Boiler Buying Guide – What Type of Boiler is Best?

Are you in the market for a new boiler?

If so, you may be wondering what type of boiler is best. This can be a difficult question to answer since there are many different types of boilers on the market, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

In this blog post, we’ll break down the different types of boilers and their key features, so you can choose the right one for your home whilst also ensuring you get the best possible price.

Which Type of Boiler Is Right for You?

Choosing the right boiler for your home can be a difficult task, with seemingly endless types, sizes, models and brands to select from.

When you need a new boiler, a good place to start is by looking at the various types of boilers available: combi boilers, conventional boilers and system boilers.

Once you have identified the best type of boiler for your property, you will then need to focus on finding a reliable brand with competitive warranties that offers a high level of energy efficiency.

Researching different options amongst trusted suppliers can help ensure that you choose a boiler that meets all your needs and lasts many years into the future.

Benefits of Combi Boilers

Combi (combination) boilers are a compact type of boiler that supplies both heating and hot water for your taps from one unit. These units have become extremely popular in the UK, offering several benefits including:

  • Highly efficient unit which could reduce bills.
  • Compact size which is more desirable in smaller homes.
  • Provides hot water on demand.
  • Can be installed anywhere in the home.
  • Cheaper than other types of boiler available.

Benefits of System Boilers

System boilers can store hot water in a storage tank or cylinder – unlike combi boilers which supply heating and hot water from just one unit. The benefits of system boilers include:

  • Popular choice for homes with several occupants as the system allows you to use multiple hot water outlets simultaneously.
  • Provides hot water on demand.
  • Easy to install.
  • Low running cost.
  • No need for an additional cold water tank like a conventional boiler.

Benefits of Conventional Boilers

Conventional boilers, which may be referred to as heat only boilers or traditional boilers require an additional storage tank in the loft that feeds the hot water cylinder. Conventional boilers are becoming less common but do have benefits in certain homes such as:

  • Allows hot water to be used from multiple sources.
  • Can support larger homes with more than one bathroom.
  • Compatibility with solar hot water systems.
  • If your home has an older heating system, a conventional boiler can be the best choice of upgrade without needing to modify pipework.

Which Brand of Boiler is Best?

After selecting the best type of unit for your home, the next step is deciding on a brand. This can be overwhelming at first as there are so many different manufacturers with varying models to choose from.

Some of the most popular brands sold in the UK include Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Vokera, Baxi, Ideal and Potterton. All of these manufacturers offer high quality boilers that are built to provide a high level of performance.

At Gas Safe, we have found Worcester and Vaillant brands to be particularly reliable and are Worcester Bosch accredited and Vaillant accredited. However, we always make the best recommendation based on the customer’s needs including timeframes and budget.

How to Get the Best Deal on a New Boiler

When you’re ready to buy your new boiler, you want to make sure you get the best possible deal. At Gas Safe, we offer an instant boiler quote tool which gives you a price in seconds.

Boilers are a significant investment so some households may be more comfortable spreading the cost over a fixed period. 0% boiler finance is available and allows you to pay monthly for a brand new boiler with no deposit needed.

Once your boiler is installed, regular servicing helps ensure that it’s running efficiently and reduces the risk of breakdown. At Gas Safe, we offer cover plans which allow you to protect your boiler from just £13.99 per month which includes an annual boiler service.

Get Expert Boiler Advice from Gas Safe

Choosing the right type of boiler for your home and needs can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be and doing a little research can go a long way in ensuring you choose the right boiler.

If you’d rather take the chance out of it, we can help. Our expert engineers can help select the right boiler for your needs and provide a complete installation service to ensure the boiler is fitted in line with manufacturer guidelines.

To get started, give us a call today on 0117 964 0078, email or fill out a contact form below and we will get back to you.