Best Infrared Heaters – Reviews and Buying Guide 2021

According to the health and safety issues mentioned later below on this page, which are concerning most of the infrared heaters on the market we decided to review only those space heaters which feature no directly exposed heating element by design. This is to make sure NO fire or indirect burning harm arises using the appliance not even when spending long time next to the infrared heater.

Our Review choices:

1. EdenPURE Gen4 Quartz Infrared Heater Review

The newest member of the EdenPURE family the 4th generation model which is basically based on the well known and popular EdenPURE GEN3 model.

The design haven’t been changed a lot but inside we find many improvements and refinement.

Engineered and designed in USA, the forth generation portable heater uses SYLVANIA Quartz bulbs with lifetime expectancy of 10 – 15 years (20,000 operational hours) as the source of the heat.

The EdenPURE is not only an electric heater. The stylish body houses an air filter and humidifier, does’t remove humidity from the air like the less sophisticated heaters do so and cause sore throat.

The EdenPURE GEN4 is one of the only suitable quartz infrared heaters for families with small children or pets. The housing prevents any exposion and direct contact with the heating elements thus reducing the fire hazard to practically zero and increasing safety for children and animals. The electric heater’s polycarbonate steel body was also improved, the EdenPURE engineers redesigned the way the air is circulating around the quartz bulbs and heating chamber to get the most heating power this body can offer. Produces 5,000 BTUs.

The research know how had been patented under the name: EdenFLOW direct air technology and also has an aiding effect on the operating sound. This infrared heater is quieter than previous models and the creators also improved the thermostat function which is supposed to be more stable in keeping the chosen temperature with. The remote control supplied to previous models is also included in the current generation.

The manufacturer must be confident about this new product because they are offering a 5 years warranty with the purchase of this portable electric heater and all parts and bulbs are easily serviceable.

Features

  • Improvements on thermostat and air flow from previous generation model.
  • Designed to heat up to 1,000 square foot of area.
  • Average life expectancy of 10-15 years.
  • All parts are serviceable even bulbs which have 20,000 hours of expected lifespan.
  • 5 years warranty on labor parts.

2. EdenPURE GEN3 Model 1000 Quartz Infrared Heater Review

The Rolls Royce of electric heaters, engineered in the USA the EdenPURE GEN3 Model 1000 is designed to heat spaces with area up to 1000 square feet. The infrared heater can be controlled by the buttons on the front panel or through the supplied remote control.

This portable EdenPURE electric heater provides thermostat function between 60F. – 87F. The finish is galvanized steel inside and polypropylene black shell with burled wood accents. Contains an air filter, which can be cleaned with warm water or vacuum once removed from the back of the unit. The filter cleans the room’s air.

The caster wheels enable easy transportation from room to room. 1500W, approximately 5000BTUs. More than enough.

Also this quartz infrared heater looks great, thanks the quality materials and finish of this EdenPURE portable electric heater.

Price is on the more expensive side, especially if we consider most of the features (except the air purification) are also being offered by the competitors reviewed by this electric heaters review site for a considerably less price.

This makes EdenPURE electric heater the choice only for those who can afford it.

Features:

  • Three years of manufacturer warranty.
  • Front panel with push button controls.
  • Infra red remote control included.
  • Thermostat feature.
  • Heats up to 1000 square feet of area.

Infrared Space Heaters

The mostly used infrared heater types are the ones fitted with quartz heating elements. These space heaters generate medium wave infrared using the tubular infrared quartz bulbs. To achieve higher power densities often halogen lamps were used along with highly polished reflectors to direct the heat generated by the infrared space heater into the desired direction.

A quartz infrared heating element usually consist of either a milky-white quartz glass or a clear quartz with electrically radiant element (usually a tungsten wire).

Most of the heating energy is absorbed and then radiated by the quartz material with a good heat-storing properties.

Infrared Heater Safety Guidelines

Operating most of infrared space heaters demand great caution safety-wise. Touching a hot infrared bulb can cause not only direct thermal burn wounds on the skin, but also indirect wounds because of the infrared’s ability to get absorbed into the skin instead of the air and may cause depigmentation. Direct and close exposure for long duration should be avoided.

Most of the makes, especially the ones equipped with an exposed heating element aren’t recommended for using in homes with small children or pets. Some manufacturers (like the EdenPURE for example) overcomes this safety issue by housing the heating element in a fire-proof shell and let the heat radiate away on a well protected vent on the infrared space heater.

Infrared Heating physics

The basic working principle of the infrared heaters is the ability to transfer heat through electromagnetic radiation in the infrared wavelength band. Infrared radiation is absorbed directly by skin and body, which attributes a stronger heating feel because there is no energy spent into heating the air.

According to which wavelength range they operate they can be separated into 3 classes:

  • Short wave near infrared, which is also called bright because of the relatively high amount of visible light is emitted by this type of infrared heater. They operate on high temperature, approximately around 1800 °C. Operational wavelength range is between 780 nm and 1400 nm. Because this band’s peak wave length is below water’s absorption spectrum near infrared heaters are unusable for drying.
  • Medium infrared operating at approximately 1000°C, emitting waves in 1400 nm to 3000 nm band,
  • and far infrared or dark emitters are lower temperature heating elements, typically used in higher and more expensive range of infrared heaters for saunas, wavelength above 3000 nm.

The most infrared heaters usually use an electrically heated filament (most commonly used tungsten wire) or gas-heated emitting body. The filament is protected with a much stronger and also heat resistant quartz glass tube.

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