Best Space Heaters Not Made in China

Best Space Heaters Not Made in China

I lost count of how many made in China space heaters I’ve bought that have ended up in a landfill. It’s the same pattern every time. Winter comes and it gets really cold. I see a well known brand on sale. I buy it. Within two winters, the heating element or the fan motor has burned out.

Of course, brands making things in China get away with a huge scam. The heater will seem to work for one winter, but by the next winter the unit will fail outside of the one-year manufacturer warranty.

There are a handful of companies that are keeping at least some of their products made in the USA. Okay, the probable explanation is that keeping these production lines in the USA open so they can bid on government contracts. But it’s cool of them to allow the rest of us to purchase these made in USA models. If you buy from a brand like this, send a CLEAR message by opting for the Made in USA one, NOT the Made in China one (and be assured that your model will last years longer than the schleps who didn’t read the label).

Best Space Heaters Not Made in China

1. Vornado VH2 Whole Room Heater and AVH2 Advanced Whole Room Heater

One thing I love about Vornado is that while many of their units are made in China, they make sure to keep some of their air circulators, space heaters, and humidifiers made in the USA.

Both of these units are fantastic. Vornado, of course, invented whole room air circulation technology back in 1945, and to this day nobody does it better. By adding a heating element into their air circulators, they ensure that heated air can get to every corner of your room.

You can buy these at Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart, or Lowes.

2. Envi Plug-in Electric Panel Wall Heater

I admit, I’m scratching my head at EHeat, makers of the Envi Heater. On their site, they apologetically explain that they can’t use the phrase “Made in the USA” because their parts are manufactured overseas. But they go on to say that they assemble all of their products here in the US. If you’ve read my other reviews, you’ll know my philosophy that this is better than nothing—the reality is that small companies can’t afford to get certain components outside of China because big companies have allowed China to monopolize their production. But at least they’re keeping SOME jobs here.

What puzzles me a little bit is that throughout their site they do have “Made in USA” icons, including on every one of their products. Does this mean that they got their hand slapped by the FTC and have been given time to remove their claims? Or does it mean that they’ve figured out a way to get most of the parts in the US?

In either case, they’re absolutely worthy of your purchase. This is NOT one of those annoying companies that says “Designed in the USA”. There are actual Americans putting these units together, so you can be sure of their quality and safety—not to mention more of your money going to help your fellow citizens and not a dictatorship.

The Envi heater is a wall-mounted electric heater that plugs right into your wall outlet. It heats a whole room of 130-150 square feet using natural convection heating which uses much less power (only 500 watts) than conventional heaters. Watch your heating bill go down by 50% of more. It’s also completely silent, as there are no fans blowing air.

It’s safe to have around children and pets (the most it’ll get is 90°F; human skin doesn’t begin to feel pain until 111° which is the temperature of hot bathwater).

Reviews are mostly overwhelmingly positive. One clever reviewer talked about how he put a tiny fan under the unit to boost the heat output, but most reviewers seem happy to use it as is.

3. Lasko Electric Cyclonic Ceramic Console Heater

If you’re read my article on the best air filters, I have a box fan from Lasko that’s made in the USA that I used to make a DIY air filtration / purification device. That thing is a workhorse.

I was disappointed for years to hear that Lasko had offshored most of their heater manufacturing to China, but I was happy to learn that there are certain models they make in the USA.

Specifically, the CC24910 is available at Home Depot, while the CC24920 is available at Walmart. They come with loads of features like two quiet heat settings, and 8-hour auto-off timer, and an adjustable thermostat.

Make sure you pick the right model number, as the made in China models look identical and their model numbers look very similar. Be sure to check the box to make doubly sure.

I notice that these fall in and out of stock a lot, so I hope this wasn’t just a publicity stunt by Lasko. If you see a made in USA one, grab it.

4. Sunheat Electric Infared Heater

This Sunheat Infared Heater isn’t cheap, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful one, with its cabinet assembled in the USA by a Amish father and son team in Ohio. It comes with a built-in thermostat for you to control.

It’ll heat up to 1,000 square feet with safe, comfortable heat, although as with all infared heaters the larger the room the more you’ll need to use it as a supplemental heat source vs. a primary one.

They’re refreshingly transparent when answering questions from customers on their Home Depot page; they acknowledge that the infared heating elements are “manufactured overseas at a proprietary factory” (and we all know what that means). But they do say that over 90% of the product is made in the USA (and they couldn’t say that unless it was).

5. Dyson Hot+Cool HP07 Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan

Another heater in the “not cheap but absurdly good” category is the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan. If you’ve read my post on best NMIC air purifiers this one should be pretty familiar to you.

Essentally, Dyson used technology it perfected with vacuum cleaners and hair dryers to make this whole room heater that doesn’t just heat the room, it cleans the air too.

If the price tag for the latest generation model is a bit steep for you, they do sell a model based on previous generation technology, often at a nice discount.

6. Infratech Heaters

These heaters aren’t going to be for everyone, but I include them here because I love to highlight companies that are unabashedly made in the USA.

These heaters are mainly for use in outdoor applications like outdoor patios, backyards, and solariums. They generally do need to be installed by a professional.

7. MagikFlame Electric Fireplace

At $3795 these are decidedly not for most people. but if you’ve got a nice house and some disposable income, they are the most realistic looking electric fireplace you can buy. These aren’t your usual made-in-China fake fireplaces that shine an LED light on a spinning refractor with 3D patterns. They feature holographic flames with 30 flame settings to choose from, as well as natural sound effects like crackling logs. You can even control it with a remote control.

According to their Web site, they’re a small family business who fabricates their products in Nashville, Tennessee.

Conclusion

I was bracing for the worst, but I was pretty happy to see a nice selection of space heaters not made in China. Be sure to support vendors like Lasko and Vornado that still made some units in the USA.

Do you know of other heaters that are not made in China? Let us know in the comments!

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