Homegear Electric Portable Space Heater

Last updated date: February 17, 2021

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8.2

Homegear Electric Portable Space Heater

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We looked at the top Garage Heaters and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Garage Heater you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 158 expert reviews, the Homegear Electric Portable Space Heater placed 15th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

This brilliant heater packs the same heat output as some of its bigger counterparts – 1500W / 5100 BTU, great for heating up rooms up to 1500 square feet. Set the digital thermostat either on the machine or using the remote control to enjoy a nice, maintained heat level. The dual heating system, combining both Mica and Quartz Infrared heating tubes, combined with a quiet but efficient blower fan, produce and circulate heat very quickly. If you’ve not used a cabinet space heater before, these really come into their own when you want to quickly warm up a larger space, and are also often used in garages, sheds and workshops. Features Efficiently heats up a 1500 square foot. 5100 BTU Output, Electric floor infrared heater. Dual heating system.Quiet and efficient blower fan. LED display for easy monitoring. Power: 1500W. Overheat protection. Remote control included. ETL cETL certified. Minimum 13A circuit. Specifications .Dimension: 12 x 13 x 17in. Weight: 11.5lbs. Cable length: 71in.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.5
17 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.6
600 user reviews

What experts liked

This little heater is one of the most affordable on our list, making it perfect for those on a budget. It features a durable plastic exterior that conveniently houses an LCD display for the temperature as well as controls for the power, timer and thermostat settings. Weighing in at only 11.5 lbs, the Homegear Pro infrared heater sure packs a punch.
- Your Best Picks
March 1, 2019 | Full review
The LED panel on the front is a nice touch as you can monitor the unit with ease, and a remote control even allows you to control the heater without needing to get up from your comfortable position.
- Homeair
April 2, 2018 | Full review
LED display lets you monitor the setting easily. Also, blower fan on the heater is quiet but efficient.
- The Consumer Guide
February 27, 2019 | Full review
The device allows you to control your heat preferences easily thanks to an LED display and makes adjusting the settings a cinch with the easy to operate remote. The Homegear Pro Infrared Space Heater also heats your home faster than other heaters on the market thanks to its innovative infrared technologies. The device uses quartz and mica to help generate energy even faster and then distributes these energy rays by using a fan to help speed the energy through your home.
- Best of Machinery
March 6, 2019 | Full review
This model of infrared heater provides two different kinds of heating tube: quartz and mica. This allows the unit to heat a room faster than models with just one kind of tube. Homegear’s infrared heater also includes a number of safety features, including anti-overheat functions that prevent fire risk. The device itself is lightweight, ETL safety-certified and stays cool to the touch, so you can trust it around even small children.
- Cozzy
April 23, 2018 | Full review
This is one of the infrared heaters that use multiple types of tubes or bulbs to heat, with both Quartz and Mica in use along with a fan, which is surprisingly close to being silent.
- Wise Pick
February 8, 2019 | Full review
This is one of the infrared heaters that use multiple types of tubes or bulbs to heat, with both Quartz and Mica in use along with a fan, which is surprisingly close to being silent.
- Wise Pick
February 8, 2019 | Full review
This heater includes quiet but efficient blower fan to produce and circulate heat very quickly. You can also set the digital thermostat either on the machine or using the remote control to enjoy a nice, maintained heat level.
- The Architect's Guide
October 29, 2019 | Full review
This heater can make a medium or large room warm and comfortable. While working, it produces none annoying sounds so that you can sleep soundly. Since weight of it is 11.5lbs, you can move it around with no troubles.
- Best Brand Reviews
The caster wheels are there to ease the movement of the heater. You can move it with ease to your bedroom or living space anytime.
- Hot Home Air
This heater is extremely quiet, light and package includes LED display and remote control.
- iHome Mag
December 29, 2018 | Full review
This is very quiet and efficient blower fan. Additional factor is that it is ETL Certified.
- Guide For Buying
February 16, 2019 | Full review
One advantage that it has is that it can be controlled by the machine. Has been made with a dual heating system and has a quite operation.
- Top Best Spec
It can efficiently and quickly heat up a medium to large size room. The LED display allows for easy monitoring and the quiet and efficient blower fan spreads the heat around the room. The included remote control allows for convenient control.
- HVAC Training 101
Dual Heating System which combines Mica and Quartz infrared heating tubes and has three heating settings- eco (750W), low (1000W), and high (1500W). On the economy setting, it keeps constantly running at 68 °F and is very quiet, so this setting is ideal for heating your bedroom during the night.
- Repair Daily
A remote control is included to help you with getting the heater running. The remote helps you with managing your heater. The unit also comes with a digital display that shows details on how well the heater is working. You can get an idea of how warm the unit is when you review the content.
- Best Reviews List
February 9, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

