Portable heaters are the great for warming up spaces, rooms or areas in your home. They can also be brought and carried anywhere, making them great for vacations or trips.
In this collection, our skilled wefoundthebest editor has carefully curated a list of the highest rated and reviewed portable space heaters on the market today.
#1: Lasko Ceramic Adjustable Heater
Our first item in this list is a simple heater, the Lasko Portable. It has 3 heat settings, and adjustable thermostat and built-in safety features. It comes in many different colors and different layouts. In reviews, it is reported to be a great little heater with a minimum amount of hum.
#2: Taotronics Space Heater with Remote Control
Next up is the Taotronics Heater. It is a compact, tower-type heater that provides 65 degrees of oscillation, 3 heating modes and even a remote control. It is quite petite and can be placed anywhere on the floor or on your desk. In reviews, The Taotronic is praised for heating up quickly, and being lightweight yet powerful. People are also fond of the aestetics – it is a good-looking, stylish little thing.
#3: Antarctic Star Space Heater
An affordable choice is this Antartic Heater. It has a thermostat and 3 heat settings including “Fan only” and provides you with over-heat protection. It comes in 4 different sizes and 2 colors, and is well liked for being a great little heater in reviews, nice for small appartments.
#4: Amazon Basics 500-Watt Mini Heater
A stylish and very compact option is the Amazon Basics Mini Heater, a portable heater small enough for tables or desktops. It comes in black, pink, white or blue to custom-match your decor. Don’t expect too much from only 500W, but in reviews is it still appreciated for being great for little spaces.
#5: Dr Infrared Portable Space Heater, 1500-Watt
This Dr. Infrared portable space heater can heat up even large rooms with it’s dual heating feature. It comes with an infrared remote control, all necessary safety features and the expected different heat settings. A nice feature is the digital thermostat display. In reviews, this unit is loved for being a solid, highly recommended heater – and it is surprisingly quiet.
#6: AgiiMan Space Heater – Indoor & Outdoor
Most space heaters won’t work outside on places like patios etc. But luckily we have the Agiiman Space Heater. It has a convenient carry handle, 3 heat settings and all necessary safety features. The ceramic heating elements makes this a very efficient heater, and is liked in reviews for being used in small places outdoors. Note: For this to work, you need to be positioned quite close to it.
#7: De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator & Space Heater
This radiator-type DeLonghi Space Heater is a classic choice for heating most smaller rooms. It is oil-filled and distributes heat slowly and consistently (does not have a fan), and hardly gives off any noise. In reviews, the radiator is liked for provide steady, radiant heat and being a good full-room heater. It can be placed anywhere with the rolling wheels, however it is not a unit to be carried per se.
#8: Lasko Designer Series Space Heater
Our final choice in this collection looks a little different. The Lasko Designer heater comes in 2 colors and blends into your decor with a retro-style homely look. It does what a heater is supposed to do; it has a thermostat, heat settings, safety-features and even a built-in timer. It comes with pretty good ratings in terms of being both attractive and effective.
What to look for when buying a portable space heater
Noise: A noisy portable heater will quickly become annoying to most people. Check user reviews for the noise level reported. Also make sure that you position the heater on a surface where it doesn’t rattle.
Style: Let’s be honest, portable space heaters aren’t always a pretty sight, and can make your living room feel and look like a garage. However some brands offer a more stylish look that will make the unit easily integrate into a modern home.
Thermostat: All portable space heaters have a thermostat. This makes the heater automatically turn off when the space has reached the desired temperature. Some units will display the temperature in numerics, others just have a turn-knob.
Safety features: Most space heaters (but not the cheap ones) have some type of safety feature. This will make the unit switch off if it tips over, or if the unit is covered by a piece of fabric.
Automatic Shut-off: Some units have an automatic shut-off feature, which will disable it after 12 hours (hours can very). This is very useful when the heater is used in larger spaces like workshops and garages, and can save you a lot on the electrical bill. There’s no reason for a heater to heat up that garage while you’re not even home.
Size: For the most part, compact is a good thing. This will allow you to place the unit in any location you desire. However, the more efficient heaters are typically larger in size, and that might not be a problem if you are just placing it on the floor somewhere.
Carry handle: It is always convenient when a portable heater has a practical carry handle.
Heat settings: Most heaters have different heat setting that will adjust the amount of heat the unit produces, and ultimately how fast the fan rotates.
ECO-mode: A space heater can sometimes automatically adjust the amount of heat it produces depending on the room temperature, ie. go to “low” mode when the temperature is not too far from the thermostat setting. This will allow you to save a little on the electric bill.
Fan only: Space heaters will typically provide the option of Fan only. This allows the fan to rotate without heat, simply displacing air. This will allow you to use the portable heater as a fan to cool you during summertime.
Remote control: Some units like the Taotronics comes with a remove control. This can be useful if the unit is placed in hard-to-reach places, or if you are simply too lazy to get off the couch.
Oscillation: Some spaceheaters will turn the heat distribution in an angle from side-to-side. This make a the heater distribute the air more evenly, and is useful for larger spaces. it is mostly seen in the tower-type heaters.