Regardless of where you live, every home needs some kind of effective heating system. Even if you live in a warmer climate, cold temperatures are still inevitable at some point, and you’ll want to be prepared. For this article, our team has selected the 12 best electric wall heaters for any budget, décor, and space.
Since there are so many factors to consider when shopping around for electric wall heaters, we’ve also included some incredibly helpful advice in our buying guide so you can make the best decision for your particular heating needs.
This table outlines our hand-picked selection of electric wall heaters. Our goal in compiling this list was to find the best products for whatever specific needs you may have. Listed along with each selection are their technical specifications as well as some more general information about their benefits to help guide you in your research.
- Dimensions: 35 x 4 x 18.5 inches
- Draft-free natural convection
- Frost protection
- Silent operation
- Can be used as a stand-alone heater or supplemental heating for larger rooms
The Stiebel Eltron 231646 is the perfect choice for you if you’re looking for a stand-alone heater to heat smaller rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms. It uses a natural, draft-free form of convection heating, allowing cold air to filter through the bottom of the heater and then releasing warm air from the top. This kind of convection heating means that this heater is virtually silent, with no loud fans to disturb the peace. We even found that the heater was so efficient that it was able to supplement the heating of a large room nearby!
While the heater must be hard-wired using your home’s built-in wiring system, installation is still quite simple. The benefit of this hard-wiring is that it can be integrated with your home’s wall thermostat. And the heater’s slim design saves space while still performing as well or better than standard baseboard heaters.
Another nice feature is this heater’s frost protection design. This will allow the heater to automatically kick on if a room or area ever gets below a certain temperature.
The manufacturer’s instructions and usage guide are clear and easy to understand, so installation and setup were simple. And even if you have a hard time with the directions, the manufacturer’s customer service line is incredibly helpful and can answer any of your questions or concerns.
Even though this heater has a slim design, it does still suffer from having a larger footprint than some of the other options we will outline in this guide.
Be sure to keep in mind the space you have available to dedicate to a wall heater when considering this heater and don’t forget to take a look at the dimensions we’ve included to be sure this will fit in your space.
Ultimately, this heater is quiet, efficient, and durable. We’re sure that this product will maintain its high quality and efficient performance for years. It is clearly great value for the money.
- Built-in thermostat
- Quiet operation
- Great heat delivery
- Reasonable price
- Requires hard-wiring
- Larger than other options
- Dimensions: 28.5 x 21.8 x 6.8 inches
- Touch panel and digital LCD display
- Child lock
- ECO mode
- Remote control
If you’re looking for a way to heat your home but avoid adding a heater that will clash with your modern design and décor, then the Klarstein Bornholm Curved Convection Heater might be a good place to start. It features a stylish modern design that will blend in perfectly with any modern interior. And you have options for how to set up your heater: you can mount in on a wall or use the included stand if you prefer a freestanding unit.
But it’s not just its appearance that makes it such a modern marvel. It also features an LCD thermostat display and a touch panel for controls. If you know how to work with a touch-screen phone, then you can deal with this heater. And even if you’re not close-by, the Klarstein Bornholm heater also comes with a dedicated remote control, so you can adjust the temperature from anywhere in the room!
Beyond these excellent modern conveniences, this heater also offers plenty of safety features to keep your home warm without any risk of fires or other dangers. For one, it features a child lock that will prevent children from being able to access the control panel. And its frost-free function doesn’t allow a room to become too cold while you’re away.
But our favorite feature of this heater is its programming function. You can choose from a variety of different programs to dial in the perfect settings for you and your home. These include target temperatures, an economy mode, and a weekly time-controlled setting. So this is clearly the perfect heating solution for your if you plan on keeping a close watch on energy consumption to bring down your electrical bills.
