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12 Best Electric and Propane Heaters for Garage

Let’s face it; no one likes to walk into a freezing garage!

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Just because you may not spend a lot of time in the garage, it doesn’t mean that you cannot make it warm and comfortable. And this is where garage heaters come to the rescue. But wait till you find out that most of these units are equally competent to work for a variety of spaces, like your workshop or even the basement.

Sounds good, right?

So that the plethora of options doesn’t make you drop the idea of getting one immediately, we have come up with the 12 best electric and propane heaters to choose from. Almost all of our favorites stand the test of multi-purpose utility to make your investment worth it.

Let’s dive in!

Best Electric and Propane Garage Heaters

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Here is the list of the 12 best electric and propane garage heaters that you can use to keep your workspace warm and comfortable during the colder months.

1. Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX - Best for Small Spaces & Outdoors

The first product on today’s list is the Mr.Heater F232000 MH9BX. This propane heater’s compact design is packed with a host of features that make it both easy to use and safe. If you’re looking for an affordable option that can also be used for outdoor purposes, then you must consider it.

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  • PORTABLE HEATER: Portable propane heater designed for...
  • HEAT SPACE: Perfect for heating enclosed spaces up to 225...

Why Did We Like It?

First things first, we were really impressed with the positive customer feedback. Mr. Heater has certainly raised the bar for versatility with this liquid propane heater, and we just couldn’t ask for more, considering its affordable price tag.

Talking about its performance, it has a BTU range of 4,000 to 9,000 units, which makes it capable enough to easily heat up to 225 square feet. It has a run time of six hours and three hours on high and low settings, respectively.

Also, its durable porcelain heating surface evenly distributes the heat while maintaining the desired temperature. Moreover, an auto shut-off feature works promptly to shut down the unit in case you tip over it or if it detects low oxygen levels. This makes it suitable for not only cramped spaces but also for outdoor use. 

While speaking of its versatility, we should also mention that you can connect this heater to both disposable cylinders and a remote gas supply. Simply rotate the knob to the pilot setting and push, while the integrated Piezo sparking system bids goodbye to all those chills!

What Could’ve Been Better?

The exposed flame in the element can be a point of concern, especially for kids or pets. Also, if you have a big garage with high ceilings, then this product may not suffice your needs. Having said that, its sleek design and powerful output is ideal for smaller spaces.


  • Oxygen depletion sensor
  • High-quality ceramic burner tile for shock-resistant insulation
  • Fold-down handle cuts down storage space
  • No sound and no smell output
  • Durable design


  • Exposed flame may cause burns
  • Shut-offs on altitudes over 7,000 ft. over sea level

Dimensions: 14.25" x 9" x 15" | Weight: 10.6lbs | Power Source: Propane | Heating Method: Radiant | Mounting Type: Floor Mount | Heat Output: 9,000BTU | Heating Coverage: 225sq ft | Warranty: 1 Year

2. Fahrenheat Ceiling-Mount Industrial Heater - Best for Large Spaces

Next up on our list is an electric heater from the House of Fahrenheit. This ceiling-mounted heater is one of the most efficient, powerful, and durable garage heaters up for grabs today. Although it comes with a slightly expensive price tag, its performance is bound to justify the premium pricing.

Why Did We Like It?

Firstly, its 7,500-watt output assured us of its ability to heat up garages measuring as big as 1,300 square feet. Its ceiling mount bracket is not only easy to install but also saves space on cluttered garage floors. Moreover, you can also use this heater for your workshop, basement, or even for your warehouse.

Coming to its performance, the heater has a fan-forced mechanism, which simply means that the blower will turn on only when the heating element attains the desired temperature. Once in action, the unit will continue to circulate the air until the element cools down. This is a great way to ensure optimum power efficiency and improve the service life of the element. 

Its ceiling mount allows you to install it for both vertical or horizontal airflow, and any desirable position in between. While the thermostat gives you the freedom to control its temperature, the adjustable louvers put you in command of the direction of airflow. Talk about precise user control!

