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As it is coming up to the coldest time of year I've started noticing the cold much more (like many people I'm sure!). This means that the fans have gone in to the hall cupboard and the heaters have come out instead. We've got two heaters in our home (in addition to central heating of course) and I tend to just have one on at a time, depending on where I am in our home of course. One of the heaters that we have had for two years now is this oil filled radiator.
Now as I cannot remember exactly what we paid for this I've had a look on Amazon and can see one available new for £120.00. Ours was second hand when we purchased it and so we probably paid somewhere in the region of £50.00 (if memory serves me correctly) and ours was in very good condition then, as it is now. I feel that the price for a new one is reasonable, particular as we've used ours for a couple of Winters now and are still just as pleased with it now as we were when we first started using it.
The dimensions of this product are 69cm x 25cm x 65cm making it a nifty size to heat a room quickly. This particular model is called the 'Rapido' because it has an instant heat system that allows you to press a button to get an extra blast of heat. This is one of the best features for me and if I wake up in the morning and find our home is extra cold I just hit this a few minutes after turning this on and it does provide extra heat in a hurry. Because of the design of this heater, the elements have a large surface area allowing for a good heat distribution in whichever room I am using it in.
There are 7 different heat functions with this radiator and there is a built in function that allows the radiator to turn down from whatever setting it is on down to the lowest setting once the temperature you've selected on the thermostat has been reached. This is ideal for me as it means that I can leave it on and not have to worry about wasted energy. The thermostat is simple to adjust and this appears to work very well. Often I have this radiator in my bedroom with the door open leading to my hall. There is a thermostat in my hall and often the temperature there appears to be very similar to the one that I've selected for the radiator when it turns down. There is a 24 hour timer which is simple to use and adjust but I don't really bother with this as I often just need the radiator on for an hour at a time or something like that. If I need to move this radiator, which isn't often to be honest, there are castors on the bottom and a little hand holding dip on the side that makes this easy enough.
I must say that this is radiator is an absolute breeze to use. The timer function, while not one I use often, is useful as it is a 24 hour one. The instant heat function is the one function that I use the most, besides one of the heat settings of course, as it gets my bedroom heated up in just minutes. If my husband is lying in bed and I don't want to keep disturbing him by putting the heating on (the thermostat in the hall that controls it is quite noisy) I tend to just stretch out of bed, click this on for 10 minutes and before I know it my bedroom is toasty and I can relax in bed with a nice drink. There is an off button for when I've finished with this which means I can just leave it on the setting that works for me (number 3 is usually good when its very cold with a blast of the instant heat function) and switch it off without having to put any effort in.
This is nice and quiet when heating and the heat is released quickly and efficiently. I never notice a big jump in the electric bill when we've been using this and that is ideal. Thanks to having two heaters in our home I probably only use the central heating literally a few times a year and when I do use it, just for an hour or so at a time. This is still looking good despite having been used by us for two years. This was second hand, as I said, when we bought it and despite this there isn't any damage or peeling to the finish of this product. This is a dust magnet but then everything in our home is because there is building works going on near by! This is easy to clean and I just use a duster or a damp cloth to remove any marks. This gets nice and hot of course but I'm yet to burn myself. My inquisitive cat will come along and sniff this sometimes and despite her not being a talking cat (yet!) I'm pretty sure she's not burnt herself either.
In all this is worthy of 5/5 stars from me. This works very well, quickly too and it is quiet also. It has a safety cut out if it overheats (for example when your well meaning husband leaves something on it to dry *eye roll*) and there are a number of functions that make this practical and extremely useful.
It's perishing cold right now as we all know and I am sure we are not alone in wondering how the energy companies and in our case the domestic oil providers can justify price hikes which have seen the price to the consumer rise from less than 50p per litre to over 75p per litre in less than a month.
