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- We reviewed over 55 popular models from Dyson, DeLonghi, Arlec, Kmart Anko, Kambrook, Goldair and more
- Our tests revealed cheaper heaters that outperformed $500+ models
- Our experts rate key factors like heating performance, safety, ease of use, running costs, noise and more
If you're looking for a cheap fix to fend off the winter chills, an electric heater is probably your best bet.
While not great for big spaces or energy efficiency, a decent unit can reliably turn the heat up in a room so you can at least feel your toes again.
The great news is our latest lab tests uncovered a number of impressive performers for under $100 that should do the trick. Some cheaper models even rated better than big-budget flops that cost well over $500.
The bad news is they also found plenty of cheapies that rated poorly. Kmart's Anko heaters, in particular, have a terrible track record and are best avoided.
Some cheaper models even rated better than big-budget flops that cost well over $500
Of course, when you're shopping online or in-store, it can be impossible to tell the hot from the not, which is why we've scientifically tested over 55 popular heaters, including fan, convection, column, panel and tower types from leading brands.
Hot in here: Our latest lab test assesses over 55 popular models.
"Sadly, there's a lot of terrible heaters out there at all price points," says CHOICE expert Ashley Iredale. "Some don't have enough grunt to raise the temp in our test chamber by ten, or even five degrees. Others have failed our safety tests or suck up a lot of power, which means higher running costs."
"Quality can even vary dramatically within a brand's own range, which can make shopping even more confusing," he adds.
"We've seen some brands put out very good panel heaters but also release very ordinary oil heaters. That's why it's so important to do your research before buying one."
Quality can even vary dramatically within a brand's own rangeCHOICE expert Ashley Iredale
To help you find a heater that actually warms your home, we've compiled the best bargain buys under $100 based on our test results.
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