On those extra chilly days when your home’s heating system just doesn’t seem to be reaching all the corners of your home, you may want to rely on a ceramic space heater. This type of heater can help you quickly heat up your space since they are typically energy-efficient compared to other types of heaters.
According to Deane Biermeier, a member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board, when looking for a ceramic heater, “the most important thing to consider is the size of the space you're trying to heat and the heating capacity of the unit.” He also adds that “Although space heaters are required to meet specific safety requirements, it's good to make sure and look for the UL seal.”
We researched and tested dozens of ceramic space heaters, taking into consideration their heating performance, safety features, noise levels, and design. Our best overall pick is the Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater, thanks to its overheat and tip-over auto-shutoff safety features, quiet operation, easy-to-use temperature controls, and great overall value.
Here are the best ceramic heaters.
Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater
Five heating modes and adjustable thermostat
Overheat and tip-over protection
Awkward handle design
Not the best for larger spaces
With a noise rating of just 37.5 decibels on its lowest setting and an array of adjustable features, the Dreo Solaris Max Space Heater earns our top spot on this list. This ceramic heater has 5 different heat output modes: H1, H2, H3, eco, and fan only. The heat output ranges from 700W to 1500W. It has an adjustable digital thermostat, too, which allows you to adjust the temperature anywhere between 41 degrees to 95 degrees, so you can really fine-tune the temperature of your room.
This heater also has a 70-degree oscillation feature and a timer function, which ranges from one to twelve hours. You can take advantage of all these features via the easy-to-read, user-friendly digital display or the remote, which also has a straightforward design. In terms of safety, the heater is ETL-certified and has both overheat and tip-over protection. The plug's blades are also specially designed to resist bending.
As for its design, the heater has a rounded and compact shape, and an overall modern, clean-cut, and unobtrusive appearance. It stands just under 16 inches tall, and it is available with a gold or silver rim. There is a handle to make moving the heater easier, and though it’s a bit awkwardly designed compared to handles on other models, it's still better than having no handle at all. Its light 4.6-pound weight also helps make it easy to carry. The heater cost less than $80 (at time of publish), and keep in mind that while the heater can serve well in small or medium spaces, it’s not ideal for warming larger spaces.
Price at time of publish: $75
Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 15.8 inches | Weight: 4.6 pounds | Wattage: 700W-1500W | Oscillating: Yes
Comfort Zone Energy Save Heater
Tip-over and overheating auto-shutoff
Good heat output
No timer function
The Comfort Zone Energy Save Oscillating Ceramic Heater is an ETL-listed space heater with simple, useful features, at an affordable price. The heater offers low, high, and energy-saving settings, plus you can control the temperature of the heat on each mode via the thermostat dial. For those who are particularly concerned about their space heaters' energy usage, this model’s energy-saving mode is designed to use 30 percent less energy than the average heater. Note that while this heater does have some handy features, it, unfortunately, lacks a timer feature.
The heater has overheating and tip-over auto-shutoff safety features, and its exterior is designed to stay cool. Despite being compact and only measuring 6 x 5.25 x 9.5 inches, this heater’s design is a bit clunky and less attractive compared to other heaters in this roundup. However, it’s still easy to use: It has two large dials on the top for adjusting the temperature and heat output, and a switch on the front to turn on the oscillation feature. It also has handles for easy carrying which, when paired with its light 3.56-pound weight, make it a great portable option.
Price at time of publish: $45
Dimensions: 6 x 5.25 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 3.56 pounds | Wattage: 1500W | Oscillating: Yes
Better Homes & Gardens 23-Inch Electric Ceramic Tower Heater
Good heating performance
Instructions could be better
Display could be more straightforward
The Better Homes & Gardens 23" Electric Ceramic Tower Heater is one of the models we tested in The Lab, and we appreciated its heating power, range of settings, and various features. You have the option of setting the digital thermostat between 41 to 95 degrees and choosing between a low, medium, high, or eco mode. The heater also has a smooth functioning oscillation feature, and it operates quietly even on its highest setting. Our tester’s favorite thing about this heater was that it was quick to get them “warm and toasty.”
