Best Personal Heaters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 23, 2018
Feel like the temperature in your working space is lower than what it should be? There's a simple yet effective solution. All you have to do is purchase one of these compact personal heaters and your comfort zone will get much more comfortable. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

Thanks to the Fan Mode you can use this device to cool off as well: it creates a powerful flow of cold air and efficiently chills the space.

CONS

Rather hard to carry around.

OUR VERDICT

Despite the compact size and light weight, this heater offers the high power of 1200 Watts, hence it can effectively warm up a space of 20 square meters. Perfectly suitable for use in any room in your house.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic fan heater

Power

1200 W

Settings

2 heat settings, Fan mode, Auto-oscillation turning on/off

Safety

Tip-over switch, Overheat protection

Size

14.4 x 11.2 x 22.5 cm
1.1 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The massive non-slip legs keep the device stable on any surface. Nevertheless, if accidentally knocked over, it will turn off automatically for safety reasons.

CONS

Can be quite loud in the rotation mode.

OUR VERDICT

The stylish look of this model makes it the ideal option for office use as well as home since the heater will fit perfectly into any interior and will look great with your other appliances. As for heating, this mini-model is about on par with the bigger options that would take up half the room.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic fan heater

Power

950 W

Settings

2 heat settings, Auto-oscillation turning on/off

Safety

Tip-over switch, Overheat protection

Size

13.5 x 13.5 x 20.5 cm
1.1 kg

Warranty

6 months

PROS

Even at the max power, the device consumes a relatively small amount of electricity, which will have a positive impact on your bills. And the sensitive thermostat will allow you to adjust the hot air temperature according to your needs.

CONS

The power cord is quite short (only 1 meter).

OUR VERDICT

If you spend long hours in front of the computer, and the central heating in the office leaves much to be desired, then this model will fit you best. Put it nearby, and you’ll feel warm and cosy.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic fan heater

Power

500 W

Settings

Adjustable thermostat

Safety

Tip-over switch, Overheat protection

Size

10.5 x 19 x 16.5 cm
0.7 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The back has a USB port for charging your portable devices. This feature is especially convenient if the heater stands on your work desk.

CONS

The upper insert made of white glossy plastic gets scratched up easily.

OUR VERDICT

Even though this model has relatively low power, it will still do the job well: set the heater about 0.7 - 1.2 meters from you, and it won’t leave your feet cold in the winter. Admittedly, it's not strong enough for a whole room but it's great for personal warming.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic fan heater

Power

250 W

Settings

Adjustable thermostat

Safety

Tip-over switch, Overheat protection

Size

12 x 12.6 x 16.4 cm
0.7 kg

Warranty

1 year (2 more years for product registration)

PROS

The appliance works quickly so you will feel the warmth in just a few seconds after turning it on. Also, it is very quiet, so it won’t bother you while you work.

CONS

An unpleasant odour can be felt at first (it disappears quickly).

OUR VERDICT

This rotating model stands its ground against others since it wisely distributes the heat all over the place: put it in the centre of a small room and the temperature will start rising immediately after you turn it on. Definitely more than a basic personal model.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic fan heater

Power

600 W

Settings

2 heat settings, Adjustable thermostat, Auto-oscillation turning on/off

Safety

Tip-over switch, Overheat protection

Size

15.4 x 15.2 x 21.4 cm
1.1 kg

Warranty

18 months

MRMIKKI 12TQ-WUK

Powerful Appliance

In our opinion, the MRMIKKI Space Heater for Office and Home is the best device for heating your working or living place. The most amazing thing about this model is definitely its high power. This portable little gizmo works at 1200 Watts, which puts it in line with free-standing high-end models. Despite the small size, it can quickly heat up even a large room, not just a small area like a desk. You will feel the warmth in just 3 seconds thanks to the Quick Heat function. Yet, despite the high power, this appliance won’t bother you if you put it near your workplace since it is relatively low-noise.

