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The best gas heaters in Australia 2020

We’ve done the research and read real customer reviews to find the 6 best gas heaters in Australia to combat the winter chill.

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The best gas heaters in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the gas heaters with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.


Best overall gas heater: Rinnai Dynamo Natural Gas Heater DY15SN

Rinnai Dynamo Natural Gas Heater DY15SN

  • 5-year warranty
  • Remote control
  • A small number of reviews complained about the gas smell
  • Doesn't have wheels

Price (RRP): $1,226

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Why we chose it

Efficient, easy to operate, heats quickly, compact, sleek – these are just some of the reviews that led to us choosing the Rinnai Dynamo Natural Gas Heater DY15SN as our top overall gas heater. It averaged better than 4.7 stars out of 5 across a range of website reviews.

This model comes with a remote control, a 5-year warranty, a child lock and low emissions technology. It also has variable heat settings and a pre-set timer. With a retail price of $1,226, you can find it for less than $1,000 if you shop around.


Best budget gas heater: Rinnai Cosyglow Unflued Natural Gas Radiant Heater 650SN

Rinnai Cosyglow Unflued Natural Gas Radiant Heater 650SN

  • Cheap to run with high energy efficiency rating
  • 3-year warranty
  • Some users had trouble with ignition
  • Some reviewers felt the controls were in an awkward location

Price (RRP): $757

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Why we chose it

A compact heater with consistently high reviews, the Rinnai Cosyglow Unflued Natural Gas Radiant Heater is our choice for best budget gas heater. This model needs a natural gas connection, but there is also a similar model for LPG.

It comes with a 3-year warranty, a battery operated ignition, a manual on-off switch and a slider for half and full heat. It also has a very high 5.9 energy efficiency rating. Lightweight with moulded carry handles, it has a recommended retail price of $757 but is widely available for around $550.


Best gas heater for large rooms: Rinnai Avenger Natural Gas Heater AV25N3

Rinnai Avenger Natural Gas Heater AV25N3

  • Emissions are less than half the Australian standard
  • 5-year warranty
  • Expensive
  • A little loud turning on and shutting down for one reviewer

Price (RRP): $2,239.50

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Why we chose it

The Rinnai Avenger Natural Gas Heater, model AV25N3, is our pick for large rooms. Rinnai was rated the best overall gas heater brand in the 2019/2020 Finder Retail Awards and this model has consistent reviews and ratings above 4.6 out of 5 stars.

It has a large number of features, including a remote control, a child lock, a tilt sensor switch, dual programmable timers, an overheat switch and carry handles. It has a 5-year warranty and is ideal for quickly and efficiently heating large rooms or spaces. You can also find it well below the recommended retail price if you shop around.


Best portable gas heater: Bromic Supaheat II Natural Gas Indoor Room Heater Portable Floor Flueless

Bromic Supaheat II Natural Gas Indoor Room Heater Portable Floor Flueless

  • Heat produced from two sources
  • Lightweight
  • Can be slow to heat up
  • Some reviewers felt it would work better with a fan

Price (RRP): $549

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Why we chose it

Most of the heaters on this list are considered portable, but for a model that suits a lower budget and still has plenty of power, we've opted for the Bromic Supaheat II Natural Gas Indoor Room Heater as our best portable gas heater.

Combining convection and radiant heating, the heat comes from two sources to quickly warm up a room. It has an electronic battery ignition, a 5-star energy efficiency rating and approval from the Australian Gas Association. This model is suitable for use with natural gas.


Best gas heater for energy efficiency: Rinnai Enduro Unflued LPG Convector Heater EN13L

Rinnai Enduro Unflued LPG Convector Heater EN13L

  • 5-year warranty
  • Economy mode
  • Doesn't have wheels
  • No remote control

Price (RRP): $1,388

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Why we chose it

With a 6-star energy efficiency rating, the highest possible mark, the Rinnai Enduro Unflued LPG Convector Heater is our choice for energy efficiency. In this case, we opted for the LPG gas model rather than natural gas.

The EN13L model offers Economy Mode, which reaches the desired temperature and then gradually reduces heat output to save energy. It has a child lock, dual programmable timers, low emissions technology and a 5-year warranty.


Best outdoor gas heater: Devanti Outdoor 10kW Gas Patio Portable Heater

Devanti Outdoor 10kW Gas Patio Portable Heater

  • Will heat a large outdoor area up to 30m2
  • Safety tip-over switch
  • Gas bottle not included
  • One reviewer couldn't find a weatherproof cover

Price (RRP): $687.95

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Why we chose it

Drawing consistently high reviews and completely emissions-free, the Devanti Outdoor Gas Patio Portable Heater is our choice for best outdoor gas heater. Made from stainless steel, it heats an outdoor area up to 30m2, according to the manufacturer.

It has a number of features, including a safety tip-over switch, a flame failure device, a flame guard, two heat settings and a lockable hinged door. It also has an "oxygen depletion system", which switches off the heater when oxygen levels are low.


Methodology

  • Our research team pored through hundreds of gas heater reviews.
  • Each product was cross-checked to ensure similar ratings, reviews and experiences had been documented across a variety of sites and sources.
  • The products on this list were chosen by our editorial team and were not selected based on commercial relationships.

How to compare gas heaters

When choosing a gas heater, consider the following factors:

Room size

This is often critical to the expected performance of some gas heaters.

Gas type

LPG vs natural gas is a consideration, along with flued and unflued heaters.

Price

Prices can vary widely for the same product.

Brand

Some brands have high ratings and win multiple awards for good reason.

Safety features

Another very important element, particularly in households with children.

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