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This halogen heater is amazing, I would not give up my central heating for it, obviously, but for this type of heater, it really is great. I picked mine up for 15.99 in a local shop. We needed an e tea heater as one of our rooms does not have central heating and we were stuck in that room while some building work was being done.
The heater was adequate to keep us warm in a medium-sized room. It is an odd sort of heat because as soon as the heater is switched off, the heat disappears. It is almost instant. This is a shame and it is why I do not think you could only use these heaters. However, they are good for taking the edge off the cold if you do not want to put the central heating on.
A real positive about this heater is that it oscillates. This means the heat can move around the room very slightly, which helps keep the room warmer. Alternatively, if you do not wish it to oscillate, it can be put on the still setting and it will not move.
One problem with this heater is the bright light that emits from it. It is difficult to look at and so it needs to be positioned correctly so it does not disturb you.
The heater is pretty sturdy but will cut out if it falls over.
It is very cheap to run so can be left on without worrying about huge heating bills.
I am a very cold morsel, always have been, even in summer im the one in the jumper!!!
Just before Christmas I had problems with our heating and as it was cold I desperaty needed some kind of heat. I saw these heaters in a local shop window and being £14.99 thought they were a good buy. I bought one and for a short time was quite happy with it.
The oscillating part of this heater wasnt its strong point, it didnt seem to be very steady while it was turning, you can decide whether to use this option or not though. The heat output was reasonable, there are three settings and I will admit to having it on the high setting for the most part. The heat sadly doesnt last very long once switched off but I dont think this can be blamed on the heater! It looks ok if not a little plasticy, for a heater its passable though.
I had been using this heater for around two weeks when one of the halogen bars stopped working. I returned it to the shop and they happily exchanged it for another one. Sadly just after Christmas the second heater died the same death as the first, due to having the heating fixed I got a refund rather than watch the death of another heater. I dont know if its a bad heater, a bad batch or it doesnt like being on full but it wasnt the heater for me.
I live on my own in a very cold flat with storage heaters. Not ideal! In the winter it gets very cold and over the years I have turned to many different types of heaters to meet my requirements. The latest one being this Oscillating Halogen Heater which I picked up for £14.99 from a local store.
I had my doubts about these heaters, mainly due to the cost of using them, but in the end after visiting a friends in a similar block of flats who was having cold issues I noticed they can be quite good. The device was a little lighter than I though as it feels very flimsy and light weight as it is made almost entirely of cheap plastic. One drop and I imagine it would fall apart but as long as you careful this should be fine.
The main attraction here is how well it heats. Now this is my first Halogen heater as such and I was not expecting it to heat so much. It gets very hot indeed on full settings to the extent that you can not really stand near it and be comfortable. It has three different settings which I assume are 400w of heat, 800w and 1200w which means you can adapt the levels. It also has a turn function which means it can spread heat. There can be no complaints about this in a small room as it can heat the room nicely straight away and is ideal in situations such as heating a room before bed etc.
However what I tend to find is that in my larger rooms it has very little effect. I have high ceilings and big windows too so even after 15 minutes on the heater has not really done a great deal for me. If I point it at me on the couch yes it will keep me warm but then it means when I get up the rest of the room is cold.
My other problem is with the light as it is sooo bright that it makes it hard to have it near you and watch TV etc. Reading is fine, in fact the light comes in handy as it means you don't need a lamp but one turn and full blast it cuts into your eyes.#
The final negative is the simple fact that with all heating like this, it doesn't last. A few moments after its gone off and the heat has died fully!
All in all a nice cheap alternative to other heaters, have not noticed a rise in electric bills, but generally the lack of mobility (short cord) and the lack of staying heat makes me want to look elsewhere!
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Whilst in a previous job I worked in an office which was on the top floor on a nursery and didn't have any radiators in. During the winter months in would be freezing so we decided to buy a cheap heater to have next to the desk. I paid £12.99 from Amazon which I thought was a good price.
The heater was in a simple box and was in 2 parts - the heater and the base. It is quite simple but smaller than what I had thought. It isn't something I would have at home as it does look cheap and tacky but it was ideal to keep warm at work.
The heater has 3 heats although I would say just use the highest heat as it doesn't feel like it is even on when it is on the other 2 settings. When you are sat next to the heater it does give off a very warm heat - just like been sat next to a radiator. However you can't feel the heat around the room. If I went out of the room and walked back in the heat didn't hit you.
I would recommend for situations like I was in - in an office or small room etc but this isn't ideal to use at home to heat up a room. However for the price I wouldn't expect it to heat up the whole room. I couldn't say if it is great value for money - using the heater instead of a radiator - as I didn't see the electric bill.
