Warm, ambient, and toasty--you’re curled up on the couch of your RV and engrossed in a captivating book.
Outside, the cold wind howls and whips around the trailer’s corners.
Since it’s important that you stay warm and safe on these chilly nights, I’ve gathered helpful reviews of the best electric heaters for your RV.
Here are the 5 Best Electric Heaters that we will be covering in this Article:
The Best Way to Use an Electric Heater--Safely and Efficiently
They may be small, but there’s a right way to use these mighty heaters.
Notorious for starting house fires, electric heaters need to be used safely at all times.
It’s recommended to keep the space heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, bedding, curtains, or other fabrics that could catch on fire.
Below is a video on some safety tips.
For those heaters that don’t have a tip-over safety feature, use very cautiously in the presence of kids and pets.
Even if your heater has that safety feature, be aware that some heaters get hot to the touch. Having a clear boundary set around the heater will keep your child or pet safe from getting burned.
In order to get the most out of your purchase, use your electric heater in small spaces to lower your heating costs. Although some electric heaters can warm up fairly large spaces, they’re generally designed to heat small rooms and areas.
These small space heaters work best if used along with a central heating system set at a low temperature setting. Rather than heating the whole house when you’re only using some of the rooms, heat the area you’ll be using to a comfortable temperature.
Never Use an Extension Cord With an Electric Heater--Here’s Why
Power Strips and extension cords are not designed to handle the amount of power the electric heaters generate. The heating elements can reach an extreme 600℉. This type of high current flow can cause the power strips and extension cords to overheat and result in severe damage or even house fires.
Fire departments warn users to plug their electric heaters directly into wall outlets. Even with this, it’s advised to continuously be alert and aware of your heater’s performance and the condition of the cord and outlet. Here are a few more safety tips from the fire department.
To see the results of a power strip that’s melted from a space heater, see video below.
The Benefits of Oil-filled Heaters
Oil-filled heaters use radiant heat to warm up your space. Electric heating elements heat up the enclosed oil which in turn, heats up the metal fins.
#1: Once the metal gets hot, it retains heat long after the unit has been shut off
#2: Since it continues to radiate heat even after it’s been unplugged, it reduces energy costs
#3: With its powerful heating approach, it can gently heat medium to large rooms
#4: It operates silently
#5: Without a fan blowing allergens all over the room, it’s allergy-friendly
Oil-filled heaters are not for you if you require immediate heat directed in a specific area.
The Benefits of Ceramic Heaters
Ceramic heating elements give these heaters their name. They’re usually accompanied with a fan which blows over the ceramic elements and creates a convection effect throughout the space you need to heat.
#1: It gives off instant heat
#2: It’s a perfect choice for a small room or office space
#3: It can be directed in the path of a cool draft or at a cold corner
#4: It will cool down quickly which makes this a safe choice where pets and kids are present
#5: Being smaller in size than the oil-filled heaters, it’s easily portable
To read a fantastic article on further explanation of the differences of ceramic and oil-filled heaters, click here.
How To Choose an Electric Heater
Although most heaters are fairly similar, there are a few key differences in their features.
When looking for the right electric heater to purchase, some people look for the fan-driven heaters for their immediate heat as opposed to the radiating ones that take longer to heat up.
For some, the noise of the fan is unbearable or impractical, and they resort to quieter options.
Some heaters have modern technology of digital control panels with beeping sounds when you adjust the settings; while other heaters have simple dials for adjusting the temperature settings.
Some electric heaters come with remote controls in addition to the control panels.
Being that electric heaters are a major culprit to house fires, one of the most sought-after features is the safety tip-over feature.
The following article outlines not only the differences of space heaters but also the prime locations to place them. Click here.
Here are the top 5 Best Electric Heaters for RV in more detail
1. Lasko CD09250 Ceramic Portable Space Heater
- Extremely lightweight with a stable base
- Operates fairly quietly
- Turns on/off to meet temperature settings
- Exterior remains cool to the touch
- Heats powerfully even at low setting
- Easily portable
- Carrying handle is awkward to access
- May use quite a bit of energy
- Doesn’t have a tip-over safety feature
The Lasko CD09250 is a tiny little 1500-watt heater with dimensions of 5.7x7.0x9.0 inches and weighs only 3.5 lbs. Its small size makes this unit easily portable. It has 3 settings that give you the liberty to heat up your small room or office cubicle with the options of high heat, low heat, or fan only.
It features an adjustable thermostat with a dial that allows you to set your heat at your desired temperature.
The ceramic elements produce immediate heat which is circulated by the fan and heats your area quickly.
This heater has several safety features. The exterior body remains cool to the touch as it faithfully heats up your home even on the low setting. Its built-in overheat protection keeps the heater from overheating even if left on for a long period of time.
