Argos Portable Electric Convector Heater
Why I bought this Heater:
I am very familiar with this type of heater and already had some similar convector heaters. The heating failed at our holiday cottage and I needed a quick cheap alternative heat source that I could go and buy straight away. I rushed off to the nearest larger town and my first stop was Argos. It was also my last! I left with all three of these that they held in stock.
Light grey in colour with black trim and switchgear. The heater stands about 40cm tall x 50cm long and an overall depth of 12cm once assembled. The electric cable is approximately 90cm long. There is a little light that glows when the heater is on.
I am pleased to say I found the heaters very easy to assemble and the thermostat was easy to set with the instructions included.
Once set, it is a case of switching them on and letting them warm up the area. We placed two in the dining room and one on the upstairs landing and initially lit a log fire in the sitting room, set up an older convector heater in the kitchen and an electric radiator into the main bathroom.
The Argos heaters are give an aura of quality and are quite strong and well balanced. The temperature soon comes up in the room near the heater and there is a distinct warmer feel further away. They are quiet to use and comparatively unobtrusive being better looking (oh how shallow!) than the Dimplex version.
I think these work best left on thermostat as you would normal central heating radiators, however, it is very easy to turn up the heat as and when required as there are three advertised heat settings, but this includes a variable knob. Running costs are not too bad either as the heaters are only 2Kw max each they would not use an enormous amount of electricity.
An effective portable heating solution, especially in an emergency situation. Ideal for thermostatically controlled background heat or to add a quick boost to a room.
These heaters are an absolute bargain to purchase, but could prove expensive as an only heat source.
Anyone who may require a little extra heating, the great thing is they are moveable offering good flexibility.
Great for many uses, including greenhouses, sheds, caravans, conservatories, spare rooms.
Spare heater in case of central heating problems.
Price and Availability:
Price: At the time of writing a bargain £19.99 from Argos stores nationwide, via click and collect or home delivery.
Thank you for reading my review & I hope you found it useful?
Me and my other half have completely different body temperatures. I am always cold and he is always hot. This leads to a constant battle in the winter months with me turning the heating on and him turning the heating off. The only way for us to solve this battle was for us to buy a little portable heater so that I could heat up the room that I'm in and leave him to chill out in the colder room. I opted for the cheap and cheerful Argos Value Range Convector Heater.
What does the product do?
It promises to heat up your living areas in the cold winter months and to maintain your perfect level of heat. It has three different heat settings so you can choose what suits you and a thermostat to keep the temperature constant. It has a safety cut off mechanism if the machine gets too hot so you know it's safe. It can be mounted to the way to save space or left on the floor.
The product doesn't look the classiest but at a cheap price, I didn't expect it too. The body of the heater is white and the handles, switches and feet are black. It has handles on the sides to ensure that you can easily carry it from room to room. It has holes along the top which let the heat out. The heater is 39 cm tall, 52 cm wide and it has a depth of 11 cm so it is quite small and compact. It is light enough to carry it from room to room without any problems.
The product was one of the cheapest that I'd found at just £19.99. I got mine from the Argos store but you can also buy it from the Argos website.
This heater is simple to use. You simply choose a room to use it in, plug it in and you're ready to go. It's small size means that it is not an eye sore and you don't notice it the minute that you walk into a room. I normally use it on the low setting as this suits me quite well. The heater is amazingly quiet which I wasn't expecting due to the price. When the heater is on the highest setting you do get a bit of a hum but it is easily ignoreable, especially if you do have the television on as well. The thermostat does a good job of keeping the heat constant and comfortable. It makes a small clicking sound as it does it's job but it is barely noticeable.
The machine is sturdy and you don't feel worried that it will fall down if you knock it over or if a pet or child bumps against it. It works quickly with heat coming out of the top instantly and with it heating the whole room to a nice temperature within a few minutes. If you are freezing then blasted the room on the top setting heats the room quickly and then you can return it to the low setting to maintain the heat.
The heater doesn't have that horrible burning smell that comes with some heaters, making you feel like they are unsafe. My machine has never used the switch off setting but it gives me peace of mind to know that it will if the machine were to get to hot. It has a light on the machine to let you know that it is switched on in case you ever forget to turn it off.
