Best Gas Heaters
A gas heater works quickly and efficiently, providing an abundance of warmth that gets right into a room’s corners. It's a great option for warming up rooms with multiple people, and will work even in a power outage.
Quick and effective heating
Hidden heating element
Cheap electricity bills
Can release a strong odour
- Build Quality4.5 (22)
- Value for Money4.0 (21)
- Noise Level4.4 (22)
- Heating Speed4.6 (19)
- Temperature Consistency4.5 (19)
- Safety4.3 (21)
- Smells of GasYes (7) · No (15)
- Heater TypePortable
- Max Room Size 97 m² to 128 m²
- Colour / FinishPlatinum Silver, Silver and White
- FeaturesRemote Control, Energy Saving Mode, Thermostat and Timer
- Gas Star Rating 5.8 star(s)
- Max Gas Input25 mJ/h
- Power6,200 W and 8,200 W
- Gas TypeLPG and Natural Gas
The gas heaters in Rinnai’s Energysaver series emit clean, warm air while releasing zero emissions. According to the brand, this makes them suitable for householders with allergies or respiratory problems.
A sensitive-friendly choice
Wide range of designs
- Build Quality4.2 (6)
- Value for Money3.3 (6)
- Noise Level3.5 (6)
- Heating Speed4.0 (4)
- Temperature Consistency4.0 (4)
- Safety4.8 (5)
- Smells of GasYes (0) · No (5)
- Max Room Size 49 m² to 138 m²
- Colour / FinishWhite
- FeaturesEnergy Saving Mode, Thermostat and Timer
- Gas Star Rating 4.8 star(s)
- Max Gas Input13 mJ/h to 37 mJ/h
- Power2,900 W, 5,000 W, 5,200 W and 8,600 W
- Gas TypeLPG and Natural Gas
Speedy heating for large areas
Simple to use
- Build Quality3.5 (2)
- Value for Money3.5 (2)
- Noise Level3.5 (2)
- Heating Speed4.5 (2)
- Temperature Consistency4.0 (2)
- Safety4.0 (2)
- Smells of GasYes (0) · No (1)
- Heater TypePortable and Convector & Panel
- Max Room Size 59 m²
- Colour / FinishSilver and White
- FeaturesRemote Control, Energy Saving Mode and Timer
- Gas Star Rating 5.8 star(s)
- Max Gas Input15 mJ/h
- Power3,800 W
- Gas TypeLPG and Natural Gas
The Rinnai Granada 252 gas heater combines effective radiant heating with a fan to help circulate warm air around a room. With its 5.9-star energy rating, you’ll be sure to save money on your energy bill, too.
Price (RRP) $1,141.00
Latest review: Had great experience with this heater for 20 years (in Perth, so only used for 3-4 months every year). Same specs I think (40 MJ/hr consumption, with 2-speed fan). Huge room with cathedral ceiling
Price (RRP) $4,799.00
These Australian-made gas log fires provide heating options that are undeniably aesthetically pleasing. However, whether they heat up spaces effectively is a matter of divided opinion amongst reviewers.
Latest review: Recently purchased this item and from day 1 it does not ignite the tiles. I can hear it and smell the gas but the tiles do not light up. Called the support line and have to wait 1 week for technician
Price (RRP) $749.00
Latest review: Recently moved to an old 2 bedroom terrace in Paddington about as air tight as a sieve. Purchased an Enduro 13 after it was recommended it for our floor space. This heater is fantastic. Warms the
Price (RRP) $1,088.00
Latest review: The water pump on our boiler has failed 3 times in 2 years, replaced under warranty, which runs for 3 more years. Then we will have to buy the pumps our selves every 6 months. There is NO solution
Latest review: heats a 50m2 room with average insulation but a lot of thin glass, floor to ceiling, so need all curtains drawn to get warm in winter. Much better heat quality than my large reverse cycle aircon,
Price (RRP) $649.00
Latest review: Room is not warm enough without having the heater running flat out. Noisy. Metal makes clicking noise when thermostat turns on/off. Our 24 year old wall furnace did a much better job. Very
Price (RRP) $1,385.00 to $1,699.00
Price from Billy Guyatts
Latest review: Keeps switching off and coming up with error 12. Technician has been out numerous times during warranty and really doesn't seem to have any idea what is wrong. He's moved the pebbles around changed
Latest review: I recently found that our hand piece wasn't working. An exchange of e-mails had the problem identified. I couriered it to Dunedin and it was returned within three working days. All fixed and perfect.
