Our pick for the best space heaters for basement and reviews

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Are you also often surprised at the bad reputation that basements tend to have? Many homeowners seem unable to see beyond the impediments of this space that is usually damp, dimly lit and poorly finished. Unknown to them, space can actually serve many exciting purposes. While it is easy to create spaces in other parts of the house, transforming the basement is not everyone’s favorite task. A little more value for this space and many homeowners could actually solve most of their space-related issues or add some fun in the home. Some ideas that may give someone a buzz are game rooms, quiet TV rooms, storage area, and gymnasium. Others are home offices, workshops, and laundries.

Fig 1: Gym in Basement (sourced from http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/making-gym-basement-space )

As you plan to transform your basement, you cannot overlook the significance of a space heater. Perhaps the basement is naturally warm as you read this article, but you will need some artificial heat during winter. In light of this, we will highlight some of the best space heaters for basement under three major categories.

But here is a summary of our picks first:

Best Overall – DeLonghi TRD40615E Full Room Radiant Heater

The constant flow of heat owed to the patented thermal chimney coupled with a sleek design makes it a favorite for many users. It is also safe and highly portable.

Best for the Money, Most Value – Lasko 758000 Cyclonic Ceramic Heater

Lasko produces very handy heaters, and this one from them elicits the most excitement. Apart from generating heat in multiple directions, the device can fit in different spaces, including under your desk. Its exterior is perpetually cool to the touch so you can place it in your personal space. Its price is relatively friendly.

The Budget Pick – Vornado MVH Vortex Heater with 3 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, Tip-Over Protection, Auto Safety Shut-Off System, Black

This is the most affordable way to heat up the basement, in terms of both initial investment and running costs. Vortex air circulation uses little heat, meaning that you will be saving money every month through a product that costs slightly over $55.

Most Energy Efficient – Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater, Gray

This is what we recommend for even big basements of up to 1000 square feet if you are looking to spend the least energy on heating. It comes with many elements of promoting energy savings, including 2 heat settings and adjustable thermostat, which shuts off automatically if it overheats.

CATEGORY A: BEST MICATHERMIC SPACE HEATERS FOR BASEMENT

  1. DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater

Our first impression of the DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica Panel Heater was that of oddness, but we came to appreciate the product as of the most energy-efficient space heaters for the basement. It expels 1500 watts, power that is enough to warm the entire basement effectively, and indeed, any other sizeable room in your home. Several expert tests have shown that the heat produced from this unit is similar to a conventional radiator, yet it does so faster. For the aesthetically minded user, the adaptability of this product to any kind of décor is irresistible. Mount it on the wall or place it on the floor; it will still have the same magic stylish effect.

Apart from the adjustable thermostat, this device features multiple heat settings that help personalize comfort to high levels than you will find in competing brands. With the lower setting, you can provide the basement space with 750 watts. For double of that power, you only need to switch to the high setting. This way, you do not have to store the heater during the not-so-cold months of the year. Many reviewers seem to have liked this flexibility.

We believe that safety is paramount for such a powerful gadget. Some of the notable features that DeLonghi has incorporated in this unit are caution/power indicator lights, internal tip-over switch to guard over instability, and safety thermal cut-off for overheat situations. Even if you were to touch the front panel when the device is in maximum operation, you would still be safe.

We note and love the fact that the DeLonghi HMP1500 Mica panel heater comprises of both radiation and convection heating technologies, so it is capable of offering slow reliable heating (convection) and instant heating (radiation). Try this heater and you will agree that it is worth every coin.

Pros

  • Instant generation of warmth
  • Highly portable- compact, convenient wheels, lightweight
  • Thin profile that doesn’t interfere with your movement across the basement space
  • Versatile- wall-mounted or placed on the floor
  • Excellent safety features
  • Energy efficient
  • Extremely quiet operation- no fan

Cons

  • May produce irritating smell the first time you use it as the paint gets cured
  • May set off alarms in tiny basements- highly sensitive overheat sensor
  1. Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater, Gray

The Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater is another reliable micathermic space heater for the basement, owing to its 1,500-watt capacity and other impressive features. It is an excellent product based on online reviews and our first experience with it has proven the same thing. To be honest, we did not know anything about the manufacturer until we got hold of this gray product.

