Top 5 Best Space Heaters Under $100

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Winter is here, and parts of the US have experienced near-record snow fall in the winter of 2015. If you want to stay toasty warm this winter, you might want to buy a space heater. Despite their small size, these pint-sized heaters can actually heat an entire room. Some homeowners like to use space heaters to save on energy costs, using these small heaters to heat only the rooms that people are actively using and turning the heat down in the rest of the house. Others use them during extremely cold nights to stay warm. They provide extra warmth for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Great space heaters can be expensive, but there are a few solid models out there that cost under $100. Read on to learn which space heaters offer great performance without breaking the bank.

1. Ambia ACH-120

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Learn more about this space heater in the video above.

Named the “most versatile” space heater in a recent comparison by Consumer Reports, the Ambia ACH-120 is equally good at both heating a whole room, or just “spot heating” a given area. The heater breaks down into two separate nodes, which can be separated by up to six feet. This makes it ideal for heating up a room faster, or spot heating two areas at once.

This heater would be great for a living room, kid’s room, play area, or similarly sized indoor space. With glowing reviews from both Consumer Reports and users who have purchased this heater, this is a small, simple solution for home heating that you can feel confident about purchasing. The low price makes this space heater even more appealing.

Price: $59.99 (14 percent off MSRP)

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  • Good for multiple types of heating needs
  • Provides “stereo” heat
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Only takes one standard wall outlet to power it
  • Built-in safety features

  • Cons:

  • May be too noisy for use in rooms with a TV
  • Unlikely to be strong enough to heat two rooms
  • Unit may require an extension cord for some configurations
  • No separate settings for each side
  • No lifetime warranty (only a three-year one)

  • Find more Ambia ACH-120 space heater reviews and product information here.

    2. Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic Oscillating Heater

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    Get a closer look at this space heater in the video above.

    This ceramic heater has a seven-hour timer with auto shut-off. This is great for if you need to pre-heat a room before you get home. Plus, it comes with a little decorative stand, which makes this space heater a little bit nicer to look at then some of the other models on this list.

    This model is nice because you get a solid balance between form factor and heating power. If you need a heater that will spread heat around an entire room, this Lasso space heater is the perfect choice. And thankfully, it’s a solution that won’t break the bank.

    Price: $53.99 (15 percent off MSRP)

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  • Attractive design
  • Timer
  • Automatic overheat protection
  • Good at heating whole rooms
  • Remote control

  • Cons:

  • Somewhat heavy
  • Additional units may be required in very low temps or very large rooms
  • Thermostat can only be set in five-degree increments
  • Temp settings only work in “HIGH” mode, not “LOW” mode
  • No air filter

  • Find more Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic Oscillating Heater reviews and product information here.

    3. DeLonghi TRD0715T Safeheat 1500W Portable Oil-Filled Radiator

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    Designed to operate silently, this DeLonghi space heater boasts a low surface temperature. This makes it a safe heater to have around kids and pets. It also has rounded corners, which is a nice safety feature, particularly if you have toddlers who are prone to bumping into things. The space heater is made from rust-resistant metal. No tools are required to set up this space heater, which makes it ideal for seniors, college students, or anyone who isn’t particularly comfortable with even basic DIY.

    Price: $89.99 (15 percent off MSRP)

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  • Designed to have a low surface temperature
  • Permanently sealed, doesn’t need to be refilled
  • 24-hour timer with 96 settings
  • Automatically activates at a set temperature
  • Automatically turns off if it overheats

  • Cons:

  • Made in China
  • Only has one year warranty
  • Single color option
  • Somewhat older model
  • Some users have gotten faulty units

  • Find more DeLonghi TRD0715T Safeheat 1500W Portable Oil-Filled Radiator reviews and product information here.

    4. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heater

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    Check out a review of this heater in the video above.

    The Mr. Heater “Portable Buddy” is approved for use in both outdoor and indoor environments. It’s great for camping, garages, workshops, or other areas where you need serious heat.

    If you plan on doing any hunting, tail-gating, or similar outdoor pursuits this winter, this might be just the heat source you need for a prep area, dressing room, or other space where people need to stay warm. While this unit generally retails for over $100, you should have not problem finding it for far less online. Depending on heat settings, this can give off 4,000 BTU or 9,000 BTU. This space heater runs on 20 pound propane cylinders.

    Price: $86.98 (40 percent off MSRP)

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  • Heats spaces up to 200 square feet
  • Approved for indoor/outdoor use
  • Automatically shuts off if tipped over
  • Heats a space for hours with a single bottle of propane
  • Puts out a lot of heat

  • Cons:

  • Propane not included
  • Warranty is only for one year
  • Some people may not like the idea of using propane indoors
  • A bit heavier than other heaters
  • Made in China

  • Find more Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Portable Buddy Propane Heater reviews and product information here.

    5. Holmes HFH436 Series

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    Check out how one family uses this space heater to keep their bathroom nice and toasty.

    In a recent comparison by Consumer Reports, the Holmes HFH436 was rated as a “Best Buy.” Considering it was the cheapest space heater option to make the CR list, that’s pretty high praise indeed. If you are on a tight budget, this is a great space heater to consider.

    Price: $39.99 (11 percent off MSRP)

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  • Inexpensive
  • Use the timer to pre-heat a room for your comfort upon waking
  • Wall mountable
  • Bathroom safe ALCI plug
  • Two heat settings

  • Cons:

  • Noisy
  • Better at heating a room than spot heating
  • Warranty is only good for one year
  • Made in China
  • May be too small for the needs of some people

  • Find more Holmes HFH436 series space heater reviews and product information here.

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