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Space Heater Rating Sources

Total of 15 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
August 2012
Space Heaters
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests and compares 20 space heater models in three categories: smaller room heaters, larger room heaters and propane outdoor heaters. Overall, eight heaters are recommended. The heaters are rated based on output in watts, room heating, spot heating, risk of burns, fire safety, ease of use and noise. The Optimus H-5210 is determined to be, and consumers are warned not to buy it.
2. Amazon.com
As of November 2012
Space Heaters
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is an excellent source for a wide range of product feedback from consumers. While many product categories have several best-selling products with overall scores of more than 4.5 stars (out of 5), not many space heaters receive a considerable number of Amazon reviews while maintaining an overall score of more than 4 stars. The Lasko 6435 is the only heater with more than 150 reviews and 4.5 stars. The Dimplex CS33116A, Lasko 5812 and the Mr. Heater MH9BX also perform well.
3. The New York Times
Jan. 13, 2010
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. Stephen Treffinger says the Lasko 5628 heated the room the fastest, in just 15 minutes, while the Honeywell HZ-7200 was his favorite for use as a personal heater. However, he doesn't specify which other models were compared, and he lists only the five best performers. The article is also slightly outdated, as some models tested are no longer available.
4. Walmart.com
May 15, 2012
by Chris Barnes
Our AssessmentChoice magazine scientifically tested and compared 14 new heaters in its test, for a total of 32 heaters in this review. Two heaters are listed as Choice Buys after being evaluated on their ability to raise a room's temperature 5 and 10 degrees Celsius and their ability to heat the room evenly. They also included ease of use and safety in their testing criteria.
5. Consumer magazine
May 28, 2012
by Editors of Consumer magazine
Our AssessmentConsumer magazine is a New Zealand-based journal that tests consumer products. They tested each heater and compare results for performance, ease of use, price and features. Safety was also a consideration. The Dyson Hot + Cool AM04 model was included in their tests; however, most other models are not available in the U.S.
6. Viewpoints.com
As of November 2012
Best Space Heaters
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com compiles user reviews for more than 170 space heaters. While Lasko dominates nearly all of the top spots, Honeywell and Holmes are also represented. Most models receive about 15 to 20 reviews. Thanks to their detail, they can be especially helpful. Reviewers typically explain pros and cons of each model.
7. Good Housekeeping
February 2008
Space Heater Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping tested and rated 12 space heaters in February 2008. Though the testing is somewhat old, the top-performing heaters, the Honeywell HZ-385BP and Honeywell HZ-7200, are still available. Heaters are independently given a grade of A to F, though none of the heaters listed performs below a B. Good Housekeeping provides a clear list of pro and cons for each heater as well as a summary of its performance, though the heater testing process isn't explained.
8. Walmart.com
As of November 2012
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells hundreds of space heaters, many of which receive only a few reviews. However, there are a few models that receive more than 100 reviews. In general, the reviews are more positive here than at Amazon.com, and three models receive about 100 reviews and an average score of 4.5 stars or more. Though the top three heaters are all Lasko, many other major brands receive reviews here.
9. Slate.com
Feb. 10, 2009
Heated Debate: Which Space Heater is Best?
by Dan Crane
Our AssessmentAuthor Dan Crane reviews seven portable space heaters based on their performance in his home. Each model is given a score of 1 to 31, with warm up, noise, safety, and bells and whistles contributing to the overall score. Models from Vornado, DeLonghi and Lasko are among those tested. While the Honeywell HZ-385BP is the top-rated heater, thanks to its bells and whistles and safety features, Crane concludes that none of the heaters truly met his needs.
10. Buzzillions.com
As of November 2012
Portable Heater Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com compiles user reviews from other websites, like Sears.com, Drugstore.com and HomeDepot.com. The portable heater category has more than 500 products, but most don't garner more than a few dozen reviews. The Lasko 5628 and Lasko 6435 both average 4.7 stars (out of 5) from about 70 reviewers, putting them at the top of the category. Review quality at this site is comparable to that at Amazon.com.
11. Real Simple
Not Dated
The Best Space Heaters
by Stephanie Sisco
Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine reviews a slew of space heaters and names nine favorites. The Honeywell HZ-7200 is named the best heater all-around, and the Lasko 5119 is named the best oscillating heater. Stephanie Sisco describes the features of each model and outlines the scenarios in which each is a good fit. She also provides safety tips for using a space heater.
12. Target.com
As of November 2012
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com sells about 80 portable heaters, though most receive a handful of reviews. Still the SPT SH-1506 and Holmes 5429 both garner more than 20 reviews and get about 4.5 stars overall. Reviews are generally helpful, but most are brief.
13. Overstock.com
As of November 2012
by Contributors to Overstock.com
Our AssessmentOverstock.com sells many name-brand heaters, including Lasko, Honeywell and DeLonghi, but most don't receive many reviews. The majority of models available at this site are judged more harshly than at other review sites.
14. Cheapism.com
Oct. 15, 2012
Cheap Space Heaters
by Raechel Conover
Our AssessmentCheapism.com bills itself as a consumer review site for the cheap -- providing an analysis of reviews on the best cheap products. Lasko 754200, Optimus H-5210 and DeLonghi DCH1030 are listed as best bets. While Cheapism.com performs no independent testing, this is a comprehensive review, which considers price, features and performance in ranking products.
15. Air-n-Water.com
Not Dated
Our Best Space Heaters
by Editors of Air-n-Water.com
Our AssessmentAir-n-Water.com sells space heaters, but it also has editors who review the heaters and rank the best models. In addition to the Customer Favorite (which is simply the best-selling model), editors name heaters for Best Value, Best Ceramic and Best Oil heater. While editors do include a helpful summary of each model, it's not clear whether they've actually done any testing or comparisons. The fact that Air-n-Water.com also sells these heaters makes us question their neutrality.
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