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Space heaters are a great way to give your home’s main heating system a little extra help, and most people will be very happy with one (or both) of the two best models we’ve found for small and large rooms. We performed more than 60 hours of research on more than 100 heaters, then had a Ph.D physicist perform head-to-head tests on 37 finalists to find the best for most people.
For Fast Heat in Small Spaces
If you need to quickly warm up small spaces, like a 10 ft. by 11 ft. bedroom or office, nothing beats the $25 Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater. It has a low price, compact size, light 3-pound weight, rapid performance, simple ease of use, and great warranty. Of everything we tested, the Lasko 754200 heated our test areas the fastest. It’s as big as a loaf of bread, and the heater’s outside topped off at 133 degrees Fahrenheit—one of the lowest surface temperatures of any we tested—so it easily travels between rooms and fits anywhere.
The drawbacks? Like all fan-driven heaters, it’s a little loud. We measured 44 decibels from six feet away (roughly the same as a refrigerator when its compressor runs). It has an overheat sensor, but there’s no tip-over switch to ensure that the heater turns off if it’s knocked over. There’s no true temperature control; it just goes hotter and colder. Last, it doesn’t hold on to the heat it produces once it’s been turned off.