Review: Dr. Heater “Original” Portable Infrared Heater

Dr Heater Quartz + PTC Infrared Portable Space Heater 4The Dr. Heater “Original” Portable Infrared Heater proudly claims to provide 60% more heat than its competition.  This heater uses the latest and most advanced infrared heating technology with a dual heating system that increases the rate of heat transfer and warms your room quicker and more comfortably than comparable models.

It never gets hot to the touch, and with no exposed heating elements it is safe to use around children and pets.  An automatic energy saving mode automatically turns the unit on and off to maintain the desired temperature.

An air filter on the back of the unit filters out dust and other particles.  It comes off easily to be cleaned with either a vacuum or soap and water.


  • Infrared quartz heating elements and a dual heating system can maintain room temperatures between 65 and 86 degrees.
  • Certified as safe by Underwriters Laboratories. Safety features include a thermal overheat shut off system and a tip over protection shut off system.
  • 1500W high setting and 1000W low setting.
  • Heats rooms up to 1000 sq. ft.
  • Push button controls on the front panel and a remote control.
  • Runs quietly at only 39dB.

The Reviews

Customer reviews for the Dr. Heater “Original” Portable Infrared Heater have been predominantly positive.  Some of the reviews, even some of the positive ones, take swipes at a few of the claims made by Dr. Heater about this product.  One reviewer who gave this heater a five star rating said that it will not heat a 1000 sq. ft. room as claimed by Dr. Heater.  The negative comments agree with this statement, including one that said the heater could not even heat a 560 sq. ft. room.

Others swipes were taken at the claim that it produces 60% more heat.  One reviewer in particular went into detail to explain that electric heat is the same no matter what heater is producing it and that in order to produce that much more heat the other heaters had to be just over 900W.  One negative review after the other states that the company is making false claims about this heater.

Despite all of the negativity, this heater still received more good reviews than bad.  Some of the positive reviews took into account the limitations mentioned in the complaints yet still gave the unit a five star review.  This product got positive comments about its quietness and portability.  One person wheels it between rooms to keep them both warm.

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Although this heater is recommended by the majority of reviewers, beware of the negative comments.  Take into account that these space heaters are not built to replace a central heating unit. They are meant to provide supplemental heat, keeping the room at a desired temperature once it is already there.  One caveat, these heaters require a dedicated circuit.  That means the outlet they use must be wired directly to the fuse box with no other outlets on the same circuit. Understand these limitations first before making a decision to purchase this product.

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