The overall sharpness of details, as well as the combination of metallic grey, white, and glossy black, make the product a perfect fit for any modern home. It is compact enough to go unnoticed. But it is also stylish enough to be placed front and centre. It isn't too loud and the LED screen with the touch panel are particularly practical.
The upper, glossy part of the housing is easily soiled.
The VonHaus 14/041 is powerful enough for sizable rooms. You can move it around the house or simply install one in a small studio flat and have it control the temperature. Of course, given how compact and portable it is, you can just as well bring it on a camping trip or to a holiday home.
LED screen and touch panel, remote control
2 heat settings, 70° oscillation function, 8-hour timer, adjustable thermostat
Overheat protection, safety tip-over switch
77 x 22 x 23 cm
The model comes equipped with 4 different settings. Aside from the usual low and high modes, you can get the same levels with the added benefit of 60° oscillation.
Doesn't include a ventilation setting or a swing mode.
This Pro Breeze heater uses a ceramic element to deliver quick and non-dry warmth to your home, doing so efficiently and according to the setting you input. It's not the cheapest option out there but the quality build, good safety features, and versatility definitely make it worth your consideration.
2 heat settings, 60° oscillation function, adjustable thermostat
Overheat protection, auto-off tip-over switch
26 x 18.5 x 15.5 cm
The appliance's smooth curves and polished accents make this ceramic heater elegant and stylish. The leather-esque handle will let you carry the unit with ease. The first heat setting will be able to keep most rooms warm, all whilst drawing less than 1000 watts.
The cord is pretty short.
Incorporating advanced ceramic heating elements, the unit's able to promote rapid heating, keeping the environment odour-free and making the appliance as efficient as necessary to keep <55 square metre rooms nice and warm. You'll have no transportation issues too.
2 heat settings, summer ventilation, adjustable thermostat
27 x 19.2 x 13.7 cm
The heater comes with a wide angle oscillation function that will allow you to spread the heat evenly across the entire room at a push of a button, or to focus it in a single direction and keep it static with just another push of the said button. You can use the integrated fan to cool yourself on a hot summer day.
Might emit an unpleasant odour first couple of times you use it.
The Warmlite WL44005 isn't the kind of product that brings something particularly new to the table. But it is certainly one of the more complete options on the market, so it will be able to accommodate just about any customer regardless of the said customer's needs and preferences.
Small to medium rooms
2 heat settings, fan setting, swing mode
Overheat protection, tip-over safety switch
30 x 20.5 x 14.7 cm
The back has a USB port for charging your portable devices. This feature is especially convenient if the heater stands on your work desk. The appliance lets you adjust the temperature.
The upper insert made of white glossy plastic gets scratched up easily.
Even though this model has relatively low power, it will still do the job well: set the heater about 0.7 - 1.2 meters from you, and it won’t leave your feet cold in the winter. Admittedly, it's not strong enough for a whole room but it's great for personal warming.
Tip-over switch, Overheat protection
12 x 12.6 x 16.4 cm
1 year (2 more years for product registration)
The VonHaus 14/041 is a ceramic fan heater in our review that incorporates a tower-esque design. Suffice it to say, we like it. A lot.
It takes considerably less space than your typical heater. It is far more convenient and practical in terms of transportation as the model adds up to just 23 x 22 x 77.2 centimetres in overall dimensions. And given that it weighs just a little above 4 kilograms, moving it around the house will not present any challenges whatsoever.
On top of that, the unit looks pretty darn sleek too. The overall sharpness, the combination of metallic grey, white, and glossy black make the product a perfect fit for any modern home. It is compact enough to go unnoticed if that's what you're going for. But it is also stylish enough to be placed front and centre.
With heaters and heating systems in general, the question of safety is always one of the most concerning ones. But ceramic heaters, for the most part, are one of the safest heating options, so there isn't a whole lot to worry about here. They provide a consistent source of heat without ever getting hot enough to pose a fire hazard or burn risk.
And, just like the majority of similar products, the model in question incorporates overheat protection as well as a safety tip-over switch. Still, we wouldn't recommend any heater like that for everyday use in poorly insulated places. But you should be just fine running this thing 24/7 in a well-insulated space or employing it for occasional use.
