The Best Fan Heater

Updated on 23 January 2023

After 11 hours of comparing 29 of the most popular fan heaters on the market and testing 8 of them, we believe that the De’Longhi Bend Line offers the best price/performance ratio at the moment.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best mid-range

De'Longhi Bend Line

With the best price/performance ratio, this heater has the particularity of being all vertical, like a column fan. It oscillates and distributes the heat better than fixed models.

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DeLonghi HFX25S20

This model offers several features that are worth the investment. When put to the test, it proved its effectiveness in raising the temperature by 1.2°C in 10 minutes in a 10 m² room. In addition, its timer worked well (delayed start and stop) and ranges from 30 minutes to 24 hours. We think the temperature detection could have been more accurate, but at least it works. It also has an Eco function and the heating power can be adjusted in 2 levels. All this can be configured via its feedback buttons or the remote control.

 

 

Best budget

DeLonghi DCH7993ER

This fan heater stands out for its compactness, ceramic technology and 2400 W power. It is adjustable in 3 heating levels of 800 W, 1800 W and 2400 W and has an Eco mode.

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This appliance features a compact format. It can effectively heat a room of up to 28 m² and has a filter, which can be particularly useful for allergy sufferers. It can be adjusted with remote control and has some interesting features, such as a quiet mode (37-41 dB) and a programmable delay function. Users also appreciated its practicality, the oscillation as well as the speed with which it heats up. However, some users found the LED display too powerful for night-time use in a bedroom.

 

Mid-range alternative

Rowenta SO6510F2

This model is distinguished by its IP21 certification, which protects it against moisture, and its transparent cover, which protects it from dust and splashes. It is therefore suitable for use in the bathroom.

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Rowenta SO6510F2

This small radiator is equipped with a mechanical thermostat and offers two power levels (1200 W and 2400 W), as well as an Eco function and easy ventilation. During our tests, it proved to be the second most efficient model, raising the temperature by more than 2°C in 10 minutes in a 10 m² room. With the Eco function, the ventilation worked with less force. In addition, it has a very long 1.7 m power cord, allowing it to be placed almost anywhere. Finally, at 2.2 kg, it is heavier than average.

 

Our selection

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De'Longhi Bend Line DeLonghi DCH7993ER Rowenta SO6510F2
With the best price/performance ratio, this heater has the particularity of being all vertical, like a column fan. It oscillates and distributes the heat better than fixed models. This fan heater stands out for its compactness, ceramic technology and 2400 W power. It is adjustable in 3 heating levels of 800 W, 1800 W and 2400 W and has an Eco mode. This model is distinguished by its IP21 certification, which protects it against moisture, and its transparent cover, which protects it from dust and splashes. It is therefore suitable for use in the bathroom.
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How did we do the testing?

To test the fan heaters, we first unpacked each of them (obviously…) to judge their practicality, design and ergonomics (ease of use of the buttons/knobs, ergonomics of the handle, visual, length of the cable…).

We then used each of the devices in a bathroom of about 10 m². This allowed us to test whether their anti-swing system, which automatically stops them when necessary, was effective. We took turns turning them on for 10 minutes each. This allowed us to observe how many degrees they were able to raise the room temperature in that time (as is often necessary for the morning before going to work). Finally, when it was convenient, we tested the other functions present (room temperature detection, timer, oscillation…).

 

How to choose your heater?

Useful during the change of season to compensate for the first drops in temperature or to heat a room for a short period, fan heaters fill the shelves of shops as winter approaches.

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However, not all models are the same, so how do you choose the right one for your needs? Here are a few points that deserve attention.

  • Power: As with any secondary heating system, we recommend 100 W per m². If you intend to move your heater from one room to another room in the house, calculate the power according to the largest room. In general, this type of appliance has a maximum and minimum output, which can be adjusted using a thermostat.

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  • The thermostat: there are two types, mechanical and electronic. In the latter case, the settings are more precise, as the desired temperature can be set to an accuracy of one degree.
  • Functionality: it can be quite convenient to adjust the fan speed. At the same time, it can have an automatic shut-off timer, but also an oscillation function that allows the airflow to be distributed throughout the room.
  • Size: this type of appliance is usually designed to be easily moved. Therefore, opt for a transportable and lightweight model or, if larger, one with wheels and/or carrying handles.

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  • Safety: Most heaters of this type are equipped with overheating protection and an automatic shut-off system in case of overturning. However, if you intend to use the heater in a bathroom, check whether it has a waterproof rating (indicated by the IP rating).

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PS: if you are a cold person, feel free to take a look at our comparison of the best USB hand warmers.

 

Other models we recommend

Drexon 923200 (£27.19 upon publication): a low-cost alternative. When we tested it, we found it much more comfortable to move than others thanks to its ergonomic handle. Despite its low price, it proved to be quite efficient. With two power settings and a simple fan, it can be adjusted up to 2000W.

Olimpia Splendid Caldodesign (£34.49 upon publication): the most stylish. With a rounded and elegant appearance, this appliance stands on a metal stand and can be tilted to direct the airflow. It comes with two illuminated controls that allow you to choose between different levels of power (up to 1800 W) or ventilation and temperature. On the other hand, it smells a bit bad.

 

Other models we have tested

Bestron AFH211B (£33.19 upon publication): effective, but smells a bit funny. In our tests, this model with automatic switch-off in case of inclination proved to be very effective. With its maximum power of 2000 W, it managed to raise the temperature of a bathroom (10 m²) by 1.5°C in 10 minutes, which is effective compared to others. On the other hand, it smelled very bad, even after using it for more than 30 minutes. In addition, the cable is quite short (1.30 m).

Delonghi HFX30C18.AG (£73.55 upon publication): this model does not include any safety information. This model is rather disappointing. Apart from its original design and practical handle, there is not much else: it is not very efficient, there is no safety device against overheating, and according to our tests, it has no anti-tip device.

 

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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