Best Personal Heaters

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 9, 2019
Feel like the temperature in your working space is lower than what it should be? There's a simple yet effective solution. All you have to do is purchase one of these compact personal heaters and your comfort zone will get much more comfortable. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Heating capacity
Settings
Safety
Size
Warranty
 
PROS

Both heat settings will be able to warm up a sizable room in no time at all. The aluminum brushed housing gives it a sleek look while also making the unit sturdy enough for transportation and everyday movement. 

CONS

Bit inconvenient in terms of transportation. 

OUR VERDICT

The Crane EE-6490 is about performance first and foremost. It is a particularly powerful personal space heater that can take on a serious heating challenge. But the fact that it looks pretty good doesn't hurt either. Put this thing on your desk at work or make yourself comfortable at home, the choice is yours.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic heater

Heating capacity

800 / 1200 W

Settings

2 heat settings

Safety

Automatic overheat protection, cool-touch exterior

Size

8.5" x 7.5″ x 5.5″

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The heater comes equipped with a convenient carry handle that will help with transportation. You can set the unit to oscillate 45 degrees left and right, considerably increasing the coverage area on the sides. It also comes equipped with a fan-only mode. 

CONS

The power cable is uncomfortably short. 

OUR VERDICT

It is the small things and the little details that make this personal heater noticeably better than the majority of similar options. Though a powerful unit, the model is surprisingly energy-efficient, especially in the fan-only mode, when it takes less than 4 W to keep your cool in the summer.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic heater

Heating capacity

600 W

Settings

1 heat setting, fan mode only, auto-oscillation

Safety

Cool-touch exterior, auto-off tip-over switch, overheat safety protection

Size

8.35" x 4.57" x 4.57"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The model is incredibly efficient in terms of energy, meaning you won't have to spend a fortune on electricity bills. Furthermore, this ceramic heater is really easy to use. The device is also quite compact, so you can carry it around with you from your office to your home.

CONS

Might produce a certain plastic chemical smell at first.

OUR VERDICT

Lasko 100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater is an affordable, compact, and convenient solution. If you don't want the kind of model that would cost you a fortune to maintain and your only goal is to slightly increase the temperature to a more comfortable level, this is the best choice for you.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic heater

Heating capacity

200 W

Settings

1 heat setting

Safety

Automatic overheat protection, cool-touch exterior

Size

6.1″ x 4.3″ x 3.8″

Warranty

3-year limited

PROS

The overheat safety protection feature immediately turns off the appliance the moment it gets too hot. The auto-off tip-over switch shuts off the heater when it is tipped or tilted. The noise levels do not reach above 40 dB. 

CONS

The power indicator is a tad too bright for some people.

OUR VERDICT

What we have here is a pretty good budget personal heater option. For a modest price, you'll get yourself a small portable appliance that packs quite a bit of a punch. Aside from the usual applications, you can easily bring the model with you on a camping trip or any other similar outdoor activity.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic heater

Heating capacity

400 W

Settings

1 heat setting

Safety

Cool-touch exterior, auto-off tip-over switch, overheat safety protection

Size

6.3" x 6.3" x 3.15"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Given the small size and just 1 pound of weight, you can easily put it into your backpack or throw it in your purse and you won't even notice it's there until you need it. Aside from flame-resistant materials and a standard tip over switch, it also comes with a set of caution lights to alert you when a heater is turned on.

CONS

The switch is somewhat flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

Honeywell HCE100W Heat Bud Ceramic Heater is a kind of appliance that we can easily recommend to anyone who feels cold in his office or somewhat chilly in certain areas of the house and would like to find a simple and reliable solution to this relatively minor problem.

detailed parameters
Type

Ceramic heater

Heating capacity

170 / 250 W

Settings

2 heat settings

Safety

Cool-touch exterior, auto-off tip-over switch, overheat safety protection

Size

6.5" x 4.13" x 5.67"

Warranty

3 years

Crane EE-6490

Wave the Cold Goodbye

The Crane EE-6490 is one of the better personal space heaters we've come across. For starters, it is pretty damn powerful. Just like most of these appliances, the model comes equipped with 2 heat settings. But unlike most of these appliances, it features a heating capacity of 800 or 1200 W, quite a bit more than your typical personal heater.

