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10 Best Space Heaters in 2022 – Reviews & Top Picks

Modern electric heater on floor

Modern electric heater on floor

A space heater is used to heat up a space or area of a property or room. They might be used to heat a single room or area of a room without the need to put the heating system on, or they can be used to bring a little additional heat to an area that is still cold even with the heating on. There are different styles, and while some heaters are designed to heat a small area very local to the heater, others can project warmth across a greater distance.

Below, you will find reviews of 10 of the best space heaters, along with a brief guide to help you choose the one that best fits your heating requirements.

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A Quick Glance at Our Favorites (2022)

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Vornado VHEAT Vintage Metal Heater Vornado VHEAT Vintage Metal Heater
  • Tiltable head enables control of heat direction
  • Vintage design looks good
  • Variable heat and thermostat settings
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Lasko Heating Compact Space Heater Lasko Heating Compact Space Heater
  • Very cheap
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Cool housing means it is safe for use on the desk
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Dyson HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier Dyson HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier
  • Heats, cools, and purifies air
  • Can be controlled via the machine, app, and even Alexa
  • Very effective at spreading warm air through a room
  • Lasko CD08200 Portable Space Heater Lasko CD08200 Portable Space Heater
  • Cheap
  • Decent amount of heat from a small device
  • Very easy to control
  • Dr Infrared Heater Portable Heater Dr Infrared Heater Portable Heater
  • Remote control
  • Thermostatically controlled to maintain desired temperature
  • Variety of safety features including tip-over protection
  • The 10 Best Space Heaters

    1. Vornado VHEAT Vintage Metal Heater – Best Overall

    Vornado VHEAT Vintage Metal Heater, Green

    Heater type: Ceramic fan
    Heater weight: 8.8 pounds
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    Vornado launched its first space heater in 1945, and the Vornado VHEAT Vintage Metal Heater is a reimagining of the company’s first effort. It uses modern technology, offering a choice of 750 or 1,500 watts of heat power, and combines it with the same vintage look of the first heater.

    The company’s Vortex Action fan does a good job of circulating heat through a room so that it evenly spreads warmth, rather than blasting heat. It has an adjustable thermostat with 10 settings and the head can be tilted so that you can direct the warmth exactly where you want it without being restricted to the unidirectional flow of more rigid heaters. As well as a safety grille to prevent fingers and tails getting hurt, there is an automatic shut off that will stop the heater if the airflow becomes blocked.

    It looks good, it heats well, and it offers good control, and although it is a little on the expensive side for a heater that lacks a remote control and advanced features, it is our choice as the best overall space heater.

    Pros
    • Tiltable head enables control of heat direction
    • Vintage design looks good
    • Variable heat and thermostat settings
    Cons
    • A little pricey considering it lacks advanced features

    2. Lasko Heating Compact Space Heater – Best Value

    Lasko Heating Space Heater, Compact, Purple

    Heater type: Ceramic fan
    Heater weight: 1 pound
    Maximum power: 200 watts

    If you only have a small area to heat, you only need a small space heater, and the Lasko Heating Compact Space Heater fits that bill. It measures 4.3 x 3.8 x 6.1 inches which means that it’s about the size of a desktop speaker. Despite being small, it offers 682 BTU of heat from 200 watts of power and is ready to use straight out of the box.

    As well as being small and lightweight, the Lasko Compact Space Heater is also really cheap. It lacks the power and heating capabilities of other heaters but is ideal if you’re looking for something to warm your workspace or desk in your home office. It has overheating protection, and its housing remains cool to the touch, so it is perfectly safe to use. It is also quiet, so, as well as being suitable for home use, you can take it into the office and heat your own workspace without causing office disruption.

    It is basic, only has one setting, and it won’t heat an entire room, but its low price and convenience makes the Lasko Heating Compact Space Heater the best space heater for the money.

    Pros
    • Very cheap
    • Portable and lightweight
    • Cool housing means it is safe for use on the desk
    Cons
    • No settings or heating control
    • Only 200 watts of power

    3. Dyson HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier – Premium Choice

    Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier

    Heater type: Fan
    Heater weight: 8.62 pounds
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    The Lasko Compact Heater is cheap and has very limited, basic controls. The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier is the opposite, and that’s because it is not just a space heater. It combines the features of a heater, fan, and even an air purifier. It includes a remote control, has seemingly endless controls and features, and it is even Wi-Fi enabled so that you can control it via your smartphone or other device. It is an advanced piece of equipment that even monitors air quality and adjusts to its own findings. It does a very good job of maintaining heat at the level you want, and its unique, bladeless fan does a very good job of spreading that heat around a room.

