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Which are best and worst combi boilers

edited 10 September 2018 at 2:17PM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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edited 10 September 2018 at 2:17PM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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My current combi boiler is on its last legs according to different plumbers who've tried repairs over the past year.

I've tried Google but not really found the answer to my question what are the better combi boiler and which should be avoided.

Thanks for any help in advance!
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  • Alex1983Alex1983 Forumite
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    You will get all different answers depending on who you speak too. Everyone will have a horror story about this boiler and that boiler.

    I'd go with a valliant they have been around for a very long time, have a very good track record with previous models, tech help is good if required and are German manufacturers. Atag and viessman also have good reputations but not so common which can lead to issues with service and repair.

    I'd avoid anything Italian or French.
  • jack_pottjack_pott Forumite
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    Each year the consumers association polls 11,000 members to find out which brand has had the most breakdowns, and 170 gas engineers to see which brand they recommend. The one that wins hands down every year is Worcester Bosch, Vaillant comes a good second.
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  • cajefcajef Forumite
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    jack_pott wrote: »
    The one that wins hands down every year is Worcester Bosch, Vaillant comes a good second.
    Is that the one that breaks down the most or that they recommend? :D
    I used to have a handle on life, but it broke. :|
  • another_casualtyanother_casualty Forumite
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    In my last flat , I had a potterton myson . Lasted over 20 years .
    I was 14 years there.
    My brother used to work in heating and ventilating co.
    Potterton have a great reputation .
    Also , you can get replacement parts on eBay etc.

    The place I am just moving into , has valiant boiler. 7/8 years old .
    Surveyor and local gas engineer rate those too.

    Hope this helps
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  • southcoastrgisouthcoastrgi Forumite
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    WB is full of plastic, they are voted No 1 because they advertise the most.
    Vailliant are starting to go down the plastic route as well because it's cheaper.
    Glowworm are the same company as Vailliant just cheaper.
    Wouldn't touch Ideal with a barge pole.
    Vissmann have a good rep the cheaper versions have rubber hoses which do cause problems the same as Vailliant used to have until they changed to copper.
    Atag are a good make although only available through a RGI that is reg'd with them.
    Baxi are normally bullet proof boilers with a long track record.
    Personally my boiler of choice is Intergas
    I'm only here while I wait for Corrie to start.

    You get no BS from me & if I think you are wrong I WILL tell you.
  • SystemSystem
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    I've had Ideal boilers in the last two houses and not had a single problem. As long as they come with a nice long warranty then you'll be fine
  • JEN22JEN22 Forumite
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    I have a Remeha boiler
  • southcoastrgisouthcoastrgi Forumite
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    JEN22 wrote: »
    I have a Remeha boiler

    They used to be my boiler of choice until they merged with Baxi & then they were discontinued
    I'm only here while I wait for Corrie to start.

    You get no BS from me & if I think you are wrong I WILL tell you.
  • ChanesChanes Forumite
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    We had Vailant fitted in our last house and it worked fine with no problems. We moved and had another fitted...same thing, no problems. The engineer who fitted them has been fitting heating systems and boilers for many years and rated Vailant as the most reliable and well made. He said Bosch were good too but had a preference for Vailant.
  • luminatedluminated Forumite
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    Thanks to all those that have replied.

    My current boiler is a Remeha and I have not been impressed.
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