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Looking for a heater to keep your garage or shop warm? There are tons of different 120v electric garage heaters out there, and it can be overwhelming to weigh the pros and cons of each in a sea of options. 120v heaters can be ceiling-mounted or are offered in a basic standing design.
Understanding the voltage and heat distribution you need for your specific garage is key for finding a heater to get the job done right. We’ll take it from there and discuss the pros and cons of quality space heaters to help you pick the right heater for your garage.
Is 120v Enough for my Garage?
120v is a fairly small sized heater, but will absolutely get the job done for a smaller space. If you have a garage larger than 30 x 30 feet or a bigger garage that is not well insulated, you may need something with a higher voltage to keep it at a comfortable temperature in winter months. A 220 volt is really designed for commercial spaces, so, if you are trying to heat a medium-sized space it may be worth investing in two 120v heaters.
120/110 volt power outlets can take on between 15-20 Amps before the power breaker is affected. Check to see if your garage has a single breaker managing all of your lights and outlets or two or more breakers managing different outlets and lights separately.
Comparison of the Top Ceiling Mounted Garage Heaters
Review of the Best Ceiling Mounted Garage Heaters
Below you will find in depth reviews of the top ceiling mounted garage heaters. We take a look at the bets currently on the market and give you a review on each one.
Specs: 120 Volts, 12 Amps 1,500 Watts 5,200 BTU Output 6 foot 120v AC Power Cord
This heater comes equipped with a halogen light to heat smaller spaces during cold weather months. Held by a 90 deg vertical tilting arm with a durable metal housing and high-efficiency quartz heating element, this is a great pick for heating your shop or garage. While it’s is not great for sub-zero or below freezing temperatures, it is excellent for those 32-50 degree days.
- Easy to install on either the ceiling or the wall
- Convenient pull string to turn on 25-watt halogen light
- Efficient spot heater
- Reasonably priced
- Warms gently and evenly - many people compare it to warmth from direct sunlight
- Flimsy, but functional brackets and screws for installation
- Infrared heating doesn’t circulate the heat
This heater is not only designed for garages and workshops, but is also great for covered patios or decks. It can save up to 30%-40% on electricity when compared to traditional heaters. You may just get a great return on your investment with the Vesonel. The Vesonel is much more effective in a closed in garage or shop. Those who used it outdoors did complain that without sitting within a 3-foot radius of the heater, it was difficult to really feel its effects.
Specs: 120v, 1500 Watts, 5120 BTU, 6ft cord, Infrared
- Easy to install on either the wall or celling
- Saves on electricity
- 10,000-hour life span
- Produces no odors, chemicals, or fumes
- Reflective heating technology replicates warmth from the sun
- Only heats within close range outdoors
Specs: 120v, 1500 Watts, hard-wired, radiant
This ceiling mount unit offers 1500 watts of heating, which makes it great for smaller spaces. You can go for that old-fashioned workshop look, as it includes two chains to hang it with; or you can mount it with included brackets that provide a 45-degree swivel range.
This is a radiant heater, so there’s no fan. But it provides consistent heat from ceiling to floor.
- Consistent heat in its range
- No need to worry about fan power
- Provides good output in its limited range
- Ideal for over a workbench or other area where you work
- Limited range - it’s not going to heat a room, just a space
- Needs to be hard-wired, although it is as simple as installing a light switch
- Easiest way to control power is by adding a lightswitch to the wiring
Comparison of the Top Standing Garage Heaters
Reviews of the Best Standing Garage Heaters
In the next section there will be reviews of the best standing garage heaters. These are different from the ceiling mounted heaters that were reviewed above.
The Lasko is a great compact heater that comes with the added convenience of being pre-assembled. No nuts or bolts here! The pivoting heater helps to distribute heat throughout a space or specifically right where you need it. The dials and varying fan strengths help you to further personalize your space heater experience. The heater is ETL listed, which means it has met safety standards and requirements by a testing organization and certifying body in Canada.
Specs: 120v, 1500 watts, Pivoting heater
- Comes fully assembled
- E.T.L. listed
- Pivots to direct warmth where you want it
- Adjustable thermostat for personalized usage
- High, low, and fan settings
- Rubberized, comfort grip handle for easy transport
- Limited ability to rotate upwards
- Not great for uninsulated or large spaces
The Craftsman Portable Heater is perfect for tighter spaces. It heats up quickly and keeps hot air circulating. You can adjust the temperature to your exact specifications thanks to the 4-notch dial and wattage options. The fan may not be strong enough to get the job done for larger spaces, but for working in compact woodshops or garages it’s a great heater. As far as price, nothing really beats the Craftsman.
Specs: 110/120V, 5120 BTU Output, 750 & 1500 Watts, Fan-driven
- Tip-over switch and overheating protection for safe operation
- Two heat levels 750 watts and 1500 watts
- Four position rotary dial for heat settings and adjustable thermostat
- Very portable and compact
- Not strong enough for larger spaces due to moderately powered fan
The Patton Milk-House utility heater is definitely the most well priced electric heater on the list. But how does it stack up against the competition? The heater is definitely only for small sized garages and shops that are already well insulated. It has all of the top-of-the-line safety features and personalized heating options without the hefty price tag.
Specs: 120V, AC 60 Hz, 1500 Watts, 5119.2 BTU
- Comes with a 5-year warranty
- Carry handle for easy portability
- Tip-over safety protection, front guard, and auto safety shut off
- High visibility power light and tested beyond UL standards
- All-metal housing
- Comfort Control Thermostat
- High and low heat settings and adjustable manual controls
- Fan-forced convection coil heat and automatic thermostat
- The fan is loud
When it comes to space heaters, a heater can only heat your garage or shop to your desired temperature proportionally to the size and insulation level of the space. It is also important to take into account the outdoor temperature you will be using the space heater to offset.
All in all, these are all great options to accommodate different garage sizes and heating needs for all budgets.