Even in places with relatively warm climates, there are often several months when your garage will be all but unusable without bundling into a snowsuit. Garages can’t be included in the central heating and cooling systems of homes because of the risks associated with the air from the garage mixing with and contaminating the clean air in the rest of the house.
Structures like garages and sheds will protect you against precipitation and wind, but they don’t help much with the cold. Most space heaters are designed to warm up smaller, better insulated rooms so if you want to warm your outdoor workspace up, a garage heater is your best bet.
Before you purchase a garage warmer, you should consider the size of the space that you’re looking to heat up, your portability needs, and the preferred power method. Safety features and temperature adjustability should also be taken into account.
We’ve rounded up the best garage heaters to keep you warm and toasty on the coldest of days.
Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater
Best garage heater overall
The Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 has a thermostat to warm up rooms up to 600 square feet and provide temperatures of 45 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It has auto overheating cutoff protection and requires a 220-volt plug-in.
Mr. Heater Buddy Portable Propane Heater
Best portable garage heater
Made from steel, nickel, and plastic, the Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy is a 4,000- to 9,000-BTU portable propane heater. It has a safe auto shutoff system and is approved for indoor and outdoor use.
Dr Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater
Best looking garage heater
The Dr. Infrared heater is an electric, 1500-watt space heater with a dual-heating system and a thermostat that ranges from 50 to 86 degrees, to heat up a garage or other large room. It is a quiet heater with a 12-hour shutoff timer, tip-over protection, and an overheat safety system.
A comfortable garage can serve as a workspace that allows you to get projects done. The right space heater that safely warms up your garage allows you to work on your projects year-round while maintaining a pleasant temperature.
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