Oil-Filled Radiator Reviews
Oil Filled Radiator reviews are of portable and wall-hung models which do not need specialist fitting.Currys have a good selection this winter and are worth a visit. See Currys selection of oil-filled radiators here.
Costing under £30 for a basic 500-watt one, and up to £300+ for more sophisticated models with advanced control systems, all our recommended models have been tested for temperature control, safety, and ease of use.
Oil-filled radiators are filled with thick, sticky oil which can leak and damage floors so it is better to avoid cheap ones and buy from manufacturers such as Dimplex, De'longhi etc... which have proven reliability and give free extended guarantees.
To avoid leakage some modern ones have thicker gel-type heat-retaining fillings or use sealed air-filled tubes instead of oil.
As the surface of these radiators can get very hot to the touch, be careful about placing them in bathrooms or where children or vulnerable people can touch them.If you suffer from respiratory problems, such as asthma, you may find an Electric Panel Heater is more suitable for your needs.
- Marking: Our marks are from 1 (poorest) up to 10 (best) for each of the areas we monitor. For noise 1 is the quietest and 10 is the loudest. for more details about our testing /marking please see our article on How we test our heaters.
Oil Filled Heater Best Budget Buy
B&Q 2kW Oil-Filled Radiator
Scoring: Value for money 9: Safety 7: Build quality 6: Ease of use 9: Noise 2: Styling 6. Customer Satisfaction rating 74%
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It is a thermostatically controlled 2Kw oil-filled radiator with 3 heat settings. It has overheat protection and an anti-tilt switch which turns it off if knocked over.
The switches have inset neon power lights, there are onboard plug and cord storage and a cool touch handle.
Suitable for rooms up to 20m2.
We have had some good feedback about this heater, but some of our users have reported that they find the thermostat over-sensitive, B&Q have a 45-day return policy, if it is not suitable for you then you can return it.
Dimensions: Width 43 cm, Height 64 cm, Depth 14.5 cm. Weight 7.25 Kg
Our Recommended Oil Filled Radiators
VonHaus Mini Oil Filled Radiator
Scoring: Value for money 10: Safety 7: Build quality 7: Ease of use 9: Noise 1: Styling 6. Customer Satisfaction rating 87%
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Please note: This is a small oil-filled radiator suitable for spaces up to 13m3, suitable for small rooms and cold spots. For larger spaces choose a larger 2 - 3kW model.
- 6 fins for efficient heat distribution
- Adjustable thermostat.
- Power-on indicator light and for safety
- Overheat protection system.
- Integrated cool-touch handles for easy carrying.
- Supplied with a 1.5m power cable
Dimensions: Width 28 cm, Height 38 cm, Depth 14 cm. Weight 3 Kg
VonHaus 9 and 11 Fin Oil Filled Radiators, 2 kW and 2.5k WScoring: Value for money 10: Safety 6: Build quality 9: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 7. Customer Satisfaction rating 90%
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We recommend these well-built and reliable basic models from a reputable company. VonHaus is part of the Manchester-based Domu brands group which supplies a vast range of domestic appliances worldwide.
They source well-built quality appliances from around the world selling them at reasonable prices and offer free extended 2-year guarantees on all their products (register online).
Their oil-filled radiators have everything you need at a reasonable price, a choice
- 2.5kW heat output with 11 fins maximizing the heat radiating surface, suitable for larger rooms
- 9 fin 2kW model for medium-sized rooms.
- 7 fin 1.5 kW model for the smaller room
For ease of movement and positioning, there are 4 easy-roll castors with a built-in cool touch pull-along handle and a long 1.5 metre (5 foot) power lead with onboard cord storage.
Safety features are a thermal cut-out, automatic overheat protection and an anti-tilt switch which turns it off if it is knocked over.
Our test model has been in use since Autumn 2015 and is still working perfectly as of Jan 2023.
Dimensions: 11 fin 2.5 kW L50 X D28.5 X H63cm - 9 fin 2 kW L40 X D24 X H60cm - 7 fin 1.5 kW L33 X D24 X H60VonHaus also supply 1.5 kW and 2kW oil filled radiators for smaller rooms.
Our No.1 Selling Oil Filled Radiator, Dimplex ECR & OCRScoring: Value for money 10: Safety 6: Build quality 7: Ease of use 10: Noise 2: Styling 7. Customer Satisfaction rating 78%
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Dimplex is a British company who have been making heaters for over 60 years and is the world's largest heating appliance manufacturer.
Dimplex makes a very good oil-filled radiator, the OCR, which comes in 1.5kW or 2kW (with or without timers) both with three heat settings.The adjustable thermostat has frost protection which automatically switches on if the temperature falls below 5°C.There are 4 easy glide castors, cool-touch handles and onboard power cord storage making it easy to move around and position.The radiator has a thermal protection device which turns it off if it overheats and a neon power-on indicator light. You also have the added protection of The Dimplex 3-year guarantee.The 2kW timer version has a 24hr digital electronic timer with 4 separate programmable settings, you can set it to turn on and off at various times in the day.All are covered by Dimplex's own 3-year guarantee
The biggest issue with oil-filled radiators is oil leakage and the ensuing mess. Dimplex has solved this problem in an ingenious way, by removing the oil and using their patented Thermocore Oil-free technology.
