Yes folks, it's our 2021 comparison of saver v bronze v silver v gold v signature models of Haven caravan
There’s a significant difference in price between the different types of Haven accommodation –particularly during peak season. So, what are you getting for upgrading?
The grading for Haven caravans changed in November 2021. The old system of standard, deluxe, prestige, platinum and platinum plus has been replaced with a new grading system. Personally, I think the new system is easier to understand.
The current system looks like this. From cheapest to most expensive:
For anyone who has been to Haven before, the new 'saver' caravans are similar to the 'standard - older model' caravans whilst the 'bronze' caravans are similar to the 'standard - newer model' caravans. Gold is similar to the old platinum plus models.
You'll find that some Haven parks don't have every grade of caravan and some have extra options such as lodges, chalets, apartments, glamping or beach houses. This guide will just focus on caravans.
Here's our table showing some key differences, along with further explanation below. Some of this information took us a long time to figure out so apologies if there are any inaccuracies (feel free to politely comment below).
Details are correct at the time of writing - it may well change over time.
Summary of what you do and don't get in each grade of Haven caravan
Saver Haven caravans
Bronze Haven caravans
Silver Haven caravans
Gold Haven caravans
Signature Haven caravans
So, which grade of caravan should I choose?
That's a good question.
For me, a silver caravan or a higher grade is ideal, but it really depends on what's important to you.
For me, the most important differences between the cheaper caravans and the more expensive Haven caravans are a) the fridge/freezer b) the dishwasher and c) the outside decking/veranda.
However, that's because we like to self cater on a caravan holiday or a lodge holiday and it is very limiting if you don't have a decent freezer. We find that it's less of a holiday if you have to wash up all the time.
I also love sitting outside on a summer's evening, so a bit of decking is worth it for me. A sea view is something I'll pay for as long as it's not extortionate but I don't want a lakeside view as I prefer to keep the children away from lakes!
I'm less bothered about towels, hair dryers and bluetooth speakers because I can bring my own. I'm also not bothered about how big the TV is.
I would certainly want central heating and double glazing during the colder months but Haven close their parks in winter, so I could probably live without that if I had to. A slightly wider caravan is certainly more spacious but we tend to get out and explore a lot anyway so it's not essential.
Of course, the amount that you are paying extra is a big consideration. As an example, we searched for a week's holiday for a family of four in early October 2022 (off peak) at Haven Allhallows in Kent. Prices looked like this:
(They didn't have any gold models available when we checked).
So, in this instance it would only cost about £30 to upgrade from saver to bronze. I'd certainly pay that for a wider caravan with central heating in October. In fact, I'd probably pay £160 to jump from the lowest grade to the silver grade. I wouldn't pay for the top grade as I'm not likely to spend much time sat outside looking at the view in October.
We then looked for a week's holiday at Haven Perran Sands in Cornwall in early August 2022 (peak season). Prices were:
So, in this instance there is a difference of about £1750 between the cheapest and most expensive grade of caravan. Upgrading from saver to bronze is more than £250, which I don't think is worth paying as you won't use the heating in summer. It will be a little cramped but we would spend most of our time out and about in summer.
In this instance, I'd be much less keen to upgrade from saver to gold. I'd rather save myself about £1500 and make do without a dishwasher and a freezer. With the money I'd saved I could take the family out for dinner every night.
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