Top 6 Best Heaters For a Conservatory – Comparisons & Detailed Reviews
We Review 9 of The Best Heaters For Your Conservatory
When you need to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet, in summer the conservatory is one of the best places to relax and unwind. The plants and the view, not to mention the warmth, make the conservatory a very good place to unwind and read your favourite book or simply relax. However when it comes to winter the main problem with conservatories is that they are probably one of the coldest rooms in your house. To further enjoy your conservatory in winter you need to invest in a good quality, but more importantly, a very efficient electric heater, then you can continue to enjoy this space in winter to.
If you have also have plants in your conservatory you will need at the very least a heater to a frost stat, to keep the plants alive over winter to stop it getting to cold.
When you are looking for an electric heater for your conservatory, there are a few things that you need to look at. The features that are available on an electric heater will depend on the price you want to pay and the size of your conservatory. When shopping for the best heater for conservatory purposes, you will meet many kinds of an electric heater. We are here to show you what to look for in a heater that can serve a conservatory.
After hours of research and comparing over 25 models, we came to the conclusion that the Futura Eco 1500W Deluxe Electric Heater was the best electric heater for most people. Its very versatile, can be mounted on the wall permanently or left free standing, is packed with features including a digital display, comes with a 2 year warranty and to finish it off, it looks amazing.
Conservatory Heater Buyers Guide
The market place can get confusing since it is flooded with an array of products. This confusion is normal. What you need to do is identify which features suit your conservatory the best way possible. You need to think if you will have it mounted on the wall permanently or left freestanding so you can move it around or put it away for summer. The easiest way to do this is to identify which feature is responsible for what. Only then will you know the features that are designed for your space. Below are the features that you should consider.
If you want to jump straight to the 'Top 6 Conservatory Heaters' just quickly scroll down to see our reviews and top recommended models.
What to take into consideration when choosing a conservatory heater
- Adjustable speed control - Depending on the size of your conservatory, you will have to select either a big or small units. If you have a large conservatory it is only fitting that you look for a big unit. The smaller space you have, the less need for a large unit. The bigger the unit, the more it is likely to cost. Measure out your space so as to compare with different manufactures and their specifications. That way you won’t have to buy a unit and return it. The easiest way to do this is by measuring your room in square meters and then choosing a unit with adequate coverage. Most units give the approximate coverage a heater is suitable for.
- Power output - There are units that produce more power than others. If you have a large conservatory that needs a lot of attention, you will have to buy a unit that dispenses a large power output. A smaller space would do with a small number of wattage. Also, remember to consider the number of utility bills you need to be taking care of. Leaving a large unit running for long periods will end up raising your utility bills.
- Budget considerations - Working with a budget is always prudent since it allows you to narrow down to a single choice. The models in the market can range from below 100 pounds to over 300 pounds and more. Try and select the one with the most advantageous features for your conservatory. Remember that not all expensive models are necessarily the best models. In general we found that a model between £50 and £100 was sufficient for most standard conservatories. Some less powerful models may struggle on really cold days though.
- Safety first - Safety is paramount when dealing with any kind of equipment. A cut off switch is important in preventing the unit from overheating. An automated system known as a thermostat that cuts off the heat when maximum temperatures are reached is more energy efficient and saves you money. No energy is wasted. For a freestanding unit, a tip over switch is needed so that the machine is inactive if it was to get knocked over.
- Ease of use - A display is a component that makes using an electric heater simple. You are able to locate the settings that you need. If you need a timer, look for a model that has one. A timer will allow you to program the time that you want the unit to automatically switch on and off. This is great for setting the heater to come on an hour before you plan in relaxing in the conservatory such as after a hard days work. There are models that will let you set up a timer for the whole week.
- Warranty - This is fairly straight forward, the longer the warranty the better it is. If you ran into any problems, you can check the terms and conditions of the warranty but it's always a good idea to check the condition of the warranty before buying, Most warranties are fair and will replace any faulty heater. Most models include at least 2 years warranty while some cheaper models only include 1 year,
TOP 6 CONSERVATORY HEATER REVIEWS
Futura Eco 1500W Deluxe Electric Panel Heater Review
OUR BEST PICK
The Futura Eco 1500W Deluxe Electric Panel Radiator is a cool looking unit with fantastic performance and at a very affordable price. This lightweight model comes with two positioning options. You can either choose to mount it on the wall for easier and faster circulation of air or leave it free standing giving you the option to remove it when not in use or place it in another room. The choice is ultimately yours, the brackets and feet have been provided and are fairly easy to fit.
