Top 10 Best Oil Filled Radiators 2017

As we settle into 21st century life, it’s fair to say that we tend to take a lot of things for granted. Heat, for example, is something that we in the western world have at our fingertips, at all times of the year, and whether at home or elsewhere. This wasn’t always the case: until relatively recently a central heating system was something only the wealthy could afford, and the advent of double-glazed windows came about only in the latter half of the 20th century.

The benefit of instant heat sources – whether gas or electric powered – cannot be overlooked, and sometimes we need to add a little to our already-existing heating system to make sure we are comfortable when we need it most. In the home, you might want a little extra heat in a particular room; at the office, perhaps an antiquated heating system sometimes lets you down. This is why we thought we would tell you about affordable, efficient oil-filled radiators, which are now more efficient and effective than ever before.

Oil filled radiators may not be the first choice when thinking about additional heat – there are many other options on the market – but the modern variety is not only efficient and affordable, but also can be attractive and portable. Most come with wheels, so they can be moved around easily, and they are small enough to fit into any space so you can keep them out of the way. Before we go on to have a more detailed look at some of the very best oil filled radiators available, let’s talk a little more about why they make a good choice for home or at work, and how they keep you warm.

How it Works

There is a simplicity to oil filled radiators that is hard to beat; the basic premise is of a metal container filled with oil that is heated by an electric element, and that then radiates heat outwards for raising the temperature. Many early central heating – and other – systems used oil-filled as the system of choice, but when it is used on a larger or commercial scale it can turn out to be expensive. However, for portable one-off use, the oil-filled radiator has come back into fashion, and makes for a sensible source of almost instant and usable heat.

How simple is it to use? Very; all you need is a mains electric socket, plug your radiator in, and away you go – you have a heat source that you can adjust as you wish, and one that will cost you very little to run when all is considered. Many are free-standing so you can move them around from room to room as you wish. Others can be wall mounted – or fitted in another fashion – so become more permanent features. When not in use, they are generally compact enough to be stored away easily, so you can bring them out again and plug in when winter comes around!

As these are very simple appliances, so they tend to be reliable and affordable; with few or no moving parts, an oil-filled radiator will last you a long time, and will do the job you want it to do with little fuss. So, let’s have a look at the top 10 best oil filled radiators on the market right now, and see if we can help you find the one that suits your needs best.

The Top 10 Best Oil Filled Radiators 2017

1: VonHaus 9-Fin 2000W

VonHaus is a brand with a strong reputation for producing a large range of heating and household implements, and this radiator is typical of the quality of the brand. Note that it has 9 ‘fins’: these are the element that the radiator is shaped into, and are designed for the very best radiation of heat. Most of these appliances use this method, so you should always look for it as a design feature if you are to get the very best performance from your oil filled radiator, wherever you decide you are goint to use it.

This one is finished in black – you will find some are in other colours so choose as you wish – and comes with three heat settings and as much as 2000W in heating power, so is perfectly adequate for average-sized rooms. It also has an automatic thermostat setting so you can use it to turn on and off when your required level of heat is reached, and it will also switch off itself if it falls or is knocked over for added safety. It has a good length of cord so is versatile, too, and at under £50 we reckon it is very good value.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Good Design
  • 3 Heat Settings
Cons
  • Black Might Not Be To Taste

 

2: VonHaus Mini 6-Fin

Our second model from VonHaus is in contrast to the above; whereas the first was a full-sized model, this one is deliberately small, and is thus designed for portability and occasional use. With 6 fins it is not going to be effective as the above, but if all you need is a small – and it is very compact – heater for that added touch of heat every now and again, this could well be a perfect choice. It’s in black – again, not to everyone’s taste but we think it quite stylish – and is from a known brand so you are guaranteed reliability.

This one can only give you up to 800W of heat, but that is fine if you want one for, for example, a bedroom or smaller room. It has a thermostat and safety features such as auto switch-off should it tip, and it is very light with strong feet so can be moved from room to room with ease. All in all, for anyone wanting a truly portable heater, this could be the one and at around £25 it is very cheap.

