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Best Electric Radiators – UK Review

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Once upon a time, we relied on fireplaces for all our heating needs.  But then, being the intelligent beings we are, someone invented central heating systems. 

These systems have kept us warm and toasty during cold winters for as long as we can remember. But, on the flip side, central heating systems can be expensive to run and can break down when you least expect. 

That’s where the best electric radiators come in! They are practical and reliable. Unlike with traditional heaters, they offer more localised heating. And you can warm a single room without turning on the entire house’s heating system. 

Sounds like what you want? 

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled an in-depth review of the best electric radiators available for sale. Save yourself the time searching the internet and read our straightforward buying guide.

Let’s help you find the best electric radiator for your home!

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Top Picks: The Best Electric Radiators!

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1. Dimplex CDE3ECC Oil Free Radiator

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Key Features:

  • Available in 2 KW and 3 KW
  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Remote temperature control
  • Oil-free radiator
  • Twin-panel heat distribution technology

The Dimplex CDE3ECC Oi Free Electric Radiator is the very definition of a practical and energy-efficient electric radiator. Its almost instant operation takes heating to another level.

First, your room heats 30% quicker than with central heating systems. And the electric radiator has approximately 10% better heat conversion compared to its oil-filled counterparts. This radiator has top of the class twin-panel technology to make it even more efficient. You can switch each side of the radiator off and on independently. Meaning, you’ll have better control over the direction of the warmth.  

Oil-filled radiators are often bulky and difficult to carry from one place to another. But because the Dimplex CDE3ECC is oil-free, it is said to be about 50% lighter, coming in at a weight of  11.1 Kgs.  The heater  has four easy-to-move wheels and two built-in handles that make it easier to carry from one room to another. However, I find the handles a little too short.

And don’t forget the user-friendly interface of this electric radiator. It has a large LCD and large control buttons that are easy to operate.  And the best part, in case of a power outage, your electric radiator stores and recalls your previous temperature settings. 

Another of our favourite features is that the electric radiator is highly programmable. With a 24-hour timer and two program periods, you can set your radiator to power on and off automatically. Temperatures are also extremely easy to adjust. Simply use the remote provided to increase or decrease the desired temperature within a range of 5 to 35 degrees Celsius. 

The Dimplex CDE3ECC radiator is BEAB (British Electrotechnical Approvals Board) approved and comes with a generous 5-year quality guarantee.

I think the only drawback with this electric radiator is that its power cable is relatively short. Meaning, you’ll have to place it in proximity to a power socket.


  • The wireless remote control, user-friendly interface, and 24-hour timer allows you flawless operation
  • With the twin-panel technology, you’ll have more directional heat depending on your needs 
  • 50% lighter than oil-filled radiator making it highly portable
  • 2 KW and 3 KW radiator options ensure there is an option for everyone regardless of the heating needs
  • The LCD screen allows easy operation even at night


  • The handles are a little too short
  • The power cable is also not long enough thus the radiator must be close to a power outlet.

We love the Dimplex Oil-free radiator for its easy control. It is also efficient and highly portable. 

2. VonHaus Oil Filled Radiator

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Key Features:

  • 2.5 KW Power Rating
  • A programmable 24-hour timer
  • 1.5 meter power cable
  • Built-in cable tidy
  • Automatic overheat protection

VonHaus, a Manchester-based company, is the home of all topnotch home appliances, including storage and heating units. Below we look at one of its most top-rated electric radiators: The VonHaus Oil Filled Radiator.

One of our greatest concerns when it comes to electric oil-filled radiators is their safety. There’s a high risk of overheating and oil leakage. The good news? The VonHaus Oil Filled Radiator offers automatic protection against overheating. It also has a built-in thermal cut off and a safety switch. Also, note this radiator is leak proof. 

With a 2500 W power rating, the VonHaus radiator is perfect for heating midsize to large rooms. Just plug in the 1.5 meter  power cable and let the radiator do the rest. When not in use, a built-in cable tidy slot helps to hide the power cable. You don’t have to worry about dealing with any hanging cords.

Need to move your electric radiator to another room?  This radiator has four built-in wheels that make it extremely easy to move around, despite its weight. With the 24 hours timer, you can set the electric radiator to power on and off as needed. And the built-in thermostat can be set to your desired temperature. 

