In this guide we’ll take a look at the best fan heaters for the UK market.
I’ve compared performance, speed, efficiency and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Fan Heater?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Excellent space-saving heater to warm up rooms and keep costs down!
This Dimplex Studio G Ceramic Fan Heater provides 2500 W of power, keeping temperatures toasty. It has a contemporary and stylish tower design, taking up little space, whilst heating extremely effectively. The LCD display and remote control make it easy to use, with a thermostat and timer to help keep running costs down.
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More Detailed Fan Heater Reviews
Dimplex Studio G Ceramic Fan Heater Review
The Dimplex Studio G Ceramic Fan Heater is a powerful 2500 W heater with a compact, contemporary design.
Capable of delivering continuous warmth to large spaces, this heater is a must-have for the winter months.
There are two power settings to choose from: low and high, so you can select how much you want to ‘blast’ the heat. A choice of power settings also gives you control over running costs – low heat settings use less power, and therefore less money!
With a smart design and oscillating movement function, this heater makes light work of heating even frosty spaces. The LED display and remote control make it easy to use from near or far – no need to get out of bed to change the settings!
The construction is lightweight for easy portability, so you can take it with you to whichever room you need.
Complete with a timer function for maximum energy saving, this aesthetic and modern heater is well deserving of its place on my list of ‘best fan heaters’.
De’Longhi Bend Line Ceramic Fan Heater Review
The De’Longhi Bend Line Ceramic Fan Heater is another top contender for ‘best fan heater’, and you’ll soon see why!
With 2000 W of power, this heater can warm rooms of up to 20 x 20 m in just a few minutes – faster warming also means less need for extended use, which will keep your bills down!
It has a 24-hour timer so you can choose how long to heat your home for. With this function you can rest assured that you won’t leave it on for hours accidentally.
This heater comes with a safe and efficient ceramic heating element that provides fast and powerful spot heat. It has a stable, oscillating base for maximum heat distribution, and two power settings to choose from depending on your desired temperature.
It’s very easy to use, with a digital control panel and LED display. The anti-frost function is perfect keeping garages, conservatories, and very cold rooms frost-free in winter.
Overall, this is a fantastic, powerful heater that doesn’t take up much floor space but really effectively keeps rooms warm.
2000W Oscillating PTC Ceramic Tower Fan Heater Review
This 2000W Oscillating PTC Ceramic Tower Fan Heater is the best fan heater to buy on a budget if you are looking for power, versatility and quiet operation.
It packs a mighty 2000 W which easily heats up a large room. It has ceramic elements that are efficient at heating and warm up quickly so no energy is wasted.
It is also relatively quiet for a fan heater; you won’t be disturbed if you use it in the office or bedroom.
The oscillation features allows it to spread hot air around the room efficiently, circulating the air well. It can be orientated vertically or horizontally making it very convenient to position.
The two power modes, low and high, allow you to adjust the temperature depending on the warmth of the room. You won’t have to use more power than necessary.
One of the best things about this fan heater is its memory function; it will remember the last settings used after being switched off. So when you turn it on again, you don’t have to re-programme it.
It also features a timer that can be set between 1 – 24 hours in 1-hour increments. This timer can be used to turn off the heater, so you can be warm as you fall asleep without leaving it on all night. Plus, the timer can also be set to turn the heater on, which means you can preheat a room before you need it.
This electric fan heater is neat and compact having an overall height of just 55 cm.
It’s one of the best fan heaters for anyone looking for an affordable option that is compact, versatile, and programmable.
Pro Breeze 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater Review
The Pro Breeze 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater is a powerful fan heater that is also compact and stylish.
The ceramic heating elements in this small fan heater are more efficient, and warm up faster, than traditional elements. So, combined with the oscillation feature, this heater is very effective at heating a large room.
