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Five Star Reviews:
It also has a clock which is nice in the morning
February 8, 2017
I'm going with 5 stars. A few issues that could maybe knock off a star, but overall, this heater does what a basic heater should do, with a clock and thermostat to boot, in the place it says it is designed for - the bathroom. It's a little more expensive than your ultra-basic box heater, but I got what I was looking for with the digital controls.I've had one of these for over 2 years now, in our master bath. The master bedroom, bath, and closet are at the side of the house and in the winter are several degrees colder than the rest of the house, so we bought this to supplement the heat in the master suite so the rest of the house wouldn't be overheated, and we didn't have to freeze in the bedroom.It has worked really well for that purpose. We have a convenient spot to place the heater where it is aiming the heated air toward the bathroom door into the bedroom, and set it around 75 degrees, and it brings the entire master suite up from about 68 deg or so. It also has a clock which is nice in the morning, and visible from the shower, so have avoided needing to get a separate clock for the bathroom.Now, just last week, after over 2 years of service 6-8 months of the year, it appears to have died - however, after a few days it revived. Reading other reviews here, this seems to be an overheating mode that it can enter, and unplugging and leaving it set for anywhere from 30 minutes to a few days will allow it to revive. That worked this time. Hopefully it continues reliable service for many years to come, but then I wouldn't be surprised if this is a sign of more overheats in the future (likely something in it is degrading, but I won't know for sure unless it acts up more).My Pros and Cons:* PRO: Heats well, does the basic job without any fuss. And heats things quick if used to heat up the bathroom quick in the morning, for example.* PRO: the digital theromostat and the clock are the top features for me. Set it and forget it, and if you need to adjust as the seasons change, you can just bump a degree or two* PRO: Not horribly loud - though not horribly quite either. I wouldn't want this in the living room so much, but it's fine where I have it in the bathroom, for the job I have it for.* PRO: built-in GFI protection in the plug for bathroom/kitchen/etc. usage. I've also read the element used is engineered to withstand a moist environment better than another model which is otherwise the same (i.e. to handle a steamy bathroom from showers, etc.). I cannot verify that beyond that mine is still working.* PRO/CON: Apparently it has overheat protection that is generally recoverable. But there is no way to realize that is what's happening - the device just appears to be dead. So try to remember this for 2 years after you buy it and this happens! :)* CON: Apparently (from other reviews) the timer function needs to be reset every day, it's not set on repeat, but one-time only. I don't use that function, so didn't factor into losing a star - but be aware if you are interested in this feature.* CON: It can be a little confusing to figure out how to set the clock vs. the timer, though the guide makes it clear* CON: It doesn't have switch-off protection if it tips over* CON: All the settings reset when unplugged or on power loss. I really hate resetting clocks after power loss. Can't everything in life be easy?
My favorite little heater
August 22, 2016
I have had one for three years and it has outlasted a heater that cost three times as much.-Heats up small spaces such as bathrooms really quick.-Keeps small rooms cozy (around 15' x 15')-Takes about 20 to 30 minutes to heat up a large room ( larger than 20' x 20')-Shuts off once it reaches a temperature goal and turns back on to keep the room comfortable.-It is pretty quiet. I forget that its on and have to remind myself to turn it off before I go to work.The only complaint is that the light coming from the clock is really bright. I have to cover the light coming from the clock with tape at night or else it illuminates the whole room in a blue glow. If it does have an option to turn it off, I wouldn't know how to do it.
December 28, 2015
I bought this for our basement bathroom that has no heat vents. We live in Wisconsin, so it can be very cold! I purchased in March and it was used in the spring, forgotten about in the summer and fall. This winter, we discovered it did not work. I called Holmes and they verified manufacture date off the cord prong, said yes, it's indeed under warranty and we should receive a new unit in 6-8 days. No hassle on my part to get them to back up their product. Very pleased with the unit while it worked and quite impressed with their no hassle warranty policy. Absolutely recommend!
Good enough - Bought another one
December 27, 2014
I have this for 2 years. I need one to put in the bathroom and this one has the safety plug. It is working fine without any problem. This is not that hot but it is warm enough for me. I don't use the timer but I like that it has a clock. The control is very easy to use. Turning on and off is what I need. I also have the one-touch version. That one-touch version is very bad. I do trip it couple time when the moisture is too high in the bathroom. So, it is very good heater.5/2015 - UpdateIt finally broke after almost 3 years. I see the heating wire at the end of the connection burned off and broke. (see the picture. there is a burn mark.) This model works very well. So, I order another one. I look inside the newer model. There is some different from what I can see. The end of the heating wire connection seems bigger now. The electric wires (red, black, and yellow) are wrapped with heat shields. These wires are bare without the heat shields in the old model. The newer model has the heating wire wrapped around the fan 4 times. The older model has the heating wire wrapped around the fan 6 times. The new heater feels warmer and most importantly, it does not smell bad like those oil filled or ceramic models.Still 5 stars if this last as long as the older one
Keeps a small bathroom toasty
June 13, 2012
The heater was perfect for our 8x12 bathroom. Love the automatic off and the temperature set. Note there is a delay before the fan shuts off (good thing).
