Space Heater Rating Sources
Total of 14 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org offers ratings and opinions for 26 space heaters of all types, grouped by size. Testing is hands-on and space heaters are scored on factors such as room heating and fire safety; high and low points are noted. Top choices earn Recommended status, while top values are deemed to be Best Buys. Some of the best rated space heaters are discontinued, but most are current or still available at retail.
The Best Space Heaters
by Seamus Bellamy
Our AssessmentTheSweethome.com researches space heaters online, then tests well-recommended ones to find the top choices. Discussion is deep, including a look at the testing methodology used to assess space heaters. Space heaters for large and small rooms are named, as are some close runners up.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com lists lots of space heaters of different types, though not all are current models. Users offer feedback and ratings. Some space heaters only get a handful of reviews, others get dozens, hundreds or, in a few cases, more than a thousand. Space heaters with more than a handful of reviews struggle to get ratings of more than 4 stars, but some standouts can be spotted.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com also lists a good assortment of space heaters. Again, some get only a handful of ratings, others hundreds of them, making it easy to spot customers' favorites. Reviewers can also say whether or not they would recommend their space heater to a friend.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart is another good spot for user opinions on space heaters. Owners can leave ratings or write reviews, though the latter tend to be short. Lasko heaters seem to be a favorite here, with several models receiving good ratings following enough feedback to be meaningful.
Electric Space Heaters
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com is another resource for user reviews of space heaters, and the site lists nearly 120 of them at last look. Navigation is easy, but only a handful of space heaters get enough feedback for it to be informative.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears offers more than 80 indoor space heaters (and more are available from marketplace sellers that also list on the sears.com site). Most get limited feedback, but a few break from the pack with good ratings following a number of user reviews. Sears.com is the only site where you can find meaningful feedback on Kenmore space heaters.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentHundreds of space heaters are available via the BestBuy.com site, including nearly 140 offered by Best Buy itself. As with many user review sites, BestBuy.com is better used as a source for further information once you've narrowed you choices as many of the space heaters only have a handful of reviews.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentUnlike the user-review sites above, Viewpoints.com is an independent site where owners can post reviews of products that they own, including space heaters. Most models receive about 15 to 20 reviews, but others get more. Thanks to their detail, the reviews here can be especially helpful. Reviewers typically explain pros and cons of each space heater.
Electric Space Heaters
by Contributors to Air-n-Water.com
Our AssessmentAir-n-Water.com sells space heaters, and some receive dozens of reviews from users making this a worthwhile destination for additional owner feedback. Editors also make recommendations as to best space heaters, but there's no information on how those are selected.
Space Heater Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentMost of the reviews here date from 2008, though a few newer ones can be found on the site as well. Testing is hands on, and grades are provided along with a clear list of pros and cons. The top two space heaters -- or at least their very similar successors -- are still available.
6 Sexy Space Heaters to Help You Ride Out Winter
by Lexi Dwyer
Our AssessmentCare as much about how your space heater looks as how it performs? People Magazine's Lexi Dwyer lists six choices that could fit your décor or sense of style. However, no mention of how these space heaters made the cut is provided, nor is any testing described.
Road Test: Heating Your Space
by Stephen Treffinger
Our AssessmentThe author explains in detail how the heaters were tested, including heating a room 10 degrees from 55 to 65 and use as a personal heater in an office. However, while two personal favorites and five top performers are listed, no mention is made of other space heaters tested. The article is also outdated as some models tested are no longer available.
The Best Space Heaters
by Natalie Rodriguez
Our AssessmentThis Old House magazine does not make space heater recommendations, but this article describes the different types of space heaters available and their best uses. Makers are mentioned, but not specific models.