We wish the instructions were easier to follow and that the digital display was a bit more user-friendly. However, we did not find this to be a major downfall, especially considering all the other handy features this heater offers. It has an 8-hour timer and it comes with a remote. The unit has built-in magnetic storage for the remote as well, so you won’t have to leave the remote floating around your house. As for safety, this is an ETL-tested model with overheat protection and a tip-over auto-shutoff. When our tester gently knocked over the heater to test its tip-over safety feature, the heater turned off within about five seconds. Overall, the heater costs around $60, and our tester judged it to be “a good product for the price.”
Price at time of publish: $60
Dimensions: 7.67 x 6.89 x 23.20 inches | Weight: 9 pounds | Wattage: 1500W | Oscillating: Yes
Pelonis Ceramic Tower Space Heater
Efficient heating power
Great features for price point
No fan mode
During testing, the PELONIS PTH15A4BGB Ceramic Tower Heater stood out for its design, features, and heating power. The unit offers a high, low, and eco mode, as well as a convenient 8-hour timer option, and it has a maximum temperature of 92 degrees. Its 70-degree oscillation feature functions smoothly, and it operates quietly. The heater also has important safety features—it’s ETL-tested, and features overheat protection and a tip-over auto-shutoff function. In terms of design, the tower stands 23 inches tall, and its compact profile means it won’t take up too much space wherever you place it. It’s lightweight, too, which makes moving it quite easy.
This heater does a nice job of evenly distributing the heat—warmth can be felt all around the unit, not just around its front grill. We also appreciated how its heating power remained consistent while operating, as well as how the unit's exterior didn’t get too hot and stayed cool-to-touch. The instructions could have been more clear, and our tester noted they wished the unit had a fan. On the plus side, the digital display was user-friendly and it comes with a handy remote, so you have multiple ways to control the unit. Overall, we think this heater is budget-friendly since it offers a good range of features for around $80 (at time of publish). Our tester also claims this “would be a perfect option for the camper” since they think that “it would heat the area nice and it really is cool to touch.”
Price at time of publish: $80
Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 22.95 inches | Weight: 6.29 pounds | Wattage: 1500W | Oscillating: Yes
Best Safety Features
Honeywell ThermaWave 6 Ceramic Technology Space Heater
Great cooling and auto-shutoff features
Effective heating power
Sleek and modern look
Airflow directed upward
Could be more energy efficient
We tested the Honeywell ThermaWave 6 Ceramic Technology Space Heater in The Lab, and were impressed by the range and effectiveness of its safety features. This UL-tested unit has a tip-over auto-shutoff, and once you sit the heater back up after it's been knocked over, you will have to manually turn the heater back on again. It has built-in heater sensors as well, so it will turn off if it starts to get too hot. If it ever does shut down due to overheating, it will only start running again after it's spent 20 minutes cooling down. And regardless if it's knocked over or starts to overheat, the heater has an auto-timer and will automatically turn off after 8 hours. Plus, the exterior stays cool-to-touch and after the unit is turned off a fan will run for one minute for a smooth cooling process.
This heater lets you choose from a low, high, or auto heat output, and it has an adjustable thermostat and multiple timer options. The heater offers great options for controlling the heat output and temperature, but since it lacks an oscillation feature and since the grill is located at the top of the heater, the heat flows upward and there are no options for adjusting the heat’s direction. Our tester also noted that “the watts per hour of use was higher than the general 1.5 threshold,” which means this heater could perform better in terms of energy efficiency. However, we were overall pleased with the amount of heat this model produced. The heater has an attractive, sleek appearance, and it also has a built-in handle that makes carrying it easy. Our tester notes the handle is in a “good location to avoid potential burns from heat on the front of the unit.”
