“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Fan Heater „
In the summer months, I love sitting in the conservatory of an evening with a nice glass of wine, however when Lauren arrived, we needed to extra space to decided to convert the conservatory into a store room for her toys. I soon realised that during the winter months, despite there the fact we had a radiator in there, it was a little to cold to sit and play so this meant investing in some sort of heating system. I spotted this in Argos and decided to buy.
The fan cost me £9.99 from Argos and is part of their Value Range, it is available in store and online (but subject to the high delivery charge). I always use the check and reserve feature when shopping at Argos which allows me to reserve stock until close of play the following working day.
The fan is quite small, measuring approximately 26cm by 22cm, so at first I was a little concerned that it wouldn't generate enough heat but I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I turn the heater on, it starts to produce warm air which quickly circulates around the room. To the front of the heater are two little dials, one which operates the temperature and the other turns the fan on/off or turning the heater to fan or cold air, I have never used the cool air functions so I can't really comment on this. The last dial also operates the speed setting, fast or faster, I always use the fastest setting as I find this generates the best heat (the lower setting is not powerful enough for me).
There are a couple of negatives, one is that it does make quite a bit of noise when on, although this isn't an issue for what I use it for and I find that during the day, it just falls into the background noise of the television being on or the constant chattering of Lauren. The other is that the cable is quite short, only measuring around 130cm which would impact on where and how the heater could be used. I tend to keep mine out of hands reach from Lauren so having a short lead doesn't impact my use at all.
When the heater is turned on, there is a little red light to the front to make you aware, what I really like is that there is a built in shut off function on the base, if for any reason the fan should get knocked over, there is a sensor on the base which automatically turns the fan off.
Another great feature of the heater is that it is thermostatically controlled, when the room reaches a certain temperature, the fan turns off and as the temperature drops, the heater kicks in again. This is great for me as it means I am not turning on and off constantly, and also means its quite economic when it comes to running.
We have had the heater for a few years now and it is still going strong, despite quite a lot of use in the winter months. Overall, I am really impressed with the quality and performance of the fan and would thoroughly recommend. For me, this gets 5 out of 5 stars.
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needed a cheap and reliable fan heater to help warm up a cold room with limited heating. The room stays warm once warm, but takes an age to get there. We didn't want to spend a fortune, so bought this value model from Argos before Christmas for (I think) £9.99.
Look & feel
The heater is small at about 27 cm high, and is light and easy to move. It is however sturdy and feels solid as well - it is not easy to knock over. The only available colour is white. Aesthetically (as much as a fan heater can be) it is quite pleasing with rounded edges and curves rather than a square block. There are 2 control dials on the bottom left of the heater.
It has a heat output of 2KW - quite reasonable for a small heater, and sufficient to help heat most rooms.
The fan speed is controlled by the right hand of the 2 control dials. Other than off, there are 3 settings - cold and 2 speed settings for the fan heater. The left hand dial sets the desired heat setting. There is a useful safety / power saving function - a thermostatic cut out that will turn the fan off if the room heats past the chosen heat setting or if the fan overheats. The cable is approximately 1 meter - if you want it in the middle of a room you may need an extension lead. Like all fan heaters it is slightly noisy, but more of a background hum, not enough to bother me. I would not want to try and sleep with it on, but then I would't want it left on at night anyway.
this is a cheap fan heater - the cold option does not chill the air, it acts as a fan, moving air around to produce a cooling breeze. Having said that, it does this fairly well when pointed directly at what you want to cool (i.e. me!) - it will not really cool a room to any noticeable degree, but this is not what I bought it for.
This was specifically bought to help heat a cold room. when switched on at the higher fan setting and on full heat, the effect was noticeable in minutes and the room hot enough for the existing heater in the room to take over within 10-15 minutes. When tried in a different room with higher ceilings, it took around 20 minutes to warm the room, and then short bursts thermostatically controlled to maintain a comfortable temperature.
All in all?
I would recommend as a cheap and reliable heater to use as described or in case of failure of other heating methods. I am not sure how expensive it is to run, but I would be wary about using it for extended periods of time.