However, just like with any other heating devices, you must ensure that your house is well ventilated for the best efficiency of the electric radiator.


  • Warms the room quickly and evenly
  • The 24-hour timer lets you set automatic on and off schedules, ideal for preheating rooms right before you come back home
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Three power settings for all your power needs
  • Four built-in wheels help to move the radiator around


  • Wheel brackets tend to get flimsy over time and need occasional retightening
  • The thermostat produces a regular clicking sound which can be annoying especially when the radiator is in the bedroom

Overall, this a great electric radiator. It heats up quickly and does exactly what it is supposed to do.

3. Pro Breeze 2500W Digital Oil Filled Radiator

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Key Features:

  • 4 Heat Settings
  • Built-in Timer
  • 10 Fin Electric Heater
  • Safety Cut-Off Feature

The Pro Breeze Oil Filled Radiator is another fantastic electric radiator that uses  a special advanced warmth distribution technology. It has a unique chimney effect that speeds up the rate at which it warms a room. 

Plus, it has 10 heating fins that offer heat enough for any  32 meters squared room. You can set the heat output to either  1000 W, 1500 W, or 2500 W depending on your heating needs. And the ECO mode lets you set a precise temperature in degrees. The Pro Breeze radiator is energy efficient and will turn off instantly a room is warmed to the desired temperature and turn back on when the temperature drops.   

Being one of those few electric radiators that come with remote control, you can increase or decrease your room’s temperature by a single click of the button ( tucked in your bed’s warmth).  This oil-filled radiator also has a 24-hour timer that lets you set on and off schedules on a clear digital display. But on the flip side, this radiator’s display has no dim option. It gives blue light that can be annoying, especially at night. 

Pro Breeze goes the extra mile to ensure the radiator is safe for both you and your family. It has a built-in protection feature, an automatic thermal shutoff, and an instant thermal lock. The radiator automatically goes off in case it senses any risky situation.

This electric radiator is reasonably compact. It measures 55 x 26 x 67 Cm. Plus,  it comes pre-assembled and has 4 castor wheels for easy movement.


  • Heating can be customized to suit your exact needs
  • Quiet and flawless operation
  • A wireless remote allows easy and convenient operation from across the room
  •  Compact and easy to transport


  • The display light remains on 24/7 and you may need to cover it with an opaque cloth when you are sleeping – the light is quite bright
  • The timer is not flexible and can only be programmed to one on/off setting for every 24 hours

For a stylish heater that is both easy to move around and effective in what it does, the Pro Breeze 2500 W Digital Oil Filled Radiator is a great pick.

4. Ansio 2300W Oil Filled Radiator Heater

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Key Features:

  • Automatic tip-over power cut off
  • Last temperature and settings memory
  • 3-year warranty
  • 24-hour timer setting
  • Child lock feature

I don’t know about you, but I am never at peace when my clumsy and curious kids play in the house when the heater is on. But with the 2300 Oil Filled Radiator Heater’s child lock feature, one item is ticked off my worry list. 

The child lock switch disables all the control buttons to prevent children from tampering with the radiator. It also has a timer setting that lets you choose a power on and off schedule between one and 24 hours. 

Another notable feature is the memory function. The radiator always stores your last user settings.  Plus, in case the radiator is tipped-over accidentally, a safety switch at the base of the heater instantly shuts off the radiator to  prevent any risks.

This electric radiator has three power settings. There’s a low power mode at 1000 W, medium heat setting  at 1300 W, and high mode at 2300 W. Thus, there’s a setting to match all your heating needs.

What’s more, this electric heater can be controlled manually via the easy-to-use control panel on the radiator or remotely using the included remote control. It also has wheels for easy mobility.


  • Easy to operate
  • The remote control allows you to increase or operate the radiator from the comfort of your couch
  • Warms the room quickly and retains the heat for a considerably adequate amount of time
  • Quiet and flawless operation
  • Child lock features locks all the control buttons for ultimate safety when children are around


  • The timer feature only allows you to set a single on (or off) schedule –  a new timer must be set every day.

This is a sleek and easy to use electric radiator that keeps you and your family warm and snugly during the cold weather.

5. De’Longhi TRNS0505M Oil Filled Radiator 

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Key Features:

  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Automatic protection against frost
  • Built in protection against overheating
  • Light and highly portable

Finally! The day has come when small homeowners or renters can enjoy a toasty and warm winter without paying excessive power bills. The De’Longhi TRNS0505M is a low energy electric radiator ideal for small rooms. 