    The Dyson is a very expensive device, and there are some issues with placement because it needs to be placed a distance away from walls so performs at its best in the middle of a room, but it enables you total control over the air in your room, including everything from the temperature of the air to the air quality. Plus, it offers control through a variety of methods including app and Wi-Fi.

    Pros
    • Heats, cools, and purifies air
    • Can be controlled via the machine, app, and even Alexa
    • Very effective at spreading warm air through a room
    Cons
    • Very expensive

    4. Lasko CD08200 Small Portable Ceramic Space Heater

    Lasko CD08200 Small Portable Ceramic Space Heater for Bathroom and Indoor Home Use

    Heater type: Ceramic fan
    Heater weight: 3.81 pounds
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    The Lasko CD08200 Small Portable Ceramic Space Heater is a portable space heater that weighs less than 4 pounds and can cover an area of just over 200 square feet. It is targeted at bathroom heating, is really inexpensive, and it is easy to control. There is a single control button that lets you choose low heat, high heat, or to receive a 1-hour boost of heat. Because it’s designed for use in the bathroom, it includes a safety plug with other safety features, including overheat protection and cool-touch housing.

    It is a small heater and is cheap and easy to use, but the lack of temperature control means that it is basic compared to most of the other heaters on this list. It is a good option for the bathroom, however, where temperature control is perhaps less important and for other situations where you might want just a one-hour boost of heat.

    Pros
    • Cheap
    • Decent amount of heat from a small device
    • Very easy to control
    Cons
    • Lacks advanced settings or control

    5. Dr Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater

    Dr. Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater

    Heater type: Infrared radiant
    Heater weight: 24 pounds
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    The Dr. Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater is a unique looking infrared heater that is quite expensive compared to ceramic heaters but offers convection heating that claims to do away with hot spots and cold spots. It is quiet, has three power settings, and also features an automatic thermostat so that you can set the desired temperature and let the thermostat cycle the power on and off to maintain a level temperature. It also has an infrared remote control so it can be controlled from the comfort of the sofa.

    The Dr Infrared is heavier than a lot of the other space heaters on our list, but it does have caster wheels that make it easy to move around and shift into position. The Dr Infrared has tip-over protection so it will shut off if the device is tipped onto its side or front. It also has overheating protection to ensure safety as well as warmth.

    Pros
    • Remote control
    • Thermostatically controlled to maintain desired temperature
    • Variety of safety features including tip-over protection
    Cons
    • More expensive than a similar ceramic heater
    • Heavy

    6. Mr Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy

    Mr Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy

    Heater type: Propane radiant heater
    Heater weight: 9 pounds
    Maximum power: 9,000 BTUs

    Whether you have an RV, outdoor eating area, or some other outdoor or unpowered space that you want to heat, a standard indoor space heater won’t do the job. The Mr Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy is an outdoor space heater. It uses propane, which isn’t provided with the purchase, to provide between 4,000–9,000 BTU of heat and is capable, according to the manufacturer, of heating up to 225 square feet of space with radiant heat. Although it is an outdoor heater, it is also rated as safe for indoor use, so it can be used in garages or other areas where access to electricity is limited.

    The Mr Heater is reasonably priced, is one of the few that can be safely and effectively used outdoors, and it has a propane burn rate of 0.099 gallons per hour, so it uses propane reasonably. However, while it is a good option for camping or for emergency use during power outages and is rated safe for indoor use, it relies on radiant heating, so it doesn’t use a fan to push heat out around the room and will be very warm around the heater but less warm away from the immediate vicinity.

    Pros
    • Uses propane so suitable for blackouts or camping
    • Provides up to 9,000 BTU of heat
    • Safe for outdoor use
    Cons
    • No fan to dissipate heat

    7. De’Longhi Ceramic Tower Heater

    De’Longhi Ceramic Tower Heater

    Heater type: Ceramic fan
    Heater weight: 5 pounds
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    The De’Longhi Ceramic Tower Heater is a ceramic fan heater that offers just over 5,000 BTUs of heat and claims to offer instant heating from its ceramic heating element. It has a remote control, enables a good degree of control over temperature, and it also has an oscillating setting that enables you to more evenly radiate heat around a room or space. The manual timer means that you can set and forget the heater, and safety features like thermal shut-off and tip-over switch mean that it is safe to do so. It also has De’Longhi’s Quiet System that reduces noise by half, ensuring that the noise of the fan won’t drown out the TV in your room.

