The Best Space Heaters

The Best Space Heaters

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Nicole Lund
Dec 14, 2018
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Apartment Therapy has been reviewing space heaters since 2006, and through the years they've gotten smarter, safer, and sometimes even prettier. There are also plenty of options out there for whatever your needs are, from the heavy duty heaters that keep a whole room toasty to the smaller models that keep your feet warm while you work. We've rounded up our favorites at all price points, so if you're always cold and not feeling this whole winter thing, fear not—we've got a space heater for you.


Maxwell's Favorite:

This effective little heater comes recommended by a few people in our office for its small size, great impact and cute design. While certainly not the fanciest of the bunch, it's quite efficient and straightforward to use, plus it's hard to beat that low price.


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Our most budget-friendly pick, this industrial space heater isn't exactly subtle, but it does the job very well. With an adjustable thermostat, safety tip-over switch ,and anti-freeze function, it's safe, reliable, and durable. Plus, although it looks very heavy duty, it only weighs five pounds, making it easily portable no matter where you want to set it up.


A consistent favorite of ours, this little Lasko heater is more powerful than it looks. With 1500 watts of power and both high and low heat settings, it can comfortably be used to warm up a room or keep your feet toasty under your desk. It's also pretty quiet, and with overheat protection offering peace of mind it's a great option for home and office use.


Similar in appearance to the Dyson, this heater found on Amazon is budget-friendly and highly efficient. It heats up in just two seconds and, unlike most portable heaters, it oscillates, allowing heat to circulate much easier throughout your space. A huge plus is the fan-only mode, which allows this little heater to be usable any time of the year.


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Crane makes a couple quality space heaters, but we especially like this mini tower one if you're looking for a slightly larger option that's still at a decent price. Quick to warm up and capable of oscillating, this 16-inch model is ideal for heating up whole rooms. Plus, we just kind of like that it looks like a bit like an old-school radio.


While certainly not the prettiest heater you could choose, this pick from DeLonghi works very well with 1500 watts of heating power and maintains a low surface temperature for safety. Best for medium to large rooms that need constant heating, it also comes with a ComforTemp button that automatically maintains optimal room temperature, cutting energy costs.


Fairly new to the market, this compact heater is one of the quietest options out there. It's a bit pricier than other small-sized heaters, but it comes with some great features that make it worth it—including LCD display for easy temperature reading, a remote control, and an eco function to conserve energy.


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For something a bit larger, try this heater from Dr Infrared. Unlike other heaters, this one comes with a thermostat, so you can choose your desired temperature rather than a broader setting. This heater has been used by my parents for years, and I've always been impressed by how quickly it works and how cool the surface stays, even when in use for several hours.


A longtime favorite of Apartment Therapy, this panel heater has a lot going for it. It's subtle (only two inches thick), extra quiet (no fan!), and utilizes patented stack convection technology for low-energy, consistent heating. It's expensive, but innovative and ultra efficient, providing innovative technology that'll warm up your space without drying out the air.


Stylish and safe, this heater has a modern design and the all-important tip-over switch. It also boasts three heat settings, electronic temperature display, and 100 percent silent operation. It's not as tiny as some of the other options, but the thoughtful design ensures that it won't be an eyesore in your space.


For a true jack of all trades machine, consider the Pure Hot+Cool Link from Dyson, which acts as not only a space heater, but also as a cooling fan and an air purifier. The HEPA filter removes over 99 percent of allergens and pollutants, while the jet focus control feature allows for concentrated airflow if you just want to use the heater for personal use. It's also smart, with WiFi compatibility and voice control through Amazon Alexa.


Space Heater Safety Tips

  1. First step: Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  2. Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn, or damaged, do not use!
  3. Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close.
  4. Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters should be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing, and rugs.
  5. Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Also

    — don't plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.


Inside Resources

  1. This $28 Amazon Item Is My Secret to Surviving Winter
  2. Here's Your Reminder That You Should Never Plug A Space Heater Into a Power Strip
  3. Brrr! Space Heaters for Rooms Small, Medium, and Large

Outside Resources

  1. The Best Space Heaters — Wirecutter
  2. The 9 Best Space Heaters to Buy in 2018 — The Spruce
  3. The Best Space Heaters on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers — The Strategist

Updated from a post originally published in December 2017.


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