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Best Space heaters

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Space heaters

Best Space heaters

We tested 26 space heaters to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Space heater based on the following criteria:

  • Spot heating
  • Noise
  • Output (watts)
  • Ease of use
  • Fire safety
  • Room heating
  • Hot surface

Below lists the Space heaters that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Space heater is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Space heaters

Best Space heater for Spot heating

The effectiveness of a heater to directly heat an individual sitting in a room in 15 minutes.


This Space heater which tested best for Spot heating has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Tip-over safety switch, Fan, Remote control and Warranty.

Best Space heater for Noise

The relative loudness of the heater operating on its highest setting.


This Space heater which tested best for Noise has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Fan, Remote control, Warranty, Timer and Wheels.

Best Space heater for Output (watts)

Output is based on the manufacturer's stated wattage rating which was verified during testing.


This Space heater which tested best for Output (watts) has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Fan, Remote control, Warranty, Timer and Wheels.

Best Space heater for Ease of use

Indicates how easy the heater’s controls are to operate and how easy the heater is to move and carry.


This Space heater which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Tip-over safety switch, Fan, Remote control, Warranty, Timer and Wheels.

Best Space heater for Fire safety

The potential for ignition of flammable material such as drapes or clothing. Heaters rated Poor can cause ignition to cotton material when operated at their hottest setting.


This Space heater which tested best for Fire safety has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Tip-over safety switch, Fan, Remote control and Warranty.

Best Space heater for Room heating

The effectiveness of a heater to heat a standard-sized room, such as a family room, in 15 minutes.


This Space heater which tested best for Room heating has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Fan and Warranty.

Best Space heater for Hot surface

The risk of burn from touching the heat-exhaust outlet. The score is a combination of maximum temperature at the hottest portion of the outlet, the size of the hot area, and the hot area’s accessibility. Models with a Very Good or Excellent are cool enough to safely touch. Heaters rated Fair or Poor can be hot enough to cause a burn when operating at their hottest setting.


This Space heater which tested best for Hot surface has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Fan, Remote control, Warranty, Timer and Wheels.