Oscillating Halogen Heater
Why I bought this Heater:
A few years ago we lived in a house with the luxury of central heating. However, the boiler chose to go wrong at the coldest time, so we needed heat and fast. We had seen these in use and for sale in our local independent bargain store. So popped into town to buy a couple. They were on offer at 2 for £24.00 so a good start. We rushed home and popped them on, to warm the house through.
The heaters stand about 55cm tall resemble a small slightly squashed surfboard in shape and feature a plastic stand that the heater slots into and can be set to oscillate from. Width is about 36cm and there are 3 grey switches plus one orange on/off switch for the oscillator on the top. Colour is two tone grey.
As mentioned initially we brought them back to a cold house and needed some HEAT! So wacked them onto full everything. The existing convector/fan heater was barely keeping up. We pulled our old free standing electric radiator out of the garage for the bathroom. But these heaters soon brought just about enough heat into our large open plan living area. We did not trust leaving them on when we went out for more than a few minutes, even though they feature a safety cut out that if they are knocked and wobble or get covered, the power cuts off immediately. They do appear to be flimsy and we had (unfounded) concerns about the build quality. Fortunately though the part arrived and our boiler was repaired after 2 days. These were great as an emergency top gap, but would not be adequate for permanent everyday use.
The four buttons on the top switch each bar off and on separately and the orange one is to operate the oscillation feature. These represent three heat settings of 400; 800 and1200W. The heater works by operating three halogen tubes, with a shiny silver background to reflect the heat out into the room. The great thing about the heater is it immediately starts to produce heat and with only 1 bar in operation would cost less than 2p per hour to run at today's prices, or less than a penny when I bought them! The oscillating effect, I suppose means that rather than concentrate the heat into one place it spreads it around the room, a feature that is especially useful in larger areas.
Love it or hate it?
These halogen heaters emit a warm orange glow, which lights up the room in the dark or semi-darkness and can be quite comforting. These are a cheap method of heating both in the initial purchase and for running costs. However, the downside is the lamps don't last very long and are almost as much as the initial purchase to replace. They "go" quite suddenly and you need the single lamp to work for the other two to function as well. They are fragile to store and do "go" suddenly without warning.
Ours came with a decent length of cable 1.5m, excellent given the low purchase price.
They are easy to clean, requiring a quick wipe over and a buff up at the bottom of the front reflective area with a cloth to keep them looking good.
None really, but once we had moved and tried to use them again as our only form of living room heat, I did find the cheerful orange glow comforting at times and annoying at others. I am prone to Migraine, so these heaters with their bright light and especially side to side movement are diabolical if I am in a pre-migraine state. They were not quite adequate to heat that poorly insulated modern house.
The replacement tubes are a little fiddly to replace, meaning that it is worrisome to remove the blown number 1 light and swop it for the number 3 to get some heat working. I would not recommend these heaters for someone with arthritis in their hands, unless there is another person to change the bulbs over.
They are not easy to store, given their flimsy state and I was always worried about breaking them.
We gave ours away on Freecycle when we moved to our current home!
A low cost portable heating solution, especially suited to emergency use. Despite the tip over cut out, I would not trust leaving these on with young children or pets about. The light is a draw that could prove painful as the bars that protect the lights do get extremely hot.
Anyone who may require a little extra heating, cost effective to run, easy to set up and install, great for emergencies or where a little extra heat is required. The orange glow could prove cheery in the dark winter months too.
Maybe Not For:
Arthritis sufferers who live alone
Houses with young children who may be left alone with the heater - even for a moment
Price and Availability:
We bought ours from a small independent at a great price. I have just checked and they are available from independent electrical outlets and on-line stores such as: Amazon or eBay for around £12.00-£20.00 each. The replacement tubes are usually available from the same places.
Stars: 3/5 due to the flimsy build quality and fidly replacment issues. Otherwise, they are a good heater.
Thank you for reading my review & I hope you found it useful?
I bought one of these halogen oscillating heaters for our study as it is in a small extension which never seems to stay warm even though it does have a small radiator. We have just started to put the heating on but only for a few hours in the evening and as the computer is in there I do tend to spend some time in there. I had recently bought this one for my mom and she had said how much heat it generated so I bought the same one for myself. I bought it from Amazon and paid £13.00 which I think is quite reasonable.
The body is dark grey plastic with an integrated handle which is plenty big enough for you to get your hand in to carry it around from room to room. The halogen lights are protected by metal bars for safety and it comes with a stand which is easy to attach. It has an automatic safety cut off switch which turns the heater off immediately if it is not in contact with the floor so you don't have the worry of it being knocked over and burning any surfaces or starting a fire.