No wheels, though lightweight design means you shouldn’t have much trouble moving it.
- Your Best Picks
March 1, 2019 | Full review
1.5kw is only suitable for warming a room of up to around 1,000sq feet.
- Homeair
April 2, 2018 | Full review
This kind of small size allows you to move the heater from one space to another if desired and included remote makes it easy to change the temperature.
- The Consumer Guide
February 27, 2019 | Full review
This unit probably isn’t the right choice if you’re looking for a highly portable heater. This device has a short cord, at only around 71 inches. It also features small feet, rather than casters, on the bottom of the device.
- Cozzy
April 23, 2018 | Full review
It has only one heating power mode.
- Wise Pick
February 8, 2019 | Full review
It has only one heating power mode.
- Wise Pick
February 8, 2019 | Full review
It is small in size.
- Best Brand Reviews
The power cord is short, it is 5 feet long. You may need a dedicated extension for it.
- Hot Home Air
However, it is missing an important feature which is an automatic shut-off switch in case the appliance is tipped over. It also isn’t easy-to-use as it might take some time for you to figure out the ideal temperature settings.
- iHome Mag
December 29, 2018 | Full review
No casters/wheels and warranty info.
- Guide For Buying
February 16, 2019 | Full review
Misleading information of the space it is able to heat
- Repair Daily
The design is too basic and the port that the heat comes out of is small.
- Best Reviews List
February 9, 2019 | Full review

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An Overview On Garage Heaters

You don’t want to be working in a freezing cold garage this winter.  Whether your time in there is limited or extended, you won’t regret investing in a garage heater. With a flip of the switch, your garage will be toasty warm, and your motivation will skyrocket. But there are several things to consider before purchasing a garage heater.

First, you need to look at appropriately sized units for the size of your garage. For calculated perfection, the rule of thumb is 10 watts per square foot of space. If you have an average-sized, single-car garage, you will want to check out units that are below 5,000 watts or roughly 15,000 BTUs, whereas a two- or three-car garage will need a much more powerful heater with roughly 10,000 watts or 30,000 BTUs. If you want to be exact, you can find the cubic feet of your garage by multiplying the length of the garage from front to back by the width of the front of the garage by the height of your garage.

You should also consider the efficiency of your garage.

“Make sure you’re not trying to heat the rest of the world,” says Vicki Liston, our resident home improvement expert. “Are the windows and the garage door energy efficient? Is there weather stripping around all the doors and windows? You’ll want to prep the space to reduce or minimize heat loss.”

Second, there are a few types of heaters on the market. Electric garage heaters are either hardwired into your home or plugged in with a cord through an appropriate outlet. These units can be turned on easily with a flip of a switch or by adjusting a thermostat. Some electric models come with a mounting bracket and adjustable thermostat. Consumers that frequent their garage can set these units to the desired temperature and the unit will click off once the temperature is reached. Other models offer the option of portable or ceiling-mounted units that are also electric.

You can opt for a propane- or gas-powered heater as an alternative. These heaters require ventilation to the outside as well as wiring, and often require an ignition start for the unit to be turned on. “Whether the unit is freestanding and portable or mounted on a wall, their deadly carbon monoxide fumes must be directed outside via a pipe for the heater to operate safely,” says Liston.

Some propane units feature forced hot air, portability and adjustable angling for directed heating. With so many possible safety features including tip-over shutoffs, extended hoses and backpressure switches, there are plenty of options for the safety-conscience consumer.

For additional options, you can choose from forced-air heaters that blow the air directly over hot coils to warm the air or infrared heaters that convert energy to heat when absorbed by surrounding objects. If a set-it-and-forget-it unit is what you want, look for a hardwired, infrared, commercial unit with an adjustable thermostat. These heaters have different adjustments for optimum airflow and heat control.

Third, you’ll want to know the cost of each unit and any installation fees associated with the unit to make sure it is within your budget. The installation fees vary greatly between the different options, so be sure to talk with a home improvement specialist when determining costs. Prices on the actual units will vary throughout the year, so planning ahead might be a good idea when making this purchase. You’ll also want to check on the warranties, should anything go wrong.

The Garage Heater Buying Guide

  • Something to think about when purchasing a garage heater is the way it operates within the space. If you are a painter, or most of your projects include sanding, you really don’t want to install a forced-air heater. They stir up dust and dirt to a small degree and can make those types of projects difficult.
  • For quiet heating options, infrared is your best choice. Infrared heating has become quite popular over recent years because it is not so harsh on our bodies. However, you’ll want to think long and hard about where you install it since it takes a little bit longer to heat up the space.
  • Remember that if you choose a propane-powered unit, you will need to pay for outside venting when you have the unit installed.
  • For upfront costs, the forced air garage heaters will be less costly versus the infrared units.
  • Before starting your research on the correct unit, it is vital to know the insulation of your garage walls as well. The thickness of the walls also plays a large part in how much power you’ll need in a heater for that space. For example, if you have a single-car garage but it is not insulated and has thin walls, you may want to consider a heater with a more powerful output than what is recommended for the square footage.
  • Most portable garage heaters require a 240-Volt outlet and you need to ensure the breaker can accommodate the amps (typically around 20 amps) so you don’t trip the breaker.
  • No matter what you are purchasing, you should always check the warranty of the unit.
  • Always have a licensed, insured professional install the unit so you are sure of the highest safety standards.
  • To give your garage heater a boost, consider getting weather stripping for windows and doors. It is inexpensive and makes a significant difference in conserving energy.
  • If you use a portable space heater, try to find one with a thermostat so you have the safety feature of automatic turnoff as well as the energy-saving feature it provides.
  • Routinely clean off any dust or dirt that may have settled on your garage heaters. If you have a gas garage heater, it’s important to have it serviced once a year before the winter season.
  • Some garage heaters are sold separately from their thermometers and cords so be sure to read what is included in your purchase.