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Radiant heaters can generate pleasant heat very quickly. This is why they are often found in gardens and on terraces, but also above a changing table. However, the individual models differ greatly from each other. For example, one can already distinguish between permanently installed and movable models or between gas- or electricity-powered versions. To give you an overview of the wide range of products, we have taken a closer look at radiant heaters. Here we not only show you our favourites, but also what you should look out for when making your purchase decision. We also clarify the most important questions. Nothing should stand in the way of a cosy spring evening.


  • You can use your radiant heater for various occasions. It is very popular for festivities in the garden, but also for creating a pleasant climate for children.
  • Radiant heaters are available in gas-powered and electric versions. Both forms are available in various designs, so that a suitable model can be found for every price range.
  • Radiant heaters are not permitted everywhere. Before you buy a radiant heater, you should inform yourself about the legal situation.

The Best Radiant Heater: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for radiant heaters

In order to find a suitable model for you, we have compiled the 5 most important criteria. These can make it easier for you to compare the individual models.

Here we will explain the individual criteria in more detail:

Operating mode

Basically, a distinction can be made between gas radiant heaters and electric infrared radiant heaters.

Form Advantages Disadvantages
Gas radiant heater transportable, can heat large areas quickly gas bottle required, higher safety risk, greater environmental impact, only permitted outdoors
Infrared radiant heater can be easily connected to any socket, space-saving not transportable, lower performance

Both forms can be used in different ways. While a gas radiant heater is more suitable for outdoors or open spaces, an infrared radiant heater can be used very well indoors.


Gas radiant heaters achieve an output of 10 to 30 kilowatts. This makes them very suitable for heating a larger area. Infrared radiant heaters, on the other hand, can only deliver an output of 2000 watts to 4 kilowatts. They are therefore much less powerful. They are therefore more suitable for an enclosed room or the changing table. You should consider beforehand which area you would like to heat. The higher the output, the higher the price.

Suitable for indoor and outdoor use

The question of the installation location can be decisive in deciding on the right radiant heater. A gas radiant heater may only be placed outdoors. An electric infrared radiant heater, on the other hand, can be placed both indoors and outdoors. The correct distances to furniture and walls must also be taken into account. If you are looking for a model for outdoor use, be sure to check its weather resistance. Not every model is protected against wind and weather.

Flexibility of use

Depending on the purpose, you can use your radiant heater very individually. The right model is crucial:

  • The standing rad iant heater can usually be used very flexibly. Thanks to a stable base, the floor-standing radiant heaters can be easily set up in the desired location. They usually also have the advantage that their height can be varied.
  • The hanging radiant heater can be individually attached to a wall or ceiling. This ensures the distance to people and furniture. In addition, a suspended radiant heater heats indirectly and is not directly visible.
  • The permanently mounted radiant heater can hang on the ceiling as well as on a wall. Here, you should pay particular attention to the correct spacing. When buying a mounted version, you should pay attention to the angle of inclination of the radiant heater. This ensures individual adjustment.

Each variant has certain advantages. So first and foremost, think about the area in which you want to use your radiant heater.

Additional ease of use

Many radiant heaters include additional features. By controlling them with a remote control or an app, the operation can be made much more comfortable. It allows you to conveniently switch the radiant heater on and off remotely. In addition, the temperature can be regulated in some models and several radiant heaters can be operated simultaneously. A timer also favours easier operation. By automatically switching off the radiant heater, a higher degree of safety can be guaranteed. Accidental starting can thus be avoided.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about radiant heaters answered in detail

The following questions should help you to get a better overview. This will also make it easier for you to make a decision.

What is a radiant heater?

A radiant heater is a gas-powered or electric device that emits heat. This makes it possible to heat the environment.


Radiant heaters can be an asset for restaurants in particular, as they can serve more visitors. (Image source: Sten Ritterfeld / Unsplash)

They are available in different versions and can thus be used both outdoors and indoors. They are often used in the catering industry or above babies' changing tables.

Who are radiant heaters suitable for?

Radiant heaters are very versatile, which makes them suitable for many people.

  • Gastronomes can provide their guests with a warm stay in the outdoor area on cooler evenings. This means that even on colder days, no space is left empty in the restaurant.
  • Garden lovers can benefit from the warmth especially in spring and autumn. This makes it possible to sit comfortably outside or have parties almost all year round.
  • Parents with babies, on the other hand, make sure that the baby does not cool down while being changed. Babies cannot maintain their body temperature, so a radiant heater protects the child's health.

In addition to the areas mentioned, there are of course many more places where they can be used. This means that almost everyone can benefit from a radiant heater.

What types of radiant heaters are there?

The decisive difference lies in the form of operation. A basic distinction is made between gas radiant heaters and infrared radiant heaters.

  • Gas radiant heater: more powerful, gas bottle required, only approved for outdoor use
  • Infrared radiant heater: less powerful, requires electricity, may be used indoors and outdoors

The two designs offer a wide range of applications. Consequently, a suitable model can be found for everyone.

What does a radiant heater cost?

The price range for a radiant heater is very wide. To provide a better overview, we have differentiated between gas radiant heaters and infrared radiant heaters.
Price range Available products
Low-priced (20 - 60€) low power, usually very small, simple installation
Medium-priced (60 - 100€) improved power, usually with simple additional functions
High-priced (100€ and above) very high power, usually with additional functions, variable use

When making a choice, the operating costs should not be ignored. The higher the performance of the appliance, the higher the power consumption and the resulting costs.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (30 - 70€) low performance, rather small and compact
Medium-priced (70 - 150€) improved performance, mostly with heat regulation
High-priced (150€ and above) very high performance, mostly with additional functions, variable use

As the gas radiant heater requires a gas cylinder for operation, the costs for this should be calculated additionally.

Do I need a radiant heater for my baby's changing table?

Babies are not yet able to maintain their body temperature as adults do. This means that there is a risk of the baby getting a little chilled, especially when changing nappies. To avoid this, you can help with an infrared heater. However, if the room temperature is already high, there is no need to add an infrared radiant heater.

Where are radiant heaters prohibited?

There are no uniform regulations on radiant heaters in Germany. The basic rule is that gas radiant heaters are prohibited for indoor use. In addition, all safety precautions must be taken. For use in the catering trade, every city has different regulations. Therefore, you should definitely check them out beforehand. If you are still unsure, you are always on the safe side with an infrared radiant heater.


With a radiant heater, cool spring evenings on the terrace no longer have to end prematurely. You can provide yourself and your guests with the optimal temperature for well-being, which guarantees a harmonious get-together. You can also create a child-friendly climate in the bathroom with an infrared radiant heater. In this way, you promote the well-being and health of your children at the simple touch of a button. A radiant heater is especially recommended for small children.

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