Best Infrared Heaters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 27, 2018
Infrared heaters are now highly popular for house and office use. They were created to make you feel warm and comfortable, and manufacturers did their best to improve these devices. Read our fresh review of the 5 best infrared heaters and make the right choice. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
POWER
ROOM TYPE
HEATING ELEMENT
HEATING MODES
FEATURES
OSCILLATING
SAFETY
DESIGN
Warranty
 
PROS
The heater can be controlled remotely, so it is greatly comfortable to use.
CONS
As some users claim, the power cord is a bit shortish.
OUR VERDICT

Veito CH1800RE is a wonderful infrared tube heater for indoor application and heating rather large areas.

detailed parameters
POWER
1800W
ROOM TYPE
Bedrooms, Offices, Guestrooms
HEATING ELEMENT
Carbon flament
HEATING MODES
4 heat settings
FEATURES
Remote controlling, Automatic temperature control, Off-timer
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
Tip-over protection, Overheat protection
DESIGN
Floor heater with a height-adjustable stand
Warranty
2 years
PROS
Being a wall-mounted heater, it doesn't take usable space on the floor.
CONS
Some customers find the mounting hardware rather flimsy.
OUR VERDICT
This Firefly quartz radiant heater is perfect for mounting in patios and terraces to get warm on cold evenings outdoors.
detailed parameters
POWER
1800W
ROOM TYPE
Rooms, Garages, Verandas, Workshops
HEATING ELEMENT
Quartz tubes
HEATING MODES
3 heat settings (600W, 1200W, 1800W)
FEATURES
Manual control
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
IPX4 protection rating
DESIGN
Wall-mounted heater
Warranty
2 years
PROS
A high heating capacity ensures warming the area up to 60 cu. m. The heater is easy to start with the ignition button.
CONS
The unit is quite bulky.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to gas operation, Kingavon portable cabinet heater can be set and used just anywhere. This makes it a pretty versatile appliance.
detailed parameters
POWER
4200W
ROOM TYPE
Garages, Hothouses, Offices, Small shops, Workshops
HEATING ELEMENT
Ceramic heating plates
HEATING MODES
3 heat settings (1400W, 2800W, 4200W)
FEATURES
Wheels, Manual control
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
Anti Tilt Safety System
DESIGN
Floor cabinet heater
Warranty
Amazon's 30-day return policy
PROS
Thanks to the oscillating feature, the heater can warm up a room much more quickly and efficiently.
CONS
The unit should be installed on a leveled surface to avoid the tilt safety cut-off.
OUR VERDICT

This infrared space heater is a cool solution for quick heating of small rooms thanks to its 3 heating elements.

detailed parameters
POWER
1200W
ROOM TYPE
Offices, Rooms, Garages
HEATING ELEMENT
Halogen heating elements
HEATING MODES
3 heat settings (400W, 800W, 1200W)
FEATURES
Manual control
OSCILLATING
Yes
SAFETY
Automatic tip-over switch
DESIGN
Floor heater
Warranty
Amazon's 30-day return policy
PROS
RHINO heater is highly mobile thanks to its wheeled design, so you can move it freely around the house.
CONS
A narrow range of heat settings.
OUR VERDICT

This infrared space heater will help to warm up a medium-sized room, as well as dry the air in a damp residence.

detailed parameters
POWER
1400W
ROOM TYPE
Offices, Rooms, Garages, Workshops
HEATING ELEMENT
Halogen heating elements
HEATING MODES
2 heat settings
FEATURES
Wheels and carrying handle, Manual control
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
Anti-tilt safety system
DESIGN
Floor heater
Warranty
1 year

Veito CH1800RE Free Standing Carbon Infrared Heater

Control Remotely

CH1800RE by Veito is surely one of the best infrared heaters and not without a reason. The conveniences it offers are indeed priceless. First of all, let's see into its operation principle. The heater employs carbon heating elements and so after it's been switched on, it immediately generates heat that you can feel almost the same moment regardless of the room size. Next, we'd like to cover some of its functional capabilities which are worth mentioning. What we liked most about Veito CH1800RE heater is that it can be controlled remotely from any part of a room, allowing you to stay in bed, for example, and warm up the room to get up to a comfortable temperature. We also liked the overheating protection, making it a suitable appliance for use in nurseries too. No need to worry that you or your kid may trip over it, in case of the slightest tilt, the heater automatically shuts off. Veito CH1800RE heater is often set in garages and workshops, too, thanks to its large heating capacity.

Review of Veito CH1800RE Free Standing Carbon Infrared Heater

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Firefly Wall Mounted Quartz Heater

Additional Source of Warmth

One of the heaters we've decided to bring on our shortlist is this portable quartz heater by Primrose. There are several reasons why we believe it's a worthy appliance. First of all, it's important to make a note of its quite versatile application - Primrose quartz heater can be used indoors and outdoors, which means, if you've got a patio that you'd like to warm up a bit on a cold summer/autumn evening, it will fit this purpose great. Being IPX4 protection rated, it is well resistant to moisture, including rain and snow. The unit is also pretty small and can be mounted on a wall for space-saving purpose. This is handy if your room or patio is not of a big size and you'd like to save some usable space on the floor. A lot of customers like the fact that the heater comes packed with all needed fasteners for secure hanging. The only thing you may lack is an extension lead.

