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Gone are the days when space heaters were condemned as energy guzzling and dangerous — modern space heaters can be smart, safe, and efficient, helping homeowners slash heating bill by up to hundreds each year when used to supplement central heating systems.
If you are in the market for a space heater for your bedroom, consider your lifestyle, space, and preferences to choose a heater with the right heating system, special features, and safety functions.
To help you identify the right space heater for your bedroom, we’ve rounded up reviews of the year’s very best models. Below our reviews, we’ve also included a buyer’s guide that outlines different designs, special features, and safety tips to keep in mind when selecting a space heater. Read on for unbiased, in-depth reviews of the top space heaters in 2020.
From time-honored American company Lasko, the Lasko Ceramic Tower Space Heater is a sleek, tall space heater with an elongated, self-regulating ceramic element. The 1,500-watt heater can oscillate to heat an area of up to 300 square feet, and includes a seven-hour timer and adjustable thermostat.
The Lasko Ceramic Tower can be operated using straightforward controls and an easy-to-read LED screen on the top of the heater. The heater also comes with a wireless remote control, which allows you to manage the power, oscillation, heat setting, temperature, and timer. Safety features of the Lasko Tower include automatic overheat protection and housing that always remains cool to the touch.
With its ultra-low price point, the Lasko Ceramic Space Heater won our pick for Best Value. The portable heater comes in a compact portable size that makes it ideal for under-desk settings in both bedrooms and offices. Despite its small size, the Lasko Space Heater’s 1500-watt ceramic heating element can cover an area of up to 300 square feet.
This heater includes a choice of three quiet settings, including high-heat, low-heat, and fan-only. In addition, the heater has 11 different temperatures. Setting and temperature are controlled by two knobs on the top of the heater. For additional safety, the Lasko Space Heater also shuts off automatically upon overheating and is screened by a cool-to-touch exterior.
With its patented Air Multiplier technology and smart thermostat, the Dyson AM09 was named our pick for Best Luxury space heater. The Dyson offers both heating and cooling, relying on its signature Air Multiplier technology to amplify the surrounding air with an uninterrupted stream of hot or cold airflow. Its smart thermostat works to monitor the room to maintain your selected temperature while avoiding energy waste.
The Dyson AM09 also comes equipped with focused control, allowing for fast, evenly distributed oscillation or long-range personal directed airflow. Without visible heating elements or spinning blades, the Dyson AM09 is very safe and shuts off automatically when tipped over. Further, the innovative device comes with a sleep timer, magnetic remote control, and in a choice of four color combinations: white/silver, black/silver, iron/red, or iron/blue.
The DeLonghi EW7707CM Safe Heat is a portable, oil-filled radiator that is permanently sealed with pure diathemetic oil to offer stable, efficient heating. Like many traditional radiators, the DeLonghi EW7707CM features thermal slots to maximize radiant heat flow while keeping a low surface temperature. The heater includes a user-friendly control panel with an adjustable thermostat and three heat settings.
The DeLonghi features a unique ComfortTemp button that works to maintain optimal room temperature and energy savings. The heater is virtually silent and promotes safe operation with its rust-resistant metal, gently rounded design, and auto thermal shut-off that prevents overheating.
Our pick for best design, the Vornado VH10 Vortex Heater emits a specially tuned “Vortex Action” airflow that circulates heat throughout the entire room. In addition to an adjustable thermostat, the compact heater features a high-heat and low-heat setting.
Exceeding U.S. safety standards, the Vornado VH10 Vortex Heater is protected with a auto-safety shut-off system, which shuts off in the device in the event of overheating or tip-over. The squat, black heater is also covered by a cool-to-touch case.
The Honeywell HCE200W UberHeat Ceramic Heater delivers 1500-watts of ceramic heat from a compact, modern structure. The portable heater operates on a choice of two settings, including a max setting for whole-room heating and an energy-efficient low setting for personal heating. The Honeywell HCE200W includes an adjustable thermostat that allows users to indicate their preferred temperature.
Exceeding industry safety standards, the little heater is protected with auto tip over and overheating shut off, in addition to cool-to-the-touch housing. The Honeywell HCE200W can sit on a floor or tabletop, and comes in a choice of two colors: black or white.
Beyond our six favorite, the market abounds with space heaters of all shapes, sizes, and designs, and features. To help you browse through the many excellent modern space heaters available today, we’ve compiled a buyer’s guide that explains how space heaters work, breaks down the different types, and more.