February 23, 2012
This is one of the best small heaters you can buy IMO.. I have owned one of these myself for 2 years and bought this current one on amazon for my girl friend so she can bring her living room up to temp a little better then the regular house heat does. These heaters are easy to use, there pretty quiet and I have never had any over heating issues etc.. I live in an older house and since heating the house is expensive I tend to only run this in my room when I'm home or have the day off.. I can turn this heater on when the rooms 48-55 degrees on average and watch the temp climb to 70-75 degrees within 20min.. it has no problem fighting the cold and will even start to heat up the cold hallway if I leave the door open by accident it's a pretty powerhouse unit for it's size if you ask me. The digital thermostat on it is pretty damn accurate.. i have a digital thermometer clock thingy in my room that sits around 6 feet away from the heater and it is always within 1 degree of the heater's set temp. If you got a small room, a small living room, bathroom, buy one of these you won't be sorry.
Great for office
November 13, 2017
I’ve only used the heater for a week, but I really like it. I’m in a small office that is so quiet, you really can hear a pin drop. Initially I purchased a small, ceramic heater from Walmart. It didn’t sound that loud when I tested it at home but when I used it in the office, it was super loud. I couldn’t believe such a small heater could make such a loud noise. I then purchased the Vornado. The Vornado is NOT whisper quiet, but the noise isn’t bad. It’s more of a white, background noise. I keep it under my desk. It produces enough heat to keep me comfortable without burning my legs and so far it hasn’t tripped the circuit breaker.
Purchased for small office, works great and is quiet.
March 28, 2017
I bought this for my office which feels like a meat freezer most of the day. It works really well and is relatively quiet. I like that it has two heat settings as well as a fan only setting. There is a little "foot" that will turn the heater off if it gets knocked over or picked up, which is nice for safety. The design is modern, stays clean and goes with most office decor.
amazing product :D
January 2, 2016
Bought this as a gift for Christmas. Person loved it. It's super simple to use, not too big so it doesn't take up a lot of space, and it heats up your room or hallway very fast and leaves you nice and cozy :) only thing I wish it did was oscillate, but that's not too big of a deal. I'd recommend this to someone who gets cold a lot or if you have a cold room that needs some warmth :) and it doesn't use a lot of electricity so it's great
the best 40 bucks I've spent in years
February 13, 2015
First thing I wanna say is wow. This little thing is amazing. I had my doubts about buying this product, but said screw it and purchased anyway because of the affordable price, and boy was I glad I did. I use this heater in my bedroom because it's where I stay the most. I feel there is no need to heat entire house when I am only in one spot 90% of my time.Pros:1. It's small and very portable.2. It has a safety feature on the bottom of the unit that shuts the unit off completely if tipped over, or comes detached from the floor.3. It has a high and low setting. Both work very well.4. Great for small rooms such as bedrooms, offices, etc.5. It has a fan setting.6. It's affordable.Cons:1. It blows out a smelly odor when cut on for the first time, but the odor stops after a few mins.2. No thermostat or auto setting.3. It has a 4 hour timer. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference.Conclusion:If you're looking for something to heat a small room, then I highly recommend this product. Takes about 10 to 20 minutes to heat up a small room. If you're looking for something to heat your entire house, then it's probably not gonna happen. Does it get the job done? Yes. All in all, this is an amazing product for the money spent. You no longer will have to clinch onto a blanket for dear life once this baby is plugged up. I highly recommend this product if you're looking for something small, affordable, and of good quality. Gotcha one now and don't think twice. You will not regret it.
January 28, 2015
This really works. I live in the Mid West and have a 12' X 16' bedroom with floor to ceiling glass on one of my walls. Needless to say my bedroom gets pretty chilly in the winter. I love this little heater because I can set the heat on my home thermostat to 68F, close my bedroom door, turn this on and get really toaster without having an insane energy bill. It takes a little getting use to at first because the air it pushes out is not super hot like regular space heaters but somehow after about 10 minutes you notice that don't really need that blanket you were clutching for dear life after all.The other plus is that it is small with a clean design. It blends into the background so well that I don't feel the need to put it away when I am not using it.
