Product Type: Dimplex heaters
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Simple Dimplex Heats
Member Name: Nar2
Date: 22/02/09, updated on 24/05/11 (648 review reads)
Advantages: Good price for toasty feel; two power heat settings, thermostat dial added, simple and basic
Disadvantages: Its electric so it means it can be expensive to run; cheap quality, very poor user manual.
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. İNar2 2009
Summary: Not bad for a Dimplex, needs a bit more quality and a better user manual!
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