If you’ve recently been faced with the decision of choosing a new boiler for your home, you’ve probably been doing a fair bit of research.
I’m also betting you’ve already come across the brand Worcester Bosch. In fact, there’s so many brands to choose from out there (Baxi Potteron, Halstead, Ariston, Ferolli), each with their own pros and cons.
That’s why I’ve been putting together a series of comparison blogs, where I pit Worcester Bosch boilers against many of the other leading brands (last week it was Worcester vs Ferolli).
(To find out more about Worcester Bosch, take a look at our recent blog post, entitled 7 Reasons Why Worcester Bosch should be your next boiler)
So, this week I’m going to be looking at Vokera boilers, to find out just how they compare to the current market leader and Which ‘Best Buy’, Worcester Bosch.
Like Worcester Bosch, Vokera have a range of system and combi boilers, including a compact range that will fit in your kitchen cupboard, which makes them convenient if you’re looking to save space. However, their range isn’t quite as big as Worcester’s – which also has a range of regular boilers – so you’ll have less options to choose from.
In terms of reliability, Vokera boilers are thought to be around middle of the line, and are pretty reliable for around the first five years after purchase.
Longer term, Vokera boilers can run into difficulties, mainly due to their cheaper, Italian-manufactured components. They can often encounter problems later down the line with components such as the expansion vessels leading to loss of pressure, or problems with diverter valve and flow switch, meaning you may experience trouble getting hot water.
Worcester Bosch boilers tend to be made with more durable, long-lasting components, so they can last up to 15 years without encountering any problems due to part failures.
Vokera offers a two-year guarantee, which can be extendable via Domestic and General – however, you may want to make sure you check the small print.
As for call-outs, Vokera does not have its own dedicated team of engineers, and uses local contractors who may be dealing with many different brands on a regular basis.
In comparison, Worcester Bosch offer their own market leading guarantee that lasts up to eight years, manage everything themselves rather than going through separate companies, with their own team of dedicated engineers that only deal with Worcester Bosch boilers.
Vokera boilers are marketed and sold as budget boilers; there’s no pretence, and you know your Vokera budget boiler will do exactly what it says on the tin. They are known to be good value for money, and usually come with bundle deals (more about that below).
Worcester Bosch has been awarded the Which Best Buy for the fourth year running, and has one of the best reputations for reliability and customer service.
This is where Vokera boilers win out over Worcester Bosch, as supplied and fitted, you can pick up a Vokera boiler for around £300 – 350 cheaper. This is particularly appealing if you happen to be moving into a new house for the short-term, or are on a particularly tight budget.
A nice touch about Vokera is that their boilers come with a mechanical clock and flue included in the overall price, whereas if you were to go with Worcester Bosch, you’d have to buy these separately. Think of it as a bundle deal.
However, Vokera boilers also tend to be noisier than Worcester Bosch boilers (known to be one of the quietest boilers on the market), so you will be more likely to notice when it’s running.
Now we’ve discovered how Vokera compares to the market leader Worcester Bosch, which would you rather go for? On one hand, Vokera offers value with a fairly good reliability factor, whereas Worcester Bosch wins out in terms of range, durability, guarantee and its own team of dedicated engineers.
Vokera may be appealing if you’re looking to save money, although it’s important to check the small print on your extended warranty, just in case you encounter any problems down the line due to cheaper components.