This heater has changed our lives (literally)
February 21, 2014
My wife and I live in an apartment with very little heat, over which we have no control. We were sleeping in multiple layers of clothes and multiple blankets during the cold winter nights, and we were still freezing. I'm convinced the constant shivering made us sick.This little thing changed everything. It's barely over one foot tall, but our bedroom became cozy within minutes. The smell that other reviewers have complained about is there, but we've stopped noticing it at this point. Personally I think the odor has gotten less strong over time.We liked it so much we bought another one right away. It's best for a small room, but we've even been using it in the biggest room in the apartment and it still makes the room feel cozy. Plus, it takes up hardly any space, and has two automatic safety settings that make us feel more than secure that we will not set our home on fire. (Its well ventilated so it barely gets hot anyway.)Highly recommended!
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Four Star Reviews:
Making those Winter mornings bearable
June 2, 2017
Nothing is worse than a cold bathroom in the winter time. Its hard to get out of your warm bed when you know the tile and porcelain freezer that awaits you. The timer makes those winter mornings a little easier.The heater has 3 settings (Fan, Constant On, and Temperature). The power plug does have a larger "wall wart" plug, think hair dryer.Timer and clock have to be set each time it is unplugged.
Keeps Bathroom Toasty
May 29, 2017
This is a very good little heater. It keeps the bathroom warm in the cold months and is small enough to store under the cabinet during the summer. I'm giving it 4 stars only because this is the third one I've purchased in the last eight or nine years. They tend to last for three winters. The first one's heating element burned out, and second one's fan stopped working. All in all, for the price, it's a good purchase.
It's a good little heater
February 11, 2016
It's a good little heater. Perfect for a small bathroom. It cycles on and off a lot more than our old one that died after a year, but that's a good thing. That way, the room doesn't get too hot or cold. Only problem we had was that when we had it on the counter, it would only turn on for a few seconds and shut off again. We placed it on the floor and it runs perfectly. So that may be an issue for some people. I also like that the heat coming from it isn't super hot. Where it is now, it blows on my legs when I'm at the sink. The old one got very hot and would almost burn my legs. This one doesn't.
Good, cheap, personal heater.
April 8, 2015
I had this model for about 6 years before it finally died on me. So I needed a new heater, and I always do my research - online, Consumer Reports, and Amazon reviews. Everything kept pointing back to this same unit, for the price, and what I needed it for. I keep the house cold, and mainly use this heater right next to me to keep warm. It's very small, and can't imagine it heating up anything other than a small room - but then again, it is advertised as a bathroom heater. I never use the timer feature, so can't comment on that...might be nice to have if you need it. Other heaters at this price point don't seem to have such a feature. Anyway, if you need a cheap personal or small room heater, I recommend, and many other sources recommend, this unit.
Good value for a little space heater. Not perfect
February 9, 2015
Good for the price -- would make a couple changes.Pros:- Small, lightweight- Cool touch so safe for kids- Fused cordCons:- Like all small heaters I've tried, the units own heat throws off the thermostat. So it shuts off and on very frequently, making it take forever to heat room. (Need to run it on "stay on" mode, then shift to thermostat)- No low setting. So always running at 1500W, which can push some room circuits if anything else connected. (we use in a cold kitchen, and can't handle this and toaster.)
Nearly a 5 Star
November 7, 2014
Purchased with the intent on using it in our bedroom. It heats a room up fast, Nice and toasty. Not really noisy, not anymore compared to a box fan that you might run in the summer.There are 3 Mode settingsMode 1: Thermostat. You can preselect a temperature you want and the heater will heat to that point and then shut down temporarily. When the temp drops a bit it kicks back on. This is nice but a bit annoying at night as you can hear it clicking on/off.Mode 2: Stay on. Literally the heat runs full blast without stopping. No high or low setting just full blast.Mode 3: Fan. The fan setting is just that a fan, no heat output.A 4th feature is a Start Time feature. You can preselect a time for the heater to kick on.It does come with a wall mountable option if you are interested in that.I do wish that the stay on feature had a control heater like high or low. It's for that reason only that I'm not giving it a 5 start. For the price ($39.99 with free shipping) it beats what I've been able to locate in the store locally.
September 9, 2017
Very nice looking. I'd give 5 stars, but the heater does not have a thermostat. Once on, it stays on, and that'snot too good for a unit I plan to use while I sleep. Otherwise, it is a classy heater, but a bit noisey.
but it's sturdy and has a great smart feature that turns it ...
April 20, 2017
I wish it had a slightly higher setting, but it's sturdy and has a great smart feature that turns it off if it is not perfectly upright and level on a flat surface. Really minimizes the fire potential. Great size for a tight office space.
