I think this is the cheapest heater you can get
Is it false economy to buy one of these? Inefficient & Fire risk?
Agreed… the cheapest way to warm up is to use tinder.
except those who live alone in nsw can only nominate only one vistor.
Tinder the literal fire starter then.
@cute as ducks: Crotch fire starter.
No worse than any other 2000w heater.
Almost no such thing as an inefficient heater, they're all close to 100% if not 100%
These will likely heat up a small room fairly quick.
Doubt there's any real fire risk unless you cover them.
…or turn them into a diy air-fryer
Pretty safe these days, I watched a video of someone trying to get a an electric heater to start a fire, and he wasn't able to do it - https://youtu.be/FPz8y32enHg
Except split systems are more like 400-500% efficient.
Plug in heaters produce one unit of heat for one unit of electricity. Split systems will produce four to five units of heat for the same one unit of electricity consumed.
Yeah some are 600% or more, but we're talking about a $10 item, so context is important…. all portable heaters are basically 100%
I have a ducted heating set up in my apartment building (old building). Would it be cheaper for me to run this heater or the ducted ac?
@toobzy: That depends on many other factors: what generates the heat that's going through those ducts, where are the outlets, how many rooms do you have vs how many you want the heating in.
You'll get about 2000w of heat out of any 2000w heater, no matter who makes it.
The only more efficient methods are if you can move heat around, like a heat pump or split cycle air conditioner, rather than just turning electricity into heat.
I can't speak to the fire risk but I imagine they meet Australian safety standards, which are pretty good.
Depends, do you pay the electricity bill?
(in all seriousness I bought this type of cheap heater when I was staying in a company-provided serviced apartment in New Zealand for a few months during winter)
can this be hacked and turned into a diy air-fryer???
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Got one of these, good for the price. Thermostat not the best but can't complain for $10
It's the subsequent power bill that'll get you.
Cheap to buy, expensive to run. But then again every plug in heater will cost the same to run to output the same amount of heat.
Better to think long term and install split system.
Some tenants can be successful in asking landlord to install these too. Even if the rent went up a little, this would probably still be cheaper than power use of a fan heater.
Plus get cooling in summer too!
This is actually perfect for the bathroom when you just need a quick shower. I don't think there is any heater can warm the bathroom quickly.
But I will definitely not to use this heater as a main heater in the room.
electric heater in bathroom with wet environment and water on floors etc ? Shudder
What could go wrong? My guess the results will be shocking.
I will see myself out.
Just don't step on the cord with wet feet ;)
Thanks OP, got 2!
Purchased one full price years ago, great for winter holidays.
Likewise, have had one of these bouncing around in the caravan/camper trailer for probably 10 years and it still performs faultlessly whenever needed.
How much was it full price btw?
I recall it being $29
Thanks OP, bought one from Target Chadstone. Saw there’s plenty left and also there’s clearance sale on Women’s leather bags.
Me too, just got one from Target Chadstone. Plenty left (prob about 40).
Had trouble finding them so had to go to customer service but for anyone looking they are on the shelf to the right of where the checkout 'entrance' is.
Note there are some other heaters on clearance / half price stacked on the floor towards the back of the Home section near the wall at the rear of the store.
Just a heads up. I haven't had this exact model, just one similar. Found the ceramic fronts better. Found these ones with the plastic front actually let off plastic fumes. Thought it was the new plastic smell but after running 6hrs on the balcony it still smelt like burnt plastic.