This ceramic heater is also fitted with a Fan Mode, so it will be able to cool you down a little bit with a flow of fresh cold air in the summer. This makes the MRIKKI model a worthy investment since it can be used at any time of the year. Plus, this fan heater is adjustable, with two heat levels. A lower level works at 700 Watts, which makes it quite economical. It will suit you if you want to heat a smaller space and trim the electricity bills somewhat.
Review of MRMIKKI 12TQ-WUK Portable Desk Heater with Fan

Easy and Safe to Use

After we covered the performance of this heating device from MRMIKKI, let’s move to safety and usability features. This model has an overheat protection and a tip-over switch. Hence, the device will stop working immediately if knocked over to prevent a fire. The MRMIKKI space heater has quite simple controls on it, making the use of the device a no-brainer. Simply turn the knob to choose between two heating settings depending on your needs or a fan mode if you want to chill. Since the device is very powerful, it can heat basically any room in your house in a short time. However, if you intend to move it, keep in mind that this appliance might be inconvenient to carry around. It is not fitted with a handle, but you can find a cut-out on the back of the body instead. Make sure not to grab it right after it was on as it might be a bit hot.

Do note that the power cable is only about one metre long, so make sure you place the device near the socket, just do not put it too close to the wall.

In conclusion, the MRMIKKI space heater for office and home is a powerful device that will warm you up in a jiffy. This model has compact dimensions but can easily compete with free-standing heaters thanks to its great performance. It is safe and easy to operate, plus it won’t bother you when working. With it, you can forget about any discomfort during the cold seasons. If you don’t mind spending a little bit more on a device with high functionality, this one should be your top pick.

MRMIKKI 12TQ-WUK Portable Desk Heater with Fan in the use

 

KEY NICE KN-QN05

Start Heating with One Touch

The KEY NICE fan heater is a functional appliance that will be equally suitable for warming your home and working space. Even though the dimensions of this personal ceramic heater are relatively small, its functionality can compete with the free-standing larger appliances.

The first thing we can point out about this device is its stylish looks. Featuring a dark black body, this rectangular-shaped heater will make for a nice addition to any interior. It can even be confused for a speaker due to how tiny it is. Plus, it is not easily stained and you won’t notice any dust or dirt on it thanks to the dark colour. You can place it wherever you want because of the non-slip legs that keep it steady on any surface. Do note that putting it on a rug or near a curtain is non-advisable due to the heat output, but we hope you are already aware of this safety measure. All the buttons are located on the sensor panel at the top of the body. Hence, you won’t have to turn or move it around to make the adjustments since the controls will be at your fingertips. Plus, this ceramic heater has two settings for added versatility. This device will be able to warm you even in the coldest days and won't leave you disappointed.
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Desent Heating Performance

With the heating appliance from KEY NICE, you will feel warm and cosy no matter how cold and frosty the weather is outside. This device is able to heat the place around you in just a few minutes. The maximum power of this heater equals 950 Watts, which is quite impressive for such a small appliance. That’s why it won’t take long for you to feel much warmer near it although you could go for the slower and lower setting that requires just 650 Watts, so it will still suit the thrifty users.

The device rotates at a 45-degree angle thanks to the auto-oscillation feature. Yet, bear in mind that it can be rather loud when doing so. It does, however, help to distribute the air more evenly and lower the risk of burns. To make the use even safer, the manufacturer fitted the device with a thermal control feature in order to avoid overheating and an automatic shut down in case the device gets tipped over. Also, do not cover the heater when it’s working to prevent overheating. It is also complete with an easy-to-grip handle at the back, which makes carrying the heater easier. Hence, with this appliance, you can warm every part of your house or office.

In short, the KEY NICE fan heater will suit you if you need to warm your place quickly and efficiently. This ergonomic device is a great alternative to the expensive high-end appliances: it still has a good performance but is more budget-friendly.
KEY NICE KN-QN05 Portable Electric Fan Heater in the use

 

Pro Breeze Mini Heater

Tabletop Solution

Even though a ceramic heater is certainly not the most potent type of heater out there, there's a good chance some people may browse through a few of them and end up with an idea that the majority of these heating solutions are more suited towards larger rooms. Nevertheless, there are plenty of different options on the market. If you do not have any major issues with the temperature at home or in your office but you still end up feeling a slight discomfort during the coldest of days, you could always opt for something like Pro Breeze, a mini heater that is simply perfect for the sort of scenarios that we have just described.

Naturally, what we're dealing with here isn't the most powerful heater there is, with the maximum power capping at 500 Watts. But given that this is a model that wasn't designed to warm up an entire room, you really can't hold that against it. With that said, the aforementioned amount of power will prove to be more than enough to warm you up without affecting your colleagues in the office or the family members that may be sitting in the same room with you. Simply put it on your table beside the laptop and you should be good to go. As you'd imagine, the heater is fairly modest in terms of power consumption, so you won't have to worry about your electricity bills skyrocketing once you install it.

