If you’re planning on enduring the winter months comfortably, then you’re going to need ways to stay warm throughout them.
You may already have a warm jacket, gloves, and a scarf, but what do you do when your house gets cold? Nobody wants to walk around their home in full winter attire, so a space heater is usually the right solution.
There are many different kinds of heaters that you can use during the winter, including permanent ones that are installed in your home, as well as space heaters. A space heater is a compact radiator that is usually mobile enough to be moved to any area of the house to provide additional heat.
Unfortunately, finding the best space heaters can usually be a challenge because there are so many aspects and features to consider. When searching for the right model for your needs, you’ll have to assess your preferences. There is no best space heater for everyone since different buyers will have varying needs.
Today, we’re going to present our review guide on the five best space heaters, and we’ve chosen from among four different categories to ensure that everyone can find something right for them.
We’ll be reviewing products from categories including the best small space heaters and the best space heaters for large rooms.
Along with our reviews addressing what are the best space heaters, we’ll also go over seven of the most important characteristics to search for when buying your new space heater. This section should be particularly helpful for first-time buyers who are wondering what they should be looking for in the right product.
Without delaying further, let’s get right to our space heater reviews.
Best Electric Space Heaters
Best Small Space Heaters
Best Space Heaters for Large Rooms
Best Energy Efficient Space Heaters
Our winner in the category of best electric space heaters is this model from Dr Infrared, and it’s one of the most effective space heaters on the market. Equipped with an infrared element, this space heater has much better performance than a traditional model while using the same amount of electricity.
Thanks to the infrared design, this 1500W heater outperforms nearly every other competing model at the same power level. Beyond sheer heating capability, the Dr Infrared portable space heater is also user-friendly, as it features a digital display that lets you toggle between the three modes: low, high, and auto.
There are two ways to use this space heater. First off, you can set it to high or low and then set a timer for it to shut down. On the other hand, you can put it in auto mode and use the thermostat to ensure that the heater keeps the room at the right temperature, toggling between low, high, and standby.
While the element is generating heat, this space heater's 7" blower is doing its best to circulate it around the room. The inclusion of this blower ensures that you won't have cold spots in the room, though since it doesn't oscillate on its own, we would recommend placing it in the corner of the room.
Another feature that helps make this heater a more convenient choice than competing options is the inclusion of a remote control. This controller lets you do anything besides turn the unit on remotely, as you’ll have to flick the power switch manually to take it out of standby mode, but then you can adjust the temperature to your liking.
This space heater is also designed to be safer than competing models, as it features a tip-over switch as well as automatic shutoff functionality. One thing to consider is that this model is more expensive than a lot of other portable space heaters, but we’d argue that its performance makes it worth the money.
Up next, we have our runner-up from Lasko, which is by no means a bad product, but it simply lacks the “wow” factor that we saw in the Dr Infrared space heater. However, if you’re looking for something that’s a little more traditional and affordable, then this will be the right choice of electric space heater.
Starting off with the performance, this model provides 1500W of power and uses it efficiently thanks to its ceramic heating components. You have a choice of three different settings, spanning from low, to high, and then to auto. As with other space heaters, the automatic mode lets you select a temperature using the thermostat.
We found that auto mode was our favorite since it would automatically cycle between the heating modes to provide optimal efficiency and keep the room at an ideal temperature. However, for times when we wanted the room to heat up as fast as possible, running the heater on high was the perfect solution.
The oscillating motion of this space heater helps ensure that it distributes the heat throughout the room. Another one of this heater's main benefits is that it is far quieter than other models in the same price range, even when it's running on high. This heater also comes with a remote control to make it easier to use.
However, even if you don’t use the remote control, you’ll find that this is one of the most user-friendly space heaters on the market. There are six buttons on the unit that let you control the timer, oscillation, mode, and temperature, as well as a power switch positioned in the center.
Along with these buttons, a digital display lets you keep track of the temperature and the mode that the unit is currently in. While this product may not be as advanced as the one from Dr Infrared, it is still a reliable design, and you can’t go wrong at this price point.
One of the best portable space heaters around is the Vornado MVH, which is the mid-range model in Vornado’s lineup, between their VH202 and their PVH models. We’d argue that this is the most well-rounded of Vornado’s offerings, and it’s one of our favorite compact space heaters.
The main advantage of this space heater is that it offers superior heat distribution when compared to other small models. Most compact space heaters will only heat up a small part of the room, but thanks to the implementation of Vortex technology, this heater spreads the air around the area.
You can choose from low, medium, or high heat, each of which corresponds to 750W, 1125W, and 1500W, respectively. This helps you ensure that you’re using your heater efficiently, but if you’re trying to save power, you can also use the thermostat on this space heater to choose the ideal temperature.
Unlike other portable heaters that are made for high performance, this model is relatively quiet. You’d be surprised by just how little noise this powerhouse creates. The outer casing of this space heater is designed to resist heat, and even if it’s been on for a long time, it’ll still be cool to the touch.
You’ll find that this heater is also equipped with a variety of safety features that help ensure that you and your house will be secure. There is a tip-over switch on the underside of this space heater that will cut the power, and there is also an auto safety shutoff is the unit starts to overheat due to obstructions or malfunction.
The build quality of this little space heater is another impressive part, as all of the components were assembled flawlessly and it ran reliably for the duration of our tests. This incredible reliability is evidenced by Vornado’s decision to include a five-year warranty with this model.
This heater from DeLonghi is designed to be powerful enough to keep a room of up to 300 square feet warm, which makes this one of the best indoor space heaters on the market. Despite its immense power, the DeLonghi space heater is also surprisingly slim, with a body that’s only three inches wide.
