Product Type: Challenge heaters
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Feel the Heat
Challenge 3kW Flat Fan Heater
Member Name: jjrose
Challenge 3kW Flat Fan Heater
Advantages: Keep me warm during cold nights
During winter, especially if it's snowing, my home tends to get so cold that I can feel it in my bones and no amount of sweaters and socks can keep the cold at bay. To take the burden of using the gas heating all day long, my parents decided to buy a small fan heater so that we can keep ourselves warm without have to waste energy unnecessarily. To be honest, we went for this product because the price is quite reasonable and the reviews are pretty good. We got the Challenge 3kW flat fan heater for £20.00 from Argos.
As for the appearance, this fan heater doesn't have the coolest look to it. It's pretty generic and the design is more geared towards functionality rather than for aesthetics; but to be honest, I doubt any company would consider making a novelty fan heater (which I think is a shame just from a novelty collector's point of view). It's got short legs to provide stability and support as well as for directionality. I don't this its appearance is worst I've seen but I don't think it would fit well in a bedroom with a contemporary feel to it. Well for what it cost me, I think it's alright to be honest.
Despite the simple look, it does work well as a heater; my room gets nice and toasty around about 3-5 minutes after turning this heating on. There's two heat settings and you can adjust depending how cold you're feeling. Usually, I use the low setting and it's enough to keep me warm. To be frank, it gets really hot and stuffy after keeping the heater on for about 30 minutes so it's rare for me to keep this on for than 30-45 minutes. This is very economical in a sense because the 3kW power wattage can cost quite a lot if used daily for long hours. Personally, I don't really notice the electricity bill going up after buying this so I think it's a good investment in the long run, considering the UK's weather changes so quickly from sunny to gloomy and freezing.
Moreover, it also has a cold setting for summer, which is a plus point because it can be useful whether it's hot or cold. Personally, I have yet to use the cold setting in the right context (I have tried the cold setting just for 30 seconds to see if it works) but it does work relatively well. I don't think it can be a substitute for air conditioning but this might provide some relief during summer.
One drawback for this product is that it is a bit noisy, but then again, apart from Dyson brand products with 3-digit prices, most fan heaters get to product some noise. It doesn't particularly bother me because I don't leave the heater on for long periods of time but it does get annoying when I'm trying to revise. However, I rather be warm and have feelings in my limb then feeling like an ice sculpture; so I can put up with some noise. For what it's worth, it does a good job.
Thank you for reading. :) x
Summary: Cheap and functional