Best Fan Heaters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 2, 2018
A fan heater, without any doubt, offers the easiest way to get warm and heat up a small room in a few minutes. Just switch it on and set up the desired temperature, the heater will do the rest! Now, it's up to you which fan heater to select! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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HEATING ELEMENT
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PROS

Thanks to its high power, this De'Longhi 3kw fan heater will make the room warm in no time and the adjustable thermostat will help to keep the temperature at the desired level.

CONS

This model is quite large.

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 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
POWER

3000 W

HEATING ELEMENT

Glowing filament

CONTROL

Function dial, Thermostat dial, Power indicator

MODES

2 heat settings, Cool blow

EXTRAS

Anti-frost function and overheat protection

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The 90° angle oscillation keeps the heat flow uniform across the room. The wide stand makes the unit extremely steady.

CONS

It is quite noisy.

OUR VERDICT

If you want a fan heater that's capable of warming premises without drying out the air as well as adjusting settings automatically, there's no better option than the VonHaus fan with a ceramic heating element.

detailed parameters
POWER

1500 W

HEATING ELEMENT

Ceramic

CONTROL

Function dial, Thermostat dial

MODES

2 heat settings, Fan mode

EXTRAS

Overheat protection

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

This heater can be set both in a horizontal and vertical position at no cost to the heat efficiency.

CONS

The power cord is rather short.

OUR VERDICT

A great choice for small rooms that will keep you warm on cold days. Be sure to use the Frost Watch function if you leave the house for a while. It will turn the device on automatically if the temperature drops below 5°C. Two other modifications are available.

detailed parameters
POWER

2000 W

HEATING ELEMENT

Glowing filament

CONTROL

Function dial, Thermostat dial, Power indicator

MODES

2 heat settings, Cool blow

EXTRAS

'Frost Watch' protection, Automatic safety cut-out protection, Sits horizontally or stands vertically, Carrying handle

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The built-in thermostat will lower the power consumption to 1000 W when the room gets warm enough, cutting your utility bill.

CONS

It's programmed for 15-minute operation and has to be restarted afterwards if you want it to continue warming up the room.

OUR VERDICT

The best wall-mounted fan heater to keep your bathroom or kitchen warm. It's easy to turn on by simply pulling a cord, which is very convenient if your hands are wet.

detailed parameters
POWER

2000 W

HEATING ELEMENT

Glowing filament

CONTROL

Thermostat dial, Power indicator

MODES

1 heat setting, Pull cord operation

EXTRAS

Manually resettable thermal overload cut out and thermal fuselink, Energy-saving thermostat

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

This is a very compact and lightweight portable heating device that you can easily move from room to room. Plus, it has a handy carry handle.

CONS

At first, it might emit a peculiar plastic smell when the power is on.

OUR VERDICT

A wonderful choice if you need to warm up a small or medium-sized room quickly. The fan is easy to use, has protection from overheating, and is set to power off automatically if it accidentally falls.

detailed parameters
POWER

2000 W

HEATING ELEMENT

Glowing filament

CONTROL

Function dial, Thermostat dial, Power Indicator

MODES

2 heat settings, Cool blow

EXTRAS

Overheat protection, Safety tip over switch, Carry handle

WARRANTY

1 year

De'Longhi HTF3033

Perfect Way to Keep 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 large. You’ll have to position it carefully, as you surely don’t want anyone tripping over it or stepping on 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 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 and satisfied 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 14/075

Warm up the Whole Room With This Oscillating Heater

If you need to warm up a large room, a stationary heater might not be enough. For one, it might take you a while to warm a big room and for two, it might not warm it evenly due to its fixed design. Luckily, you can get a heater like the VonHaus 14/075 that has an oscillating feature, meaning it is designed to distribute the warm air evenly around the space it's located in. 

This model has a 90-degree oscillation radius, covering a broad distance and moving steadily thanks to the wide stand. Thanks to the rotation function, the heater warms up the air all over the room uniformly and doesn’t dry it out like some stationary models do. Of course, if you need to concentrate the warmth on a particular area, the oscillation can be turned off easily.

Actually, the VonHaus 14/075 is highly adjustable and you can set up several different modes and change the temperature quickly and easily. Plus, this model has a fan option if you need to cool the room down a bit. Of course, that can also be coupled with rotation to refresh the air in your apartment. The device can even adjust its operation according to the pre-set preferences and change the heat output based on the current room temperature. With this model, you’ll never have to worry about overheating or making the room too cold.