Packed into this slim case, you’ll find an element that’s capable of outputting 1500W of heat and a couple of fans to help spread the warm air throughout the room. The dual-fan system is superior to other space heaters that only use a single fan and usually don’t disperse the heat far enough away from the unit.
This is also one of the more versatile space heaters on this list, as it can also be used as a stationary radiator when you’re done moving it around the house. The DeLonghi space heater comes included with optional mounting hardware so that you can place it on one of your walls.
You also have a choice of two colors for this heater, with a pristine white, and a more restrained asphalt grey. If you’re worried about wasting energy with your space heater, then you’ll be happy to hear that this model from DeLonghi also features an ECO setting that will automatically adjust the power level.
In addition to being one of the best space heaters for bedroom use, this DeLonghi model is designed to be easy to use. This model comes equipped with a digital interface and thermostat that lets you keep track of the selected temperature with ease. The controls are also simple and easy to learn.
Of course, this model also comes included with all of the necessary safety features, including a tip-over switch and overheat detection. If you don’t mind spending a little more money on a space heater with excellent coverage, then this model from DeLonghi is a great choice.
Finally, our winner in the best energy efficient space heaters category is the IVAPO 500W Personal Space Heater. In addition to being more efficient than the other models thanks to its 500W of power, you’ll find that this space heater features a compact design that can be placed nearly anywhere.
If you need desktop heating, but you don't have much room, then the IVAPO space heater will be a lifesaver. Despite only having 500W of heating power, this small space heater uses a PTC heating element to improve its heat transfer characteristics, ensuring that it loses less energy while heating.
Along with this PTC element, the heater also oscillates, which helps distribute the heat across the entire room instead of keeping it all in one spot. The IVAPO space heater can do all of this while producing only 45 dB of sound or less, which makes it another excellent choice for use in the bedroom.
Keep in mind that the small size of this space heater means that you need to make some compromises. One of the only issues with this model is that it only features a single power setting. However, the efficient design of this space heater means that you won’t need to turn down the power to save electricity in the first place.
This space heater also comes equipped with a few safety features which are crucial for a small model like this. For example, the tip-over switch ensures that the heater won’t be a hazard if it gets knocked over by pets or children. This model is also designed to shut down automatically when it reaches 158 degrees F.
A handy feature is the implementation of a flame retardant casing which also resists heat, so you won’t have to worry about burning yourself when you touch the unit when it’s running. Overall, this is one of the best rated space heaters when it comes to energy efficiency as well as portability.
One of the first things that you’ll need to account for when buying your new space heater is the amount of noise that it makes. This is especially vital if you’re planning on using your space heater in the bedroom, as you’ll need to be able to relax while your room is being heated up.
A loud space heater will typically only be usable in the daytime, particularly if you don’t live alone. Beyond restrictions on when you can use it, a loud space heater is simply a nuisance, and it won’t be long before the noise starts getting on your nerves.
Nobody wants to be in a position where they'll have to choose between peace and staying warm.
Another thing to consider when buying your new space heater is the size of the unit and how much it weighs. A smaller space heater will be able to fit in more areas of your home without getting in the way, though you’ll have to make a bit of a compromise when it comes to relative performance.
The weight of your space heater is another thing that you should account for, as that will determine whether or not you'll need help moving it around. Weight is usually more critical in portable space heaters, as stationary models will typically be equipped with wheels that will help you move them around if they are too heavy.
You’ll also want to take a look at the power consumption of your new space heater, as that will affect how much you have to pay for your electrical bill every month. Even the cheapest space heater may not be worth the money if it is woefully inefficient and makes your electricity bill spike.
Of course, the level of power consumption also determines how ecologically-friendly your space heater is, as power generation is one of the main causes of pollution. Some of the best space heaters will come equipped with an Eco setting that will reduce power consumption while retaining performance.
When dealing with an appliance like a heater, you have to always be sure that the model you’re considering is equipped with sufficient safety features. Space heaters without safety features are a severe fire hazard, and you’ll want to avoid them at all costs, as they can result in injuries or worse.
Common safety features include tip-over switches that shut off the space heater if it has fallen over. This can prevent carpets or floors from catching fire due to the hot surface of the space heater. Other safety features include overheating protection, which will shut off the unit if it reaches a certain temperature.
If you walk into your room in the middle of winter to find that it’s freezing and you need to warm it up fast, then you’re going to need a space heater with quick heat functions. These features are designed to boost the heating output of space heaters so that they can get an area warm faster.
Quick heat functions can range from something as simple as a “high” setting on the heater to a specific mode that is made to increase heat generation for a short time.
When it comes to convenience, one of the most important features is the inclusion of a remote control with your space heater, especially if you plan on using it in the bedroom or living room. Remote controls are usually only useful with space heaters designed for larger areas, as other models will typically be closer to you.
As you would expect, a remote control would let you set the temperature, timer, and heating mode of your space heater without having to get up and interact with the unit yourself. Keep in mind that remote control functions are usually reserved for mid-range to high-end space heaters.
Finally, you’ll want to take a look at whether or not your new space heater comes included with a warranty, and if it does, you’ll need to know how long it lasts. Warranties can range anywhere from a month to a lifetime long, so if you want a product that’s going to last, you’ll need a long enough warranty.
Beyond ensuring that your product will get repaired in the event of a malfunction, a warranty will also give you an idea of how much faith a manufacturer has in a particular product. If you see a space heater with a long warranty, the odds are likely that it features superior build quality to other models.
A space heater can help you get through the winter with ease, but you need to be sure that you’ve found the best one for your needs. We appreciate you taking the time to read through our guide, and we implore you to leave any comments or suggestions you may have in the comments down below.