Welcome to our 10-minute guide to Ideal Boilers. Whether you’re deciding between multiple brands, or unsure whether Ideal offer the quality you need, this guide has everything you need to know…
Ideal Boilers are UK brand, pushing out 10,000+ units per year. And, they’re hot on the heels of some of the better-known manufacturers, like Worcester Bosch.
In this guide, we’ll cover:
We’re big fans of Ideal Boilers, and that means we’ve already created a tonne of write-ups covering their combi boilers.
Below are a few that are going to be relevant to this guide.
What we haven’t written about just yet, is the new Ideal Max range. We plan to review this as soon as possible.
Essentially, the Ideal Max boilers have up to a 12-year warranty. That’s a market leading warranty, with the majority of other boiler brands sitting in the 2-7 year range, with some extending to 10-years.
What we’ll get into after this review section, is the types of combi boilers on offer from Ideal, their warranty, prices, and which one we think is the best.
Worcester Bosch are a household name. Typically, they have a price tag to match. That means you’ll be able to save a chunk of cash when buying an Ideal Boiler.
However, there are ways to get Worcester Bosch boilers cheaper. They part-own a company called BOXT, that supply and fit boilers.
Naturally, Worcester Bosch supply these boilers to BOXT, incredibly cheap. So cheap in fact, that the comparable Worcester boiler, is similar in installation cost, to an Ideal.
If you’d prefer a Worcester boiler over an Ideal, we’ve written some useful guides.
This guide weighs up boiler installation costs from a range of different heating companies (including BOXT).
And, we’ve created a detailed guide on how BOXT works here.
When weighing up the price comparison, it’s worth noting that most Ideal Boilers are “Compact” as standard. That means they can be fitted out of sight, in the average kitchen cupboard.
The likes of the 25I and 30I from Worcester AREN’T compact. They do a CDI Compact range. If you want a compact boiler, it’s that CDI Compact range from Worcester that you’re going to need.
If you want a Ideal boiler installed, local installers are likely to be the cheapest option. You can get up to 3 quotes from local installers for free here.
Let’s jump into Ideal’s range, and what it means in terms of warranty, and of course, price.
The most popular Ideal Boilers include the:
If you’ve read any of our other boiler reviews, you’ll know we put an emphasis on warranty. At the end of the day, if a boiler manufacturer thinks their boiler will last, they’ll offer a long warranty. If they don’t, well, then they won’t.
The Ideal combi boiler range now starts with the Ideal Logic Plus, at 7-years (the Mexico however, is only 2-years). Typically, most manufacturers will have a cheap entry level boiler with just 2-years. This actually used to be the case with Ideal too, with their basic Ideal Logic.
An additional bonus thrown in with the Ideal Logic Plus base model, is a 10-year heat exchanger warranty. And let me tell you, that’s a good thing, given they can cost upwards of £400 to replace.
|Ideal Logic Plus||7-years|
|Ideal Logic Max||10-years|
|Ideal Vogue Max||12-years|
Ideal boiler prices are a lot lower than you’d expect from a leading brand. So, if you’re looking at other leading brands on the market, there’s a good chance for some cash savings.
Below is a list of what you should expect to pay (boiler only, no flue included). But, please take this as a guideline. Price increases do happen, but at the same time, so do promotions.
|Ideal Boilers Price Comparison|
|Ideal Logic Plus C24||£750|
|Ideal Logic Plus C30||£850|
|Ideal Logic Plus C35||£975|
|Ideal Logic Max 24||TBC|
|Ideal Logic Max 30||TBC|
|Ideal Logic Max 40||TBC|
|Ideal Vogue C26||£1,000|
|Ideal Vogue C32||£1,100|
|Ideal Vogue C40||£1,200|
|Ideal Vogue Max 26||TBC|
|Ideal Vogue Max 32||TBC|
|Ideal Vogue Max 40||TBC|
All four Ideal Boilers above are compact in size (the floor standing Mexico, isn’t). That means they’re going to be comfortably into an average size kitchen cupboard. But, they can be wall-hung too if you’d prefer.
Even if you don’t NEED a compact boiler, it’s not a bad idea. Boilers are typically installed in incredibly tight spaces. That makes them near on impossible to work on.
The easier you boiler is to service and repair, the cheaper those services and repairs are going to be. So, whilst it’s not a necessity, having a compact boiler isn’t exactly a bad thing.
Here are the dimensions of the Ideal Logic Plus.
Frost protection isn’t something you’ll get from most boilers, but you will with all the Ideal combi boilers mentioned above.
But, what is frost protection? Essentially, when the water in your heating system drops below a certain temperature, the boiler kicks into life. That’s not to warm up radiators, or hot water. Instead, this is to protect pipes from freezing.
Typically, this is an important feature when temperatures drop to around -2 degrees. That’s already happened a few times this year.
When your boiler locks out, not only will it not work, you’re going to need a boiler repair company to come and fix it, and that costs money. So, if you don’t have frost protection built into your thermostat, you’ll certainly want it built into your boiler.
The first thing you need to do, is to determine what size boiler you need.
Once you’ve determined which size boiler you need, it really comes down to price and warranty.
We think 7-years is already a good warranty, especially with a 10-year warranty on one of the most expensive parts (the heat exchanger). With that in mind, we’d be heading for the Ideal Logic Plus.
But, you also need to determine which type of boiler you need, as there’s 3 to choose from:
The type of boiler you choose, is going to depend on your current heating setup.
Combination boilers heat hot water on demand. If you DON’T have any form of hot water storage tank, this is the boiler you need.
System boilers don’t heat hot water on demand. Instead, they fill up a hot water cylinder. So, if you have a hot water cylinder, this is the boiler you need.
Heat-only boilers require a cold-water feed tank (usually installed in loft spaces). If you have a cold-water tank in your loft, you’ll need a heat-only boiler.
Alongside your A-Rated boiler, you’ll need some other things to ensure you comply with Boiler Plus.
We’ve created a full guide to Boiler Plus rules here and included a graphic of what you need to do below.
Typical boiler installation costs can start as low as £500-1,000. That’s going to depend on the complexity of the installation, as well as additional materials needed.
For instance, you might need flue extensions, a new cylinder, a boiler filter and a new thermostat. And, if your gas main isn’t up to current standards, your Gas Safe engineer is going to need to upgrade it, at an additional cost to you.
You can go ahead and book up to 3 free quotes from local installers here.
Expect installation costs to be in the region of £1,800-£2,500 (including the price of the all materials and labour), depending on the size of your boiler and the complexity of the installation.
We’ve written a full guide on what you should expect with boiler replacement costs here.
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