Best Garage Heaters

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 30, 2018
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 device is equipped with a modern detector that turns the fan only when the heating elements are hot. This feature makes sure that no cold air will be wasted and prolongs the service life of the heater.

CONS

Works quite loudly at maximum power settings.

OUR VERDICT

In case you need to quickly warm up a large area such as a warehouse or big garage look no further, this model from Fahrenheat is the top pick for you. Powerful and effective, the heater can be adjusted according to your needs thanks to the high-sensitivity thermostat.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 5000 W

Power Source

AC (power cord not included)

Placement

Ceiling or wall (mounting bracket included)

Controls

Adjustable thermostat

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, Automatic fan control, Adjustable louvers, Overheating protection

Dimensions

14" x 12.4" x 12.5"

24 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The housing of this model features an adjustable tilt knob that, together with the louvers, makes it easier to direct the flow of the hot air where you need it the most.

CONS

The housing requires regular maintenance.

OUR VERDICT

Despite its compact size, this little fellow is capable of heating enormous areas up to 800 sq. feet in size quite fast and effectively. Thanks to its 6000W motor, this model is one of the best solutions commercially available for big warehouses.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 6000 W

Power Source

AC (power cord not included)

Placement

Ceiling or wall (mounting bracket included)

Controls

2 power modes, Adjustable thermostat

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, Automatic fan control, Adjustable louvers, Overheating protection

Dimensions

13" x 14.5" x 14.5"

27 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The connecting hose has an additional switch that can be activated to quickly stop the gas feed from the propane tank. This feature will be extremely handy in an emergency situation.

CONS

The body of this model tends to get really hot during use.

OUR VERDICT

The propane, gas-powered heater will be extremely helpful in places without electricity or with a limited access to the power outlets. All you need to do to get the engine running is connect the gas tank and adjust the torch level. The temperature in the area will rise significantly faster.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 60000 BTU/h

Power Source

Liquid Propane (10 ft. hose and regulator included)

Placement

Floor

Controls

Adjustable thermostat

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, carry handle, Tip-over and Overheating protection

Dimensions

19.3" x 8.1" x13.5"

13.8 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The device comes together with a special mounting bracket and a mounting hanger. In combination with the mounting hardware, you will be able to install the unit almost anywhere you want.

CONS

The adjustable thermostat is somewhat inconvenient on the back panel of the device.

OUR VERDICT

An affordable, powerful, and easy to use heater will definitely be a true lifesaver during winter. What is more, even if the device has been working for a while it won't dry the air, which makes it a good solution for workspaces.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 4000 W

Power Source

AC (power cord included)

Placement

Ceiling or wall (mounting bracket included)

Controls

Adjustable thermostat

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, Automatic fan control, Overheating protection

Dimensions

11" x 7.3" x 9"

18 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The design of the heater includes a halogen bulb that turns on when the device is working and helps illuminate the area quite effectively. Additionally, you can use the light as a standalone lamp.

CONS

The pulling cord is somewhat short.

OUR VERDICT

This model is meant for areas of up to 300 sq. feet and will be suitable for small garages or warehouses but also for big rooms, thanks to the infrared heating elements. Besides, the heater is quite energy-effective, which will help you save up on your bills.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 1200 W

Power Source

AC (power cord included)

Placement

Ceiling or wall (mounting bracket included)

Controls

2 power modes, Light-on mode 

Extras

Adjustable heat angle, Overheating protection

Dimensions

26.4" x 5.1" x 14.6"

8 lbs

Warranty

1 year

Fahrenheat FUH54

Great Solution for Both Industrial and Home Use

The FUH54 from Fahrenheat is a 240V heater model designed for stationary use in large rooms. And it does its job well enough to call it one of the best garage heaters available on the market today.

So let’s get into the details. The device comes equipped with all hardware and wall mount needed for installation on either ceiling or a wall and it is also supplied with a long 240V power cable so you won’t have to purchase an extension cord. The only hiccup with this model that you will encounter is that the device needs to be hardwired into the electrical grid rather than just plugged in. Therefore, upon installation of the device, you will need to call an experienced specialist. Additionally, the device must be hanged at least 6 feet above the ground, since the flow of hot air can damage objects in its way.

As for the design, the electric heater features adjustable louvers that you can use to direct the flow of hot, forced air into a certain part of the room, which will be helpful when you want to heat up the area faster. Moreover, you can use the radiator in combination with a simple fan that will help distribute the heat across the room more evenly.

Review of Fahrenheat FUH54 Electric Garage Heater, 2500-5000-watt

Ideal Choice for Large Rooms

This device is a perfect option for garages, workshops and warehouses alike since it produces quite a lot of heat in a short period of time. That is achieved thanks to the 5000 W motor that is able to warm up the heating element of the unit up to 135°F in just a few minutes, which makes the heater quite versatile during the colder months of the year as well as in mid-season of fall and spring.