I rate this as 5 stars for doing exactly what it says on the box in a very effective manner.
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At my place of work, it is either a feast or a famine in terms of heat. In the winter months, a sauna would be cooler, but as soon as Springs hits, whether the weather has changed or not, the heat at work is turned off. I unfortunately, don't even benefit from the afternoon sun to warm up my room at work so it really can be quite chilly on a cold Spring day, of which there are many in this part of the world. Last Spring I was moaning to my mum who has a similar problem at her work, though she tends to be cold all year round, and she suggested I do the same as her and get myself a cheap fan heater to put on and off discretely when the room got chilly. I haven't looked back!
This Argos Value Range 2kw fan heater was the one that my mum currently has which was really why I bought it too, as she seemed pleased with it. I also liked the fact that it only cost me a tenner, as I really didn't want to be out a lot of money. What also attracted me to this product was that it could be used to cool a room as well so I could use it in the summer time in our own house, particularly for my daughter's room.
THis fan heater has two heat settings for when you want hot air to warm a room, but also it is controlled by a thermostat which is adjustable, another nice feature. There is also a safety feature so that if the heater gets knocked over it will cut out, so less risk of fire.
I used this fan heater fairly often last Spring in work even just for a little boost in the morning to heat my room when the heating wasn't on at work and it was still chilly outside, and it worked a treat. It took the chill out of the air and seemed to keep the room comfortable for the rest of the day, and I rarely had to use it a second time. I liked the fact that it isn't overly noisy, which was another reason my mum bought it so she could heat up her work office discreetly.
Fan heaters are known to be expensive to run but given that it doesn't take much time for this little heater to get the room up to a nice comfortable temperature, I don't think it would be that sore on electricity. I certainly don't imagine anyone would need to run it for a long time to get the desired heat, and so electricity costs shouldn't rocket too much whilst using this for a little time.
I did use the cool setting occasionally when I remembered to bring it home from work and it did work reasonably well for this as wel, although I think it is better at warming a room than cooling it quickly.
All in all, for the price I paid, I am very happy with this product and for only a short time on a cold SPring day I can take the chill out of my room at work and feel comfortable rather than shivering with a couple of layers of cardigans, which makes it harder to concentrate. A great product.
Having recently moved to a house about as energy and heat efficient as swiss cheese, we decided that in order to prevent either our energy bills soaring, or loosing toes to frostbite, we needed to make several changes.
Being a rental property, we don't exactly want to make any renovations to the building ourselves, which narrowed down the list of options we had at our disposal. After investing in thicker duvets, thermal socks and more pairs of long johns than I care to admit, we also decided on picking up a small portable heater.
It was actually after seeing a few of the reviews on this site for this particular model, that we decided to invest in it. It was cheap (so if it turned out to be rubbish, it was no great hardship) and the reviews promised economic warmth for a relatively low increase in our energy bills.
For £9.99, I was far from disappointed! The fan comes with three settings, allowing you to blow cold air, hot air, and something in between. It comes with a fail safe button that cuts the heater out should it fall over (excellent piece of mind for safety) and a reasonably long plug cable. Annoyingly, of the two warm settings, the cooler of the two tends to be a little tooo cool to make any use of it, but considering the price of the unit, and the utility of the warmest setting, I can hardly complain. It's quite quiet too - quieter than a hair dryer. It can get quite distracting if you're trying to watch TV, but if you're just reading or talking, it's not really an issue.
How well does it do it's job? Better than I expected for it's price! All in all we tend to use it for about an hour a day, in various ten minute shifts to help take the cold edge off (such as before cooking in the kitchen, to heat up the living room, or when we get in after a cold day out). I cannot tell you how economic it is with the energy bills, but from what other reviewers have said, it seems to work out better than central heating, so that's something.
Bottom line, would I recommend it? Certainly! It's not revolutionary, but for £9.99, I was not expecting that. For it's price however, it's provided an invaluable source of warmth which has really helped us to cope in an otherwise Arctic house.
