Best Bathroom Space Heater (Portable, Wall Mounted, Fan) For 2017

The bathroom area is usually not reached by the central heating system. But getting out of a warm and relaxing shower into cold air is an unpleasant experience. In order to avoid it a bathroom heater becomes a necessity. With so many kinds of heaters available, it’s vital for the consumer to understand the different ways a bathroom can be heated with different types of space heaters. Below we have prepared a list of models and a guide on how to choose the most suitable one for your needs.

I hope these quick bathroom heater reviews give you the information you need to make the right choice to buy for your home.  Let’s get to learning how to heat a cold bathroom!

Quick Comparison Chart Of Our Best Bathroom Space Heater Choices:

PictureNameDigital Thermostat?DimensionsHeat ModesPriceRating
Stiebel Eltron CK 15Eyes4.8 x 13.2 x 18.12$$4.3
Holmes HFH436WGL-UMyes4.5 x 10.5 x 12.21$$4.6
Pulsair 1501TWyes0.9 x 8.7 x 17.21$$4.4
Holmes HFH442-UMyes10.2 x 6.4 x 12.42$4.1

Top Options Reviewed (Many Come With Thermostat)

Stiebel Eltron CK 15E Wall Mounted Electric Fan Heater

Stiebel Eltron CK 15E offers both stylish and functional design. Its elegant curved shape gives it an appealing look. The compact form protrudes only 4.8 inches from the wall, so it really doesn’t take up much space of the bathroom. The vent blows towards the ground, warming up the floor and providing even distribution across the bathroom area. It comes with a built in thermostat and Nichrome heating element. It’s quiet and uses 1500 watts.


Marley CRA1512T2 Qmark

One more highly rated bathroom heater is the Marley CRA1512T2 model. It features recess mount. It comes with an integral thermostat, but does not include a timer, which could be a nice addition. The timer you can purchase separately and rest assured that you won’t forget the heater running once you leave the bathroom. It would be good both for safety reasons and great for the electricity bill. For extra safety it features two over-temperature protectors. One of them is the thermal limit and the other a one-time thermal fuse.


Holmes HFH436WGL-UM

One of the best portable bathroom heaters is the Holmes HFH436WGL-UM model. For worry free bathroom use, this unit features an ALCI plug. For added convenience, the unit offers several options of installation. You can either hang it, mount it on the wall or just place it on the floor.

The digital thermostat allows setting the desired temperature. The digital clock and timer make it possible to set the unit to run only when needed. The timer can also be used for preheating the bathroom, so when get there the area will already be comfortably warm and cozy.

You can adjust the two heat settings and also use the thermostat. The maximum output of the model is 1500 watts.


Pulsair 1501TW

The next best option is the Pulsair recessed mounted heater in a sheetrock wall. It’s a powerful unit that can heat an area up to 150 square feet. It is specifically designed for installation in bathrooms. It can also be used in entryways and mudrooms. Using the built-in thermostat you can set the unit to provide the temperature in the range from 45 F to 75 F. It features a nickel-chrome heating element that provides efficient and instant heating. It’s also a safe model with overheat protection and UL listing.


Holmes HFH442-UM

Holmes HFH442-UM is also an efficient portable heater that is also designed for safe use in bathrooms, for which it features an ALCI plug. It operates quietly and gives powerful heat.

This unit gives you great temperature control with the one touch thermostat and three settings: low/high and auto heat settings. It’s a fan forced heater, so it blows the warm air for even distribution. When using the one touch electronic thermostat, the unit will shut off once the desired temperature level is reached and helps you to save energy.

Types of Space Heaters For Bathroom Use

Small Electric Radiators – Portable Heaters

This is generally the least expensive option among bathroom space heaters. It’s also a better choice for those who are renting the home and using the heater only during the winter. The benefit of a portable space heater is that you can also use it to heat other parts of the house when the bathroom area is not in use. However, for use in bathroom look for a portable heater that has an ALCI plug, which is considered to be the safer option. Using the space heater in the bathroom, you should take extra care to keep the water off the heater.

Electric Wall Mounted Heaters For Bathroom

The wall mounted option is also one of the popular choices these days. Its benefits include good energy efficiency, easy installation and safety. They are typically safer than other models as they are usually installed farther away from bathtubs and sinks.

Baseboard Heaters

These units are fixed along the bathroom baseboard. In the installation they are directly connected into the electrical line. Baseboard heaters are higher priced than other types, but they offer more safety. They are fully sealed and covered, which provides great protection with water being so close by.

Ceiling Mounted Heaters

If you are looking for a permanent bathroom heater, then this type would be the more ideal choice. Another benefit is that doesn’t add clutter to the shower room and gives you more floor and counter space. Also, being mounted high up on the ceiling and far away from bathtub and sink makes it also a very safe space heater to use.

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The Bottom Line

Having a comfortably warm bathroom is very important. However, having the heater near the water is always a safety hazard. Fortunately, there are heaters that are specifically designed for bathroom use, so there are a few options to choose from. Above we have listed the best bathroom heaters and the types that are available. Depending on your needs or your preference, budget (don’t go too cheap!) one model or the other might be more suitable for you.

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