- Many safety features
- Splash proof
- Sleek modern design
- Remote control
- Somewhat large
- Built-in digital thermostat
- 40 to 90 degrees temperature range
- Perfect size for a bathroom or small bedroom
- 5-year warranty
The Cadet Energy Plus Wall Heater may not pack in as many bells and whistles as some of the other heaters on this list, but it more than makes up for that with its reliability and longevity. Our testers found that this wall heater was consistent for a variety of uses and never gave us any issues.
Its energy-efficient design and operation also make it a great option if you’re concerned about rising heating costs. While it might be a bit pricier in terms of its upfront cost, it will likely save you quite a bit of money in the long-run.
One of the nicer features of this wall heater is its built-in digital thermostat. We found this display especially useful for monitoring energy use and maintaining a stable temperature. It may seem like a minor feature, but when it comes to managing energy costs, having an easy-to-read thermostat like this one is a great benefit over simple dial thermostats of many other heaters.
Speaking of thermostats, another great benefit of this heater is its wide temperature range. It can drop as low as 40 degrees and reach as high as 90 degrees—a far wider range than many other heaters available. So, whether you want to keep your home at a cozy 77 degrees, or if you really like it hot, this heater will have you covered.
- Comes with a good warranty
- Wide temperature range
- Fan can be a bit noisy
- Dimensions: 29.4 x 25.5 x 2.8 inches
- Crack-resistant construction
- Save up to 50% on your energy bill
- No fan
- 3-year warranty
While nearly all of the heaters on this list are going to offer some level of cost-effectiveness over traditional floorboard heaters and other less-efficient options, this Wall Mount Space Heater Panel might be the most economical of them all. Aside from its affordable price tag, this heater can save you up 50% on your monthly energy bill.
And just because it’s economical, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t packed with useful features—most of which enhance the safety and durability of this model. For instance, this heater boasts of heat resistant technology that uses convection to heat your room. This means it will run at a consistent temperature and circulates the heat using convection currents.
Since this heater uses convection to circulate heat, it doesn’t require a noisy fan. This is especially important for those who may suffer from asthma or seasonal allergies, as it won’t circulate dust and other allergens.
It has also been recently improved using triple-reinforced, crack-resistant calcium silicate materials. Add to this the triple-insulated cord for added electrical safety, and you can see why this heater is near the top of our list.
- Highly cost-effective
- Straightforward design
- Good warranty
- Can be hard-wired or plugged in
- Emits a “new product” odor during first use; although, it subsides after a couple of days
- Dimensions: 5.1 x 10.9 x 15.8 inches
- Low-profile European design
- Built-in thermostat
- Frost protection setting
Yet another Stiebel Eltron product has made our list and for good reason! While it may not be quite as budget-friendly as some of the other options on our list, it is certainly one of the most high-quality heaters out there on the market.
Despite being a fan heater, as opposed to using convection to circulate the warm air, this heater is practically silent—a huge surprise compared to other fan heaters. Even more surprising is this heater’s power and coverage. Using its unique “downdraft” design, it is able to heat a mid-sized room evenly and efficiently.
Another great benefit to this model is that it can be used as a stand-alone heater in a small room, or as a supplementary heating unit for larger rooms. On top of this versatility, it is also super simple to set up and install. We were able to install it directly into our wall’s sheetrock with minimal effort and only a small hole. This is a major benefit compared to some of the other in-wall options available.
There was only one noticeable downside to this excellent, high-quality heater: the “new product smell.” It definitely emits a “scientific” odor during initial use, but it wears off over time. However, if you are someone who is sensitive to these kinds of smells, you might want to look for another option. While most products emit this kind of odor at first, this smell from this one lasted quite a bit longer than others.
- Virtually silent
- Even heating
- Can be a stand-alone or supplementary heating source
- Easy installation with minimal impact to your walls
- May emit a “new product” odor for some time
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 13 x 16.75 Inches
- Can be controlled by your phone or tablet
- Child lock
If you’re ready to bring your home heating solution into the future, then this heater is probably your best choice. With smartphone technology infiltrating nearly every aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that there are great “smart” options available for home heating and cooling too. And this smart wall heater is probably your best option to bring your home heating system into the 21st century.
