The 5 best selling space heaters for 2014 represent a noticeable departure from previous years. Conspicuous by their absence are the Lasko ceramic heaters that had dominated the list for years. As a matter of fact, the only holdover from last year is the Dr Infrared Heater.
One trend that really got my attention this year was a major shift in pricing. The traditionally more expensive heaters like the Vornado and Dr Heater cost about 20% less this year, while the formerly “cheap” space heaters like the Impress have almost doubled in price over the last two years.
Here then are the top 5 selling space heaters (so far) for 2014 according to Amazon.com:
5. DeLonghi TRN0812T
Coming in at # 5 is the Delonghi oil filled radiator heater. Still the only space heater I know of that's allowed in college dorm rooms.
The new contemporary style, compact design is 7 “shorter and 5” wider than what you're used to seeing in a radiator type heater.
The DeLonghi is equipped with a GFI (ground fault interrupter) plug to prevent electric shocks which makes it suitable for bathroom use.
Energy-saving timer with 96 settings allows you to heat rooms for any desired amount of time and lets you select different time periods throughout the day and night. Best suited for smaller rooms 100 – 150 sq ft. Takes a while to heat larger rooms because it has no fan to distribute the heat. One year warranty. Lowest price: $ 69.
4. Vornado PVH Whole Room Vortex Heater
The space saving Vornado PVH quickly heats larger rooms and basements with its patented Vortex technology.
The most effective way to use this heater is to place it at one end of the room with unobstructed air space between it and the opposite wall. When the powerful stream of heated air hits the opposite wall it splits and curls back along the walls to spread the heat evenly through the room.
Has 2 heating settings and an adjustable thermostat. Safety features include over heat and tip-over protection. Currently sells for around $ 60 which is a good deal for this heater. 5 year warranty.
3. Dr Infrared Quartz + Ceramic Portable Space Heater
The Dr Heater easily heats large rooms 400+ sq ft quickly due to a dual heating system. First, the PTC ceramic heater quickly warms the air with fan forced convection heat. While this is going on, the infrared quartz tubes provide radiant heat that warms the objects in the room which in turn store the heat and radiate it back into the room.
Listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) USA and (ETL) Canada ensuring the highest safety standards. Perfectly safe around the children and pets with no exposed heating elements. Overheat cut off and tip-over protection. Around $ 150 with a 3 year warranty.
2. Holmes HFH111T-U Desktop Heater Fan with Thermostat
It must be the $ 32 price tag that's attractive all the buyers because it sure is not this warning from the manufacturer:
“This heater is hot when in use. To avoid burns, do not let bare skin touch hot surfaces. If provided, use handles when moving this heater.”
Yikes! This is the first time I've encountered a space heater that requires oven mitts to safely move it around. Needless to say, you do not want this heater anywhere near kids, pets or the forgetful.
1. Impress 1500 Watt Space Heater with Quiet Fan
Drum roll please! Are you Impressed? Truth be told, the # 1 spot has always been occupied by an inexpensive heater. But at $ 30 this heater is not really much of a bargain. Especially when you consider it sold for about half as much two years ago.
Although this 1500 watt appliance has the same power as the larger oscillating tower heaters, it will not heat as much space as a tower heater because of the small grill area and uni-directional air flow ..
Features include: Fan forced heat for faster warm up. Dual heat settings (750W – 1500W) with adjustable thermostat control. And 3 fan settings – fan only, low heat, high heat. Overheat protection circuit. Carrying handle. 1 year warranty.