Best-Rated Portable Heaters


Most Satisfied Customers | Dyson

Aussies have rated Dyson as the top brand in Canstar Blue’s latest portable heater ratings, with the brand rated five stars for performance, features & functionality, design and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate portable heaters

Our review compares portable heaters on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which portable heater they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 696 Australians for their feedback on the portable heater(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last three years.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their portable heater brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a portable heater brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Performance: the portable heater provides efficient/consistent heating, and performs as expected considering the frequency of use.
  • Value for money: the cost is reasonable for the quality and performance of the portable heater.
  • Features & functionality: the portable heater has a number of features that improve its performance and functionality (i.e. variable temperature settings, programmable timers, etc.).
  • Design: the portable heater has a compact and lightweight design that is easy to move, and is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Ease of use: the portable heater is easy to use, and comes with sufficient instructions.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • Dyson
  • De’Longhi
  • Goldair
  • Anko
  • Kambrook
  • ALDI
  • Kogan
  • Arlec

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Best portable heater brands in Australia

  1. Dyson
  2. De’Longhi
  3. Goldair
  4. Kmart Anko
  5. Kambrook
  6. ALDI
  7. Kogan
  8. Arlec
  9. Other portable heater brands

Not sure which portable heater to buy? Check out our buying guide below.

1. Dyson

Ratings result

Dyson was rated five stars for performance, features & functionality, design and overall satisfaction, with four stars for ease of use and three stars for value for money.

Editor’s notes

You might be more familiar with Dyson’s range of vacuum cleaners, but it also offers a number of purifiers that also function as a fan and heater ─ the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Purifier, the Hot+Cool Jet Focus and the Hot+Cool Formaldehyde Purifying Fan Heater. Featuring a unique, blade-free design, these portable heaters can be used all year-round and placed either on the floor, on a table or work desk. Dyson’s fan heater is said to offer long-range heating, with the lack of blades and Air Multiplier technology also stated to ensure constant and even airflow throughout the room. The model is described as easy to clean and safe to use and automatically shuts off when tipped over. The brand additionally claims the heating elements never go beyond 200°C, making sure there’s no ‘burning smell’ that’s typically created by dust being burned by extreme heat.

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2. De’Longhi

Ratings result

De’Longhi was rated five stars for design, with four stars in all other categories, including performance, value for money, features & functionality and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

De’Longhi is a home appliances specialist, mostly known for its popular range of coffee machines. Its line of portable heaters includes a wide selection of oil column heaters, sleek panel heaters and small ceramic personal heaters. A lot of them come in compact, ergonomic designs perfect for plonking in the corner of a room and carting around with you during a cold winter’s morning. Expect features like variable power settings, room thermostats and automatic switch-off systems for safety, with select models also featuring LED displays, quiet operating noise levels, cool-touch handles for easy carrying, while others come with a wheeled design to cut down on the lifting altogether.

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3. Goldair

Ratings result

Goldair was rated five stars for ease of use, features & functionality and performance, with four stars for design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

Goldair is another brand with a wide range of affordable portable heaters to choose from. These include fan, ceramic, convector, radiant, oil column, panel and even heaters with a flame effect. There are various indoor and outdoor models available, with various options to suit different size areas. Goldair portable heaters usually come with either 1000W, 1500W or 2000W of power, although there are some more powerful models for those who need to heat up a space quickly. Some of its panel heaters are additionally Wi-Fi enabled, so you can control them via your smartphone, while more traditional portable heater models feature auto-off timers, multiple heating settings, an overheat protection and safety tilt switch, with some also coming with a remote if you don’t have your phone handy.

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4. Kmart Anko

Kmart portable heater review

Ratings result

Anko was rated five stars for value for money, with four stars for ease of use and overall satisfaction, and three stars for design, features & functionality and performance.

Editor’s notes

You can keep warm during winter with Kmart’s budget-friendly heater range, which features oil heaters, convection heaters and electric heaters. However, Kmart’s line-up can change from time to time and may not be available during certain times of the year (at least for online shopping), so if you’re hoping to get a bargain, you might have to keep an eye out. With Kmart’s entire range priced at under $100 at the time of writing, you can expect to find features such as multiple heat settings, an adjustable thermostat, safety tip-over switches and additional safety features, with some models also featuring an LED display and remote control to help you stay comfy.

