“ Brand: Challenge / Type: Fan heater „
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I am still waiting to get double glazing in my new place, so I am doing anything I can to keep warm.
I have never been a fan of this type of heaters, (pardon the pun), as I never really considered them to be safe but my mum gave me this as a gift, so I thought I would give it a try.
She bought it from argos for £24.99 which is great value. She assures me that the heater would shut down if it started to over heat, which is a great safety feature.
The heater has two settings, but I only find the higher setting to be effective.
The product is very lightweight so I can carry it easily from room to room with me. The only downside is the cord isn't very long, so it limits you to a certain extent.
Now I am over my phobia of these appliances, I would like to try something more superior to this to see the difference, but I would certainly recommend it in the meantime.
We have a conservatory and even though there is a large radiator in there you don't always want the central heating on when you want to use this room.
We looked on Argos and found this heater for £19.99 which seemed a middle of the road heater.
To use it is simple there is an on/off switch on the base to allow oscillation or static movement. 2 round dials at the top. 1) sets the fan on low heat or high heat. 2) sets the temperature control.
As recommended we always switch the fan on to high and once at the desired temperature lower the setting. The lower setting keeps our conservatory nice and warm allowing us to use it more even during the winter.
This small heater (H30cm W20cm D25cm approximately) is very efficient and has made a great difference.
I haven't seen an increase in out electricity bill really as once it's warmed up the room the thermostat turns the heater off.
The only down side to this fan is it is a little noisy so the tv needs to be on abit louder than normal if on at the same time.
If you have a need for a small heater fan I would strongly recommend this one as it's a very good price and does a superb job.
At the moment we can all see how poor the weather has been and in my home I do have central heating but the living room struggles to keep the heat inside. I used to have a small heater but unfortunately my heavy hands caused it to have a breakage so I had to buy a new one and this is the product I brought.
== The Design ==
I always try to comment on how a product looks because as silly as it sounds an item can look dull but have awesome features and we can be put off purchasing this item due to appearance and this is why I make a comment on how an item appears to me.
In the catalogue at Argos I have to admit the product had a funny look to it in my view. You could see some of the buttons and how the fan would appear when you got it home but it actually looked better than the picture gave it credit for.
First off the entire heater is white which is easy to identify in the picture and on the back is the handle to carry this product which is extremely useful and it is actually quite wide so you can fit all your fingers inside and hand and make sure you pick it up safely.
There are controls based on the top of the fan with a green light which indicates when the fan is in use and not in use. You have the stand which the heater sits on to oscillate and that is basically it. Besides the front which has the obvious white plastic there to product you from the fan heater there is little else to mention.
The design looks very similar to other smaller heaters but I opted for this fan due to the green light which sounds crazy but to me it looked fun.
== Features and Data ==
Well I think the fact the fan oscillates has to be a good thing. With me though I actually never knew it did this feature. I looked on my iPhone application for Argos and saw this item and due to the price I wanted to buy it. When I got it home and found it oscillated I was quite pleased.
The oscillation for me is okay but the fan turns very little and quite slowly for my liking. There is a button at the button to stop the fan from doing this because you may want the heat focused on a particular area of the home.
The heat output is 2.4kw and this is very good and considering my last fan I believe was 1kw it is double the amount of heat and for me it is nice having extra heat but you need to make sure the fan evenly spreads that out if it can.
You also have a fan feature on this item so if you are in the summer waiting around for your other fan to work and want perhaps some extra cool air this might be there for you to use. In all fairness though I am unsure how good this feature would be in the summer. I tried this feature out as soon as I got home and found it offer very little in cool air.
The size of this item is very good as well and according to the website it does state the size being H32 x W26.4 and D18cm. This would sit perhaps well on a table somewhere and if you did put it on the floor it might be very useful but I think the heat might take a bit longer to travel around but the size makes storage for this item very handy.
There is a safety cut out switch on this item and for me I am unsure what this does. My last fan when the heat of the room was perfect the item tended to just switch off and back on again and for me this has yet to happen so perhaps it is too cold still for the fan to do this procedure.
Finally you have the temperature control feature which I do like. This basically allows you to heat a room up and when you feel the room has reached a peak temperature you rotate the temperature control anticlockwise and when you hear the click the heater will then work out the correct reading.
This means the heater will turn itself on when the room temperature drops below the setting you have given the heater, problem is you are not told what that true reading is so be careful.