There are three heat settings, which are 400w, 800w and 1200w and are activated by three buttons located at the top of the heater and you press one button for the lower setting, two for the middle and three for the highest setting. As the room I have the heater in is quite small I find that I only use the 400 and 800 settings as the 1200 setting is really quite intense in a small space. It does say that it is energy efficient so shouldn't be too expensive to use. There is a further button at the top of the heater which causes it to oscillate slowly helping the heat to spread in the room. It does turn to quite a wide angle so it would be suitable for a largerroom as the heat would be directed to a large area. You can also have it static which I usually do where I use it.
It is a slim design so it is easy to store at the side of a room without taking up too much space. I always find that it cools down very quickly so I am able to move it when I have finished using it. I have given it a quick flick with a feather duster especially if I have not used it for a while but it has not needed any other cleaning.
It does give a lovely warm and cosy glow which I think which gives you the impression that you are even warmer and it does heat up very quickly to give you instant warmth, much quicker than turning the radiators on. I am aware that some halogen bulbs do not last very long but I have had this for over 12 months and they are still going strong.
I recommend this handy little heater as a quick and easy way to heat a small space efficiently and cheaply. I find that it gives a powerful amount of heat in a very short time and I will continue to use it to keep me warm in my study.
I had to buy one of these Halogen Heaters not last winter but the one before as the central heating packed up. I didn't want to spend much so headed off for Home Bargains and B&M. B&M had an oscillating one for between £10 and £15 I can't remember exactly because it was a while ago.
The heater came boxed with an instruction leaflet inside. It's housing is grey plastic and comes with a foot that needs attaching. The protective metal mesh front covers the halogen bulbs and gets very hot, but in doing so increases the heaters warmth. I wouldn't like to touch it and make sure there's nothing flammable around. There is a handle on the top to carry it which is easy because the heater isn't heavy or big. Underneath there is a safety cut out button which turns the heater off if not in contact with the floor, sometimes our heater needs jiggling about to work. It could do with a longer lead, short for safety I know but if you're going to trip over the lead then the heater switches off anyway because of the floor contact switch.
The heater has 3 heat settings 400 watt, 800 watt and 1200 watt. There are three buttons on the top of the heater one depressed lights one bulb tube resulting in 400 watts, two depressed gives 800 watts of heat and three gives the full 1200 watts which is very warm. All levels are bright, but level three is very bright- it's like being high beamed at night, it's all you can see when you look away......adds a bit of ambience to room though I suppose.
A feature of the heater is to oscillate, it can move from side to side or just stay static. If there's only one person in the room then static is best but for general room warming then it's nice to spread the heat out a bit. The heater does heat the room quickly and normally I find usually one or maybe two bulbs sufficient.
The bulbs do blow and the first one went within months, the second a while later one is still working and adequate alone to warm the room so I've not bothered trying to change them, besides it looks like it may be tricky. I've looked on line and you can buy replacements for as little as a fiver.
Using it often during the winter (it's been delegated to my daughters room coz she's always 'cold') doesn't add too much to my electricity bill but I would say it cost more to run than I thought, I read about 1p an hour somewhere which is what swayed me to buy halogen in the first place, but I would say it's more than that.
The best thing for me though is that it's quiet.
I would recommend one, they are handy to keep incase of a central heating failure.
5 Stars from me.
The shop that I work in is an old one and as such hasn't been equipped with air conditioning so in summer we all melt and in winter we sit there shivering! We do have a few storage heaters in the shop but they just hold heat and don't actually heat the area! As such when winter approaches we always end up having to ring our supervisor and ask for permission to head out and buy a heater for behind the counter. The purchase previous to our latest heater was an oscillating halogen heater which we bought from our local discount store for ten pounds. This review focuses on our experience with the heater.
The heater came packed in a cardboard box and once opened required minimal assembly. We just needed to screw on the actual heater on to the base and that was done by my colleague in a matter of minutes. The heater wasn't much to look at to be honest. It was made from a white coloured plastic and stood perhaps half a metre tall. I wouldn't personally like to have to use this in my front room or something at home because it did look cheap and somewhat tacky but to be fair I don't think these are ever intended to be a main source of heating for a home and are more intended to warm conservatories, offices, caravans and such like.
The heater had a power cable which was a good length and we found that we were able to plug it in and then position it on the desk behind the main two tills so that the heat was at our level and would be spread around. I actually borrowed one of these from my Uncle last year when my central heating died in December again last year and I could plug it in and then position it in the corner of the room. The cable is about a metre long I would say. Not huge but enough for mine and my shops needs. You could always use an extension cable if you needed it to reach a different place.
