“ Manufacturer: Dimplex / Type: Radiator „
If you are in search of a heater, you should definitely consider Dimplex 2KW. At first I was quite reluctant, mostly because I considered it to be a bit pricey. But after using it for almost three months now, i can assure you, it's totally worth its money!
First, it's small, cream colored, simple and discreet, so it can fit perfectly in any room. Second, it has a thermostat, so you can simply choose the desired temperature and let the heater do the rest. Last, and most important, it is incredibly efficient. It can heat up a big room in minutes, without using too much energy. We were really impressed by the latter; we have pay as you go energy and we didn't notice any difference in electricity costs since we started using it!
On the other hand, it does give the room a funny smell when we set it up for temperatures above 37C, but then again, not many people need such high temperatures in their house!! Also, it is quite heavy, probably not the best choice if you are planning to move it around the house a lot (it has wheels, as you can see, but it took two of us to carry it up the stairs!).
Overall, it's money well spent, it does its job perfectly and saves you on electricity and gas. Perfect for flatshares (if your flatmates cannot decide on the best times to turn the heating on), families with babies (the little monkey should sleep in a room much warmer than the rest of the house, right?) or for any room that is not properly heated. I say go for it!
I'd started to complain that the bedroom was too cold for the baby on a night (we live in a big old house). Next thing, my husband brings this radiator down from the loft.
It is, undeniably, cheaper than putting the radiators on for the whole house. It has a handy thermostat so that I can turn it on and leave it on through the night and it will just switch itself back on as the room chills, and it does keep the room nice and warm. We don't really need to wheel it about but it's nice to have the option.
That said, I do have a couple of flaws in it. Firstly, it smells funny. I have no idea why, but I always know when it's been on because it leaves a weird sort of musty smell? It's not a dealbreaker in the bedroom, but might discourage me from using it anywhere downstairs where we might have visitors.
The other one might be a dealbreaker once baby gets a bit bigger, and that is that the metal really does get hot. I do worry about small fingers grabbing at it and getting burnt. We might at that point need a fan heater.
My other concern is the stability of it. It's fine just now, but I'm not sure if baby tried to pull himself up on it that it wouldn't fall over - and it is heavy enough to hurt him if he did. Just something to be aware of!
We've been using this heater for about a year now and we're really pleased with it. The heater looks like a small radiator and is quite compact so it's ideal for a small room.
There are two heat settings but we've never used the higher one. The lower setting is perfectly adequate even in very cold weather. Our house is well insulated but it's in a very cold spot. We tend to use this heater in the mornings before we light the coal fire and it quickly heats up the room.
There is also a variable thermostat setting on the side so that you can just turn the dial to keep the room at a higher or lower temperature. It's easy to use and you can hear a click when you turn the dial and the heat comes on or goes off. This wouldn't be much help for someone who is hard of hearing. If the room is too cold or too hot and you cannot hear the click you would need to adjust the thermostat by looking at the markings on the dial and estimating how much you need to turn it up or down.
It's quite different to a normal convector heater where the heat can be felt as soon as you flick the switch. With this one it takes a few minutes to start feeling any warmth but then the whole thing begins to warm up like a conventional radiator.
I expected to have much higher electricity bills when we started using this heater a lot but it must be very efficient as there is no noticeable difference in the electricity bill.
Another bonus with this heater is that it's very safe with our dog. She is a lively border collie and can bounce around and knock things over if we're not careful. She's almost wrecked a panel heater upstairs! I can honestly say that she's never manged to knock this heater over and she hasn't burnt herself on it either.
The heater is oil free so there are no worries about leaks. The manufacturers say, "The heater has a patented fin design that is engineered to allow rapid heat distribution."
A few technical and other details are given below.
Heat output 2kW.
2 heat settings.
Power on indicator.
Includes castors for easy mobility.
Built-in cord storage.
Safety cut out switch.
Size H62.2, W43, D28cm.
Manufacturer's 3 year guarantee.
I have a spare room upstairs that is used as both a guest bedroom and also as my craft - sewing room. It is quite a large room really, not very wide, about 11 feet, but it is quite long, I think about 18 feet. It protrudes from the back of the house and goes over the top of the bathroom and kitchen. The long wall one side is an exterior wall and so is the smaller wall at the far end. Both walls have a window in them. The rooms underneath are not properly heated so this room is always very cold. Since the last couple of years when I started using it more for my sewing I found it really hard to work up there in the winter months when the weather was cold as there was no way to heat up the whole room without it costing us a bomb in fuel prices. My Mother In Law was down last year and came up to see what I was sewing as my latest project and noticed how cold it was up there and said she would buy me a heater to use up there.
The one she decided to buy was this oil free radiator from Argos. She decided on this one because it says in the write up that it is cheaper to run than a normal oil filled radiator and it is lighter to move about (8.4 kg) which is good for me as I am disabled in my arms and shoulders.
The heater came in a large box and when we got it out it was ready to use. I just had to plug it in where I wanted to use it. The heater has a dial on one side with two buttons underneath and a light which shows you when it is switched on. You can have it on two different heat setting which is what the buttons are for and then you can turn the dial too to get the correct temperature for what you want. It heats up my large room really well and it is fast to warm the room up as well so it doesn't cost as much to get to the right temperature. Once there it works on a thermostat so keeps the temperature constant. This all is perfect for me as it means I don't have to come up half hour before I want to sew and start warming the room up as this will warm it up in no time. I find by having it plugged in near where I am working I don't have to have it on that high either.
The heater has a front protection setting on it so you could leave it on all the time when its really cold to keep the room from freezing. It has a built in cord storage which is handy when its not in use instead of just having the wire trailing on the floor. The heater is a lovely cream colour and fits in nicely with my decoration in the room.
The heater is easy to move about, it has wheels on the bottom which run freely across carpet as well as flat flooring like lino. There are hand hold places each end to lift the heater by and it isn't heavy to move about.
I am really pleased with this heater. It doesn't cost much to have it on just for a few hours while I am sewing or may be to warm the room up when one of the grandchildren is staying overnight.
You can buy one of these heaters from Argos and they cost £64.99 to buy.