Best Vornado Heaters Review

Updated on July 27, 2020 by Joseph D. Nielson

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Vornado MVH Vortex Space Heater In Corner of Dining Room

When your stiff and frozen toes ache for the soothing warmth of a toasty fire, you need heat now, not ten minutes later! Electric space heaters can generate heat in seconds, they come in different sizes, and are reasonably affordable.

That being said, if efficiency and high performance in an electric heater matter to you, well,  Vornado heaters are definitely worth looking into.

Besides affordability, the best Vornado heaters are consistently popular with industry experts and consumers for their speed and heating power. In other words, if you need to warm a large room in a hurry, a Vornado heater is the way to go!

Our Vornado heater reviews are based on a comparison of key factors with other leading brands, as well as user feedback and reviews.

Find out exactly which models are the best Vornado heaters for small and large spaces alike.

Vornado MVH Vortex Heater

  • 3 Heat Settings
  • Adjustable Thermostat
  • Premium Safety Features
Vornado AVH10 Vortex Heater

  • Auto Climate Control
  • Fan Only Option
  • Advanced Safety Features
Vornado AVH2 Plus Whole Room Heater with

  • Auto Climate Control
  • 2 heat settings and fan-only mode
  • Heats whole room rapidly and quietly
Blue Vornado TAVH10 Vortex Heater Vornado TAVH10 Vortex Heater with Auto Climate

  • 12-Hour Timer
  • Remote Control and Digital Display
  • Auto Climate Control
Vornado QUIET Vortex Heater

  • Heats small spaces up to 300 sq ft
  • 2 Heat Settings
  • Whisper quiet
Vornado SRTH Small Room Tower Heater, Black

  • 4hr Auto-off Timer
  • V-Flow heat circulation with wide heating zone
  • 2 Heat Settings/ Fan-only option
Vornado VMH600 Whole Room Stainless Steel Heater

  • Wifi Remote Control
  • Durable, stainless steel construction
  • Auto Climate Control
Vornado Glide Vortex Heater

  • Circulates warm air evenly
  • Advanced safety features
  • 5yr warranty

Best Vornado Heater Reviews

1. Vornado MVH Vortex Heater with 3 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, Tip-Over Protection, Auto Safety Shut-Off System, Black

Product Image of Vornado MVH Vortex Heater

Best Suited For: Small To Mid-Size Room

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.85 x 7.2” inches
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs
  • 3 Heat Settings (High/Med/Low)
  • Thermostat Temperature Control
  • Cool-touch casing
  • Auto-shut off safety feature
  • Tip over Protection
  • 5 yr warranty

Product Overview

No more shivering under blankets as you try to work comfortably in your basement office! Heating any small room in your home or at work will be quick with Vornado MVH Vortex Heater. Designed with rigorous testing, the Vornado MVH uses a unique air circulation system to gently heat and circulate the air in a small or mid-sized room up to 180 sq ft.

Unlike most convection heaters or infrared space heaters, the Vornado MVH uses a special vortex action that delivers a continuous stream of heat over a greater area. So, rather than generating localized heat that rises quickly and then cools as it descends, the Vornado MVH generates and circulates a current of twisting hot air through the entire room.

Diagram of Vornado MVH Vortex Heater Functions Cool Touch Safety Shut Off

Built with 3 heat settings, the Vornado MVH vortex motor runs quietly in the background, allowing you to work undisturbed or enjoy your favorite Netflix series in peace. In addition to the 3 temperature settings, there’s a thermostat that enables you to set your desired temperature for optimum comfort.

Vornado is also serious about your safety and the MVH includes a tip-over protection feature as well as an auto shut-off to guard against overheating. The internal thermostat has 7 settings that adjust to maintain your desired setting automatically while you sleep or work.

Certified and safety-tested, the Vornado MVH Vortex Heater is the clear winner among Vornado small space heaters.

