Yes folks, it's our 2024 comparison of Saver v Bronze v Silver v Gold v Signature models of Haven caravan
**Since we wrote this guide, Haven has created its own detailed PDF accommodation comparison table.
You can download it from this page on Haven's website**
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 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. If you haven't been to a Haven before, check out our guides to the 10 best Haven holiday parks and our guide to saving money on a Haven holiday.
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 start by focusing on caravans but there's a bit about lodges further down.
Here's our table showing some key differences, along with further explanation 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
The Saver Haven caravans are the cheapest. They are the narrowest and they don't have a freezer or a dishwasher. You don't get outside decking and you don't have a pull out bed in the lounge. However, you get an oven, microwave, hobs and one modestly sized TV. You don't get towels as standard but you do get bedding.
You don't get central heating or double glazing but you do get heating in the lounge.
They are similar to the older 'standard' models of caravan, for the benefit of anyone who was familiar with Haven's old grading system.
Some of these caravans are dog friendly at most Haven parks.
Bronze Haven caravans
Silver Haven caravans
The Silver Haven caravans are quite a big step up in facilities from the Bronze models.
They are the same width as a Bronze caravan, but you get a fridge/freezer rather than just a fridge which you get in the Saver and Bronze caravans. You get a larger TV in the lounge and an extra TV in a bedroom.
You also get towels provided, unlike Saver and Bronze. The only downgrade is that you don't get a spare pull out bed in the lounge.
For me, the most significant upgrade is that you get a bit of decking or a balcony. I love sitting outside in a summer's evening whilst sipping on a can of Lilt. If you have young children, it's much nicer than just sitting in the lounge with the TV turned down low.
If you're bringing a dog, then this is the highest grade of accommodation that you will be able to book.
Gold Haven caravans
The Gold Haven caravans have just a couple of key upgrades compared to a Silver caravan.
The main upgrade is that they are a couple of feet wider. That makes them feel a lot more spacious if you've got a caravan full of children. You also get a slightly bigger freezer and a dishwasher which are both useful additions for a big group.
I probably wouldn't bother upgrading from Silver to Gold if you're a couple who plan to eat out all week.
None of the Gold accommodation at Haven is dog friendly.
Signature Haven caravans
The Signature Haven caravans are pretty much the same as the Gold caravans.
The major difference is that they offer better views.
However, they are actually a couple of feet narrower (about 60cm) than the Gold models.
You get everything else that you get on cheaper models including outside decking/veranda and two TVs. Curiously, you don't seem to get a dishwasher - presumably because they are not quite as wide.
Again, you don't get a spare pull out bed in the lounge.
If you are bringing a dog, then you won't be able to book a Signature caravan.
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 2024 (off peak) at Haven Kent Coast in Kent (previously called Haven Allhallows). Prices looked like this:
So, in this instance it would only cost £36 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 £90 to jump from the lowest grade to the Silver grade. I probably wouldn't pay for the top grade as I'm not likely to spend much time sat outside looking at the view in October.
The difference between the highest and lowest grade is around £400 for this week.
We then looked for a week's holiday at Haven Perran Sands in Cornwall in early August 2024 (peak season). Prices were:
So, in this instance there is a difference of about £1800 between the cheapest and most expensive grade of caravan. Upgrading from Saver to Bronze is about £140, 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 £1200 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.
What about Haven's lodges? Should I go for Emerald, Diamond or Signature?
Let's move on to lodges, since Haven now offers quite a lot of these as an upgrade to a caravan.
The most appealing thing about a lodge over a caravan is its width. Haven lodges range from 16-20 foot wide whilst caravans range from 10-14 foot wide. To put it another way - the largest lodges are twice as wide as Haven's smallest caravans.
Lodges are currently an upgrade option at 11 Haven resorts, which is about a third of their parks. The Haven parks with lodges include:
The grading system for Haven's lodges
Haven's lodges have three main grades including
The Signature grades have a name like 'Signature Sea View' or 'Signature Lake View' depending on what you can see out the window.
As with the caravans, Haven has produced an excellent comparison document, which you can download on this page.
We started to produce our own massive comparison chart until we realised that the differences between the lodge grades are actually very simple. Here's the summary:
Here's a simple table explaining the differences:
Everything else is the same. In all three grades of Haven lodge you get:
So, is it worth upgrading from a Haven caravan to a Haven lodge?
It depends! The 'upgrade' isn't necessarily better, it really depends on what's important to you and what time of year you are visiting.
How much will it cost me to upgrade from a caravan to a lodge with Haven?
As with our caravan price comparison, it really depends when you visit. We looked at an off-peak holiday at Haven Devon Cliffs, which is one of their biggest holiday parks (or perhaps the biggest, depending on what you read). Here are the prices we found for a family of four staying in early October 2024 for a week:
(Note: they didn't have any Emerald Lodges for our comparison).
So, upgrading for an off peak week would cost us:
So, upgrading for an off peak week would cost us:
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