It’s small, compact and lightweight, but certainly still packs a punch! It also has a handy carry handle which makes it very useful if you want to be able to move it around your house to different rooms. Another bonus is that it’s easy to store during warmer weather seeing as it doesn’t take up much space.
This is a great electric fan heater if you are looking for the power to heat up large spaces with a compact and stylish unit.
Honeywell HZ-510E1 Heavy Duty Fan Heater Review
The Honeywell HZ-510E1 Heavy Duty Fan Heater is a heavy duty, sturdy electric fan heater that is both powerful and easily portable.
It provides a lot of heat but is not as quiet as some other heaters. This makes it ideal for spaces where heat is the priority and quiet operation is not so much of a concern.
Its easy-carry handle makes it very portable, and it’s compact and tidy – easy to place anywhere. What’s more, the feet can be adjusted up and down to help angle the air in the right direction. Unlike a lot of fan heaters, this can be placed on any surface as the feet will give it sufficient clearance from the ground.
The fan heater has a stylish retro design; it wouldn’t look out of place in a ’50s diner, and will look charming in any room in the house.
It isn’t often that a fan heater makes such a cool statement!
Dimplex FX20V Wall Mounted Fan Heater 2KW Review
The Dimplex FX20V Wall Mounted Fan Heater is the best fan heater for bathrooms or smaller rooms because it takes up no floor space.
This electric fan heater can be mounted on the wall and turned on and off via a pull cord. This makes it a very safe option if you have children or pets.
It has two different power settings: 2 kW and 1 kW. You can choose which to use depending on the room temperature and your cost-efficiency preferences.
There is also a built-in thermostat which will allow you to leave it on 2 kW until the desired temperature is reached, and then it will turn itself down or off. Keep those bills low by keeping your fan heater smart!
It is also small and compact so its takes up little room on the wall and doesn’t stick out too far.
This fan heater is a great additional heat source in a bathroom, kitchen or utility room and is a safe option if you have children or pets.
Things to Know Before Buying a Fan Heater
A fan heater will help keep you warm during the chilly winter months.
They can offer a welcome boost to your central heating, especially in those rooms which just seem to feel cold no matter what. What’s more, they are also fantastic to use in outbuildings such as sheds or garages because they are so easy to transport.
Fan heaters work by convection, meaning they are designed to encourage warm air to circulate around a room. Fortunately for all of us, this is an extremely effective heating method!
Of course, it is important to choose the best fan heater to ensure you keep costs down and get the results you’re looking for.
The following advice will help you make an informed decision when choosing which fan heater to buy:
Fan heaters have a lot of things working in their favour: convenience, speed and versatility.
Running off electricity, they are simple and quick to plug in and you can benefit from their heat instantly. Given that electricity sockets are easy to come by, you’ll never be at a loss for where you can use a fan heater.
The biggest benefit of a fan heater is how quickly it is able to warm up a room. Unlike many other heater types, fan heaters actively encourage air flow in a room. Therefore, instead of waiting for the air next to the heater to warm up and rise, as with most other convector heaters, a fan heater will draw in cool air and push it out hot; speeding up the process.
Finally, fan heaters are extremely portable and lightweight. Moving them between rooms several times a day, or even taking them to outbuildings and back in, will take no effort at all.
A lot of people worry that fan heaters are extremely expensive to run and generally don’t consider them to be a viable option. But it’s easy to work out how much a fan heater will cost you, and it’s probably not as much you think.
You can work out a rough running cost using a simple equation. You will need to know the price you pay per kWh – you can find this out by looking at your energy bill or contacting your energy provider. For this example, we will presume that you pay 0.14p per kWh.
kW energy input x price per kWh = running cost
So, if you are running a fan heater for an hour with an energy input of 2 kW and your kWh is 0.14p, your running cost will be 0.28p per hour.
As you can see, this can be quite reasonable depending on how frequently you’re using your fan heater. It is generally only advisable to use them for short bursts of time, before turning them off and continuing to enjoy the heat they have circulated into the room.