This unit has an output of 1500W which is fairly standard for electric heaters and towards the higher end. The heat produced by this unit will be enough for most standard sized conservatories. With this unit, you can adjust the temperature from the provided display with ease. The display is your control board. It lets you set the exact temperature that you want making it perfect for keep the room at a consistent tempature.
An advanced heater timer is installed so that you can set the time that you want the machine to turn on and for how many hours. This helps when you have a busy day but you still want to keep the room as a set tempature.
A 2 year warranty has been provided just in case you run into any unlikely problems or faults with the heater.
Once appropriate temperatures are reached, then the unit cuts the heat off. This energy saving function will save on your electricity bills and stop the room becoming to warm. At 5.5 x 32.2 x 100.2 cm its not too large but can fully supply a 17 meter squared space with constant and reliable heat. You can change the temperature settings from 5 degrees to 35 degrees so you can choose your perfect temperature, this is important and soom people prefer different temperatures.
- ?Perfect for heating rooms up to 17 meter squared.
- Set temperature between 5 degrees to 35 degrees.
- Timer feature (see 'cons' though)
- Affordable price at under £100 from most retailers.
- Stable and attractive design blends in to most conservatory settings.
- Can be mounted permanently or left freestanding.
- Easy to use digital display.
- 2 year warranty for full peace of mind.
- Does not have frost watch function as lowest setting is 5 degrees.
- Timer could do with better functions. It only has one time setting. For example set it to come on for 4 hours. If you want it to come on at 6.00 am, you need to get up a 6.00 am and set it to come on at 6.00 am. Then it will come on at 6.00 am everyday.
- Setting are lost if power is cut.
The Futura Eco 1500W Deluxe Electric Panel Heater is a very good heater but does have it faults, mainly only having one timer setting and having to set the timer at the time you want it to come on.
Depending on the kind of conservatory you have, you can choose to mount it on the wall or leave it standing which we like as it gives it versatility. You find that most people prefer to mount the unit so its out the way and permanently fitted.
The 1500W output is sufficient to cover 17 meters squared with ease of which it does seem to do a very good job at which over 100 reviews on amazon.co.uk confirm which we always like to see.
It has one or two flaws but nothing comes without flaws. If you can work around the flaws you will be able to get excellent service from this unit. If you have a larger space, we suggest that you look for a bigger and more powerful unit.
At under £100 its offers excellent value for money and we think it would be the best choice for most people which is why we named it our 'Best Pick'
Glen 500 W Skirting Heater Review
Slimline, unobtrusive and perfect for conservatory dwarf walls
The Glen 500W Skirting Heater is another convention based electric heater designed for rooms with what we call 'dwarf walls' where there not a lot of height such as low walls which are found in many conservatory's.
This model comes with a 500W output which is sufficient for most small conservatories. As you can see it is not as powerful as some other models but it is appropriate for a small conservatory that does not require much to heat up or you could install two if you have the space. This slim and lightweight model can be mounted or left standing on its own. If you have children or pets, it’s better if you mount the unit as it is quite low and could easily be knocked over.
This unit has no temperature control settings so can simply just be turned on and off manually and comes with fixed heat settings. Once you plug it in, the unit will dispense heat as programmed by the manufacturer. The unit comes with a cut out to prevent overheating in the space. A neon indicator has been installed so that you know when the unit is in use so you remember to turn it off.
This unit comes with a one-year warranty which compared to most other models is not as long.
The dimensions of the product are 82 x 20.5 x 20 cm.
- ?Perfect for dwarf walls where larger heaters simply will not fit.
- Very easy to use, plug in switch on.
- Can be mounted or left free standing.
- Runs silently.
- Affordable and great value.
- 1 year warranty for full peace of mind.
- Lacks temperature control.
- No timer provided.
- May take a while to warm up rooms on the larger size.
