The Best Conservatory Heaters Reviewed 

So, What is the best heater for a conservatory in 2018?


If you’ve moved into a new property with a pre-existing conservatory or commissioned a build yourself, you’ll no doubt know by now that the conservatory isn’t quite like other rooms.


One of the most obvious areas where this stands out is when discussing how to best heat a conservatory. 


With unique requirements, conservatories benefit from enhanced heater functions. Below, you’ll find essential tips on how to find the best conservatory heater for you.


If your still debating buying a conservatory or your conservatory is always chilly as so many Easy ​​​​Frame readers complain theirs is then this guide is for you. 


Best Conservatory Heating Options for 2018

Because chilly conservatories are'nt much fun!

Things to consider before buying a conservatory heater

With the weather being as unpredictable as it is, room heaters are an essential addition to any interior space you’re looking to truly regularly utilise. Portable electric heaters are often seen as a go-to option for general use as they can be shifted from room to room with minimal fuss. However, when it comes to heating a space as specific as a conservatory, there’s a lot more that needs to be thought about.

What do you use your conservatory for?

Some conservatories are designated for a specific purpose from the off, whether that’s a dining room or second lounge to expand living room within a property. However, conservatories also have a multi-faceted functionality to them. They might occasionally serve as expanded dining space for big family meals or become sought-after square footage to accommodate guests come a big party now and again. Come the summer months, they may become the hub of the home, with everyone converging in the conservatory for everything from breakfast feasts to casual lounging come the evening. You’ll need a heatings solution that can readily adapt to the changing usage of the space, while also proving user-friendly and cheap to run.

No waiting around

For a multi-functional space that needs an injection of warmth at a moment’s notice, opting for models with fast heat-up times is the way to go. Those after a conservatory heater that consistently delivers should look first at conservatory radiators rather than convection heaters, as the latter doesn’t utilise all of its power input in heat output. User-friendly controls that the whole household can get to grips with are also a must. 

Section 3 - The Best Types of Heaters for Conservatories 

Electric Heaters

Conservatory electric heaters offer plenty of options for those looking for high levels of efficiency and performance. With an impressive selection of styles and sizes on offer, these dependable heaters not only deliver the warmth your conservatory space needs, they’re easy to install and maintain. Even the smallest of conservatories can benefit from an electric heater, with their versatile design ensuring straightforward fitting, no matter how challenging a conservatory floor plan.

Wall Mounted Heaters

Wall mounted electric heaters are just the ticket for those after simplicity, energy efficiency and fuss-free installation. A more affordable alternative to central heating radiators, wall mounted models can be fitted in no time at all, with their raised placement meaning there’s no need to sacrifice precious square footage. What’s more, they’re incredibly user-friendly in every respect, whether it’s DIY installation or everyday operation.

Slimline Heaters

Slimline conservatory heaters are a superb choice if you’re after discreet, but dependable heating options for your conservatory. Stainless steel slimline heaters are particularly suitable for those searching for heaters that deliver lower temperature outputs for conservatories that are used more occasionally than daily. Their low-profile design and choice of wall mounted and free-standing models ensures there’s an ideal match for just about any conservatory.

Panel Heaters

Conservatory panel heaters are the perfect choice for those after an affordable heating solution for rooms that are used less frequently and have time to warm. Panel heaters are known for their impressive heat-up times, with many models delivering instantaneous warm air. They’re a great choice for smaller conservatories or larger spaces that aren’t used all that regularly where heaters won’t be run every day, which also ensures they enjoy a longer overall operational lifespan.

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Best Electric Heater

Dimplex Tango 2 KW Optiflame Electric Stove

Top Pick - This eye-catching electric stove is perfect for conservatories requiring a reliable heating solution that combines reliable and maintenance-free performance with traditional style.

Overview & Quick Peak


The Tango 2 Electric Stove from the range of Dimplex conservatory heaters is a quality model that is suitable for spaces requiring a compact, capable model. Optiflame effects give it some real edge.

What We Like 

  •  Beautiful ornate exterior and doors

  •  Convincing Optiflame effects and coal bed

  •  No maintenance required to keep it running

  • Ready to go out of the box

What We Don't Like

  • Too small for large conservatories

  •  Restricted to two heat settings 

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Best Slimline Heater

Electric Panel Heater 400 -2000W

Top Pick -  Slick electric heater for those after first-rate functionality and a contemporary aesthetic. Plug it in, fire it up and get stuck into the 24/7 timer to program your heating with ease.

