Top 5 Infrared Space Heater in 2018 – Ideal Solution For Large Rooms

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If you are seeking a way to make one or more rooms in your home more comfortable by heating them better, then you'll want to pay attention to this article. We are going to explain how you can warm most rooms in your property, without simply cranking up your central heating dial.

How it can be done is with an infrared heater, which is capable of heating rooms of up to 1000 square feet. However, choosing one is not easy, as there are several features which can differ between the various models that are available.

To make it easier for you, we are going to review five of the top infrared heaters that are available. Our infrared heater reviews we will highlight their top features, and by the end, you should have all the information you need to make the right choice.

Product Summary


Product

Rating

Weight

26.4 lbs.

31lbs.

23.5 lbs.

21 lbs.

28.6 lbs.

Dimension

(inches)

13 x 17 x 15 

24 x 28 x 14

13 x 11 x 16

13 x 11 x 16

13 x 24 x 23

Max heat output

5,200 BTUs

4,800 BTUs

5,200 BTUs

5,200 BTUs

5,200 BTUs

Control types

Manual and remote control

Timer function

YES

Heating area

1,000 SQ feet

Color options

Cherry, oak

Cream, black bronze

None

None

None

Reviews of The Best Infrared Heaters

#1 Duraflame 9HM8101-O142 Portable Infrared Heater

Your first sight of the Duraflame Portable Infrared Heater might have you thinking you've been sent an old-fashioned radio from the 1950s, rather than something which is going to heat your rooms. It is an easy mistake to make, given that this heater has a laminate oak finish, and grill at the front. Be assured you're not going to be hearing any sounds coming from this grill, but instead you'll be feeling the heat from inside.

This heater can produce 5,200 BTUs which is as good as any of the other heaters we will be looking at, and it means that it can heat a room of up to 1,000 square feet.

To get started you have a choice of using the remote control or the controls on the front of the heater. Once it is switched on, you can adjust the temperature up or down to whichever is the most comfortable for you. The great thing about the remote control is that once you are sat in your nice comfy chair, there's no need to get up again if you need to adjust the temperature.

The other aspect of control that you have is with the timer function. This allows you to set the heater to switch itself off after a time that is determined by you.

One of the most popular features of this heater is that it is light and small enough to be portable, and the fact it has wheels helps with this too. This means you can use it in any room where heat is needed most, including bedrooms, dining rooms and studies.

In case the heater gets too hot, there is a safety cut-off to prevent overheating, and the heater is safe in households with children or pets, as it remains cool to the touch, even when it is on.

Things We Like

  • Remote control to adjust heat settings
  • A timer can be set to switch heater off
  • Lightweight and portable
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    Safe for children and pets

Things We Don't Like

  • The fan runs for too long after switching off the heater
  • Cabinet appearance is obviously laminate

#2 Comfort Smart Jackson CS-25IR Infrared Stove Heater

If you are looking for a top infrared heater that looks stunning and can heat a room, then the Comfort Smart Jackson CS-25IR Infrared Stove Heater is one you want to be taking a good look at. Its styling is such that it could just as easily be used as a piece of occasional furniture, as it could a heater. You can also buy it in three different colors (cream, bronze, black) to suit the decor inside your home.

Great looks don't end there because when the heater is on there are imitation flames with glowing log and burning ember effects inside, which almost make you feel warm before you even turn on the heat. There are glass panels on the front and the sides, so you can see these effects from whichever side of the heater you are sitting.

The heater can be controlled using the remote control, so you can sit back, relax and simply let your fingers do the work, rather than your legs. The controller can also switch the heater on and off and set the timer for when you want the heater to switch off by itself. It can even be used to adjust the imitation flames, which is fun.

The same controls that are on the remote are also located behind the door of the heater, so if for any reason the remote goes missing or faulty, you can still use your infrared heater.

Things We Like

  • Choice of three colors
  • Glass panels on three sides
  • Eye-catching imitation flames and burning log effects
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    The remote control can adjust heat levels

Things We Don't Like

  • Heat capacity is a bit less than other models
  • The fan is louder than it should be

#3 Dr Infrared Portable Space Heater

No infrared heater reviews would be complete without at least one entry from 'Dr Infrared'. Now that name might sound more like some clubland rapper, but we can assure you that it is the name of one of the top infrared heaters suppliers in the USA. This model is one of their most successful sellers, and when you start to look at its features you can understand why.