Review of VonHaus 14/075 Ceramic PTC Heater

Energy Efficient Though a Bit Loud

However, if you seek a quiet or completely silent heater, do note that the VonHaus 14/075 tends to be a bit noisy when it's running. It may be hard to fall asleep with this device running nearby, though sound sleepers won’t mind. Of course, it’s not too loud to interrupt a conversation and it definitely won’t get in the way of you watching TV, but if you want complete silence to relax, you might need to turn off the device.

Despite its impressive heat output, the VonHaus 14/075 consumes very little energy at 1.5kw. This model could even be taken along on a camping trip if you have a good portable generator, however, you might prefer to light a fire if you’re a skilled camper. And, of course, you can run this model longer than some others without racking up a huge utility bill.

This oscillating fan is a great choice to keep you warm when the wind is blowing outside and you just want to stay home with a cup of hot tea. It will heat up the whole room and keep you cosy for quite a while. And, if you want to stay warm while you sleep but don’t want a noisy heater running, check out our list of the best electric blankets.
VonHaus 14/075 Ceramic PTC Heater in the use

 

Lloytron F2003WH

Compact Heater for a Small Cosy Room

In order to cut down your utility bills, it’s best to use a low-wattage fan heater that will still keep the air warm while not using up too much energy. These models are usually quite compact and lightweight like the Lloytron F2003WH. It runs quietly and efficiently to keep your room cosy and heated.

You can put this heater both horizontally and vertically, whatever option is more convenient for you. If you flip it to stand on its side, it will take up less space but might just be a bit too noticeable. Either way, the little appliance will vent air in the room and keep it warm without excess heat. This is a great choice for small rooms that have little space for such devices, especially considering that the power cord is kind of short, so you have to put the heater close to a power socket.

Don’t let the modest look of this compact model fool you. It’s quite powerful and can keep you warm on freezing days, even when there is a snowstorm outside. It doesn’t require complicated setup - it’s very easy to use even though there are many settings you can adjust according to your preferences. Just turn it on and let the device pipe hot air into your room while you're relaxing.

Review of Lloytron F2003WH Fan Heater

Safe and Technologically Advanced Fan Heater

The highly-efficient Lloytron F2003WH needs just 2kw to run, not much power at all considering the variety of options you get with this device. There are multiple heating modes and a few handy functions, some of them unique.

One of the standouts is the Frost Watch protective function. You set it up beforehand, turn off the device and, when the heater detects temperatures below 5°C, it powers up automatically to warm up the room and bring it back to an acceptable temperature.

If the electricity cuts out suddenly or a power surge hits, the Lloytron F2003WH is programmed to shut down automatically to prevent any damage to the appliance, so you don’t have to worry about its safety. Even if some incident does occur, it’s covered by the 1-year warranty to keep your mind off such matters.

Overall, this is a high-tech product that works great for small rooms or flats. It will keep you warm on cold days and automatically heat up the room while you’re away if you want it to. It’s a bit disappointing that there is no cooling function, but it’s nice that the Lloytron F2003WH excels at the job it’s supposed to do. Unless the lack of an air conditioner option is a dealbreaker for you, this compact and well-made product is a solid choice to keep yourself warm in winter.

Lloytron F2003WH Fan Heater in the use

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Dimplex FX20V

Wall-Mounted and Efficient Fan Heater

If you’d prefer your heater to be wall-mounted so that you don’t trip over it or step on it, check out the Dimplex fan heater line-up and, in particular, the Dimplex FX20V. The manufacturer offers a wide range of powerful yet undemanding products that will warm up any room you hang them in. The model we’re looking at is one of the most efficient and safest heaters available on the market.

The device can be hung on any wall. It operates with just 2kw of power, working quietly and saving money on your utility bills. You could run it in your bedroom and it wouldn’t disturb your sleep at all. So with this product, you can stay warm even at night, no need to pile on extra blankets or sleep wearing extra-thick pyjamas.

