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The Best Space Heaters on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of practical home goods — including dish racks, clothes steamers, and microwave ovens — here we’ve rounded up the best space heaters, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated space heater

Lasko 751320 Ceramic Tower Space Heater with Remote Control

Reviewers love this space heater for its quick action, easy-to-operate remote and longevity, with one reviewer writing, “The heater is four years old and it still works. I’d say it’s a good heater.” Another daily user of this Lasko ceramic space heater writes, “It performs flawlessly all the time. Nice consistent heat, low noise, and no smells. The remote works great too, the buttons are large and easy to press.” One reviewer experiencing their first winter writes, “I’ve never seen snow or been under 0 Fahrenheit. I was freezing most of the time. I got this space heater in a huge box, which made me super scared of what I bought, but it’s actually pretty small. It’s very intuitive and easy to use. The interface of the controls it’s nice and easy. It brings a remote control as well, if you want to operate it from your bed. It heats the room SO QUICKLY! It’s ridiculously amazing!”

Best-rated (less expensive) space heater

AmazonBasics 500-Watt Ceramic Small Space Personal Mini Heater

Reviewers are impressed with the punch this tabletop ceramic heater packs. “Heat comes out fast and serious. Toes are warm. This is my report from Frostbite alley,” one reviewer writes. Another uses it in their office: “I bought this to use under my desk to keep my feet warm. It’s perfect and as you can see its little (about the size of a medium coffee), so it’s not in the way of me hitting it with my feet.” Another reviewer says that it “checks all the boxes,” but warns “there are no heat settings, there’s just an on/off switch, so look elsewhere if you want more control.”

And now some micro-picks for every type of space heater you might be looking for.

Best oscillating space heater

Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater

Reviewers sang the praises of this stylized space heater, with one writing that it “looks much nicer than a typical space heater.” Another says, “The style is so lovely, company hardly notices it’s a heater.” However, good looks don’t mean this space heater is wimpy: “Do not be fooled by the small size of this heater. It takes the chill out of the air within ten minutes and warms comfortably our 27-foot travel trailer within 20–30 minutes.” One reviewer was so impressed the became repeat buyer, saying, “After my first order, I ordered two more of these Lasko ceramic heaters.” All in all, one reviewer says, “When I showed it to my wife she said, ‘Oh, that’s cute.’ Everyone is happy.” Another says, “The gentle operating hum is tolerable and the oscillating movement glides. I have had many heaters but this one is the best. Lasko delivers again!”

Best oscillating tower space heater

Lasko 755320 Ceramic Space Heater

Many folks who love this heater already own one of Lasko’s well-reviewed tower fans. “It moves (rotates) like those moving fans,” says one happy customer, adding, “It has built in thermostat, so it keeps the room to a steady temperature. It works. (We used it in the bedroom when it was 15 degrees outside and it kept the bedroom to a nice 75 degrees.)” One comprehensive reviewer says of this oscillating ceramic space heater, “Even though most electric ceramic heaters are mostly rated at the same (1500W), this one differentiates itself by being able to move air in a wider cone due to the oscillation feature, which I almost always leave on. I use this in my master bathroom and it’s stopped me from shivering after showers due to the ability to create a difference of 10 degrees Fahrenheit between my bathroom and adjoining bedroom under 15 minutes (68 to 78 Fahrenheit).”

Best space heater for cubicles

Lasko Model 100 MyHeat Personal Space Heater

With over 3,500 five-star reviews, this personal space heater from Lasko is lauded by many as a great little heater. That does mean it’s got some limitations, as one reviewer points out: “This is meant to be by your side or aimed at your hands/feet. This is not going to sit five feet away and keep you warm unless you keep the door closed for an hour or more.” But still, they continue, “This has been the perfect solution to keep my extremities warm without having to heat my entire office up. I even use this in the summer when the rest of the office has the AC set at a low temperature.”

Another reviewer writes that it “gets the job done” at keeping their hands warm in an over-air-conditioned office, but won’t heat a full cubicle. A third uses it to cope with their family, writing, “My brother is a cheap jerk who keeps the heat, if you can call it that, at 66 degrees when it is 15 degrees outside in the dead of winter. I smuggle this heater into his house and use it in the bedroom whenever I stay over, which is not often. It is very small and quiet. It heats the room just enough so that I am not freezing my balls off at night.”