On the heater there were three different heat options for us to choose from these being low, medium and high. The heater had three different halogen panels in it which were hidden behind wire bars which obviously protect you slightly from the panels. When you chose the low setting one bar would be on, medium meant two would be lit and high would mean that all three panels would be on. When all three panels are on the heater has a really cosy looking orange glow which is lovely when it is a bit dark and dreary outside. Some customers complained it was blinding as it faced them but I suspect they were the ones that would complain about anything! All of the panels glow orange but the intensity is increased the more of them you have on. We found that in our shop we needed the halogen heater set to high at all times really when we were working but this obviously depends on the kind of person you are....I am generally cold where as my boss barely used the heater because he is generally warm! On the high setting this heater really does pack quite a punch in terms of the heat it gives out and it certainly made working in the shop much more bearable especially on the cold nights.
This heater is an oscillating one and for me this is one of the best features of the product because you press a button on the top of it and it sets the heater turning from side to side quite slowly which spreads the heat around a little bit. You can set it so it doesn't move if there is just one person working and you want all of the heat pointing at you or one area.
Our only problem with this heater was a few months after use the halogen panels stopped working. You can replace them but this would have worked out as expensive and more hassle than just going to buy a new heater from the local shop so we just didn't bother. For the price paid and for a short term option for warming a space though I think this heater is a great product. They are being sold on amazon for £9.99 for a 1200w heater and this is a fair price I think. The heaters offer quite a lot of heat and are best suited to small areas but offer good value for money in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!
At my previous home I was reliant on storage heaters to heat my house. It was only a small two-up-two-down, but its stairs were open in the living room, so it was actually a pretty chilly place to be during the winter. The storage heaters were hit-and-miss to be extremely kind, and in the evenings all the heat would be gone and I would have to look to alternative heating methods. The living room fire was great, but going upstairs to bed was going up to the Arctic. I spotted these halogen heaters in B&M and invested in one, as they were only £12.99 and it turned out to be a life saver.
Getting it home, it was a two-minute job to fix the base to the heater and we were ready to go. On top there are 4 buttons - on/off, oscillate, 800W and 1200W. Without the 800 or 1200W button pressed in, one halogen bar lights and heats up, amounting to 400W of power, and pressing the respective buttons lights the second and third bar accordingly for 800 or 1200W. The 400 setting is ideal for giving a bit of background heat to a room, so it was perfect for leaving it on in the bedroom for a couple of hours to ensure the room didn't get chilled to its core. 1200W gives fantastic heat out and would be perfect for taking the chill off a room in quick time. I usually found I needed one of those situations or the other, never much call for "something in between".
The look of the heater is pretty functional, a mix of greys with chrome edging to the heater panel, but its rounded shape and relatively small size (approximately 600mmx400m) keeps it fairly unobtrusive when it's standing in the corner of a room. It has rounded edges and corners and whilst not a stylish addition to the room, it's certainly innoffensive.
Pushing the button to oscillate rotates the main body of the heater through 90 degrees. This isn't a function I use as I tend to have the heater standing in the corner of the room. In my opinion 90 degrees isn't really enough to make a huge difference, and positioning the heater in the right place and leaving it fixed is the best approach I think.
Underneath the heater there is a 'trip switch' which cuts the power to the heater bars if the weight of the heater isn't sitting fully on its base. This means that if the heater should fall over or be knocked over, the bars are immediately switched off. This is a good safety feature which works extremely well - for instance, if the cord is stuck slightly under the base and the weight is not fully on the floor, the heater won't operate.
During the past week I returned from holiday to find the UK much chillier than when I left it and although I didn't really want to light the central heating, my bedroom felt freezing to me at night time. Fortunately my heater was not too far away and within 5 or 10 minutes the chill was really gone. Last winter in my new home I still found regular use for the heater because I don't like to heat the whole house on evenings when I will only be in the living room before going to bed. I'd have the fire on in the living room and then pop the heater on upstairs half an hour before bed.
I find the heat from this halogen heater far preferable to that given out by fan heaters which I find really drying and leave me feeling a bit nauseous, it's not possible for me to leave one of those on for any length of time. Somehow it's a more 'rounded' heat, it seems to heat the room rather than just blowing out hot air, and it doesn't make the room feel unpleasant like fan heaters tend to.
My only big downside to report about the heater may sound like a case of "elf n safety gorn mad" but these heater bars get VERY hot! they shine very brightly so it's not as if you wouldn't know it was on, but if little hands were to touch, or if you were to brush by accident then it would be very dangerous indeed. It wouldn't be possible to touch the actual elements as they are protected by a strong wire mesh, but nevertheless, being the height that they are, I think it needs mentioning if there are children in the house. The heater would be far hotter than touching a radiator for instance.