All in all, I don't regret this purchase one bit. It is easy to use and it performs without making a nose. The machine heats rooms quickly and maintains a nice temperature. It is easy to carry around and small enough that it is not an eye sore. This heater has solved the 'heating war' in my house and has exceeded my expectations. For these reasons, it gets the full five stars from me.
When we first moved into our flat a few years ago now, we did a number of renovations one of which was replacing some of the inefficient single radiators with larger and more modern ones. When it came to our main bedroom however, we kept the long thin radiator with the thought that as we wouldn't spend a huge amount of time in that room it wasn't worth spending money on a replacement. How wrong we were as, after a bitterly cold winter this year, we found ourselves rushing into bed to get warm every evening and then clinging to each other to warm up. With this being quite an issue, we went on the hunt early this year to find a small heater which could heat up the room in the evening.
~Purchase and collection~
Argos are, in my opinion, a great place to look for everyday items and their online reserve and collect service makes it easy to compare prices and ensure that the required item is in stock. We didn't want to spend a huge amount of money on heating our room and therefore when I saw this 2kw convector heater I was keen to bring it home at the bargain price of just £19.99. The heater came packaged in a rectangular cardboard box and this meant that although slightly bulky it was easy enough to carry and slot neatly into the car boot.
~Assembly and first impressions~
Opening the box, this heater is fully assembled with the exception of the feet which require screwing on to the base of the unit. Looks wise this heater is no head turner in my opinion but nonetheless functional enough for the task at hand. The heater is mainly white in colour and has an almost narrow box look to it with a grilled top to allow the heat to flow. On either side of the panel are black plastic handles and these are quite heavy duty giving the heater an almost institutionalised look. The legs of these heater are black plastic with the same finish as the handles and they splay out either side of the heater giving quite a wide splay which ensures that it doesn't topple. In terms of dimensions this convector heater measures 39cm high by 52cm wide by 11cm deep. This size is sufficient to heat our 4m x 3m bedroom and means that the unit is relatively light to carry around the flat.
This heater does come with wall fixings which are great if you want to make it a permanent feature in the room. In our case we like the mobility of having a floor mounted heater and therefore have kept it as such, but it is good in my opinion to have the option to do either. The unit is charged via electricity and has a relatively long cable which means it has flexibility around the room. On the side of the heater are two switches which reflect the wattage options of 750w and 1250w and when both switched this ensures the maximum heat capacity of 2kw. Both switches have orange lights which glow when the switch is on and are a handy indicator in the cases when we switch the heater on and then pass it in a darkened hallway as it ensures we do not forget it is on or trip over it. There is also a round knob on the side which gives the option for the heat output and with the dial you can select one of three options ranging from minimum to max. A great feature of this heater in my opinion is the safety cut out switch, as this is nice for peace of mind particularly if the heater is in an area of the house which is less frequented.
~Set up and use~
To use this heater, we made sure it is positioned in an area of our bedroom where it is less likely to be in the way before plugging it in to the mains and switching it on. We seem to have windows in our bedroom which leak a small amount of air and therefore when we use this heater we put it on maximum capacity to ensure the most heat. The heater is easy to operate and we simply push both the switches and turn the dial to max. It literally takes a minute for the heat to begin circulating out of the top of the heater and within ten minutes the room is feeling noticeably warmer. A feature which is slightly disconcerting with our heater is the slight burnt smell it omits when the heater is on. The first time we used it I did worry that we had placed it near to something flammable however it appears that it is simply the smell of it heating up. As with anything hot we always ensure that this heater is positioned away from any other objects or dangly materials to ensure that it doesn't light something. We have also found it helpful to place our heater on a rectangular board when it is on the carpet in our bedroom as on a thicker pile carpet it is slightly more likely to topple.
We normally have our heater on for the fifteen minutes before we go to bed on a cold evening as this ensures the room is adequately toasty for changing into our bedclothes. To be certain it is off, I like to turn the switches off before unplugging the cable from the wall. The heater retains its heat for a small while before it cools and this means that the heat is noticeable for a good twenty minutes after the unit is switched off.