Living in Northumberland the weather is often cold, well just from around September to May :) For the last few years we have been using a fan heater to heat one room, rather then heating the whole house in less cold weather, if you see what I mean. This year we needed to purchase a new one, as the old one was faulty. We chose the Argos value fan as it seemed to offer everything we wanted at a reasonable price. This cost £9.99, but part of the reason we chose it was that I had a £5 voucher from one of those spend over £50 get a voucher promotions, so this only effectively cost £4.99.
This is a small white upright fan, it has two switches to control the heat and the fan, the fan has two settings. It has a handle on the top so that it can be carried. If tipped over the fan has an automatic cut out feature for safety.
The fan also has the safety warning that it should not be covered, and I believe it needs a good airflow all round.
**Using the fan**
We use this mostly when we want instant heat, and this heater is extremely good at this. It will heat our sitting room (medium sized) in about 5 to 10 minutes. I find this great for early mornings when it's cold, but I'm the only one up, so don't want to heat the whole house, or for instant heat when we get in and are cold.
This is a 2 kw fan heater, so it's not the cheapest thing to run. That said though as it only needs to be used for a short period of time, it's not too bad.
**My final thoughts (on the heater not life :) )**
We've only been using this a few weeks, but if like us you are looking for a fan heater for instant heat when it's needed, I would recommend this, it's cheap and does the job, what more could you want from a fan heater?
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I purchased this Argos 2kW Upright White Fan Heater for £9.99 from Argos, which is also the current selling price. Fan heaters sell very fast during the winter season, so I was lucky enough to be able to buy one in store. Before visiting in store I checked the stock availability first on their Argos website and then reserved one in my local Argos store just in case they were all sold out by the time I get to the store. It is a very useful feature and quick to do, a simple click on the 'Click & Collect' option and providing details such as postcode etc and I was ready to go and pick it up.
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The Argos Fan Heater is white in colour and has two heat settings and a cold fan setting which are controlled by a turning knob located at the bottom of the heater. There is a control knob that also allows the duration and intensity of the heat to be adjusted which is illustrated by coloured bars differing in sizes in correlation with the intensity. The fan heater is thermostatically controlled and has a heat output of 2kW.
The Fan heater has a modern looking design, which is mainly due to the oval shaped head and funky curvy lines that enclose the fan cage. It makes a nice change to the boring standard fan heaters, and it's always a plus when I purchase an appliance that actually looks nice as well.
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* Heat output 2kW.
* 2 heat settings.
* Thermostatically controlled.
* Cool air blow feature.
* Size H26.5, W21.5, D13cm.
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Using For The First Time
The fan heater is easy to set up, simply plug in the power chord and it ready to use. The first time I switched the heater on I noticed a burning smell, which got me a little worried as I thought maybe there was a fault with the heater. However I after a few minutes the smell disappeared, and hasn't returned so I assume it was just because it was a new appliance that hadn't been used before so it was just heating up for the first time and generated the smell.
Settings and Use
Adjusting the heat setting is very easy and is done by simply turning the control knob to either 1 or 2, 1 being low heat and 2 being high heat setting. I choose the heat setting depending on how cold the weather is, but I find that the 2nd heat setting to be the best as it provides a high level of heat and quickly heats up the room when needed. I find having the heat set to number two and the interval and intensity set to medium is perfect for me, as it allows the bursts of heat to be controlled by the in built thermostat. Adjusting the intensity is done by the left knob and is turn clock wise to increase intensity.
The fan heater has a button sensor located on the base of the unit, which ensures it is positioned onto a flat even surface for it to work. This is great safety feature, as it means if this was to accidentally topple over then it would automatically switch off and prevent any fire hazards occurring which is always a plus when you have younger children around. It also has a thermostat which prevents the unit from dangerously overheating.
Thermostatically controlled means it automatically detects and maintains the temperature set, which is a useful function to have in heater fans especially if you like me and like to adjust the intensity and have heat emit at interval periods and let the fan heater automatically switch on and off depending on the temperature of the room. This saves me time having to keep manually switching the fan on and off whenever the room gets to hot and of keeps the fan from overheating.
