Updated: June 8, 2015
Reviews of the Best Electric Heaters and Space Heaters:In recent years as energy prices have gone up around the United States, heating our homes has become a heavier burden on our budgets, especially during the winter months. If you own one of those "McMansions" that is 3000+ SQ Feet, then your heating bill during the peak winter months could well exceed $500/month in some areas. Most of us want to be warm and don't necessarily require that the whole house be heated in order to be comfortable. Most central heating systems are not good at just heating certain rooms or areas of the house very well and you end up wasting lots of energy by heating rooms that are never used. Therefore, having a portable heater in the same area where you are sitting or sleeping makes perfect sense and will definitely help to lower your heating bill if you are able to turn down your thermostat on your central heating system.
Portable Electric Heaters - Space HeatersAmazon.com is always a convenient and safe place to shop online -- and they offer a good selection of electric heaters. The DeLonghi Mica Panel Heater ($140) has a slim, modern design -- it can even be hung on a wall. It does a terrific job in heating small spaces and wins rave reviews. Another small, efficient model is the Vornado DVH Digital Vortex Heater ($99) - it weighs just 6 pounds and can be used just as a fan in warm months. Like all Vornados, this one blows and circulates air around the room -- it is not just a radiant heater -- so the entire room will be warm within about 10-15 minutes of turning it on. Another nice thing is that the plastic unit does NOT get hot -- a real benefit if you have kids around. You can browse more than 40 of the best-selling space heaters online here.
We also like the selection we found at HomeDepot.com. They carry Charmglow, DuraHeat, Fedders, Hampton Bay, Honeywell, and Patton heaters. Although some are over $300, we think that for $60-$100 you should be able to get a decent portable heater that will keep you warm. Keep reading below to find out the top models and prices. Portable heaters come in all sizes and shapes and some run on propane, natural gas, or are electric. The most popular models are the Charmglow Vent - Free Gas Stove Natural Gas ($299) - this is a beautiful replica of an authentic wood burning stove that removes all the hassles and still gives you solid heat production. There is a similar model that runs on propane for the same price. The Fedders 9,000 BTU Electronic Portable Air Conditioner with Heat is really 2 products in one and at $489.99 you need to want both cold and hot air to get your moneys worth. I have owned the Honeywell Digital Oscillating Heater ($39.99) for about a year now and it works well. Be sure to check that the electric heater you buy will heat the space you want (most do a bedroom, bathroom, nursery, etc). Also, for safety reasons turn them off whenever you leave the room so that the risk of fire is kept to a minimum. Target, Sears, and Walmart also carry complete lines of floor heaters, wall heaters, panel heaters, portable heaters, and electric heaters.