Price (RRP) $6,999.00 to $7,999.00
Latest review: We have had our realflame 1600 landscape for around 7 years. It looks great. When it works it is good with good heat output thanks to the fan. It does clank a bit as the metal heat up or cools and
Latest review: Installed as a change over about 3 years ago it replaced a very old Vulcan which soldiered on for several years but was very inefficient for its output. For 3 years the unit has not had any issues,
Price (RRP) $1,260.00 to $2,460.00
Latest review: Hi i posted a review of this inbuilt fireplace about a year ago and since then things have just got worse i must say i agree with the others on here about the quality or lack of with this product.
Price (RRP) $7,499.00
Latest review: My ducted heating( Ecostar TH5X32N) had been working normal since its instalment in 2014. However when passed its 7 year warranty, it became problematic; so i called the installer and had some
Latest review: This heater model is a safety hazard. It has inherent flaws in its flue system which Canon is not prepared to acknowledge and fix. The heater is no longer able to operate in a modern house and pass
Price (RRP) $3,749.00
Latest review: We have had our Cannon Fitzroy power flue for 14 years. It has outperformed our larger Heat n Glo gas log heater and warmed the lower level of our home so we are toasty warm. It’s aesthetically b
Price (RRP) $3,349.00
Latest review: In approximately 5 /12 years have now had to replace combustion fan twice (gone again), circuit board and candles numerous times. seems like every 18 months-2 years something major/expensive goes.
Price (RRP) $2,499.00
Are indoor gas heaters safe?
- Flued or installed gas heaters are safe, as all emissions are vented outdoors via a pipe, and don’t remain inside the room.
- For unflued gas heaters, the small amount of combustion gases vented back into a room is limited by government regulations. However, if safety is of top priority to you, installed models generally maintain a purer air quality.
- Look for unflued gas heaters that automatically turn off the heater if oxygen levels in the room become too low. A flame failure shut-off mechanism, if included, will halt the gas supply if the flame falters.
- Unflued models have an open front and exposed flame, so these models might not suit homes with young children or pets.
- Most modern gas heaters are now fitted with a to prevent accidents.
Types of Gas Heaters
When it comes to ventilation options for gas space heaters, there are two types you can choose from - flued and unflued.
A flued gas heater refers to a built-in gas heater that is installed in your home.
Flued heaters are known for their safety, because they vent fumes like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide outside. They are eliminated from your home via a pipe known as the flue.
- Offers a safe gas heating option, as emissions don't linger inside the home.
- More powerful heating capacity than unflued gas heaters. Flued models are a great option for larger rooms or spaces.
- Can be used in small rooms as there’s no danger of fumes cluttering up a small space and making air unsafe to breathe.
- Better air quality means that flued gas heaters are friendly for asthma and allergy sufferers.
- Wider range of features than portable gas heaters, making them feel more premium.
- Priciest type of heater to buy compared to both portable gas heaters and electric heaters.
- Installation can be expensive, and along with gas filter installation, presents an additional cost.
- Not as energy efficient as portable gas heaters, which means a more expensive energy bill.
This refers to a standalone or portable gas heater. This kind of model is not made to be connected to a flue, so it can't vent gasses back outside.
As a result, these models feed vapours back into the heated room. While concentrations are very low, effective ventilation is still a must for health reasons.
Also, if you're planning to use a portable gas heater in a small room like a bedroom, state-based regulations prescribe that the room can't be smaller than a certain size for safety reasons.
