Best Garage Heaters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 3, 2019
Although garage doors and windows can be insulated, your vehicles and other things that are stored inside can never be safe from low temperature and excessive moisture that are common for warehouse rooms. And what is the solution you may ask? The answer is quite simple - a garage heater. To help you wrap your head around a variety of different options we invite you to take a closer look at the top models that we’ve gathered for our review. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The piezo ignition system of this model ensures a quick and effortless start of the heater each time you turn it on. Moreover, the kit comes equipped with a 1.5-metre hose, so you don't have to buy any additional gas connectors.

CONS

The housing tends to heat with prolonged use.

OUR VERDICT

The Kingavon from Garden Mile is designed specifically for large rooms up to 200 square metres. Thanks to the top power output of 34,000 BTU/hour, the device heats up them quite fast. With that, the unit consumes little gas, which makes it a great pick for any garage.

detailed parameters
Power

10,000 Watts (Up to 34,000 BTU/hour)

Power Source

Liquid Propane (1.5-m. hose included)

AC for fan operation

Placement

Floor

Controls

Piezo element for easy ignition, Detachable gas intensity regulator

Extras

Carry handle, Overheating protection

Dimensions

22 x 42 x 33 cm

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The built-in overheating protection will automatically turn the heater off once it reaches the target temperature while the tip-over protection will prevent the risk of fire in case of device overturning.

CONS

This heater is quite loud (the fan bearings make it noisy).

OUR VERDICT

If you are searching for a powerful fan heater that can be used anywhere in your house, then this model from Honeywell will be right up your alley. Small yet highly efficient, it will make even the coldest months bearable and more comfortable.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 Watts

Power Source

AC

Placement

Floor

Controls

2 power modes, Adjustable thermostat

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, Carry handle, Tip-over and overheating protection

Dimensions

18 x 29.5 x 27 cm

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The design of this model is fairly simple yet efficient at the same time. Thanks to the tubular steel frame, it is nearly impossible to tip over the unit as long as it is on the floor.

CONS

The heater does not have a piezo ignition. You'll need to light up the unit manually.

OUR VERDICT

The Sealey LP14 is not a standard gas-powered heater. Instead of using a fan blower, the unit evenly distributes the warmth across the room, making it an ideal option for small to medium-sized garages, warehouses, and workshops.

detailed parameters
Power

5000 Watts (Up to 15,354 BTU/hour)

Power Source

Liquid Propane (1.5-m. hose included)

Placement

Floor

Controls

Fixed gas intensity regulator

Extras

Steel tube stand with built-in handle

Dimensions

29 x 24.5 x 37 cm (including stand)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The unit features an ergonomic adjustable handle that allows directing the flow of hot air wherever you need. Thanks to this, you can either warm up the whole room or only its separate parts.

CONS

The power cable is somewhat short (merely 1-metre long).

OUR VERDICT

The combination of 2000-watt output power, 3 heating modes, and a highly-effective fan, makes this heating device a good pick for rooms with the size of up to 25 square metres. The high-profile construction also allows using the heater in residential areas, which makes it quite a universal model.

detailed parameters
Power

2,000 Watts

Power Source

AC

Placement

Floor

Controls

3 power modes, Adjustable thermostat

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, Carry handle, Tip-over and overheating protection

Dimensions

24.8 x 31 x 32.3 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The kit comes equipped with everything you may need to install and use the heater out-of-the-box. To add more, the built-in pull cord makes the heater easier to utilise when it's already mounted on the wall.

CONS

The gloss paint on the housing stains easily.

OUR VERDICT

This particular model from Firefly cannot boast a powerful heat output - it is designed to sustain a stable ambient temperature in rooms. The quartz tubes radiate warmth and a pleasant orange glow reminds you of sunny days. The IPX4-rated housing allows using the heater on your patio.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 Watts

Power Source

AC

Placement

Wall (mounting hardware included)

Controls

3 power modes, Pull cord for easy control

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, IPx4 splash-proof housing

Dimensions

58 x 17 x 16 cm

Warranty

1 year

Garden Mile® Kingavon

Heavy-duty Model

Trying to heat up large garage areas may be tricky during colder months and when standard electric heaters are of no use, a propane-powered fan can do the job with ease. The total air coverage of this Garden Mile heater can reach 320 cubic metres without breaking a sweat, meaning it is an ideal option for big garages. What is more, the powerful blow fan allows heating up areas of up to 200 square metres quite fast, which makes this model a perfect solution not only for your garages but also for large rooms in general.

The maximum heat output reaches 34,000 BTU/hour, which is simply stunning, especially when considering the price of the whole unit and its dimensions. And combined with relatively low gas consumption, this model is very energy-efficient. The heater consumes only 730 grams of propane per hour in the maximum power mode.