Keep the Cold at Bay
Heaters tend to get noisy. Nobody likes that part of them. But the model from VonHaus doesn't go above 55 dB, so it shouldn't cause too much discomfort.
In the functionality department, the heater does not disappoint either. You have the usual two heat settings that will let you select the desired temperature output (1000W or 2000W). The 70° oscillation function is particularly convenient as it will help you turn the heat in the right direction.
We also really like the 8-hour timer. You can turn it on, use it to warm yourself up at night, and have the unit turn itself off automatically after a few hours.
All of the model's functions are accessible via a touch control panel. You can use it to activate any of the settings. All of it will be clearly visible on the LED display. But if you don't feel like reaching for the heater every time you feel like changing a setting or two, the remote control will suffice just as well.
All in all, the VonHaus 14/041 is powerful enough for sizable rooms. You can move it around the house or simply install one in a small studio flat and have it control the temperature. Of course, given how compact and portable it is, you can just as well bring it on a camping trip or to a holiday home.
Pro Breeze Mini Ceramic Fan Heater
Go with Ceramic
It’s important to stay warm, especially when the wind outside is howling like a pack of wolves and the snow is making traffic a nightmare. Such weather is the perfect chance to stay in, kick back, and turn on the Pro Breeze Ceramic small fan heater. This little gizmo will warm you right up and do so without drying out the air. That way you’ll be cosy in your home without feeling like the air is stifling.
The Pro Breeze Mini heater uses a ceramic plate, which gets heated by electricity and, as the fans blow on it, emanates heat all over the room. This is a safer and smarter choice than standard glowing filament models as the casing doesn’t get hot (due to a lack of contact with the heating element) and the plate retains warmth longer. Thus, you can use in shorter periods and still get the room toasty.
Speaking of temperatures, the Pro Breeze Mini has 4 main modes - low heating with 1200 W consumption and high with 2000 W consumption plus two of the same but with the added benefit of 60° oscillation. The latter keeps the warmth spread a bit broader so if you have a particularly large room to heat, turn it on. As for the former two, the low mode is good for getting the temperature up over a long term while keeping the fat off of the electricity bills while the high mode is perfect for quickly heating up if you’ve spent a bit of time out in bad weather.
Worth the Asking Price
Admittedly, you might be looking at the price of the Pro Breeze Mini and wondering why it’s worth more than some of the similar competitors. Well, aside from the excellent choice of heating element, this model also boasts good overheat protection and tip-over shut-off, which means you won’t ever end up smelling burnt plastic or have to deal with a rug getting burnt just because a pet knocked the appliance over.
Plus, you can use the handy function and thermostat dials to get the temperature exactly where you want it without ending up with more power consumed than strictly necessary. And the ergonomic carrying handle lets you move the heater around easily without worrying about dropping it. We do feel like a cool breeze function wouldn’t have hurt, especially at this price point, but we’d be lying if we said the Pro Breeze Mini isn’t already a worthy product.
And that’s exactly what it comes down to - if you have the means to get it, the Pro Breeze Mini is a powerful, safe, and energy-efficient heater that will keep your home cosy and warm. Despite a few omissions, it’s one of the more top-notch models we’ve seen and it’s certainly up there in terms of speed and efficiency.
De'Longhi Capsule HFX30C18.IW
There are mean heaters. Then, there are these cute little appliances that provide some heat but not too much. The De'Longhi Capsule HFX30C18 is somewhere between them.
As you can probably tell from the pics, this unit is pretty stylish and even somewhat elegant. Its polished accents and smooth edges make the appliance look warm and inviting. The contemporary pod-esque profile is complemented with this leather-like carry handle. The handle elevates the unit's appearance and lets you easily carry this ceramic heater.
Measuring 19.1 x 10.9 x 27.9 centimetres, the unit takes up very little space considering its performance. In the same fashion, its weight barely reaches 1.3 kilograms, so you'll have no issues carrying the appliance using one hand. Its plastic construction is pretty durable, especially when you take the elegant aesthetics into account.
Setting aesthetics and transportation aside, there's not much here separating this appliance from its direct competition. Drawing 1800 watts, this ceramic fan heater is powerful enough to quickly heat up small spaces and keep them warm for as long as necessary. The controls are about as straightforward as they come.