The electric garage heater also has an adjustable thermostat that can be set up anywhere from 45°F to 135°F with a simple turn of a dial. Although it does hold the temperature when the weather outside your garage is moderate, when the real cold sweeps in, the heater will need to be set in a high-power consumption mode in order to retain the indoor warmth. In case the thermostat doesn’t help or a voltage surge has happened you can use a special circuit breaker to restart the device. The only drawback of this feature is that you will have to wait at least 5-10 minutes before you can use the heater again. This is the important part because otherwise, you may damage the non-heating elements of the device.

All in all, despite some minor flaws that don’t affect the effectiveness of the product, the FUH54 from Fahrenheat is a great pick, especially if you are a proud owner of several cars that require some extra warmth during winter.

Fahrenheat FUH54 Electric Garage Heater, 2500-5000-watt in the use

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Dr Infrared Heater DR966

Temperature Switching Made Easy

The DR966 heater from Dr. Infrared is a 6000W device that will be suitable for a medium-to-large garage, thanks to its high power output. This model is one of the most efficient and powerful heaters compared to the majority of similar ones in its price range and therefore, it needs to be installed 8 feet above the floor in order to function properly. Otherwise, the device may overheat or even cause damage to other objects inside the garage and you definitely don’t want your car or tools damaged, right?

This electric garage heater features a thermostat dial and a temperature switch. Both of the control elements can be switched to low and high settings to achieve the desired temperature inside your room. While the switch only allows you to shift between the 3000W and 6000W modes, the dial can be configured for a more comfortable level of output if you don’t like an exceptionally high temperature.

Review of Dr Infrared Heater DR966 Electric Garage Heater, 3000-6000-watt

Designed to Impress

As for the heat distribution means, the device features a high-power fan that can spread the heat from the heating element across the room. Well, to a certain extent at least. In case you intend using this model in a big garage or a warehouse you may face some issues with the fan being not powerful enough to distribute the warm air. Since the fan can blow the air in one direction, there will still be cold spots in your room. In order to prevent this, you may use two options: installing more than one heater or using a stationary rotating fan that will eliminate the possibility of cold spots appearing in the area.

There is one more thing that you may encounter, though. There might be a slight odor of oil that may occur during the initial run of the appliance, however, as the manufacturer states in the user’s manual, the oil will evaporate from the coils and, eventually, the smell will disappear completely. Hence, all you have to do to get rid of this smell is just leave the heater on for around 2 to 4 hours after you turn it on for the first time.

The installation of this electric garage heater will require some electricity knowledge and unless you had some prior experience with the installation of electric devices we recommend inviting a certified specialist to do the job for you. The heater itself doesn’t have any means of connection to the regular outlets and has to be hardwired into the electrical grid of the building.

To wrap things up, the DR966 offers a variety of options when it comes to warehouses and garages of different sizes and can be adjusted accordingly, thanks to the power output range of 3000-6000 Watts, which makes it suitable for both standard and non-standard room sizes.

Dr Infrared Heater DR966 Electric Garage Heater, 3000-6000-watt in the use

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Dyna-Glo RMC-FA60DGD

Effective Solution for Places Without Electricity

The RMC-FA60DGD from Dyna-Glo is a high-performance portable gas heater, which is capable of warming exceptionally large areas of up to 1350 square feet. Although it is quite impressive, to say the least, this model is not meant for residential use. Such heating capacity will be perfect for construction sites, agricultural buildings, and warehouses. This model is available in four different capacities of 40,000, 60,000, 125,000, and 150,000 BTU. We will take a closer look at a 60,000 BTU unit, which is equivalent of 17 kW.

Power output specifications aside, when you connect a 100-pound gas tank, this heater will provide enough heating for 70 hours straight, so the area will be warm for at least three days. The heavy-duty motor of this model in combination with the high-quality components and durable construction will ensure great output of heat in any conditions even after long and intensive use.

Review of Dyna-Glo RMC-FA60DGD Forced Air Heater

Connect the Tank and You Are Ready to Go

The Dyna-Glo RMC-FA60DGD propane gas heater features an electronic ignition, which basically means that it can be started automatically (kindled by the electric spark). Additionally, the unit has two heating settings: low and high, the adjustment of the heat output made easier with a special dial on the side of the housing. This portable gas heater can be connected to the tanks containing 20, 40 and 100 pounds of gas that makes it quite a versatile piece of heating equipment. Hence, you can choose the tank of a proper volume depending on the desired period of heating and the size of the area that the unit is meant to heat up. The convenience features include a handle for when you are carrying the heater from one room to another.

This natural gas heater will stop working if any malfunctions occur during the operation. The integrated safety sensor provides immediate shutdown of the heater. If this gas heater tips over, it will be switched off; likewise, the Overheat Auto-Shut-Off Protection will prevent the heater from overheating and the pressure switch installed on the heater back will let you turn the heater off manually in the event of an emergency.

