Best Oil Heaters

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 14, 2019
Are you looking for ways to create the optimal microclimate in your home during the cold season? Oil heaters can be a way out! They are energy efficient, cost-effective, and safe. So, don't waste time racking your brains over this problem! Look at our review and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Heating Area
Power
Number of Fins
Dimensions
Weight
Controls
On/Off Timer
Modes
Usability
Safety
Warranty
 
PROS
Patented thermal chimneys provide maximum heat flow, keeping low surface temperature. The anti-freeze setting automatically turns the heater off when the temperature in a room drops below 41°F.
CONS
Switcher makes loud clicking sounds.
OUR VERDICT

This oil radiator can heat the average-sized room without drying the air and kicking up dust. The device is very portable and can be easily moved anywhere thanks to the Patented SmartSnap wheels. So you can use it all around your home.

detailed parameters
Heating Area

Up to 250 sq. ft.

Power
1500 W
Number of Fins
6
Dimensions
16.4" х 10.3" х 26.1"
Weight
26.6 lbs
Controls
Electronic with digital display
On/Off Timer
24-hour programmable timer
Modes

3 Heat levels, Adjustable thermostat

Usability
Wheels for transportation, Cord storage
Safety
Anti-freeze setting, Overheat protection
Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

Micathermic heating element uses convection and heat reflection, providing fast heating. It warms the objects in your room rather than the air. And after a while, those objects slowly and evenly heat the air, without overdrying it.

CONS
No programmable On/Off timer.
OUR VERDICT

If you need a heater with great efficiency for warming up larger spaces, the Bionaire heater seems to be the best choice for you. It's a non-typical oil heater but a micathermic model that works faster and needs less electricity. 

detailed parameters
Heating Area
Up to 500 sq. ft.
Power
1500 W
Number of Fins
3 hot plates
Dimensions
21.6" х 6.3" х 25.8"
Weight
12.4 lbs
Controls
Mechanic
On/Off Timer
N/A
Modes

2 Heat levels (HI, LO), Adjustable thermostat

Usability
Wheels for transportation, Large carrying handle, Cord storage
Safety

Overheat protection, Tip-over switch

Warranty

5 years 

PROS

The radiator comes with a remote that lets you control the heater wirelessly, so you don’t even have to get off the couch. It works from about six feet away.

CONS

No handle for transportation.

OUR VERDICT

The Pelonis Space Heater is a very elegant and sophisticated radiator that is definitely worth every cent. With its outstanding performance, it's a great offering for those who need a smart, high-end heater.

detailed parameters
Heating Area

~ 500 sq. ft.

Power

1500 W

Number of Fins

6

Dimensions

26.38" x 19.09" x 7.6"

Weight

~ 22 lbs

Controls

Electronic with digital display

On/Off Timer

24-hour programmable timer

Modes

3 Heat modes, Eco mode, Digital thermostat

Usability

Wheels, Remote control (battery included)

Safety

Anti-scalding cover, Tip-over, overheat auto switch, Children lock function

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The ComforTemp function effectively keeps the air toasty in your room, while cutting down energy expenses by 27%, curtailing your electricity bill.

CONS

It might emit plastic smell at first.

OUR VERDICT

Although it's pretty energy-heavy, this model is compact and quiet, a great choice for heating small rooms. You can set it to do climate control, using energy only to keep up the desired temperature.

detailed parameters
Heating Area

~ 500 sq. ft.

Power

1500 W

Number of Fins

7

Dimensions

25" x 14" x 6"

Weight

24 lbs

Controls

Mechanic

On/Off Timer

No

Modes

3 Heat modes, Adjustable thermostat, ComforTemp™ button

Usability

Carry handle and wheels for easy transportation, Cord storage

Safety

Antifrost protection, Overheat protection

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Thanks to the unique design of the heater that maximizes heat flow into the room, this radiator fills a room with warmth in just a minute or two.

CONS

The indicators are a bit annoying in the dark. 

OUR VERDICT

COSTWAY offers a basic yet effective oil heater. It can heat medium to large rooms quickly, effectively, and silently. Hence, it's an optimal choice for office use as well.

detailed parameters
Heating Area

~ 500 sq. ft.

Power

1500 W

Number of Fins

7

Dimensions

25"x 14" x 9.5"

Weight

19.3 lbs

Controls

Mechanic

On/Off Timer

No

Modes

3 Heat modes, Adjustable thermostat 

Usability

Carry handle and wheels for easy transportation, Cord storage

Safety

Overheat protection, Tip-over protection

Warranty

90-day warranty

Delonghi TRD40615E

Portable Heater for Small Rooms

De’Longhi is an Italian brand that produces innovative home appliances that deftly combine quality, innovation and design. The company stands at the forefront of the domestic appliances industry. So, with the De'Longhi Dragon radiant heater, you'll get exceptional reliability and comfort. It really packs a punch for the small size.

