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Winter is coming. If you’re in need of a space heater for your office, home, or another small space, then you’ve come to the right place.
It usually only takes a few minutes for a space heater to do its job. Space heaters are specially designed to heat small areas by convection (pulling the air in, warming it up, and spitting it back out) or infrared/radiant heating (which basically means one heat source transferring energy to another). Apart from being portable and reliable, space heaters are usually affordable, and can save you money on your energy bill.
When shopping for the perfect option, it’s best to narrow down the kind of space heater that you want (oil-filled, infrared, ceramic, etc.). You also want to find newer models because they’re usually up to date on necessary safety features. To make the search easier for you, we rounded up a list of the best, budget-friendly space heaters to buy for your workplace or living space. For more office must-haves, check out our recommendations for the most comfortable office chairs, and best standing desks. Below, find a roundup of space heaters from Lasko, Vornado, Black + Decker, Honeywell, and other brands.
Depending on the size of your workplace, it might not be easy to bring in a large heater. Save some space with this tiny, personal heater from Lasko. It’s small enough (3.8” x 4.3” x 6.1”) to go virtually anywhere and only uses 200 watts of energy so you won’t have to worry about it using up too much power.
Keep the room cozy and warm with this Geek Heat Slim Oscillating Personal Desktop Space Heater with Humidifier. This personal space heater measures 9.8” x 5.5” x 5.2,” and weighs just under three pounds, making it perfect for an office, home, nursery, or bedroom. The heater offers three functions for convenient use: heat only, humidity only, or heat and humidity. Also featured is a 200-milliliter, refillable, detachable water tank, an overheat protection system that prevents unsafe heat temperatures, and an oscillation feature offering wider heating coverage.
When the temperature drops, your feet tend to feel it the most. What makes the T1 Foot Heater from Objecto so convenient is that it’s made to warm your feet up on a chilly day. Simply slide them underneath the heater, pick the setting, and warm up. The heater features an integrated timer mode that shuts off automatically after eight hours of use. It measures 13” x 11” x 8,” and weighs four pounds.
According to multiple customer reviews, the Vornado MVH Whole Room Vortex Heater lives up to the hype. The heater comes equipped with Vornado’s Vortex technology designed to heat smaller room without making too much noise. The heater has an adjustable thermostat with three settings (750W, 1125W, 1500W), tip-over protection, and will stay cool to the touch no matter how hot it gets).
Bring a vintage feel to the room with the retro heater from Better Homes & Gardens. This cute little gadget received a near-perfect customer rating for its heating capabilities and nostalgic design. Measuring 5.51″ x 5.50″ x 8.54″, this electric heater is compact enough to move it from one room to the next (it only weighs a pound!), and the ceramic design helps to ensure it can hold up with frequent use. Like the others, this heater has a cool-touch exterior for safety, as well as an overheating shut-off feature, and a power indicator light to let you know when it is working.
This digital quartz infrared heater from Smactom features three U-shaped wrapped quartz infrared elements. It uses up to 1500 watts of power with three heating settings including an eco setting that will heat smaller areas to 68 degrees. This lightweight heater design comes with a carry handle, which makes it easy to take from room to room to enjoy the benefits of zone heating. The compact heater (8” x 8” x 18.5”) weighs five pounds and there’s a remote control providing even more portability. Timer settings can be used to turn on or off the heater up to 12 hours ahead, and an LED display screen so that you can see the temperature clearly.
Between affordability and functionality, you probably won’t find a better balance than this Black + Decker Space 1500W Heater/Fan. It weighs just two pounds, heats a room quickly (adjustable thermostat up to 1500 watts to heat a room up to 170 square feet, and it’s the perfect size (10” x 8.4” x 5.2”) to place it on the floor or on a shelf or desktop. There’s also a built-in carry handle so that you can move it around easily. For something a little cheaper, check out this Black + Decker Personal Ceramic Indoor Heater ($19.99).
A safe alternative to oil-filled heaters, this electric radio heater is easy-to-use with a flush, space-saving design. The wired heater measures around 26″ tall, and it weighs 75 pounds. It has easy-to-use controls and a self-regulated timer. The heater is designed to heat a 300 square-foot room. If you’re looking for additional designs you might like the Honeywell Energy Smart Electric Radiator Heater ($99) or the Comfort Zone CZ8008 Oil-Filled Radiator Heater ($49.59).
The De’Longhi Capsule 1500W Ceramic Heater delivers fast, direct heat in a compact and stylish design with a cooling fan option, making it suitable for year-round use. The heater is ideal for an office, bathroom, or other small spaces (100-300 square feet). It comes fully assembled out of the box (just plug it in and turn the dial and it’ll get warm in seconds), and features a sturdy folding base, which offers maximum stability no matter where you place it, and it’s ultra-portable thanks to an ergonomic handle. The Capsule features a two-level power adjustment, an adjustable thermostat, and a fan setting, a thermal overheat function to prevent overheating, and a tip-over switch that automatically shuts the heater off and sounds an alarm if the heater is knocked over.
If you’re into a more standard design, the Lasko Electric Oscillating Space Heater delivers up to 1500 watts of warmth in seconds. It’s 16” tall and weighs close to six pounds, making it portable enough for smaller and larger spaces. The heater comes with safety features like overheat protection, which turns it off if it gets too hot, but no matter how scorching the temperature might get, the outside of the heater stays cool to the touch. Set this ceramic tower on high or low heat, or try out the Plus auto setting, which uses the programmable thermostat to maintain room temperature.
Technically, this is more of a patio heater but it works for indoor and outdoor use and it has a remote control. The Trustech Infrared Patio/Wall Heater is equipped with 500W-1500W heat settings and warms up a room within a few seconds without making a lot of noise. The heater also has a built-in timer shut-off that you can set manually, as well as automatic overheat shutoff.