Lastly, the design’s epoxy paint finish makes it resistant to rust and corrosion for better durability.

What Could’ve Been Better?

We really missed the presence of an auto shut-off feature like that of Mr.Heater F232000 MH9BX, although its fan-forced mechanism reduces the risk of overheating. Besides, its expensive price tag might be a constraint for some users, especially those planning to buy their first-ever garage heater.


  • Adjustable downflow with even heat distribution
  • Easy installation
  • Fumeless operation
  • Doesn’t start off with cold air


  • Absence of an auto shut-off feature to prevent overheating

Dimensions: 16" x 15.6" x 15" | Weight: 30.9lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Radiant | Mounting Type: Ceiling Mount | Heat Output: 25,600BTU | Heating Coverage: 1,300sq ft | Warranty: N/A

3. Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988A - Best for Portability

A combination of easy operation, durable design, and high-power performance is what earns this electric heater from Dr. Infrared a spot on our list. Ideal for medium to large-sized garages, this affordable heater can also heat up a variety of other spaces like construction sites, basements, and workshops.

Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988 Heater, Standard, red
  • Infrared Portable electric 208 (4200 watts) -240 (5600...
  • At full power produces ~18,500 BTU

Why Did We Like It?

By combining efficiency with affordability, Dr. Infrared pulls all the right strings with this electric heater. For starters, its dual thermostat setting allows you to vary the desired temperature from 45 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. We were also glad to find that, unlike the Fahrenheat Ceiling-Mount Heater, this product comes with an auto shut-off feature. So, brownie points for that!

What appealed to us the most is its powerful circulating fan, which does the job without literally making any noise. Though we tried out the heater for our 600 square feet garage, we are quite confident that the fan will enable even heat distribution for larger spaces as well. 

Weighing at just 18 pounds, this unit is one of the most portable heaters that you will find in the price range. In addition, its square design eliminates the risk of tipping over, thus making it suitable for confined spaces. And if that’s not enough, we are sure you will be impressed with its built-in cord storage that only adds to its compact design.

What Could’ve Been Better?

The thermostat setting doesn’t come with intermediate markings for adjusting temperatures. As a result, we had to spend quite some time figuring out the perfect knob position to achieve the required temperature. So we’d suggest taking out some time for this ‘trial-and-error’ session. 


  • Carry-in handle for easy portability
  • Finger-proof intake for user safety
  • Temperature regulation mechanism to prevent scorches
  • Sturdy build and lightweight design


  • No temperature markings on the thermostat

Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 16" | Weight: 18lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Radiant | Mounting Type: Floor Mount | Heat Output: 18,500BTU | Heating Coverage: 600sq ft | Warranty: 3 Years

4. Dyna-Glo Heater - Best for Indoor & Outdoor Use

The Dyna-Glo is an industrial-grade heater that can be used for both indoor and outdoor purposes. Powered by liquid propane, its durable design and powerful output can heat up a big garage within minutes. What’s more, you can also carry this unit around for quick heat on the go.

Why Did We Like It?

The overall size and the design of the heater may tell you otherwise, but its powerful output is really impressive. With an output of 80,000 BTU, this unit can efficiently heat up spaces as big as 1900 square feet, while you can regulate the heat as per your requirement.

Besides the propane-generated heat, its blower operates on 110 watts of electricity for enhanced performance. Similar to the Mr.Heater F232000 MH9BX, this unit also makes use of a piezo ignition system for quick switch on and switch off. Its auto cut-off feature works just fine to shut down the unit when overheating occurs. 

Design-wise, Dyna-Glo has done a number of things for optimum durability. Firstly, most of its parts are virtually unbreakable, allowing it to withstand harsh job site environments. Also, its high-performing sturdy motor is mounted by metal for secure fastening. Lastly, the brass burner can tolerate a considerable amount of heat without burning or melting.

