ATAG vs Navien: A Boiler Comparison

ATAG vs Navien: A Boiler Comparison

ATAG vs Navien: A Boiler Comparison

Navien are a relatively new addition to the UK boiler market so we’ve put them up against ATAG, a UK boiler manufacturer with a great reputation for efficiency, innovation and reliability, to see how they compare.

If you’re looking for a new boiler, find out which of these boiler manufacturers you should turn to: ATAG vs Navien.


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Who are ATAG and Navien?

ATAG have been working to deliver the highest standards of energy efficiency of around 70 years, delivering their innovative heating products all around the world. All ATAG boilers are covered by an extensive 10 year warranty, which will see that you’re well covered after installation.

Navien joined the UK boiler market much more recently, arriving in 2015. Originally founded in Asia in 1978, their range of condensing boilers began leading the way and Navien decided to make their heating systems available in the UK.

ATAG vs Navien

We’re going to compare the combi, regular and system boiler manufactured by ATAG and Navien to help you find the right boiler for your home.

Live off the gas network? All ATAG and Navien gas boilers are available with LPG conversion and Navien’s LCB 700 range of system and regular boilers run on oil too.

Combi boilers

Combi boilers are the most popular boiler type in the UK and are perfect for smaller homes with no room for a hot water cylinder. They provide hot water on demand, rather than storing it, which is why they’re the ideal choice for homes with a single bathroom.

Both ATAG and Navien have a great range of efficient combi boilers with extensive warranties.

Boiler Model Output Ratings ErP Seasonal Space Heating Efficiency Warranty Period
ATAG Combi Boilers
IC Economiser 27 Plus 27 kW 94% 10 years
IC Economiser 35 Plus 35 kW 94% 10 years
IC Economiser 39 Plus 39 kW 94% 10 years
Navien Combi Boilers
NCB 24 24 kW 93% 7 years
NCB 28 28 kW 93% 7 years
NCB 34 34 kW 93% 7 years
NCB 39 39 kW 93% 7 years

The ATAG IC Economiser combi range is one of the most efficient available on the market and comes with ATAG’s extensive 10 year warranty as standard. Additional benefits to this combi boiler range include:

  • 275mm deep models can fit within a standard kitchen cupboard
  • Fitted with an iCON heat exchanger
  • The innovative Economiser reduces energy waste by using heat left in the boiler after water has been heated to deliver increased efficiency

Navien NCB combi boilers don’t quite reach the same level of space heating efficiency as the range from ATAG but you do get more choice. There are 4 boilers with outputs ranging from 24 kW up to 40 kW, making it easier for you to find a suitable combi for your home. Some of the benefits that come with having a Navien combi boiler installed are:

  • Fast response to demand for heating and hot water
  • Flexible flue lengths mean Navien combi boilers can be installed almost anywhere
  • Touchscreen controls make it easy-to-use
  • Quiet during operation
  • LPG also available

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Regular boilers

ATAG and Navien both have a range of regular (heat-only) boilers but with a difference being that ATAG models are gas-fired while Navien units run on oil.

So if you live in a property off the gas network then a Navien oil boiler could well be the winner. However, the ATAG IR range of gas boilers are also available with LPG conversion – a fuel that is also suitable for properties that aren’t connected to the gas network.

Boiler Model Output Ratings ErP Seasonal Space Heating Efficiency Warranty Period
ATAG Regular Boilers
I15R 15 kW 93% 10 years
I18R 18 kW 93% 10 years
I24R 24 kW 93% 10 years
I32R 32 kW 93% 10 years
I40R 40 kW 93% 10 years
Navien Regular Boilers
LCB 700 21 21 kW 93% 7 years
LCB 700 28 28 kW 93% 7 years
LCB 700 36 36 kW 93% 7 years

ATAG regular boilers are available in output ratings of 15 kW right up to 40 kW which will give you plenty of options when it comes to finding the best fitting system for the heating and hot water demands of your home. Once installed, you’ll be able to benefit from the following:

  • Compact dimensions which will help to keep installation costs down
  • Multiple flue options help to make for a flexible installation
  • iCON heat exchanger fitted as standard and has a lifetime replacement guarantee
  • User-friendly heating controls
  • Compatible with solar
  • LPG models also available

There are fewer regular boilers in the Navien LCB 700 range but still have a wide choice of outputs on offer. Here are a number of advantages to Navien regular boilers:

  • Blue flame technology for high efficiency and ultra-low NOx emissions
  • Low lift weight (67kg)
  • Receives an ErP A+ rating when paired with a Smart Plus control pack
  • Can learn and adapt to the domestic hot water usage of the home to prepare hot water at just the right time
  • Internal and external models available

System boilers

A system boiler sits somewhere between combi and regular boilers as they take water directly from the mains supply (rather than a tank in the loft) but store it in a hot water cylinder.

