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. While we’ve written about space heaters (and other cold-weather essentials like hot-water bottles and hand warmers), we did a deep dive here to focus specifically on the best infrared heaters you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best general-use infrared space heaters
“I love this little space heater. My biggest concern was the noise level that would be produced by a space heater, but I’ve found that I don’t mind the constant white noise produced by the fan in this unit. I think the fact that it’s uniform and constant allows it to fade into the background somewhat, and I don’t think you can buy a totally silent space heater anyway. It warms up my space pretty fast and really improves my mood, which was an unexpected benefit of being toasty warm. I even kind of like that it looks like a retro appliance or robot, with the funny wood housing and larger-than-your-typical-space-heater size. The fact that it’s on wheels is convenient, because I can easily push it away from myself with a foot if it’s getting too warm. I can also turn it on and off and can adjust the temperature with my foot, without needing to bend down and scrutinize the controls, which is also nice. I’ve had this a little over a month and haven’t had any problems, but I also don’t regret buying the extended warranty for like $4, just in case.”
“This heater was a life saver. I live in the Northeast, and the winters are very long and very cold. I have forced electric air, which has put my bill at $700 a month in previous winters. I kept the forced air at 50 degrees. And supplemented with this heater at 70 to 68 degrees from November to April. My electric bill has been around $200. This damn heater has been on almost 24/7 for six months, and I have ZERO complaints.
Pros: energy efficient, comes with a remote, can keep on continuously without issue, quiet, cost-efficient.
Cons: … Can’t think of any.”
“I love this little heater so much! I live in the South and don’t need it year-round, but it’s nice to sit in one room for a good portion of the day and run it instead of our HVAC system for the whole house. Very easy to use, nice touch with the remote, and easy to carry around to each room. It tells you to only plug it into a wall outlet, but I forgot and ruined a power strip. Don’t forget — wall outlet only!”
Best faux-fireplace infrared heaters
“I have seen a variety of electric stoves, and this one is by far the nicest! The light effect creates a nice ambience and runs very quietly. The controls (including remote) are easy to use. The thermostat and timer settings have been accurate. The fire is not super bright, so I tend not to use the dimmer settings. The design is quaint and the cinnamon color looks beautiful with our bedroom décor. This is a good-looking, affordable, and very safe (it never gets hot to the touch) alternative to a wood or gas stove.”
“I bought this fireplace for additional heat in my 750-square-foot basement, and I must say that I am very impressed. I debated this purchase for years and also whether to purchase this or a quartz heater or oil-filled radiator-type heater. I chose one of these units because I also wanted some ambience to go with the heat. This unit has the high, low, and eco setting, and we usually set it to low or eco, and it takes the chill off of that large space wonderfully. The interface on the unit is very accessible and user-friendly, and as a bonus, the remote is just as user-friendly. For supplemental heat and a very nice ambience, I don’t think you could beat this unit for the price! I would purchase again in a heartbeat.”
“My fireplace is not a box, so I couldn’t get the one that was enclosed. Luckily, this one was just the log set, and it fit just right. It looked so real, the kids were scared to touch it. Made Christmas much better — only complaint was that the cord is on the wrong side, so it was too short to reach the outlet since it wrapped around to the other side. Had to use an extension that went behind the Christmas tree, so it wasn’t visible, but after we took the tree down it was an eyesore. But it’s only for the holiday season, so it’s all good.”
Best oscillating-tower infrared heater
“We have a cold, uninsulated sunroom in Illinois, and this heater is capable of taking the chill out of the air. I’m sure it would keep most rooms warm. It is solidly made and has survived our abusive toddlers. It doesn’t tip or burn them. The filter is easy to clean. The oscillating feature is very handy.”
Best wall-mountable infrared heater
“Purchased this heater to throw some heat into my basement during the colder times of the year. My basement stays the same temperature all year round for the most part, at around 60 to 70 degrees, but it’s those 60-degree days I wanted to tame a bit. I hooked this heater into my natural-gas line, and the radiant infrared heat this heater puts out is impressive! It has five ceramic heating elements and can be adjusted to run either one, three, or all five at one time. It has a controlled pilot flame with auto shutoff. I added the optional fan to improve circulation, which it did do, and the auto feature is very functional. I have a gas/CO2 detector right above this unit, and at full blast I get no alarms. Very impressive for a ventless heater, as it sports a better than 99 percent efficiency rating. It is extremely well-built, and hanging it on the wall was a breeze, as the bracket is well-designed and provides a solid hanging base. For the money, this heater is a steal, and I highly recommend it!”
Best portable indoor/outdoor infrared heaters
“Great-quality heater. Read the instructions for use before you put this in an enclosed tent or other enclosed space. 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. Great way to stay warm on the Scout camping trips with your kids. I’ve gotten soft in my old age …”
“Takes a little while to get going, but this heater really puts out some serious BTU’s. We recently used it on a 180-mile overland trip in the high desert in winter. It was really cold outside, and this helped to get the inside of our tent nice and toasty. I like the fact that it has a low O2 and tip sensor. Not too worried that it only has one heat setting because all I want it to do is warm up the tent and sleeping bags in the morning and night.”
Best infrared heater to mount directly on a propane tank
“Originally bought for fishing, it hasn’t been used. This weekend, our gas log fireplace died, and then our heat pump died on the coldest night of the year (5 degrees). Downstairs, it was down to 53 degrees at 5 a.m. It’s now 67 a couple of hours later thanks to Mr. Heater.”
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“As a European who moved to North America, I was surprised by how difficult it was to find infrared heat lamps. In Germany, these lamps are very common and used to help with head colds and muscle pain. It took me some time to find a suitable product that was comparable to what I was used to. The Beurer IL 50 meets my expectations fully. The 300 Watts deliver pleasant heat, the product stands reliably and stable, and the angle is easy to adjust. The timer is helpful as well.”
Best infrared heater for chicks or ducklings
“I have had these brooders for about three years, and I own about three of them. I have never had a problem with them, and they keep the chicks the perfect temperature. The chicks love to crawl under them. I think because they touch the warmer from the top, it feels more like mama. I love the Brinsea brand. I had a big cabinet incubator, which I sold, but it was awesome. I also own smaller incubators and automatic waterers for the incubators, all are wonderful. These still work well, and I like that if something happens, I can still get parts. Brinsea makes a quality product, and I have no regrets in buying these and recommend them. They are worth the money in the long run.”
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