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5. Kambrook

Ratings result

Kambrook was rated four stars for all categories, including performance, value for money, features & functionality, design, ease of use and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

Kambrook produces a large range of portable electric heaters to suit most needs and household sizes. It offers several ceramic and fan heaters, with some models offering an oscillating design to help spread the heat around the room. If you only need something to heat up a small space, the Kambrook Personal Ceramic Heater may be an ideal fit, featuring a power indicator light, variable thermostat, multiple heat settings, safety tip-over switch along with a carry handle at the back to help take it with you around the house.

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ALDI heater review

Ratings result

ALDI was rated four stars for value for money, and three stars for ease of use, design, features & functionality, performance and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

Well known for its Special Buys, ALDI typically offers a few heaters in its middle aisles just before the ‘cold snap’ hits every year. In recent years, it has offered a seven-fin oil heater, a 2000W tower ceramic fan heater, and a convection heater. Some features offered include various heat settings, a turbo fan function, an adjustable thermostat, plus a 24-hour timer so you can set and forget about your heater. Prices vary along with the heaters available, so be sure to keep an eye out for the next Special Buys if you’re after a cheaper heater for those cooler days.

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7. Kogan

Ratings result

Kogan was rated four stars for value for money and features & functionality, with three stars for performance, design, ease of use and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

Kogan is an online-only superstore, selling everything from clothes to mobile phones and mobile phone plans, to cheap TVs and yes – cheap portable heaters. Aside from stocking a wide variety of other brands, Kogan also has its own branded heaters. It generally produces oil column, panel and fan heaters, although the full range does chop and change. Most Kogan portable heaters come in a white design, and feature the usual basics, such as multiple heat settings, timers and safety features, while some in the retailer’s SmarterHome range feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to control the heater via your smartphone.

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8. Arlec

Ratings result

Arlec was rated four stars for ease of use, design and features & functionality, with three stars for value for money, performance and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

Australian-owned company Arlec, has everything from lighting to cooling and heating, along with power boards and security products. When it comes to staying warm, it offers a variety of panel heaters, freestanding heaters, fireplace heaters as well as bathroom heating and heated towel rails. Its line of portable heaters includes a small list of ceramic, convection and micathermic heaters. The brand typically offers models that provide 2000W worth of heating power, although the panel heaters usually have a 4000W power output, with the brand available to purchase at Bunnings.

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Other portable heater brands

Not all brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.

  • Celsius
  • Dimplex

  • Heller
  • Rinnai

Compare more products featured in our Most Satisfied Customers Awards

Portable heater buying guide

There’s nothing better than being able to escape the cold by snuggling up on the couch, but sometimes a blanket just doesn’t cut it – enter the portable heater. Small, but powerful, it can follow you from room to room, keeping the frost at bay, or you could choose to splurge on multiple heaters, as did 17% of people we surveyed. However, with 36% of Aussie consumers worried about energy use and another 20% worried a portable heater is a safety hazard, it might be time to invest in a new portable heater.

If your room is feeling a little draughty, cut through the chill with a portable heater. Canstar Blue’s buying guide examines the different types, energy use, electricity and more so you have everything you need to get cosy.

What to consider when buying portable heaters

When it gets chilly, we’ll do almost anything to keep warm, from lying in bed for a few extra minutes to wearing multiple layers if we have to go outside. But while it’s certainly more convenient to let a portable heater do all the hard work, what should you consider when buying a portable heater? Major factors to consider include:

  • Type: There’s multiple types of portable heaters available to purchase, all of which may suit different spaces, budgets and needs. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, a panel heater may suit best, while an oil column heater may suit those who are looking to run a heater on a budget.
  • Power: Working hand-in-hand with how much space you’re looking to heat up, how much power a heater is packing will directly affect how warm you’ll feel after turning it on. If you have a smaller space to heat, a model with a lower power output should help your wallet, while those looking to heat the living room may need a heater with a higher power output to ensure it reaches all corners of the room.
  • Weight & Size: There’s not much point having a portable model if it’s too heavy for you to move, or it doesn’t fit in the space you want it to. Looking for convenient handles and how much each model weighs will help ensure you can take the heat with you.
  • Price: As with any purchase, your budget plays a major part in which brand and model you walk out the door with. Heaters with less features and lower power outputs will generally cost less, while models that come with additional heating settings or a larger output will cost more.