As a value for money heater which does the job within minutes this is a great little appliance. The heater works efficiently and means that bedtime is that little bit more doable of a winter evening. I don't think that this is the best looking heater on the market, particularly when compared to some of the new fandangled Dyson products but then it is much better value for money and does the job just as well. In terms of energy efficiency, I would struggle to say how this heater does on running costs, especially as energy rates keep increasing. However as an instant fix for ultra cold evenings this is a brilliant buy.
I have been very impressed with our convector heater and would therefore recommend this product. As well as being useful around the home I can also imagine it being an effective heater for outside office spaces and cabins. This is an excellent heater and for this reason it scores five stars.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
Handles each side for easy carrying. 2 KW plate inside. Heat Settings indicated on the side top 750w/ 1,250w/ and 2000 wattage. Safety on and off switch that cuts out. Power on indicator. Can hang on wall. Size of heater H39 width 52cm Depth 11cm.
Name Of Product
Argos Value Range 2KW Convector Heater
Before I purchased this heater. We were looking for a not to expensive brand that would heat up a cold room fast and effectively for those winter days and nights when the temperature drops.
The heater surpassed all other heaters for its effective fast heat and affordability. The heater on full for 5-10 minutes warms up the room in now time at all.
The features that the convector heater has, you can turn down to a minimum to how much heat you require. Also for safety cuts out when moved around or handled inappropriately.
You can choose and change the heat settings on the left side by turning the handle to the left or right. This will give you a constant flow of heat that you can control.
A very effective heater to have and very robust. We have had our heater now for 3 years and is still in good working order. This heater is just for a quick heating of the room or until you feel warm, for least a few hours.
The heater can run up the electricity bill in now time if kept on through out the day.
For some reason, despite having cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, wall lining insulation, having sealed up every possible draft from outside and turning up the heating the en-suite refuses to stay warm. This means that if we get up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet, we will be sitting in the freezing cold - I swear we risk sticking to the toilet seat in the same way your tongue sticks to icy lampposts!
Our last effort to try to fix the problem of little heat in this room when we need to use it at cold times was to buy a heater. We opted for this Argos value heater due to the small investment of just £15 on the item which would mean that if our effort was unsuccessful, we lose less. Luckily, we didn't waste our money. The heater, in a word, was fantastic!
Obviously, this can only be a short time solution to the cold room problem but for the time being, the fact that it switches on very quickly and supplies a large amount of warm air to the room makes it perfect for us. If we leave it for a couple of minutes and return to the en-suite, it will be nice and toasty for us!
It has a very basic design and the designers haven't particularly innovated on the aesthetics in any way, it is as basic as it gets. I buy products to be functional and not pretty so this doesn't bother me. We haven't renovated the en-suite yet after moving into the house 4 years ago so it doesn't stand out in the room for its unattractiveness anyway.
The heater is fairly compact and can be made even more so by wall mounting it. If you do not wish to mount it then you can easily attach the supplied feet using screws to the underside for a very sturdy base.
The heater has a temperature control so that you do not have the room too hot or cold for your needs too. it is very easy to operate via the controls on the side of the device.
A downside to this convection heater, and any convection heater at all, is the phenomenal price of electricity from using it regularly. On full power, this heater is 2KW (2 Units). Using a bit of physics, I can tell you that assume a standard unit price of around 15p for electricity, for each hour that this heater is on, it will cost you 30p. This may not sound like much but say you use it for a total of 1 hour per day, this will then cost you £9 a month just to heat a single room!
~*~*~ Argos Value Range 2kW Convection Heater ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a handy little heater that will keep your warm through the winter months, it is cheaply priced and in my opinion a very handy item to own.
~ Why did I buy it? ~
From my previous reviews you may have gathered I really feel the cold and I hate it! And if you weren't aware that I disliked the cold so much, then you know now!
My house has high ceilings and is quite opened planned downstairs. I have a living room and dining room that is separated by an archway and then my kitchen is through a small passage way and there is no doors inbetween, so when it's cold it's cold right through. My living/dining rooms only have one radiator between them and that is located at the far end of the dining room (new radiators next week and will be having one put in the living room!) and then I have a chunky old fashioned/retro radiator in my kitchen so even when I put the heating on it never really gets warm for an absolute age!
