What is the best 2019 consumer unit / fuse board?

What is the best 2019 consumer unit / fuse board?


At Electrical Innovations (Derby) Ltd we always recommend Hager or other large brand name manufacturers when it comes to choosing a consumer unit or fuse board.  Hager, Wylex and Schneider Electric are all premium brands and are of the highest quality. 

It is possible to buy cheaper items but your consumer unit / fuse board controls all the electrical installation in your property so in our opinion it is not the area to be cutting corners.  In consumer unit. Surge protection and RCBO’s should also be considered if you want the best possible protection.

What consumer units do we fit? 

Our Electricians in Derby can carry out all types of fuse board and consumer unit replacements and in 2019 have already carried out dozens of consumer unit installations. 

The best consumer unit to fit in my opinion are Hager Design 10 range of fuse boards. They are far superior in build quality to any other unit that we have fitted and have a great balance between price and quality.  We recommend that our customers use RCBOs over dual RCD to prevent the loss of more than one circuit in the event of a fault. However due to the cost implications they normally go for dual RCD.  

All consumer units sold in UK/Europe meet minimum British Standards  and EU safety standards specified by the relative regulatory organisations so if budget is a major concern on your project while choosing a consumer unit there are plenty of other options.  For any installation, the main focus and concern is always the safety but also take into consideration the practicality and reliability.  Our professional Electricians will be able to provide expert advice and highlight minimum requirements for the safety of your electrical installation. 


How do I choose the right consumer unit / fuse board?

When asking what is the best 2019 consumer unit / fuse board there is no real answer to this question.  Most electricians will have their own preferences so the questions should be:

  • What type and size consumer unit do I need for the distribution of circuits in my property?   
  • What location and design do I need to be in-keeping with my house? 
  • What is my budget for this rewire or upgrade. 

Several brands have designed fuse boards and consumer units with a keen eye for the design.  The Schneider Electric Easy 9 and Hager Design 50 ranges are fantastic examples of this and would bother look fine out on show. 

The Hager Design range includes three versions, Design 10, Design 30 and Design 50. Design 10 is suitable for installations where the board will not be on show. Design 30 is an aesthetically pleasing surface mounted unit with additional installation benefits including the cable clamp to reduce the strain on the main terminals and a cable protector plate to protect the cables from sharp edges coming through the rear of the board. Design 50 is the latest addition to the Design range, focusing on clean aesthetics and a flush fit for seamless integration into any home. Design 50 comes as standard with all of the Hager installation features you would expect.

The Schneider Electric Easy9 range of consumer units offer stylish, efficient and practical solutions at competitive prices. The BS7671 18th Edition compliant ranges have a sleek, curved profile and crisp white finish to compliment any home. The stylish, yet practical aesthetics are coupled with practical time saving and feature rich benefits across both ranges.

Some brands make smaller scale consumer units like Wylex and mk etc these are great if your replacing in a small area or cupboard were size is an issue. Each manufacturers excels in different ways but what is best for you is not always what is best for the next job

Does the price matter? 

All fuse boards and consumer units in 2019 should comply with the current regulations, BS7671 18th edition, be encased or constructed from a non-combustible material.  Our electricians install Hager consumer units as they are very friendly to work on, come in at a great prices and are full of features.

At the end of the day It’s all up to personal choice really. We work with our customers to provide the best consumer unit for the project and offer advice where needed.  One thing that we always make sure our customers take into account is future expansion.  If you have a new consumer unit installed you should always have one bigger than you currently need as this will mean that you have plenty of room to install alterations or new circuits in the future.


Another reason for using a major brand is when the time comes for the upgrade years later you can still get parts for them if needed unlike the cheaper manufacturers where an addition later might mean replacing the fuse board again.  We have completed many a fuse board change due to the fact that parts are now obsolete and not cost effective to try and source spares.

Need to speak to an electrician? 

So if you are interested in a new consumer unit or fuse board and would like to speak to our expert electricians in Derby feel free to get in touch by calling 01332 498130  We are based in Chellaston and cover all of Derby and surrounding areas.  

We carry out all types of electrical and security works, not just new consumer units,  We offer free and friendly advice so do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions. 

We install all types of Consumer units and fuse boards across Derby, Chellaston, Melbourne, Findern, Aston and Weston and surrounding areas.  Are you interested in improving your electrical safety? Or do you need to find out more information? Whatever you need, our team at Electrical Innovations are happy to help. To contact us, give us a call on 07909833076 01332498130, fill out the contact form on our website, or email us at ben@elec-inn.co.uk. We hope to hear from you soon!