Best Conservatory Heaters & Radiators

For 2020

Conservatory Heaters

Keeping your conservatory the right temperature year round can be quite the challenge, if your conservatory is anything like mine, it’s far too hot in the summer and freezing in the winter.

Thankfully, thanks to advances in electric radiator technology you too can make the most of your space when the cold weather starts to hit!

Our handy guide below will give you an idea of what type of heater to buy for your conservatory.

We recommend you start by reading our top 10 conservatory heaters list directly below.

Then beneath that you’ll find our comprehensive guide that will help you choose the perfect heater for your needs.

If money is not an object, then we always recommend underfloor heating in a conservatory as it is by far the most effective way of keeping the heat in.

Kyros Conservatory Heater

Electric heaters offer an alternative heating solution, and they're easy to install.

Best of all, they aren't subject to building regulations like traditional radiators!

Otherwise infrared, panel or oil based / convection based heaters are the affordable and less intrusive option available to you and what we will be covering in our guide today!

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Our Top 5 Conservatory Heaters

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1 electriQ – 2000W Black Designer Glass Heater Wall Mountable Low Energy with Smart WiFi Alexa
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electriQ – 2000W Black Designer Glass Heater Wall Mountable Low Energy with Smart WiFi Alexa

The electriQ 2000W designer infrared glass panel heater - available in black or white. It costs around £80-100 and comes with an array of advanced features seen in more expensive models!

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Fantastic for the price and packed with features!
If you're looking for a heater for the conservatory (or bathroom) this heater is perfect for you.
PROS:
  • 2 power settings: 1 kW / 2 kW
  • Thermostatic control
  • Anti-frost setting
  • Remote control
  • Wifi Enabled
  • Cheaper than other heaters with similar features
CONS:
  • There are slightly cheaper wi-fi enabled models on the market but these lack the visual aesthetic of the electriQ heaters.
2 Wärme Firebox Designer Electric Fireplace – 50″
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Wärme Firebox Designer Electric Fireplace – 50″

Featuring a heater with an internal fan, this wall-mount electric fireplace will keep your room warm and cozy on chilly days. The 1 kW and 2 kW outputs offer adjustable heat settings ranging from 10-27° C while remaining safe to the touch, which is ...
8.5
Multiple settings and a truly beautiful design
If you're looking for a conservatory heater that is TV friendly and unlike any other on the market, then the Wärme firebox could be the perfect heater for you!
PROS:
  • Multiple LED settings
  • Two heat settings (1kW/2kW)
  • Remote control
  • Child & pet safe
  • Can be installed in a cavity rather than exposed
CONS:
  • Not suitable for draughty areas
3 electriQ – Low Energy 700W Infrared Wall Mounted Frameless Panel Heater with Smart WiFi
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electriQ – Low Energy 700W Infrared Wall Mounted Frameless Panel Heater with Smart WiFi

Designer ultralight and ultra-slim panel far infrared carbon heater, a sleek, stylish and space-saving alternative to traditional forms of heater Low energy infrared heater warms the objects and people within its reach rather than just heating ...
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PROS:
  • Practically noiseless
  • Cheaper to run than other electric convection heaters
  • Wi-Fi enabled
CONS:
  • Could have done with a better ingress protection rating - other heaters are slightly more expensive but offer IP54 ratings
4 Haverland RC11BL 1250W Electric Conservatory Heater
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Haverland RC11BL 1250W Electric Conservatory Heater

The stunning Haverland RCBL electric radiator is hugely efficient and combines both radiant and convection heat. Using a dynamic gel with high thermal inertia - recommended for small conservatories up to 12.5sqm.

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PROS:
  • LOT 20 compliant
  • Multiple temperature settings and adjustable thermostat
  • Highly efficient
CONS:
  • Expensive purchase price
  • Suitable for rooms less than 12.5sqm
5 BERG – Smart Wi-Fi Electric Glass Panel Radiator
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BERG – Smart Wi-Fi Electric Glass Panel Radiator

Keep warm in style at home or in the office with this sleek BERG electric glass panel heater. With a minimalist modern slimline design, it's suitable for use in any décor and is even good for keeping warm in customer-facing environments.

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PROS:
  • IP24 Rating - Suitable for bathrooms too!
  • Wall mountable of free-standing
  • Easy to install and comes in a range of sizes and shapes
  • Touch screen or Wi-Fi enabled
CONS:
  • Only a 1 year warranty - but at this price we can't really complain

Conservatory Heater Buyers Guide

Read our handy buyers guide, compare features and get the right heater for your conservatory!

What Type of Heater Is Right For Me?

When you’re looking for a heater for the conservatory, there’s no blanket right answer as every family or individual has different needs.

However for simplicity’s sake, we recommend infrared heating panels above all other heaters for the conservatory as they tend to come with the most features and offer a fantastic balance of affordability and practicality – things like timers, remote controls, Wi-Fi control (Alexa / Google Home) and IFR motion detecting units are commonly seen on even the cheaper types of these heaters.

