Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but the best way big is actually a whole room? One possible answer are available in the Vornado heater manual which describes a huge room, relative to the heater’s capacity, as 16′ x 16′ by having an 8′ ceiling. These dimensions work out to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily the actual size of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Over the past year a major change in space heater technology has re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. On the list of winners are those that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko supports the # 2 position for bestselling heaters having its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (# 1 is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for a variety of good reasons. The initial one is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no more available, refuses to stop the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
More reasons for the popularity of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters may also be relatively quiet and provide a level heat which can be often identified as “soft.”
A radiator will be a radiator so there isn’t much you can do by using it. Despite lacking any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of several safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the current market featuring its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are just radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Because they rely on convection for heat distribution they can be fan-less and noise-free. Intended for versatility, they may be placed on casters or held on a wall, and therefore are reported to be a great bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, this heat band have got all but fallen through the wayside. Maybe it had something to do with a buyer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to notice how the Kenwood HHP 1500, also created by Delonghi and strongly resembling the initial, is among Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 away from 5 stars looking at the users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat is definitely the M.O. of many whole room space heaters. The very best rated heater makers in this category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, as well as Holmes, Honeywell, and Vornado.
New from Vornado this heating months are the PVH, or Panel Vortex Heater ($60). This heater can be a departure both in price and design from Vornado’s most widely used heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The brand new, very easy to operate flat panel design houses the identical technology employed in their more pricey models.
The key to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of heat is to locate the heater at one end in the room having a clear road to the opposite wall. Once the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is also deflected back across the perimeter from the room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold within the Patton manufacturer, is the new PQH307-UM Tower Quartz Heater with Adjustable Thermostat ($45). This fan equipped unit is in the smaller end (150 sq. ft.) of whole m1caband heaters and gives two heat settings corresponding to the quantity of quartz tubes excited.
This year Honeywell provides the distinction of your recommendation from Consumer Reports due to its model HZ-817 Electric Convection Heater ($70). The 30″ long, baseboard type heater has no fan and relies solely on convection for heat distribution.
Unfortunately, this heater is really a victim of its own success and it is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices due to scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the producer of Honeywell, is aware of the situation and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a substitute. The real difference is incorporating a follower to the HZ-617 which can be turned on or off at your pleasure.
Undoubtedly, the largest change in consumer preferences for electric space heaters has been to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The creation of EdenPure some time ago was followed by an onslaught of competing brands.