It has 500 W heat output, which is way lower than that of other standard electric radiators reviewed. But I was surprised at how  fast the electric heater works to heat my garage. Your room will be warm in about 10 minutes. 

The electric radiator also has a built-in thermostat which can be adjusted to your desired temperature. Once the radiator is switched on, it heats the room up to the set temperature after which it shuts down. The radiator retains this heat and keeps the room warm for some time. It will then power on automatically as soon as the temperature falls below the desired temperature. 

And although this radiator doesn’t have all the bells and whistles in pricier models, like a timer and a child lock, it has all the essential features needed in a functional electric heater. 

To begin with, this electric radiator is exceptionally light and compact. It measures about 6 Kgs. In fact, it is twice as light as the most common electric radiators. The heater is easy to carry from one room to another and its large carry handles come in handy to make mobility easier. 

The built-in thermostat will also detect any instance in which the room temperature may fall below 5 degrees and automatically turns on the radiator to prevent frosting. Plus, this electric radiator has a cord storage space so you can store your radiator without any hanging cords.

It is worth noting that this electric oil-filled radiator has no wheels. But because it is light and easy to carry around, this is a non-issue. The base is wide and stable to minimise any chances of the radiator tipping-over.  


  • Light, compact, and easy to carry around
  • The base is wide for ultimate stability
  • At 500 W, the radiator keeps us warm without consuming a lot of power
  • Built-in thermostat helps to keep the room temperature at the desired warmth level 


  • Occasionally produces crackling sounds when heating the oil which can be  a little annoying

If you are searching for the best electric radiator for a small room, the De’Longhi TRNS0505M Oil Filled Radiator is a great choice. It is incredibly  portable, cost-effective, and functional.

6. Pro Breeze 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater

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Key Features:

  • 4 Operating modes
  • 2 Power Settings
  • Automatic 60 Degrees Oscillations
  • Built-in thermostat
  • Built-in carry handle

Here’s another product from Pro Breeze that makes it to our list of the best electric radiators. If you are searching for an extremely light and highly portable heat source that is compact but functional, this could be precisely what you are searching for.

The Pro Breeze 2000 W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater weighs less than 2 kg. and measures just 18.5 x 15.5 x 26 cm. But don’t let its small size fool you. This  mighty radiator has four power settings and can heat both large and small rooms.  You can choose between low mode at 1200 W, high mode at 2000 W, and oscillating and stationary modes. 

This electric fan has a 1.5 meter cable for power connection and uses ceramic heating discs for quicker, more efficient, and safer heating. Like we will see in the buyers guide section below, ceramic heaters are quick than oil-filled electric heaters. 

Its automatic 60 degrees rotations ensure heat is distributed quickly and evenly regardless of your room’s size and shape . And because Pro Breeze holds your safety and that of your family at heart, they’ve fitted this fan with an automatic switch. This switch shuts down the fan heater instantly in case it tips-over accidentally. This fan is also set to switch off whenever the desired temperature is attained or when the temperatures go up too high to avoid overheating. 

What’s more, this electric heater is fitted with an adjustable and easy-to-use thermostat that monitors your room temperature to ensure you’re toasty warm at all times.


  • Oscillations ensure even spread of warmth in a room
  • Compact, light, and easy to carry
  • Ideal for rooms of all shapes and sizes
  • 4 heat settings are great for varying season-based warmth needs
  • Durable and well made


  • The fan is slightly loud.

Overall, this is a small yet powerful electric heater that does what it should do. 

7. FUTURA Eco 2000W Electric Panel Electric Heater

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Key Features:

  • Splash-proof (IP 24 rated)
  • 24-hr and 7-days timer
  • 2 years warranty
  • Can be wall-mounted or free-standing 
  • Auto-Open Window Detection 

Next on this list of the best electric radiators is one of the most feature-packed wall hung electric radiators we have reviewed so far. It has all the features necessary to make your heating as flawless as it can be. 

The FUTURA Eco Electric Panel Electric Heater comes in a whopping 6 power settings. The lowest heat mode is at 600 W and the highest mode at 2000 W, meaning, there’s something for every person’s heating needs. 

