Dr. Infrared Heater Reviews and Buying Guide 2020

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Infrared heating has been around for decades, but it’s only recently become popular in the world of residential heating and air products. If you’ve looked into purchasing a smaller infrared heater for your home, there’s a good chance you’ve come across products that carry the Dr. Infrared Heater branding. With over 20 heaters in their collection, there are plenty of options to choose from, and we’re going to cover them all in our Dr. Infrared Heater review.

Dr. Infrared Heater Collection

The main type of systems Dr. Heater USA sells are infrared heaters, which is fairly obvious given their namesake. Well, they also have heaters geared towards garages along with specialty systems and unit heaters. With that in mind, their space heater collection is the most popular by far.

Dr. Infrared Space Heaters

Model

Timer

Advanced Blower

Oscillation

Humidifier

Dr. Infrared DR-968

Yes

No

No

No

Dr. Infrared DR-968 H

Yes

No

No

Yes

Dr.Infrared DR-978

Yes

No

No

No

Dr.Infrared DR-998

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Dr.Infrared DR-998 W

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Dr. Infrared DR-999

Yes

Yes

No

No

Dr. Infrared made a name for themselves with their infrared space heaters, and it’s where you’ll find most of the systems in their current lineup. The first heater we want to touch on could be considered the base model in the Dr. Infrared DR-968. This 1500-watt cabinet style heater has a digital thermostat, two heat settings, and several modes.

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Dr. Infrared Heater DR-968 H

The Dr. Infrared Heater DR-968 H is a variant of that system, but with a built-in ultrasonic humidifier. Both of these units have remote controls and are identical from a specification standpoint aside from the humidification feature. Alternatively, the Dr. Infrared DR-978 has a completely different style featuring a black cabinet and legs, but the same set of features except for humidification.

The next step up from the company is the Dr. Infrared Heater DR-998 and the DR-998 W, which is a variant with a Walnut cabinet. These models have the humidifier feature and also add oscillation into the mix. Every heater in this class has dual-heating capabilities with a PTC and Quartz infrared element, which increases efficiency and keeps the operating cost low. All have timers, remote controls and are rated at 1500 watts as well.

Dr. Infrared Garage Heaters

Model

Style

Wattage

BTUs

Controls

Hardwired

Dr. Infrared DR-988

Freestanding

5,600

4,800

Manual

No

Dr. Infrared DR-966

Wall-mounted

6,000

20,500

Manual

Yes

Dr. Infrared DR-975

Wall-mounted

7,500

25,957

Electronic

Yes

Dr. Infrared DR-910 F

Wall-mounted

10,000

34,129

Electronic

Yes

Dr. Infrared DR-910 M

Cart

10,000

34,121

Manual

Yes

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Dr. Infrared DR-988 shop heater

The best heater companies make a range of products from heaters geared towards residential rooms to heavy-duty units and shop heaters. We’ve discussed garage heaters at length, and Dr. Infrared made an appearance on our best garage heater list with the popular Dr. Infrared DR-988 shop heater. Well, they have several hardwired options available as well if you’re interested in something a bit more rugged.  

If you need something high-powered in your garage or workshop, the Dr. Infrared DR-910 M is an interesting option. The heater is mounted on a wheeled cart, which makes it easy to move about, and it has two heat settings with an adjustable thermostat. The Dr. Infrared DR-910 F is a wall-mounted variant of the same heater with the same wattage and price point.

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Dr. Infrared DR-966 Heater

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Dr. Infrared DR-966 Heater. While still in the commercial class with a heavy-duty frame, it’s rated at 20,500 BTUs and best-suited for smaller areas around 300 to 600 square feet. It’s also their most affordable industrial garage heater, although it still needs to be hardwired.

The last heater from this category is the Dr. Infrared DR-975. It’s another wall-mounted system that’s in-line with the DR-966 and DR-910 F, but between the two in terms of power. It has electronic controls like the DR-910 F, however, and both of those heaters come with a remote control.

Dr. Infrared Specialty Heaters

Heaters are used in a wide variety of situations from consumers that want something to keep their tents warm while they camp to large, industrial units and decorative room heaters. Dr. Infrared has several heaters that fall into the specialty class, including tough portable units and a system built to deal with bugs.

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Dr. Infrared DR-122 heater

If you have bed bugs, there are a variety of ways to deal with the issue, but heat has been proven to be highly effective.  Dr. Heater has a model that’s made especially for bed bugs with the Dr. Infrared DR-122 heater. It’s actually a system that allows you to treat an area 38” x 38” x 26” with a collapsible tent, which is combined with a 1500-watt fan-forced heater.

You can reach temperatures between 120°-155°F with this system, while the Dr. Infrared DR-122X4 can handle larger objects up to 112” x 58” x 79”. A more traditional heater is the DR-218. While it doesn’t look like a house heater, the Dr. Infrared DR-218 is built for a greenhouse or workshop thanks to its IPX4-rated exterior. It’s available in two sizes with a 1,500 or 3,000-watt model, although the companies Salamander heaters are far more powerful.

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Dr. Infrared DR-PS11524

The Dr. Infrared DR-PS11524 heater is a single-phase heater rated at 15,000 watts, and the DR-PS11024 is slightly less powerful at 10,000 watts. Both heaters have the same design, which includes manual controls, a sturdy wheeled cart, and an adjustable thermostat with a range of 40°-100°F.

Dr. Infrared Unit Heaters

When you need to heat a large space like a garage or warehouse continuously, unit heaters can provide more bang for your buck. At this time, the company has five models available in the commercial class. There are more similarities than differences between these units as well.

