Best Space Heater Review – Top 5 Hottest List for Feb. 2018 with Buying Guide
If you are looking to heat up a small area of your house like your home office, bedroom or living room, a space heater is an ideal choice. But which space heater should you choose? The Groom+style review team investigates.
Take your time and read the space heater buying guide information just below. Alternatively, skip ahead by clicking on the following link, to see which models made it onto the best space heater top 5 list.
In this space heater review the team will first explain the different types of heating technology used in space heaters, then list the key factors to consider when deciding which is right for your needs, and finally compile a best space heater top 5 list for Feb. 2018.
Main Heating Technology – Convection, Radiation, and Micathermic
Space heaters can be generally classified into 3 main groups; either convection, radiation and micathermic heaters.
Electric radiation heaters work by heating elements to a very high temperature (similar to your toaster or the sun) and then with the help of a reflector concentrate the heat in a particular direction. You will not find pure radiation heaters on our list, as they are not overly efficient and not as safe for indoor use as convection heaters. Radiation heaters work well outdoors (you might see them outside at trendy cafes in winter when it is cool to eat outdoors and pretend it’s not cold) as they deliver focused heat and warm the bodies/objects in the radiation path.
Convection heaters operate by warming the air around them, the warm air rises forcing the cold air downwards, creating a convection current. Convection heaters are slower to heat a room, and are inefficient if the room is poorly insulated, as the warm air can simply escape. A traditional convection heater is a wall mounted water or oil filled radiator (yes they are called radiators even though they heat via convection). Fan based or ceramic plate heaters also fall into this category.
Micathermic heaters are heaters that combine radiation and convection heat, typically 80% convection and 20% radiation (see number 5 on our list below).
Groom+Style’s list of the top 5 best space heaters will cover convection and micathermic heater, but not pure radiation heaters.
What Factors to Consider When Buying a Space Heater?
Key factors to consider when deciding which space heater is right for you are; the size of the room (or rooms) it will be used in, noise output, portability (storage) and built-in safety functions.
Space Heaters and Room Size
The size of the room, how well insulated it is, whether there is another heat source and how much furniture is in the room will impact which heater you should buy. All these factors will affect the efficiency of the space heater. In general Groom+Style have found that at least 10 watts of power is needed to heat a square foot area.
So if you have a decently insulated, enclosed, 100 sqft room, you would ideally be looking for a space heater with 1000 watts capacity to keep yourself warm and comfortable. Groom+Style’s recommendation would be to use the space heater to compliment your central heating and not use it as a primary source of heat. Space heaters should be used to lift the temperature of the room by a few degrees and not to do the heating from the start – as these devices do come with certain limitations (cost, efficiency etc.).
Space heaters without a fan will produce no noise, so if you want to use the heater in your bedroom while sleeping, or in the living room while watching TV then you might want to consider a “radiator” heater (number 4 on the list) or the micathermic heater (number 5 on the list).
Portability and Safety
All of the space heaters on Groom+Style’s list are portable and relatively light-weight so they can be moved from room to room and up and down stairs. However, if you have curious children or pets jumping around you have to be very vigilant. If this is the case you should look for heaters with a safety feature that will automatically turn the device off if knocked over.
Without further delay let’s review Groom+Style’s list of the top 5 best space heaters available.
1. Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
The first in Groom+Style’s list of the top 5 best space heaters is the Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with an adjustable thermostat which is a small, sleek, handy little machine that pumps hot air to make things toasty in your room. It is the best space heater for small office spaces, bedrooms, and bathrooms where the room sizes do not exceed 100 sqft. It heats up the room really quickly while keeping the noise level to a minimum.
Due to its small size and portability it can be easily transported between rooms and can fit in any out of the way corner. It has several manual heat settings, ranging from 900 watts to 1500 watts. You can choose the required setting based upon the room size and the warmth desired. It comes with an automatic switch off feature which is activated upon overheating – which is a very handy safety feature.
2. Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater with Digital Display and Remote Control
The next in our list is a tall oscillating tower heater – the Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater with Digital Display and Remote Control will deliver heat evenly to larger rooms than the Lasko 754200. It is packed with 1500 watts of power, a cool digital display and push-button controls. The wide angle of oscillation helps it to spread the heat evenly throughout the room while minimizing hot and cold spots, while maximizing comfort.
