[Back Order] VORNADO VMH350 Heater $279.20 (RRP $349) Delivered @ Amazon AU

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It's a chilly one in Sydney today, so was eyeing on this particular heater and it's on sale.

Just 20c more from the cheapest it's ever been in over a year.

See the discussion in the above post about heat efficiency vs price + arguments on why a cheaper heater is better etc.

Shipped from Amazon AU, but lead time is 2 – 4 weeks, hopefully it comes sooner than later before I freeze.

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  • +1 vote

    I have this and can vouch it's good enough for personal or small bedroom.

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      how is this one compare with cheap hot fan heater? thanks

      • +13 votes

        Better build quality.
        Has a remote.
        About the same heat output.
        15 X the price.

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          I would say the air distribution is better too due to design of fan

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            @djmm: Perhaps… But the average room is only so large. I don't know how much extra REAL benefit there would be in a higher velocity fan.
            (Plus a room fan can be purchased for as little as $12.)

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          This is all accurate - but also you get better heating efficiency because its lower output because the air circulates differently and you can set the target temperature.

          But yes, it's 15x the price.

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      good enough

      $280

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    Is it very quiet?

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      quietish. Much quieter than the fan i use in summer (e.g. I don't have to turn the TV up so much to go over it).

      There's still a clearly audible fan noise though.

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    Oh that's the air circulator brand…

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      Lol. That sums up all companies that make fans. ;)

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        Not necessarily, look at all the discussions in the previous deals.

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          If a fan doesnt circulate or move air, it is a broken fan.

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            @googleyahoo69: You didn't read those discussions, did you?

            There are ovens and there are air fryers. Both heat up food.

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        This made my day. Thank you

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          How's the pop corn?

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            @googleyahoo69: It's glorious. Tastes even better with the entertainment.

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              @goregrinder: Prefer oven, microwave, or good old stove top? :) or some oven that circulates hot air that pushes it through your pop corn?

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                @googleyahoo69: Stovetop method!

                Haha - I mean I prefer to use an air circulator to shred my popcorn as it flies into my mouth.

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    If this is anything like the old Sunbeam Microfurnace they’re exey but great. Fan speeds are variable controlled by a cpu which slows down as room comes to temp.

    I have a Sunbeam and is the best heater I’ve ever had. I think the Sunbeams retailed at around $280 25 years ago.

  • +1 vote

    using the reverse cylcle or this? what is more efficient?

    • +3 votes

      Initial outlay aside, a heat pump will always be significantly cheaper to run than resistance based heat generation. Pair with a ceiling fan in winter mode for optimal results.

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      You probably won't get anything more efficient than a reverse cycle split system.

    • +3 votes

      That's not even a question! (Sorry)
      Reverse Cycle heat pumps have CoP (Coefficient of Performance) of 3, up to 7 for really really really good ones. That means the cooling/heating effectiveness is 3x (up to 7x) the electrical power input. 1800W in, x 3 = 5400W of heating.

      • +4 votes

        Just to spell it out for everyone else, a standard electrical heater that you just plug into a wall socket cannot achieve a higher heating output than the electrical power that goes into it. Whereas a reverse cycle air conditioner can, as shown above.

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          can anyone explain or have a link that can explain why thats the case? I wouldve thought a large reverse cycle would still be much more inefficient compared to a oil heater for instance

          • +1 vote

            @maulmonk: https://youtu.be/7J52mDjZzto?t=37

            Specifically on why the reverse-cycle is so efficient: https://youtu.be/7J52mDjZzto?t=1126
            Nearly all the electrical energy used is to compress the gas, the refrigerant itself does all the heat exchange work, moving up to five times as much heat energy as is consumed in electrical energy.

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            @maulmonk: The most intuitive answer I can think of is the following. An electrical heater, whether it be an oil or convection heater that you plug in at home, directly transfers electrical energy into heat. It does so in the same fashion as the heating elements in your toaster i.e. electrical current is passed through a metal that resists the flow of current and gets hot in the process.

            A heat pump (reverse cycle air conditioner in this instance) does not directly transfer electrical energy to heat energy, instead (as the video described) it drives a compressor which acts on a fluid (refrigerant). This fluid is expanded or compressed at varying times through it's loop through the system. This changes the temperature of the fluid (think spraying a deodorant can and how it gets colder). It is colder than atmospheric where it passes outside and thus absorbs the heat from the surrounding air and hotter where it passes inside the room allowing heat to transfer to the air inside the room. The result is that heat is absorbed from the air outside making that air cooler and that heat is passed inside to your room.

            Thus we can see the difference is the heat pump uses it's electrical energy to drive a compressor that in turn drives a temperature differential to allow heat to be transferred from the outside air and into your room while an electrical heater uses that electrical energy to directly turn it into heat.

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      1500 watts is going to give you big power bills no matter how they spin the sales pitch

      Reverse cycle will always win hands down.

  • +4 votes

    Any 1500W resistive electrical heater like this outputs the same amount of heat using pretty much the same amount of electricity.

    $279.20 gets you just this or a $25 heater and $254.20 worth of electricity.

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      Prob spend an extra $20 for a box fan to "circulate" air.

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    CHOICE does their heater testing in a room 4.9m deep x 3.5m long x 2.4m high at 8'C. The Vornado VMH300, not this one, could not raise the temperature in that room by 10'C in two hours.

  • -1 vote

    How does this compare with Bitzong heater?

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Bitzong-Efficient-Portable-Electri...

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    Still waiting for the bitcoin mining rig comment…

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    Sheesh, not even thermostatically controlled to wind back on speed and wattage as the temp rises.

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      From the Vornado site:

      The VMH350 is characterised by its unique champagne colour, fan-only setting, dual display, push button controls and remote. Unlike the VMH300, which is controlled by mechanical knobs, the VMH350 uses a remote and push button control system. With the remote control, temperatures can be adjusted from a distance. The dual temperature display means you can view the temperature from dual angles. The unique fan-only setting is ideal for when your space is already warm and you want to keep the warmth circulating around the room. This setting automatically turns on when the room has reached the desired set temperature. The heater will revert back to the chosen heating mode if the room drops below the desired temperature. This process will continue while the heater is switched on and in the safe and upright position.

      So doesn't that mean it does what you said it doesn't? Or is that different?

  • +1 vote

    how many Watt is this?

    • +1 vote

      1500w on high, 750 on low

  • +1 vote

    I mainly use a heater in the bedroom, and since I intend to fall asleep in there, I still can't move past an oil fin heater.

    Put it on before going to bed, heat the room, unplug when you get into bed, and it keeps the room ambiently warm for another couple of hours without risk of running a heater while asleep.

  • +1 vote

    The Vornado VMH300 model is currently on sale at JB for $239 if anyone is interested.

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      Bought this via Amazon. Luckily refund and return is seamless, this unit is terrible, the air it blows out has strong metal/burnt smell. The fan is weak, on hard or low made not much difference. Too expensive for it does and its defective.

      I do not recommend this mode 300 nor the 350 if its the same with remote only