So I thought it would be wise to invest in some electrical heaters and I was looking in the buyers bible - the Argos catalogue when I spotted this. I then went online and reserved it to my local store for collection that day.
Being cold is no fun and if this heater would help add an extra boost of warmth to the room then I would be a happy girl!
~ Appearance ~
The size is quite compact and small which I was quite surprised about, the heater stands at a teeny - H39cm, W52cm, D11cm so as you can see it is small but don't be put off by this, I like this as it means it can be easy tucked away out of sight when not in use.
The main body of the heater is white, the feet and corners are black as are the two switches and thermostat dial. Along the top of the heater is a grill that allows the hot air to escape into the room.
The black plastic on the corners are handles which make picking this up easy and it is light enough to move around the room or even the house.
It's a simple and basic heater but it looks fine in the corner or under the window.
~ Price and Availibilty ~
This heater is from Argos, you can either pop into store and buy it or you can go along to www.argos.co.uk and buy it online for home delivery but there will be an additional delivery charge when done this way. I would recommend collecting it if possible as it isn't a heavy item.
The price comes in at a very reasonable £19.99!
The price is what sold it to me as I just wanted a cheap but effective heater and it also boasted high reviews on the Argos website.
~ Ease of use ~
Getting this home and unpacking it from it's box I found that the only assembely needed was the assembely of the feet which was quite a simple process of screwing them into place. It has the options to be free standing or to be wall mounted. I wanted it free standing but should you wish to wall mount it the fixings are included in the box.
All it needed after putting the feet on was for it to be plugged in and switched on. I mainly use it in the evening and have it on the highest setting, when the room reaches the desired temperature the heater has a safety cut out which I think is great as I have fallen asleep on the sofa with this on so I think this is an important safety feature. Even though it has a cut out a light on the heater will remain illuminated to remind you that it is indeed still on and will need turning off.
~ Overall Opinion ~
I think this was a brilliant bargain heater, it is plain to look at but it doesn't scream cheap, and it will warm up my living/dining room completely in around fifteen minutes but when sat near the heater the heat becomes apparent within five minutes. I raved about this so much that my grandparents went and bought one for their conservatory as they like to sit out there in the evenings watching the wildlife around their garden and pond with a nice warm cup of tea and a sandwich, they have been very impressed with it too and it will warm up the whole conservatory in about five minutes which pleased them no end.
I had initial concerns about the smell that was coming from it but then I realised that is was probably down to trapped dust and the smell soon went and it is now fine. If I don't use it in a while and pop it in the cupboard under the stairs this smell will be there upon the first use but it disappears within the first hour or so of use.
The front can be easily wiped over with a damp cloth should it look a bit grubby.
I have nothing bad to say about this heater, it does what is expected of it and can be easily stored out of sight when not in use, and the fact that it has the option to be wall mounted makes it even better.
I have seen some reviews on Argos stating that the feet were awkward to get on and although I didn't have any problem with attaching the feet on mine, I thought it would be worth mentioning, people have stated it was fiddly but they got there in the end so I don't think it's a massive problem.
I have bought a few heaters since living in this home and I did have a few from my last home but I do think this Value Range heater is one of the best I own, having bought an oil filled radiator and not having a positive experience with it I would highly recommend this over that one! ( Review on that one to follow!)
Thanks for reading :o) x
When it comes to my home it is getting rather cold in it at the moment. I tend to sit in the same room alot of the time and my central heating works out rather expensive and so I wanted was a smallish heater to pop in my living room to blast out a bit of heat and then turn it off!
I have a local Argos very close to me so I nipped in to see what they had reasonably priced and I came across this heater and promptly parted with my £19.99.
So this came in rather plain box, the heater had the plug attached, instructions with it and fixtures to hang it if you want to came with it too.
In appearance this is a rather nice looking plain heater. It measures H39, W52, D11cm and isn't very heavy at all and made all the easier for carrying as it has handles on it. To the top of it there is a large grated panel as to where the warm air blows out and it has black matching feet and two black bits on the corners of the top of it to match. There is an easy to turn switch giving us 3 heat settings going up to 2kw and it has a thermastat and a cut out function to it if it gets to hot in a small area.
