We take a close look at the 2 most popular Dr. Infrared space heaters. Find out what we think and why in today’s big reviews.
The Dr. Infrared brand produces a range of small, portable infrared space heaters. These little heaters save space and money, and they work surprisingly well to heat up large spaces with a high level of efficiency.
Today, we take a close look at some of their best and most popular models: the Dr. Infrared Heater DR968 (1500 Watt) and the Dr. Infrared DR998, a slightly more expensive and advanced model. At any rate, if you have been considering getting a portable space heater, the Dr. Heater range is probably your best bet for several different reasons, that we’ll get to shortly.
We’ll start with the DR968 and move onto the slightly more advanced DR998 afterwards. Let’s see why we rate this range of infrared heaters so highly.
Dr. Infrared Heater DR968 (1500 Watt)
Dr. Infrared is a highly trusted and well-known company that produces products such as this 1500 watt portable space heater. Infrared heaters like this can heat up a room very quickly, yet remain cost effective and energy efficient. Let’s take a closer look at this 1500 watt model that gets so much praise.
Let’s start by discussing the features that make this such an impressive little heater.
- It’s built to last.
A problem that many other portable space heaters suffer from is the fact that they usually don’t last too long. The heating elements and mechanical parts tend to wear down quickly.
However, this heater can last for an impressive 80,000 hours without issue any issues. For those averse to anything mathematical, that works out at over 9 years. Most of them last much longer than that, but 80,000 hours is the absolute minimum lifetime that you can count on. There are not many heaters out there that can boast this impressively long lifetime.
- It’s quiet.
One of the things that we personally appreciate about this Dr. Infrared model is the fact that it is a quiet space heater. There are many models out there that are really loud, so much so that listening to music or watching TV is literally made impossible.
However, this model is not loud at all. In fact, it is so quiet that you can barely hear it running, even if you don’t have any other sounds in your home. The Dr. Infrared Portable Heater uses special technology to process a large volume of air at a low blowing speed, thus keeping the noise level to an absolute minimum.
- It’s cost efficient.
Another thing worth noting about this infrared space heater is that it is cost effective. First off, it does not cost very much to purchase, which is always an incentive. Moreover, the Dr. Infrared portable heater uses special technology to deliver you a maximum amount of warmth in a short amount of time, without requiring much power.
The trick to being able to efficiently heat a space without blowing your budget is all in choosing the right product. Saving money on your energy bill is important, and you can do this without turning down the heat, due to the efficiency with which this heater works. To save even more money, the Dr. Infrared heater will turn itself off when the set temperature has been reached. If it has been running for 12 hours, it will also turn itself off.
- Advanced Dual Heating System
One of the reasons this device is so efficient and quick to heat your home is because it uses a special dual heating system. It uses cost-friendly, fast, and efficient infrared heating to produce primary heat.
At the same time, it also uses the power of convection to produce even more heat. The bottom line is that this Dr. Infrared portable heater provides a higher level of heat in a shorter amount of time than virtually any other space heater on the market today.
- It’s fast!
The next thing that really stands out about the Dr. Infrared range is the fact that it is simply better and faster than most other heaters out there today. It can heat up a fairly large room much faster than most of the competition. We already talked about the special dual heating technology used, but how fast can it deliver heat? Most other 1500-watt heaters have the ability to deliver air at 155° F at around 2.2 meters per second.
However, the Dr. Infrared Heater DR968 has the ability to deliver air at 250° F at around 3.5 meters per second. As you can see, this little infrared heater has a lot of power behind it. Simply put, it works to heat up a space, room, or even a small home much faster than most other heaters can. This is surprising seeing how small, quiet, energy efficient, and inexpensive this heater is.
- Dual Settings
Yet another great aspect of the Dr Heater range is how it has dual settings. If you only want a little bit of heat, you can turn it down from 1500 watts to 1000 watts. It’s a great option if you want to save money but still be warm.
