Product Type: Dimplex heaters
Newest Review: ... heater is a lowly 750 watts meaning it can and does take the chill off a cool room, but won't really be able to throw out lots of warm... more
An oil filled electric panel heater
Member Name: SoadFan
Date: 10/02/12, updated on 10/02/12 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap to run
Disadvantages: Provides a low level of heat
~An economical heater that offers a low heat output~
This Dimplex OFX075 oil filled panel heater is something that we used to have in the conservatory, that was purchased by the previous occupants as a way to keep winter chills at bay. This heater is not as effective at keeping a cool/ or cold room like a conservatory at a high heat during really cold snaps, although it will certainly keep the chill off of a cold room. The plus points for these heaters are that they can be simply wall mounted in areas around the home that need a little bonus heat during winter weather, without having to be plumbed in to a main central heating system, as each unit is a stand alone oil filled product that can be simply plugged in to an electrical socket or attached more permanently if wanted to your electricity supply by a qualified electrician.
This heater is a lowly 750 watts meaning it can and does take the chill off a cool room, but won't really be able to throw out lots of warmth on very cold days. I feel that the installation of this heater in the conservatory was in theory a good idea as it provided a means of keeping chills at bay to a small extent and could be left on during periods of extreme cold without costing the earth to run. If the room that you are heating is not in regular use during the winter months, this is quite possibly a good option as it provides a very light background heat.
If you are wanting to really boost the heat in a room so that it can be comfortably sat in for a number of hours on cold days, then this model is not really going to be enough. I found that to be the case when using this heater which is why it is no longer in use as it has been replaced with something that throws out a little more heat. The heat controls on this model do allow you to adjust the heat settings, so as to get the best value for money when running this heater during cold periods and if all that is required is a little background heat to take the chill off of a cold room then this would be fine to use.
The look of this panel heater is simple and neat with a minimal cool white finish that looks modern and would suit a number of room schemes. These heaters do look very similar to some of the ultra slim central heating radiators that can be bought and so would not look out of place if used in a home with a mix of both gas central heating and electric heating. These heaters are easy to set and use and they seem to come fitted with the required electrical cable, although I cannot comment on whether they also have a plug fitted to them as the one I had in use was connected directly to the electricity outlet on the wall. I also cannot comment on whether these heaters have a set of wall connectors with them when new, as the heater was already in situ, although I would assume that they do.
~Price and rating~
In terms of rating this oil filled heater I feel that the issues with it were really based around the fact that it didn't throw out enough warmth for a person to be able to spend any length of time sitting around, without the room being topped up by an additional convector heater. As a simple way to keep chills away and have a low base line temperature in a room then this heater does what it should and as such should be rated accordingly. Taking everything in to account I feel this heater ought to get a mid range 3 star product rating as it can cut the cost of keeping chills away, however it may suit some room situations more than others. I am unable to comment on the price paid for the heater although a quick search has lead me to see a price range from £70 to £80 for these types or products.
Summary: May not be suited to all needs