The oscillating feature is a big plus for those who are part of a family as the heat can be shared – rather than only the person in front of the heater benefiting from the heat.
It has a programmable thermostat feature where you could set the desired temperature for the room. Normally heaters come with low/high settings where you have very little to choose from. But with the thermostat feature, the heater toggles between on and off states to keep the room at the desired temperature.
It is also packed with a timer option that can be set for up to 8 hours. So for example, you can set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and instruct the timer to operate for the stipulated number of hours and peacefully go to bed. The device will then automatically switch off after the timer runs out so that you don’t have to wake up to manually turn it off. It also has a remote control for easy operation.
One drawback might be that it does not have a fan only option – but other than that this is a fully featured space heater at a great price.
3. Regal Electric Fireplace
The compact, traditionally curved, stunning design of this fire place is sure to be an eye-catcher in your living room. If your living room is big or has high ceilings and you tend to get cold spots, then this heater could be an elegant solution.
The Regal Electric Fireplace can even be used with the lights on without heating. The synthesized flame is so realistic that it gives you the feeling of sitting in front of a traditional fireplace. The whole unit has a mesh enclosure and is totally safe for children and pets – the outside stays cool to the touch even when in operation. It is light weight and has a clever design which keeps things in place if it is transported.
The Regal electric space heater comes with a 1500W power capacity and is capable of heating an area of about 400sqft. Although it does not come with an oscillator, the heat is forced out by a very effective and quiet fan that is attached to the underside of the device, enabling the heat to be evenly distributed throughout the entire room.
As the fan will be blowing out hot air near the ground, if you are using this heater in a carpeted room (and it is not going to be fixed to a wall), Groom+Style would recommend that you sit the heater on a wooden plank or other insulator material. In theory, there is no fire risk, but you probably don’t want to chance it.
4. DeLonghi TRD0715T Safeheat
Number 4 on our list is an oil filled portable radiator that emits enough heat slowly and steadily to warm up a large room. The oil in the radiator is permanently sealed and does not need refilling. The DeLonghi TRD0751T is ideal for bigger spaces like the living room or master bedroom where you would want to keep the noise levels low.
This heater is able to steadily blow out plenty of hot air until it reaches a set temperature at which point it can automatically turn itself off with the help of a built-in thermostat and timer.
This heater can take a while to heat up, so don’t expect instant warmth. At the same time it will eventually get very hot to the touch so you need to be careful around children and animals. It has a weight of about 25 pounds and has 4 wheels to enable it to be easily moved around or between rooms – it is still light enough to carry up stairs.
It has 2 knobs, one to set the desired temperature and the other to control the power level. There is a thermostat control which helps to shut the device off if it overheats. This is a safety feature that is triggered if the device is knocked over, or a curtain is covering the heater etc. The safety switch provides complete peace of mind.
Another heater made by DeLonghi that you might want to consider if you want to save a few dollars is the EW7707CB Safeheat 1500W ComforTemp Portable Oil-Filled Radiator – Black. It looks elegant with a shiny black finish and has similar features to the DeLonghi TRD0715T Safeheat.
5. DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater
Groom+Style’s final pick is the DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica heater – as mentioned above this type of heater provides a combination of convection and radiation. This means the heater can provide an instant source of warmth (radiation) while slowly but efficiently warming up the room (convection).
This panel heater is sleek and stylish, very efficient and great value for money. The panel can be wall mounted or you can keep it on the 4 wheels provided with the base unit. If you decide to keep it as a portable unit it is very light weight at 10 pounds. It has a power capacity of 750 to 1500W and has safety features like thermostat, auto switch off and caution indicator lights.
Wrapping It up and Safety Pointers for Space Heaters
As mentioned earlier space heaters are ideally used to supplement the central heating system in your house and not to be used as a primary source. You need to make sure the space heater you opt for is appropriate for the size of the room.
These are great devices that can provide much needed warmth, however they need to be used sensibly – please adhere to these safety tips below.
The Groom+Style review team hopes you find this review useful, and if you do live in a snowy climate then it might also be time to invest in a snow shovel or if you are feeling like having some real fun then a snow blower.