To launch the heater, you just need to pull on the cord and the Dimplex FX20V will immediately start putting out hot air, saturating the room. However, this model is programmed in an unusual way - it will run for 15 minutes and then automatically shut down. If you want a longer heating cycle, you will have to pull the power cord again and get another 15 minutes of operation. This guarantees that the heater won’t be left running for the whole day if you forget to turn it off. However, it also means that you’ll need to restart it if you want to keep the heat going for several hours or more.

Review of Dimplex FX20V Fan Heater Downflow

Great Way to Keep Your Bathroom Heated

The built-in thermostat of the Dimplex FX20V checks room temperature frequently and, when a suitable level is reached, cuts energy consumption to 1kw. That way the device keeps warming up the room while using much less power to save you money. This efficiency is just another sign of a quality product. Halving power consumption without losing out on heat is a surefire way to appease a user who wants a cost-effective product.

As the machine requires only a cord pull to start, it is actually a perfect bathroom fan heater because you can launch the machine even with wet hands with no danger of being shocked or damaging the equipment. This is the best choice if you want to keep your bathroom warm so you don’t start freezing when you get out of a bath or shower.

A wall-mounted heater saves space, works just as well as its horizontal or vertical counterparts. It is not portable and, if you want a model that you can carry from room to room to keep the whole flat warm, this is not an ideal pick. However, it’s great for keeping a single room, be it a bedroom or bathroom, cosy and warm.

And, if you want to have a pleasant bath with your new heater keeping you warm, check out some bathroom TVs to maximise your bathing enjoyment.

Dimplex FX20V Fan Heater Downflow in the use

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Status FH1P-2000W1PKB

Tiny Portable Heater to Warm Your Bedroom

Sometimes you need to keep your whole house warm and a bulky, heavy heater just isn't suitable as it's too hard to move around. In that case, you’d benefit from the lightweight and portable Status FH1P-2000W1PKB, a 2kw fan heater that may be smaller than its counterparts but no less powerful.

This model works best to quickly warm up small and medium-sized rooms and can easily be transported from one place to another, in particular, thanks to its carry handle. If you feel like your bedroom is warm enough, you can just pick up the device and bring it to the kitchen or even the bathroom to keep them heated as well.

It does tend to emit a slight smell of plastic when in use, though this has no negative effect on the operation and isn't hazardous. The machine works quietly and won’t bother your sleep or interrupt your conversations. In fact, it may not be completely silent but it’s quite close to this. The small size means that you’ll barely even notice the Status FH1P-2000W1PKB and, if you have limited space in your room, this is a great choice to just put in a tight corner for temperature control. Using this model, you’ll never feel the freezing wind outside. Keep your room cosy with a little unnoticeable magic from this heater.

Review of Status FH1P-2000W1PKB Portable Fan Heater

Safe and High-Quality Product

This model is quite safety-oriented with several features to protect both a user and the product itself. First off, the Status FH1P-2000W1PKB has an overheating protection, so you won’t ever have to worry about running it too long.

Additionally, there is an automatic safety feature that shuts down the heater if it falls over or gets dropped. That way the machine sustains less damage (or none at all). Plus, if a heater topples down and keeps operating, it could possibly lead to a small fire, so this protection isn’t just a fancy add-on, it’s quite a reasonable preventive measure.

As for the technological side, the Status FH1P-2000W1PKB has several settings that you can control, including multiple heat options. There is a dial that lets you choose the preferred function, so you can adjust the fan’s operation to the current conditions. The device isn’t quite automatised and has no fancy modes that its more expensive counterparts offer. It's, however, a high-quality and affordable model that will keep your flat warm and cosy. If you don’t feel that the high-end products are worth their money, this is a very decent choice to heat your room or even the whole flat.

Status FH1P-2000W1PKB Portable Fan Heater in the use

 

What Is a Fan Heater?

A fan heater is a very simple heating appliance which is frequently used as an additional heat source for homes or offices. The major advantage of such a heater is that it offers the fastest way of heating the air. Meanwhile, in the summer time, the appliance can serve as a common fan that cools the indoor air. A simple operation principle and reasonable price are only a few their advantageous features. So, create a comfortable atmosphere in your home using one of the fan heaters we have already picked up for you! Likewise, you can get acquainted with infrared heaters.

If you'd like to create a cosy atmosphere not only inside your house but also outdoors, we suggest you take a look at this selection of patio heaters with the help of which you should be able to achieve this purpose.

