Our Oil Filled Radiator Reviews
The question of water vs oil-filled radiators is an old one, and it’s as relevant today as ever. As people try to find more and more efficient heating solutions in their homes, they pay extra attention to the pros and cons of oil and water radiators: And almost universally, they turn to oil heaters as their preferred solution. The advantages to oil heaters in general are many – they’re easier to care for, easier to maintain, and the oil itself is more efficient at storing heat than is water. We’ll go over what people had to say about oil versus water in our survey below.
In addition to that, we’ll take a look at what people have to say about a select few oil radiator types. Once you’ve decided to ditch water heaters, after all, you still need to figure out what kind of oil heater you want. We’ll look at some of the most popular features out there, their going rates, and what you can expect to get out of them below. So let’s quit waiting and get started!
What People Have to Say About Water Versus Oil
As we mentioned above, oil heaters generally get better reviews than water heaters. This tends to be the case for a variety of reasons, each of which we’ll look at here.
The most common praise oil heaters receive is for their ease of use. Compared to water heaters, oil heaters are basically plug and play: You take them out of the box, plug them into the wall, hit the appropriate settings, and enjoy the warmth. Water heaters, on the other hand, typically require you to care for high-pressure tanks, which need regular maintenance, and have a more regular tendency to leak.
Users also appraised oil heaters as more efficient than their water-based counterparts. While the same amount of electricity is required to heat a room to a certain temperature regardless as to whether you use an oil or water heater, users found that oil heaters tended to get the job done better and thus save money on their monthly energy bills. This is probably because they are less prone to leaks, and thus, can boast greater longevity.
The final big advantage to oil heaters that users all mentioned was the fact that they required very little maintenance. Because water heater reservoirs were under high pressure, the reservoirs more frequently suffered from damage due to the mechanical stress imposed by the gas. Oil heaters, on the other hand, are under standard pressure, so the reservoirs last longer and require less tinkering. And when they do need repairs, it’s usually easy enough to do them in-house, since misplacing a screw here or there doesn’t make for any risk of explosion, which might be the case with high-pressure tanks in water radiators.
Features of Oil Radiators
Instead of going through the most popular items on the market, we’ll go through the most popular features. Understanding each of these will allow you to choose a comprehensive feature set, rather than a machine that people raved about based on name alone.
- The first of these features is high surface area. If you’ve ever seen radiators, you’ll notice that they almost look like combs, with metal sheets divided by air and connected in the center. This is done to increase the surface area exposed to the air, which increase the efficiency of heating. Typically, the greater the surface area, the more expensive the unit, but the faster the heating will be.
- The second is a safety feature – the tilt sensor. Tilt sensors allow radiators to turn off immediately after being tipped over or when placed on unstable surfaces. This makes for a much lower risk of fire should something unforeseen knock over the heater. Of course, it would be awhile before the heater cooled down, but the fact that it wouldn’t continue heating up is a desirable safety feature.
- The final feature is an efficiency consideration. Look into oil radiators with advanced thermostats. Users who buy heaters with such a feature always comment on the increased electrical efficiency and the convenience of having a machine that auto-regulates its heat output. While not an essential feature, it’s common to all the best reviewed machines on the market, and is sure to be something you’ll enjoy more than you might expect.