You have two dials. The first one will let you adjust the temperature and choose between two heat settings. The first heat setting will draw 900 watts and will be able to keep rooms up to 30 square metres nice and warm. The second setting uses the entire 1800 watts and will let you maintain a pleasantly warm temperature within premises reaching 55 square metres.
Odour-Free and Efficient
Generally speaking, you purchase these heaters to make cold spaces warm (the most brilliant thought, we know). The unit's advanced ceramic heating elements are able to do this job just fine, providing rapid heating without that glowing, red-hot element bothering you. These elements keep the unit odour-free and more efficient.
At the same time, there's nothing wrong when these heaters are able to pull double-duty and work as fans too, which is exactly the case here. Using the summer ventilation feature, you'll be able to turn this unit into the loveliest, most effective portable fan.
Apart from that, the company's trademark anti-frost tech and double insulation will make sure to prevent any accidents.
Long story short, the De'Longhi Capsule HFX30C18 looks cute but don't let these looks deceive you - the unit is plenty powerful and will be able to keep any room and even most flats pretty darn warm.
Set the Atmosphere
Given that people always have different needs and preferences even when it comes to something as seemingly one dimensional and simple as ceramic heating solutions, it's always nice to have an option out there like the Warmlite WL44005, a versatile heater that will surely be able to satisfy the widest variety of potential customers. Sure, this may not be the sort of model that brings something particularly new to the table, but it is certainly the one that checks more proverbial boxes than the majority of heaters out there.
First things first, the model includes two power settings, with the lower one utilising 750W and the higher one relying upon 1500W. With the help of these two, you can be sure that you will be able to relax in a cosy environment during those chilly winter days. Just use the first dial that you'll be able to find at the top of this Warmlite fan heater to choose the appropriate amount of power and the second one to adjust the thermostat. Plus, we did mention that what we have here is a versatile model, so it should probably go without saying that you can also use the integrated fan to cool down during those aggravating summer days when it is hot as a biscuit outside.
Let's Keep It Simple
Now, if you still feel like you have heard all of it somewhere before and you aren't sold on the model's versatility yet, we could also bring up the fact that the model comes equipped with a swing mode. Also known as the wide angle oscillation function, the mode will allow you to spread the heat evenly across the entire room at a push of a button, or to focus it in a single direction and keep it static with just another push of the said button. Both the safety cut-out system and the overheat protection are also there, so the question of safety isn't the one we ought to bring up either.
Setting the functionality aside for a moment, we wouldn't be able to wrap this review up without giving a moment in the spotlight to the design of this personal ceramic heater with thermostat. Even though in terms of looks, the manufacturers decided to keep it somewhat simple with a classic design that will easily be able to fit within any decor. And, sure, with about 30 x 20 x 15 centimetres in overall dimensions, this isn't the smallest option out there, but that is to be expected given the model's 1500W of maximum power.
In conclusion, the Warmlite WL44005 is probably not the most exceptional heater out there nor is it particularly unique. But it is certainly one of the more complete offers on the market, so it will be able to accommodate just about any potential customer regardless of the said customer's needs and preferences.
Portable Desk Friend
If you are looking for a heating appliance that won’t take up a lot of your working space, this model is one of the best options for you. The Dimplex personal heater will warm you up and you will not be inconvenienced by any noise. With the overall dimensions of 12 x 12.6 x 16.4 cm, this device will easily fit on a desk, and finding a place for it in your home or office won’t be a problem at all. What's more, the device is very lightweight (only 0.7 kg, to be precise), so you won’t have any trouble moving it around. To make it even more portable, the manufacturer fitted the device with a USB port, with the help of which you can charge both the heater and other gadgets and not be tied to a socket. Even though the full charging process won’t take long, you can also keep it connected to your smartphone or tablet so it will continue working. Hence, you can take your Dimplex Desk Friend wherever you want and it will give you enough heat for you to feel warm and cosy. However, it still has a 1.5-meter power cord in a set if you prefer to use a socket.
