Buying a Kitchen Plinth Heater 2016
A kitchen plinth heater is, in simple terms, an electric or central heated heating device that is used in kitchens in the kick board space under your cupboards.
Using one enables you to either get rid of your radiator completely or to add additional heating to boost your heating output.
So why exactly are they becoming so fashionable these days? The answer is really simple, they are small, inexpensive, very effective and they don’t take up any unnecessary space in your kitchen. Because let’s face it, these days our kitchens are getting more and more crammed with gadgets and white goods and more. So it makes sense that anything you can get rid of, like your traditional wall mounted radiator, is going to be a bonus. Kitchen plinth heaters are simple to fit, pretty much obscure and do a great job of keeping you and your kitchen warm – the buying guide is here.
Kitchen Plinth Heaters – My Best 4
I wanted to do my best 5, but I couldn’t find another one that was both reasonably priced and did a great job, so I stopped at my best 4! Enjoy!
1. Smiths Hydronic Kitchen Plinth
This is the much praised Smiths Hydronic kitchen plinth heater that fits directly into your central heating system, meaning you can get rid of those cumbersome wall radiators and enjoy more cupboards and storage space.
Suitable for rooms of up to 63 Cubic metres.
Heat Output Normal = 2200 Watts / 7500 Btu/h Heat Output Boost = 2400 Watts / 8200 Btu/h Power Consumption: Normal = 24 Watts – Boost = 35 Watts Supplied with 2 Flexible Hoses (75cm Long)
2. Smiths Hydronic Kitchen Plinth Heater Stainless Steel
Connects directly into your central heating system and is suitable for rooms up to 36 cubic metres. The heat that this plinth heating system throws out is 1700 Watts / 5800 Btu/h. All of which means that it can heating up a kitchen and take the place of a traditional wall radiator and obviously uses a fraction of the space.
It comes with a fixed white grille and a brushed steel effect overlay grille option which means it will fit in with most kitchens decor schemes.
A quiet and very effective heating system that hides away in your existing kitchen structures. Comes with 3 speeds of high, medium and off.
Two years manufacturers parts and warranty.
Customer Product Reviews
By I. Lonieon 26 April 2016
“Fantastic product. Blows out a lot of heat. Not too noisy when running either.”
3. Dimplex 2 kW Kick Board Plinth Heater
The Dimplex 2kw Kick Board plinth heater is an electric run option. It comes in as the best rated, budget option available in it’s type.
It comes with a setting choice of low or boost, an automatic low temperature cut out thermostat so that it acts as a self regulating unit when it gets too cold. What’s also good is that it is supplied with a fascia to suit any plinth unit or kitchen decor.
Need cool air circulation in the summer months? This Dimplex offers a cool option fan that will blow out the cool air when required. Remote control included.
Dimplex is a great brand name in the business of heating as they innovate and push for the latest designs and technology.
But don’t take my word for it:
Customer Product Reviews
4. Creda Plinth Heater
An electric plinth heater that works for it’s position in your kitchen. Comes with a choice of 3 fascias so that it will, like the best on the market, fit in with a variety of colour schemes and decor – white, brown and stainless steel.
It has a thermostat control for easy control and use. Sizing – 20 x 40 x 10 cm with a very effective a 2kW output
Customer Product Reviews
The design of kitchen plinth heater is always modern, discreet, and slick which will definitely enhance the overall feel and look of any kitchen. Their prices vary so check out on Amazon, sometimes more mainly depending on the manufacturer, their heat and power output and of course on the retailer.
It is important to note that whilst these items were originally designed to be used and built into a kitchen unit, they work as well when they are inserted into a built in wardrobe or into a stair raisers.
A kitchen plinth heater is usually fan assisted, which means that the built in fan heats up the room extremely quickly, and definitely a lot quicker then a conventional radiator. This means that in just a few short minutes after switching our product on, the kitchen will be enjoyable and warm as opposed to a 10-15 minutes wait with a traditional radiator.
Electric Plinth heaters and central heated plinth heaters were NOT designed to be used in wet our humid areas therefore they should never be installed in a bathroom or shower room.
Their installation is simple and at all times their packaging contains a very easy to follow installation manual. It is important to note that plinth heaters will require a Fused Connection Unit as they are classed as fixed appliances. Unless you are an electrician you should not attempt to fit one yourself. You should always employ a qualified electrician to carry out the work, and you might find that in most cases a bad installation will result in the invalidation of the warranty of the plinth heater. So by all means read through the installation instructions, but if you are not a qualified electrician then I would urge you to go with a professional.
The best kitchen plinth heater usually has a very similar design, when they are installed all we usually see is a grill and a switch neatly cut into the kitchen plinth. What you will find is that usually there is a choice of finish with the grills, mainly white or stainless/brushed steel. Many times a white plinth heater grill will go with a kitchen where other appliances are also white, while stainless or brushed steel will go really well with a kitchen full of modern steel appliances.