As you would imagine, its power alone makes the product in question particularly versatile. We really like it for office use, especially in an open-space scenario. But you can just as well put it in your bedroom or any other place around the house. Despite its powerful nature, the model is surprisingly compact. Featuring 8.5" x 7.5″ x 5.5″ in overall dimensions, it is about the same size as most of its far less impressive counterparts. Plus, the upscale design of the heater really complements just about any room décor. The aluminum brushed housing gives it a sleek look while also making the unit sturdy enough for transportation and everyday use.

Aside from its power, there isn't a whole lot that separates this model from any other similar half-decent unit. It's a ceramic heater, so you get all of the usual advantages of this type of heaters. The cool-touch exterior will prevent you from burning your hands even if you wanted to. It doesn't use oil to create heat, making it a much better choice from an environmental standpoint. But if something goes wrong and the coil of the heater ever gets too hot, the automatic overheat protection will turn the unit enough before anything happens.

Review of Crane EE-6490 Personal Space Heater

Screw That Noise

Generally speaking, with great power comes a great amount of noise. But, fortunately enough, that's not the case here. We don't have the numbers but the heater is oddly quiet, even on the high setting. We wouldn't go as far as to call it silent but you can definitely put it on your nightstand without worrying about the noise, even if you happen to be a particularly light sleeper.

Other than that, there isn't much to cover here. We did say that the heater is cool to the touch but, of course, we're referring to the silver aluminum sides. The black grill in front does get rather warm but not enough to cause any major inconveniences. And if you don't care for a touch of black, the model is also available with white/silver-ish grill.

In short, the Crane EE-6490 is about performance first and foremost. It is a particularly powerful personal space heater that can take on a serious heating challenge. But the fact that it looks pretty good doesn't hurt either. Put this thing on your office desk or make yourself comfortable at home, the choice is yours.

Crane EE-6490 Personal Space Heater in the use

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Fitfirst 600W

Cozy Up

The model from Fitfirst doesn't strike a particularly strong impression at first. In fact, it doesn't look any different from your standard personal heater. But it does have a few things going for it.

For instance, the product in question is surprisingly powerful. Unfortunately, it comes equipped with but a single heat setting, so you won't exactly be able to personalize the warmth. On the bright side, that one and only setting features 600 watts of heating capacity. It takes the model about 2 seconds to warm up the air in a fairly sizable room, all without overheating the said room.

That much power will be perfect for a dorm room. It isn't a bad choice for an office table either. Plus, considering the heater's compact frame, you can always take it with you from home to work or move it around the house without any particular issues. The only complaint we have in that department is that the power cable is a little short, so you won't be able to place it too far from a socket. But, other than that, knock yourself out, there isn't a room nor a place that this heater won't be able to make a lot more comfortable.

Review of Fitfirst 600W Ceramic Space Heater

Warm or Cool, Take Your Pick

With a small item like that, it is often the little details that tend to make the most difference. For example, it isn't just the compact design that makes the model so portable but also a convenient carry handle that you'll find behind the grill.

That said, it isn't just the small things either. For one, we wouldn't call the auto-oscillation feature a small thing. It's small in size, sure, but not in its impact. You can set it to oscillate 45 degrees left and right, considerably increasing the coverage area on the sides. Of course, if you do not care for even heat distribution, you can just as easily turn it off with a single press of a Swing button.

Speaking of buttons, the model also comes equipped with a fan-only mode. Come summer, you can turn it on and enjoy a nice breath of a cool wind, effectively turning the heater into a personal fan. There's an LED indicator on top of the unit that turns red when you choose the heating mode or blue when you go with the fan-only mode.

