“ Manufacturer: Dimplex / Compact / Alimentation: Electric / 2 Heating Levels / Fan Forced / Thermostat „
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Fan heaters are a very useful appliance to have in a student house, especially if the central heating's only on for 2 minutes a day and you make the mistake of leaving your towel covering the radiator! More recently, fan heaters have been a godsend as my flat was without heating over a weekend due to problems with the boiler. I have a larger convection heater and this smaller unit from Dimplex which I got from Amazon for around £20.
The fan heater is a simple box shape that sits on a little stand that makes it less easy to knock over. Like many fan heaters, it has a handy tilt switch so it won't pose a fire risk if it does fall over. Two dials on top of the heater control power and temperature. There's also a fan setting for the summer and a clever thermostat that switches the unit off if the room reaches a certain temperature. This is a real benefit as I've often left my larger convection heater on for too long, and walked back an hour or so later into a sauna. It also makes the heater less damaging to your electricity bills.
The main disadvantage is the noise, meaning you can't really use it in a room where you're watching television or entertaining. It's not particularly loud, but it's noticeable nonetheless so I tend to use the larger, silent convection heater in the living room. It also lacks a carry handle, although the shape of the back makes it easy to grip onto and carry around. At 3 kilowatts it packs a fair deal of punch and heats rooms in my flat very quickly, despite the high ceilings and single glazing.
Overall, it's a good buy. The heater I've got has lasted a couple of yearsand gives me valuable peace of mind in the freezing winter months.
Bought this upright portable fan heater quite a few years ago and it is still going strong. You can currently purchase it on Amazon for £20.45 (with free delivery).
I purchased it for the principal reason I wanted to be able to heat a room quickly and effectively (has a 3kW output)- and this does just that. It has 2 heating settings; low and high and a safety automatic cut out thermostat (which means when the room reaches optimum heat levels it will automatically cut out). This has been a boon as I have often wandered out of the room leaving it on but with knowing once the room has warmed up it will switch itself off. This extra safety aspect means if it gets kicked over accidently it will also switch irself off to stop it overheating. It also has frost protection which means if plugged in and the temp drops it will automatically switch on to up the temp in the room.
The other boon is it has a cool setting so great for summertime in a hot conservatory.
It is compact item but sturdy with it. A nice solid base. It weighs 1.4 grams and size is H 23.8, W 24.7, D 18.4 cm.
It is easy to use, simple button functions, warms a room incredibly quickly due to the forced fan element inside which blows the heat out. Can be stored away in a cupboard when not in use. Discreet enough not to dominate the room and be tucked away (I keep mine to the side of the sofa).
It is a great affordable item that is solid, strong, sturdy and keeps on going and going. A great purchase.
Although I got mine for around £12 (some years ago) the price has increased - the lowest price I have found it online is £16 so if you shop around you can pick up a great bargain.
Now that we are in the midst of the summer, the need for those mini heaters is not really called for, though I am sure the winter will be here soon ready to knock us all for six! I spent much of last winter huddled around one of these in the office. A small fan heater, which is perfect size for heating small areas.
The heater can be bought online and will cost about fifteen pounds, making it a good value purchase. It also comes with a three year warranty which I think is really good. Luckily, ours has never broken in the space of four years. You simply plug the thing in at the wall and trun on the adjustable heat control with the dial and you are away. You have tha ability to choose the setting as well, so you be specefic with the temperature to a certain degree. There is also a built in mechanism to cut out the heater should it get too hot.
The shape of the heater is small, compact and neat looking. It would suit an office, bedroom or even a garage and the sleek look of the heater would allow you to slide it against a wall or tuck it into a corner with ease. I like to move mine about the rooms in the house and heat the ones that don't warm so well.
The design of the heater is also pretty good, with easy to clean open shutters and a smart grey colour scheme. On the downside, the heater is not so good if you want to heat massive rooms. It does me for a small office or bedroom, but on really cold days, if you step more than a few feet away from it, you won't feel the heat. Step within a foot of it and you can feel the warmth though.
Easy to use, a fair price and robust. This is a solid purchase all round.
Shockingly brilliant when I first bought it, it heated the entire room if I kept the doors and windows closed and sealed off any unwanted drafts. Things were going really well until, oops...(accidentally knocked it off from a table whilst vacuuming and caught the cable) and from then on, became my best of worst enemies.
One of the features I liked about it when it was in functioning condition, is that there is an installed thermometer that turns itself off when it has reached a point of satisfactory heat (even if you still feel cold), but can control it so that it does more of what you expect if you keep it at level 1. Like a computer, it is programmed to instruction and therefore needs plenty of patience and understanding if you use a higher setting than that of level 1. I also liked the fact that it isn't ugly and is very light-weight.
This product is compact enough to store anywhere in any room but not great to heat a large living space that is more than 20 meter's in length and diameter. It is excellent value for unexpected emergencies in winter months as well as hums to you as it generates and builds in heat. I often felt like I had a robotic pet in the room and found myself telling it to be quite, especially whilst concentrating on these reviews!
I soon got agitated by it's nuisance but more so when it coughed up bits of heat then momentarily failed to exhale after the accident. It went from one dramatic sound to another every time I moved it to see if it would stop the noises but it reluctantly kept on. I sort of felt sad for it and really wanted to do something to get it repaired but lost the warranty and receipt etc that came with it and came close to throwing it in the shed but didn't want to do that because I became very attached and felt guilty that I had been the cause of it's troubles.
The problem is with this cute dimplex is that it has two eyes on top of the head and a mouth that wants to speak to you and it does if you consider the humming as a kind of speech! - I sort of humanized it as I do most electrical things that live with me for some time.
I found myself torn between wanting to cut ties with it, but still keeping it in case it just needed a long respite to recover from the accident. I felt angry at myself for sometime after it failed to work completely and felt as if I had caused the death of an innocent little friend. How sad is this?
It really did try to heat up when it broke down, so shows that is a pretty solid make in terms of circuitry but prone to failure if it is easily knocked over from a reasonable height. So overall, this is an extremely fragile heater with a rocket inside of it that once it fails to launch: needs to be discarded unless you want to keep it as a trophy.