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Portable
  • Safety Features
Cons
  • Small
  • Not The Most Powerful

 

3: Daewoo 1000W

You may associate this brand with cars these days, but in fact Daewoo is a major company with many different strands, including one that produces quality household appliances. This model of oil filled radiator is of the compact variety; it has only a few fins and provides 1000W, but that makes it ideal if you want a heater for occasional use or for a smaller room. It’s a neat and simple design with wheels for portability, and it comes in white, which is the preferred colour for many people.

It has a full-length cable for versatility and is small enough to tuck away out of sight when not in use, plus it has a thermostat, so you can set it to the heat level you require. The castors are smooth and make it very easy to move around. This design also includes a handy cable-tidy for when it is not used, and comes with a full warranty. As with all of these there is little or no maintenance, and if you want a smaller model, at around £30 it is decent value.

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Portable
  • Safety Features
Cons
  • Small
  • Not The Most Powerful

 

4: Dimplex 2KW

The Dimplex brand is well-known for a variety of household implements and appliances, and has a large selection of radiators, including this oil-filled model. It is very much a standard design – there’s nothing especially clever about it – and has a range of fins providing effective heat up to a level of around 2000W. That’s more than adequate for most rooms, and with thermostat control it is also one of the most effective models in this list. It’s white, too, which makes it more acceptable to many people who want a neat and unobtrusive design.

This one comes with a neat cable-tidy for when it is put away, plus heavy-duty castors that make it easy to move around from room to room. It’s also highly effective, and with two heat settings you can choose your preferred level. It also has a frost setting which is a neat touch – it uses very little power when in this mode and will keep frost at bay – and while it is one of the more expensive models at around £60, there are few better around.

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Powerful
  • Safety Features
Cons
  • Expensive

 

5: Skotek Oil Filled Radiator

With most of these the upper power level is 2000W; this on – from the Skotek brand – offers as much as 2500W, which makes it one of the most powerful of all the models on our list. It also means that this is a full-sized model, so if a smaller and more portable design is your requirement, it might not be for you. It comes with a range of impressive features: you get a 24-hour timer, a variety of heat settings, and a ten-fin design for maximum efficiency. It’s also white, which you may prefer for such an appliance.

It comes with all the usual safety features including a thermal cut-out and timer, plus it will switch off if tipped over. It is designed with wheels so can be moved from room to room easily, and it is compact enough to be tucked away in a cupboard when not in use. All in all, this is a very effective full-sized heater that is very powerful, and at less than £50 is very good value too.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • 10 Fins
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Quite Large

 

6: Kingavon 7-Fin Slimline

This very stylish radiator comes from a brand with a great reputation for quality products of this type. It’s a full-sized model with a 1500W output – not as powerful as some but still effective for average rooms – and yet it is designed to be very slim indeed. This gives it not only a modern look, but also means it is easy to store away when not in use – especially with the clever cable-tidy that comes as part of the package.

It has a fully adjustable thermostat and three possible heat settings, and comes with all the usual safety features including auto cut-out, and is finished in black; that may not be to the liking of everyone, but we think it looks very stylish. With a carry handle, strong wheels and light weight – it is cleverly designed to be easy to move around – this one has clearly had some thought put into the design, and at around £30 is also good value.

Pros
  • Clever Design
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Colour

 

7: Futura Digital

Another 2000W model, so great for all types and sizes of room, this one from the Futura brand is cleverly designed to be neat and tidy when in use and also when packed away. However, it is finished in black, which may not be preferable to some buyers. We like it, though, as it is nicely presented. You get a novel feature with this one: a digital display that allows you to see the temperature you have selected, and that also gives it a more modern look than some of these.

The 9-fin design is very stylish and compact, and it comes with wheels so you can move it to wherever you need heat. It is also fitted with a sensible length of cord for versatility. It has the usual thermostat control, auto-shut off and anti-tip switch so will shut down if knocked over, and it is suitably light to be moved easily. We like it, although at a little less than £60 it is one of the more expensive models here.

