Best Space Heaters for the Winter

By Joan Greenleaf , last updated January 15, 2012

Not everyone is blessed with amazing central heating, but it only becomes apparent in the frigid winter months. Though you could attempt to solve the situation with piles of blankets, hot water bottles or by wearing all your clothes at the same time there is an easier way to heat up. A space heater can be an effective, low-cost way to heat your house or to turn your bedroom back into a place for sleeping instead of an ice cave. 

Honeywell HZ-220 Mini Tower Surround Heater

For those looking for a heater that can heat up a bedroom or living room, the Honeywell HZ-2200 Mini Tower Surround Heater has a 360-degree surround heat fan and two heat settings. For those with children, this compact heater has a childproof power knob and is disabled if it tips over. This unit is designed to be placed in the center of the room and comes with an extra long power cord to help you do so. At $39.49 on Amazon, this heater is a great deal and is backed by a three-year warranty.

Dr. Heater Quartz + PTC Infrared Portable Space Heater

If you are taking style into account and are willing to shell out the cash for it, the Dr. Heater Quartz + PTC Infrared Portable Space Heater is inside a small wooden cube, making it look a little like an old fashioned speaker. The temperature settings range from 65 to 86 degrees. There are no exposed heating elements so it won’t burn you if you bump into it or trip over it. It has an overheating cut off and will shut off if tipped over. At $169.95 from Amazon this is a pricier heater, but it is one of the most handsomest. 

Sunpentown Mini Tower Ceramic Heater and Fan Unit

For those who want cute more than handsome, the Sunpentown Mini Tower Ceramic Heater and Fan Unit is a slender white unit with orange accents. This is an oscillating heater/fan and can fit on a counter or desk. This unit can convert to a fan in the summer if the user turns off the heat. This has many safety features like a thermal cut-off switch, overheat protection and tip over switch. It also has a washable filter and convenient carrying handle so you can be warm wherever you go. At $76.99, it may be cheaper than buying a new winter coat. 

Lasko 2 Heat Ceramic Tower Electric Space Heater With Remote Control

The Lasko 2 Heat Ceramic Tower Electric Space Heater with Remote Control is a great option for those who want to stay warm and stay in bed. This unit has a multi-function remote control, programmable thermostat, and eight-hour shut off timer. The silver and black housing of this unit is visually unobtrusive and is designed to be cool to the touch so that you can use its carry handle whenever you need to move it closer to the bed. This unit is sold by Lowe’s.

Lasko My Heat Personal Heater

If you want the cheapest heater money can buy, the Lasko My Heat Personal Heater is a good bet. At $14.98 from Walmart, it is one of the least expensive heaters on the market. It produces 200 watts of heat and is perfect to put in a bedroom or to bring to work to heat only your desk. Make sure to check the heating profile and safety controls on any heater you want to buy in order to make sure that it will heat the square footage you have and keep you safe.

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