Dr. Heater DR218-1500W Greenhouse Garage Workshop Infrared Heater Review

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Last Updated: 12/16/2020

The Dr. Heater DR218 1500W infrared garage heater is both versatile and space-saving. It uses infrared heat and a fan to fill the space you are using it with warm air.

About the Dr. Heater DR218-1500W

The Dr. Heater DR218 is lightweight and portable. It is capable of heating 150 square feet of space with warm infrared heat. There are two adjustable knobs. One controls the thermostat, while the other controls the speed of the fan.

Dr. Heater DR218-1500W Greenhouse Garage Workshop Infrared Heater Review

Dr. Heater DR218-1500W Greenhouse Garage

  • 1500W comes with only one setting
  • Heating coverage: 150 Sq. ft
  • Light weight and portable
  • Low maintenance needed

The DR218 uses a thermally protected, and completely enclosed, heavy-duty ball bearing motor system. The heating elements and the motor are all kept safe from any moisture or dust. The steel housing of this heater is durable and can protect the heater from accidental falls and any splashing that may occur. The housing is also considered "Cool-touch" to protect children and pets from accidental burns and Protect your house from fires. It also includes a very precise thermostat that can detect and over-heating and automatically shut the system off.

This model comes with a three-prong plug for easy portability. It can be used indoors, or semi-indoors, for all your heating needs.

How to Use

This infrared garage heater is simple to use right out of the box. All you need to do to start is to plug the power cord into the proper outlet. Turn the thermostat knob up to the "High" position and turn the fan knob to on. The heater will turn on and begin to warm the area.

Once the heater is turned on the area is warm, you can adjust the thermostat to the desired level and leave it there. After that, the Dr. Heater DR218 will preserve power by using its precise thermostat to only turn on when ambient temperatures go below your settings.

When you don’t need the heater, turn the knob to the “Off” setting and unplug it. This heater is great for the garage, the greenhouse, an enclosed porch, or any other enclosed area you need some extra warmth.


Safety should be everyone's number one concern. The same should stand true for companies who produce heaters, and it is for Dr. Heater. The DR218 comes equipped with a precision thermostat so that if the unit begins to overheat at all it will shut right off on its own. It is also splash-proof, and the inner parts are all fully enclosed and permanently lubricated, which protects the inside from dust and other particles. The cool-touch housing keeps the surrounding objects and people safe, although it is always best to clear the area where any heater will sit.

Proper maintenance is an important part of keeping any electrical appliances in optimal condition. This unit can be wiped down with a damp rag to keep it dust-free. Always make sure it is completely dry before you ever try to plug it back in. Keep water from running into the enclosed housing, or you may end up damaging the heater, or you may end up electrocuted.

Pros and Cons

Let’s take a look at this heater’s pros and cons.


● The cool-touch housing provides safety to all its surroundings.
● The enclosed heavy-duty ball bearing motor is thermally protected and permanently lubricated.
● The DR218 is completely portable.
● This unit is simple to use.
● There is very little maintenance needed for this heater.
● This heater can be used anywhere indoors or semi-indoors, including garages and greenhouses.
● You are protected from overheating by the automatic shutoff feature.
● The infrared heat, in combination with the fan, efficiently distributes the perfect amount of heat quickly.
● The power-saving feature is environmentally friendly.


● Only heats 150 square feet. This may be great for small spaces, but you will need two for anything larger.
● The smaller model only has one fan setting while the larger version has two.


The Dr. Heater DR218-1500W garage infrared heater is great for small enclosed spaces like garages and greenhouses. The safety features and low maintenance motor make it easy to see why Dr. Heater is one of the most trusted brands in the heating industry. This little heater provides solid heat without too much power, and its lightweight portability makes it an ideal option.

Charles Jasper

Charles Jasper is the owner and main author of Home Climate Center. He has a degree in Engineering and 20 years experience on working on HVAC systems. He has a passion for everything related to home improvement and loves to travel. When he is not working, you might find Jasper working on projects around the house or organizing a camping trip.

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