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I think we can all agree that as Canadians, there are few things more unpleasant than waking up on a below-zero winter morning, stepping barefoot on your basement's bathroom tiles and experiencing the sudden and brutal jolt of its ice-like temperatures.
While a space heater may seem unnecessary in the hazy afternoons of autumn, there's nothing like the feeling of frostbite on your toes on a cold winter's morning to remind you of how much you love your device.
For little spaces, big spaces, and everything in between, we scoured some of our favourite shops to find the highest-rated space heaters you can buy right now. Avoid the bathroom tile discomfort altogether with these 10 winter-friendly options.
De'Longhi's 1500-watt compact heater is lightweight and powerful, making it ideal for moving from room to room. It includes a fan-only setting for summertime ventilation and an automatic antifreeze standby setting for cold Canadian winters.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $80
The TaoTronics's device is Amazon's Choice for heaters and for a good reason. The 1500-watt heater is fitted with a 12-hour timer and auto-shutoff for safe nighttime usage. It's earned an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon, reviewers noting its slim build and wide-ranging heating power.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $113
The Duraflame 1500-watt powerful space heater warms spaces up to a whopping 1,000 square feet. The heater's infrared quartz helps to retain moisture in the air, and its remote-controlled digital thermostat allows you to change the room temperature without leaving the comfort of your couch.
SHOP IT: Lowe's, $109
Alrocket's desk-friendly device is quick heating and includes a wide-angle auto-oscillation to effectively and quietly heat your home. The space-saving heater has earned nearly 1,500 five-star reviews, with one reviewer writing, "the price was reasonable for a heater, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to make a small room warmer."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $47
At less than $40, Comfort Zone's oscillating heater and fan packs an affordable but powerful punch. The model has two heat settings and an adjustable thermostat. "Best space heater one can have. [...] Just love it for Canadian winters," says one user.
SHOP IT: The Home Depot, $37
Bring Dyson's iconic products home with their long-range hot + cool fan heater. The remote control-powered device has ten different fan speeds to find the perfect temperature and includes a sleep timer to eliminate wasted energy.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $499
Geek Heat's unique electronic heater is designed with a state of the art humidifier function to keep moisture in the air while delivering instant warmth. The heating and humidifier functions can run independently or together, allowing its user ultimate customization. "WOW! Talk about HEAT!" writes one Amazon reviewer. "It is quiet and barely noticeable when it is on. The added feature of the humidifier just makes it that much better."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $139
The DeLonghi heater packs 1500 watts for instant warmth and comfort in spaces up to 250 sq feet. Customize your needs with digital controls, including adjustable thermostat, timer and a range of heat settings.
SHOP IT: The Home Depot, $139
SHOP IT: Amazon, $117
Techvilla's low-noise portable heater auto shuts off when overheated or tipped over, making it a family and pet-friendly option. With average reviews sitting at 4.9 out of 5 stars, the heater is perfect for small spaces, including offices and bedrooms.
At less than $80, Lasko's tower design space heater is small-space-friendly, comfortably warming areas up to 300-square feet. Ninety-two percent of users would recommend the heater — "This is the best space heater I have ever had!" says one reviewer. "The price was great, the design is great, and this is an excellent product in every way!"
SHOP IT: Lowe’s, $80