When I got the heater out this week one of the bars has refused to light, so I am now restricted to a 400 or 800W heater, and I will need to buy another one I think. So far I have only seen them on sale for £14.99 this year, and that still represents great value for these heaters. Should the central heating fail, having one of these in the house would be invaluable if these first few days of Autumn are a clue to what lies ahead!
When Mrs B and I used to be students we had a couple of these halogen heaters. We have since brought them along with us to our new home and have bought a new one too. The house we lived in prior to this one was old and would often take a long time to warm up once the heating was on so these heaters proved to be really useful.
The heaters that we have are white and quite tall. They plug into the mains with quite a long lead so you can choose where you put it. It is only light which I think is both a negative and a positive- it is easy to move it around to where we want it but it also means that if you knock into it it can fall over quite easily. It has got quite a wide base but this doesn't make it as sturdy as it could be. It would be very dangerous for it to fall and us not be aware so for this purpose we always make sure that we only use this when we are going to be in the room with it.
The heater provides warmth right away. The halogen shines and you can choose how many parts of it you want to light up. The more you have on the hotter it is. You can also choose if you want it to be still or to turn.
What we have found is that it provides great warmth if you are in front of it and then as soon as you move away or it turns then it's suddenly cold. This doesn't really heat up a room, it will heat up the area in front of it but the heat projected from it is very minimal. If we use this it's to warm us up immediately in front of us but not to warm up the entire room.
It warms up very fast and the bars in front of it get extremely hot so this is not something we ever use around the children as it is very dangerous. We only ever use it on the floor too.
This is a great way to warm up fast but don't buy it expecting it to replace having a roaring fire or a great heating system. It can also be very dangerous too so you need to make sure that when you do use this you do so sensibly.
They are great for elderly people too, my grandad used to have one to have by his chair when he felt cold, it's great for them as it's instant heat.
Ours cost £40 and I think that's reasonable. There are lots of options out there though.
I live in a rural part of Wales where mains gas has not yet been invented! Therefore the choices for central heating are oil, solid fuel or electric. I have a solid fuel multi-stove which runs the radiators in the house and can heat my hot water. It is mostly very efficient albeit messy and laborious, especially so for me as I can no longer lift bags of coal of wood. As I have health issues, this can be a bit of an issue on a "bad day" when I can hardly move let alone light and clean out a fire. My health issues also mean that I do really feel the cold and I am home a lot, so I needed additional easy heat for when I could not cope with the fire. I decided on halogen heaters. I have several, one in the kitchen, a big one in the bedroom and one in the lounge. The lounge one does not seem to last very long partly because of the dust from the solid fuel stove and also because it gets used a lot. The halogen tubes do have a tendency to burn out so I generally have to replace these or the heaters every other year or so.
Having managed to blow up yet another heater I went on Amazon and grabbed one of these. These heaters are much of a muchness and range in prices from as low as £13 and as high as £30. This one was a bargain at just under £15 including postage. Shipping was fast too.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
The heater comes in a standard fitted card box and contains a base, two screw bolts for the base and the top heater part. There are "instructions" of sorts to show you how to attach the base which are easy enough to follow, but really this is common sense. There are two screw bolts and two holes when the base is placed correctly. Having attached the base you turn the heater the right way up and then you plug in and go.
USING THE HEATER:
The base has an auto shut off feature which is basically a little button on the base, ensuring that when on a flat surface the heater will work. The minute it tips the auto-shut off kicks in. Great safety feature.
Although I tightened the bolts up fast, the base was still a little wobbly but this did not effect performance, it just made it look a bit drunk...
There are four buttons on the top to activate each bar separately and a button which controls the oscillation feature. The unit contains three halogen tubes which heat up pretty much instantly and kick out a good amount of heat quickly which is wonderful. Halogen heaters also emit an orange glow which adds to the "warming" effect. Although I do love halogens, they all seem to be flimsy and badly made which I guess it to be expected for the low price. However a halogen is one of the cheapest of the plug in heaters including radiators and fan heaters (which are extortionate).
The outer grill part does get very hot to keep an eye on pets and small kids. The flex on these could do with being a bit longer too but I am nit picking...
COST TO RUN:
It is stated that a halogen heater on ONE bar when run for an hour will cost just 1p. Obviously this will go up if you use more bars. I tend to use mine as top up heat when it is very cold and the fire is not cutting it or for when I cannot light the fire, in which case I will alternate between 2 and 3 bars. I have not found that it massively increases my electric bill and I do think these things are great.