For your convenience, the appliance is equipped with a special handle that allows for regulating the gas intake levels. Even if you set the unit to the least intensive setting, it will remain effective.

Review of Garden Mile® Kingavon Powerful Propane Heater

Propane Gas Heater that Suits Any Garage Size

How do you actually need to connect the heater to the gas tank? Simple! As a nice touch, the heater comes equipped with a 1.5-metre gas hose that is long enough to connect a propane tank. However, the 1.5 metres of length may not suffice some garage layouts. So, in case you want to place the heater further away from walls or other objects that may obstruct the unit, we recommend getting a longer one.

When it comes to safety, this appliance features automatic overheating protection that won’t let the unit burst once the target temperature is reached. Thanks to this, the device can be utilised throughout the whole day without causing a potential fire hazard to the objects stored in your garage.

Designed for industrial and domestic use, this model from Garden Mile is one of the best garage heaters that are capable of warming up medium and large areas. Powerful, fast, and convenient to use, this blow heater will be your go-to pick if you are looking for a super-effective indoor heater.

Garden Mile® Kingavon Powerful Propane Heater in the use

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Honeywell HZ-510E

Good Alternative to Gas Heaters

In case you are looking for something that doesn’t require liquid gas, there are quite a few powerful electric fans available. Fortunately, you don’t have to search any longer since this heater model from Honeywell fits that bill just right.

First things first, the Honeywell HZ-510E is a heavy-duty unit that can heat up large areas in a quick and effective manner. It is equipped with two power modes so that you can choose to either quickly warm up the area or maintain a stable, comfortable temperature. To help you set the required temperature level, the kit is equipped with an adjustable thermostat.

When used with overheating protection on, the device will switch itself off once the desired temperature has been reached. This way you can save on the electricity bills and keep your peace of mind.

Review of Honeywell HZ-510E Heavy Duty Fan Heater

Small yet Powerful

Safety precautions and heating modes out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the actual specifications of this electric fan heater and what it’s capable of. The maximum power output of the unit reaches 1800 Watts, which is quite impressive considering the heater’s modest dimensions. At only 18 x 29.5 x 27 cm in size, it can fit virtually any room as long as there are no obstructions that can interfere with the air intake system.

But how fast does the unit actually heat up a garage? Thanks to the wide dispersion of the heater and a powerful fan it is equipped with, the appliance can warm up areas of up to 20-25 square metres in just a few minutes, making it a worthy solution for garages that store one or two vehicles simultaneously.

As for the safety measures, this particular model has quite a few protection systems on board. Firstly, it's the overheating protection that won’t let the appliance exceed the maximum temperature set by the thermostat. And secondly - it’s the tip-over safety mechanism that automatically turns the heater off in case it is accidentally dropped on the floor.

Wrapping things up, the Honeywell HZ-510E is an ideal solution for you in case you are looking for an effective electric heater for use in your garage. Being highly convenient to use and maintain, this little fan heater will serve you for years to come.

Honeywell HZ-510E Heavy Duty Fan Heater in the use

 

Sealey LP14

Heats up Manually

When bulky electric heaters are of no use in your garage, one of the best alternatives could be a compact gas-powered model that won’t take a lot of space but provide you with the pleasant warmth. Luckily for you, the LP14 unit from Sealey fits that description perfectly.

To start off, this Sealey heater has a fairly simple construction which makes the operation simple and minimises the maintenance. Here, you have only a gas intensity valve and the ignition.

The slight issue with this model that did bother us a bit is the fact that it doesn’t feature a piezo element, requiring the user to turn it on manually. On the upside, it takes users around 20-30 seconds to turn the heater on. You should simply rotate the manual switch located near the gas knob.

Moving on further down the list of features, let’s take a look at the materials the heater is made of. The high-quality metal frame holds the heating element firmly, which negates the risk of the unit tipping over accidentally. Additionally, the frame is reinforced with a steel tube that ensures stable operation of the heater as long as it is located on the floor. The heating plate, on the other hand, is made of lighter metal alloy. It heats up surprisingly faster compared to standard aluminium-based heating elements.

Review of Sealey LP14 Propane Heater

Reasonable Solution for Your Garage

When it comes to connecting the heater to the gas tank, you can use a 1.5-metre long gas hose that comes with the unit. Basically, it should suffice most garage layouts; however, if it seems not long enough for your needs, you can additionally get any other standard hose that is meant for hooking up the propane gas tanks.

Design features aside, the heater is powerful enough to heat garages of up to 20-30 square metres in size. Thanks to the 5000-watt power output (or up to 15,300 BTU per hour), this appliance has arguably the best size/power ratio among propane heaters at its price range. Speaking of which, the unit is quite small with dimensions of only 29 x 24.5 x 37 cm (including the metal stand). Hence, it will fit almost any garage designed for one or two cars with ease.