Good Product and Great Customer Service
January 25, 2017
We've had this heater for a year and it worked great, put out good heat and even a cool setting to circulate the air in warmer weather. BUT it started making (loud) noises. Called Vornado and received a replacement in 3 days. We were asked to cut the cord off the heater and send them a pic showing the cut cord and serial number. Vornado sent out our new heater the same day. Couldn't ask for better customer service. Happy customer here. (Knocked the rating down to 4 stars because we had to deal with the replacement.)
This is a nice heater, and I have no negative things to ...
May 10, 2016
This is a nice heater, and I have no negative things to say about it. I am only giving it 4 stars though because I feel like the power of the unit could be a bit stronger. It gets the job done, as long as it is RIGHT next to you. It is nice to have next to your feet when you start to get cold. I realize if I was looking for something powerful to heat an entire room I should've purchased a larger unit, but I was hoping this would do the job.
Little heater with a lot of power
December 28, 2015
I use this heater in my moderately sized bedroom (roughly 12'x12') and it heats up my room in about 20-30 minutes. I have a large sliding glass door which lets in a lot of cold air during these cold winter months so this heater is pretty handy to have around since I don't have central heating, although I do suspect it uses up quite a bit of energy, so use mindfully. It seems to circate the heat fairly well without oscillating. The four hour timer is handy and there's a safety feature that shuts it off while the heater is moved/lifted. There are 3 settings - fan, high heat and low heat. The only thing I wish it had was a timer to turn on before I wake up in the mornings.
February 9, 2014
When I first received this and turned it on, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed at first. The hot air blowing on the lowest setting was minimal, and on the second setting was okay but only reached a couple feet in front. I got this because my room was cold since the heat isn't turned on all the time. My room is pretty big but I wasn't expecting to get a heater to heat up the entire place; just a small corner of it where my desk and computer is.Willing to give it another shot, I left it running next to my desk and gradually, my feet wasn't as frozen anymore. It wasn't that I felt hot air blowing on my feet, but the air around just gradually became more warm. I set the heater on a chair so that it was level with my bed, and I accidentally fell asleep without being covered by blankets. Which was a first for me because the air is usually so cold! It was the heater that finally warmed the air around me to an extent that it was habitable without being covered by blankets.So far the heater is working as desired. As to how long the quality of it will last, I shall see. I left it on running overnight with no visible worrying problems, although I wouldn't do it often just in case.If you expect this heater to blow hot air continuously in your face, this isn't quite the heater for you. If you want a heater that will warm the air gradually around you so that you can't feel the cold, then this little heater is perfect.
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Three Star Reviews:
When it works, it works really well
November 12, 2017
I have had two of these exact same heaters. The first one worked fabulous. The second one made loud noises and I had to return it. When it works, it works really very well. I liked it because I could use it in the bathroom to keep it warm at night (my parrots sleep on the shower curtain rod at night).
Sensitive circuit protection.
January 23, 2017
First one didn't work, returned. Second one works, however, unit cuts off on temp mode before small bathroom warms up. Using "Stay on" mode gets room a little warmer, but consistently trips the internal circuit protection within 3-4 minutes. Followed all instructions and troubleshooting techniques. This requires us to unplug the heater and wait to hear a small click sound, signaling that the heater has reset. Rinse and repeat. Circuit protection is too sensitive. Leaving a Crack in the door can sometime help, slightly.Overall, heater does work if you can deal with a very subtle warmth.
Pros and Cons
December 26, 2015
Let's start out with the good. This little Holmes heater puts out tons of heat, and rapidly. The controls are simple, the timer is easy to set, it doesn't take up much space, and it's fairly attractive for a space heater. I like the clock, and the amount of illumination it provides easily doubles as a bathroom nightlight. Unfortunately, there are some issues with the heater as well.There's no battery backup for this unit, which is really unfortunate. My power blinks a lot. I can set the timer to have the heater warm up my bathroom for the next morning, but I typically wake up to a cold bathroom and flashing clock instead. I might be able to forgive this oversight if it wasn't for the other big issue: noise. This heater has a WHOOSHY fan. There are no speed settings for the fan, so it's either off or LOUD. To get an idea, it sounds about the same as my humidifier running on high. Ya'll know how noisy humidifiers are? Yeah, that's what it sounds like.Maybe mine is loud by defect. I am returning this heater but I am not trying out a second one. I think I'll go with radiant heat instead of forced air this next time around.
Depends on what you're looking for
November 28, 2015
First, I'll probably return it. It's too loud for me. To be fair, it's a clean noise of a large volume of air being forced out, not a clunky mechanical noise. But loud is loud. I don't understand how people can say they can't hear it. Also, you have to set the turn-on timer each night. And it only comes on for 30 minutes. It does not have an off timer. It only has one fan speed. It does put out a lot of heat and air to spread the heat quickly.Boring details, I compared this heater with my old Bionaire heater, which is not quiet. I put my phone around a foot away from each heater. My old heater measured around 60-61 dB. This heater measured around 70. Since dB is log scale, this heater is almost 10 times as loud. I used an app that measures noise. The app may or may not be absolutely accurate, but i just want to see the difference between the two measurements.
