The best space heaters for baby rooms and nurseries are those that are cool to touch, provide adequate heat, have safety features like tip-over shut-off, are easy to operate, and aren’t too expensive. Using these criteria we’ve narrowed the list to these heaters, which I believe are currently the best on the market.
|The Best Space Heaters for Baby Rooms||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Vornadobaby Tempa Nursery Heater||Best-seller made just for the nursery, cool touch, childproof switch, close grates to keep fingers out||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Honeywell HZ-7304U Deluxe EnergySmart Cool Touch Heater||Efficient and effective, wide base, tip over protection||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Lasko Ceramic Pedestal Heater with Remote Control||Tall, 3 heat settings, for bigger rooms||♥♥♥♥♥|
|DeLonghi EW7707CM Safe Heat 1500W ComforTemp||Radiator style, made for continuous operation, slow/steady heat||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic Oscillating Heater||Beautiful and top-rated, remote control||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Heat Storm Phoenix Floor to Wall||Wall mountable to stay out of baby’s reach or sits on floor||♥♥♥♥♥|
Best Space Heater for the Nursery 2020
1. Vornadobaby Tempa Nursery Heater
There are so many space heaters on the market, so what better one to buy for your baby’s nursery than one that was created exactly for that purpose? The Vornadobaby Tempa Nursery Heater sounds like a great idea to me!
Made for Parents and Kids– The biggest advantage of this safe heater is that it was created especially for using around little ones and even pets. This is evident in the safety features, which are amazing!
- No sharp edges or pinch points
- No dangling cords, thanks to the hidden and covered cord storage compartment
- Tip-over protection
- Safety shut off if the unit gets too hot
- Cool-touch exterior casing
- Close grate so that little fingers can’t touch moving or hot parts
- Non-skid, grippy rubber bottom
CHILD SAFETY CONTROL LOCK– Yes, you read that correctly. There is a little childproof switch that can be placed over the power controls. That means that only parents get to decide when they want the heater on, not a curious and outrageously demanding toddler.
Efficient Heating– There are two different heat settings and a thermostat with a relative measurement of 1 to 7, with 7 being the hottest. The great thing is that you can use the thermostat or you can operate the heat and fan controls independently. You can choose from continuous fan mode, which constantly runs, or auto fan mode, which will only circulate air until the desired temperature is reached. This until will keep running for the 5 year warranty.
Still Not Perfect– This baby heater only works at 900 watts, which isn’t the most powerful heater on this list. But it works well for heating a small area, like where your baby is sleeping or playing. And the smaller motor means that it’s quieter. The child locks on the control only work on the power switch and not on the other controls. Finally, I feel that the price is a smidge high, but you are getting a high-quality product.
This is the perfect safe space heater for any nursery, playroom, or baby room. Enough said. I like it better than the other model, the Vornadobaby Breesi Nursery Heater.
2. Honeywell HZ-7304U Deluxe EnergySmart Cool Touch Heater
Many of us parents do the mental dance between “I want my baby to be so toasty warm” and “I don’t want my energy bill to skyrocket.” The Honeywell HZ-7304U Deluxe EnergySmart Cool Touch Heater allows you to safely accomplish both.
Energy Savvy– The biggest draw of this particular nursery heater is that it claims that it can save you up to 35% on your energy bill (when compared to a conventional space heater). It does this by regulating the amount of energy that it uses when in thermostat mode. It will even display the amount of energy used on the digital screen on a scale of low to high. So if you feel that you are at your energy limit, you can just take a look and adjust the heater accordingly.
Child Safe– You can put this in your baby’s room or nursery with confidence. It comes fully equipped with tip-over protection, overheat protection, an extra-wide base for less tipping, and cool housing on the exterior. Many parents have raved in the reviews, saying that they have never felt uncomfortable letting this unit be around their kiddos. It is even a pet-safe space heater!
Easy Operation– The design and function of this unit are fantastic. The digital LED display is easy to read and glows gently so that you can see it in the dark without it being too bright. The buttons are easy to use, too! You can choose your exact temperature that you want, or you can just turn the heat to low or high for a quicker fix. As if that weren’t enough, you can oscillate the fan so that you get even heating all around the room.
