Are you currently considering the purchase of an electric heater, but struggle to choose between free standing electric heaters and electric panel heaters? If your answer is yes, then you’re in the right place. Today I will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of both types of electric heaters, and hopefully your next hunt for the best heater will be much easier!
Although these two products serve the same purpose – heating – and they are barely distinguishable when it comes to their features, they each have their own advantages in certain circumstances. That is not saying that free standing electric heaters are better than electric panel heaters or vice versa, but it’s good to consider a number of factors to make your mind up.
Let’s start with the thing that people pay the most attention to: price. There isn’t a colossal difference in the prices of electric wall heaters and free standing electric heaters. The budget range of wall heaters starts from £59.99 with the Stiebel Eltron Electric Panel Heaters. Meanwhile the cheapest electric heater is our Ecostrad Lodel Electric Panel heater, and you can get it for as little as £99.99. The big advantage of Ecostrad Lodel Panel heaters is that, despite being slightly more expensive than the Stiebel Eltron, they are available for both wall-mounting and free standing and they are dispatched with feet and wall mounting brackets. In practice, this means that you can install the wall brackets in one room and use the feet whenever you want to re-position your electric heater.
The other thing you might want to consider is how you’re going to use your electric heater. If you intend to use it together with your radiators, for example, in your living room as a top-up source of heat, then undoubtedly you will benefit more from a free standing electric heater for easy re-positioning. This way you can use it all around your house if you don’t think that your central heating is efficient enough, or whenever you want to avoid engaging all of the radiators around your house to heat a single room. On the other hand, if you’re planning to buy an electric heater solely to heat a room you use infrequently, then you might want to consider an electric wall heater. Firstly, you’ll save on the upfront costs, as the cheapest wall heater is also the most inexpensive electric heater available. Secondly, an electric panel heater will save you slightly more space than a free standing electric heater, which is beneficial as the rooms that we tend to use infrequently are usually the smallest rooms in our houses.
Other than that, free standing electric heaters and electric panel heaters shouldn’t be confused as two different products. They share the same features such as 24/7 or 24-hour timers and thermostats (the Elnur PHMT panel heater features both a timer and a built-in thermostat, the Stiebel Eltron electric wall heater only features a thermostat) and they are both available for DIY instalment, except one has to be fitted with wheels or feet while the other one is hanged on the wall like a TV. They both plug into the nearest socket and require no disruptive digging. Moreover, they both quickly deliver gentle on-demand heat whenever and wherever you need it.
Hopefully this article will be useful in finding the best electric heater – free standing or wall mounted – for your house! If you wish to find out more, give our expert team a call on 0330 300 4444 and they will happily help you out!
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