- Portability is convenient, as you can cart around the heater with you as you move from room to room. It's also easy to store it in the summertime, freeing up living space.
- More energy efficient than flued gas heaters.
- Cheaper to run than both flued gas heaters and portable electric heaters.
- Good for renters as you don't have to both with installation, and can take it with you when you move.
- Safety features are found in most modern unflued gas heaters, which can allay concerns that unflued gas heaters may be unsafe.
- Gasses are vented indoors, where they can be breathed in by household members.
- More expensive to purchase than electric portable heaters - but cheaper to run.
- Illegal to use in small rooms under a certain size depending on your state.
- Unsuitable for rooms without proper ventilation. In these rooms, mould can also form from condensed water vapour.
- May trigger breathing difficulties for asthmatics or anyone else sensitive to air quality.
Types of unflued gas heaters
These transfer heat into a room via the exposed area through a metal grill. They are more basic and fitted out with less features than convector gas heaters. For example, many models lack the thermostat, timer and remote control found on convector heaters. However, this also makes them cheaper to buy.
Radiant convection heaters turn on with the aid of a manual electric ignition, and you'll have to hold down a button for about 20 seconds until the flame ignites.
Gas convector heaters
These models use a fan to help circulate warm air around a room, achieving more quick and even heating.
These heaters are equipped with a greater range of features than their radiant counterparts. You're more likely to be able to switch them on using a remote control, adjust the temperature using a thermostat, and set a timer.
If you're a fan of modern conveniences, this may be the better option for you - but you'll pay a little bit more for the luxury.
Gas ducted heating works using a gas-operated central heating system that’s installed in your roof, under the floor, or outside your house.
The other, non-gas ducted heating option is a electric reverse cycle ducted system.
Air is drawn in from outside by a fan, heated by the gas heating unit, transferred to different rooms in the house via a series of ducts, and then finally released into a room via vents.
Is ducted gas heating expensive?
- Suitable for effectively heating larger homes
- Cheaper to run than ducted electric reverse cycle ACs
- Expensive to purchase and install - more expensive than electric ducted systems.
The exact cost of a ducted gas heater depends on the size of your home, the energy efficiency of a heating system, and how many ‘points’ or rooms in your home will be fitted with vents for heating.
For example, say you are purchasing and installing a 10kW gas unit that works in 6 rooms, has a 10 kW heating capacity, and an outstanding energy rating of 5.8 stars. This should set you back around $9, 000 to purchase and install. On the lower end of the scale, a ducted gas system can cost around $5, 000.
Gas fireplaces provide the cosy aesthetic of a traditional wood fireplace, but are more convenient. Also called gas log heaters, these provide the attractive appearance of flames - without the hassle of needing to procure and tend to wood. The flame can be switched on to achieve a ‘roaring’ fireplace look in seconds.
Gas fireplaces can operate using either natural gas or LPG. As per usual, you’ll need to be connected to a gas mains line to opt for the natural gas option.
These gas heaters are designed to only be used in the open air. They include freestanding patio gas heaters, as well as wall-mounted gas heaters for outdoor use. Both use radiant heat to warm up an outdoor space, and can work a charm if you’re entertaining guests outside in winter.
An outdoor gas heater should be placed on flat, level ground. If you have an undercover patio, you’ll need enough space for clearance from ceilings and awnings, and any other combustible mtaerials.
What is the difference between LPG and natural gas heaters?
However, this option can get expensive, when you add the cost of the heating unit itself and installation fees onto the price of connecting with a gas line.
On the flipside, once your connection is up and running, it will be cheaper to run a natural gas heater than an LPG heater.
Natural gas heaters are not just affordable to run - they also tend to be reliable and durable, heating even large rooms with ease.
Can you use a natural gas heater with LPG?
Some flued natural gas heaters come with - or are compatible with - an LPG Conversion Kit.