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Bring It With You

Now, what we're talking about here is a mini ceramic heater with thermostat that is designed for use on tables and desks, so it should probably come as no surprise that the model features exactly 16,6 x 11,5 x 19,5 centimetres in overall dimensions, the sort of size that will allow you to find some space for it on just about any working station. Plus, taking into account the heater's measly weight that adds up to less than 900 grams, you could simply put it in your purse or your backpack and take it with you to your office or bring it back home if you feel so inclined.

Of course, just because the model isn't necessarily the most sizable option out there, doesn't mean that it could get by without some of the things that make a ceramic heater what it is. The adjustable thermostat is there, so you will be able to change the temperature around you using a control dial conveniently located on the front of the model. The overheat protection will make sure that the model will never put you in any kind of danger. Other than that, the tip-over safety switch is also there, which is especially important given how much easier it is to tip this heater over given its shape and size. Finally, the eye-catching ice white colour will prove to be a perfect addition to any office environment.

To paraphrase our earlier point, if you are more or less satisfied with the overall temperature at home or in your office but you still end up feeling a slight discomfort during the coldest of days, Pro Breeze may just be exactly the sort of mini heater that will be able to satisfy your needs.

Pro Breeze Mini Heater PTC Ceramic in the use

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Dimplex DDF250

Portable Desk Friend

If you are looking for a heating appliance that won’t take up a lot of your working space, this model is one of the best options for you. The Dimplex personal heater will warm you up and you will not be inconvenienced by any noise. With the overall dimensions of 12 x 12.6 x 16.4 cm, this device will easily fit on a desk, and finding a place for it in your home or office won’t be a problem at all. What's more, the device is very lightweight (only 0.7 kg, to be precise), so you won’t have any trouble moving it around. To make it even more portable, the manufacturer fitted the device with a USB port, with the help of which you can charge both the heater and other gadgets and not be tied to a socket. Even though the full charging process won’t take long, you can also keep it connected to your smartphone or tablet so it will continue working. Hence, you can take your Dimplex Desk Friend wherever you want and it will give you enough heat for you to feel warm and cosy. However, it still has a 1.5-meter power cord in a set if you prefer to use a socket.

We wouldn’t state that this appliance is completely flawless since it has a little drawback in its design: the upper insert made of white glossy plastic can be easily scratched. Yet, we would not consider it a major disadvantage since you won’t face this problem if you use it carefully.
Review of Dimplex DDF250 Personal Desk Heater

Cost-Efficient Heater

With the Dimplex personal desk heater, you won’t have to put on extra clothes when going to work in winter. This little appliance will make sure you feel comfortable enough at your workplace even if the temperature outside the window is far below zero and the central heating in your workplace fails. The working power of this device is quite small (250 Watts), however, it still can tackle the job perfectly. It won’t affect your electricity bills too much, yet will still provide you with enough heat. Just place the device at a distance of about one metre, and you will feel the warmth in a few minutes. In addition to this, the heater is fitted with a standby thermostat, allowing you to adjust the temperature. The device is safe to use since it has an automatic cut-out. Plus, like almost all the other high-quality models on the market, this device has overheat protection.

All in all, if you are looking for a compact, lightweight, and efficient heating appliance, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option. This desk friend from Dimplex will make the working temperature comfortable at any time of the year. Purchase it and make your working space way cosier.

Dimplex DDF250 Personal Desk Heater in the use

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SEZAC Personal Fan Heater

Heat at Any Angle

The SEZAC personal fan heater is a small portable appliance that will warm you both at home and in the workplace. With it, you don't have to be afraid of even the coldest winter. This heating tool will be a truly irreplaceable addition to your desk if you don’t want to shiver during the workday. The device is completed with two speed settings and an adjustable thermostat, you can choose any combination of airflow to feel comfortable. Plus, since it can produce a cold airflow, you can use it during hot summers to cool down as well. Its working power is 600 Watts, which is, admittedly, quite average, but it is good enough for heating small rooms. We would also like to point out that this appliance is fitted with a rotation feature, and is thus able to evenly distribute the heat at different angles.

This appliance will also do well if your room is a little cold, but you don’t want to use your full-on heater or your central heating doesn’t do the job. It will warm the place up quickly and efficiently without wasting energy or making much noise.

