Review: Vornado VMH500 Whole Room Metal Heater with Auto Climate

Vornado VMH500 Whole Room Metal Heater with Auto Climate

10

Function

10.0/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

10.0/10

Pros

  • Has a very powerful fan that is able to heat up bedrooms easily on Low setting and large living rooms at its high settings
  • Easy and intuitive controls with two LCDs, one on top and one at the bottom
  • Uses a Remote
  • Low chance of tipping over because of its block design

Cons

  • Does not oscillate
(Last Updated On: October 7, 2023)

When you plan on getting the best product within a certain category, that product will feature things that other modes don’t have. Another thing is that they’re a lot more capable of doing things on a larger scale and doing it more efficiently, too. That’s basically what it’s like regarding the heaters market. Heaters are one of the most used appliances in households, so many are out on the market. There are small ones that are meant for personal use, and there are also ones that are meant for warming up an entire room.

The product that we’re reviewing here focuses on the ladder, and what makes this heater quite a bit different than other heaters is that it’s from Vornado. Vornado, in a way, is like the Apple of the indoor heater market, and that is not an insult. It’s a compliment as they keep their products looking very stylish while at the same time making them highly functional with the heat that they’re able to provide.

This Vornado VMH500 heater is one of the best from Vornado that accumulates a lot of things that their other heaters have, along with quite a few things that their heaters don’t have. So, let’s take a closer look.

Function

The main event of this heater is right here, and that would be its heating power. There are just two heating settings with this heater, but that’s not too much of a problem as the fan is very powerful, and the size is quite large. The size matters because the larger it is, the more heat it can take in and output into the room.

The Low setting on this heater has a 750Watt output (2,559 BTUs), and this may not sound like a lot, but you can easily find a use for the low setting. The best way to use the low heat setting is if you want to heat a bedroom, as the heat that comes out is less hot than the high setting. Also, the fan doesn’t blow at any different speed with the Low or High heat settings.

Using his Vornado VMH500 heater on its high setting makes the most of it, as you can heat an entire living room with it. Of course, it’s not like the room will heat up in a few minutes, but in our experience, we found that it took about 30-45 minutes to heat a living room that was about 30 x 30, which is very impressive. Once the heater has heated the entire room to your desired temperature, placing it on Low heat is the best course of action, as it is still quite powerful.

A third setting that this heater uses is the Air setting, which basically makes it into a fan, or rather it just blows air out. The air setting is useful if you only want to circulate the air within the room.

This heater doesn’t Oscillate; we expected it how it looks right from the box. Even so, without the oscillation, with so much heat being outputted at once, it can still spread heat throughout the room quite well.

Power Usage

Power usage is a concern for people who want to heat their homes while not wanting to skyrocket their bills. As always, using the high setting, especially with a heater with a power of its magnitude, you will want to use the high setting up until the set thermostat temperature. After that, setting it to low is the best thing to do to save on power.

Using the High settings constantly for long durations can affect your electrical bill.

Design

When using this heater, there are a few things to know. The first thing to know is that this heater uses a 6-foot power cord with three prongs. For safety reasons, you must plug the power cord into an AC wall outlet.

Two Digital Displays

Once plugged in, you’re ready to use the heater. The main controls on this heater are at the top, where you’ll find the power button to the left once you press it; a digital display comes on at the top and the front of the heater. Yes, there are two digital displays with this heater.

Both of the displays show the current room temperature. Back to the top is where you can find the Plus and Minus buttons for changing the thermostat temperature, and when you do adjust the thermostat temperature, it shows it on both screens, blinks for a few seconds, becomes solid, and then it switches back to the current temperature of the room.

Selecting Heat Setting

The button to the right is to choose the heat setting, and you can switch between the Low / High and Fan settings with this heater. Also, once you turn this heater on, a Red light comes on near the front digital display at the corner to show that the heater is on.

Also at the top is the timer button that’s not where the handle is but is offset away from it, and once you press it, you can adjust the amount of time that you want this heater to run with the plus and minus buttons.

When you adjust the settings with this heater, the lights become brighter, and then after about 20 seconds of not touching the scenes, the display dims back down. This heater also uses a handle at the top of the digital display, making it easier to carry around.

One of the essential parts when using this heater is placing it on a flat surface so the tip-over mechanism is pushed in all the way.

Uses a Remote

Surprisingly, this also uses a remote to show how top-tier this heater truly is. The remote does not have a digital display, but it has all the controls that the heater has on it, so you don’t have to go to the heater to adjust the settings. The remote control uses CR2032 batteries and takes just one.

The fan’s noise is hearable, but at the same time, you can’t notice it too well if you’re focusing on something else while it’s in the same room with you. Think of it as being background noise.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of this heater are similar to Vornado’s other Whole Roomheatres so that it won’t take up much space. It has a height of 11.7 inches and a width/depth of 9 inches. The heater is placed in a corner, not too close to touching the wall, and it can be out of the way. Another thing is that it’s also lightweight despite it being made of steel. Something that most other heaters on the market don’t do.

Build

Yes, this heater is made of steel, giving it a more premium feel and look. That said, it’s not very different from a plastic build, as this heater doesn’t get hot even when used on its high setting.

Safety

Safety with this heater is what you can expect from other Vornado heaters, with it using Overheating protection and auto shut-off if the heater does tip over.

Summary

Function

This is one of Vornado’s most powerful healers, and it shows with its Low and High heating settings. It’s so powerful that it can very well heat a garage if you leave it on long enough.

Design

This heater has quite a few functional parts, but it’s all easy to use with buttons and, surprisingly, two digital displays. The heater even comes with a remote.

Build

The heater is made of metal and uses two very safe protections that have become the norm within the industry.

Vornado VMH500 Whole Room Metal Heater with Auto Climate Specs
Power Usage750-1500W
Heat rating (BTU/hour)Low - 2559 BTUs
High - 5120 BTUs
SettingsLow - 750W
High - 1500W
Comes AssembledYes
Uses a RemoteYes
ControlsPower Button
Timer Button
Heat Setting Button - Does have a Fan option
Two LCDs
Thermostat Buttons
Does it Oscillate?No
Size9.4 x 9.2 x 11.7 inches
Weight9.7 pounds

Conclusion

Vornado made this heater with a powerful purpose: to heat both large and small rooms. The heating is powerful, but what might also impress you is just how awesome it is to use this heater with a remote and also its use of two screens.

Vornado VMH500 Whole Room Metal Heater with Auto Climate, 2 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, 1-12 Hour Timer, and Remote, Ice White
  • HEAT DIFFERENTLY — Gently heat all in the air in a small to medium-sized room through vortex air circulation without using intense heat, similar to how a forced air furnace works, just on a smaller scale.
  • AUTO CLIMATE CONTROL — Intelligently senses how much heat and circulation is needed to maintain set temperature, and makes adjustments automatically so you don't have to.
  • HEAT EFFICIENTLY— Set your comfort using the touch-sensitive controls to select between the 2 heat settings (Low/750W, High/1500W), fan only option, and 12-hour timer to tailor heat output and energy consumption.
  • HEAT SAFELY — Advanced safety features include a cool-touch exterior, tip-over protection, and 2-stage automatic safety shut-off for worry-free use.
  • SUPERIOR SUPPORT — Backed by a 5-year hassle-free and supported by a customer service team based in Andover, KS. PowerCord Plug Type-3-Pin Grounded

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