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I work in a pub and around October time last year or heating failed quite dramatically. The whole lot cut off for a few days and its safe to say it wasn't an ideal situation. As soon as we were aware it wouldn't get fixed for a few days I took a trip to Argos.
We couldn't heat the whole place, that would take a mega heater, so needed quite a few that could be put out and about to spread a bit of heat and generally take the edge off.
I chose due to price - at the time about £15 a pop from Argos, not going for about £12 on Amazon at the cheapest. Its fair to say they are in the bottom price bracket. This is what you get in an emergency or a hurry, not for serious heating. Something to take the edge of give a little boost.
So, as you can imagine the plan to use lots of these didn't really work and they were quickly regulated to a store room, except one which stayed in an office that gets a) used a lot b) its always cold.
In a small office this works fine - basting out hot, not warm or comfortable - but hot air. Its not too diffident from the feel of a hairdryer rather than a radiator - its a fan heater. It can take the chill off a small cold office in 10 minutes, but I think its the loud whurrr and disturbing smell of burning electronics that physiologically trick you into it being hotter than it is.
Firstly, the noise. Its like a dull whurr. Its quite hair dryer roar but you can hear the fan densely whizzing. In a workplace its not to bad, but I can't imagine using at night when trying to sleep - its loud enough to be annoying when wanting quiet.
Secondly, the smell. A hairdryer smells 'hot' and this smells 'hotter'. Even since it was first used and the multiple times since its smelled a little worrying - but actually been fine. Again, OK at work but I imagine you'd be waking up in terror every 5 minutes thinking your house was on fire.
These two things combined a two reminder it is cheap and a low price product - its not high end in any way.
It has two dials on the front - speed and heat. Quite a handy things - you can set it to blow out cold air. Heatwise though, unless its up full whack its not going to do much very quickly. Even mid to high is barely warm - despite it still being pretty loud.
Its a single unit - no base or swivel function, if you want to move it you have to pick it up and move it. Speaking of moving it, care is needed. It has a small indentation serving as a handle but the top area and front will melt your fingers if you grab it wrong.
It serves a purpose - its bunged on and makes things less freeing rather than hot and can be a little comforting. I picked these up because they were cheap, but would not use them in my home. The cost to use is poor, not at all as economically savvy as gas and will only give you momentary heat. Also due to the smell and noise they are less than ideal around the home - it would not fix sleeping. And as they blast out heat on a fixed point they will know doubt burn of melt whatever they are pointing at. A swivel on this would have been nice to help distribute the heat.
If you need an electric heater for whatever reason, this does the most basic function - as I mentioned its like turing a big, slightly shyer hairdryer on - but if cheap and basic function is what you need this will do the job.
Its also worth pointing, that despite its flaws - this does get some use and is still going, so its sturdy at least. Can go for 12-14 hours no problem
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