For a start, it is light and portable and can be easily wheeled from room to room if necessary, thanks to the fact that it is one of the lightest infrared heaters of this type.

The control panel on the front is well laid out with big controls and a large LED which indicates the temperature setting. There is a remote control which sadly can’t be used to switch the heater on or off, but it will adjust the temperature. You can also use the remote to set the heater to shut off in time periods which range from 1 hour all the way up to 12 hours.

One of the big appeals of this heater is its safety features which are more comprehensive than many heaters have. First, there is an automatic shut-off should the heater ever get close to overheating and cause the risk of a fire starting to escalate.

Then there is the tip over protection, which is needed because although it is very stable, with the heater being so small and portable, there is always the risk that someone will trip over it, or bump into it. This includes children and pets who are the prime candidates for this.  If this were to happen, the heater switches itself off.

Things We Like

  • The large and clear control panel on the heater
  • Tip-over and overheat protection
  • Auto shut down timer
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    Light and portable

Things We Don't Like

  • Remote control can't turn the heater on
  • Plastic wheels are cheap and low quality

#4 Ivation Portable Infrared Mini Heater 

If there were a contest for top infrared heaters to see which one has just about everything you would want, then this one from Ivation would be very near the top of the leaderboard.

First, we have its stylish design, with a dark wood cabinet which would grace any lounge, dining room or bedroom. It is also lightweight, in fact, the lightest we have reviewed, so moving it between different rooms will be very easy, especially as it has casters in the base.

Controlling the heater can be done using the well laid out control panel on the front. Apart from the usual functions you'd expect to see like temperature control and shut-off timer, this has an additional, and very useful function, which few other infrared heaters normally have.

It has preset programs relating to temperature settings which can be either set to 'Low', which reduces the heater energy output to 1000 watts, ‘High', which maximizes it to 1500 watts or the 'Eco' mode which runs the heater at a level which produces an ambient temperature of around 68°F.

Next, we have the safety features, and this infrared heater has more than most. We start with the overheat cut-off which prevents fire risks. It also has a tip-over sensor which switches the heater off if it gets knocked over. There is an additional safety function which few heaters have, and that is a child lock. This prevents children from changing any settings, which is particularly welcome in relation to the temperature settings.

If you'd rather remain in your chair or even your bed, and operate your heater, this is where you will make full use of the remote control.  You can use it to set the timer, adjust the temperature, select the heat modes, and even activate the child safety feature.

Things We Like

  • Stylish dark wood cabinet
  • Child safety lock
  • The remote control can operate all functions
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    Pre-set output modes

Things We Don't Like

  • Doesn't save the previous mode
  • The LED indicator light is very dim

#5 Duraflame DFI-5010 Infrared Stove Heater

We come now to another top infrared heater that can be said to take on two roles; that of heating the room it is in, and as a very attractive piece of furniture in that very same room.

The black coloring of this heater is a very clever choice by the manufacturer because it seems to magnify the visual effects inside it. Here you a have 3D imitation flames dancing around, and beneath them, there are glow effect logs.

With most infrared heaters, you switch it on and the effects simply happen, but with this one, you get to control these effects. You can adjust the color of them, and the speed at which the flames dance around. If you see these effects in action and were not aware they were imitation, they look so realistic you might swear they were real flames.

What is certainly real, is the heat that this infrared heater can produce, and with an output of up to 5,200 BTUs, it should be able to heat rooms of 1,000 sq. feet. You can adjust this using the digital control panel on the front of the heater.

Unfortunately, the remote control cannot be used to adjust the temperature settings, but it can operate all the other functions. This includes setting the timer to switch the heater off, switching the heater on or off immediately, and the fun part, which is it can adjust all the flame and log effect settings we mentioned previously.

As it sits on four legs and is very stable, there is no need for a tip over cut off. However, it does have an overheat cut-off which prevents extreme temperatures and the related fire risks they would pose.

Things We Like

  • Very stylish design
  • 3D imitation dancing flame effect
  • Digital control panel
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    Automatic switch off timer

Things We Don't Like

  • LCD readout can't be seen when the door is closed
  • Remote control does not adjust the temperature

Buyer’s Guide

Infrared Heating versus Convection Heating

Infrared heat is transferred from its source via electromagnetic radiation, and the most obvious example of that is the heat we feel from the sun. Infrared heat will heat the objects and individuals in a room directly, and the science behind this (below video) tells us that those same objects then also radiate heat.

