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Space heater in a old house. Photo by Courtesy of Lasko

When used safely (plugged into an outlet—not an extension cord—and kept at least 3 feet away from drapes, bedding, and furniture), a space heater lets you keep a small area toasty without having to make the rest of the house feel like a sauna. Use our mini-guide to find out which is the best space heater for your chilliest room.

4 Best Space Heaters

1. Radiator Space Heater

DeLonghi Radiator Space Heater. Photo by Courtesy of DeLonghi

Model

DeLonghi oil-filled radiator, about $91

How It Works

  • Shaped like the traditional fixed kind, these heaters are filled with oil warmed by electricity.
  • Oil retains heat well, so the devices give off warmth for a while even after they're turned off.

Best For

  • Living rooms and bedrooms

2. Fan-Forced Space Heater

Honeywell Cool Touch Space Heater. Photo by Courtesy of Honeywell

Model

Honeywell Cool Touch Energy Smart fan-forced heater, about $60

How It Works

  • A built-in ventilator blows air over heated metal coils.
  • The air current can be adjusted to focus on only part of a room—like where you sit.

Best For

Workshops and offices

3. Ceramic Space Heater

Black DeLonghi Ceramic Space Heater. Photo by Courtesy of DeLonghi

Model

DeLonghi ceramic heater, about $95

How It Works

  • Electricity heats up metal embedded in ceramic plates; the heat radiates to surrounding areas.
  • Available in many shapes, they stay cool to the touch while providing quick, focused heating.

Best For

Small offices and sunrooms

4. Baseboard Space Heater

Lasko Low Profile Space Heater. Photo by Courtesy of Lasko

Model

Lasko Low Profile Heater, about $70

How It Works

  • Air moves through copper tubes inside that are heated by electric cables. Many have integrated thermostats.
  • These quiet, low-profile devices easily heat large spaces.

Best For

Basements and family rooms