First, the two temperature settings make the device suitable for a wide range of basement space conditions. Equally admirable is the auto shut-off feature and the classy design that suits most interior décor requirements. The thermostat on this unit may be manual, but it is one of the most reliable you can ever find. To choose a certain temperature, you just need to click the appropriate power button. With its straightforward front panel buttons, you will not find any challenge whatsoever when regulating the temperature in the space.  Protection against overturning and overheating add the much-desired effectiveness to the unit.

Since we know that some space heaters can become extremely hot to the touch, we are often wary of brands we have not experienced before.  It is satisfying to see that manufacturers have found a way around the problem. This Bionaire unit features a thermal cutoff that prevents overheating. In case the device tilts for any reason, the tip-over switch engages. Both of these capabilities are added to guard against injury to the user.

Usability is such an important area for a basement-based unit. We were dazzled by the friendly design of the Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater, specifically the low weight and compactness. The shipping weight of the product is a mere 12.5 pounds. It is only 21.6 inches wide and 25.5 inches tall. To enhance portability further, the unit features easy-glide wheels and a comfortable handle. To crown everything, the unit adds a stylish element to your basement thanks to its modern design. We definitely recommend this product for any user looking for flexibility, style, and power.

Pros

  • Extremely silent operation
  • Heats up the basement quickly
  • Easy to set up
  • Lightweight and compact – easy transportation and storage

Cons

  • Potentially annoying light
  • No temperature indication on the thermostat
  1. Air Choice Space Mica Panel Heater of Overheat Automatically Cut Off, Adjustable Thermostat, 1500W Fast Heating, Silent, Tip-Over Protect, Wall Mount & Free Stand, Moving Wheel Large Black

Similar to the Bionaire Silent Micathermic Console Heater, this space heater by Air Choice boasts of 1,500-watt heating capability, and therefore is ideal for the standard basement and indeed any other room in the house. It produces heat within three seconds and warms the space evenly for the ultimate comfort. A lower heat setting of 750W means that you have a gadget that can serve throughout the year. If you ask me, it is a worthy investment even with this feature alone.

The exciting features of the unit are more though. This unit is compact with a relatively small height and length, so you want to give it serious consideration if your basement happens to be small. You can leave it to stand on the floor, or mount it on the walls, but the performance is awesome.

What’s more, the powerful Air Choice Space Mica Panel Heater is so easy to use, so you can keep all your safety worries on the back banner. In case the equipment’s heat goes overboard, an inbuilt sensor will come to life and automatically trigger shut off. When you have placed the heater on the floor and you tip it over by accident, the expertly designed the All ANGLES TIP OVER protection does its job.

An adjustable thermostat is a secret behind the impressive versatility of the unit. Hover between HIGH and LOW-heating using this component and enjoy one of the quietest heaters ever. The absence of the fan not only ensures silent operation but also promotes safety.

The highlight of the design aspect is slimness that suggests that the manufacturer intended the gadget for the wall. The dimensions given are 32 inches tall, 17.3 inches wide and 3.1 inches thick, so you can imagine how slim this product is.  The panel should actually be much smaller than this. In light of this, the heater comes with four smooth casters fitted on a sturdy base, so placement on the floor still makes sense.

Pros

  • Easy to use and move around the basement
  • Heats up instantly
  • Produces immense heat silently
  • Safe to use

Cons

  • Wheels may be unreliable for long term use
  • User needs to fix several components when installing – may not be as easy as suggested

CATEGORY B: BEST CONVECTION SPACE HEATERS FOR BASEMENT

  1. Stiebel Eltron CNS 150-1 E Wall Mounted Convection Heater

Getting a high-quality convection heater for the basement can also be an excellent idea because this category of products is equally reliable. There are people who say that they prefer this technology because you do not have to worry about placing the gadget directly in front of people. That the heat first rises before coming to the occupants is desirable for some users. We liked these products because they generally weigh less than the others do.

The Stiebel Eltron CNS 150-1 E is one of the most effective wall-mounted space heaters. We say effective because it is relatively tiny, energy-efficient and easy to use. Simply set the temperature on the gadget and continue with your activities. If you have an idea of how to install a ceiling fan or any other wall fixture, then you will find installing the CNS 150-1 E simple.

Like all the other CNS-E space heaters we have handled, this product uses natural convection, so the operation is free of draft. While cool air enters the gadget at the bottom, warm air is released, and it rises smoothly towards the ceiling. You will cherish the quiet operation that this heater offers because of this design. Fix it in the basement and you can do whatever you want in the space, even serious study.

Frost protection setting comes in handy if you want to use the least amount of power on the space heater. This is where the importance of the inbuilt thermostat comes in. The working range of the thermostat is between 41 Degree F and 86 Degree F, which we find good enough for perpetual use of the heater.

