What every best Space Heaters has:
- Easy-to-use temperature settings.
Packs heat for a petite unit. For a heater of this size and price, the Lasko 754200 ceramic space heater is very effective, according to reviewers. The heater puts out a good deal of heat, and its powerful fan circulates the warm air quickly. Testing at TheSweethome.com put it in first place among tested space heaters of all types in heating an 11- by 13-foot room in the least amount of time. We see some durability complaints, but these are in line with what we see with almost all space heaters of all types.
Not advanced, but straightforward controls. Though the Lasko 754200 has an effective thermostat, it doesn't offer the digital display, remote control, or timer of some pricier models -- which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective. Owners say they find the two knobs (one for temperature, one for fan) to be very intuitive and simple to use. The heater is also lightweight and easy to move. A six foot cord makes placement without resorting to an extension cord easier.
No tip-over switch. A tip-over switch is often recommended for safer operation of space heaters, and the lack of one on the Lasko 754200 is a concern, but one that doesn't bother experts and many owners it seems. There is an overheat sensor that will cut-off operation if the heater's temperature exceeds a safe level, as would happen if the unit were accidently tipped over. Reviews indicate that the case stays relatively cool during operation.
Noisy fan. We did see some complaints about fan noise, though not very many more than we see with other space heaters equipped with a reasonably powerful fan. TheSweethome.com tests the Lasko and says that its noise level is the equivalent of a refrigerator compressor running at a distance of six feet away. Seamus Bellamy adds that this is about in the middle of the pack among the space heaters the site has recently tested.
The Lasko 754200 ceramic heater gets the nod here as the best ceramic heater, especially for smaller spaces. In testing, the 754200 is found to be easy to use and a terrific value. The powerful fan -- which can be used without heat for ventilation in warmer months -- is a little noisy, but in the middle of the pack among other, similarly equipped space heaters. The lack of a tip-over sensor is largely made up for by other, equally effective, safety measures.
The Lasko 754200 space heater is among the more than 55 space heaters of all types evaluated by ConsumerReports.org. Space heaters are judged on their ability to warm a room and an individual, noise levels, safety and more. Ratings are provided.
The Lasko 754200 ceramic heater with adjustable thermostat draws more than 10,000 reviews at Amazon.com. Its 4.1-star rating indicates general satisfaction, though a number of complaints regarding durability, noise and heating prowess can be seen. Most, however, are more than satisfied with performance and value.
There is less feedback overall at HomeDepot.com, but satisfaction is a little higher, earning the Lasko 754200 a 4.4-star score following nearly 300 reviews. Roughly 90 percent say that they would recommend this Lasko ceramic space heater to a friend.
Walmart.com reviewers say this heater warms a small space quickly and evenly, helping it earn a 4.4-star score following just over 235 reviews. Several do note that it makes some noise, though some classify it only as white noise. A handful of owners say they've had this heater for years, but a handful of others report receiving units that either did not work or failed prematurely.