If you’re looking for a new boiler; but don’t fancy a plain white box on your wall; then the Worcester Bosch Greenstar 8000 boilers might be right up your street.
The Greenstar Lifestyle range was launched in May 2019. It’s made up of two different models, the Life and the Style; both of which are available in a wide range of output sizes to cater for any home.
These design-led boilers look more like an iPhone than a boiler. The Style even comes in either a high gloss black or white, with a touch screen!
But don’t be fooled by their fashionable appearance, these boilers certainly aren’t style over substance. Behind the glossy exterior, lies a lot of power. With power outputs of up to 50kw – this is the most powerful wall hung boiler on the market.
If you want the low down on these boilers, read on.
Who are Worcester Bosch?
So let’s start with the manufacturer…
The Lifestyle range is the premium offering from Worcester Bosch. And if you’ve done any Googling on boilers, you’re bound to have seen this name pop up – a lot!
Worcester is one of the best selling boiler brands in the UK.
Originally founded in 1962, Worcester became part of the Worldwide Bosch Group in 1996.
They’ve built up a solid reputation for quality over the last 50 years. They boast a large product range; offering reliability; and hefty warranties.
Feedback from customers is consistently positive for Worcester Bosch, indicating a high level of customer satisfaction.
YouGov have ranked Worcester Bosch as the UK’s best value boiler brand; the most recommended boiler brand; and the best quality boiler brand.
In the Which Best Boiler Brands Report in 2020, Which? Said: ‘Worcester Bosch performs so consistently well in our annual reliability surveys; that its name is synonymous with dependability.’ Quite the accolade.
The Heating People are proud to be Worcester Bosch Accredited installers, although we’re not tied to this brand. In fact, we are accredited installers of a number of different boiler manufacturers.
So, for impartial advice on what’s best for you, call us today to book your free survey.
The Greenstar 8000 Life and the Greenstar 8000 Style
The Greenstar 8000 Life is a direct replacement for the much-loved Worcester Bosch Greenstar CDi Classic.
It retains all of the popular features of the Classic, but features a modern new design; greater energy efficiency; and a range of other extras designed to make controlling your heating and hot water easier.
The second offering in the Lifestyle range, is the Greenstar 8000 Style. It’s been nicknamed ‘the beautiful beast’ by Worcester Bosch. They describe it as “a new benchmark in premium quality heating and hot-water provision.”
Sharing a similar aesthetic to the Life; the Style is available in both high gloss black and white. But it has a full touch screen display – rather than push buttons.
What can you expect from a Worcester Bosch Greenstar 8000?
So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of what you get with these new boilers…
● The Greenstar 8000 has design-led aesthetics
Up until recently, boilers have been thought of as ugly white boxes that are hidden away out of sight. But Worcester Bosch has turned that on its head!
The Lifestyle boilers feature the sleek and contemporary design that consumers now expect from other household appliances; such as vacuum cleaners and hairdryers.
Rather than being hidden away in a cupboard; these Lifestyle boilers have been styled specifically to look like an iPhone. They look great taking centre stage in modern kitchens.
The Life is available in gloss white, but with the Style, you can also choose gloss black – an industry first!
Another novel approach to the design is the touchscreen display on the Style; which is in line with the modern look of the boiler and keeps the design sleek.
And this hasn’t gone unnoticed either… Hip magazine have recently blogged about the range, describing the boilers as ‘stunning’ and comparing their appearance to an iPhone.
There’s no doubt that the premium; high-gloss finish of these boilers means that they can take pride of place anywhere in the home.
● The Greenstar 8000 has pioneering touch screen display – with the Style
The Life features an improved display screen compared to the CDi Classic, having push control buttons. But the Style goes a step further and boasts a sleek full colour touch screen display.
This makes navigating through the boiler’s on-screen menu a doddle; allowing you to easily adjust the settings to provide optimum heating and hot water comfort.
This is great for the tech-savvy who want to keep a closer eye on their household energy consumption.
And should your boiler encounter a problem; the Style’s full text colour display gives you a full text description of the settings and any faults. This allows for rapid diagnosis, fault-finding and commissioning.
So you’ll no longer have to rifle through an operating manual to try and decode a string of baffling numbers and letters. This smart boiler spells it out for you.
● The Greenstar 8000 is powerful
Both Lifestyle boilers are available in outputs of up to 50kW for combi boilers. This makes them the most powerful wall hung boilers on the market.
This means that they’re suitable for larger properties with multiple bathrooms, and a high demand for hot water.
But you need to be careful here. A 50kW boiler is only great if you actually need it!
When it comes to boiler sizing, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
Whilst it can be tempting to oversize the boiler, ‘just in case’, this is a mistake.
If you choose a larger boiler that has a much higher capacity than you need; you’ll be wasting money not only on the initial purchase; but also on escalating energy bills.