This lets you operate an installed heater using an LPG bottle, even if it was originally designed to operate using natural gas.
The LPG is stored in large gas cylinders (for example, a 45 kg cylinder) outside your home. The gas is then ducted in through pipes to outlets in the house, which your heater will connect to.
Other factors to consider when buying a gas heater
Gas heaters are suitable for a wide variety of room sizes. Unlike most electric heaters, there are plenty of gas heaters that heat up medium to large rooms, and open plan spaces.
To make the most of the warming capacity of your new appliance, select a model that’s the right size for the room you’re heating.
First of all, you’ll need to measure your room to find out how many square metres it is. You can do this by measuring a room’s length and its width, and multiplying them.
Heater capacity or net heat output is measured in kW or kilowatts. As a general rule, for every 10 squares metres, you’ll need 1 kW of heat output. For example, if your room is 25 square metres, you’ll need a 2.5kW heater, or if your room is 8mx10m measuring 80 square metres, a 8kW gas heater is more suitable.
The number of kilowatts your heater should have also depends on other conditions of the room you’re heating. For example, if your room has a tall ceiling height, poor insulation, and you live in a very cold climate, you’re likely to need a heater with a little more power than suggested by the standard calculation.
Each type of gas heater features a unique design, however for safety reasons they can be classified as having one of two designs: either a design with an exposed heating element, or a non-exposed heating element.
An exposed heating element is potentially dangerous, as the hot part of the heater can be touched, resulting in injury. It's best to avoid these if you have young children or pets. For example, with radiant heaters, it's easy to poke fingers or fur through the grills.
- Auto-off mechanism: This automatically switches off the heater if it’s left running for a specific period of time, e.g. 8 hours. This is an especially useful and safe feature for unflued gas heaters.
- Oxygen depletion sensor: This alerts you if and when the level of oxygen in a room gets too low.
- Flame failure protection: If the flame unexpectedly goes out, this prevents the release of large amounts of unignited gas, which can become dangerous if allowed to build up.
- Tip-over protection: If a heater is tipped over or is tilted at an angle of 45 degrees or more, this safety feature will cut off power to the heating element.
- Carbon monoxide alarm: This fits the heater with an alarm that sounds if the heater malfunctions and starts emitting dangerous carbon monoxide into a room’s atmosphere. You can buy separate carbon monoxide alarms as separate devices from heaters in hardware stores.
- Child lock: This prevents the heating element from switching on if a child starts experiments with various buttons and settings.
- This is sometimes also called Economy mode. After a room has reached its set temperature, this feature gradually lowers the temperature by increments per hour in order to prevent overheating the room and save on energy costs.
- Electronic ignition: This is available for portable gas convector heaters, and unflued models. It makes turning on the heating easier, as you won’t have to press a button continuously while waiting for the pilot light to ignite.
- Some gas heaters, such as a gas convector heater, incorporate the use of a fan to circulate hot air around a room more evenly.
- Filter-clean warning: Available for flued gas heaters, this handy features alerts you when your filter is due for a clean. This stops dirt and debris from clogging up your filter and preventing the efficient flow of heated air into a room.
- This allows you to change the settings on your heater or switch it on and off from the comfort of your couch.
- This allows you to program the gas heater to reach a certain temperature.
- This allows you to program the periods your gas heater runs over a 24-hour time frame.
Gas heaters are typically more expensive than electric heaters to buy, but cheaper to run. Flued models are dearer than unflued or portable models, due to installation costs and a higher average selling price.
Portable gas heaters can cost anywhere between $400 - $1,400 to buy, while flued or installed models can set you back $400 - $2, 200.
A gas heater offers superior heating during the winter months. It heats larger spaces thoroughly and evenly, which can be comforting in particularly cold climates. When buying a new gas heater, consider how safe it is first.
Also consider how you'll use the heater. This includes where you'll use it, the size of the rooms you're heating, any features you'd like for added convenience, and lastly, any design or aesthetic preferences you have for a new household appliance.