ATAG system boilers run on natural gas, with LPG conversion available for off-grid properties, while Navien has a range of system oil boilers.

Boiler Model Output Ratings ErP Seasonal Space Heating Efficiency Warranty Period
ATAG System Boilers
I15S 15 kW 93% 10 years
I18S 18 kW 93% 10 years
I24S 24 kW 93% 10 years
I32S 32 kW 93% 10 years
I40S 40 kW 93% 10 years
Navien System Boilers
LCB 700 21 21 kW 93% 7 years
LCB 700 28 28 kW 93% 7 years
LCB 700 36 36 kW 93% 7 years

Output ratings of 15 kW up to 40 kW will give you plenty of choice when it comes to finding the right boiler for the level of demand your home has for heating and hot water. In addition to high efficiency levels and lengthy 10 year warranty, ATAG system boilers also offer:

  • Compact unit size to make for an easier installation
  • Zero risk of pipes or tanks freezing during the winter months
  • Fitted with an iCON heat exchanger
  • Can be used with the ATAG ONE controller with 3 port valve kit
  • LPG conversion
  • Compatible with solar

If you live off the gas network and would prefer an oil boiler to LPG then Navien has the solution. Their oil system boilers are highly efficient, boast blue flame technology and are covered by a 7 year warranty period. With a Navien system oil boiler, you’ll experience the following benefits:

  • Blue flame technology for reduced emissions
  • Quick response to need for hot water
  • A smart control panel shows how much fuel has been used
  • External models are also available
  • Fitted with a stainless steel heat exchanger which can help to extend the lifetime of the boiler

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Efficiency

All of the boilers that we’ve compared are highly efficient and should help to reduce your energy bills.

The most efficient boilers, in terms of the ErP seasonal space heating efficiency rating, are the ATAG IC Economisers which have a 94% rating. This means that for every £1 being spent on heating your home only 6p is lost to waste gases, which are produced during operation and sent out into the atmosphere through the flue pipe. When you consider that some older boilers can be around 70% official, considerable savings could be made.

Price

As combi boilers are the most popular choice we’ll start by looking at the prices of the combi ranges offered by ATAG and Navien. ATAG IC Economiser combi boilers are potentially much more expensive than the Navien NCB range. So if you’re looking for a combi on a budget, Navien is probably the way to go.

Prices are much more closely matched when it comes to their system and regular boilers but seeing as the ATAG ranges run on gas while the Navien ranges are oil-based, the fuel rather than the price should be the deciding factor here.

Boiler Type ATAG Potential Cost Navien Potential Cost
Combi £2,050 – £2,460 £741 – £921
System £1,599 – £1,799 £1,560 – £2,025
Regular £1,550+ £1,400 – £1,950

Installation

When it comes to the installation, there are a few differences between gas and oil that need to be considered.

Oil boilers will need somewhere to store the fuel (as would LPG versions) while natural gas boilers will be delivered with the fuel from the grid. Having to install a tank (if you don’t already have one or the existing one needs to be replaced) will add to the installation costs.

Whether you’re having a gas, oil or LPG boiler installed, we can connect you with heating engineers based in your area who hold the relevant qualifications to install the boiler. Take a few moments to complete our simple online form and you’ll get free quotes from up to 3 local boiler installers.

Warranty

ATAG boilers are unique in that they all come with a 10 year warranty as standard. During which time you’ll be covered for parts and labour. Navien boilers are also covered by an extensive period of 7 years.

To keep the warranty valid no matter the manufacturer, the unit must be serviced annually by a fully-qualified heating engineers. This means a Gas Safe registered engineer for gas boilers and an OFTEC technician for oil boilers.

Find out more about ATAG and Navien boiler warranties:

ATAG vs Navien: Winning boiler manufacturer

Navien might only be a recent addition to the UK boiler market but that doesn’t mean they should be underestimated. Even when put head-to-head with ATAG, a manufacturer who has built a reputation for innovation and efficiency.

What gives ATAG the edge is the backing of that extensive standard 10 year warranty on all of their boilers. This not only means you’re well covered in the unlikely event that something should go wrong but shows the faith ATAG have in all of their boilers.


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