“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Panel Heater „
We have a holiday cottage and it has very thick stone walls. This is great in the summer as it means it keeps the inside nice and cool but in the winter it seems very, very cold and it takes a long time to warm up. We don't have any gas there so rely on the fire and little plug in radiators to warm it up. It is often so cold that all you can do is sit under a blanket and wait for the radiators to warm the place.
Recently we bought this radiator to heat up the back bedroom. We chose this as it was only cheap at £39.99 and it is big so we thought it would give out a good amount of heat so would warm the room faster than others. We often use blow out heaters to warm the cottage up as these seem to be very fast at taking out that cold feeling but they do tend to blow dust around and use up quite a lot of energy so we hoped that this would be a healthier option and better for the electricity bill too.
=== What it looks like ===
It is very simple looking and very thin so it won't intrude on your room. The back bedroom at our cottage is only small so we didn't want it to be taking up space so this is good for that purpose I suppose. It does look very fashionable and modern because it is so minimal and simple, this seems to be what everyone is after at the moment. You can choose to have it wall mounted or stood upright on the legs it comes with. We kept it on the legs so I don't know how difficult it is to mount. It is fairly sturdy but we make sure this is on the carpet rather than on the rug as I would be worried it would fall.
=== Using it ===
You switch it on and it soon warms up but it can't be turned up or down which is a shame as it would be good to be able to have different heat settings for it but I guess that is what you get with value range.
What we have noticed is that this doesn't really heat a room up and our other radiators are much more efficient. The panel itself gets hot- if you touch it when it's really heated up it can hurt so be careful especially with children around- but it doesn't pump heat out. It doesn't seem to circulate the room. If you stand right in front of it then you will feel the heat a little but if you're over the other side of the room you can't notice much at all. This is so disappointing. When we first used it we put it on in the bedroom and then began unpacking in the main bedroom. When we returned to the bedroom about half an hour later it was slightly less chilly but not what you would describe as warm. It really was a disappointment.
We don't really bother with this now and instead use power heaters that blow warm air in the room as they seem to work faster but do leave a bit of a faint smell. We may use it to help take the edge off but it's really not good at heating a room at all.
=== Conclusion ===
In conclusion, I think that this heater is more about the look- it is very plain and so quite modern looking, if it's wall mounted it must look quite effective but what it misses in how fashionable it looks is the ability for it to actually do a proper job. It was £40 which is not hugely cheap and you would at least expect it to work slightly but sadly this just isn't the case, it's really very poor. I am disappointed by it, I suppose it is better than nothing but only just. It is 450wats and this obviously isn't enough so in future when buying something like this we will be looking for something with a higher wattage and hopefully with some form of temperature gauge on it too. So it may have seemed cheap to buy but because we don't really use it at all anymore it actually is expensive for something you don't use.
Our bathroom is right at the back end of the house. The kitchen and bathroom both stick out into the garden the kitchen first then the bathroom tagged on the end, so there are two outside walls for the bathroom. We do not have any central heating and the room above the kitchen and bathroom is a spare room so not heated unless in use. This makes the bathroom one of the coldest rooms in the house.
We were looking for a heater to put out there, we have hole in the wall to the kitchen that the wire goes through so that the plug is in the other room. We saw this heater on the Argos web site and as we were in a bit of dire straights with out money decided this was all we could afford to buy.
The heater is 450w which we thought would be sufficient to heat up a tiny room so we bought it. The heater can either be stood up on the feet which come with it or it can be fixed to the wall. As we already had the hole through the wall from an old heater that used to be in there we decided to fix it onto the wall in the same space. The fixtures that came with the fire were a bit hard to work out how to do it, I cant remember exactly how it worked now, I think there was a back template with holes in that you had to mark holes onto the wall and then screw some screws in then slot the back of the fire over the screws. It sounds easier than it actually was to do what with the wall being tiled but we did it in the end.
Once on the wall the panel does not stick out very far so takes up a tiny amount of room. It looks nice too, you just see the white panel on the wall.
Now to how it runs, the heater only has one setting so you cant turn it up or down, it is either on or off. We have it switched on all the time in the winter and it doesn't seem to cost much to keep it running. Does it warm the room up? Well, the answer to that is no it doesn't. It might take the chill off a bit but it certainly doesn't give out any heat. The only way you can feel any heat from it is if you stand right up close to it. I suppose it is stopping the pipes freezing and it helps to stop the damp out there. It is warm enough to have a bath if you jump in the water quick and stay under the hot water but when you get out you feel the cold. I have trouble with the cold due to my thyroid condition and I find it way too cold to have a shower with just that heater on (I can't use the bath myself due to disability). There for when I want to have a shower I have to put my gas oven on full and leave the bathroom door open and even then I have to be quick and get my dressing gown on me when I get out.
The heater does get hot to touch so you need to be careful if you have children that they don't lean on it and burn themselves.
Would I recommend this heater? I suppose it would be ok if you have a newer house that is insulated a bit better and your bathroom is upstairs and the house a bit more heated, or may be if you want it in a small bedroom or spare room, but it is not sufficient to heat our bathroom and once we have a bit more money we will be buying a better one to replace it.
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