Advocate of American made items. I've actively searched for merchandise made in USA over many years, That ongoing research is shared here.
Origins of Safe Infrared Heaters—At One Time, All Were Made in the USA
The first indoor infrared heater was invented in the late 1970s by an engineer from Missouri named John Jones. Virtually all indoor infrared heaters were made in the USA until the death of Mr. Jones in 1999. Once the inventor was gone and his patents expired, new manufacturers turned much of the production offshore to save costs. For that reason, it is currently harder to find an infrared heater that's even partly made in America, but there are still a few models to be found.
American Made Ceramic Space Heaters
When shopping for a space heater, consider narrowing that focus toward ceramic heaters for the home or office that are made in the USA. Imagine the boost to American manufacturing if US citizens would stop buying products made in China. At most stores in the US, unfortunately MOST of their ceramic heaters were made in China.
Manufacturers and retailers are not always honest about product origins. Chinese business owners have become reluctant to mark their products "made in China" anymore. Also, web searches will produce results in a wide variety of models, when few if any are actually American made.
Please consider made in the USA when shopping for a ceramic heater for the home or office, and do leave a note below if you know of a brand not featured here. Thanks.
Why Should You Buy American Made Heaters?
Way too much of our manufacturing has been shipped overseas to countries that support child labor and inhumane working conditions for slave labor pay.
Of all the countries who use child labor and ignore inhumane working conditions, some of the worst of these conditions are in China. So you are encouraged to please avoid the purchase of any type of goods that were made in China.
One brand of space heaters that is very popular is Lasko. However, all Lasko heaters are made in China, so you may want o avoid that brand.
What to Look for in a Space Heater
- Watts of Electricity: Many space heaters use an enormous amount of electricity, especially when running on the high setting. That could end up being pretty expensive in the long run on your electric bill. So consider that if your main reason to buy a space heater is to save on the budget, because there are models that run on as low as 30 amps. Models that require heavy current can easily blow a circuit. So you'd need to use it either on its own circuit or else plug it only into a circuit that is not heavily used by other electronics.
- Noise: While most space heaters are quieter than those manufactured decades ago, some do still make significant noise. So if you plan to use one in an area where you sleep, you might consider one of the models that make no noise at all. Yes, they do exist—radiant heat models have no fan to make noise.
- Light: Some radiant heaters use a quartz halogen heating element that is so bright it's like sitting in front of a bright yellow floodlight. This is probably not something you want in your bedroom while sleeping either. So you might choose a model without a bright light.
- Heat: Of course, you want heat but you don't want to get burned by touching the unit, nor take the risk of that happening to anyone in your home. Many models do remain cool to the touch even when in use, and these might be best for homes with young children and pets.
Vornado Space Heaters
Some Vornado models are American made. Some Vornado space heater models are at least assembled in the US, even if this is done with imported parts. This was pointed out by a reader of this article. Many online searches found that the model named Vornado AVH2Plus is assembled in the state of Kansas.
The heater is not exactly advertized as American made on Amazon, but we found that Vornado has 12 manufacturing plants worldwide. Among them, two are located in North America, one in the state of Kansas and the other in Canada.
Vornado has grown as a company since the 1940s when their first product was released, the VornadoFan. The Vornado brand was born and since then has branched out to include many home products including space heaters, and some of them are made in USA.
Are Edenpure Heaters Made in USA?
Edenpure has made many changes in manufacturing since launching their first infrared heater in 2007. Manufacturing was originally American made, then gradually moved to China. First parts were outsourced, then manufacturing moved away as well. Then in 2011, Edenpure moved back to the US when it opened a new plant in North Canton, Ohio.
Why Finding American Made Is So Difficult
When buying online, even though there is a requirement for sellers to divulge whether a given product is made in the USA, not all of them comply. They are not required to divulge ownership of the company at all. You can do a search by typing "made in USA" in a search box on a website like Amazon. Those results are not very reliable, since items made in China or elsewhere do show up in the search.
For a combination of the above reasons, some products were posted mistakenly on this page. This has been corrected and whenever new information is discovered, it will be added. Sometimes this arrives in the comments on this article, and is much appreciated. It is hoped that readers appreciate the intent to find "made in America" products to be difficult and that this author is dedicated to doing so. Continued research is in progress.
