We research the market for the most popular electric space heaters based on consumer buying trends, satisfaction surveys, and reviews, helping you to find the best deal on prices powered by the search mechanism of Amazon.com. We aim to cover all the possible technologies which come into question when deciding on an electric heating solution for the home and office. Reviewing portable oil-filled radiators, electric ceramic heaters, infrared heaters and gas heaters as well.
Space Heaters our Review Choices:
- Bionaire BH3950-U Micathermic Element Console Heater review
- EdenPURE Gen4 Quartz Infrared Heater review
- DeLonghi Mica Panel Heater review
- DeLonghi TRN0812T Portable Oil-Filled Radiator with Programmable Timer review
- EdenPURE GEN3 Model 1000 Quartz Infrared Heater review
- Dimplex CS3311 Compact Electric Stove review
- Lasko 758000 Cyclonic Ceramic Heater review
- Mr Heater MH18B Portable Big Buddy Heater review
- Lasko 755320 Ceramic Tower Heater with Digital Display and Remote Control review
- DeLonghi EW7707CB Oil-Filled Portable Radiator with ComforTemp Technology, Black review
- DeLonghi TRD0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator Review
- Honeywell HZ-709 7 Fin Oil Filled Radiator Heater review
- Optimus H-6002 Mini Portable Oil Filled Radiator Heater review
Electric Heater Buying Guidelines:
The Heating Output
At first, need to decide what kind of heating output do you need?
Will need to think in Watts for this one. Most electric heaters on the market have a thermal output power of 1500 Watts which counts as high amount in consumer electronic measurements, recommended not to use splitters or another plug together with the heater in the electric outlet. A such a power appliance can heat up even larger spaces. The average heat generated by a ceramic space heater with 1500 Watts is ~5000 BTUs. Gas heaters, on the other hand, have larger heating potential. A portable gas heater from the better ones can produce up to 15000 BTUs (like the Mr. Heater Big Buddy heater) which is 3x the power of an average electric heater.
Most modern heaters will also contain safety precautions against overheating and electrical discharge. Look for these safety features while reading electric space heater reviews and product descriptions.
The main safety hazard concerning the gas and kerosene burning heaters is the carbon monoxide production in the air which happens in case the fuel is not burned properly in the heater. The enormous heating power has its downsides on the safety front. Ceramic and infrared heaters don’t perform too well on the safety front either. The exposed heating unit of such appliances can be a source of ugly burn wounds and fires. Definitely not recommended to use on unattended places like the garage is neither with children or pets in the room. Some infrared heater manufacturers like EdenPURE worked around the safety concerns by embedding the ceramic heating units in a fire-proof box which acts as a body of the electric appliance.
The safest kinds of portable heaters are the oil radiators. The only kinds of heating solution which I would recommend you in case there will be children or pets in the room. The oil radiator surface doesn’t get hot enough to cause burning wounds, unlike some poorly protected ceramic, coil or gas heaters can.
Also, the oil in the radiators is sealed and never needs to be refilled or replaced. That is a fixation remaining from the old times and is only applying to the old school oil radiators. Not the modern ones. Oil-filled radiators, ceramic and infrared heaters (due to no moving parts) make absolutely no sound when operating.
Efficiency-wise the ceramic heaters share similarities with oil filled radiators as well. Both materials are designed to store heat for a longer period of time and cool down slowly. If the electric heater is equipped with thermostat then it doesn’t have to run all the time and in case it starts losing temperature a small burst of energy is able to put the space heater back in operating temperature for a while.
If you are still considering buying a coil heater, make sure to choose a model with metal coils inside, where the electric current flowing through is heating up the spiral. However Id not recommend it to you, because even if the coils are usually behind some kind of a protecting cage, it is still very fire-prone.