Infrared heaters are becoming more popular as people realize the amazing benefits they have over convection heating systems.
The logic is simple; would you rather heat objects in a room or the air itself?
Unlike convection heating systems which warm the air, infrared heaters emit infrared rays that heat up all the objects (including you!) in a room. Think of the heat you experience when standing in the sunshine. A similar feeling is experienced by infrared heaters.
Using such technology can reduce your heating bill upwards of 50% since they convert almost all the energy into heat.
Choosing an infrared heater for your home heating needs is a no-brainer. But how do we go about determining the best one?
Let’s get started.
Best Infrared Heaters 2017
|Model||Heating Coverage||Settings||Safety||Features||Dimensions (L * W * D) / Weight (lbs)||Shop|
|1. Dr Infrared Heater||1000 sq. ft.||3 settings at 1500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||Remote, thermostat, 12 hour timer and wheels||13" * 11" * 16" / 24 lbs||Check Price|
|2. Duraflame DFI-5010-01 Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove||1000 sq. ft.||2 settings at 1500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch||Remote, thermostat, 9 hour timer , 3D fireplace||13.1" * 24" * 23.4" / 28.6 lbs||Check Price|
|3. Homegear Pro Large Room Infrared Heater||1000 sq. ft.||3 settings at 1500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||Remote, thermostat, 12 hour timer||12" * 13 * 17" /11.5 lbs||Check Price|
|4. Lifesmart Infrared Quartz Fireplace||1000 sq. ft.||3 settings at 1500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||Remote, thermostat, 12 hour timer and wheels, fireplace LCD display||24" * 11" * 20" / 40 lbs||Check Price|
|5. EdenPURE A5095 Infrared Heater||1000 sq. ft.||2 settings at 1500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||12 hour timer, thermostat and remote||15.1" * 11.5" * 9.6" / 15 lbs||Check Price|
|6. Mr Heater F232000 MH9BX Portable Radiant Heater||225 sq. ft.||2 settings at 4000 BTU or 9000 BTU||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||N/A||9" * 14.2" * 14.4" / 9.5 lbs||Check Price|
|7. Holmes Quartz Tower Heater||1000 sq. ft.||2 settings at 750 W or 1500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||Thermostat||14" * 10" * 24.6" / 7.4 lbs||Check Price|
|8. Duraflame 5HM8000-O142 Infrared Quartz Heater||1000 sq. ft.||2 settings at 1500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||Remote, thermostat, 9 hour timer, oscillation||8" * 10.9" * 22.8" / 23.1 lbs||Check Price|
|9. Lifesmart Medium Room Infrared Heater||1000 sq. ft.||3 settings at 1500 W, 1000 W or 500 W||Automatic shutoff, cool-touch and tip-over safety switch||Remote, thermostat, 12 hour timer||12.5" * 7.5" * 13.5" / 11.5 lbs||Check Price|
|10. Comfort Zone Ceiling Mount Quartz Heater||1000 sq. ft.||2 settings at 750 W or 1500 W||Safety switch||Swivel halogen light, mounting bracket||26.5" * 5.2" * 14.2" / 8 lbs||Check Price|
1. Dr Infrared Heater – The best infrared heater
The Dr infrared heater is a portable heating solution that can comfortably heat up to 1000 sq. ft. – about half the size of a tennis court. It’s a great choice for a small, medium or even large room.
We already know that infrared heaters are extremely energy efficient. Well, the Dr infrared heater pushes the boundaries even further.
Temperature ranges from a cool 50 °F, all the way up to a hot summers day 86 °F. Alternatively, you can just set it to run at a desired temperature all the time with or without a timer.
This heater has been touted as being portable and for good reason. At 24 lbs and measuring at 13″ * 11″ * 16″, it’s fairly compact and can be easily wheeled around using the 4 wheels. In the same vein, you’ll also get a remote so you won’t have to leave you chair when changing the settings (well sort of).
Speaking of safety, you get all the things you would expect of a heater of this quality – a cool touch exterior, tip over switch and an auto shut-off mechanism. In essence, this unit is built to last and be extremely safe to use.