Hardly surprising therefore that we are seeking to minimise our use of the central heating system and for large parts of the day we ensconce ourselves in one room. In the afternoon, we light the Multi-Fuel Fire, albeit coal and logs are also very expensive, and in the mornings we use a new acquisition, a Delonghi Dragon Two oil filled radiator.
We bought this second-hand off eBay last week and it has proven useful in keeping us warm until we either light the fire or switch on the oil central heating. At only £22 we got a good deal and we are pleased with its performance.
The model we have is only a 1.5kw one but it has three heat settings, a thermostat control and a 24 hour timer, so if we were minded to do so, we could have our little lounge/snug warmed up in the morning before we come down. It also ensures that if I am out, I can sneakily turn the thermostat down a bit so that my wife doesn't leave it on full all the time which she otherwise would. Clearly, with only1 person in the house, it doesn't need as much heat - unless of course that one person is me.
Like all these things, an oil-filled radiator isn't pretty and it does take some time for the oil to heat up; when it does however, it gives off good heat and we are able to switch it to a lower setting and further reduce our energy consumption.
Like lots of us, we pay a fixed monthly charge for our electricity and although extra usage this winter will affect the level of next year's monthly charge, I'll settle for that and seek to delay the next order for oil. We have an 1100 litre tank and I normally order 750 litres at a time. At 75p a litre that's going to be £562.50 for the next order, so I'm gambling that in due course we get a warmer spell and that prices will ease down again.
We have never previously used electric heating as anything other than a supplementary form of heating and we have no plans to change this, but I like the extra flexibility and the increased heating options that this oil-filled radiator gives us.
Delonghi has a good reputation for producing reliable quality goods in this market and we are happy to recommend this heater to others. As always with heaters of this type, don't site it close to furniture and don't use it to dry clothes on.
I work in a large wooden cabin at the end of our garden. As the winter deepened it became obvious to me that something needed to be done to warm my cabin up. Otherwise my clients were going to end up thinking they were visiting to arrange cryogenic storage rather than undertake therapy.
On the advice of my son and good old 'Which' Magazine, I invested in a Delonghi "G011230RTW" rapido 3kw oil filled radiator. I got it second hand for £50.00. A new one would have had me forking out around £150.00.
I have to say, I am so impressed with it that I wouldn't have minded paying full price.
I thought 3 Kilowat was really going to make the electricity meter whizz around and cost me a fortune. The beauty of this radiator however, unlike some cheaper versions, is that once the room has reached the temperature that I have chosen, the internal thermostat kicks in and reduces the output. Apparently it has an 'intelligent thermostat' that selects the most economical power setting.
When I come into the cabin on some mornings it can be really, really chilly. (Cold enough to turn my nipples into 'Chapel hat pegs'! Sorry but it's true!) The radiator has another clever function. It has an 'Instant Heat System' which warms the room very quickly. Again, when it has done it's job it reverts to normal output. I don't know how, it seems like magic to me! All I know is that I come into the cabin, switch the radiator on, switch the computer on, go back to the house to make a mug of tea and when I come back five minutes later, the horrible icy chill is off the cabin. I love it!
For those of you who love to fiddle with switches, this radiator will delight you. It has 7 heat settings, adjustable power output, and a little on off button. (I tried to find the toaster settings but couldn't!)
As a heater it is superlative. It is quiet, fast and efficient. It is quite large though and extremely heavy. This is where I find the only fault with it. It is supposed to be portable and has two sets of wheels. Large ones at the back end and little caster type wheels at the other end, this is fine if you need to wheel it from one room to another. The problems arise if you want to take it upstairs or out of the house. It only has one carrying slot for the fingers and this means that you have to lift it from the bottom of the other end. As that bottom end of the radiator has no solid way of gripping it (the plastic casing doesn't feel solid enough,) it makes manouevering the radiator a big problem for me. (If I was a six foot bricky it wouldn't be a problem.)