Another little detail that we like about this personal heater is its ease of maintenance. You can easily remove the cover and clean the dust filter without putting in too much of an effort or requiring an array of different tools.

The usual overheat protection is there but so is the auto-off tip-over switch that, as you'd imagine, automatically disconnects the heater when it is tilted or tipped.

We've repeated this point quite a few times already but, again, it is the small things and the little details that make this personal heater noticeably better than the majority of similar options. Though a powerful unit, the model is surprisingly energy-efficient, especially in the fan-only mode, when it takes less than 4 W to keep your cool in the summer.

Fitfirst 600W Ceramic Space Heater in the use

 

Lasko 100

Just Enough Heat

Let's face it - even if you work at one of those progressive companies that offer a substantial amount of freedom to their employees, there are still a lot of issues with a modern workplace, especially when it comes to crowded offices. Take temperature, for example. It is a well-established fact that people experience temperature differently. But you can't set the air conditioner or the central heating system to accommodate every single person in a crowded office, which is why someone will inevitably start to feel chilly come winter. A solution to this issue depends on just how low the temperature is and how cold someone feels in it. If you reckon that just a few additional degrees of warmth will be enough to make you comfortable, there isn't a better option out there than this model from Lasko.

Now, we should get one thing clear - this Lasko personal heater is not the kind of appliance that will be able to warm up an entire room. The model in question has a heating capacity of 200 Watts, which will be enough to warm you up in a chilly office or produce just enough heat to raise the temperature in your room from somewhat cool to comfortably warm, but it will not be even remotely enough to service a large room or a place that is simply too cold for this model to handle.

Review of Lasko 100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater

Simple and Effective

As you would imagine, the lower heating capacity does not come without some benefits as well. To start with, the model is incredibly efficient in terms of energy, meaning you won't have to spend a fortune on electricity bills. Furthermore, this ceramic heater is incredibly easy to use, if not for the fact that it already comes fully assembled with a convenient On and Off control that even a child would be able to operate. The model is also quite compact, so you can carry it around with you from your office to your home, all you have to do is just plug it into an outlet and get yourself comfortable. On top of everything else, you can utilize this household appliance to warm the room that you currently occupy and lower your whole-house thermostat. This simple yet effective method will greatly reduce the wear and tear of your main heating system.

In terms of safety, what we have here is a ceramic heater, meaning that it incorporates the main benefit of this type, allowing the product to deliver a constant source of heat without ever getting hot enough to pose a fire hazard or a burn risk. Similar to the majority of ceramic models out there, it utilizes a cool-touch exterior, so you won't have to worry about accidentally burning your hand when you grab this thing before actually plugging it off, and an automatic overheat protection that is a frequent guest in some of the more expensive personal heaters out there. And, that's about it. Lasko 100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater is an affordable, compact, and convenient solution. If you don't want the kind of model that would cost you a fortune to maintain and your only goal is to slightly increase the temperature to a more comfortable level, this is the best choice for you.

Lasko 100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

This tiny little unit really puts out a lot of heat without using a lot of power. My office is often like a meat locker, but instead of freezing, I am toasty warm with my tiny heater. I love it!

Size & Weight

It's about the size of my hand, FYI. So it's not large. Which makes it a great size to put just about anywhere.

Features

I set it on top of my computer tower, and the heat bounces off my keyboard tray to make a really warm personal space. I'm very happy with it. Also, it's cool to the touch. I've had it on for at least 4 hours now, and the unit is cool when I touch it.
 

Brightown PTC-002

A Touch of Orange

The Brightown PTC-002 puts the "personal" in the "personal ceramic heater". There is nothing particularly amazing about it nor do we have any specific issues with the product. It does its job and it does it well. If we had to point out the best thing about this heater, it would probably have to be its compact profile. The model adds up to 6.3" x 6.3" x 3.15" in overall dimensions, so you should easily be able to find enough space for it in your house, on your workspace at an office, or even in an RV or tent. Plus, it weighs just 1.5 pounds, easily one of the most lightweight options in its price range.

