The Best Electric Wall Heaters
If you’re renovating your house or feeling just a bit too cold in the winter, an electric wall heater is a quick and simple way to heat your home, or office. They’re compact, accurate and now with the Internet of Things you can control the heat and timer from anywhere. As people continually try to save money on heating bills, an electric wall heater if combined with insulation and other devices can reduce your energy bills, along with transitioning away from fossil fuel based energy sources- although the grid is still powered by fossil fuels to an extent.
Why should you use a electric wall heater
Electric wall heaters such as those reviewed here, are easy to install – often just plug and heat – meaning they can be crucial in converting homes or other properties. As they stand alone from the pre-existing heating and water systems they are immune from issues which might affect those. Although they do depend on mains electricity, they make useful back-ups and options should you need it.
What should you look for in one?
When purchasing a wall heater you need to consider the cost of running a heater. Some use high wattage and others use lower, but do they use them effectively? Your house should also be adequately insulated
- Heating area – think about the size of the room you want to heat, and make a judgement based on that. This calculator/visualiser tool may be helpful
- Bathroom safe? – Some electric heaters are not safe to use in bathrooms, check with the manufacturer.
- Cost – how much is it going to cost to run? Should you also invest in a smart-meter, if your electricity supplier hasn’t provided one already?
- Remote control – can you access the temperature from your phone or laptop?
- Floor or wall? Some heaters will include a floor stand as well as a wall bracket.
- Installation – do you need power tools? Will the wall bracket look unsightly if installed and then removed?
- Good manufacturer – Does the manufacturer provide support and instructions? Anything that gets hot, is a fire hazard. Make sure you don’t buy something with a poor reputation or a heater built without basic safety features.
Electric Wall Heaters
Here are our top three picks for electric wall heaters in 2019. Each heater offers a good balance of price and quality.
Wärme Designer WiFi Electric Wall Heater
The Wärme heater is, despite the name, a British product developed in Leicester. The heater came about when the founder of DesignerHeater wanted an aesthetically pleasing heater whilst refurbishing their own flat. In striking contrast to the usual beige or industrial norm, the Wärme heater has a sleek obsidian frontage and similarly Futurism-inspired control, via the inclusive application.
- Internet of things compatible via Wifi, app-based control
- British designed, European certified and sold in over 27 countries
- Bathroom safe having passed the IP22 Waterproof standard
- Capable of warming a 22 meter squared space with its 2kw output
- Patent state-of-the-art design and technology components
- Low running costs thanks to the Zonal Heating function
- High levels of control over heating through the weekly programmable thermostate- early weekdays and longer lie-ins at the weekend
- Extensive support in the form of manuals and FAQs on the company website
- Used by major housing and property developers throughout Europe
- Internet of things devices have some inherent weaknesses, such as difficulty of install (no fault of the owner) and the potential for wider, more systemic security issues with such devices.
Netta Slimline Panel Heater
The Netta Slimline heater is capable of heating a room 17 metres squared with no noise or unnatural vibrations. All the installation that is require is, plugging the heater in and turning it on. One can choose from two power settings, 1500W and Eco, along with a timer. The Netta is ranked as one of the most efficient heaters in its class, and comes at a very affordable price.
- Wall or floor mount, both are included
- Energy efficient through design and shut down features
- Easily heats 17 metre squared rooms
- Ultra slim design, only 8cm (3 inches) when on the floor or 11cm (4 inches) when mounted on the wall
- Safety features include an overheat shut off sensor
- Secure physical controls with good button mechanism actoin
- No Internet of Things connectivity
- No visual feedback screen, again this is a subjective judgement given the other options available
Futura Eco Electric Panel Heater
The Futura Eco electric wall heater comes with a floor or wall mount option. The heater is bathroom safe and has a cable 1.5 metres in length. As an electrical convection heater it i sdesigned to be good at heating and entire room for a period of time, not providing a direct hit of heat in a short duration.
- Bathroom safe with splash proof design and construction- although installations in bathrooms should be carried out by a qualified electrician
- Thin power cable located on the right hand side of the heater, with a 1.5 meter cable
- Automatic energy saving if the Windows Open sensor is set off, by a drop in temperature of 5 degreees or more, the heater stops heating
- Safety and control with the Setback timer
- Capable of heating a 17 square metre room
- 2 year manufacturers guarantee when purchased
- Simple unobtrusive design, the control has easy to use buttons for elderly or visually impaired users
- Clunkier than the other heaters, although the aesthetic is not unpleasing
- No Internet of Things functionality, you cannot control the heat by a smartphone application. Losing some of this high-tech is not necessarily a bad thing as not everyone is proficient in the use of the technology