Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The cold season has begun with might and main, and some have not yet had time to change the batteries. Today our experts will help you understand the market and tell you: what are the best radiators for autonomous heating to choose from those available on the market; which one is well suited for your home or office; what are the advantages of this or that, as well as useful related information. The experts' conclusions are based primarily on feedback from real customers.
- Rating of the best aluminum radiators
- Which company to choose an aluminum radiator
- The best sectional aluminum radiators with side connection
- Royal Thermo Revolution 350 x14
- Tessen 500/60 х8
- Global VOX EXTRA 350 x10
- Global VOX R500 x12
- IPS Elegance 500 578 x8
- Best aluminum radiator with bottom connection
- Rifar Alum Ventil 350 x16
- Best tubular aluminum radiator
- Purmo Aquilo F1T 90 290
- Which aluminum radiator to buy
Rating of the best aluminum radiators
|nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best sectional aluminum radiators with side connection||1||Royal Thermo Revolution 350 x14||6500 RUB|
|2||Tessen 500/60 х8||2400 RUB.|
|3||Global VOX EXTRA 350 x10||5300 RUB.|
|4||Global VOX R500 x12||6400 RUB.|
|5||IPS Elegance 500 578 x8||7 300 RUB.|
|Best aluminum radiator with bottom connection||1||Rifar Alum Ventil 350 x16||11200 RUB.|
|Best tubular aluminum radiator||1||Purmo Aquilo F1T 90 290||41200 RUB.|
Which company to choose an aluminum radiator
The diversity of the aluminum radiator market is difficult to understand because they are so 'the same'. The further choice is easier to make at least by 'narrowing the search'. Of the many manufacturers in terms of quality, reliability and more or less affordable prices, one can single out Purmo (Finland), Royal Thermo (Russia-Italy), Tessen (China), Global Radiatori (Italy), Rifar (Russia), IPS (Italy) . Examples of products of each of these companies in our material will be discussed.
The best sectional aluminum radiators with side connection
Sectional aluminum radiators are one of the most recognizable of those that can be seen almost everywhere. And such distribution makes sense – they are relatively inexpensive (aluminum, of which we are talking), practical, and can be bought without any problems in many specialized stores.
Our experts analyzed the market and highlighted a rating of the most successful models. Let's start with the side-connected models. The maximum operating temperature of all radiators in this category is 110 ° C (except for Rifar Alum Ventil 350 x16).
Royal Thermo Revolution 350 x14
The first radiator we will draw your attention to is Royal Thermo Revolution. This model is produced by a joint Italian-Russian venture, therefore it is initially focused on the specifics of domestic central heating systems. Radiator dimensions – 80x1120x420 mm with a center distance of 350 mm. The unit weighs 14.14 kg. Its heat transfer is 1974 W. The volume of liquid inside is 4.06 l (0.29 l per section). Connection diameter – 1/2 inch. Maximum working pressure 20 bar. The impressive weight is compensated by the excellent heat dissipation, which is achieved thanks to the additional PowerShift fins. This radiator is especially valuable for systems that “sin” with water hammer – it has increased resistance to such sudden pressure drops.
Prices: from 6300 to 7000 rubles.
- large volume;
- increased heat transfer;
- insensitive to low quality coolant;
- resistant to sudden changes in pressure in the system;
- high-quality coloring;
- significant weight;
- heat transfer is noticeably reduced at low temperatures.
Tessen 500/60 х8
The second worthy unit in our rating is the Chinese Tessen 500/60 x8. It is much more compact than the previous Royal Thermo Revolution. Its linear dimensions are 60x480x570 mm. But, in this case, such compactness is achieved due to almost twice the volume – 2 liters. Each section holds 0.25 l of liquid. Heat transfer is also almost two times lower than that of the previous one – 920 W. The device weighs quite a bit – 5.6 kg. Radiators of this model are made of high quality aluminum alloy with the addition of silicon by injection molding. This ensures the highest mechanical strength of the case.
- affordable price;
- light weight;
- exceptional durability;
- the ability to heat only a small room;
- the difficulty of cleaning (wiping) the upper cells.
Global VOX EXTRA 350 x10
Another loud model in our rating, which was collected by our specialists, is the Global VOX EXTRA 350 x10. In terms of heat transfer, it is slightly weaker than the previous examples – 890 W, which does not fully justify its quite 'usual' dimensions – 95x800x427 mm. The ten 80 cm sections weigh 9.9 kg. That's quite a lot, but there are more. But here the volume of the water capacity comes to the fore – 3.6 l – almost like that of the same Royal Thermo. All of this is made up of 10 sections. Radiators of this brand can be used in systems with a wide range of coolant temperatures, as well as in systems where condensing boilers are used. A durable and reliable color is obtained in the production using a two-stage technology: anaphoresis and subsequent spraying with polyester-based epoxy paint.
Prices: 5300 rub.