Although the equipment appears a little bit miniature, we can confidently confirm that it has enough power to serve any small to medium-sized basement satisfactorily. To be specific, it is capable of delivering a maximum of 5118 BTU/hr. or 1500 watts using a standard 120-volt power outlet. This feature is particularly crucial for an area such as the basement where the likelihood of dampness or frost developing is always rife. When you are not using the basement, simply switch on the frost protection mode and space will remain warm enough to keep these conditions at bay. This setting does not consume a lot of power yet it protects your space from possible degeneration.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Energy efficient
  • Quiet performance
  • Easy to install and use

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  1. Lasko 758000 Cyclonic Ceramic Heater

If you are looking for energy-efficient, stylish, versatile and powerful convection best space heater for basement, then look no further than the Lasko 758000. The highly acclaimed 24.9-inch tall, 16.8-inch wide and 6.5-inch deep product has a number of exciting features, but my exemplary feature is the smooth and flat design. The surface does not heat at all, apart from the area where the heater emits heat. The rest of the surface is nice and smooth to the touch.

Safety of the item does not stop at the exterior being cool to the touch, as the product features overheat protection as well. Safe as it may, this space heater is extremely powerful with a heating capability of up to 1500 watts, which is enough to provide comforting warmth in any room. Notably, it comes with three heating settings namely High, Low and Auto.

For controlling the vent for desired control of the direction of heat flow, the product features a handle on top. Rotate it to the front or upside direction to make these adjustments. We have found users who find this simple component important because their basements have carpets or books nearby, so changing the direction of heat is necessary.

Just below the vent sits a simple control panel comprising of five buttons- Timer, Mode, Power, Temperature (-) and Temperature (+). The modern display makes operating the unit a walk in the park.

Remember that this convection space heater is ETL listed. To offer a little background, ETL listing is all about identification of products that adhere to North American safety standards. In short, the Lasko 758000 Cyclonic Ceramic Heater has undergone thorough analysis prior to being released to the market. Buyers can rest assured that this is a quality product, especially in respect to safety.

Conveniently designed with a weight of merely 17 pounds and 6.5 inches deep, this product offers unmatched flexibility in terms of where to place it. If you are short of space, simply place the heater against the wall, plug it to the standard socket outlet, and manipulate the vent to your liking for the best warmth across the entire room.

Pros

  • Adjustable heating direction
  • Relatively affordable

Cons

  • May take longer to generate the required heat in larger rooms
  1. Vornado MVH Vortex Heater with 3 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, Tip-Over Protection, Auto Safety Shut-Off System, Black

This space heater may be relatively tiny, but it is packed with energy that could transform your basement. It also heats a little differently from the products on this list so far. You will be surprised that this fan-styled convection heater measuring at 9.2 x 10.4 x 10.6 inches and weighing in at a paltry 3.76 pounds can output 1500W of heat. Considering this capability, we find the price is ridiculously low.

Fan heaters are renowned for their noise, but there is probably no dispute that Vornado have done a splendid job in this area. They used the ingenious Vortex technology to make the product heat space effectively but quietly. Precision of heat control thanks to the adjustable thermostat and three heat settings put an icing to the cake. The result is flexibility to heat the basement to as high as 1500 watts and as low as 750 watts. There is probably no other space heater of this kind that is as smooth in performance.

The quality of air circulation can be a concern for fan-styled convection space heaters, but this product demonstrates a high level of efficiency. One would expect it to deliver localized heat, but it is miles better than that. The Vortex Action distributes hot air evenly and in a continuous manner, giving occupants the ultimate comfort. Many users have even termed the performance better than claimed by the manufacturer.

Like us, we bet you will also rate this product highly for its safety. The heating elements are covered in plastic, not the conventional metal. This can only mean one thing: chances of pets, kids or yourself getting hurt are minimal. Examples of advanced safety features included are automatic safety shut-off system and tip-over protection. After checking out this product, we are not surprised that it is among the best sellers.

Pros

  • Very quiet operation
  • Friendly price
  • Attractive 5-year warranty
  • Multiple power settings
  • Adjustable thermostat

Cons

  • May not suit overly large basements

CATEGORY C: BEST RADIANT SPACE HEATERS FOR BASEMENT

 1. DeLonghi TRD40615E Full Room Radiant Heater

This is a top-rated space heater for the basement and our all-time favorite, considering its superior quality, characterized by record heating speed, superior oil reservoir, modern design, and high user-friendliness. Its 1500 watts capacity is enough to heat a room as big as 144 sq. feet. Adding that to the efficiency in the distribution of this heat that emanates from the multiple thermal chimneys and fins, you have an unbeatable unit. When in the basement, this product is a guarantee for optimum performance and comfort.