The Glen 500 W Skirting Heater is a small unit for small spaces with its main advantage being that it will fit on most 'dwarf walls' which you often have in conservatories and larger heaters will not fit on.
With this unit, you will have to wait for some time before the whole space is warmed up as it does not give out as much heat as some of the other models we have reviewed. This is because as you can notice, the power output is on the lower side at 500w.
This simple unit, however, runs silently unlike other units in the market that can generate a lot of noise. A timer has not been provided so you cannot set when you want the unit to come on and off and there is no thermostat to set the tempature.
Admittedly this product has a few flaws but if you are willing to work with this unit, go for it specially if you have small walls but you could consider buying two if you have the space. Overall a great little heater that has its own little advantages.
PTC Over Door Heater and Cold Air Fan Review
The PTC Over Door Heater and Cold Air Fan is usually placed over doors. This is because the door is the biggest point of heat loss in a room. This, however, should not limit this unit to only one location. You can put it anywhere you like apart from the bathroom as the unit has not been protected against moisture damage and the instructions clearly state not for bathroom use.
This unit comes with 2 heat setting and a thermostat that helps you select what temperature you need in the room. You can choose to select the 1kw or 2kw heat settings. The oscillating function is installed to make sure that there is adequate circulation of air around the conservatory. That way, the heat is evenly distributed.
This model has a timer provided. Usually, in this case, timers are used to make certain that the unit runs for a specific amount of time. This unit has a 7.5-hour timer that you can take advantage of.
An LCD display has been provided so that you can visibly see the temperature and other functions. It also comes with a little remote control for the occasions when you might not be able to manually reach the heater which is ideal for the smaller home owners such as my wife to name a few.
The unit uses ceramic PTC element to make sure that heat is evenly distributed and at a constant rate. The ceramic PTC element make this unit safe using around children since it does not cause the unit to overheat. The PTC element are self-regulating, meaning you end up saving money in utilities since there is not much heat consumption and it only uses the amount of Wattage needed to maintain the temperature.
One nice feature this feature has is the cool fan, as you have probably realised this is very handy for conservatories as they can get too hot in summer making them unusable. However with the cool fan you can make the room a little cooler and more comfortable.
The product dimensions are 20.8 x 61.8 x 13.2 cm.
- Perfect for conservatories as you can also use cool fan to cool down on very hot days.
- Includes remote so can be fitted out of reach and till controlled.
- Uses ceramic PTC element which is very efficient and only uses the amount of wattage needed to maintain temperature.
- Lightweight and stable construct.
- Affordable price and 2 year guarantee for extra peace of mind.
- Not appropriate for large spaces
The PTC Over Door Heater and Cold Air Fan can supply you with either hot or cold air which is a big advantage for conservatories for obvious reasons.
This unit is ideally meant for small spaces making it perfect for conservatories. The unit, however, is pocket friendly especially with the features provided.
The power output is not as high but it will be efficient. If you are looking for an electric heater for your conservatory, this would be an excellent choice if you have room for it.
Overall we really like the design and the features, for under £50 at the time of our review, this is one of the best value for money heaters available.
Dimplex Cadiz Eco 3 KW Electric Radiator with Electronic Climate Control Review
The Dimplex Cadiz Eco 3 KW Electric Radiator with Electronic Climate Control is no small unit. The unit supplies 3kw of power for maximum performance and heat output. The unit is able to supply small to medium sized conservatories with the required amount of heat.
The unit is fitted with an adequate display that lets you access the settings with ease and is very easy to use and program. The backlit display is easy to use so anyone of age can engage and setup the unit without issue unlike some models that can be complicated.
The unit is fitted with an advanced digital timer that you can program for 24 hours in two time periods, this means you can set the heater to come on in the morning and then again in the evening. That way the unit can turn itself on and of depending on your current preferences.
A remote control has been provided for you so that you can conveniently change your settings with ease.
A digital thermostat has been provided so that you can effectively regulate the temperature in 1 °C increments from 5 °C to 35 °C. You can choose how fast you want the unit to supply the room with heat. With this unit, you can select which panels you want to work so as to control the direction of the heat as you can heat only one side of the heater.
Since this is not a small or light unit, the manufactures had to find a way to make transportation easier. That is why this unit was fitted with castor wheels. The wheels are made of good material so as to balance the weight of the unit during transportation.
