Pros: Small, efficient, quiet, safe, positive reviews
Cons: None yet
This little item was too good to be left without a review so here goes...
I have owned dozens of heaters throughout my half century of living.
From electric fan heaters to oil filled convection heaters to other quartz heaters and on and on.
Living in the northeast USA you have plenty of season to try and figure out the cheapest, most efficient and safest ways of heating your eternally cold body throughout the months of October through early April.
I currently use the following methods of heating my 2700 sq ft of living space.
I have 2 oiled filled convection heaters in the basement (left on the low 600 w setting,)I have two oiled filled heaters in the upstairs only used when my wood stove insert has gone out for the night, one oil filled heater in the garage also set usually on low-600w. Two additional fan forced electric heaters are used when needed. My propane forced air heat will only come on when the upstairs goes below 59 degrees so I keep my propane use to a minimum.
So, now that my electric company has raised rates by 30% just this January, I have been trying to cut back electric use as much as possible...Which brings us to the unit of review-The Optimus H-5210.
Even with the hodgepodge of heat emitting units I own, I was interested in buying a newer and more efficient heater for those times (especially in my basement where I work-and it`s the coldest part of the house,)when I need that one heater, close to my body but with plenty of heat, no noise and using less wattage than my current units.
After a thorough internet study of all the units available in a moderate price range I decided on the Optimus due to the high ratings of owners as well as the fact that the 400 watt setting seemed to be satisfactory for most people who own the unit.
Purchased from Amazon and delivered today I can honestly give this small powerhouse a THUMBS UP !!
It`s completely quiet, has a 3 year warranty, on the low setting gives off more heat than any of my fan based units and is so small and light that moving around the house is a snap.
The simplicity is also an asset. There are two heating elements. On the low 400W setting the upper coil lights and at the 800W setting both coils light. There is a shiny metal surface behind the coils to magnify the heat. Just make sure you`re not using this type of unit to heat a full room. IMHO this type of heat is best for directing toward the person (or pet ?) as opposed to convection heaters which are best at bringing the temperature of a room higher.
My only concern is that the quartz heating coils will blow out and at that point it probably would be worth just buying another. The 29.99 price was very reasonable as well.
Hope this wasn`t too scattered of a review but since heaters occupy a big place in my day to day life I needed to set up the review with a short history....
Kudos to Optimus for the product and hope it lasts at least a few years.