Hi there Smart Indian Shoppers!

Gone are those days when weather is predictable but thank God that we have affordable appliances and electricity to make things comfortable for us at home and work.  When we are nearing the winter season, it makes a lot more sense to check out what kind of room heaters are available in the Indian market so we can pick what suits our needs and home the best.

All the below are our best picks and hence we did not order them by rating.  
Best Value: Warmex Ptc 99N Room Heater with Oscillation
Lowest Priced: Bajaj RHX-2 800-Watt Room Heater
The Best: Havells Calido PTC Fan Heater 2000W – White and Gold
Total products reviewed:    over 87

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Note of Caution:
  • Keep away from children
    • They can cause severe health problems including death even to adults.
    • One must always use these with caution, as they use very high wattage, have electricity or fire hazard, or have the capacity to cause burns.
  • Placement
    • Place them properly so they do not ignite nearby clothes, curtains, carpet, etc.
    • Do not keep anything on top of it, do not cover, see that no water drips into it from the top as some of the units have mesh on top for airflow.
  • Use proper capacity heater:
    • Use appropriate capacity as indicated by the manufacturer.  Using a small heater in larger areas can cause electric or fire hazard as the heaters gets burned out or overheated or electric circuit may catch fire.
  • Electric Connections:
    • Do not use extension boxes as this draws a lot of electricity and most of the extension boxes cannot withstand.  If using, use the technically correct one.
    • Do not plug into low Amps power sockets (16A plugs), as these units draw a lot of current and can damage the electric wiring or even fire hazard.
    • When using anything above 2000w, consider calling-in an electrician (unless you know stuff) to make sure the electric wiring is good to hold the unit for long time.
  • Do not buy cheap ones:
    • We strongly advise against buying cheap ones as the potential dangers that come with substandard appliances aren’t worth the savings.  Moreover, they usually have less efficiency, which means you will pay more towards the electricity bill.
    • And as simple as they seem, the portable or pluggable heaters are not good in terms of safety.  So unless you want them for specific reason or you plan to monitor their use, think again.
A few suggestions:
  • We could recommend things but we would like to suggest because the reason for the suggestion could be very convincing.
  • It saves money in the long run if you buy units with more settings than just two (1000w,2000w).  The units with more settings cost money.  But running a heater at 1000w can cost a lot more than running it at 700w, just as an example.
  • Buying a locally made, i.e. unbranded local manufacturing, may save a little bit upfront.  But if you look at service or warranty, and more importantly the electric efficiency, the branded ones save you more even in a 6 months period.  Because local made units (I used at times) are highly ineffective and at 1000watts, give less output of heat than about 600w output from a branded one.
Different heater types & their compatibility for Indian homes:
  • Convection or Fan heaters  (best suited for Indian homes)
    • Most suitable in the Indian context because they give immediate heating, directional and also heat the room over some period of time and keep the room warm.
  • Oil heaters  (the best type of heaters overall)
    • though more expensive than other varieties, they last very long, better healthwise, consume less electricity but they are most effective when the room is properly insulated like for an air conditioner.
  • Infrared heaters  (somewhat risky & suited in specific conditions)
    • These are not good in homes where there are kids as they have electric and hot elements.  They are most suited for use outdoors or where the airflow is high but need to give a warm or hot comfort to people nearby.
  • What is PTC room heater?
    • PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) is a unique technology that eschews traditional resistance wire and replaces it with ceramic stones or chips. This simple switch in materials is what makes PTC electric heaters superior to traditional coil electric heaters.
Things to consider:
  • Auto Switch off:
    • Many models come with this feature that switches of the unit when it falls or tilts preventing further damage.  This is a great feature and worth spending extra money for.
  • Thermostat control:
    • This feature is very essential to have some kind of control so that when we sleep room does not keep on heating or some other kind of electric hazard happens because the device gets very hot, especially in the Indian context when we are not so well used to these and are not normal household items until recently.
  • Different Heat Settings (or watts):
    • More settings the better as lower settings usually mean saving electricity bills and less hazard overnight.  Those with one setting or even two settings to be avoided.  Go with minimum of 3 different settings or more.
  • Electricity Bill (efficiency):
    • For a midsize home, roughly these units draw more electricity than all the appliances, lights, and fans all running at ones.  So use them wisely.  Keep the doors and windows closed so that the energy is not wasted, or you will see surprisingly high electricity bills.
Side effects on health:
  • Humidity:
    • One of the side effects of using room heaters is the loss of humidity, which can lead to respiratory health issues.  The best ones that avoid this kind of problem are oil heaters and the worst are Radiant heaters.

A good and reliable basic model – low cost, sturdy built, reliable brand

Pros & Cons
  • Low price
  • All necessary features
  • Sturdy build.
  • Dependable brand
  • No auto off when it trips or falls

Low cost, low power consumption, small, efficient and with safety features.

Pros & Cons
  • State of the art safety features
  • Low cost & low power consumption
  • Trusted brand
  • Noiseless operation
  • Not suitable around kids
  • Continous illumination may be annoying

Good number of features & safety at an affordable price, good build and design, easy to operate.

Pros & Cons
  • Safe design
  • Features, oscillation
  • Best value
  • Not for larger spaces or rooms

Elegant, well built, well designed & good featured appliance.

Pros & Cons
  • Well designed & top-quality
  • Very good looking & many features
  • Safety features
  • A little bit pricey

Top of the line, elegant, solid build, well featured, safety, cost-efficient, long lasting.

Pros & Cons
  • Full-featured, with safety
  • Solid build, long lasting
  • Good looking, powerful
  • 2 year warranty, trusted brand
  • Pricey though worth every paisa.

Long lasting, energy efficient, safer, good looking, lower price in the category

Pros & Cons
  • Energy efficient, powerful
  • Good features, safe
  • Lowest price in this category
  • Long lasting, trusted brand
  • Pricey but oil filled heaters are expensive.

 

Further reading &  some good references: