The 8 Best Electric Heaters for Your Home in 2020

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"This sleek and silent portable heater can also be wall mounted, allowing it to better blend into you home's decor."
"You can use this slim and efficient space heater in bedrooms, basements, and RVs, since it's incredibly efficient for its size."
"Because it doesn't have a blower fan, this panel heater is noticeably quieter and slimmer than other models."
"The artificial glowing logs add a pleasant focal point to any room and you can choose from five different finishes."
"Don't let size fool you—this compact yet efficient heater thoroughly warms the room, and can be used as a fan in warmer weather."
"Pre-punched holes for mounting and universal wiring make for easy install, though this pick will need to be permanently hardwired."
"This heater gets high marks for its clean design, easy installation, and cutting edge features (including a 60-minute heat timer)."
"This in-wall heater provides a permanent electric heating solution and is available in 1,000 watts, 1,500 watts, or 2,000 watts."

Electric heaters are a great option for raising the temperature of your living space and making any room more comfortable. While some electric heaters are installed in a fixed position, like baseboard heaters or wall-mounted electric heaters, others are more flexible and portable. Space heaters, in particular, can be placed in any room where you need to raise the temperature. The heat output (measured in BTUs) and the energy usage (measured in watts) will vary by the type and model of electric heater you choose, so be careful to pick one that will get warm enough for your space without using too much power.

Here, the best electric heaters for your home:

Best Overall: NewAir DiamondHeat 1500-Watt Electric Portable or Wall-Mounted Space Heater

The DiamondHeat electric heater from NewAir stands out for its versatile design and efficient heating capacity. The slim profile means it can be mounted on the wall to radiate heat into a room, or you can use the included wheels to make this electric heater portable and easy to move from room to room. It offers the option of 750-watt or 1,500-watt operation and a dial that allows you to adjust the temperature setting. 

Using micathermic heating technology, which involves the use of a mica stone, this heater combines the best of both radiant and convection heater principles. As a result, the DiamondHeat panel of this electric heater radiates heat into the room while operating nearly silently, thanks to the fact that no blower fan is required. Keep in mind that this electric heater is rated for rooms up to 160 square feet in size, though some users find that it's capable of warming up bedrooms and other spaces that are slightly larger.

Best Space Heater: Lifesmart 6-Element SlimLine Heater Unit with Smart Boost Technology

If you’re searching for an electric space heater, the Lifesmart SlimLine Heater is a good pick. This version saves space while heating rooms up to 1,000 square feet in size. Aiding to the performance of this 1,500-watt heater are a pair of SmartBoost heating elements that instantly produce warm air in the room. The heater also produces infrared heat, thanks to four quartz tubes that will warm people and objects nearby.

The slim design of this electric space heater makes it easy to fit into most rooms; it measures just 7 inches deep and 24 inches tall, and can be wall-mounted if you’re looking to save floor space. A digital thermostat, 12-hour timer, and Eco-mode add to the usability and convenience of this model. 

Best Panel: De'Longhi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater

A panel electric heater takes up minimal space, while putting out heat you’ll appreciate in any living space. The DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater is no exception. Without a blower fan, the DeLonghi HMP1500 is notably quieter than some other types of heaters, but still provides multi-directional warmth with mica-thermic heating technology.

This panel heater has 1,500 watts of power on high and 750 watts on low. It can be mounted on the wall but includes caster wheels if you want to use this as a freestanding electric heater. To ensure peace of mind when using this electric heater, the DeLonghi HMP1500 includes sensors that will shut off the unit if it’s in danger of overheating or tips over.

Best Electric Fireplace: Duraflame DFI-5010-01 Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove

If you’re looking for an electric heater with the look and feel of a fireplace, check out this model from DuraFlame. Available in five different finishes (including on-trend colors like French gray, navy, and cinnamon), this metal body electric fireplace is complete with logs and 3D flames that look more realistic than many other models. 

The heater itself puts out 5,200 BTUs of heat—plenty to heat a medium-to-large room and spaces up to 1,000 square feet, according to the manufacturer. Concealed beneath the beveled glass door is a digital temperature display, along with the controls for the flame and heat settings, along with a timer. You can also adjust this electric fireplace heater using the included remote control.