Portable space heaters for bedrooms are usually electric, and use 1,500 watts of power. Depending on their design, space heaters warm up a room in a few different ways.
Regardless of the type of space heater you choose, they shouldn’t take too long to warm up. Within about 15 minutes or so, the intended area should reach your desired temperature.
However, it’s important to remember that space heaters can only raise the temperature of a room by a few degrees. Depending on the insulation of your home and the outside temperature, they can be a nice way to added extra warmth to your room, but they’re typically not a suitable replacement for your central heating system.
Space heaters come with a variety of design features, which matter to some people more than others. Review the following and consider what’s important to you as you start shopping for your bedroom space heater.
Do you have questions about safely using your bedroom space heaters? We’ve got answers.
Space heaters are designed to be safe, but that safety is dependent on people using them in a safe way, as they’re intended to be used. Problems occur when people do not use them safely, or when they’ve purchased a heater that hasn’t been verified by a product safety organization.
To confirm you’re making a safe space heater purchase, look for a label from one of these companies:
If you’re in the U.S., you’ll see a UL or ETL label. If you’re in Canada, you’ll see a CSA or ULC label. These labels indicate that the space heater’s construction and performance have been reviewed by a testing laboratory and verified to meet safety standards.
Only purchase space heaters that have one of these labels and include an automatic shut off feature. To ensure safe use of your particular space heater, always read the enclosed safety instructions.
Of all household appliances, space heaters are the most likely to cause a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters are responsible for over 40% of home heating fires, and 85% of related deaths. Sadly, most of these fires are avoidable, and resulted from unsafe use.
To minimize your fire risk, follow these space heater safety tips:
Ultimately, it depends. If you are using several space heaters in different bedrooms, it would be more cost-effective for you to use the central heating system in your home.
However, if you live in a milder climate, it may be more cost-effective for you to temporarily heat up the air in your bedroom before you go to sleep. Heat it to a cozy temperature, shut off the heater, and hop into bed.
Some space heaters are marketed as energy-efficient models. These are designed to help you save money while still operating just as well as non-energy-efficient models.
The size of the heater is another important factor, as larger models consume more energy. If you buy a large heater but only need it to heat one side of the bedroom, your sleeping partner will be uncomfortable and you’ll spend more electricity than is necessary. Choosing the right size heater for your needs helps you maximize its energy-efficiency.
Electric space heaters do not pose a carbon monoxide risk. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs from devices that burn fuels, and electric space heaters do not burn fuels.
No, you should never leave a space heater in a room unattended. This is especially dangerous if you live with children or pets who could touch it, knock it over, or place something flammable near or on top of it. If you are leaving the room, turn off your heater.
No, it is not recommended to run a space heater all night while you sleep. While they are designed to automatically shut off in cases of overheating, you don’t want to be asleep should the worst happen. Your risk only increases if you have older wiring in your home and the walls heat up to cause a fire.
You’re unconscious while you sleep, so it might as well be unattended, which, as we reviewed above, is dangerous. If the heater where to catch fire, you would have to be roused from sleep before you could do something about it.
It’s much safer to warm up your bedroom before you go to bed. Turn the heater on as you’re getting ready for bed, and then turn it off once it’s sufficiently warm and you’re ready to go to sleep.
As a side note, keeping the space heater on all night is not good for the quality of your sleep, either. For restful sleep, our bodies actually require the temperature to be cooler. A decrease in temperature at night signals to our brain that it’s time to sleep, while our brain perceives heat as a time for energy and alertness (like when your body heats up from exercise).
But not everyone feels comfortable sleeping in a low to mid-60s degrees Fahrenheit environment, which is the ideal temperature for sleep. Turn your space heater on before bed, and it can warm your room up enough for you to fall asleep comfortably. As the hot air dissipates, the resulting coolness will help your body stay asleep.
If you want a space heater to heat up your entire bedroom, go for a larger model. If you share your bed with a partner who is more or less heat-sensitive, though, you may want to get a smaller model that will only heat up the area on your side of the bed.
Space heaters should always be placed on a flat, solid floor, away from anything flammable, such as bedroom furniture or window curtains. If you buy one with a longer power cord, 70 inches or longer, you’ll have sufficient room to place it at least 2 feet away from flammable items.
For best results, the heater should be placed 5 to 6 feet away from you. This distance provides warmth without overheating.