    The fan is a little on the expensive side, but it does have advanced control features and its oscillation and quiet noise are beneficial. Also, while it does a good job of heating small spaces, it struggles to dissipate heat around larger areas, so you may need to look elsewhere if you’re trying to heat a bigger space.

    Pros
    • Advanced temperature and timer controls
    • Oscillation ensures good heat distribution
    • Remote control
    Cons
    • A little pricey
    • Not the best for large spaces

    8. Lasko Ceramic Adjustable Thermostat Space Heater

    Lasko Ceramic Adjustable Thermostat Space Heaters

    Heater type: Ceramic fan
    Heater weight: 1 pound
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    The Lasko Ceramic Adjustable Thermostat Space Heater is a small and portable space heater that is reasonably priced and offers 11 temperature settings. It also has three modes with low, high, and fan-only settings. Lasko claims that the heater will warm spaces up to 300 square feet in area and that it has a cool-touch housing so the carry handle can be safely used to move the heater even when it is in use.

    The heater is reasonably priced and has decent temperature settings, but it is lightweight and doesn’t automatically switch off if it is tipped over. It also lacks a remote control, although that should be expected at this price point.

    Pros
    • Reasonable price
    • Good range of temperature settings
    • Lightweight and portable
    Cons
    • No function to switch off if tipped over
    • No remote control

    9. Vornado TAVH10 Electric Space Heater

    Vornado TAVH10 Electric Space Heater

    Heater type: Ceramic fan
    Heater weight: 6.91 pounds
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    The Vornado TAVH10 Electric Space Heater is another fan heater from Vornado. This one offers three modes: low power (750 watts), high power (1,500 watts), and fan only. It has automatic climate control to maintain the desired temperature without having to manually adjust settings. It uses the company’s vortex tornado fan system which twists air to circulate it around a room without the excessive noise that can be heard from a lot of fans. It also has a basic remote control so it can be controlled from the sofa or anywhere else and safety features ensure that the device turns off automatically if tipped over or if it overheats.  However, it is expensive and doesn’t do a great job of heating rooms.

    Pros
    • Remote control
    • Thermostatically controlled climate control
    • Quiet
    Cons
    • Doesn’t produce a lot of heat
    • Expensive

    10. De’Longhi TRD40615T Full Room Radiant Heater

    DeLonghi TRD40615T Full Room Radiant Heater

    Heater type: Radiant heater
    Heater weight: 24 pounds
    Maximum power: 1,500 watts

    The De’Longhi TRD50615T Full Room Radiant Heater is a radiant heater which means that it has no fan to push air around the room, but it is a fairly big heater that produces a reasonable amount of heat. The lack of a fan does mean that it is quieter than fan-assisted heaters, and it features an adjustable thermostat with a timer and a good variety of heat settings. The antifreeze standby setting prevents the heater and its pipes from freezing over in cold weather.

    However, it is a little pricey and because it doesn’t use a fan. This oil heater struggles to heat the full room, and you will get the best results when placing the radiator in the middle of a room, which isn’t always practical. And, while the heater heats silently, the timer does make an audible ticking noise that can be heard when the room is quiet and can be especially irritating at night.

    Pros
    • No fan so heats quietly
    • Thermostatically controlled temperature
    Cons
    • Struggles to heat the entire room
    • Annoying ticking noise from the timer

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    Buyer’s Guide: Picking the Best Space Heater

    Space heaters are relatively simple heaters that are designed to heat spaces or single rooms. They differ from a heating system because they are individual units and typically draw power from the electricity, although there are some outdoor space heaters that use propane instead of electricity. There are various features to look for, including automatic thermostatic settings and remote controls, but the most important factor of any space heater is how well it heats. Read on for more information on these home heaters and how to choose the one that best fits your requirements.

