The cold has never been a friend of mine. Give me summer over winter any day of the week and although I do enjoy a nice toastie day in bed, all duvet-ed up with enough hot chocolate to sink a battleship; I would choose a beach, hammock, sunshine and pina colada every time. However, one of the downsides of living in England (and lets face it there are many!) is the cold. With this in mind, I purchased the cheapest heater that money could buy in order to keep myself warm at the times when I just don’t want to bankrupt myself by putting the central heating on. I purchased the Tesco Value Fan Heater FH11.
What is it?
Costing only 9 English Pounds, this is a 2 kilowatt stand up heater, not very big – just 24.5 cm high, 22.5 cm wide with a depth of 13.5cm. This white and grey heater weighs just 1.17 kilos. It is thermostats controlled with 2 heat settings with overheat protection and safety tip over switch. There is no timer unlike many fan heaters and it cannot be wall mounted, so has to be rested on a flat surface like a floor. It has a cool air feature which the weather has yet to be warm enough to use yet.
Does it Work?
To a degree, yes this cheap little heater does work. I have a few heaters scattered around the house and garage and although this heater was by no means the best, it does a decent enough job. It took about 10 to 15 minutes to heat up a smallish sized room, although the lack of a rotator in the fan means you physically have to move the fan to ensure the whole room gets heated. However, being very light and portable, to move the fan isn’t a problem at all. The compact and not-unstylish design of the heater lends to its portability which is important in a fan with a rotator.
I kept the fan on for a few hours at one point and sure enough the overheat protection kicked in cutting its power. I also knocked it down accidently on the floor a few times and each time the safety tip over switch worked almost instantaneously.
Other than having no rotator, the biggest negatives I can say about this heater was the noise and smell. Firstly, for a relatively little heater, it makes quite a bit of noise. We are not talking Heathrow flight path noise but still noisy enough that it doesn’t go unnoticed when on. As I said previously, I have other heaters, some bigger and some more powerful and in all honesty, they are much quieter than the Tesco Value Fan Heater FH11.
The burning smell was a little bit of a problem too. If left on for long periods, there was a slight burning smell emanating from the heater. It wasn’t overly obtrusive but certainly noticeable. The final negative I have to say is the amount of electricity this little heater uses up. I wanted to see if I could see the difference in the electricity being used when it was on and sure enough I could. I do actually believe that this used up more electricity than some other bigger heaters I own but I do not have the stats for this – just an opinion.
All in all this is a good functional product for its price.