Winter is just around the corner, so now’s the time to consider if you’re properly prepared. Heaters are a great way to stay warm through the colder months, but pretty much just take up space during the rest of the year. For this reason, many of us Aussies are a little reluctant to spend big money on a heater, so to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most affordable heaters around.
Types of heaters
Before we start, it’s important to note that there are several different types of heaters available, each designed for different purposes and budgets. Appliances Online offers fan heaters, oil column heaters, gas heaters, panel heaters and electric fire heaters. You can get more information of types of heaters here.
Fan heaters are small electric appliances designed to warm small areas of your home for a limited amount of time. Fan heaters are usually the cheapest option, however prices will range anywhere from $50 to $600.
Sunbeam’s fan heater has a compact design, making it a convenient way to provide instant heat wherever you go. In addition to heating, Sunbeam’s fan can also cool. This heater comes with a two-year warranty.
Kambrook’s fan heater comes with a variable thermostat and a fan only setting. It’s a little larger than the sunbeam fan, making it slightly more powerful, although slightly less convenient for small spaces. This model comes with a one-year warranty.
Oil Column Heaters
Column heaters, also known as oil-filled heaters, use electricity to heat oil and circulate it through columns, producing heat. They are generally more expensive than electric fan heaters, with prices ranging between $50 and $300.
The Kambrook oil column Heater is a standard column heater with an adjustable thermostat. It also comes in another model for $111 which includes radiator fins to better distribute heat around the room. This model has a one-year warranty.
This heater is packed with features, including a thermostat, three power settings and enlarged radiator fins for a better heat distribution. On top of this, Delonghi’s column heater comes with a seven-year warranty!
Gas heaters use natural gas or LPG to generate heat. They are generally more expensive than other heaters, but can also be much more effective, particularly in larger rooms. The price for a gas heater ranges between $400 and $1,800.
Rinnai’s Cosyglow Heater is a great option for medium or large sized rooms. This model uses natural gas, however, there is an identical model that uses LPG instead for $488. The Cosyglow heater also boasts a six-star energy efficiency rating. In addition, this model comes with a three-year warranty.
Next up is Everdure’s Lancer Heater. This heater uses natural gas and is advertised as suitable for living areas up to 52m2. This heater also has a huge range of features, including a fan only function, heating settings, oxygen depletion sensor and more. This model also comes with a three-year warranty.
Panel convector heaters, or electric radiators, are slimline heaters which are capable of rapidly heating large rooms. Panel heaters can be portable or wall mounted and will generally price between $100 and $700.
This Sunbeam panel heater comes with adjustable heat settings and rests on wheels, making it easily portable. It also comes with a two-year replacement warranty.
This heater has adjustable heat settings, double fans, double insulation (making it safe to touch) and wall mounts for those who want to save space. This heater comes with a one-year warranty.
Electric fire heaters
If you’re after a stylish heater, then an electric fire heater is probably what you’re looking for. These heaters produce considerable heat and display a convincing flame animation. Prices for these heaters usually start around $150, however they can cost upward of $2,000 for a full fireplace.
The Minicube fire heaters are compact and portable. They come with two heat settings, and while they’re too small to warm an entire home, they are a very cosy addition to your living space or bedroom. The larger model of this appliance is the Cube-B for $245. Both come with a two-year replacement warranty.
The RITZ-C electric fire has an antique design with a matte black finish. It is considerably more powerful than the Minicube and is able to warm medium-large rooms with relative ease. The RITZ-C model comes with a two-year warranty.