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Dr. Infrared DR-P2100

The premium heater in this range is the Dr. Infrared DR-P3200, which can be used as a single or three-phase system. The DR-P3150 and the DR-P2100 are the next models down in power, while the DR-P350 and DR-P130 bring up the rear.

The biggest differences between these models are the dimensions and wattage, as they range from 3,000 to 20,000 watts. All can be used in single or three-phase configurations and mounted horizontally or vertically, depending on your needs.

Dr. Infrared Heater Warranties

The warranties provided by Dr. Infrared are straightforward and easy to understand. Almost every heater in the company’s current lineup and the ones we listed in our Dr. Infrared heater reviews have a 1-year warranty. While that might seem like a negative, a 1-year guarantee is fairly common for this class of heater.

There is a collection of heaters with a 3-year guarantee, although they call come from their space heater line, not their industrial heaters. Considering the price of most of the company’s heaters and their strong track record, an extended warranty may not be the best idea unless it’s for one of the company’s premium systems.

While the warranty policy may be a little disappointing, the company more than makes up for it with a wealth of replacement parts. They have more parts available than other companies, and you can purchase the parts directly, without having to deal with third-party retailers or inflated prices.

Dr. Infrared Heater Reviews

As you can see, Dr. Infrared has a variety of heaters in their arsenal, which can make finding the perfect model tough. After taking into account older models that are in short supply and consumer reviews on their newer systems, we chose three heaters we feel stand out from the rest.

Dr. Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater DR-968

The Best Infrared Space Heater

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When you’re interested in a room heater that doesn’t necessarily look like one, Dr. Infrared’s lineup of space heaters is a great choice. While there are several to choose from, the DR-968 is the best of the bunch from a price and performance standpoint.

This efficient heater features a dual-heating system utilizing an infrared quartz tube with PTC. There are also no exposed elements making it safer around children and pets. It has built-in tip-over protection as well, along with a cool-touch body. At 16”H x 11” W x 13”L, it is larger than other 1500-watt systems, but it’s quiet and performs as advertised.

There aren’t many bells & whistles on this system, so there are two standard heat settings to choose from along with Auto mode. The DR-968 has a digital thermostat, remote control, and a 12-hour timer for ease of use, however. If you want a heater that can humidify, the Dr. Infrared DR-968 H is a viable alternative as well.

Pros

  • easy and safety to use
  • 1,500 watts
  • variant with a humidifier
  • with a timer and remote control

Cons

  • larger than systems with the same power

Dr. Heater DR-966 Shop Heater

The Best Commercial Heater

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While all of Dr. Infrared’s commercial heaters have been well-received, some have gone over a little better with homeowners than others. In our opinion, the best heavy-duty heater from the company is the DR-966, especially if your budget is a concern.

Commercial shop heaters are not exactly cheap, and it’s not uncommon to see models ranging from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars. The Dr. Heater DR966 is a budget-friendly 6,000-watt heater with a powerful 8” fan and adjustable louvers to help you control the airflow. This wall-mounted heater has two settings and a dial-based adjustable thermostat on the front. It’s also designed to last long after other heaters have gone to the scrap heap.

A stamped steel cover with thick epoxy paint and a permanently lubricated ball bearing motor are two advantages of this durable system. On the downside, there is no power cord included, and most homeowners that use this heater in their garage or workshop will need to hire a professional to install this heater.

Pros

  • easy to mount and maintain
  • adjustable thermostat
  • an attractive price point for a 240-volt heater

Cons

  • short warranty
  • no cord
  • a professional installation will be required

Dr. Infrared Heater DR218 Greenhouse Heater

An Excellent All-Around Heater

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We’ve seen a number of companies produce hybrid heaters over the past few years, and while the DR218 doesn’t exactly fit that bill, it is an interesting choice for use inside your home or for buildings on your property.

The Dr. Infrared DR-218 has a relatively traditional design and is listed as a greenhouse heater with one speed setting and 1500 watts of power. While it will definitely work wonders on your plants in the wintertime, the design of this heater makes it ideal for garages, workshops, and other areas as well. It only weighs around 13 pounds, and the design allows you to transport it with ease.

This is another heater without many features, although it has a fan-only mode and an adjustable thermostat. It also has IPX4 certification, so it can withstand a bit of splashing in your greenhouse or garage. If you need something with more power, there is a 3,000-watt variant of this system available as well.

Pros

  • light weight and easy to carry
  • adjustable thermostat
  • IPX4 protection against splashing

Cons

  • nothing significant

Dr. Infrared Heater FAQ

Q: How long can I expect the element in an infrared heater to last?

A: The tubes in the company’s space heaters are all rated for 20,000 hours or more.

Q: What’s the best way to clean the electrostatic filter in my Dr. Infrared Space Heater?

A: The company recommends using a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust from the filter. Always unplug the machine remove the filter beforehand.

Q: Is it safe to use my Dr. Infrared heater with an extension cord or power strip if the cord won’t reach the wall outlet.

A: No, you should always plug any heater directly into a wall outlet. Power strips and extension cords are can be unsafe for a variety of reasons and are frowned upon across the industry.

Q: How do I keep mold or bacteria from building up in the humidifier of my Dr. Infrared heater?

A: You’ll need to remove the humidification unit, clean it out, and let it fully dry before placing it back on the unit. While the company recommends doing this once a month, we feel that at least once every few weeks is better if you plan to use the system regularly.

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