Too Loud and Too Powerful?– The fact that this is a 1500 watt heater has some breakers tripping and some coils melting, which defeats that whole “safe for kids” thing. Just plug it into a grounded outlet with proper power supply, and you’ll be fine (read: NO EXTENSION CORDS). Also, unless your baby is used to a healthy dose of white noise, you will find that the noise level of this unit might bother them. Oh, and one final complaint: small fingers could go through the grate, but the fan is too far away to reach and the plastic only gets mildly warm.
Video: Energy Saving Heater
3. Pelonis PSH750G Table Circulation Fan with Heating Function
I love multitasking! This Pelonis PSH750G Table Circulation Fan with Heating Function means loads of options for keeping baby’s sleeping room warm and well-circulated in the bleak midwinter.
2 Products in 1– It’s a fan! No, it’s a heater! It’s both! Let’s look at both the capabilities:
- Heater mode- You can have a 1500 watt electric heater. It has both a high (full 1500 watt) and a low (900 watt) setting. The high setting can heat the whole room, while the low setting provides focused heat. It heats to a max of 85 degrees and has an intuitive thermostat dial.
- Fan mode- This 2 setting fan can blow hard or soft. Using manual control, you can get just the right amount of air. It uses aerodynamic blades and vortex technology for superior circulation and power.
Getting Heat Where You Need It– This unit is only 10 inches and it’s totally portable. You can grab the handle on the cool touch housing to take the fan wherever you need it, whether it’s the nursery at night or a playroom during the day.
Safety– This safe heater is ETL certified for safe in-home use. It has an auto-off feature to prevent overheating. A final safety feature is an automatic tip-over shut off to protect the people and places you love.
Somewhat Lacking– At this price level, I would hope for a quieter fan and a more accurate thermostat. It uses a lot of energy and makes a fair amount of noise, but it’s tolerable if you aren’t running it 24/7. And don’t let the photo deceive you, there is no remote control for this space heater.
You can buy one product to keep the nursery comfortable in both winter and summer, and this heater fan is that product.
4. Lasko Ceramic Pedestal Heater with Remote Control
The Lasko Ceramic Pedestal Heater with Remote Control is for serious heating. It’s bigger size and tower status means that it makes heating a large room a very easy task.
Bigger Sizing– if you have a larger home, then the tower fan will work better to heat your bigger rooms. This Lasko heater is about 30 inches tall, including the pedestal. This gives you heat that isn’t sitting against the floor just waiting to rise. Instead, this will give you heat right at crib level to keep baby warm while they nap. And although it’s tall, it’s still space-saving with the pedestal design.
Safe, But Strong– This safe baby heater operates at 1500 watts and has three different settings. The first is high heat, which operates at the full 1500 watts. The second is low heat setting, which operates at about 900 watts. The last is an auto programmable thermostat setting, in which you can set the temperature you want your room to be, and let the fan do it’s thing until it reaches that temperature. There’s an 8-hour timer and an oscillation mode. All this comes in in ETL listed device. It has safety features like overheating protection and self-regulating heating elements. The housing isn’t expressly cool touch, but it doesn’t get too terribly hot.
Digital Tech– One of the funniest parts of this heater is the digital technology. You have a digital display that will display the temperature, and you also have a digital remote. The remote makes it easy to change the fans settings from another room, while the digital aspect makes it easy to see and easy to read.
Assembly?!– Yes, you were going to have to assemble some of this baby heater. Which is kind of a pain, considering that you paid so much for it. Another problem is that the temperature sensor doesn’t always work accurately, but it’s only off by a degree or two. Finally, there’s no tip-over protection feature.
This more expensive option has a larger capacity and is a great idea for larger homes and nurseries.
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5. Keynice Electric Table Heater 950/450W Warming 5-inch Portable Ceramic Space Heater
This Keynice Electric Table Heater 950/450W Warming 5-inch Portable Ceramic Space Heater is well-designed and does well as a personal heater. I like this one because it is just big enough to get the job done without being large. Plus, it works as a fan!
3 Different Modes– This heater has 4 different modes: high (950 watts), low (450 watts), and nature wind mode (like a very, very light breeze). You can oscillate the fan so that it rotates at a 90 degree angle in each direction. The ceramic heating mechanism is eco-friendly and very quiet. This thing only reaches a max of 30 decibels, which is about the same noise level as a country park.
