Winters can be really cold in certain parts of the world. For instance, my city Delhi had its coldest year in 2019 since 1901, and houses here aren’t built to shield against such low temperatures. In such chilling weather, a room heater can be a big relief.
But, if you go to any online or offline store, you will be overwhelmed by the number of options. There are different types of room heaters coming at different price ranges. And you may have to consider various factors and features too.
So, to make things easier for you, I have compiled all the things you should take note of, followed by all the top room heaters currently available to purchase before Winter 2020.
Room Heater Features You Should Consider
Here are a few important factors you need to consider before buying a room heater:
• Heating material and mechanism
• Room size, insulation, the height of the ceiling, etc
• Temperature settings
• Power consumption
• Safety (quartz radiant heaters can be dangerously hot. So, keep them at a distance from kids and pets).
Types of Room Heaters
Broadly speaking, based on the heating mechanisms ie. Conduction, Convection, and Radiant heating, you can classify the room heaters:
- Conduction: Fundamentally, all heaters use various elements that conduct heat. The propensity to conduct will differ of course, and accordingly the speed and effectiveness of the mechanism.
- Convection heaters work by displacing the cold air in the environment with hot air. Now, although these take time, they spread warm air uniformly. And the warmth stays stable for a long duration too.
They can be of different types depending on the heating element or fuel: Oil, Fan, Water, Furnace, and Ceramic. Among these, the fan and oil room heaters are inexpensive, popular, and readily available.
Fan heaters use a fan/blower to throw heat air and are fast at their job. Some of them can be noisy due to the running fan.
As for the oil heaters, the silicone oil used in them doesn’t evaporate that easily and lasts for years at length.
Most Convection heaters feature a thermostat for regulating the heat output manually or automatically (when the ambient temperature falls below a preset level), and a timer to start the heater at a preset time.
- Radiant heaters release warm infrared light and work like heat from a bonfire. They will warm you up quickly. But, note that they direct heat in a straight path and while picking one, ensure the light isn’t too bright. Only good if you are in a close field of view. So, not ideal for big rooms.
Now let’s look at some of the highly-rated room heaters under each of these categories.
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Best Fan Heaters to Buy in India
1. Orpat OEH-1220
The Orpat OEH-1220 is supposed to heat up a small space within 250 sq ft. It will be running on 2000 watt heat setting and the fans will make some noise as it’s in full throttle. You can look up your room’s heater wattage requirement from the given wattage chart. It has a 15A plug and should be used within a compatible socket. It comes with two heat settings viz. 1000 watts and 2000 watts. Orpat also arms the product with a long-life heating element, Overheat protection, Safety cut-off system.
2. Usha HC 812 T
Usha HC 812 T works well in small confinements of up to 120 sq ft. Usha engineers have equipped it with Twin Turbo Design. There is an intake vent for cool air from outside and the built-in fan spews heat air. Additionally, you get to raise the height to your liking. To keep the heat under safety limits, the thermostat turns off the heater at times of overheating. And in case of over-discharge of electricity, the automatic thermal cut-off comes into action.
3. Havells 2000-Watt Comforter
Havells comforter can work in two power limits 1400W and 2000W. You may use either of them depending upon your heating requirement. It throws warm air within a spot radius of 150Sq ft. The product adheres to safety measures like mesh grille up front and overheating protection. You also get an adjustable air vent and thermostat control knob.
4. Bajaj Majesty RX11
Bajaj Majesty RX11 is capable of heat outflow up to 1000W and 2000W thanks to the adjustable thermostat. This is backed by a thermal fuse and cut-off functionality. Even the chassis is outfitted with cool insulation material. You can use its handle to maneuver it around the room(s). You can set it up both horizontally and vertically as you like. There is also a 2-year warranty, which should come to aid when in need. The only major qualm shared by online user feedback is about the 32-volt socket. So, that’s something to keep in mind.
5. Havells Calido PTC Fan Heater 2000W
It comes in two heat settings viz. 1300 W and 2000 W. This uses PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) ceramic element to generate heat, which is then oscillated to different directions. There is a built-in dust filter that blocks dust particles and thus enables easier cleaning of the product. Havels also warrants safety in dint of automatic switch-off upon tip-over or overheating. It has a 16Amp plug. So before ordering, ensure you have socket for the same.
6. Orpat ORH-1410 1000 Watt
Just like the fan + connector heaters, Orpat has a radiant heater at a rather economical price. It can be used for spot heating within a radius of 150 sq. ft. It sports a Nickel chrome plated mesh grill along with a bright nickel chrome plated reflector. The heat outturn is 1000 Watts spread using a Wide-angle oscillation design. There is also a Tip-over switch for safety.
7. Bajaj Minor 1000W radiant
This Bajaj room heater can discharge heat at 1000W within a small room. It is equipped with a Nickel-Chromium Plated mesh grid. By dint of its compact size and the tilting legs, it sits conveniently without covering much space. You can easily move it around. Bajaj offers a 2-year warranty with the Minor 1000W radiant heater.
8. Singer Heat Glow Plus Quartz
With an 800W max output, the Singer Heat Glow Plus Quartz covers heat within a range of 100 to 110 Sq Ft. It bears two heat bulbs made of quartz (nickel and chrome). You can also toggle the thermostat to bring down the heat demand to 400W. It also brings the essentials like a tip-over safety switch and a thermal cut-off option. The heater (excluding the quartz tubes) come with a 1-year warranty.
9. Havells OFR – 11Fin
Havells OFR (Oil-filled Room) heater boasts a three-level heating system and 11 oil-filled fins together which provides the warmth of 1000/1500/2500 watts. If that’s not enough, go overboard by an additional 400 watts (Heater + Fan). Don’t worry, Havells has put in proper safety measures such as a tilt over switch. You can move it between rooms by means of the castor wheels at its feet. The heater stands out due to the black and gold finish. If you have a medium to big space to heat up, this is a great choice.
10. Usha 3209 Oil Filled Radiator
Usha 3209 bears an oil-filled radiator that pushes heat output of 800, 1200, 2000, and max 2400W within a 150 sq. ft. range. You can place it in any part of the room thanks to the castor wheels. The 9 fins oil radiator is powder-coated for rust protection. There is an integrated overheating tip-over switch too.
Other options: ACs and Air Purifiers with Heaters
Dyson Hot + Cool
Dyson Hot + Cool is a dual-purpose air purifier that automatically purifies and warms a whole room just like a heater. It lugs a 360° Glass HEPA Filter and Tris Impregnated Activated Carbon Filter. There is 360° oscillation with personalized angle support. As for air purification, Dyson uses the proprietary POLAR test which is suited for a large room as it takes the airflow projection into consideration.
Moreover, the so-called Hot and Cold ACs can also facilitate warmth during cold winters. If you happen to have one at your home, that can also get the job done.