2. Vornado AVH10 Vortex Heater with Auto Climate Control, 2 Heat Settings, Fan Only Option, Digital Display, Advanced Safety Features

Product Image of Vornado AVH10 Vortex Heater

Best Suited For: Whole Room/ Small – Mid-size space

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 7.7″ x 7.2″ x 6″ inches
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • 2 Heat Settings
  • Fan only option
  • Digital Temperature Display
  • Auto Climate Control
  • Cord Storage
  • Cool-touch casing
  • Tip-over protection
  • Auto-shut off safety feature
  • 5 yr warranty

Product Overview

Backed by a 5 year warranty, the Vornado AVH10 is a close second in popularity among users. With 2 heat settings (low/high) as well as a fan option, the AVH10 is designed for use throughout the year.

As with most of the heaters in our Vornado heaters reviews, the Vornado AVH10 utilizes the same unique ‘vortex action’ to circulate a steady stream of hot air throughout the entire room. Use the thermostat to set your desired heating temperature, or let the auto-climate control adjust the room temperature accordingly.

Vornado AVH10 Vortex Heater Temperature

Even at its highest setting, the Vornado AVH10 is a space heater with a cool-touch casing that doesn’t get dangerously hot to the touch. It will shut off automatically if tipped over on its face and the auto shut-off system ensures the AVH10 won’t overheat if left on overnight.

One additional convenient feature of the AVH10 is the hidden storage for the cord. The Vornado AVH10 is already very compact and will sit comfortably on the floor or a countertop without being obtrusive. The hidden cord makes it even easier to store when not in use, or to take with you on your winter trip to the cottage.

Efficient, quiet-running, and rapid heating, the Vornado AVH10 is our overwhelming choice for the best Vornado heaters for large rooms.

3. Vornado AVH2 Plus Whole Room Heater with Auto Climate Control

Product image of Vornado AVH2 Plus Whole Room Heater

Best Suited For: Whole Room/Large space heating

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 11.9” x 9.5” x 11.8” inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • 2 heat settings
  • Fan only mode
  • Auto climate control
  • Digital temperature display and push-button controls
  • Auto shut off safety feature
  • Cool-touch casing
  • 12 hr timer
  • 5 yr warranty

Product Overview

Bigger than the AVH10, the Vornado AVH2 Plus is another amazing space heater for warming large rooms. Built especially for winter use, the Vornado AVH2 Plus can rapidly warm a large space such as your living room, game room, office board meeting room, or a mid-sized condo apartment.

Utilizing the same unique vortex action, the whisper-quiet AVH2 Plus makes a great silent companion while you’re working, watching TV, cleaning or prepping for guests. Along with the 2 heat settings, there’s a fan setting for those hot days in summer and an auto climate control to adjust heat as needed.

Vornado AVH2 Plus Whole Room Heater temperature

The digital display and touch-button temperature control makes the AVH2 Plus a really user friendly space heater. You can use the presettings (high/low) or the fan only option for summer and winter use, yet another reason the Vornado AVH2 is so popular.

While some users have reported defective units and malfunctions within a month of purchase, the AVH2 Plus is certified-safe and backed by a generous 5 year warranty.

Should you experience an issue with your Vornado heater, you can always contact Vornado customer service by phone (1-800 line) or chat during regular business hours for prompt service.

4. Vornado TAVH10 Vortex Heater with Auto Climate Control, 2 Heat Settings, Fan Only Option, 12-Hour Timer, Touch-Sensitive Digital Display, Remote, Advanced Safety Features, Stormy Blue

Product image of Blue Vornado TAVH10 Vortex Heater

Best Suited For: Small Spaces

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 7.7″ x 7.2″ x 6″ inches
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • 2 Heat Settings: High (1500W) / Low (750W)
  • Fan Only Option
  • Auto Climate Temperature Control
  • Remote Control 12 hr Timer
  • Push Button Control and Digital Temperature Display
  • Hidden Cord Storage
  • Cool-touch Casing
  • Auto Shut-off Safety Feature
  • Tip-over Protection

Product Overview

Loaded with great Vornado heater features, the TAVH10 Vortex Heater is another example of

why Vornado is an industry leader. You just gotta love the sleek, modern-looking design of the stormy blue, cool-touch casing. With its hublike front grill protecting the powerful vortex fan and heating element, this is one of the safest Vornado small space heaters on the market. It’s virtually child-proof.