Pros
  • Interesting Design
  • 2000W
  • 9 Fins
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Black Not To Everyones Taste

 

8: Oypla 2000W

If there is an entirely typical example of an oil-filled radiator, it’s quite possible that this is it. It is absolutely as you would expect one to be designed – with no frills and nothing special – and offers the standard maximum heat output of 2000W. It’s very easy to use, has 8 fins and is finished in the often-preferred white, and offers accessible, efficient heat at a low cost. It’s almost the template that you expect others to follow, so simple and effective it is.

The power output is perfect for average rooms and it comes with the usual thermostat control and three heat settings. You also get the safety features – including the automatic shut-off if it is knocked over – and it comes with strong wheels for moving around. It’s light enough to be reasonably portable, too, and the cable can be tucked away neatly. If an affordable and powerful radiator is what you need, at under £40 this one is good value.

Pros
  • Simple Design
  • Powerful
  • Safety Features
Cons
  • Possibly Too Small

 

9: DeLonghi Oil Filled Radiator

If the above model is typical, this one – from the well-known DeLonghi brand – is anything but. In fact, it is a curved design that is very different to any of the others on this list, and is also very small and compact. However, to make up for that added portability you lose some of the effectiveness; this one may be very, very compact, but it can only provide you with 500W of power. That’s great for a small area – perhaps a bathroom or small bedroom – but for an average sized room it is going to struggle.

It has excellent handles and is light enough to carry around, and you get all the usual safety features and a thermostat for temperature control. Plus, it is a very stylish radiator and will fit perfectly in a modern décor. However, we can’t get away from the fact it is not at all powerful, and while it is clever and different, at more than £50 it does seem to be expensive in this company, so we’re not sure about it!

Pros
  • Stylish Design
  • Portable
  • Trusted Brand
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not The Most Powerful

10: Ultramax 9-Fin

We include this otherwise standard model for one reason – it’s bright pink! That might not be everyone’s choice, but it’s perfect for a girl’s bedroom, yes? It is very much a standard design – there’s nothing especially clever about it – and has a range of fins providing effective heat up to a level of around 2000W. That’s more than adequate for most rooms, and with thermostat control it is also one of the most effective models in this list. It’s white, too, which makes it more acceptable to many people who want a neat and unobtrusive design.

This one comes with a neat cable-tidy for when it is put away, plus heavy-duty castors that make it easy to move around from room to room. It’s also highly effective, and with two heat settings you can choose your preferred level. It also has a frost setting which is a neat touch – it uses very little power when in this mode and will keep frost at bay – and while it is one of the more expensive models at around £60, there are few better around.

Pros
  • Powerful Model
  • Safety Features
Cons
  • Pink Colour Is Niche

That’s our choice of the top 10 best oil filled radiators on the market right now, and we can assure you that there are many more out there that may be of interest. Before we sum up, here’s a little look at the features you need to consider.

Important Features

The above list should give you a good idea of what you need to be looking for, so just to recap, here’s some of the most important features:

Power – you need a 2000W radiator for anything more than a small room; some of these offer considerably less power, so take care when choosing.

Portability – all of our selections are free-standing and designed to be moveable, but be aware that some of the bigger models can be quite bulky and heavy.

Safety – as with all heating appliances, you need to ensure that these are treated with care. Look for models with a feature that makes the appliance switch off should it be knocked over – essential if you have children or pets!

These are the main features of any oil-filled radiator, and there may be more that you choose to consider. So, let’s sum things up!

Which One?

All of the models featured here have their own merits, but a couple of them may not be suitable for anything other than a very small space. We can therefore recommend any of the 2000W or above models, with the neat and simple – and surprisingly affordable – Oypla model (number 8) being perfect for anyone who needs one of these and doesn’t want to pay over the odds.

We hope we’ve helped you make your choice – stay warm and safe!

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