Thanks to the adjustable angle mechanism, you may direct the blower in accordance with your requirement for a warm and even airflow. 

What Could’ve Been Better?

We are not a fan of the blue and yellow flame that comes out of the reflector tube. Thus, we had to take extra care to ensure that the flame doesn’t come in contact with any nearby surface. Also, the blowing sound, in tandem with the clicking sound of the ignition accounts for a noisy operation.


  • Lightweight design and portable
  • Includes a 10-inch hose and regulator
  • Steel-enclosed base for better protection
  • Easy lift handle


  • Noisy

Dimensions: 32.01" x 11.69" x 16.69" | Weight: 26.9lbs | Power Source: Propane | Heating Method: Forced Air | Mounting Type: Radiant | Heat Output: 80,000BTU | Heating Coverage: 1900sq ft | Warranty: N/A

5. NewAir G73 Hardwired Electric Garage Heater - Best for Safety Features

It's time to introduce yet another electric heater, and we have the NewAir G73 Garage Heater to take up the 5th spot on this list. This durable and long-lasting unit is a fitting choice for smaller garages and workshops. You can mount it on the wall or ceiling for quick, powerful, and safe heating.

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  • [RUGGED EXTERIOR BUILT TO LAST] - The hard-shell exterior is...
  • [SAFETY FEATURES FOR PEACE OF MIND] - This heater is...

Why Did We Like It?

No surprises here as the hardwired design is the biggest highlight of this flexible heating unit. Whether you mount it on the ceiling or on the wall, this design will relieve you from the constant stress of overheated wires and exposed flames. 

Additionally, the auto shut-off feature will instantly turn off the heater at the slightest level of overheating.

Its powerful fan works to deliver a quick and evenly distributed warm airflow, keeping your workspace comfortable throughout. With adjustable louvers and a tilt head mechanism, you can adjust the heating angle to suit your work position, no matter how near or how far from the heater. 

The heavy-duty stainless steel build shields its vital components from physical damage, and the swivel bracket allows you to install the heater at a higher position on the wall or ceiling. 

Owing to its tough exterior and flameless operation, the maintenance needs are almost zero for this affordable and high-performing portable generator. 

What Could’ve Been Better?

Like the Mr.Heater F232000 MH9BX, this heater is not very suitable for big garages and larger workspaces. Plus, its hardwired installation will require the services of a professional electrician, so be prepared to shed some extra dollars. 


  • Temperature control with six thermostat settings
  • Offers upto 5,000 watt of power
  • Powder-coated body resistant to corrosion
  • No exposed circuitry


  • Professional installation may cost extra

Dimensions: 9" x 9.5" x 14" | Weight: 14.99lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Forced Air | Mounting Type: Wall/‎Ceiling Mount | Heat Output: 17,060BTU | Heating Coverage: 500sq ft | Warranty: 1 Year

6. Dr. Heater DR966

Impressed with the utility of a hardwired generator, we were compelled to include another such model in the list. The Dr. Heater DR966 is a commercial-grade and affordable heater, designed specially to comply with the needs of large spaces. Besides, the sturdy build is meant to last for several years to come. 

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  • Heavy Duty 240V Single Phase 3000/6000W Commercial Electric...
  • Hardwired; Power cord not included in the unit. Dimensions:...

Why Did We Like It?

For a heater that claims to cater to large spaces, it’s only fair to find a durable motor at the heart of the unit. Its enclosed ball-bearing motor has thermal protection and permanent lubrication that gives you a long service life while heating up to 600 square feet in one go. 

The dual thermostat setting has an output range of 3000-6000 watts for its low and high settings, respectively. In addition, the 8-inch fan provides maximum airflow with even heat distribution, without producing a lot of turbulence or noise. 

So that you have full control over the direction of airflow, its 5 adjustable louvers allow you to direct the heat to the place where you need it the most.

Furthermore, its overheating indicator uses a visual alarm system that starts blinking the minute the unit becomes overheated. This, coupled with the hardwired design, ensures total user safety by eliminating the occurrence of exposed wires and plugs.  

