Best Space Heaters to Make Your Home Cosy in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 14, 2018
Portable space heaters are used all over the world where the weather is not warm enough. They are used to create a comfortable atmosphere in a room, cottage, and so on. There are many types of room heaters, so we have selected and analyzed 5 best of them for you. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Designated Heating Area
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PROS

Provides a special "Chimney" effect that circulates the cold air through the housing of the heater and keeps a room warm at all times.

CONS

The unit is somewhat heavy (around 15 kg).

OUR VERDICT

A 2kW oil filled radiator from DeLonghi will heat up a large room (of up to 75 m²) in a matter of minutes, thanks to the innovative technologies that are utilized in this model. The best solution for your house, especially if you don't have a central heating system.

detailed parameters
Designated Heating Area

2000 W

Oil-filled heater

For large areas and rooms

Safety

Anti-frost protection, Overheat protection

Ease of Use

3 heat settings, Adjustable thermostat, 24-hour mechanical timer, Carry handle and wheels for easy transportation, Cord storage

Warranty

10 years

PROS

Has the oscillation function that allows distributing the heat evenly across a room. Includes a remote control which makes it possible to adjust the heat settings from a distance.

CONS

The sensitivity of touch buttons on the front panel leaves something more to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

This particular model from Dimplex is equipped with a powerful (2.5 KW) ceramic heating element so it can easily cope with warming up small to medium-sized rooms up to 30m² in area. Additionally, the heater is fitted with a removable filter, giving you confidence that the heating element inside remains clean and efficient longer.

detailed parameters
Designated Heating Area

2500 W

Ceramic heating element

For small to medium rooms

Safety

Overheat protection, Tip-over protection

Ease of Use

12-hour timer, LED display with sensor buttons, Remote control, Carry handle, Heating mode LED indicators, Power cord (1.6 m)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Even at the maximum heating setting, this radiator from Dimplex is still quite energy-effective.

CONS

The power cord is quite short (only 1.3 metres).

OUR VERDICT

Although this heater may look like a regular oil radiator, thanks to the special oil-free technology it can heat up twice as fast and without any annoying sounds or smells.

detailed parameters
Designated Heating Area

1500 W

Oil-free radiator

For small and medium rooms

Safety

Overheat protection

Ease of Use

2 heat settings, Adjustable thermostat, Carry handle and wheels for easy transportation, Cord storage

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Thanks to its high power, the 3 KW fan heater will make the room warm in no time while the adjustable thermostat will keep the temperature at the desired level.

CONS

The fan operates loudly at maximum power setting.

OUR VERDICT

This horizontal fan will come in handy both at home and in the office. It will keep you warm when it's cold outside and help you cool off in summer, thanks to its cool blow function. It's completely harmless for health and the sturdy plastic housing won't overheat even after a long use.

detailed parameters
Designated Heating Area

3000 W

Fan heater

For bedrooms and living rooms

Safety

Anti-frost protection, Overheat protection

Ease of Use

3 heat modes and cool air mode, Adjustable thermostat

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A relatively low-weight appliance (10.8 kg) is supplied with 4 castor wheels and an ergonomic handle that eases the transportation significantly.

CONS

The cooling and heating process with a distinct clicking sound.

OUR VERDICT

An 11-fin oil radiator from VonHaus disperses the heat across the room evenly: the array of temperature settings available will make your winter life as comfortable as ever.

detailed parameters
Designated Heating Area

2500 W

Oil-filled heater

For medium rooms

Safety

Tip-over protection, Overheat protection

Ease of Use

3 heat settings, Adjustable thermostat, 24-hour mechanical timer, Carry handle and wheels for easy transportation, Cord storage

Warranty

2 years

Delonghi Dragon 4 TRD40820T

Designed to Impress

Designed for medium to large apartments and houses, the radiator heaters are a perfect way to warm up the room in a short period of time. And this model from DeLonghi is not an exception.

The 2 KW Dragon 4 heater is able to heat up the rooms no larger than 60 square metres, which is a quite economical power/spent electricity ratio. Thus, the radiator is suitable for medium to large rooms such as living rooms, offices, etc.

Instead of a digital timer, this version of DeLonghi Dragon 4 features a manual dial for setting a timer, which will be convenient for people that prefer preheating rooms or using the heater only at a certain time of a day. The heater has a switch that features an indicator light that will conveniently show if the device is on. Alternatively, when the convector reaches a maximum temperature it will automatically turn itself off with a distinct click sound, which some users may find a little bit loud. However, it doesn’t reach a non-safe level of 20 dB so it should not annoy or bother you that much, once you get used to it.

