Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Heater

Last updated date: May 8, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Garage Heaters and dug through the reviews from 17 of the most popular review sites including Best of Machinery, The Consumer Guide, Globo Turf, Gadgets, Home Climate, Comparaboo, The Spruce, Cozzy, The Z8, The Smart Consumer, Wire Reviews, Heat Wiz, Driving Life, Better Home Controls, E-Trine, Heater Mag and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Garage Heater you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 163 expert reviews, the Dr. Infrared Heater Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Heater placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Garage Heater for a detailed review of all the top garage heaters.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.1
763 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The DR988 Garage Heater is perfect for heating large spaces thanks to its quiet, powerful circulating fan that allows the warmth to flow throughout your workspace. Capable of providing up to 19,100 BTUs, this space heater features two thermostat settings. The low setting is capable of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the high setting is for 95 degrees.
- Best of Machinery
March 12, 2019 | Full review
Easy to control with dial for temperature control and a button for controlling the fan.
- The Consumer Guide
February 27, 2019 | Full review
It heats spaces very quickly and the thermostat maintains a constant temperature. The fan is powerful and does an excellent job mixing the air to keep the entire space comfortable and its noise level is reasonable.
- Globo Turf
January 17, 2019 | Full review
The heater is able to heat up any residential or industrial plant area up to 600 sq ft. Additionally, you needn’t hang it; you can place it on the floor (preferably on a concrete one). This will especially please those who like to repair their car, lying on the floor underneath it as now they are guaranteed to not freeze. For safety, it stays relatively cool to the touch and has overheating cut-off protection. The unit is solid and sturdy. Its lightweight and compact size can be moved around easily and stored in the summer without taking much space.
- Gadgets
December 26, 2018 | Full review
It serves perfectly as a spot heater for any sort of workshop. The mechanism allows it to raise the temperature by 10 each hour. The maximum temperature you will be able to enjoy is 95 degrees. This happens on the higher setting and power output of 5600W. If you want to maintain your garage’s temperature of just above freezing, then no problem. The Dr Infrared Heater DR-988 can go as low as 45 degrees.
- Home Climate
May 29, 2018 | Full review
The fan mechanism also does a great job of circulating air in the space, helping to maintain a stable temperature throughout your entire work area.
- The Spruce
February 28, 2019 | Full review
Automatic energy saving features save on power and has an impressive heating capabilities of up to 600 square feet.
- Cozzy
June 19, 2018 | Full review
It comfortably heats rooms with temperatures ranging from 45 to 95 degrees providing a warm and comfortably working space. Moreover, this heater comes with a thermostat control that lets you conveniently control the temperatures to your liking. It is UL and C-UL certified.
- The Z8
November 14, 2018 | Full review
This device is also very quiet when operating as Mr. Infrared Heater designed the single fan to move air from the heating system without an overabundance of noisy moving parts. As a result of this quiet design, this unit’s maximum sound generation only reaches a very quiet 45 decibels.
- The Smart Consumer
March 23, 2018 | Full review
It is not only good for a medium sized garage it can also be very useful in the basement, workshop or any other place where heater might be necessary. It has a thermostat, which can be adjusted to high or low. It is also strong and long lasting with its the built style. Since it is portable it can be moved from place to place according to the need. This is a heater which is very well constructed and made for easy use.
- Wire Reviews
DR-988 is a heavy duty heater that runs at 56000 watts with a capability to keep a 600 square feet room warm. For protection, this one comes with an automatic overheat cut off protection.
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March 4, 2019 | Full review
Built-in thermostat allows for effective temperature control. Quiet and no noise pollution.
- Heat Wiz
September 27, 2017 | Full review
Among others, one of the best things about this product is its built-in thermostat, which will make it easy for you to adjust the temperature from low to high. This also means that you will have complete control in choosing the heat output of the product. Another feature that is worth noting is the built-in storage for the cord. When it is stored, you can keep it neat. This will also prevent the cord from ending up being tangled.
- Driving Life
This is excellent for 1 and 2 car garages.
- Better Home Controls
September 20, 2015 | Full review
With its steel casing, it’s also exceptionally safe. One other thing you might notice with DR-988 is the fan. The combination of electricity and fanning gives this heater the ability to cover 600 sq. ft. of space, more than enough for a medium-sized garage. So, to sum up – bright-red, electric, portable, fan-driven, small, lightweight, and durable.
- E-Trine
July 1, 2018 | Full review
This is not a necessity for a good workshop heater, but it’s definitely a big plus. This heater is able to distribute the warm air over a large surface. The big fan pushes the hot air further into a room than other space heaters.
- Heater Mag
What experts didn't like
It is not designed for standard residential use and requires a 220V plugin which is rare in many circumstances.
- The Consumer Guide
February 27, 2019 | Full review
However, it is not suitable for general residential or household use and cannot be mounted on ceilings.
- Globo Turf
January 17, 2019 | Full review
This heater is a little loud
- Gadgets
December 26, 2018 | Full review
On the downside, the warranty is only 100 days. The thermostat is also interchangeable. Don’t expect any rattles from the fan – it will be pretty quiet. There’s also overheat protection but no remote control.
- Home Climate
May 29, 2018 | Full review
Some users have reported only a minimal temperature difference of less than 1 degree in their garage space when using this heater.
- The Spruce
February 28, 2019 | Full review
It’s bright red and sticks out like a sore AC thumb.
- Cozzy
June 19, 2018 | Full review
This doesnt employ a mounting bracket.
- The Smart Consumer
March 23, 2018 | Full review
This one is an infrared heater which is slow in heating.
- Wire Reviews
Heat might be insufficient for some users.
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March 4, 2019 | Full review
It is a bit expensive.
- Heat Wiz
September 27, 2017 | Full review
Motor can produce a loud noise and can be a potential fire hazard.
- Driving Life
This may need re-wiring depending on your electrical setup and strong fan creates moderate noise.
- Better Home Controls
September 20, 2015 | Full review
No remote control and has only single-direction blowing of heat.
- E-Trine
July 1, 2018 | Full review
This unit’s red color is very noticeable. Everybody’s eyes will be attracted to it. This might not be the best feature if you’re looking for a good shop heater. Some people complain that this model makes rattling sounds when it works. The fan operates silently, but the whole unit might shake and make those sounds. If this is the case, place the unit on an even surface.
- Heater Mag