Price at time of publish: $91
Dimensions: 18.11 x 18.54 x 7.75 inches | Weight: 13.17 pounds | Wattage: 1500W | Oscillating: No
Atomi Smart Wireless Tabletop Heater
Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
Efficiently heats up
Had a smell on highest setting
Trouble with app setup
The Atomi Smart Table Top Space Heater stands out for all of its user-friendly features. It’s Alexa- and Google Assistant-compatible, so you can use voice commands if you have the proper voice assistant-enable devices. It also works with app controls, allowing you to conveniently operate it from your smartphone. However, we did have some difficulties connecting the heater to the app. If you prefer not to use the smart features, you can use the easy-to-read, highly-responsive digital display. Our tester noted that their favorite thing about the heater is “you can see the temperature digitally on the heater and can change the temp to what you specifically want.”
We were pleased with the warmth this heater provided and how quickly it heated up the space. The exterior did start to feel warm while it was operating, but not excessively hot. On the highest setting, we did notice the heater produced a slight smell, which was unfortunate, but it wasn’t an overbearing scent. This ETL-tested heater compensates for this minor con with other handy features, such as an eco-mode for saving energy, various timer settings, and an oscillation setting with a 70-degree coverage. It also operates quietly and has a sleek, futuristic appearance, so it won’t be obtrusive wherever you place it in your home.
Dimensions: 8.27 x 9.06 x 18.11 inches | Weight: 6 pounds | Wattage: 1000W, 1500W | Oscillating: Yes
De'Longhi DCH5915ER Ceramic Compact Heater
Good safety features
Need to remember to clean dust filter
The De'Longhi DCH5915ER Ceramic Compact Heater has a small footprint but still offers effective heating power. The unit measures just 10 x 8 x 14 inches, so you can trust it to be unobtrusive wherever you place it, and it lets you choose from low, high, or eco settings. The eco mode will automatically adjust the heater’s settings to help save energy, which is a handy feature for anyone whose top concern is energy efficiency. This model also has an oscillation function, which helps with ensuring even heating distribution, and a 24-hour timer. And when it comes to safety features, this model has a thermal shutoff and thermal fuse for two ways to protect against overheating, as well as a tip-over auto-shutoff feature.
The controls on the unit are user-friendly, and the digital display is clear and easy to read. The remote, however, is a bit awkwardly designed with small buttons, but it's still convenient for when you want to control the heater from a distance. This heater also has a removable filter for collecting dust particles in the air. While it's handy that this model can simultaneously heat and clean the air, it does mean it requires extra maintenance since you will have to remember to clean the dust filter. The unit also has a cool-touch handle for easy carrying and special technology that allows for quiet operation. In terms of price, this heater is a bit more expensive than other models in the roundup, costing a little under $100 at time of publish.
Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 14 inches | Weight: 5 pounds | Wattage: 900W, 1500W | Oscillating: Yes
Honeywell HCE200W UberHeat Ceramic Heater
Compact and lightweight
No oscillation feature
Could be quieter
With its compact design and effective heat settings, the Honeywell HCE200W UberHeat is our favorite ceramic space heater for small spaces, since chances are it will be in your line of sight. The heater is space-conscious enough to sit on a desk, and it has a unique look compared to other heaters on this list. The heater is shaped similarly to an alarm clock, and its round shape and sleek frame give it a modern, attractive appearance. But the exterior does more than just look good — it also stays cool during use, which is a nice safety feature.
You will be able to choose from a low or high heat setting, and the heater has a thermostat dial for calibrating the temperature of those settings. Note that while the unit isn’t super loud, it produces more noise than you'd expect from a heater of its size. It also lacks an oscillation feature, which means the heat tends to be focused and lacks a ton of reach. However, the heater does have overheat and tip-over protection, so it will automatically turn off if it starts to get too hot or is tipped over. It also has non-slip rubber feet, which can help keep it from accidentally moving, and a UL-rated power cord.
