Which combi boiler - Vaillant, Worcester or British Gas?


Postby SpiceBoy » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:43 pm

Help - I need a new combi boiler and have a few quotes to choose from. They are all within £250 of each other but I need to choose which boiler to go for.

I had narrowed it down to the Vaillant EcoTec Pro 28kW or the Worcester Bosch Greenstar 28i. Out of the blue, British Gas have come up with a very competitive quote for their "British Gas 532 High Efficiency Boiler" which is a apparently a re-specced Worcester Bosch. It has a higher flow rate of 13 l/min (versus 11 l/min) and a separate control that allows you to adjust the water temperature (e.g. to limit the hot water temp if your kids are having a shower). Not surprisingly, it's the most expensive quote but I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the extra £200 odd. Any help/suggestions much appreciated...

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Postby htg engineer » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:23 pm

Vaillant are very good - so if the BG boiler is more expensive then it's definitely not worth it, neither is BG installation prices or their Homecare packages.

Vaillant and Worcester are very good. I'd go for the Vaillant.


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Postby SpiceBoy » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:31 pm

[quote="htg engineer"]Vaillant are very good - so if the BG boiler is more expensive then it's definitely not worth it, neither is BG installation prices or their Homecare packages.

Vaillant and Worcester are very good. I'd go for the Vaillant.
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Vaillant and Worcester were the two on my original list. I know BG boilers used to be bad (was it Glow Worm they used to rebadge?) but their new range is made by Worcester for them and has a higher spec than the other two. The Vaillant is about £50 cheaper than the Worcester so I think I'll take your advice.

Thanks for the reply!

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Postby wallflower » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:20 am

I am believe glow worm is a subsidery company of Valiant.

Both GW and Valiant combi's boast Stainless Steel heat exhanges with a 25 year gaurantee.

I have a worscestor bosch currenty but will now upgrade to a glowworm due to the heat exchanger.

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Postby wallflower » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:29 am

I beleive Glow worm is a subisdery of valiant which explains why they both boast a 25 year gaurantee on thier heat exchangers.

I have worscestor at the moment but am changing to GW due to the heat exchanger.

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Postby Andil » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:13 pm

Had you tried Alpha Innovation boilers? Probably more efficient and more affordable in the long run, would think it's worth a look.
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Postby Gas_man » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:11 pm

I know this is dead, and bringing up old posts is bad form, but I couldnt resist!!!!

UPGRADE to a glowworm???!!!! Are you mad????!!!!!!??!?!!? Vaillent and worc are top of the line!!!

And alpha.....................

dear god, I couldnt help my self...

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Postby thedoctor » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:15 am

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Postby dreamchild » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:57 am

Vaillant are a German company and engineer boilers which are produced in several other Europen countries. The brand name widely used in the UK is Glow Worm.

What I am saying is that Vaillant own Glow worm and therefore design and engineer boilers to be made in the UK.
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