Cold Air Feature
The unit also has a setting on the temperature dial to switch on the cold air, this recognised by a fan symbol in between the 0 and 1 setting. I have only used the cold air feature a couple of times as I much rather use a proper osculating fan, not to say it doesn't work well because it does manage to blow out a good amount of cold air instantly, however I prefer using a osculating fan in scorching hot weather condition as it circulates the cold air better than this heater.
The Fan heater has a good length power cable and measures just over 1 m in length, this allows me a good amount of chord to have it positioned reasonably close to me which is means it gets me feeling nice and warm quicker. I sometimes use this in our nephews small room while we change his nappy and clothes and find that even when positioned further away (due to power mains being further away from the changing table) it still manages to heat up the room really fast, but thanks to the intensity settings it doesn't become to overbearingly hot as it will switch on and off accordingly.
The heater measure approx 26.5 cm in height, 21.5 cm wide, and 13 cm deep, therefore making the fan heater easy to store away when not in use. For example when my nephew comes over, I tend to hide this under my table or pop it into my wardrobe and it doesn't take up much room and is reasonably compact in size.
The only minor downside is like most fan heaters, it works best in heating small rooms rather than larger ones as it wouldn't circulate the heat very well and spread the heat out to long distances. It is also costly to use and is something I have to bear in mind when using it, but again this is a minor quibble with heater fans in general and nothing to put me off recommending this or buying another one in the future if needed. It is also little noisy, to the point it would keep me awake if I left it on for a bit a night. It sounds like most fan heaters, and gives off a noticeable buzzing sound, which isn't something that drives me crazy when it is left on for an hour or so, but it does disturb me a little when I'm listening to music or watching TV.
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This is a great fan heater that manages to heat up small rooms instantly, it is thermostatically controlled which prevents it from over heating and best of all is not that expensive either. Overall I would give this Argos Fan Heater full marks and therefore highly recommend it.
I brought one of these heaters a couple of winters ago when my gas fired central heating managed to get flooded thanks to a burst water main over the road, the water had leaked into the gas pipe and then settled to the lowest point which just happened to be my gas meter which is set lower than any other on the street. This caused my house to be the only one on the street to lose gas supply but the nice guys from the gas board dug the whole street up and disturbed everybody's gas supply just to restore my supply, this was over one very wet, windy and cold weekend on December and even though the gas guys supplied me with a couple of heaters as I have asthmatic children I popped out and fetched one more, which is this Argos 2Kw upright fan heater.
This little heater is nothing special to look at; it is white plastic and stands just under 26cm in height with moulded handle at the top. The lead comes with a fixed plug and is quite short at 135cm in the length. This is long enough for me though as I don't want cables trailing all over the place. The heater has minimal controls consisting of two dials. Dial one is to set the temperature and dial two is to turn the fan on and select the heat setting either cool blow, speed one or speed two. There is also a red LED to indicate when the fan is turned on.
When I first turned this heater on it had a plastic smell that I associate with new heaters, this soon cleared up when it had been running a short while and I have not smelt it since.
In my opinion the fan is quite powerful when set to max temperature and speed it does not take long till fill a room with cosy warm air, which is when I turn the thermostat down to just maintain the temperature, the heater will happily click on and off to maintain the temperature. I don't think the heater is all that noisy, when on in the day with all the other day to day noises it is quite unobtrusive.
My heating has been trouble free for quite a while now but I like to have this heater in the cupboard where it accessible for mornings when my Husband is on a early shift and I don't see the point in heating the whole house as it is only us two up at 5 am, I will happily have this ticking over in the corner till the heating turns on at 7 am. I have not noticed any peak in my electricity consumption since using this heater.
I have also taken this heater camping with us and I find it invaluable to have running on low over night even in the summer because British nights can get chilly when your only defence is a bit of canvas and a sleeping bag. I also find the fan setting handy when camping as a tent can get quite warm during the day and the fan setting on this heater turns the air over nicely in a small space.
A reassuring feature to this heater is that if it is knocked over or picked up it will cut off till it has been placed back on a flat surface, this is handy for me as I feel confident that it is safe to use in the children's rooms or to leave it on when my dog is having a mad half hour.
In my opinion this is well worth ten pounds, if only to pop in the cupboard on stand by incase of heating issues over winter.
