“ Manufacturer: Glen / Type: Compact / Power Source: Electric / Heating Levels: Variable Levels / Features: Thermostat, Anti Freeze / Fan Forced: Fan Forced / Power: 2,000 Watt / Height: 11.2 cm / Width: 23.5 cm / Depth: 23.8 cm „
This Glen heater is a 3kW fan heater, compact and basic both in terms of what it does and how it looks. It has just two dials - one which is a choice of two heat settings (or cool blow), which is a 'click' switch (i.e you can just switch it to the fixed positions) and there is a dial to adjust the temperature on whichever setting you're using, which is a completely adjustable switch (you can turn it to any position you wish).
These options give me all the control that I need in terms of adjusting to suit the environment, and at the first setting, it also gives me all the heat that I've ever been in need of. The 3kw maximum is quite overpowering for me, I would imagine it would only be suitable for huge rooms or maybe a garage.
The heater has a very effective thermostatic cut off which means once the room has reached the temperature selected via the controls, it automatically cuts the heat and kicks back in again when the temperature drops. I find a problem with this, as there's no buffer zone, by which I mean that once the temperature's been reached it's a constant off-on-off-on... Of course, that's the nature of the design feature - but it does illustrate the "type" of heating you get from this heater. It heats up the immediate space around it with great force and speed, but in my experience it doesn't thoroughly heat a room. So as soon as power is cut, the room seems to feel instantly much cooler. Consequently the heater kicks back in again, and so on. My heater is quite noisy now (which I put down to its age - I can't remember noticing this in the past) so this makes it even more annoying.
I have central heating at home and I don't use this heater very often at all these days, being a convert to a much more economical halogen heater. Not only do I find the heat of the halogen heater to be more effective in the way it warms a room, but I also prefer that type of heat over this fan heat, which I find to be quite drying - I actually get to feeling a bit nauseous if this fan heater is running for any length of time.
Glen is not a brand I had heard of prior to my purchase (it was the only fan heater available in the shop at the time) but it was cheap to buy at around £20 and at the time I was desperate and would have bought any brand! Online now it's selling for between £25 and £30, and for an emergency
I'm not marking the heater down too much because there's no question it does it's job quickly - it will warm you up in quick time, and this particular model is cheap and gives you a high level of control. The problems I've picked out are down to personal preference and I am certainly glad to have this heater to hand in case of central heating failure, it's reliable and will serve a purpose. I feel it would be a 3.5 star if halves were available, but in their absence I feel 3 is the most appropriate score.
I have gas central heating in my house as well as a gas fire in the living room so had little use for a fan heater until the gas decided to play up. The gas people came out to fix the boiler but since they couldn't manage the repair that day they left me a couple of fan heaters to keep the house warm in the interim and these were the Glen flat heaters. They never bothered to come and collect the heaters so I still have them cluttering up my cupboards.
These are simple devices designed to heat up a room in a fairly short period of time. They sit in a fixed position on the floor and point slightly upwards so they are blowing heat in one direction, I would have preferred them to be adjustable or oscillating to ensure a more even distribution of heat around the house. You are aware of the noise of the heater when it is running but soon get used to it and it becomes background noise. It ius not loud enough to disrupt conversation or TV viewing.
There are only two controls on the heater, one which controls how strong the fan heater blows and the other one to select temperature so it is simple to use. The fact that the cord is a reasonable 1.7m long allows the user to position it a decent distance away from the plug socket.
I have found that the heater blows out hot air almost as soon as it is switched on and the chill is taken off the air very quickly with a medium sized living room reaching a comfortable temperature in around 10 to 15 minutes or so. Once the room heats up I tend to switch the temperature down but the room overheats quite quickly and can become uncomfortable. The heat is concentrated around the area of the heater but the fan is powerful enough for it to spread to the corners of the room too.
I like the fact that there is a built in overheat protection so that if the unit gets too hot during use it will cut out although this has never happened to me. The plastic body of the heater remains reasonably cool during use meaning, in theory, it can be moved around while it is still warm. The grill at the front of the heater does reach very high temperatures as I learned to my cost when I brushed up against it once! Because of this I would be wary of using it in a room where there are young children who could fall against it.
I am glad my central heating is working again but the Glen fan heater was on to use in the short term. If I was to need an electric heater for longer periods of time I would probably go for a more advanced model with more features but this one is adequate to quickly warm up a room.
With the compact and lightweight design the model features thermostat control and a choice of heat settings, as well as cool air setting for those warmer days. This versatile heater also features frost guard for extra convenience.