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Vaillant & Ideal Boilers

This article gives a quick overview of both Vaillant and Ideal boiler companies, including their history, and then briefly describes their product ranges. If you’ve been shopping around for a new boiler, then you’ll have heard the names of lots of manufacturers. Here, I’ll take a quick look at Vaillant boilers and Ideal boilers.

If you’ve been shopping around for a new boiler, then you’ll have heard the names of lots of manufacturers.  Here, I’ll take a quick look at Vaillant boilers and Ideal boilers.

Vaillant boilers were founded in Germany in 1874, specialising in installation.  That soon wasn’t enough for them, and by 1894 they’d obtained a patent for a closed system boiler which formed the basis of many heating systems for a long time afterwards.  In 1905 the wall hung ‘Geyser’ boiler swept across Europe, while 1924 saw the introduction of the first true central heating boiler that could heat all the rooms in a house.  They continued to develop and innovate, and by the end of the twentieth century had implemented their own version of condensing technology.  Now, they are turning to focus on solar and renewable energy, but haven’t lost sight of their traditional market.

Their main range consists of combi, system and open vent boilers which are all sold in a choice of outputs.  The ecoTEC combi range was awarded the Which? Best Buy in 2010, and has reinforced the company’s good reputation for reliable, value for money products.  The controls that are available as optional extras for all models are right up to date, and include frost protection, efficiency increasing weather compensation and load compensation, and wireless, programmable controls that make it easy for the owner to manage the heating system. 

The Ideal company was founded in 1905, and was one of the pioneers in the fledgling heating industry.  From their beginnings in Hull, they rapidly grew to have a worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of original and reliable boilers.  In the 1920’s Ideal boilers led the way in the shift from basement located boilers to kitchen located ones, with the Cookaheat which combined an open fire, a central heating boiler, a cooking fire and a warming cupboard.  Such a system was very efficient and effective for its time, and was affordable by many with even average earnings.  By the 1930’s they’d seen the potential for gas and were heavily investing time into the new designs, an attitude which has persisted ever since as they developed some of the first high efficiency gas boilers in the 1980’s, and, now have embraced the renewable energy trend as the next area for investment.    

Ideal offer a variety of combi, system and heat only boilers which will suit most homes requirements as they have a choice of power outputs.   Most are ‘A’ rated on the SEDBUK efficiency scale, and they all have at least a two year parts and labour (the higher specification models have 5 years) to reflect the confidence they have in their workmanship.  A range of accessories, including wireless thermostats and programmers, are also offered to allow the buyer to tailor the boiler further to their own needs. 

Both Vaillant boilers and Ideal boilers have something to offer anyone in the market for a new one.  If you are interested speak to your fitter for advice and choose the model most appropriate to your requirements.

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