If colder temperatures find you shivering under a blanket because you don’t want to crank up the thermostat, a space heater could be your new best friend. Most space heaters, including all of the units listed here, are convection heaters that blow air across a heating element, often a ceramic plate, before circulating the heated air in your house. Oil-filled radiators also operate this way, with air passing over large fins that are filled with heated oil.
Remember that space heaters can pose a... safety risk, if they’re used improperly. Never plug in a space heater with an extension cord, and always place the unit in a level, low-foot-traffic spot away from flammable fabrics. Experts also caution against leaving space heaters unattended or using them while you’re sleeping.
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A space heater that’s as fully featured as it is affordable, the oscillating Lasko 6462 Full Circle Ceramic Heater should appeal to a wide range of buyers. This ceramic heater aced expert tests by quietly and quickly warming an average-size room. Reviewers echo this praise, saying it’s best for bedrooms or smaller living rooms, but underpowered in larger spaces.
The Lasko 6462 has three settings: high, low, and automatic, which pegs the heat to a desired temperature. It can be set to rotate 90,... 170, or 360 degrees, helping direct heat where it’s most needed or disperse it more evenly through the room. The unit has a digital, programmable thermostat and a remote control. Owners appreciate the handy remote, but say the control panel on the unit itself is easy to use, too. This space heater also gets top marks for quiet operation, even when set on high.
If the Lasko 6462 overheats or tips over, it will automatically shut off. The unit also features safety plastic and cool-touch housing. It stayed cool enough to touch in expert tests, and the heat exhaust outlet was still safe near combustible fabrics. At 25 inches tall, 11 inches wide and 11 inches long, the heater is easy to stash in a low-traffic corner. Most reviewers appreciate the slim design, saying it’s relatively sleek for a space heater.
02 of 07
You don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a high-quality space heater. The Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater is a highly-rated budget option with an adjustable thermostat and built-in safety features.
This space heater may be small at just 9 inches tall and 7 inches wide, but reviewers say that it’s effective when it comes to heating up a room. The product has a 1,500-watt high setting and 900-watt low setting, as well as a fan-only option, and users note that is is relatively quiet as space... heaters go. Since it is a budget option, this Lasko Ceramic Heater has manual controls only, so you’ll have to get up to turn it off before bed. However, it does have automatic overheat protection to keep your home and family safe.
Overall, the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater is a compact, affordable space heater for smaller spaces. It may not be able to heat up a huge room, but it’s certainly effective if you’re looking to keep your bedroom warm during the winter.
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If you want a top-notch heater for a small space, experts say the Vornado VH10 Vortex Heater offers better, quieter performance than the similarly sized Lasko 754200. This forced-air heater raised the temperature of an 11- by 13-foot room more than 10 degrees in 20 minutes in tests by The Sweethome—better than any other small space heater tested.
Again, there aren’t many extra features with the Vornado VH10. Users can toggle between high and low settings using a button on top of the unit, while a... dial allows for thermostat adjustments. Reviewers like the simple controls, and nearly all agree that the VH10 is extremely quiet, making it ideal for use anywhere silence might be important.
The Vornado VH10 automatically shuts off it overheats or tips over, and it also has a cool-touch case. Measuring almost a cubic foot, it’s slightly bigger than the Lasko, but the sleek black casing makes it easier on the eyes. A carrying handle and cord wrap are included.
04 of 07
If you need to heat a larger space like a roomy living area, reviewers say the De’Longhi EW750EB Oil-Filled Radiator is one of the best picks on the market. While radiators aren’t the best space heaters for quick warmth, they’re good at maintaining consistently higher temperatures in larger rooms once they get cranking.
The De’Longhi EW750EB has three heat settings and an automatic mode that cycles between each setting to maintain a certain temperature. There’s an adjustable thermostat and a dual... timer that lets users set the heater to kick on for two time periods each day—for instance, once in the morning and once in the evening. While reviewers appreciate the included remote control, they do have some complaints about the controls. For one, the LCD display can be hard to read, and secondly, they hate losing their preferred settings after the unit is unplugged or there’s a power interruption. On the bright side, this heater is mostly silent since it doesn’t rely on a fan.
Because the unit itself gets hot to the touch, it might not be the best option for homes with small children or curious pets. It will shut off automatically before overheating. The heater has casters for portability and a built-in cord keeper for storage. It measures 25 inches tall, 14.5 inches wide and about 6 inches deep, and owners say the black casing helps it blend in despite its size.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Parents who want a convenient, kid-safe way to warm a small child’s room or play space without having to worry will want to consider the Vornadobaby Sunny CS Nursery Heater. It boasts several safety features and an impressive five-year guarantee.
The Vornadobaby has two heat settings as well as a fan-only option to keep air circulating if things get stuffy during warmer months. An adjustable thermostat and a timer keep rooms comfortable even if parents aren’t around to fuss with the heater, and... the LED display is lockable to keep little fingers from interfering with the settings. There’s even a crib-side temperature sensor that will make sure a sleeping baby or child is comfortable, even when the heater is across the room. Owners love these features and say the heater’s fan isn’t too noisy, but some say it clicks as it adjusts the temperature, and others say the LED lights can be too bright in a dark room.
There are several safety features on the Vornadobaby: Cool-touch casing, overheat protection, a tip-over sensor and hidden cord storage that ensures excess power cord stays safely tucked away. The heater is about 12 by 9 by 12.5 inches.
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Dyson has long catered to design-lovers willing to pay a premium price, and the Dyson AM09 is no exception. Fortunately, experts say it’s more than a pretty face: The AM09 can quickly, effectively heat a standard room. For the most part, owners agree, though some say they expected a more powerful unit.
If you want bells and whistles, the Dyson AM09 delivers. There are 10 airflow modes, and it doubles as a fan in warmer months. The unit oscillates and pivots. It also has “diffused” and “focused”... modes depending on whether you want to disperse heat or warm a certain spot. Heating is automatic—just set a temperature and the AM09 cycles on and off to maintain it. There’s also a sleep timer and a magnetic remote control. Owners say it’s next to silent on all but the highest settings.
The Dyson AM09 automatically shuts off if it’s tipped over, and the bladeless design is safe around little fingers. It aced experts’ hot-surface tests, staying cool to the touch during operation. Reviewers love the graceful oval design, saying they don’t have to hide the heater in a corner. The AM09 is about 23.5 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It’s available in three color combinations: black and nickel; iron and blue; or white and silver.
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When the colder months arrive, you may find that your office gets uncomfortably chilly. Instead of wearing your winter coat inside, you should invest in a personal space heater like the Lasko #100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater. The product is perfect for keeping your personal bubble warm without disturbing people around you.
This compact heater is perfect for use under a desk, in a bathroom or in a small office. The unit is just 6 inches tall, and it gives off around 200 watts of energy — just... enough to keep you warm, not the whole room. There’s just one setting on this personal space heater, and it uses minimal power to save on energy costs and prevent the circuit breaker from being tripped.
The Lasko #100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater comes in several colors, and at its price, it’s a solid investment if you’re looking for a way to heat up your desk or bathroom without using too much energy.
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