Many space heaters are advertised as “whole room heaters” – but precisely how big can be a whole room? One possible answer can be obtained from the Vornado heater manual which describes a whole room, relative to the heater’s capacity, as 16′ x 16′ with the 8′ ceiling. These dimensions work out to 256 sq. ft. and 2048 cu. ft. respectively – easily how big most family rooms, kitchens, or living/dining spaces.
Throughout the last year a major shift in space heater technologies have re-shaped consumers’ taste in whole room space heaters. On the list of winners are the types that employ ceramic or quartz infrared heating elements.
Among whole room heater manufacturers, Lasko holds the number two position for bestselling heaters having its model 755320 tower heater with digital display ($45). (Primary is Lasko’s 754200 compact heater $20).
Ceramic heaters have gained wide spread popularity for several good reasons. The first is reliability. Speaking from personal experience, our Lasko 5141, no longer available, refuses to quit the ghost after 6 or 7 birthdays – or approximately 52.4 space heater years.
More factors behind the recognition of ceramics for heating are quick heat-up and safe operation. Ceramic heaters will also be relatively quiet and provide an even heat which can be often referred to as “soft.”
A radiator will always be a radiator so there isn’t much that can be done by using it. Despite lacking any game changing technology, the radiator type heater remains one of the safest. Among radiator heater makers, Delonghi dominates the current market using its model D0715T Safe Heat Oil-Filled Radiator ($55).
Micathermic heaters are merely radiator heaters enclosed by mica panels for enhanced heat distribution. Because they depend upon convection for heat distribution they can be fan-less and noise-free. Created for versatility, they can be mounted on casters or held on a wall, and are reported to be a good bathroom heater – which I don’t recommend for any portable electric heater.
Once very popular, this heat band have but fallen with the wayside. Maybe it had something connected with a customer complaining about sparks shooting from his DeLonghi HHP1500 Mica Panel Radiator. So it’s interesting to note that the Kenwood HHP 1500, also made by Delonghi and strongly resembling the initial, is among one of Consumer Reports’ highest rated heaters.
However, all will not be lost. The Bionaire BH3950-U micathermic heater ($85) rates 4 away from 5 stars from the users for silent operation, portability, and whole room, non-drying heat.
Fan-forced convection heat will be the M.O. of most whole room space heaters. The best rated heater makers within this category are Lasko and Delonghi, mentioned previously, in addition to Holmes, Honeywell, and Vornado.
New from Vornado this heating months are the PVH, or Panel Vortex Heater ($60). This heater can be a departure both in price and design from Vornado’s most widely used heater, the round cornered EH1-0034-06 AVH2 Vortex Full-Room Electric Heater ($97). The brand new, simple to operate flat panel design houses the identical technology used in their more costly models.
The trick to harnessing Vornado’s vortex of heat is usually to locate the heater at one end of your room using a clear way to the exact opposite wall. When the air hits the opposing wall it splits and it is deflected back throughout the perimeter from the room to heat every square in . of space.
From Holmes, sold under the Patton brand, is the new PQH307-UM Tower Quartz Heater with Adjustable Thermostat ($45). This fan equipped unit is about the smaller end (150 sq. ft.) of whole m1caband heaters while offering two heat settings corresponding to the quantity of quartz tubes turned on.
This season Honeywell offers the distinction of any recommendation from Consumer Reports for its model HZ-817 Electric Convection Heater ($70). The 30″ long, baseboard type heater has no fan and relies solely on convection for heat distribution.
Unfortunately, this heater can be a victim of the own success and it is either unavailable, back ordered, or sold at highly inflated prices as a result of scarce supply. Kaz USA Inc., the company of Honeywell, is aware of the issue and suggests the HZ-617 Whole Room 2-in-1 Heater ($70) as a substitute. The main difference is adding a fan on the HZ-617 which can be switched on or off at the pleasure.
Certainly, the biggest shift in consumer preferences for electric space heaters is to furniture style quartz infrared heaters. The roll-out of EdenPure some time ago was followed by an onslaught of competing brands.