The radiator is finished in an unobtrusive matt cream colour and so wouldn't look out of place anywhere. It is solidly constructed and easy to wipe clean or dust. It was just over a year old when I bought it and looked like new, there was no chipping or cracking of the plastic frame. I think it is quite stylish as radiators go. It's not going to win awards but I bought it for the heat not the looks.
I haven't had a problem with accidentally burning myself if I touch it when it is turned on. The design seems to keep the walls and top cool enough to handle. Of course common sense tells us not to place objects on the top but it has a safety cut out to prevent accidental overheating.
If the weather is very cold I leave the heater switched on overnight and the thermostat will cut in to prevent my cabin dropping to below freezing. (I imagine my computer benefits from lack of Arctic conditions too!) This isn't necessary very often thank goodness!
My cabin is wired to the house so I don't have any way of knowing if the introduction of the radiator has made for a significant increase in the electricity bill. I don't want it to have risen but at the same time I can't work properly if I am not comfortable, my client's comfort and warmth is obviously an equally high priority for me. So any extra cost would be worth it for me for the speed, convenience and luxurious heat that this radiator provides when I ask it to. Having used it for a few months now I consider that the smaller cheaper heaters I have used have been a false economy.
The clincher for me is that if by any chance this heater stops working, I would go straight out and buy another one. It's that good!
I bought one of these to provide background heating in the day time for a couple of small offices that interconnect. It really is sufficient if you are moving around and would provide background heating for a fairly large sized sitting room.
The heater is actually an oil filled radiator with six fins that along the length of it. The radiator heats up very quickly and can be set at 1 or 2 kilowatts depending on your preference. It cost me £69 from a local electrical shop.
It has a variable thermostat which has 6 settings and you can let it heat the room and then set the thermostat so that the temperature stays the same. This is very economical if you don't open doors very often as the radiator throws out the heat even while it is off and only switches on again when the room temperature drops.
I also have a cheaper brand of oil filled radiator but it doesn't stay hot as long and the thermostat doesn't appear to work with the room temperature. I think it works on the radiator temperature. Cost wise, this cheaper model is much more expensive to run.
I find my DeLonghi oil filled radiator cheaper than a gas fire to run and it keeps the room warm. In fact I have just bought a couple more as I have electric heating and it works out cheaper to run these.
For anyone who doesn't want to run central heating or who is trying cut heating bills the DeLonghi Electric Radiator is an excellent choice. It's economical too.
My total electricity bill for last month was just £17 (including hot water, and cooking, etc) and I don't use gas. I anticipate a rise of about 50% over the cold months. To me this is economical.
The radiators are easy to move around as they are on castors which is a plus. The timer can be set to come on and off as you wish. I would recommend these to anyone who has fairly small rooms to heat, or who lives alone and doesn't want to heat a whole house all the time.
When we purchased our flat in May 2006, it was the middle of summer, and hence the flat, which received direct sunlight for ¾ of the day, was very warm. However as the months passed, and the summer warmth faded we found ourselves resorting to the panel heaters installed in the flat. These panel heaters werent very reliable and produced limited heat, mainly within a 2 metre span from the heat source, not very useful when youre trying to heat a large bedroom and living room. Having browsed through the Argos catalogue for an alternative heat supply, we decided on purchasing a Delonghi Oil Filled Radiator, currently available for £44.99.
The Delonghi brand name is synonymous style, living innovation and successful products, so we were perfectly happy to choose this brand over another. The radiator we chose has the following key features:
3 Heat Settings
Safety Cut Out
Obviously, living in a flat we didnt want a bulky radiator that would hinder our use of the space, so were pleased to see this radiator is reasonably slim-line (Depth 16.1cm, height 68.2cm and width 47.4cm) and is supplied with wheels, which were very easy to fit, to enable easy movement and location. Please note however than when unpacking your radiator to do so carefully, if the radiator is damaged you shouldnt use it. The cord supplied is also of a reasonable length (approx 2 metres) so dependant on the location of your sockets can be moved to a variety of places within your room. The radiator also has a cord storage facility for when the radiator is not in use.
