Panel Heater Reviews
Panel heaters, also called Far Infra-red Heaters, are low powered appliances used as an additional source of heating.
For more information on panel heaters see our post What are Panel Heaters.Note: Panel heaters are solid not hollow panels, , some convector heaters are advertised as Panel heaters, check before you buy.
Surfaces can get hot, up to 95°C, which can present a burn hazard. If used in sickrooms, nurseries etc... they must be positioned out of reach.
- 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.
Panel Heaters Best Buy
Mirrorstone SUNHEAT Infrared Panel HeatersScoring: Value for money 8: Safety 9: Build quality 9: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 8. Customer Satisfaction rating 90%
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Available in a variety of sizes (180W, 350W, 700W, 900W, and 1.2kW) they are made from a robustly constructed cast aluminium sandwich framed to prevent damage to the edges and corners and are supplied with pre-fitted mounting brackets.
These are also ideal for suspending from ceilings in sick rooms and nurseries, they are all 22mm thick and the largest 1.2kW model is 119.5cm x 99.5cm.
Mirrorstone panel heaters have a lifespan of up to 80,000 operating hours (20 - 25 years of normal use) and have 5-year guarantees.
Our Recommended Panel Heaters
One benefit of panel heaters is they can be printed, and there are a huge range of pictures and patterns available in different sizes and power outputs. Our preferred supplier, Mirrorstone, has a huge range, most have remote controls and are guaranteed for 5 years.
Shedirmuc Personal Electric Panel Heater
Scoring: Value for money 9: Safety 9: Build quality 9: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 5. Customer Satisfaction rating 93%
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Need a bit of extra warmth for your lower limbs?
Using a radiant or fan heater to warm up your feet is risky, a radiant heater has to be far enough away not to burn you and a fan heater will blow warm air up your body as well, where it's not wanted.
Used in a confined space such as under a desk or too close to a chair, both types of heaters also pose a fire risk.
Here is the solution, at only 51 cm high, 50 cm wide and 30 cm deep when folded into a U shape the Shedirmuc personal panel heater slips easily under a desk.
Made from a carbon crystal heating film (Graphene) sandwiched in a panelled lightweight non-woven fabric, Its low power (220W) and safe touch 'no burn' surface means you can sit close to it and keep your feet & legs nice and warm, the waterproof surface offers added protection.
It has a nicely designed touch panel control unit with 3 temperature settings and a timer, as a safety precaution if used continually for 3 hours it will switch off, so no worries if you leave your desk and forget to turn it off.
With a 30-second warm-up time, all four panels generate heat, this is the ideal foot-warming heater for the elderly and invalids as well as for office and general use.
Available in a variety of colours and patterns.
Econo-Heat Wall-Mounted Electric Panel Heater
Scoring: Value for money 10: Safety 10: Build quality 9: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 6. Customer Satisfaction rating 80%
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The fibre cement board panel heater was invented in South Africa by a father & son team in 1990, it was designed to be a low cost durable and flexible heating solution and won many awards for design innovation.
In terms of price, running costs and effectiveness it is one of the world's best heating products.
They have extremely low power consumption but maximize heat distribution by using the space between the panel and wall to generate a convection current, as well as radiating heat from the front like a standard panel heater.
When mounted the panels can be painted and blended into your decor.
We are recommending the Econohome range of fibreboard panel heaters, they have several models with built-in wifi app-controlled thermostats and come with 3-year guarantees. Each model is available with or without a heat guard cover.
- 250 W for room sizes up to 10m2
- 420 W for room sizes up to 12m2
- 600 W for room sizes up to 20m2
Mounting it is extremely easy, drill 4 holes in the wall, push the mounting lugs into them put the heater onto the lugs then push in the locking pins, no screwing and it's light enough to be fitted by one person (see video)
This panel heater is for wall mounting only and is not recommended for bathrooms. Because it uses the wall gap to create a convection current it will cause air movement, circulating some dust in your room.
Safe Bathroom Electric Panel Heater
Scoring: Value for money 9: Safety 10: Build quality 9: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 9. Customer Satisfaction rating 100%
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The Klarstein 'Hot Spot' panel heaters are specifically designed for use in bathrooms.
They are IP24 (splashproof) rated for bathroom use and come with an integrated towel rail,
The Hot Spot Crystal Flow is a 2kW solid-state panel enclosed in a 0.8mm glass layer and will warm up bathrooms up to 36m2. It has touch controls, an adjustable thermostat, a programmable timer, open window detection and intelligent overheating protection which detects when there is too much heat accumulation on the device and then turns it off.
The 1kW Hot Spot Wave has a rounded silver aluminium coating and will heat up areas up to 20m2, and has the same operational features as The Hot Spot Crystal.
They have front-mounted touch controls with programmable daily and weekly timers.
Both have separate heating elements in the towel rails to keep towels warm and dry.
They are splashproof and designed for use in wet areas but to be immersed or used in cubicle showers. They can be used in other spaces as well.
Supplied with mounting brackets.
Dimensions: 2kW Height 82cm, Width 45cm, Depth 19cm Weight 9.8kg: 1kW Height 80cm, Width 51cm, Depth 8cm Weight 8kg: The towel rails will protrude about 12cm.
