Best Electric Heaters

One of winter’s little luxuries, electric heaters can be a cheap and efficient way to keep your living room or bedroom warm. With such a huge selection to choose from - including outdoor, fireplace, wall and portable electric heaters - it's worth thinking about how you'll use your heater before buying one. Continue reading...

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Based on 930 reviews
DeLonghi DL2401TF

DeLonghi DL2401TF

4.1  (73)
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Steve G
Steve G4 posts
 
Heatstrip Classic THH-A Series

Heatstrip Classic THH-A Series

4.5  (32)
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$599RRP
Wally
WallyMelbourne13 posts
  Classic THH-A Series
Noirot Spot Plus

Noirot Spot Plus

3.5  (191)
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$389Bing Lee
Kieran
KieranWA7 posts
  7358-8T
Dreadful!This heater is supposed to be 2400 watt. However, it drew far too much current when on, and tripped the circuit breaker every time. I tried different places in the house on different circuits. Same problem. So my expensive heater is totally useless. Worst appliance I have ever bought! Show details
Ionmax Ray

Ionmax Ray 🏆 2024

4.6  (22)
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$489RRP
Livia
LiviaNSW4 posts
  Verified
DeLonghi Dragon 4 TRD4 Series

DeLonghi Dragon 4 TRD4 Series

3.7  (65)
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$229Bing Lee
Ross
RossNSW23 posts
  TRD41500ET
Kmart Oscillating Fan Heater

Kmart Oscillating Fan Heater

3.8  (39)
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$27RRP
Toto Brown
Toto BrownVIC2 posts
 
Heats My Bedroom in 15 minsMy room is small and this heater warms my room in 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, I can turn off the heater, save electricity and still stay warm. Worth the price. Show details ·  1
Delonghi HSX3324FTS

Delonghi HSX3324FTS

3.6  (36)
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Sarah
Sarah2 posts
 
Started out great, then died x 2This heater was very effective, so good in fact that we went and bought a second one. But both of them died! One just stopped working altogether, just after the 12 month warranty. The other was tripping and the plug also got so hot that it burnt to touch. That one was within warranty. So disappointing because it had so much potential. Show details
DeLonghi
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DeLonghi Radia S TRRS0715

DeLonghi Radia S TRRS0715

4.1  (21)
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$139Bing Lee
Max
MaxNSW7 posts
  TRRS0715E.G
Efficient heater, we love it every nightWorks much better than i expected. Love it!

Noise is minimal:
I was worried about the noise from the mechanical thermoswitch. But that has not bothered me at all during the nights.

Safety is good:
Surface is not too hot. Our cats likes to sleep around it. i dont need to worry about them buring ther tails off. Show details

DeLonghi Radia S TRRS1224

DeLonghi Radia S TRRS1224

3.8  (26)
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Jodee Hopkins
Jodee HopkinsVIC2 posts
  TRRS1224EG
DeLonghi
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Heller HOIL5 / HOIL7 / HOIL9 / HOIL11 / HOIL11T

Heller HOIL5 / HOIL7 / HOIL9 / HOIL11 / HOIL11T

3.5  (39)
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Tyler
TylerWA5 posts
  HOIL7
Just bought it so will review in full after 1 weekJust bought this so will give full review in one week. So far the cat loves it. Temp great. Was easy to assemble and heating started quite quickly. Im impressed so far. Show details
DeLonghi HCM2030

DeLonghi HCM2030

3.9  (20)
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Maggs
MaggsSA32 posts
 
Heatstrip Portable LPG Outdoor Heater TGH34PL-2

Heatstrip Portable LPG Outdoor Heater TGH34PL-2

5.0  (8)
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$899RRP
Ronald Cox
Ronald CoxWA2 posts
  Verified
Kmart Anko Ceramic Fan Heater

Kmart Anko Ceramic Fan Heater

4.4  (10)
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$32RRP
phaseenergy
phaseenergyWA4 posts
 
Delonghi Radia S TRRS0920T

Delonghi Radia S TRRS0920T

3.7  (11)
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Deeds
DeedsNSW8 posts
 
Dimplex Ritz

Dimplex Ritz

3.1  (15)
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$349RRP
Lisa
LisaNSW
 
Dimplex Oil Free Column Heater ECR Range

Dimplex Oil Free Column Heater ECR Range

4.0  (8)
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$112Bing Lee
mcrobert57
mcrobert57VIC3 posts
  2.4kW with Thermostat & Turbo Fan ECR24FA
Delonghi Radia S TRRS0510T

Delonghi Radia S TRRS0510T

5.0  (5)
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Dham P.
Dham P.NSW3 posts
 
Great small bedroom heaterHeats up a small bedroom effectively, decided to spend a bit extra but got quality in return
It is safe for extended usage (like whole night etc) and comes with a manual dial timer
It takes sometime to heat up, but consistently delivers heat on cold nights
Build quality is good.
I don't think it will heat up a big bedroom room fully. Show details
Heatstrip Intense Range

