Dimplex heaters

Dimplex Portable Heaters Review & Guide

Dimplex is a leading domestic appliance brand founded in 1973, generally known for quality and reliability, offering a wide range of products across the globe. It claims to invest in product development to bring reliable, durable and modern appliances to everyday homes. The brand offers several types of electric portable heaters, including column, ceramic, and convector heaters as well as split system air conditioners and electric blankets.  Here’s a rundown of some of the products available.

Dimplex Column Heaters

Oil column heaters are standard portable heaters that still remain popular across the nation. It is a type of convection heater that has silicone oil flowing inside the metal columns. Column heaters are often on caster wheels for easy movement, and tend to have lower surface temperatures, making them a suitable option for children’s bedrooms. On the other hand, they can be a potential fire hazard if materials are placed over the heater. However, like most leading brands, Dimplex has several safety features to reduce these types of risks.

Here are some column heaters available from Dimplex:

  • Dimplex 2.4kW Oil Column Heater with Turbo Fan (OCR24FA)
  • Dimplex 1.5kW Oil Free Column Heater with Thermostat (ECR15)
  • Dimplex 2.4kW Oil Free Column Heater with Thermostat (ECR24)
  • Dimplex 1.5kkW Oil Free Column Heater with Timer & Turbo Fan (ECR15TIF)

Dimplex Column Heater with Turbo Fan review

Dimplex 1.5kW Oil Column Heater with Turbo Fan

For a relatively compact oil column heater from Dimplex (OCR15FA), this 1.5kW option may be worth checking out. Featuring a radiator design, the portable heater contains a turbo fan to circulate heat quickly as well as a storage compartment for the cable. Other specs include:

  • 5 fins
  • Seven-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 310mm x 280mm x 635mm.

Dimplex Oil Free Column Heater with Timer & Turbo Fan review

Dimplex 4kW Oil Free Column Heater with Timer & Turbo Fan

Dimplex claims its range oil free column heaters, such as this 4.kW model (ECR24TIF), can get you warm faster than regular column heaters from the brand. Its standout feature is the turbo fan, which supposedly provides instant heat ─ even with fewer fins, apparently making it lightweight and easy to move around. Some features to expect two speed and heat settings, 24-hour timer and thermostat. Other functions include:

  • 9 fins
  • Manual controls
  • Seven-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 280mm x 505mm x 645mm.

Dimplex Ceramic Heaters

These heaters tend to be the most portable of the lot, as most ceramic heaters are designed to be easily picked up and moved around the home wherever direct heating is required, including your study or bedroom. Ceramic heaters generate heat through a heating element called Positive Temperature Coefficient ceramic. The self-regulating temperatures help to make it a more energy-efficient and affordable heater.

Dimplex’s ceramic heater range includes:

  • Dimplex 1.5kW Ceramic Heater (DHCERA15M)
  • Dimplex 2kW Ceramic Heater (DHCERA20M)
  • Dimplex 2kW Ceramic Heater with Electronic Controls (DHCERA20E)

Dimplex 1.5kW Ceramic Heater review

Dimplex 1.5kW Ceramic Heater

The 1.5kW Ceramic Heater (DHCERA15M) is Dimplex’s most basic ceramic heater and comes with an oscillating function, tip-over safety protection and brushless DC Motor technology to supposedly reduce energy usage. This is more suited towards small rooms rather than large spaces, such as living rooms.

  • Manual controls
  • Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 150mm x 150mm x 278mm.

Dimplex Ceramic Heater with Electronic Controls review

Dimplex 2kW Ceramic Heater with Electronic Controls

This 2kW ceramic heater (DHCERA20E) is the most advanced ceramic model of the bunch, standing out with a soft touch screen and remote. It otherwise features the same functions as other Dimplex ceramic heaters, such as an oscillating function and overheat & tip-over safety function. Other specs include:

  • Brushless DC Motor
  • Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 150mm x 150mm x 150mm.

Dimplex Convector Heaters

Convector heaters (or convection heaters) are designed to effectively circulate heat throughout entire rooms, rather than specific cold spots, for an extended time. These use electricity to pull cold air into the appliance and onto a heating element, before releasing the now warm air back into the room. The convector heaters available from Dimplex include:

  • Dimplex 2kW Convector Heater (DESC2TN)
  • Dimplex 2kW Convector Heater with Fan (40TSF)

Dimplex 2kW Convector Heater review

Dimplex 2kW Convector Heater

Convector heaters like this 2kW model from Dimplex (DESC2TN) are great for heating a variety of room sizes. This freestanding heater comes with a basic plug-and-play design, integrated carry handles and thermostat. Other things to expect:

  • One speed and heat setting
  • Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 608mm x 200mm x 442mm).

Dimplex Convector Heat with Turbo Fan review

Dimplex 2kW Convector Heat with Turbo Fan

This freestanding convector heater shares many of the same features as the brand’s standard 2kW Convector Heater, but this model (402TSF) comes with two speed & heat settings and a turbo fan to help circulate heat faster. Features include:

  • Integrated carry handles
  • Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 608mm x 200mm x 442mm.

Are Dimplex portable heaters worth the money?

Dimplex is worth buying if you’re looking for a relatively budget-friendly portable heater with basic functions. Most of the brand’s portable heaters feature manual controls and one or two speed settings, plus a two-year warranty. Although you can get a generous seven-year warranty period for the column heaters.

When choosing a portable heater for your home, there are several factors to consider, including effectiveness, reliability and value for money. Dimplex is among the most affordable brands, so the brand could be worth checking out if cost is at the top of your priority list or if you’re not looking for anything particularly fancy. But if you’re shopping for a heater with more versatility (e.g. more heat settings or a dehumidifier function), it could be good to compare and see what else is out there.

Although electric heaters are more cost-effective, you may find gas heaters can save you money on power bills over the long term. With regards to energy efficiency, as portable heaters are not regulated by the government, there are no star energy ratings on Dimplex heaters to provide an insight for consumers. To see how Dimplex was rated by Aussies around the country, you may like to check out our online ratings by clicking the button below.

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About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

What do customers think about Dimplex Portable Heaters?

In 2021, Australian customers gave Dimplex 5 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for portable heaters.

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