Product Type: Micromark heaters
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Kingavon HH200 Halogen Heater
Member Name: vanillaman
Kingavon HH200 Halogen Heater
Advantages: Great immediate heat output, not a bad price
I've been using Micromark-Kingavon heaters (1,200watt) for a few years now. Our house is quite cold and often needs an extra blast of heat in very cold weather and this heater can usually be found for a reasonable price (we paid £20 for our last one, that was on offer from a catalogue, I have seen them around the £15 mark in various places). I don't like fan heaters as they are quite noisy, and we had an experience I never want to repeat with our last floor 'mounted' fan heater. Our dog is not the best behaved and peed on the heater, we weren't aware of this initially we could smell the hint of rebellion in the air but not find the 'stink bomb'. When we turned on the fan heater we realised what had happened as a fine heated but dry mist of pee was blown out in a puff acting as a sort of reverse air freshener. I realise this won't be a problem for most of you but it kind of acted as aversion therapy for me regarding fan heaters. So to get back to the crux of the matter a heater with radiating elements is what we wanted.
This heater has an oscillating function which is easily accessed by one of the clear and easy to use buttons on the top. One red for on and off, one for twisty turny-ness three to switch different bars on and off to adjust the heat ouput, giving 400, 800 or the full 1,200 watts. We rarely use the oscillating function as the heater is just left on to warm up the whole room, but should you want to use this feature it is very quiet in use, and slow and smooth in operation.
Where the heater connects to the base is where the oscillating function operates from, and I feel this is a weak spot as we have had one heater break at this junction, leaning like some tipsy old school Doctor Who life form, strangely the heating elements still worked, whereas when subsequent heaters have been treated with kid gloves the heating elements have proved a bit ''delicate'.
The heat given out by this item is excellent and one bar is often enough to take the chill off a cold room, when a real cold spell hits this is perfect in one of the upstairs bedrooms which doesn't have a functioning radiator at the moment, on full blast the room is often the hottest in the house.
Although the front double mesh panel of the heater doesn't get dangerously hot, it can't be left too near anything flammable of course, which could be a problem in quite a small room as it is quite a large heater both in base circumference width and height. We've never had a problem with size as our rooms are of average size, but my sister in law found it difficult to keep it far enough away from flammable things in her tiny bedroom, like any heater it needs some free space around it. Being slim and tall(ish) it doesn't look very cumbersome and it is very lightweight and easy to move (there is a handle at the back which make it easy to lift, but not a terribly good grip if you are carrying it any distance, such as up or down stairs.
There is quite a bright glare from this heater, so I wouldn't recommend having it facing you if you are sitting down for a prolonged period, such as in an office or just vegging out on the sofa, and wouldn't be too good if you were trying to sleep either, though although I wouldn't have thought it's sensible to leave a moveable heat source such as this on all night while you are asleep anyway.
Being lightweight is great for mobility but it's not so good for safety as we've found that despite the decent width base it can be knocked over by an exuberant dog, or in any of the ways you might give it a shove, so not a good idea to leave it unsupervised if you have young uns, pets, or an unruly wife.
We find the good level of instant heat this heater gives to be superb, we even like the warm glow given out by the bars (when not in our face). However this isn't a long lasting heater, the elements have blown on us several times, we have had a few of these because they just don't last that long, we went through two in one winter. However we keep buying them because we like the adjustability of the heat settings, and although we could probably buy a longer lasting heater for the price we've paid for several of these we couldn't have afforded a more sturdy and expensive one in one payment, and we like the level of heat this gives out.
The Kingavon Heater despite its faults is highly recommended and although I wish the were more sturdy we will buy again if our current one gives up the ghost.
Summary: A good heater, but not terribly long lasting.
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