Some of the best aspects of this smart heater are its many safety features. First, it sports a grill that remains cool to the touch, even while in use. This is a particularly important feature if you have little ones running around. A further benefit to this heater is that, if it is installed over an existing wall outlet, the cord can be hidden behind the unit, preventing unsightly cables lying around that could cause a tripping hazard.
Of course, if you’re planning on purchasing a smart heater like this, you’re most likely doing so because of its smart features, and this heater has plenty of them! Not only can you power the heater on and off from your smartphone or other mobile devices, but you can also even adjust the temperature and set the child lock, giving you complete control over the temperature and safety of your new heating solution.
- Small in size
- Easy to use, convenient
- Many safety features
- Intended only as a supplemental heater, not as a stand-alone heater
- Dimensions: 16.5 x 19.5 x 13.6 inches
- Automatic shut-off to prevent overheating
- Dual-coil heating elements
- Designed for large rooms
Not only is this electric wall heater incredibly efficient at heating your home, but it’s also packed full of excellent safety features. First, it has an automatic shutoff function when the heater reaches a certain high temperature. This will effectively prevent overheating and the potential for fires.
This heater is indeed powerful, and it is able to heat a moderately sized room to an adequate temperature in mere minutes. How does it achieve such effective heating? It’s mostly a matter of the heater’s dual coil heating elements. These combined coils allowed the heater to warm up a room as large as 600 square feet with ease. And it does so quietly and efficiently.
What’s more, it features a powder coating that is designed to avoid any sharp corners or edges and offers an attractive high gloss finish. And the powder-coated grill features a contemporary and low-profile appearance to properly heat your home without ever getting in the way.
One apparent oversight with this heater, though, is its complete lack of power (on/off) functionality. The manufacturer seems to suggest that, as long as the dial is turned all the way down to low, that it will not turn on for any reason. However, it does seem strange that this heater doesn’t offer any way to definitively turn it on or off. This, though, is a minor qualm for such an excellent, high-powered and efficient wall heater.
- Very powerful and efficient
- Fast heating of small to mid-sized rooms
- Very quiet for such a powerful heater
- No on/off setting
- Dimensions: 13.5 x 7.5 x 4 inches
- Multi-Watt (“Pic-A-Watt”) options
- “Smart Limit” protection
- Very quiet “Squirrel Cage” blower
- Heavy-duty steel heating element and blower
Do you need wattage options? Then the King Electric PAW2422-W Wall Heater might just be the perfect place to start your new heater search. King Electric’s clever design allows you to adjust the heater’s wattage output by simply disconnected and connecting different color-coded terminals. This will permit you to dial in exactly the right level of heating for whatever room you choose to add this great heater to. If you are installing this in a smaller room, you’ll be better off using lower wattage. All you have to do is unplug a wire to select a wattage!
Since this heater circulates heat with an integrated fan and has the potential for such power with its variable wattage, you might expect it to be somewhat loud when in operation. But you’d be wrong! The heater’s “whisper quiet squirrel cage” blower and grill will effectively warm your area without disturbing your peace and quiet.
But maybe the biggest advantage of this heater over others available is the outstanding safety features. With its patented “Smart Limit Protection,” this heater will never overheat or risk starting a fire.
If there is any real downside to this excellent heater, it’s most likely that its maximum heating area of around 400 square feet is considerably smaller than some of the other options available. But if you’re looking for a replacement heater or supplementary heater for a smaller room or a bathroom, this is still going to be an excellent pick for you.
- Unobtrusive design fits in with any décor
- Reliable, reputable American brand
- Can be used with a wall-mounted thermostat or its built-in TKIT thermostat
- Can be used as a stand-alone heating system or as a supplementary heater
- Made in the USA
- Maximum heating area (400 square feet) is somewhat smaller than similar models
- Dimensions: 12 x 9,25 x 0,5 inches
- Convertible wattage/voltage
- Can be recessed or surface-mounted
- “Zig-Zag” heating element setup
- High-efficiency blower
If you need a new electric wall heater that is somewhere between the more high-tech, high-end models, and the no-frills budget models, the Broan 174 Wall Heater is a great option. Even though it is a mid-range heater, it packs in many high-end features, like easily convertible voltage/wattage, energy-efficient heating, and innovative heating element.
