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Best Halogen Heaters - UK Reviews

Before you buy a halogen heater for your UK home or office, we highly recommend reading through this full halogen heating buyer's guide. That will help ensure that you buy the right model, for your exact needs.

The important consideration to fully understand is this. These halogen heaters come in different sizes, small, medium, large and then even larger commercial options. It is important to buy the right one that matches the size of space that you need to heat.

If the heater you buy is too small, then it simply will not heat up the space. If the heater is too big, then you will be wasting energy that you simply don't need to. Getting the right size ensures that you will have the most efficient and cost effective halogen heater for the space that needs to be heated.

Which Types of Halogen Heaters Are Available in the UK Market?

There are different sizes of these types of halogen heaters. They are designed to heat particular room sizes, as shown in the table below.

Halogen Heater Size

Heating Area

Power Used

Suitable For

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Small

<100 square feet

Up to 800 watts

1 person

small halogen heater

Medium

<150 square feet

Up to 1,200 watts

1-2 people

1200 watt halogen heater

Large

<200 square feet

Up to 1,600 watts

3-4 people

1500 watt halogen heater

Industrial/Commercial

Garage/Shed etc

Up to 3,000 watts

Garage Size

halogen heater for a garage or shed

How To Measure the Room Size for a Halogen Heater?

The halogen heater that you should buy, should be powerful enough to heat the area that you need heated. This is a pretty simple task to do with a measuring tape. Simply measure the length of the room in feet, the width of the room in feet, and multiply those together.

For example if the room was 12 feet long and 10 feet wide, then the square footage of the room would be 120 square feet. To heat that size of a room you would need a medium sized halogen heater, as shown in the table above. These measurements assume a standard sized height to a room.

If the area happens to have a very high ceiling then you should buy a slightly more powerful heater.

How Much do Halogen Heaters Cost to Run?

You will have the initial cost of buying the halogen heater. I have covered those prices down below. The more important cost, in my opinion, is the ongoing running electricity costs.

I will try and explain how to work those out, but the prices that you pay for electricity vary a lot depending on what supplier you are using. What I have added here is a guide to help work those out.

 On average a unit of electricity in the UK costs on average about 14 pence a unit. Please note this will vary depending on who your electricity supplier is, and how much they charge.

​For this example though we will assume a 14 pence average charge. Now a unit of electricity is measured in is kilowatt hours (kWh). That means using one kilowatt of energy for one hour.

Something like a small hob on an electric cooker, left on for an hour would cost 14 pence. In the table below, I have taken our selection of heaters, and worked out how much each would cost per hour. Please note this is an average guide to the running costs.

Halogen Heater Size

Heating Area

Power Used

Hourly Running Cost

Small

<100 square feet

Up to 800 watts

9.3 pence

Medium

<150 square feet

Up to 1,200 watts

17 pence

Large

<200 square feet

Up to 1,600 watts

22.5 pence

Industrial/Commercial

Garage/Shed etc

Up to 3,000 watts

42 pence

As you can see, these running costs can get expensive. Let's assume you had a small halogen heater, and you used it for a couple of hours each day. That would be 18 pence a day, £1.26 a week or £5.40 per month.

The medium sized would be £10 a month, the large one £13.50 a month and the commercial garage one about £25 a month. That assumes it was used for 2 hours each day.

The Initial Buying Cost of Halogen Heaters

The cost of purchasing a halogen heater varies quite a bit. There are cheap halogen heaters costing around £7, and all the way up to halogen style electric fires costing £100+ The average cost though for a medium to large style is around £30. That at least makes them affordable for most people.

Below we have a table of the top 5 halogen heaters currently available in the United Kingdom. We have put the highest buyer rated ones at the top, but you can also search this table by price, by wattage or by room size. Just remember the higher the wattage used, the more expensive they are to run.

Top 10 Halogen Heaters in the UK - Listed By Buyer Rating

Heater Name

Buyer Rating

Average Price

Watts Used

Room Size

90%
Buyer Satisfaction

£13

1,200

Medium

82%
Buyer Satisfaction

£18

1200

Medium

80%
Buyer Satisfaction

£25

1,600

Large

78%
Buyer Satisfaction

£15

1,200

Medium

76%
Buyer Satisfaction

£14

1,200

Small

74%
Buyer Satisfaction

£25

1,200

Small

70%
Buyer Satisfaction

£22

1,600

Large

70%
Buyer Satisfaction

£19

1,200

Small

68%
Buyer Satisfaction

£27

1,200

Small

66%
Buyer Satisfaction

£14

1,600

Large

So that is a short list of the top 10 halogen heaters by actual buyer rating. You can see from this that the most popular size is the 1,200 watt model. These are ideal for heating small to medium sized rooms.

