Electric heaters

Keep warm with one of our recommended electric heaters.

At first glance, electric heaters seem the greatest thing since sliced bread.

We've tested 51 electric heaters to find which ones heat up a room quickly and evenly.

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They’re 100% efficient – all the electricity they use is converted into heat, (though that’s nowhere near the efficiency of a heat pump). Their plug-and-play convenience makes them popular with homeowners and renters, and they deliver quick, convenient heat to smaller rooms. Another plus is they’re much cheaper than fixed heating options, such as gas heaters or woodburners.

What you need to know when choosing an electric heater for your home:

  • Features to look for. A fan can help heat the room faster and more evenly. Other things to look for are accurate thermostats, timers and easy-to-use controls.

  • Which type where. Oscillating tower heaters will quickly heat a room but the fan might make them too noisy for a bedroom. That’s where oil column and panel heaters come in. Their silent operation means you can sleep peacefully.

  • Safety features. You should only ever buy heaters that have a tilt switch that’ll cut things out if the heater falls. All models should have a thermal cutout switch that turns things off if things get dangerously hot.

  • What size do you need? Our calculator lets you know what size heater you need for your space.

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Heater buying guide

Oil column, convection, or oscillating tower? Make sure you know which type of heater is right for your room and what features to look for.

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