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Condensing Boiler Guide: Prices, Pros & Cons and Leading Brands

Condensing boilers are more energy efficient and kinder to the environment than non-condensing models.

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Since the April 1st 2005, all gas boilers installed or replaced must be high efficiency condensing models to comply with government regulations. The same legislation for oil-fired boilers was applied in 2007. The move is part of an environmental strategy to force all homes in England and Wales to become more energy efficient.

There are three different types of high-efficiency condensing boilers available today, including combi boilers, system boilers and heat only boilers. The average price of a condensing boiler ranges between £455 and £2,800, depending on the type, brand, model and output. But these boiler prices do not include the installation cost, which can start from £600 and go up to around £1,500.

As you can see, a new condensing boilers is a considerable investment and prices vary rather a lot. You also need to pay for a professional installation on top of the price of the boiler, so you’ll be looking at a final cost of between £1,055 and £4,300.

If you’re looking for a boiler replacement and want to know what a condensing boiler actually is, how it works and the pros and cons of getting one installed, our helpful guide covers it all and makes it easy for you to compare condensing boiler prices.

What is a Condensing Boiler?

A condensing boiler will run on either gas or oil and has all the same elements as a non-condensing boiler. The key difference is that a condensing boiler recovers latent heat that would usually be lost through the flue as exhaust gases. To reuse this latent heat, a condensing boiler sends the exhaust gases to its heat exchanger, which cools and condensates the gases back into a liquid form (known as condensate). This recovered heat is then used to warm up the cool water that enters the boiler.

The name ‘condensing’ comes from the condensation produced by the boiler itself. As a condensing boiler burns much less fuel to supply your home with energy, it is more energy efficient than non-condensing boiler models. If you decide to install an efficient condensing boiler, you should reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills.

Advantages of Condensing Boilers

Since condensing boilers use less fuel to heat your home and water, their efficiency could save you hundreds of pounds on your annual bill. Some manufacturers say that up to 98% thermal efficiency can be achieved when installing one of their condensing models, whereas non-condensing models can only operate in efficiencies of 70-80%. The main advantages include:

Increased Energy Efficiency: One of the main benefits of condensing boilers is that they are much more energy efficient (at least 25% more) than non-condensing models. They also comply with current legislation.

Environmentally friendly:Condensing boilers can significantly reduce carbon emissions and waste less energy by recycling heat that would otherwise be wasted, and therefore reduce their impact on the environment.

Cost Effective:Unlike non-condensing systems, condensing boilers burn less fuel and recycle the heat back into the boiler to ensure less energy is wasted. As a result, you could save between £130 and £300 on your energy bills.

There are some arguable disadvantages as well, which are that condensing boilers have a shorter lifespan than other boiler types and can easily go wrong and be more expensive to maintain due to their complex systems.

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Condensing Boiler Prices

The price you will pay is influenced by many factors, such as boiler size, output and efficiency rating. Many top brands offer highly efficient condensing boilers, which vary in price from around £450 to £3,566.44 depending on the manufacturer and how sophisticated the boiler model.

We’ve put together a range of comparison tables that enable you to compare just some of the combi, system and heat only condensing models available from different boiler brands to give you a better idea of prices. The prices listed include VAT but exclude the cost of installation.

Worcester Bosch Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Greenstar 32 CDi Compact Combi H - 680 mm
W - 390 mm
D - 280 mm
32 kw13.1 l/min £ 1,232.21
Greenstar 40 CDi Classic Regular H - 760 mm
W - 440 mm
D
- 360 mm
40 kwN/A £ 1,621.88
Greenstar Danesmoor System 25H - 855 mm
W - 370 mm
D - 600 mm
25 kwN/A £ 2,004.00
Greenstar Highflow 440 CDi CombiH - 850 mm
W - 600 mm
D - 600 mm
29 kw20.1 l/min £ 2,053.68
Greenstar Utility Regular 50 H - 1012 mm
W - 520 mm
D - 815 mm
50 kwN/A £ 2,142.12
Greenstar Danesmoor System 32 H - 855 mm
W - 370 mm
D - 600 mm
32 kwN/A £ 2,272.73