The radiators three settings give an indication of the heat produced but you will only be able to derive the most suitable setting for your home once its in its location. We generally have the radiator set to level 3 (setting is 1-5), and on a medium output, although occasionally arriving home on a chilly day, we have maximised the radiator to its fullest and been pleasantly surprised at the quickness of the generated heat, although be warned the radiator casing does become extremely hot at the higher temperatures so would not be safe around young children who are liable to touch out of curiosity.
Several key points to note regarding the safety and security of your Delonghi radiator are:
Only use the heater in an upright position
The heater must be positioned at least 50cm away from furniture or other objects
Do not use if the supply cord is damaged, and arrange for a qualified person to replace/repair the cord
The heater may make crackling noises the first time its used, or after a period of infrequent use. This is normal so dont worry!
Any repairs must only be done by the manufacturer or qualified person.
Try not to use the radiator in rooms smaller than 4m x 4m as it could cause overheating
Upon disposal of the radiator, ensure the correct legislation is followed when disposing of the oil
Never use the radiator to dry laundry
Several of the new models come with timer switches enabling you to set the radiator to come on before you awaken in the mornings, but our model doesnt have this. It does however regulate the temperature of the radiator once you chosen heat setting have been reached. The frost protection feature enables the appliance to maintain a temperature of 5 degrees preventing freezing with minimal energy consumption.
I cant comment in detail on the energy consumption of the radiator, but I havent really noticed a difference in the electric bills, they seem standard (even lower) compared to my last property which had central heating.
Cleaning the product is very simple, and any dust can be wiped off with a soft dry cloth.
We have been using the Delonghi radiator since September, and have not had any problems with the heat output, radiator design, or location. Its flexible in its situation and can easily be moved from one room to another (thanks to its trusty wheels). It wasnt very expensive, although the newer models with their additional features and more modern designs do vary in price from store to store. I must stress again though that it is very important that when in use the radiator should always be kept in a vertical position (i.e. with the wheels at the bottom), as any other position could be extremely dangerous. The radiator provides us with sufficient heat (although we still use the panel heater in front of any drying laundry to prevent any dampness in the flat, and all we need to do now is purchase a second radiator for the bedroom.
If you want to take a look at the Delonghi range of radiators then look at www.delonghi.co.uk. On the site Delonghi claim to be the Worlds Leading Brand in portable heaters, and provide a quick guide to finding the most suitable heater for your personal requirements.
Athough we only lived in a very small two up two down house it was still getting a bit chilli in the evenings. We had double glazing but it was still not a pleasure getting into bed without your electric blanket. Our daughter was 7 months old and there is a certain temperature rooms should be for children at that age. We were originally going to spend £40 but my husband decided he liked the look of the delonghi (at £99). So when he bought it home i told him very politely.....i hope it is worth it. Well the room in our house was always the correct temperature and it worked wonderfully. We have now moved to a 3 bed house and we have it at the top of our stairs (we do not have central heating, only storage heaters) and i must say it still works wonderfully. I think if you can afford to buy this item it is good as having a real built in radiator, and i must say we are delighted with ours.
