Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but the best way big is a whole room? One possible answer may be found 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 workout to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily the size of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Throughout the last year a significant shift in space heater technology has re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. On the list of winners are the ones that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko holds the second location for bestselling heaters with its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (Primary is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for a number of reasons. One is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, will no longer available, refuses to quit the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
Some more factors behind the buzz of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters can also be relatively quiet and produce a much heat that is often described as “soft.”
A radiator will almost always be a radiator so there isn’t much you could do with it. Despite the lack of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of several safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the market with its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are simply radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Given that they rely on convection for heat distribution they can be fan-less and noise-free. Designed for versatility, they are often mounted on casters or held on a wall, and are said to be a great bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for any portable electric heater.
Once very popular, mica heater bands supply but fallen with the wayside. Maybe it had something to do with a consumer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to remember the Kenwood HHP 1500, also manufactured by Delonghi and strongly resembling the very first, is among Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 from 5 stars from the users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat is the M.O. of many whole room space heaters. The top rated heater makers in this category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, together with Holmes, Honeywell, and Vornado.
New from Vornado this heating months are the PVH, or Panel Vortex Heater ($60). This heater is really a departure in price and design from Vornado’s most in-demand heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The newest, simple to operate flat panel design houses a similar technology utilized in their higher priced models.
The secret to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is usually to locate the heater at one end of the room with a clear route to the alternative wall. When the air hits the opposing wall it splits and is also deflected back round the perimeter in the room to heat every square inch of space.
From Holmes, sold under the Patton brand name, will be 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 current year Honeywell offers the distinction of the 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, understands the issue and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as an alternative. The real difference is incorporating a fan on the HZ-617 which can be excited or off in your pleasure.
Certainly, the greatest shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters is to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The roll-out of EdenPure a few years ago was combined with an onslaught of competing models.