Besides its great safety features (tip over protection and auto-shut off to prevent overheating), the TAVH10 can reach temperatures as high as 140F rapidly, which is just enough to keep a small kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom cozily warm when the mercury drops below zero.

Blue Vornado TAVH10 Vortex Heater temperature

The cool touch casing never gets hot, but there’s a remote control for the 12 hour digital timer, so you don’t really need to touch it much once you set it up. How convenient is that, right? Even if you fall asleep with it on (did we mention it’s ultra-quiet?), the auto-climate control will adjust the room temperature as needed, or simply shut off automatically if it reaches critical temperature.

Simply put, if you need a quality small space heater packed with cool digital features,  the Vornado TAVH10 is, in our opinion, the one to choose. Use it in your dorm room, small studio apartment, or any small room in your household, and you’ll be amazed by its speed and heating power.

5. Vornado QUIET Vortex Heater with All NEW Auto Climate Control Technology and Built-In Safety Features

Product Image of Vornado QUIET Vortex Heater

Best Suited For: Small spaces

Key Features:

  • Vortex heating action
  • 2 Heat Settings (High 1500W/ Low 750W)
  • Auto Climate Control
  • Tip over Protection
  • Overheat Protection
  • Cool Touch Exterior

Product Overview

If small space heaters were rated on looks alone, the Vornado Quiet Vortex Heater would surely be a contender for first place. Sleek and glossy, the Vornado Quiet Vortex is amazingly powerful for its compact size. Designed to heat small spaces rapidly, this is a versatile, portable small space heater that really packs a punch.

Capable of heating up to 300 sq ft, the Vornado Quiet Vortex has earned rave reviews from satisfied customers for its fast-action heating power. Even in a small room with high ceilings, the vortex heating action works to circulate heat, not just project it. The auto climate control feature ensures that once you set your desired temperature, the Vornado Quiet Vortex adjusts its heat output to maintain a steady climate.

Vornado QUIET Vortex Heater in room corner

Besides being incredibly efficient, the Quiet Vortex is indeed whisper quiet. No louder than your laptop fan, it can run quietly, virtually unnoticed in the background while you work, play your X-box, or catch a quick power nap in your RV.

To be fair, all the heaters in our vornado space heaters review are ultra quiet. The whisper-quiet vortex heat action is a key feature of vornado heaters that sets them apart from other brands. And while there are other brands of electric space heaters with quiet heating elements, no one makes them quite like Vornado.

6. Vornado SRTH Small Room Tower Heater, Black

Product Image of Vornado SRTH Small Room Tower Heater

Best Suited For: Small spaces

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 12.45” x 6.01” x 6.15” inches
  • Weight: 2.67 lbs
  • 2 Heat Settings + Fan Only Option
  • 4 Hr Auto Timer
  • Tip-over Safety Protection
  • Overheat Shut-off Protection
  • Cool Touch Exterior
  • 5 yr warranty

Product Overview

Vornado makes several lines of small space heaters, and the SRTH Tower Heater is an excellent example of the brand and its signature features.

Futuristic and elegant in its design, the Vornado SRTH’s V-flow heating action circulates the infrared heat generated by the internal heating element. Instead of localizing the heat in only one area of the room like other types of small space heaters, the Vornado SRTH distributes heat more evenly so that there are far fewer cold spots. With it’s V-flow heat circulation and  2 heat settings (450 watts for low heat and 900 watts for high), the Vornado SRTH is powerful, but not quite as powerful as the Vornado Quiet Vortex reviewed earlier, which is why we had to rank it lower.