One of the other great features of this heater is that it is able to be surface-mounted or recessed into your wall. An important thing to note, though, is that it will require a separate Model 84 surface mounting kit if that’s the direction you want to go with it.
But what’s really special about this heater is its outstanding and durable building materials. The nickel-chrome alloy heating element is in a “Zig-Zag” setup that is fully insulated with mica. This surely adds to the safe and efficient heating of the room. Further, the steel grille cover comes in a single piece, finished with baked enamel, and includes louvers to direct the flow of heat downward. This aids in even heat distribution. But the design is also special because it can be easily removed to allow for simple, no-hassle cleaning!
But the list of features goes on and on. From its high-efficiency blower wheel to its permanently lubricated motor, this heater has all of the major features you might expect from a far more expensive model.
- Thermostat mounted on the front of a heater
- Alloy heating element warms up rooms in seconds
- Easy to clean
- Requires a separate kit for surface mounting
- Dimensions: 23.5 X 23.5 X 0.25 inches
- Paintable surface
- Slimline design
- Overheat protection and cool-touch edge
- Comes with plug-in thermostat
With its affordable price, slimline design, and ability to be safely painted over, the EconoHome 400W Wall Mounted heater is an outstanding value for the money. Surely, the fact that this heater’s surface can be painted over is its main draw. What better way to integrate a new appliance into your home décor than to simply paint it to match your existing color scheme?
But beyond this ability to paint over its surface, this heater is also great for any home décor because it is so unobtrusive. It barely sticks out from the wall at all when it is wall-mounted. Further, its slimline design means that it will look, at worst, like a single, plain, flat panel on your wall. Add a bit of paint, and your guests will never even notice it’s there!
The one major drawback to this heater, though, is its complete lack of a thermostat to dial in precise temperatures. You can simply turn it on or off, but not set the temperature range. That makes this a good under-the-desk heater, or maybe a good heater for a small bathroom. But anywhere that you need greater control over your heating or are monitoring energy use would be better off with another model.
- Attractive, versatile appearance accommodates any décor
- Very small footprint
- Stand-up or wall-mounted
- Very inexpensive
- Gives off plastic smell when used for the 1 time
- Dimensions: 16 x 11.9 x 5.1 inches
- NiChrome heating element creates rapid heat transfer
- Impeller-style fan
- Smart Limit Protection
- Zonal Heating System
If you’re looking to add a supplemental heating source to your home’s heating system, but you want to be frugal, then the King Electric W2420-W is a great place to begin your search. It combines many of the excellent features you would get in a higher-end King Electric model but at a fraction of the price.
Just like other King Electric heaters, this one features excellent safety features, like King Electric’s patented “Smart Limit Protection” which keeps your home safe from the risk of fires due to overheating. With this technology, you can feel safe leaving your heaters on even when you’re away from home. In addition to this automatic shutoff feature, if there were an unexpected, unusual event that caused the heater to shut off, this heater requires a manual reset before it can come back on. This is an ingenious safety consideration.
But it’s not just these safety features that make this heater an excellent choice. It’s also the ease of installation and use. It took us less than thirty minutes to install this heater, much less time than several of the other options available on this list. If you already have a recessed wall installed, all it takes to install the heater is one screw!
Finally, this heater is incredibly energy-efficient as either a stand-alone or a supplemental heat source. You can easily save a good deal of money on your next energy bill by switching your home heating system to a “Zonal System”, utilizing all King Electric heaters. So, if energy efficiency on a tight budget is your main consideration, this might be the heater for you.
