Best Oil Heaters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2019
Are you looking for a way to create favourable microclimate in your home during cold season? Oil heaters can be a great solution! They are energy-efficient, cost-effective, and safe. So, don't waste your time re-inventing a wheel, look through our selection of oil heaters and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Number of Fins
Dimensions
Weight
Heating Area
Controls
On/Off Timer
Modes
Usability
Safety
Warranty
 
PROS

Incorporating enlarged fins, the heater is able to increase the chimney effect and secure streamlined/improved airflow emission. The uncluttered profile makes the heater an excellent fit for any modern setting. The rubberised wheels provide excellent mobility. 

CONS

The power cord is not too long.

OUR VERDICT

De'Longhi Dragon 4 is easily the best oil heater within its price bracket. The model's elegant and smooth but, at the same time, safe profile with rounded edges (as well as its child lock feature) makes the heater perfect for just about any household. Its performance is off the charts too, matching the sleek look.

detailed parameters
Power

2500 W

Number of Fins

10

Dimensions

57.5 x 16 x 66.5 cm

Weight

4.6 kg

Heating Area

up to 75 m³

Controls

Digital control panel with an LED screen

On/Off Timer

up to 24 hours

Modes

3 heat levels, adjustable thermostat

Usability

2 handles and 4 wheels for transportation, cable hook

Safety

Anti-freeze mode, child lock

Warranty

10 years

PROS

You can set the temperature between 5 and 35 degrees Celcius. The memory function can be used to retain the last used settings. The child lock feature disables the buttons on the control panel to make sure children do not mess with the heater. 

CONS

You can't connect the heater to the mains using the extension cord. 

OUR VERDICT

ANSIO Oil Heater transforms the home environment, delivering ultimate comfort to your everyday living arrangements. You'll be able to control pretty much everything (temperature-wise).

detailed parameters
Power

2300 W

Number of Fins

11

Dimensions

64 x 52 x 28 cm

Weight

13.5 kg

Heating Area

up to 24 m³

Controls

Digital control panel with an LCD screen, Remote control

On/Off Timer

24-hour digital timer

Modes

3 heat levels, adjustable temperature 5-35 degrees Celsius, Memory function, Eco mode

Usability

Castor wheels, cord wrap, handle

Safety

Tip-over protection, overheat protection, child lock feature

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The appliance comes equipped with 4 castor wheels and an ergonomic handle, so transporting it won't cause any issues. The thermal cut-off function will allow you to cut the energy costs. 

CONS

The heating process has a distinct clicking sound.

OUR VERDICT

An 11-fin oil radiator from VonHaus disperses the heat across the room evenly: the array of temperature settings available will make your winter life as comfortable as ever.

detailed parameters
Power

2500 W

Number of Fins

11

Dimensions

63 x 49 x 24 cm

Weight

10.8 kg

Heating Area

~ up to 90 m³

Controls

Mechanical

On/Off Timer

24-hour mechanical timer

Modes

3 heat levels, Adjustable thermostat

Usability

Castor wheels, side handle, built-in cable storage

Safety

Thermal cut-off, safety tip-over switch, automatic overheat protection

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The thermal cut-out mechanism automatically shuts off the heater when the overheat protection system recognises that the heater's components are getting excessively hot. The 24-hour mechanical timer lets you choose the time with 15-minute increments. 

CONS

The carry handle is relatively fiddly.

OUR VERDICT

Futura Oil Filled Radiator is pretty much everything mid-range oil heaters are usually packing except for the elevated price. The affordable model will be able to keep any room warm and cosy.

detailed parameters
Power

2500 W

Number of Fins

11

Dimensions

63 x 50 x 25 cm

Weight

13 kg

Heating Area

up to 25 m³

Controls

Mechanical 

On/Off Timer

24-hour mechanical timer

Modes

3 heat levels, Adjustable thermostat

Usability

Castor wheels, side handle, built-in cable storage

Safety

Frost protection, overheat protection

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The clean, streamlined look will mesh well with pretty much any setting. Incorporating advanced chimney design, the unit is able to accelerate hot air circulation, heating the room faster and much more efficiently compared to generic oil-filled radiators.