Best compact space heater

Honeywell Slim Ceramic Tower Heater, Black

“Lightweight and easy” are two words commonly used to describe this space heater from Honeywell. “Love this sleek heater, it fits perfectly in the corner in our small apartment, warms everything up nicely,” one reviewer writes, continuing, “Very lightweight, easy to move around. Basic features but definitely gets the job done.” And the slim profile means many use it in apartments and other small rooms, though one satisfied reviewer notes, “I got it to keep a small room that my dog stays in, warm during cold months in southeastern Ohio. I thought it’d keep the room warm, but I realized I had to lower the temperature setting much lower than I expected so that the room didn’t just get HOT. The temperature setting is very useful and allows me to dial in the temperature I want the room as expected.”

Best bladeless space heater

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier

Though this space heater from Dyson is the most expensive on our list, it also has the most functionality, in large part because it’s a cooling fan, air purifier and space heater, all-in-one. And though several reviewers initially bought it for those other two functions, they also found the heating to be high-quality. As one explains, “In a field with multiple options, I decided to go with Dyson due to being impressed with their line of vacuum cleaners, of which I have had two over the years. I decided on the shorter, heater model (versus the taller, fan-only model) because I didn’t want my hyperactive dog, or any future children, to easily knock it over and damage it. In the end, I think this was a good decision for me, because the heater setting is actually more handy than I imagined.” Another reviewer, who says the air purifier has made a noticeable difference in the smell of their home office, writes, “The heating function is a huge bonus. My personal office is consistently too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer relative to the rest of our office suite. Being able to set the heat (and air purification) and forget it is great. I have a cozy, clean office now.”

Best safety space heater

Lasko 5812 Air-Flow Heater with Temperature-Regulation System

This Lasko’s fail-safe features were praised by reviewers, including an automatic tip-over shutoff system, of which one reviewer wrote, “checked out this feature by pushing the heater to its side and it did indeed turn off right away.” Another noted that the heater’s design was great for those with kids, writing, “There’s also no accessible hot parts that I see (vs. some baseboard heaters I’ve seen where the opening was big enough to fit a finger through and the coil was reachable — an issue with children or maybe some pets).” It’s not loud either, a fact that prompted one reviewer to write, “to me it sounds quieter than that of a microwave. For me, the noise level is really good and not that annoying.” Another has found a specific purpose for the heater: “I’ve used several space heaters over the past few years to try to deal with drafty floors and this has been by far the best one thanks to the heat being directed out of the bottom of the unit and not the top.”

Best bathroom space heater

Lasko CD08200 Bathroom Heater, White

Reviewers love this space heater for warming up the bathroom while they shower, with one writing, “I hate stepping out of the shower during the winter months and feeling chilly as I dry off. This little heater quickly heats up the bathroom to make toweling off comfortable.” Another praises the ease of use and timer features: “Hit the top once, no dinking with digital settings, and this heater will run on high for one hour and automatically shut off.” There are also special safety features specific to bathroom use, one review says. “The cord has a fuse to automatically shut off the unit if condensation shorts anything but I’ve never had that happened.” One formerly chilly bathroom user writes, “The one hour is perfect to turn on before getting into the shower so the room is toasty when I get out — instead of an unsettling freezing cold!”

Best infrared space heater

Dr Infrared Portable Space Heater, 1500-Watt

“This heater is a powerhouse,” a reviewer writes of the Dr Infrared Heater. Its effectiveness is such that one reviewer ran out of heating oil in 14-degree weather and depended on this heater until they could refill their house tank. They wrote, “For two days I heated my 1,300 square foot 1974 vintage stick-built, no-updates home with just two of these heaters, and we were totally toasty, cozy warm! … For my two heaters 10/5 stars.” Another is impressed with its auto setting, writing, “I set it to the desired temperature, set it to auto mode, and the heater cycles on and off to maintain that temperature.” In short, “this heater is a hot buy.”

Best wall-mountable infrared space heater

Heat Storm Phoenix Floor to Wall Infrared Space Heater

This heater was praised by reviewers for its versatility, with one writing, “I love how compact the design is. It’s lightweight and can easily be moved. It’s not the ugly, boxy style like most infrared heaters. I attached the legs so it could be more portable, but it appears it will easily attach to the wall as well.” One person who purchased two to heat their RV gushes, “This is the best heater I’ve used so far and the list is long and expensive of the ones I have tried prior to the Heat Storm.” Another calls it “an excellent heater,” and continues, “Safe, quiet, lightweight, and does a great job of heating the room. The remote is handy.”