You can be assured that the dual PTC and quartz infrared elements do an excellent job of heating a room. There is even a 7 inch blower that quietly distributes the heat. Add in 80,000 hours of guaranteed operation, and we have a top heating option that will keep yourself warm for many winters to come.
2. Duraflame DFI-5010-01 Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove – Class leading flame effects
When it comes to 3D flame effects, the Duraflame DFI-5010-01 infrared quartz fireplace stove is about as good as it gets.
The quality doesn’t just stop there. The construction is also impressive with a complete metal body that is safe to touch. And there is plenty of power as well, with 1500 Watts enabling a room up to 1000 sq. ft. to be heated. You get a thermostat that ranges from 68 °F – 82 °F and can be set via the buttons on the heater. A remote is also provided where you can control things like on/off, flame level and a timer that can be set up to 9 hours.
Despite this niggling issue, we have to say this product is a great pick, and for the amazing build quality and flame effects, it truly is a steal. This is one heater that should be close to the top of your list.
3. Homegear Pro Large Room Infrared Heater – Excellent budget option
This little heater is one of the most affordable on our list, making it perfect for those on a budget.
It features a durable plastic exterior that conveniently houses an LCD display for the temperature as well as controls for the power, timer and thermostat settings.
Weighing in at only 11.5 lbs, the Homegear Pro infrared heater sure packs a punch.
They’ve managed to cram in 1500 W of power that produces enough heat for a 1000 sq. ft. room. It’s impressive to say the least and even more so with the several settings you get. There is a low, high and an eco mode for those wanting to only use enough power as necessary. And don’t worry if things are getting a little frosty in your house; this unit can go all the way up to a balmy 86 °F.
If you were to peer into the case, you’d notice a silent blower fan which distributes the heat from a mica and quartz infrared heating tube. Top things of with a remote control so you don’t have to leave your comfy chair and we have a contender for perhaps the best budget infrared heater available.
4. Lifesmart Infrared Quartz Fireplace – Premium Look and Quality at a great price
Want a fireplace without having to buy or cut up logs? Maybe you want to do something good for the environment by reducing your CO2 emissions? Well, the Lifesmart infrared quartz fireplace means that you can. And hey, you also get the energy efficient benefits of infrared heating as well.
This particular heater comes with an LCD display which can accurately depict flaming logs. The heat source is directly above the panel, completing the illusion of an actual fire place generating real heat. It comes with not 1, not 2, but 3 commercial grade quartz infrared elements that can easily heat a room up to 1000 sq. ft.
Yes this heater is a little more expensive than some of the other models out there, but what you are paying for is a premium oak design with an LCD finish. The heater does its job well and we are sure you won’t be disappointed.
5. EdenPURE A5095 Infrared Heater – Perfect for asthmatics or people with allergies
Like the other models on this list, the EdenPURE infrared heater is another portable solution that is perfect for keeping you warm during those cold days and night.
You’ll find an automatic on/off function to regulate the heat output and ensure that no energy is wasted. It also comes with a nifty timer function that will allow you to specify when the unit will turn off or on. Practically, it means you can be out on some errands and then come back to a warm home.
EdenPURE are big on safety with a touch-safe exterior and tip-over sensor that will automatically trigger in the rare event the unit falls over. You won’t have to worry about any kids getting accidentally burned!
Interesting, this is the only heater on this list with the ability to install an additional air purification kit. It comes with a high grade Hepa filter, UV light and PC component that ensures the air coming out is cleaner then the air coming in. This makes this heater a great choice for asthmatics or those of you suffering from allergies. Nevertheless, the existing filter will still do a great job as long as you perform the regular cleaning maintenance.
Overall this heater sports a great design, solid safety features and is very easy to use, especially with the included remote control. EdenPURE have a bunch of great products in their line-up, and this infrared heater is certainly one of them.
6. Mr Heater F232000 MH9BX Portable Radiant Heater – The best portable infrared heater
Mr Heater is a portable radiant heater that is heralded as the most popular propane fueled heater in North America. We’ll tell you why.
Firstly, most infrared heaters are already portable, but this heater takes it to a whole other level.
