Product Type: Micromark heaters
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Kingavon HH200 Halogen Heater
Member Name: Dryad
Kingavon HH200 Halogen Heater
Advantages: Cheap and gives out a great heat
Disadvantages: Also gives out a lot of light (but I like this), a bit flimsy
Our house if quite old, from the outside it looks like a standard rural end terrace house, but it's over 200 years old and was originally a detached single story thatched cottage. It's been altered and built up against over the years so looks not nearly as picturesque now, this means that the walls are not easily insulated as they seem to be made of some kind of rubble. This means that not only is it damn difficult to get a nail into the walls but the house is also very cold. This is great in the summer as we never get overheated, but it doesn't seem to work the same way in the winter it doesn't keep the heat in, it seems to suck the cold and damp in.
When our fire stopped working in the lounge two years ago (we've only just been able to get it fixed and now the bleeping central heating/hot water has gone) we nearly froze, we do have a radiator in that room but it's quite a big room with open stairs in so doesn't heat up easily. So out we went on the hunt for a reasonably priced electric heater. We chose the Micromark - Kingavon 1,200watt as it has 4 bars and is the type of heater I wanted, I've used fan heaters before and they are noisy, and not as effective in my opinion. Also it was cheap and available in our local odds and sods shop. Our several heaters cost us between £10 and £15, though I think they have gone up somewhat over the last year. Cashing in on the cold spells I expect.
This heater has an oscilating function, when you depress the button on the furthest left, the heater then swivels on its base, I suppose the theory is that it radiates heat to all areas, for me this function isn't particularly useful as I want the whole room to heat up, and not direct it at any particular areas. There are three settings, and I like the fact that you can have it on at full blast or turn it down to just one bar once a decent temperature is reached. There is a red on and off button on the top where the other controls are placed too.
There are several pros and cons to this heater.
The pros in my opinion are:
That it gives out a great level of heat, more than enough to heat our lounge.
It is adjustable as mentioned above, so you can control the level of heat and where in the room it is directed.
It is quite light weight if you need to move it from room to room, and it has a little hand grip moulded into the back plastic at the top (this isn't as well defined or as deep and angled as I'd like)
It gives out a gorgeous warm looking orangy glow, which warms you up just basking in the light.
The components of the fire remain cool to the touch, including the mesh front, the mesh becomes warm but wouldn't burn you if you brushed against it or touched it. So not dangerous to children or pets from that perspective.
The mesh frontage is very fine and nothing would be able to get through it to touch the element, except liquid and perhaps an errant blade of straw if you happened to have one handy and wanted to see if it would fit.
The cons I feel are:
It's a bit flimsy in more than one way.
The first way is at the junction where the heater swivels, this makes the structure prone to damage at this point especially if you move the heater around a lot.
The wider spaced inner mesh at the front of the heater can become dented, though there is a finer mesh over it so nothing should be able to get into the heating elements themselves.
The cable is quite short, about 4 or 5 feet, so it limits where in the room you can position the heater, unless you have an extension lead.
It gives out a great warm glow, this in both pros and cons because if you have somewhere to place the heater that isn't directly in your line of sight that is great, but if you have to have it right in front of you, or want it there to suck up more heat then it's quite a bright glare, which I find hurts my eyes a bit (I am a bit light sensitive though, I think it's liked with the migraines). This light is also rather bright if you are using the heater in a bedroom. In the dark this is as bright as having a fairly decent wattage bulb on. Personally this doesn't bother me as I'm a scardy cat and have never slept without some light in the bedroom, so for me it's ideal. A fan heater would drive me nuts in the bedroom because of the noise.
The heater could be fairly easily knocked over by pets or young children, or tipsy husbands. The base while wide is quite light weight so wouldn't stand up to a shove.
They can break down fairly quickly if used a lot (there my be mitigating circumstances which I mention later)
The pros and cons have been built up through no less than 5 of these heaters. The radiator in my eldest daughter's bedroom hasn't worked for years, so the first heater I bought was for her. We then bought one for our lounge when the cold weather really started to bite. However by the time we got our heater the first one was broken. My daughter is very gentle and doesn't bash things around so we presume this was due to the element blowing because of heavy usage. She took the lounge heater, and after a few months when we eventually had a tenner that wasn't earmarked for something else we bought another one for the lounge. Only a few weeks later the daughter's one packed up again, so we were left without a lounge heater. Anyway this has happened every time we have tried to get two heaters at the same time, so the upshot is we still have no lounge heater. Though the last time my daughters broke it was down to the dog peeing on it so not the fault of the heater. The current one is still going strong in my daughter's room.
I have to add that although I do think the heaters should have been able to stand up to prolonged use better, I think due to the damp in my house that the wiring isn't a good as it should be (even though it was rewired a few years ago it was done by a cowboy) and I have problems with light bulbs and fairly lights blowing too. So the knackering of the heaters could well be down to my dodgy electrics rather than a fault in the heaters themselves, in fact I'm rather inclined to think that is the case.
Of course as with any free standing heat source it should be kept a good distance away from anything flammable such as curtains etc and not be left unattended, oh and try not to let your pets wee on it if possible.
Summary: A super budget heater to warm the cockles of your heart