Sunheat 1500 Infrared Heater Review

Sunheat 1500 (Mahogany)The Sunheat 1500 Infrared Heater is available in three different finishes: mahogany, black, golden oak, and black cherry. The finish used is a high quality, water-based and UV resistant stain.

One of the best features of Sunheat Infrared Heaters is that the frame (made right here in the goold ole’ USA) is made entirely out of 100% genuine wood. We do have to say that this is a very high quality and durable looking heater.

The upper portion of this heater is composed of stain and ding proof materials, and the sides are made up of moderate density fiber board built from recycled wood fibers.

Sunheat Infrared Heaters Features

Heating power – The Sunheat Infrared Heater can heat up a space of between 800 to 1000 square feet in size. The heating element consists of 4 infrared quartz tubes, which are encased inside of copper tube heat exchangers. The hot air is circulated around the room via a high grade blower/fan that Sunheat has recently improved, and is now significantly quieter than ever before.

Lifespan – The infrared tubes are rated to last for up to 10K hours. The Sunheat designers and manufacturers have gone to great lengths to ensure that replacement of the infrared tubes (which can be conveniently purchased from any online or retail dealer) is as easy and headache-free as possible. Also, according to Sunheat, the fan has a life expectancy of 150K hours.

Air Cleaner – Sunheat infrared heaters come with built-in air purifiers, with recently improved lifetime filters for easier removal/insertion and cleaning.

Thermostat – Sunheat infrared heaters come with thermostats made by Honeywell that are made with aviation-grade components.

Safety – Sunheat infrared heaters not only meet, but exceed all stringent UL specifications and requirements

Warranty – Sunheat offers part replacement services and a solid three year warranty on all of their heaters. Servicing can be done at any of their local dealer shops.

Final Verdict

We, unfortunately, could not find any consumer reviews from people who have actually bought and used a Sunheat Infrared Heater so this greatly limits our ability to give this heater a true and proper evaluation. Nonetheless, we feel we have been able to obtain more than adequate data about this heater from manufacturer and retailer advertisements and product specification sheets to offer our critique of this heater.

The first glaring weakness of this heater that we spotted, especially when compared with other infrared heaters on the market, is that the rated lifespan of the infrared quartz tubes is very short. Most infrared heaters have rated life expectancies of between 20,000 and 40,000 hours, with a select few exceeding those figures. The second negative is that the Sunheat at 40 lbs., is quite heavy compared to other, more compact models. And, finally, the third and probably most significant negative aspect of the Sunheat 1500 Infrared Heater is its price. It’s much more expensive than 90% of the infrared heaters for sale on the market. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive infrared heaters we have ever come across.

If you’re looking to buy an infrared heater, we suggest you look elsewhere because, as far as we’re concerned, this heater is just too overpriced and the features too unimpressive for us to recommend this infrared heater.

Our Rating: 5/10

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One Comment

  1. Steve Kirton 03/09/2014 at 2:07 PM - Reply

    The claim of these heater being so energy efficient is just not true. A test was done with the old style electric barn heater and a infrared Heater in the same size space, windows and insulated building. A electric usage meter was attached to each. The result was that the Sun infrared heater was not anymore efficient than the old barn electric heater. The barn heater actually maintained the building a little warmer using the same amount of electricity.

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