* Instant heat
* Warm glow light
* Adjustable settings
* Auto shut off feature for safety
* Cheap to run
3 Heat Settings 400w/ 800w/ 1200w
Automatic 'Tip Over' Protection
All in all this was a great buy. I do not expect it to have a very long life as they are not built to last but if I get a year or two out of it I will be happy. Replacement tubes are available online should you manage to blow them up as often as I do :)
I purchased this Halogen Heater from Pound Stretcher and after thinking i was just smelling a bit of dust burning that may have settled on the heater for the past 3 - 4 weeks, it turns out after I looked at the heater more carefully that there was smoke bellowing out from behind and at the top of this heater where it had burn't big holes in the back plastic cover and also the front metal grill. I was fortunate enough that my flat mates investigated this smell after some weeks and discovered this Dangerous heater with the large holes in it where the plastic has been melting / burning. I am fortunate that i am my flat mates are still alive. I have been sleeping in my bedroom with this heater on simply because the people I live with have got single glazing windows and unfortunately the flat gets very cold during the day and especially at night. This could have worked out even more disastrous as its a block of flats the whole flat and the entire block of flats could have all burnt down due to this product where the metal back plate is too close to the plastic. Beware of this piss poor product which has been imported from Korea and is licenced by Hyundai Corporation. It appears thses cheap products are not regulated by the governent or anyone else - so everyone will just have to look out for yourselves and if someone even offers you one of these even for nothing, I would definately say no and advise them to throw this rubbish into the bin where it belongs.!!!
PS there isn't a minus rating, the minimum default rating to let me post this article is 1 star.
A few months ago whilst at work I found my usual work and utility room that gets treated as a mini department staff room when other colleagues can't be bothered to walk the longer distance to the main staff room. However upon going in, the room was ice cold when I walked in. It was the same kind of coldness that I associated with the staff room and was duly told that there was a problem with the heating system in general. I could have gone without heat for a week knowing that I had my Therapy Heat pad to hand or bring in one of my portable wheeled Dimplex heaters that have been brilliant for cheap to run heat and completely able to heat up a whole room without the associations of dry heat that conventional convector and fan heaters can often bring. Still I just about managed; welcoming staff members into my workroom rather than fizzle out and freeze in the utility room. Of course you can imagine my feelings when the heating had been apparently fixed two weeks later and our utility room was still ice cold!
Nar2's Quick Skip Product Spec
* Brand & Product: Blackspur Electric 1200-watt Halogen Heater (as shown on Dooyoo UK).
* Safety tip over switch & thermal protection.
* Three-rod halogen heat rod with radiant metal reflector.
* Three heat settings; 400, 800 & 1200 watts.
* Size: 35 by 70cm by 17cm width.
* Cool touch exterior plastic body & 1.5/2kg weight.
* 1 year warranty; my price £15 in 2012, current 2013 prices £15 to £23-99.
* Oscillation/rotation feature.
Walking around my pound shop for cleaning wipes and looking at cheap scented candles made me look a bit further when I spotted the Blackspur halogen heater. The shop actually had one at the time being used to promote the product. I used to work in a pound shop when I was a student in London and I recognised the brand name straight away. Thus, "Blackspur," aren't really an independent brand - they're a trader brand who take cheap and low budget built products from other companies, pay a small fee to use the product's actual basis and then paste their own name on it. It has been a running monopoly since the 1980's even though most consumers and buyers have not been told about it - why else do you think supermarkets like Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and even Morrisons are able to supply low cost white appliances at the fraction of the price compared to more established names? Blackspur lead a similar kind of company process but their main port of call are quality DIY tools including commercial built heaters for garages or DIY workplaces; thus a domestic halogen heater from this company is not unheard of; Blackspur also produce a cheap range of fan heaters, convector heaters and even at one point a small bagged cylinder vacuum cleaner that soon appeared in supermarkets and Poundstretchers.
The Blackspur 1200 Halogen heater is exactly what it sounds like - a three bar halogen rod fitted vertical heater with a narrow outlook and an optional feature of being able to rotate to 90° degrees similar to a conventional "fresh air" table desk or floor fan. Not all halogen heaters of this type oscillate, so it's a bit of a bonus here! It isn't technologically new but it promises cheap eco running costs and the company have dressed it up in pale blue plastics with a round white surround and different colour buttons making it look highly modern against other budget company halogen heaters who often just sell basic "white" colour appliances, hence the name in the trade! My one cost me £15 in early 2012 at my local pound shop but sellers can be notoriously greedy with this kind of product, hyping the price up from £17-99 to £30 at the most in 2013. It does pay to look around if you are looking for this kind of heater, particularly as it promises to be eco-efficient, portable and powerful.
General Design & Quality
Out of the box, the Blackspur 1200 Halogen heater is a simple affair, with the only requirement of taking a plastic tie clip off the power cord to get the heater switched on - everything else was pre-assembled - although I'm led to believe that the base stand has to be screwed on for some buyers. This aspect occurs with cheap brand cheap priced products and notorious in pound shops where small appliances like these are not properly cared for. For those who hate the assembly process, they may love the Blackspur 1200 in pretty much the same way that an electric, portable fan heater-out-of-the-box exercises but in any eventuality, minimal assembly is required here.
