The best garage heaters to keep you tinkering this winter

From table-top fan heaters to massive propane-powered space heaters, we've found the best ways to keep warm while in the garage this winter.

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by Ryan Gilmore |

Watching the mercury drop is a sure-fire way to put off working your car and cold hand tools, a nip in the air and dark evenings don't make for ideal tinkering conditions. Add in the fact most garages and shed don't have any insulation and even the quickest of DIY jobs become a frozen faff of misery that leaves most people simply not bothering.

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There's no guarantee these space heaters will inspire you to complete an engine change all on your own this winter, but they'll at least allow you to take your gloves off when changing a tyre or topping up your engine oil. They can even be used in your home for a little extra warmth.

The best garage heaters

Draper 92967 PTC Electric Space Heater

The best garage heater
Draper 92967 PTC Electric Space Heater
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This cylindrical space heater from Draper is our favourite for heating your garage this winter because it blends heating power with a small footprint that makes storage easy. It uses ceramic technology to heat more efficiently and has a heating radius of 20 square metres. It comes with three heating settings and will be sure to keep your garage habitable when it gets cold.

Sealey Industrial Ceramic Fan Heater 2000W

The best small garage heater
Sealey Industrial Ceramic Fan Heater 2000W

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This tough-looking unit is a clever portable fan heater with two settings and a thermostat to keep the temperature constant. It's a robust little heater and is perfect for use in the garage and even use by professionals. It makes use of ceramic fans for really quick, odour-free heating and comes with protection against overheating.

Warmlite WL44002 Thermo Fan Heater

The best budget garage heater
Warmlite WL44002 Thermo Fan Heater
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If you're after a small, really portable heater then your best bet will be to buy a fan heater like this one. This option from Warmlite offers both cooling and heating thanks to three heat settings and is readily portable and lightweight. It won't be enough to heat a whole garage but it will keep you toasty if you place it near you as you work.

Pro Breeze 2500W Oil Filled Radiator

The best garage radiator
Pro Breeze 2500W Oil Filled Radiator
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Radiators radiate heat which makes this oil-filled radiator a comforting addition to your garage. It featured three power settings, a timer and has protection against overheating. It's not the toughest option but will be perfectly fine in an average garage.

Clarke Little Devil 2 Propane Space Heater

The best garage heater for larger spaces
Clarke Little Devil 2 Propane Space Heater

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The big dog of space heaters, propane heaters are a cost-effective way of providing real heat in large spaces. This one also comes with a regulator, heavy-duty gas hose and a fuel safety cut out. And if you need to heat a larger area (like a small factory) there are larger models available.

Sealey Infrared Quartz Heater

The best wall-mounted garage heater
Sealey Infrared Quartz Heater

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A more permanent option is to buy a wall-mounted space heater. This option from Sealey features an adjustable base, aluminium reflector to improve efficiency and three power settings. It requires no gas, produces no smell and heats up in seconds.

What you need to know about space heaters:

Will you store it when it's not in use? Come summer you won't be needing any extra heating and it's more than likely you'll want to store it away. A smaller option won't heat as well but will be easier to store. And if space is a real premium it's probably worth considering a fan heater that doubles as an air conditioning unit.

Do you want it to be used in your home too? If you're needing some extra heating in your home, one of these space heaters is a clever option. All will be effective at heating an average room and the only considerations you'll need to make will be regarding aesthetics.

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