The only thing I personally struggled with, this this was attatching the feet, it was a bit fiddly for me but I did it with a screwdriver and they securely attached on with little fuss.
This blows out a great amount of heat in a smallish room, more than enough for me. I can feel the heat although it isn't dry as such and it cools down fast and there is light indicator on it to let me know its switched on which is good if it cuts out cos if you don't turn it manually off it comes back on so is a great safety feature with this.
I am very happy indeed with this purchase and think its great value for the price I paid!
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Heat output 2kW
3 Heat Settings
Safety Cut Out
Handles for transporting
Can be wall mounted
Size - 39 x 52 x 11cm
I purchased this heater to warm up an office which had very dodgy heating. The room was quite small, 2 work stations. It is available for about £20.
This is a brilliant little heater. The office would get very cold, especially in the winter, and this heater would start making a difference within about 10 minutes. It has 3 heat settings and I found that once the room was warmed up I could put it on to the lowest setting and it would still produce enough heat to keep the temperature how I wanted it. This is probably due to the thermostat function.
The heater is very easy to set up. It comes with two feet that once attached means it sits flat on the floor. It also has wall mountings if you want to fix it to a wall. I have never tried this but would expect it to work just as well. The handles and the light construction mean it is very easy to move around and would be very useful for an elderly person that may need some extra heat. The safety cut out is also a good function for an elderly person, or anyone for that matter. The design is nothing special but it is not huge so doesn't stick out too much in a room.
I have only used this in a small office but I have heard that it also works well in medium sized rooms. It is a great product for the price and will have you warmed up in minutes.
We have recently moved into a temporary office at work and it is in part of a building which has been pretty much abandoned for the last few years, as a result and what with the less than summerlike weather we have had so far this year we have all been rather cold in our new home. I have a small fan heater which has historically sat under my desk for when it is cold but it is nowhere near powerful enough to warm the new space we have.
It therefore became apparent that a rather more substantial portable heater was going to be required and as such I was dispatched to Argos to find something suitable. I had had a quick look online before my visit so I knew pretty much which one I wanted, it was this 2KW convection heater priced at £19.99. Luckily they had one in stock so I picked it up straight away and returned to the office to try and get the temperature to somewhere near normal!
This heater is from Argos' value range and therefore it is pretty basic, as you would expect. However, it does all the things that you need and it actually kicks out a good amount of heat. We have found that having it on for a few hours in the morning is enough to take the edge off the cold for most of the day, at least until the sun gets round to our side of the building anyway. The heater has three heat settings and we have tended to use the middle one. I have a feeling come the winter the top setting will be very welcome but for now the middle one is fine.
There are two carry handles on this heater and it sits on two plastic base legs which make it quite stable and safe - all the same I would never leave this heater on if there was nobody in the room, you can never be too careful with this kind of product and in any event we are forbidden from doing so in an office environment.
There is a power on indicator which lights up and shows when the heater is in use, apparently this heater can be wall mounted and it came with a small bag of pieces to assist with this, however, we need this to be portable and therefore will not be wall mounting, I was quite surprised that such a 'cheap' product would provide this option but I think it is quite a good idea.
The safety leaflet which comes with this product points out that you should not cover the heater while it is switched on, to be honest I think this is common sense anyway and we would never do that. It does have a safety cut off switch which I assume would kick in if the heater was compromised in some way, hopefully we will never have to rely on this however.
My only gripe with this product is that it does tend to give off a fairly strong smell of burning dust and plastic after a few hours - we thought this would dissipate after a few weeks use but it has yet to go.
For under £20 this is a great little heater and provides a very decent amount of heat, we think it is great value and for us it has been the perfect solution to our problem.
When I go home during the holidays, my bedroom is incredibly cold. Our house is generally a good temperature but since the room has a very high ceiling, most heaters take an hour or so to warm it up. As you can imagine, having to decide whenever I want to visit my room, an hour in advance, can be a little inconvenient.
