Best Infrared Heaters

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 16, 2017
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 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
POWER
ROOM TYPE
HEATING ELEMENT
HEATING MODES
FEATURES
OSCILLATING
SAFETY
DESIGN
Warranty
 
PROS
This portable infrared heater is the best choice for your home heating needs. It is easy to move, it heats fairly large areas. For easier maintenance, this electric infrared heater has a remote control.
CONS
When you use this electric infrared heater for the first time there might be an unpleasant smell due to the leftover oil from the plant. But the smell disappears after some time.
OUR VERDICT
This space heater works quietly and emits very low light, therefore, you can even place it in your bedroom. It looks really great in any interior, a perfect choice to make a room comfy.
detailed parameters
POWER
1500W
ROOM TYPE
Front rooms, offices, large rooms
HEATING ELEMENT
Carbon heating element
HEATING MODES
3 heating modes (Auto, Low 1000W, and High 1500W)
FEATURES
Timer, Remote control, Heat sensor, Thermostat, Temperature settings vary from 50 to 85 degrees
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
Overheating control, Tip-over protection
DESIGN
A portable floor-standing heater, designed as a bedside table
Warranty
3 years
PROS
Optimus infrared room heater heats the room very quickly. Due to its oscillating plate, the warmth is spread evenly. Also, features an LED display to show information.
CONS
The heating element emits bright light, which may be distracting, more so in a dark room.
OUR VERDICT
Fast heating of the surroundings by direct infrared radiation makes this infrared space heater an irreplaceable device for heating small and medium-sized rooms.
detailed parameters
POWER
1200W
ROOM TYPE
Bedrooms, small premises, offices
HEATING ELEMENT
Infrared heating element with a parabolic reflector
HEATING MODES
2 heating modes (800W/1200W)
FEATURES
Remote control (included), Thermostat, Temperature sensor, Timer (30 min to 8 hours)
OSCILLATING
75-degree
SAFETY
Overheating automatic shut-off, Tip-over protection
DESIGN
Floor-standing with a high adjustable bar
Warranty
1 year
PROS
This portable infrared heater incorporates the MaxFlow technology that will provide you with fast heating of your cold room.
CONS
During operation, this infrared room heater glows with orange light. The light may distract you in a dark room or when you use it to heat up the room at night.
OUR VERDICT
This portable quartz heater will be perfect for heating small- and medium-sized rooms, like bedrooms, studies, bathrooms. A great offer for one or two persons in an apartment.
detailed parameters
POWER
1500W
ROOM TYPE
Studies, rooms, garages, patios
HEATING ELEMENT
2 quartz heating elements
HEATING MODES
2 heating modes (Low at 750W, High at 1500W)
FEATURES
Thermostat, Manual control, MaxFlow technology
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
Automatic shut-off in case of overheating or tipping over
DESIGN
Tabletop, portable, with a handle for easy carrying
Warranty
6 years
PROS
The ProFusion infrared space heater is easy to mount and use. The manufacturer equipped this portable infrared heater with a halogen lamp to serve as an additional light source. The design is durable.
CONS
The embedded halogen lamp of the electric quartz heater may not be enough to illuminate a workshop, we recommend to use it only as additional light source.
OUR VERDICT
This garage infrared heater is perfect for premises and shops. You can hang it on the ceiling or a wall to save some space.
detailed parameters
POWER
1500W
ROOM TYPE
Garages, workshops, small shops
HEATING ELEMENT
2 quartz heating elements
HEATING MODES
2 heating modes (Low at 750W, High at 1500W)
FEATURES
25W halogen lamp, Manual control
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
Overheating control, Durable design
DESIGN
Wall- or ceiling-mounted, a durable metal housing
Warranty
1 year
PROS
With Lifesmart portable infrared heater, you will breathe only clean and filtered air, and the heat will be spread around the room. It also features an Eco Setting for smaller premises.
CONS
The heater may seem a bit noisy because of the fan hidden inside.
OUR VERDICT
Based on quartz heating elements, this heater can heat the area of up to 1500 ft. The performance here is top-notch, there are several modes, yet the control is really simple.
detailed parameters
POWER
1500W
ROOM TYPE
Front rooms, offices, large rooms
HEATING ELEMENT
6 quartz heating elements
HEATING MODES
3 heating modes (including 500-Watt Eco Settings)
FEATURES
Remote control, Manual control, Timer, Thermostat (50–90°F), Fan to distribute heated air, Filter for air cleaning
OSCILLATING
No
SAFETY
Cool to the touch body, Advanced safety overheat shut-off, Tip-over shut-off
DESIGN
A portable floor-standing heater, designed as a bedside table
Warranty
1 year

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 an infrared 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.