- Affordable compared to similar models
- Great safety features
- Quick, easy installation
- Powder-coated wall-can must be purchased separately
- Dimensions: 38.58 x 22.44 inches
- Fireplace design
- Just hang on a hook near an electrical outlet; no installation necessary
We just had to throw in this little wild card of a heater because it’s just so much fun! The CG Home Far Infrared Carbon Heating Panel Fireplace Picture is far more than a standard electric wall heater. It’s also a lovely picture to hang on your wall! It may not be the most practical option for heating your home, but it is certainly a good option for chilly winters when you want to add something a bit more festive and cozy to your décor.
But maybe the best part of this heater is that you can put it up and take it down whenever the mood strikes you. All you have to do to install is to hang it on a hook or a nail nearby an electrical outlet. No messy installation required! Just hang it up, plug it in, and voila! You’re ready for roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa around the open fire!
If you don’t like this picture you can also choose other options:
Keep in mind, though, that this is really a local or personal heater. That is, it’s not intended to be used as a stand-alone—or even really a supplemental—heat source. Its primary purpose is as an attractive and festive decoration that can adequately warm an area of about 10 feet. So, don’t expect this open fire to keep everyone toasty and warm. Look to the other suggestions on this list if that’s what you’re looking for.
- No complicated installation
- Fun design for winter months and the holidays
- Not a particularly efficient heater
What do you need to know when shopping for heaters?
Find out the key points for a successful purchase in the following buying guide.
Now that you’ve taken a look at some of the best options out there on the market for electric wall heaters, it’s time to decide what features are most important for your home heating needs. There are certainly a lot of factors to take into account. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll walk you through all of the major questions you need to ask and answer to determine which wall heater is right for you. Read on for our best advice and tips on how to make a smart purchase for you and your family.
How Big Is the Area You Need to Heat?
This may seem pretty obvious, but it’s absolutely crucial to deciding which heater is right for your needs. All you need to do is determine the square footage of your room or area. Once you’ve done that, you can easily eliminate any of the heaters you’re considering that can’t heat an area that large—or those that heat areas much larger than the one you’re shopping for.
It’s also crucial that you keep in mind that there are few stand-alone electric wall heaters that will consistently and efficiently heat very large rooms or areas. They are far better suited to small rooms and bathrooms. That said, larger rooms can be accommodated by adding more than one electric wall heaters to supplement each other. Just be sure to place the wall heaters strategically to ensure complete and adequate coverage. Also, for larger rooms, you would be better off using electric wall heaters that feature convection-style heating to ensure proper circulation of the warm air. This will go a long way towards getting fuller, more consistent heating in large areas.
What Is the Room or Area Used For?
While you might not initially think this is especially important to consider before making a purchase, in fact, it’s one of the most important factors in determining what kind of heating system you need.
Is the heater for a bedroom? If so, does the sleeper like a bit of white noise—the kind of sound likely to be produced by a heater fan? Or does this particular sleeper need absolute silence in order to sleep peacefully?
What if it’s for a nursery or a playroom? In that case, you’ll want to be sure to check out all of the safety features available for different heaters to ensure you purchase one that will be safe to use around small children and infants.
How Concerned Are You about Energy-Efficiency?
This is another major consideration for anyone shopping around for new heaters, especially if the reason for your purchase is to upgrade your current energy-inefficient heating system. Of course, most newer heaters and heating systems are going to be more cost-effective and energy-efficient than older versions. However, some are certainly more so than others.
Be sure to read all of the energy information you can find about any heaters you are considering before making the purchase. Often, this kind of technical information gets buried beneath the advertisements about fancy new features.
Unfortunately, as of right now, there is no standardized measure of energy efficiency to help guide your decisions in this arena. This just means you’ll have to do quite a bit of your own research to get the information you need. Read spec sheets and as many reviews as you can. Often, you can get important information about energy efficiency by reading the experiences others have had with similar heater models.
