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Tesco FH11 Value Fan Heater

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      03.03.2014 18:25
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      A good little heater for the price

      This heater cost me £9 from Tesco. It is small and compact but does give out a fair amount of heat for the size of he heater. We have an extremely small office space a home and wanted something little. This absolutely fitted the bill. This heater is ideal for small rooms because it is only about 20-25cm wide and a similar height. We keep it under a desk and it takes the edge off the coldness in the room, without us having to put the central heating on to heat the whole house. As it is so light, it can be moved around easily if you want o use it elsewhere.

      There are two heat settings on this little heater. What made me buy this heater, other than the price, was the fact it has a temperature control, which is very impressive for this end of the market. Although the heat does not dissipate throughout the whole room, due to the controls, you can create the perfect temperature within a limited radius of the heater itself. The lack of movement is a big disappointment. We should have researched it properly but assumed it would turn around. It does not.

      When we bought it we didn't realise but this also operates as a fan. We do not often use this function but it is excellent whenever we have. On very hot days when it is just as hot outside as in and you do not wish to open a window, this fan helps to keep a small room cool. It doesn't cool the room down a great deal but it keeps the air moving an this eventually cools it down.

      The heater will cut out if it gets too hot or if it falls over. These are both important safety features.

      The heater makes a small amount of noise. It is not the worst that I have heard but also, you would definitely not call it silent.

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      09.01.2014 14:29
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      A nice little heater

      Over the past couple of years I have had a few different heaters to try to help give us instant heat within our house. This is one which my Grandad bought me and it is fairly good. In fact, my Grandad seems to buy me a heater a year as he does worry about me... now I have several heaters which i don't use but he still insists on buying me one to make sure we're all nice and warm! This heater has many positive points to it although I don't think it is the most efficient heater in the world.

      This heater was bought from Tesco and I think it was about £8 which I think is a bargain especially as it is rather efficient for a small space. It is compact and doesn't intrude in a room too much in terms of size- in terms of noise, however, that's a different story- so it's nice and small and compact. It has two heat settings and is easy enough to use simply plug in and turn on!

      It is a fan heater so the motor will warm up air and throw it out. We have had other forms of heaters before thanks to my Grandad and some haven't been fan ones. I find that a fan heater will warm a room faster than the others we've had because the air is propelled from the machine so will spread quite fast. You don't have to be standing right next to it to feel the heat although the further away you are the less warm it is. I find that this works best to warm a small room so we tend to use this in our little one's bedroom if we need to take the chill off it when we've been out all day and the heating hasn't come on. A couple of minutes blowing into his room with the door shut and it soon heats his room nicely. It will automatically turn off if it gets too hot and if it topples over it will also turn off too which is vital.

      I have tried to use this recently in our new extension which is very long and wide so a big space and it was pretty lost in it to be honest. It was nice to have it aimed at my feet whilst I painted but as soon as I moved to a different area I noticed the drop in temperature right away so it's not ideal for a bigger room really at all.

      It smells a bit too, it has a funny burning smell that my Grandad says is because it pulls in dust off the floor and told me to stand it on something raise it a bit so now i stand it on a pile of books and it doesn't smell as much. The noise isn't great, it whirs away and it can get in the way if you are trying to listen to the television or radio but I soon tune out of it and learn to just let it blend into the background.

      In conclusion it's a fairly decent little heater. Not great if you want to heat a big area but perfect for a small area and it's very easy to use with good safety features too.

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      26.11.2013 11:26
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      Good value fan heater at £10

      I bought this Tesco fan heater for £10 about 18 months ago as I only have storage heaters in my flat, and they go cold in the evening.
      I needed some heat in other parts of the flat, so I have the fan heater on an extension lead and just use it when the heater has gone cold or it gets suddenly cold, as you have to set the storage heater the day before.

      Most of the fan heaters are around the £28 to £40 range, so this is a good value one, and it does work. It looks similar to some of the other ones that are more expensive. It also has special functions like auto shut off and thermostat control that some people have obviously not found found yet !

      Tesco may not be selling this exact model anymore so if you want a similar priced one that looks the same there is an offer on at Lidl this November for £10.

      DETAILS

      2 KW OUTPUT

      Height 25 cm
      width 22 cm
      depth 12 cm
      2 control switches for hot and cold plus temperature control

      USAGE

      I use this in the evening as my flat is very warm first thing in the morning. It is only needed in the coldest months of winter and when the storage heaters have been set too low from the day before.

      The cold fan doesn't work in the same way that an air conditioner does, in that it produces cold air. This just uses the motor and fan to move the air, but as the motor gets got it is not that effective.
      The heater is more effective and at 2 kw can heat up a double bedroom in 10 minutes easily.
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      temperature control setting that you can use as well as the switch on top so you can maintain the temperature in the room if you wish.

