9 Best Space Heaters for a Bathroom in 2023: Reviews & Top Picks
If you look online or walk through the space heater aisle of your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, you may be surprised to see so many options. Reading reviews on them is the best way to choose the right one for you.
That’s where we come in. We’ve gathered nine of the most highly rated options for you and written short reviews on each of them. After the reviews, there is also a short buying guide that provides some additional considerations to think about when buying a space heater for your bathroom.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2023
|Best Overall||Dreo Portable Space Heater||
|Best Value||Kismile Space Heater||
|Premium Choice||Laskko Hybrid Fan and Heater||
|Dreo Space Heater||
The 10 Best Space Heaters Are:
1. Dreo Portable Space Heater – Best Overall
|Max Wattage:||1,000 & 1,500|
|Dimensions:||5.51 x 6.69 x 10.31 inches|
This portable space heater makes it to the top of our list as the best overall space heater for a bathroom because it’s an excellent balance of value and quality. For the average size bathroom, sticking this unit on the counter in the corner will do the trick and keep it toasty.
There are several great things about this portable heater, such as a cleanable filter, overheating protection, and quiet. It also has a thermostat to keep the bathroom at a steady temperature. And it warms the room with four different modes ranging from fan only to 1,500-watt heating.
- Overheating protection
- Four modes–Fan Only, ECO, 1000W, 1,500W
- Thermostat and timer
- Energy and space-saving
- Tip over switch
- Quiet operation
- Not ideal for large bathrooms or multiple rooms
2. Kismile Space Heater – Best Value
|Max Wattage:||750 & 1,500|
|Dimensions:||5.5 x 7.1 x 9.3 inches|
If you’re less concerned about all the added features, this unit by Kismile is the best space heater for the money. Temperature-wise, this one can produce a similar amount of heat. However, it does so with convection instead of forced air, and it only has two settings.
Despite the lack of features, this heater still has the basic safety features we would expect, such as a tip-over switch and overheating protection. It also has an adjustable thermostat so you can set it and leave it without worrying about wasting energy.
- Tip over switch
- Overheating protection
- Compact design
- Only suitable for small to medium-sized spaces
- Lacks some features
3. Laskko Hybrid Fan and Heater – Premium Choice
|Dimensions:||10.96 x 8 x 38.65 inches|
If you’re looking for a fan and heater combination and budget isn’t much of a concern, this hybrid fan and heater by Laskko is worth checking out. In addition to four heat settings, it provides you with four fan settings. So, whether you’re keeping your bathroom warm in the winter or cool in the summer, this fan can sit in the corner and take care of it.
In addition to the usual tip-over switch and overheating protection, this unit also has an adjustable thermostat and includes a remote. And even though this space heater is a bit larger than the others, it’s still around 10 pounds, so it’s not hard to transport if you decide you don’t want it in the bathroom. Some users complain about the noise of this heater, but with a higher-powered fan, one should expect it to be a bit noisier.
- All-season use with eight settings
- Typical safety features
- Adjustable thermostat with remote
- Wide oscillation for even heat distribution
- Not as quiet as some of the others available
4. Dreo Space Heater
|Dimensions:||5.9 x 5.9 x 15.8 inches|
Sometimes a heater can become a hazard if forgotten about. In addition to a 12-hour timer, this space heater from Dreo includes a 24-hour automatic shutoff without any interaction with the controls. Plus, it has the expected tip-over switch and overheating protection.
This heater has other nifty features like a remote control and adjustable thermostat. However, this isn’t the smallest heater you can get if you’re looking for a compact design. With the great features comes a higher price tag, so this one may not be for every budget.
- Excellent safety features
- Durable oscillation system for a long life
- Good heating capability
- Quiet fan operation
- Touch controls and remote included
- A bit bulky for some spaces
5. Broan-NuTone Ceiling-Mounted Heater
|Dimensions:||10.25 x 10.25 x 0.88 inches|
Suppose you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your bathroom heating. In that case, this ceiling-mounted infrared heater may be a good option to consider. This unit combines a ventilation fan with an R40 or BR40 heat bulb (not included) for an energy-efficient way to heat your bathroom without adjusting the main thermostat of your home.
For the experienced DIYer, this isn’t a difficult system to install. However, if there isn’t already a ventilation fan in your bathroom, it could be quite a bit more involved. But once installed, this fan & light combo fit seamlessly into the flow of your bathroom.
- Permanent solution
- Ventilation fan and heater combo
- Quiet fan
- Attractive design
- Heating bulbs are specific and extra
- Can be difficult to install without an existing bathroom fan
6. Sunday Living Space Heater
|Dimensions:||17.32 x 7.68 x 20.87 inches|
Another option that is potentially a more permanent solution is this space heater by Sunday Living. The nice thing about this unit is that it can either be freestanding in your bathroom or mounted on the wall with the provided hardware if space is limited.