Review of Firefly Wall Mounted Quartz Heater

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Kingavon Portable Cabinet Gas Heater

Gas-powered Heater

The distinguishing feature of Kingavon heater is that it features gas operation. Speaking of which, it's absolutely safe and can be switched on at a single press of ignition button. The heater boasts a freestanding design and can be set on any leveled surface. A lot of people choose to use it in small workshops, garages, hothouses and other places with no electricity grid or alternative power supply. In this regard, Kingavon heater can become an irreplaceable source of warmth. The only thing you'd still need to do to keep it working is connect it to gas tanks. Speaking of Kingavon heater's power, it's difficult to underestimate. The unit can warm up to 60 cu m, consuming gas at the rate of 200 g/h. In case of intensive use of the heater, it's recommended to use a special indicator to trace down the gas left.

Review of Kingavon Portable Cabinet Gas Heater

 

Babz Oscillating Heater

Heat All Around

Babz infrared tube heater boasts an oscillating function, enabling unit's rotation in all directions and spreading the heat all around. The great thing about it is that you don't need to keep it on all the time, if, for example, you'd like to have it directed to one point. Oscillation can be turned off when needed. The common problem for most floor-standing heating appliances is that they often get pretty hot during operation. In case of Babz infrared room heater, this isn't so. The unit stays cool for as long as it operates. Thanks to the tip-over switch, there's no risk of inflammation in case the unit falls. Located at the bottom part of the heater, the switch is pressed instantly the moment the heater tilts and the unit automatically shuts off. To extend the service life of the heater, we'd recommend you to stock up with additional tubes. Having got even few at hand would save you the trouble of running around to the shops looking for new later on.

Review of Babz Oscillating Heater

 

RHINO RHINO TQ3 Infrared heater

Impressive Portability

This RHINO infrared heater is a great choice for heating moderate-size living rooms, as well as work sites like garages or workshops. Also, the heater can be successfully used for drying, for example, plastered or puttied rooms. Two heat settings allow you to choose the desired heating intensity for a particular place. We admire the way how transportability of this infrared room heater is implemented. Generally, the heater is designed to be indeed mobile and portable. Having gripped the heater by its handle and tilted it a little, you can easily relocate the unit on two wheels. Furthermore, the 3 m power cord allows you to get a pretty wide range to freely move RHINO within your flat.

Review of RHINO RHINO TQ3 Infrared heater

 

What is an Infrared Heater?

Nowadays, infrared heaters face a high demand, and they have become the devices affordable for everyone. These devices differ from well-known convectors greatly. Infrared heaters transmit the heat not to the air, but directly to objects, by showering them with infrared rays. You can call an infrared space heater a small room-sized sun. The sun rays penetrate the air without heating it, and only when they meet the objects that do not permit light through, they get absorbed, thus heating the object. The infrared room heaters work the same way.

When you buy a device, you obviously wish it worked for years and did not break down. In our infrared heaters review today we will help you discover the ways to choose a heater based on its design features. For this reason, we will look in detail at how the infrared space heaters work, and select criteria for purchasing one.

There are a lot of other devices to heat your room besides electric infrared heaters. We think you might also be interested in our space heaters review, as well as in buying one of the gas heaters, if you, for example, have a garage to heat.

What Features to Compare

This review will delve into a number of factors you should consider before buying an infrared heater. First, you have to pay attention to its Heating Level and Design. You should decide whether you need a stationary or a portable model. Portable electric heaters are smaller in size and have lower power, and stationary heaters can be either wall- or ceiling-mounted. The area heated by the infrared space heater depends on its power. A 100 sq ft room usually needs a heater of 1 kW (1000 W) power. But we suggest that you buy a heater with some backup power storage. It is especially recommended if the infrared space heater is your only heating source, as you have to consider heat leakage through the walls, windows, and flooring. However, when a heater is just an additional device for your existing heating system, then you should probably calculate the power based on the operation conditions your model will be working at. When you have in mind all the information on features, you will have an idea about where and how you can use the infrared space heater, and whether it corresponds to your needs.

The second important factor to think about is, of course, Functionality. You consider it regardless of what device you are looking for, the infrared heater included. Usually, we attribute the control, operation modes, and additional features of a heater (like timer or thermostat to maintain a constant temperature) to its functionality.

And, finally, pay attention to the heater's Reliability and Safety. An electric infrared heater is a type of device that should not have adverse effects on your health and should be safe to use. To see if a heater is safe for you to use, look at the type of its heating element. There are four types — halogen, carbon, ceramic, and micathermic. Each type has its own advantages.

  • A halogen heating element is basically a halogen lamp that emits light in an infrared spectrum. Its main downside is that halogen heating element emits short waves, and they can be harmful to a human health.
  • A carbon heating element is shaped as a quartz tube with a vacuum and carbon spiral inside. The strong points of these heaters are fast heating and a higher efficiency coefficient to the heated metal plates. But, there are also bad sides. The life span of such heating elements is approximately two years, and they need quite a lot of energy — 1 to 2.5 kW. They emit reddish light, capable of irritating the eyes. Also, this type of heaters is not recommended to people with allergies and asthma.
  • A heating element with a ceramic coating is well-protected, so it does not emit light during operation. And they work for three years at least.
  • A tube (micathermic) heating element reminds the ceramic one but is made of metal. Note that when you use an infrared tube heater you will probably hear a crackling sound. The reason for this is that the coefficients of temperature expansion for the steel spiral and the aluminum housing are different.

As for the safety of use, any heater must have the means to minimize the possibility of fire. Such means might be in the form of overheating indicators for any type of a heater and/or the tip-over protection for portable models.

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