Dimensions: 6.8 x 8 x 9 inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Wattage: 1500W | Oscillating: No
GiveBest Portable Electric Space Heater With Thermostat
Light and compact
Front grill can get pretty warm
No oscillation feature
The GiveBest Portable Electric Space Heater is a great portable option since it weighs only 3.59 pounds, has a compact design, and has a sturdy, easy-to-grip handle at its top. Aside from being easy to tote around, this heater is also easy to use thanks to the two large dials for controlling the temperature, located on the top of the heater. One of the knobs lets you choose between a heat output of 750W, a heat output of 1500W, or a fan-only mode. The other knob is a thermostat dial, which allows you to set the temperature anywhere between 0 to 158 degrees. This unit unfortunately does not have an oscillation feature, so it may not be best suited for larger areas. That one missing feature aside, the heater has an overall great value with a price of around $50, at time of publish.
Despite its small size, it can heat up an area quickly. The overall exterior stays cool-to-touch, but the front grill does get considerably warm, which is something to keep in mind when handling the heater. It also has an overheating and tip-over auto-shutoff feature, so it will turn off if it starts to get too hot or is knocked over. As for its design, this heater’s straightforward and simple appearance paired with its small frame means it will be an inconspicuous addition to any room. It has a six-foot cord, too, which should provide a good amount of reach for most rooms.
Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.1 x 11 inches | Weight: 3.59 pounds | Wattage: 1500W | Oscillating: Yes
Our best overall pick is the Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater, because it offers great and adjustable heating power, a quiet operation, and important safety features — such as overheating and tip-over auto-shutoffs — in an attractive package. Our pick for the model with the best safety features is the Honeywell ThermaWave 6 Ceramic Technology Space Heater, since it's quick to turn off when knocked over and has temperature sensors to protect against overheating, an automatic 8-hour timer, and a cool-touch exterior.
What to Look for in a Ceramic Space Heater
Heat output is the amount of heat a space heater produces, so a higher heat output equates to a greater amount of warmth generated. Usually, heat output will be measured and listed in product description as BTUs per hour, but it can also be measured in watts. (One watt is equal to 3.41 BTUs per hour.) Deane Biermeier, a member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board tells us that space heaters designed for homes typically have a 1500W-output. Biermeier says 1500W “allows the unit to plug into standard 15-amp house electrical circuits without tripping the breaker while heating a room up to around 150 square feet.”
All of the space heaters included in our roundup have a maximum heat output of 1500W. Most of the options let you choose from different heat outputs. For instance, our pick for the best smart ceramic space heater, the Atomi Smart Smart Wi-Fi 1500-Watt Electric Personal Portable Ceramic Oscillating Table Top Space Heater with Digital Touch Screen, allows you to choose from a mode with a 1000W heat output or a mode with a 15000W output.
If you plan on moving your space heater from room to room, or are looking for a model you can take with you to the office in the colder months, you’ll want to make sure you opt for a space heater with portability features. That means looking for a heater that’s lightweight, ideally with an easy-to-grip handle. Our pick for the best portable space heater, the GiveBest Portable Electric Heater, weighs only 3.2 pounds and has a large handle for easy carrying.
Heaters can vary in size. Some may be tall and slim towers, while others may be compact enough to fit under a desk. Note the heater’s dimensions, and make sure it will fit, both physically and visually, in the space where you intend to place the heater. Keep in mind that size does not always equate to heat output. Just because a heater looks bigger and more powerful, doesn’t mean it has the best heating power. Look at size in conjunction with heat output to make sure you are purchasing the best heater for your space. Our pick for the ceramic space heater with the best design, the Honeywell HCE200W UberHeat Ceramic Personal Heater, measures 9.02 x 6.5 x 10.24 inches and has a heat output of 1500W.
