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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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about steam mops, air purifiers, vacuum cleaners, and slow cookers, we’ve gone deep here on the best space heaters you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best overall electric space heater

andily Space Heater Electric Heater for Home and Office

“This was the only heat source in my 100-year-old, 600 sq ft apartment for a few months. It takes several hours to get the entire house heated up, which I was surprised was even possible. The heater is small and I believe intended for personal use. I’m extremely impressed by its ability to heat up such a large space. It heats up a single room in about an hour on high. I live in Seattle so it’s not below freezing or anything, but it is certainly not warm. The heater seems like it’s capable of battling temps into the low 40’s.”

Best ceramic space heaters for small spaces

Lasko #100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater

“Wow, this thing puts off a LOT of heat, for such a small heater! I was expecting some mild heat, but no, in only 30 seconds or so, this little guy really got toasty! I use it to keep my hands warm while using a keyboard or mouse, and I had to move it further away because it was making my hands too hot! The sides, top, and bottom all stay perfectly cool, so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself if you want to pick it up or move it. Forget heated keyboards or fingerless gloves, get yourself one of these!”

Trustech Electric Space Heater, Portable Ceramic Heater with 1500W

“We got this to heat our small living room in in New England. For its small size, it puts out a great deal of heat. 1500 watts made our lights dim slightly, but that just attests to the power of this unit! It’s also very lightweight and thus can be moved easily around the house. The sound? Very quiet; we don’t even notice it’s on. The oscillating feature is also quite nice, as we can put it in front of use while sitting on the couch and it warms us both. Overall, an amazing unit for its small size and price!”

Best oscillating tower space heater

Lasko 5309 Electronic Oscillating Tower Heater

“This is a POWERFUL little bugger. Within minutes the ambient temperature in a room is noticeably higher, within half an hour you don’t need it anymore, and within an hour you’re HOT! This thing has a small footprint, you can put it on a desk or counter and it’s effective and unobtrusive. The air pushed through it can be sweltering hot while the front grate remains cool to the touch — which means the likelihood of a fire resulting from this heater tipping over is very slim.”

Best small oscillating space heater

Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater

“This product has been the answer to our problem! My mother is 75 and gets cold easy. This way we can leave the thermostat for the house on a setting comfortable and affordable for the rest of the household but her room can be as toasty as she likes it. Doesn’t take up a lot of room, looks nice, and with the remote control she doesn’t have to get up and adjust it when she wants. It oscillates so the heat isn’t directed in one spot and the safety feature for turning off if knocked over is a mental worry off of me.”

Best space heaters for large rooms

Infrared Dr. Heater Portable Space Heater

“LOVE it … so much I’m considering getting a second one. It looks good, kind of retro like an old radio or receiver. It produces enough heat to significantly warm up a room or area. It’s lightweight, and it has casters, so it is easy to move from place to place. It seems much safer than some of the older space heaters. This one has a nice power-off button and mode settings, so you can set it at, like, 70 degrees Fahrenheit and it will turn off when that temperature is reached. Easy to shut off, too, because it immediately begins cooling down, unlike older ones that stay hot for a while after.”

Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater

“Don’t let the small size fool you, this heater produces a robust amount of heat. Brilliant design splits the surface area of the heating panels and angles them so they fit in a smaller unit. At its highest setting it heats a small- to medium-size room comfortably within about 30-ish minutes, but starts producing heat immediately. Makes virtually no noise. I definitely recommend it!”

Best gas space heater

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

“Great heater, better than I expected having owned a similar unit years ago. Uncomplicated and reliable, easy to hook up, and after initial use no smells or fumes unless you really look for them. The burner is like the burner on a gas stove. The thermostat on the unit works better than I expected it to, and it cycles the unit off and on to maintain a comfortable temperature.”

Best raditator heater

DeLonghi Safe Heat ComforTemp Portable Oil-Filled Radiator

“Works exactly as expected. I let it run outside when I first received it, to burn off the outer coating, and since then, there’s been no smell. I use it in the bedroom on cold nights and it keeps the room exactly the right temperature. It feels very sturdy and seems durable. The fins do get pretty hot, so it might not be great for areas where small children or rambunctious pets might run into it, but it seems completely safe otherwise.”

Best portable propane space heater

Mr. Heater F232000 Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Heater

“I love it! It does the trick for us in our 25-foot RV when we are dry-camping, don’t have hookups, and need to conserve our battery. Nice and safe. It never once set off our carbon-dioxide alarms in our RV and ours are very sensitive. The front does get hot, so kids beware. I noticed that the small propane bottles don’t last as long as promised. I would say three hours on low and maybe two max on high. Lighting the thing was easy. Glad I bought it. Helped us get through a week in cold Yosemite without hookups.”

Best faux-fireplace space heaters

Touchstone Onyx Wall Hanging Electric Fireplace

“Very few products live up to the hype, and the Touchstone Onyx electric fireplace hit it out of the park. It cranks out serious heat, so I’m super happy that the flames and heater can function independently, because I’ve been sitting in 90-degree weather with this thing on just so I can watch the flames. The flames are spectacular and realistic, and particularly stunning at night. If you’re thinking about buying one, do it. You will NOT be sorry!”

Duraflame Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove With 3D Flame Effect and Remote Control

“The flames look better than any of the other brands I saw in stores. The 3D logs really make the difference, and the beveled glass helps the illusion. The sides and top stay cool to the touch, so it would be safe for critters and kiddos. I ordered this for my master bedroom. So far it works great to warm up the bedroom, and I can use the timer shut off and not worry about having a space heater running while sleeping.”

Best patio heater

AZ Patio Heaters Patio Heater

“I just bought this a couple of weeks ago and have been using it every other day. So far it’s been great and looks totally amazing in the backyard. One of the biggest benefits I didn’t expect was the amount of light that it emanates. Once this heater is cranked up, it can illuminate a good 8-foot radius. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments from my friends and family regarding the looks of it as it definitely has the ‘wow’ factor.”

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13 Best Space Heaters on Amazon, According to Reviewers