What we also liked is that the heater can be connected directly to the electrical system, thus saving you the cost of an additional electric outlet. 

What Could’ve Been Better?

Similar to the Fahrenheat Ceiling-Mount Industrial Heater, this unit too lacks an auto shut-off feature. Although the alarm system works well, nothing beats a system that can automatically prevent the unit from overheating-related damages. 


  • Metal sheath heating element for uniform temperature
  • Carrying handle for easy portability
  • Quiet operation
  • Includes mounting bracket


  • No auto shut-off feature

Dimensions: 14.5" x 13" x 14.5" | Weight: 27lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Radiant | Mounting Type: Wall Mount | Heat Output: 20,472BTU | Heating Coverage: 600sq ft | Warranty: 1 Year

7. Dimplex DGWH4031G

Almost halfway through the list and the Dimplex DGWH4031G finds an honorable mention. This fan-forced electric heater is quite a popular name in the fan-forced category, thanks to its affordable price and efficient operation. If you are looking for a professional heater at a lower price, then this product is worth considering.

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  • POWERFUL: Durable 4,000 watt, stainless steel heating...
  • DURABLE: Our electric heater is designed with heavy gauge...

Why Did We Like It?

Having already worked with the Fahrenheat Ceiling-Mount Industrial Heater, we had high hopes for this product, given its fan-forced mechanism. And we were not disappointed. The residual heat operation comes across as an effective way to save power while delivering optimum heat.

Its in-built thermostat feature provides a range of 45 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to this, the ever-reliable auto shut-off system means that you don’t have to worry about overheating issues. The stainless steel heating element, along with a propeller-type fan gives you a uniform airflow that reaches every part of your workspace.  

Not only is its wall/ceiling mount easy to install, but the 6 feet long cord with a NEMA plug head will give you a fast and easy connection from a 240-volt receptacle. While at it, we should also mention that you can rotate the mount to achieve the desired positioning. 

Lastly, its powder-coated epoxy finish protects the already durable body from corrosion and rust. 

What Could’ve Been Better?

We did observe some rattling issues when the heater was placed on a concrete floor. Upon adding a sandbag, the rattling stopped in no time. Also, the fan does make some noise, but not to the extent of hammering our eardrums. 


  • Durable design
  • Fan-only feature can be used in summer
  • Easy installation
  • Variable temperature control


  • May rattle when positioned on a concrete surface

Dimensions: 7.25" x 9" x 11" | Weight: 12.1lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Forced Air | Mounting Type: Wall/‎Ceiling Mount | Heat Output: N/A | Heating Coverage: N/A | Warranty: 1 Year

8. KING KBP2406 KBP Multi-Wattage Compact Unit Heater

For the eighth product on the list, the King KBP2406 makes a deserving entry. Its rugged design and easy operation have made this unit a customer favorite. But what really steals the show is its customizable wattage to suit the specific needs of the garage- one that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Why Did We Like It?

You have guessed it right- the customizable wattage tops the list of its highlights. Equipped with an original Pic-A-Watt heating element, the unit lets you decide from five-watt options (950, 1900, 2850, 3800, 4750, and 5700) before installation. In hindsight, this range is more than enough to cover almost all garage sizes.

Furthermore, the built-in thermostat has a range of 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the easy-to-read temperature control dial will only make your life easy. 

We liked how the brand didn’t compromise on the more commonly found and essential features, like the auto shut-off system, example. Bearing a different name, the ‘electrically held smart limit protection’ switches off the unit when overheated, and resumes it automatically once the temperature cools down.  

To deliver on its promise of versatility, the three-position switch lets you decide between switch-off, heating, and a ‘fan-only’ option. Similar to the Dimplex DGWH4031G, this unit can also pay back your money’s worth by cooling down the area on hot summer days. 

What Could’ve Been Better?