CONS

The model is quite heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Pro Breeze Oil Filled Radiator delivers sleek aesthetics, excellent functionality, and solid performance. The model's perfect for any room smaller than 33 square metres that requires heating over extended periods of time.

detailed parameters
Power

2500 W

Number of Fins

10

Dimensions

67 x 55 x 26 cm

Weight

16 kg

Heating Area

up to 32 m³

Controls

Digital control panel with an LCD screen, Remote control

On/Off Timer

24-hour digital timer

Modes

3 heat levels, Adjustable temperature, Eco mode

Usability

Castor wheels, side handle, built-in cable storage

Safety

Overheat protection, safety tip-over switch, automatic thermal shut-off

Warranty

1 year

De'Longhi Dragon 4

Taming the Dragon

De'Longhi Dragon 4 is no joke. The model is up there with the best oil heaters on the market today. As far as we're concerned, the biggest draw here is how the heater is able to juggle functionality with aesthetics. Let's start with the latter.

The brilliant, pure-white colour scheme makes the unit an excellent addition to any modern setting. It looks sleek and elegant but, at the same time, minimalistic and subtle.

The uncluttered profile makes the heater an excellent fit for just about any home, adding those refined, essential, and harmonious style touches that will make any place feel more homely and sharp at the same time.

The black digital control panel brilliantly contrasts the pure-white housing, adding character to the otherwise one-dimensional look. The LED screen and the button's streamlined layout will let you easily control the model's multiple functions. You'll have no issues with the settings since they're about as straightforward and accessible as they come.

Setting the model's appearance aside, let's briefly cover logistics. The model measures 57.5 x 16 x 66.5 centimetres, making the unit really compact compared to similar models. More importantly, the heater weighs minuscule 4.6 kilograms, which is more than impressive considering its heating area caps at ridiculous 75 square metres.

Plus, the company's custom, soft, rubberised wheels improve mobility and are very much suitable for all floor types, so you'll have no issues moving the heater around the house.

Review of De'Longhi Dragon 4 Oil Filled Radiator

Wastes Less Energy Too

The model's heating area is not the only impressive thing about the unit performance-wise. Incorporating enlarged fins, the heater is able to increase the chimney effect and secure streamlined/improved airflow emission. Channeling cold air through the radiator's hottest parts, the model accelerates hot air delivery through its vents, making sure that it is able to heat up any room much quicker than any other oil heater within this price range.

As far as the model's functionality is concerned, the Eco feature is the biggest deal. Using this feature, you'll be able to optimise energy consumption and keep the comfort levels where they should be. It will let you regulate power flow and temperature levels, saving up to 7% per year on electricity bills.

The anti-freeze mode is no joke too though. Using this mode, you'll be able to keep the temperature at 5 degrees Celius, making the heater perfect for warehouses and other similar premises.

In other words, De'Longhi Dragon 4 is easily the best oil heater within its price bracket. The model's elegant and smooth but, at the same time, safe profile with rounded edges (as well as its child lock feature) makes the heater perfect for just about any household. Its performance is off the charts too, matching the aesthetically pleasing look.

De'Longhi Dragon 4 Oil Filled Radiator in the use

Additional Info

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ANSIO Oil Heater

Control the Temperature

ANSIO Oil Heater isn't the most powerful model on the list but it is probably the most sophisticated appliance. It will let you control the heater's every little detail and manage the environment (temperature-wise) however you want.

First and foremost, the model comes equipped with 3 power settings. The Low Mode draws 1000 watts. The Medium Mode ups the ante to 1300 watts. The High Mode uses the model's entire 2300 watts to deliver as much heat as necessary to keep any environment below 25 square metres warm and comfortable.

You can set the temperature between 5 and 35 degrees Celcius, meaning the heater will prove equally suitable for various settings and scenes as long as those settings and scenes aren't too massive for its proverbial britches.

Again, we're not necessarily dealing with the most powerful heater here but the model's sleek profile brings just as much value to the table. The 13.5 kilograms on the weight front is nothing we haven't seen before but the heater's 58.5 x 16.2 x 69.2 centimetres in overall dimensions are pretty compact. You'll have no issues transporting and/or moving the heater around using the built-in castor wheels and the grippy handle.

The black frame looks sleek and stylish and will mesh really well with any modern/contemporary setting.