This oil-filled radiator is a wise purchase that will keep the cold at bay. Featuring a new and improved design, this model has extended sections that make the heating process much faster. That said, we'd still estimate that this device will be perfect for an average-sized room (up to 144 sq. ft). It is completely silent, thus you can comfortably rest while this appliance is working. Of course, the thermostat makes occasional clicking on/off sounds but they aren't annoying or distracting. For this reason, it's also a smart choice for children's rooms. And the fact that the surface maintains a low temperature makes it safe for small kids.

What we like the most about this model is that it is very portable. The unit is freestanding and comes with four patented SmartSnap wheels. You can easily move it around or carry it from room to room. Though its steel body is rather slim, this model still has a permanent oil reservoir. Hence, you don’t have to worry about any refills or leaks.

Review of Delonghi TRD40615E Full Room Radiant Heater

Smart Capabilities

Fitted with a built-in thermostat, this model allows you to choose one of three heating levels. It is powerful enough to warm the room up in a short time, yet it is still pretty economic since the max power is only 1500 W. Moreover, the heater has an advanced ECO Plus function that maintains an optimal room temperature, reducing energy consumption by up to 40 %, which surely makes it a good bargain!

This model features a convenient LED display, a delayed start timer, and countdown off timer. Thanks to the delayed start timer, you can set the radiator to start at a set duration, for example, 6 hours from now. You can also program the heater to run for a set amount of time continuously, say 3 hours.

It's impossible to underestimate the importance of safety features when selecting an oil heater for your dwelling. This oil-filled radiator is supplied with a thermal cutoff and an anti-freeze setting. The latter automatically turns the heater off when the temperature in the premises drops below 41 degrees. Therefore, you can leave the unit on in the children's room without worrying about their safety.

Overall, the De'Longhi Dragon heater can keep you and your family warm even in the coldest days. This device will help you create a warm atmosphere, allowing you to spend winters with maximum comfort.

Delonghi TRD40615E Full Room Radiant Heater in the use

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Bionaire Silent Micathermic

Extremely Efficient

If you need a heater with great efficiency for warming up larger spaces, the Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater seems to be the best choice for you. As the name suggests, it's a non-typical oil heater but a micathermic model allowing you to take advantage of both convection and reflective heat.

To begin with, the heating element here is made of mica mineral that can heat a room with electromagnetic rays. In this heater, the electricity runs to the micathermic heating element, warming the mica that releases the electromagnetic rays that warm the objects in your room rather than the air. After a while, those objects slowly and evenly heat the air, without overdrying it. As a result, you get better heat distribution that lasts longer.

In a word, the Bionaire heater is more efficient compared to standard oil heaters, since it works faster and needs less electricity. With the power of 1500 Watts, it covers large areas of up to 500 square feet. Another important feature is that it operates silently and you don't have to worry about being disturbed by a noise produced by this heater.

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Very Lightweight

Micathermic heaters are often designed to look like typical oil radiators. However, unlike heaters filled with oil, this micathermic heater is very lightweight. Actually, it's twice lighter than oil heaters with the same performance, which makes it easily transportable for zonal heating throughout your whole house.

Furthermore, the wheels and a large carrying handle make it even more portable, while a special cord storage on the back panel allows you to easily hide the cord when the device is not in use.

As for the controls, the Bionaire Silent heater is equipped with a convenient manual thermostat which automatically regulates the temperature in your rooms and maintains it. Just pick the right power option from 11 available and that's it.

With your safety in mind, the manufacturer provided this model with a thermal cutoff to ensure overheat protection, and tip-over switch to be sure the unit will switch off in case it "senses" a tilt.

Just like most modern electronic appliances, this heater has got all the essential features for safe use. Without the risk of injury, you'll get just the right heat for your household.

Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater in the use

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Pelonis NY1506-18SRA

Sophisticated Design

The Pelonis Space Heater is a unique radiator that stands out from other models with its unique design and smart capabilities. It has a patented full-body steel design that prevents overheating and speeds up the warmth.

While most of the traditional oil-filled models create a heating effect from the sides, the Pelonis heats up from the top. And owing to the new convection air duct technology, the radiator brings all-around warmth for longer. This is achieved largely thanks to the upgraded fins that boast better thermal conductivity.

With the double-layer cover design, the heater gets warm to the touch but not hot enough to burn. And in combination with anti-scalding cover and tip-over/overheat auto switch, it's a perfect option for a kid's room. Also, it's very quiet and doesn't make any annoying sounds.

As for aesthetics, the radiator looks nothing like other models. With contrast black and white panels, it's really unique and high-end. And a big display with touch-sensitive controls makes it look even more sophisticated.

