Author: Maurice Savaryego, M.Sc.Eng. (Learn More)
Comparing the Dr Infrared DR968 and Duraflame 9HM9126-O142 Heaters:
Important Note: Dr Infrared DR968 and iLIVING ILG-918 heaters are essentially the same product marketed under two different brand names. Therefore, in the rest of this article we will only refer to the Dr Infrared DR968 heater, with the knowledge that everything we say about this heater (except for the price and warranty) applies also to the iLIVING ILG-918 heater.
The following table compares the features of Dr Infrared DR968 and Duraflame 9HM9126-O142 heaters (please read the explanations to the table notes that follow for a better understanding of the features):
Explanations to Table Notes 1 - 4:
Note 1: Dr Infrared DR968 uses a dual heating system with both quartz and PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) heating elements. Duraflame 9HM9126-O142 uses only quartz elements (6 of them).
Note 2: Dr Infrared has three power settings: Auto, Low (1000W) and High (1500W). When Auto is selected, you can set the desired temperature to between 50-86F, and the thermostat will make sure that the desired temperature is reached and maintained. You can also manually set the heater to run on High or Low all the time or with the timer. An auto shut off feature prevents overheating.
Duraflame 9HM9126-O142 has also a thermostat that can be set to the desired temperature. The thermostat will make sure that the desired temperature is reached and maintained. The heater also includes the SaferPlug technology which monitors the temperature in the plug and will turn off the heater to prevent unsafe conditions.
Note 3: The air purifying filter of both heaters can be cleaned and do not need to be replaced.
Note 4: The prices shown are Amazon prices in effect at the time this article was written and may have changed. For exact price information, please click the product image links in the Amazon section below. Note also that the Amazon price often includes a good discount on the list price. If a discount exists, both the list price and the Amazon price will be shown when you click the product image links in the Amazon section below.
Note that both heaters have very low noise levels.
Detailed Description of the Selected Infrared Heaters:
Dr Infrared DR968 (or iLIVING ILG-918)
It features an electronic thermostat that is used in conjunction with three power settings: Auto, High (1500W) and Low (1000W). When Auto is selected, you can set the desired temperature to between 50-86F, and the thermostat selects smartly between the Low and High settings until the desired temperature is reached. The thermostat regulates then the heater and causes it to cycle on and off to maintain the set temperature. You can also manually set the heater to run on High or Low all the time or with the timer. An auto shut off feature prevents overheating.
This heater is perfect for warming quietly indoor spaces up to 1,000 square feet. It's noise level is a very low at 39 dB. It includes a 72 inch electric cord, which allows you a wide range of placement options and a remote control. To maintain this unit, you just need to clean periodically the air filter with warm water or a hand-vacuum. The lifetime of the infrared heating elements is over 20k hours. Note that the Dr. Infrared Heater is perfectly safe around children and pets and it only gets slightly warm to the touch. It does not have any exposed heating elements that could be a fire hazard. The unit comes with a 3-year manufacturer's warranty.
The six quartz heating elements of this unit can deliver quiet and pollution free supplemental heat to up to 1,000 square feet of space. It is also equipped with a filter which does not need to be replaced. It just needs to be cleaned periodically which can be done easily using hand-vacuum or warm water.
The 1500W unit is equipped with a precise digital thermostat that can be set to the desired temperature. The unit automatically turns off when the desired temperature is reached. The heater also includes the SaferPlug technology which monitors the temperature in the plug and will turn off the heater to prevent unsafe conditions.
Finally, this heater has a simple to use control panel (shown in the picture) with LED display and comes with a remote control. It is built for safety around children and pets as heater is 100% safe to the touch. The unit comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
So, which infrared heater is better to buy?
When you compare portable infrared heaters and take into consideration heating power, product features, quality and durability, you find that both products described and compared above can be safely considered as excellent value for the money, and you would probably be quite satisfied with either one.
The main advantages of Dr Infrared DR968 is that it comes with a longer warranty, and it is equipped with a couple of additional power setting options (Low and High). As mentioned, this was the top selling infrared unit among Amazon customers at the time this article was written. Thousands of satisfied customers have even purchased more than one unit, and many have referred the DR968 to their friends and families.
Compared Portable Infrared Heaters on Amazon:
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Would you rather have an Infrared Quartz Rolling Mantel Fireplace?
Heating your entire home all day may not be the best economic choice for your utility bills, particularly with the rooms which are used only during certain parts of the day, like bedrooms, dens and basements. Zone heating is an effective and economic way to provide comfort to your home, without having to warm every room. You can shut off the heated air blown to different sections (or 'zones') of your home which aren’t occupied and use a portable heater like the ClassicFlame - Duraflame 23IRM1500-O107 to provide supplemental zone heating for the part of your home which is occupied.
Here are some of the features the ClassicFlame - Duraflame 23IRM1500-O10 7 fireplace comes with:
- The 23" infrared quartz fireplace with a 5,200 BTU heater provides supplemental zone heating for up to 1,000 square feet.
- Flame effect can be operated with or without heat, providing the ambiance of a gentle rolling fire all year long.
- Offers 125 selectable flame effect options to create the perfect mood and ambiance for any style.
- Furniture quality locking casters roll in any direction for convenient mobility.
- The infrared heat helps to maintain the natural humidity within the air, resulting in moist, comfortable heat without drying out the room's air.
- The digital display thermostat and remote control provide added convenience and makes the unit easy to control.
- The rolling mantel with electric infrared quartz fireplace ships assembled so it is ready to provide warmth right out of the box.
ClassicFlame - Duraflame Rolling Mantel
Infrared Quartz Fireplace
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