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== Dimplex 3078 Convector Heater==
Since moving into a house rather than living in a flat we have noticed the change in heat that is held within our premises. Now that the cold weather is returning I am noticing it more and more! The trouble is that I do like the bedrooms to be cooler and because hot air rises the downstairs seems to be terribly cold and the upstairs is of an average temperature. With this in mind I tend not to put the heating on in the evenings because really I only need the heat in the front room. So at the beginning of the year we were on the look out for a little electric heater for the front room which we could just flick on and off when necessary. This is where this Dimplex heater comes in...
Luckily we didn't actually have to buy the heater as mum already had it sitting up in the loft (I had spotted it up there before we even moved so a few hints on the needing a heater front and she was offering up this item to us!) However I do know she bought it from Argos as she said if it didn't work she knew she still had the receipt! She paid a little over the £40 for the heater although you can pick it up for a little less online and shopping around but for a heater I don't think this is a particularly bad price and were we having to fork out the money ourselves I think this is probably the sort of price that I would be thinking of paying for a heater such as this.
The heater itself is not overly small but it doesn't take up that much room either. It is long as opposed to chunky and it sits nicely against the wall next to the sofa (my end of said sofa to warm me up quicker!) It is probably a little over half a meter in length and the feet of the heater are the widest part of it. The colouring of the heater is a light grey with darker plastic grey handle areas at the top edges. It has a rounded look to the top of it which I guess gives the heat a better area to escape from. There is a metal type of grill on the top of the heater but bear in mind that none of the heater should be covered over or have anything against it. The heater sides are made of a thin metal and these do get hot to touch so I can't say the heater itself is the safest of appliances like this especially with small children around.
The operation of the heater really is very simple and there is only a dial and two flick buttons on the right hand side of the heater. These buttons and the dial are both made of the thick grey plastic that the handles are made from and they seem very sturdy and not liable to break very easily. The buttons are literally the two heat setting and with one flicked to the right it is set at the lower heat output or with both the switches flicked over the higher heat setting is selected. The dial is the thermostatic control which the heater has and again is just a way of selecting the lowest or highest heat setting and when the temperature in the room reaches that heat the heater itself will them shut down. When the room temperature then drops again the heater will flick on. However with that said this is not an item that I would ever dream of leaving plugged in and unattended, not just because of having small children around but due to the fact that a) it would be a waste of heating having it working whilst out of the room and b) it is probably one of those items that could easily go wrong and set the whole house on fire!
The heater has a 3000 watt power voltage and maximum 3 kw heat output which really doesn't mean a lot to me when you say it like that but all I know is that as soon as the heater is plugged in and switched to the desired heat output, the heat that comes from the appliance is instant and it doesn't take too long to get the room nice and toasty. There is a small LED red light on the side of the appliance as well which is nice just to show you that the heater is on and reminds me to unplug it if we have finished using it!
The heater is lightweight and easy to move around the house, although we do keep it down in the front room. The plastic handles at the side of the heater make it easy to pick the heater up when it is on or has been on without burning yourself as these handles do not get hot at all. There is also no noise that comes from the heater when it is on and pumping out the heat so it is not like a fan heater where the whirring sound means you have to turn the TV up, this is literally silent as the heat is generated.
So all in all I find this heater is a really good one. I am not sure if it is necessarily the heater that we would have chosen had we had to actually have to pay out money for one ourselves but saying that I can't see why not. It works really well and the fact that it is pretty slimline in design and quiet when working I really can't find a single fault with it. I think I am probably going to minus 1 mark purely because it is not the best looking heater I think you can get for the money and I think if it was smaller it would make it a little more discreet which would be better. So 4 out of 5 stars from me and still a good recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
There is nothing worse when the central heating decides to give up. Half way through the cold snap and endless snow, our heating decided that it wasn't just going to need me clamped to all the radiators bleeding them and trying to find a cheap solution. Because of the nature of double glazing and many rooms in our home, I had to find heaters to independently heat rooms when we had relied on our central heating to cover the purpose. The local electric shop however were naturally sold out of convector heaters other than a plain range of Dimplex convector heaters, a brand that I haven't been too keen on following a spate of duff Glen models I had purchased many years ago Argos ("Glen" is a brand name that is part owned by Dimplex) despite most of their ranges being built in Britain. It seems with the cold snap and cold weather front lately, most shoppers in our town have preferred Delonghi hence the lack of the models in the shop.
