Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but the best way big can be a whole room? One possible answer may be found in the Vornado heater manual which describes a complete room, in accordance with the heater’s capacity, as 16′ x 16′ with an 8′ ceiling. These dimensions exercise to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily the size of most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Over the past year an important shift in space heater technology has re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. One of the winners are the type that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko holds the second position for bestselling heaters using its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (Number one is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for a variety of good reasons. 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.
Some more reasons for the excitement of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters may also be relatively quiet and provide an even heat which can be often identified as “soft.”
A radiator will always be a radiator so there isn’t much you can do by using it. Despite the possible lack of any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of the safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the current market with its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are merely radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Since they depend upon convection for heat distribution they are fan-less and noise-free. Intended for versatility, they may be installed on casters or hung on a wall, and therefore are reported to be a good bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for virtually any portable electric heater.
Once all the rage, mica heater have got all but fallen from the wayside. Maybe it had something related to a customer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note that this Kenwood HHP 1500, also manufactured by Delonghi and strongly resembling the initial, is one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all is not really lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 away 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 very best rated heater makers with this category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, in addition to Holmes, Honeywell, and Vornado.
New from Vornado this heating season is the PVH, or Panel Vortex Heater ($60). This heater is a departure both in price and design from Vornado’s most favored heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The newest, very easy to operate flat panel design houses the identical technology found in their more pricey models.
The key to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of warmth is to locate the heater at one end of the room by using a clear road to the contrary wall. Once the air hits the opposing wall it splits which is deflected back across the perimeter of your room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold under the Patton manufacturer, 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 provides two heat settings corresponding to the quantity of quartz tubes turned on.
This coming year Honeywell has got the distinction of any 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 from the own success and is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices due to scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the maker of Honeywell, understands the issue and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a substitute. The main difference is the addition of a fan towards the HZ-617 that may be turned on or off on your pleasure.
Certainly, the most significant shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters has been to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The roll-out of EdenPure not too long ago was followed by an onslaught of competing models.