Best Space Heaters for $100 or Less

    Keep warm and cozy with one of these well-priced heaters that perform well in CR’s tests

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    A space heater undergoing CR's fire-safety test, in which a terry cloth is draped over it for 30 minutes.
    Consumer Reports

    When it comes to space heaters, a higher price doesn’t necessarily mean you get more for your money.

    “You don’t have to spend top dollar to get a space heater with the features you want,” says Marion Wilson-Spencer, a market analyst at Consumer Reports. “Almost all the space heaters in this price range come with a remote control and important safety features, like a tip-over switch.”

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    Below, you’ll find ratings and reviews of space heaters that cost $100 or less and perform well in our tests. (Prices can fluctuate, so you may see a model selling for slightly more than $100 at times.)

    In our lab, we gauge how well a space heater warms an entire room and how well it heats a person sitting directly in front of it. We also rate models on safety, such as how likely they are to cause nearby fabrics such as drapes or upholstery to ignite, and how hot the surface gets. We look for safety features, too, such as a tip-over switch, which automatically turns off the heater if it falls over.

    These five space heaters (listed in alphabetical order) earn strong scores in our heating and fire-safety tests and can be purchased for less than a hundred bucks. For more information and more choices, see our full space heater ratings and space heater buying guide.

    Dependable Space Heaters Under $100

    Mary H.J. Farrell

    Knowing that I wanted to be a journalist from a young age, I decided to spiff up my byline by adding the middle initials "H.J." A veteran of online and print journalism, I've worked at People, MSNBC, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and an online Consumer Reports wannabe. But the real thing is so much better. Follow me on Twitter.