Different Heater Types

Infrared Conservatory Heaters

We think it’s quite simple – when choosing your new conservatory heater, we recommend infrared heaters if you have children or pets as these are much safer and more energy efficient than convection based heaters.

Wall mounted infrared heaters are fairly cheap to run as you’re not wasting energy trying to heat up the air around you – this is particularly important if you’ve got an older conservatory or one with a polycarbonate roof.

There are a number of infrared heaters available, from no-glare panels and ceramic heaters to a more traditional low-glare carbon fibre heater or the fire-red halogen and quartz heaters.

We also prefer infrared panels over convectional heaters as when Spring or Autumn rolls around, you can keep the doors and windows open and still use your heaters without wasting money or energy.

Prices start from around £60 for budget units and can go up to £600+ for designer invisible glass window heaters.

ElectriQ 700W Infrared Panel Heater

This infrared conservatory heater from ElectriQ will set you back around £95-£130.

It's inexpensive to run at 700W (roughly 8-10p/hr) and comes with Wi-Fi

From a safety stand-point, most infrared heaters aren’t cold to touch and will run at a temperature of between 90-100c but because they use far-infrared technology it won’t cause burns or scalding when brushing past them. They are also less of a fire hazard than traditional fan style electric heaters.

Infrared panels typically have a heat energy or “watt density” of 0.09 watts per cm2 – an energy level that the skin can absorb and conduct away from the area of contact.

It is not the temperature that does the damage but the heat energy in the object.

Our Favourite Infrared Conservatory Heaters

It’s hard to pick when there are so many good infrared panel heaters on the market but after hours of research we highly recommend the ElectriQ 700W Low Energy Infrared Panel or the Veito range of heaters for your conservatory.

Best Infrared Panel Conservatory Heater

The electriQ 700W Low Energy Panel Heater will set you back around £100 – it comes with all the advanced features of a top-range heater at a fraction of the price.

It is Wi-Fi enabled and has an adjustable thermostat.

Easy to install and depending on your current electric tariff and whether you’ve got it on full power or not, you can expect it to cost between 5-8p per hour to run.

Where can I the ElectriQ 700W?

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+ Positives:
  • Practically noiseless
  • Cheaper to run than other electric convection heaters
  • Wi-Fi enabled
- Negatives:
  • Could have done with a better ingress protection rating - other heaters are slightly more expensive but offer IP54 ratings

Carbon Fibre Infrared Heaters

These low-glare heaters are traditionally found in patio heaters and far-infrared heaters.

They’re fantastic for sheltered areas and provide a low-intensity heat over a large area.

They come in free-standing, wall mountable or ceiling hung variants.

While they’re about as expensive as convection units they will cost less to run due to the efficiency of infrared heating over convector heaters so you’ll save money in electric over the long run!

Not everyone likes the glow of these heaters but we like the ambient lighting that they provide.


The Veito range of infrared heaters aren't cheap but come with an expected life-span of 10,000+ hours.

The Mini heater provides heat for an area up to 15sqm, while the S2500 can heat 30sqm+
Best Infrared Carbon Fibre Conservatory Heaters

The Veito range of heaters aren’t cheap but in terms of heat distribution and practicality these carbon fibre based heaters are suitable for indoor and outdoor usage.

HeaterApproximate CostHeating Area
Veito Mini£190.0015sqm
Veito Blade 2000£250.0025sqm
Veito Blade S2500£299.9930sqm+

Our Favourite Electric Fan Assisted Heater

If you’re looking for something with a real wow factor, then why not take a look at the Wärme Firebox  range of products.


These ultra-modern fan-assisted electric heaters come is a variety of sizes, but the real appeal is the sheer variety of bells and whistles that this heater has!

Best Electric Fan Assisted Conservatory Heater
Wärme Firebox Designer Electric Fireplace – 50″
£499.95
Multi-coloured masterpiece. With two heat settings and remote control operation.

Expect to pay roughly £500 for the 50″ Firebox – or ~£750 for the 60″.

These electric fan assisted heaters are all about the aesthetic. They don’t offer any more heat than other fan assisted heaters but it looks a darn sight better!

Where can I the Firebox?

8.5
+ Positives:
  • Multiple LED settings
  • Two heat settings (1kW/2kW)
  • Remote control
  • Child & pet safe
  • Can be installed in a cavity rather than exposed
- Negatives:
  • Not suitable for draughty areas

Our Favourite Wall Mounted Convection Heater

If you’re looking for a traditional convection heater, then we recommend the Haverland RCBL range of electric conservatory heaters.

These heaters are ideal for dwarf walls and come packed to the brim with energy saving features and are LOT 20 compliant.

Best Wall Mounted Electric Convection Conservatory Heater
Haverland RC11BL 1250W Electric Conservatory Heater
£379.99
Excellent heater for smaller conservatories. LOT 20 compliant.

Where can I the RC11BL?