Moving on, the radiator has a special handle, which in combination with pre-assembled castors makes it quite easy to transport or carry around the house, despite the fact that the heater is quite heavy.

Review of Delonghi Dragon 4 TRD40820T Oil Filled Radiator

Passive Heating Capabilities

Thanks to the special “chimney” effect, the radiator is able to act as a convector heater. So, the way it works is quite simple, a radiator in pair with the special construction of the housing pushes the cold air through the lower part of the heater and channels it through the top of the device. This way your room, no matter how big it is, is always heated from the bottom to top.

Although the device features a safety thermostat that will automatically turn the device off when it reaches a certain temperature level, it doesn’t feature a thermal cut-off function, unlike most recent models of Dragon 4. Thus, with a two-step safety system on board, you are getting a high-quality thermostat the can be reused numerous times, unlike a thermal detector that has a limited reusability and will have to be changed every couple of years.

Owing to the convector effect the heater can effectively heat up not only one floor but two in case you live in a multi-story building. Of course, the effect of such kind of heating will be rather passive, however, in case you tend to leave the heater on for a night it can warm up the room above in just a few hours.

To wrap things up, the Dragon 4 TRD40820T from DeLonghi will be a good investment in case you are the owner of a big house or apartment and don’t have a central heating system installed.

Delonghi Dragon 4 TRD40820T Oil Filled Radiator in the use

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Dimplex Studio G 2.5 KW

A Bright Heat Source

The Dimplex Studio G is a tower ceramic heater that packs in a bunch of features making it an appealing choice for many people. First things first, this heater is well designed: it looks sleek, modern, and elegant and will seamlessly blend into any living space. Second, it has a thermostat which works whisper-quietly making it a great choice for office, nurseries, bedrooms and other environments that require silence. Third, it's really powerful at 2.5 kW and can heat up a room up to 10 sq.m. in size in less than 10 minutes, given that it is well insulated and doesn't leak hot air.

The Dimplex Studio G is an energy-saving model. Due to the built-in thermostat, the heater maintains the comfort room temperature on its own, switching the heating element on and off when the heater reaches the desired level. On the front side of the heater, there's a set of buttons that you can use to select the power mode, along with a convenient LED display that will show you the current temperature.

If you don't want to fiddle with the settings, you can use a remote control unit that comes supplied with the heater. With its help, you can adjust the heat settings, put the heater into the oscillation mode, and turn the power on/off without needing to get up. Unfortunately, the remote control doesn't have an ECO mode button meaning you will have to trigger this mode with the button on the heater itself. But it's not a real issue and we haven't seen many people complaining about it.

The next nice feature in the heater is a built-in run back timer that can be programmed for 12 hours. Using the timer will allow you to set and schedule the heating times so you can preheat your living area in advance. This feature will be useful both for home and office use, letting you always come back to the already nicely warmed room.

Review of Dimplex Studio G 2.5 KW Ceramic Tower Heater

A Neat Design and Ease of Use

Designed for heating large rooms, the Dimplex Studio G heater comes with a surprisingly short power cable making 1.6m. Which means if you don't buy a cord extender to be able to place the heater in the middle of the room or close to the source of cold air, you'll be left off with the only option, namely, placing it close to a power socket.

Thanks to a strong resemblance to an audio speaker and a stylish glass base, the Dimplex Studio G heater will fit virtually any room design. And thanks to its small total weight of only 4.37kg, you will be able to easily move it around your house, if you need to heat up more than one room.

Summing up, if you need an additional source of heat for colder months that will be reliable, powerful and high-quality, the Dimplex ceramic tower heater will fit the bill.

Dimplex Studio G 2.5 KW Ceramic Tower Heater in the use

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Dimplex OFRC15N

Feature Rich

The Dimplex OFRC15N is an exemplary oil free radiator that shares a lot of features with more expensive models, while being a relatively budget-friendly option, compared to other models in its price range.

The device has two heating modes that will allow you to both save up on energy bills and heat up the room effectively at the same time. The first mode is called "Eco Mode" and lets you keep the room warm while consuming little energy, while the latter works at a full 1500W power and is generally used for preheating the room. Once the desired temperature is reached, all you have to do is switch the modes from full power to Eco Mode. After that, the heater will automatically turn itself off each time the comfortable temperature has been reached.

