The Best Space Heaters
Honeywell Energy Smart Cool Touch
Matches other winners for power and range, plus it’s quiet (despite its Darth Vader visage). Features a spool on the bottom to hold the cord when not in use, allowing for neat off-season storage. Oscillates; turns off if tipped; maintains a consistent temperature to save energy. Height: 13 inches.
To buy: $50, target.com.
Work Of Art
Marveling at its majestic, space-age design, you’ll be tempted to poke your arm through the center (and that’s OK—it’s safe). Warms a room fast, and angles up or down to hit needy zones. A worthy investment for the aesthete. Oscillates; turns off if tipped; remote included. Height: 23 inches.
To buy: $399, amazon.com.
A cool-to-the-touch plastic grate won’t let curious kiddies fingers through or allow small objects to get wedged in. When accidentally covered (with, say, an errant sweatshirt or plush toy), it shuts itself off to prevent a hazard. This piece is lightweight and available in a range of colors, so it will not clash with your current dÃ©cor and is easy to transport from room to room. Plus, at $35, the price is truly unbeatable. If it accidentally tips over, it will automatically turn off. And don’t tuck it away in the summer months—you can operate the fan without heat for some cool ventilation. Height: 12 inches.
To buy: $35, amazon.com.
At six inches high, it couldn’t be simpler. Stick it under the desk in an ice-cold workplace to take care of toes, or place it on top for frozen hands—just keep it away from papers. Serves one (person).
To buy: $22, amazon.com.
Sunpentown Mini Tower
Absolutely silent, with a super-hot ceramic element inside that distributes steady warmth. Its mod-cool profile is shaped to tuck into a corner. Oscillates; turns off if tipped. Height: 14 inches.
To buy: $50, walmart.com.
Vornado Whole Room
Compact and powerful—you’ll quickly feel the heat across a 10-foot room. Sleek steel casing has industrial appeal. Turns off if tipped; remote included; maintains a consistent temperature to save energy. Height: 12 inches.
To buy: $200, amazon.com.
Lasko Ceramic Tower
Looking to heat up a large room in your home? This piece rotates on its base and has a wide reach to give corner-to-corner coverage. Sturdy, solid, and unobtrusive, it occupies a small amount of floor space, so you do not have to sacrifice a lot of square footage in your home. This piece has an adjustable thermostat with three comfort settings: high heat, low heat and fan only, so you can alter the setting depending on how much warmth you need. And with cool-touch housing, you do not have to worry about getting burned. Height: 16 inches.
To buy: $40, staples.com.
Honeywell Surround Select Ceramic
Delivers heat in the round, so it’s ideal for a porch party on a cool night; the back closes when you need only one-sided warmth. (Watch the metal grate, though. It gets hot, so keep toddlers away.) Turns off if tipped. Height: 17 inches.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. A new model can be found here.
Basic Yet Brawny
Holmes Whisper Quiet Power
Extremely effective, with no fuss—one button controls everything, from on/off to temperature settings. A grip in back makes it easy to move. One of the quietest models tested. Height: 12 inches.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. A similar item can be found here.
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Where should I put my heater for best results?
Since heat rises, it’s best to set it on the floor rather than on a table or a dresser. Steer clear of thick carpet or tile; uneven surfaces can cause a unit to tip.
Are there places I shouldn’t use my space heater?
Space heaters and bathrooms generally don’t mix; moisture can seep into the heating elements. Locate a heater so bedding and curtains are at least three feet away.
Can I use an extension cord?
You shouldn’t. It can cause overheating. Plug the unit directly into a wall outlet.
What’s the difference between ceramic- and fan-based heaters?
Heaters with ceramic elements are known for emitting a nice even heat and typically cool down faster than heaters with wire elements or coils.
What’s that burning smell coming from my heater?
Most likely, it’s caused by dust hitting the heating element. Every couple of weeks, swipe the surface of the heater’s grates with your vacuum’s hose attachment to clear dust from the inside. (Be sure the heater is unplugged when you clean it.)
It may seem old school, but electric blankets are still as effective as ever. This cushy accessory provides direct heat from a safe to touch source to keep you warm and cozy. With soft fleece fabric and three different heat settings, this roomy blanket will shut off automatically after three hours. Don’t worry about it getting dirty, either. You can throw it in the washing machine and dryer to get it like new. Available in four colors/patterns, you can even fold this up and take it anywhere you travel to help you stay warm, even if it is not plugged it.
To buy: $40, amazon.com.
New Ways to Stay Warm
If you don’t want to invest in a hefty machine just yet, there are other ways to stay warm this winter. Whether you’re commuting to work or exploring the outdoors, there are certain staples that should be apart of your winter wardrobe. Check out our suggestions for cozy hats, comfy gloves and chunky scarves to get you through the frigid months.
If you find yourself shivering inside of your cold office or while cuddled on the couch watching a movie, consider investing in a warm blanket. You can find our top six picks for supremely cozy throws here.
Cozy Up Your Home
Already have the heat you need? Add ambiance this winter by scattering and switching out some of your home accessories for cozier options. Candles can make your space smell wonderful and brighten up your home, so consider scattering some throughout your space. If you do not want to worry about the fire hazard, consider going faux. There’s a plethora of flickering flameless options that can be turned on with just a flip of a switch. Faux fur pillows and throws are super soft and inviting, and easy to switch out. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes so you can find one that fits with your style.