Best Quartz Heaters 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks
Last Updated on September 28, 2020
Quartz heaters can save you quite a bit of money on your heating bill if you choose the right brand. Unfortunately, the market is full of cheap brands that are noisy, don’t put out enough heat, and burn out quickly. Some brands even lack basic safety features that can lead to burns and fire.
If you need help choosing the good brands among all the bad, we have selected ten quartz heaters that are very popular in the stores right now to review for you. We’ll tell you what we like and don’t like about each one, and we have also included a buyer’s guide where we list the qualities you should look for and the ones you should avoid.
Please continue for our in-depth reviews of each brand of quartz heaters, where we compare heat output, noise, features, and safety to help you make an educated purchase.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Lifesmart Infrared Heater||
|Best Value||Air Choice Portable Heater||
|Premium Choice||Duraflame Infrared Heater||
|Heat Storm Phoenix Heater||
|COSTWAY Portable Heater||
The 10 Best Quartz Heaters – Reviews 2020
1. Lifesmart Infrared Quartz Heater – Best Overall
The Lifesmart LS-IF1500-DOFP Infrared Quartz Heater is our choice for the best overall quartz heater. This brand features lifelike flames and a Quakertown wood finish that will improve the look of any room. It produces 5,100 BTUs, which is capable of warming an area up to 1,000 square feet, and there are two heat settings, low and high. This unit is very quiet, especially when compared to most electric heaters, and it has a 12-hour timer that will shut the unit off if you forget.
Our only problem with this unit involves the way it’s packaged. There is minimal padding, and our heater arrived with some damage.
2. Air Choice Portable Quartz Heater – Best Value
The Air Choice Portable Radiant Quartz Heater is our choice for the best value, and we think it does its job well enough to call it the best quartz heater for the money. This small, cost-efficient heater delivers instant heat and allows you to choose between two heat settings. It has built-in overheat shutoff as well as tip-over protection to help eliminate accidents. This unit is amazingly quiet with no fan, or any rattling plates to keep you up at night.
Unfortunately, the lack of a fan also means that the heat cannot radiate very far into the room, so this is more of a personal heater. It also will not work on a carpet or other soft surface because it will trip the tip-over protection.
3. Duraflame Infrared Quartz Heater – Premium Choice
The Duraflame 9HM8101-O142 Infrared Quartz Heater is our premium choice quartz heater, and it features a wooden cabinet design that’s well suited to the home or office. It produces 5,200 BTUs, which is capable of warming a room up to 1,000 square feet without stripping the area of humidity. It stays cool to the touch, so there is no danger to children or pets.
Besides the high cost of this model, the only thing we didn’t like was the weak fan. We feel that a stronger fan would have done a much better job of spreading the heat around better.
4. Heat Storm Phoenix Infrared Space Heater
The Heat Storm HS-1500-PHX Phoenix Infrared Space Heater is a dual purpose heater that can hang on the wall, or sit on the floor using the attachable feet. It uses 1,500 watts to deliver 5,200 BTUs that you can reduce to 750 watts by using the low heat setting. It includes a thermostat with a digital LED display for easy reading and comes with a remote control.
What we didn’t like about this brand is that it doesn’t radiate the heat into the room very well, and it uses quite a bit of power. The feet were surprisingly challenging to install, and the directions were of no help. It also produces a high pitched hum while it’s heating that can be annoying, and it often blows cold air.
5. COSTWAY Portable Quartz Heater
The COSTWAY 5841734363 Portable Quartz Heater is a small heating tower that can deliver 1,200 watts of heat. It includes a low heat setting that reduces the watts to 600. It also includes a thermostat to help you regulate a comfortable temperature.
The downside of this brand is that it only has a small range and doesn’t radiate heat very well. We also felt that this model is a little too lightweight, which significantly reduces its stability. Since it is a little taller than it is wide, we knocked it over more than once by accident. The tip-over protection works, but you need to stand it back up and reset it.
6. Homeleader Infrared Quartz Heater
The Homeleader IWH-01 Infrared Quartz Heater features a fashionable wooden box that will look great in the office or home. It delivers 1,500 watts of heat and has built-in tip-over protection to guard against accidental bumping. You can also set a timer up to turn the unit off automatically up to 12 hours later. The LED display is easy to see, and lets you know what your settings are, even in the dark.
While we were using this heater, we didn’t think it got very hot. The heating window narrow and doesn’t move much air. Therefore, this heater is only useful as a personal heater. It’s also quite loud, and you can hear it in the next room.
7. Ivation Portable Electric Space Heater
The Ivation IVAIFWM1500 Portable Electric Space Heater is another brand of quartz heater that features an elegant dark wood cabinet. This one delivers 1,500 watts of heat on the high setting but cuts it back to 1,000 watts for the low setting. An economy setting cycles between the two as needed to maintain temperature. It has an easy to read LCD control panel that allows you to set the heat level as well as the thermostat and it also features a control lock that locks the controls to prevent them from being manipulated by children or pets.