Didn't meet the Challenge: Bathroom still cool in the AM
October 10, 2015
It's difficult to find a heater that turns ON at a specified time, rather than off. As of Sept 2015, this is the only one on Amazon that does that. I needed a heater for my bathroom, which has HIGH ceilings, no heating, and a poorly fitted window in a historic building. I live in the midwest, so I've got below-zero winter temps coming. Quite the challenge.For my purpose, I have to return this heater; it is just not "enough" to do the trick; I am keeping a competitor's bought at a big box store that does the trick. (It ended up being about $20 more, worth the cost to me, I love getting up in the mornings to a warm bedroom and bathroom).PROS: very safe plug, digital clock, digital timer, cheaper than mostCONS: fan-forced (not a lot of heat), have to set timer each night, shuts off after 30 minutes automatically, so it never got warm enough for me in the morning (and it only reached 55 degrees at night so far, not the below-zero temps of winter!)NEUTRAL: 1500 watts, cool to touch (found same in most space heaters)For those who are looking for a space heater that will keep a FRIGID bathroom toasty for you in the winter mornings, look elsewhere.
Hardware Good, Software Bad
January 15, 2015
If you just want a heater that you turn on and off this is probably your best bet. It's fairly quiet, it's small, but it still heats up my 130 sq ft bedroom plenty fast.With that said, I don't think anyone who was involved in creating the software that runs this has ever heard of the term "user experience". The biggest problem in my book is that at some point they decided that they wanted to make a clock more than they wanted to make a heater. Seriously, why does this thing need to always display the time? Even when the clock isn't programmed it just sits there flashing "12:00" instead of showing me the actual temperature of the room or the temperature that it's set to. I didn't buy a clock, I bought a space heater.The second and third issues have to do with the alarm function. When you set the alarm, it turns on just as you'd expect, but as soon as it gets to the set point, it turns off and stays off. This wouldn't be a problem if the room were actually that temperature, but really only that corner of the room is that temperature. It would be much better if it would stay on for an hour after it comes on to actually bring the whole room to that temperature and keep it there.Lastly, you have to re-enable the alarm function every time you want to use it. Could it really not just stay on until I turn it off? The other problem with this is that you have to go through the programming steps to re-enable it. The correct time is still there, but you have to hold the button for three seconds and click through the settings. Why can't I just press it to turn it on and press it to turn it off?Other minor nitpicks: When you get past ~30° you can't really read the LCD, so when I adjust the temp I have to pick it up to see what I'm changing it to. Also it's angled back slightly so it blows upwards a little and doesn't hit my feet when I put it under my desk unless I actually hold my feet up in front of it, but I just stick it's own cable under the back of it.You might have the impression that I don't like this thing by now, but that's not really true, I'm probably just kinda picky and to be honest this is still probably one of the best options out there. And hey, maybe some day when I'm feeling really bored I might take it apart and see if I can't reprogram it, then it would be pretty much perfect.
It was good while it worked2
October 27, 2017
Bought this in January 2016. Used 1.5 winter seasons, turned it on today, fan died then the heating element burnt out.Worked great while it lasted.
only got 2 winters together
August 15, 2017
It died on us last winter which was disappointing. It only lasted 2 winters; it was not constantly used during the colder months. I've paid less for a different brand space heater and it lasted longer. I've bought a few Vornado products and this one was the disappointment. When it did work though it worked really well. It just didn't last.
Fan Mode Review
July 31, 2017
This review is mostly based off of the fan mode. I bought this item hoping it would be perfect to save space and money by getting something with a dual heater and fan. I've only used the heater one time that worked fine for my medium-sized bedroom. But the fan mode did not work well at all for me. It took over 4 hours with door closed to cool my room to a comfortable temp (it was about 78 degrees in my room and I get comfortable around 74ish). Sometimes I would put the fan on my desk a foot away from my face to cool myself. I plan to keep it and give it a try for the winter months, but I will be buying a separate fan.
Perhaps if I was using it under my desk it'd be fine - but it won't take the chill off a ...
July 7, 2017
In my case this unit is too small. Perhaps if I was using it under my desk it'd be fine - but it won't take the chill off a small cool room. Additionally my heater has a gremlin in it somewhere - I often have to "slap it" to start the heat/blower running. Maybe it's under warranty - but who keeps up with all the requirements to utilize such?
