow-worm boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    None
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,100 > £2,900

 

#8 Potterton Boilers (8th Best)


Potterton Boilers (8th Best)


You haven’t heard of Potterton, I haven’t heard of Potterton. This one’s going to be quick.

That dumfounded and motionless stare of looking at somebody else’s TV remote? Just pop HDMI 2 on? Good one.

That feeling? That’s Potterton.

In the past, Potterton manufactured boilers for the premium end of the market only, but in recent years have launched a range of budget boilers, that has meant their warranty has been reduced to a measly 2 years, which may not offer the peace of mind many buyers are looking for. 

Their combi boiler range includes the Promax, Titanium, Promax Ultra, Assure and Gold, and are priced between £675 and £1,350.

Apart from their short warranty period (on most models), Potterton do offer some technically brilliant boilers.

Potterton's marketing team are just trying to reach you telepathically, that’s all. 

Key facts on the Potterton boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    None
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,600 > £2,400

 

#9 Intergas Boilers (9th Best)


Intergas Boilers (9th Best)


Intergas is a relatively new boiler brand in the UK who boast that their boilers offer the fewest moving parts of any rival.

A feat that Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton team also achieved in 2020.

But as any good bank robber will tell you.. Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt. It’s similar for boilers.

As far as boilers go, the latest Intergas boilers are extremely attractive, offering sleek, contemporary designs, super modern LED displays and remote-control systems for ultimate convenience and user-friendliness. Like Ryan Gosling with a Go-Pro on.

They offer two combi ranges, Rapid and Compact, which are priced between £630 and £1,040 and a warranty ranging from 3 years up to 7 years depending on the exact model you choose. 

If you're on the hunt for a boiler that looks sleek and has a quality build, then Intergas may be an option to consider. 

Key facts on the Intergas boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    None
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,900 > £3,600

 

#10 Vokera Boilers (10th Best)


Vokera Boilers (10th Best)


Imagine all the boiler brands you haven’t heard of in this list? Now imagine the one’s we haven’t listed.

Vokera’s 10th spot is still note worthy.

Engineers love their simplicity and home owners love their price.

In terms of warranties, Vokera offers a warranty from 2 years up to 7 years depending on the exact boiler model you choose. Their models include the Evolve C, Unica i, Vision Plus, Vision C and the Compact A. Staggeringly awful names for what are indeed, decent boilers.

Overall, Vokera is a fantastic budget-friendly option, so if you are looking for a no-thrills boiler for your property, a Vokera might just be the perfect solution.   

Key facts on the Vokera boiler brand

  • Warranty period
    Up-to 10 years
  • Which? Best Buys
    No
  • Price range (fitted)
    £1,200 > £2,100

 

Our best boiler brands conlusion:

Before taking the plunge and sinking pure pound notes in to any new boiler brand, make sure you're getting a good blend of the below...

  • A long warranty (10 years is almost industry standard nowadays)
  • A Which? Best Buy (or another industry award winner)
  • High TrustPilot ratings or reviews for customer service

At Heatable, we only fit boilers which offer that beautiful blend.

To get a fixed quote on the best boiler brands, buy from Heatable. Easy.


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