Personalize your comfort through the modern digital control panel that helps adjust heat settings, thermostat values and the timer. The Eco function is easily the most exciting feature in this area, as it helps keep energy bills at minimum by automatically adjusting settings for the most balanced warmth. Experts have put the reduction in power consumption to up to 40%!

We found the handling of this device stress-free, whether in movement or placement. No assembly is needed for this stable and highly portable space heater. When not using it, simply wrap the power cord on the front part. The 26.6 pound- weight and 16.4 x 10.3 x 26.1 inches are manageable, whether in storage or daily use. Even if you need to change the location often, the sturdy and smooth casters make the work as simple as ABC.

Using powered equipment in the basement or any other confined space calls for extra safety. This top-choice space heater has a number of features that elicit confidence in many users, as online reviews reveal. The anti-freeze component will automatically switch on the heater in the event of the temperature dropping to 44 degrees F or below.  The thermal cutoff feature detects any unusual temperature elevation and switches off the unit. This way, you can confidently leave the heater with kids or elderly users.

Although there have been complaints about the noise produced, we highly recommend the equipment that combines power, user control, and eco-friendliness in a manner rarely seen.

Pros

  • Sizeable heating surface
  • Anti-freeze capability

Cons

  • A bit noisy
  • Dim display
  1. Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater with Humidifier, 1500-Watt

Dr. Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater is relatively small-sized at 13 x 11 x 16 inches dimensions and 23 pounds weight, but as awe-inspiring as the DeLonghi TRD40615E. Over time, we have come to associate Dr. Infrared with high-quality products, so this one is also bound to be excellent.  It is the perfect product for a basement of about 1000 square feet, which should be sizeable by any measure. One of the many motivating factors behind considering this item as one of the best space heaters is its 1500-watt rating.

Enjoy the most comfort in the basement using this space heater that relies on radiant infrared heating technology to create natural warmth. As it heats the room, it will not force moisture away because it features modern technology that also includes convection heating. Unlike common convection space heaters, this product delivers heat in a smooth and measured manner.

Many space heaters disappoint have disappointed me because of the tendency to wear down within short spans. With an estimated life span of 80,000 hours that translates into nine years, it is safe to say that the DR-968 w/ Humidifier is among the top performers in this respect. I wonder how many space heaters even approach a lifetime of seven years. Bearing in mind that the product carries superior heating technology, you can also expect it to be energy efficient. In other words, it will take a short time to offer maximum heating. These kinds of incentives are hard to come by.

All these years, the device will operate quietly unless it develops serious mechanical issues. You can now forget about all the other options that would make it hard for you to listen to your favorite music in the basement. Special technology ensures that the sounds produced by the machine are put at a minimum.

Whether you are intending to use the space heater for a short time or long term, we find the Dr. Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater with Humidifier fit for attention. It has many positives, yet its price is relatively modest.

Pros

  • Quiet performance
  • Suitable for sizeable basements
  • Excellent air distribution
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Safe – overheat protection

Cons

  • Hot front part

CHOOSING THE BEST SPACE HEATER FOR BASEMENT

Space heaters are affordable and reliable, making them the perfect choice for anyone seeking a heating supplement for the season. Most of them cost less than $100 price and can draw their power from the conventional electrical outlet. While the broad category options for these products are given as micathermic heaters, portable radiators and fan-driven heaters, there is more to getting the ideal product. Before we look at particular factors to guide you in the buying process, here is a little explanation of the categories.

Portable Radiators or Radiant Space Heaters

If you need a radiator that will roll easily into space, this is the type to pick. Radiant space heaters emit radiant or infrared (IR) heat from a flame, electrical element/wire or infrared lamp. This heat is in the state of electromagnetic waves and produces a warming effect similar to that of the sun.

Many of these heaters have an oil component in the cores as the distinctive feature. It helps retain heat long after power to the heating element has been disconnected. The oil is not consumed; rather it just radiates heat to the surrounding. This means you only need to switch on the device occasionally to maintain a suitable temperature.

The most advanced models feature precise temperature controls, but the ones that have only three settings can also do a marvelous job. A striking difference between radiant (infrared) heating and convection heating is that the former directs heat to the objects, whereas the latter disperses warmth across space.

