For a cost-effective heating solution in your space, you’ll want one of the best space heaters for a large room. When designed specifically for large spaces, these devices can quickly heat a living room or a master bedroom that's 300 square feet or larger. As a form of supplemental heating for just a room or two, they can even help reduce energy bills. However, with all space heaters, you'll want to be careful when using these unattended, and around kids and pets.
To choose the best space heater for you, first you have to decide whether you want convection heat, infrared heat, or both:
- Convection heat is the more common kind and is designed to circulate warm air, so these heaters are a great choice for large rooms. These heaters come in a variety of types, but one of the most common are ceramic heaters, which usually feature a fan to disperse warm air throughout a room evenly, and many of them also feature oscillation and a thermostat so you can get the temperature just right. Ceramic heaters also tend to be relatively inexpensive.
- Infrared heaters produce direct heat using infrared rays so their effects are felt very quickly in the people and objects around the rays. They're also nearly silent and because they are a more focused heat than with convection, they are very energy-efficient. However, you might not get that toasty feeling across the whole space unless combining infrared with convection heating, and many of these emit an orange light while operating, which may not be ideal for everyone — especially when used as a bedroom heater.
To help you pick the heater for your home, here’s my roundup of the best space heaters for a large room. All of these heaters can warm up to 300 square feet or more to keep you toasty all day or night long.