Extend your home into the garden and enjoy summer days outside in the fresh air, whether relaxing, eating or entertaining. At Good Homes we show you how you can create a welcoming and comfortable garden room whatever the size of your outdoor space.
Treat these mini Mexican trees just right and they will survive through to New Year and beyond
Expert tips to protect your garden against heavy rain and winds
Ginger Ray decoration expert shares eight easy porch decoration ideas to welcome Autumn
Segway Navimow H1500E Robotic Lawnmower
The Segway Navimow H1500E Robotic Lawnmower is a revolutionary robotic mower that ditches complex perimeter wires for a seamless virtual boundary. This user-friendly bot gives you additional leisure hours and ensures a consistently pristine lawn. Its newest feature, the VisionFence Sensor, boasts advanced visual perception.
Recommended cutting area: 1500m2
Read the Good Homes Approved team’s Bosch Segway Navimow H1500E Robotic Lawnmower review…
Nice and neat, looks stylish and is quite compact considering its scope. The antenna, whilst obviously necessary, is a slightly ugly addition to the garden, particularly if placed on the lawn – but it can be positioned on a nearby fence or garden roof.
Instructions & ease of use
It was slightly tricky to set up (understandably for such a hi-tech bit of kit), particularly as it has to connect to 4G (which was weak at the property), so it worked best when on the Wi-fi. Downloading the App was simple and offered lots of useful video clips, overall the functionality is first class. Working the Mapping feature is also easy as you literally control the mower with your phone around the perimeter of the lawn and back to the starting point – then you’re all set.
Extremely easy – very few parts, just lay it all out, follow the instructions and that’s it!. The ruler (that allows you to keep 15cm from borders or garden boundaries) had a slight tendency to fall off, but it isn’t vital.
Really impressive – the first cut was probably set too low, but you’ll find the optimum cutting height (30-60mm), simply press the button and away it goes. Sit back and let the mower cut and mulch the grass. On a 200m2 lawn it took around 90 minutes and the results were excellent. The only slight grumble was that once left unplugged, the unit drains of power, so you’ll need to keep it plugged in or wait a few hours to charge the unit again.
The Segway Navimow 1500E is a fantastic piece of kit, and totally redefines garden maintenance. After a number of uses you’ll never want to go back to a non-robotic mower!
Worcester Bosch Greenstar 8000 Style combi or system boiler
Boilers made better – introducing the Worcester Bosch Greenstar 8000 Style boiler. Building upon the foundations of Worcester Bosch’s award-winning Greenstar boiler range, the top of the range Greenstar 8000 Style combi boiler features a fantastic new design, more power and even greater connectivity. Capable of power outputs of up to 50kW, the Greenstar Style range is perfect for homes of any size, with the power to comfortably heat large homes with two or more bathrooms.
Available with Worcester Bosch’s longest ever guarantee and an optional unique Intelligent Filling System. Wireless connectivity with smart thermostat, the Bosch EasyControl and available in either black or white.
Customers agree, as seen in reviews;
‘Outstanding boiler and already paying for itself, it performs miles better than the system that was in place before, quickly heats up all the radiators in a large four bed home and provides hot water quickly to the taps and showers. My gas usage has halved since having the boiler installed, which is outstanding considering the current price of gas.’
‘This Worcester Bosch Greenstar 8000 boiler is a game changer it’s a lovely design and ease of access for servicing is just brilliant. Only time will tell what the gas usage will be. The controls on the boiler are customer friendly. The touch screen is a game changer.’
Worcester Bosch Greenstar 4000 boiler
The Worcester Bosch Greenstar 4000 is perfect for small to medium sized homes with one bathroom, it features a modern new design, an easy to use full colour text display and it’s quiet too. The Greenstar 4000 has a wide power range to meet all of your heating and hot water needs, whilst doing so efficiently.
It has up to a 10 Year guarantee when installed by a Worcester Accredited Installer. Terms and conditions apply.
The wide power range helps to reduce gas consumption and lower energy bills and the innovative ‘Quick Tap’ water saving function helps you reduce water waste. The modern new design comes with an easy to use colour display and the boiler operates extremely well in low water pressure areas, ensuring powerful and warm showers.
It is one of the quietest combi boilers available, making it easy to live with and features wireless connectivity with the Bosch EasyControl. The Greenstar 4000 is suitable for small to medium homes.
Customers love the Greenstar 4000 as seen in the reviews;
‘EXCELLENT BOILER! Very pleased with my Worcester Bosch Greenstar 4000 30kw . Very efficient and very quiet! I have a 3 bedroom house and it serves all of my 9 radiators well. Excellent!’