Delonghi is not a name I had heard before venturing into the Argos catalogue. Here, I decided on buying a 3kW oil filled radiator for a couple of reasons. 1) My 20' long L-shaped room in my rented accommodation got very cold during the winter 2) It was oil-filled, meaning it retained and thus emitted heat over a period of time, unlike fan heaters that go stone cold in a moment's notice 3) It was one of the biggest wattage radiators there. 4) Delonghi were one of the biggest reputable manufacturers of radiators out there 5) It came with a 5 year guarantee, where could I go wrong? Getting the best price ---------------------- Just because I saw the radiator in Argos, didn't exactly mean that I bought it there. Shop around and watch out for price-beating offers. I ended up buying mine at a local Curry's (yes I know that they're in my Thumbs Down), as they had it in stock and they price beat Argos, making it slightly cheaper to get. Also not as far to go to get it. If you're interested, the closest model to the one that I bought ages ago, is 415/7461 in the Argos catalogue, available on http://www.argos.co.uk . Though I notice that this is only 2.5kW, and not 3. Getting the radiator home ------------------------- Hauling the great big box into the boot of the car, I then found it didn't fit. I only had a Micra you see. So it went in the back instead. Got it home and found it had to be assembled. Mind you, when I mean assemble, I just mean stick a couple of legs/wheels on it so you it's more mobile around the place. The lead is wrapped around the side of the unit, but there's plenty of cord to reach. At least they reached my sockets OK. You plug it in... and wait. The heat output is not exactly instant, although browsing the online Argos catalogue (ah Argos, what WOULD I do without you?) I see that there are some Rapido generation ones for sale. Presumably the
se heat up quicker, but don't quote me on that. The two heating switches on my model operate two different elements, one a 1kW element, and the other a 2kW. Being desperate to see what it could do I flicked them both over. Slowly but surely, the radiator started to heat up, and then clicked off. There's a thermostat to control the heat output on the side as well, rated from 1-5. Again, wanting to push this radiator, I whacked it up to 5, and it then sprang back to life. After a short while I found that it became very very hot. In fact too hot to touch. Back down to about 3 me thinks. The mid range of the thermostat provides a nice ambient temperature for the room, though I found you do have to alter it slightly for the position in the room. If you stick it in a drafty corner next to the window, it is always nearly on, meaning that you should really have a lower setting on in cooler corners. With a room so big as mine it sometimes couldn't cope with it, though I suspect it wasn't designed for such big rooms. I have since moved and now use it in a 11' x 9' room. The radiator copes more than easily with the room now. I still choose to use the 3kW setting or nothing and I'm not sure if I would ever go down a notch to have a warmer radiator for a longer time, as opposed to a hot radiator for a short time. Somehow the latter is more satisfying. There's also a built in timer switch so that you can time it to come on in the morning. That was the plan for me anyway so to persuade me to get out of bed in the mornings as opposed to hiding under the covers wishing it was warmer. I have to say that it started out this way, but you have to be aware that it takes differing times to get to the ambient temperature depending on the temperature outside. Thus, if it's a cold cold day out there, giving the radiator only half an hour to heat the room up may not be enough for a large room. My current room can heat up within about 15 mi
nutes or so now, given full blast setting. I tend not to use the timer switch anymore as you have to leave it plugged into the wall to keep the time. it is quite versatile, being able to put loads of on/off positions during the day to 15 minute intervals, unlike some timer switches you get that only allow 8 changes. 3 Years On ---------- My room is not as large as it used to be, but I still think I lose as much heat through the windows. It doesn't help that I have no other heat source in my current room, so it seems that it serves well as a direct replacement for a normal one. The radiator has coped well over the years and becomes redundant over summer. This does mean you have to find a permanent spot for it, or if you can't to find a home for it when you're not using it. This for me was back in the box, in a cupboard somewhere. Functionally, there seems to have been no loss over time and it still works as it did when it came out of the box. It does, however, now make a funny clicking sound when being warmed up from stone cold. I can't work out what this is due to, but it doesn't bother me so much anymore. I can't possibly comment on electricity consumption but to say that the bills can't have been that worse, otherwise I would have noticed them. A definite buy for those cold cold rooms. I'd choose this over a fan heater any day of the winter. Remember what noise those fans pump out? Plus, everyone I've had has always had the heating elements broken after a while. In hindsight, I might go for one of those Rapido ones, but they weren't out when I bought mine. Have a look on http://www.delonghi.com . There's no UK site yet, but all the info on the range is there. Thanks for reading.