Since the radiator is oil free it does not use any heating liquids in order to warm up your home. Moreover, the durable heater can reach the maximum temperature twice as fast as an oil radiator. The rapid heat up time comes with a price, unfortunately. The device requires more energy than premium oil radiators since they don’t have any means for keeping the temperature stable as heaters with oil inside do. On the other hand, however, with an oil-free radiator, there is no risk of oil leaks in your house since they do not have a pressurised container and that gives you that much-needed peace of mind.

Review of Dimplex OFRC15N 1.5 KW Oil Free Radiator with Thermostat

Save up with Dimplex

While being more economical than oil radiators, in reality, the oil-free heaters can only offer 7-11% of energy savings. Some customers may find these numbers unimpressive, however, in the course of the winter months you can save up almost the half of funds on your energy bill that would otherwise be spent on more bulky heaters requiring a lot more electric power. Speaking of bulkiness, this model from Dimplex weighs only 8kg, which makes it fairly easy to transport.

As for other additional features, the device also has a handle to lift the unit up, a special compartment for storing a power cable, and four castor wheels. The heater comes with the castor wheels unassembled, thus in order to get the heater running, you will need to attach them first. Some customers may find the 1.3m length of the power cord to be somewhat limiting, especially in big flats and houses that require a heater in the centre of the room rather than near an AC outlet.

Albeit some minor flaws, this oil-free radiator from Dimplex still rates as one of the better options of space heaters in its price range.

Dimplex OFRC15N 1.5 KW Oil Free Radiator with Thermostat in the use

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De'Longhi HTF3033

Perfect Way to Keep Yourself Warm

With chilly days occurring in any season of the year, there’s always a chance of you waking up in a cold room and shivering while you’re looking for your slippers. If you want to save yourself from that unpleasant situation, take a look at the best fan heater available - the De’Longhi HTF3033, a powerful appliance that can keep you warm even during the coldest night.

This 3 KW machine can raise the temperature in a room in a matter of minutes and the plastic frame will not overheat even in case of intense use. It is fitted with a thermostat and has a special function to maintain the heat output at a constant level. Dissimilar to most cheap and basic models, you won't need to have to keep turning the heater on and off all the time. Depending on the room temperature, the heater will automatically adjust the settings to reach the temperature that is comfortable for you. To set it up, you will only need to press one button.

Review of De'Longhi HTF3033 Horizontal Fan Heater

Brings You Fresh Air on Hot Days

If you want the combined convenience of a heater and a fan, one that can warm you up when it’s cold outside and freshen up a room when it’s too hot, this is a stellar option. The De’Longhi HTF3033 features a cool blow option, which will be a godsend on a hot summer day or a humid night. The device emits a gentle refreshing breeze that can save you from a stifling room or just help you relax after a long and difficult day.

Of course, all of these functions come at a small cost as the device is, indeed, quite big. You’ll have to position it carefully, as you surely don’t want anyone tripping over it. But it’s easy to put away when it’s not in use and you could just slide it under the bed until a chilly or hot day comes again.

All in all, the De’Longhi HTF3033 is the perfect pick among most of its competitors. This model is easy to operate despite its extensive controls and settings. You won’t find a better way to keep your room warm during a freezing night or cool down on a hot sunny day. Moreover, this device is very easy to move from room to room as you go about your daily house chores. Keep yourself warm with this wonderful heater and enjoy the unmatched comfort that it brings.

De'Longhi HTF3033 Horizontal Fan Heater in the use

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VonHaus 2514047

Heats up Unlike Anything You've Seen

An 11-fin oil radiator model from VonHaus has all it takes to be one of the top picks in the medium price range.

The device has a pretty impressive array of safety features that will definitely come in handy at some point. The tip-off safety switch will turn the device off in case it accidentally falls on the floor. Alternatively, the automatic thermal protection will switch the device off if it reaches a dangerously high temperature. On top of that, the heater has an adjustable thermostat that you can manually set up in order to conserve the electricity. Handy if you want the heater working overnight. Turning to the heat settings, the unit has 3 dials and a few switches that together allow for a full control of the climate in your house.