Bad for night time
November 30, 2016
This little heater can quickly warm up a space like a bedroom. The problem was after just a few nights of use it starting making a clicking noise constantly after running for about thirty minutes. It's the same noise the base makes when the tip shut off happens. So, it's going back.
Okay, but I had issues with it...
October 15, 2016
Please note that this heater has no thermostat, only a high and low power setting. I had to take it apart and push the fan all the way on the motor shaft after it ran for a while because the fan hit the housing and stopped turning. I don't know if the fan was not installed correctly or what happened. It has been in use for a season.
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Two Star Reviews:
Smart functionality doesn't work!
November 9, 2017
I bought this heater because of the smart timing functionality, but unfortunately it's pretty confusing and not easy to set. I wanted something that would heat my bathroom in the mornings before I woke up. I set this to start at 6AM and I swear it turns off after either the temperature is reach or time or something.I stopped using it and switched my old in and put it on a wall timer.It does heat well, which is nice and why I gave it two stars.
Would not purchase again
September 18, 2017
The two stars I'm giving it signify that it did heat our bathroom up. The three missing stars are because the timer start never worked, and because the unit died an untimely death in 3 months. In case the timer problem was because we were idiots, we had a couple different friends test setting it for us. It never came on when it was supposed to. That was a big disappointment, since we thought it would be nice to come downstairs on a winter morning and have the bathroom already warmed up, but the more important thing was just that it would actually work when we turned it on. It did, for about three months, then died. It started making that terrible wearing noise and giving off the burned smell. It's not like we overworked it. It was used as needed, not left to work continuously. If the timer had worked the unit would have gotten more use, so this seemed like a double insult to have it die so soon. This is the second problem I've had with a Holmes product, so I think I'm done with them now.
Another cheaply made piece of junk that doesnt work as advertised
February 5, 2017
Where to begin? Just another example of effective inflation via dwindling value per dollar. In this case the first obvious dwindling is cord length. On an appliance that can ONLY be plugged directly into an outlet the cord is way too short. And the thermostat does not work. Thats basically the reason I bought this model. Its very difficult to adjust without unplugging, then you have to set the time and the non existing thermostat. Keeping only because it actually puts out heat. I purchased another model from Walmart that fails to do even that. I imagine China's answer to the cord problem will be, not to lengthen the cord back to what it was five years ago, but to sell the rest of the cord to you as a safe extension cord for another chunk of money. I hate buying things, dont know where you are going to get ripped off next and there ARE no good alternatives
Lots of Problems
January 17, 2017
I was very disappointed in this heater. It definitely got hot but that in itself was a problem because if I let it run very long, it blew either my apartment fuse or the built in fuse from overheating. The thermostat was useless. I'd set it on 84 degrees and it would turn itself off after a minute or so when the room temperature was below 70. Therefore, it could NOT be used to keep the bathroom a little bit warmer for when I woke up in the morning.Those problems all combined to make it useless for anything other than running for a minute, turning it off, waiting for it to cool down, turning it back on for a minute, and continuously monitoring and repeating the cycle while trying to never let it run for too long before it shut itself down.After a year and 2 months, it broke today. In a way I"m glad because now I can finally justify buying a new one. lol.
Good space heater, features not so good
June 13, 2016
This is a good space heater in terms of heat produced, noise level, etc. But the feature that is the selling point...namely being able to set a timer for it to go off and warm up an area (bathroom for me) is erratic and error-prone. First, if the unit is unplugged, say good-bye to your set time, you will have to set over again. Second, it does not go on automatically each day: you have to continually manually press it every day for the set time to work. Some days it works, other days it doesn't with regards to the automatic time working. Then there is this bright annoying glowing LED. Why? Why?? OK, if it's on, I get it. But even off the LED ring is on, glowing, blinking for God knows what reason. I took a star away from that, just too damn annoying.
A nice hand-warmer, maybe
January 26, 2016
I wonder if perhaps I got a faulty unit. Or maybe most of the 4 & 5 star reviewers are heating tiny spaces? Either way, my heater is ridiculously weak. You have to stand right in front of it (maybe within a foot or two) while it goes at full blast for it to make any difference. I give it 2 stars for the rich feature set (several modes, adjustable thermostat, digital display, bathroom-safe ALCI plug, mountable), and for the fact that when we get the baby out of the tub, it's nice to hold him by the heat for a moment. But again, don't expect this thing to heat anything other than the air immediately in front of it.
I wanted to like this thing...
February 1, 2017
I originally liked this heater, but it's not very strong. I have a small Pelonis heater that actually cranks out more heat than this tower. Additionally, about a year after purchase, the nob to turn the unit off/on has decided it doesn't want to work anymore. So, I can turn on the fan or the heat on low. This product being from Vornado, I expected it to last a long time, but alas... it's going into the donation pile and my small Hunter heater is taking it's job.