No 1 Choice - Netagon Home & Office Electric 1200W Portable Oscillating Halogen Heater

  • This heater has 3 settings 400 watts, 800 watts and 1200 watts
  • Automatic oscillation radius of 70'
  • Safety tip over switch
  • Wide angle heat reflector
  • Portable with strong and sturdy base
90%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 2 Choice - Prolectrix EH0197 1200W Halogen Heater with 3 Heat Settings

  • This halogen heater uses infrared to focus the heat, warming a specific spot in a room
  • Has 1200 watts of power and 3 heat settings
  • Wide angle oscillating function
  • Sits on a sturdy base and has a carrying handle
  • Has a thermal cut out device and tip over switch
  • Measures 31 x 10 x 51.5 cm
82%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 3 Choice - 1600W Halogen Heater Electric Portable Oscillating Heating Home Office

  • This halogen heater uses1.600 watts of power
  • 4 heat settings
  • Oscillates
80%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 4 Choice - Highlands 3 Bar 1200W Small Bedroom Heater Halogen Home Office

  • 3 Bar Halogen Heater
  • 1200 Watts
  • Safety tip over switch
  • Oscillates
  • Measures Length: 53 cm Width: 32 cm Depth: 15 cm
  • Weighs 2.2 kg
78%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 5 Choice - Portable Halogen Heater

  • 3 heat settings 400 watts, 800 watts and 1200 watts
  • Oscillation 70 degree rotation
  • Auto safety cut off with tip Over Switch
  • 12 month guarantee
76%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 6 Choice - TOOL-GENIUS® 2 X Halogen Heaters with Three Power Settings

  • 3 heating elements
  • 3 temperatures settings 400 watts, 800 watts and 1200 watts
  • 70 degrees oscillation
  • Automatic safety cut off if unit is knocked over
74%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 7 Choice - Warmlite WL42002 Halogen Heater

  • 4 heat settings 400 watts, 800 watts, 1200 watts and 1600 watts
  • Oscillation
  • Topple resistant base for stability
  • Safety tip over switch
  • Recessed carry handle
  • 2 years guarantee
70%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 8 Choice - Techtronika 1200W Halogen Heater HEA02

  • Measures 53.1 x 34 x 13.5 cm
  • Weighs 2.2 kg
  • Sturdy base unit
  • 3 power settings 400 watts, 800 watts and 1200 watts
  • Safety cut out tip-switch
  • Carry Handle
  • Oscillation Function
  • Compliant: ROHS, CE Approved..
70%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 9 Choice - 2 x Oscillating Heater - 1200W - Babz Media Ltd

  • 2 x Halogen 1200 watt heaters
  • Automatic Tip-over switch
  • Built-in Safety fall over feature
  • 3 heat settings:400 watts 800 watts and 1200watts
  • 3 bar heater
68%
Buyer Satisfaction

No 10 Choice - Igenix IG9516 Oscillating 4 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater

  • Auto cut out safety tip over switch
  • Oscillating function
  • 4 power settings 400/800/1200/1600 W​
  • Lightweight design with integral carry handle
  • 2 year warranty which can be registered online
66%
Buyer Satisfaction

How Do Halogen Heaters Work?

The name Halogen is often misunderstood. If you are looking around for heating and even lighting for your home, you may have noticed that you will see a lot of products, that use the word Halogen. For example, outdoor lighting uses Halogen a lot. These lamps have that name because they use halogen gases to increase the brightness of the bulb. They also have a much longer lifespan than your standard bulb.

With halogen lights, there is a small amount of halogen gas inside the bulb. When it comes to heating, halogen lamps can operate at much higher temperatures. Therefore these are useful to act as a heat source. This is achieved by burning a metal known as tungsten, and this combines with the actual halogen gas, and together they create the heat for heaters.

Halogen vs Quartz vs Infrared vs Wave Heaters

The above heading is quite a mouthful I know. When looking to buy a halogen heater, it is all to easy to get confused. That is because different brands who manufacture these heaters, call them by different names. Some UK buyers want one of these for their patio, perhaps for their garage and many want one to use inside the home. So why all the different names?

Initially this sounds complex, but in fact it is thankfully easy enough to understand. Hopefully I can do that for you, and remove any confusion. Think of a normal light bulb. Electricity passes through a small filament. That filament then glows and gets illuminated through the glass bulb. If you have had the misfortune to change a bulb, when has just blown, then you will know that is has got really hot.

Now normal glass bulbs can't really tolerate very high temperatures. They would simply shatter if high heats were applied to them.​ When it comes to the halogen style heaters, the filament is made of tungsten. This metal can really get to very high temperatures. This is then combined with the halogen gas. The glass used is treated to be able to withstand extremely high temperatures. The types of bulb are then called Quartz bulbs, because that is what the glass is treated with.

So hopefully now you can see why these could be called, tungsten, quartz or halogen lamps/heaters. The infrared comes from the following reason. The name given to this form of heat is called "infrared radiation." This is a shortwave form of infrared. It produces a very bright glow and an intense heat. So now you see why they may also be referred to as infrared heaters.