Review of Pelonis NY1506-18SRA Space Heater in Steel Cover, Portable Oil Heater

Smart Capabilities

The radiator offers 3 heat settings and an adjustable temperature. To specify, you can set any temperature from 40°F to 95°F and choose a proper mode for your heating area. We would like to point out that you can choose energy-saving ECO mode that will adjust the room temperature and heat settings automatically.

There is a clear button for each setting and a large LED screen on the control panel, which makes the radiator suitable for seniors. But the best part is that the radiator comes with a remote that lets you control the heater wirelessly as well, so you don’t even have to get off the couch. It works from about six feet away. And as a nice touch, it has a child safety lock system.

Yet, the benefits don't end here. Another highlight of this hot air blower is the timer function. The heater has a 24-hour timer that allows you to set a specific number of hours to turn on/off the heater automatically. This way, you can set it to turn on an hour before you wake up or return from work, for example. Pretty handy.

To sum it all up, the Pelonis Space Heater is a very elegant and sophisticated radiator that is definitely worth every cent. With its outstanding performance, it's a great offering for those who need a smart, high-end heater.

Pelonis NY1506-18SRA Space Heater in Steel Cover, Portable Oil Heater in the use

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Delonghi EW7707CM

Save Money, Get Warm

Want to keep your room warm but not too hot? How about cutting down on electricity expenses? You can get two birds with one stone by buying the Delonghi EW7707CM.

The main perk of this model is that it uses the unique ComforTemp function to cut out over 27% of your electricity bill. The way it works is the device gets your room to a certain desired temperature, which you put in via the thermostat. From then on, you can set it to simply coast, keeping the air at that warmth level. It'll turn on only when it detects a temperature drop. In other words, you get the ultimate energy savings and comfortably warm temperature in your room.

As for the actual heat settings, you get three of them in total. There are two switches on the front - one stands for minimum heat, while the other is for medium heat. And if you press both of them, you'll get the maximum heat output. The heater produces radiant heat while ensuring a low surface temperature. The oil inside it is permanently sealed, so you never need to refill the heater.

The only flaw that isn’t compensated for is the relative lack of safety features. There’s the standard overheat protection, sure, but some safety from power outages would be a nice bonus.

Review of Delonghi EW7707CM ComforTemp Portable Oil-Filled Radiator

Design Peculiarities

Although this heater is admittedly pretty heavy at 25 lbs, it’s not like you’re going to be moving it around constantly and it even has wheels so it’s pretty convenient overall. The De’Longhi heater boasts the patented SmartSnap wheels that require no assembly after delivery and make the whole thing easy to move from room to room.

Besides, it’s quite compact so you can store it in some nook when it’s not in use. The device even has a section to keep the power cord in, a smart design decision.

It's also worth emphasizing that the heater has a rust-resistant durable metal construction with a gently rounded design and a thermal cut-off function. So, it can be a smart choice for homes with pets or small kids.

Though you might dislike the heaviness and high wattage of the Delonghi EW7707CM, it trumps these problems thanks to the elegant design and an energy-saving mode. Thus, it ends up a pretty impressive oil-filled portable heater that you can use to keep the air warm enough for your comfort. It's a great offering for individuals that would like to keep their house warm without spending hefty sums of money on electricity bills.

Delonghi EW7707CM ComforTemp Portable Oil-Filled Radiator in the use

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Costway 22913-CYPE

Quiet Operation, Powerful Settings

Are you in the market for a decent budget-friendly oil heater that would be functional yet affordable? The COSTWAY radiator is a good entry that is likely to fit these requirements.

Designed with 4.2 lbs permanently sealed oil and the maximum 1500W power output, this radiator is renowned for its ability to quickly heat up the room, filling it with warmth in just a minute or two. The unique design of the heater maximizes heat flow into the room. It evenly warms the air around you and maintains a stable temperature for a long time.

The COSTWAY oil-filled heater has 3 adjustment modes - the low mode runs at 600 watts, medium at 900 watts, and the highest one at whopping 1500 watts. We’re happy to report that it's almost silent even on the highest setting. Hence, it won't disturb you and people around, making it a suitable option for use in office environments. Also, you can keep it running in a bedroom as you relax after a long working day. And you can safely nod off as the built-in overheat protection will shut the device off in case things get out of hand.

In addition to that, the internal switch will power off the heater if it's tilted to the ground or tipped over.

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Easy to Carry and Store

The heater in question has a relatively lightweight and compact design, so it's quite simple in transportation. And four universal casters and the comfortable carry handle make the things even better. The wheels are made from a special durable material that neither makes noise during transportation nor leaves marks on the floor.

What also adds to the convenience of use is the cord storage. You can wrap the long power cord around the storage to save some space and make the device look clean.