My mother is of the mentality that it is better to spend ages saving up for something more expensive, as it will be better quality. Her attitude was no different to heaters, and she insisted get an obscenely priced halogen heater similar to hers, which comes with a lot of settings. While we were saving up, we got this as a temporary solution, but it turned out the Argos heater produced blasts of heat much more powerful than anything else we'd tried.
It doesn't come with the sophisticated settings of some other heaters, like automated time settings to warm up a room at specified times, but it's incredibly powerful and definitely good value for money.
For some, it may be better to invest a little more money and shop around for something with settings suited to your needs. But, personally, I find this is absolutely perfect for somebody with average needs.
It's obviously not the ideal choice for every single person, like bedbound people whose health relies on heat at certain times (eg. those with arthritis) but if you don't have the will to read through a manual or operate too much technical common sense, something simple like this is probably best.
I would definitely recommend this wholeheartedly to most people. It's the perfect heater to blast on full and rub your hands over after a frosty walk home.
We are quite fortunate in that our property is generally lovely and warm and we only have to have the heating on for the odd days during the Winter. This Winter in particular has been a very cold one and we've certainly noticed the difference in our heating bills. Often we are only using one room in our home at a time and so I decided to look in to buying a heater. I did not want us to spend a lot on a heater as this would probably wipe out the first year of savings that we would make compared to having the heating on more often. This Argos Value heater fit the bill at just £21.99. This is currently just £19.99 so is even more of a bargain at the moment.
This heater looks quite standard to me. It is a white heater with black trim and feet. This probably doesn't look very expensive but as we generally have it out when guests aren't here we aren't too fussy at all. This heater is 39cm high, 11cm deep and 52cm wide. This means it is a reasonable enough size to work well but is simple enough to tuck down the side of one of my sofas when not in use or just slide in to my hall cupboard and taking up a small amount of space. The grill running the width of the top has lots of holes in three rows meaning that there is plenty of space for the hot air to escape. There is also three small rows of holes in the opposite direction by the bottom of this heater.
The main feature of this heater besides getting warm of course is that it has three different heat settings. I find this a fantastic feature as I can turn it down low if I just want to take the edge off a chill or turn it on the highest setting if I want it to warm the room thoroughly. There is a thermostat within which cuts out the heat once the temperature of your chosen setting has been reached. This means that the room doesn't get over heated nor does energy get wasted.
There is no waiting time for this to begin work and as soon as it is plugged in and switched on to your desired setting it gets to work blowing out hot air. This means that on the mornings when I wake up very early and find it very cold I can turn it on make a warm coffee and some toast and come back to find my lounge warming up nicely within just 5 or 10 minutes. The heat seems to be evenly distributed but if it is very cold I do sit quite close to this initially while the room gets warmed up.
Overall we have both been very pleased with this heater. The quality is fantastic for the price paid. While it can dry the air out a little and leave me feeling a little thirsty at times it works incredibly well at heating which is all we need it to do! The price of this is absolutely fantastic and this is the main reason that I am providing a rating of 5/5. I was not expecting something that would heat my room up sometimes within just 10 minutes and we have been using this for several months now with no problems at all. Because we do not have our gas on our combination bills have been cheaper this quarter than they were in the same quarter of last year and that is despite the weather seemingly colder here than it was last year (but perhaps that is just my imagination?).
I bought this convection heater from the Argos value range to help heat up my conservatory in the winter months. Although we have a small wall mounted electric fire it doesn't really offer up enough heat to fill the whole room when the weather is especially cold.
It cost me £21.99 and although I originally had been going to get the cheaper value hater this one was in stock to take away and I didn't have to wait for it to be delivered.
To be honest I am glad that I spend the extra few pounds on this one as I have since seen the cheaper one and it is so small that I am unsure it would give off enough heat to fill my conservatory.
As with most value products it is white but to be honest I don't think it is particularly cheap looking and think it looks quite nice actually. It has black feet and also a black trim to either side which does make it look less harsh than being entirely white might have looked.
The unit itself is nice and compact and measures 39cm in height and 52cm in width. It is just the right size to go unnoticed in my room but not too small that whatever heat it gives off is negligible. Along the top of the heater is the vent's where the hot air is blown and there are enough of these that the hot air gets fairly good ventilation.