Small and Safe â The Keynice is advertised as a “table” heater. At only 8 inches by 5 inches, it can sit discreetly on any surface. This fire-safe space heater comes equipped with overheating protection, as well as tip-over protection. Basically it will shut down if it senses that anything is wrong. This is comforting for going in a baby’s room.
Drawbacks– The main drawback is the limited heat output because it maxes out at 950 watts. Although it does a good job for its category, it will only work well for small spaces. The Keynice is in the same price range as a lot of the big-name brand heaters, but it isn’t backed by the same track record. Buying an off-brand appliance is always tricky, especially if it isn’t UL or ETL listed.
This compact heater is a good option for just taking the chill out of the air without spending an arm and a leg in electricity.
6. DeLonghi EW7707CM Safe Heat 1500W ComforTemp Heater
This DeLonghi EW7707CM Safe Heat 1500W ComforTemp heater has been purchased several times by Experienced Mommy readers and is a solid entry as a radiant heater. DeLonghi is a very popular brand of space heater and is a top seller.
Old-Fashioned Heating – This is an oil-filled heater. The inner oil workings and system are permanently sealed, so no need to worry about leaks or refills. It is 1500 watts for powerful heating at 3 heat settings. It comes with wheels just in case you need to move it from room to room. And unlike its predecessors, it’s very silent to run.
Modern Efficiency – This DeLonghi features a ComforTemp button, which makes the heater run until the optimal room temperature is achieved, and then the unit shuts off. This saves lots of energy. There is a thermostat feature that can help it achieve efficiency as well. The patented steel assembly radiates heat efficiently due to the thermal heat slots.
Safety Features – Since this type of heater is designed to be run constantly, it needs great safety features. This fire-safe space heater will shut off automatically if it reaches too high of a temperature. Another great safety feature is the anti-freeze feature, which keeps the pipes from freezing if not turned on.
Hot! – While this unit does have a mechanism that reduces the surface temperature, it does get hot to the touch, so operate this system with caution when placing in a nursery. Be sure to put it somewhere that baby won’t be tempted to mess with it. Also, be aware that this type of nursery heater takes a long time to heat the room.
An expensive but effective option for those who need constant heat for large spaces.
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7. Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic Oscillating Heater
This Lasko 6435 Designer Series Ceramic Oscillating Heater makes our list for two reasons: it’s stylish and it gets insanely good reviews. Finding a space heater with perfect reviews is a dream, but this comes pretty close.
Full Coverage– This space heater oscillates or rotates on its axis, to help bring the heat to the whole room. It heats using ceramic convection technology. This works well for a nursery since you can make the whole room a certain temperature rather than blowing heat directly onto your sleeping babe. If you do want to focus heat on a certain area, you can turn the oscillation off. Although it’s only 16 inches tall, it has the power to heat the whole room.
Safety in Mind– There are several safety features built into this Lasko space heater. There is overheat protection, which shuts the unit off if it exceeds a maximum temperature. This unit is ETL listed, so it meets Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) standards. It doesn’t have cool touch technology, but the ceramic heating tech means that the unit doesn’t get hot like traditional space heaters do. The overall design, with the sturdy and wide iron base, means that tipping is less likely. It’s a great heater choice for both kids and pets.
Easy Controls– I love that this Lasko heater has a remote! That means you can sneakily and quietly adjust the temperature from afar, without waking up a napping baby. It has electronic controls, so no knobs or mysterious dials to try to figure out. You can easily set a 1, 2 or 3 hour timer. There is a high heat setting, a low heat setting, and an auto thermostat setting.Some Cons– Like I mentioned, this thing isn’t perfect, but most of the issues are preferential. The unit itself works great! It doesn’t have an auto-off feature for tip-over protection. It also doesn’t have cool-touch exterior, especially the grill portion where the air comes out. The lights can be bothersome if you want a totally blacked-out nursery. Finally- the thermostat works in 5-degree increments, so it’s not an exact temperature. And be warned- this thing draws a lot of electricity and needs proper outlets so that it doesn’t burn up the cord.
Otherwise, this fan is quiet, works well, and heats a small room with no problems!
Video: Feature Breakdown
8. Heat Storm Floor to Wall Infrared Heater
This Heat Storm Phoenix heater can be placed on the floor like most of the baby heaters in this article, or it can be hung on the wall, out of reach of little hands.