Heatstrip Intense Range

5.0  (4)
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$499RRP
Terence
TerenceNSW2 posts
  Intense Black THY2200
Heller CTH5162

Heller CTH5162

3.3  (8)
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peter
peterBURPENGARY
 
broken and not working as advertisedrecieved today and re packed and returned today and hope to get refund why bother sell flauty products There must be some quality control to filter out non work ing stuff Not happy at all and just wasted A consumers time and effort Don't know how choice gave it a high 'rating'

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Delonghi DCH7992ER

Delonghi DCH7992ER

4.2  (5)
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Monty
MontyNSW25 posts
 
DeLonghi
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Vornado VMH350

Vornado VMH350

3.1  (8)
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$349RRP
gatcat38
gatcat38NSW
 
Dimplex Opti-myst Range

Dimplex Opti-myst Range

3.5  (6)
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$999.95Bing Lee
Joyce Meyer
Joyce MeyerNSW5 posts
  OAKHURST
Love this heaterWe also love the fact that it's child-safe.
It's also easy to clean. Show details ·  1
DeLonghi Steel Elite Fan Heater

DeLonghi Steel Elite Fan Heater

2.1  (19)
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Kat
Kat6 posts
  HVS3032C
Noisy, inefficient, expensiveBought this unit, tried it out when home.
Irritatingly noisy and whiny, fan did not generate much output of heat compared to my $25 Kmart model.
It was also expensive, over $100.
Returned with no problems to excellent and helpful shop who were understanding. Show details
Kambrook KCE340

Kambrook KCE340

2.6  (10)
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$199.95RRP
Saro
SaroWA4 posts
 
Kmart Anko Bladeless Ceramic Heater

Kmart Anko Bladeless Ceramic Heater

2.8  (8)
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$75RRP
Happy Gilmore
Happy GilmoreNSW2 posts
 
waste of moneyBeware bird owners using this heater it could be fatal for them. The smell of burning plastic will fill the room as soon as you turn it on. left it running in the garage for 4 hours and still no sign of it ever going away. waste of money. Show details
Kmart
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Martec Linear MBHL1000

Martec Linear MBHL1000

1.4  (63)
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  • Price (RRP) $499 to $529
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Mark
MarkNSW
  MBHL1000S
Dimplex Ceramic Heater

Dimplex Ceramic Heater

3.8  (4)
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B-LEE
B-LEEWA
  DHCERA15M
Perfect for a small bedroom!I got this on special, even full price I would buy another!

It has a fan setting, heat setting 1, and heat setting 2 you can adjust on a scale. I love it! I recommended it to a few people, and our cheap heater went in one of our other bedrooms so will probably buy this one again!! Show details ·  1

Dimplex Oil Column Heater OCR Range

Dimplex Oil Column Heater OCR Range

3.2  (5)
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Analyst
AnalystNSW9 posts
  2.4kW OCR24FA
Dimplex
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Thank you for your review and I'm sorry to hear of this. We have already reached out to you directly and are awaiting the additional information requested to assist further. Thanks

Dimplex 1.5kW Mini Cube

Dimplex 1.5kW Mini Cube

1.9  (13)
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$119RRP
roslyn
roslynsydney6 posts
  Verified Black
roslyn
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To be fair they kindly replaced the heater i can not use on carpet.

Martec Profile Plus 2

Martec Profile Plus 2

2.1  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $265.95 to $289.95
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Eric
EricSA4 posts
  MBHP2LS
Great productIt extracts the steam and prevents moisture on the walls the heaters are great the downlights create shadows on your face when standing in front of the mirror. Other wise install make-up lighting. Very happy other wise. Show details

Young woman sitting next to cat and convector heater and warming her hands

Which is better, a gas or electric heater?

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Small rooms
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Large rooms / Open plan spaces

Types of Electric heaters

Fan heaters · See all

Fan Heaters

Offering instant ‘spot heating’, a fan heater radiates heat to the person sitting directly in front of it, via a fan.

Pros
These handy units are the smallest electric heaters - you can pop them under your arm and take them with you from room to room.
Can also warm up a small, low-ceiling room. If you’d prefer heat to be distributing more evenly around the room, opt for a model with an oscillating fan.
Often equipped with both heating and cooling functions, fan heaters can be used in summer, too. (Reverse split-system ACs also provide dual heating/cooling functionality).
Fan heaters are some of the cheapest electric heaters on the market, along with radiant heaters.
Cons
Can be noisy, and dehydrate skin if you’re sitting too close. Pair with a humidifier, which can help. These heaters are not suitable for heating large rooms.
The fan can make this type of heater very hot, very fast. Make sure kids or pets don’t accidentally touch the unit.