Perhaps the only downside to this otherwise high-performing unit is its loud operation. Even if we consider its workload and multi-purpose utility, the sound is still too loud for our comfort. We’d suggest placing this unit at some distance, if possible. 


  • Hardwired design
  • Cast iron motor with lubrication
  • Aluminum fan blade


  • Loud

Dimensions: 13.63" x 10.38" x 11.25" | Weight: 24lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Radiant | Mounting Type: Wall Mount | Heat Output: 19,454BTU | Heating Coverage: 720sq ft | Warranty: 1 Year

9. Modine HD45AS0111

After talking about a number of electric garage heaters, we have come back to discuss a gas-powered unit. The Modine HD45AS01111 is a multi-purpose heater that can be easily used for residential, commercial, and industrial needs. Powerful, robust, and easy to install, this product is a more than qualified contender for bigger spaces.

Modine HD45AS0111Natural Gas Hot Dawg Garage Heater 45,000...
  • Quiet operation
  • Certified for residential, commercial and industrial use

Why Did We Like It?

First of all, we were glad to have finally broken the monotony of electric heaters. Coming to the performance, its 80% fuel efficiency is at par with its premium pricing. We didn’t take much longer than an hour to quickly heat up our 1000 square feet garage, so its capacity is mighty impressive.

What we liked the most about this unit is its easy-going design. To begin with, the Modine HD45AS01111 doesn’t require a lot of clearance space, unlike other propane heaters. Just an inch of space on each side is all that’s required for installation on even the most congested spaces. 

Furthermore, the unit accommodates the gas pipe from both left and right as per your convenience. Owing to a small diameter exhaust, you can either go for side-wall or roof venting, according to your preference and garage design. 

It's surprising that for the amount of heat that the unit is capable of generating, there’s hardly any operational sound, which is a bonus. Lastly, the heater is capable of converting into an electrically powered unit, just in case you decide to try something new!

What Could’ve Been Better?

For a unit this pricey, we really couldn’t understand why the brand left out an in-built temperature regulator. Though you can always buy an external thermostat, we are not sure if we are willing to spend extra for a feature that’s naturally found on many less expensive heaters.


  • Variable power source
  • Slim and durable design
  • Mounts on ceiling
  • Low noise level


  • Doesn’t have the option of wall-mounting

Dimensions: 26" x 12" x 16.5" | Weight: 60lbs | Power Source: Gas | Heating Method: Forced Air | Mounting Type: Wall/Ceiling Mount | Heat Output: 45,000BTU | Heating Coverage: 700sq ft | Warranty: 1 Year

10. EconoHome Wall Mount Space Heater Panel

Now that we are into close-distance heaters, it’s only fair to reserve this spot for the EconoHome Wall Mount Heater Panel. This energy-efficient heating unit makes your room warm and comfortable, without putting any extra load on your electric bills.

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  • SAVE UP TO 50% OF YOUR HOME HEATING COSTS: Lower your energy...
  • CONVECTOR HEATER SPECS: Ideal for a 120 sq. ft. room, 400...

Why Did We Like It?

To speak the truth, we really fell for its elegant and sleek design at first glance. Talking of its operation, the unit starts off with minimal radiant heat and circulates the heated air around the room, while maintaining a constant temperature throughout.

Since there’s no blowing fan or vents, this close heating unit is extremely safe for people with dust allergies. Plus, the heat reflector absorbs a lot of heat that would have been otherwise absorbed by the walls.  

Moreover, its durable surface is made from calcium silicate which prevents the overall design from physical damage. Not only that, but this heater is also capable of producing constant heat without warming up the exterior. So, there are negligible chances of the surface developing cracks in the long run.

Lastly, its triple insulation and overheat protection features reduce the risk of scorches and fires. 

What Could’ve Been Better?

Even though we don’t demand this unit to heat up the entire house, we think it could’ve done better to cater to the bigger rooms of our residence. That being said, you can rely on this product to take care of any room measuring up to 120 square feet.