Finally this unit come provided with a very impressive 5 year guarantee. This indicates that the manufacturer is confident in the quality of his product and gives you peace of mind.
- Fitted with thermostat which you can set in 1 °C increments from 5 °C to 35 °C
- 24 hour timer with 2 time periods so you can set the heater to come on in the morning and evening.
- Duel sie control, only heat one side if need.
- Runs almost silently.
- Excellent features for price.
- Castor wheels provided for easy movements.
- Comes with a remote control for extra convenience.
- Excellent 5 year warranty for extra peace of mind.
- Cable is quite short.
- Ineffective in large rooms.
- Can take a little time to warm up.
- Cannot be mounted to the wall.
The Dimplex Cadiz Eco 3 KW Electric Radiator is one of the only models with Electronic Climate Control and is a fairly heavy heater compared to most other models at over 10kg so we like the fact that it has wheels to make transportation from location to location easy.
This model can effectively warm up a room but it takes a little while longer than expected but one there is very effective.
At over £100 you will pay a little more compared to most other models but the features provided are far better and are what separate this model from most others in our review.
We like the fact that you have the option to select which panels you want to work with and a remote control provided for ease of use. We also like the 24 hour timer with two time periods. Overall another excellent heat packed with features. It worth mentioning it also has over 400 reviews on amazon making it a very popular model, something you usually only see with the very best products. The 5 year warranty is also unbeatable with most other models only having 2 years.
If your after a free standing heater with a thermostat and decent timer system, this model is worth considering.
Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool Fan Heater Review
Another model that can also help cool the conservatory
The Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool Fan Heater can work all year round. This is because the fan heater has the ability to produce both cold and hot air making it fairly unique compared to most models, the only other heater which this feature in our review is the PTC Over-door heater reviewed earlier. When the low temperatures are gone for the season, you can use the unit to dispense cold air which we think is a great additional feature, specially for a conservatory which can sometimes get to hot.
With this unit, you can decide where you want to point the air flow. If you want it to access more people or direct only the heat to you, you can adjust the unit to do as so. This unit has a power output of 2kw at maximum which is efficient to power through small rooms.
This unit has been design and installed with an airflow booster making sure that the air gets to you quick. The accelerated airflow will work sufficiently also during those hot summer days. The lightweight unit runs silently compared to other units in the market.
This unit comes with a small display that lets you see the temperature settings. Since the unit has no heating elements, fans or other dangerous parts exposed, the unit is safe to use around children and pets so you have full peace of mind. A tip over switch has been fitted as a security measure just in case it topples over, a simple but important feature, specially around children and pets.
The unit comes with a 2-year warranty that you can make use of just in case you face technical difficulties with the machine but problems with Dyson products tend to be minimal as you would expect from a top brand such as Dyson.
The easy to clean and maintain unit will not give you a hard time since the construct is stable and durable. A sleep timer has been provided so that you can save more energy and in terms lower running costs. The timer will render the unit ineffective when not in use saving you a bit of money in the long run.
It also comes with a remove so you can change the setting, turn it off, on all from the comfort of your sofa.
- Advanced and attractive design.
- Option to direct heat in one direction of disburse heat over a wider area.
- Safe to use around children and pets.
- Can be used all year round.
- Air booster for faster circulation.
- 2 year warranty for full peace of mind.
- Very expensive.
- Cool air feature does not cool the air as much as you may like.
The Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool Fan Heater has a hefty price tag but is worth the extra cost if within your budget. However, for a unit that can be used all year round, we expected better features for that price tag.
We cannot fault it completely either. This unit is safe to be used around children and pets. This is because there are no heat elements, fans or parts exposed which children do have a tenancy to touch.
The warm air functions work magnificently for small rooms but the cool air could so with being a little better perhaps.
If you do not mind the price and you are looking for an interesting unique design, you can consider purchasing this unit. If you are looking for an inexpensive but cool design you can look at the Futura Eco 1500W Deluxe Electric Panel Heater Radiator.
Elnur SH18M - 2.55Kw Storage Heater Review
The Elnur SH18M - 2.55Kw Storage Heater is a heavy weight champion but this comes at an extra expensive. How this works is that it charges all night which its typically the cheapest time to use electric as it is Off-Peak time to make sure that the unit can release heat for the rest of the day. If you time when the electrical charges you will incur fewer utility bills.
