Review: Vornado PVH Whole Room Panel Vortex Heater

Vornado PVH Whole Room Panel Vortex Heater

8.9

Function

8.4/10

Design

9.2/10

Build

9.0/10

Pros

  • The High Heat Setting on this heater is quite powerful and one of the best parts of it
  • It does have a large opening from where the heat comes from so you're able to have more heat even on its low setting
  • Features some great safety

Cons

  • Low Setting can be underwhelming when it comes to larger rooms

Even when it comes to very large brands within an industry that is known for creating very powerful products and are basically among the best; they can still tend to have products that seem unnecessary or at least ones that could have been improved on more in order for them to have a better impact. The brand that we’re talking about in this case would be, Vornado. Vornado is a popular home appliances brand that sells Fans, Heaters and a few other things in between. They’re quite an old brand and it’s for that reason they make very good products, as you can tell by our reviews for their products.

That said, Vornado is just like any other giant and that means they make mistakes too. This Vornado PVH heater of theirs promises a lot by claiming itself to be a Whole Room heater and the slim straight-edged design of this heater makes it more appealing to look at.

With that said, is it really what it’s all hyped up to be? and that’s’ not to say that this isn’t a good heater, but perhaps it’s better to take a closer look to know its true potential.

Function

Feeling the Heat:

This PVH heater takes a more minimalistic approach to heating and that’s because it has just two heat settings when it comes to using it. There is no plain fan setting.

There’s a Low heat setting that has a power output of 750Watts, and that equates to 2,559 BTUs. While the high setting on this heater has 1500Watts and that’s 5,118 BTUs. Both of the heat settings have their place, but as a whole, the heating from this Vornado PVH heater simply isn’t one of the best if we’re talking about this brand’s Whole Room types of heaters.

The size of this heater is actually quite large, definitely not a tower fan (obviously) but it is large in terms of it being a box type of heater. So the fan is actually quite large, but at the same time, the flaw with heater is that the fan doesn’t run too quickly. Yes, it might sound strange but the heat doesn’t come out as quickly as it does with Vornado’s other Whole Room heater models.

Most Optimal at its High Setting

As a result, using the Low heat setting to heat up a bedroom could prove to be too weak, and you’ll have to switch over to the high heat setting. If you want to heat up a living room with this heater then we highly recommend that you make sure that your living room doesn’t get too cold. That’s because this heater doesn’t do so well when it comes to heating up larger rooms such as a living room and definitely won’t be able to heat up a garage quite well.

So to make the most of this heater it should be used to heat up bedrooms for the best experience possible.

It doesn’t have oscillation function and that’s the norm when it comes to heaters such as this one.

If you want to keep the heater on to a certain point and then have it turn off, then you use the thermostat on it. However, using the thermostat the way that it’s meant to be used can be a hit or miss depending on how large the room you’re trying to heat it is. You could just set the thermostat to its full power and that can result in the heater staying on indefinitely.

Fuel Usage:

The power output of this heater can be quite high if you’re using it to its full power constantly. At the same time not using this heater on high when you’re using it isn’t going to provide the best heating experience. So if you’re up for it, using the heater on high is the best option for getting the best results, but at the same time, it can increase your electricity bill because of how much power it uses.

Or maybe taking a look at other options is a better option.

Design

Functional Components:

Even though this heater seems to boast just how powerful it is with its size, large output area of heat and also its Whole Room label; it’s on the bare minimum side with what it actually features when it comes to using it.

So, it has a 6-foot power cord that uses 2 prongs and once you plug it in you’re ready to use the heater. At the top is where you’ll find all the functional parts and there are 3.

There’s the Red power button that you use to actually turn on the heater and it lights up with a Red light to actually show that it’s on and running. Next to the power button is where you’ll find the heat mode setting that you can either use it to switch to High and Low heat.

The thermostat dial with this heater has a total of seven settings that you can set it to. However, it doesn’t have any specific temperature on the heater so you have to test which heat setting is going to be best for you.

The heater does not come with a remote. Many people are concerned with the noise for this heater and it’s basically the same as most other heaters, and since the fan is actually slow in comparison to other Vornado heaters, we also found it to be less loud and softer.

Size and Weight:

This heater is similar in size to other Whole Room heaters from Vornado, with it having a height of 11.2 inches, a width of 10.9 inches, and a depth of 7.9 inches. The weight of the heater is 4.4 pounds. The most noticeable thing about this heater is that it has a slim form factor and that makes it easy to place nearly everywhere.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire fan is made of plastic on the outside and even though it’s slim we didn’t find any weak points. It’s a sturdy heater, but just make sure that you don’t place it on a high table as it can break if it falls from a high height and onto hard ground.

Safety:

There are two main safety protections that are used with this heater and they are the overheating auto-shut off that turns on if something is blocking the air fluctuation to the heater. The other one is the auto shut-off for if the heater tips over. That said, by just slightly picking the heater up it’s able to shut off on its own because the tip over mechanism is at the bottom.

Summary:

Function:

This heater has two high heat settings but the fan is the one part that doesn’t perform as well as it should and that results in it not having Whole Room heating potential.

Design:

Using this heater is very easy, but the minimal set of what’s available is a little too little for what the price of this heater is.

Build:

The build quality is good and the heater uses two of the main safety protections that are used with most heaters.

Specs of this Vornado PVH Whole Room Panel Vortex Heater:

  • Heat Output:

Low Heat – 700Watts – 3,070 BTUs

High Heat – 1500Watts – 5,118 BTUs

  • Usage:

-Single Dial that controls the thermostat

-Button with Two Settings: Hight or Low

-On/Off Switch

  • Build: Plastic
  • Size:  11.2 x 10.9  7.9
  • Weight: 4.4 Pounds

Conclusion:

Vornado is a great brand that makes some of the best home appliances on the market, this Vornado PVH Whole Room heater model is a pass from us here at Household Harbor and that’s because it doesn’t really offer anything that’s worth the price. Just its Whole Room heating promise, but it doesn’t even live up to that at times.

Vornado PVH Whole Room Panel Vortex Heater

$79.99
$65.64  in stock
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as of November 23, 2020 9:01 AM

Features

  • Vortex technology fully circulates warm air evenly throughout the whole room
  • Adjustable thermostat and 2 heat settings provide greater temperature control
  • Flat panel design provides a sleek, unobtrusive space-saving footprint
  • Advanced safety features including tip-over protection and automatic safety shut-off system for worry-free use
  • Whisper quiet operation and backed by a 5-year limited warranty

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