Top of Vornado SRTH Small Room Tower Heater

The SRTH Small Room Tower Heater by Vornado is also useful all year round, thanks to the fan only setting, which gives it a slight edge over other small space heaters that don’t. Like all the Vornado heaters, it includes built-in safety features for optimum safety and is backed by a 5 year warranty.

We should note that the Vornado SRTH is not a quiet small space heater and doesn’t have the ‘whisper quiet’ heating action featured in other Vornado heaters. It is noticeably louder, but it’s a small price to pay for such an efficient, lightweight, and versatile heater. Think carefully about where you plan to use it most before purchasing if quietude is important to you.

7. Vornado VMH600 Whole Room Stainless Steel Heater with Auto Climate Control and Remote

Product image of Vornado VMH600 Whole Room Stainless Steel Heater

Best Suited For: Whole Room/Large space

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 11.7″ x 9.2″ x 9.4″ inches
  • Weight: 9.8 lbs
  • 2 LED Displays
  • 2 heat settings + fan only option
  • 12 Hr Timer
  • Auto Climate Control
  • 2-stage Auto Shut-off Safety Feature
  • Tip over Safety Protection
  • Cool Touch exterior casing
  • 5 yr warranty

Product Overview

Introducing the latest in the Vornado VMH series of whole room heaters, the Vornado VMH600. Larger than the VMH500, VMH300, and the VMH10, the VMH600 preserves the same futuristic cubic design, it includes some additional, very useful features, but buyer beware!

While the VMH10 personal space heater has a 4hr timer, for example, the VMH600 has an extended 12 hr timer, 2 digital LED displays, and remote control! Set the desired temperature and time the heater to activate while you’re away, sleeping, or otherwise engaged. Use the remote to turn it off from another room, like the kitchen, for instance, if the heater gets too noisy or too hot. In any case, the built-in safety features and the auto-climate control sensors make the VMH600 safe to operate even without supervision.

The fan only option makes the Vornado VMH600 useful all year, but it’s the stainless steel, cool-touch exterior casing that we really love. The 2 heat settings are powerful with a maximum 1500 watt output and a lower 900 watt.

Placed on the floor or on a countertop, the VMH600 is safe to operate around small children, thanks to narrow intake slats in its metal inlet grill. Unfortunately, we found many examples of defective units, or units that went defective within 3 months of purchase. Unresponsive remote controls, inaccurate temperature readings, and heating elements that fail to heat rapidly are just some of the issues users have experienced within only 3 months of using the VMH600.

Front facing product image of Vornado Whole Room Heater

Here’s an example of one user review we found:

“This heater was slow heating rooms of 15 ft x 20 feet and 20 x 25 feet. My Vornado, set on 90 degrees and high, ran for approximately 3 hours, and barely hit 65 degrees. The temperature was 38 to 40 degrees (F) outside in winter.” (Amazon Review)

And in another example…

“The thermostat is off by quite a bit…and finally, the remote worked the first 2 times I pushed a button on it, and hasn’t worked since.”

So, for a small space heater that Vornado describes as its ‘flagship’ model in the VMH series, it’s disappointing that the digital functions and remote control are unreliable. There is, however, a ‘hassle free’ 5 yr warranty, as well as a responsive customer service department.

Overall, the Vornado VMH600 may be ‘certified and safety tested’, but it still has a few performance bugs to work out.

8. Vornado Glide Vortex Heater

Product image of Vornado Glide Vortex Heater

Best Suited For: Small – Mid-sized room

Key Features:

  • Height: 9.4 inches
  • Width: 8.2 inches
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
  • 2 heat settings (750W/1500W)
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • 2-stage Auto Shut-off features
  • Cool Touch Exterior
  • Tip over Protection
  • 5 yr warranty
  • Adjustable 20 degree tilting axis

Product Overview

Featuring a unique, mid-century space heater design, the Vornado Glide Vortex Heater is more than just a throwback to the early years of the industry. Functional, powerful, and stylish, the Glide Vortex is in a class by itself, as long as you can get one that’s defect-free!

