Still pondering whether a cheap boiler is the right choice for you?

In life, we’re often faced with tough questions; choosing the right boiler is no exception. In fact, it’s often a source of confusion for many of my customers, who ask me whether it’s really worth it to get a cheap boiler over a more expensive model.

That’s why I thought I’d make things a little easier for you by putting together the main pros and cons of buying a cheap boiler.

Pros of a cheap boiler

Let’s start with the good things about a cheap boiler, shall we?

  • Upfront savings – This is the most obvious benefit, as the upfront savings could be significant.
  • Quick fix – If you’re on a tight budget and need a boiler fast, this is probably your best option.
  • Free add-ons – Many cheap boilers come with some great free add-ons, such as a flue and clock, or external controls.
  • Good short-term solution – If you’re only planning on staying in your property short-term, you’ll save money.

Cons of a cheap boiler

Although there are definite benefits to a cheap boiler, there are also plenty of cons. Let’s take a look:

  • Less reliable – cheap boilers tend to be made with cheaper components, which can mean your boiler’s parts can fail quicker.
  • Shorter guarantee – Most cheap boilers only come with a two-year guarantee, though if you shop around carefully, you might be able to find one that’ll cover up to five or six.
  • Bulkier – Will often take up more space in your home, although some compact models are available.
  • Noisier -Those cheaper components tend to make more noise, so you’ll notice when your cheap boiler is switched on.

TIP: If you decide to opt for a cheap boiler, I always recommend checking out the online reviews before settling on a specific model. This should give you a good idea of how reliable your boiler tends to be, and that way you can avoid picking a dud.


If you’re still confused about cheap boilers, this guide’s for you. When looking for a cheap boiler, the best thing you can do is balance out the pros and the cons as much as possible. If you’re looking for a quality cheap boiler, it might be worth paying an extra couple of hundred pounds for a brand that tends to be more reliable, over one with a terrible reputation that could cost you much more in expensive repairs later down the line.