In this guide we’ll take a look at the best oil filled radiators for the UK market.
I’ve compared power, design, efficiency and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Oil Filled Radiator?
More Detailed Oil Filled Radiator Reviews
The De’Longhi Dragon Oil Filled Radiator is the best oil filled radiator if you need a quality product that is highly effective, economical to run and comes with a 10-year guarantee.
This oil filled radiator has three settings and provides 2500 watts of power on the highest setting. It also has an eco-function which optimizes energy consumption, so saving you money. The unit has a dual timer so it can set it on and off 4 times per 24 hours. It is easy to adjust the heat and timers with the clear LED display. This radiator also has an anti-frost function which is particularly handy in rooms that get very cold, such as conservatories.
The design of the radiator channels cool air through the hottest part of the radiator and accelerates hot air through vents so it provides a steady flow of warm air that quickly heats up a room. One of these heaters will heat up a room of up to 73m3.
This radiator has an excellent build quality and runs smoothly on any floor surface due to its rubberized wheels. It also has a handy carry handle. The simple design and white paint finish make it unobtrusive and it fits in with most styles of home. The lead is a reasonable length allowing you to position the radiator, in most cases, without having to use an extension lead.
Overall, this is an excellent product that heats large rooms effectively and will last for years.
The Jack Stonehouse Oil Filled Radiator produces 2500 watts of power, has an adjustable temperature of between 5 and 35 degrees and heats up a room of up to 28m2.
This unit has a clear and easy to use digital LED display and includes a 24-hour timer so you can set the radiator to turn off or on after a certain amount of time. The radiator has a sleek design and a black paint finish make it unobtrusive. It is mounted on four castor wheels that make it easy to move on all floor surfaces. The unit comes with a 1.8-metre cord allowing you to position it where you want without needing an extension lead. It also features a safety switch that will turn it off if it is knocked over.
This oil filled radiator offers great functionality at an excellent price.
The Pro Breeze 2500W Digital Oil-Filled Radiator has 4 heat settings and thermostat as well as a timer so you can have your room at the perfect temperature at all times.
This radiator can be set at three different power settings 1000/1500/2500W as well as an eco-mode. The settings are easily adjusted on the digital display or via the remote control. The timer can be set for 1 on/off setting in each 24 hours. The radiator is capable of heating rooms up to 32m2.
The build quality on this oil filled radiator is good, and the product has a sleek design and a simple white paint finish that means it fits into most decors unobtrusively. The castors are sturdy, and the unit has a 1.5-metre power cable.
This is a powerful and versatile oil filled radiator with a sleek design
The Igenix IG2610 Portable Digital Oil Filled Radiator is an economical option if you need a radiator with a good amount of power for your money in a compact unit that can easily be tucked away in the smallest spaces.
This radiator has 3 heat settings 800W, 1200W and 2000W and an adjustable thermostat that allows you to get the temperature in small to medium rooms just right. There is a dial on the side to adjust the heat and the unit has a countdown timer which allows you to set the radiator to come on or turn off.
This radiator is ideal for small spaces as it is small enough to fit under a desk, in a caravan or porch yet still kicks out a good amount of heat.
Oil Filled Radiators vs. Connection Heaters
Oil filled radiators have an element which heats fluid inside. This warms the surface of the radiator which transmits heat to the air in the room.
Convector heaters heat with an internal element that produces hot air. The air rises rises from the heater and convents around the room.
Generally, oil filled radiators will take a little longer to heat up the room. This means they will need to be on for longer and therefore use more energy, to reach the desired temperature. However, they also take longer to cool down so will continue to provide heat for a while after they are turned off.
Convection heaters, on the other hand, heat up fast and cool down fast. This means they heat a room more quickly and therefore are on for less time before the temperature is reached.
Oil filled radiators have multi-finned housing which provide an increased surface area, and this makes them more efficient than convector radiators. In addition, they provide a mix of convected and radiated heat, so they don’t create the dry air sensation that convection-only heaters do.
How much does it cost to run an oil filled radiator?
The amount it costs to run an oil filled radiator will depend on the wattage of the radiator as well as the price you pay for your electricity per kilowatt hour.
However, as a broad guide, a 1.5 kW oil filled radiator will cost around 21p per hour.
You can calculate the maximum cost by looking at the power output of your radiator, for example, 2.5kW, then times this number by the cost of one unit of electricity taken from your electricity bill. This will give you the per hour running cost for your radiator on that setting. Of course, you can make this calculation for a lower setting if that is what you generally use.