  • Easy to install
  • Reduces heat loss
  • Suitable for bathrooms and garages
  • Can be equipped with an additional heat barrier


  • Has a mild chemical smell

Dimensions: 2" x 23.5" x 23.5" | Weight: 15lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Fan & Forced Air, Convection | Mounting Type: Wall Mount | Heat Output: 1,364BTU | Heating Coverage: 120sq ft | Warranty: 3 Years

11. KING PSH1215T Portable Shop Heater

For today’s second-last pick, we have yet another heater from the house of King. This portable and rugged unit is an affordable option for your garage and workshop while putting you in total control of regulating its temperature. With optimum user safety, this product is a fitting choice for your moderate budget.

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  • Built-in thermostat On/Off switch with power indicator 6...

Why Did We Like It?

For starters, we liked how portable this unit is. Providing a 1500-watt output, the heater’s 6 feet cord can easily connect to any 120 V outlet, thereby efficiently heating up your small garage or workshop. Its flow-through design pulls air from the back of the unit and effectively discharges it from the front for uniform heating.

Though its compact build may not appear to have a lot of features, there has been no compromise with user-friendliness and safety. Its in-built thermostat balances the temperature and airflow while optimizing power consumption. Besides, you don’t need any manual application to switch on or switch off the unit. 

If its scratch-proof and rust-resistant finish doesn’t assure you of durability, then the safety grills definitely will. Since the grills completely cover the heating element, it remains protected in case you bump or tip over the product. 

In addition to the lightweight design, a comfortable grip located at the carrying handle works just fine to enhance portability. 

What Could’ve Been Better?

The blowing fan does take some time to speed up, especially when the unit is entirely cold. However, this isn't much of a problem, as you can let the heater run for a while to heat up the fan. 


  • Lubricated motor
  • Light indicator
  • Auto shut-off feature
  • Adjustable tilt-control


  • May not retain intensity over time

Dimensions: 15" x 13" x 11" | Weight: 10lbs | Power Source: Electric | Heating Method: Convection | Mounting Type: Floor Mount | Heat Output: 5,100BTU | Heating Coverage: N/A | Warranty: 1 Year

12. Mr. Heater Corporation Vent-Free Radiant Propane Heater

Today’s last pick is the Mr. Heater Vent-Free Propane Heater. Its radiant heating technology is at par with some of the best electric heaters on the market, Equipped with several safety features, this unit is worth considering if you don’t want to add up to your electricity bills. 

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  • 10,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater to heat spaces up to 250...
  • Radiant heat burner

Why Did We Like It?

Mr. Heater has earned a reputation by virtue of its versatile heaters, and this unit justifies the fame. Its 10,000 BTU is more than enough to heat up spaces exceeding 200 square feet. Since it utilizes radiant heating technology, the heat reflects onto nearby objects and then heats up the airflow. 

Not only does this result in a uniform temperature, but it also makes the unit fuel-efficient. 

With the in-built thermostat, you can easily switch between low and high heat settings to suit your needs. Furthermore, it has the option to attach an additional multi-output valve for better temperature regulation. The best part about this heater is that, unlike the EconoHome Wall Mount Heater Panel, this unit comes with fasteners for positioning it on the floor. 

Similar to the Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX, this one too comes with an electronic piezo ignition for quick and easy one-handed ignition. Also, the low oxygen shut-off system will automatically switch off the heater upon detecting a low oxygen level.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Owing to its ODS mechanism, the unit may not function in areas that are located 4,500 feet above sea level. Besides, the thermostat can only be used to switch between a high and a low setting, with no intermediate degrees to choose from. 


