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Space Heater Reviews

By: Carl Laron on October 04, 2017

Editor's Note:
For most rooms and most settings, Lasko space heaters are safe and reliable. But for use in a bedroom, a DeLonghi oil-filled radiator is a top alternative. Infrared heaters, forced-air space heaters and other space heaters of all types -- and for all budgets -- are profiled, too.

Lasko 754200 Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Maximum power -- 1,500 watts Heating levels -- 3 Size (h,w,d) -- 9.2" x 7" x 6"

Best space heater

The diminutive Lasko 754200 delivers big-time performance, warming up a small room or office in no time. Value is appreciated by owners and experts, and helps the Lasko 754200 edge out pricier and more feature-rich ceramic space heaters in reviews. The lack of a tip-over sensor is a concern, but this heater has other crucial safety features. See our full review »

Lasko 6462 Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Maximum power -- 1,500 watts Heating levels -- 2, plus auto Size (h,w,d) -- 25" x 11" x 11"

Oscillating space heater

The Lasko 6462 is packed with features, including oscillation, which some experts hold is most effective in uniformly distributing heat. Controls are simple and intuitive, and a remote control lets you operate this space heater from your easy chair. There's no tip-over sensor, but other safety features, including overheat cut off, are present and accounted for. See our full review »

Buy for $67.78
Crane Mini Fireplace Heater Review
Also Consider
Specs that Matter Maximum power -- 1,500 watts Heating levels -- 2, plus glow only Size (h,w,d) -- 12" x 15" x 7.5"

Decorative ceramic space heater

No one will confuse the Crane Mini Fireplace Heater with a real fireplace, but it still offers a nice aesthetic. Users appreciate the warm glow that this mini fireplace gives off and like that you can use the fireplace effect without the heat. Aesthetics aside, it's an impressive performer heating-wise according to expert tests and user reviews.

Buy for $89.99
DeLonghi TRD40615T Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Maximum power -- 1,500 watts Heating levels -- 3 Size (h,w,d) --25" x 16" x 6.5"

Best oil-filled radiator space heater

If you want heat that lasts, even hours after the space heater is turned off, the DeLonghi TRD40615T oil-filled radiator is a top pick. It's a great choice for a bedroom, where experts recommend against having an operating space heater while you sleep. Pluses include a 24-hour on-off timer and a thermal cut-off for safety. See our full review »

Buy for $95.08
Vornado VH10 Review
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Specs that Matter Maximum power -- 1,500 watts Heating levels -- 2 Size (h,w,d) -- 12" x 9.25" x 11.63"

Forced-air space heater

The Vornado VH10 is a forced-air space heater that can warm large or small rooms, and it does a good job at spot warming, too. It's relatively safe around kids and pets with a case and exhaust that stay cool while it's running. It can also double as a cool-air fan in warmer months.

Buy for $79.99
Honeywell HZ-980 Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Maximum power -- 1,500 watts Heating levels -- 2 Sizes (h,w,d) --18.11" x 15.75" x 18.5"

Best infrared space heater

Many infrared heaters are cheap, lower power affairs, but the Honeywell HZ-980 is quite different. With a rated power of 1,500 watts, and aided by a powerful fan, this Honeywell infrared heater is judged by reviewers to do a great job of heating up a person, and a very good job in heating up a standard room. See our full review »

Buy for $154.78

Space heaters can warm up rooms and people in a hurry

While space heaters aren't generally recommended as your only heat source, 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 house. Some owners say they also use portable heaters to lower utility bills, but this depends on many factors, like your fuel costs, insulation, how often your space heater is used and more.

Note that this report covers electric space heaters intended for use inside the home. You can also find space heaters fueled by kerosene, natural gas and other combustible fuels. However, those are generally not recommended for use inside the home unless some type of venting to the outside is provided, and many states have banned unvented kerosene heaters for indoor use. For more information, see the section on space heater safety.

Types of Space Heaters

Ceramic Space Heaters

These are the most popular type of space heater. Electricity flowing through wires heats a ceramic element, which in turn heats the air. Almost all ceramic heaters include a fan to distribute the warmed air most effectively.

Oil-Filled Radiators

Oil-filled radiators are slower to warm up than other types of space heaters, but they keep giving off heat long after they are turned off. That makes them a good choice for sleeping areas.

Micathermic Space Heaters

Some radiator-style heaters use mica panels instead of heated oil to produce heat. These warm up faster than oil-filled designs, are lighter, and are flat enough to mount on a wall. However, they also cool down quickly, losing one of the key advantages of oil-filled radiators.

Forced Air Heaters

A forced air heater combines a heating element to warm the air with a powerful fan to spread that warmed air over a large area. Their fans can also pull double-duty to help cool rooms in the warmer months.

Infrared Space Heaters

Traditional infrared space heaters (think orange heating element and a rear reflector) seem to be falling out of vogue. However, infrared space heaters with quartz elements still have a place where the primary goal is heating a person or a smaller area, and some can do a lot more.

Finding The Best Space Heaters
Our Sources
"Space Heaters"
"The Best Space Heaters"
"Best Personal Humidifiers and Space Heaters"

To find the best space heaters, editors considered professional tests, expert reviews and user feedback. ConsumerReports.org has the most comprehensive hands-on testing. TheSweethome.com's coverage is a little more limited, but it looks at popular and well-reviewed space heaters, then tests to find a couple of top choices. Good Housekeeping's reviews are mostly older, but many of the models covered are either still available or have been replaced by space heaters that are largely similar.

We also rely heavily on user reviews, looking at feedback posted at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Walmart.com and elsewhere. These reviews provide an up-to-date snapshot of how space heaters perform, and touch on long-term factors, such as the reliability of a specific model, that are beyond the scope of most expert testing. Using this feedback, we consider performance, safety and reliability to name the very best space heaters, along with alternative choices that could be worth considering for some buyers.

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