Don’t Compromise On Warmth This Winter: 4 Of The Best Space Heater For Large Rooms
A warm home isn’t something to compromise on.
When your household heating system isn’t able to keep your living room, bedroom or other large rooms warm, space heaters are a perfect fix..
Whether you’re looking for the best space heaters for large rooms that can really ramp up the heat, or just a portable budget solution for your home:
You’ve come to the right place.
There are many options and factors to consider before making the final decision. In this guide we’ve composed customer reviews, online and in person interviews, and days of research into a comprehensive guide that you won’t find a better version of online.
This post will tell you what makes a good space heaters. In my Buyer’s Guide, I’ll tell you what types of space heaters are available; which are better for small rooms; which for large rooms; and which are more energy efficient. I also give my best space heater for large rooms reviews, offering some candidates from each category so that you can find the ideal fit for your needs.
Both my best overall and best budget products are similarly priced, between $40 and $80. EdenPURE Gen 2 comes in at the lowest price, and the best budget option. The Trustech Oscillating Tower wins my overall choice for its affordability and great features across the board. And the Avenger Dual Fuel Wall Heater, while more expensive, is the classiest and most power model on my list. Lastly, we also picked the Amazon Basics Oscillating Ceramic Space Heater, as the best ceramic heater option, also a budget buy.
At the end of the day, the main differences you’ll find have to do with what portable heating "TYPE" you prefer. While a major concern for many is the heating ability while giving better than standard energy savings, each of my three choices are reliable, powerful and efficient. That being said, if you do choose to stray from this list, be sure to find a space heater that is both warrantied and backed by extensive customer reviews.
Choose Your Budget
Trustech Oscillating Tower Heater
250 - 300 square feet
200 square feet
BEST INFRARED HEATER
EdenPURE Gen 2
250 - 300 square feet
BEST NATURAL GAS
Avenger Dual Fuel Wall Heater
500 square feet
How We Picked?
This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 13 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a space heater.
This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget conscious buyers interested in learning which space heater to buy or what's good about them, to professional home DIYers out to know what's missing from each and how best to place them.
My Best Overall selection takes into account affordability, heating range, won’t waste energy and any additional features that may sway the final vote. As the best combination of all these points, the Trustech was a standout winner. Competitive or leading the way in almost every category, it was an easy decision.
Trustech Heater Review
A comfortable pick for my Best Overall space heater, this tall tower heater from Trustech packs a punch.
The Trustech space heater comes With great temperature control, strong heating power, an easy portable design and in-built safety measures; it ticks all the boxes and suits a variety of large room heating needs.
Who Should Buy?
Perfect for large rooms in the home, or for personal office spaces.
Full Trustech Heater Review
This is pretty much everything I was looking for in a powerful space heater. The Oscillating Tower Heater from Trustech wins my Best Overall choice for its powerful heating capabilities, user-friendly functions and affordability. It gives a perfect combination of factors that make it a great space heater for large rooms, running on 1500W power and coming with 12-months warranty.
Trustech have included 120 degrees of freedom in the oscillating mechanism, which is a huge win for me when it comes to space heaters. While infrared and radiant heating sources tend to spray the warmth a little wider, some small fan-pushed convection heaters are only really felt when the hot air hits your directly. This oscillating tower spreads the warmth nicely, and really does have enough power to keep a large room or office space warm.
It also includes an automatic temperature control system, matching the rooms ambient temperature with the temperature you set on the termostat. This means it won’t waste energy overheating your space, and during the night this is especially useful--bedrooms can get quite toasty in the night, and it’s a hassle to have to turn off your heater manually in the middle of the night (or not run it at all!).
The few complaints have circled round the oscillating mechanism being slightly noisy, along with the fan. However, the overwhelming response is positive, and as a ceramic-sourced heating option, this makes for very affordable, high quality space heater from Trustech.
Listen to the the Trustech Space Heater working below.
- Fast-acting heat for personal use, but also able to heat up larger spaces
- Oscillating tower design allows for a longer flow of air, speeding up the heating process and reaching a larger area
- Easily portable with built-in carry handle
- Affordable for its output
- Automatic temperature control and monitoring
- Reports of noise after years of use from the oscillating mechanism.
Another incredible value option from the AmazonBasics line, this ceramic oscillating heater is great for not-so-large spaces, but is honestly so affordable that you could purchase two for far less than many other space heaters.
Amazon Basics Review
Coming in at my most affordable pick, the Amazon Basics 1500 watt Ceramic Heater is an incredible value option.
Who Should Buy?