It also features top grade construction and features; after all if it’s meant for the outdoors one would expect nothing less than a super durable design. You get a fold down handle to reduce storage space, a wire guard in front of the heating source to prevent unintentional burns and lastly a durable porcelain coating heating surface that helps distribute heat.
There is a good list of safety features as well with a automatic shutdown that comes into effect if the unit is tipped over, if the pilot light dies or if low oxygen levels are detected.
It’s small and compact, durable and well priced. If you need an infrared heater on your travels their no better one then the Mr Heater portable radiant heater.
7. Holmes quartz tower heater – A simple and affordable infrared space heater
This is a nifty tower heater that will serve you well in heating up a cold room.
The magic lies in the form of two vertical sitting quartz tubes which can be powered at a low 750 W or a high 1500 W. Thanks to the melt proof plastic design, this model only weighs in at 7.4 lbs making it perfectly easy to carry around from room to room using the carry handle.
The good news doesn’t stop. You also get a tip over switch with an auto-shut off mechanism that initiates in the event of a fall over. It’s also super easy to operate with two dials at the top – one being for the thermostat and the other for adjusting the power modes. There is no display to be seen, with the adage ‘simple is better’ being the approach Holmes have taken in designing their heater.
While is may not have the bells and whistles of more expensive unit, this heater does do a good job of keeping you warm and at an very affordable price. At the end of the day, what more could you ask?
8. Duraflame 5HM8000-O142 Infrared Quartz Heater – A powerful heating solution
Yet another excellent entry from Duraflame. This portable infrared quartz oscillating tower does exactly what it says – oscillate.
Whilst infrared heaters are great at heating a room, Duraflame have gone one step further to provide a heater that actually direct the hot air over a larger area. The result? Expect your room to heat up significantly faster.
On top of this, you’ll get the usual things expected of a heater in this price range including a remote, digital temperature display, timer and several temperature settings. Combine this with a premium oak finish and we have one attractive infrared heater that will fit well in just about any room.
When it’s all said and done, this is a top performing infrared heater that will keep you warm during the long winter months.
9. Lifesmart Medium Room Infrared Heater – Easy to use and at an affordable price
Lifesmart really know what they are doing when it comes to infrared heaters. This infrared heater is a great choice when it comes to affordably heating a small to large room (1000 sq. ft.) thanks to the 3 quartz heating elements.
At first look, we thought this heater looked more like a desktop PC than something to heat a room. But when you think about it, there is some genius in the design.
The vertical front grill provides ample surface area for heat to enter the room. The large LED display that sits angled on top is extremely easy to use and will display all the settings in plain sight. In essence, this is a straightforward and practical design that forgoes the more finesse (but sometimes unpractical) designs of other heaters.
You’ll also get the typical things like a remote and 12 hour timer. Don’t let the modest price fool you; you also get a bunch of safety features that will keep your family and home safe. This includes a touch safe exterior, fireproof cabinet and tip-over switch which will shut down the unit in the event that it falls over.
Overall, this is a small little heater that is very easy to use and offers the features that are common at more premium prices. If you need something that does a good job of heating a space, then this heater will get the job done.
10. Comfort Zone Ceiling Mount Quartz Heater – Perfect for the garage
This infrared quartz space heater is unique in that it is meant to be attached to either a wall or ceiling. The packages comes with everything you need – a bracket and mounting bolts are included.
Interestingly, the power switch is a cord which works when you tug on it. This allows you to turn on the unit, activate the halogen lamp and trigger either one quartz element (750 W) or a second quartz element (total of 1500 W).
It must be said that you won’t find a thermostat, timer or even a remote. Comfort Zone have gone the practical and simple route in providing this heating solution.
It’s clear this space heater is best used in the garage, workshop or outside space where the halogen lamp can be used effectively.
As long as you keep this purpose in mind, this heater will serve you very well.
Infrared Heater Buyer’s Guide
No list would ever be complete without a detailed buyer’s guide. After all, it’s all well and good to list the best infrared heaters, but what about the other important things like what to look for and what type of heater is right for you? Let’s get into it.
What is Infrared Heating?
Firstly, what is infrared heating? Well it’s very similar to sunlight. See, if you stand in the sunlight you’ll eventually get hot. Move to the shade and your cool again. In the same way, infrared heaters produce infrared rays at 9 – 14 microns that heat whatever they come into contact with. The molecules the rays come into contact with oscillate and release energy in the form of heat.