There are three different temperature settings and the thing I like about this heater is that it is so economical to run. It doesn't take up much in the way of electric and it has a built in thermostat which cuts the heater off when it has reached the optimum temperature. This means that my room gets nice and warm but not stiflingly hot.
It starts blowing out hot air as soon as you turn it on and it can heat up my entire conservatory within ten minutes. I am really impressed with just how well this heats up the room and unlike some heater which only heat the immediate area this one actually manages to reach into the furthest corners so there is no cold areas.
The only thing that I don't like about it is that I can get a bit of a sore throat thanks to all the dry heat circulating. I have got around this by making sure that I place a glass of water next to it when it is on and this seems to help put some moisture back in the air.
As well as being free standing you can also attach the heater to the wall if you want. Because it is so unobtrusive this is something that I haven't bothered doing but I like the fact it gives me the option to do so if I want.
If you are looking for a good cheap heater that is going to heat your entire room then I can highly recommend this one. It is excellent value for the money.
As I mentioned in my review of the Tesco Value Kettle we have finally got a lifeboat shop here in Llandudno and are busily getting it all set up so that we can open as soon as possible.
The shop itself is fairly large and there is some storage, washing facilities and a toilet downstairs. Unfortunately the one thing that it doesn't have is heating. This will be fine in the summer as there are large windows all down one side of the shop so we'll be too hot if anything. At the moment as the temperature is beginning to drop as we approach winter we need a bit of help heat wise.
We didn't want anything which will make the shop too hot as customers will be dressed in outdoor clothing and there's nothing worse than looking round a shop and finding yourself getting hotter and hotter.
The heaters that we decided upon are the Argos Value Range 2kW Convection Heaters which cost just £21.99 each from Argos obviously! We have got one for upstairs and one for downstairs,
The heater comes in a sturdy cardboard box which is very plain as all the value ranges seem to be. By the way I think this is absolutely fine - why would I want to pay for a fancy box when all I will do is throw it away?
Anyway the box is white with a turquoise flash and the Argos logo in red. There are a few details on the side of the box dimensions of the heater, a bit about design and a sticker advising that electrical products should not be disposed of with ordinary household waste.
The heater itself is 39cm tall, 52cm wide and 11cm deep and comes, as all appliances do these days, with a plug attached. It is white with a vent along the top through which the warm air blows. It has a black trim at either end of the vent, black feet and black controls. To be honest I think it looks really smart and it certainly doesn't look at all cheap.
It has three heat settings with the maximum output being 2kW and it is controlled by a built in thermostat. When the heater is in use an indicator light comes on so that, even if it has cut out because it has reached the temperature set on the thermostat, the light will remind you that it is switched on and needs to be switched off before you leave. It also has a safety cut out which comes into operation if the heater gets too hot at any time.
Set into the black trim on the top of the heater are two handles so that it is easy to move the heater around even when it is switched on. It can also be wall mounted if you prefer and the wall fixings are included when you purchase the heater.
Naturally the heater comes with a set of instructions which are easy to read and understand but then setting a thermostat and switching on a convector heater is never going to be rocket science now is it?
The first time that the heater is used there is a strange smell but that is just the dust and any residue from the manufacturing process burning off and it soon disappears.
When the heater is switched on it heats up quickly and gives out a good amount of heat. We have put the one in the shop behind the counter as that's where it will be most use for us when we are sitting fairly still and serving.
I have to admit that I had noticed how cold the shop was when we first got the keys and went in and I thought we would struggle to heat the upstairs with just this little heater. When it was used for the first time it had only been switched on for a short time when I arrived at the shop and, as soon as I walked through the door, the difference was obvious.
Being white it will show any marks but it is very easy to clean - just wipe it with a damp cloth when it is switched off and unplugged of course.
So there you are then a smart looking heater that is a good price, works well, is easy to clean, easy to move around and most of all keeps us lovely and warm.
Don't just take my words for it - there are 165 reviews for this heater on the Argos site and it has an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars!
Incidentally there is also another version of this available with a timer for £27.99.