Overview & Quick Peak


This sleek slimline electric panel heater puts full control over the 24/7 timer function, temperature control and thermostatic readings in your hands.  

What We Like 

  • Contemporary and stylish exterior design 
  • Low-profile design free-standing or mounted

  • 24/7 Smart Programming timer

  • Suitable for room sizes of up to 6 metres

What We Don't Like

  • Convection technology caps temperature limits

  •  Clunky looking free-standing base 

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Best Panel Heater

Panel Heater 24 Hour 7 Day Timer 400 -2000W

Top Pick - This slimline panel heater from Purus brings together contemporary aesthetics, and a low-profile design with high levels of programming functionality and low levels of energy consumption.

Overview & Quick Peak


This Purus 24/7 panel heater boasts a slimline design for easy fitting in just about any conservatory, a fully programmable 7 day timer, open window/draught detection and incredibly user-friendly controls.

What We Like 

  • Stylish exterior will suit contemporary interiors 
  • 24/7 timer puts you in full control

  • Can help slash energy costs

  • Easily fitted, just plug in 

What We Don't Like

  • Minor temperature drops cause system shutdown

  • Not the cheapest option out there 

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Futura Eco 400W Deluxe Electric Panel Heater

Top Pick - Scores highly when it comes to energy savings and efficiency, with user-friendly timer for easy programming. Slimline design and versatile fitting options allows for easy installation anywhere.  

Overview & Quick Peak


The Futura Eco Deluxe stands as one of the more impressive electric panel heater options on 6he market. This surprisingly affordable heater uses a mere 400 watts to produce reliable heating results. 

 

What We Like 

  • Slick and contemporary design

  • Integrated thermostat and user-friendly timer

  • Low energy consumption

  • Flexible installation options 

What We Don't Like

  • Not ideal for larger conservatories

  • Probably won’t suffice come colder seasons 

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Pro Breeze 2000W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater

Top Pick - Innovative ceramic elements allow for faster heat-up times, while 60-degree oscillation ensures warm air is dispersed more widely. Thermostat monitoring also ensures ideal temperatures at all times.

 

Overview & Quick Peak


The Pro Breeze Mini Ceramic Fan Heater promises to slash the time spent waiting for much needed warmth, with high-quality ceramic heating elements making it more efficient than conventional models.

What We Like 

  • Disperses heat widely in any sized conservatory
  • Discreet design and compact dimensions
  • Reliable thermostat manages optimal temperature control
  • Designed to provide overhead protection for peace of mind

What We Don't Like

  • Relatively high asking price

  • Best suited to smaller spaces 

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Dimplex Cadiz Eco 2 KW Electric Oil Free Radiator

Top Pick - An energy efficient alternative to oil-filled radiators, this twin panel model has a rapid heat-up function for maximum convenience and scores highly when it comes to portability and programmability.

 

Overview & Quick Peak


The Dimplex Cadiz Eco 2 is ideal for those seeking a more efficient choice of radiator, with impressive conversion to heat output stats. Lightweight and user-friendly, it’s also a very versatile option.

What We Like 

  • More efficient than oil-filled heaters
  • Faster heat-up teams, less waiting
  • Twin panels for directing heat output
  • User-friendly 24 hour timer.

What We Don't Like

  • Not the most attractive of designs

  •  On the expensive side 

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Wärme Designer Electric Wall Heater

Top Pick - Modern aesthetics and heating efficiency combine with this stylish wall heater from Wärme. Rapid heat-up ensures there’s no waiting around, while the 22 metre2 dispersal area will also impress.

Overview & Quick Peak


The Wärme Designer Electric Wall Heater is worth a look if you’re seeking lower running costs, user-friendly controls and impressive heat output that can cater to even the largest of conservatories.

What We Like 

  • Stylish slimline design is low-key

  • User-friendly thermostat for easy programming

  • Very impressive heat dispersal area

  • Scores big on energy efficiency 

What We Don't Like

  • Slimline design seems a little delicate

  • Solid black finish defeats low-profile design 

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Dimplex Opti-Myst Stove, Black

Top Pick - Impressive heat output and very realistic flame effects make the Dimplex Opti-Myst Stove a stylish addition to any conservatory. Reasonably priced for size, built to last and lovely to look at.

Overview & Quick Peak


This Opti-Myst Stove from Dimplex is perfect for those who want a powerful and efficient electric heater, traditional aesthetics and easily understood programming functions.