      A good safety feature is the auto shut off if the fan over heats or even if it falls over. This is very practical and useful as I have a lot of leads around and go in and out of the room, also if you have children it would be a good idea to have it auto shut off.

      Overall I think this is good value, I have bought a few additional heaters over the years, most have broken, so at £10 this is ideal for spare rooms that don't have radiators working or if you have unreliable heating.

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      29.10.2012 13:50
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      Great inexpensive bargain of a heater!

      We purchased this fan heater last winter, we were spending an absolute fortune using the heating so decided to give a portable heater a try, we wanted something small and compact as we have two children so very little space, but also something safe and practical with the little ones around.

      After browsing the internet we decided to try the tesco value fan heater, it cost us £10 at the time although i have seen it in sales over the past year (£7 in our local tesco at one point!) so you may get it even cheaper if you are lucky! It came in a tesco value box and was within a plastic bag inside the box, made of white plastic with a grey grill on the front it isn't the prettiest but it is small enough to stash away in a cupboard when not in use so we wasn't to fussed about that.

      The heater has two dials on the top, one for hot or cold and one for temperature setting, we tried it once for the summer as a regular fan but it wasn't great for that, it just blew out warm air and would probably have been more efficient to waft a piece of paper infront of my face! The heat setting however has been great for us, we have a relatively large living room and on full heat setting it can heat this room within about 20 minutes, we don't need to leave it on for long periods as we have very thick curtains and draft excluders below all doors so the heat is trapped in BUT if you do need to keep it on for long periods it has a safety feature that stops the heater over heating and it will cut out if it gets too hot so no need to worry about it. Another safety feature it has is if it falls over/ gets knocked over it will also cut out too which is a great feature for us with two kids running around!

      It is very light weight and very compact (25cm tall, 12cm depth, 22cm wide) so it is extremely portable and great for use all around the home. It is a little noisy but that's to be expected and you do forget about it within seconds.

      We have encountered one downside to this heater (apart from the inability to blow cold air) we have a very shaggy rug in our living room, we tried putting the heater on it but it wouldn't switch on (we discovered a small button on the buttom that must be pressed in for the heater to work) so it does need to be placed on a flat surface at all times.

      Overall this is a great heater, cheap, compact, light weight, portable and easy to use.

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      03.10.2012 15:31
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      An excellent heater for the price

      When we moved into our house in 2010 there was a very strange smell coming from the boiler, being a bit of a scardy-cat when it comes to gas and electrics I phoned someone in to check it - only to be told that the next available appointment was a week away due to the fact that this was Christmas week. Luckily this house isn't a particularly cold one and the few heaters we already owned were enough to warm the place up, but our bedroom was very chilly and with a baby just days away from being born we knew we'd need to put the most powerful heater in there - leaving the dining room decidedly lacking in warmth.

      I bought this Tesco Value fan heater to tide us through until the gas man could come and fix the boiler, and for the £10 I paid (now £9 from Tesco Direct) I've been more than happy with it. It's fairly small with a height of just 23cm and a 22cm width, the curved design being much more attractive than those squat oblong heaters that you can buy - the 12cm depth means it will slot into small spaces with ease and the fact that it's lightweight makes it easy peasy to move around the house to wherever you need an extra shot of heat.

      This gadget works as both a heater and a fan for during the summer months, despite the fact that we didn't have a particularly hot summer this year I used the fan aspect and wasn't hugely impressed as it just seemed to recycle the warm air from around the house and blow it back out again in a soupy haze - it would definitely not be of any use during a hot summer although did come in useful a couple of weeks ago when my son had a temperature and I needed to bring it down before wrapping him up to take to the doctors.

      The heat side of things is much better; it has two heat settings and a temperature control knob so you can get the perfect level of heat that you need. The heat provided is reasonably wide reaching although you're never going to be able to heat a large (or even average) room completely with it - it's one of those heaters you stick under your desk at work to keep your feet toasty, rather than something you'd use to replace your central heating. It got the most use through the autumn of 2011, when the weather became chillier but not cold enough that the more hardy members of my family needed the heating blasting away - I'd settle myself in the dining room in the evening with the laptop, switch on the heater and that was enough warmth to keep me cosy without worrying about over-heating the rest of the gang!

