Best Space Heaters to Make Your Home Cosy in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 6, 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
Heating Area
Safety
Usability
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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.

CONS

The unit is somewhat heavy (15 kg).

OUR VERDICT

A 2kW oil filled radiator from DeLonghi will heat up a large room 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
Heating Area

2500 W, Oil-filled heater, For large rooms

Safety

Anti-frost protection, Overheat protection

Usability

3 Heat settings, Adjustable thermostat, 24 Hour mechanical timer, Carry handle and wheels for easy transportation, Cord storage

Warranty

10 years

PROS

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

CONS

The 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
Heating Area

1500 W, Oil-free radiator, For small to medium rooms

Safety

Overheat protection

Usability

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

Warranty

3 years

PROS
Emits infrared rays from both sides, covering larger surface and more objects in a room.
CONS
The wide infrared coverage is actually a good thing - just try not to place the heat-sensitive items under it.
OUR VERDICT
This model can warm up a pretty large room in a matter of seconds without drying the air out. A solid product at a justified price.
detailed parameters
Heating Area

2500 W, Micathermic radiant heater, For average to large bedrooms or dining rooms

Safety

Overheat protection, Tip-over protection

Usability
Heat-resistant handles and 2 wheels for transportation, 1.8 m cable
Warranty
2 years
PROS

Thanks to its high power, this 3kW 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 works 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 with its cold blow function. It's completely harmless for health, made out of sturdy plastic that won't overheat even after a long use.

detailed parameters
Heating Area

3000 W, Fan heater, For bedrooms and living rooms

Safety

Anti-frost protection, Overheat protection

Usability

3 power modes, Fan mode, Adjustable thermostat

Warranty

1 year

PROS

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

CONS

The cooling and heating process is accompanied with a distinct clicking sound.

OUR VERDICT

An 11-fin oil radiator from VonHaus emits the hot air across the room evenly; the array of temperature settings available will make your life in winter as comfortable as ever. 

detailed parameters
Heating Area

2500 W, Oil-filled heater, For medium rooms

Safety

Tip-over protection, Overheat protection

Usability

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 2kW 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 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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Duronic HV101 Black Mica Panel 2.5KW

Modern Technologies for Sizzling Performance

The Duronic HV101 is an excellent example of a simple yet effective heater. The heating elements here are mica panels. The mica is a group of silicate minerals that started out being used in convectors not so long ago. This mica plates used for infrared heating. They don't burn the dust on them or dehumidify the air around. Instead, micathermic heaters warm up the objects with the invisible to human eye infrared rays. These objects, in turn, will gradually transfer the heat to the air. Because of this, HV101 create a perfect atmosphere in a bedroom, dinner room or on a balcony. No wonder, mica plates were originally implemented in health and space industries.

The finest thing about micathermic heaters is that they need less than a minute of work for you to feel the result. The room is starting to feel cosily warm so fast that you would want to stay in it forever as if a heavy comfy blanket were holding you down in a bed on a chilly winter morning.

Review of Duronic HV101 Black Mica Panel 2.5KW Radiant Convector Heater

Wide Panels with Wide Possibilities

Besides its incredible efficiency, the Duronic HV101 also boasts thought-out controls. The unit can juice out 2500 W. Still, you can easily reduce the energy consumption with the regulator down to 1.5 kW or 1 kW to save on the electricity bill. We recommend setting the power to the max for warming the room up. After that, set it to the medium or lower temperature to maintain the most comfortable for you. Also, use the lesser power in smaller rooms. As for the design, it has two perforated walls on the sides. Through them, you can see the unit in the centre that emits the IR rays both ways. When compared side by side with a standard oil heater, this mica convector is incredibly light - only 5 kg. You can safely grab it by the heat-resisting plastic handle with a few fingers and roll it to another place with ease even while the unit is still hot. Don't be afraid to leave it on for the whole night, as there's an overheat safety feature that will turn it over too.

Overall, the Duronic HV101 is a lightweight and efficient heater that will bear your company on cold frosty evenings.

Duronic HV101 Black Mica Panel 2.5KW Radiant Convector Heater in the use

Extras

It's a shame that the Duronic HV101 has no timer to automatically turn on/off. Purchasing a  programmable plug switch could help resolve this minor fault. 

Detailed review of Duronic HV101 Black Mica Panel 2.5KW Radiant Convector Heater

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De'Longhi HTF3033

Perfect Way to Keep Yourself Warm

With chilly days happening 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 3kW 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 time needed to heat up the room. 

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 1.5m 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 is coming to the countries of the northern hemisphere, people start to huddle up near the fireplace or in their beds. And if the central heating is insufficient a space heater will be extremely useful. Of course, this handy appliance can be used everywhere - to heat up the air around your desk at work, warm up your room at home, make the air warmer in your cozy small store, warm up your garage or workshop, and so on. Keep in mind that people can never feel well if it is cold. Therefore, make sure to choose the space heater according to your needs. Today, there are lots of heaters on the market and we are going to review 5 best space heaters for relatively small areas.

We recommend using a thermostat to maintain a comfortable atmosphere in our place and save up some money. Additionally, you can turn your eyes at gas heaters and infrared heaters.

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 have selected the most important features for you.

The first thing to pay attention to is the Heating Area every appliance is designed for. There are several important criteria that determine it - for example, the power of the heating element. The efficiency of the space heater depends on that. At least 100 Watts of power are required to provide a good heating for 1 square meter. In general, there are the following Types of space heaters: oil radiators, fan heaters, radiant heaters, gas heaters (or catalytic combustion heaters), and infrared heaters. You need to choose a space heater according to your needs. For instance, an infrared heater can be used not only indoors but also outdoors, whereas fan heater is perfect for small rooms or for heating the air around you. Big fan heaters are also used to heat workshops, garages, warehouses, etc. Remember that the Power every space heater yields depends on its type.

Another crucial feature is the Safety level every space heater provides: you need to be sure the appliance you set at home is not dangerous and unlikely to break into flame if ever being tipped over. The best space heaters feature an auto shut-off function to turn the unit automatically if you happen to leave it on. 

Finally, you need to consider the Usability of every space heater. Here you need to work out how easy it will be to use your appliance and whether it's mobile enough to move from one room to another. It'd be good to choose a heater with a timer option to be able to set the needed length of time during which you need a heater to operate.

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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