A portable space heater can save you big bucks by letting you warm only the rooms that you use in your house. They can also make your office job more comfortable if you’ve lost the thermostat war. Finding the best portable space heater is a challenge, because of all the options on the market. Luckily, the top 10 heaters for the 2016-2017 winter season cover a wide range of features so you can find the perfect fit. Whether you want a compact heater with a carrying handle and eco-friendly options or a high-performance, 1500-watt beast to fight back freezing temperatures, this list has you covered.
1. Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
This heater can keep you warm all winter or cool in the summer. You can choose between a 1500-watt high heat, 900-watt low heat or fan-only setting to find the perfect temperature for staying comfortable. The carrying handle makes it easy to relocate without burning your hands, and the automatic shut-off protection lets you fall asleep without worrying about starting a fire. The included 3-year warranty means you can rely on Lasko for years to come.
2. Lasko 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, 16-Inch
Lasko-brand heaters are dominating the list because of their well-designed features and sterling reputation. This oscillating tower can heat up a room by directing hot air towards every corner, making it the perfect choice for keeping your bedroom warm overnight or getting the living room comfortable for a long evening. With a strong casing around the heating element, you can set this Lasko tower heater on the floor or your wooden furniture. It weighs 4.6 pounds and is only 16 inches tall, so you can easily carry it from room to room.
3. Honeywell HCE100R Heat Bud Ceramic Heater, Red
These small Honeywell heaters pack a big pop of color and impressive heating power. You can choose from a deep green or red housing or stick with a more classic white or black. No matter what design you choose, the heater will come fully assembled and ready to be plugged in. It uses only 250 watts of energy to keep your power bill low, and the cool-touch technology lets you readjust it without hurting your fingers.
4. Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic Oscillating Heater with Remote Control
Add a touch of elegance to your interior design with this option from Lasko. The smooth curves and cappuccino coloring make this oscillating heater a perfect fit for a modern room decoration. It even comes with a black decorative metal base and a remote control so you don’t even have to get up to turn the heat on. At up to 1500 watts, it’s powerful enough to warm a large room.
5. Lasko #100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater
If you’re looking to warm up your personal space, this small, energy-efficient Lasko ceramic heater is a great option. At only 200 watts, it has just enough punch to keep your toes toasty without overloading the electrical system. It’s just 6 inches tall, 3.8 inches wide and 4.3 inches deep, and the quiet internal motor lets you maintain discretion.
6. Dr Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater, 1500-Watt
Dr. Infrared is ready to fill your prescription for warmth. This powerful 1500-watt heater can inject up to 86 degrees of heat into an entire room stat. The infrared technology heats up the furniture and other items in your room rather than blowing hot air throughout your space; this should more evenly heat the room than traditional methods. With a 3-year warranty and up to 80,000 hours of operation, you won’t be needing a check-up anytime soon. The retro-style wooden paneling would look perfect in a cabin or next to a vintage television, but you can enjoy this portable space heater in any room.
7. Lasko 5397 Ceramic Pedestal Heater with Remote Control
Lasko put this heater on a stand to help you stay warm when sitting down. Rather than sitting at floor level and sending hot air across your carpet, this elevated heater directs its warmth a few feet off the ground. The time function lets you program it to run for up to 8 hours, and the 1500-watt high setting lets you get warm quickly.
8. Holmes Portable Desktop Heater with Comfort Control Thermostat and Cool-Touch Housing, HFH111T-NU
Although this desktop heater weighs only 2.5 pounds and measures just under 1 foot tall, it can blast up to 1500 watts of heat. Plus, it comes with a fan-only setting so you can cool off in the summer. It also offers tip-over prevention technology and a carrying handle. The cool-touch external housing means you don’t have to worry about burning your hands when changing the temperature settings on the top of the unit.
9. Lasko 5409 Oscillating Ceramic Tabletop/Floor Heater with Thermostat
This futuristic offering from Lasko is encased in a sleek metal body and a large heating surface. It would look great in a modern office or home, and the sturdy base lets it rest anywhere you want. You can turn it up to 1500 watts of heat or choose the low-heat setting. For summer days, you can enjoy the fan-only setting. The curving handle features non-heating materials so you can carry it even when it’s in use.
10. Vornado MVH Whole Room Vortex Heater, Black
With three heat settings, this vortex heater gives you great control. Pick between 750W, 1125W and 1500W to get the perfect temperature. It’s designed for office or study settings where a large space heater would be impractical, but you don’t want to resign yourself to freezing.