According to a 2014 study by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the majority of Americans still use natural gas to heat their homes. But because gas prices constantly fluctuate, using a combination of electric and gas heating can help provide a more predictable and affordable heating plan. For those interested in saving more on heat this winter, consider buying an electric space heater. They’re affordable, simple to use, energy-efficient and great for heating individual rooms and small apartments. Plus, they’re safe. So whether you’re looking to lower the heating bill or get a quick fix for an inadequate heating system, there’s an electric space heater that can help you stay warm this winter.
De’Longhi Slim Style HCX9115E
Editor’s Choice: As a brand, De’Longhi is known for making well-designed, even Red Dot Award-winning home appliances such as espresso machines, deep friers and humidifiers. Their convection heater is cut from the same cloth. Its slender profile, at three inches thick, allows it to fit into any room without being an eyesore. And because of its double fan system, the HCX9115E is powerful — meant for “medium to large rooms.” Additionally, with its soft-touch digital control panel, the heater is easy to use.
Lasko Cool-Touch Infrared Quartz Heater
Best for Large Rooms: The Lasko 6101 heater is both powerful and efficient. The heater, which has two settings (high and low heat), is fully capable of heating large rooms (300 square feet or more). And no matter how long it’s on, the heater will stay cool to the touch. Plus it comes with a built-in energy-saving technology: when turned on, the machine maintains a temperature by periodically turning on and off, so it won’t kill your electric bill.
Dyson AM09 Fan Heater
Most Innovative Heater: Dyson’s AM09 Fan Heater, which was inspired by the air currents moving over a fighter jet’s wing, uses the brand’s patented Air Multiplier technology to evenly distribute heat around a room. The heater can be turned to a “focused” setting that allows it to target a single area directly. Yes, it’s more expensive than most heaters on the market. But because this blade-less and lightweight (5.9 pounds) machine can blow cool air too, it can be used 12 months out of the year.
Vornado TAVH10 Heater
Best Fan Heater: The Vornado is best for small, enclosed rooms because its fan blows heat air in a vortex motion, which needs to deflect off walls to evenly circulate a room. Above all, this heater is practical. Each is easily portable at 4.9 pounds, has a cool-touch case (making it safe) and comes with a five-year warranty.
Holmes Smart Console Heater
Best Smart Heater: Owners of this Holmes space heater can control it from anywhere using the WeMo app on their smartphone — just make sure there’s wi-fi, or a 3G or 4G network. The heater itself is available in two power levels, 1,000 or 1,500 watts, and generates its heat using quartz light bulbs. Each comes with a Eco-Smart energy saving technology so, like much of its competition, it won’t dent your electric bill drastically.