So why would anyone want a wall-mounted panel space heater as opposed to a free-standing portable space heater? Is space a problem in your home? Do you just need some supplemental heat in a specific area of your house or apartment? If so then a wall panel space heater may be the perfect choice for you. One of the biggest draws of wall mounted space heaters is that they don’t take up any floor space. In the first place, the best electric panel wall mounted space heaters are not massive units so they fit nimbly on the wall of most rooms.
You don’t have to worry about stubbing your toe on a free-standing space heater when you have your unit affixed to the wall. Plus there is the “set it and forget” aspect of having a space heater semi-permanently committed to one area of the house. But not all wall mounted space heaters end up being convenient. Some are hard to install and/or operate. But we did the research and tested a handful of popular wall panel space heaters. Take a look at which ones we chose as the best electric wall mounted space heaters.
Best Electric Wall Mounted Space Heater Comparison
Best Electric Wall Mounted Space Heater Reviews
First off, we want to mention that this space heater was very easy to install. It came with a complete mounting kit which was designed very intuitively. And even if it weren’t, the instructions were clear and concise. But how well does it heat? The Heat Storm Deluxe uses a quartz infrared heating element which is sized to heat rooms of about 500 square feet.
The heat is lasting too. After you turn the unit off, the walls will actually radiate heat into the room because of the infrared heating. You can control the whole thing with an included remote. There is also a thermostat function that can turn the heat on and off automatically. And if the heating grill is obstructed, the unit will turn itself off.
- Only 4 inches thick
- Cool to the touch
- Can be plugged into a normal 110 volt outlet
In terms of thickness, this is the most compact device on our list. Once mounted, the Stiebel Eltron will only stick out from your wall about 6 inches. It is also the most powerful unit on our list, operating at up to 2000 watts. There is also a downdraft fan that directs some of the heat directly below the unit itself. This feature coupled with the fact that it is suitable for larger rooms, makes it a great choice for a garage. It can keep cold garage floors warmer and increase the ambient temperature in a large, drafty garage.
The Stiebel Eltron runs quietly and utilizes a built-in thermostat to regulate heating. The internal fans are powerful and distribute heat quickly and evenly.
- Very compact design
- Sturdy design
- The fans blow at a maximum of 106 CFM (cubic feet per minute)
The second entry on our list of the best electric wall mounted space heaters is another Heat Storm Product. As the name suggests, the Heat Storm HS-1500 is capable of generating 1500 watts of power which makes it suitable for small and medium sized rooms. And while it is a bit longer and wider than the Heat Storm Deluxe, it is actually slightly thinner so it doesn’t jut out of the wall as much as the Deluxe.
Another similarity between the two models is infrared heating which helps the room preserve more heat once the unit is turned off. But perhaps the coolest thing about the HS-1500 is WiFi control. You can actually set the temperature, program heating timers for every day of the week, engage the child lock and turn the unit on and off with your phone.
- The outside of the unit does not get hot
- Cord housing allows the cord to be completely hidden when installed directly over the outlet
- 5200 BTU’s on highest setting makes it good for rooms up to 500 square feet.
What to Look for in a Wall Mounted Electric Space Heater
Wall-mounted space heaters take a bit more consideration as opposed to free-standing units. Once, installed, their location and orientation are more or less permanent so be sure you place them in an optimal area of the room. To this end, you should look for the following features:
- A complete mounting kit
- Reusable mounting brackets
- Powerful fans (if you aren’t choosing an infrared heater)
- Thermostat control
Frequently Asked Questions
Our wall mounted electric heaters safe?
Yes. Wall-mounted electric heaters eliminate the risk of fires caused by tipped over free-standing space heaters since they are affixed to the wall. They also negate the risk of tripping over a power cord that is lying on the ground.
Do wall heaters produce carbon monoxide?
As long as it does not burn any kind of fuel, there is no risk that your wall mounted space heater will produce carbon monoxide. The entries on the above list of space heaters are either fully electric or use infrared heating so they will not produce any carbon monoxide or any other type of dangerous gas.
What is the best electric wall heater?
The Stiebel Eltron on our list is consistently ranked among the best wall mounted space heaters on the market. Its combination of power and compact design make it a favorite among consumers and industry professionals alike.
Again, we would advise you to be careful about where you decide to install your wall mounted space heater. While most of these kinds of units can be dismounted and installed somewhere else, you may be risking multiple holes in your drywall and paint touch-ups. Be sure to install yours close enough to the outlet, lower to the floor (since heat rises naturally), and somewhere that is free of obstructions.
Once you have your prime spot picked out, be sure to check out our picks for the best electric wall mounted space heaters!
Frank is the chief editor and director at Specialty Air, where he oversees testing, research, and editing for all air quality-related articles. Frank is an expert in the air quality space with extensive experience testing, researching, and reviewing air purifiers, air conditioners, air filters, air fresheners, fans, and more. He also has over 4 years of experience with issues surrounding mold remediation, radon mitigation, moisture management, air duct systems, HVAC, and insulation.