Setting the heat to 1 bar makes it smell like smoke. Setting the heat to 2 bars makes ...
January 16, 2017
Decent little heater that takes the chill out of my bathroom in the morning, when it works. I've been using it for 1 year. This is my second unit. The first unit shorted out as soon as I turned it on. This unit lasted a year. After 1 year of heavy use, the fan still works. Setting the heat to 1 bar makes it smell like smoke. Setting the heat to 2 bars makes it instantly short out. It takes about 20 - 30 minutes for the unit to fully heat my extra small bathroom in the morning, 10 minutes to make it no longer chilly.
Had an awful odor that wouldn't go away
April 4, 2016
Hmm, I bought this for my sweet daughter, and although she liked the concept and believed it was a grand unit, the bloomin' thing had a plastic odor that wouldn't go away. She tried cleaning the outside, leaving everything open, running it for a day, everything she could think of with the exception of taking it apart--all to no avail. Had to send it back, for the stench was too much
WORKED GREAT...FOR 5 MINUTES
March 31, 2015
I opened the package and plugged in the heater. It worked GREAT...until I turned it off, and then turned it back on again (10 minute process). No more fan, no more heater, no more anything but power lights. I read the manual to see if there was something I did wrong. I followed the trouble shooting suggestions for what happens if you get the power light but no heat. Nothing. Also, reading through the manual, they say DO NOT use this product in an RV where there is a power conversion. I bought this heater for my pop up camper trailer. If you aren't supposed to use this product in that environment, that should be made clear in the listing. Not waiting for the company to respond. I've already purchased a different brand heater.
March 3, 2015
The fan barely functioned and the heat output was paltry. My Lasko heater did a far better job of heating the small office I needed to heat. I gave it an extra star because it does have a fan-only feature-however useless it may be-that my Lasko tower heater does not.
Does NOT heat a small space.
January 16, 2015
We bought this for the water closet in our bathroom, which is only 40 square feet, but it simply does not get it warm. I'd be in the shower and still be cold, even after running it for 20 minutes first. It just doesn't put out enough heat. Ironically, when I put it into the open part of our bathroom, which is much larger, to warm it up for after my shower, it warms up the open space far better. Both parts of the bathroom have angled, tall ceilings.So if you're using this in an open space, it will probably do the job. But it's not 1500 watts, which most heaters are, so if you want to make it nice and toasty, I wouldn't even recommend this for larger rooms. But it won't do squat in a more enclosed space. We're letting my teenager use it in his bedroom because we waited too long to return it.
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It's in control, not you
November 11, 2017
I hate this heater. It's the second time I've purchased it because it fits our needs *in concept*, but I really dislike the controls as they have built-in overrides which means that the heater is in control when I want to be the boss.My biggest issue is that when you turn it off, it doesn't turn off immediately, it does a ten second countdown. It shows the countdown on the display, but I want it to turn off when I turn it off. (It's an electric heater and I want to feel TOTALLY confident that it's off when I walk away and I do not want to wait around to be sure). I added a switch at the plug so now I just turn off the power from there, which works fine.The new issue we discovered is that it has a maximum heat temperature in the "stay on" mode (different than many other similar bathroom space heaters we've had which are more literal). So you can turn it on, put it into "stay on" mode and nothing happens if it deems it too hot, so not really "stay on", but instead "stay on until I, your heater, thinks it's warm enough". I'm sure it's a "feature" for safety and works well for lots of situations, but in our bathroom, it gets hot but we still want the heater on, so not good for us.
stopped working after 1 year
April 16, 2017
stopped working after 1 year, pretty much right after the 1 year warranty expired. When it was working, it performed well. Another negative is that the digital display was too bright. In a bedroom with all lights off, it was like a bright night light.We purchased a Lasko 754200 a year before this one and it is still working. The Lasko felt like it produced hotter air, but this Holmes had a stronger fan.
dead on arrival
February 6, 2017
Ordered this heater but didn't need it right away. I finally opened the box and it doesn't come on at all. I missed the return window by a few days now I'm stuck with a heater that was non-working right out of the box. If you roll the dice and buy this piece of crap heater check it out right away in case you have to return it.
Not happy about it
November 25, 2016
I mounted this unit on the wall in a small bathroom 8'x8'. Set the temperature, every thing seemed fine .Checked the room 2 hours later and the unit was no longer working. Only thing I could do after resetting the power was set the clock nothing else works.Now I have two holes in the wall to fix. I am very disappointed with this purchase. Sending back tomorrow!!!