You can either use the touch controls or the provided remote to control the temperature. Plus, it comes with the appropriate waterproofing on the power switch for added safety in an environment like the bathroom. The biggest downside to this unit is its price. Plus, it will take up an awkward amount of space if you don’t mount it on the wall.
- Touch controls and remote included
- Reliable and efficient heating
- Wall mount hardware included
- Includes waterproofing on the power switch for added protection in the bathroom
- Nice looking design
- Bulky unless you mount it on the wall
7. Stiebel Eltron Electric Fan
|Dimensions:||5.13 x 10.88 x 15.75 inches|
Another option if you’re looking for a wall-mounted design is this unit from Stiebel Eltron. A big difference from this to the last one is that this one is wall-mounted only. But it does use a unique downdraft design where it sucks air from the top and pushes the heated air out the bottom to heat a room evenly.
The main complaints this one has received have been about its installation and heat output. Unless you have some electrical knowledge, you may need someone to install this heater. And the heat output doesn’t justify the price for many people.
- Unique downdraft design
- High-quality material
- Adjustable thermostat
- Quiet operation
- Complaints about the heat output
8. Minetom Space Heater
|Dimensions:||2.8 x 4.3 x 6.5 inches|
If you’re looking for the ultimate in compactness, this tiny space heater from Minetom is worth checking out. This heater is simply plugged directly into a standard 120-volt outlet and pushes out up to 350 watts of heat. It would be a good option if your bathroom already stays reasonably warm, but you want a little extra on a chilly morning.
This unit also features an adjustable digital thermostat for accurate heating. However, it will not be ideal if you’re heating a large room. So be aware of that before purchasing it because several complaints about its heat output are more likely due to unrealistic expectations.
- Great for a small room or supplementary heating
- Extremely compact
- Very quiet fan
- Reasonable price
- Not made for large rooms
- The thermostat can be inaccurate depending on where you plug it in
9. DGLK Space Heater
|Dimensions:||5.91 x 3.94 x 7.09 inches|
This is another compact option that would do well sitting on a dry corner of the bathroom counter. It’s 500 watts less than most of the heaters on this list, so it’s not meant for a large bathroom. However, it still puts off a decent amount of heat, especially if it’s a supplemental heater.
Fortunately, it still has decent safety features like a tip-over switch and overheating protection. However, it’s noisier than some, so if the volume is a major concern, there are other heaters on this list that may be more suitable.
- Compact design
- Great for a small bathroom
- Decent price
- Safety features like a tip-over switch and overheating protection
- Loud fan
- Short power cord
- Not a ton of heating output
Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Space Heather For Bathrooms
Here are a few things to consider when buying a space heater for your bathroom:
The color and style of the heater don’t affect the function. However, this is still an important consideration when buying one. Because many of the heaters on the market perform in similar ways, the only significant difference in some of them is what they look like.
Depending on your bathroom’s size, the size of your heater will be an important part of your decision. Fortunately, there are heaters available that range in size from small countertop heaters to larger standalone heaters. For other space-saving, you could also consider a wall or ceiling-mounted heater.
The size of your bathroom also affects how powerful the fan needs to be to heat it effectively. As a general rule, you’ll need around 10 watts of heating power for every square foot of the room. For a quick calculation, simply divide the total square footage by ten.
Space heaters definitely have a range of prices to choose from. Sometimes you’re paying for quality and features, and other times for a brand name. The best thing to do is weigh the cost versus the value of the specific heaters you’re looking at.
Whether you’re looking for a space heater with a timer or want something that cools as well, several options are available. Taking the time to choose a space heater with the features you’d like goes a long way to your long-term satisfaction with your purchase.
The Dreo and Kismile space heaters take our top two spots on the list for a balance of quality and value. If you’re looking at a few extra features versus saving a couple of bucks, the Dreo is the winner.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for an all-season fan and heater combo, the hybrid unit from Laskko is a good option if you’ve got the room in your budget. This one is also a little bulkier, so you’ll need space in the bathroom.
We hope these reviews and the buying guide have given you all the information you need to get the right space heater for your bathroom.
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- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2023
- 2 The 10 Best Space Heaters Are:
- 2.1 1. Dreo Portable Space Heater – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. Kismile Space Heater – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Laskko Hybrid Fan and Heater – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. Dreo Space Heater
- 2.5 5. Broan-NuTone Ceiling-Mounted Heater
- 2.6 6. Sunday Living Space Heater
- 2.7 7. Stiebel Eltron Electric Fan
- 2.8 8. Minetom Space Heater
- 2.9 9. DGLK Space Heater
- 3 Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Space Heather For Bathrooms
- 4 Conclusion