Convection Space Heaters

Convection space heaters come in different forms including radiant/quartz, fan-style, ceramic tower and ceramic box. Radiant/quartz heaters direct heat to specific points of the room using a reflector. They do not have a fan, so they operate quietly. Fan-styled heaters generate their heat and distribute it using their small fans. Since the heater cools down fast, it is considered as one of the most energy-efficient options. Ceramic tower and ceramic box options are largely similar, only that the former is taller and slimmer for effective dissipation of heat across the room. Convection space heaters happen to be the most popular of the three categories discussed here.

Micathermic Space Heaters

Micathermic space heaters for basement use both radiant and convection heat dispersal methods. However, unlike the ordinary convection or radiant heaters, micathermic space heaters present a unique technology based on mica. This is a shiny and layered silicate mineral that can be found in granite and related rocks. Apart from its distinctive shiny appearance, mica is an excellent electrical and heat conductor. Using a Mica heating element, micathermic heaters are capable of developing electromagnetic rays on powering. These rays heat the objects in the room, which subsequently transfer it to the air. These heaters tend to be more energy-efficient than the conventional ones because the latter start to warm the items nearest to it. Micathermic technology ensures that all objects in the room receive the same amount of heat at any given time.

The following diagram will help differentiate between convection and radiation.

Fig 2: Convection, Radiation and Conduction (sourced from https://dumielauxepices.net/wallpaper-4112703 )

With that background, let us look at some important factors to consider when buying the best space heater for the basement.

  • Product Type

Most of our selections have a common characteristic: they disperse around 1500 watts. This figure represents the amount of energy that the gadgets transform into heat. Over a certain time, all the products generate this amount of heat. They may take varying times to achieve this because their heat dispersal technologies are different. The dispersal technologies give us different heater categories, like the ones we have discussed:  Micathermic, Convection and Radiant space heaters.

  • Room Square Footage

The coverage of the space is equally important as it helps determine the heating capacity of the heater. Wattage rating, which is indicated on the product, helps in making this important decision. By the rule of the thumb, one square foot of a room space requires about 10 watts of power. An average basement would therefore get enough heat from a 1,500 watts product. Differences in heating technologies may make some devices heat up more space than others.

  • Safety Features

The American National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that most home fires are caused by heating equipment. Annual estimates show that hundreds of civilian deaths occur, thousands are injured, and property worth at least $1 billion is destroyed. The number of fires caused by space heaters runs into tens of thousands. When buying this gadget, safety ought to be one of the biggest considerations. Modern heaters are coming with the impressive ‘cool-to-the-touch’ capability to make operation safer. Some products will shut off automatically in case you tip them over accidentally, thanks to the internal switch capability. If temperatures reach dangerous levels, you can rest assured that the equipment will handle the situation, that is, if it features overheat protection function. As a buyer and user, you can do several things to make sure you use the item safely.

Here are examples:

  1. Make sure the product bears a label from a certified testing laboratory
  2. Switch of the space heater when not around, even when going to sleep
  • Place the heater as per the manufacturer’s recommendations
  1. Avoid using an extension cord for the heater. Wall outlets are the best in preventing overheating
  2. Inspect the gadget keenly before every use- loose connections, cracks, water spills etc. could be dangerous

Fig 3: Some Space Heater Tips (sourced from http://emacamdenmo.org/space-heater-safety/)

 

  • Energy Efficiency

The efficiency of a space heater is that aspect that enables you to conserve energy for the least possible utility costs. Efficiencies across models may vary, so it is a great idea to take time to compare the figures. Apart from choosing the right product for the basement size, there are several ways of enhancing energy efficiency when using space heaters. Using heating controls is a perfect example. Some popular controls are programmer, room thermostat, smart heating, and timer. Proper insulation and zone heating may also help. Positioning the space heater for basement correctly, knowing that chances of knocking over the portable versions are very common.

Conclusion

List all the fun ideas you have and see if they can suit a spruced-up basement. It is possible to renew the space without spending a fortune and be able to spend hours there, even in winter. A compact, energy-efficient and affordable space heater such as the DeLonghi TRD40615E Full Room Radiant Heater is the winner and does the job silently and has all the safety features you need. It may be our top choice, but all the other products on this list have their appreciable capabilities. Which of the above space heaters sticks in your mind more?

Check out our heater guides for indoor electric heaters for large rooms and portable air conditioner and heater combos.

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