Wood-burning stove brands rated
Jotul stoves review
By Liz Ransome-Croker
Article 9 of 13
From quality to value for money, we've asked Jotul stove owners to rate its log burners and multi-fuel stoves so that you can buy with confidence.
Alongside other well-known stove brands such as Stovax, Charnwood, Clearview and Morso, Jotul owners have told us how they feel about their multi-fuel or wood-burning stove.
Topping our table were two companies with incredible customer scores – 94% and 90%. Our customer score is made up of asking stove owners how satisfied they are with their stove and whether they would recommend it and the brand.
The brand in last place got a good score of 70%, but is clearly far less impressive. Read on to find out how Jotul customers rated its stoves for important factors, including value for money and durability.
Jotul multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves ratings
Below logged in members can see how the 40 Jotul customers we asked rated their stove in five areas.
If you're not signed up, you can get instant access by joining Which? today.
For a full round-up of the scores for all of the brands we've rated, visit our page on the best wood-burning stove brands.
Jotul log burners and multi-fuel stoves
You can flick through the image gallery below to see a selection of the wood-burning stoves (also called log burners and wood burners) and multi-fuel stoves that Jotul sells.
Jotul wood burner and multi-fuel stoves
Norwegian brand Jotul, which has been creating stoves for more than 160 years, predominantly sells modern-style stoves. All of its stoves are made of cast iron, which holds heat for longer but is slower to heat up than steel, another material commonly used for stoves. Some are also internally clad in heat-retaining soapstone.
A number are designed to be standalone (see image below), as opposed to fitting into a fireplace, and many are available in white or brown as well as black. Jotul also specialises in inset stoves (sometimes called cassette) that can be built into the wall (you can see an example in the gallery).
Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: Jotul has a wide range of log burners and a number of multi-fuel stoves.
Because fuels burn differently, if you're planning on only burning wood, we'd suggest choosing a dedicated log burner as opposed to a multi-fuel stove that can also burn other fuels, such as coal. You can find out more on our wood-burning vs multi-fuel stoves.
Other types of stove: Jotul also sells gas stoves, which can be inset or look much like a typical solid fuel stove. You can visit our full guide to gas and electric stoves help you decide which type of stove is best for your home.
Stove wattages: Around 3kW to 15kW.
Efficiency, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: Jotul's stoves range in efficiency from around 75% to 80% or higher and many are Defra-exempt. None are specifically labelled Ecodesign Ready.
Some also have cleanburn technology with closed combustion, which essentially means that air is introduced to the stove and circulated, helping to burn off more of the smoke and gases – making these types of stove more efficient and easier to control the fire.
If you live in a smoke-controlled area (you can check this on the Defra website) you will need to either only burn smokeless fuel or, if you want to burn wood, buy a Defra-exempt stove.
As of 2022, EU regulations will stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves must meet higher efficiency levels. Some stoves are being made to these specifications now. These are called Ecodesign Ready.
Find out more about Defra-exempt and Ecodesign Ready stoves, as well as the effects of stoves on pollution and what you can do to minimise them, by visiting our page on stoves and pollution.
Stove features: Features on Jotul stoves include:
- side windows
- curved glass
- cool-touch handles
- magnetic door closure
- built-in log or tool store
- cooking plate for a kettle
- riddling grate to help clear ash
- hidden removable ash pan for a streamlined look
- turn plate for the stove to stand on, allowing you to angle it.
You can find out from stove owners what features they really value and are worth spending out on by visiting our page on how to buy a wood-burning stove.
Stove accessories, fuel storage and fuel: From log carriers to stove fans, Jotul sells a selection of accessories. It doesn't sell fuel though.
Where to buy Jotul stoves: You can buy Jotul stoves in a number of retailers across the UK. Find one near you by visiting the Jotul website.
After sales care: and spares: Jotul sells spares for most of its stoves through its website. It also has a 25-year warranty on exterior parts of its cast iron stoves if you register it with Jotul.
Registering any safety appliance with the manufacturer is also useful if there is ever a recall or issue identified with the model. You may need to service the appliance yearly for the warranty to be valid, which is something we would recommend doing anyway. Our page on using a stove has more information.
Before you buy a stove, it's important to remember that a stove isn't something you can install yourself. It needs to meet regulations and be installed safely.
Make sure you visit our page on installing a log burner or multi-fuel stove for everything you need to know.