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+ Positives:
  • LOT 20 compliant
  • Multiple temperature settings and adjustable thermostat
  • Highly efficient
- Negatives:
  • Expensive purchase price
  • Suitable for rooms less than 12.5sqm

Our Favourite Glass Panel Convection Heater

Price conscientious buyers might be tempted by the BERG range of glass panel heaters with Wi-Fi enabled control, touch screen LCD, IP24 rating and LOT 20 compliant.

Available in 1000/1500/2000W versions, these budget friendly heaters come with feet for free-standing usage or wall-mounting brackets.

If you’re looking for a cheap electric heater that is energy efficient and packed with features then the BERG range of heaters are perfect for you.

Best Glass Panel Conservatory Heater
BERG – Smart Wi-Fi Electric Glass Panel Radiator
Starting at just £79.99 these feature packed heaters are budget friendly and are free-standing or wall-mountable.

Where can I the BERG Heater?

8.5
+ Positives:
  • IP24 Rating - Suitable for bathrooms too!
  • Wall mountable of free-standing
  • Easy to install and comes in a range of sizes and shapes
  • Touch screen or Wi-Fi enabled
- Negatives:
  • Only a 1 year warranty - but at this price we can't really complain
Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Read our FAQ’s and get the answers you need.

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How Many BTU's Do I Need For My Conservatory?

Most small to medium sized (3x3m to 4x4m) will only need 1 or 2 radiators to keep warm. But it’s always better to calculate how many BTU’s are needed before purchasing your heater.

We recommend using this BTU calculator by Haverland to give you an idea of how many heaters or what wattage you need to heat your conservatory.

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Do I Need Planning Permission or Building Control Certification?

Do I Need
Planning Permission or
Building Control Certification
to Install Conservatory Heaters?

The simple answer is no, as long as you’re installing an electric radiator system like the one’s we have recommended in our guide, then you will not need planning permission to do so.

However if you’re connecting a traditional radiator to the same central heating loop that the main house uses, you will be subject to building regulations as this qualifies the conservatory as a home extension instead of a conservatory.

To ensure that you’re exempt from building regulations, the radiators or heaters in your conservatories need to be independent from the main heating system in your home and have their own on / off switch.

If in doubt, contact your local council for further information.

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What is LOT 20?

LOT 20 is an Ecodesign legislation from the EU which focuses on electrical space heaters. The EU 2015/1188 legislation requires all heaters manufactured in the EU from January 2018 comply with a minimum efficiency standard under “LOT 20” of the EED or the Energy Efficiency Directive.

This applies to all electric heaters using gaseous or liquid fuels and also includes panel heating, underfloor heating, gas fires and space heaters.

What does this mean for you? Well, as a consumer if you’re installing an electrical heater yourself, you don’t need to purchase a LOT 20 compliant heater, but if you need an electrician to install the unit then they are required to install LOT 20 compliant heaters only.

What’s good about LOT 20? Well, to help achieve a 20% energy saving by 2020 heaters are now being manufactured with additional insulation and energy saving features to lower costs and increase heat efficiency.

While this could mean slightly higher purchase prices, on-going savings on electricity and higher heat retention quickly negates this slight increase in cost and lower Co2 emissions are essential to try to prevent the rapidly increasing effects of global warming.

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How Much Does It Cost to Run an Electric Heater in My Conservatory?

The current average cost of electricity in the UK is approximately 14.37p per kWh (as per UKPower – February 2020) – most residential tariffs are lower than this by a few pennies – as an example, on my current tariff I’m paying 11.4p per kWh with a standing charge of 26pence per day.

 

Price per kWh also changes by locality, North Scotland and the South West pay on average 1.5-2p per kWh more than the East Midlands or Yorkshire.

To calculate how much our heaters cost to run we take the wattage of the heater and multiply it by the cost per kWh.

For example, a 1500W or 1.5kW heater would cost me 11.4p x 1.5 = 17.1p per hour to run.

Modern heaters have thermostats and advanced cut-outs so once the conservatory has hit your desired temperature it won’t be running at full pelt anymore so it’s hard to calculate exactly how much it’ll cost to run but it’s better to budget for full power.

If we ran our 1.5kW heater for 3 hours each night during the winter months we’d calculate it as follows:

17.1p per hour x 3 hours = 51.3p per evening
x 30 for the month = £15.39 per month
x 3 for the season = £46.17 per winter

However if you’re using a singular infrared panel running at 700W our monthly bill would be just £21.55 assuming the heater is running at full power for 3 hours per day.

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Could I Use a Patio Heater Instead?

We get asked this one a lot. Infrared patio heaters would in most cases be suitable for use inside a conservatory. Wall mounted patio heaters usually require a certain amount of clearance (20-30cm depending on brand) both above and below to prevent a fire risk.

Infrared panel heaters are cheaper and more efficient to run inside than patio heaters – they’re also cheaper to purchase and will provide far-infrared heat rather than near-infrared which is reserved for outdoor and unsheltered areas.

The short answer is: Yes you can use an electric (not GAS!) patio heater indoors but there are more efficient options available to you. Why not read our guide to our best patio heaters available this year and learn more!

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