To sum up, the Sealey LP14 is one of the top-class propane-powered heater models available on the market today. Small, reliable, and easy to use, it makes the difference when it comes to heating up garages, warehouses, and workshops.

Sealey LP14 Propane Heater in the use

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ANSIO 1312

Adjust As You Want

The ANSIO 1312 is another electric heater that is designed to cover large-sized rooms without bulky tanks with liquid gas. That is to say, the ANSIO may be right up your alley if you are looking for a small fan heater for your garage or a workshop.

First of all, unlike other heaters in our review, this particular heater features 3 power modes which enable you to control both power consumption and the intensity of the hot air the fan blows out.

The heating element implemented in this model is made from ceramic which enables the heater to warm up swiftly regardless of the power setting you've chosen. Thanks to this, the heater can be utilised throughout the day quite effectively without consuming too much power. When used in the Low power mode, the unit only requires around 1300-1350 Watts per hour and is capable of heating up areas up to 30 square metres. And in the High power mode, the PTC heating element is capable of reaching the 2000-Watt output.

One more thing that makes this fan heater an interesting pick is its heating direction handle. Thanks to this design solution, you can direct the flow of hot air wherever you need, thus, increasing the operational range or directing the heat to certain spots.

Review of ANSIO 1312 Electric Heater

Safe and Efficient

As for the convenience of use, the handgrip on the top panel of the heater can be used to carry heater around. Due to the relatively small dimensions of the appliance, it can be placed pretty much anywhere in your house granted there’s no obstruction for the air intake system.

It is also worth pointing out that the unit won’t burst into flames thanks to the built-in overheating protection system that will turn the unit off once the target temperature is reached. That also means the device is more economical when compared to gas-powered devices. For added peace of mind, the unit is also equipped with tip-over protection.

Portable, efficient, and silent in operation, this model from ANSIO embodies everything a good fan heater needs to have. It can become your go-to pick if you need a ceramic heater for large rooms.

ANSIO 1312 Electric Heater in the use

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Firefly Wall Mounted Quartz Heater

Warm as Sunlight

Searching through tons of solutions available for garage heating, one might have a hard time picking the right heater model. The issue with propane models is that they may not be suitable for small garages, while the electric heater fans will struggle to warm large areas. So, is there any alternative? Yes, and it's a quartz heater.

The quartz heaters are something like a golden mean. They are known for good sustained heating, and this model from Firefly is not an exception. Even though it might lose some points in terms of heating speed, its ability to sustain the heat is simply remarkable. When set at the lowest power setting, the device is capable of heating areas of up to 7-10 square metres in just 25-30 minutes, and the 1200- and 1800-power options will warm up a small garage in less than 15 minutes.

The infrared light emitted by this heater illuminates the distances of approximately 6 metres away from the device, which in combination with the 52-cm length of the unit creates an effective cone of 6-9 cubic metres. Owing to this, the heater can sustain a stable ambient temperature for 1-2 hours even after it has been turned off.

Review of Firefly Wall Mounted Quartz Heater Wall Mounted Heater

Rugged Construction

Tech specs aside, let’s take a quick glance at the security measures provided with this little heater. Since this model doesn’t have a fire-hazard heating element, it is equipped with an IPX4 housing that is splash-proof. Owing to this, this heater model is firmly protected against short circuits or power surges in case you accidentally spill liquid on it. The IPX4 protection index also eases the cleaning of the quartz heating element.

When it comes to mounting, your options are somewhat limited since this heater is meant to be installed on a wall only. And although the kit is supplied with all required mounting hardware, its quality is somewhat flimsy. Hence, we recommend getting a pair of mounting screws just in case. On the bright side, the unit is equipped with a pull power cord that can prevent the appliance from falling in case one of the screws comes loose.

All things considered, this quartz heater from Firefly is, perhaps, the most energy-efficient heater in our review. It is compact and quite reliable when it comes to keeping your garage warm throughout the cold season. It is a smart alternative to propane or electric heaters and a good choice for small or medium-sized garages.

Firefly Wall Mounted Quartz Heater Wall Mounted Heater in the use

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What Is a Garage Heater?

The garage is like a sacred place for all car owners. Inside of a regular garage one may find all the tools needed for car maintenance as well as for the renovation purposes and general repairs. But how do you keep all this stuff safe from bad temperature and moisture?

Garage heaters are designed specifically for keeping the temperature and moisture level in your storage area at a stable, appropriate level that will help keep your hardware, as well as vehicles in a good shape, no matter what is going on outside your residential zone.

There are quite a few types of heaters that are commercially available today. Nevertheless, we will focus on three main kinds: the propane powered, radiator, and infrared heaters. While the first two provide you with great output, they require quite a lot of power. Hence, the latter, infrared, heater type can be a constant and energy-efficient heat source.