This unit is one that is appropriate for the areas that are open and need constant heat such as open spaces. The 2.55kw heater can supply constant heat without having to stop for a recharge. That will explain why the unit is as heavy as it is.
The dimensions of this unit are 15 x 72.5 x 76.5 cm. consider the amount of space you need before purchasing this unit.
Stable feet have been provided to make sure that the weight is evenly balanced. Moving this unit will be a hustle since there are no handles or wheels provided.
The unit is made of stainless steel so you can be sure that it will be unaffected by moisture. The insulated unit can store tremendous amounts of energy. Just select how much power you need and charge accordingly. The heater switches off automatically when it is time for a recharge.
A 5-year guarantee has been provided by the manufacturer. In the case of any problems, contact the manufacturer.
- Stores tremendous amounts of energy.
- Strong and durable construction.
- Easy to assemble.
- Saves money since it runs on economy charges.
- Amazing 5 year warranty
- Heavy to move.
- No wheels or handles provided for easy transportation.
- No timer provided.
The Elnur SH18M - 2.55Kw Storage Heater is one of the most expensive types of heaters but is very effective and economical to run specially if you have a special cheaper rate at night as most home owners do.
If you have a large space that needs heating, then you should definitely consider this unit as this is what is specially designed for.
It has to be fixed on the wall for stability. We wish that the unit was fitted with wheels to make moving easier all though the wait may be the issue here.
The easy to assemble and maintain unit runs on the economy charge. That way you end up saving a substantial amount of money in the end.
At a little under £300 is expensive but is worth the extra cost for anyone with a larger conservatory to hear and will definitely serve you for long time due to its steel construction. We also like that it comes with a 5 year warranty which gives you full peace of mind.
Our Final Conclusion
As we have seen, the choice for a conservatory heater relies on the size of the space. If you have a small space as most home owners probably will, there is no need for a large unit.
If you want a unit that can be mounted, we suggest that you look for one that provides brackets of which most do. A larger space will need a bigger and more intense unit. Measure out your space and figure out how much you want to spend. That way you will narrow down the kind of unit you need.
Below is a quick overview of 3 of our best recommended models.
Our Best Pick
We carefully analysed the products presented for use in the conservatory as not every type of heater is suitable and we still maintain that the Futura Eco 1500W Deluxe Electric Panel Heater Radiator is the best choice for most people.
This is because it has a decent area coverage and it can be mounted to wall or left free standing making it a great choice.
The cool design will give your conservatory a stylish look. The unit has been fitted with the necessary features be it safety or functional features.
The durable and innovative unit will provide you with excellent service and the 2 year warranty will give you full peace of mind. Its easy to see why it a very popular model amongst home owners and a great seller on Amazon.co.uk
Our Best Lightweight Conservatory Heater Dwarf Walls
The unit that presents the best service for those who only need small amounts of heat at a given time can settle for the Glen 500 W Skirting Heater.
The heater only produces 500W of power. This can power through a smaller room making it warm and cosy. Although it takes a while to warm the slim unit will provide you with adequate service.
The price is friendly for domestic use making it a product that offers excellent value for money. We also think the slim line design is perfect for those with conservatory's that only have very small dwarf walls where a larger model simply would not fit but you still want model you can fix to the wall, maybe consider two if this is what you have in mind and need more heat as your conservatory is slightly larger.
Our Best Conservatory Heater For Larger Rooms
The unit that has the ability to provide constant heat and cover a wide area is the Elnur SH18M - 2.55Kw Storage Heater. The manual charger can store a lot of energy releasing it continuously. This unit is so effective at heating up open spaces that it would perform well in a large conservatory.
The unit in itself is not light thus showing the magnitude of its capabilities. The fact that it runs economically will save you money at the end of every month when compared to other larger models of a similar heating capacity and price.
Highly recommend considering if you have a conservatory on the larger size.
Your conservatory maybe the best part of your house. We know you only want the best that is why we have supplied you with little nuggets of knowledge to make selection easier.
We hope that you can now select the best heater for conservatory purposes.