What We Like 

  • Convincing enough flame effect will impress

  • Fan heater is positioned discreetly.

  • Solid build and impressive dimensions

  • Safer alternative to open flame fires. 



What We Don't Like

  • Smoke effect isn’t too convincing

  • Hovers at the expensive end of spectrum 

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Pro Breeze 2500W Oil Filled Radiator

Top Pick - Reliable oil-filled radiator for those after no-fuss operation, quick heat-up times and maximum portability. A great option for those requiring a more long-term solution.

Overview & Quick Peak


This Pro Breeze 2500W Oil Filled Radiator is a relatively affordable option for those after a conservatory heater that kicks out noticeable heat in moments, maintains output and keeps running costs low.

What We Like 

  • Highly portable with castor wheels

  • Safety features for peace of mind  

  • Choice of three output settings

  • Easy to adjust and program

What We Don't Like

  • Design is a little unsightly

  • Awkwardly designed for permanent placement. 

How To Install A Wall Mounted Heater

FAQ's 

What is the best way to heat a conservatory?

There’s many ways to ensure your conservatory is kept warm efficiently, without cold air coming in. This includes quality window glazing serving as a good starting point. Quality blinds can also be used to trap heat effectively in sunnier months. Upgrading roofing material from standard polycarbonate is also a quick win. When it comes to appliances, electric radiators make a low-profile and efficient choice, with no disruptive installation and relatively low running costs.

What is the most economical way to heat a conservatory?

Overall, electric heaters are you’re best bet if money matters and your still looking for an efficient way to keep your conservatory warm as they utilise all of the electricity fed into them to produce heat output. However, different electric heaters provide different max temperatures, so they’re not always the guaranteed cheapest in terms of running costs. If you’re after base level running costs, fan heaters and bar heaters are the way to go.

Can a conservatory have heating?

Conservatories can be utilised throughout the year, not just summer, which is why you’ll find ample ways to provide these home extensions with heating supplies throughout the colder months. Simple options include electric radiators and column radiators that serve as an extension of current gas central heating systems. Other innovative solutions include underground heating and trench heating.

Can I put central heating in a conservatory?

Simple answer’s yes. If you wish to utilise your existing central heating system, an additional radiator or radiators can be connected to your current system. However, you’ll need to ensure that any radiator in your conservatory has an independent thermostatic control and that adding such a solution to your conservatory is supported by suppliers and permitted by building authorities. If your central heating system currently runs off an efficient boiler, this can be a very affordable conservatory heating option.

Do blinds help retain heat on a conservatory roof?

Don’t be tempted to skimp on blinds for your conservatory. Quality thermal blinds make a real difference when it comes to heat retention and insulation in your conservatory space, keeping the room warm in the winter and allowing the cool air in in the hot summer months. With all manner of sizes, colours and finishes available, finding a style complement for your conservatory is easy.

Does underfloor heating work in a conservatory?

If you’re considering underfloor heating as an option for your conservatory, you’re in luck. Underfloor heating can be an efficient choice for warming your conservatory spaces, providing you a discreet solution that’s consistent with heating output. However, underfloor heating can take some time to adequately warm a space, meaning you’ll need to start those switches in good time. Ultimately, it’s not a practical solution for those who may need to utilise their conservatory without warning.

How much does it cost to heat a conservatory?

Concerned about the addition to your energy bill from running conservatory heaters? Although energy supplier tariffs can change significantly in a short amount of time, we can look at average expense now to get an idea of running costs. For example, an electric heater rated 2000 watts will consume 2 kilowatts of electricity in an hour. Currently, this would work out at a cost of 30 pence. Remember, simply multiply power rating by running time to find the amount of overall energy used, then work out the exact cost by referring to your supplier’s tariff.

How much heat does a glass conservatory roof save?

Even the simplest of conservatories can boast a significant amount of windows and doors with plenty of glass. It’s ideal for enjoying garden views in comfort, but also contributes to significant increases in heat loss from interiors. Double glazed conservatories can lose up to eight times as much heat as a room with traditional walls with cavities. An energy-efficient choice is essential because of this.

Conclusion

When it comes to kitting out our conservatories, getting it right with the perfect product picks is crucial in ensuring you continue to enjoy your space for years to come. With our buying guide tips and breakdown of different heater types, we hope we’ve been able to help you make the right decision when it comes to keeping your conservatory warm.