What are the best infrared panels 2022?


You’ll find infrared panels in more homes and businesses than ever now that electric heating has firmly settled itself into the mainstream. It’s not hard to see why: they’re efficient, cost-effective, and most are DIY-friendly straight out of the box. Not to mention, their use of radiant heat to deliver superior all-day warmth. You’ll recognise infrared panels by their distinct square, slimline builds – but despite their similar appearance, they don’t come as a one-size-fits-all solution. Across multiple sizes, mounting options and programming possibilities, our range of infrared panels is extensive, which is why we’ve already weighed up the options to give you the very best for 2022. Let’s take a look.

Why you should upgrade to infrared panels

  • 100% radiant warmth – Unlike convection heaters which work by heating the air, infrared travels in a straight line towards people and objects, for warmth on a deeper level.
  • Flexible mounting options – DIY-friendly installation on the wall or ceiling allows for effective heat dispersion that doesn’t take away from your home’s interior.
  • Innovative programming – Point & click remote control, external thermostats or WiFi app control – there’s an infrared panel to suit any preference.
  • Keeps damp at bay – Sinking deeply into the walls of your home, radiant heat doesn’t disturb dust particles so it’s great for allergies, prevents mould and leaves a room feeling toasty long after switch-off.
  • Maintenance free – Infrared panels don’t connect to plumbing or run on combustible fuel, so there’s no need to have them regularly serviced.
  • Energy efficient – Pair them with a renewable energy source or green energy tariff, for totally sustainable, efficient heating year-round.

Ecostrad Accent IR: tailored reliability

At a glance

  • Price – £199.99
  • Wattage (w) – 350-1100
  • Heats from – 7-22m²
  • Installation optionsWall | Ceiling
  • Programming – Remote Control
  • Compatible with – External Controller

Top 5 features

  • Comfortable Far Infrared Heat
  • Programmable Remote Included
  • Adaptive Start & Open Window Detection
  • DIY-friendly Installation
  • In-built Overheat Protection

The Ecostrad Accent IR is a slimline designer infrared panel, finished in crisp white and framed for a classically elegant look. Emitting a soothing, gentle heat, the warmth of the Accent IR is deeply penetrating without feeling harsh or artificial, making it ideal for all-day use. With a flexible DIY-approach to either wall or ceiling installation, you can direct the Accent IR to the busiest parts of your home, streamlining your heating and reducing running costs.

Each purchase comes with a convenient remote control. As the Accent IR comes pre-fitted with a wireless receiver, you can also pair it to your choice of controller for seamless integration with the rest of your home’s heating. Its digital thermostat accurately measures temperatures to ±0.5 °C. Set weekly schedules and utilise its energy-saving features knowing the temperature won’t fluctuate and add to your heating bills unnecessarily. The Ecostrad Accent IR is a great choice for those looking for a reliable heater with a simple approach to heat management, and our favourite designer infrared heater for 2022.


Ecostrad Opus iQ: an understated approach to innovation

At a glance

  • Price – From £209.99
  • Wattage (w) – 350-1100
  • Heats from – 7-22m²
  • Installation optionsWall | Ceiling
  • Programming – WiFi app control | Voice control
  • Compatible with – Ecostrad Ecosystem app | Amazon Alexa & Google Home

Top 5 features

  • Comfortable Far Infrared Heat
  • WiFi App Control
  • Amazon Alexa & Google Home Compatible
  • 5 °C Accurate Thermostat
  • DIY-friendly Installation

Its frameless body, crisp white finish and depth of just 25mm has the Ecostrad Opus iQ integrate discreetly no matter your home’s design scheme. Insulated for increased efficiency, the Opus iQ is also covered with a fire-resistant coating for superior heat transfer. Maintaining warm temperatures for longer, the gentle heat of the Opus iQ can be felt even after the appliance has been turned off.

The Opus iQ is in-built with smart technology: simply connect to your smart device to access WiFi control. Create bespoke schedules and regulate start and end times to the exact minute. Each panel comes with its own wireless room temperature sensor to accurately monitor comfort levels, so you’ll never run the risk of over or underheating a space. With the Ecostrad Ecosystem app, you can also link the Opus to the rest of your Ecostrad smart heaters for an interdependent approach to heat management, accessible from a single point of use from anywhere in the world. For a handsfree approach, pair to your home voice assistant and control your infrared panel with just the sound of your voice. Installing and controlling the Opus iQ is effortless and conveniently simple, which is why it’s our favourite smart infrared heater for 2022.


Herschel Select XLS Mirror: dual-purpose heating with extra flair

At a glance

  • Price – £389.99
  • Wattage (w) – 350-700
  • Heats from – 8-15m²
  • Installation options: Wall
  • Programming – BT/WiFi thermostat | Voice control
  • Compatible with – Haverland app | Amazon Alexa & Google Home

Top 5 features

  • Comfortable Far Infrared Heat
  • Frameless Mirror Design for Dual Practicality
  • Amazon Alexa & Google Home Compatible
  • Combats Mould & Condensation
  • Splashproof IP44 Rating

Contemporary and practical, the Herschel Select XLS Mirror is the answer to bathroom heating. Behind the reflective surface is an infrared panel built to provide gentle, long-lasting warmth, with a layer of internal insulation for added efficiency. The radiant heat of the XLS Mirror also minimises condensation, mould and dampness – that means its reflective surface won’t get foggy after a shower! For safety, installation in bathrooms needs to be done by an electrician – this is a simple job and won’t be too costly.

Pair the Herschel Select XLS with an external BT battery-powered thermostat for manual control, or a WiFi plug-in or mains-powered thermostat to unlock its full programming potential. Adjust temperatures, set the 24-hour timer or access energy-saving functions like Holiday Mode, which lowers the temperature while you’re away. With smart control, you can even pair the XLS Mirror to your home voice assistant, for a convenient handsfree approach to bathroom heating. Of course, the XLS Mirror doesn’t just belong there: opt for a stylish centrepiece in your hallway, living room or bedroom, and reap the benefits of this dual-purpose heater all day. For these reasons and more the Herschel Select XLS Mirror is our favourite bathroom infrared heater for 2022.


Your ideal infrared panel is a few clicks away

Now you have our recommendations, it’s time to weigh up the options to decide which infrared panel is right for you. If you’d like to learn more about our products, get in touch for a no obligation free quote from our expert heating consultants today.

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Key takeaways

  • Infrared panels are a great choice due to their highly efficient use of radiant heat, DIY-friendly installation and innovative programming.
  • The Ecostrad Accent IR – a slimline infrared panel with convenient remote control.
  • The Ecostrad Opus iQ – a smart infrared panel with extensive programming capabilities, wrapped in a discreet and understated package.
  • The Herschel Select XLS Mirror – a dual-purpose heater ideal for bathrooms: the mirror adds practicality, and its radiant heat minimises damp and mould formation.

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