So you can now choose either the traditional oil-filled OCR or the oil-free ECR models.
the ECR range is Greener (no oil) and heats up 30% faster, and offers up to 9% energy savings (Based on a 2kW ECR heating a room from 10°C to 22°C, maintaining 22°C for 5 hours and then switched off versus 2kW Oil-filled column radiator.)
The ECR model has the same range and specifications as the OCR models, a 1.5kW or 2kW (white only, with or without a timer). They are also covered by the Dimplex 3-year guarantee.Approx Dimensions: 17 cm deep x 65 cm high x 57 cm wide. Weight OCR 10 kg; ECR 8.9kg
Note: Our users have reported that some of these heaters make a 'clicking' noise when in use, we have inspected them and found in some cases when the internal heating elements heat up and expand they touch the internal metal plates, this does not affect the performance and if you find this annoying it can be fixed by slightly adjusting the elements.
If you wish to make this adjustment ask a suitably qualified electrician. Do not attempt to do it yourself.
Prem-I-Air 2.5kW 11 Fin Oil Filled Radiator
Scoring: Value for money 10: Safety 6: Build quality 6: Ease of use 10: Noise 2: Styling 5. Customer Satisfaction rating 93.3%
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Prem-I-Air is a British based company supplying heating, cooling and air conditioning products for over 30 years.
We've had some great feedback from our visitors about this Prem-i-air 2.5kW EH1364. After testing we were impressed enough to include it as a recommended best buy.
This model is a traditional mineral oil filled radiator. It is well made and delivers 2.5kW at full power.
There are 3 heat settings so it can be used in smaller rooms as well, it has an onboard 24-hour timer and an adjustable thermostat.
Safety functions are, overheat protection using a thermal cut out and an anti-tilt switch which will turn the heater off if it's knocked over. There is a frost control function which switches it on if the temperature falls below 5°C.
The smooth easy roll castors, cool touch handle an on-board cord storage ms make it easy to move from room to room, but like all large oil-filled radiators it is a little heavy to carry up and down stairs on your own.
Safety features: Anti-tilt protection, it switches off if tipped over and thermal safety protection which cuts it out if it overheats.
Prem-I-air includes a free extended 2-year guarantee for this appliance.
Dimensions: 65 cm High X 52 cm Wide X 25 cm Deep.
De'Longhi Dragon Oil Filled Radiators with TimerScoring: Value for money 9: Safety 6: Build quality 8: Ease of use 8: Noise 1: Styling 10. Customer Satisfaction rating 90.1%
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The De'Longhi Dragon TRD4 is the 2nd best-selling domestic electric oil-filled radiator on the market. (Dimplex are No.1)
De'Longhi is an Italian-based design-focused company and this shows in their products.
They do not compromise on build quality and guarantee Dragon radiators for 10 years.
This radiator is more than good looks, the front panel across the fins channel the convected air currents up across the hottest part of the radiator heating the air faster and increasing the rising air rate, which increases the speed at which the room is heated.
De'Longhi have also increased the surface fin area by 25% over the previous Dragon 3 models. The 1.5Kw radiator is the most popular model and will easily raise a 30 cubic meter room to 23 °C and maintain it.
We prefer the 2 kW as it's handy to have a bit of power in reserve in case you need to use it in a larger space.
The Dragon oil-filled radiator heater has 3 heat settings and an adjustable thermostat. The frost protection will automatically turn the radiator on if the temperature falls below 5°C
The 24-hour analogue timer is pin operated for multiple on/off programming.
The radiator has an overheat safety cut-out, onboard cable storage and a cool-touch handle which allows you to move it safely whilst it is still hot.
This radiator has proven reliability and longevity, although it is a little more expensive than comparable oil-filled radiators, we believe that this is a superior product and the free extended 10-year guarantee proves it is worth the money.Dimensions: 65 cm High X 44 cm Wide X 16 cm Deep. Weight 11Kg Note: Only the model numbers ending with a T have timers.
Elnur Gabarron The best Oil Filled Radiators on the market.Scoring: Value for money 9: Safety 10: Build quality 10: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 10. Customer Satisfaction rating 100%
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We've tested them and found that they really are! Designed to use instead of a gas or oil-fired central heating system, multi-radiator installations can be 'smart-linked' via a windows program or used as standalone units.
These are a really good alternative to gas central heating for all-electric houses.
Elnur is a Spanish company that specializes in manufacturing heating appliances and has been doing so for over 40 years, they have their own state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Madrid which produces goods to the highest European standards, and they are currently distributed in 15 countries.
Elnur produces a 5 ranges range of high-quality wall-hung 'Thermo Fluid' (low viscosity oil) filled radiators, under the name Gabarron, the RFE, RXE, RBC and the Wi-Fi programmable RDW.
The radiator featured here is the 1.5kW model from the RFE range which has a digital control system. there are also the RF8E 1kw and RF14E 2kW, the standard height of the RFE models is 58 Cm.
There is also a range of compact models at 43 Cm high suitable for hanging under windows.
- The Digital readout displays real temperature, set temperature, clock and other messages.
- The radiators also have Weekly/daily programmers; Built-in electronic thermostats with a tolerance of ±0.10C; overheat safety cut out.
- Elnur has its own energy-saving management system called an Electronic Triac Control Optimizer [ETCO], which reduces electric consumption by regulating the power flow to the heating elements.
- Elnur also offers a windows compatible wireless control system 'smart-linking' as an accessory.
Elnur Garbarron oil-filled radiators come with a standard 10-year guarantee.
For full details on these products and details on current prices and availability, please visit the main ELNUR website
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