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.
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.
Delonghi TRD4 1025T
Designed for Your Comfort
Delonghi is one of the world's leading manufacturers of climate equipment and consumer electronics. Since 1902 when the company was founded, it has proved to be a fine maker of high-quality technics. And this Dragon-4 oil is not an exception. Let’s take a closer look at what it's got on offer.
As it's been mentioned above, the key feature to look for in a heater is its power rate. Dragon-4 has an ice-breaking 2.5 kW maximum output. For reference, if set in a room with a 2.4 m ceiling, it can easily heat 4 x 8 m room pretty quick. Adjust heat levels and reduce power consumption to minimum 1.1 kW or 1.4 kW for smaller rooms. You can regulate the temperature and set it to switch off when the needed warmth has been reached. This means you can leave this space heater on overnight or during the whole day and worry not it may overheat or burst into flame. Delonghi space heater has been designed with your comfort in mind.
Speaking of this heater's design, it can blend in any room with its natural white color. The outer walls around the radiator sections create a chimney effect. The cold air is drawn from below and breathed out from the top after being warmed up by the hot radiator filled with oil. Thus, the air in a room is heated both inside and outside the device without drying it out since there's no direct contact between the heating element and the air. Moreover, you can manually set the timer for it to turn on automatically at any given time. Imagine coming from a freezing cold outside right into the warming embrace of your cozy house.
The unit is standing on 4 multi-directional wheels that help roll it from one room to another. There are also two handles on the sides to pick it up if necessary. Finally, there's a special hook at the bottom of one side to loop the power cord around and fix it for storing during warm seasons. Furthermore, if the only heat source you use in a room is a heater and you, for example, plan a trip away from home, you can switch the unit in an anti-frost mode to maintain 5°C and conserve the energy.
As a verdict, we can give Delonghi Dragon space heater the max score considering the number of useful features it's got. It struck us with a whisper-quiet operation and heating performance. Unlike many other heaters, this one doesn't dehumidify the air and steadily maintains the selected temperature all day and night so you can be sure your place is going to be comfortably warmed and safe.
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Take care to buy an extender to ensure that your heater works far from a power socket.
Dimplex Studio G 2.5 KW
Dimplex Studio G is one of the most sophisticated heaters in our review that can fit literally any interior and add comfort to your place. A sleek black tower heater is based on a stand with four castor wheels for its easy and hassle-free navigation around the house or flat and neat accommodation in the corner of the room. The design of the heater is truly special, it’s all shiny and nice, and will surely catch an eye of your guests and visitors. Even though, that’s no what for we use space heaters. Dimplex Studio G is also efficient and easy to handle. It’s got a thermostat and two heating settings for you to take control over the temperature in a room and be able to create the right climate. The two heating settings allow for instant and slow warm-up, while the temperature itself can be adjusted within the range 15° C to 35° C. There’s also an option to set the optimal temperature you’d like to maintain in a room so when it drops below that level, the heater switches on to reach it up again. The oscillation feature allows spreading the heat in all directions while the unit is turning from left to right, from right to left, so you all can feel the warmth much quicker.
The controls deserve a separate article. Partly because they are intuitive and self-explanatory, partly because they are very versatile. You can change any setting on a sensor panel at the top of the device. For your comfort, there is an included wireless remote with the same buttons for control. You must admit, adjusting the temperature while snuggling down in a comfy chair without having to stand up is something out of heaven.
Just in case you are wondering, the IR-light from this ceramic heater is totally safe for dogs and cats. As for other safety features, the base stands on 5 stable short feet. Even if the tower somehow turns over, an auto-off feature will be triggered to shut the heater down. Moreover, you can set an auto-off timer from 1 to 12 hours and have the device switched off just before you go to bed. Handy!
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If you try to avoid the signs of dust and fingerprints on shiny surfaces just like we do, then grab a microfiber cleaning cloth which work marvellously with any type of glass or polished plastic and give it the out-of-the-box look without scratching marks.
Duronic HV101 Black Mica Panel 2.5KW
Modern Technologies for Sizzling Performance
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 cozily 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.
Wide Panels with Wide Possibilities
Besides its incredible efficiency, 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 center 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, Duronic HV101 is a lightweight and efficient heater that will bear your company on cold frosty evenings.
It's a shame that Duronic HV101 has no timer to automatically turn on-off. A programmable plug switch is a perfect solution for this.
Warmlite WL42008 is a perfect choice if you are looking for a budget-friendly heater for creating a tranquil and friendly climate indoors and outdoors. In its heart, it holds 2 ceramic bars that produce IR-light for directional heating. They don’t warm up the air itself, but the surface that their rays fall on. Therefore, it will be ideal for small and medium rooms or when you don’t need to warm up all of the space, but rather a part of it - like a bench on a porch or a working desk with a seat. In order to increase the yield, the surface behind the lamps is made of reflecting metal. Place the device on the floor and point it in the direction where you need the heat, and its gallant warming rays will cheerfully cover up everything in their path.
Therefore, grab it if you are looking for a heater for an office, workshop, garage, average sized bedroom or changing room. It starts radiating heat almost instantly after being turned on. Even if the maximum 2 kW output is too hot for you, select the 1 kW option and enjoy a lighter version of the late spring warmth.
With a fairly compact body and low weight, Warmlite heater is obviously pretty mobile. The manufacturer has provided the device with a comfortable handle for carrying it from one room to another. In our opinion, this feature is commonly underestimated, because with the help of just one heater you can create the warm atmosphere wherever you want it. This radiant heater is designed to be put on the floor or any other even surface. It stands firmly on the 4 short feet. Still, if you somehow manage to tip it over, the safety trigger will immediately shut it down.
All in all, if you want a quick reliable indoor-outdoor heater, we can recommend you exactly this nifty boy.
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You can get a smaller table-top heater as an addition to the Warmlite above and use them in a pair.
Whiff of Relief
This Lloytron fan heater is a very compact solution for a much-needed task of keeping ourselves warm during the cold seasons. It readily creates the comfort zones with its blowing fan. The working principle here is pretty basic: it sucks the cold air through the perforated holes and blows it out all warmed up. There are 3 modes to choose from plus the temperature regulating knob. The first more is ‘fan only’ without turning on the heating unit - just for ventilation, when you need a circulated air in your room. The other two are used for warming up and maintaining the temperature in the room at 1 kW or 2 kW.
Useful All Around
The thought-out concept of this heater’s housing brings several positive and practical qualities. It might not be obvious at first, but the relatively small device's size (25 x 12x 24 cm) certainly suggests mobility. At less than 1.5 kg, you can readily pick it up and bring to the kitchen while you are eating the dinner or put it in the doorway of a bathroom when you take the shower. Note, it’s not actually waterproof - keep away from where water splashes might land.
Another fantastic thing worth mentioning is that you can place it both vertically and horizontally – just make sure that the holes for air suction are not blocked by anything to prevent overheating. Even if such thing happens, there’s an auto-off feature if the device gets way too hot. By the way, its body is designed so that you couldn’t reach the heating elements inside – perfect solution for a family with a kid, pet or both.
When lying horizontally, the light warm breeze pleasantly washes over your feet and knees and provides you a pleasant feel in your muscles and bones while the hot air gradually rises up. The vertical stance, though, affords a more directed approach to point the flow where you want it the most.
After all, this Lloyd fan heater is a solid classical device, best suitable for small-to-average rooms and offices.
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If your Lloytron space heater has taken on the only available socket in a room, consider buying a multi-plug adaptor to energize other electric appliances.
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