Ideal Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Independent C30 CombiH - 700 mm
W - 395 mm
D - 278 mm
30 kw12.4 l/min £ 651.92
Logic Heat 24 H - 700 mm
W - 395 mm
D - 278 mm
24 kwN/A £ 790.50
Logic Max System 24H - 700 mm
W - 395 mm
D - 278 mm
24 kwN/A £ 859.96
Vogue Combi 32H - 740 mm
W - 445 mm
D - 330 mm
32 kw13.1 l/min £ 1,085.00
Mexico HE 15 H - 850 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 530 mm
15 kwN/A £ 1,103.70
Vogue Max System 26H - 740 mm
W - 445 mm
D - 330 mm
26 kwN/A £ 1,131.83

Biasi Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Advance Plus Combi ERP 25H - 700 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 290 mm
25 kw13.3 l/min £ 597.60
Advance Plus System ERP 25 H - 700 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 290 mm
25 kwN/A £ 607.50
Inovia Combi ERP 25 H - 700 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 290 mm
25 kw11.4 l/min£ 653.70
Advance Plus 7 System ERP 30H - 700 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 295 mm
30 kwN/A £ 659.00

Vokera Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Compact A 29 H - 715 mm
W - 405 mm
D - 248 mm
29 kw11.9 l/min £ 485.00
Mynute VHE 20 Open Vent H - 740 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 338 mm
20 kwN/A £ 492.00
Vision System 20 H - 715 mm
W - 405 mm
D - 248 mm
20 kwN/A £ 545.00
Evolve Combi 32H - 740 mm
W - 420 mm
D - 350 mm
32 kw14.2 l/min £ 785.00
Mynute 35HE SystemH - 780 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 358 mm
35 kwN/A £ 922.91
Linea One Combi H - 780 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 358 mm
38 kw15.6 l/min £ 1,069.99

Keston Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Keston S30 System H - 700 mm
W - 395 mm
D - 278 mm
30 kwN/A £ 1,094.79
Keston Combi 30 H - 700 mm
W - 395 mm
D - 278 mm
30 kw12.4 l/min £ 1,195.64
Keston Heat 45kWH - 850 mm
W - 500 mm
D - 360 mm
45 kwN/A £ 2,340.87

Ferroli Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Ferroli i29 CombiH - 680 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 330 mm
29 kw15.6 l/min£ 479.00
Modena 18 HE System H - 600 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 320 mm
18 kwN/A £ 575.00
Modena 27 HE Combi H - 600 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 320 mm
27 kw11.1 l/min £ 610.26
Energy Top W80 H - 945 mm
W - 445 mm
D - 400 mm
80 kwN/A £ 2,783.00

Viessmann Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Vitodens 050-W 29 CombiH - 707 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 350 mm
29 kw12.1 l/min £ 809.45
Vitodens 100-W 26 HeatH - 600 mm
W - 375 mm
D - 285 mm
26 kwN/A £ 961.58
Vitodens 100-W 30 System H - 700 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 350 mm
30 kwN/A £ 1,167.33
Vitodens 200-W 26 CombiH - 850 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 360 mm
26 kw14 l/min £ 1,516.24
Vitodens 200-W 30 SystemH - 850 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 360 mm
30 kwN/A £ 1,519.34

Vaillant Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
ecoTEC Pro Combi 28H - 720 mm
W - 440 mm
D - 338 mm
28 kw11.1 l/min £ 925.00
ecoTEC Plus Regular 24H - 600 mm
W - 375 mm
D - 320 mm
24 kwN/A£ 958.46
ecoFIT Pure System 25H - 720 mm
W - 390 mm
D - 259 mm
25 kwN/A£ 1,115.90
ecoTEC Exclusive Combi 35H - 720 mm
W - 440 mm
D - 474 mm
35 kw14.5 l/min £ 1,425.60