When dealing with a product that produces heat, safety features are one of the most important things to keep in mind. You should look for space heaters with tip-over and overheating auto-shutoff features, so they will automatically turn off when they are knocked over or start to get too hot. You will also want to make sure the space heater you are looking to buy meets U.S. safety standards. The heater should be labeled as being UL- or ETL-tested, or as being tested by some other recognized lab. You should also not use your heater with an extension cord, and should instead opt to buy a heater with a cord long enough to meet your placement needs.
The Honeywell ThermaWave 6 Ceramic Technology Space Heater is UL-tested and packed with handy safety features, like an overheating and tip-over auto-shutoff, an automatic 8-hour shutoff, a cool-touch exterior, and a fan to help it cool down.
Different heaters offer different types of temperature controls. A heater may have dials, buttons, or a digital display. Some may come with remote controls, while some may be smart models that let you control the heater through an app on your smartphone. Aside from the design type of the controls, it’s also important you pay attention to the range of temperatures and heating modes the heater has to offer. You want to make sure the lowest mode available isn’t too powerful and that the highest mode isn’t too low for the space you are looking to warm up.
Our best overall pick, the Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater, offers three different heat output settings, and it has a digital thermostat that allows you to set the temperature anywhere between 45 and 90 degrees. Timers are another handy control feature to look for when searching for a heater, and our top pick has a 1-12 hour timer.
Space heaters tend to use a lot of electricity, and they use a lot of energy to only heat up a small portion of space. However, among different types of heaters, ceramic heaters tend to be the most energy-efficient option. If energy efficiency is one of your primary concerns, you will want to keep an eye out for ceramic heaters that have energy-saving modes. Timer features can also be a handy way to save energy, since they let you set the heater to turn off after a certain amount of time, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally leaving it running for longer than intended. The Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater has an Eco Mode for saving energy, as well as a one- to twelve-hour timer.
You may want to use your heater to heat up your room while you do things like watch a movie, read a book, or chat with friends, which means you want to make sure your heater doesn’t make too much noise while operating. The noise levels for heaters are measured in decibels. The Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater has a decibel rating of 37.5 dB. Keep in mind that even if a heater is quiet enough to use while sleeping, and even if it has appropriate shut-off safety features, it is not recommended you leave a space heater on while you are asleep, since it's best to only use a heater when you can monitor it.
Do ceramic heaters use a lot of energy?
In general, space heaters use up quite a bit of electricity in exchange for only heating up a small area in your home. However, ceramic space heaters are typically more energy efficient compared to other types of heaters, and they’re typically quick to generate a large amount of heat.
According to Biermeier, ceramic space heaters “cost around $0.20 per hour to operate,” which makes them pretty energy efficient. Biermeier adds, however, that it’s important to “keep in mind that they can only heat one room at a time and obstructions in that room can lower the heat distribution effectiveness.”
Can ceramic heaters be left on overnight?
Many ceramic space heaters have safety features — such as overheat protection, tip over auto-shut offs, and timers — that can make it tempting to leave them on overnight. However, it's best to only use space heaters when you are able to properly monitor them. Biermeier warns that “despite the safety requirements demanded of space heaters, leaving a space heater unattended while you sleep is dangerous simply because if something does go wrong, you can't respond until it's potentially too late.”
How big of a room will 1500 watts heat?
Most of the heaters, including those in this roundup, have a heat output of 1500 watts. Biermeier tells us that when there is nothing blocking its airflow, a 1500W heater should be able to properly heat up a 150-square foot space. This means you will want to make sure you properly position your heater to make the most of its warming powers.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Sarah Toscano is a freelance writer for The Spruce, specializing in all things related to home tech and smart home gadgets. Many of these ceramic heaters in this roundup were tested in The Lab, where product testers followed a testing methodology to evaluate important attributes of each unit. She carefully researched the models that were not tested by reading through various customer reviews and discussion forums and by analyzing the product's specs.
In order to learn more about ceramic heaters, She also consulted with Deane Biermeier, a member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board who has experience with HVAC and appliance repair.