== My Experience ==
My problem in my home was never the bedroom because I have central heating and this tends to heat the bedroom up nicely the problem has always been my living room area. I would put central heating on and after it was switched off the room began to freeze up again.
This heater when I took it out the box I was happy with the features and the price which was £19.99 and I wanted to see how well it would heat my living room up. I turned the product on and decided to put it to the top setting which was the 2.4kw heating.
After 20 minutes the room felt so warm and when I left you could feel the cold air in the hallway. I would say to people that this item is one of those which can definitely heat a room up with little fuss. The product has a good rotation in terms of generating heat around a room but the speed of this rotation is at best poor.
When I turned the fan on the temperature control setting I did have some issues. The biggest was when the fan was coming on and off, you hear a sharp noise and the light comes on to indicate the product is working but the problem is although it is on the clicking noise is frustrating.
This item heated up the living room nicely and quickly but it did not last. I think this item would be one of those you put on to heat a particular room before going to bed. If you were to heat a room for an hour before you went to bed this would work wonders, otherwise for me it just heats a room and this heat disappears quickly.
I found storage each for this item and in fact even carrying this item around was pretty standard and very easy to do as well. I think the weight of the item is good although unsure of the exact weight it felt very light weight for me and the power cord is quite long as well so you could have this placed in good locations.
One final drawback is the problem of dehydration and I never noticed this until I got this heater. If you have this on for over an hour and you are near it and warming up a warm you can get light headed and at first I didn't notice but it is actually because you are to warm so this perhaps is a warning to people who are going to buy this to not over use the product.
== Final Thoughts ==
I rarely find problems with small appliances like this because you cannot expect this item to heat my home up that would be daft and silly and if it did I sure would be saving money elsewhere on other bills.
It works well to a point and by this I mean it will heat a room up but when turned off the heat will disappear in my view quite rapidly.
I would like perhaps numbers of the temperature on the dial you use because this for me would help you understand how warm your home truly is and it would help you when it comes to understanding what temperature suits what room best.
I am unsure whether this item works best on the floor or a table. I have tried both and found the table method offered better all-round heat but did not send the heat out as quickly as the product being on the floor did.
The green light to suggest when the fan is on and off is good and at night time this would help you see in the dark as to what the heater is doing. Overall for a small cheap fan and in my view not by an expensive brand this item is pretty good.
I would recommend this if you need a heater for a particular room and at £19.99 that is a good deal for me.
I bought this little fan heater last year when my central heating was playing up. Money was a bit tight so I rushed out to my local Argos and looked for a cheap model that would double up in the summer as a cool air fan.
I put it in my living room, turned it on to full power and it heated up the room within a couple of minutes. I left the door open and within an hour the heat had travelled upstairs and the whole house was warm.
This is a petite heater, only about 32cm tall and 26cm wide so its easy to store when not in use. It has two heat settings and a cool air setting. The fan also has the ability to oscillate. I love this feature because it means the heat gets spread around the whole room quickly. My daughter prefers the still mode because she can direct the heat to wherever she is sitting.
The heater isnt noise free - there is a low whirring sound from the fan but I don't find it intrusive. The cold air feature is great too, cooling the room down relatively quickly. It is easy to use and lightweight to pick up with a built in handle. Finally it has a useful safety cut out feature - if the base is no longer in contact with the ground it turns off, so if it should accidentally get knocked over it wont catch alight.
I cant remember how much I paid for it, but I have just checked the Argos site and they have it for £17.99. Its worth having a one for emergencies or even for giving a blast of warm air while waiting for the central heating to kick in and it's useful in the summer for cooling the place down.
I moved into a house with some friends from university in August and was shocked by how cold the house was all the time. I had just moved out of University Accomodation where the heating was included in the rent so i could have it on for as long as i liked. But living in a large victorian house running off a gas meter meant having the heating on for more than an hour or so wasn't an option. It also took about this long to get my room even remotely warm. Therefore i decided to make a trip to Argos and purchased this heater for £17.99 which is its RRP.
The heater is plain and simple so very easy to use. The instructions are well explained so anyone could use the heater safely. There is an on/off switch at the base of the heater to turn the oscillating function on and then two knobs on the top of the heater. One of which allows you to select whether you want the fan, low heat setting or high heat setting. It is recommended to turn the heater onto the high heat setting initially, and then when the desired room temperature is reached, turn in onto the low heat setting as this is more economical. The other knob on the top of the heater is the temperature control.