This is really an ideal budget option for anyone who needs a helping hand heating up a small space. College students who need to keep their dorm room warm in winter at an affordable price might just find a winner in this ceramic heater from AmazonBasics.
Full Amazon Basics Review
The AmazonBasics line continues to impress, and this ceramic heater is no exception. One of the best value options and most affordable space heaters on this list, the ceramic oscillating model from Amazon hits on all major points of interest for smaller space heating concerns.
Ceramic heaters are some of the most cost-efficient heating elements, which makes the AmazonBasics model so affordable, while still producing a comfortable warmth. The oscillating feature is a big plus--this allows the warm air to be spread around the room more evenly, as the device rotates where the warm air is blown on an axis. It also includes three output options: low, high, or fan-only, which isn’t much but at least it gives some more control to the user.
This is also a very lightweight, incredibly portable space heater that includes a carry-handle for easy travel. You can even take it around the house with you, if you like, so long as there is an available power source.
As a smaller, less powerful space heater, it really needs to be used in combination with a comprehensive house heating system. On its own, it won’t be enough to keep a room (let alone a garage or underground space) warm in the winter months. That being said, as a complementary space heater to boost your living space’s temperature to a more comfortable range--at a very affordable price--this small ceramic space heater is a terrific value choice.
Heres a video review of the Amazon Basics Heater.
- Incredibly affordable ceramic space heater
- Anti-tip safety mechanism
- Oscillating heater for a better heat distribution
- Small, portable and easy to carry
- - Not a particularly strong heater
- Fan can become noisier with regular use
BEST INFRARED SPACE HEATER
Coming in at my most affordable pick, the EdenPURE Gen 2 isn’t really cutting back on features. You’ve still got all the main selling points for a space heater, like heating power, portability and it doesn't waste energy. Where it falls behind the Trustech is in its fixed position, only warming in one direction.
EdenPure Gen 2 Review
The EdenPURE Gen 2 gives the user a little more range and control than some other space heaters on the list.
As my Best Infrared choice, it’s also the most fast-acting and direct heat you’ll find, with the strength to heat up large spaces (up to 1000 square feet), including underground and damp garages or basement setups.
Who Should Buy?
This is a great one for heating up stubbornly cold spaces such as workshops or garages.
Full EdenPURE Review
The EdenPURE Gen 2 is one of the better looking heaters in the game. A combination of wooden panels, black casing and a grate which almost has you thinking there’s a live fire inside, it fits into any living space comfortably.
As for heat, the Gen 2 is capable of heating up to 1000 square feet. While it won’t give you the same powerful heat as household convection systems, it’s one of the strongest heaters on my list.
For the money, this is about the best infrared heater you can find. I personally enjoy the remote feature which lets me control heat settings from within bed. The Gen 2 also comes with a variety of sound setting--so that you can run it more quietly in sleeping areas, while letting it buzz a little a louder when you have the TV running.
While some have complained that Gen 2 isn’t suited to heating basements, it depends on what you expect. I’ll grant you that it won’t give your basement that nice toasty feeling of being in the living room by the fireside, but it will give you instant and direct heat when you are standing by it. That’s how infrared heating systems work, and it actually makes them suitable to basement spaces because they don’t allow ‘hot air’ to escape (which is one of the biggest difficulties for convection heaters in underground, draft-prone spaces). There are a few reviews that commented on the reliability of the temperature reading, but this seems to be only in rare cases and may be a defect in individual products.
Funny marketing video from EdenPURE - worth a watch.
- Heats up large spaces relatively quickly
- Direct, comfortable warmth in minutes
- Electric thermostat
- Automatic on/off timer
- Circulating fan for all-year usage
- Doesn’t give you that ‘warm air’ feeling
- Only warms you up while it is running
BEST NATURAL GAS SPACE HEATER
This natural gas powered heater from Avenger will give you the richest warmth on my list. With both propane and natural gas fuel source options.
Avenger Wall Heater Review
Avenger offers the most powerful heating element, accompanied by a pleasant blue flame display suitable for any large living space.
Who Should Buy?
Ideal for larger living spaces, and for a single setup; not really great for moving around from day to day, since it requires wall mounting.
Full Avenger Wall Review
The Avenger Dual Fuel Wall Heater is one of the more attractive options on this list. A sleek wall-fitting design (the wall brackets come included in the kit) and a lovely blue flame display, this is a rare beauty in the heating world.
Running on gas, and using a convection heating method, the Avenger warms up a larger space than other electric-run space heaters. The thermostat control runs on automatic cycles, which run the heating element on and off in alternating rhythms that will maintain a constant temperature. This is a nice feature for a gas heater to have--many gas models will only give you a few options when it comes to temperature (usually in a twist knob or button control from 1 to 5 heating rating).
