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Unflued gas heater reviews

Last updated: 30 May 2012

Unflued gas heaters are portable models needing only a gas bayonet outlet and (usually) a power point to plug into. They deliver quick, efficient warmth, and lots of it – but they're not right for everyone. See our buying guide for advice on whether this type of heater is a good option for you.

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Our unflued gas heater reviews will tell you which heaters:

  • heat up the room quickly
  • distribute heat evenly
  • are the easiest to use
  • use the least standby energy, and
  • pass our safety tests.

This review includes several previously tested models that are now discontinued; to see them, select the filter under Related products at left.

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Claimed maximum room size (sq m)
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Our results table shows the maximum recommended room floor size (assuming a standard ceiling height of 2.4m) in a cool climate. But as well as room size, consider the climate where you live. A model might heat 57m² in a cold climate but 87m² in a mild climate. 

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Required minimum room size (sq m)
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Unflued gas heaters must have a stated minimum room volume to ensure they aren't used in a room that's too small, where their waste gas output might be at too high a level. SA, Victoria and WA have further restrictions on the use of this heater type — check with a gas plumber or retailer. We've converted the minimum volume to a minimum floor area in square metres, assuming standard ceiling height of 2.4m.

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Gas consumption MJ/h
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Note that models in different size ranges can’t be directly compared because heaters with different capacities are designed for different room sizes. Compare each heater against others in the same gas consumption range: small or 13–15 MJ/h, medium or 18–21 MJ/h and large or 25 MJ/h.

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We score the heaters on how quickly and evenly they heat up the test room. For models with an additional electric heating element, the score is based on using the electric heating element together with gas heating. We also test these models with the electric element off (i.e. gas heating only), and find they perform nearly as well, with scores only a few points lower.

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Passes safety tests
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The heaters are tested against Australian standards to make sure that they: put out a safe level of dangerous waste gases (such as carbon monoxide); have working oxygen depletion and flame failure mechanisms; don't leak gas; surfaces don't get too hot to touch; are electrically safe; don't fall too easily when tilted, and switch themselves off if they do; and don't overheat in our towel drape test, which simulates deliberate or accidental covering of the heater.

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Passes safety tests
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The heaters are tested against Australian standards to make sure that they: put out a safe level of dangerous waste gases (such as carbon monoxide); have working oxygen depletion and flame failure mechanisms; don't leak gas; surfaces don't get too hot to touch; are electrically safe; don't fall too easily when tilted, and switch themselves off if they do; and don't overheat in our towel drape test, which simulates deliberate or accidental covering of the heater.

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Timer
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Useful for switching the heater on at certain times (to pre-warm the house before evening, for instance) and to switch it off again automatically.

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Important safety feature to prevent curious youngsters fiddling with the controls.

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