When I got home with the 3078 model however I was impressed that at £25-99 the heater I had purchased is rated at 3000 watts and there are quite a few features on this heater that I wouldn't have ordinarily assumed Dimplex would make on the grounds that Delonghi as far as I am concerned produce convector heaters that have well designed controls, look stylish and feel modern. Comet also retails this model at £29-99 so a bit of a bargain really at Scottish Hydro! Dimplex however have retained their sensible image here of robust convector heaters even though you need to screw two curvy rubber stands at the base of the 3078 for it to stand up. It measures 67cm width by 35cm height making it compact and bearable if are limited for space. There are however wall mounts on the back of the heater already drilled into the back of it in which you can wall mount the convector instead - just make sure it's a load bearing wall if you do decide to wall mount the heater. The looks however are up to a matter of personal taste (white and grey) and I bought the heater primarily for its purpose against Delonghi's greater artistic hand.
Quality wise the 3078 isn't expensive made hence it reflects its cheap price under £30 and for what you get, there are two independent heat settings, a variable thermostat rubberised dial that allows settings of 1 to 5 marked out in roman numerical I's to further enhance and choose each heat available against two further rocker switches at the side of the convector that allow you to choose either the 2000 watt / 2.0kw lower heat or the high powered 3000 / 3.0kw heat. Selection is therefore quite important and you need to know what you are doing instead of just hoping that by switching on, everything will be fine. The heater also has a frost function and an over heat cut out function; I use the frost function on the lowest setting so that heater switches off after being on for four hours so that it puts out heat in between hours when I or another family member is in the room rather than be put to the test of sweating! And just to put the stats right - on Dooyoo it states "fan forced," with regards to the heat but there is no fan option on this model.
Surprisingly though, the open vents at the top of the 3078 are reasonably modern and curved over the front to the rear with a rubber carry handle at each side. Sadly they don't stay cool if the convector is to be moved whilst in operation but they don't burn your hands either. The design may look inoffensive but I feel it is misleading given that on any convector heater you can't lay clothing on top or indeed put anything over the vents; anyone who doesn't see the large lettering on the heater that states "do not cover," may be confused by the vents that lend them to the assumption clothing can be laid over. An orange LED light at the side of the convector completes the controls but it stays lit even though the heater isn't activated until you pull out the plug or switch off from the mains. A 1.5 metre power cord is also attached and despite it being white and double insulated rubber in colour to match the white painted metal of this model, it could be a bit longer for those who need the heater nearer rather than planked by a wall or main plug.
There are a couple of downsides with this model; the thermostat dial is poorly marked but moves too weakly which may well point to its cheap manufacture - this is also apparent with the rocker switches when operated they vibrate through the metal panel and everyone knows you are switching on the heater. Heat doesn't emerge until after the second or third setting has been dialled in and there is no delay timer on this model. Although I prefer 3.0kw heaters in general because they give a fully toasted room after say 30 minutes, after 20 minutes or so on the lower 2.0kw setting the 3078 gives off enough heat to keep a room sufficiently warm when the doors are closed. Open the door of the room that this heater is situated in and you can feel the heat floating through from the room to the next. In short, despite its lower heat setting, it performs very well.
Another downside is the user manual; a poor 3 page A4 printed sheet that has one of the worst over worded print I've ever laid eyes on. The model numbers for the whole range of Dimplex heaters have been included here so you need to know what you have bought and as with most products these days Dimplex show off the top model with the thermostatic delay timer as opposed to the 3078. Although hugely important, Dimplex need to simplify their user manual here and need to appropriately install the correct one per convector heater they sell rather than purposefully put a whole range-user manual to cover costs.
Talking of cost, this heater if used on average every day for an average of 5 hours, can drastically add up to £20 or more on top of your quarterly electric bill, but in lieu of my gas bill being twice the price I reckon that I am making a saving and I'm only the Dimplex maybe three or four times a week rather than every day. Over the use of a fan heater which dries air and makes my throat dry thus causing a fit of coughs, convector heaters are a lot safer by default.
So if you need a compact purpose convector heater, the Dimplex 3078 won't let you down. Whilst it may lack the delay start timer (pick a delay timer plug up at Tesco or Asda as they are mega cheap around £2-99 and ensure it can take load bearing of 3kw heating) it has a superb heat that directs the heat in a uniform manner; for all that it is at the end of the day, it heats up well when used to a radiator in a bedroom or large living room. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2009