What’s more, if you buy a fan heater with a thermostat you will keep running costs down because it will switch off once the desired temperature in the room has been achieved.
Finally, many heaters have different energy input settings. Your heater may be capable of delivering 2 kW of power, but if it has the option, you will also be able to use it on a 1 kW setting. This will keep the price down too. If you use it on a 1 kW setting for an hour, and your kWh price is 0.14p, your running cost will be 0.14p per hour.
2 kW is a good amount of power for a fan heater to have. It will be able to deliver a lot of heat without being outrageously expensive to run. All of the models in this review can deliver up to 2 kW of power, and they’re powerful little heaters.
The added benefit of choosing a 2kW heater is that it will often have the option of running it on a lower 1 kW setting, giving you flexibility over how much power you wish to use.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the ‘basic space heater’ is the only fan heater design available, but there are actually several different options on the market.
If you’re looking for versatility, portability, and aren’t too worried about the unit’s appearance (they’re relatively small and discreet by nature anyway), then you’ll probably be content with a traditional floor-standing design. For example, the Pro Breeze 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater. These freestanding designs are easy to transport and set up wherever you wish in the house.
You can also buy fan tower heaters, like the 2000W Oscillating PTC Ceramic Tower Fan Heater, which can be particularly useful if you’re looking to take up the least amount of floor space possible.
A wall-mounted design can be particularly helpful if you’re keen to keep the heater out of the way of children or pets. It won’t take up any floor space, but will of course result in the fan being permanently positioned in one location. If you have one room which gets particularly chilly, or needs a boost of heat, like a bathroom, wall-mounted fan heaters can be an excellent choice.
Then there are some more stylish options, like the Honeywell HZ-510E1 Heavy Duty Fan Heater which has clearly been designed with aesthetics in mind. These options have the appearance of a stylish kitchen appliance and you might find you enjoy this more quirky and fun type of heater.
- A timer – a timer can help you save electricity by not leaving the fan on for longer than you mean to. It can be easy to set a heater going and then fail to recognise that it doesn’t need to be on anymore – we all get busy and distracted sometimes! A timer will allow you to set the heater to turn off after a couple of hours. This is also helpful if you’d like the fan heater to be on as you’re going to sleep, but not be whirring all night long!
- A thermostat – a thermostat can be a really good function for keeping running costs down. If you want the room to be maintained at a certain temperature, the heater will turn off once this temperature has been reached, and then turn back on when the temperature drops. This is a great way to save power as you don’t use more than you need.
- Different power modes – having a fan heater with different power settings is really beneficial. Not only can you choose if you personally want only a little heat, or a hotter blast, but you can keep running costs down by running it on lower power if you want. It’s nice to have a couple of options for increased flexibility.
- A remote control – some fan heaters come with remote control, whilst not strictly essential it can be useful to have one. It really depends on when and where you’d like to use your fan heater. If you would like to be able to change the settings without getting out of bed, a remote control can be a great addition.
Fan Heater FAQ
Fan heaters use a fan to pass air over a heat source: either a metal or ceramic heating element. The air is rapidly warmed and propelled into the room. Fan heaters are very effective and suitable for both small and medium sized rooms.
Many fan heaters come with an integrated thermostat and a choice of heat output. Once your desired temperature has been reached, the heater will switch to the lower power level to save money.
As with all ‘extra’ heating choices, you want to be careful to use fan heaters sparingly so as not to increase bills unnecessarily. That said, a 1 – 2 kW heater will cost about 15p – 30p to run, so they are unlikely to break the bank. Just be aware of your usage, and try to use it for short bursts rather than for hours at a time.
You should avoid leaving any kind of heater on all night whilst you sleep, as there will always be a bit of risk. If you do want a heater on whilst you’re sleeping, the best things to do it by a fan heater with a timer setting. Set it on when you’re going to sleep, but have the heater turn off after an hour.