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|Works great for both indoor and outdoor activities. Lightweight and portable.||Great choice for large areas, heats quickly and efficiently. One of the safer options for indoor use.||Small size and ease of portability; quickly heats small to medium spaces.||Budget-friendly and good for smaller spaces. Two-setting heating system.||Maintains heat output for long periods of time; oil-filled radiator provides energy-efficient heating methods.|
|More expensive option. Propane refill can increase cost as well.||Most expensive option.||No automated shut-off switch for tip-over.||Concerns with display for night use.||Slow to warm up.|
|Cost is well-worth the added features for both indoor and outdoor users.||An expensive option, but heats most rooms, despite size, quickly and maintains temperature.||The most budget-friendly option, offers powerful heating capabilities for such a small size.||A good heater for smaller areas, allows for the most basic needs to heat a room.||DeLonghi is an energy-efficient, long-lasting heating unit but requires a lot of patience.|
The best space heaters should deliver efficient temperature regulation for various spaces while maintaining the safety of the user and location. An efficient heater allows for monitored temperature and ease of adjustment while maintaining even heat distribution. Each of the products reviewed have been deemed the most efficient and cost-effective, while maintaining the safest environment possible.
The most basic of the space heaters offered in the five options begin at very reasonable price of $30, ranging to just below $100. Each is relatively affordable, though prices do increase as more features are added. Price consideration should include outside costs of fuel and electric usage based on frequency of use.
One of the most prominent features to consider when purchasing a space heater is the monitor temperature; some heaters include adjustable thermostats. Other considerations should include portability and ease of use, as well as concerns of noise and odor.
The most efficient heaters spread warmth quickly and evenly throughout a room in the shortest time possible. Efficient heaters are able to regulate and maintain temperatures throughout a location as adjusted. Oil and kerosene heaters take longer to reach optimal temperature, but maintain heat longer in larger spaces. Space heaters should include an overheat cut-off system, thermal shut-off, tip-over shut-off or other temperature regulators to prevent overheating.
Though the electric heater is the most popular and most common type of space heater, our options examine several varieties. Electric heaters function well within an enclosed area, while propane and kerosene heaters are better suited for well-ventilated or outdoor locations. Other types include ceramic and forced-air (or self-circulating), which are better purposed to smaller areas.
The Mr. Heater is one of the more expensive of the space heaters reviewed. The higher price reflects the better features associated with the product: automated shut-off and ease of portability, plus indoor/outdoor capability. The cost of propane for refills can increase the price over time as well.
The Vornado AVH2 is the most expensive of the space heaters reviewed. The high cost reflects the numerous extra features; unlike the other space heaters, the Vornado AVH2 offers air circulation to regulate temperature.
The Lasko Ceramic Heater is the most budget-friendly space heater, starting at a low price of $30. The space heater maintains heat output until the room reaches the set desired temperature, an impressive feature for such a low cost. It offers quite a few features for a budget-friendly option.
On the lower end of the budget-friendly spectrum, the Holmes Heater with Programmable Timer is offered at a low cost of $40. It comes with eco-friendly heating settings and digital controls, as well as a 24-hour timer and whole room oscillation.
The DeLonghi space heater falls in the middle of the price range at $68. For the mid-level price, it comes with a variety of features including permanently sealed fins with pure diathermic oil and an automatic turn on-off system for room temperature.
The most highly reviewed feature, based on customer commentary, of the Mr. Heater is the ease of portability. The overall weight falls under 10lbs and contains a small folding handle, making it easy to carry and store. For more permanent use, an optional hose can connect the smaller heater to a 20lb propane cylinder. A power adapter comes with the space heater to make battery usage optional--helpful for outdoor trips or remote location. The Mr. Heater also comes with an automated shut-off capability and low-oxygen sensors.
The Vornado AVH2 utilizes an automated climate control feature to adjust the heat output and fan speed to maintain a regulated temperature in a room; there are two specific heat settings and a fan-only mode. The system is designed with "whisper-quiet" operation, allowing for use in any environment without disruption. Much like the Mr. Heater, the Vornado comes with an automated shut-off system.
The size of the Lasko space heater is one of the nicer features, as it can fit in any location with ease. It comes with a dial with four settings, three of which are labeled as "quiet control" settings: high heat, low heat and fan only.
One of the key features for the Holmes Heater is the full-room oscillation option; though the model is smaller, oscillation provides for more even heating in a room. The Holmes Heater comes with a programmable timer and digital thermostat, allowing for easy-to-adjust settings, though customer reviews have stated the digital screen is not lit up, which makes for difficulties at night.
