When to choose an electric radiator

Electric radiators are increasing in popularity up and down the UK. They can be fitted throughout the home and make a great primary heating source because they offer effective and long-lasting warmth compared to convector heaters. Here’s how:

How they work

Using a combination of convection and radiation, they heat the air as well as any surrounding objects, so heat isn’t easily lost to draughts. Electric radiators do not have to work as hard as convector heaters to keep the room warm, so they use less electricity for more efficient and cost-effective warmth. All of the power they draw from the wall is converted into usable heat, and with a number of energy-saving features included as standard, they are 100% efficient at point of use.

Smart electric radiators: the ultimate upgrade

From manual control to more advanced programming, we have a range of electric radiators to suit all needs. For the most efficient and energy-saving option, look no further than smart electric radiators. Using Bluetooth or WiFi, they allow you to manage your heating via an app on your phone. Some of our electric radiators can be controlled with your voice for even more convenience. These sophisticated and energy-saving features help to reduce costs and make heating your home easier than ever.

Best suited for

  • Primary heating throughout your property – kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, offices and in some cases bathrooms
  • Lasting and efficient heating for all day use.

Our recommended product

The Ecostrad iQ Ceramic is one of our most versatile electric radiators when it comes to control. Providing manual heat management, programming via WiFi, and hands-free voice control when connected to Amazon Alexa or Google Home. The iQ Ceramic even takes it one step further with a motion sensor mode that detects movement and turns on and off accordingly. This is one of our most intelligent electric radiators yet and would be an ideal modern heating solution for any property.

When to choose a convector heater

Convector heaters are all about responsive warmth and quick results. They’re the products we reach for when we need on-demand heat and they’re found just about everywhere. Top up the temperature in a yoga class, warm a home conservatory, or provide quick heat in a little-used meeting room – convector heaters are incredibly adaptable. They’re not as energy efficient as electric radiators and cost more to run if used regularly, but for total convenience, they’re exceptionally effective.

How they work

These heaters use an exposed metal element in the base that quickly heats up and spreads warmth to the surrounding air. The warm air then rises up through the heater grill and begins to circulate around the room, creating a convection current that will ensure your space is well heated. Their basic design means that convector heaters are lightweight and easy to pick up and place wherever you want. However, their reliance on convected heat means they’re much less efficient to run. Every time you leave the room or open a window, you’re losing any accumulated warmth and breaking the convection cycle. This means the heater has to work harder to try and replenish any lost heat.

Best suited for

  • Additional heating
  • Topping up the temperature in harder-to-heat rooms
  • On-demand warmth for use in quick bursts

Our recommended product

Just as with electric radiators, you’ve got a choice between budget and high-end models. Our Ecostrad iQ Plus electric panel heater comes with 24/7 programming and an accurate digital thermostat to help slim down your energy usage. If that wasn’t enough, it also comes with WiFi and voice control so you can manage your heating in a more convenient way. Supplied with its own feet, the iQ Plus allows for freestanding installation for portable heating.

Back to basics or cutting-edge technology?

Both electric radiators and convector heaters are excellent as portable heating solutions so you can’t really go wrong with either choice. We highly recommend electric radiators for energy-efficient heating, but the rapid warmth of a convector heater can also be a great choice if you’re only using your heater on occasion. Choose from our excellent selection of portable radiators and freestanding heaters to find the perfect match for your needs. For supplementary warmth at your place of work, for on-demand heat as you move from site to site, or simply for convenient heating at home, we’re sure to have the ideal solution.


Key takeaways

  • Portable electric heaters are key for convenience, providing on-demand heat when you need it.
  • Electric radiators are great as both a top-up heater and primary heat source, offering effective and long-lasting warmth. They are also more efficient than convection heaters as they need less electricity to work.
  • Smart control provides even more energy-saving features. WiFi app compatibility and voice control make home heating easier than ever.
  • Convector heaters are highly responsive however, their reliance on convected heat means they’re less efficient to run.
  • Convector heaters lose heat to draughts easily and are expensive if used regularly. They’re best used as an additional heat source and their lightweight build make them ideal for mobile use.