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Rinnai Portable Heaters Review & Guide

Rinnai has blossomed into one of the world’s leading appliance manufacturers since it was founded in Japan in the 1920s. The brand now sells a variety of portable gas heaters and electric heaters, among other things, with products tipping towards the mid to high-end price spectrum. But how do Rinnai’s entry-level and top-of-the-range portable heaters stack up to other options on the market? We take a look at some of the models the brand has to offer, plus their features and prices.

Rinnai portable heaters

Rinnai has a mix of electric panel heaters and portable gas heaters, usually retailing from just over $500 and reaching up to $2,335. The brand also has an Energysaver Heaters range, which includes several gas heaters with an energy efficiency rating of at least 4.8 stars. These are claimed to release warm, clean air and create zero emissions, which is said to be ideal for family members who are susceptible to allergies or respiratory problems.

Rinnai electric panel heaters

Rinnai electric panel heaters reviews

Rinnai currently has the PEPH Electric Panel Heaters series and the BEPH Electric Panel Heaters line, each offering three sizes. Both collections come with castors and a wall-mounting bracket, so you can use the unit as a freestanding heater or place it on your wall.

Different electric panels available from Rinnai include:

  • Rinnai PEPH Series 1000W Electric Panel Heater
  • Rinnai PEPH Series 1500W Electric Panel Heater
  • Rinnai PEPH Series 2200W Electric Panel Heater.
  • Rinnai BEPH Series 1000W Glass Electric Panel Heater
  • Rinnai BEPH Series 1500W Glass Electric Panel Heater
  • Rinnai BEPH Series 2200W Glass Electric Panel Heater

Rinnai PEPH Series 1500W Electric Panel Heater

Rinnai PEPH Electric Panel Heater review

Rinnai’s PEPH range is designed for those who want a simple and sleek portable heater that can be used in different rooms, such as bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas. This particular 1500W model is said to be ‘whisper quiet’, also making it suitable for the home office or study. Some features include:

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 44cm x 77.5cm x 13cm
  • Weighs 6.2kg
  • IP24 water resistance (IP) rating
  • Digital thermostat
  • Seven-year warranty.

Rinnai BEPH Series 2200W Glass Electric Panel Heater

Rinnai BEPH Electric Panel Heater review

This Rinnai portable heater is one of the brand’s premium models. What makes this series stand out from the brand’s other ranges is the fact it’s wi-fi enabled, which allows you to connect the unit to Google Home or Amazon Alexa and use voice control to operate the appliance.

This panel heater also boasts curved tempered glass for a modern aesthetic. Other specs include:

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 44cm x 95.5cm x 22cm
  • Weighs 11kg
  • Programmable 24-hour on/off timer
  • Electronic thermostat with digital display
  • Seven-year warranty.

Rinnai’s BEPH portable heaters are only available from Harvey Norman.

Rinnai gas portable heaters

Rinnai gas portable heaters reviews

Rinnai’s portable gas heaters range includes several radiant heaters and convectors, both of which don’t require any installation and can be stored away ─ just like the portable electric heaters. These are also compatible with LPG and natural gas.

Different Rinnai portable gas heaters include:

  • Rinnai Avenger Cosyglow 650 Radiant Convector
  • Rinnai Granada 252 Radiant Convector
  • Rinnai Titan 151 Radiant Convector
  • Rinnai Econoheat 850 Radiant Convector
  • Rinnai Avenger 25 Convector Heater
  • Rinnai Dynamo Convector
  • Rinnai Enduro 13 Convector

For households looking to keep their electricity usage low, Rinnai’s portable gas heaters have a high-energy rating of 5.8 or 5.9 stars. Certain models including the Avenger 25 Convector Heater are also said to use low emissions technology, which is claimed to produce less than half of what is usually generated according to the Australian Standard.

Rinnai Titan 151 Radiant Convector

Rinnai Titan 151 Radiant Convector review

The Titan 151 Radiant Convector is described as the brand’s smallest portable radiant convector heater, but is said to contain a powerful fan to help generate a big heat output. This compact unit is recommended for small rooms or spot heating, and offers two heat settings, electronic ignition, and a carry handle.

Available in either platinum silver or off white, the specs for this Rinnai portable heater include:

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 54cm x 62cm x 22cm
  • Gas Input Range: 7.50-15.00MJ/h
  • 3.7kW output
  • 10-year warranty for heat exchanger
  • Three-year manufacturer’s warranty for labour, fans and all other parts.

Rinnai Cosyglow 650 Radiant Convector

Rinnai Cosyglow 650 Radiant Convector review

If you want a portable heater that can be used in places without a power connection, Rinnai’s Cosyglow 650 Radiant Convector uses a battery ignition system so you don’t need to connect it to a power outlet or bring out any extension cords to operate it. According to the brand, the Cosyglow 650 portable heater can warm rooms measuring between 28m2 and 42m2, depending on the climate.

The specs include:

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 40.5cm x 44cm x 25cm
  • Gas Input Range: 5.50-11.00MJ/h
  • 2.9kW output
  • 10-year warranty for heat exchanger
  • Three-year manufacturer’s warranty for labour, fans and all other parts.

This Rinnai portable heater has manual dual heat settings (low and high) suitable for smaller areas or spot heating and comes with a carry handle for convenience. You can expect the same safety features included in the brand’s other portable heaters, such as an oxygen depletion safety device. This enables the heater to shut off when it’s knocked over, or if there is not enough oxygen in the room.

Rinnai 25 Avenger Heater

Rinnai 25 Avenger Heater review

The Rinnai Avenger model is said to be designed with low emissions technology and is ideal for large open areas. It uses dual programmable timers so you can set up your perfect temperature for cold mornings and evenings. There is also a remote control that allows you to change the temperature or switch on or off, all from the comfort of your couch.

Key details include:

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 48cm x 61cm x 24.5cm
  • Gas Input Range: 8.50-25.00MJ/h
  • 6.2kW output
  • 10-year warranty for heat exchanger
  • Three-year manufacturer’s warranty for labour, fans and all other parts.

Are Rinnai portable heaters worth buying?

Rinnai’s range of portable heaters is worth checking out, particularly if you’re looking for an energy-efficient gas heater. The brand’s gas portable heaters seem to be fairly economical, often attached with a 5.8 or 5.9 efficiency rating to help minimise bill shock long-term. These are also versatile in terms of installation, since each model can use either LPG or natural gas. However, Rinnai’s portable heaters can be pretty pricey.

Keep in mind that only gas portable heaters are regulated by the government’s energy ratings scheme, so you won’t find energy efficiency ratings for panel heaters and other electric heaters. This can make it tricky to calculate how much electricity your heater will cost to use, so it’s worth deciding whether you want an electric or gas heater before picking out the best brand and model for your home.

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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 Rinnai Portable Heaters?

In 2021, Australian customers gave Rinnai 3 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for portable heaters.

Rinnai Portable Heaters

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