Space Heaters Features Comparison
When shopping for a low-cost space heater, be on the lookout for several practical and safety-related features. Consumers place high value on portability and temperature control. They want the option of easily moving a space heater from room to room at home or taking it to work to warm up their space. An adjustable thermostat means a low-cost space heater will turn itself off when a pre-set temperature is reached and turn itself back on when needed. Safety features include automatic shutoff if the space heater gets too hot and a tilt switch if the heater tips over -- both fire-prevention measures. Note that convection space heaters heat an entire room by using an electric coil and a fan to distribute warm air. Ceramic space heaters, also a good choice for enclosed spaces, use electricity to heat ceramic pieces and a fan to distribute the heat into a room. Finally, radiant space heaters rely on quartz tubing to provide heat but, lacking fans, warm only a person sitting in front of them.
|Heat Delivery Method||Heating Element||Temperature Control||Carrying Handle||Safety Features|
|Lasko Ceramic Heater 754200 estimated price $23||Convection||Electric ceramic||Adjustable thermostat, 3 settings (1500 watts, 900 watts, and fan-only)||Yes||Automatic shutoff|
|Optimus Infrared Quartz Heater H-5210 estimated price $29||Radiant||Quartz tubing||2 settings (800 watts and 400 watts)||Yes||Automatic shutoff, tilt switch, cool housing to prevent burns|
|Honeywell HZ-0360 estimated price $30||Convection||Not specified||Adjustable thermostat, 2 heat settings and fan-only setting||Yes||Automatic shutoff, tilt switch|
|DeLonghi Ceramic Heater DCH1030 estimated price $25||Convection||Electric ceramic||Adjustable thermostat, 3 settings (1500 watts, 875 watts, and fan-only)||Not specified||Automatic shutoff|