The cool setting on the heater works quite effectively, however if it was a really warm day, the fan can just churn out warm air from the room. Therefore i would say it works better as a heater as opose to a fan.
So far it has been brilliant at taking the chill off my room which is the biggest in the house. I find i don't have to have it on for long to make the room a comfortable temperature. If used for short periods of time each day, it doesn't make much difference to the electricity bill. However if you used one in every room of your house and you had a large house, then your bill might get a little costly. The sizes related to the heater are
H29.6, W17.5, D26.4cm.
I didn't find the heater to be particularly noisy, it does make some noise as it would be very difficult to get a heater that didn't but i was still able to concentrate on university work whilst having the heater on.
So overall, a very good little heater for the price, great for a room at university, using in a caravan/holiday home or for emergencies at home when the heating isn't working.
Every year up until this one we have taken a holiday to Haven, Craig Tara. Last year we also took a couple of holidays to a relatives caravan, and this year we will just be sticking to the family one. But after our first visit to Craig Tara, in which we spent 4 days freezing and became quite ill, we decided any future trips would include a portable heater. This has done us for the last two trips. I have noticed Craig Tara now rent what looks like the exact same model, but at £5 a day you'd be better off with a quick trip to Argos! This heater currently sells for £17.99, and I believe I paid £ 15.99 when I bought it. When staying at the family caravan, I have found this brilliant to heat the place up quickly, and to warm the children up if they come in soaking wet, but would use the electric radiators for longer term heating.
This is a basic, no frills heater. Our main use of this has been at the caravan, but it was used for a couple of hours in the house recently while awaiting someone from the gas company to come out. Because it is not used often at my own house, I am afraid I can not really say how this effects the electric bill. i have done a bit of research though, and based on a unit price 10 p per unit, this would work out at 25 p for each hour it runs full tilt. This usually shuts itself off and on though so costs would be less. Haven's lower priced caravans are absolutely freezing at night with large open vents which can not be closed, and even so it only ran about 50% of time to keep the room very toasty, so roughly £1.25 a night. In a proper house I would expect the settings would be left much lower, and the cost less.
The design of this heater is also no frills. Basic white plastic, two nobs on the top, one to set the temperature, another to change between heat and fan only. This can be used as just a fan for those hot summer nights too. this is referred to as a cool air setting, but of course it is really only as cool as the air in your room, unless you can prop it into a window to draw in the outside air. this can also be set to oscillate or remain stationary. I have seen some reviews citing problems with oscillation. I tend to leave this feature switched off, but it does still work on mine when it gets turned on accidentally. Rather then measure this, I have lifted the dimensions off the Argos website, and they are as follows: Size H29.6, W17.5, D26.4cm.
Of course the main factor in reviewing this heater is, does it work? Well yes, it will heat a room very well, even a larger room such as our front room or the main living area of a caravan, which is kitchen and living room combined. It will not heat the whole caravan, but then I don't really think this can be expected. It is not meant to heat an entire house or a very large area. It does put out more heat though then the very poor gas fire which was in our caravan at Haven, so this was used in the front of the caravan non stop in the day, and moved to a bedroom at night. I do think it is apt to run a bit expensive for everyday heating as well. I can not imagine heating a while house with these, although I have known people who have. I suppose this could be used on a low setting to provide extra heat for a child's room, but primarily I would think of this as for holidays and caravans or as a temporary emergencies. With so many people having lost all heating with the last cold snap, I would consider this a worthwhile investment just for emergencies, as I can not imagine spending 5 days with no heat, as someone I knew did recently due to burst pipes. It wouldn't heat the whole house but it would keep one room warm enough for the children.
The only real drawback to this heater is the noise. I did find it quite annoying when it switched on and off at night. I could get used to the overall noise after awhile but each time it clicked back on it would wake me. Of course all fan heaters make some noise, but I do think this is a bit louder than most. Still, I am happy enough with it. It does what we bought it for just fine, and having been lent out to a couple of friends at various times has suited them as well. It is not the best you can buy by a long shot, but for an emergency standby, or for holiday use, I have been very happy with it, so 5 out of 5 stars from us. I will be using it at the caravan again, and would never go to Haven without one!