Optima Heaters 2kW Weatherproof Electrical Patio Heater Review
An incredibly cheap wall mounted patio heater with optional stand for just £15. Comes with a 2 year warranty and multiple power settings. Optima heaters owned by the Buyrite group who specialise in heating and cooling solutions since 2008.
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Optima Heaters – 2kW Weatherproof Freestanding & Wall Mounted Electric Patio Heater Review
(Updated 19th September 2017)
When we first saw this heater, we thought it’d be just like every other budget heater on the market. Upon further inspection we were pleasantly surprised, so much so that we’re in the process of re-writing our post article on the cheapest patio heaters under £50 to incorporate this as our new number 1!
Keep reading to find out why.
Regardless of whether this heater is wall mounted or freestanding, it should provide a heating area of up to 9sqm. Ample coverage for a heater that consumes just 2kW.
Bulb Life & Heating Type
These Optima heaters are supplied with quartz heating elements providing instant medium wave infrared energy and heat.
Quartz bulbs have a similar shelf-life to halogen bulbs and we would expect these elements to provide over 5,000 hours of heat before expiring.
It provides a heating angle of 140-degrees with the furthest point of heat reaching 2.5 metres.
Power Settings & Specifics
With 3 power settings – 650W / 1300W / 2000W – not only is this heater one of the cheapest on the market, the long term affordability is excellent. On the lowest setting of 650W the hourly cost of this heater would be just 9.5p per hour!
It comes with a 1.8-metre long power cable, so do make sure you have a power socket nearby, especially if using the freestanding version as the height of the stand is the same length as the power cable!
Running at 220-240v, 50/60Hz.
These heaters come in a black steel finish and have a rugged look about them. It’s a basic design, but when you’re paying less than £30 for a patio heater, you’re buying a practical heating unit, not a work of art.
Features & Extras
If you opt to purchase the wall mounted version, you’ll receive your heater and a wall-mount bracket.
These heaters can be tilted within a 25-degree range to ensure correct heat placement and the power settings are controlled via a handy pull cord switch.
While other budget heaters offer limited water protection, this heater has raised the bar and offers a weatherproof rating of IP45.
Solid rating 4 – protection from solids larger than 1mm. This includes wires, screws, etc.
Liquid rating 5 – we were surprised to see such advanced water protection from this heater. As well as protecting from splashing water, this heater protects from water jets projected via a nozzle (6.3mm).
You can leave this heater installed outside without fear of any damage.
This is a no-fuss heater made for the home user on a tight budget. Perfect for indoor or outdoor installation. Perhaps an alternative heat source for the garage and it will survive being installed on the patio, without the need to take it down, should the inevitable British weather strike.
How much does the Optima Heaters 2kW Patio Heater cost to run?
If we purchase the base model at £39.00 our cost before electricity based on a bulb life of 5,000 hours is a meagre £0.0078. At just over half a penny per hour, this is by far the cheapest patio heater we’ve seen. Of course you can’t run a patio heater without electricity so let’s do the math below.
The official Optima Heaters website claims a running cost from just 7p per hour. We’ve done our calculations based on an average price of 14.7p per kWh in the U.K.
Heater running costs:
Full Power (2000W) – 2.0kW x 1 hour = 2.0kWh x 14.7p = 29.4p (per hour)
Mid Power (1300W) – 1.3kW x 1 hour = 1.3kWh x 14.7p = 19.11p (per hour)
Low Power (650W) – 0.65kW x 1 hour = 0.65kWh x 14.7p = 9.555p (per hour)
Assuming we were to use this heater for 2 hours per day.
Full Power (2000W) – Our monthly electric bill will be £17.64
Mid Power (1300W) – Our monthly electric bill will be £11.47
Low Power (650W) – Our monthly electric bill will be £5.73
The minimum running cost of this heater is 9.5p per hour. If you’re paying 11p per kWh then you would be able to achieve 7p an hour, but we’re not aware of any deals that cheap anymore!
- Cost at time of review (31st August 2017): £29.00 – Check Latest Price
- Type of heater: Electric, Quartz, Infrared
- Suitable for: Home
- Comes with: 1.8m Power Cable, Optional Stand
- Height: 29cm (180cm with stand)
- Depth: 19.5cm (40cm with stand)
- Width: 48.5cm
- Weight: 2kg (10.7kg with stand)
- Power settings: 650W / 1300W / 2000W
- Cost to run (per hour): 9.555p / 19.11p / 29.4p
- Additional: IP45 Rated
Updated to reflect price increase.
The official Optima Heaters website has this heater listed at £69 without stand and £84 with stand. If you purchase via Amazon, you’ll be paying £39.00 (+£12.00 delivery) or £54.00 (+£12.00 delivery). Saving yourself £20.00!
It’s a fantastic deal and you get a whole load of heater for very little money. The 2 year warranty is a welcome bonus and even with the stand it’s a bargain.
The only complaint we have is the length of the power cable. 1.8metres just isn’t long enough, especially with the stand. So many sure you have a weatherproof power extender handy.
We absolutely love this heater and we hope you will too.
Final verdict – 5 / 5
This product was reviewed on the 31st of August 2017 at the price of £29.00 – View Current Price.