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Best Infrared Heaters

Updated December 2018
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    Shopping guide for best infrared heaters

    Last Updated December 2018

    Conventional space heaters take a while to warm up, and they can be noisy and temperamental. Infrared heaters, on the other hand, work almost immediately because they heat the objects and the people inside the room instead of just the air itself. This makes them more efficient and also much quieter than traditional space heaters.

    That doesn’t mean that all infrared heaters are better than all traditional space heaters, however. The value of a good infrared heater largely comes down to the quality of the workmanship, the features, and the price.

    Here’s a detailed guide to walk you through the important considerations when choosing an infrared heater.

    Infrared heaters are extremely efficient, with almost 100% of their energy being converted into usable heat.

    Safety first

    Infrared heater coils become very hot, and this can be dangerous, especially in households with small children and pets who may not know to stay away from the heater. Fortunately, some newer infrared heaters are built within a cool-touch casing that doesn’t transfer heat. Many also include an auto shutoff feature that activates after a certain amount of time and a tip-over switch that automatically shuts off the heater if it falls over. If you plan to use your infrared heater often, it’s worth investing in a quality unit with these safety features.

    Fuel source

    If you plan to use your infrared heater indoors, you’ll want an electric heater. There are also propane and natural gas infrared heaters; these are not ideal for indoor use. However, they may be the more economical choice if you plan to use the heater on a patio or in a well-ventilated garage.

    Heating power

    You can get a sense of how powerful an infrared heater is by checking its wattage. Infrared heaters range from about 300 watts on the low end to about 1,500 watts on the high end, with a higher number indicating a more powerful heater. It may be tempting to purchase a really powerful unit, but in addition to the higher price tag, you must also account for the higher electric bill that will accompany it. If you’re concerned about operational costs, stick with a unit that is just powerful enough for your needs and no more.

    Feature-rich and powerful

    The EdenPURE GEN2 Quartz Heater can heat up to 1,000 square feet of space. It includes a remote and an adjustable thermostat, plus a fan to help circulate the air. This model doubles as an air purifier and includes a washable lifetime filter. Its compact size belies its true heating power, and the stylish design blends in with any decor.

    Other features

    Adjustable thermostat

    Some infrared heaters have an adjustable thermostat so you can decide precisely how warm you want the room to be. The heater automatically detects when the room has fallen below your target temperature and starts up accordingly. When it reaches your preferred temperature, it shuts off again.

    Wheels

    Wheels are especially important if you’re purchasing a larger infrared heater because they make it easier to move the heater. Swiveling wheels usually work the best because they can quickly move in any direction.

    Air purification

    Some infrared heaters double as air purifiers. They remove dust, bacteria, and other debris from the air and return clean air to the room. A multifunctional heater is a great choice if you are also considering an air purifier, but take note that there may be additional maintenance requirements for these units in order to keep the air purifier working properly.

    Humidifier

    A few infrared heaters also claim to function as humidifiers, though these do not always work as well as some customers had hoped. If humidification is important to you, do your research on infrared heater/humidifier combos to verify that the model you’re interested in can do the job. Otherwise, you may want to purchase a separate humidifier.

    Warranty

    Infrared heaters are costly, so the majority of them include warranties. If a product breaks down within the first few months or years of ownership, the company may pay to repair or replace it at no cost to you. Most units offer a one-year warranty; the best will have a two-year warranty or longer.

    EXPERT TIP

    Infrared heaters are largely directional, so they may not evenly disperse heat throughout a room.


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    EXPERT TIP

    Unlike conventional space heaters, infrared heaters don’t dry out the air.


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    EXPERT TIP

    Some infrared heaters come with a remote control. If you want to be able to adjust the heater without having to get up and walk to it, you may like this feature.


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    Infrared heater prices

    Infrared heaters can cost as little as $40 for a small, portable unit and as much as $200 (or more) for a high-end model that covers a large room. Cost varies depending on heat output and other features. For a simple model with no bells and whistles, you could probably get by spending less than $100.

    On the other hand, if you want a top-of-the-line infrared heater that doubles as an air purifier and humidifier, you should expect to pay at least $150. A dependable mid-range model will run between about $100 and $150. These may not have all of the extras that high-end models do, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one with an adjustable thermostat, solid safety features, and a warranty.

    A little powerhouse

    The Dr. Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater features a 12-hour timer and adjustable temperature controls. Though it has a blower fan, the unit is surprisingly quiet and can cover a large area. At just 24 pounds, this unit is lightweight, and the caster wheels make it easily portable. The heater stays cool to the touch and it has overheat protection, so it automatically shuts off if it becomes too warm.

    Tips

    • Don’t plug your infrared heater into an extension cord. This is a fire hazard. Instead, plug the unit directly into an outlet.

    • Some larger infrared heaters may overload standard 15-amp circuits. Read the owner’s manual to see if your heater has any specific power requirements.

    • Clear the area around your infrared heater so the heat disperses evenly throughout the space. Keep items a fair distance from the heater, too — this applies to flammable items in particular. The heat generated by an infrared heater could cause these items to combust.

    Other products we considered

    There were some great infrared heaters that caught our eye during research, although they didn’t quite make our top five. One of these is the LifeSmart 6 Element Infrared Heater with Remote. This sleek unit has three heat settings, a built-in 12-hour timer, and a remote so you can adjust the heater from a distance. It’s a solid budget pick, especially when you consider how powerful the unit is. It also has an eco setting if you’re concerned about electricity consumption.

    For those who don’t want to worry about their electric bill, the Dyna-Glo 30,000 BTU Liquid Propane Infrared Wall Heater might be a better fit. This heater is an excellent choice for a garage or outdoor space, and it can serve as a nice backup if you lose power. It has a built-in oxygen depletion sensor so it will automatically shut off if it senses carbon monoxide building up in the room.

    Some infrared heaters are designed to resemble fireplaces so they blend in well with the rest of your decor.

    FAQ

    Q. Can I plug an infrared heater into a power strip?

    A. No. Infrared heaters should never be plugged into power strips or extension cords. Instead, plug yours directly into a grounded outlet. Check your owner’s manual for details on specific power requirements for your heater.

    Q. What kind of maintenance does my infrared heater require?

    A. Infrared heaters don’t require a lot of maintenance, but if yours doubles as an air purifier, you may need to periodically change or wash the filters in order to keep the purifier functioning at an optimal level. See your owner’s manual for more details.

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