The installation of this electric radiator is also versatile. It can be mounted on a wall or placed on the ground using the included stable feet. The radiator provides heat coverage to an area of up to 20 meters squared.

Are you searching for a heater to install in your bathroom? This is a great pick. It is IP 24 rated and has a splash-proof design.  However, wall-mount installations are always best done by a professional electrician. 

Another noteworthy feature of this electric radiator is the Eco Auto Open Window Detection. In case the radiator senses a sudden temperature drop of 5 degrees (or more), it will automatically turn off to prevent energy wastage.  Plus, there is a built-in 24-hr and 7-day timer that lets you schedule when you want your radiator to power on and off throughout the week.

But what I like the most about the FUTURA Eco Electric Panel Electric Heater is it’s thermostat’s impressive precision. Temperatures can be set to an accuracy within half a degree.  And the thermostat turns the radiator on and off as needed to ensure the room temperature is within the desired range. 


  • Its splash-proof design makes it ideal for bathrooms
  • Eco Auto Open Window Detection prevents energy wastage
  • Room coverage of up to 20 meters squared depending on the power rating
  • 24-hour and 7-days timer allows you to schedule automatic power on and shut down routines of the radiator
  • Its display dims automatically when not in use


  • Timer may be a little too noisy especially for light sleepers.

This is an elegant and feature-rich electric radiator ideal for all your winter heating needs.

8. NETTA 2500W Oil Filled Electric Radiator

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Key Features:

  • 11 oil-filled heating fins
  • 2500 W power setting
  • Ideal for rooms measuring up to 28 meters squared
  • Built-in 24-hour timer

The NETTA Electric Radiator is one of the best electric radiators. It is versatile, reliable, and efficient. With two power settings and an adjustable thermostat, you can effectively control your room’s temperature hassle free. 

This electric radiator has 11 heating fins that will efficiently heat up medium and large sized rooms measuring up to 28 meters squared. It has four castor wheels and a comfy carry handle making it  easy to transport. And a built-in cable holder ensures there are no hanging cables when the radiator is not in use.  

Are you away and would like to come back to a warm room? The electric radiator also has a 24-hour timer. You’ll only need to set your radiator to switch on about an hour before you arrive. You can also set it to switch off at a specific time to save on power usage. 

Another nice feature of the NETTA Electric Radiator is its overheating prevention system. No need to worry that the radiator will get too hot. Plus, with a one year guarantee of quality, you can always consult with the manufacturer in case your heater stops functioning ((or is faulty).


  • Easy-glide wheels and a carry handle helps to move the heater from one room to the other 
  • Built-in 24-hour timer lets you schedule the desired radiator’s on and off routine
  • 11 heating fins produce heat enough for large rooms of up to 28 meters squared
  • Built-in cable holder ensures the radiators stay neat even when not in use


  • The radiator takes time to warm up a medium to large room

Overall, this is a great electric radiator that gives enough heat to keep you warm during the cold weather. 

9. De’Longhi Dragon 4 TRD40820T

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Key Features:

  • Improved chimney air circulation effect
  • 24-hour timer
  • Sleek design
  • Built-in anti-frost feature

De’Longhi is famous for producing sleek and stylish premium heaters. And, the De’Longhi Dragon 4 TRD40820T  is nothing less. It is an elegant electric radiator that is perfectly designed to blend in well with any interior. 

The De’Longhi electric radiator has two power ratings of 1500 W and 2000 W and three heat settings. Thus, there’s something for every user. 

Plus, this heater uses a unique and improved chimney air-heating effect that pushes hot air inside the vents to ensure effective heating. It comes pre-assembled, has four wheels, and a strong carry-hand for easy movement from one place to another. 

The radiator also has several other features that give you full control over the temperature of your home. With a 24-hour mechanical timer, you can set the time you would like your heater to power on or shut down. It also has an anti-frost unit that automatically switches on the heater when temperatures are too low. 


  • 3 warmth levels to suit all your heating needs
  • The chimney design of the radiator promotes quicker heating
  • Built-in thermostat allow more control over your home’s temperature
  • Wheels and carrying handle allows easy transportation


  • Radiator has a plastic-like smell when switched on

Other than the plastic smell, this is a premium radiator that is efficient and reliable.