To summarize everything said above, COSTWAY offers a basic yet effective oil heater that you can easily move from one place to another. It’s a moderately-priced model that has no bells and whistles but will get the job done. It can heat medium to large rooms quickly, effectively, and silently. Hence, it's an optimal choice for office use as well. It won’t bother you from work, chat or thinking.

Costway 22913-CYPE Oil Filled Radiator Heater in the use

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What Is an Oil Heater?

Buying an electric oil heater is a worthy investment for those who live in colder regions. Compared to similar products, oil heaters offer a number of distinct advantages: they are easy to use, they produce almost no noise, and they retain heat much longer than any traditional radiator, even an infrared one.

Such great performance is explained by construction peculiarities of an oil heater. Containing mineral oil inside, these heaters heat up relatively quickly and don't cool down after unplugging for a long period of time, allowing you to enjoy the warmth without paying ridiculous electricity bills. They do not dry the air and can be safely used in households with kids.

Oil heaters are rather safe to use as well (even though safety largely depends on the user). If taken care of properly and the instructions are not neglected, the oil will not ever leak out of the casing and the device will never become a cause of fire accidents.

So, if you look for a safe and energy-effective heater to create comfort during colder nights, an oil heater is what you need. Even though they may cost a bit more than traditional radiators, they will prove to be a wise investment in the long run, allowing you to achieve more warmth with less waste.

If an oil heater isn't enough for warming your living space, you may consider more powerful gas heaters which are capable of warming up to 1500 square feet premises. Alternatively, you can also select one of the space heaters to meet your specific needs.

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 small areas of 100 square feet, it's better to choose the models with the power of 1000 Watts. If the heated area ranges from 150 to 200 square feet, it's advisable to consider the models with the power of 1500 Watts. If the premise covers an area of more than 300 square feet, it's better to buy a more powerful heater or even several ones. You should keep in mind that the number of fins also influences the heating area. The more fins the unit has, the more heat it generates without overheating. For warming up areas of up to 200 square feet, the optimal decision will be to select the heaters with 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 an overheat protection (thermal cutoff) and some models even have a tip-over switch.

FAQ:

Q: When is it right to buy an oil heater?

A: If you live in a small apartment or you need to heat a single room, buying an oil heater may be the right decision. For heating uninsulated places such as a garage, etc. we'd recommend you to pay attention to other types of heaters which you may also find on our website. Think of how fast you want your room to be heated. Most of the oil heaters will take quite a lot of time to heat up. The advantage is though, they are able to maintain the warmth considerably longer than many other heaters, too. If you don't mind waiting a little bit, the oil heater will suit you perfectly well.

Q: Which material is the most appropriate for the oil heater?
A: The best material for oil heaters is steel because it's solid and durable. Besides, steel is easier to clean than many other materials. Some models of oil heaters may have an enamel finish that prevents rusting.

Q: Which size of the radiator should I choose?
A: The size of the appliance will tell you how big the area it's able to effectively heat. The bigger your place is, the more powerful radiator you will need. As a rule, the power of 1500 W is enough for heating rooms of up to 150 sq. ft in size. You should also pay close attention to how many fins the heater consists of. The same rule applies - the more the better.

Q: What's the best place for an oil heater in the room?
A: You can set it basically anywhere in your house. The only thing you should keep in mind is that it's not advised to place it in close proximity to inflammable objects. If you don't think you've got enough place for a free-standing model, there are many good wall-mounted heaters to consider.

Q: Should I refill my oil heater?
A: No! The oil that fills the heater circulates around the fins due to the special element that works from electricity. The oil doesn't burn and heats up only from the element, so the amount of oil doesn't decrease. As a result, there's no need to refill the heater.

Q: I noticed an oil leak from my heater. What should I do?
A: If your device started leaking oil, it means that the heater broke down. Be sure not to turn it on and do not try to fix it on your own. If you notice leaks while the heater is on, the first thing you need to do is immediately turn it off and unplug. Hot oil can cause burns, so be very careful and make sure to maintain it properly.

Q: Are there any safety tips for running an oil heater?
A: You should always switch it off and unplug it from the mains when not in use. Do not allow your kids to touch it when it's hot. Even though most of the heaters have a tip-over protection, it is still better if children do not play around it. Keep in mind, heaters are designed for keeping you warm but not drying your clothes. Anything you put on a top cover may spark off a fire. We would also recommend you to place heaters farther from inflammable objects despite the fact that they do have overheat protection function. Safety first safety always. Also, never use your heater if you notice oil leaks.

Q: Is there any way to save on electricity bills using an oil heater?
A: Because oil heaters work from electricity, you might worry about high electricity bills. To avoid overpaying, choose the heater that has an embedded timer which will automatically turn the appliance off after a certain amount of time. The oil heater with a thermostat sustains an even temperature level and in this way preserves energy.

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