Product Type: Challenge heaters
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Challenge 3kW Flat Fan Heater
Member Name: kama0529
Challenge 3kW Flat Fan Heater
Advantages: Price okay. Hot and cold air. Easy to use. Cuts out if overheats. Effective on hot setting.
Disadvantages: Outer casing gets hot. Does overheat. Ugly.
I've had the Challenge 3kW Flat Fan Heater for about six months. I bought it initially when I went to stay in a caravan in Devon - and it was absolutely freezing and so we invested in a heater. We didn't want to spend a lot of money on it because we actually didn't expect it to have a lot of use once we left the caravan, but in actual fact it's been used a lot more than we envisaged it would be. It only cost us £15.99, although I note at present it costs £19.99 from Argos.
Let me start with the basics. The heater is not sexy in any stretch of the imagination. It looks like it's something straight out of the 1980's and there is nothing that makes it jump out at me. However, at the end of the day, I wasn't that bothered about the fact that it didn't look very sophisticated, but instead I was really interested in whether it was efficient and effective - and that was really where my interest lies. In terms of it's looks, it was made of white plastic and has a black grill on the front, with a panel on top that is hidden by a plastic covering. It is on two little plastic stilts to lift it off of the floor.
This heater runs off of the mains, but the cord is long enough to be able to place the heater conveniently. You can have it set on hot or cold and so it works as both a heater and a cold air fan. It also has a safety overhead mechanism built in and so the fan will turn off if it gets too hot.
I have used the heating and cooling settings on the device - and both work okay - although I would say that the heater works better than the cool air. The cool air does work, but it just doesn't feel that powerful enough to make a huge significant difference if the temperature is very high. The heather however, does heat the room well and quickly, although it is worth mentioning that the outside casing of the heater does get quite hot and so with small kiddies around this needs to be taken into consideration. There have been a couple of incidents when the heater has cut out when it's got too hot - but we were able to re-start it again once the heater had cooled down.
Overall, I think the Challenge 3kW Flat Fan Heater is worth having if you want to just heat a room. I'm not sure how economical it is to run, but in terms of being effective, it does heat a room quickly and effectively.
Summary: Ok if you just need to heat a room.
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