It will still deliver quite a bit of heat, and it still works fairly fast, but just not as much or fast as the 1500-watt mode. The point here is that you don’t always need maximum heat, in which case the 1000-watt mode is preferable, mainly because it will allow you to cut down on your energy bill even more.
- It’s a space saver.
Another reason why we prefer this heater over most other space heaters is its compact size. The heater itself comes in at 13 x 11 x 16 inches, which is really quite compact. It makes it a good choice for smaller rooms and areas with limited space. It does its job without eating up too much valuable real estate.
- It looks the part.
The final thing that we want to mention about the Dr. Infrared Portable Heater is that it looks really good. Portable heaters are products of function over aesthetics, but this model has a brown laminated wood finish that makes it look quite nice.
It’s not exactly a work of art, but at least it won’t take away from the aesthetic appeal of your home. On a side note, it is also worth mentioning that the lack of buttons and knobs mean it is simple to use. It has a very user-friendly interface that allows you to quickly set and change settings as you see fit.
Pros and Cons
As is always the case with any product out there, there are some good and bad things to be mentioned, so let’s go over our main takeaways from the heater.
- Very fast at heating up spaces – much faster than the competition
- Dual heating system for maximum power
- Is very cost efficient (energy efficient/standby mode/auto shut off)
- A quiet space heater
- Remote control
- Good value
- Dual wattage settings
- Long lifetime
- Easy to use interface/controls
- Keep away from curtains and fabrics as the rear and front do get quite hot
- The included thermostat is not terribly accurate
Why Buy the Dr. Infrared Heater DR968 – Who is it Right For?
- If you have a smaller home or space that needs heating, it can handle up to 1000 square feet with ease
- If your own home heater is not keeping up, it makes a good secondary heating device. It’s a good backup option for the winter months when your primary heating system is not cutting muster
- If you are in a camper or RV and don’t have enough heat, this heater is a good option to go with
- It’s a good option if you want to just heat up one room in your home without having to turn on the heat for the whole house
- If you like being warm, but also like saving money, it is a good option to go with due to its high level of cost efficiency
- If you are tired of listening to loud space heaters, the quiet nature of it will bring both warmth and quiet to your home.
The Bottom Line: The Dr. Infrared portable heater is a great option if you’re looking for a cost effective way to heat up a small home or large room. It’s one of the most energy efficient heaters out there.
The Dr. Infrared DR998 Portable Heater
We now want to talk about a slightly different portable infrared heater from the same brand. The Dr. Infrared DR998, is a little more expensive than the model we just looked at, but it’s a little bigger and also more advanced.
The DR998 has a couple of extra features that expand upon the solid base that the regular model has. The extra features are namely: an oscillation fan and a humidifier.
The biggest difference between the two models is that the DR998 comes with a built-in humidifier. Depending on where you live, a humidifier might be a necessity. They help combat things like dry skin which are caused by a particularly dry atmosphere. The important thing to remember about a humidifier like this though is that it must be manually filled.
The Oscillation Fan
The Dr Infrared Heater DR998 also has an oscillating fan. We like this feature because it allows this heater to distribute heat even faster and more evenly than the basic model we reviewed above. Also, the fan can be used without the heater as a simple air blowing fan, thus helping you cool down when the days are hot and sticky.
Be aware that the fan makes this model slightly nosier than the basic model. Though you are free to turn the fan on or off as you see fit.
The combination of humidifier and cold air fan make this a great option for those living in places with hot, dry days and cool nights.
This may be trivial, but if you are like us and don’t want to get up off the couch once the movie has started, this is going to be important. The DR998 comes with a remote control so you can change settings from far away without ever having to get up off that comfy couch. It might be a small addition, but we really like it none the less.
Dr Infrared Heater Reviews – Conclusion
If you are looking for a new space heater, the Dr. Infrared range deserve your consideration. Both of the heaters we have discussed today are incredibly energy efficient, but also very effective at heating rooms. Of course, the DR998 is a little more advanced with some neat extra features, but it’s also more expensive. Now that you know all about both of these products, you can decide which one is right for you.
If you want to see how these heaters compare against rival brands, don’t miss our big guide!
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