One final reason you may want to opt for a gas heater with good temperature control is simple: in a power-out, you won’t be able to run your electric space heater. Emergency candles might be enough light to cook dinner by, but having a back-up heating source might be a good idea if you experience blackout every now and then.
The reviews have been largely positive, with one claiming that the Avenger works at heights well above its branded specification--capable of heating an outhouse at above 8,000 feet, according to this report. On the other side of this, there have been complaints about the model’s pilot light. Since it is a vent-free gas heater, it’s easier for the mechanism in the pilot light to become clogged. When this happens, the heater can have trouble getting started; a nuisance if you have it on a timer through the night and can’t unclog it each time you need to get warm. While this comment was quite rare, it’s definitely something worth flagging for vent free gas heaters.
- Dual fuel source options
- Pleasant design with blue flame display (making it ideal for living room installation)
- Warms up larger rooms more fully, due to convection heating processes
- Can be installed and function at high altitudes
- Great temperature control for a gas heater
- Pilot light is prone to clog
- Not easily portable
- Requires wall mounting
How to choose the best space heater for large rooms
Where do you spend most of your time? This is one of the leading questions that can help you decide which space heater is best for your situation. In fact, here are 3 questions that will help to frame your search:
Is saving energy a high priority?
How large is the space you want to heat (and will you be moving around or stationary)? And
Do you plan on running your space heater while you’re out of the house?
Most of the main factors can be touched on by these three questions. Looking to save energy? Infrared heaters use significantly less energy to produce the same amount of direct heat as convection models--but they’re also better suited to heating smaller spaces. For large spaces, convection heaters can blow the air around; and what about running your space heater before you arrive home from work? First of all, do you have small children that may be endangered by an overheating space heater? Do you have remote control over your heater?
You can see that many of these factors cross and overlap, but by concentrating your search, you’ll be better equipped to making the right decision.
What are Space Heaters?
No, they’re not some futuristic heater from some distant galaxy; they’re just heaters that are made for heating up smaller spaces and areas more efficiently. Unlike household heating systems which are interconnected and often run through the whole house when turned on, space heaters let you heat up just the room you’re in, when you’re in it, for as long as you need to.
While space heaters come in a few different forms, they all share a few key points:
They’re easily portable, meaning that you can set them up and take them away as you please;
They save you on energy costs by relying on something called ‘zone heating’--just a fancy term for saying that you only spend energy heating the areas that you actually need to stay warm; and
They are becoming incredibly popular, leading to some big innovations in the underlying technology that is making them very affordable and energy efficient.
With these similarities in mind, let’s take a look at some of the main types of space heaters available.
Types of Space Heaters
There’s more than one way to produce heat. In some ways, the first ‘space heater’ would the open fire. On a cold night, when you stand by the fireplace, you’ll be warm--but as soon as you leave that circle of radiating heat, you’ll return to freezing. Fireplaces are a slightly different fish, though, so I won’t include them in this discussion!
Convection Space Heaters
These are some of the most common space heaters, and are also used for many household gas heating systems. The principle is simple: A heating element in the convection heater will warm the air in the system or mechanism. By the heat transfer laws of convection, this hot air will move away from the heating source; spreading around the room and mixing with the existing air to create a warmer temperature. Convection heaters also sometimes include a fan to help assist moving this warm air throughout the room, as a way to speed up the heating process. Ceramic heaters are also a form of convection heater, heating a ceramic element and blowing the hot air with a fan.
This is a completely different (though still effective) way to heat a room. Infrared heaters don’t rely on heating the air; rather, they heat objects directly. When it comes infrared heaters in your home, this means heating up all of the objects in your living room; your walls, furniture, clothes and yes--the people in the room, also. Infrared heaters are the fastest acting source of heat because of this direct heating process, but it also makes them slightly more limited. More on that in the comparison section.
Infrared versus Convection Heaters: Pros and Cons
When comparing infrared heating sources to convection heating sources, you need to weigh a few priorities. As mentioned above, infrared heaters are a faster acting heating source. They send out infrared waves which directly heat up the objects that they strike. The downside of this is that if you’re not in line with these infrared waves, you won’t really benefit from the warmth. You can think of it like the difference between standing in sunlight or in the shade. The sun also heats objects on Earth through infrared light rays; when you stand in its rays, you feel immediately warmer, but standing in the shade is still very cool.