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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 the home infrared heater's Heating Level and Design. You should decide whether you need a stationary or a portable infrared heater. Portable electric infrared heaters are smaller in size and have lower power, and stationary infrared 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 an infrared 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 the electric infrared heater is just an additional device for your existing heating system, then you should probably calculate the power based on the operation conditions your infrared heater 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 electric infrared heater included. Usually, we attribute the infrared heater's control, operation modes, and additional features (like timer or thermostat to maintain a constant temperature) to its functionality.

And, finally, pay attention to the infrared space 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 the infrared 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 infrared 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 electric infrared 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 electric infrared 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 the infrared heater and/or the tip-over protection for portable models.

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Dr Infrared Heater DR968

Heating Level and Design

The portable infrared heater from the Dr. Infrared Heater is shaped as a stylish bedside table. All the controlling elements are located on the front panel. This home infrared heater has a special display to inform you about the temperature and the heating mode. The heater can be easily carried to another room as its weight is relatively small, 23.5 pounds. The power of this infrared space heater is sufficient for warming your guest room, some big rooms, or offices.

Review of Dr Infrared Heater DR968

Functionality

As it has been mentioned above, this home infrared heater is very modern. But it has other state-of-the-art features too. This unique model of Dr. Infrared heater is equipped with a thermostat to control the temperature, a remote control to adjust it, and a timer to set the heating and leave the room (or fall asleep). Furthermore, this space heater has three power modes, one of which is automatic. The automatic mode will regulate heating depending on the room temperature. It is a very smart and convenient device!

Dr Infrared Heater DR968 in the use

Reliability and Safety

Dr. Infrared Heater manufacturers provide a 3-year warranty for this infrared room heater. You can be positively sure that the quality of this product is top-notch. Also, this portable infrared heater is perfect for families with children and pets, as it does not expose heating elements. Naturally, it is equipped with an overheating shut-off switch and a tip-over protection system to add to the safety measures. This infrared heater will serve you for a long time.

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Dr Infrared Heater DR968
Dr Infrared Heater DR968
 

Optimus H-4500

Heating Level and Design

Optimus H-4500 is a modern floor-standing space heater with an adjustable foot. Has a useful small LCD screen and a temperature control. It is equipped with an adjustable plate that turns slowly 75 degrees from side to side. Due to this oscillation feature, the portable infrared heater distributes the warmth through all the heating area. It is really effective for living rooms, bedrooms, or studies where you do not need to heat one specific object, but the whole room.

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Functionality

This infrared portable heater has two heating modes, low power (800W) and high power (1200W). Depending on the temperature outside, you may choose a suitable mode for you. A built-in thermostat allows maintaining a constant temperature, so you do not need to control the temperature on your own. Moreover, this model has a remote control for additional convenience. It's also got a timer! You can set the time for how long your heater will work. This is very helpful, really, particularly so for the users who tend to forget to switch off the device before falling asleep.

Optimus H-4500 Oscillating Pedestal Digital Dish Heater in the use

Reliability and Safety

The safety system of this electric infrared heater is ensured by overheat protection and automatic shut-off in case the device is knocked over. Customers in the infrared heaters reviews also emphasize that the metal gate on the front is not getting hot, so it is safe to touch accidentally. This is an extremely useful feature if you have kids or pets. The Optimus H-4500 home infrared heater is a smart heater that works for you. The manufacturer's warranty for this infrared space heater is one year.

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Optimus H-4500
Optimus H-4500
 

Holmes HQH307-NU

Heating Level and Design

This portable quartz heater produced by Holmes easily manages heating up medium-sized rooms like studies, garages, or even patios. It can be considered an outdoor infrared heater. It is made in a portable form-factor, is not heavy and has a handle on the back, so you can place it in any corner of your room or carry from one room to another. The control elements are located at the top of the device, so you won't accidentally touch the heating elements while trying to adjust the temperature. The Holmes infrared heater is also available in 2 colors — white and black. Make your choice!