Types of portable heaters

There are three main types of electric portable heaters:

  • Ceramic
  • Panel
  • Column

Ceramic heaters

Personal ceramic heaters are perhaps the most portable of the lot, with many being less than 60cm tall and providing handles to help you easily move them to wherever you need to go. These can come in the form of a radiant or convection heater:

  • Radiant ceramic heaters: use electricity to warm a ceramic plate, which spreads heat into the room.
  • Convection ceramic heaters: work similarly to radiant ceramic heaters, but additionally have a fan to blow the warmth over the ceramic plate and distribute the hot air throughout the room.

Ceramic heaters come with self-regulating temperatures, meaning the power supply decreases when an electric voltage is applied to the PTC ceramic material. This is why some people find ceramic heaters to be potentially one of the more energy-efficient heaters out there.

Plus, their compact size makes them one of the cheapest types of portable electric heaters. The trade-off with this is that ceramic heaters are usually better suited towards heating a single bedroom or study room, rather than an entire living room or large space. Fan heaters also fall into this category.

Panel heaters

Panel heaters (also called convection heaters) spread convection currents throughout the body of the appliance to heat up and circulate the air. The warm air then rises to fill any cold spots around the room. These are typically ideal for small or well-insulated spaces. Otherwise, there’s a good chance the warm air will just escape.

The two main perks of using a panel heater are that it has a compact size and can keep the temperature in the room consistent. A downside is that panel heaters can use quite a bit of electricity, although there are now more energy-efficient alternatives appearing on the market.

Column heaters

Column heaters use electricity to heat the oil inside the columns (or fins), which then warms the outside of the metal column casings. Once the fins get toasty, the heat is distributed around the room via air convection and thermal radiation.

Column heaters have been praised for their efficiency since most of the energy consumed is turned into heat. Meanwhile, other types of heaters typically use a large portion of their energy to power a fan or motor that circulates the air around the room. Column heaters instead direct any leftover electricity, which hasn’t converted into heat, to operate different functions like timers or different heating modes.

Oil column heaters are generally recommended for people who prefer to heat a space for longer periods. However, these can be a potential fire risk if any materials are placed over the heater.

Gas heaters

Flued and unflued gas heaters essentially burn gas fuel to make heat, but also produce air pollutants and water vapour. Flued gas heaters channel all the gas, air pollutants and water vapour from inside the room to outside via a flue (or sometimes a chimney for non-portable heaters). Meanwhile, unflued gas heaters circulate everything indoors.

It’s also worth noting that due to the usage of gas, there are a number of governing regulations and requirements in place, with some variation across states and territories. As a result, if you’re interested in purchasing a gas model, it’s worth investigating your state or territories’ requirements beforehand.

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Energy efficiency of portable heaters

As with all household appliances, it’s important to consider ongoing running costs, as well as the initial upfront cost. The problem for some consumers looking to buy a new portable heater is that not all types of heaters are regulated by the government’s energy ratings scheme (Energy Rating Label). Instead, natural gas appliances including space heaters, ducted heaters and water heaters come with an industry-led Gas Energy Rating Label.

How much electricity does your portable heater use?

Even though most portable heaters don’t come with a star rating, you can still find out how much electricity a model will use by making an estimate based on factors like:

  • The number of kilowatts (kW) the portable heater uses
  • How much you pay for a unit of electricity ─ this should be written on your electricity bill.

Consider the wattage of any heaters you’re comparing – the greater the wattage, the more power the appliance will need to use. A general rule of thumb is that the harder an appliance needs to work to reach the set temperature, the more energy (and money) it will subsequently use. Keep this in mind when choosing your temperature!

Whichever type of heater you’re looking for, we hope you find this review helpful.

About our consumer experts

Dean Heckscher: Site Editor

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.


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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Past ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s portable heater ratings:

  • 2022: Rinnai
  • 2021: Dimplex
  • 2020: Dimplex & Rinnai
  • 2019: Rinnai
  • 2018: Rinnai
  • 2017: Rinnai

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