Lasko 754200 Ceramic Space Heater
Dr Infrared Space Heater
Kaz Honeywell Heat Bud Ceramic Heater
Space heaters can take the chill off on those October evenings and are a great way to fill in the details of your heating scheme during the most brutal stretches of winter. After all, why crank the thermostat a few more degrees when all you really need is an electric heater to warm your toes a bit? Space heaters come in all shapes, sizes and prices these days and below we’ve got the 12 best.
The Best Space Heater
Space heaters with programmable thermostats have a leg up on those without them. The thermostat allows you to run the indoor heater in a more energy efficient way. Not all space heaters have them but the Lasko 754200 does. It’s just one of the many benefits of this ceramic heater which also include overheat protection and a full 3 year warranty. And if you need a heater for you camping, check out our guide to best tent heaters for our top picks.
1500 watt, 900 watt and fan only settings.
Self-regulating ceramic heating element.
Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Weight3.5 pounds
A surprising amount of heat for such a small unit.
Well-built and affordable.
3 year limited warranty.
No tip over auto-shutdown.
The Dr Infrared Heater uses infrared technology to heat up the objects in a room which, in theory, will then retain and radiate heat. This way the heat doesn’t just emerging from the room heater and head exit the window. Whether is actually winds up delivering 60% more heat like it claims is debatable. But there’s no doubt the system is more effective than your average electric heater. Be sure to also check out our list of the best outdoor heater for more great items like this.
High-efficiency blower projects heat.
Automatic overheat shut-off.
Tip over protection.
Weight: 24 pounds.
- BrandDr Infrared Heater
- Weight23.5 pounds
Uses less energy than conventional heaters.
Extremely quiet space heater.
Doesn’t dry out the room.
The Honeywell HCE200W UberHeat Ceramic Heater is a handsome space heating unit that resembles an old-fashioned wind up alarm and radiates heat like nobody’s business. The UberHeat Ceramic Room Heater comes with both tip over and overheat protection, a deceptively powerful fan that projects the heat effectively (for its size) and an adjustable thermostat. It’s also affordable and well-built. Be sure to also check out our list of the best hand warmers for more great products to keep you warm.
1500 watts of power.
Automatic shut off if overheating or tipped.
Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Weight3.8 pounds
Thumbs up for the adjustable thermostat.
Design adapts to various decors.
Lightweight and powerful.
Larger than you think it is.
The Lasko MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater is one of a new generation of ceramic space heaters that are more energy efficient and, because they tend to be cool to the touch, safer than their predecessors. The MyHeat has a discrete design that enables it to blend into the background while it doles out the heat. And it’s nice and quiet as well. Also comes with a limited 3 year warranty.
Energy efficient 200 watt ceramic heater.
Attractive, low key design.
Cool touch casing.
Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Weight1.6 pounds
Cool touch housing is great if there’s kids around.
Overheat protection should you forget to turn it off.
Can be a bit noisy.
You’d be forgiven if you mistook your Mighty Power Compact Personal Space Heater for a Mac Pro. They definitely come from the same design universe. But that’s where the similarities end. The Mighty Power electric heater ramps up to full heat in just 2 seconds and can be adjusted to 950 watts, 450 watts or fan only operation with a flip of the switch. It features auto shut-off when tipped over and the fan oscillates a full 90 degrees. An effective, compact unit. Our handy guide to the best wall AC units features more great products like this.
950 watts of power.
42 decibels quiet.
ABS fire retardant. material
Weight: 2.55 pounds.
- BrandMighty Power
- Weight2.55 pounds
2 heat temperatures presets available.
Lives up to the quiet space heater hype.
Auto overheating shut-off protection.
Can be knocked over pretty easy.
The Tenergy PTC Ceramic Heater can be adjusted to 900 or 1500 watts and has an energy efficient ceramic heating element that pumps out enough heat to warm a 170 sq ft room. The fan tilts up and down a total of 15 degrees so you can keep it pointing in your preferred direction. There’s auto overheat shut-off, an adjustable thermostat and easy to understand control dials too. Heats up in a scant 3 seconds.
Heats up to 170 square feet.
Adjustable wattage settings and thermostat.