Let’s compare this with how a conventional convector heater works. Convector heaters heat the air within a room, so anyone in that room will feel warm for as long as the air remains warm, but if someone opens a door or window and allows cold air to enter, the hot air escapes and the temperature quickly drops.

Another issue is the fact that hot air rises, which means that in the room that you are trying to heat, most of the warm air is up in the ceiling, which doesn't really lend itself to warming up those down below who are standing on the floor or sitting down.

The other drawback of convection heating is that as it is warming the air, the air is drying. This creates problems relating to the amount of moisture in the air or lack of it. This can cause sinus issues, and lead to you always feeling like you have a dry throat.

Safety Features of Infrared Heaters

Any appliance in your home which generates heat should have safety features to guard against overheating, burn risks to individuals, and fire risks. Infrared heaters fall into that category, and here are the safety features you are likely to find within them.

  • Overheating Cut-Off: You should find this universally across all infrared heaters. If the heater senses that its temperature is reaching an excessively high level, then it will shut down to avoid overheating and the danger that could create.
  • Tip Over Cut-Off: With many infrared heaters being small and light it can be very easy for someone to knock them over. If this should happen, a 'tip-over' sensor activates and the heater is switched off immediately. This is a particularly welcome safety feature in households with children.
  • Child Lock: There are some top infrared heaters that have a child lock, which prevents children from adjusting the heater and possibly setting it to its highest temperature.
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    Cool to The Touch: You will also find that most infrared heaters are 'cool to the touch', which protects both adults and children, and will also be welcome news to any pets you may have, that might try to jump on or push their nose against the heater.
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Infrared Heaters and Their Impact on Your Energy Bills

We will come right out say that there is no cast-iron guarantee that an infrared heater will reduce your energy bills, but we will say, that it is more than likely to.

The reason we can't give you a 100% assurance is that there are several factors which impact how much energy you need to heat your home.

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The size of the property and the number and size of the rooms in it, how well your home is insulated, and the climate in the area where you live, are but a few of variables.

How effective you are at not wasting energy, such as leaving a heater on in a room when there's no one in there or likely to be any time soon, also plays a part.

If you refer to the section where we compared infrared heaters with convection heaters, it doesn't take much to work out that if you are losing heat from a room by simply opening the door, it then follows that your convection heater needs to stay on for long periods to keep that room warm.

An infrared heater does not have to, because the heat it generates and radiates is not affected when a door opens as it is not heating the air in the room, it is heating what is in the room.

This difference alone has been known to reduce energy bills for some households by up to 50%. Now before you get too excited, please remember there are many other factors involved, but the potential to save is undoubtedly there.

Does the Size and Weight of an Infrared Heater matter?

The infrared heater reviews we have done looked at 5 products which each have very distinct, and several unique attributes in relation to their design. While these might not be what swing your decision from one product to another, there are practical reasons they should be considered.

One of the most basic aspects you should consider is concerning the size of an infrared heater. None of them is particularly large but if space is tight then you might want to make sure it is going fit where you plan to have it. We have looked at heaters that range from 24 inches on their longest side to others that are only 16 inches, so the difference is not insignificant.

With most top infrared heater having castors, they are clearly designed to be portable. However, there are some of the more ornate ones that don't have castors, so they'll need to be carried.

Castors or not, an infrared heater needs to be carried up or down any stairs. The heaviest of the heaters we have reviewed weighs 31 lbs., which might not seem too heavy. However, that's still the equivalent of 15 bags of sugar you must lift, so think about this and check the specifications of the heaters to compare their dimensions and weight.

Conclusion

We have thought long and hard about each of the infrared heaters we have reviewed and trying to pick what we consider the top one wasn't easy.

They all produce very similar heat levels, and they all look great, with one or two being particularly stylish. It is when we thought about the functions and how easy each heater was to control that our winner emerged, and that is the Ivation Portable Infrared Mini Heater.

With it, you have the benefit of preset modes, so you can instantly switch it on and select the setting you like best. Alternatively, you can simply adjust the temperature from the remote control.

Where this infrared heater really moves ahead is with its safety features. It has the usual overheat and tipping cut-off, but to have a child safety lock is a huge plus for us.

Finishing it all off nicely is the very attractive dark wood cabinet, which gives us a heater that is safe, easy to control, and looks great.

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