From The Manufacturer

The DR988 industrial electric garage heater is perfect for warming any construction site, garage, basement, and workshop with its specially designed heating element and features an impressive portable design. It comes with a built in thermostat that can be adjusted from low to high. It also features a fan that provides continuous warmth. The DR988 industrial heater is dependable and sturdy.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fahrenheat FUH54 Garage/Utility Heaters
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 25
2. Dyna-Glo Liquid Propane Forced Air Heater
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 21
3. Optimus Ceiling Mount Portable Heater
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 14
4. Dr. Infrared Heater Hardwired Garage Heater
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 20
5. Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Garage Heater
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 17
6. Comfort Zone Ceiling Mount Quartz Heater
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
7. King Electric KB2410-1-B2-ECO 240 Garage Heater
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Dimplex DGWH4031G Garage Heater
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Homegear Electric Portable Space Heater
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 17
10. NewAir G73 Electric Garage Heater
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Garage Heaters

You don’t want to be working in a freezing cold garage this winter.  Whether your time in there is limited or extended, you won’t regret investing in a garage heater. With a flip of the switch, your garage will be toasty warm, and your motivation will skyrocket. But there are several things to consider before purchasing a garage heater.

First, you need to look at appropriately sized units for the size of your garage. For calculated perfection, the rule of thumb is 10 watts per square foot of space. If you have an average-sized, single-car garage, you will want to check out units that are below 5,000 watts or roughly 15,000 BTUs, whereas a two- or three-car garage will need a much more powerful heater with roughly 10,000 watts or 30,000 BTUs. If you want to be exact, you can find the cubic feet of your garage by multiplying the length of the garage from front to back by the width of the front of the garage by the height of your garage.

Second, there are a few types of heaters on the market. Electric garage heaters are either hardwired into your home or plugged in with a cord through an appropriate outlet. These units can be turned on easily with a flip of a switch or by adjusting a thermostat. Fahrenheat makes the FUH54 Unit Heater that is electric with a mounting bracket and adjustable thermostat. Consumers that frequent their garage can set this unit to the desired temperature and the unit will click off once the temperature is reached. For versatility, Optimus offers the option of a portable or a ceiling-mounted unit that is also electric. This unit features a quartz heating element that packs a powerful punch.