Review of ANSIO Oil Heater 2300W Filled Radiator with 11 Fins and Remote

You're the One in Charge

You can control the model's various settings using the supplied remote control or manually via the control panel. Aside from the aforementioned temperature settings, the remote/panel let you access and manage the memory function, timer, child lock, and eco mode.

The memory function can be used to retain the last used settings. The 24-hour timer is fairly self-explanatory. The child lock feature disables the buttons on the control panel to make sure children do not mess with the heater. The Eco mode makes the unit more energy-efficient when necessary and lets you save power.

Apart from that, there's not much to cover here except for the usual safety mechanisms. When the heater's temperature gets too high, the thermostat automatically turns the unit off. Whenever you accidentally tip the heater over, the safety tip-over switch automatically cuts the power off.

On the downsides front, the biggest problem we have with the model is that you can't connect the heater to the mains using the extension cord.

Setting this minor issue aside, ANSIO Oil Heater transforms the home environment, delivering ultimate comfort to your everyday living arrangements. You'll be able to control pretty much everything (temperature-wise).

ANSIO Oil Heater 2300W Filled Radiator with 11 Fins and Remote in the use

 

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 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 the time needed.

Review of VonHaus 2514047 2.5 kW Oil Filled Radiator

Remembers the Settings

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 1.5 m 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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Futura Oil Filled Radiator

Mechanical Approach

Futura Oil Filled Radiator isn't as futuristic as the company's name would have you believe. The model is effective and pretty affordable though.

As it is always the case with these heaters, the mineral oil fluids contained within the radiator heat up particularly fast and work wonders maintaining heat over longer periods of time, pushing the heat out at a high intensity.

Again, not dissimilar to most mid-range oil heaters, the model comes equipped with 3 power settings. You can choose between 1200W, 1300W, and 2500W. We don't necessarily care for the fact that there's barely any difference between the first two settings but there's nothing particularly inconvenient about it either.

We're not dealing with the most sophisticated unit here. The model incorporates mechanical controls. There's no digital control panel with an LCD screen here. We do not have any issues with that though. The control dials are simple and very much accessible.

We especially like the 24-hour mechanical timer. It lets you choose the time with 15-minute increments, so you can make yourself as comfortable as possible without overheating/underheating the room.

The dial above the timer will let you adjust the temperature choosing between 7 available settings. You won't be able to set the precise temperature but, as far as we're concerned, 7 different temperature settings are enough to choose from.

Review of Futura Oil Filled Radiator Portable Electric Heater

The Usual Deal

The model doesn't look particularly high-tech but we wouldn't say that its appearance is necessarily outdated either. As far as we're concerned, the unit will be able to seamlessly blend with most contemporary settings and some modern décors.

You'll have no issues moving the unit around the home too. The castor wheels are convenient and efficient enough. The side handle is alright but somewhat fiddly, so we wouldn't recommend relying on it too much.

The model measures 63 x 50 x 25 centimetres and weighs 13 kilograms, so you won't have to sacrifice too much precious space and, again, you shouldn't face any transportation challenges.

There's nothing to complain about on the safety side either. The thermal cut-out mechanism automatically shuts off the heater when the overheat protection system recognises that the heater's components are getting excessively hot. We don't really care to cover the tip-over switch as you've probably seen the mechanism before and familiar with its principle.

In short, Futura Oil Filled Radiator is pretty much everything mid-range oil heaters are usually packing except for the elevated price. The affordable model will be able to keep any room warm and cosy. 

Futura Oil Filled Radiator Portable Electric Heater in the use

Additional Info

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Pro Breeze Oil Filled Radiator

Sleek Looks Too

As far as we're concerned, Pro Breeze Oil Filled Radiator doesn't really have any major flaws.

The only issue we have with the model is its weight. Considering its relatively standard measurements (67 x 55 x 26 centimetres in overall dimensions), the 16-kilogram weight is pretty high compared to its competition.

That being said, the heater's weight doesn't necessarily present any transportation challenges. The model comes pre-assembled and equipped with 4 easy-roll castor wheels that let you move the radiator pretty much hassle-free. Plus, you can always use the grippy and relatively ergonomic side handle to lift the radiator whenever necessary.