With the Dimplex personal desk heater, you won’t have to put on extra clothes when going to work in winter. This little appliance will make sure you feel comfortable enough at your workplace even if the temperature outside the window is far below zero and the central heating in your workplace fails. The working power of this device is quite small (250 Watts), however, it still can tackle the job perfectly. It won’t affect your electricity bills too much, yet will still provide you with enough heat. Just place the device at a distance of about one metre, and you will feel the warmth in a few minutes. In addition to this, the heater is fitted with a standby thermostat, allowing you to adjust the temperature. The device is safe to use since it has an automatic cut-out. Plus, like almost all the other high-quality models on the market, this device has overheat protection.
What Is a Ceramic Heater?
When it comes to choosing a space heater to add warmth and comfort to your home or workplace, there is a whole variety of types and a ceramic heater is one of them. Ceramic heating devices are fan-assisted convection heaters. Ceramic electric heaters are so called due to the use of ceramic plates or tubes as heating elements. When heated by electricity, they transfer the heat to aluminum baffles or fins and a fan blows the hot air into the room.
Being pretty compact in size, ceramic heaters generate a great amount of heat and warm up the room pretty quickly. Owing to a faster heating process, they consume less energy and are considered as one of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective types of space heaters. Besides, ceramic heating elements are more durable and less prone to damages caused by overheat and they are eco-friendly creating no dust, fumes or smell. Producing comfortable heat, ceramic heaters are ideal for spot heating when you need to warm up a bedroom, cabinet, bathroom, or nursery without raising the temperature at the rest of the living area.
If you like to spend time outdoors and want to relax on a terrace with a cup of hot chocolate and have a breath of fresh air even when the summer season is over, you might get interested in patio heaters that will help you create a cozy atmosphere near your house.
What Features to Compare
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a ceramic heater is the space you need to heat up. The heating area each model is designed for and the unit efficiency directly depends on the output power of a heating element. A rule of thumb to follow if you want to pick the best ceramic heater is that the unit needs 10 Watts of power to heat up a square foot of room area. Thus, a 1500-Watt heater works great for the area up to 150 square feet.
Created rather for spot heating than for maintaining a consistently warm environment in large areas, ceramic heaters are normally not very large and are quite portable. Yet, like any other devices and electric units, they differ by size and design that should be considered if you want to get the unit that fully meets your individual needs and perfectly fits into the space you need to warm up. For wide areas and larger rooms, it's better to opt for a ceramic tower heater distinguished by an upright cylindrical shape while a wall model is ideal for narrow spaces and finely furnished premises. The most widely used kind of ceramic heater is a small portable unit that can be placed under the desk or even on the table and is the best choice for confined spaces.
Temperature Settings and Controls
Another point of attention that should not be overlooked is the number of temperature settings available in your heater. Even the most simple and affordable heaters will offer you the choice between high and low heating temperature. Meanwhile, more expensive and sophisticated models come fitted with several preset temperature modes and often feature an automatic thermostat allowing you to choose any temperature to your liking and switching off the heating element once the set temperature is achieved. Many modern units also boast energy-saving modes and timers. All of these features are designed both for your personal comfort and convenience and for minimising the power consumption to let you save on your energy bills.
Unlike coil heaters and other electric heaters, ceramic models are considered one of the safest heating units. And for a good reason. Not only are ceramic plates and tubes less prone to overheating but also this type of heater is distinguished by a self-regulating heating element. If the temperature gets too high, it will reduce electric current and switch off the unit preventing overheat and the risk of fire. Other safety features include tip-over switch, antifreeze protection, and cool-touch housing.
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Actual Ceramic Heater Performance is not Only About Output Power
Though the heating capacity of a ceramic heater as well as any other heater is defined by the unit maximum output power, you might have noticed that the same heater does not perform the same in different premises and spaces and sometimes even in the same room. And, in most cases, it has nothing to do with the appliance operability. It happens due to a number of factors, besides the heater’s power, that affects the appliance performance. The main factors that vary the heating speed and efficiency include:
Ceiling height. Since a warm air tends to go up, it will take a heater more time to heat up a room with high ceilings. And if the room is rather large, heating efficiency will further decrease.
Type, quality, and condition of insulation of the building structure. Poorly insulated houses quickly expose heat instead of holding it inside.
The number, size, and quality of windows in the room to be heated. Windows are poor insulators and cause significant heat loss. Hence, old glass windows emit about 90% of heat they are exposed to.