      Although it looks like it's going to (based on the shape) this heater doesn't turn so will only provide heat in one direction, this is fine for me as I tend to plonk it down in the correct position for me in the first place but if two of us are sitting in the dining room it can be an issue as we fight for heat. If the house is cold enough that my partner or kids are feeling it I'll pop the main heating on anyway, but two of us in this family feel the cold quite badly so it's ideal for times like this (ie. in July when everyone else is melting but Charlotte and I are shivering!). The heater is fairly quiet, it could be quieter in my opinion as the constant whirring sound is a little irritating but it's liveable compared to other heaters we've used in the past.

      The heater has two important safety cut outs, both of which work well. The first is that the heater will cut out immediately if it tips over, this is an important consideration for me as in the early 90s my nan had a fire in her house after an electric heater like this fell over and set light to her carpet - luckily at that point she was good enough on her feet to be able to put the fire out herself but when I 'grew up' and started looking at heater purchases myself this memory lingered with me and I have always been very aware of how dangerous these things can be. The second safety feature is that the heater will cut out when it has been on for long enough to over-heat the machine itself, again an important aspect as time slips by so quickly that before you know it you've had your heater blasting away for so long that it's at risk of exploding! As soon as the machine guages it is 'too hot' it will switch itself off and that alerts you to the fact that it needs a cooling off period before reaching over and switching it on again.

      I'm more than impressed by this cheap heater, I think when buying heaters (more so than fans) the cheaper option isn't always worth going for - but in this case it fits my needs perfectly, warms my feet up and works a treat.

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        27.04.2012 20:36
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        A cheap, easy to use heater.

        During part of my time at university, I lived in a big old house which got very cold in the winter. We had central heating but because of the size of the house it was very costly to use, particularly if there were only a couple of us at home, which happened quite often due to different lecture timetables. For this reason, we decided to invest in a couple of small heaters to heat up individual rooms when we couldn't justify putting the heating on. Being students, we went for the cheapest heaters we could find, choosing the Tesco Value Fan Heaters (model FH11) at £10 apeice. These were also easy for us to get hold of as they were stocked in our local Tesco superstore.

        Now this is a nice easy fan heater to use, with a 2000 kilowatt power output and two heat settings. I had a small-ish room and it heated my room sufficiently in about 20 minutes on the higher power setting, and it also warmed up larger rooms relatively quickly. Another bonus of this heater is that it is small in size and very easy to transport. Being portable was important for us as we tended to move it from room to room quite frequently. Paying only £10 per unit, I was quite concerned about whether these heaters would prove safe to use. However, they do have overheat protection to cut the power if they get too hot, and a safety tip-over switch to prevent the heater from being knocked over accidentally.

        When taking into account that this is a very basic and inexpensive heater, I wouldn't say that this product has many disadvantages. It doesn't have a rotate feature, and can be a little noisy sometimes, but that's about all I can think of. As it is very small in size it would probably be unsuitable for heating large rooms, but for me it did the job that I bought it to do. The two heaters we purchased also proved pretty durable and lasted well for the year that we lived in our house.

        Overall, I'd highly recommend this heater for those looking for a low-cost option to heat small spaces. And at £10 RRP (currently reduced on Tesco Direct's website to £9), I'd say that it's an absolute bargain!

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          27.04.2012 08:17
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          Good for a quick burst of heat

          We wanted to buy a heater that we could use to heat up a room quickly. Our spare room gets really cold so when one of the grandchildren stay over it is freezing up there when they go to bed. We thought of getting a fan heater as this would heat the room up quickly then when they are in bed and snuggled down we can switch it off again.


          We had a look round and saw a few that looked ok although we didn't want to spend a lot of money on it, then we were looking on the Tesco Direct web site and saw they had one for just £9.


          The said heater is from their Value range but we have bought items from this range before and found them to be ok so we decided we had nothing to lose in ordering one.


          The heater is quite small and lightweight which is a good thing as when we are not using it I can put it away in the cupboard and it does not take up much room. The outer shell is white and the grill on the front is grey which looks quite smart.


          There are two heat settings on the heater, one is blowing cold air out and the other is the heat. We find it sufficient to warm up the room even though it is quite a big room but it is a long room and the bed is down one end so the heater just pushes the heat out into that bit of the room. It does not take long to warm up the room, we have been putting it on for about 30 minutes before they go up and they have found it warm enough to get undressed and into their pyjamas and into bed without shivering.


          The only real downside to this heater is that it is very noisy but then I have had fan heaters before and found they all make a noise, they have to to have the fan going round. Seeing that we turn it off once the kids are in bed it doesn't really matter to us.


          I think the cool air setting would be a good think in the summer if we were desperate for another fan but not sure how much it would be using on the electric. I suppose if it isn't actually heating up then it might not cost too much.


          All in all this is very good value for money and if you want it just for a quick burst of heat then I would recommend you getting one.

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