All products sold from Klarstein are covered by a 2-year warranty from your date of purchase.
Klarstein HeatPal Freestanding Marble Infra-red Panel heater
Scoring: Value for money 10: Safety 10: Build quality 10: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 8. Customer Satisfaction rating 100%
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We've included the Klarstein HeatPal in our Panel Heater section as it uses a natural (unpolished) slab of Mongolian-sourced marble to store and radiate heat.
The slab is held upright in a wide-footed (for stability) cage and is heated by a 1.3kW aluminium heating element. The slab stores heat and will keep radiating with the power turned off. This coupled with the variable thermostat makes it quite economical to use.
It is a little heavy at around 11.3kg (25lbs) and would be ideal for a cold spot in a large room, or as the main heater in a smaller space of up to 25m2.
The heater works like a portable storage heater and it can be heated up and moved into a space with no power supply and will keep radiating heat.
It has a thermal cut-out to prevent overheating, automatic temperature regulation, an anti-frost function and an anti-tilt switch which will turn it off if knocked over.
This is an unusual and very effective heating solution, so far we have great reports and the one we borrowed for testing was quite impressive. The 1.3kW model comes in aluminium, black and copper or black and silver.
The Heatpal is not splash rated so is not suitable for bathrooms. As it keeps radiating heat when switched off it is not suitable for very small spaces.
Dimensions: Height 67cm, Width 48cm, Depth 25cm. Weight 11.3kg and supplied with a 1.8-metre power cable
All products sold by Klarstein are sold as new and are covered by a 2-year warranty from your date of purchase, terms & conditions apply, see the Klarstein website for details.
420-watt Printed Roll-up Heating panels, various designs.
Scoring: Value for money 9: Safety 10: Build quality 9: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 9. Customer Satisfaction rating 92%
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These delightful roll-up panel heaters are printed with a range of pictures and designed to be wall-hung.
At 420 watts they are low-powered heaters suitable for areas up to 12m2.
They are not supplied with timers or thermostats but as they are low-powered they are suitable for use with plug-in timers and /or thermostat units of the correct rating.
These are not window blinds and are designed to be hung on a wall, if hung at a window you will lose heat radiated through the window.
When in use the surface temperature will be 60 - 65°C so if used in children's bedrooms ensure they are hung out of reach.They have a projected lifetime use of 50,000 hours and are covered by a 2 Year warranty.These are very popular and sell out quickly if our supplier is out of stock it's worth shopping around for one, they should retail at under £70 Dimensions: 98 cm High X 57 cm Wide. Weight 960 grams.
300w curved freestanding Panel HeaterScoring: Value for money 7: Safety 8: Build quality 9: Ease of use 10: Noise 1: Styling 8. Customer Satisfaction rating 100%
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It is also ideal for placing under a desk as the low power means you will get warm without overheating.
The IP5/4 rating means it can be used safely in the bathroom.
The manufacturers claim a lifespan of 100,000 hours for this panel heater
Rated at 300 watts and has an on/off switch built into the panel for easy operation.
Dimensions: Length 55cm, Width 52cm, Depth 20cm. Weight 2.1kg
The Best Panel Heaters you can buy?
Olsberg Orayonne Glass Panel Heaters
The Olsberg Orayonne Bespoke Towel Rail
If you're looking for a top quality contemporary panel heater and you have the budget (a 140 x 60 cm model will cost around £750), then takes a look at the Olsberg Orayonne range.
Olsberg is one of the oldest family-run companies in Germany and has been in business since at least 1657. Today the firm is still headquartered in its original location in Olsberg and produces a wide range of goods from 4 manufacturing plants all made to the best German quality and exporting worldwide, it is in Olsberg where these heaters are produced.These elegant heaters are made from black or white single plane safety glass (ESG) use radiated heat but are not pure panel heaters as they use also have a convection element at the rear to maximize heating efficiency, they are suitable for bathroom use.
They are supplied with pre-fitted safety brackets.
The controller is a hidden LED display set on the front of the panel which appears on touch, it is multi-featured including:
- Separate programming for normal operation (comfort mode) and energy saving (lowering mode).
- Daily / weekly timer settings
- Constant thermostatic monitoring
- Automatic summer / winter time detection
- Safety lockouts
- Tamper protection
- You can program its operational parameters minute by minute to intimately suit your lifestyle.
- If the power is cut completely the programmer will hold its settings for up to 3 days.
Recognizing that no matter how many warnings are given about warming towels on bathroom heaters people will still do it, Olsbeg has designed a towel rail which can be mounted on the Orayonne, allowing you to dry or warm your towels in safety.
With a stunning design, state of the art control functionality and precision German engineering from a company with centuries of experience at meeting the high expectations of the German market, we believe this is one of the finest examples of panel heater on the market.Dimensions: They are all 60 cm wide and come in heights of 60 cm, 80 cm and 140 cm
Full details, specifications and order details can be found on the Olsberg website
The Olsberg Orayonne wll mounted 2 Kw white Glass Electric Panel Heater 140cm x 60cm
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