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With the cold nights drawing in, I decided that something needed to be done about my draughty kitchen. It's a long kitchen with an archway through to a small sitting room and with a conservatory at one end. Warm in the Summer, flipping freezing in the winter! It warms up with the central heating, of course, but this takes up to an hour to do so first thing in the morning (or when you get in after a day out), you need a quick blast of heat to move things along!
I toyed with the idea of a halogen heater which can be found at roughly the same price, but having had one in a student flat I knew that the lights could go on them fairly easily, and I found that 'blow heaters' as we call them tend to get hotter quicker and circulate the warm air further, too, which is important in a large cold space.
I didn't want to spend a fortune as it's something I'd be using for ten minutes at most and then hiding away, I'd be far too worried about the electricity bill to use it for much longer (and really, ten minutes is all it needs). So I decided to go with Argos Value Range, because I knew it wouldn't be expensive but I'd have the peace of mind of Argos'(very good in my opinion and experience) customer service should anything go wrong or I need to change it.
I plumped, then, for the Argos 2kW Upright Fan Heater which cost £13.99 in January 2013 and is around about the same now (sales dependent). I think this is a good price, I certainly wouldn't have wanted to spend more than £15. In the box you get simply the Argos 2kW Upright Fan Heater (with fused plug) and a small instructional pamphlet, that's all. The box is quite basic and the instructions brief, given that it's a value product I expected that (and it's hardly hard to use).
The unit itself is fashioned in white plastic, an upright oval shape on a stand, with a carrying handle at the top. There is a chunky plastic grille covering the fan and heating unit, and two dials - one both to switch it on and adjust the fan speed, and one to regulate the temperature (me being me, I have it on the fastest and the hottest, always!!). There's also a small red LED light to indicate the power being on, and that's your lot. Overall, I think it looks pretty good for a value product - though I do stick it in a cupboard anyway when not in use!
The fan heater makes less sound than a hairdryer, and I find that in the ten minutes I use it it gets my chilly and draughty kitchen nice and snug ready for the central heating to take over. It takes the chill off the leather sofa in the little lounge and the tile floor in the conservatory, and it means that we can use the room in the morning for breakfast rather than having to all camp out in front of the fire in the larger lounge, just because the room is too cold. So to us, in the winter months, it's invaluable.
Since I bought it some 9 months ago it has been used many many times (we had snow this year up until mid March!) for warming the room and it's still as good as new, though we do look after it. Of course, I would never recommend a fan heater as a long term way of heating your house but it's great if you have a room which can get cold in the winter before the heating kicks in (or, if you have a 'real fire', to keep you warm whilst you light it!). I am always careful that my little girl doesn't go too close to it, and I would never leave it unattended in case it fell over, but as long as you are sensible with it's use you will not regret buying it.
I can see these Argos 2kW Upright Fan Heaters selling out this winter, just like fans did over the summer. So if you are considering buying one, I'd pick up one sooner rather than later as we've been predicted a snowy November! For the money, I don't think you'll regret it.
Five stars out of five from me for a very well made, effective and affordable fan heater from Argos.
My husband and I sleep in the converted attic room in our house, and it doesn't seem to matter how long we keep the central heating on for, this room never gets warm! So the rest of the house can be warm and toasty, but set foot into our bedroom and the cold just hits you. I hate being cold so this was something I couldn't tolerate, and decided to splash out a whole tenner on this heater from Argos!
This is a very simple fan heater indeed. It comes complete with a plug, so just plug it in and you're ready to go. The cable isn't very long which isn't a problem for us but may be something you need to bear in mind.
The heater stands upright, so takes up little space, and has two little knobs you can turn to control the heater. One is for the temperature. This stays on full in my house so may as well not be there! Then the second knob has an off setting, as well as a cool fan setting, and two heat settings (warm and warmer I guess!). Again, mine stays on full - although I do use the off setting too!
There is also a light on the front that tells you if the fan is on, and also a little switch at the bottom of the fan and the fan only works if this is pressed in. Therefore if the fan falls or topples over, it immediately cuts off, which is a great feature I think. But once the fan is standing upright it works just fine.