  • Supports both floor and wall mounting
  • Multiple burner tiles for better heat distribution
  • Auto-restart feature
  • Variable output


  • Cannot be used with natural gas supply

Dimensions: 19.75" x 11.25" x 22.5" | Weight: 17.65lbs | Power Source: Gas Powered | Heating Method: Radiant | Mounting Type: Wall/Floor Mount | Heat Output: 10,000BTU | Heating Coverage: 250sq ft | Warranty: N/A

Best Electric and Propane Garage Heater Comparison Table

ProductDimensionsWeightPower SourceHeating MethodMounting TypeHeat OutputHeating CoverageWarranty
Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX14.25" x 9" x 15"10.6lbsPropaneRadiantFloor Mount9,000BTU225sq ft1 Year
Fahrenheat Industrial Heater‎16" x 15.6" x 15"‎30.9lbsElectric‎Radiant‎Ceiling Mount‎25,600BTU1,300sq ftN/A
Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988A12" x 12" x 16"18lbsElectricRadiantFloor Mount18,500BTU600sq ft3 Years
Dyna-Glo Heater32.01" x 11.69" x 16.69"26.9lbsPropaneForced AirRadiant80,000BTU1900sq ftN/A
NewAir G73 Heater9" x 9.5" x 14"14.99lbsElectricForced AirWall/‎Ceiling Mount17,060BTU500sq ft1 Year
Dr. Heater DR966‎14.5" x 13" x 14.5"‎27lbsElectricRadiant‎Wall Mount‎20,472BTU‎600sq ft1 Year
Dimplex DGWH4031G7.25" x 9" x 11"12.1lbsElectricForced AirWall/‎Ceiling MountN/AN/A1 Year
KING KBP2406 KBP‎13.63" x 10.38" x 11.25"‎24lbsElectric‎Convection‎Floor Mount5,100BTUN/A1 Year
Mr. Heater Corporation Heater19.75" x 11.25" x 22.5"17.65lbsGas PoweredRadiantWall/Floor Mount10,000BTU250sq ftN/A
EconoHome Heater2" x 23.5" x 23.5"15lbsElectricFan & Forced Air, ConvectionWall Mount1,364BTU120sq ft3 Years
Modine HD45AS0111‎26" x 12" x 16.5"‎60lbs‎GasForced AirWall/Ceiling Mount‎45,000BTU‎700sq ft1 Year

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Buying Guide For The Best Electric and Propane Garage Heater

‘Oh, that’s easy! I just have to choose between an electric or propane option.’ If this is what’s running on your mind, then we’re sorry to say that the task is not that simple. 

There are a lot of other crucial factors that should be considered to make the right call. And so that your investment is worth it, we have also listed down some of these points that should influence your purchase decision for good. 

Read on!

Hardwired Vs. Corded

In the case of electric heaters, you may choose between either a hardwired or corded model. While the corded ones are easy to install and portable, the hardwired models do require some professional help, especially if you’re a first-timer.

If you plan to install the heater in a cramped workshop or garage, we’d suggest investing in a hardwired unit, since there’ll be no risk of exposed wires or plugs.

Portable or Mounted

If you don’t need your heater to travel with you, the obvious choice is to get a mounted heater. Here again, we are slightly in favor of buying a ceiling-mounted heater, as this will save you from the task of clearing up your floor to accommodate the new member. 

Alternatively, you can also bring in a unit that supports different mounting and come with its own mounting brackets. 

Furthermore, there are a lot of lightweight and portable units available which can also be used for outdoor purposes. So if you are a fan of versatility, we’d recommend buying a portable model.

Auto Shut-Off Feature

Irrespective of the power source, one of the most essential features to look out for is the auto shut-off system. Not only will this ensure a safe operation, but it will also add to the heater’s service life by preventing heat-related damages. Nowadays, even the most affordable units come equipped with this mechanism, so we’d highly recommend a model that supports auto shut-off. 


In addition to a stainless steel or metal body, you can also opt for additional features like corrosion resistance or protective metal grills to protect the overall unit from physical damage.

Electric and Propane Garage Heaters FAQs

  • What are the main differences between electric and propane garage heaters?