There are three main buttons in yellow located at the top of the Blackspur 1200 that gives you three heat setting options of 400, 800 and 1200 watt levels, with corresponding visual indications of the slightest glow from two rungs to the highest heat indication of three rungs/Halogen radiant rods that glow the brightest. It doesn't take a degree in rocket science to use this heater or to get it functioning although the first 400 watts first heat setting doesn't put out much. The heater however is beautifully lightweight with a thick oval carry handle fit for purpose with several safety features that offer peace of mind, even if the one we have at work in another room from another colleague lacks the top handle. Even with its oval stand ring at the bottom, the Blackspur 1200 doesn't look like a budget heater.
General Performance & Downsides
An impression that you'll immediately get with this heater is that it is quite powerful based on the visual brightness that the halogen rods give off. You won't need sunglasses, but it does take a lot out on the eyes if I stare at it the moment the highest heat is selected. In my lifetime though, I have had many heaters. So, whilst there is the dry throat inducing aspect that portable fan heaters can give off, to slightly weaker feeling with a more conventional "stand" convector heater to the more comfortable aspect of Dimplex's excellent Eco-radiators that I bought late last year that lack the dangerous personal quality, this Halogen rod heater gives off a warming heat that is neither dry to the throat or induces any other physical reaction other than being wrapped in warmth.
But there is a bit of a problem with this aspect. As much as it is glorious at being able to provide heat in an instant, I found it strange that the heater at home didn't fair any better than it does at work. I assumed that with it being installed in a much better insulated space with far better ventilation, that its general performance would improve. Just like so many heaters on the market, this one also carries the warning that nothing can be covered over it, so even if Halogen heats up in an instant, it still follows the path where safety is concerned.
The problem with the Halogen rod type is that whilst it is eco-efficient from the way the design of this heater has been made, it isn't as reliable and as comfortable to use as more conventional heaters that don't feature the same design and yet put out more heat with a faster spread in a shorter process that doesn't require to be left on for longer. I'm saying that pedantically so that everyone understands! Whilst I adore the "glowing sun" effect that this heater gives me, this halogen type is one of those heaters where even with the highest heat selected, the only way of feeling the heat is to sit still at least 20 inches away from the heater to feel the full effect and leave it on for a couple of hours to allow the radiant heat to spread around. The instant heat is a bonus due to the technology behind Halogen though but it's a bit of a false impression believing that all pieces in the room like the furniture or bedding will become warm with this kind of heater with the same kind of speed as it glows. It simply isn't powerful enough and requires another two bars for this desire.
The oscillating feature is one of necessity as a result of its general design in a large room. The only way of heat being shot out to all sides of a room (and even then any space behind it is neglected of heat) the effect in a non-ventilated room will fare better. In our utility room which lacks a window and air for example only comes from the outside vent fan located on the cavity wall, the room fares well with heat provided by the Blackspur whenever people are present in the room - but it was still cold everywhere else - the furniture in the room was still freezing to the touch whilst the heater's knack of switching off at odd times was not fully appreciated. Sometimes, 1200 watts just isn't enough if your expectations are to be cosseted in warmth without feeling the need to wear more sweaters and a scarf IN doors.
Therefore I can see why a lot of sellers claim that this heater is ideal for garages and workshops. It provides heat to the owner provided that they are standing beside it or sitting around it, instantly. It isn't like a fan or convector heater that can spread a wider band of heat and heat up a whole room in an instant and then find that it cuts out because of the space in front has become too hot for the waves of heat from the rods to dissipate. The product also claims to be cool touch - but this is only restricted to the plastic parts on the body - touch the metal grill if you haven't got common sense and you'll burn yourself!
Within two months of ownership, my Halogen heater began to wobble on its fixings as well, probably because its rotational feature had been used so much compared to sitting still. Not dangerously so because there is a trip switch added to the design incase it does fall over and thus switches off. But, again compared to a standing heater, although the Blackspur is well protected from causing fire due to its thick metal grill at the front and inner metal protection, the wobbling process to the eye isn't exactly inspiring and at odd times, the rotational design sticks, often requiring a slight nudge at the top to get it rotating again.
When my power bill arrived, I got a bit of shock when checking my eco-metre with the readings it had provided and made a comparison with the bill. This halogen heater is cost effective if you leave it on for half an hour at MOST. However, with the nature of my home being well insulated but suffers from large windows with heat escaping unless the curtains are constantly closed over in some rooms where the Blackspur was placed, my usage of the Blackspur had added £23 to what I usually pay - and that's with my bigger wheeled Dimplex heaters used once a day. Thus, I don't consider that this heater is largely eco efficient when used for longer than half an hour - and that's a great pity.