Convection heaters, on the other hand, are much better at heating the entire living space. By blowing warm air around the room, it is a slightly less accurate form of heating, but it covers a larger area. You will also get some overflow from convection heaters into other rooms, if airflow is allowed to go from room to room. Since it heats up a larger space, however, it may take longer for you to feel the effects of a convection heater than an infrared heater.
Generally speaking, you can think of it like this:
If you plan on sitting in your chair, watching TV or reading in the living room, and infrared heater will be the fastest, most efficient way to keep you warm.
If you want to move around, but stay in the same general area for a few hours, then a convection heater will be better suited to heating up the whole space.
There are two primary energy sources for space heaters: Electric and Gas.
Electric space heaters are becoming more popular, mostly because they are the easiest to setup and will save you on energy costs. Infrared heaters necessarily run on electricity, since the heating elements rely on a ready power source to be heated. Convection space heaters also use an electric source to power their heating element and fans.
Gas heaters are the most common for household heating, because they can produce the most heat. Gas space heaters are powered by propane of butane gas, and usually take a little bit of setup to get the fitted to the wall. For this reason, they are generally less portable than electric space heaters, and they also cost more to run to produce the same amount of heat.
Some more features and factors to consider
Knowing the heating method and energy source is a good way to narrow your search, but you’ll still have the king’s share of work ahead of you. Trying to differentiate between brands, products and models.
Here are a few major factors and features to look out for; they’ll help you focus your search, along with putting them in perspective (some of the ‘cool features’ marketed by brands are actually standard, and vice versa).
This is a big one for me. I want to say that, generally speaking, convection heaters tend to be louder than radiative heaters. Then again… I’ve come across some incredibly loud, buzzing infrared heaters and halogen lamps in my time. So general rules won’t be so helpful.
What will be helpful is real reviews of the specific products. Be sure to keep an eye out for what people are saying about the heater you have in mind. If the brand markets itself on being ‘the quietest infrared heater out there’, then it’s probably pretty quiet. Beyond those kinds of claims, however, the generic ‘quiet as a mouse’, ‘you won’t even know it’s there’, ‘gentle’ heater claims aren’t really to be taken at face value.
Why is noise important? If you only plan on having your space heater in the living room while watching TV, then noise may not be the largest factor. But for bedrooms and other quiet spaces, even a dull hum can be enough to be distracting over time.
Some space heaters have a tendency to get quite hot. In these models, the outer casings isn’t well protected from the heating element itself and absorbs a lot of the heat that’s produced. For metallic casings, this can be painful to the touch, and a safety hazard in the house--particularly for small children.
One solution to this is to purchase a model that is reputable for maintaining safe heat casing levels. Other models include specific outer casings that are designed to reduce the dangers of overheating--with some models even shutting off automatically if the outer temperature rises too high.
Size isn’t always a sign of power or heat production, but when you’re looking in a similar price range it can be. Some small and expensive space heaters utilize higher power efficiency components which produce a remarkable heat, while only taking up the space beneath a coffee table.
Other space heaters can be quite large. If you have the space and don’t mind the idea of having another piece of furniture in your living or bedroom, then a large space heater will usually produce more heat in a shorter amount of time.
Today, this seems like an obvious feature. So you may be surprised that many space heaters don’t include it. Since the idea behind the space heater is proximity, it may not be such a big deal. Most of the time you will be in the same room as your heater. But there are cases where remote temperature control can be useful. If you keep your space heater in the bedroom, for example, and you want to warm things up a few hours before bed, you could always control your heater from the living room or kitchen--heating up the bedroom while you finish up your show on Netflix with dinner.
I’ll be honest: there aren’t many great-looking space heaters out there. I’m not sure if it’s just that the practical design limits the aesthetic, but there are also some ugly heaters out there. Real eyesores. My style advice won’t go far as to say look for a heater that will lighten up your living room, but to try and avoid those real shockers.
Electric space heaters tend to follow a more tall and slender design, suitable for fitting up against a wall or couch. Infrared heaters tend to be a little stockier, box-shaped products. These are often nicely furnished with wooden finishes and a ‘firepit’ glow.
Again, we’re working in a world of very few style-winners, so avoiding the real eyesores will be a reasonable goal.
The winter months can be brutal, and if you’re tired of waking up to a cold house it might be time to invest in some heating help.
Space heaters are ideal for keeping that large living space in your home at the right temperature. For the couch potatoes and book worms who like to curl up in one spot for hours at a time, infrared heaters will be the big winners for staying warm this winter.
Convection models, on the other hand, might be better suited to large families who like to move around and keep their entire living room warm year-round.