Updated January 30, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

The 5 Best Bed Bug Heaters

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in April of 2015. Good night, sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite. But if they do, one of these heaters will take care of the problem swiftly and effectively. You'll be able to kill all of those annoying pests without the need for any harmful pesticides or other chemicals. They're particularly useful for sanitizing clothing if you have recently traveled to less-than-clean locations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best bed bug heater on Amazon.

5. Dr Infrared DR-122

4. ZappBug 072796

3. ZappBug Room

2. ZappBug Oven 2

1. Prevsol BBHD-8

Tiny Little Terrors

Your shelves of books that you slaved over reading and communing with the authors thereof?

Few things in the first world are more stultifying, more degrading, than a close encounter with bed bugs. As common as they are, there's a weight of shame associated with their arrival, as though you failed somehow to protect yourself, to maintain a baseline of cleanliness that could have kept the little jerks at bay.

If you've had bed bugs, you know nothing could be farther from the truth. It doesn't matter how clean or how careful you are; they find a way in. The biggest problem with bed bugs though, is that long after you've recovered from the emotional and social scars (many victims will experience a few weeks or months of ostracizing from their friends and family), you still have to contend with a loss of stuff.

First, they take away our good night's sleep. Then, they take away our precious things. Your vinyl collection? Infested. Your shelves of books that you slaved over reading and communing with the authors thereof? Infested. The two stuffed animals that your grandmother gave you when you were seven years old, which are the only things you kept to remember her? Infested.

More often than not, you have to get rid of everything. The risk of a few eggs surviving here and there is just too great. These heaters, however, offer you a solution to save your most valuable, emotionally significant items.

As resistant as bed bugs are to insecticides and other chemical treatments, they can't escape the heat. If you simply expose the bugs and their eggs to a temperature of 113˚ F or more for at least 90 minutes, the lot of them–100% of them–will be destroyed.

Creating that kind of heat environment for a home is nearly impossible, though, and where it is possible it's prohibitively expensive. While your space is treated with spray or another chemical, you can take your most important things and load them into one of these bed bug heaters, turn up the juice, and cook those punks into oblivion.

Save Your Stuff

I have a lot of books. Altogether, my library is a thing of which I'm extremely proud. I could say the same about my vinyl collection, but that's more about quality than quantity. I probably have fewer than 100 albums, but each one is a killer.

Then, there's the clothing. When I turned 25, I had a job that made me more money than I'd ever seen, and I'd just discovered men's fashion. I've grown out of that phase for the most part, but much of its acquisitions still remain in all their overpriced glory.

If I got hit with a bed bug infestation, I'd be more than loathe to lose all these things I've acquired over the years.

If I got hit with a bed bug infestation, I'd be more than loathe to lose all these things I've acquired over the years. The financial blow would only be superseded by the emotional toll it would take on me. Given how much stuff I'd want to save, it would behoove me to invest in a bed bug heater with the most internal space.

When you're evaluating one heater over another, think about how much stuff you actually need to salvage, and how much time you'll need to do it. I could, in theory, use the smallest heater on our list to save all my stuff, but that would probably take days, maybe even weeks to accomplish.

Of course, the bigger and more effective the heater, the more expensive you can expect it to be, so I'm going to propose something radical for you and me both. What if we took the opportunity afforded to us by these bed bugs as just that: an opportunity. Maybe I could live with only 25 of those 100 albums. Maybe I could live without the books I've already read and don't intend to ever reread.

I'm not saying dump all your stuff, strap on a sheet and some sandals and wander the desert in search of ascetic enlightenment. I'm just saying that if you don't think you can afford the most expensive solution on our list, you could always get a smaller one and free yourself from a modicum of your materialistic baggage.

An Awful And Triumphant Return

Bed bugs have been with us for as long as there have been beds. Before that, they were just bugs, lumped into a classification of lice and other infesting species that drank our blood and caused us incessantly to scratch.

Beds didn't really become a thing until the ancient Egyptians and–at a historical parallel–the Scottish filled and topped boxes and surfaces with soft, supportive materials.

Beds didn't really become a thing until the ancient Egyptians and–at a historical parallel–the Scottish filled and topped boxes and surfaces with soft, supportive materials. Bedding, however, independent of the idea of a bed, reaches back almost 80,000 years to a cave in South Africa. Of course, in the case of such ancient, prehistorical bedding, we mean little more than a pile of straw and leaves, but the intent was there.

While beg bugs have been hanging around with us for many thousands of years, we almost completely got rid of them in the developed world. In the 1940s, there were next to no cases of bed bugs anywhere in western Europe and the United States. Since then, however, as international travel increased, and as a result of government bans on certain insecticides and increased resistance to others by the bed bugs themselves, their numbers have been back on the rise.

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Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on January 30, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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