On the one hand, the cost price of this heater is extremely attractive and its unique design aspect of Halogen rods means it will give you heat the moment you switch it on. But then so does a fan heater and so do many other kinds of heaters on the market. The difference is that you can see the glowing effect and thus be led to a false impression that the heater is more powerful because of it. Whilst it is a neater idea that is more space efficient than conventional stand heaters, the extra bonus of its design is that unlike convection heaters from the latter brands, the legs on this model don't feel like they will break off.
It would be totally unjustified of me to suggest then that Halogen heaters of this type are no more than elaborate foot warmers, even if the first heat setting on this does give me that general impression. It just makes three stars for its glowing effect and instant heat spread. To those who are determined to buy it, they will find that they may get the greatest heat spread by leaving it on for the whole day and allowing it cut out at intermittent times, only to be reminded that it comes back on by the instant explosion of yellow orangey glowing to the eyes. To suggest that it is an ideal and cost effective heater that is cheaper to run is highly questionable based on my own experience though and in my mind, it isn't a cost effective heater other than the way it spreads heat in an instant. But that "instant heat," it promises doesn't mean it will heat an average room in seconds and thus it is more suitable for periodical use rather than depending on it like a far more capable conventional heater that doesn't require a whole day to heat up a room - and minimises burning a hole in the pocket. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2013.
We had open of these halogen heaters for our conservatory as due to having no heating of its own it was unusable in winter but more bearable in early springtime. To make us able to use the conservatory a little earlier than we could usually or to be able to let us stay in there once it went dark and the temperature dropped, we bought this halogen heater for about £20. As the conservatory was quite large we were not really expecting much but we were pleasantly surprised. The heater had a great heat output which began almost instantly - after a couple of seconds of being on it was usually already at full power to keep up nice and toasty.
The fact that it rotates automatically along a 90 degree angle (45 degrees from the central position either way) meant that it could heat the majority of the room and not just a single space. We also used to have the sofas arranged facing each other with a coffee table in the middle. if we placed the heater at the end of the coffee table and set it to rotate, all people sitting on the sofas could benefit when it came around to them. They also did not have to worry about being pretty close as it would go off them moments later. This is an advantage of having it on rotate - if you don't use rotate it could get dangerously hot so you'd better be careful where you direct it.
The rods covering the heating part of the heater are metal and also get very hot. Therefore I would strongly recommend not letting any small children near it even if you are in the room and definitely not leave it on unaccompanied if you have pets. It is very easy to get a burn from them. It also makes sense to not point at furniture or curtains etc to prevent fire. The fact that I am giving you a strong warning about this just shows how effective it is at giving out heat (both a good and bad thing about it).
If the heater does happen to get knocked over there is a kill switch which trips whenever the heater is not pressing on the base. This is useful as if it fell, it would not be able to rotate and therefore you would have the situation where it is heating a single spot for possibly a very long time if unnoticed. The kill switch is also very useful in conjunction with the handle on top of the heater. If you pick up the heater by this handle (or actually if you pick it up from most places) the heater will switch off until the heater is put back down.
There are buttons on top of the heater to customise the amount of halogen lamps which turn on at once therefore allowing you to control heat. This is great as it allows you to control the heat of the room and suit it fro different situations and also allows you to save energy and money!
I bought this heater a couple of years ago with the intention of occasional use in my shed when I was out there in the winter. However, this nifty, compact and portable heater quickly made it inside and ended up being dragged from room to room!
It's an average size, though admittedly not the most attractive gadget, it's a two tone grey, with wire meshing protecting the three halogen bars. You have a base, and three varying heat settings, the highest and most useful being the 1200 setting.
It's more economical than the traditional alternative of a smaller fan heater. It also fully oscillates, providing even heat distribution. It worked wonderfully in my living room, shed, though I did initially struggle when moving it into the bedroom. At first I was convinced I'd broken it with all my carting it about. But I quickly discovered after moving it back again that this product does have issues functioning on carpet, there's a small, what I presume is a safety feature, button on the bottom of the base that means it doesn't work easily on surfaces that aren't flat.
Overall I'm really impressed with this, it's excellent value for money, really takes the edge off cold winters days and heats rooms effectively. I must admit I don't use the lower heat settings, but I presume they would work just fine on less cold days. It's virtually silent, the rotating feature creating the faintest hum, and provides a lovely warm glow. Would strongly recommend.
My only concern is in the future, were one of the bulbs in it to blow, they do not appear to be easily replaceable, meaning you'd be investing in another one as soon as this one eventually broke.