Best Electric Heater for RV in 2019 (Top 5 Reviews with Comparison)

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No matter how efficient or technologically advanced your RV heating and air conditioning system, you will still find spaces inside that are colder than others.

Keeping an electric heater handy can help you stay toasty warm when your RV’s HVAC can’t keep up. How do you find just the right one?

Check out this list of the best electric heaters for use in an RV.

COMPARISON CHART

IMAGEPRODUCT
 Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater1. Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater
  • Compact size
  • Ceramic disc heating elements warm faster and more efficiently
  • Integrated oscillating fan and thermostat keep things warm without wasting energy
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 Ontel Handy Heater 142598 Plug-in Personal Heater2. Ontel Handy Heater 142598 Plug-in Personal Heater
  • One of the smallest and lightest space heaters available
  • Sits on your outlet and heats up small rooms fast
  • Timer and external temperature display
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 Dr Infrared Heater DR998, 1500Wl3. Dr Infrared Heater DR998, 1500Wl
  • Combination heater, humidifier, fan, and air purifier
  • Quartz Tube & Ceramic heating elements for optimal efficiency
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 Caframo Limited 9206CABBX True North Heater4. Caframo Limited 9206CABBX True North Heater
  • Small footprint
  • Variable wattage
  • Built in thermostat
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 Comfort Glow BDISC6 Original Brown Box Ceramic Disc Heater5. Comfort Glow BDISC6 Original Brown Box Ceramic Disc Heater
  • Compact size
  • Exceptional heating performance
  • High quality design and durability
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OUR TOP 5 PICKS

#1 Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater

 Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater

Specifications

Power

1500-watts

Heating Element

Ceramic discs

Weight

10 lbs.

Dimensions

8.2 x 8.2 x 16.1-inches

Display and Controls

LED, push buttons, remote control

Features

  • Dual quiet settings
  • Compact size
  • Ceramic heating elements
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Wireless remote
  • Oscillating fan for even heat distribution

The design of this compact electric heater gives it the appearance of an old-fashioned Franklin stove combined with a classic wood-burning chiminea. In addition to its good looks, this space heater can warm even larger spaces in a short time. Keeping warm isn’t a problem either thanks to the oscillating fan and integrated thermostat.

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The looks, the internal oscillating fan, and the set-and-forget thermostat are all must-have features for any good RV electric heater. The fact it takes up so little space and functions exceptionally well make it an excellent value.

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#2 Ontel Handy Heater 142598 Plug-in

 Ontel Handy Heater 142598 Plug-in Personal Heater

Specifications

Power

350-watts

Heating Element

Ceramic rods

Weight

1.21 lbs.

Dimensions

4.5 x 5.7 x 7.8 -inches

Features

  • Plug it directly into the outlet and turn it on (no power cords to worry about
  • Digital temperature display
  • Cool-touch housing
  • Programmable 12 hour timer

Got a small RV room or living space that stays too cold? Plug in your Ontel Handy Heater and warm yourself up in no time. This on-outlet heater is cool to the touch and is perfect for small bedrooms or bathrooms that always seem to stay colder than the rest of the RV in the winter time. It’s a cost effective and elegant solution to keeping small spaces heated.

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This tiny little heater weighs just over a pound and heats up fast. You can easily plug it in when you hop in the shower and have the whole bathroom toasty warm by the time you finish. The external temp display also helps you keep the room at your desired temperature more easily.

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#3 Dr Infrared Heater DR998, 1500Wl

 Dr Infrared Heater DR998, 1500Wl

Specifications

Power

1500-watts

Heating Element

Quartz Tube & PTC (Ceramic)

Weight

25 lbs.

Dimensions

16 x 11 x 16-inches

Materials

Cherry Wood Panels, Plastic

Features

  • Air purifier keeps allergens and contaminants out of the air
  • Oscillating fan distribute heat efficiently
  • Humidifier drives out dry winter air
  • Built-in thermostat saves energy
  • Combination Quartz tube and ceramic heating elements for optimal heating efficiency
  • Compact size allows you to place it in any space and even use it as an end table

An attractive design with plenty of extra features, the Dr. Infrared DR998 replaces up to four other appliances in your RV: heater, humidifier, air filter, and fan. This diminutive space heater can keep even large RV bedrooms or living areas warm all winter long without drying out the air or triggering your seasonal allergies.

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There is no feature so underrated and underappreciated like a built-in humidifier. Even if you winter in a warm climate, the dry winter air can make your morning miserable. Additionally, he combination infrared heating and quartz/ceramic elements lets you heat your space faster using less energy.

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#4 Caframo Limited 9206CABBX True North Heater

 Caframo Limited 9206CABBX True North Heater

Specifications

Power

600-1500-watt (power usage adjustable)

Weight

5.25 lbs.

Dimensions

9.2 x 4.4 x 4.4-inches

Materials

Stainless steel, epoxy-powder coat, plastic

Features

  • Three heat settings for us in small, medium, and large spaces
  • Dual speed fan helps keep warm air circulating
  • Thermostat automatically maintains temperature while minimizing energy usage
  • Integrated anti-freeze setting to prevent failure in freezing weather
  • Low profile design lets this heater fit in any living space regardless of size

For the space conscious, Caframo offers this low-profile, compact design suitable to every small living space. Under your desk at work, in your RV, or even under your sofa or favorite armchair, the Caframo Limited 9206CABBX True North Heater is ready to provide warmth fast.

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This thing fits just about anywhere you might want to put it, and if you have an extension cord handy that means it’s tough to find a space it’s not useful. It also keeps small spaces extra warm when you need it, but thanks to its builtin thermostat is shuts off to save power.

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#5 Comfort Glow BDISC6 Original Brown Box Ceramic Disc

 Comfort Glow BDISC6 Original Brown Box Ceramic Disc Heater

Specifications

Heating Element

Ceramic Discs

Weight

5.2 lbs.

Dimensions

5.1 x 5.8 x 6.8

Materials

Stainless steel, ceramic, epoxy powder coat

Features

  • 4 ceramic heating discs
  • Built-in thermostat
  • Tip-over shut-off to minimize the potential for a fire hazard
  • External temperature sensor

“No frills, no fancy features, no problems” should be a tagline on the packaging. This heater is a little metal box with four ceramic heating discs, a safety grill, no internal fan, and one of the best thermostats I’ve ever seen in a space heater.

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This functions on the simple concept of “plug it in and make the room warm.” No second guessing, no fiddling with questions, just plug it in and turn it on for a warm room. After that, it manages the temperature for itself.


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CONCLUSION

From my research, the best electric heater for your RV is the Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater. It’s got the best looking and fastest heating with the most efficient design out of the five electric heaters I examined.

Plug it in, turn it on, set the thermostat where you want it, and your room is warm and toasty within minutes. Whether you are just an occasional RV traveler or live the RV life full time, this miniature powerhouse heater is going to be the best choice in terms of features, value, and lifespan.

Check one out when you go shopping for an electric heater for your RV. I’m confident you will reach the same conclusion.

Last Updated on September 2, 2019