Best Halogen Heaters 2024

Buying a secondary source of heating for your home can be confusing, there are so many different types of heaters on the market it’s hard to know which heater is the most suitable. As if that wasn’t confusing enough, there are many names that relate to the same type of heater.

 To make things slightly more confusing, halogen heaters are not really what they should be called. 

Read on below to find out why but, if you are looking for a portable, reliable, affordable and eco-friendly heater you could do much worse than a halogen heater.

Best Selling Halogen Heaters UK

Bestseller No. 1
Daewoo Oscillating Halogen Heater With Tip Over Cut-Out, 3 Heat Settings, and Instant Heat Glow
  • Instantly Beat The Chills - Glow from the heater provides instant warmth so no more waiting for the heater to build up heat
  • Spread The Heat - 75 degrees oscillation enables this heater to spread the heater left and right so it is shared for more people faster
Bestseller No. 2
Trendi Halogen Heater 400W /800W/ 1200W 3 Power Settings, Carry Handle, and Long-Lasting Feature – Replaceable Halogen Tubes, Lightweight, Moveable, Super Silent, Overheat & Tip Over Protection (1)
  • Versatile Heating Options: Three power settings (400W, 800W, 1200W) to customize warmth according to your preferences and room size.
  • Long-Lasting Performance: Incorporates an extra-long-lasting feature with replaceable halogen tubes, ensuring extended use and easy maintenance.
Bestseller No. 3
Halogen Heater Portable Electric 3 Bar 1200W Oscillating Home Office Radiator
  • 3 HEAT SETTINGS - Our Netagon halogen heater will provide instant heat and comes with 3 heating levels 400 Watt, 800 Watt and 1200 Watt.
  • SAFETY FIRST - Fitted with on and Off oscillating facility, safety cut-off feature and thermo fuse cut off
SaleBestseller No. 4
Warmlite WL42005 3 Bar Halogen Heater with Carry Handle, Safety Tip-Over Switch, 1200W, Grey
  • POWERFUL 1200W HALOGEN HEATER: For a blast of warmth during the winter months, this halogen heater with a 1200W output will get you toasty in rapid speed
  • 3 HEAT SETTINGS: Halogen heater with 400W, 800W and 1200W power settings to effectively heat up your home or office space
SaleBestseller No. 5

How Do Halogen Heaters Work?

You are probably already familiar with halogen bulbs if you drive a car because most older cars headlight bulbs are halogen bulbs. Halogen heaters do not actually use halogen as the heating element, to get a better understanding of all this, let’s have a closer look.

Halogen is a gas, it is used to increase light and temperature in a halogen lamp.

Tungsten has the highest melting point of all the metals in the periodic table and is used in halogen heaters to make the burning filament.

Quartz that is made chemically by melting silicon-rich sand is used to encase the halogen gases and the tungsten filament. The bulb is made from quartz because ordinary glass would break and/or melt under the intense heat produced by the halogen and tungsten.

Infrared is the name given to heaters of this type because the technical term for this heat is infrared radiation.

So that covers 4 differently named heaters that are all exactly the same. They are halogen heaters, tungsten heaters, quartz heaters and infrared heaters.

Electricity is used to heat the tungsten filament, this causes some of the tungsten to evaporate and react with the halogen gases to produce light and heat. They are in turn encased in a quartz bulb which prevents the tungsten from leaving the bulb and with nowhere else to go, it will deposit back onto the filament.

Halogen heaters tend to glow a bright orange light and are capable of producing intense heat which can be directed anywhere you desire via an internal fan.

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Halogen Heater?

Halogen Heater on floor

Halogen lamps or heaters have developed over the years to become a very useful source of heating. Here are some of the main benefits of halogen heating in no particular order:

  • Easy to Use – Halogen heaters are very simple to operate, just place wherever you need heating, plug in and switch on.
  • Easy on the eye – Most modern designs are pleasing to look at, earlier models were sometimes considered ugly.
  • Easy on the pocket – A basic halogen heater costs around £10 to buy, and uses around 17p worth of electricity per hour.
  • Easy to move – Halogen heaters are lightweight, relatively small, and easy to move from room to room.
  • Fast heat-up time – Due to the high conductivity of halogen and tungsten, halogen heaters heat up very quickly.
  • Energy-efficient & Cheap To Run – As already stated, the running costs of halogen heaters is around 17p per hour, compared to similar-sized convection heaters that use on average 28p per hour. In fact in a recent survey by the Centre for Sustainable Energy halogen heaters were found to be more economical to run than comparable size bar fires, convector heaters, oil-filled radiators, and fan heaters.
  • Safe To Use In enclosed spaces – Halogen heaters produce no smoke, and no carbon monoxide poisons making them a safe source of heat for nurseries and bedrooms.
  • Long-Lasting – The bulbs are much stronger than conventional bulbs as they are made from quartz, and using halogen gas with tungsten ensures a long constant energy production.
  • Fast cool-down – Because of the way halogen heaters create heat they cool down almost instantly.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Using A Halogen Heater?