As an alternative to your own thorough research, we advise you to consider Wall Mount Space Heater Panel as it’s the best energy-efficient model on the list.
How Do You Intend to Control Your Heater?
With all of the new smart technology out there these days, this is actually a more complicated consideration to take into account than you may initially think.
Do you want to control your heater as a stand-alone unit with a built-in thermostat? Or do you prefer to use your home’s existing wall thermostats to control your new supplementary heater? Or do you want to go super high-tech and be able to control all of your heater’s functionality with your phone or other smart devices?
The point is, you have options, but you’ll need to look carefully at each heater to determine what kind of controls is used. Some heaters, for instance, only offer a simple on/off the power switch and no thermostat control at all. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you like to control your temperature very carefully and exactly.
If you are in search of only the best high-tech model than Heat Storm HS-1000-WX-WIFI Wall Heater is the right choice.
Pros and Cons of Using Electric Wall Heaters
There are certainly plenty of benefits to using electric wall heaters over using central heating. Perhaps the most obvious advantage is the extreme price difference. It can cost thousands of dollars to install central heating in any home, while it can cost less than one hundred dollars to install a simple electric wall heater.
Adding to the much larger cost of installing central heating is the fact that you will need an HVAC professional to do the installation for you. With electric wall heaters, on the other hand, most heaters can be installed by the purchaser—that’s you. Many of the heaters we’ve selected for this list, in fact, feature incredibly simple installation procedures and we found most can be installed in less than an hour.
Another benefit of wall heaters is their ability to promote zonal heating. That is, with electric wall heaters, you can control the temperature on room-by-room bases. Whereas, with central heating, you can only control the entire home at once. This is a major downside for anyone who lives with people not sharing the same temperature preferences—that is, most people!
In many ways, electric wall heaters can be more cost-effective and energy-efficient than central heating and air conditioning. This is another result of zonal heating. If you don’t have to heat the whole house, just the rooms that you’re using, you’ll definitely save a lot on your monthly energy bills.
There aren’t too many downsides to using electric wall heaters over central heating, but there are still a few things to keep in mind.
Unlike central heating, electric wall heaters tend to not give you quite the same even coverage. For instance, in a home with central heating, you can walk from one end of a room to the other—heck, even from one room to another—and never come across any areas of varying temperature. Electric wall heaters, on the other hand, tend to lead to hot or cold areas, depending on where the heater is placed in the room.
Of course, this isn’t that major of an issue. After the heaters remain on for a certain amount of time, the temperature balances out fairly well. Further, with the addition of various kinds of convection heating systems in electric wall heaters, they are able to heat rooms and large areas more consistently and efficiently than typical fan heaters.
The only other significant downside with electric wall heaters is their lack of precision heating. With central air, you typically have a digital thermostat that you can use to dial in exactly the temperature you want for your whole home. This often isn’t the case with electric wall heaters, which offer less precise readings.
That said, there are many newer, more high-tech options for electric wall heaters that offer more precise digital thermostats. These digital readings, though, should be taken with a grain of salt. This is mainly because the temperature reading on the thermostat itself doesn’t give you an accurate reading of what the overall room or area temperature actually is. Rather, the temperature reading for these is typically just the target temperature for the room.
This has been a whole lot of information, we know. But we hope you’ve been able to get some useful tidbits from all of this. We also hope that you can see how much we value our readers and want to ensure they get the best information available for their purchases.
We’ve discussed the various recommended electric wall heaters, their benefits and downsides, and their various features—including thermostats, safety precautions, and even décor considerations. With all of this information behind us now, it’s clear that there is just one heating option that ranks far above the others in terms of quality, durability, features, and ease of use. That heater is our number one pick: Stiebel Eltron 231546 Wall-Mounted Convection Heater.
Why does it come in as our number one suggestion for electric wall heaters? Well, simply put, it has everything you could really ask for in an electric wall heater. It’s quiet, energy-efficient, attractive, and low-profile. You’d be hard-pressed to find that combination of features and efficiency in another heater.