What are the best electric radiators 2022?

There are more reasons than ever to make the switch to electric heating in 2022. Perhaps you’re looking to save money on your heating bills, live a greener lifestyle, or simply wish to upgrade your old-fashioned central heating to a modern alternative. Whatever it is, we’re here to break down our extensive range to give you the definitive list of the best electric radiators on the market. Whether you want to take advantage of smart heating, complement interiors with a designer model or are just looking for absolute efficiency, we’ve got you covered.

Why you should upgrade to electric radiators

  • Maintenance free – As they aren't linked to a boiler, electric radiators require no annual servicing. Extended warranties, simple installation and no carbon monoxide risks ensure minimal upkeep.

  • Energy-saving features – Open window detection, adaptive start and weekly programming help to streamline energy consumption, reducing waste and running costs.

  • Independent heating – Program your radiator individually or assign them to a heating zone, so your heating can better match your routine and ultimately cut down on bills.

  • Increased safety – There’s no reliance on a combustible fuel and many include in-built safety features such as Low Surface Temperature settings and thermal limiters.

  • Versatile designs – Traditional and designer builds, complementary colours and space-saving vertical models mean there’s an electric radiator to suit any design scheme.

  • Intelligent programming – 24/7 digital programmers, app control and sophisticated heating elements elevate the programming capabilities of electric radiators, providing you with a hassle-free experience.

  • Energy efficient – Make your electric radiators completely carbon neutral when paired with a renewable energy source or tariff, for 100% clean electricity year-round.

Ecostrad iQ Ceramic: the ultimate smart heating experience

At a glance

  • Price – From £229.99
  • Wattage (w) – 500-2000
  • Heats from – 4.5-24.5m²
  • Colours – White
  • Programming – Touchscreen control panel | WiFi app control | Voice control
  • Compatible with – Ecostrad Ecosystem app | Amazon Alexa and Google Home

Top 5 features

  • Simple DIY Plug & Go Installation
  • Heat-Retentive Ceramic Stone Core
  • WiFi App Control
  • Motion Detector Mode
  • Alexa & Google Home Compatible

The Ecostrad iQ Ceramic is Electric Radiator Direct’s flagship radiator: an ideal combination of high-grade manufacturing and cutting-edge technology has made it a powerhouse in the electric heating space. Its slimline, contemporary build houses a highly efficient ceramic stone core for improved heat retention. With in-built safety features like a thermal limiter which cuts power to the radiator once it has reached a certain temperature, you don’t need to worry about micromanaging your unit.

Built with a wealth of energy-saving features, the iQ Ceramic goes a step further with its integration of motion sensors and voice control. By detecting movement, the radiator can turn itself on and off completely autonomously, and pairing it with your home voice assistant allows you to manage your heating without lifting a finger. You can even purchase radiator feet to turn the iQ Ceramic into a portable heater. Truly the definition of 21st century heating, the Ecostrad iQ Ceramic is our favourite smart electric radiator of 2022.

Haverland RC Wave: built to last

At a glance

  • Price – From £209.99
  • Wattage (w) – 450-1700
  • Heats from – 5.5-20m²
  • Colours – White
  • Programming – 24/7 digital programmer

Top 5 features

  • Simple DIY Plug & Go Installation
  • Energy-Efficient Dry Thermal Technology
  • Silent Electronic TRIAC Thermostat
  • Baby Care Surface Temperature Limiter
  • Lifetime Guarantee on Radiator Body

The Haverland RC Wave is the result of forty years’ experience from the esteemed electric radiator specialists, Haverland. They have refined their expertise with this budget-friendly contemporary radiator, with an ultra-slim curved body that boasts a lifetime guarantee. As it heats using dry thermal technology, the iron heating rods enclosed in aluminium conduct heat along an array of fins concealed within the radiator body. It’s not only highly efficient but helps speed up heat-up times, with max temperatures reached within 15 minutes – and with no internal liquid, there’s no chance of leaks whatsoever.

Its highly accurate silent TRIAC thermostat gauges room temperature as close as ±0.2 ºC. Set weekly schedules, boost temperatures and take advantage of its baby care surface temperature setting using the touch-responsive control panel. The RC Wave comes ready for wall mounting, with portable feet available, so you can enjoy it as both a primary heat source and top-up heater for those hard-to-heat areas. Its quick heat-up times and lifetime guarantee make the Haverland RC Wave our favourite oil-free radiator of 2022.