Best oil space heater

PELONIS Electric, 1500W Portable Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heater with Programmable Thermostat

“This little guy surprised me,” wrote one reviewer of our pick for best oil heater, dubbing it a value for output and size. “My apartment is not insulated well at all so it gets very cold in here. I purchased this heater, it looks nice and warms the room quickly,” another wrote. One apartment dweller was nervous about potential smells, but was happy with the outcome: “The heater really exceeded my expectation, beautiful, efficient, just what we are looking for, keeps my entire apartment (around 1,100 square feet) warm, glad to note no smell when it is running.” Another is delighted with the timer function on the heater: “I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this heater. It has every function that I was looking for on a low-cost scale. I needed something with a timer so that the heater doesn’t stay on for the whole night and this heater does just that!”

Best gas space heater

Mr. Heater 30,000 BTU Vent-Free Blue Flame Natural Gas Heater

This powerful heater led one reviewer to write, “What an absolute beast of a heater — best investment ever.” Another raves that it “kicks off the BTUs.” One reviewer even found using this natural gas heater from Mr. Heater saved them money, writing, “Not only is the sunroom usable year round, our gas bill actually went DOWN as the furnace kicks. In about five years, we’ll have saved enough on the gas bill to pay for the heater and we get to enjoy our sunroom more.” Another agrees: “I don’t have to run the electric central air furnace as much with its noisy and drafty blower. Blue flame heats very efficiently and doesn’t have any gas odor at all.”

Best portable propane space heater

Mr. Heater F232000 Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Heater

This propane-fueled space heater is popular with outdoors enthusiasts, with one reviewer writing, “It was nice having this heater during my last hunt. It warmed the tent nicely each morning.” Another says, “Have used several times with complete confidence in the O2 sensor and tip-over sensor. Slept several nights with this on full blast, all night long.” Another, pointing out the learning curve that having a propane heater with a pilot light could bring, concludes, “with a little patience this is a safe and effective way to stay warm.”

Best propane heater

Mr. Heater Double Tank Top Outdoor Propane Heater

This heater attaches to the top of the propane tank that powers it and is meant for outdoor use, a function that has fit perfectly into one reviewer’s weekly routine: “I smoke a cigar once a week. On the weekend, I go out on my deck in the back of the house to smoke. I have used many heaters in the past but this is by far the best. The heat is directional and I have even used it when temps were in the 30s. Sitting in a cushioned Adirondack chair, wearing a heavy winter jacket, it keeps me very comfortable.” Another reviewer agrees that this propane heater performs well, explaining, “This one is quiet, easy to light, and spread the heat out nicely, and you can direct the heads away from each other to some degree.” A reviewer who bought it as a gift for her husband says, “It’s efficient and kicks out a high amount of heat! I’m able to hang out in the garage while he’s working in mid-winter without freezing to the chair.”

Best electric garage heater

Dr. Heater DR966 240-volt Hardwired Shop Garage Commercial Heater

Reviewers praised this hardwired option for its ability to heat a large space relatively quickly. “Keeps my 30 by 30 by 12 garage warm even when it got bitterly cold out last week around 5 degrees with an even worse wind chill,” one reviewer writes. “It works rather well, and will warm up my 500-square-foot garage in about an hour and a half from 30 degrees to 65,” another reviewer agrees. “Very quiet and looks good hanging on the wall,” another notes of its performance. Some purchasers also considered it a value, with one writing, simply, “For the price, this is definitely a five-star product.”

Best faux-fireplace space heater

Comfort Glow Electric Log Set with Heater

Though this pick functions mostly as a decorative fireplace, it also gives off a moderate amount of heat. One reviewer writes, “I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my beautiful 85-year-old mother, and boy, was she thrilled! She can actually have a ‘fire’ in her fireplace again! She was like a little kid with a new toy.” Another writes, of the heating ability, “It will take the chill off a small room and is very good for ambiance.” And yet another was impressed with the log set’s looks, writing, “This electric log set is fantastic. I am really delighted with what they were able to accomplish with the lighting. The special effects are truly great.” Another writes, “Warms up our large master bedroom and office combination. Wonderful to sleep to the hum of the fan and the glow of the logs.”

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The Best Space Heaters on Amazon, According to Reviewers