10. PureMate 2500W Oil Filled Radiator

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Key Features:

  • 11 heating fins
  • Adjustable built-in thermostat
  • 3 Heat settings
  • Thermal safety cut off
  • 24-hour timer

The last, but definitely not the least, contender in our list of the most economic electric radiators is yet another top notch option.  The PureMate 2500 W Oil-filled radiator is a slim, tall, and sleek portable radiator. It is looks good standing in a corner of any room. The radiator also has built-in wheels and a strong carrying handle for easy movement. 

You’ll have three power settings of 1000 W, 1500 W, and 2500 W. The lowest setting is ideal for small rooms while the highest mode is ideal for people with large heating requirements. Simply choose the heat levels you need depending on the current warmth requirements. And the adjustable built-in thermostat helps to regulate your room’s warmth as needed. This  heater is ideal for office, home, and garage use. 

The radiator has a storage space to put the 1.5 m cord when you’re not using it. And a 24-hour timer lets you set what time you’d want your electric radiator to turn on and off. 


  • The adjustable thermostat helps to keep the warmth of your house at optimum levels
  • The 24-hour timer lets you schedule a preferred time that the radiator should power on and off  
  • Three power settings for all your home or office warmth requirements
  • Modern, slim, and sleek design


  • The wheels of the radiator are a little fiddly and must be handled with care

This electric radiator is energy efficient and heats the room quickly.  

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The Best Electric Radiators - A Buyers Guide

You may be thinking: How do I choose from the best electric radiators in 2020? We have put together a comprehensive buying guide that informs you of all you need to know to make a wise buying decision.

What is an Electric Radiator (and How Does it Work)?

The best electric radiator works almost exactly like a traditional central heating system. The only difference is that it is a stand-alone unit that relies on electric energy while central system heaters rely on a central source of heat, usually gas or sometimes oil.

The science behind how an electric radiator works is not complicated. Most electric radiator have a special chamber filled with thermal fluid, mostly oil. Electric energy heats up the oil, and in turn, the thermal fluid (oil) conducts the heat to the air around it using convection. 

The only edge that the best electric radiators have over convectional heaters is that they have no moving parts and will need no regular maintenance. Plus, most of the best electric radiators are fitted with a thermostat that regulates the amount of heat the radiator generates. You can set a unique temperature for every radiator.  

Do I Need The Best Electric Radiator?

In a nutshell, yes! Let me tell you why.

1.The Best Electric Radiators are Energy Efficient

The best electric radiators are designed to give heat only when you need it and to parts of your home that need it. Meaning, there is minimal amount of energy wastage compared to using traditional heaters.

2. They Require No Maintenance

Unlike central heating systems, the best electric radiators do not have moving parts. A single unit can serve you for a lifetime. There’s no balancing, no bleeding, and no flushing.

3. Environmental Friendly

Compared to gas boilers and other traditional heating sources, the best electric radiators are cleaner and more energy efficient.

No toxic pollutants are released to the environment and energy wastage is minimal.  

4. The Best Electric Radiators are a Futuristic Invention

You and I both agree that the future of home heating devices is in electric radiators. These devices are not only functional but also safe, sleek, and easier to control. Their displays are amazing.

And the best part, there are some great options that  you can control  remotely using an app on your smart phone. Some smart electric heaters are also compatible with Amazon Alexa for hands-free voice control.

5. Precise Settings

Electric radiators are fitted with adjustable thermostats. Thus, you can set a very precise heat value. Some great thermostats can be set to even include decimals.  

Key Features of The Best Electric Radiators

The Best electric radiators are an expensive investment. That’s why we must do our homework well to avoid making a wrong purchase. 

Below we’ll take you through a comprehensive guide on what to look for in the best electric radiators: 

  • Installation

Some of the best electric radiators are portable and can be moved from one room to another. The most common types need to be mounted on a wall. But their installation is straightforward. You can do it yourself. 

However,  we highly recommend that you consult  a professional electrician to assess your power capacity and advice on the best installation strategy.

  • The Heating Technology Used

The type of heating technology used in a heater is one of the most commonly overlooked features when shopping for the best electric radiator. However, they play a major role in determining the overall effectiveness and performance of your heater. 