    Electric garage heaters rely on electrical power to produce heat, while propane garage heaters use propane fuel. Generally, electric heaters are easier to install, more energy-efficient, and require less maintenance. Propane heaters, on the other hand, often provide more powerful heating and can be more cost-effective depending on fuel prices.

  • What are the typical safety features for electric and propane garage heaters?

    Common safety features include tip-over protection, overheat protection, cool-to-touch exteriors, and safety shut-off valves. Propane heaters often also have oxygen depletion sensors.

  • Are electric and propane garage heaters safe for indoor environments?

    Both types of heaters are safe when used according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and with appropriate safety precautions in place, such as proper ventilation and safety features.

  • How do I determine the right size heater for my garage?

    To determine the appropriate size, calculate your garage’s cubic footage (length x width x height) and choose a heater with the necessary BTU (British Thermal Unit) output to heat that space. A general rule is to aim for 40-45 BTU per cubic foot.

  • Are electric garage heaters more energy efficient than propane ones?

    Yes, electric garage heaters are generally more energy efficient as they convert almost 100% of the input energy into heat. Propane heaters have a lower efficiency, typically between 80-95%.

  • Can I use an extension cord with my electric garage heater?

    It’s generally not advisable to use an extension cord with high-wattage appliances like electric garage heaters. Instead, plug the heater directly into a dedicated wall outlet.

  • What is the average cost of running an electric garage heater?

    The cost depends on the heater’s wattage, local electricity rates, and usage hours. You can roughly estimate the cost by multiplying the wattage by the number of hours used, dividing by 1,000, and then multiplying by the price per kWh.

  • How do I maintain and service an electric garage heater?

    Routine maintenance consists of cleaning the heater (unplugging it first), inspecting the wiring, and checking airflow. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for any required service or repairs.

  • Are there any restrictions on using propane heaters in residential areas?

    Some jurisdictions may restrict propane heater usage in residential areas due to safety concerns. Consult your local guidelines and regulations to ensure compliance.

  • What safety precautions should I take when using a propane garage heater?

    Ensure proper ventilation, store propane tanks outdoors in a secure area, maintain safe clearances from combustible materials, and install a carbon monoxide detector in the garage.

  • Will a propane garage heater require ventilation?

    Yes, propane heaters typically require ventilation as the combustion process produces potentially harmful gases like carbon monoxide. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for proper ventilation.

  • How do I maintain and service a propane garage heater?

    Basic maintenance includes inspecting and cleaning the heater, checking hoses and seals, and monitoring the propane tank. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for detailed maintenance instructions and recommended service intervals.

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    After an extensive review of various electric and propane garage heaters, we have seen their wide range of features, performance capabilities, safety mechanisms, and overall functionality. These heaters are perfect for providing efficient warmth and comfort in both small and large garages, as well as other working spaces such as workshops, basements, and warehouses. They are designed with user convenience and safety in mind, ensuring a comfortable and worry-free working environment during colder months.

    From the above 12 best electric and propane garage heaters, here are the top three expert recommendations:

    This Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX is packed with features, making it an ideal option for smaller spaces and outdoor use. Its safety features such as an auto shut-off in case of tipping over or low oxygen detection add to its reliability.

    For those with bigger garages, the powerful Fahrenheat Ceiling-Mount Industrial Heater is a good option. Its ceiling mount ensures efficient heat distribution while saving valuable floor space. Its fan-forced mechanism ensures optimum power efficiency, prolonging the life of the heating element.

    Lastly, the affordable and portable Dr. Infrared Heater DR-988A is the right choice if you require mobility and efficiency for heating a variety of spaces such as construction sites, basements, and workshops. Its thermostat setting, auto shut-off feature, and powerful circulating fan ensure even heat distribution while keeping the heater safe to use.

    It's important to thoroughly analyze the features of each heater, taking into consideration the size of the space to be heated and personal requirements, before making a final decision. Investing in the right garage heater not only guarantees a warm and comfortable working environment but also ensures a safer, more efficient, and cost-effective heating solution.

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