It is an infrared-based heater that is cool to the touch. It is designed to provide supplemental heat to a room up to 300 SQFT, approximately 20′ x 15′.
It has a digital display to show the ambient temperature of the room. It also comes with a remote control to adjust the temperature and wattage settings. The remote is like a TV remote, meaning that it has to be line of sight.
Note: recent models now have the ability to control temperature via wifi with an app. This means you don’t have to be in the same room with the heater.
There is a 750-watt economy mode and another 1500 watt full-power mode. The challenge is that the unit automatically switches modes. The modes are only user-controlled to the extent that you can influence it by setting a low or high temperature. A built-in thermostat turns the unit on and off when it reaches the temperature you have set.
It is 18 inches wide but 13 inches tall and about 5 inches deep. This means it can be hung in a fairly tight space.
9. Valuxhome Luxey Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Maybe baby’s room is your room. Or maybe you want something extra special. Either way, this big, bold, and beautiful Valuxhome Luxey Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace will do the trick.
Stylish and Grown-Up– I know, I know, you are thinking that I’m crazy for putting this one on the list. But hear me out! Let’s say that baby sleeps in your room. Or maybe the baby playroom is also an adult space. You want to warm it up, but you don’t want to have some clunky heater in the corner that looks awful and is a magnet for your baby’s curiosity. That’s why you get this unit. It’s sleek, it’s colorful, and it gets mounted up out of baby’s reach. Perfect for everyone!
Light Show– The coolest thing about this heater is the fact that it can become your own personal light show! You have 3 different effect choices with the LED lights. You also have three different stone/crystal colors. When you combine all those, you can create all kinds of cool effects. Plus, you can use the remote to control the effects as well as the heat. It’s like a fire safe space heater, a night light, and a wall projector all rolled into one!
Good Heat– This 1500 watt heater has fans built into the top You have a high and a low heating option. The temperature is displayed on the LED display screen so you know exactly where you stand. There’s an overheat protection sensor, so it’s safe to leave on around baby. You can set a timer for anywhere from 1 to 9 hours. Overall, it’s a good heater that works well on spaces up to 400 square feet.
A Pricey Home Addition– I want to be clear- this is a huge unit. You can get it in 42 inches wide, 50 inches wide, or even bigger sizes! This is meant to be an addition to the whole room, not an inconspicuous heater. The price tag certainly matches the size because it’s a little bigger too. Not overly expensive, but not cheap either. Besides the price, there are very few complaints with this unit. Some say the mounting brackets are questionable, but it’s an easy fix to shore up the mounting with some extra screws if you are concerned.
10. Honeywell HCE100B Heat Bud Ceramic Personal Heater
The Honeywell HCE100B Heat Bud Ceramic Personal Heater is the little heater that could. It’s not fancy, it doesn’t have a ton of settings, and it won’t oscillate. What it will do is heat your nursery quickly and efficiently.
Fun Design– This little safe space heater looks more like a little speaker than a heater. It is small- only about 5 inches wide by 7 inches tall. It can easily be set on a dresser not look like a big, bulky heater. I love that there aren’t any lights, aside from a tiny red power indicator light, to keep the room bright when baby is trying to sleep. Both the red and black Honeywell Heat Bud won’t look too obtrusive in any nursery.
Small Strength– This thing works at 250 watts. That’s not a ton of power, but considering the compact size, it makes sense. At high setting, it will heat a good chunk of the room. Turn it to low setting, and it will keep the baby’s immediate space nice and toasty. The benefit of this small motor is that it won’t have a huge footprint on your electric bill, since it’s not operating with more power.
Safety Matters– Honeywell’s Safety Matters features keep you and your family safe. This safe heater will turn off if tipped over to prevent a fire. It will shut off if it overheats as well. The outer housing is cool to the touch, so if your baby accidentally touches the sides, he or she won’t get burned.
Not the Strongest– If you are looking for a big, bad heater to heat up the whole nursery, this isn’t that heater. It works really well to keep, let’s say, the crib area or play mat warm. But that’s it. Also, do be aware that because it doesn’t have the most powerful motor, it does take some time to heat the area. So plug it in before baby will need the warmth!
This small unit is affordable, simple, and effective.