Bar codes are one dependable source of American-made proof. Unfortunately, these often cannot be viewed when buying online, but you can check the packaging for the barcode in stores. When the very first digit is a zero as in the image below, this indicates American made.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Carolan Ross
Is Made in USA a Priority for You? Comments:
neutrino78x on November 10, 2019:
I have something to contribute here. There's Vornado. SOME of their models are Assembled in USA.
None of them are labeled on the main product page as such. You have to click "user guide" and look at the manual. The Assembled in USA ones have it on the cover of the manual.
For example, "AVH2 Plus" is Assembled in USA ("Made in USA of US and Imported Parts"). Same with "VH2" model.
aaronforjesus --- good to know on the TP 170TS, I might get one of those.
Dave Arnholt -- indeed, their lack of religious freedom is one of many reasons to avoid Made in China! Not only can you not practice Christianity without a license, but they do the same to Falun Gung, a Chinese religion. Anyone caught practicing that is thrown in prison labor and some are subject to capital punishment! Check out "epoch times"; it is a newspaper founded by people who escaped that and are now living as free people in the USA.
I thank my fellow veterans for protecting our Freedom of Religion, enshrined in the 1st Amendment.
Personally I'm ok with something that's at least Assembled in USA, although I would prefer as much US content as possible. :) But I'll also buy things made in allied and free countries that have a comparable standard of living, such as Japan, UK, France etc.
Note that Taiwan is one of our allies; when China went communist, anyone right wing or moderate left wing (I'm moderate left wing myself...) fled to Taiwan. China claims it as part of their country, but we have a mutual defense treaty with Taiwan because they have the American values of freedom of religion etc. China has stated that if they were going to take over Taiwan by force and we came to the aid of Taiwan, China would attack us with nuclear weapons. :-O
Ronald Sherrod on October 19, 2018:
I would love to buy a USA manufactured space heater, but where can I find one. Any suggestion? I would pay more for a product that is of good quality and is safe to use.
aaronforjesus on July 31, 2018:
I did find a Made in the USA space heater: the TPI 150TS (formerly the Dayton 150TS) for around $200. There is also an under the desk model called the TPI 170TS for around $120. As far as I can tell, they are the last made in the USA space heaters. The company used to make various other Markel heaters in the USA, until shipping production to China. So watch out for the "C" at the end of the other product names, which stands for China.
dan s on January 25, 2018:
all edenpure heater are made in china
Dave Arnholt on December 16, 2017:
I dont know about child Labour but I do know for a fact that they have used people who were political Prisoners (the one I knew is a woman who dared to have a house Church and she was taken away beat up and forced to put together Christmas lights. SO maybe they dont use 6 or 7 years olds unless of course they are some group that the goverment doesnt like. Either way buying American is the way to go Be it King Louie or AKAW, Diamond Golf , for shirts Texas Jeans and Diamond Gusset and Buddies for jeans Capps Shoe Co, Some Thorogood boots ,SAS Fox Soxs Look around the internet and use Duck Duck go or other search engines other than google Ive used all the above and had good luck with them all.
Bar Ward on December 13, 2017:
Statements about China using child labor in unsafe conditions is simply false. Buying product from the USA you will receive quality and reliability you will never get from any China built product. You get what you pay for and so far my Edenpure was a good purchase.
electric dave on December 09, 2016:
you have mistaken wattage for amperage!!!! this may be dangerous. 1500 amps is enough to blow up a tank. nearly all electric heaters will operate under 20 amps.....
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 23, 2012:
I would like to find an American made ceramic heater for my mother (for Christmas). The most important consideration is her safety and comfort. Thanks for the leads. Appreciated!
anonymous on October 28, 2012:
Yes I do buy american and go out of my way to find it, I have turned down buying gifts for Christmas because they were made in China, but luckily found something made in USA. For many years I have searched for clothing made in the U.S. the cost is double or triple but the clothing is still like new after 10 years of use, and the foreign crud has been in the trash after a couple of years.
I will always buy american, I will not go into a Walmart be cause they have abandoned americans by stocking up on nothing but Chinese crud.
anonymous on October 11, 2012:
As it is crucial to me that products are made in the USA, I was pleased to find this site. However, based on information from this site I searched for Honeywell heater listed, and found it to be made in China. If there is truly a heater made in the USA I would like to know.
Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on December 13, 2011:
@Jack-in-the-Box: Hey Miz Jack-in-the-Box, glad to hear your are staying warm and cozy with your new space heater.
Jack-in-the-Box on December 13, 2011:
My husband just bought me one of these for under my desk. He is so good to me. Love the lens!!!....especially the grandma and grandpa. LOL