Best for Garages: Cadet The Hot One 5000-Watt 240-Volt Electric Garage Portable Heater

For garages or workshops plagued by poor insulation or drafty conditions, consider the powerful but compact Hot One garage heater from Cadet. This 5,000-watt heater requires a 240-volt outlet to produce heat for areas up to 750 square feet. At the same time, this heater goes about its business quietly despite its impressive ability to warm up drafty spaces. The controls are simple and straight-forward, with a dial that regulates the temperature and a toggle switch to select from high or low wattage.

Plus, you can use the Hot One for a cool breeze in warmer weather, since this model includes a fan-only mode. Designed with durability in mind, this electric heater for garages is constructed of 20-gauge steel and is finished with a powder-coat paint that won’t easily scratch or chip. 

Best Baseboard: Cadet 48 in. 1,000-Watt Electric Baseboard Heater

This 48-inch baseboard heater from Cadet offers simple, straightforward operation and uses 1,000 watts of heating power to warm your living room, bedroom, or other indoor space. This convection baseboard heater needs to be hardwired to a 240V electrical connection, so it's intended for more permanent installation, rather than as a temporary solution. 

Pre-punched holes for mounting and universal wiring allows you to connect either end of this baseboard heater to a power supply, making it easier to install. Keep in mind that a thermostat is required for use with this heater, and you’ll need to buy and install it separately.

Best Wall-Mounted: Stiebel Eltron Wall Mounted Electric Fan Heater

Choose the Stiebel Eltron Wall-Mounted Electric Heater if you’re looking for a heater that is quiet and out of the way. Mounted on the wall of your home, office, basement, or RV, this 1,500-watt unit uses convection heating to quickly and efficiently raise the ambient temperature of any space.

A 60-minute timer enables you to set the heater for maximum power to quickly raise room temperatures, before cycling on and off to maintain the set temperature of the thermostat. While some electric heaters draw criticism for having inaccurate or finicky thermometers, this model is thoroughly reliable.

Best In-Wall: Cadet Com-Pak 1,500-Watt Fan-Forced In-Wall Electric Heater

For a more permanent source of heat in any room, consider an in-wall electric heater. This type of heater resembles a wall vent, but once installed, provides fan-forced heat to rooms such as the bathroom, bedroom, or living room. Keep in mind that in-wall electric heaters will require more installation; not only do they need to be mounted inside the wall, they require hardwiring and a 240V connection (depending on heater wattage). However, this type of electric heater provides efficient, focused heat in the rooms where you need it most.  

This model from Cadet Com-Pak is a complete unit—it includes the wall can, heater, grill, and thermostat. It’s available in 1,000 watts, 1,500 watts, or 2,000 watts of power, depending on your heating needs.

What to Look for in an Electric Heater

Heating element While all electric heaters rely on being plugged into a power source to generate heat, the type of heating element can vary. Ceramic heaters have a heated ceramic plate that warms the air inside the unit before it’s blown out into the room by means of a fan. There are also infrared heaters that use quartz heating elements to warm air that is most readily absorbed by objects in the room. Standard electric heaters convert electricity into radiant heat by passing the current across coils or strips of metal before it is directed into the room as warm air, usually via a fan or reflectors.

Square footage Consider whether you’re looking for an electric heater for a small personal space or to warm a large room. Not all electric heaters are up to the challenge of heating a big area and trying to use an underpowered electric heater will prove to be inefficient and ineffective. In general, the more square footage you have to heat, the more watts you want in an electric heater. For a 10’ x 10’ room or smaller (assuming the home has average insulation), an electric heater with up to 750 watts of power should be sufficient. For larger rooms of 20’ x 20’, look for a unit with 1,500 watts or more.

Temperature control Some electric heaters only have an “on” or “off” mode, without the ability to set a specific temperature. Other electric heaters are equipped with a dial thermostat setting or a digital thermostat that makes setting your target temperature super simple. Electric heaters with a thermostat may be more efficient in the long run since they can turn on and off to maintain the right temperature without wasting energy.

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