Product Type: Home-tek heaters
Newest Review: ... this heater from Homebase's own range, priced at £25.99 and opted for that. The heater is an electric convector heater. It is freestan... more
Homebase 2KW Convector Heater
Member Name: kat1234
Homebase 2KW Convector Heater
Advantages: decent price, heats up well, quiet
Disadvantages: bulky, short lead
When we moved into our new house, we noticed that our third bedroom was much colder than the rest of the house. This room is above the integral garage and we intended to add insulation here in time but, as my son was sleeping in that room whilst we decorated his, we needed a quick fix to warm this room up. Typically, our move coincided with some of the coldest weather we had had so we decided to purchase an electric heater for the mean time to ensure that he was kept warm.
Knowing that it was to be just a temporary fix, we didn't want to spend a fortune and headed to Homebase to see what was on offer. We came across this heater from Homebase's own range, priced at £25.99 and opted for that. The heater is an electric convector heater. It is freestanding but can also be wall mounted. It's dimensions are 62.5cm (H) x 14cm (W) x 44cm (D).
The wire attached to the heater is not very long, so it has to stand near to the wall socket rather than further into the room as we had intended. There is a temperature setting dial on the side and a flick switch to operate it. It is really easy to use and worked instantly - so no long set up etc. On first use, it does smell a little as it warms up but I expect that this is true for all heaters and it has certainly not been an issue since. It heats up very quickly - you can feel the hot air being omitted almost instantly and is really quiet whilst running - perfect for us as it was to be used at bed time to ensure the room is warm, so any noise would have disturbed my son. The room we use this is a fair size - not massive but not small either - and you can really feel the difference after having this on for about ten minutes. Therefore, it is good for using in short bursts. It also has a thermostatic control, so switches on to standby when the room heats to the desired temperature and comes on again when it cools. This is a fantastic feature as it helps to maintain a room at the temperature that you want it.
The heater is made of metal and does get very hot when on. Therefore, from a safety aspect, this is not a long term solution for us as little inquisitive hands would easily get burned and we do not use this during the day. It is also quite bulky and not easy to tuck away in a cupboard so does take up floor space even when not in use.
For our intended use, this was perfect and it certainly did a good job at warming up the room whilst we awaited long term solutions. In turn, the rest of the house felt warmer as less cold air was floating around. It did feel like it really dried the air out though and it is not something that I would want to use for long periods. For the price paid, it is a good heater. It warms up quickly and is easy to operate so I can't really fault it.
Summary: decent enough for temporary or occasional use