Ecostrad Allora iQ: designer chic that doesn’t skimp on efficiency

At a glance

Top 5 features

  • Sleek Oval Bar Design
  • Unique Fast-Flo Technology
  • Heat-Retentive Thermal Oil
  • Sophisticated WiFi Element
  • Energy-Saving Programming Features

The Ecostrad Allora iQ has been specifically optimised to make the most of the power of electric heating. Its unique Fast-Flo technology means the Allora has wider channels and larger gaps between the pipe joints to improve the circulation of the heating fluid. Removing the risk of overheating and ensuring a slower cooldown period, the Allora’s elegant smooth bars aren’t just for aesthetic purposes: they also make for a greater heat output for ultimate efficiency.

With in-built WiFi compatibility the Allora can be controlled with a simple swipe and tap of your smart device. Its sophisticated Ecostrad iQ WiFi Heating Element allows for precise temperature measuring to complement its energy-saving heating modes. As it also comes as a vertical option, the Ecostrad Allora iQ is an incredibly versatile choice, making it our favourite designer electric radiator of 2022.

Terma Rolo E: a striking wall feature for dual-purpose heating

At a glance

  • Price – From £439.99
  • Wattage (w) – 800-1000
  • Heats from – 6.5-12m²
  • Colours – White | Modern Grey | Quartz Mocha | Salt ‘n’ Pepper
  • Programming – Bluetooth control | MOA Blue Heating Element
  • Compatible with – Terma Blueline app

Top 5 features

  • 5 Heat Levels & 2-Hour Timer
  • Bluetooth App Control
  • Automatic Heating Program Schedule
  • Anti-Freeze Protection
  • Suitable for Bathroom Installation

The Terma Rolo E is a space-saving vertical radiator housed in a luxury aesthetic. Its sleek oval bars store a dynamic thermal fluid that boasts extreme efficiency and provides your home with long-lasting warmth.

Fitted with a MOA Blue Heating Element, the Terma Rolo E can be controlled via its digital programmer or while paired to its Bluetooth app. The heating element is equipped with a  sensor which accurately gauges room temperature to provide you with ultimate control: adjust weekly schedules, set the timer for up to two hours and tweak temperatures instantly between five heat levels. If you’re away during winter, you can rest easy knowing it has an automatic anti-frost mode, and with splashproof protection it can also be utilised as a bathroom heater. Efficient and beautifully designed, the Terma Rolo E is our favourite vertical electric radiator of 2022.

Ecostrad Ecowärme: the pinnacle of German manufacturing

At a glance

  • Price – From £349.99
  • Wattage (w) – 500-2000
  • Heats from – 3.5-20m²
  • Colours – White | Anthracite
  • Programming – 24/7 digital programmer

Top 5 features

  • Simple DIY Plug & Go Installation 
  • Heat-Retentive Ceramic Stone Core
  • 3 Heater Modes & Timer
  • Portable & Wall Mounting Options
  • Energy-Saving Programming Features

The long-established quality of German manufacturing is aptly demonstrated with the Ecostrad Ecowärme. Finished in a classic fluted design, this timeless-looking radiator has received a modern upgrade. In-built with highly efficient ceramic heating bricks and an aluminium convection element, the Ecowärme perfectly balances convected and radiant heat to provide long-lasting, comfortable warmth even after switch-off.

Its deep-ribbed housing maximises surface area for increased contact with the air, resulting in quick heat-up times and a superior spread of warmth. Pair that with its integrated 24/7 digital programmer, you can adjust heating schedules, set timers, and access a wealth of energy-saving features such as adaptive start and open window detection. Offering immense versatility, it can be turned into a portable heater and also comes in a vertical model. The Ecostrad Ecowärme has cemented itself with its timeless aesthetic and superior heat transfer, making it our favourite German electric radiator of 2022.

Your ideal electric radiator is a few clicks away

Now you have our recommendations, it’s time to weigh up the options to decide which electric radiator is right for you.

Our radiator calculator is here to help you find the ideal wattage for your space – just answer a few quick questions about your property and it’ll do the rest. For an even more personalised recommendation, get in touch for a no obligation free quote today.

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Key takeaways

  • Advanced programming capabilities, low maintenance and cost-cutting features make electric radiators the ideal heating solution for 2022.

  • The Ecostrad iQ Ceramic – a highly advanced smart electric radiator with superior heat retention.

  • The Haverland RC Wave – a stylish oil-free radiator with quick heat-up times and lifetime guarantee.

  • The Ecostrad Allora iQ – an elegant designer radiator that uses unique Fast-Flo technology to provide superior warmth.

  • The Terma Rolo E – a vertical radiator that acts as a striking wall feature whilst implementing smart Bluetooth control for added convenience.

  • The Ecostrad Ecowärme – the prime example of high-grade German manufacturing, with a classic fluted design and heat-retentive ceramic core.


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