The 3 heat settings (1000W, 1500W, and 2500W respectively) provide you with enough choice what heat level to choose when you feel chilly. You can choose the desired temperature in just a few clicks using a temperature dial on the side of the heater. Alternatively, you can tinker with a thermostat and as a result, the heater will automatically turn on and off to keep the temperature in the room stable. While the thermostat will help you save up on the electricity bill, the 11 fins of the device will help you save the time needed

Review of VonHaus 2514047 2.5 kW Oil Filled Radiator

Adjust as You Want

For your convenience, the radiator has a 24-hour timer. With this handy feature at your disposal, you can set the device to automatically turn itself on and off at a specific time of day. On top of that, the unit has a special mechanical device that "remembers" the settings so you don't need to adjust them every use. When the heater turns off, it makes a distinct clicking sound that some customers may find a little annoying at first. Still, this sound isn't as loud as in some budget models so even if you place it in your bedroom it won't wake you up in your sleep.

Nitty-gritty aside, the heater has all usability features an appliance like this is expected to have. It comes with castor wheels, a convenient handle, and a power cable compartment where you can safely store a 1.5 m cable when you don't need the device. The only inconvenience is that this heater has only one side handle, which can be a bummer if you happen to grab it on the other end without a handle. However, this is a minor gripe given all other features and the overall quality of the heater.

All in all, the VonHaus 2514047 will be a suitable choice for any small to medium rooms and land you a helping hand if your central heating doesn't work as well as it should do.

VonHaus 2514047 2.5 kW Oil Filled Radiator in the use

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What Is a Space Heater?

As cold weather's coming, people start huddling up near fireplaces, in their beds or in electric blankets (if they have it, of course). Unfortunately, central heating is not always sufficient to effectively warm up big premises. Which is why if you live in a big flat or house, investing in a space heater can be the best solution. Being fitted with a powerful heating element, space heaters are able to warm up quite big living areas in a very short amount of time, bringing the maximum comfort to you and your family during the colder months. Of course, these heaters can be used not only at home. Due to their rather compact dimensions, you can set one in your office, garage, small store or workshop. In fact, you can place it anywhere if there's a power socket nearby. That being said, we'd recommend against placing a space heater in areas that leak air; otherwise you run a risk of ending up with an elevated electricity bill and huge heat losses.

While on the note of energy consumption, we recommend using a thermostat that can help reduce electricity waste by automatically adjusting the heat in accordance with the ambient temperature. While if you're looking to upgrade your old blanket, make sure to take a look at this comparison of duvets.

What Features to Compare

When you are about to choose a space heater, you need to consider some important features. There are many room heater reviews available online and they are so different. However, we've tried round up the most important characteristics that are worth paying attention to when selecting one.

Heating Area

The first thing to consider when buying a space heater is how big of an area it can actually heat. This parameter is determined by the heating element, precisely its power, and the particular type of a heater you choose. Regarding the heating element, you'll need at least 10 Watts of power to effectively warm up an area of 1 square meter in size. The higher this value, the better. As for the types, space heaters fall into the following 5 types: oil radiators, fan heaters, radiant heaters, gas heaters (or catalytic combustion heaters), and infrared heaters. Which of these five to choose totally depends on your needs. For instance, if you want to buy a heater that could be used not only indoors but outdoors as well consider infrared heater models. In case you need only a small thing to warm up your bedroom, look towards fan heaters. Big fan heaters, as it's easy to infer from the very name, are designed to heat bigger spaces like workshops, garages, warehouses, etc. The power of a space heater is directly linked with its type.

Safety

Another thing you should certainly pay attention to is the safety features. You don't want to incur trouble, especially if you have kids and pets, so it's vital to check if a model has a tip-over protection which powers the heater down in case someone accidentally walks into it and an auto shut-off feature which turns the whole thing off if it starts to overheat.

Usability

Usability features are also quite important. Though you don't buy a heater (we hope) to take with you on your trips, you need to make sure that it offers you a convenient way of moving it. With that in mind, consider if the chosen space heater has a carry handle and wheels, allowing you to move it around your living area without burning your hands. Also, you may want to look at the appearance of a heater. Obviously, nice looks aren't what we usually buy a heater for, but given that it's going to be highly visible in a room, it'd still be more sensible to go for a nicer-looking option.

Did you know?

How to Make Your House More Energy Efficient

It is well known that space heaters cannot replace the main heat source and should be used only as an addition to the centralized heating system. Still, it's possible to maximize their heating effect without raising the electricity bill, following these simple steps. First of all, you might consider insulating all doors and windows in your house to prevent the heat from escaping your rooms. Secondly, you can use natural sources of heat such as sunlight. On sunny winter days, leave blinders and curtains open in the morning and afternoon and keep them closed at night. Additionally, you can put a carpet or a rug on the floor. You will be surprised to find out how much heat you'll be able to save! In addition, you can enhance the effectiveness of your heater by removing furniture that stays in the way of the device and placing a sheet of tinfoil on the wall behind it so that it will reflect the heat towards you instead of heating the wall. Also, don’t forget that space heaters are used to heat up rooms individually, so be sure to close all doors to the rooms you are not using often. Consider buying a fixed space heater dedicated to the room you use most of the time and portable heaters for other rooms such as bedrooms and living rooms. Following these easy tips, you will be able to make your heating system more cost-effective.