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Easy to Carry Around

This personal heater from SEZAC has a simplistic ergonomic design. With a sleek white finish on its body, the device has two control buttons and a thermostat situated on the side. This appliance has quite decent dimensions but relatively modest weight for its size. It may not be the smallest or the lightest heater on the market, yet we can ensure you that you won’t have any problems moving it around since it has a strap handle for convenient holding. You can easily transport it wherever you want. Like many other modern heaters, it has safety features to protect you from fires and burns. With all that in mind, we can also add that this personal heater also features a reasonable price. Plus, it comes with a decent warranty, so you can be sure that you are making a worthy investment when buying this heating tool. The only minor con this device has is that it tends to emit a rather specific smell during the first few uses. However, we wouldn’t consider it a big turn-off since it disappears very quickly.

It is also worth mentioning that this product is much quieter compared to other models on the market. Hence, it won’t bother you whether you place it on your desk or in a distant corner of your bedroom.

In conclusion, we can say that this device from SEZAC is definitely a worthy buy. The ceramic heater with a thermostat is easy to adjust and to carry. It doesn’t produce much noise but generates enough heat to warm you and your place up and make you feel cosy even in the coldest days of the year. It is definitely one of the best personal heaters at this price range.

SEZAC Personal Fan Heater Oscillating in the use

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What Is a Personal Heater?

Winter can definitely be one of the most beautiful seasons of them all, but let's face - it is pretty damn cold. Though there's always an option of hiding from the cold inside your office building, those can get fairly chilly too. Luckily, there's a simple solution to this issue and the one that does not require you to deal with office politics. All you have to do is purchase a personal heater. As the name suggests, a personal heater is simply a smaller and more compact heater that provides just enough warmth for a single person to get cozy and comfortable in a workplace. This kind of device will be the perfect solution if you don't feel like the temperature in your office is exactly where it should be in terms of warmth but you don't have the power to change it or wouldn't want to inconvenience your colleagues. These things are relatively cheap, safe, and easy to operate, so there's little to no reason not to buy a personal heater for yourself the moment you start feeling chilly in your own comfort zone.

Do keep in mind that these heaters will be insufficient if you're looking to warm up an entire room with one of these models. If the latter is the case, you might want to invest in a space heater. And if the temperature is a bit too hot for your liking, a portable air conditioner will do just fine.

What Features to Compare

Personal heaters are compact and seemingly uncomplicated tools but, just like any other source of heat and energy, they still require careful consideration before you end up purchasing one of these things. There isn't really a whole lot of aspects to a device like that but it is paramount you know the difference between them and what to look for in each one of these elements.

The very first thing you ought to decide on before you purchase one of these products is what type it belongs to. There are quite a lot of heaters out there but the majority of personal ones fall under one of these categories: propane, infrared, ceramic, or fan heaters. Propane heaters use a manufactured gas with an identical name. They're fairly similar to orthodox methane gas heaters, with the only real difference being that propane does not emit CO2 or greenhouse gases when it burns. However, these types require propane cylinders that need to be refilled on a regular basis. Infrared heaters, on the other hand, emit higher temperatures through electromagnetic radiation. They're cheap to run, saving you some money on the fuel bills, easy to install, and they do not create air currents. The only real downside is that they tend to be less effective when placed over 10 feet away from the user compared to other types of heaters. Ceramic models deliver heat by transmitting electricity through ceramic plates. The biggest advantage of this type is that they provide a consistent source of heat without ever getting hot enough to pose a fire hazard or burn risk. The majority of them also offer two different temperature settings. Fan heaters, as the name suggests, use fans that move warm air from the heating unit to the user. People often choose fan heaters because of their speed. Fan heaters tend to warm up a room much faster compared to any other type out there. They're also usually smaller and pose next to no risk of overheating due to the technology that immediately moves the heat away from the source.

Aside from the type, you should also consider the heating capacity of your potential purchase. If you're looking to warm up nobody but yourself in a fairly enclosed and relatively small space, a device that outputs around 200 watts should be more than enough. However, if you aren't buying one of these models just for yourself or you're searching for the kind of product that could warm up a spacious and cold room, you might want to consider a more powerful option.

The last thing you ought to keep in mind is the safety precautions that the model comes equipped with. Without going into too many details, some heaters may prove to be rather dangerous if they do not feature the necessary safety measures and if the user doesn't know how to operate one, so consider those before you acquire a personal heater.

Did you know?