We can't say that we're particularly fond of the way it looks. We don't mind the black rear but the bright orange front housing certainly isn't a design that will appeal to everyone. It's a good choice for most dorm rooms, a really suitable option for a tent, and not a bad complementary piece for those out-there Scandinavian interior designs. But it won't be too good of a fit for a more standard contemporary or even most modern décors.

One thing that the heater definitely has going for it is the noise. Or, to be a bit more precise, lack thereof. It doesn't reach above 40 decibels, which is pretty good as far as budget heaters go. You should be able to put this thing next to your bed and still sleep like a baby at night.

Review of Brightown PTC-002 Personal Ceramic Heater

Safe on the Road

Performance-wise, the model left us with mixed feelings. On one hand, it is rather energy-efficient and it doesn't require more than 400 W to provide a solid heat output. On the other hand, it comes equipped with only one heat setting, so that kind of heating capacity may prove a bit too much or not enough in certain scenarios. There's a convenient power indicator but some may find it a tad too bright at night.

As far as safety is concerned, this personal heater does not disappoint. Made of plastic, it features that standard ceramic heater cool-touch exterior, so you won't be able to accidentally burn your fingertips. Neither is it devoid of the overheat safety protection that immediately turns off the appliance the moment it gets too hot.

Not as frequent of a guest that is present here is an auto-off tip-over switch. This nice little feature shuts off the heater when it is tipped or tilted, mostly just icing on the safety cake but a welcome one nonetheless.

All in all, what we have here is a pretty good budget personal heater option. For a modest price, you'll get yourself a small portable appliance that packs quite a bit of a punch. Aside from the usual applications, you can easily bring the model with you on a camping trip or any other similar outdoor activity.

Brightown PTC-002 Personal Ceramic Heater in the use

 

Honeywell HCE100W

Take It With You

Uncomfortably chilly temperature can often be an annoying and aggravating issue but, generally speaking, it isn't a major problem. So if the issue at hand is relatively minor, you don't need some sort of a space heater that'd enough to warm up an entire apartment. A simple problem requires a simple and straightforward solution and this is exactly what the Honeywell HCE100W Heat Bud Ceramic Heater is willing to offer you.

To put it bluntly, this isn't the kind of personal heater you acquire if your intended goal is to raise the temperature of an entire office nor is it the sort of model you opt for if you want a complex solution with an array of additional features. What this device essentially boils down to is a portable, energy efficient solution that will be able to provide just the right amount of heat for you. Featuring two heat settings, with the low one offering 170 Watts and the high one delivering 250, the model will be a perfect solution if you feel somewhat chilly and uncomfortable both in your office as well as at home, especially given that this is also one of the most compact personal heaters out there, so you will be able to easily take it with you wherever you go. With 6.5 x 4.13 x 5.67 inches of overall dimensions and just 1 pound of weight, you can easily put it into your backpack or throw it in your purse and you won't even notice it's there until you need it.

Review of Honeywell HCE100W Heat Bud Ceramic Heater, White

Throw Some Colors Into the Mix

As you would probably expect out of such a straightforward and compact heater, it already comes fully assembled, so you won't have to bother setting the whole thing up. All you have to do once the package arrives at your doorstep is simply plug it in and choose the right heat setting. Since there is only one manual button, the device is as simple as it gets in terms of use. It also comes in a variety of fun colors if you feel like an orthodox white one is a bit too boring for your taste.

Safety is arguably the most important aspect of a personal heater, which is exactly why the company behind this product decided to utilize the ceramic technology that, aside from the energy efficient structure that we have mentioned earlier, also provides fast and even heating. On top of that, you will also be able to find the obligatory cool-touch housing and an overheat protection. Though the manufacturer didn't intend to stop there and incorporated the use of flame-resistant materials, a standard tip over switch, and a not-so-standard set of caution lights to alert you when a heater is turned on. To conclude this review, we would like to say that the Honeywell HCE100W Heat Bud Ceramic Heater is a kind of appliance that we can easily recommend to anyone who feels cold in his office or somewhat chilly in certain areas of the house and would like to find a simple and reliable solution to this relatively minor problem.