Things to Look for in a Nursery Heater
As winter creeps in, you may find yourself looking for effective ways to keep your children warm while minimizing heating costs. This is much easier said than done! With all of the warnings out there against putting blankets on your infant or bundling them up too much, you don’t want to make a dangerous mistake in the name of heat.
Babies can’t use bulky bedding like us because they could get tangled up in it and suffocate. They also can’t wear too many layers, or they’ll be uncomfortable and sweaty. But babies get cold easily… so safe space heaters are the best answer.
Types of Space Heaters
You’ve probably heard a few terms thrown around in the reviews, so here’s a quick guide to the most popular space heater types.
- Convection Space Heaters
- Heat is dispersed using air convection currents
- Take longer to heat up a room, but heat is long-lasting
- More energy-efficient since they don’t have any moving parts
- Radiant Space Heaters
- Liquid is heated inside pipes, and the heat radiates out of the unit
- Heat quickly, but don’t spread heat well
- Can be large and expensive
- Conductive Space Heaters
- Also known as electric space heaters
- Metal heating elements warm the air, which is circulated by a fan
- Often the cheapest type of space heater
Features for a Baby Safe Nursery Heater
These are extra considerations that parents will want to think about before purchasing a fire-safe space heater for the nursery.
- Cool to the touch (just in case your child touches the surface)
- Close slats to keep baby from sticking their fingers inside the heater
- Automatic shut off- helps keep the room from getting too hot
- Tip-over protection- shuts of heating element to prevent a fire if it gets knocked over
- Solid base to help keep it sturdy and tip safe
Other Space Heater Features To Consider
- Wall mounting capabilities
- Space-saving models
- Looks and design
- Space needed in front of/behind unit to operate properly
- Energy consumption
A Big Space Heater Precaution- Fire Safety
It is easy to have a false sense of security using space heaters. You need to recognize that they can be very dangerous if not used properly.
Safety experts recommended that you DO NOT leave these heaters on at night while you are sleeping. It is not advisable to leave space heaters on at night because they are involved in almost 80 percent of all fatal home heating fires. Space heaters have been known to malfunction, tip over, or cause electrical fires.
I know this may defeat the purpose of buying a space heater for your child’s room, but you can still use it to keep your nursery warm during the day. You may also choose to warm up your child’s room before bedtime or use during nap time when you can supervise its use.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Below are some of the most important tips when it comes to using space heaters, but there are even more here! Also, be sure to read the owner’s manual of your space heater for model-specific instructions.
- Never leave a space heater running unattended; do not use when sleeping.
- Make sure the heater you buy carries a safety certification label from an independent testing organization, such as the UL mark from Underwriters Laboratories, the ETL label from Intertek, or certification from CSA International.
- Make sure you have a smoke detector in your child’s room â and test it regularly!
- Don’t use extension cords â plug the baby heater directly into socket.
- Get a separate thermostat alarm â ensure your child’s room doesn’t get too hot. FYI, the ideal sleeping temperature for babies is right around 70 degrees.
- Keep heater at least three feet from combustible items, such as bedsheets and curtains.
- Regularly check your space heater for wear and tear â especially look at wires. If any wires are fraying or if there is damage to the heater, discontinue use immediately.
Is it safe to use a space heater in a baby’s room?
It is safe to use a space heater in a baby’s room or elsewhere in the home if you follow the right precautions.
- Don’t leave the heater on overnight
- Buy a heater with shut-off features
- Buy a heater that is cool to the touch
Are wall heaters safe in a baby room?
Some wall heaters may consistently be too hot to be safe for toddlers who touch everything. Other wall heaters have sharp or rough edges that can cut fingers.
However, some wall heaters provide a balance between being a good heat source and not too hot. So you’ll need to shop around.
Are space heaters dangerous?
Most residential fires that are heater related are, in fact, “space heater” related. Space heaters have a bit of an unsafe reputation because they do cause fires when not operated properly.
Many newer space heaters have safety features that cause them to shut off when tipped over or overheated. You should always buy a heater that has basic safety features.
One important precaution is not to leave a space heater on while you are sleeping.
Additionally, there are several other precautions you’ll want to take when operating your heater.
What is a good temperature for baby’s room?
It is best to keep baby’s room a bit on the cool side with a temperature between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
That may not feel quite warm enough to you, but to make sure baby is comfortable, make sure they are fully covered by several layers of clothing.
Remember that it is not safe to have extra blankets or other items in the crib.