Works a toasty treat
So as soon as I go into my bedroom on chilly evenings I pop this fan on. And I have to say it really works a treat! It really does warm my room up quickly - even though it's quite a big space. It makes getting undressed and into bed a lot more bearable! I also like to put this on in the mornings after my shower so I can dressed with it on - by the time I'm ready to go out I feel nice and warm, which is good for me as I spend the rest of the day cold in my office or out and about!
This does make quite a noise when it is on, which you may expect. This doesn't bother me but it does mean it's difficult to listen to the radio or anything like that when the fan is on, and may be something to bear in mind if you need something a little quieter. But in terms of providing a welcome boost of heat it really does the job well for the price. I am actually planning to buy another one of these to use in my daughter's room on very cold nights before she goes to bed, as hopefully it will mean we won't need to have the heating on quite so much!
In summary ...
All in all I would highly recommend this little fan heater. It is very easy to use and heats up a room nicely. I would imagine this works out cheaper than having the central heating on, and it of course means you can just heat one room at a time instead of the whole house. For just £9.99, I would say this is a great bargain and would really recommend it to anyone who has a chilly house and needs a bit more heat in the winter months!
I purchased this fan heater from Argos about 2 years ago in an attempt to try and reduce the ever increasing energy bills. I decided that often I only needed the room I was occupying to be warm, and so the central heating was a bit of an overkill, especially as I like my bedroom to stay as cool as possible to help me sleep at night.
The Argos 2kW Upright Fan Heater costs just £9:99. It is white in colour with two adjustment dials on the front of it, One dial adjusts the fan speed and the other dial lets you switch between the two different heat settings or select the cold air blower facility.
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For the price of this little fan heater you really do get excellent value for money. It is a neat little unit, which sits solidly on a flat surface, and is nice and bright in colour, and is designed to be easy to wipe over to clean off dust etc. The heat that it emits on the high heat setting is pretty good, and it heats up a smallish room in a matter of minutes. I never really use the low heat setting, as I either want fast hot heat, or nothing at all.
The cool air blower is a handy feature though which I have used several times now during the hot summers days. It basically acts as a fan, but the power of the air that comes out is very good, and it is really good to have just one small unit which can act as both a heater and a cooling fan.
I find the gentle noise that it gives off when running is quite soothing and relaxing, and certainly not too noisy or annoying. It is thermostatically controlled, which means that it will monitor the temperature that is surrounding it, and if it gets too warm it will automatically cut out until the temperature cools down sufficiently, after which it will kick back in again.
Overall I cannot really complain about this fan heater especially as it costs just £9:99. It is basic, but very simple to operate, and it provides the necessary heat to warm up a room in a matter of minutes. It is quite small and so it is easy to store in a cupboard when not in use.
Dimensions: H 265mm x W 215mm x D 130mm.
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Heating is much needed in an English winter these days, and it was this fan that provided me with a bit of extra heating at times of need for the last two years. When trying to cut on gas bills, you may sacrifice some heating during the daytime. Even though this fan heater packs 2000KW, it can be useful and possibly cheaper to give you that feeling of warmth when you most need it, like on a chilly morning.
The fan heater comes from Argos in a simple cardboard box. Upon unpackaging the fan, there are some instructions along with the fan heater and plug. It is white in colour, so will not stand out outrageously in any room - it blends in nicely. It looks smart and simple. There are slats along the front and the whole casing of the fan has a curvy shape to it, which makes it look a bit more interesting. Two controls in the form of dials are used for the fan. One of the settings is simply a fan, so that this can also be used in the summer. The other two settings are for heating - one is more powerful and hotter than the other, which is warm. There is also a thermostat dial, which is used to control the temperature. It does not have any actual temperature readings on the dial so it is all arbitary, which is slightly annoying. However through getting used to using the fan, you can gauge how hot the room will get before it switches off. If it cools down again, the fan automatically switches back on. This is a nifty feature considering the price!