Review of Holmes HQH307-NU

Functionality

Let us point out good sides of this electric quartz heater. This Holmes portable quartz heater is manually controlled and features a thermostat. Also, this infrared space heater offers 2 heating modes, the lower one requires 750 Watts and the highest temperature can be reached at 1500 Watts. Owing to the MaxFlowTM heating system and 2 quartz tubes the air circulates around the room, so the heating is at the high level.

Holmes HQH307-NU in the use

Reliability and Safety

The manufacturer of this portable infrared heater really cares about your safety. Holmes HQH307-NU is equipped with an overheat protection and an automatic shut-off feature in case of tipping over. Furthermore, there is a grid on the quartz tubes to prevent accidental contact. When the tubes glow red, it is the sign that you should not touch the device. And, finally, you can expect this infrared heater to work good and long, as it has a 6-year warranty against defects from the manufacturer.

Holmes HQH307-NU
Holmes HQH307-NU
 

ProFusion Heat HQ1500

Heating Level and Design

ProFusion Heat HQ1500 is perfect for heating up workshops, garages, small shops, and studios, owing to its high-efficiency quartz heating elements and 2 halogen lamps. The device is very convenient and will save you extra space as you can mount it on the wall or hang on the ceiling. More than that, this outdoor infrared heater actually has the ability to be tilted 90-degree vertically, so you can direct the heat wherever you want. That's really convenient!

Review of ProFusion Heat HQ1500 Ceiling-Mounted Workshop Heater

Functionality

The two heating modes of this infrared space heater allow you to adjust intense heating or make it lower, depending on the heating level you want to provide. Another useful feature was presented by ProFusion manufactures. They have added a halogen lamp to this model for additional light. It means that now you get not only a heater itself but also a light source. High-efficiency 35-Watt quartz heating element and 25-Watt halogen lamp are controlled with an easy-to-pull string. Also, you can turn the light on even without running the heater.

ProFusion Heat HQ1500 Ceiling-Mounted Workshop Heater in the use

Reliability and Safety

In terms of safety, this heating appliance is secure and trustworthy. The durable, but light metal housing will serve you for a long time. As it is ceiling-mounted, you can't accidently touch it or kick the electric quartz heater so that it causes a fire. Mounted at a desirable height, it will be beyond the reach of children or pets, thus, keeping them safe. In case of overheat, it has a controller that automatically turns the device off.

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ProFusion Heat HQ1500
ProFusion Heat HQ1500
 

Lifesmart Element Infrared Heater w/Remote

No Fuss, Only Comfort

After exploring the possibilities of this Smart for Life heater, we dare say it is designed to heat up pretty large areas of up to 1500 sq.ft. It became possible thanks to 6 quartz heating elements and a fan system. We would also like to draw your attention to the heat adjustment feature. With it, the heater can be used in rooms smaller than the stated area. There are three heating options here. The Eco mode works at 500 Watts of power, the Low mode requires 1000 Watts, and the High mode — 1500 Watts. Eco stands for economy as this mode will allow you to use the infrared heater wisely to avoid paying large sums of money on electricity. Having purchased this heater, you will receive a remote controller. The auto thermostat feature will keep the set temperature in the room while the timer will offer you the option of automatically turning the heater on and off within the span of 12 hours. With regards to the heater body, it is cool to the touch, meaning your kids and pets will be safe even if they come too close.

Review of Lifesmart Element Infrared Heater w/Remote

On Your Comfort Guard

The issue of safety always arose among engineers and consumers alike. More so when heating devices are in question. This is why Lifesmart specialists did their best taking safety features into account when they designed this portable infrared heater. The heater itself looks like a cabinet with wheels, it is really easy to move it from one room to the other. And the safety is as follows. First, we feel obligated to mention a special protection — the heater will turn off automatically in case of overheating or tipping over. And combined with the fact that the outer body does not heat up, we'd say this is a model for devices with safety issues. Lifesmart is known for thinking of its customers' safety, making it possible for us to recommend this infrared heater for installation in your home.

Lifesmart Element Infrared Heater w/Remote in the use

More Products to Consider

Home comfort is not only a favorable temperature but also the right level of indoor air humidity. Make it too high or too low and the comfort is nowhere to be seen. To control it, we advise you to buy AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor additionally. 

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Lifesmart Element Infrared Heater w/Remote
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