Overall tightness of the area in terms of the draft. If space is overstocked with furniture blocking the airflow and free air circulation, the heating efficiency will reduce dramatically.
Outside temperature. No house is 100% energy efficient, and homes located in cold regions will experience higher heat loss rate than those in regions with a warm or mild climate. Hence for cold areas and freezing weather conditions, you’d better increase the wattage from 10 to 15 Watts per square foot while estimating the heater performance.
Burning Smell Does not Necessarily Mean the Heater Malfunction
For a new unit you use for the first time, the burning odour is normal and it will usually dissipate in several uses. However, if you notice an unusual odour from the heater that has been already used and remained inactive for a long period, there is a great chance that the smell is caused by the dust build up on a heating element and your appliance simply needs cleaning.
The easiest and most efficient way to clean your ceramic heater is to use a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. The vacuum will quickly suck all the dust and lint from the heater surface. Under the regular heater use, clean it at least once per two weeks to maintain an optimal appliance performance.
Get the Best Pair for Your Heater to Create a Comfortable and Healthy Environment
Quickly and efficiently removing the chill and bringing enjoyable warmth to the room, ceramic heaters have a small drawback you would not notice at once but will eventually feel. Ceramic heaters dry the air. And though it might not seem a big deal at a glance, it could turn out a real problem if you use a heater on a regular basis, especially during winter season when the air is already drier. No need to say that too dry air might cause a number of skin problems, respiratory diseases, and even nosebleeds. To avoid this, simply pair your ceramic heater with a humidifier that will not only maintain the necessary air humidity level in the room but also clean the air from dust, bacteria, and allergens. Being a safe and clean source of heat, a ceramic heater will make a perfect tandem with a humidifier to create a comfy and healthy environment in your living space.
Q: What is the difference between convection and radiant heaters?
A: The major difference between these two types of space heaters is in the way they transfer heat. Thus radiant heaters heat the objects instead of air while convection models including ceramic heaters suck the cool air, heat it, and then blow it back into the room by means of a fan maintaining consistent hot air circulation. The main drawback of radiant heaters is that they are hot to the touch when operating and warm up the space pretty slowly. The next thing that differs radiant models from convection units is their scope of application. Radiant heaters work great for open spaces including outdoor areas and large premises with old windows and a lot of furniture. They will quickly warm up somebody sitting right in front them. Meantime, convection appliances, be it coil or ceramic heaters, are much more versatile in use and are suitable both for spot heating and for raising the temperature in an enclosed space in almost no time.
Q: What are the main advantages of ceramic heaters over coil heaters?
A: Both types being electric heaters and offering a clean source of heat without any hazardous emissions or smells, ceramic and coil heaters are not the same. If you are choosing between them, a ceramic heater would be a better option to go for several reasons. First of all, it is very efficient. Heating up to the optimal temperature within mere minutes it converts up to 85% of consumed power into heat. Meanwhile, unlike coil units, ceramic heaters are much less prone to starting an electric fire. Besides, their housing stays cool during operation that, along with an excellent overheat protection, makes ceramic electric heaters a safe choice even for nurseries and playrooms.
Q: Can I use a ceramic heater as the main source of heat?
A: Like any other portable heaters, ceramic units are not intended to replace the primary heating source. Designed for supplemental use, ceramic heaters will hardly be sufficient to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature in the entire household. They are most effective for targeted spot heating or taking the chill away in a single room.
Q: Can I use a ceramic heater in the bathroom?
A: Normally, fan heaters, including ceramic ones, are not recommended for use in wet or damp locations and you’d better refrain from putting them in the bathroom. However, ceramic heaters are known to dry and even overdry the air when used for long periods of time. Hence, if the humidity level in your bathroom is too high, you can put a ceramic heater there for some time, keeping it at a distance from running water. Yet, do not leave it there when taking a shower or bath.
Q: Are there any precautions to be taken before using a ceramic heater?
A: Basic precautions include checking the appliance and power cord for any damages, making sure that the mains voltage aligns with that of the unit, keeping the heater away from inflammable objects and water, and out from the reach of unattended children. Besides, never cover the heater during operation, always let it cool before tucking it away for storage, and store it in a dry place.
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