Because of this fact, infrared heating can be 50% more energy efficient than convection heating. Instead of outputting warm air that rises and cools down, infrared heating directly warms the objects in a room. It’s good news for your wallet, and will warm you in winter.
Another reason that these heaters save energy is because you don’t lose heat through ventilation, because the heat doesn’t rely on circulating air. Lastly, an infrared heater doesn’t suck the moisture out of the air in a room unlike air conditioners which output dry air. You’ll keep the humidity in the room at a stable level which is great news for people with sinuses.
Choosing the right infrared heater
Now that we know what infrared heating actually is, there are several factors you need to consider in determine which type of infrared heater will be right for you. Let’s go through them.
Portable or Stationary?
The majority of infrared heated are portable by nature. They are lightweight and relatively small. However; some are meant as permanent fixtures, whilst others are meant to be rolled from room to room.
Permanent fixtures: These types of heaters are permanent in nature. In other words; they’ll come in a kit ready to screw onto a wall or ceiling. If you’ve decided that an infrared heater should stay in a room permanently, then this is a good choice.
Portable: Because of the way an infrared heater works, you’ll find many of them to be portable. They’ll either come with wheels or carry handles and are lightweight enough for you to either push or carry them from room to room.
However; you’ll find some heaters are less portable than others. For example, the more ornamental heaters with a log fire display or wood finishing are general less portable and don’t come with wheels. This is because they are meant to sit in a room to complement the décor.
In either case, you’ll still be able to move the heater around as you see fit. Just keep a look out for a heater with wheels if you intend to use it purely as a mobile solution.
It comes as no surprise that heater manufacturers take safety very seriously. After all, we are dealing with a device that can run very hot at times. The last thing we want is someone getting burnt or worst still a house fire!
Infrared heater manufacturers have go you covered in this regard. The majority of heaters come with the following safety features:
- A tip over safety switch which will turn off the heater when it is tipped over. It’s a rare event in any case but it’s better to be safe than sorry. After all, you don’t want the exposed hot grates of a heater touching something flammable like carpet.
- A cool-touch exterior. Apart from the area that emits hot air into the room, most of the heater should be cool or warm to touch. It’ll prevent you or little children or pets from getting a singed surprise.
- Auto shut-off is another safety element which typically comes into effect when a certain temperature is reached or the heater is pushed over. This auto shut-off will either turn the heater off completely, or turn it off temporarily until the temperature begins to fall.
Luckily, most infrared heaters come with these safety features. Manufacturers understand that when it comes to heating you home, it is of paramount important to do it efficiently as well as safely.
Nowadays, infrared heaters come with a bunch of features to maximise their usability and functionality. Let’s take a look at the ones you’ll commonly come across:
Remote control: Who wants to have to get up from a comfy chair and change a setting on the heater itself? No one! Remote controls are the solution. They usually cover things like setting the temperature, on/off and timer. Basically, they help cover most features you would find on the actual heater.
Heating settings: Infrared heaters are already renowned for saving you money on your heating bills. However; to squeeze the most out of this ability, many heaters come with 2 or more heating settings. These can be at different watts. This ensures you can get the most out of your infrared heater using the littlest amount of energy possible. Many heaters also come with an eco mode setting which will turn off the unit when the set temperature is reached. The unit will turn back on again once the room temperature begins to fall.
Timer: Timers are very handy from a usability point of view. They allow you to either set when the heater will turn off or when it will turn on. This is handy if your snoozing or are out for the day and want to return to a warm house. Timers typically range from 9 to 12 hours.
Oscillation: While the majority of infrared space heaters use a small fan to blow the heat out, other heaters also utilize an oscillation feature. This rotate the unit and provides better heat coverage of a room.
Thermostat: Typically displayed via a digital panel (or as a knob), the thermostat allows you to set the temperature of the heater. Obviously the higher you set the temperature the longer it will take for the heater to reach it.
Well that concludes our best infrared heaters reviews for 2017. We hope this has made the choice of choosing the right heater for yourself and easier choice. As always, feel free to leave a comment below!