Sounds too technical? Let me break it down for you. We have three most common heating technologies that are used in electric heaters:

  1. Ceramic – These are often heavy and take a longer period to heat up. But, on the other hand, keep you warm for longer.
  2. Fluid (usually gel, water, or oil) – These electric heaters are now dated and are quickly being replaced with other modern option. 
  3. Dry Thermal Technology – Dry thermal heaters generate heat very quickly but will also cool down quickly. 
  • The Capacity (Wattage Rating)

The ideal capacity of your radiator is dependent on the size of your room. Of course, if you have a large room, you’ll need a high capacity electric radiator (and vice versa). 

  • Material

The material used to make your radiator plays a major role in determining the overall efficiency of a heater. The best materials are those that conduct heat as quickly as possible. That’s why our experts recommend  aluminium electric radiators. They are lighter and will heat a room faster than their steel counterparts. 

  • The Type 

The best electric radiators are classifiable to four main types. The best one for your home depends on your needs. Let’s look at each type briefly: 

1. Portable Fan Heaters 

A fan comprises of a heater and a fan. The heater warms a room by converting an electric current to heat energy. A rotating fan, in turn, distributes this  heat across a room. 

Fan heaters are often installed with a thermostat that is set to turn off the fan when it attains a certain temperature. 

And although fan heaters are fast, they consume a lot of energy and are not ideal for use in highly humid spaces. Plus, prolonged use may cause the unit to overheat.

2. Oil-filled Portable Electric Radiators

Oil-filled Portable Electric Radiators work exactly like traditional wet radiators. The major difference, like the name suggests, is that they use oil instead of water in a boiler. They are also portable but you can also mount them permanently on a wall. 

3. Storage Heaters

Storage heaters are mounted on walls and their functionality is what makes them unique. The radiators take advantage of the lower night time power tariffs. They’ll heat up at night and, once full, release the stored energy to the surrounding air. 

4. Infrared Radiators

Although these are a recent newcomer, infrared radiators are gaining popularity quickly.  The main advantage of these radiators is they use electromagnetic currents to warm the air around them but the unit itself stays cold.  

  • The Insulation of Your House

Even if you have most efficient and reliable electric radiator, the best electric radiator money can buy, a poorly insulated house will make the radiator less effective. Your power bills will skyrocket and the warmth in your house with definitely not be satisfactory.

That’s why you must ensure that your house is properly insulated against draft and other weather elements.

  • Additional Features

With the ever-increasing technologies, companies have come up with high-end electric radiators packed with additional features for our ultimate convenience. 

But, of course, the more the features in an electric heater, the higher the cost. We must examine our needs and choose accordingly.

Some of these features include: 

1. Smart integrations – Some modern electric radiators are compatible with Voice Assistants. Others can be controlled remotely using a remote or smartphone app. 

2. Motion Detectors – There are electric heaters that come with a built-in motion sensors. These are set to reduce the temperatures when there is no one in the room. 

3. Energy trackers – Energy counters display your total energy consumption. With these, it is easier to track how your heating habits affect your energy usage.

4. Open Window Detection – Electric radiators that are fitted with open window sensors will automatically shut off  the heater when they sense a drastic change in temperature. 

How Much Should You Pay for the Best Electric Radiator?

The price of a basic portable electric heater can be as low as £10. However, this prices goes up depending on the heaters additional features. The cost of high end, feature-packed options can be as high as £300 (or more). 

But I have some good news. You do not have to break the bank to buy an efficient and reliable electric radiator. We have reviewed several reliable but cheap electric radiators in our electric radiators review section above.   

Electric Radiators vs. Central Heating Systems

How Does A Central Heating System and An Electric Radiator Work?

A central heating system produces heat from a single gas boiler. The gas boiler warms air or water which is distributed through a pipe network to different radiators placed in strategic places around the house. The water or air is then returned to the boiler for reheating and the cycle continues. 

Electric radiators works in a similar way as the central heating system. The difference is that instead of relying on a gas boiler, radiators use electricity to produce heat. An electric current, when passed through a resistor, produces heat energy which s then absorbed by a thermodynamic fluid and conducted to the surrounding air. 

Clearly, both central heating systems and electric radiators have one purpose: to keep us warm. But between the two, which is the best option?

1. Efficiency

When shopping for a heating system, we, definitely, want an option that gives us the most value for our money. 

Truth be told, gas is cheaper than electricity.  In fact, the cost of electricity per unit is thrice that of gas. But is running a central heating systems cheaper than electric radiators? 

Looking at both the short term and day-to-day costs, a central heating system is cheaper than an electric radiator.  The system uses a pipework network to warm up your entire home and the gas bill per month is lower compared to using an electric radiator. 