Convection and panel heaters · See all

Convection and Panel Heaters

Convection heaters blow cool air over a heating element, which converts into warm air that rises to heat a room.

Panel heaters are a type of convection heater with a slimline, low-profile design. You can wall mount them to save space, or move them around the house if they're portable. Some types, like micathermic panel heaters, combine convector and radiated heating methods, for even more efficient heating.

Pros
Convector heaters usefully heat a whole room, not just an isolated spot. They’re great for quickly flooding shared spaces like living rooms with near-instant warmth.
Cons
Since warm air rises, convection heaters can be inefficient if your home has high ceilings.

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Oil Column Heaters

Their columns, or fins are filled with oil, which radiates heat. Oil heaters heat a room evenly and thoroughly, with a superior ability to retain heat.

Pros
Oil heaters are an excellent choice for keeping warm overnight. When switched off just before bed, you’ll remain toasty under the covers. You’ll also save on your energy bill by avoiding leaving the heater on overnight.
Not especially hot-to-the-touch, even when left on for prolonged periods. This makes them safer for households with curious kids and pets, especially compared to models with partially exposed hot elements, like radiant heaters.
Smaller models are affordable, making them ideal for childrens’ bedrooms when you have multiple kids.
Cons
The oil inside the heater takes a while to become hot. This makes oil heaters a less favourable pick if getting warm fast is a priority.

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Radiant Heaters

Containing tubes that heat up and usually glow orange, these heaters use either a quartz or ceramic heating element. Also known as infrared heaters, heat is radiated into the air in a small radius, warming whoever is directly in front of them – making for an effective personal heater.

Pros
Since these heaters don’t circulate air containing dust or other allergens, they are allergy-friendly.
Radiant heaters are virtually silent in operation.
Along with fan heaters, these are the cheapest types of electric heaters you can buy, with models starting as low as $20.
Cons
You need to sit or stand close to the heater in its direct path, making it ineffective if you’re getting up and moving around frequently.
The glowing tubes that heat up, though protected by a metal grid, are relatively exposed - a danger if small fingers are poked through. Use with caution if children are present.
Avoid placing anything atop the heater, as this can be a fire hazard.

Ceramic Heaters

Ceramic heaters · See all

Designed with an inbuilt ceramic block, which absorbs heat that it radiates to a small area.

Pros
The ceramic block provides a safety barrier in front of the heating element. This makes ceramic heaters safe for young children, and suitable for families.
Cons
Ceramic heaters are effective spot heaters, but aren’t efficient for heating up whole rooms.

Other factors to consider when buying a new heater

Room size/watts

Watts (W) are units of power that measure heat output. The higher the wattage, the more expensive your electricity bill, so it’s important to select correctly for your room size.

If you’ve selected a large, powerful heater for a small room, the high wattage means you’ll waste money and energy. Select a heater with the lowest number of watts sufficient for your room size.

For smaller rooms (around 20 sqm), heaters should have around 1500W (or 1.5kW). A heater with around 2000W is suitable for a medium-sized room.

For larger rooms wattage can go anywhere up to 2400W.

You might also need a higher wattage with any of the following present in your room: high ceilings, uncarpeted floors, consistently high outdoor temperatures, or frequent drafts. Also try and shut doors and curtains to retain heat.

Cost

Buying a new heater can cost anywhere between $20-700, so you can choose to splurge or be thrifty. Fan and radiant heaters tend to be the cheapest, while convection and oil heaters are more costly.

Running costs depend on factors such as your electricity provider’s usage rate, how often you switch on your heater, and the heat setting you commonly use.

Also check the energy star rating of a prospective model – the higher the rating, the more you’ll save, and be kinder on the environment.

Generally speaking, oil heaters and infrared heaters take the win for cheapest to run. Oil heaters boast superior heat retention, so you can switch them off more often, while infrared heaters offer the lowest wattage per unit of heat.

Convenient extra features add on to the price, but can also make life easier. These include: built-in filters to prevent the spread of dust and other allergens, digital controls, a thermostat to maintain ideal room temperature, and timers, so you can come home to a toasty-warm house.

Safety features

Many electric heaters have additional safety mechanisms that reduce the risk of fire. These include:

  • Automatic shut-off: Turns the heater off if you forget
  • Overheat shut-off: Switches the heater off if the heat setting is too high, especially if left on for a prolonged period
  • Tip-over protection: Turns the heater off if it’s knocked over, and
  • Drip protection: Safeguards the heater from damage caused by water or condensation.

Along with an electric heater, an electric blanket or heated throw can complement your choice with wraparound warmth that clings to you specifically.

If you have a large space or are the most cold-sensitive household member, an electric blanket might even be a worthy cheaper alternative to a heater altogether. Whatever your final decision, rest assured there are plenty of heating options to make your home a cosy den of comfort when Jack Frost comes to visit.

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