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What is the best combi boiler overall for value and reliability?
Update - Thankyou all very much for taking the time to post your honest opinions - I'll be checking out your recommendations.
Most appreciated, Shona
Looking to replace my dad's boiler. Only had one quote so far which is based on a Ferroli boiler however when i research them online they are universally panned by almost everyone - clients and installers although I guess they are a source of work for the installers!! Fairly highly recommended seems to be Vaillent Ecotek but I think this is at the higher cost end of the scale.
Is there a boiler that has good reliability at a reasonable price or is it better to go with a big name like Vaillent or Worcester and pay more initially? My dad has a servicing contract with Scottish Gas so maintenance isn't an issue but all the same he doesn't want to be calling them out every 5 mins to repair it.
When I get quotes I want to make sure I'm comparing like with like and not getting a cheaper quote because it's based on a rubbish boiler.
Boiler is for a 3 bed house with one bathroom.
- Ys_angus 17th Aug, 2011 Central Heating
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Hi I would recommend that you opt for a brand with good reputation. I always recommend and mainly install Worcester Bosch combination boilers as they are a robust boiler with reliability and efficient performance - (If installed to manufacturers instructions will serve you well for many years!) I have very rarely had any call backs on the Worcester combi's that I have installed, 99% of customers have been very pleased!
With reference to cheaper boilers I would suggest that it is a bit of a gamble. For the sake of an extra £200 - £300 it would be a better investment to go with a Worcester or Vaillant in my opinion.
JPN Heating & Plumbing
- JPN Heating & Plumbing 18th Aug, 2011
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Worcester, Vaillant, or Baxi Main eco..............fitted them all and never been called back to one yet. Ravenheat, Ferrolli, Biasi, Heatline..total piece of ...........I rest my case
- Jeff Stockdale Plumbing and Heating 21st Aug, 2011
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Hi, there i would certainly recommend Vaillant or Worcester. Worcester seems to be more reasonably priced these days. I would also recommend Glow-worm Ultracom as well. Glow-worm is now part of Vaillant. I certainly wouldn't go with a Ferrolli. Another option is and Ideal Logic +. Ideal made have made some bad boilers but this new Logic seems to be cost effective and reliable, it also comes with a 5 year guarantee so your Dad could save his money with Scottish Gas.
If you did go with Worcester or Vaillant then you wouldn't need Scottish Gas cover for 2 years as the guarantee would cover it. So this money saved could go towards the extra cost.
KPS Installations Ltd
- KPS Installations Ltd 18th Aug, 2011
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DON'T LISTEN TO IT, WORC,OR VAILLANT PROPERLY INSTALLED! NUFF SAID
- kelly plumbing Heating & gas 4th Apr, 2012
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We have fitted over 50 Main eco25kw gas combination boilers this year and recommend these due to they are priced well at £660 Inc vat & very reliable.
Our supplier sold 500 last year with no come backs where as the year prior they sold ferolli and had over 200 complaints where boilers were failing from start.
The main boiler is part of the Baxi group & is user friendly. Ecoten can also offer an extra years guarantee on top of the standard 2.
Check out there spec and you will see they rival the likes of valiant and are way above the bottom end Market with the likes of ferolli & Biasi
- Ecoten ltd 18th Aug, 2011
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Well done for researching the boiler. A ferrolli is normally used by landlords for a cheap option and often leads to problems if not installed correctly, same for most combination boilers actually.
Best sticking to decent name in the mid price range that has good reviews in my opinion. Baxi and Vaillant are reliable as a rule and shouldn't be expensive.
You can also get a boiler with a 10 yr warranty. Only criteria for the guarantee is a service every year.
Have a look at my profile and if your not too far away I may be able to do a free assessment for you.
- Thomas Michael Cassidy 18th Aug, 2011
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we always recommend the worcester 28i junior,they have a reasonable flow rate of hot water, they have good reliability and are good value. thats why i installed one in my own house, hope this helps.
- BDF plumbing and heating services 18th Aug, 2011
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heat line vizo boiler are about the best value for money i Have one fitted in my own houses can i say more regards colin
- CSA MAINTENACE 18th Aug, 2011
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i would definitely go with a worcester bosch 25si if you can afford it (it is worth the extra outlay) try to get installed by an accredited installer so you get a 5year warranty. Vailant eco tec are also good but at the same price as the worcester i'd go for worcester anyday. A good mid range boiler is a baxi duo tec, good solid boiler and never had any call backs from the ones ive fitted. DO NOT touch ferolli!!!!
Hope this helps.
- J.M plumbing & heating 18th Aug, 2011
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I'd go with a Worcester everytime, for that size house you'd need either the Greenstar 24i Junior or the Greenstar 25Si
- Pure Building and Plumbing 18th Aug, 2011
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Valliant ecotec pro28 ,stay well clear of the ferroli and viessman as they are mostly plastic inside
- PAUL CATON GAS SERVICES 18th Aug, 2011
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hi, ideal logic+ 24kw with 5 year parts and labour warrenty. good boiler, good price and good heat and water output. it also has optional easy to use wireless controls. hope this is helpfull. adrian
- A.D.Johnson 18th Aug, 2011
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In my opinion wocester by far the best as a cheaper optin ideal logic plus.
PS WOULD DEFINATLEY ADVISE DONT GET A FERROLLI CHEAP TO BUY EXPENSIVE ON PARTS TOTAL RUBBISH.
- IAN PRICE PLUMBING&HEATING 18th Aug, 2011
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If you are looking for reasonably priced and reliable Boiler then I would install a GlowWorm Boiler.
Pipe Dreams Plumbing Services
- Pipe Dreams Plumbing Services 18th Aug, 2011
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Vaillant ecotec and Worcester cdi are the best, cheaper options Ideal logic + and main eco.
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