This fan despite being reasonably small is quite effective in heating up a small room. It is ideal for mornings when getting dressed in a room where the air is chilly. I like to hold my clothes in front of the fan to warm them up a bit too and this works well - making sure that the clothes aren't too close! A small room, roughly 4m by 6m would warm up very quickly with this fan. The actual strength of the fan in blowing hot air out is not overly strong. However this is probably a good thing as you don't want boiling hot air rushing towards you. Although it has a normal fan function, I tend not to use it. It is hardly effective compared to a conventional standing fan.
My fan heater has lasted me two years so far and is still going strong. I have had no problems with it either. Sometimes there is a slight burning smell when on heating mode, but this soon dies down - I think it's just the smell of hot metal inside.
*Price & Availability*
This fan costs £9.99 available from Argos either online or offline. This is a reasonable price considering the multi-functions of the fan and the thermostat function too. It is best used as a heater, so I would bare in mind that if you are looking for a normal fan or combo heater + fan, you are best looking for another product.
This fan heater has served me well the last two years. It is not of excellent quality although the durability remains. It is effective for small rooms and taking the chill out of the air on cold mornings.
~*~*~ Argos Value Range 2kW Upright White Fan Heater ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is an upright fan heater that has two heat settings and a cold air blow feature. It's small and practical and user friendly.
~ Why did I buy it? ~
I bought it as an alternative to the oil filled radiator I returned to Argos (see previous review). I needed something small as I wanted it for my kitchen as I didn't want the expense of putting on the central heating just to warm up the kitchen and after my success with the convection heater I previously bought I was hoping for good things with this too. I ended up getting this as the convection heater I was after was out of stock, but this was cheaper so I also saved some money too.
~ Appearance ~
To look at this is okay, it's not the most attractive heater in the world and isn't as funky as my pink one in the bedroom but it's okay. It's quite rounded and circular in shape with the bottom being flat making it sturdy to use, on the top is a handle and at the bottom on the left hand side are two control knobs, these are coloured in a pale grey, the rest of the unit is white in colour and is an easy wipe clean plastic making it ideal for use in the kitchen.
~ Ease of use ~
I find this very easy and simple to use and it also comes in handy in the summer as it has the option to blow cold air, it has two heat settings and a thermostat control which you put to your desired temperature.
It is as simple as that.
Of course it needs plugging in before use!
~ Overall Opinion ~
I have found that this heats up my kitchen within five minutes of it being put on. I put it on in the morning, get the boys clothes ready and then by the time I go back out to make a cuppa and their breakfast I find the kitchen has warmed up nicely.
I initially wanted a heater that I could slip under the table when not in use but this is so lightweight that it doesn't matter where I put it, I now have it in the corner of my very large windowsill as I tend to have to use it everyday but my son sometimes takes it up to his room if it's a little chilly in there.
In the warmer months it's handy to have it blowing the cool air around as my kitchen can get quite stuffy but I usually just put the ceiling fan on instead of using this. My son quite liked it in the nights in his room though!
Overall for the low price this is a superb heater.
~ Price and Availabilty ~
This is available from Argos stores or online at www.argos.co.uk.
It is priced at £13.99 but checking online it is currently on offer with 25% off making it a very purse/wallet friendly £9.99. (29/10/2012). When I bought it I paid around £11 so it must have been on offer then too.
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I purchased this fan heater whilst working for a relatively small company, located in an old house with no central heating! I rapidly discovered that my naturally cold-blooded self was not a fan of this particularly cold environment. So, after a week or so, a trip to Argos was in order.
Originally, I chose this product for the price. I spent £13.99 on this product, from the Argos Value range. My logic behind this was to give it a go while the weather was particularly cold back in February this year. If it didn't last too long, nothing lost.
The design of this product is really compact. The small size of it means that you can shove it into the corner of the room or under your desk. It stays upright easily as it has a wide base and is quite robust itself. Although, if it doesn't stay upright, it has a safety cut out. This is great for having a work station which is on a main thoroughfare in the office, as I can be safe in the knowledge that my heater won't burn the office down!
A big advantage of this product is that it doesn't make a lot of noise, it just makes a quiet hum which is the sort of level that you can cope with when you are trying to concentrate.
It has a variable heat setting which is on the most left dial and varies from rather cold to lovely and toasty warm! Also, it has variable speeds of fan, which is great for providing steady heating throughout the day.
