Optimus Ceiling Mount Portable Heater

Last updated date: February 25, 2021

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8.5

Optimus Ceiling Mount Portable Heater

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We looked at the top Garage Heaters and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Garage Heater you should buy.

Update as September 8, 2021:
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Overall Take

The versatile Optimus Ceiling Mount Portable Heater has earned Best Overall Value because of its ability to quickly heat a garage. In addition, is lightweight and can be easily mounted for overhead heating. The quartz heating element is long-lasting and quite durable for those cold winter spells.


In our analysis of 158 expert reviews, the Optimus Ceiling Mount Portable Heater placed 12th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Instant 600/ 1200 Watt Sun-like heat that provides soft light for added ambiance, Overheat Protection, Wall/ Ceiling Mount Design Saves Your Space, Metal housing & Bracket for long lasting life., Independently powered heat and light, Pull Cord for Easy of Use, Halogen Light up Where you work, Quartz Heating Elements.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.3
14 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.3
92 user reviews

What experts liked

It's powerful quartz heating element wins over customer looking for maximum warmth in a smaller sized unit.
- BestReviews
The Optimus H-9010 is a fast heater. It can heat up an average size garage quickly.
- Wire Reviews
Produce heats as soon as it gets switched on.
- Car Bibles
The Optimus H-9010 Mount Heater can be mounted on the ceiling or on a wall conveniently. It is easy to mount at only 11 lbs of weight and it also comes with the mounting bracket required.
- Jen Reviews
The design of the heater includes a halogen bulb that turns on when the device is working and helps illuminate the area quite effectively.
- Best Advisor
It has durable metal casing and bracket, which can make the heater last for a really long duration
- Reviews Icon
The installation is easy and convenient.
- Top Reviewed Ten
It’s a popular model due to its low pricing.
- Home Fix Planet
It’s incredibly affordable at purchase, and has the added advantage of being a wall-mounted heater (to save floor space in your workshop or garage); but it won’t be earning you those major annual savings on the energy bill like some other infrared heating systems.
- Home Tech Lab
The Optimus H-9010 is perfect for your garage as it can be ceiling or wall mounted. This saves space and is safer as it prevents the heater being knocked over or coming into contact with flammables.
- HVAC Training 101
It turns out this heater is a no-brainer to install. You don’t even need to call an electrician to help you with installation. It has a mounting bracket; all you need is to mount it on the wall or hang on the ceiling.
- Hot Home Air
The price is extremely budget friendly.
- Mechanics Guide
This electric patio heater can be mounted either on your wall or ceiling (all brackets and equipment included) and comes with two heat settings, which ensures optimal versatility for your household.
- Heat Wiz
On the good side, it’s just as easy to control as the last model, as it uses a single pullcord to change temperatures and to turn the model on and off. It also comes with a light, which serves little function other than to show you that the model is on.
- Heater King

What experts didn't like

Doesn't generate enough heat in colder settings.
- BestReviews
Unfortunately, Optimus H-9010 less power.
- Wire Reviews
Lack of precise range of eating temparatures.
- Car Bibles
The pulling cord is somewhat short
- Best Advisor
The pull-cord on and off has design issues since it is susceptible to wear and tear, which leads to fraying and snapping of the cord
- Reviews Icon
Pull cord can be a bit flimsy
- Top Reviewed Ten
The halogen light goes out rather quickly and it’s impossible to find a replacement. As far as heat output goes, this heater struggles to adequately heat a small shed and will begin to overheat after just an hour of use.
- Home Fix Planet
Less energy efficient than other infrared heaters reviewed
- Home Tech Lab
Control panel is not well designed.
- HVAC Training 101
You will need an isolated circuit because this heater takes about 25 amps. And I love this heater but most of its part is plastic.
- Hot Home Air
Pull string switch is a bit brittle, according to consumer reviews, breaks quite easily
- Heat Wiz
Unfortunately, this model is poorly packaged, so many of these models are damaged in shipping. It also has lower build quality, so it will break down more often than models ranked higher than it on our list.
- Heater King

Our Expert Consultant

Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.

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.

You should also consider the efficiency of your garage.

“Make sure you’re not trying to heat the rest of the world,” says Vicki Liston, our resident home improvement expert. “Are the windows and the garage door energy efficient? Is there weather stripping around all the doors and windows? You’ll want to prep the space to reduce or minimize heat loss.”

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. Some electric models come with a mounting bracket and adjustable thermostat. Consumers that frequent their garage can set these units to the desired temperature and the unit will click off once the temperature is reached. Other models offer the option of portable or ceiling-mounted units that are also electric.

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. “Whether the unit is freestanding and portable or mounted on a wall, their deadly carbon monoxide fumes must be directed outside via a pipe for the heater to operate safely,” says Liston.

Some propane units feature forced hot air, portability and adjustable angling for directed heating. With so many possible safety features including tip-over shutoffs, extended hoses and backpressure switches, there are plenty of options 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, look for a hardwired, infrared, commercial unit with an adjustable thermostat. These heaters have 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 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.