Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater
Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater

Best space heater with fan

Convection heaters with fans are popular because they heat a small space quickly and efficiently. The Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater is particularly well reviewed because it is quieter than most fan-based heaters, which have a tendency to be noisy. The Lasko space heater has two power levels (900 and 1,500 watts) and an adjustable thermostat. Its oscillating fan does a good job of distributing warm air throughout a room, according to reviewers. Users are also impressed with the space heater's many features, including a digital display, eight-hour timer, overheat protection and a remote control. Like most space heaters, the Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater elicits some complaints from users who say their machine broke down soon after purchase. A number of owners also say that the power cord and electrical plug get hot very easily.
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Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

Budget space heater with fan

If your budget is tight, reviews indicate that the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat works just as well as the pricier Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater when it comes to heating a small room. This short and squat heater gets high marks for its compact design, and owners are impressed with the heat output. However, you will have to sacrifice some features if you opt for this budget model over the Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater. While the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater has overheat protection and an adjustable thermostat, it doesn't have a digital temperature display, remote control or a timer. It's also noisier than the Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater, but owners agree that the Lasko 754200 is a good value for the price.
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DeLonghi Oil-Filled Radiator TRD0715T
DeLonghi Oil-Filled Radiator TRD0715T

Quiet space heater

Oil-filled radiators are much quieter than space heaters with fans, but they take longer to heat a room. The DeLonghi TRD0715T Oil-Filled Radiator with timer gets the best reviews in this category for its consistent heat output and quiet operation. The DeLonghi heater performs reasonably well in comparative tests, scoring excellent ratings for temperature control and noise. Users agree, saying the DeLonghi radiator runs quietly and has a convenient programmable timer. Like most radiators, it does take awhile to heat a room. We also saw several complaints that the heater gives off an unpleasant chemical odor when it is first used.
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When the weather outside is frightful, a fire certainly would be delightful -- though not always very practical. Instead, a space heater offers a supplemental heat source in your home or office. It's important to note that space heaters aren't recommended as your only heat source, but they can be a great way to increase a room's temperature a few degrees or provide warmth in a drafty space without overheating the entire home. Some owners say they also use portable heaters to lower utility bills, but this depends on many factors, like your heating costs, insulation, how often your heater is used and more.

While heaters can cost anywhere from about $30 to $400, the basic features are pretty consistent. The most common differentiator between the high and low end of the price spectrum is appearance, not performance. Less attractive heaters can work as well, but appearance may be important for some, which is why we've given designer space heaters their own category.

Looks aside, the two basic types of heaters are radiant and convection (prices are comparable). Convection heaters - like convection ovens -- move hot air around to create warmth. A fan blows air across internal heating elements and out into the room. This makes convection units especially effective for warming entire rooms or many people. (Some convection models don't have fans, but they're in the minority.)

Radiant heaters, on the other hand, warm people or objects, not the air around them. The heat from these heaters doesn't circulate well and can't be used to warm a whole room, but for a short time, they're more efficient than convection heaters. Radiant models are a bit more old-school than convection heaters and seem to be falling out of vogue due to safety concerns about extremely hot heating elements. We found no consensus of positive reviews to safely recommend a radiant unit as a top choice. They once offered the advantage of silent heating, but convection heaters have turned down the volume.

Despite their seemingly consistent design and performance, space heaters are professionally tested surprisingly often. Consumer Reports, Australia's Choice magazine and New Zealand's Consumer magazine all ran professional tests of space heaters. We found some older editorial reviews from The New York Times, Slate.com, Real Simple magazine and Good Housekeeping. Consumer reviews also offer insight into best uses and space heaters' longevity, and we found user reviews for many models at Amazon.com, Viewpoints.com, Buzzillions.com, Walmart.com and Target.com. To identify top models, we looked for units that effectively and quickly heat a space (or person, for radiant heaters), are easy and intuitive to use, don't create too much noise and don't pose a high risk of injury or fire.

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