With the development of convection style heating, an explosion of electric space heaters emerged onto the market in the 1950’s. American consumers could choose from a wide range of interesting, futuristic small space heaters that looked very much like the Vornado Glide Vortex, but weren’t as efficient or as powerful.

The Vornado Glide Vortex includes the standard built-in safety features such as tip over protection and an auto shut-off feature, but there aren’t any digital or remote features. Instead, the Glide Vortex relies on its powerful 1500 max heat output to impress. Even at maximum output, the cool-touch casing can be handled by hand.

Product image from the side of vornado glide vortex heater

The wooden base has a 20 degree tilting feature, which is extremely helpful for directing the flow of heat. Tilt it upward when placed on the floor and the Glide Vortex circulates the heat to reduce hot and cold spots in the room.

Once again, however, our research discovered user complaints regarding defective units. Thankfully, there is a 5yr warranty, so as long as your Glide Vortex heater has been used according to user guidelines, you should be able to replace a defective one without any hassles.

Staged image of Vornado SRTH Small Room Tower Heater on table beside flowers

5 Key Criteria For Our Vornado Heaters Reviews:

  • Energy Rating: Must have EnergyStar rating and certification for efficiency
  • Heat Output (Watts): between 450 – 1500 watts
  • Number of settings: High, low, fan-only options
  • Safety Features: Tip over protection, auto-shut off,
  • Digital Features: Timer, remote, LED display

Choosing An Energy Efficient Space Heater

When choosing an electric space heater for your small or large space, the energy rating reveals the level of efficiency you should expect [1]. Energy ratings are established by the government to provide manufacturers and consumers with standards for quality, performance and safety.

If your space heater isn’t government certified, it may be unreliable or even a hazard. In fact, it’s estimated that over 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with space heaters [2]. That said, be sure to check for the Energy Star logo on your space heater for the most energy efficient solution.

There are a lot of reasons to invest in an energy efficient space heater; it helps the environment and your wallet! After all, it would cost $2.82 a day to use an average space heater 16 hours a day [3] — imagine the savings of utilizing a vornado space heater that is increasingly more energy efficient!

Staged product image of vornado glide vortex space heater on floor beside leather chair

Vornado Heaters: A Brief History

Based in Andover, Kansas, Vornado Heaters has been existence and making history with its unique vortex heater design as far back as the 1800’s [4]. Inspired by the groundbreaking aircraft technology of Ralph K Odor and his vortex engine design, the Vornado brand was initially the result of his collaboration with Ottis A Sutton.

Sutton owned a fabrication shop for aircraft equipment, but his meeting with Odor in the early 1940’s set the electric space heater on a new trajectory. The vortex design that revolutionized aircraft flight influenced the design and heating system of the Vornado heater. Refined with ideas by American engineer Richard Ten Eyck, the first Vornadofan emerged on the market in 1945, forever changing the way small spaces were heated across American.

Since then, Vornado, a combination of ‘vortex’ and ‘tornado’, has reinvented itself several times over the years, while remaining true to its innovative, working-class beginnings. Vornado heaters are instantly recognizable for their stylish look, and are often the preferred choice of homeowners who want a space heater with power and flair.

Reestablished in 1990, Vornado renewed its focus on delivering quality, affordable, space heaters for large and small rooms alike. Today, Vornado heaters are more popular now than ever and just as passionate about building safe, stylish, quality space heaters at a competitive price point.

Already have a Vornado heater but misplaced the manual? Check online for your Vornado Heater User Guide [5]!


[1] How the 1-100 ENERGY STAR score is calculated (Energy Star)

[2] Portable Heaters (U.S. Department)

[3] Can you save money by using a space heater (Consumer Reports)

[4] Our History of Making History (Vornado)

[5] Heater Manuals (Vornado)

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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!