Fan heaters have many advantages: They can be used spontaneously and set up in any room. They bring heat to where you need it but don’t have radiators or underfloor heating. They ensure pleasant temperatures in the basement, in the garage and in the attic.
By Sven Wernicke
However, fan heaters are not suitable for continuous operation because they consume a lot of electricity. It is therefore cheaper to use regular (gas) heaters even in times of crisis. For sporadic heating or, for example, when the heating fails, fan heaters are definitely an option. You should rely on powerful and high-quality devices. In the following you can read which fan heaters are recommended and what you should pay attention to when buying.
The Duux Threesixty 2 looks pretty and is smart too.
Image: © Duux 2022
Which fan heater can be controlled with a smartphone? Of the Duux Threesixty 2 for example. You can use the app to set the three heating levels up to a maximum of 1,800 watts or choose one of the two ventilation levels (Eco or Boost). The temperature can be precisely regulated between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius.
The Threesixty 2 received the IF Design Award 2021 for its design. In addition, its shape ensures that the heat is distributed evenly in all directions. The energy-efficient PTC heating element can heat a 30 square meter room twice as fast as ordinary fan heaters. In addition, since the heating element is made of ceramic, it does not burn dust. Therefore, the device is ideal for allergy sufferers.
|+ Control via app||– 1,800 watts is often not enough for large rooms|
|+ 360 degree heat distribution|
|+ Compact, attractive design|
She SHX20HLBF2002F: With cozy fire effect
The digital fire creates a cozy atmosphere.
Image: © SHE 2022
Of the The SHX fan heater from She is one thing above all: an eye-catcher. Because it has a humidification function, in which water vapor rises on the top, which you can illuminate in color. This creates an attractive 3D “fire” effect. Thanks to an integrated UV filter, the device kills a large proportion of viruses, bacteria, microorganisms, mold spores and dust mites in the air.
And of course the She SHX20HLBF2002F is a high-quality fan heater with a ceramic PTC heating element. It prevents burning of dust and hair. With a maximum heat output of 2,000 watts, you can easily heat medium-sized rooms. And when it’s warm enough, the harmonious “fire” creates a cozy atmosphere.
|+ Fan heater with UV filter and humidification function||– Relatively loud at maximum power level with 56 decibels|
|+ High quality ceramic heating element|
|+ Integrated water tank for room humidification (2.3 liters)|
Clatronic HL 3379: If required, also a fan
The Clatronic HL 3379 can also provide a cool breeze.
Image: © Clatronic 2022
Of the Clatronic’s HL 3379 may not win beauty contests, but you get a compact fan heater at an attractive price. And the functions are impressive: it has two heat settings and even a cold setting. This means that with this device you also have a compact fan for the hot season.
The HL 3379 has an infinitely adjustable thermostat and a powerful fan. With a maximum output of 2,000 watts, rooms quickly reach the desired temperature. The fan heater can be set up both horizontally and vertically and has a practical carrying handle.
|+ Can also be used as a fan||– Slightly old-fashioned look|
|+ Infinitely adjustable thermostat|
|+ Maximum 2,000 watts|
Rowenta SO9420: Quiet fan heater with smart technology
The Rowenta SO9420 fan heater has an output of 2,400 watts.
Image: © Rowenta 2022
Rowenta’s Smart Technology, which is The SO9420 fan heater enables gentle, continuous hot air without annoying switching on and off. The power of the heater adjusts itself automatically in order to reach or maintain the set room temperature. With a maximum output of 2,400 watts, the fan heater can quickly heat larger rooms of up to 40 square meters. At 42 decibels, the SO9420 is pleasantly quiet.
This Rowenta model also works with an allergy-friendly ceramic heating element that does not burn dust. Other strengths are the integrated frost protection, a supplied remote control and an energy-saving mode. It saves up to 50 percent electricity when maintaining the set temperature. In addition, the fan heater rotates by up to 90 degrees so that the warm air is distributed well and evenly in the room.
|+ Strong ceramic heating element with 2,400 watts||–|
|+ Remote control included|
|+ Smart technologies for comfort and energy efficiency|
Klarstein Hot Spot Crystal Flow: Fan heater with additional infrared heating element
The Hot Spot Crystal Flow ensures cuddly warm towels.
Image: © Klarstein 2022
Of the Hot Spot Crystal Flow is the ideal fan heater for the bathroom, where the flat panel can replace a full-fledged heater. This is made possible by a combination of a modern PTC ceramic heater with up to 1,800 watts and an infrared heating element with 200 watts. If you attach the supplied towel holder to the device, you have cozy warm towels in the bathroom.
The desired temperature can be set from 5 to 40 degrees Celsius via a touch panel with LED display. The IP certification (X4) guarantees that you can use the Crystal Flow in humid environments without any problems.
|+ High-quality heating panel for the bathroom||– Not equally suitable for all rooms|
|+ Combination of PTC and infrared technology|
|+ With towel holder|
|+ Designed for wall mounting|
What you should consider when buying a fan heater
Even if fan heaters are in short supply due to the current high demand, you should not buy just any device. The best fan heater for you ensures the desired temperature and works as energy-efficiently as possible. You should pay attention to this when buying:
- Perfomance: A fan heater is usually intended to warm up an entire room. For this he needs sufficient power. 1,000 to 1,500 watts are sufficient for small rooms. For rooms of around 25 square meters, it should be 2,000 watts.
- Costs: You can calculate the power consumption of a fan heater. For example, if a device with a maximum output of 1,000 watts runs for one hour, it requires 1 kWh (kilowatt hour) of energy. Electricity providers currently charge between 30 and 60 cents per kilowatt hour. That means: A powerful fan heater with 2,000 watts can cost up to 1.20 euros per hour of operation.
- No full heating: You should be aware that a fan heater is only an addition to a regular heater. Because the costs can skyrocket with continuous operation. Many devices are not designed to run for several hours at a time, seven days a week.
- Modern technologies: A 2,000 watt fan heater consumes 2 kWh at the highest possible level. You can’t change anything about that. However, you can pay attention to the efficiency: In many modern systems, it is significantly higher than, for example, in simple mini fan heaters. Enabling more heat with the same performance:
- Ceramic heating elements
- Intelligent, sensor-controlled temperature regulation with thermostats
- Eco modes for energy efficient operation
- Certain designs, for example for 360-degree heat distribution
- For allergy sufferers: Classic fan heaters burn dust, pollen, hair and skin residue with their heating wires inside. Allergy sufferers should therefore use models with PTC (ceramic) heating wires.
- wall mounting: Selected fan heaters can be mounted on the wall, which is ideal for bathrooms and basements. If you want to stay flexible, grab a mobile fan with a sufficiently long cable.
- More functions: Today, almost all fan heaters offer overheating protection and an anti-tip device. Other useful features are a timer or a timer and a remote control or smartphone app. Devices that rotate independently (oscillation) ensure better distribution of the warm air. An additional cooling function for the summer is also practical. A fan heater can take over the function of a fan here.