Are you looking for an electric heater?
Should we say the most efficient electric heater?
Then you are in the right place. After hours of research, we have reviewed the best electric heaters for your home. We have also written a buying guide to help learn and choose the best option for you.
Our Top Recommendation
The Duraflame DFI-5010-01 sits at the top of our recommendation for its excellent design, good performance, and praise-worthy reliability. The heater performs well for its size and keeps everyone in the surrounding warm.
It is also just as good to look at. The 3D flame effect is one of its kind and no other heater can match its wow-factor. More importantly, the heater can last for years without breaking down. And if you thought all these features would jack the price up, be ready to be blown away by its affordable price tag.
1. Duraflame DFI-5010-01: Most Energy Efficient Electric Heater
The Duraflame Infrared Quartz Heater, as its name suggests, uses infrared waves to produce heat. It is safer than other heating solutions. It also doesn’t burn anything to generate heat, creating a healthier home environment. Not only that, you save big on electricity bills by using infrared heaters.
The heater can comfortably heat up a 1000 square-feet room. There’s no risk of fire with this heater and it has an in-built overheat protection. Further, it’s also not bad for the skin as it doesn’t dry out the air in the surroundings.
But the selling point of the Duraflame heater is none of the aforementioned features. What is, is the 3D flame effect which mimics real firewood experience. And it does so exceptionally well. We had one or two people come to the office who dare not go too close to the heater thinking it would burn them off.
You also get a remote control in the box but unfortunately, it is too basic. It will let you adjust to the different level of heat settings but won’t let you set the temperature. You can also set the timer using the remote.
The construction of this product is also remarkable. It is very stable with no chances of it tipping over. Yes, it uses plastic legs but each of the legs is secured with 3 screws which makes it really sturdy.
It is also one of the most reliable heaters out there with only a few people complaining about heat issues. All in all, it’s a really good product that is worth every penny. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
- Cool 3D flame effect
- Adjustable flame color, brightness and speed settings
- Overheat protection
2. Lasko 6462 Full Circle Warmth: Best Ceramic Space Heater
We have been using Lasko 6462 in our office for years and we absolutely love it. It’s the best option for small offices and homes where you need to move it frequently from one room to the other.
It’s tall but not a very wide heater which easily fits well in tight spaces. It gives out heat in all directions which makes it suitable to share with two to three people at once.
You can precisely set the temperature using the on-heater buttons. Alternatively, you can also use the included remote control to set the temperature as well as turn on/off the heater.
One important feature that is missing in this heater is the auto-turn off if it tips over. It can be a safety hazard especially if you have pets or children around.
It can keep a mid-sized room warm and can do so in under 15 minutes. It uses a fan to spread out the heat evenly across the room.
- Compact Design and highly portable
- Comes with a remote control
- 360-degree heat distribution
3. DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica: Best Panel Electric Heater
If you are looking for a sleek and compact electric heat that won’t take too much space in your room, the DeLonghi HMP1500 is definitely worth a consideration. You can even mount it in the wall conveniently thanks to the inclusion of wall-mount kit in the box.
The heater packs 1500 watts of power which means it provides sufficient heat to warm a large sized room. You don’t need to sit close to it to feel the warmth. It also features an adjustable thermostat which lets you precisely set the temperature. There are also multiple heat settings which you can set according to the climate you live in.
It’s also lightweight making it easy to carry around room-to-room. And unlike the aforementioned electric heater, it has a thermal cutoff and tip over switch which makes sure that it doesn’t burn anything in case it tips over. It also gives a piece of mind knowing that children and pets are safe around it.
The heater also doesn’t produce any kind of noise during operation. It has 2 heat settings which users can set using the included remote or using the buttons on the heater itself. From our internal testing, we found that the heater uses 930 watts of power in low setting and 1735 watts of power on the high setting.
The DeLonghi is a really well-constructed unit which will definitely last for a few years without any issue.
- Can be warm mounted
- Portable and lightweight design
- Personalized heat settings
- Internal Tip-over Switch
4. LifeSmart LS-1000X-6W-IN 6 Element: Best Infrared Space Heater
The LifeSmart Infrared is another energy efficient electric heater option. But it isn’t too flashy with its design. It can a good thing for you especially if you believe in a minimalistic approach.
What isn’t similar between this model and our top pick is the rich feature set. While both of them use infrared technology to heat the rooms, this one does it a little better. It can also heat up larger surface area, spreading the heat up to 1400 cubic feet with 5100 BTU’s.
Users can choose from 3 heat outputs. If you want to heat a small area, you can use the eco setting which will consume only 500 watts of power. The output should be sufficient to heat one or two people.
The heater is also environmentally clean and is completely safe for indoor usage. Since it doesn’t use oil or wood to produce heat, it doesn’t produce any kind of smell. It also comes with an updated remote control with is by far the best remote control we have used in an electric heater. It lets you select between three heat settings, set the temperature and also power on/off the unit.
Unlike many of the heaters which don’t come with any kind of warranty, this one comes with a generous 1-year warranty. We know users who have been using it for years without any problem. The company makes one of the most reliable product on the market.
- Includes excellent remote control
- Includes timer settings
- Infrared heating with use of 6 infrared elements
- Stylish Wood cabinet design
5. Cadet Manufacturing 05534: Best Baseboard Option
Cadet has been manufacturing electric heaters for over 57 years now. The company has gained trust from their customers for its reliability and good performance.
