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If you're one of those people that is always cold, than winter is probably your must dreaded time of the year. When the chill sets in and the frost covers the grass, if that describes you -- you'll need to do better than a cardigan kept at the office or a thick blanket for your couch. A compact, portable outlet heater is about to be your new best friend: you can take it with you from the office to your desk at home right to your bed at night. They can heat up your personal space quickly and efficiently (they're not for full rooms!) and are great to keep you toasty warm if your family's idea of a warm living room still means you're too cold to be comfortable. A space heater that's small and plugs right into an outlet can make a huge difference for your personal comfort, and they're easy to travel with, too -- whether you're going out of the house or just from room to room.
Are Compact Outlet Heaters Safe?
Yes! Of course, we always recommend you follow a few smart tips to keep you safe when using any kind of portable heat source. Always unplug it when it's not in use, make sure you're carefully following the directions given to you by the manufacturer of your heater, and find a heater that has automatic safety features if you need extra peace of mind. We rounded up three reputable heaters to keep you happy in the coldest weather.
1. Our Top Pick
This small space heater from trusted brand Lasko is our top pick for a number of reasons. First of all, it's versatile: it plugs directly into the wall with a two-pronged plug that works with any 120-volt outlet. However, it also comes with a six-foot plug, which gives you options on how best to heat up your space. Second of all, it has the best safety features: the self-regulating ceramic heater keeps things cool to the touch, and it's ETL-listed with automatic shut-off should it overheat. Finally, it's compact and has a small footprint all around: it's only 200-watts (making it energy-efficient to boot!) and weighs less than three pounds. It's best when used as an individual heater, though, so it's meant to keep by you -- not heat up an entire room.
2. The Most Powerful Outlet Heater
The Handy Heater features 350-watt energy-smart heating power to warm up any small space around 250 square feet or less. It plugs directly into the wall while staying cool to the touch that will protect any curious kids or pets, too. It has the option of a 12-hour timer, although it does automatically shut-off when it overheats. Plus, the digital temperature reader will help you easily control the heat to your liking.
3. The Most Compact Option
This has a range of 100 square-feet, so you'll get the most warmth in the smallest package out of all of the options here. This one also has ETL-listed automatic shut-off, and uses 350-watts of power. Another unique feature is the bright and easy-to-use LED display: you can use the buttons to easily scroll through both time and temperature options, and it programs a range of 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It's a small, sturdy option.
This post was originally published on July 16, 2021 and has been updated by the WOS Commerce Team.
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