This little heater has done me really well over the last 6 months, it's kept me cold in a warm office, and even greater of an achievement, it's kept my severely anaemic co-worker toasty! High praise in itself!
Verdict: This heater is a great piece of kit for the office. It was excellent value as it wasn't too pricey and it is still going great. For the price, I didn't think it would last, but it really has. It's kept me really toasty warm, and that's all I brought it for! If I needed to purchase these for elsewhere, I definitely would.
When I first moved into the very large flat I live in now by myself I was left with quite a big problem. I was new to overnight heater thingys and left on they were costing me simply a fortune. I couldn't work them out at all and ended up with boiling rooms when it was warm anyway and then at night cold when I needed them too hot!
Exasperated I took my mums advice and invested in some heaters. I bought 3 in total (one being one of these) and I was also given 3 others so I have loads of them now!
This one I bought in my local Argos store costing only £13.99. I bought it due to not having a lot of money to spread about at the time and it looked ok to me and it was the first heater I bought.
Its simplistic if not a little ugly in its design. With measurements of H26.5, W21.5, D13cm it isn't a huge heater and is an rounded shape to the upper part of it, squared to the bottom so it sits securely. Its made of white, wipe clean plastic with a large grated panel to the front of it to which of course the hot (or cool air) comes out of it and it has two dials to the bottom, left hand side of it one of which is the power control so you work that and the other dial is the 2 heat settings and cool blow feature and there is a dark red light button there too which shows us if the unit is on or not.
First off although this isn't a heavy piece it isn't flimsy to touch at all and stays upright easily. As a safety feature this does, if knocked or overheating turns itself off which is great for someone clumsy like me!
The heat output of this is 2K and in my large rooms this is great and heats up very quickly indeed. I find it really easy to get the temperature right with this and keep it that way and that the dials are easy to understand and to use and that the power lead is reasonably long enough or me an my needs. Even the grate of this is easy to wipe clean though it isn't removable and what I do appreciate is that the cool air function is just that....cool and of course the power can be turned to low or to high or this function just as it can for heat output.
I can hear the fan on but it isn't all that loud, it just gives off a quiet hmm really and all in all I have found this to be a good little buy that is cost efficient and does the job well. Sure I wish it was a bit prettier but this is substance over style and worth the £13.99 price tag it has to it.
Only available from Argos.
Working in a large, open plan office, I am often very cold indeed. Naturally I seem to be pretty cold blooded and find that the centrally controlled climate of our working environment does not keep me at a nice temperature. To this end I wanted to invest in a small portable heater for under my desk which I can use to heat the area around my desk and keep me happy (the health and safety aspect of this is another issue altogether which - working for a public sector organisation - is akin to negotiating a major peace treaty but hey ho).
I picked this one up from Argos where it is part of their Value range of household goods, priced at £13.99, as I have had a pretty good experience with this particular range in the recent past I was pretty confident this would be a wise and good value investment and so far this assumption is proving correct.
The unit itself is small enough to be absolutely fine under a desk, it is only 26cm high and 21.5cm wide at the broadest point, it has two dials, one controls the speed/intensity of the fan and the other the temperature. There are two speeds and two heat settings plus a cold air function which I have yet to try out (but maybe summer 2012 will prove a stunner after all and this will come into it's own!).
I found the lead is long enough to reach from the wall to a suitable position under my desk, I estimate the lead to be about 1.5m long which should be plenty for most uses.
When I first turned this fan on it smelt horrifically of burning dust and plastic - and I was a little worried that it was going to explode! But thankfully once it had been blowing for a few minutes the smell dissipated and it has not done it again since, I think it was simply the fact it was a brand new and unused item.
I tend to use this for short, intense blasts of heat rather than leaving it on all day under my desk, I feel with it being such a small device which pumps out a lot of heat it is better not to tempt fate by making it overheat. For what I wanted it for this is perfectly adequate though and it certainly warms up the area around and under my desk quickly and efficiently.
I feel that this is a pretty simple but effective heater which is great value for money, for my needs it suits the purpose brilliantly and I would certainly invest in another should the need arise elsewhere in the home or work environment.