The winter season is long upon us and the majority of you either have your heaters on by now or are busy desperately looking for one of these lifesavers to warm you up at work or provide some warmth during a cold winter evening at home. Well, if you haven't already, you should definitely turn your recent acquisition on and enjoy some facts about heaters that we have carefully compiled for your entertainment.

Philadelphia Gas Works

Generally speaking, Philly is not the first place you think of when it comes to modernization and innovations. And while that may often be the case, The City of Brotherly Love was actually home to the very first municipally-owned natural gas company. The company that combined the name of the city with their very intentions, Philadelphia Gas Works began its journey in 1836 and is still the largest and longest-operating public gas system in the country.

Home Heating

In the UK some people still use oil, coal and wood in order to warm up their houses and apartments. Electric devices are popular heating sources as well. However, only 15% of the British houses don’t have access to mains gas. Hence, the rest 85% of the homes are grid connected and use boilers with central heating.

What is That Smell Again?

The majority of people that have smelled natural gas in their houses would probably associate it with the smell of rotten eggs. Nevertheless, natural gas is actually odourless, which is why energy companies add some kind of an odourant to it before the gas is distributed so that people would be able to detect it before any actual threat could occur.

Now That is Hot!

Though you might often feel like it is literally the hottest day ever out there throughout the entirety of the summer season, the absolute hottest temperature on Earth was actually recorded over 100 years ago, on July 10, 1913. Though the place probably wouldn't come as any sort of surprise to the Golden State population. It was on the previously specified day that the Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California reached a scorching temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

When in Rome

Those pesky ancient Romans were the very first when it came to a variety of nationwide inventions and modernizations and the process of heating is yet another example of how much their civilization was ahead of its time. All in all, Ancient Rome was the first civilization to introduce central heating, with some buildings utilizing the so-called “hypocaust” system, where the furnace-heated air travelled through empty spaces under floors and out of pipes in the walls.

That Might Just be Enough Heat

Although it is obviously important, at least as far as productivity is concerned, to maintain a temperature that'd be just warm enough for a person to do his job with a certain amount of comfort and convenience, it can be very easy to go overboard with heating. Generally speaking, when the temperature reaches 35 degrees Celsius, most people's work output drops by a whopping 45%.

FAQ:

Q: What are some of the other elements that I ought to consider before purchasing a personal heater, aside from the ones that were already mentioned?
A: Though we did already cover the most important aspects that you ought to look out for, it certainly wouldn't hurt to check just how efficient your potential acquisition is in terms of conserving energy. Unless you wish to pay an exorbitant amount of money covering your electric bills, you ought to find a model that would fit your environment and the size of your space. And, speaking of size, you should obviously consider the size of the heater since you wouldn't want a ridiculously enormous device taking up half of your workspace just to boost the temperature a few degrees. Aside from that, some heaters also include certain additional features like different energy saving modes, adjustable thermostats, and programmable timers that will allow you to minimize power usage and contribute to a considerably more economical operation.

Q: How safe are these heaters to use?
A: Now, this is where it gets tricky. The thing is, space heaters are one of the most popular causes of home fires. Other than that, it also highly depends on the model and the type of technology that said model utilises in order to bring up the heat. If portable heaters are left unattended, these things will be able to easily become potential fire hazards. Having said that, there are a few easy precautions you can take in order to minimize the threat and keep the risk of any dangerous situation from ever occurring to an absolute minimum. To start with, you shouldn't even look towards the older models that do not include all of the latest safety features like cool-to-the-touch surfaces and some sort of overheat protection systems, preferably the ones that include an automatic shut-off function whenever the device heats up to a dangerous temperature. You should also make sure that the heater carries the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label. Other than that, try not to place any objects in the proximity of 3 feet around the device in order to avoid overheating anything in the area. It should probably go without saying but you also mustn't use portable heaters near any kind of water source and avoid placing one of these devices in a humid environment. Last but not least, always turn off and unplug the heater the moment you are done using it and never leave it unattended while the device is turned on.

Q: Can I use a personal heater as my main source of heat?
A: Unless you're stuck in a really small and cramped environment, even the most powerful personal heaters aren't capable of generating enough heat to compete with space heaters or a central heating system.

Q: What about noise though?
A: Not dissimilar to the majority of electrical appliances, most personal heaters tend to generate a certain amount of noise while working. But given that most of these heaters don't produce that much heat to begin with (compared to space heaters and other larger counterparts, of course), the amount of noise they generate is negligible more often than not.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-23 09:44:07