Maybe there is not anything wrong with the heat you use in your home, you may just want to save money if you want to keep the heat turned down at night. A portable space heater solves your problems without sacrificing the comfort of a warm room during the colder seasons of the year.
You should pay attention to safety features and read manufacturer information when using a space heater to prevent accidents and issues that would be dangerous to your health.
Best Small Space Heater under $30
If you need a small and easy to operate space heater, the Lasko (754200) Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat is a good choice. The outside of the heater is cool to the touch when running, so you won’t burn yourself or anything near the unit.
It has three settings: fan only, 900 watt, and 1500 watt. This heater runs quietly, is operated manually, and its ceramic heating element is self regulating. It has a carrying handle and for safety, has an automatic overheat protection. It does not have an auto-off switch if it tips over or gets knocked over. There are no timers, and the unit is controlled manually.
Customers have found that this heater effectively warms small rooms and even provides a convenient warmth zone in larger rooms. One customer appreciates the unit for being portable, sturdy, and lightweight. Other customers like the price of the unit and the simplicity of the control operation. A customer who has owned this unit for a few years complements its durability and has used it through three moves.
Best Ultra-Quiet Ceramic Heater for Bedrooms
The Holmes (HCH4953-U) Ultra-Quiet Dual Ceramic Heater is a six pound mini tower portable heater. It uses fans and twin heating elements to spread heat evenly throughout the room. Its controls are electronic and the display is digital and easy to read.
The outside cover of the unit stays cool to the touch. You do not have to wonder if the unit is hot, you will be able to see the grill will change color when the Holmes heats up. It does have tip-over protection and auto shut off.
You can program this portable heater anywhere from 750-1500 watts. You need to be careful with this space heater as it draws 12 amps from the outlet. Most circuits are 15 amps, so you could trip a breaker if you plug in additional electric devices to the same outlet you have this heater plugged into.
Consumers find this unit to be portable, light, and effective at heating, although one person recommends that you not move the heater until it has cooled if you have been using it. They appreciate the safety features and appreciate that the Holmes does not operate loudly.
Best Quiet Heater under $100
A sturdy 24 pounds, the DeLonghi (EW7507EB) Oil Filled Radiator Heater Black 1500W gives you heat while keeping its surface cool. Three temperature settings and a digital thermostat, plus a timer give you control in heating your space.
You never have to refill the oil channels in this unit. You do not need tools to assemble this heater, the wheels come with a snap in assembly feature. This unit will not overheat because it has a thermal cut-off. You do not have to worry about spilled oil or refilling this unit because its channels are permanently sealed with a pure (diathermic) oil.
If you have children or pets, do not worry about them getting burned because this radiator maintains a cool surface temperature. If the air outside the unit drops to 42 degrees or lower, this unit has an anti-freeze auto turn on. A great feature of this unit is the remote control that you can use to adjust settings from across the room.
Customers found this unit to be an economic way to heat a room. One person calculated the cost per day for operation and estimated that it costs about $1.50 per day. Another customer found that it effectively heated the room and they were so happy with it, that they purchased another unit to heat more rooms. A common compliment to the DeLongi is the quiet operation.
Best Portable IR Heater under $100
This is a space heater that was designed in the USA and has a listing with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), meaning that it has some of the highest safety ratings. There are no exposed wires or elements, so it is safe to use around children and pets.
The Dr. Infrared Heater (1500 watt) Portable Space Heater does have a tip over protection system and overheat cut off. Temperature settings range from 50 to 85 degree. It has an advanced heating system with dual elements (it combines infrared and PTC.)
The difference with this unit compared to others is that it uses infrared to heat “things” in the room, not the air. It also claims to heat the room faster than conventional space heaters. Its settings are 1500 watt, 1000 watt, low, and auto. This unit is built to operate for 80,000 hours.
One customer remarked about the compact size and quiet operation. Another feature of the unit that was complimented are the wheels for convenient relocation of the heater.
You should always use caution when operating a space heater. They can quickly and efficiently warm a room or small space. Most are built with safety features like auto turn off if tipped over or an overheat turn off safety feature. Most are cool to the touch when using, but you should still be careful especially if you are using the heater with small children or pets in the room.