Ceramic heating element.
Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Weight3.99 pounds
Low and high heat settings are nice to have.
Ceramic heating element warms quickly.
Auto overheat shut down.
A bit heavy at 3.9 pounds.
The second Honeywell entry on our list is the Heat Bud. The Bud features a ceramic heating unit that heats up in a snap and doesn’t sending your electric bills through the roof. It’s a 250 watt unit that actually heats like one of its bigger cousins. It features tip over protection, a warning light to remind you it’s on and can be adjusted down to 170 watts should you just need to take the edge off the chill. Love this product? Check out our review of the best portable air conditioners for our top picks.
Automatic tip over shut-off.
Constructed from flame retardant materials.
Energy efficient ceramic heater.
Weight: 1 pound
- Weight1.05 pounds
A nice little electric heater for the kitchen counter.
Adjustable power settings.
Good looking, adapts to a variety of decors.
The Optimus H-1322 Portable Space Heater lets you choose between 1500 watts or a more modest 750 watts of power. There’s also an adjustable thermostat to provide even greater energy usage control along with a ‘fan only’ option for warmer weather. The unit turns off if tipped over and also shuts down if the internal temperature exceeds a set limit. Beyond all that it’s reliable, affordable and lightweight.
Dual wattage settings of 750 and 1500 watts.
Automatic overheat shut down.
Weight: 2 pounds
- Weight2 pounds
Lightweight and easy to move.
Plenty of standard safety features.
Indicator light to remind you it’s on.
If all that matters to you is performance then you won’t find a portable heater that does a much better job than this. The Opolar Ceramic Heater is quiet, efficient and effective. It heats up fast and provides high or low(er) wattage settings. It has all the standard safety features (tip over, overheat shut-off) along with an adjustable thermostat. What it doesn’t have are good looks. We’re inclined to give it a pass however, though others may not. Make sure you also check our guide to the best electric baseboard heaters.
Achieves desired temp in 3 seconds.
Energy efficient ceramic heating element.
Tip-over and overheat shut-off.
Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Weight4.67 pounds
Adjustable power settings and thermostat for greater control.
Tip over protection works like a charm.
The “oscillate” switch is a nice touch.
The VersionTech Small Space Heater is a good looking portable unit that offers a range of features. There are 3 different heating modes that are synced with different color lights so you can tell from a distance which setting you’re running. There’s a generous handle on the back for carrying. And the automatic overheating shut-off protects you should you forget the unit is on. An extremely quiet space heater at a mere 45 decibels. You can place it even in your RV, or you can check our guide to best RV air conditioners for when the weather gdts hot!
High and low power settings.
Energy efficient ceramic heating unit.
Runs at a quiet 45 decibels.
Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Weight2.4 pounds
Maybe the best looking space heater on the market.
Light and easy to move about.
The 90 degree oscillation can be switched on and off.
Fan could be better.
Some thought was obviously given to the design of the Vornado Personal Space Heater. It’s a good looking unit with a nice wide stance that we wish more space heaters would adopt. It’s energy aware in that power usage is capped at 750 watts and it has fan blades that really move some air. There’s the usual suspects when it comes to safety in the auto overheat shut-off and tip over protection and the unit is covered by a limited 3 year warranty.
Projects heat up to 15 feet.
Specially designed blades for effective air movement.
Advanced safety features.
Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Weight1.9 pounds
Maybe the most stable electric heater you can buy.
Effective heat distribution.
One of the quieter space heaters.
Housing material not the best.
The last of our dynamic dozen is the Brightown Personal Ceramic space heater. When they say “personal” they mean it because the 250 watts and relatively meek fan isn’t going to heat a room. What it is great at though is heating the area immediately around you if you’re watching a movie on a cold winter night or need to warm up your cubicle a bit.
An energy saving 250 watts.
Ceramic heating element heats quickly.
Housing is always cool to the touch.
Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Weight1.45 pounds
Good looking little indoor heater.
Kicks out a decent amount of heat for its size.
Lightweight and easy to move around.
Easily knocked over.
Best Space Heater Buyer’s Guide
How We Chose Our Selection of Space Heaters:
- Reviews - Customer reviews tend to be a mixed bag as far as reliability goes since someone having a bad day might just take it out on this product or that. Still, it’s important to see what others have to say and we do give some weight to the preponderance of opinions.
