If your fingers feel like blocks of ice on your keyboard because your home office is not getting its fair share of the heat, then it’s time to consider a space heater.

But what is the best portable space heater for a home office?  If your home office is tucked away in the corner of the basement, laundry room, or garage then you may not be getting all the benefits the rest of the house gets when it comes to your share of the heat!

You don’t want to start renovating to add more ductwork but you would like to be able to move your fingers and not dress in tons of layers while conquering the world in your small business.

As a bookkeeper who has worked in her fair share of “tucked away offices” in the dead of an Ontario winter, I have seen many attempts at trying to keep all electronics from simply giving up due to icicles!

I have shown up to work with my coat, hat, mitts and boots still on and kept them on till finishing time!  It just seems worse especially when you are simply sitting.   One home office I work in was carved out of one quarter of a double garage.  It was insulated, but still has the concrete floor and simply shared one diverted heating vent from the house which kept the room from freezing, but not really cozy!

So, the owner tried various types of space heaters and portable heaters.  Some worked great as long as you had them on for hours ahead of time as they were so slow to build up heat and others simply heated one spot and that was it.  One old oil space heater they had, simply heated 2 foot square around it, and after a couple of hours of work you simply wanted to hug it!  Flipping papers and receipts becomes very difficult with mittens on!

Three Best Portable Heaters

Below are the best 3 types of portable space heaters that will work for your small office depending on your budget and the type of heat you are looking for from personal experience. 

It all depends on your needs and how much space you need to heat.

One thing to keep in mind with any portable heating device, you must have an electrical outlet that can tolerate the 1500 watts many of these heaters use, especially when they first start up.  You should use an outlet that is not shared with other heavy users, such as water coolers, microwaves etc.  So, keep that in mind before you purchase, or get an electrician to check your outlets.

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
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(price as of Oct 16, 2016)

Lasko Ceramic Heater

These are cute little heaters that will heat up a small office quite quickly with the fan that will move the heated air around.  It works quietly even with the fan and will heat a small space up quite quickly.

This heater does not take up much room and is perfect for taking the chill off of any room.  You could sit it on your desk, it doesn’t burn anything, and is safe.  There is a fan on this unit so you don’t want it right by your piles of papers!

You can set the temperature and it self regulates the heat and the fan. 

This is an affordable option for a small room or office and retails for under 30 dollars.  We used 2 of these in a 20 x 20 insulated garage and it kept it warm.  So, if you have a small office space one should work perfectly. 

Optimus Infrared Radiant Heater

This type of heater works a little differently as it heats objects rather than the air like the above ceramic heater.  There is no fan, so you don’t want to sit this too far away from where you need the heat.

My only problem with this type of heater is that you need to experiment with the right spot to put it in, as the garage office I work in, mounted one up higher and it felt like really hot sun on my head and my feet were freezing. 

You need to work with positioning this heater so that you get that warm feeling.  This type of heat feels more like the heat you would get from the sun rather than forced air from a fan.  More like a summer day rather than forced air.

This too is an affordable option if you don’t like the fan or air movement, just the warmth.  It retails for under 30 dollars online.

Dyson AM04 Hot + Cool Heater/Table Fan, White
Amazon Price: $399.99 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 16, 2016)

Dyson Heater

This heater is a higher investment, but this is an exceptional one, as this particular model can heat in the winter and then cool in the summer, so this would replace your need for a fan to stay cool in the summer if you don’t have air conditioning, or once again your office just doesn’t get the benefits the rest of the house gets!

This unit does not have blades and is simply projects the heat further.  This unit would be perfect for a slightly larger office or even the basement family room, or any room that just needs that boost of heat.

It heats the whole room quickly and has a very precise thermostat that keeps the room just where you want it.  The air movement is quite amazing with this heater.  It gets to the other side of any room very quickly and before you know it you are back to conquering the world again with warm hands and feet.

Most Efficient Space Heater

It all depends on the size of the space you are trying to heat.  If you have some heat in the room and you simply want to top it up, then you may only need a small ceramic heater, but if your space is not heated then you need to take that into consideration.

If you prefer heat without a fan, more like a summer's day, then you should opt for the infrared heater.

The Dyson Hot + Cool Heater will set you back more money, but this unit can be used in the summer too, and if you have a larger office, maybe part of the basement for example you will find this unit works best.