Compare with Panel Heaters

EHE Electric Radiators V Panel Heaters

Also known as convector heaters, panel heaters are essentially a metal box containing just a heating element in the bottom. Much like a toaster, the elements glow red as they are exposed to the air.

Panel heaters should no longer be used as a primary heating system – Since a landmark court judgement in 2012, where a social landlord was found to be negligent for fitting panel heaters into rental properties, they must not be considered as a long-term heating solution. They are too expensive to run and they are ineffective.

Some budget heaters are marketed as “radiators” but are actually more similar to panel heaters. If a heater does not contain any medium to retain and dissipate heat energy, it will be expensive to use, and will not dissipate much radiant heat.


  • Panel heaters are very cheap to buy, and can be found for as little as £10.
  • They are easy to install and very light-weight.


  • Panel heaters don’t retain heat energy as they do not contain any ceramic or liquid medium. They cool very quickly. Generally panel heaters are expensive to run as they draw power continuously.
  • They have exposed heating elements that burn dust particles in the air. This can cause burning smells and black marks on walls.
  • Panel heater elements dry the air, which causes an uncomfortable heated environment. Some people experience irritation to their eyes, skin and throat.
  • They only produce convectional heat. This warms just the circulating air. Electric radiators produce a combination of convected and radiant heat. This is much more comfortable and more effective.
  • Panel heaters are usually supported by a short warranty period of 1-2 years.

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