We’ve reviewed space heaters since 2006 and, believe me, they’ve gotten a lot better since then. This year our top pick is the Lasko Portable Ceramic Heater from Home Depot. Why? Because it stands out from the crowd for being super affordable, powerful for its size and good enough to look at all day long. Check it out along with nine other Top Picks that can be even more attractive, even more expensive and even more powerful, but not all three at once.
How We Work
Every week we bring new products into our “test lab” and have the whole office vote on their favorites, based on quality, appearance, and price. The winners become the Top Picks of our Annual Guides, which showcase the best products of the year.
Maxwell Ryan, our Founder & CEO, chooses his own Top Pick as well, and demonstrates his favorites in our Annual Guide videos and weekly Instagram story series. Come back every Thursday for a new Annual Guide and Maxwell’s Top Pick Instagram story!
Maxwell’s Top Pick
If you watch the video you’ll see I had fun with my team teasing along to the final reveal of this year’s Top Pick. Small and cute, but no glamour-puss, the Lasko surprised me since I didn’t expect it to be our winner when it came into the office last week. In doing our research and testing different models, we found that little Lasko had the highest ratings on Amazon and Wirecutter, and our office chose it as their Top Pick based on testing its heat and remarking on its incredibly affordable price tag. Looks? For a design company like ours, they all felt that Little Lasko was cute enough to pass the looks test. I agreed on all fronts, and for once we are ALL on the same page.
Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater
This effective little heater comes recommended by a few people in our office for its small size, great impact, and cute design. If white isn’t your color then it also comes in black (for a few extra dollars!).
Crane Personal Ceramic Space Heater
This option looks more like a retro radio than a space heater, making it a solid decor choice as well as a practical household necessity.
Patton Milk-House Utility Heater
For a no-nonsense, industrial-looking space heater, check out this model from Patton. In addition to its budget price, this heater also boasts several safety features, including front guards and auto shut-off if tipped over.
DeLonghi Mica Panel Heater
A minimalistic heater that, according to reviews, heats well and is remarkably quiet. It can also be mounted on the wall if you’re really lacking space, or just prefer the sleeker look.
Dr Infrared Heater Original Infrared Portable Space Heater
For something a bit larger, try this heater from Dr Infrared. Unlike other heaters, this one comes with a thermostat, so you can choose your desired temperature rather than a broader setting.
Econo-Heat Wall Mounted Electric Convection Panel Heater
Another wall-mounted option, this heater quietly and discreetly warms up your space without drawing attention to itself. This is a great choice in terms of safety as well – it’s non-combustible, contains no harmful chemicals, and can be mounted out of the reach of kids and pets. Another perk: you can even paint it to perfectly blend in with its surroundings.
NewAir QuietHeat15 Portable Ceramic Space Heater
Fairly new to the market, this compact heater is one of the quietest options out there. It’s a bit pricier than other small-sized heaters, but it comes with some great features that make it worth it – including LCD display for easy temperature reading, a remote control, and an eco function to conserve energy.
Mill Convection LED Heater
Stylish AND safe, this heater has a modern design and the all-important tip-over switch. It’s not as tiny as some of the other options, but the thoughtful design ensures that it won’t be an eyesore in your space.
Dyson AM09 Fan Heater
At $449, this heater from Dyson tops the list not just in price, but in quality, design, and luxury as well. Dyson’s technology is hard to beat – this heater has no blades but instead draws in and uses surrounding air, and allows you to choose between a more focused or a more diffused airflow setting. You can even use this product all year round – it can be used as a cooling fan as well!
Space Heater Safety Tips
(courtesy of the Electrical Safety Foundation International)
- First step: make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
- Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use!
- Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play too close.
- Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters should be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
- Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Also – don’t plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.