You might also end up needing to repair your boiler due to damage caused by boiler cycling.
But don’t worry, The Heating People will be able to tell you precisely how much power you need.
● The Greenstar 8000 comes in a range of sizes to suit different homes
The Life is available in outputs of up to 50kW for combi and regular boilers; and outputs of up to 35kW for system boilers.
Similarly, the Style is available in combi up to 50kW and up to 35 kW for system boilers.
This large range of power outputs means that whatever the size of your home; and whatever your heating and hot water demands; there should be an option for you.
The Heating People will advise you on what size boiler you need. We conduct heat loss calculations as standard.
● The Greenstar 8000 has high hot water flow rates
The 50kW Style has the highest water flow rate of any wall-hung combi boiler on the market. It has a hot water tap flow rate of 20.3 litres per minute at 35 degrees. Or 17.9 litres per minute at 40 degrees.
According to Worcester Bosch, this makes the Style perfect for homes of any size. It has the power to comfortably heat large homes with two or more bathrooms.
● The Greenstar 8000 is energy efficient
An energy efficient boiler needs to burn less fuel (usually gas) to heat your home and your hot water.
A more efficient boiler will help to reduce the money you spend on your energy bills; whilst also reducing your carbon footprint.
Both the Life and the Style are A rated for energy efficiency. They exceed the energy efficiency of the CDi Classic; with 94% energy efficiency available.
Both boilers also have an increased modulation ratio of 1:10. This improves fuel efficiency; user comfort; and boiler longevity; by preventing on/off cycling.
● The Greenstar 8000 features wireless connectivity
Both Lifestyle boilers are Smart compatible. They can be connected to a range of different Smart thermostats; including the Bosch EasyControl; and other third-party controls such as Nest.
These user-friendly smart controls enable you to control your heating and hot water from wherever you are, from your smartphone.
With the latest technology; controls such as the Bosch EasyControl can help you to save money on your energy bills. They do this by automatically adjusting your heating when you go out.
The smartphone app will even show you a graph of your gas consumption. So you can be in better control of your bills and avoid nasty surprises.
● The Greenstar 8000 has an optional unique intelligent filling system
Another great feature offered by both the Life and the Style, is the optional unique intelligent filling system.
This new technology ensures that your system pressure is kept at its optimum level. This is great if you’re sick of the problems associated with high or low boiler pressure.
The intelligent filling system monitors the boiler pressure and automatically maintains the system pressure at around 1.3bar. So you won’t need to manually top up the boiler pressure.
● The Greenstar 8000 is quiet
Not only is the Lifestyle range sleek and powerful; they’re also Worcester’s quietest boilers yet. So you can put them anywhere in your home and not have to worry about loud boiler noises.
● The Greenstar 8000 comes with a long guarantee
Both boilers in the Lifestyle range come with up to a 12-year guarantee; when installed by a Worcester Bosch accredited installer; such as The Heating People.
This gives you peace of mind that should anything go wrong, the manufacturer will cover the cost of repairs.
But remember to have your boiler serviced annually to maintain the guarantee.
How much do the Greenstar 8000 boilers cost?
The cost of a Lifestyle boiler depends on the type of boiler you need – combi; regular; or system; as well as the size (power output) of the boiler that you need.
Other factors such as how much work is involved in the installation of your new Lifestyle boiler; will have an impact on the price you pay.
For example, the cost will be lower (because there is less work involved); if you’re making a straight swap for the same type of boiler mounted in the same position.
But as a guide, Lifestyle boilers retail for around £1,800 to £2,400.
How does the Greenstar 8000 differ from the Greenstar 4000?
If you’ve been perusing Worcester Bosch’s website, you might have come across the similar looking Greenstar 4000. And if so, you’re probably wondering how it differs from the Greenstar 8000.
Because what you can’t fail to notice about the 4000; is that it’s very similar in appearance to the sleek 8000 boilers but is a little cheaper. So what’s the deal?
New for 2021, the Greenstar 4000 is the new and improved successor to the hugely popular Greenstar i. The Greenstar 4000 is Worcester Bosch’s mid-range boiler, sitting between the 2000 and 8000 Lifestyle boilers.
The Greenstar 4000 is available in 25 kw and 30kw combi boilers (as with the old i series). You can also opt for a system boiler in 12kW, 15kW, 18kW, 21kW and 24kW outputs.
Just like the 8000 Lifestyle boilers; the Greenstar 4000 is A-rated for energy efficiency; with 94% efficiency, as well as being compatible with the Bosch EasyControl.
The Greenstar 4000 is a mid-range model offering all of the most essential features; and contemporary exterior; at a competitive price.
It could be a good option for you, depending on what size of boiler you need. To find out how the 4000 compares to the old Greenstar i, check out our related blog here.
For tailored advice, contact The Heating People to book your free survey.