Honeywell HCE100W Heat Bud Ceramic Heater, White in the use

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What Is a Personal Heater?

Winter can definitely be one of the most beautiful seasons of them all, but let's face - it is pretty damn cold. Though there's always an option of hiding from the cold inside your office building, those can get fairly chilly too. Luckily, there's a simple solution to this issue and the one that does not require you to deal with office politics. All you have to do is purchase a personal heater. As the name suggests, a personal heater is simply a smaller and more compact heater that provides just enough warmth for a single person to get cozy and comfortable in a workplace. This kind of device will be the perfect solution if you don't feel like the temperature in your office is exactly where it should be in terms of warmth but you don't have the power to change it or wouldn't want to inconvenience your colleagues. These things are relatively cheap, safe, and easy to operate, so there's little to no reason not to buy a personal heater for yourself the moment you start feeling chilly in your own comfort zone.

Do keep in mind that these heaters will be insufficient if you're looking to warm up an entire room with one of these models. If the latter is the case, you might want to invest in a space heater. And if the temperature is a bit too hot for your liking, a portable air conditioner will do just fine.

What Features to Compare

Personal heaters are compact and seemingly uncomplicated tools but, just like any other source of heat and energy, they still require careful consideration before you end up purchasing one of these things. There isn't really a whole lot of aspects to a device like that but it is paramount you know the difference between them and what to look for in each one of these elements.

Type

The very first thing you ought to decide on before you purchase one of these products is what type it belongs to. There are quite a lot of heaters out there but the majority of personal ones fall under one of these categories: propane, infrared, ceramic, or fan heaters. Propane heaters use a manufactured gas with an identical name. They're fairly similar to orthodox methane gas heaters, with the only real difference being that propane does not emit CO2 or greenhouse gases when it burns. However, these types require propane cylinders that need to be refilled on a regular basis.

Infrared heaters, on the other hand, emit higher temperatures through electromagnetic radiation. They're cheap to run, saving you some money on the fuel bills, easy to install, and they do not create air currents. The only real downside is that they tend to be less effective when placed over 10 feet away from the user compared to other types of heaters. Ceramic models deliver heat by transmitting electricity through ceramic plates. The biggest advantage of this type is that they provide a consistent source of heat without ever getting hot enough to pose a fire hazard or burn risk. The majority of them also offer two different temperature settings.

Fan heaters, as the name suggests, use fans that move warm air from the heating unit to the user. People often choose fan heaters because of their speed. Fan heaters tend to warm up a room much faster compared to any other type out there. They're also usually smaller and pose next to no risk of overheating due to the technology that immediately moves the heat away from the source.

Heating Capacity

Aside from the type, you should also consider the heating capacity of your potential purchase. If you're looking to warm up nobody but yourself in a fairly enclosed and relatively small space, a device that outputs around 200 watts should be more than enough. However, if you aren't buying one of these models just for yourself or you're searching for the kind of product that could warm up a spacious and cold room, you might want to consider a more powerful option.

Safety

The last thing you ought to keep in mind is the safety precautions that the model comes equipped with. Without going into too many details, some heaters may prove to be rather dangerous if they do not feature the necessary safety measures and if the user doesn't know how to operate one, so consider those before you acquire a personal heater.

Did you know?

The winter season is long upon us and the majority of you either have your heaters on by now or are busy desperately looking for one of these lifesavers to warm you up at work or provide some warmth during a cold winter evening at home. Well, if you haven't already, you should definitely turn your recent acquisition on and enjoy some facts about heaters that we have carefully compiled for your entertainment.

Philadelphia Gas Works

Generally speaking, Philly is not the first place you think of when it comes to modernization and innovations. And while that may often be the case, The City of Brotherly Love was actually home to the very first municipally-owned natural gas company. The company that combined the name of the city with their very intentions, Philadelphia Gas Works began its journey in 1836 and is still the largest and longest-operating public gas system in the country.