According to the manufacturer, the biggest feature of the DeLonghi is the seven sealed fins with diathermic oil that never requires changing. Thermal slots allow for maximum heat output and the ComforTemp (thermostat) feature allows for an ideal temperature setting. One of the more prominent features based on customer reviews is the antifreeze setting, which automatically turns on the heater if the temperature falls below 44 degrees.
The automated shut-off is the most prominent safety feature of the Mr. Heater space heater. If the product tips over, the pilot light goes out or if low oxygen levels are detected, the system automatically shuts off. The unit can be used both indoors and outdoors, providing an efficient heating source and temperature regulation for any location.
Utilizing self-circulating climate control, the Vornado AVH2 can regulate a room's temperature without the need for constant supervision. It heats up quickly and offers even heating throughout a space, designed for optimal use in a 16-by-16 foot room. Though the most powerful and efficient, the Vornado AVH2 still comes with an automated shut-off feature, in the event of a tip over, and maintains self-cooling to prevent the system from overheating.
The Lasko heats small spaces quickly and maintains the set temperature. The unit comes with automatic overheat protection, but it does not have an automatic shut-off in the event of a tip-over.
The programmable timer on the Holmes Heater allows for much greater efficiency to maintain temperature regulation. The model comes with a 24-hour auto-off feature, preventing the unit from remaining on for too long and overheating. A tip-over automated shut-off is included as well.
The ComforTemp feature allows for an energy-efficient production of heat, with a pre-set ideal temperature range of 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit. As the DeLonghi is an oil-based radiator, heat output can take some time to reach maximum temperature, but maintains that temperature for long periods of time. The design of the model encloses the heated portions, protecting anyone from direct harm through touch. Though there is no automatic tip-over shut-off, there is a function that cuts power to prevent overheating. The DeLonghi comes with the option of attachable wheels, allowing for ease of movement in set locations as the model itself is heavy, weighing in at 23lbs.
The Mr. Heater is listed as a portable propane space heater. It works well for indoor and outdoor use, for both small and large spaces up to 200 square feet.
The Vornado AVH2 is a whole-room space heater with self-circulation ("vortex") to maintain automatic climate control. It is the most efficient, quickly heating up a room and maintaining temperature. It is best suited for larger spaces, though can be used in any area.
The Lasko is a ceramic space heater, which provides for self-regulation. It is small in stature, making it portable and easy to store and use in any location. According to the manufacturer, it functions best for smaller to medium-sized rooms.
The Holmes Heater is a ceramic space heater with full-room oscillation. It offers two settings: silent heat or fan-only. The Holmes Heater comes with a remote control, as well as automated 24-hour shut off and tip-over shut-off features for safety.
The DeLonghi is a portable, oil-filled radiator that functions well in small to medium-sized rooms. As an oil-based radiator, it can take some time to heat a room, but filters and oil never require changing.
The Mr. Heater is the most powerful and efficient of the space heater options reviewed. Though it is on the more expensive end of the spectrum, it offers a high value with incredible additional features.
As a propane heater, the Mr. Heater is clean-burning and offers quick, efficient heat output for any location, both indoors and outdoors. The size and weight allows for ease of storage and travel, which make it a well-reviewed product for camping and trips. The desired temperature is easily maintained for the entire length of time the unit is running.
As the best option reviewed, the Mr. Heater comes with numerous safety features, making it the most desired contender for anyone looking to purchase a space heater. The added sensors allow for detection of low oxygen levels or issues concerning the pilot light, a feature not utilized by any other unit. Automated shut-off prevents overheating and tip-over factors, a major concern in safety. Overall, the Mr. Heater provides the highest performance and reliability for safety and is well worth the cost.
Although the Lasko Ceramic Heater was the cheapest of the space heaters reviewed, it offers the best value for its listed price. It's small, compact size allows for ease of portability, able to be used in any smaller room of the house.
Though it does not have all of the bells and whistles as some of the more expensive heaters, the Lasko Ceramic Heater offers high efficiency heat output in a short amount of time. The ceramic build offers self-regulation for output and the four settings allow for "quiet" control; the silent running feature is a major factor in high customer reviews. Ceramic heaters provide for automatic shut-off when the room reaches its optimal temperature and starts again as the room temperature decreases.
The Lasko Ceramic Heater provides for automated shut-off to prevent overheating as well, a highly sought-after safety feature in smaller space heaters. It functions well for its smaller stature and price, providing a warm, safe environment for anyone to enjoy.