Space heaters are a great appliance to heat up individual rooms whether it is a bathroom, bedroom, office, or living room. They can be especially useful in large, old, or drafty houses and can sometimes help lower your heating bill if you use them effectively. The best space heaters are capable of heating up an average sized room within less than 15 minutes.
The top plug-in models will use about 1500 watts of power, while smaller models may only use 600-900 watts. You absolutely want to get a model with a fan to force the heat out quicker. Oscillating action is also a nice feature as it spreads warmth around the room. Safety features are also extremely important. You want a heater that has a sensor that will shut itself off if it overheats or if tipped over. Also make sure that if you plan on using your space heater where there is moisture that you get a unit that is safe for bathrooms.
The good news is that they do not cost a lot of money. For this review we only focused on electric models that cost less than $200. Below we review the top 5 best space heaters.
The Lasko 6435 provides designer series looks with a powerful ceramic oscillating heater which is why it is the highest rated space heater on Amazon. Selling for about $54 it has 1500 watts of power and comes with a remote control. It has low and high comfort settings plus an adjustable thermostat with a 7 hour timer with auto shut-off. Overall it heats up medium to large sized rooms quickly and we highly recommend it.
Priced around $60 the Lasko 6462 Full Circle Ceramic Heater received the highest score from the leading consumer magazine and it also is one of the best rated models on Amazon with 4.4 out of 5 stars. It features simple digital programmable controls, a remote control, and 1500 watts of power with high, low, and thermostat controlled settings. The 25-inch tall fan also sweeps to a full 360 degrees which means it blows heat around the entire space. This space heater works quite well to heat up a large room.
This Holmes Bathroom Heater Fan was rated as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine and is very reasonably priced at $35. It is wall mountable and bathroom safe. One of our favorite features is the easy digital controls built-in adjustable thermostat that let you set a timer to preheat your bathroom. Overall it works great for a normal sized bathroom, but it is not quite as reliable and long-lasting as some other top models.
The Duraflame Livingston portable heater looks great, but it is the most expensive unit on our list at around $172. It uses six infrared quartz heating elements and a copper-alloy heat exchanger to put out 5200 btu’s of heat. Made from real wood and real wood veneers it also has casters to easily roll the unit anywhere you need it. This 1500 watt heater can be used to heat up a medium to large sized room.
The Lasko 754200 is the best selling space heater on Amazon and the lowest priced model on our list at less than $25. It has a high setting of 1500 watts and a 900 watt low setting. Measuring 9.2″ x 7″ x 5.75″ it is quite small and doesn’t take up much space. On the downside it is a little bit noisy and it will not heat up a very large room. However, if you just need a cheap heater to heat up a small space then this thing will work great.