Unfortunately, this brand doesn’t radiate the heat very far into the room, so it’s only suitable as a personal heater. It’s also very noisy, and the lights dim a bit when it cycles on and off.
8. Comfort Zone Radiant Quartz Heater
The Comfort Zone CZQTV007BK Radiant Quartz Heater is a small heater that warms up very quickly. It has two heat settings and an adjustable thermostat to help set and maintain your ideal comfort level. This unit also includes a built-in fan to help disperse the heat into the room more evenly.
We were glad it has tip-over protection as we were using this model because it is prone to tipping over, especially if you have pets. Luckily the handle and most of the casing remains cool to the touch, so there was little danger of getting burned. We also found it to be very noisy as it was heating up, and the plastic construction gives the unit a cheap and flimsy feel.
9. Homegear Infrared Electric Quartz Heater
The Homegear Infrared Electric Quartz Tower Heater is a powerful little heater that provides 1,500 watts of heat on the high heat setting and 750 watts on the low. A built-in fan helps move the warm air further away from the heater to warm a larger area. It has built-in tip-over protection that shuts off the unit when it detects that it is not level.
While we were reviewing this brand, we noticed that it shuts off and turns back on more than most of the other brands on this list. There were times it seemed to turn on only so it could turn back off again, which could get annoying and distracting. One thing that made us worried about using it was that the plug could become quite hot, especially when running it with a high heat setting.
10. Optimus Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater
The Optimus H-5511 Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater is the last brand we have on our list to review. This model features a cool to the touch housing and a built-in tip-over safety shutoff to prevent accidental burns and fires. This heater is also one of the quietest heaters on our list.
The problem with these heaters is they are prone to burning out quickly. We had two of these stop working in a matter of weeks. We believe the short life span has to do with the lack of thermostat, which means the unit runs wide open the whole time, even after the room has become warm. You also need to keep it in low heat mode because high heat causes the overheat safety feature to shut the unit off after a few minutes.
Here is a list of things that you should look for when shopping for a new quartz heater.
The heat output is probably your biggest concern when it comes to choosing a new quartz heater. The output is either measured in BTUs or watts. BTUs being a little more accurate because it’s a heat measurement, where a watt lets us know how much energy the machine is using. More watts usually result in more BTUs, and more BTUs means more heat.
Many modern quartz heaters use a 1,500-watt standard, which usually produces about 5,000 BTUs. This much heat can be enough to heat a 1,000 square foot room. This limit means the room must be smaller than 10’x10’ if the ceiling is 10 feet high, or 10’x12’ if it’s 8 feet high. Keep in mind that only the best heaters can succeed in warming this much air, and most can only hope for six or seven hundred square feet.
- Units with built-in fans can push the warmer air further into the room and warm the air much better than units without fans.
- Many brands have two heat settings. The low heat setting reduces the number of watts used by the heater. Some brands reduce the watts to 1,000, while others reduce the watts to 750. If you find yourself using the low heat setting regularly, we recommend the 750-watt version because there isn’t much difference in heat, but you will save electricity.
Safety is also a critical concern when talking about quartz heaters. We recommend looks for brands that stay cool to the touch while they are heating. We also recommend looking for brands that have built-in tip-over protection, which shuts the unit off if it’s knocked over and overheat protection, which shuts the unit off if it gets too hot. The ability to lock the controls is a nice feature to have if you have children or pets.
We also recommend checking the power cord periodically as the heater is running. If you notice that the wire is getting warm, it means that the heater is drawing too much power, and you should discontinue use immediately.
Features are nice to have but are usually not critical to the operation of the device except for the thermostat. We found that heaters that do not include a thermostat tend to burn out quicker than the ones that do because they often run a lot more continuously. The thermostat will shut off the heater at a specific temperature.
Many heaters offer plenty of extra heat settings besides high and low, and some provide digital readouts and remote control.
Noise can be a concern if you need to use a heater in a bedroom or office space where the sound of the heater can distract or awaken. The most significant contributor to noise is often the fan, followed closely by the heating of the metal reflector plates. Good design can minimize or even eliminate these noises.
We recommend the Lifesmart LS-IF1500-DOFP Infrared Quartz Heater. This brand was our pick for the best overall because it provides a good amount of quiet heat with just the right features. It also looks great with the faux flames. Our best value pick, the Air Choice Portable Radiant Quartz Heater, is a more economical brand with many of the same features as our top choice, and it features instant heat.
Whichever brand you choose, we hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped make your decision a little easier. If you have enjoyed reading, please share these quartz heater reviews on Facebook and Twitter.
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