In case you are looking for more means to keep yourself and your family warm during the cold season, we recommend taking a look at our reviews of space heaters in case you need a portable source of heat or panel heaters in case you need maximum effectiveness from a stationary heater model.

What Features to Compare

Type

As we've already mentioned there are several types of heaters and each of them features models engineered specifically for large premises and rooms such as warehouses, public places, commercial and industrial buildings, and, of course, garages.

The main types of heaters that can be used for keeping your garage warm during the cold months include convection heaters, oil-filled radiators, gas-powered propane heaters, fan heaters, and infrared units.

Even though the electrical and gas-powered models certainly can deliver a lot of heat, they are not suitable for small garages since they can turn the area into a furnace if left on at the highest settings. Moreover, most of them are not quite as energy-effective as advertised and will consume a lot of power from the electrical grid.

On the contrary, the infrared and convector models will provide you with a constant, yet somewhat small source of heat. The selling point of these models is their effectiveness and the ability to help you save up on electricity bills.

Size

The size of the appliance will determine if it is suitable for your particular garage. As a rule, a small unit will suffice a small warehouse or garage and, alternatively, bigger models will be more suitable for larger areas. Depending on your garage size, you will have to decide whether you need a large unit to cover the space or a medium appliance will be more than enough.

Maximum Power Output

The more electricity the heater consumes, the more you need to pay for it each month. This fairly straightforward rule for a regular heater does not really apply to garage models since garages are not usually insulated like homes. The more settings and options the heater has, the better — after all, if you can adjust the output of the device more precisely, you will save a lot of funds.

Maximum Heat Output

Depending on the current temperature outside as well as inside the residential area of your house, you will have to change the temperature output on your heater at least a couple of times throughout the year. Hence, it is critically important to have an option to quickly adjust the heater according to the weather outside.

Safety Features

Besides the effectiveness, the heater also needs measures of safety that will protect both your garage and everything inside in case of danger. The basic safety measures that almost every standard heater model has are the circuit breaker and a thermostat. While the first will protect the electrical circuit from malfunctioning, the latter will turn off the device automatically when there is a possibility of device overheating.

Additional Settings and Controls

Some heaters feature additional options that will be helpful for some users. The abovementioned thermostat control and circuit breaker features will provide you with extra peace of mind, while the additional heat or power control dials will ensure that the temperature inside the garage is just right and will stay that way throughout all the cold months.

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Installation Process

The installation of some garage heater models might be a real challenge for most users, especially those without knowledge of electric circuits. The main reason for that is the fact that the majority of garage heating units need to be hardwired into the electrical grid in order to function properly. In case you think that you can handle the process without the help of a certified professional there are some tips that will help you mount and connect the heater into your garage.

First of all, you will need to read the instructions and user manual provided by the manufacturer to familiarize yourself with parts and connectors of the garage heaters. After that, you will have to make sure that the power cables or cords are secured and not damaged. That done with, turn off all the circuits that are located nearby and can interfere with the one you are trying to connect your heater to. Furthermore, make sure that your smoke and fire detectors (in case you have them) are functioning properly. After the initial preparations are done you will be ready to go and install the heater. The last but not the least important thing to remember is to wear protective gear during the installation since your health is more important than some electrical device.

Safety Precautions

Do not leave the heater near any liquids or moist objects. Although it is self-explanatory, you should never touch any electrical devices with wet hands since it may damage the appliance and you are facing the risk of being electrocuted.

Additionally, it is not recommended to keep any combustible or flammable liquids near the heater and the flow of the hot air coming from it. In case you don’t want your garage and, potentially, your house bursting in flames you should also follow this rule while utilising big heaters such as garage models.

Cleaning and Storing the Heater During Mid-Season

There are not too many ways in which you can clean large heating units such as garage ones. However, we recommend you follow these easy steps that will definitely come in handy even if you had prior experience with any other heater models.

  • From the get-go, you will have to turn off the heater (obviously) and let it cool off for a while. Make sure it is completely cool before you proceed to clean the device.
  • You will have to wipe the surface and all non-heating elements of the heater with a clean duster made of microfibre.
  • Gently remove all movable panels of the heater and vacuum it from the distance, since you can damage the heating elements that are, in most cases, quite fragile.
  • After the cleaning is complete put and screw all the parts back together.

During the mid-season or in summer it is important to store your heater properly so that it doesn’t gather dust and any other kind of dirt that may happen to be in the garage area. In order to store the unit properly, you will need to use a textile cover or a cardboard box that can be closed. Alternatively, you can use any shelf that can be closed to keep the housing free from dust and any debris.

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Publish Date: 2019-09-25 12:23:30