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Old 01-03-2015, 06:55 AM   #1
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Electric heaters, recommendations

we would like to find an electric heater that we could take with us to supplement our furnace/heat pump. Safety features, reliability/quality, compact size are desirable. Is there a brand or mfg. that is better than average, most seem to have some issues?

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Old 01-03-2015, 07:12 AM   #2
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Hi there. We went with a Dyson which was later subject to recall and the way they handled that - combined with the effectiveness of the product - earns my recommendation. Lots of choices and I would guess a few threads on this topic to search (I haven't figured it out yet on the new app :-) ). Good luck!

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Old 01-03-2015, 07:13 AM   #3
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A number of people we know swear by this Dyson:

We don't like the little ceramic heater we now have because it doesn't project the heat out very far from the unit and will be buying the above Dyson as soon as we get to a fixed address for a couple of weeks (for shipping.)
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:21 AM   #4

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Old 01-03-2015, 07:30 AM   #5
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We bought a DualFlame electric heater that looks like a fireplace (if you don't look too closely) for our MH. That provides most of the heat for the front of the coach when we're parked, and the rear furnace provides the heat for the back half and the wet bay. I have a small electric heater there, too, more as a belt and suspenders thing.

Since an Airstream doesn't have a wet bay like a MH does, how DO you keep that area warm?
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:39 AM   #6
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Lasko ceramic tower

We use the Lasko ceramic tower in the AS and the house. It has a thermostat, oscillator, auto shut-off and hi-lo features. We've had 2 for a couple seasons now and have been very pleased with performance.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:48 AM   #7
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I have supplemental heaters in my vintage. I even used the Lasso inside the Safari during my restoration. It did everything as advertised and the price was cheap.
In a pinch, a few years ago, I bought a small heater at Wall Mart. It had a thermostat, rotated, had a timer, did it all. It was cheap and I planned on it being a throw away. Turns out it is still with me and I use it all the time. The Lasko is seemingly no better. By the way, both heaters were recommended in Consumer Reports for efficiency and safety. I see no reason to go with a many hundred dollar heater.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:56 AM   #8
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We have had several electric heaters over the years. They all are limited to 1500 watts and 5000 btus and seem to work similarly regardless of brand. We paid about triple for one time for a Pelonis ceramic heater and took it back because the plastic smelled when the heat was on and it didn't work any better than the regular heaters.
We like small ones for ease of storage and those with metal housings as they don't smell and are more durable.
We listen to what they have in the store and pick the one with the quietest fan.
Usually they have two settings, one at 750 watts and the other at 1500. The one we have now has one setting at 1200 and the other at 1500. We like the 1200 watt setting as the 750 watt setting puts out very little heat.
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:38 AM   #9
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This is mine, I have never seen such a small heater put out so much heat, - Pelonis Classic Ceramic Heater -
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:51 AM   #10
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We like the Pelonis also. Had one on my boat for many years and liked it there.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:01 AM   #11
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I just got one of the Broan Nutone 6201 heaters. Im still testing it out and comparing it with my Walmart cheapie heater. I like that the Broan is really small, light and blows really hot...has gotten good reviews from other rv'ers. - Broan-NuTone (6201) Big Heat Heater -
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:05 AM   #12
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Dyson's advantage vs. price seems to be the way it effectively and evenly distributes warmth to every "corner" of my 30' AS. Although BTUs are BTUs, everything else seemed to be hot in the area of the heater placement and cold elsewhere. My recommendation is Dyson Hot/Cold.

BTW, it stores nicely in the "unusable" space at the rear of my bedside shirt wardrobe.

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Old 01-03-2015, 09:13 AM   #13
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They're heavy and slow, but I like my oil-filled radiator. Why? Because it's silent and does not wake me up as night.

Is the Dyson quiet?
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:26 AM   #14
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There are many good quality space heaters available. Units with fans are the most efficient in moving the heat around. Insure that your heater has UL approval, a tip-over sensor and shutoff, and a case that protects young fingers.

The Dyson heaters are excellent, but there's no compelling need to spend those kind of dollars on a space heater.

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