Junk - Do Not Buy
October 19, 2016
I thought the negative reviews were just from people who don't understand how a thermostat works, so I ignored them and ordered this piece of junk anyway. I wanted a heater for my bathroom with a timer, so I could set it to come on a few minutes ahead of me in the mornings on cold days. This heater worked for about a week, and then stopped working. The timer never did work at all, which was the reason for buying it. It would come on and stay on long enough for me to get in the shower, thinking my new little heater was heating up the bathroom, and then when I got out of the shower, the heater would be off. It stays on for a few seconds and then goes off. This is the biggest waste of money for me. It's in my husband's scrap bin now.
Worst Heater Ever! Do Not Buy. Trust me. :o(
April 13, 2016
Worst Heater Ever! I had a HeatRunner for over a decade and it worked beautifully. Couldn't find another one so I purchased this Holmes Heater. It was louder than I expected and not easy to program. If I put it within ONE FOOT of me, I could feel the heat. If I stepped away more than an inch, I got cold.Additionally, after two weeks, it stopped working. Just stopped. I've tried using it in different rooms with different plugs, but nothing works. So now I feel I was ripped off by this company. After having a good space heater last over a decade, this Holmes Digital Bathroom Heater lasting slightly under two weeks was beyond disappointing. I'm quite disgusted and giving 1 star ONLY because Amazon doesn't have negative numbers.
While this product worked fine for 8 months
January 3, 2017
While this product worked fine for 8 months. In the last few months the fan has started creating an obnoxious sound every time I turn it on (whether its on fan only or one of the heater settings). Now the fan won't turn on at all. The product isn't even a full year old and has been sitting in my office under my desk during that time.
May 26, 2016
I have now gone through two of these heaters. Both of the heaters had problems after a few months. The first heater's dial stopped turning so that eventually I couldn't even turn it on. The replacement heater seemed to be doing better until the fan started being very noisy. Initially I was able to tap the side of the heater and the fan would settle down but now there is nothing I can do to quiet the fan. My recommendation is if you want a heater that is only going to last a few months get a $10 one instead of a $45 one.
Defective (non-functioning) item
March 12, 2016
The unit turns on and nothing happens...no heat, no fan, etc., and did not work after following the troubleshooting instructions. There is something rattling around inside the unit which I assume explains why it doesn't work. I received it Jan 29 but did not have occasion to try it until today (March 12) because the weather was warm enough that I didn't need it (I live in So California). I now realize there is a 30 day return period so I am out of luck, apparently. But the bottom line is: Amazon shipped a product that was broken/did not work in its intended use when it arrived, and I now have a large $49 paperweight.
Last on Race Day !
January 14, 2016
Well it's like this , The race was over before it began. It came in a box 2 sizes too big, wrapped in a thin sheet of bubble wrap. This thing was shaking around like a marble in a paint can. No documentation, no box, no instructions. All that said it's not that hard to figure it out. Plugged it in it lasted about 2 minutes then it sounded like a 62 Ford with a rod knock. Guess I will just use my old one its been going strong for about 8 years. Easy return through Amazon, but it should not have made it to my door in this condition.
December 29, 2015
This heater was a disappointment. I have owned this heater for 3 weeks now, and there is left to be desired. First, I will start with the pros: Compact size and aetheticly pleasing. Now here are the cons: inconsistent heating. The heater was purchased to heat my bathroom and only sometimes worked. After the 1st week, the heater began to make a clicking sound. Kinda scary. The sound occurred right when you turn on the heater. Now at week 3, the heater is no longer functioning. I hope this doesn't happen to everyone.
broken within months
June 19, 2015
We have had this heater for fourth months now. It was always a slow job of heating a room, usually took too long. For a month or two now we haven't been able to turn it to the highest setting, and now it won't produce heat at all. Unbelievably poor purchase, this heater is total crap. Buy something else.
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Honeywell HCE100 Heat Bud Ceramic Portable-Mini Heater, Black
Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.
5-year limited warranty
Easy to adjust digital controls will help maintain your desired comfort level
Use the timer to pre-heat the bathroom and keep it warm and cozy
Bathroom safe ALCI plug for worry free bathroom use; and wall mountable
Digital thermostat with a digital clock and timer
2 heat settings, 1500 watt max output
1 Year Limited Warranty
Signature V-Flow heat circulation with wide heating zone
2 heat settings with fan-only option
Automatic safety tip-over switch and overheat shut-off protection
Easy-to-use controls with 4-hour auto-off timer
Backed by a 5-year limited warranty
Personal heating for small spaces
Tip over protection
Kaz vs LaskoWow... With the Kaz height at 1292.5 inches, width at 324 inches and length of 423.2 inches, the Lasko with 920.5"X 283.1"X 999.2"... Hope they're unassembled, but still, way too big for my house. I'm still thinking about getting one for the barn, if i can find the space to put it.JoeNY