As with all things, there are a couple of disadvantages to using a halogen heater one is they only heat the area they are aimed at, so anyone sitting away from the heater will not benefit from any heat at all. And secondly, as they only radiate heat at a specific place they are not very good for heating large spaces.

How Much Does A Halogen Heater Cost To Buy?

If you’re looking to buy a halogen heater, the prices vary dependent on make, model, and specifications. The cheaper models start at around £10 for a portable 800W model with 2 settings and rise to around £1,000 for a 2800W model weighing 7.5 Kg that’s: cordless, has electric ignition, 3-stage temperature adjustment and automatic shut off.

How Much Does It Cost To Run A Halogen Heater?

To work out how much it costs to run a halogen heater we first have to work out the average price of electricity. Assuming that the average cost of a unit of electricity is 14p and knowing that a unit of electricity is measured in kilowatts per hour that means that if we use 1kWh it will cost 14pence.

Guide To How Much Various Halogen Heaters Cost Per Hour

Size Of Halogen HeaterPower UsedSize Of Area Heated Cost Per Hour
SmallNot exceeding 800WNo more than 100 square foot9.3 p
MediumNot More Than 1200WLess than 150 square foot17 p
Large Not exceeding 1600WUp to 200 Square foot22.5 p
Extra LargeUp to 3000WLarge shed or garage42 p

Halogen Heater Buyers Guide

Before buying a halogen heater there are a few points to consider, some will be of more importance to you than others, but having them all set out in front of you should make it easier to decide which model is right for you.

Size

The larger the lamp size, the more heat it will generate, and the more power it will consume. Also, will it be small enough, or large enough for the size of the area you need heating. Check our handy guide above to help with sizing.

Safety

As a general rule because of the way halogen heaters work, they are never hot to the touch, however, there are some exceptions to this rule. This is something to consider if you have pets or young children.

Energy Usage

The size of the halogen heater you buy will affect how much energy it uses, choose the size that is correct for the area you need to heat, don’t be tempted to buy a larger one than you actually need as this will use more energy.

Halogen Heater Price

You know your budget – to buy a halogen heater will cost anywhere from £10 to around £1,000 depending on the make, model and specifications. The average price of a relatively decent halogen heater is around £30 to £45.

Manoeuvrability

If you are planning on moving your tungsten heater from one room to another, think about the size and weight of the unit. Some models come with wheels to make them easier to move.

Heat Settings

Different models have different settings, some have just on or off, others have 2 settings and some have 4 settings. These settings affect how much heat is generated and how much power is used too. 

Running Costs

As you can see from our guide, the running costs are incremental depending on size and power output. Decide how much you would like to spend per hour to run your halogen heater.

Built-In Timers

If you want heating in a specific area at a specific time, you can get halogen heaters with the ability to turn themselves on and off at preset times. Some also have sensors that turn them on automatically when the temperature drops below certain temperatures.

Brand

Reputable retailers sell reputable brands, and if you buy from a reputable retailer you can be assured the appliance will meet relevant safety standards. Also, well-known brands come from companies with many years of experience, making them usually much more reliable. Their customer service departments are also usually much more reliable than a cheap foreign imported product made in an unknown company.

Guarantee

Any guarantee or warranty is only as good as the company that offers it, this is another good reason to buy your halogen heater from a well-known brand. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are halogen heaters good?

Halogen heaters are a great way to heat up relatively small areas quickly. They are safe, easy to use, and eco-friendly.

Which type of heater is cheapest to run?

In comparisons with other types of portable heaters, halogen heaters came out as the cheapest type of heater to run.

How much do 1200w halogen heaters cost to run?

A 1200W halogen heater costs around 17 pence per hour to run. This is based on the average cost of electricity of around 14 p per kW.

What is better halogen heater or oil-filled radiator?

Halogen heaters heat up faster and tend to run cheaper than oil-filled radiators but the temperature output on oil-filled radiators can be controlled with more accuracy.

Can halogen heaters cause fires?

All portable heaters have the potential to cause a fire, but generally, halogen heaters are safe. Never use an extension cable with a portable heater, as this can cause accidents.

Can you replace halogen heater bulbs?

If the halogen bulb is damaged or blown, they can be replaced. You might have difficulty buying a replacement halogen bulb locally, but they are usually readily available online.

Are halogen heaters hot to touch?

Most halogen heaters are cool to the touch, but some designs do hold heat and can be hot to the touch.

Is a quartz heater the same as a halogen heater?

Halogen heaters are called different names by different manufacturers. Other names include quartz heaters, tungsten heaters, and infrared heaters.

Can you use a halogen heater in a tent?

Halogen heaters are a great heater to use in a tent. They are safe, give off no fumes, take no time to heat up and cool down. Be sure to get the correct size heater for the size of tent you wish to heat and keep the heater away from any material.

Can you use halogen heaters outside?

Halogen heaters are perfectly safe to use outside but remember they only heat up a small area and it’s not safe to use electrical appliances in wet or rainy conditions.

Are quartz heaters economical?

Quartz or halogen heaters as they are also known cost around the same price as convection heaters, but use a fraction of the electricity so quartz heaters are very economical.

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