Space heaters are a great way to add extra warmth to a small, drafty apartment. And as long as you use them as recommended, space heaters are perfectly safe – especially the newer versions, which come with lots of safety features. Options include powerful models that can oscillate, show the temperature on the digital display, have remote controls, and are compatible with voice assistance – and some can also cool and purify the air. Ahead find some of the best space heaters for small apartments.
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We like the GoveeLife Smart Electric Space Heater Pro because it can be used in both horizontal and vertical positions, so you can get the best airflow whether standing or seated. (Note: to use it horizontally, there’s a foot support that must be opened). The 1500W PTC ceramic heater has four heating modes and a temperature control range from 41 degrees to 86 degrees. It includes a remote, and can also be controlled on your smartphone via the app, or you can choose hands-free voice control using Alexa, Hey Google, Siri, and other voice assistants. The heater has a 24-hour timer and lets you create a personalized schedule. Safety features include a reinforced safety plug, 45-degree tip-over protection, 149 degrees overheat protection, V-0 flame retardant material, and a child lock.
GoveeLife Smart Space Heater Pro, $139 at Amazon
A heater with a fan and an air purifier? Yes, please! The Shark 3-in-1 Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan takes the place of three separate appliances, so it saves plenty of floor space in a small apartment. The 1500W air purifier uses True HEPA filtration to remove smoke, allergens, dust, dander, fumes, and other pollutants from up to 500 square feet. And then, the purified air is released back into the room as purified heat to warm the space, or via the purified fan feature to provide cool air. The 3-in-1 heater has an easy-to-read digital control panel that makes it easy to select the heat or cool features, increase or decrease the fan speed, and more. Thermal Comfort Control allows the device to maintain your desired temperature. You can also set a timer, control the brightness level on the LED display, and turn oscillation on and off. In addition, there’s a remote control included.
Shark 3-in-1 Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan, $349/Sale $265 at Amazon
Another space-saving, multi-purpose option is the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Gen 1 HP10 Air Purifier. The device can be used in any season since it releases a purified airflow to either heat or cool your room. Using HEPA and activated carbon filtration, it can remove 99.97% of particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. The tall, slim air purifier can capture everything from allergens to odors and gases. The appliance has 10 fan speeds and 350-degree oscillation. In addition, the digital display panel provides easy touch controls, and the air purifier can also be operated by using the remote control.
Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Gen 1 HP10, $599/Sale $499 at Amazon
Small enough (just 15 inches tall) to either put on a table or place on the floor, the 1500 W Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater can quickly warm a room. It has 3 heating levels, a temperature range from 41 degrees to 95 degrees, and oscillates 70 degrees. The 12-hour timer also lets you determine when to automatically turn the heater on or off. Also, the touch control LED display panel on the stylish appliance is easy to view and use. There’s also a remote control, and the heater features an ALCI safety plug, V-0 flame retardant material, overheat protection, and tip-over protection design. The heater, which has a carrying handle in the back, is available with gold trim or silver trim.
Dreo Solaris Slim H3 Space Heater, $89 at Amazon
The overhead protection feature on this TaoTronics HE007 24” Ceramic Space Heater automatically turns on if the heater reaches a temperature of 122 degrees. The 1500W heater is also made of flame-retardant material and has a tip-over design. The 65-degree oscillation fan can heat every area of the room, and the smart temperature control and 24-hour timer also provide efficient and safe heating. The two-foot-tall heater has control buttons on the top and a digital display on the front. It also includes a remote control and a carrying handle in the back.
TaoTronics HE007 24″ Space Heater, $89 at TaoTronics
The GoveeLife Smart Space Heater Max has an unusual feature: a 3D fireplace light at the bottom. The adjustable 360-degree light provides a fun and stylish look to the heater. The smart remote can be controlled via the app and provides remote use (it supports a 2.5 GHz Wi-Fi connection). Voice control via Alexa and Google Assistant is also supported. In addition to smart control, the heater, which has five modes, includes a smart thermostat for automatic temperature adjustments. It oscillates 80 degrees and has several safety features, including a 24-hour timer, safety lock, reinforced safety plug, 149-degree overheat protection, V-0 flame retardant materials, and tip-over protection.
GoveeLife Smart Space Heater Max, $149/Sale $89 at Govee
Another compact model that can be placed on a table or floor, the Lasko Ellipse Ceramic Tower Heater is only 18.2 inches tall (there’s also a 12-inch model). It covers 200 square feet and oscillates 120 degrees to eliminate drafty areas. The heater has three heat settings, including an AutoECOMode, two fan speeds, and an easy-to-read control panel. Safety features include a tip-over switch, 12-hour auto-off timer, child lock, cool touch housing, and ceramic insert plug. The heater also has a built-in handle that makes it easy to transport.
Lasko Ellipse Ceramic Tower Heater, $74/Sale $58 at Amazon
This ceramic De’Longhi Capsule Electric Space Heater has a sporty design with a stylish strap for transport. The 1500-watt heater is small enough (11 inches tall) to fit into almost any space and serve as a personal heater. Using the standby setting, it can automatically come on when the temp goes below 41 degrees to ensure your pipes don’t freeze when you’re not at home (or not paying attention). And in the spring and summer months, you can use the fan to provide a cool breeze. Safety features include a cool-touch handle, thermal shutoff, thermal fuse, and internal tip-over switch.
De’Longhi Capsule Electric Space Heater, $49 at Amazon
The tall, slim Lasko Oscillating Bladeless Ceramic Tower Space Heater looks like a work of art, but it’s as functional as it is stylish. The 1500W heater is 28.05 inches tall but only 7 inches deep and 9.2 inches wide. It’s designed for medium-sized rooms, but the compact design can adequately heat a smaller room as well. The bladeless design (with a non-combustible heating element) provides a safe experience. The heater also has an eight-hour timer, carry handle, safety tip-over switch, and child- and pet-safe exterior. The controls on top are easy to operate, and there’s a remote control that can be stored in a slot on the back of the heater.
Lasko Oscillating Bladeless Ceramic Tower Space Heater, $118 at Amazon
Always keep these safety tips in mind when using space heaters:
- Space heaters should always be placed on a level surface to prevent tipping over.
- Space heaters should be placed at least three feet from flammable objects, such as curtains, furniture, and paper products.
- Space heaters should be placed out of the reach of kids and pets.
- Space heaters should be placed on a dedicated circuit – and should not be plugged into power strips or extension cords.
- Space heaters should never be left unattended.