Say hello to a heater that looks nothing like a heater. Which, to be clear, is a good thing. This sleek piece of kit, designed for rooms of up to 30m², has a monochrome matte exterior which ensures it won’t clash with your carpets or cushions, and it heats up incredibly quickly. Duux claims it heats up three times as fast as your average heater and it took just a couple of minutes to warm our entire living room.
We’re into the summer months now, but that doesn’t guarantee warmer weather for everyone. Whether you live somewhere that doesn’t get much sunlight or in a draughty house, the best electric heaters can help keep you cosy and comfortable all year round.
It’s easy to spend a lot of money on an electric heater with fancy functions, techy designs and promises of “energy-efficiency”, but keep in mind that the cheapest heaters do exactly what the pricey ones do: they convert electricity into heat through resistance.
Because all electric heaters run at near 100 per cent efficiency, you can ignore any claims about one heater being cheaper to run than another. The most important difference is the wattage – the rate at which the heater draws electricity – which means more heat and a bigger bill. The trick is to choose the wattage that’s appropriate for the size of the room you’re heating. Too small and heat will dissipate away too quickly.
Features we’d suggest looking out for when shopping for a portable heater include digital displays, timer functions and remote control functionality, all of which make it easier to crank up the heat without having to emerge from your blanket or bed.
How we tested
These heaters were tested during the winter cold snap. We took our testing incredibly seriously, cranking up temperatures to the max and putting the devices through their paces, whether it was by lugging them to different rooms to examine their ability to warm spaces of different sizes or timing how long they took to achieve maximum heat.
In short, it was hot, sweaty stuff. Although, on the plus side, we’re pretty certain our calorie burn was similar to that achieved by an hour in a Swedish sauna.
The best heaters for 2023 are:
- Best overall – Duux threesixty smart fan and heater: £100, Argos.co.uk
- Best for portability – De’Longhi capsule hobby 2.4kw heater: £55, Argos.co.uk
- Best for small spaces – Beldray climate cube: £24.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for instant heat – Draper Tools PTC electric space heater: £37.99, Robertdyas.co.uk
- Best for gadget geeks – Dyson purifier hot and cool formaldehyde: £699, Johnlewis.com
- Best for bedrooms – Russell Hobbs retro 1.8kw horizontal/vertical grey fan heater: £34.99, Amazon.co.uk