6 Sexy Space Heaters to Help You Ride Out Winter

01/28/2014 at 10:29 AM ET

Best Space Heaters
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If the words “space heater” conjure up nightmares of a pint-sized Drew Barrymore in Firestarter, you’re not alone.

But we’ve got good news for anyone who has been layering up at home or gulping mugs of hot chocolate to beat the below-freezing temps: Thanks to features like overheat protection and timed auto shut-off, space heaters safer than ever (none of those exposed hot coils like grandma used to have). What’s even better is that many of them are stylish and sleek enough to pass as works of art.

Our six favorites won’t make winter go by any faster, but they do prove that form and function can happily co-exist. It’s getting hot in here …

The Best Space Heaters

Crane Mini Fireplace Heater
Don’t you love it when an appliance has a sense of humor? This adorable cool-to-the-touch heater has a handle that makes it easy to tote from room to room. Should you become addicted to its cozy, fireplace-esque look, you’ll be happy to know that it has a “glow-only” setting along with the two that provide heat. BUY ITwalmart.com, $84.99

The Best Space Heaters

Dyson Hot + Cool
If the price is giving you sticker shock, consider the fact that this sleek number can also multitask as a fan during summer. Parents will love that there are no spinning blades or even an exposed grill, which can quickly become a receptacle for tiny toys belonging to curious kids. And whether you’re a minimalist, a traditionalist, or something in between, the discreet design is guaranteed to work with your decor. BUY IT: bedbathandbeyond.com, $399.99

The Best Space Heaters

Stadler Form Anna Little Ceramic Heater
It might look like a streamlined stereo speaker, but this ceramic heater offers the chance for a different kind of harmony: One between you and the polar vortex. Its compact size makes it perfect for small spaces and it’s lightweight enough to move around your home as needed. BUY IT: kohls.com, $99.99

The Best Space Heaters

Crane Mini Convection Space Heater
Allergy sufferers will love that this slim red number has a convection style of heating, so it won’t dry out the air or circulate dust particles (especially key if you’re using it while sleeping). And if you’re still freaked about going to bed with a heater on all night, you can set the programmable timer to shut off the heater after a few hours so you can (literally) rest easy. BUY IT: amazon.com, $49.39

The Best Space Heaters

Vornado Personal Vortex Heater
Vornado is one of the most well-known brands for space heaters, and this simple model is perfect for small spaces like your climate-control-challenged office. The Personal Vortex only heats about eight inches in any direction, so it’s ideal even if you share your workspace. BUY IT: target.com, $29.99

The Best Space Heaters

Stadler Form Max Compact Space Heater
Are you the type who loves to show off your colorful standing mixer on the kitchen counter? Then you’ll want this elegant showpiece for beating the heat during the winter (it can also double as a fan during summer). And if you’ve got kids or pets roaming around, the stylish tripod-style legs help guard against accidental tipping. BUY IT: allmodern.com, $119.99

—Lexi Dwyer


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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I don’t agree. Look at: http://www.ruelala.com/blog/tag/zoe-saldana/ Sincerely, Lizbeth

Andrew on

There are few things that have saved my life more than these little types of heaters. They helped me a ton when my heater was broken in the winter for a few months. I am looking for new ones to replace my old ones that broke because of old age. http://www.powerblanket.com/tote-heaters