- Brand - Many formerly reliable brands have engaged in aggressive cost cutting measures in recent years which means you can’t necessarily rely on a brand name will ensure quality. So we tend to give less weight to brands these days and simply look for....
- Quality - It’s all about quality and value. If the item is well built, reliable and affordably priced it’s a value winner in our book and will make our list regardless of who produced it. Materials, engineering, ease of use, features and safety are all things we look for to determine quality.
- Price - Some heaters are expensive and worth every penny. Others, similarly priced, are a waste of money. Likewise, there are some outstanding values to be found at the low end of the price spectrum if you look hard enough.
Features To Look For In Space Heaters:
- Type - There are 3 basic types of electric space heaters in use today. They are convection heaters that are normally used for heating entire rooms, radiant heaters that provide effective warm air fills in specific areas and ceramic heaters the warm quickly are energy efficient and cool to the touch.
- Thermostat - Today we’re all about energy conservation. As such it’s important that a portable heater have an adjustable thermostat. Not only will it allow you to save energy, it will also enable you to control the environment much more effectively and tailor it to your exact liking.
- Settings - Today, all the best space heaters provide you some measure of control over the temperature output. Not many will actually allow you to set a specific temperature but at minimum they allow you to set the unit to low, medium or high heat.
- Wattage - The wattage should correlate to the size of the space you want to heat. As a general rule of thumb a 1500 watt heater is designed to heat an entire room up to 150-200 square feet. If you just want something to warm up the area around your desk 250 watts should be fine.
- Size - If you want something to keep your feet warm during the day then you’ll want something small and stable to fit under your desk. If you want something to heat the entire room a heater the size of a coffee mug isn’t going to do it. Also, if you are buying a space heater for your grandmother you don’t want something that weighs 25 pounds.
- Noise - There hasn’t been an electric heater invented that doesn’t make some noise. But today’s best space heaters typically generate less than 50 decibels of noise. Some will come in under 40 decibels, which makes them almost undetectable in the average room.
- Design - As a general rule it’s a good idea to try and find a space heater whose design doesn’t clash with other elements in the room. But again, it’s entirely up to you to decide if something floats your boat from a design perspective.
Types of space heaters:
- Ceramic - Ceramic heaters have pushed their way to the forefront of the space heater industry because they’re energy efficient, heat quickly and don’t cause the housing to become dangerously hot. Heat is generated by a current passing through the ceramic.
- Oil-filled - Oil-filled radiators are large units that resemble the steam radiators of old. They’re not as popular as they once were although there are still quite a few models on the market. While they do a decent job of heating a room using them often can really impact your electric bill.
- Coil based - The coil based portable heater is what most people think of when they think space heater. Current is run through a coil that heats up to a glowing red. A fan behind the coil blows the hot air created by the coil into the room. Quickly being replaced by the ceramic heater.
Space Heater FAQs
Q: What is a space heater?
A: A space heater is a portable device usually powered by electricity that allows you generate various amounts of heat on demand. Space heaters are not intended to be the sole, or even primary heat source in a home, though some use them as such. Rather, they’re intended to fill gaps in your heating scheme or to allow you to warm a specific area without having to adjust your home or office thermostat settings.
Q: Can you leave a space heater on all night?
A: An electric heater should never be left to run unattended. Regardless of what type of heater it is and whether it has the current safety checks built in the space heater should always be turned off before you go to sleep.
Q: Can you place a space heater on a carpet?
A: Space heaters, even ones with robust safety features, should never be placed on carpets or atop any other flammable material.
Q: Why does my heater smell like something is burning?
A: A burning smell emanating from a space heater is usually dust burning off. However, while the burning smell may turn out to be nothing serious you should nonetheless shut the space heater down if you detect a burning smell and inspect it carefully, especially the wires. If you turn it back on and the burning smell persists turn it off and contact the manufacturer.
Q: Do space heaters give off carbon monoxide?
A: None of the portable heater types reviewed here give off carbon monoxide. That only becomes a concern when you get into wood burning or kerosene stoves.