In conclusion, this propane heater from Dyna-Glo is one of the best garage heaters, thanks to an enormous power output of almost 17.5 kW that will be more than enough for the needs of the most sophisticated car owners.

Dyna-Glo RMC-FA60DGD Forced Air Heater in the use

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Dimplex DGWH4031

Don't Let the Looks Fool You

Simple and reliable, the Dimplex garage heater is a 4000W model that will satisfy your needs in case you own a small or medium garage. Its thermostat controls offer a number of temperature settings and modes that will keep the storage or garage area warm no matter how harsh the winter is.

This model will be suitable for those who don't need a powerful heating yet still require a heater to keep their vehicles and other things in the garage safe since cold temperature is no joke, especially when it comes down to various battery types that may simply deplete because of bad weather conditions.

A relatively small yet highly powerful unit won’t let you down during the cold months of the year. Since it is a fairly medium-powered model compared to similar heaters available on the market today, it can also be useful not only during the cold winter months but also if the weather is chilly and damp outside in fall and spring.

Review of Dimplex DGWH4031 Garage Heater, 4000-watt

Small yet Surprisingly Capable

This garage heater from Dimplex is fairly easy to operate and assemble since it comes supplied with all the hardware needed to mount the heater on the wall or ceiling. A mounting bracket included in the package allows directing the air flow where you need it the most. Additionally, the unit has a high-quality fan that lets the air out fast and evenly enough to cover a sizeable area.

As mentioned above, the appliance is equipped with an adjustable manual thermostat that can be used to maintain a constant temperature indoors. To set up the desired temperature you will need to turn the control knob clockwise. After that, the yellow light will turn on indicating that the thermostat has started working. When the desired temperature level is reached you can save it by turning the knob counterclockwise until you hear a click and the yellow indicator will be turned off.

As for the safety measures, this electric garage heater features a standard circuit breaker that won’t let the device overheat in case of thermostat failure, electrical surge, or voltage jump.

The design of this model features a special powder coating that combines polyester and epoxy, which prevents the housing from getting rusty and the paint from fading in the long term.

If you are looking for an effective device that will help you save up on the electricity bills then the Dimplex DGWH4031 is the right model for you. Energy-efficient, compact, and reliable are, perhaps the best words to describe this little convenient heater.

Dimplex DGWH4031 Garage Heater, 4000-watt in the use

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Optimus H-9010

Keeps Your Vehicles Warm

The Optimus H-9010 is one of the few commercially available infrared heaters that were designed specifically for the purposes of garage and warehouse use. Small as it is, don’t let the appearance confuse you, the H-9010 is a powerful heater that can deliver a lot of warmth to a medium warehouse or a garage designed for storing several cars.

The last thing you want during the winter is to see your car or truck battery die and that’s why it is important to keep the temperature inside your garage at the appropriate level, to maintain the charge intact. If your car could speak it would definitely thank you, and surely, you will be more than happy to know that there is no need to wait for your engine to warm up next time you start it.

Review of Optimus H-9010 Garage Infrared Heater, 750-1500-watt

Perfect for Small Garages

There is a high-quality heating element made of quartz that will effectively warm up in just a couple of minutes after being turned on. The main selling point of quartz-made heating elements is their ability to get hot faster than any other material available on the market today. Although it is highly energy-effective to use such elements, there is one flaw about them - sometimes they emit too much heat. This basically means that the heater, especially if it is left unattended at high power settings, may cause damage to the objects that are in front of or adjacent to it. Thus, it is strongly recommended by the manufacturer to install the unit at least 6 feet above the ground.

Fortunately, the device is equipped with a convenient handle that you can use to install the heater on the wall or simply hang it from the ceiling. The only drawback, however, is the infrared nature of the heating element that can only emit heat in one direction and there is no means of active heat distribution in the package. Although the heater comes packaged with mounting hardware, its quality leaves something to be desired. Thus, we advise you to purchase screws of better quality in case you decide to mount the unit to the ceiling. Alternatively, the heater can be installed on the wall for stationary use, in case you don’t need to turn it on all the time.

As for the handy features, this electric garage heater has a special lamp that will illuminate the area during the nighttime or when it's too dark in the garage. What makes the light function even handier is the fact that it is powered independently from the heating elements.

All these features combined in a tiny metal box make the Optimus H-9010 one of the best garage heaters designed for small premises. Quiet, effective, and convenient - these features make it a top pick for garages and warehouses with the size of up to 300 square feet.

Optimus H-9010 Garage Infrared Heater, 750-1500-watt 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 good shape, no matter what is going on outside your house.

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 a 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 the 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 each month for it. This fairly straightforward rule for a regular heater does not really apply for the 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 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 an 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 utilizing 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 microfiber.
  • 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: 2018-09-26 13:22:48