In this guide we’ll take a look at the best halogen heaters for the UK market.
I’ve compared power, design, efficiency and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Halogen Heater?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Fast-heating halogen heater
This Bitiwend Portable Electric Fan Heater is an efficient halogen heater with fast-heat-up technology that will keep you warm no matter where you are. It is portable, takes only 2 seconds to start producing warm air , and can also be used as a fan in summer time.
Things to Know Before Buying a Halogen Heater
Halogen heaters are able to create high levels of heat which will keep you warm on chilly days.
They are excellent when used as an extra ‘boost’ alongside your central heating, or as stand-alone heating in smaller areas such as a shed or caravan.
As with most things nowadays, there are a lot of different products on the market when it comes to halogen heaters.
So, to help you find the best halogen heater, I’ve put together the following useful information:
Halogen heaters are practical and energy efficient.
They can be plugged in wherever there is an electricity socket, meaning they can be easily moved around the home depending on where you want heat.
They’re also lightweight and fast-warming. Once turned on, a halogen heater will warm up within seconds, and the radiant heat will effectively keep the immediate area nice and toasty.
Given that they heat up quickly, they do not waste much energy in warming up, so all energy is quickly converted into heat.
They can be very compact, which often makes them well suited to use in small spaces such as caravans or sheds. Great news if you tend to get a bit chilly whilst camping!
The cost to run a halogen heater depends on the power output of the unit and how long you run it for. Whilst other considerations will affect the running cost, an average price can be worked out as follows:
First, you will need to know your energy provider’s cost per kWh. You can often find this on your electricity bill, or by contacting them directly. For this example, let’s say it’s 0.15p.
Running a 1000 W halogen heater for an hour will cost 0.15p per hour.
The following calculations presume you are running the heater for one hour:
400 W heater = 0.06p per hour
800 W heater = 0.12p per hour
1000 W heater = 0.15p per hour
1200 W heater = 0.18p per hour
Some halogen heaters will give you the option to choose different power settings. For example, the Igenix IG9514 Portable Upright 3 Bar Halogen Electric Heater allows you to choose between 400, 800 and 1200 W. So with this heater you can choose which setting to have it on and manage your running costs effectively.
Halogen heaters are best suited to heating small areas, generally speaking – the area directly in front of them.
These heaters work via heat radiation, not convection. So, whereas a fan heater will focus on circulating the warm air through the room, a halogen heater will warm objects which are touched by the lamp’s glow.
As a result, they’re not cut out for heating large spaces, but they are suitable if you want to focus a lot of heat into a small area. For example, if you’re sitting at a table feeling a bit chilly, you’ll get a lot of heat from having a halogen heater positioned next to you.
If you’re not interested in heating the ‘space’ itself, but want all of the heat directly aimed onto you, a halogen heater could work well for you.
Halogen heaters are also effective in draughtier spaces – the work of a convection heater will be lost in a draughty room, but seeing as a halogen heater isn’t warming up the air, you can’t lose heat as easily through an open window or leaky door frames.
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More Detailed Halogen Heaters Reviews
Bitiwend Portable Electric Fan Heater Review
The Bitiwend Electric Fan Heater is a safe, long-lasting halogen heater.
With fast-heat-up and ceramic-heating technology, this unit is energy efficient and easy to operate. It produces warm air in just 2 seconds, and there are 3 temperature modes to choose from. The cool mode makes it suitable for all seasons.
This heater comes with a tilt switch for safety, meaning it will turn off if knocked over, as well as protection from overheating. Once the temperature reaches 75°C, this heater will automatically switch off.
Lastly, it offers wide-angle heating so you can evenly heat large areas as well as small ones and the portable design ensures it’s easy to carry to any room of the house.
If you’re searching for an energy-efficient yet high performing halogen heater, this Bitiwend model is the one for you.
Warmlite WL42005N Two Bar Halogen Heater Review
The Warmlite WL42005N Two Bar Halogen Heater is, in my opinion, one of the best halogen heaters on the market!
It’s made up of two halogen bars and comes with replaceable bulbs – a nice touch considering it can be a pain to not have back ups when the bulbs do eventually go.
The unit puts out a lot of heat with two heat settings to choose from. The higher setting is particularly powerful; it can warm a room quickly so you won’t be cold for long! On the lower setting, it is ideal for generally keeping the chill out.
The halogen heater has an oscillating function that distributes heat all around the room, it also gives off a nice warm glow when in use.
This heater is light and portable and has a handy carry handle. It also has a safety cut-out and will turn off if tipped over.
This is one of the best halogen heaters; it heats a effectively and provides a nice warm glow.
Igenix IG9514 Portable Upright 3 Bar Halogen Electric Heater Review
The Igenix IG9514 Portable Upright 3 Bar Halogen Electric Heater has 3 settings: 400, 800 and 1200 W.
You therefore have a lot of flexibility to choose how much heat you need, and you can also use it on the lower settings if you want it to be more economical.
It produces a lot of heat, especially on the highest setting, and can warm up a room quickly. On the lower setting, it helps keeps the chill out effectively too.
The oscillating function means that heat is distributed evenly through the room and the heater also gives off a warm glow. It therefore creates a warm, cosy atmosphere.
The unit has an auto cut-out switch case it is tipped over. It is also lightweight and easy to move around using the carry handle – even though it’s lightweight it still seems reasonable stable due to its oval base.
Belaco New upgraded Halogen Electric Heater Review
The Belaco New upgraded Halogen Electric Heater is versatile and good value.
It packs plenty of power distributes heat evenly around the room thanks to its oscillating function.
The unit has three heat settings: 400, 8000 and 1200 W. As a result you can adjust the heat depending on your desired temperature, and also keep it on a lower setting if you’re looking to keep running costs low.
The unit has a slim, white, rectangular design, making it look more modern and sleek than some halogen heaters. The base is reasonably stable, but the slimline design does mean it is important to put this heater on a stable surface. It also offers excellent value for money; having many features of more expensive models without the price tag.
Overall, this is another one of the best halogen heaters; being stylish and warming whilst offering great value for money.
2 Bar Rectangular Portable Halogen Electrical Heater Review
The 2 Bar Rectangular Portable Halogen Electrical Heater is a great budget option if you’re looking for a cheaper halogen heater.
It has two bars and will warm up a small room quickly. The unit is very compact so ideal for the conservatory or a caravan as it doesn’t take up much space.
This halogen heater gives off a nice glow and has an auto shut-off feature in case it is tipped over. The heater maintains a nice warmth even when only one bar is used, and would also be great to use in a shed.
This is one of the best halogen heaters to buy on a budget that is perfect for small spaces.
Halogen Heater FAQ
No, you shouldn’t leave a halogen heater on overnight. It is never a good idea to leave heating units on unsupervised, even if you think it will be fine, please turn off all heating devices before going to sleep.
Halogen heaters aren’t the best heaters for space heating. If, instead, you keep the halogen heater facing you, for example if you are sitting down reading or watching tv, then you will find it very effective at keeping you warm.
Approximately 0.18p per hour. This answer depends on how much you pay kWh in your house, but an average running cost would be 0.18p per hour for a 1200 W halogen heater.