2. Lasko Heating Space Heater 755320
- Small, lightweight, and doesn’t take up much space
- Oscillation heats room more effectively
- Keeps room temperature within 3 degrees of the set temperature
- Digital controls are easy to use and read
- Has a shut off timer
- Wireless remote control makes changing settings very easy
- Energy-efficient--heats a small room in as little as 10 minutes
- Noise level is like a fan noise
- May have problems adjusting the thermostat on low heat
- 6-foot cord seems quite short and thinner than other high current flow appliances
- Digital display beeps when you adjust the settings
- Handle doesn’t give you a good grip
- Doesn’t have a tip-over safety feature
This Lasko tower space heater measures 8.5″L x 7.25″W x 23″H. Its unique design makes this an excellent choice for tight spaces. It has 2 settings of high heat and low heat with an added auto setting.
Its ceramic heating elements use up to 1500 watts or 13.5 amps. You may need to have a 20-amp breaker circuit and 12-gauge house wiring to run this heater.
Its oscillation ability creates even, ambient heating in a small room or office space.
You can adjust the thermostat in Celsius or Fahrenheit, the built-in timer settings from 1-8 hours, and the oscillation speed with the heater’s digital display or the luxurious remote control.
This heater also features overheat protection and its exterior body remains cool to the touch even if used on the high setting for an extended amount of time.
3. BOVADO USA Portable 166648 Ceramic Space Heater
- Shuts off when tipped over
- Small, powerful, and inexpensive
- Holds temperatures within 2-3 degrees
- Base has a slight swivel
- Gets really hot even on low setting
- Small room heats up in as little as 15 minutes
- Handle grip is awkward
- May have the tendency to make rattling noises
- Has a loud fan noise (possibly too loud for office use)
- May overheat too fast
- Quality makes it a temporary product
The 1500-watt Bovado space heater measures 10 x 6 x 6 inches and weighs about twice as much as the Lasko CD09250. It has 3 settings also--low heat, high heat, and fan only.
The control panel is made up of a red-colored dial that adjusts the thermostat and a white-colored dial that adjusts the heat intensity. You can easily see if your heater is on by the red power indicator light.
A fan blows over specialized ceramic heating discs which creates an even distribution of heat in small spaces.
This heater has an overheat protection system and its body remains cool to the touch. It also has the sought-after tip-over safety switch which will automatically shut the device down if it’s accidentally tipped over.
4. DeLonghi EW7707CM Safe Heat 1500W ComforTemp
- Lowers heating costs
- Completely silent
- Has a useful low temperature setting
- Retains and radiates a constant heat, even after it’s been shut off
- Heats slowly
- Heavier upper body and flimsy wheels may make this unit not very stable
- Bright green light is too bright for bedroom at night
- Doesn’t have tip-over safety
- Radiator may get too hot for child or pet safety
- Has several confusing features: the thermostat has numbers but no reference to a specific temperature; the Comfort Setting is unclear
This 1500-watt DeLonghi oil-filled radiator by ComforTemp measures 27x6.5x15.5 inches. This unit has 3 settings in the adjustable thermostat and comes with wheels that snap into place for easy mobility.
This heater uses radiant heat to emit warmth in medium-sized rooms. Since the oil in the reservoir only heats up but doesn’t burn, the oil never needs to be refueled.
This heater features a ComforTemp button which is supposed to automatically keep your room temperature at 68-70℉.
Two of these units can possibly be enough to keep a 32-foot RV warm and toasty.
5. Vornado AVH10 Vortex Heater with Auto Climate Control
- Company honors the warranty and provides great customer service
- Works excellently to heat a 150 sq ft space
- Heats quickly and evenly
- Safe for pets and kids
- Almost completely silent fan operation
- Has a great digital control panel
- Can use with other appliances in your RV
- Saves on your energy costs
- Has a severe manufacture odor when you first use the heater
- Needs to run outside for a couple of hours until the chemical smell is burned off
- Safety button is highly sensitive--can cause unit to turn on/off if it’s not set on a level base
- Gathers dust and needs to be cleaned often for optimal use
The Vornado AVH10 Vortex heater has two settings that allow it to operate using either 1500 watts or 750 watts. Its maximum output temperature is 140℉. It features an Auto Climate Temperature Control which maintains a balanced room temperature.
This electric heater uses Vortex action which is a special twisting airflow that utilizes the path of walls and ceilings. Quickly, but gently, it heats up a good-sized room.
The Vornado has a heat sensor that automatically adjusts the temperatures to maintain the ideal heat intensity.
The heater has a hidden storage compartment for the power cord for added convenience. It has a carrying handle which makes this easy to move.
This electric space heater has several safety features. It will automatically shut off if it’s tipped over. The exterior body will remain cool to the touch even after extensive use.
If you can get past the intense manufacture odor and want to spend a little more for higher-end technology, you may want to go with the Vornado AVH10 Vortex Heater. It has the safety tip-over feature and heats your small room quickly and efficiently.
If you have someone in the home who has dust allergies or is sensitive to noise, you may want to go with the silently operating Delonghi Oil-filled Radiator.
If you just need a simple electric heater to instantly keep a small space warm for your added comfort, consider buying the Lasko 755320
. Since it doesn’t have a safety tip-over feature, just plan to have the unit strategically placed for optimal and safe use.