It doesn’t have a tip-over sensor and some users complain that it’s a bit too loud. DeLonghi TRD0715T Oil-Filled Radiator, (Around $85). ConsumerSearch recently complied a great space heater report — here are their tips on how to select a space heater, and their top four picks:
ConsumerSearch pulled from great review sources like Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping and This Old House, as well as user reviews from sites like Amazon.com. But if you know you’ll be the only one seeing it or have a spot you can stow it out of sight when guests come over, consider saving some money. It heats well for the price, and its small size would work great in small spaces. Types of heaters
Radiant Space HeatersAdvantages: Good for spot heating, quick heating; most efficient for short periods; quietDisadvantages: Not good at heating rooms; heat dissipates quickly; orange glow is distracting and/or annoying to some
Convection Space HeatersAdvantages: Best for heating rooms; variety of shapes and price ranges; some have fansDisadvantages: Models without fans are slow to heat; models with fans can be noisy; can be expensive
Questions to ask yourself before you buy:
What kind of heating do I need? See more top picks here. Vornado TVH500 Whole Room Vortex Heater, (Around $155). *Updated from a post originally published 1.9.2012 – AB
(Image credits: Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat via Bootic) Also look for tip-over sensors and an overheat cut-off. If this is a temporary solution or you’re not sure how long you might need a space heater, consider budget options that still rate highly. Know which camp you’re in before you choose a heater type to purchase. Specifically, are you looking for a heater that will heat a room (like a convection space heater) or are you more looking for a personal heater that will just warm you up (in which case a radiant space heater might work best)? But, it what it lacks in looks it makes up for in convience, offering lots of function and even a remote control. How much noise can I handle? Honeywell MyEnergySmart Infared Whole Room Heater (Around $180). Some folks find the ambient noise of a heater to be soothing, others find it annoying. Chances are if you’re reading a design website you care about aesthetics, and yes, if you’re looking for a space heater for a public space in your home and happen to entertain a lot, you might want to spend a little extra dough on models that also sport sleek design. Obviously, all space heaters should be relatively safe to use before buying, but parents in particular might want to consider other safety issues before purchasing a heater, like considering how hot the materials get and whether materials are protected from curious kids. Consistent heat output and quiet operation. Do I care if it looks good? How safe do I need this space heater to be? With lots of safety features, this heater is efficient at heating small spots well, but doesn’t exactly scream high design.