Baxi Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Duo-tec Combi 28H - 780 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 345 mm
28 kw11.5 l/min£ 819.20
EcoBlue Heat 21H - 625 mm
W - 370 mm
D - 270 mm
21 kwN/A£ 900.57
Megaflo System 24H - 780 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 345 mm
24 kwN/A£ 909.62
EcoBlue Advance Combi 24H - 763 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 345 mm
24 kw9.8 l/min£ 914.81
EcoBlue Advance Heat 30H - 625 mm
W - 370 mm
D - 270 mm
30 kwN/A £ 981.09
EcoBlue System 32H - 700 mm
W - 390 mm
D - 295 mm
32 kwN/A£ 1,127.99

Potterton Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Gold Combi 28H - 780 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 345 mm
28 kw11.5 l/min£ 696.28
Titanium Combi 24H - 625 mm
W - 370 mm
D - 370 mm
24 kwN/A£ 817.44
Promax System 18H - 750 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 345 mm
18 kwN/A£ 848.52
Promax Ultra Combi 24H - 763 mm
W - 450 mm
D - 355 mm
24 kw9.8 l/min£ 963.11
Assure Heat 30H - 700 mm
W - 390 mm
D - 270 mm
30 kwN/A £ 1,002.03
Ultra System 28H - 626 mm
W - 370 mm
D - 270 mm
28 kwN/A£ 1,250.00

Glow-Worm Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Easicom3 System 25H - 740 mm
W - 418 mm
D - 300 mm
25 kwN/A£ 622.74
Essential Combi 28H - 740 mm
W - 418 mm
D - 300 mm
28 kw11.7 l/min£ 658.00
Energy Regular 25H - 600 mm
W - 375 mm
D - 280 mm
25 kwN/A£ 788.40
Ultimate3 System 25 H - 740 mm
W - 418 mm
D - 300 mm
25 kwN/A£ 820.00
Flexicom Combi 35H - 700 mm
W - 390 mm
D - 280 mm
35 kw14.4 l/min £ 880.00
Easicom3 Regular 25H - 600 mm
W - 375 mm
D - 280 mm
25 kwN/A £ 887.92

Alpha Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Evoke Combi 28H - 712 mm
W - 440 mm
D - 255 mm
28 kw12.1 l/min£ 625.00
E Tec Combi 33H - 712 mm
W - 440 mm
D - 255 mm
20 kwN/A£ 834.48
E Tec Plus Combi 28H - 712 mm
W - 440 mm
D - 268 mm
33 kw14.1 l/min£ 929.33
Intec GS Combi 40H - 843 mm
W - 442 mm
D - 457 mm
50 kwN/A£ 2,233.14

Ariston Condensing Boiler Prices

MODELDIMENSIONSOUTPUTMAX FLOW RATEFFICIENCY TYPICAL PRICE
Clas HE 24 Evo CombiH - 595 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 295 mm
24 kw10.3 l/min£ 659.00
Clas HE 24 RegularH - 595 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 295 mm
24 kwN/A£ 659.00
E-System One 30H - 745 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 331 mm
30 kwN/A£ 1,140.00
Clas System One 30H - 745 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 401 mm
30 kwN/A£ 1,140.00
Clas Net One 38 CombiH - 745 mm
W - 400 mm
D - 385 mm
38 kw15.5 l/min£ 1,140.00

Please note: Your decision should not be based on pricing alone. Prior to choosing a condensing boiler, you must ask a Gas Safe engineer to assess your home and typical heating and hot water usage habits to ensure you pick a boiler that will satisfy the needs of your household.

 

Boiler Energy Efficiency Ratings Explained

The government and boiler manufacturers introduced SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK) in 1999, which was a simple system that awarded each boiler model a rating from A to G for energy efficiency.

In 2015, SEDBUK was replaced by the ErP (Energy related Products) directive, a scheme that aims to achieve the EU’s 20-20-20 targets. These targets are as follows:

  • A 20% reduction in the EU greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels)
  • A 20% improvement in overall energy efficiency across the EU
  • A 20% increase in energy produced from renewable sources

The ErP directive is designed to make boiler brands improve the efficiency and performance of their products, as well as ensure end-users are aware of how efficient their boilers can be. Its purpose is to also help European governments lower carbon emissions and help consumers to reduce their energy bills. Today, all boilers have an efficiency rating from A+++ to G, which must be clearly displayed on each appliance – so make sure you look out for this label when purchasing a new boiler.

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