- versatility regarding the heating system;
- high-quality coloring;
- the relative simplicity of cosmetic cleaning;
- loses to 'competitors' in heat transfer;
Global VOX R500 x12
Almost one hundred percent twin brother of the previous Global VOX EXTRA 350 x10 both in appearance and in essence, but only two more sections have been delivered to it. This adds weight to it up to a very impressive 17.4 kg and volume up to 5.52 liters. By the way, it is even slightly higher – 590 mm versus 427 mm for the previous one, therefore, with external similarity, you need to carefully design a place in height for the Global VOX R500 x12. In terms of heat transfer, it is good – 1524 W, and it is quite possible to heat an area of about 23 sq. m, but this is all, of course, individually. The linear dimensions of the unit are 95x960x590 mm. All other advantages that are inherent in the products of the Italian factory 'GLOBAL DI FARDELLI OTTORINO and C' are also available here: high-quality materials, reliable painting, a 10-year manufacturer's warranty, etc.
Prices: 6460 rub.
- good heat dissipation;
- reliable painting;
- quality materials;
IPS Elegance 500 578 x8
IPS Elegance 500 578 x8 is an eight-section radiator manufactured by Industrie Pasotti (Italy). Weighs almost the same as the Global VOX EXTRA 350 x10 – 11.2 kg. And this is with the linear dimensions of 85x640x578 mm. The volume of liquid inside is rather modest – 2.88 liters, less only Tessen 500/60 x8 with its minimum two liters. Heat dissipation is slightly higher than that of Tessen – 968 W. The entire structure consists of eight sections. These radiators are characterized by particular reliability: the Industrie Pasotti plant has been successfully operating for over 50 years, and has a rather narrow specialization – the production of cast aluminum parts. All products undergo multi-stage quality control, including hydraulic, metallurgical, and even quantum metric tests.
Prices: 5307 – 9845 rubles.
- improved quality and reliability;
- relatively weak heat transfer;
- small volume of the stored heat carrier.
Best aluminum radiator with bottom connection
Now a few words about the best, in the opinion of our specialists, a radiator with a bottom connection. This is a way out for those whose layout simply does not allow to correctly and safely connect a 'side' radiator so as not to disturb the interior.
Rifar Alum Ventil 350 x16
The first thing that distinguishes it is the higher, in comparison with the 'average' level, the maximum operating temperature – 135 ° С. Outwardly, it is almost exactly the same as all of the above, a battery, but already of 16 sections. The volume of liquid inside is 3.04 liters, 0.19 liters for each section. Heat dissipation – 2448 W. Such a unit cannot weigh little – 19.2 kg, but this is by no means an exceptional indicator (Global VOX R500 x12 with side connection weighs only 2 kg less, and in terms of heat transfer it is incommensurably weaker). Radiator dimensions – 90x1280x415 mm. The radiator comes with a mounting kit.
Prices: 11220 rub.
- a good combination of size and efficiency.
- high temperature (possible burns);
Best tubular aluminum radiator
Finally, about one solution that stands out strongly from our list, and to which visitors of modern public institutions (shopping and entertainment centers, lobbies of large offices and warehouses, as well as many smaller objects) are very well accustomed.
Purmo Aquilo F1T 90 290
With Purmo Aquilo F1T 90 290, a lot becomes clear already from its appearance – it is built-in. Heat dissipation varies from 1089 to 4529 W, depending on the width. The maximum operating temperature is more than the standard 110 ° C. Equipped with a centrifugal fan (this is the essence of this radiator). The length can also vary from 1000 to 3500 mm, as it is mounted under the entrances of different widths. The height of the radiator 'box' is 90 mm, its thickness is 290 mm. Weight, depending on the length, can vary from 8.7 to 30.45 kg. The radiator comes with a mounting kit.
- this is know-how;
- a striking effect on the visitors of the establishment;
- almost invisible;
- high cost of installation;
Which aluminum radiator to buy
- Now let’s summarize briefly. If you need to heat a medium-sized room of about 20 sq. meters, the Global VOX R500 x12 or its 'older brother' Global VOX R500 x12 will suit you.
- The Rifar Alum Ventil 350 x16 can easily handle an even more difficult task, but it implies a bottom connection.
- It is better to entrust the 'kid' Tessen 500/60 x8 with more feasible tasks – it is perfect for a small room, it is convenient to use it in a small country house.
- IPS Elegance 500 578 x8 and Royal Thermo Revolution 350 x14 are solid workhorses, but Elegance is much more reliable and durable. On the other hand, Royal Thermo Revolution is better adapted for frankly bad old systems with 'dirty' coolant and possible water hammer.
- Well, if you have your own sales area or a whole shopping and entertainment center, then with the help of Purmo Aquilo F1T 90 290 you will provide not only warmth and comfort to your visitors, but also a strong marketing effect for your enterprise.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.