You can opt for a propane- or gas-powered heater as an alternative. These heaters require ventilation to the outside as well as wiring, and often require an ignition start for the unit to be turned on. If you are looking for a propane powered unit, consider the powerful Dyna-Glo Delux that features forced hot air, portability and adjustable angling for directed heating. With so many safety features including a tip-over shutoff, extended hose and a back pressure switch, it is definitely an option for the safety-conscience consumer.

For additional options, you can choose from forced-air heaters that blow the air directly over hot coils to warm the air or infrared heaters that convert energy to heat when absorbed by surrounding objects. If a set-it-and-forget-it unit is what you want, Dr. Heater makes a hardwired, infrared, commercial unit with an adjustable thermostat. This heater has five different adjustments for optimum airflow and heat control.

Third, you’ll want to know the cost of each unit and any installation fees associated with the unit to make sure it is within your budget. The installation fees vary greatly between the different options, so be sure to talk with a home improvement specialist when determining costs. Prices on the actual units will vary throughout the year, so planning ahead might be a good idea when making this purchase. You’ll also want to check on the warranties, should anything go wrong. The Fahrenheat FUH54 unit has a limited 10-year warranty, the Optimus and Dyno-Glo Delux offer consumers a one-year limited warranty and the Dr. Heater has a one to three-year warranty and a 30-day guarantee on damaged units.

DYWM Fun Fact

  • The Roman Empire thrived for so long because it was a civilization of extreme ingenuity. Case in point: they were the first to use a “central heating” system. They placed pipes in their walls and in their floors that released forced hot air from furnaces. This was called the “hypocaust” system by the Romans.
  • Natural gas was used by Chinese who trapped the gas with bamboo and circulated it through bamboo pipes in roughly 500 B.C.
  • Philadelphia Gas Works was the first company in the country to offer natural gas. It opened in 1836 and has the record for oldest gas company in the United States.
  • Natural gas, in its natural state, is scentless. The energy companies decided to add an odor, so users can be aware of any leaks.
  • In the Northeast, electricity and natural gas account for the majority of the home heating sources while wood, propane and kerosene are roughly 15 percent.
  • 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit is the hottest temperature, ever made by man, in Brookhaven Natural Laboratory in New York.

The Garage Heater Buying Guide

  • Something to think about when purchasing a garage heater is the way it operates within the space. If you are a painter, or most of your projects include sanding, you really don’t want to install a forced-air heater. They stir up dust and dirt to a small degree and can make those types of projects difficult.
  • For quiet heating options, infrared is your best choice. Infrared heating has become quite popular over recent years because it is not so harsh on our bodies. However, you’ll want to think long and hard about where you install it since it takes a little bit longer to heat up the space.
  • Remember that if you choose a propane-powered unit, you will need to pay for outside venting when you have the unit installed.
  • For upfront costs, the forced air garage heaters will be less costly versus the infrared units.
  • Before starting your research on the correct unit, it is vital to know the insulation of your garage walls as well. The thickness of the walls also plays a large part in how much power you’ll need in a heater for that space. For example, if you have a single-car garage but it is not insulated and has thin walls, you may want to consider a heater with a more powerful output than what is recommended for the square footage.
  • Most portable garage heaters require a 240-Volt outlet and you need to ensure the breaker can accommodate the amps (typically around 20 amps) so you don’t trip the breaker.
  • No matter what you are purchasing, you should always check the warranty of the unit.
  • Always have a licensed, insured professional install the unit so you are sure of the highest safety standards.
  • To give your garage heater a boost, consider getting weather stripping for windows and doors. It is inexpensive and makes a significant difference in conserving energy.
  • If you use a portable space heater, try to find one with a thermostat so you have the safety feature of automatic turnoff as well as the energy saving feature it provides.
  • Routinely clean off any dust or dirt that may have settled on your garage heaters. If you have a gas garage heater, it’s important to have it serviced once a year before the winter season.
  • Some garage heaters are sold separately from their thermometers and cords so be sure to read what is included in your purchase.