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Portable electric space heaters can work wonders at keeping rooms without heating vents or adequate insulation warm during cold months. We performed a thorough evaluation of the best heaters on the market, including three stand-alone electric baseboard heaters.

Stand-alone baseboard heaters differ from traditional space heaters in both shape and design. Meant to be placed on the floor, they connect directly to a power socket and generate heat through an internal heating element. They have no fans or oscillators to circulate warm air. Instead, they radiate heat outward and slowly raise the temperature in a room. While the following three electric baseboard heaters did not make it into our final top 10, they are certainly worthy of mention and your consideration.

NewAir AH-600 Baseboard Heater
NewAir AH-600 Baseboard Heater

The NewAir AH-600 is the most compact of the freestanding baseboard heaters we tested. It measures 31.5 inches long and weighs just 7.3 pounds, which also qualifies it as the most easily portable baseboard heater we reviewed. Each end of the unit is fitted with an indented hand groove for carrying purposes.

Designed to rest on the floor, this baseboard heater maintains an even temperature for a room of 150 square feet. It has a knob on its front-located control panel that you can rotate to set how long the unit runs before turning off. You can set the timer in 30-minute increments up to 7.5 hours. You can also use the knob to set the heat to one of three available temperatures: 64, 70 or 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

A safety mesh runs the length of the heater and prevents direct contact with the heating element. Like all of the freestanding baseboard heaters we tested, the NewAir AH-600 has no fan blower and instead radiates heat outward. It is equipped with an automatic shut-off feature that turns it off if it starts to reach temperatures that could result in overheating.

King KP1210 Baseboard Heater
King KP1210 Baseboard Heater

Equipped with a tip-over safety feature that turns the heating element off if it gets knocked over, the King KP1210 is simple and straightforward in design. It measures 48 inches long and is the largest of the freestanding baseboard heaters we tested. It rests on the floor with base feet that keep it from tipping over.

A rear-located carrying handle makes it easy to reposition the heater to different areas throughout your home as necessary. A built-in thermostat dial lets you set the heat manually, but there is no timer. This means that you should exercise additional caution by turning it off if you leave your home or office for any extended period of time.

The internal heating element, which radiates heat slowly, is located behind an aluminum front cover that protects you from burns. Ruggedly designed and utilitarian in appearance, the King KP1210 can be used in any home or office, provided you make enough space to ensure it doesn't make direct contact with flammable materials.

Fahrenheat FBE15002 Baseboard Heater
Fahrenheat FBE15002 Baseboard Heater

At 45 inches long, the Fahrenheat FBE15002 is a freestanding baseboard heater with two heat settings   low and high   and a thermostat knob that you can turn manually to increase or decrease its temperature. Like all other baseboard heaters, the Fahrenheat FBE15002 does not have a fan and emits heat by radiating outward from the internal heating element.

The front panel is home to a switch that alternates between low and high heat. The low setting operates at a maximum of 1,000 watts, and the high heat setting operates at 1,500 watts. A built-in thermal cutout further ensures safety, shutting off operation if the unit starts to overheat. The baseboard heater's end panels have built-in handles for easier portability, and it weighs only 12 pounds. It also comes with two plastic extensions for the support legs that you have to install to keep the unit from tipping over.

In testing, we noted that the power indicator light on the Fahrenheat FBE15002 remains on, even when the unit is not emitting heat. To be on the safe side, we recommend unplugging the heater when it's not in use.

Summary
As with all freestanding baseboard heaters, the proper positioning of these units is critical to safety. Be sure to keep all baseboard heaters away from any potential fire hazards, such as furniture or curtains   and even though they all come equipped with thermostats that turn the heating elements off after they reach a certain temperature, always exercise safety by turning the heaters off when you leave your home.

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