Product Review: Electric Space Heaters

Florence comes equipped with a propane furnace AND a roof-mounted electric heater and air conditioner. The propane furnace freaks me out because it actually lives beneath the bed, which seems to be the ideal recipe for carbon monoxide poisoning, and the electric roof-mounted heater is either on or off. There’s no in-between.

So, I decided to buy a space heater. I had a little space heater that worked well, but it was as loud as a jet engine and the cord became hot to the touch when it was operating… so that didn’t seem all that safe. I wanted a heater with a thermostat that could keep the space at a constant temperature.

 

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First, I bought a very stylish DeLonghi ceramic space heater. I liked the compact design and the digital LED readout. The DeLonghi has a remote too, which made controlling the temperature from anywhere inside of Florence a snap. The thermostat on the heater itself didn’t work very well, though. While the heater was efficient at heating the space, the operation was peculiar. The heater would get very hot and pump out a ton of heat, and then turn off. Then the fan would run and blow a bunch of cold air around, and then turn back on again. The result was a wildly inconsistent room temperature. So, I packed it up and sent it back.

Overall rating: 3 out of 10 (gets points for style, but loses points for operation.)

DeLonghi ceramic space heater at Amazon.

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I replaced the DeLonghi with the Lasko 6462 Full Circle Ceramic Space Heater with Remote. It isn’t quite as stylish as the DeLonghi, but it WORKS! The Lasko has a very precise thermostat that goes all the way down to 39 degrees (the DeLonghi didn’t go down past 50) and maintains a constant and perfect temperature throughout the room, thanks largely to its 360 degree heating fan. The fan is nearly silent, and works perfectly. Definitely an improvement over the DeLonghi!

I couldn’t be more pleased with the operation… if only the fan was black!

Overall rating: 9 out of 10.

Lasko 6462 Full Circle Ceramic Space Heater with Remote at Amazon.

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