There is nothing worse than waking up on a cold winter’s morning and realizing that the inside of your home isn’t much warmer than outside. That’s when the sinking feeling hits that something may be wrong with the boiler. Boilers are a critical household appliance, but like any utility they can breakdown and require replacement. Older boilers cannot always be repaired, and sometimes are not worth the cost of repair.

Replacing boilers is often the best choice for a number of reasons. First and foremost, repairing boilers can sometimes cost as much as if not more than purchasing and installing a new one. Additionally, older boilers can be more expensive to maintain and run compared with newer models. New boilers have been manufactured to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Before having a new boiler installed, consumers would be wise to research the best boilers available to ensure they are purchasing a model that is reliable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly. The following boilers represent the top choices for consumers in 2013 and represent various models including combi, heat-only, and oil combination boilers.


Baxi Duo-Tec Combi 28 HE

This Baxi model is a gas combination model (known commonly as a combi) that is ideal for those living in a flat or smaller home. The Baxi 28HE is efficient and easy-to-use for the consumer. Baxi models meet the highest industry standards for energy efficiency, meaning they offer hundreds in savings each year over older boilers.


Glow-Worm Ultracom 24 hxi

The Glow-Worm model is a heat-only option that is considered a better option for those with larger homes. It is rare for heat-only boilers to receive praise energy efficiency, eco-friendly operation, and all-around performance, but the Glow-Worm Ultracom 24 hxi meets all those requirements. This boiler has been A-rated by the industry, offers up to 90% efficiency, and most consumers have reported low cost of maintenance with the Glow-Worm Ultracom.


Grant Vortex Pro Combi 26

Another boiler variant lands in the top five and this time it is an oil combination boiler. The Grant Vortex Pro series comes in a variety of sizes to meet different household needs and offers an A-rating from the industry with an energy efficiency rating near 92%. Additionally, the Grant Vortex Pro has very low emissions, which is difficult for boilers in the oil combination group. Ideal for homes off the main gas supply, the one downside to the Vortex Pro is the hefty price tag compared to combi and heat-only models.


Vaillant ecoTEC Plus

Several models in the ecoTEC Plus range from Vaillant are worth noting in this review. For starters, Vaillant has received consumer acclaim for offering the best boilers on the market based upon reliability. All ecoTEC models offer A-ratings for energy efficiency and boast low emissions, making them environmentally friendly.


Vaillant’s combi boilers are a great choice for flats or small homes and larger homes alike. Although they cost more than other combi models, their ease of use, efficiency, and low cost to maintain make them the best boilers on the market.


Everyone is going to have to look at their home and utility set up when deciding between different central heating boilers, but regardless of the type of boiler the consumer needs there is a solid brand available for purchase. Cheaper boilers are available, but it is rare that cheap boilers live up to the performance and reliability of the brands mentioned above.