On the other hand, electric radiators are stand-alone units that must be installed in each room. You will incur zero maintenance costs, no energy is wasted, and you do not have to replace your radiator every now and then.

2. Convenience

If you have already installed a traditional central heating systems in your homes, it would be uneconomical to replace the entire system for an electric one. 

Instead, an electric radiator would come in handy for rooms lying outside your pipeline’s network.

But, we think that the best electric radiators are a worthy investment for anyone searching for a modern heating system. Their control options are more versatile. In fact, some systems can be automated and have incredible smart integrations. 

3. Noise Levels

Do you want a system that produces the least amount of noise? Electric heating systems stand unbeaten. But this doesn’t rule out wet heating systems. The noise they produce is manageable. 

4. Reliability

There’s nothing more frustrating than a heating system breakdown during the coldest winters. And, unfortunately, with central heating system, this is a likely occurrence. The boilers can stop working when we least expect. And the repair costs can add up pretty fast.  

Also, while the lifespan of a central gas heating system is around 10 years, electric radiators can last for up to 20 years. There do not suffer from unexpected breakdowns and are extremely easy to maintain. Other than monthly electricity bills, electric radiators have no other maintenance costs.  

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Which is the Most Efficient Electric Heater?

The most effective electric heater is one that does exactly what it is meant to be while using the least amount of power. It heats up a room quickly, retains heat for long, easy to control, and, of course, safe for all. 

Although all the 10 options we have reviewed above are effective, the Dimplex CDE3ECC Oil Free Radiator takes the top spot. It is quick, easy to use and control, efficient, and reliable.

What Type of Electric Radiator is Best?

The best type of electric radiator for your home will largely depend on your home’s heating requirements.

For instance, if you are looking for a lightweight and portable wall hung electric heater, then the fan heaters would be a great choice. Convector heaters, are also easy to move around, quieter than fans, but are often taller.

On the other hand, although oil-filled electric radiators are heavy and prone to overheating, the cost of running them is lower.  They are best for areas that need to be heated for longer time periods. 

Which Type of Heater is the Cheapest to Run?

 The cheapest type of heater to run is one that has the lowest initial cost and energy consumption while still providing the much needed warmth.

However, some options have a low initial cost but will skyrocket your power bills. This means the  heater with the lowest price tag isn’t always the cheapest to run. In fact, most high end options are designed to produce optimum heat while consuming very little power.  

Best Electric Radiator Brands

Dimplex is without a doubt one of the world’s largest producer of top of the class electric heating appliances (electric radiators are just but one of its main products). Having been in business for over 70 years, Dimplex has perfected the art of what it does.

VonHaus is a UK-based home appliance and tools company. It has its headquarters in Manchester and is a sister brand to VonShef. But, unlike its sister, it specialises in producing top-quality home appliances. VonHaus is owned by DomuBrands (renowned for its quality home, pet product, kitchen, beauty, and fitness products. 

Pro Breeze has been in the market since  2013. It specialises in manufacturing all air treatment and home heating appliance. The company has quickly climbed up the ladder winning a huge following in Europe and the whole world with its reliable and affordable electric heaters.

So...Which Electric Radiator Should I Buy?

Hopefully, this article will help you find an electric heater that suits your exact home heating needs.

But, do not forget the pro-tips discussed earlier. They will help you choose an electric radiator that saves on energy while keeping you warm and snugly.

Although the entire electric radiators reviewed earlier are efficient, feature-rich, and reliable, the Dimplex CDE3ECC Oi Free Electric Radiator is our favourite pick.  It is portable, warms up our rooms faster than most other options, and is BEAB certified.


The VonHaus Oil Filled Radiator also works flawlessly and has amazing safety features. But if you are looking for an incredibly portable heater that won’t take up much space, we highly recommend the Pro Breeze 2000W Ceramic Fan Heater. Its heating features are superior to those of many standard oil-filled radiators. 

Happy Shopping! 

Please share with us your experience with electric radiators in the comment section below.  Which one is your al-time favourite and why? 


Hannah is an extremely well-experienced home product tester. She has been crafting product roundups and other informational articles for over five years. As a mother of one who loves her work’s freedom, Hannah dedicates most of her day to freelance writing. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, read, hike, or Netflix and chill.