‘Operation of Greenstar 4000. Boiler working well, as expected from a quality piece of engineering. Near end of October, yet to switch the heating due to high gas costs. But get me warm last winter. Really like control panel display, which is easy to navigate round, to check and change hot water and heating temperatures.’
‘Highly recommend this boiler I did considerable research into the most appropriate boiler for my needs, budget, life expectancy (many years) and habits but with an eye on the future of UK domestic gas supply and the likelihood of a manufacturer being able to provide adaptations. Worcester Bosch provide a good amount of information online. I chose the Greenstar 4000 and an installer from Which? Trusted Trader who could offer the extended 10 year guarantee. After 13 months and the first annual service, I am very pleased with the boiler and everything about it. It has performed faultlessly. The quality of equipment, accessories and finish are very high. The menus both on the boiler and the remote control are fairly easy to navigate. The water fill pressure tap is easy to locate and operate. I would recommend this boiler for reliability, comfort and convenience.’
‘Had a Worcester Bosch Greenstar 4000 fitted as a replacement to a 15+ year old boiler. It’s an extremely neat boiler and very quiet in operation. I was rather sceptical when told it would save a third on my energy bill but after a years use its saved well over a third. Completely satisfied and over the moon with it. Highly recommended.’
Worcester Bosch Air Con Climate 3000i
Worcester Bosch have introduced a brand new range of air conditioning units including the Bosch Climate 3000i, not only can they keep you cool and comfortable during the summer, but if you’ve got a conservatory that gets cold in the winter, or a home office in the garden, they’re also a fantastic way to heat these areas in the winter.
The air conditioning units are quiet, compact and feature a purifying filter that eliminates up to 95% of dust particles, smoke odour and pollen providing you with cleaner air.
Customers love the Climate 3000i, saying;
‘I am delighted to share my experience with the Bosch 2.6kw air conditioning system that we recently had installed in our home office by Heating Homes. From the very beginning, we were impressed with the level of professionalism and efficiency displayed by their team during the installation process. Our office is a log cabin situated in our garden, measuring 3m x 4m. Despite the compact space, the 2.6kw unit has proven to be more than capable of keeping the room at a comfortable temperature, regardless of the weather conditions outside. The cooling performance is exceptional, coupled with the air purification and we have even noticed its energy efficiency, which is an added bonus for our household. we where using fan heaters during the colder days and fans when it was warm. Moreover, the air conditioning system operates quietly, allowing us to work without any disturbances, and the sleek design seamlessly blends into our office décor. The intuitive controls make it easy to adjust the settings according to our preferences, and the system has been reliable since day one. As a family, we are eco-conscious, and we are delighted to see how the Bosch system incorporates energy-saving features.’
‘Very smart and modern looking units. Very easy to operate and use. Couldn’t be happier with the new systems and looking forward to using them in the hot or cold weathers.’
‘We invested in the Bosch Air Conditioning unit to primarily cool the upstairs of our 10 year old house. During the summer it gets very hot and having 3 young children in hot rooms means that they don’t sleep soundly. Now the unit has been installed over the landing area, it cools the upstairs down so quickly that we only need to run it for 30 minutes at a time before it makes the bedrooms nice and cool. If we want to, we can run the unit for 1-2 hours and it then makes the downstairs nice and cool as well. It has been a valuable addition to our modern house.’
Worcester Bosch Greenstar 8000 Life combi, system or regular boiler
Building upon the award winning Greenstar CDi Classic, the Greenstar Life range features a modern new design and a whole host of benefits designed to make looking after the heating and hot water in your home easy. The Greenstar Life is part of Worcester Bosch’s powerful wall hung combi boiler range, with upgraded controls and wireless connectivity.
The Greenstar 8000 has up to a 12 year guarantee when installed by a Worcester Accredited Installer or purchased via Worcester Bosch‘s FastTrack service. (Terms and conditions apply.)
The boiler is available with Worcester Bosch’s longest ever guarantee, has a modern new design, can be made with a unique Intelligent Filling System and has wireless connectivity with the smart thermostat, the Bosch EasyControl.
Customers agree with the quality and reliability of the boiler;
‘The system is quiet when operating. Our house is warmer whilst our consumption of gas has been reduced by ten percent. We have not contacted Bosch customer service and don’t expect to do so any time soon (twelve year guarantee).’
