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    The Best Heaters for 2021

    Cosy living rooms, snug conservatories and pleasantly warm evenings in the garden. If that sounds like you, and you’re looking for a new electric fire, radiator or heater to banish the chill, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve picked out some of our favourite models for you to peruse at your pleasure.

    Best for staying cosy in the winter

    Is there anything better than a crisp, wintery evening? Well actually, being nice and snug in front of a toasty fire would definitely add some extra sparkle. If you’re nodding along and dreaming of it already, an electric fire is the way to go.

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    Dimplex Stockbridge SKG20BLN Log Effect / Coal Bed Electric Stove With Remote Control - Black

    Better

    £479

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    BeModern Hansford 3727 Log Effect Suite And Surround Fireplace - Cashmere

    Best

    £559

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    Features to look out for…

    Realistic designs

    Electric fires might not be crackling campfires in the woods, but they sure are close. Depending on which model you go for, you’ll be able to choose between log, pebble or coal fuel beds, as well as various flame effects. Some will even give you the flame effect without any heat, for those warmer evenings when you’re just after a bit of ambience.

    Auto-shut off systems

    Dozing off in front of the TV is some top-quality down time. If that sounds like you, choosing an electric fire that has an auto-shut off feature is key, because they’ll turn themselves off after a set amount of time. So, you’ll be able to enjoy those mid-movie snoozes without having to wake up in a panic. Bliss.

    Remote controls

    Because some electric fires can be controlled with a remote, the days of having to get up off the sofa to crank it up are over. That way, you can stay snuggled up under the blanket instead.

    Number of heat settings

    If you’re anything like us, getting the temperature to be spot on is no mean feat. That’s why you should look out for a model that lets you choose between different settings, since you’ll be able to have a play around and find the right one for you each time.

    Best for a patio

    If you’re one of those that’s always entertaining a bunch of friends on the veranda, it might be time to invest in a patio heater. They’re safe, easy to move around and a sure-fire way to make the most of your summer evenings.

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    Swan Al Fresco Wall Mounted Electric Patio Heater With Remote Control 1800W - Black

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    £100

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    Swan Al Fresco Portable Electric Patio Heater 1200W - Black

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    £120

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    Swan Al Fresco Column Electric Patio Heater 2000W - Black

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    £200

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    Features to look out for…

    Weatherproof

    Let’s set the scene. You’ve just poured a round of fresh bubbly and the heavens have decided to open – sigh. Not to worry, because most patio heaters can withstand rainwater, meaning you won’t have to dart back inside at the first sign of trouble.

    Long cables

    If you’ve got a nice little set up at the bottom of the garden, choosing a patio heater with a long wire means you’ll always be able to reach the socket. It also means that you’ll be able to move it around freely – so wherever you set up, it’ll happily go with you.

    Powerful models

    It might seem obvious but the higher the wattage, the hotter the heat. This’ll depend on which model you choose, but some have a 2000 Watt power output – perfect for when you’re stargazing under those clear, dark (and cold) skies.

    Safety settings

    We can always rely on the British weather to spoil the fun. Good news though, since some models will automatically turn themselves off if they tip over. So, if a strong gale comes along and blows it down – crisis averted.

    Best portable models

    From the conservatory to the shed, it’s always handy to have a portable radiator or heater in reach. You’ll never be tied to one spot, so it can accompany you on those last minute DIY jobs in the garage or just a chilly afternoon in the motor home.

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    Features to look out for…

    Lightweight designs and wheels

    If you’re opting for a portable radiator or heater, chances are that you’ve probably got big plans to move it around the house. That’s why you should go for one that’s lightweight, so you’ll never have to put your back out whilst carrying it. You can also get ones that have wheels – even easier.

    Thermostats

    Getting up off the sofa to adjust the temp can be a bit of a pain, to say the least. A thermostat will do all that for you – just set your preferred temperature using the controls, and it’ll maintain it. If it senses a drop in the climate, it’ll boost the appliance’s power to cover it. Or, if it gets a little too warm, it’ll reduce the heat to cool it down a notch. Clever.

    Frost protection

    With an anti-frost design, you’ll never have to worry about your radiator freezing over when it’s not on. This makes it perfect to use in garages or outbuildings, where it’s especially nippy in the winter months – definitely a feature to look out for.

    Tidy wires

    Fed up of loose wires hanging around? If you go for a model that has a cable management system, you can keep everything tucked away at the back. Out of sight, out of mind.

    Best smart thermostats

    House full of gadgets? A smart thermostat will fit right in. All you’ll need to do is link it up to your heating system, download the app onto your smartphone and sync them up. From there, you’ll be able to change the temperature and set routines from wherever you are. Such a clever clogs.

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    tado Starter Kit - Wired Smart Thermostat V3+ DIY Install - White

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    £200

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    Features to look out for…

    Geolocation

    If you’re always forgetting to turn the heating down before stepping out the door, you’re not alone. Some smart thermostats will detect when you’ve left and ping you a notification, so you can go onto the app and adjust the settings from there. And, if it thinks you’re nearly home but the house is a bit chilly, it’ll give you a nudge to ramp it up a notch.

    Links up to your other smart tech

    Because you can hook a smart thermostat up to your other bits of tech, like an Amazon Alexa or a Google Assistant, life is about to get a whole lot smoother. That’s right, just give it a shout to turn down the temperature and it’ll kick into action straight away. You’ll also be able to set routines from the app, so that the heating comes on at a specific time.

    Learns your routines

    Always turning the heating on at 7:06am whilst you’re getting ready for work? Well, some smart thermostats will pick up on your habits and start doing it for you. That’s one less thing to think about in the morning.

    Boiler compatibility

    Make sure you check which smart thermostat is compatible with your heating system before you buy. Some work with combi boilers, some with boilers that have separate water tanks, and some work with both types.

    Best all rounder

    If you’re still a bit unsure on what to go for, we’ve picked out some of our favourite all-rounders. These radiators and heaters are the cream of the crop, because they’ve got some excellent features to keep you all warm and cosy during the winter.

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    Dyson Hot & Cool HP07 Air Purifier - White

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    £549

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    Features to look out for…

    Anti-dust filters

    It’s a good day for any allergy sufferers out there, because some heaters come with anti-dust filters. So, if there are any pollutants or irritants lurking around in the air, they’ll catch and lock them away for good.

    Oscillating function

    If your living room’s on the bigger side, or you just like wafts of heat, choosing a model with an oscillating function is a good idea. That’s because it’ll swivel from side to side, spreading warm air to every corner of the room.

    Overheating protection

    Feeling safe with your electric radiator or heater next to you is super-important. Because some will automatically switch themselves off if they’re struggling to circulate air, you’ll always have that extra peace of mind that nothing will overheat.

    Hot and cold air

    Some models give you the best of both worlds. Not only can they be used as heaters in the winter, but they also double up as fans in the summer. Just select what you’d like it to do, and it’ll kick into action straight away.