Home Heating

Though there plenty of heating options out there with different types of heaters being easily available on the market, the vast majority of people use natural gas and electricity in order to warm up their houses and apartments. While propane, kerosene, wood, and other kinds of heating sources are still widely used nowadays, about 15% of all homes in America utilize one of these options.

What Is That Smell Again?

The majority of people that have smelled natural gas in their houses would probably associate it with the smell of rotten eggs. Nevertheless, natural gas is actually odorless, which is why energy companies add some kind of an odorant to it before the gas is distributed so that people would be able to detect it before any actual threat could occur.

Now That Is Hot!

Though you might often feel like it is literally the hottest day ever out there throughout the entirety of the summer season, the absolute hottest temperature on Earth was actually recorded over 100 years ago, on July 10, 1913. Though the place probably wouldn't come as any sort of surprise to the Golden State population. It was on the previously specified day that the Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California reached a scorching temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

When in Rome

Those pesky ancient Romans were the very first when it came to a variety of nationwide inventions and modernizations and the process of heating is yet another example of how much their civilization was ahead of its time. All in all, Ancient Rome was the first civilization to introduce central heating, with some buildings utilizing the so-called “hypocaust” system, where the furnace-heated air traveled through empty spaces under floors and out of pipes in the walls.

That Might Just be Enough Heat

Although it is obviously important, at least as far as productivity is concerned, to maintain a temperature that'd be just warm enough for a person to do his job with a certain amount of comfort and convenience, it can be very easy to go overboard with heating. Generally speaking, when the temperature reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit, most people's work output drops by a whopping 45%.


FAQ:

Q: What are some of the other elements that I ought to consider before purchasing a personal heater, aside from the ones that were already mentioned?
A: Though we did already cover the most important aspects that you ought to look out for, it certainly wouldn't hurt to check just how efficient your potential acquisition is in terms of conserving energy. Unless you wish to pay an exorbitant amount of money covering your electric bills, you ought to find a model that would fit your environment and the size of your space. And, speaking of size, you should obviously consider the size of the heater since you wouldn't want a ridiculously enormous device taking up half of your workspace just to boost the temperature a few degrees. Aside from that, some heaters also include certain additional features like different energy saving modes, adjustable thermostats, and programmable timers that will allow you to minimize power usage and contribute to a considerably more economical operation.

Q: How safe are these heaters to use?
A: Now, this is where it gets tricky. The thing is, space heaters are one of the most popular causes of home fires. Other than that, it also highly depends on the model and the type of technology that said model utilizes in order to bring up the heat. If portable heaters are left unattended, these things will be able to easily become potential fire hazards. Having said that, there are a few easy precautions you can take in order to minimize the threat and keep the risk of any dangerous situation from ever occurring to an absolute minimum. To start with, you shouldn't even look towards the older models that do not include all of the latest safety features like cool-to-the-touch surfaces and some sort of overheat protection systems, preferably the ones that include an automatic shut-off function whenever the device heats up to a dangerous temperature. You should also make sure that the heater carries the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label. Other than that, try not to place any objects in the proximity of 3 feet around the device in order to avoid overheating anything in the area. It should probably go without saying but you also mustn't use portable heaters near any kind of water source and avoid placing one of these devices in a humid environment. Last but not least, always turn off and unplug the heater the moment you are done using it and never leave it unattended while the device is turned on.

Q: Can I use a personal heater as my main source of heat?
A: Unless you're stuck in a really small and cramped environment, even the most powerful personal heaters aren't capable of generating enough heat to compete with space heaters or a central heating system.

Q: What about noise though?
A: Not dissimilar to the majority of electrical appliances, most personal heaters tend to generate a certain amount of noise while working. But given that most of these heaters don't produce that much heat to begin with (compared to space heaters and other larger counterparts, of course), the amount of noise they generate is negligible more often than not.

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Publish Date: 2018-02-05 13:14:33