    Pros of a Space Heater

    Space heaters are used to heat specific areas, rather than a whole house. Their benefits include:
    • Saving Money – If you only want to heat a single room or small area in a house, putting the heating system on can be a very expensive way to do this. Using a space heater, it is possible to heat a single room or even the specific area of a room where you sit. As long as you buy an efficient heater and only run it when needed, it could save money compared to the use of an HVAC system.
    • Inexpensive to Buy – Space heaters can be bought for $50 or less, although those with advanced settings and more power do have higher costs. A space heater typically costs a lot less to buy than an additional radiator or system heater.
    • Simple to Use – Although the simplicity does vary according to the type and range of controls a heater offers, space heaters can be very easy to operate. At their most basic, the heater is turned on or off according to your heat needs. Others may include thermostatic controls so that you can set the desired temperature and the heater will turn on and off automatically to maintain that temperature.
    • Portable – Most space heaters are designed to be portable so that they can be moved from one room to another, or they can be put away when not in use. They don’t usually take up permanent residence in a room and it may even be possible to move them from your home to your office and back again.

    Cons of Space Heaters

    While space heaters do have their benefits, they also have some potential pitfalls, including:
    • Potential Hazard – According to some estimates, space heaters are responsible for more than a third of house fires. You do need to ensure that they are not too close to other objects, especially flammable objects like furniture and clothing, and you should opt for one with adequate safety features. Buy one that automatically shuts off if it tips over, if the vent is covered, or if the heater overheats and you can minimize the risks.
    • Can Cost Money – A space heater is effective at heating relatively small spaces. If you are looking to heat a large room or multiple rooms, running several space heaters will push your energy bills up quickly. If you need three or more large space heaters, it might be worth considering a central heating system to heat areas of the property instead.
    • Require Regular Attention – Even those with timers and automatic thermostats still require some level of attention through the day. You can’t rely fully on the safety features that are offered so will need to check on the temperature and potentially move the heater to avoid overheating and fire risks. You may also need to turn the heaters on and off and ensure that they are set to an appropriate temperature.
    A heater that can warm the air at home
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    Types of Space Heater

    There is a fairly limited range of space heater types available. The majority use a ceramic heating element and then use fans to distribute the heat around a room. However, there are some radiant heaters. These produce heat at the unit and rely on natural dissipation to spread the heat.

    Fan heaters usually do a better job of spreading heat more evenly so that you don’t suffer hot and cold spots, but you will have to deal with the noise of the fan, whereas radiant heaters are quieter but may not offer the same heat distribution.

    Although space heaters are usually used to heat indoor areas, there is a limited number of outdoor space heaters that can sometimes be used for camping too, although you should always ensure that a heater is safe for use in a tent and that you situate it properly and safely. These run on propane or another gas and can also be beneficial in areas where there is no access to power or in emergencies. For example, during power blackouts.

    Features to Look For

    There is no single space heater that can be considered the best for all circumstances. When shopping, consider the following features to ensure you choose the best space heater for you and your space.

    Settings

    Very basic heaters have an on and off setting, but most have more settings than this. Look for heaters with multiple heat settings such as low and high heat. And if you want advanced heating features, consider one with an automatic thermostat and timer features. These settings not only enable you to control the amount of heat you get, but to automate the heating of your space, although they do attract a higher cost.

    Controls

    Heaters always have controls on the unit itself. The controls may be analog dials or digital buttons. Some also offer remote control—a small handheld device that can be used to turn the heater on and off, control the temperature, and determine any other settings such as timers. Those that are Wi-Fi enabled usually offer controls via a smartphone app and may even connect to your Alexa or other voice assistance so that you can “tell” your heater to turn on and off. The more advanced the controls, the higher the price of the heater.

    Oscillating Heaters

    Fan heaters push heat forwards. Some push air in a very limited angle while others can offer almost 180° coverage, but if you are looking to heat a larger area, an oscillating heater will automatically turn back and forth so that it can cover space in front and behind the fan and provide a much greater dispersal of heat through a room.

    Safety Features

    Space heaters can be dangerous. They should always be used away from other items and most manufacturers recommend that they are kept away from walls. Even then, they do rely on a heating element that can reach intense heat, so safety features should be considered important, especially if you have children or pets that might get close to the heater. Look for devices that switch off automatically if they tip over, those that switch off if they are overheating, and also ensure that fans have grilles to cover the blades and that the housing unit remains cool enough to touch in order to prevent burned fingers and pets.

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    Conclusion

    Space heaters can do a very good job of heating individual rooms or small spaces, although heating multiple rooms using multiple space heaters can prove expensive. Different heaters have different features and settings, with some of the most advanced rivalling a central heating system in their complexity and room coverage. While compiling the reviews above, we found the Vornado VHEAT to offer a great combination of affordability and heating, while the Lasko Compact Heater is a really cheap heater that is still effective at heating a desk or small area in a room.


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