‘Greenstar 8000 Life 30KW installed 4 months ago together with Worcester filter and Google Nest. The whole system has performed reliably so far with no communication issues between the Nest controller installed in the leaving room and the boiler in the garage. It heats the house much faster than my previous Baxi Ecogen.’
‘Our Greenstar 8000 Life Boiler now installed over 6 months, deffo have made saving in our monthly usage verses our old one. Plus efficient and quiet plus keeps the house nice and toasty using the wireless control unit. Good decision to invest in new boiler under current events. & runs efficiently on 9 radiators, of which 5 are doubles.’
‘Last year we had a new fully pressurised central heating system fitted at the heart of which is the Bosch Greenstar 8000 life boiler. The heating technicians who fitted the heating were impressed by the straightforward fitting and functionality. It runs very quietly and efficiently, according to the smart meter, and the system heats up very quickly. All in all money well spent and, literally, a warm feeling of confidence.’
Worcester Bosch Greenstar Heatslave II Oil Boiler
The Greenstar Heatslave II boiler is the UK’s most popular oil combi boiler.
This Worcester Bosch boiler has a sleek, modern design and is suitable for small, medium and large sized homes with one or two bathrooms.
The boiler has precise heating and hot water control with a smart modern design with controls concealed in a drawer. It has a range of models to meet the needs of smaller homes as well as two bathroom properties and is suitable for kitchen installation. (It fits underneath a standard kitchen worktop. Worktop must be removable.)
It is compatible with a range of optional controls for greater efficiency and comfort, works with water heated by green sources such as solar energy and wood fired boilers for increased efficiency and the eco hot water mode saves energy.
The online reviews are in for the Greenstar Heatslave II;
‘After nearly a year my 2023 Heatslave 18/25 combi boiler has been reliable and efficient in it’s use of oil.’
‘Installed Worcester Bosch Greenstar Heatslave II External 18/25 oil fired boiler last year. To date it has worked flawlessly, and provided excellent service.’
‘The Worcester Bosch Greenstar Heatslave II External boiler is superb, we had the extras fitted (Greenstar Comfort II RF, system filter), very efficient and simple to use.’
Worcester Bosch Greenstar Ri boiler
Worcester Bosch Greenstar Ri is a compact regular boiler with outputs up to 30kW. It is suitable for small and medium-sized homes, this boiler can be installed in a standard kitchen cupboard. The appliance can be used with Worcester Bosch‘s range of high efficiency Greenstore cylinders.
Worcester Bosch’s entire gas boiler range is able to run on a 20% hydrogen blend – so you can be confident it will run on gas for it’s lifetime. The standard guarantee is seven years, eight years with any Greenstar System Filter and ten years with any Greenstar System Filter + £150 (Non-WAI Excelerate members only)
The Greenstar Ri is compatible with CondenseSure accessory which eliminates the risk of condensed pipes freezing.
Previous purchasers are delighted with the usability and quality of the Greenstar Ri;
‘The Greenstar Ri boiler is excellent. It is noticeably more effective than our old boiler for heating and hot water, and, after experimenting with flow temperature settings and radiator balance, the increase in our heating costs, given energy price rises, has not been quite as difficult as we feared.’
‘The Worcester Bosch Green Star 15 Ri was the perfect boiler installation for my home as was recommended by the installation company. It works really really well, is quiet and extremely efficient. This is a fantastic boiler and runs really smoothly. I would highly recommend it.’
‘Heats the house up quickly, quietly and reliable. I had a Worcester Bosch Greenstar Ri 24kw condensing central heating boiler installed just over 12 months ago and it has run faultlessly in that time. It has just received its first service with no issues arising. The main improvements over my previous, 22 year old boiler, are that it heats the house up much more quickly, is quieter and is reliable. It also seems to be cheaper to run although that is difficult to confirm, but the other improvements again have made its installation more than worthwhile and as a result I would definitely recommend this boiler.’
‘Great little, high efficiency boiler. Replacement for a 33 year old appliance. Good design and long warranty with the system filter fitted. Very happy.’
Whether you’re a shade lover or sun worshipper, style your outdoor space to embrace summer
Invest in a good quality set of furniture that looks great and will last for years
Entertain al fresco all year round with Good Homes magazine's pick of the best garden and p...
Garden armchairs are growing in popularity. As the lines blur between the indoors and outdoors to create garden rooms, a...
Carry on socialising long after the sun goes down with these illuminating garden lights ideas. Whether you're after sola...
Gabrielle Grubanovich, an interior designer and
Nothing much beats a barbecue in the great outdoors when the sun’s out. But with so many to choose from – drum BBQ, ...