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Best Electric Heater For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Electric Heater at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic OscillatingLasko 758000 Cyclonic CeramicLasko 5365 Ceramic PedestalDeLonghi Mica PanelVornado VH110 Whole Room Vortex
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Average Price
 
 
 
 
 
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Additional Info
Warranty
3-Year Limited Warranty
3-Year Limited Warranty
3-Year Limited Warranty
5-Year Limited Warranty
Features Needed
Heat Average Size Room
- Up to 1,500 Watts
- Up to 1,500 Watts
- Up to 1,500 Watts
- Up to 1,500 Watts
Low Noise
- None
Multiple Temperature Settings
- 3 Settings
- 2 Settings
- 2 Settings Multiple Temperatures
- 3 Settings
Safety Features
- Overheat Protection
- Overheat Protection and Self Regulating Ceramic
- Overheat Protection
- Tip-Over Switch, Thermal Cut-Off and Power Indicator
- Tip-Over Switch
Thermostat
- Auto Thermostat
- Auto Thermostat
- Programmable
Features Not Needed
Air Ionizer
Auto Shut Off
Digital Display
Fan
Remote Control
Timer
- 7-Hour Timer
- 7-Hour Timer
- 8-Hour Timer
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

The winter months can be really brutal depending on where you live.  Drafty windows and poor home heaters can make the winters tough to take.  You might also want to save money on you gas bill and turn the heat down for the whole house.  A electric heater can be a very efficient way to heat only the rooms that you're in at the time.  They're very affordable and do a great job heating a room, plus they are pretty cheap to run.  

Different Types

There are three main types of electric heaters. The first type is a convection type which will warm the air which come in contact with the heat coils.  They usually take a few minutes to warm up but once they do the heat will last for a long time.  They won't make any noise unless a fan is used to help transfer the heat throughout the room.  The second type is a radiant heater, you can think of these as a light bulbs that produce heat.  These will heat up very fast but are only really good for heating a small area and not a whole room.  The third type is conductive heaters.  They work like a combination of the first two and the heating element is usually covered in a sheet of mica or nickel and chromium to transfer heat into the air.  We recommend getting a convection or conductive heater since they do a great job at heating a large area like a bedroom.

Main Features

The ideal heater will be able to warm the whole room up and do it quietly.  The typical space heater will produce up to 1,500 watts.  It will have multiple temperature  settings and safety features.  Usually they will have at least two different temperature settings.  A couple of standard safety features include overheat protection, tip-over sensor to cut the power in-case the heater falls on it's side and auto shut off.  It's very important to have safety features because heaters have the potential to start fires. Many units come with a thermostat which is really nice because you can set the temperature you want the room to be without having to keep adjusting it.  Heaters with fans will be louder but will usually heat the entire room up better.  

Other Features

Other things that are nice to have include a digital display, remote control, programmable timer and air ionizer.  A digital display will make it a little easier to read.  If you don't want to keep going over to the heater to change a setting you might want to get one with a remote control.  Some units have a timer where you can program when you want it to turn on/off.  This could come in handy if you wanted it to turn on before you got home and turn off when you leave in the morning.  Some higher end heaters even come with air purifier features. 

Brands

Some of the top brands include DeLonghi, Holmes, Honeywell, Lasko, Pelonis and Vornado.  For the most part they all are affordable and well made.  We found that Lasko, DeLonghi and Vornado provided the best value.

Wrap Up

You're cold and you want to warm your entire room up.  You want the heater to last for years and look good sitting in your place.   Get a heater with a thermostat and multiple temperature settings that produces up to 1,500 watts.  If you don't mind a little noise get one with a fan to circulate the air better.  Make sure it has safety features.  Look to see if it comes with a warranty and check reviews to see if it's going to last.  


Features You Need
Heat Average Size Room, Low Noise, Multiple Temperature Settings, Safety Features, Thermostat
Features You Don't Need
Air Ionizer, Auto Shut Off, Digital Display, Fan, Remote Control, Timer
What You Should Pay
Between $48.98 - $59.99
Top Of The Line Price
Over $300.00