What Features to Compare

Wattage and Heating element

All fan heaters include a heating element - either ceramic plates or a high resistant glowing filament. The glowing filament is heated up more and much faster, however, it dries out air and can smell when settled dust is burning. Ceramic heating elements, in particular plates, have a larger size of the surface area and don't dry the air. More importantly, they have better fire protection.

One of the vital features of fan heaters is a power output. The more powerful the appliance is the bigger area it can actually heat up. The calculation of the power should be based on 100W per 10 square meters. A smaller room will be heated to a set temperature quicker while a bigger space will need more time for this. Therefore, a compact fan heater is a better option for small premises.

Operating mode. Control

Each fan heater has several working modes and it's a really beneficial feature. Generally, apart from a heating mode, the appliance can work as a common cooler. In most cases, heating can be adjustable - you can get desired temps by changing the power. Some models also support ECO mode, they determine necessary power depending on the set temperature. The cooling mode is got by a working fan when a heating element is switched off. The desired temperature in a room can be chosen by either a mechanical or electronic thermostat.

Extra features

Also, for user's convenience and more efficient heating, some models are equipped with additional features. A rotating base, for example, will allow heated air to spread around the room quicker, reaching the most remote areas. Many models are highly protected and have special sensors that switch off the heater in case of overheating or falling over. An automatic antifreeze feature will maintain a minimal temperature inside unheated spaces to prevent freezing. Certain models are also equipped with special filters that free the passed air from dust, and humidifiers that prevent drying air. Fan heaters that feature a built-in timer will switch the appliance off after the set period of time.

Did you know?

Some Fun Facts:

  • Excessively hot or cold temperature can cut your work output by as much as 45%, so be sure to adjust the fan heater in your office correctly.

  • Nowadays, we use pipelines to transport gas for heating. However, this modern technology is actually older than you’d think, first used in China sometime around 500 B.C. They used bamboo to transport the gas, though, not metal like we do.

  • The Romans, notorious for their advanced technologies, were the first ever nation to think of a luxury that still isn’t exactly so widespread: heated floors. Of course, their design was simple - people laid the stones that composed the floor directly over a source of heat.

  • The hottest ever naturally occurring temperature was fixed over a century ago in 1913 in Death Valley, California. It was 57°C.

  • It is actually possible to use the Earth’s natural underground temperature to keep your house heated, kind of like the Romans did. But, of course, electric fan heaters would suit your needs much better.

  • The majority of houses around the world use gas or electricity for heating. Wood or coal usage is quite rare, less than 15%.

  • Old radiators were incredibly heavy as they were made using cast iron. It’s lucky that method was abandoned, otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to move your heater at all!

  • Using an air conditioner or heater too much can actually be detrimental, as hot days seem hotter to those people who are used to air conditioning. Conversely, using your heating device too often and for too long on even a slightly cold day will lead to the same results. So be sure to use your heater only when you really need it.

How Does a Fan Heater Work?

These devices operate by running a stream of air over a source of heat or cold. Usually, these are called heating elements and they are either metallic or ceramic. There isn’t much difference in which element you choose as they both work quite well and it’s largely up to personal preference.

The majority of heaters have built-in thermostats to regulate the amount of heat they put out. This allows you to control how dry and hot the air will be when it comes out of the device. However, the more basic models might not have this option and they will just heat up the room in one setting without any possible adjustments. Thus, if you want fine temperature control, it’s better to pick out the best fan heater possible.

Temperature Control Leads to Progress

Do you have a favourite film? Well, you can thank air conditioners for that, as they were one of the key attractions that drew people to the cinemas after the population got over the initial wonder caused by the new art form. Movie theatres adapted the technology faster than most other places and people flocked to the nearby cinema to both enjoy a new film and get a respite from the boiling sun. Who knows, if this little advantage didn’t get the audience in their seats, perhaps studios wouldn’t have the money necessary to bring us our favourite flicks.

But even more significant progress was made as the arrival of air cooling allowed people to settle more densely in hotter areas, especially in the USA and the western parts of Asia. Without a way to keep cool, few people would risk life in such conditions and now these places are sprawling cities with a huge population. All thanks to the magic of temperature regulation. The same goes for colder regions like the north of Canada or Russia, where harsh winters can’t scare away people anymore because everybody has a cosy fan heater for warming up.

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Publish Date: 2018-01-16 15:37:53