On the physical appearance side, the model leaves very little to be desired. The clean, streamlined look will suit pretty much any setting, from minimalistic interiors to rich decorative schemes. The black digital control panel with an LCD screen creates this really nice balance and compliments the model's white housing.

The heater is definitely not just about the looks though. Incorporating advanced chimney design, the unit is able to accelerate hot air circulation, heating the room faster and much more efficiently compared to generic oil-filled radiators.

Review of Pro Breeze Oil Filled Radiator 2500W Digital, 10 Fin – Portable Electric Heater with LED Display

Various Settings

On the functionality front, the model is as impressive as they come. You can adjust the temperature. You can choose between 3 very different heat output settings (1000W, 1500W, and 2500W).

The ECO mode will let you set the desired temperature and make sure the radiator turns off when the room is warm enough, conserving energy and keeping your energy bills as low as possible.

You can access these settings via the remote control or using the heater's control panel with an LCD screen and touch buttons. You can set the 24-hour timer to make sure the heater doesn't waste unnecessary energy too.

The built-in safety features are pretty standard here. The automatic thermal shut-off mechanism makes sure to instantly turn the radiator off in any unsafe scenario. The overheat protection system shuts the unit down when the components reach a certain temperature. The tip-over switch, as per usual, turns the heater off when the unit is tipped over.

Bottom line,  Pro Breeze Oil Filled Radiator delivers sleek aesthetics, excellent functionality, and solid performance. The model's perfect for any room smaller than 33 square metres that requires heating for extended periods of time. 

Pro Breeze Oil Filled Radiator 2500W Digital, 10 Fin – Portable Electric Heater with LED Display in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

What Is an Oil Heater?

When cold seasons come, it makes sense to invest in a good heater and create a comfortable climate in your home. And one of the best decisions would be to invest in an oil heater, a device recognized for its ease of use, energy-efficiency, whisper-quiet operation and effectiveness.

An oil heater looks like a traditional radiator, but its operating principle is not the same. After plugging an oil heater in the mains, the heating element inside the device begins transferring heat to the mineral oil, thus heating the radiator surface. That surface, in turn, releases the heat into the room, quickly filling the space with warmth. The maximum temperature an oil heater can reach is around 65°C, which makes it the best option for people that seek a heater able to warm their place real quick. One more advantage is that an oil heater doesn't stop radiating heat even after you plug it off the electricity, which allows you to keep your flat warm while saving a pretty good sum of money on energy costs. Finally, an oil heater is a 'healthier' alternative: due to the lack of a fan, it doesn't tend to dry the air as many other heaters do, so even people prone to itchy skin and allergies can safely use it in their homes.

In case you're interested in more powerful heating appliances, we recommend you to read about gas or space heaters. Thanks to the high-capacity of fuel used, these can cover areas up to 1500 sq.ft.

What Features to Compare

Power

The first thing you should pay attention to when selecting an oil heater is the power, which is particularly important when it comes to the room space you need to warm. For heating a small area of 10 m², it's better to choose a model with the power of 1000 Watts. If the heated area ranges from 14 to 19 m², it's advisable to consider models with the power of 1500 Watts at least. If the premise is 29 m² and more, it's better to buy a more powerful heater or maybe even a couple. You should keep in mind that the number of fins is also important and can tell you about the heating potential. The more fins there are in a heater, the more heat it will generate without overheating. For warming up areas of about 19 m², the heater should have 5-7 fins.

Controls

After you've decided on the coverage area, it's time to consider the controls. In this respect, take notice of the On/Off programmable timer availability. The timer prevents energy overuse as it provides an operation within the pre-set time. The models with a digital display are designed to provide ease of operation, while a variety of heating modes allow you to select the optimal indoor temperature.

Usability

Usability is another essential aspect you should bear in mind. Quite often, heaters are moved from one room to another, and this is where wheel casters are important. Also, you've got to think of the unit dimensions and weight to find a convenient place for it. Yet, take into account that the more compact a unit is, the less power it generates, hence, heating smaller areas.

Safety

When using oil-heaters, safety is definitely a matter of great importance. Since oil-filled radiators can reach up to 200°F, make sure they are not placed close to the high inflammable furniture surfaces. Currently, oil heaters feature overheating protection (thermal cutoff) and some models even have a tip-over switch.

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