The Cadet Manufacturing 05534 Electric Zone heater looks more or less like a A/C unit and can be either placed on the floor or mounted on the wall. It is available in 120, 240 and 480 volts and is available in different sizes. The largest heater can distribute heat evenly in rooms as large as 10x20ft.
This heater is designed for homes that are under construction or under renovation. You can place it permanently in a place and it will do its duty for years without any problem. It works best when it is placed above or under a window and we recommend you to place it at least 12-inch away from foreign objects.
Unfortunately, the heater doesn’t come with an in-built thermostat. So, you will have to buy a separate thermostat to monitor the temperature of the room. But given the low place of the heater, we really can’t complain.
- Sleek design and supports wall mounting
- High-quality construction
- Even flow of heat across the room
6. Lasko 755320 Ceramic: Best Tower Heater
The Lasko Ceramic Tower is one of the most versatile option in this list. It is small in size but offers excellent performance. It can keep a 10x20ft room warm and it does so in less than 15 minutes.
It is loaded with features. It features an electronic thermostat that can be used to regulate the temperature as per the users need. You can also select between two preset heat settings. An 8-hour auto-off feature is an added bonus.
When it comes to safety, this one is a mixed bag. It does shut itself off in case of overheating but in case it gets tipped over, it doesn’t automatically shut off. If you have kids in the house who may knock it down, we recommend you to look out for alternatives.
Like most of the heaters in this list, this too comes with a multi-function remote control. There’s also a neat digital display on the top which is crisp and easy to read. For the price you pay, this Lasko heater is a really good option.
- Automatic Overheat protection
- Sleek design with built-in carry handle
- Top-access buttons with easy to read digital display
- Comes with handy remote
7. Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX: Best Portable Electric Heater
If you haven’t yet decided between an electric heater or gas heater, you might as well check out the Mr. Heater Propane Radiant Heater. For those unaware, it is the most popular portable heater in North America!
This heater is built like a tank and is suited for both indoor and outdoor use. It has an auto shut-off feature which triggers in case the heater tips over or if the pilot light goes out. Not only that, in case it detects low oxygen levels, it will shut itself off.
Since it is a portable heater, it also comes with a fold-down handle which makes transporting it easy. However, keep in mind that it is heavier than other options. It also features a swivel-out regulator which makes connecting to a propane tank really easy. You can switch tanks in under a minute.
If you are planning an outing or looking to take it to places where electricity isn’t readily available, it’s an excellent option. It’s also a great choice in places where electricity is cut-off frequently due to blizzard or for other reasons.
- Portable and comes with a fold-down handle
- Works well for both indoor and outdoor use
- Auto shut-off feature if tipped over
- Low fuel consumption
- Excellent reliability
- Quiet and doesn’t produce any kind of noise
Ultimate Buying Guide to Make the Right Choice
You will find many options at all price points. And needless to say, all of them claim to be the best. But which one should you buy? Go through our buying guide to know what features you should be looking at before buying an electric heater.
1. Keep the safety on the top of the list
While some might argue performance should be on the top of the list, when it comes to heaters, nothing is as important as safety.
You will be surprised to know that over 30% of the electric heaters break down unexpectedly. And most of them are a serious safety hazard. If the heater doesn’t feature any kind of protection, it can bring down the entire house. There are also chances of fire when you buy electric heaters which don’t have a feature overheating protection.
When you plan to buy one, look for the following feature for the ultimate protection:
- Overheating sensor
- Built-in thermostat
- Trip sensor
Here are also some safety tips to protect your heater and also yourself:
- Don’t use extension cords as they may not bear the high wattage
- Also, keep the heater on the ground (if not mounted)
- Check for the connection plug to see if it’s melting. It’s the primary cause of heater failure.
As with anything, you can find them in all sizes. Here are the popular sizes:
|Type||Power Consumption||Price Range||Suitable for|
|Personal Heaters||200-900 watts||$20-$50||Personal Use|
|Small Heater||400-1200 watts||$40-$200||Family of 2 or 3|
|Large Heater||1200- 1500 watts||$100-$200||Large Room|
3. Power Consumption
They are less costly on your wallet when compared to gas heaters. Still, if you use it all the time, you will be paying a lot more than you think. All the manufacturers mention how much electricity their heaters consume in one form or the other. Simply put, higher the wattage, higher the electricity consumption. Basically, a 1500w electric heater will consume a lot more electricity when compared to a 500w electric heater.
You will also find a lot of them come with eco setting or low heat setting. Selecting it will save you a considerable amount of money. While you choose eco setting instead of high heat setting, depending on the heater, you can save as much as 40% electricity.
You will find a lot of products to come loaded with features. We find the following features to be really useful:
- Auto Timer
- Remote control
The auto-timer comes in handy when you want to set the heater to turn on or off by itself. You just set the time and it does the turning off and turning on part automatically.
The fan feature enables the heat to disseminate evenly across the room. It will make sure that all the areas of the room is warm and not only a particular area.
The thermostat enables you to precisely set the temperature to your liking. You can just set the temperature and the heater will do the rest for you.
Most of the heaters come with a remote control. It makes controlling the unit a lot easier. But not all remote controllers are created equal. Some remote control may give you less control while others will let you have full control over the heater via the controller.