How to Use Space Heaters Safely

More than 20,000 fires occur each year due to improper use of portable heaters. Moreover, if you use a heater too often it can cause a carbon monoxide poisoning. If you don’t want to become a statistic be sure to always read the manufacturer’s installation instructions, manual and safety precautions thoroughly to avoid malfunction of the device. Always make sure to pull the actual plug instead of the cord when you want to unplug the heater. Do not overload the power socket and do not use other electrical devices in combination with a space heater. Never leave the device unattended and turn it off when you leave the house or go to bed. Do not neglect to check twice if the heater is turned off. Remember: safety should always come first!

Convection Heater vs. Oil Radiator Heater

There are many different types of electric space heaters that serve the same purpose - which is keeping your house warm in winter. They all do it differently, however. Before picking a particular heater you need to ask yourself a question, “What do I need a heater for?”. It is important to understand that your lifestyle will determine if a particular type of heater suits you (or not). Convection heaters, for example, are best used as stationary sources of heat that keep a constant warm atmosphere in your room. The convection works in such a way that it circulates the cold breeze through the bottom and emits the warm air through the top. As a rule, they come without fans so there is no way for a heater to move the hot air. Ceiling fans are best suited for active people who rarely sit still and tend to move a lot around the house doing different household work. Oil radiators work in a slightly different way. They contain a coil that heats the oil inside the heater and turns off automatically when it reaches the maximum temperature. This allows the heater to slowly cool off after it has already been turned off. This feature makes them one of the most economical and practical solutions for people who seek a heater capable of providing the extended warmth.

FAQ:

Q: Does the top of the heater get hot?

A: Yes, it does. You should never touch the heater when it is on with your bare hands or you might get them burned. Same goes for any other objects that are placed in proximity to the device. Try not to place flammable objects near it. That includes furniture, curtains, beddings. Keep them at least 1 meter away from the heater.

Q: Does the oil heater smell when in use?

A: When you turn the oil heater on for the first time it might emit a chemical smell. It's a normal reaction that comes from the process of the oil being heated inside the radiator. Which is exactly why manufacturers of oil heaters recommend running heaters for a couple hours with opened windows and doors so that this smell goes away. You might need to repeat this several times. To remove the smell completely, it's important to read and follow all the instructions provided by the manufacturer. And when in use, make sure to always air the room to prevent carbon monoxide from concentrating.

Q: Can I place the fan heater on my desk?

A: We do not recommend placing any kind of heaters on tables, desks, drawers, and anything that is above the ground level. In terms of safety measures, it is recommended to place the device on the floor. Since some parts of the heater can get hot, they can damage the surface of the desk or even burn it and leave unsightly stains.

Q: I have small children in my house, Is it safe for them to use the heater when I am not at home?

A: As it goes with any electrical devices you should not let kids use them without supervision. In case it's not possible, make sure to instruct them how to use the heater in a safe way. Fortunately, many heaters today have several security features like a tip-over switch, overheating protection, etc. Thanks to these, even if your child tips the heater over accidentally, it will not cause a fire.

Q: Air filter in my ceramic heater got dirty and it does not work properly anymore. Is there any way I can clean it?

A: Yes, you can actually clean the filter on your own! To do this, you will need to unplug the heater and let it cool. Then you will need to clean the air intake and the grille. Next, you'll need to remove the grille by gently pulling it outwards. Now you can put the filter back inside the heater. The cleaning is done.

Q: Can I put the heater on the floor and use it to dry my clothes?

A: No, you can’t. The heater emits strong heat that can damage clothes and even set it on fire. To prevent that from happening, never put anything on top of the heater.

Q: Does the heater work quietly?

A: It depends on the type of heater you use. The oil heaters tend to make somewhat loud clicks when they reach a maximum temperature. This sound means that a thermostat inside the heater is working properly and turns the device off automatically to save electricity. Not only oil heaters emit noises. Any type of heater that has a metal construction may produce some noise during operation which is explained by the fact that metal tends to change its shape under the effect of heat.

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