Review: Vornado Vortex Heater Model MVH 3 Setting

Vornado Vortex Heater Model MVH









  • The fan is quite powerful and can effectively heat up most small or medium rooms
  • Easy to use with two switches and a knob
  • Safe to use with auto-shut off and fall down protection


  • Thermostat dial does not have specific temperatures labeled
(Last Updated On: March 22, 2020)

Depending on what heater you get, you’re either going to love it because it provides a quality way of spreading heat. Or the heater might just be garbage simply because it’s too weak. Well, luckily, nowadays many quality brands are appealing to each market,  and when it comes to heaters, Vornado is one of those quality brands. Vornado is a brand that specializes in home appliances such as heaters, fans and a few other things that you might find useful in your household.

This Vornado MVH heater of theirs is one of the best that they’ve got. We consider Vornado to be a brand that either does new things or takes the concept of something simple and makes it the best. They have quite a lot of heaters, but let’s see what one of their most purchased heaters has to offer with its reasonable price.


Feeling the Heat:

The first thing that most people want to know about heaters is which one is good. Will it heat my entire room? House? Living room? Well, it all depends on what heater you’re going to be using, just how powerful it and a few other factors that we’ll mention in a second.

This Vornado heater has a total of 3 heating settings.The first one has an output of 750 Watts, the second has an output of 1125 Watts, and then the highest heat output is 1500 Watts. Also, if you want to know the BTU translations of these heating settings:

Level 1 – Wattage 750 – 2559 BTU

Level 2 – Wattage 1125 – 3997 BTU

Level 3 – Wattage 1500 – 5122 BTU

So just how powerful is the heat from this Vornado heater? It’s very powerful and we were surprised ourselves just how well it was able to heat a bedroom at just level 1 and if you’ve got a bedroom that’s on the larger side Level 2 might suffice, but even so, Level 1 would seem like a great starting choice as it still outputs a good amount of heat. The main reason that this Vornado heater can do such a great job at heating your room or any reasonable environment that you place it in is that it has quite a large fan inside.

Since the fan inside of the heater was made so well, it’s able to push out heat more efficiently.

Placing this heater on its highest setting will truly give you what it’s able to deliver to its best ability. Putting this heater in a corner of a living room, setting it on high will most definitely heat the area. That said, there’s something important to know to make sure that heater can reach your desired temperature, and that would be using the Thermostat.

There’s a dial on this heater and it has a total of 7 heat settings. Unfortunately, there’s no temperature label for what each of the 7 settings is in temperature terms, so you’ll have to gauge which thermostat setting you to find to be most comfortable. So once you have the Thermostat set to what you want, the heater will stay on no matter if you have it on its High, Medium, or Low setting to reach the temperature it’s set to.

Once the heater has reached its thermostat setting, then it will automatically turn off, and then turn back on once the temperature has gone down. It acts as a second central heating system and that’s very cool of Vornado to think of that.

Fuel Usage:

Using a heater will most likely raise your electrical bill and we’re not just talking specifically about this heater, but all heaters on the market. That said, most heaters, including this have adjustable heat output and that means it’s up to you to use as much power as you want.

Using this Vornado heater as its highest 1500Watt setting will result in a lot of power usage especially if you use it for longer periods. That said, it’s why we recommend using the 1500Watt option in short bursts and stick to using Level 1 or Level 2 heating options most of the time.


Functional Components:

Using this heater is easy.

At the top of the heater is where there are three main controls. Starting the from left and going to the right, is where you’ll find the Thermostat dial, then there’s the heating power button, and then there’s the power switch on the other end to turn on the heater.

The button to turn up the heat is quite strange. It’s a button that can go in three directions. It can be switched to the right, middle and then the left. It would have better to just have it be a dial just as the Thermostat is set.

On the back of the heater is where there’s the handle that is made into the heater. Then at the bottom is where you’ll find the tip over mechanism, and so you’ll hear a click every time you set it down. Nothing annoying, we thought we’d mention it since we were wondering what the sound was every time we set it down.

We did mention how powerful and well made the fan on this heater is, and so you might translate it to it being loud. That’s not the case. Even though this heater isn’t completely silent, it only has a slight fanning sound and that’s about it. Placing it on low and sleeping with it on is completely possible if you’re someone that can deal with a little sound.

The power cord is 6 feet long.

Size and Weight:

When a heater is larger it’s going to be more effective, or at least, that’s what we’ve been led to believe. That’s not the case here, and even though this Vornado MVH heater isn’t tiny or mini, it has an acceptable size that’s easy to move around and easily placed in most spots that you need to.

It has a height of 10.6 inches, a width of 10.4 inches, and a depth of 9.2 inches. The weight of this Vornado heater is 3.7 pounds. Placing this on a table, or the floor will yield no problems and we found it to be the perfect size as having it be larger would be just a bit too much and making it smaller would decrease its effectiveness. Speaking of something small, Vornado does have a Personal heater and they also have a larger model too.


Structure and Material:

Build Quality of this heater is done very well. The entire structure is made of plastic, and even though that sounds bad, it’s not. It’s all held together very well. Even having it at its highest setting will result in barely any noise and nothing feels like its loose. Also, most of the heater isn’t even solid, as it has a bladed design and that lets it keep cool.


Vornado thought about safety when they made this MVH heater and that’s because it has quite a few heating fail-safes.

The first one is obvious and that would be overheating shut-off. So if something is covering the front of the heater, which prevents it from cooling down, it will automatically turn itself off. The one other safety feature that’s not only common among heaters but also with patio heaters too, would be tip-over shut-off.



This Vornado MVH model heater is one of the best heaters that we’ve reviewed, and for the size, the heat that it’s able to output is phenomenal. Using level 1 or 2 is going to suffice for most situations and Level 3 is perfect for larger areas of your house.


It has a perfect size that makes it not too large and not too small. It’s also easy to use with just two buttons and dial to use it.


There are quite a few safety functions that can keep you and this heater safe such as auto-shutoff due to overheating and also auto-shutoff if the heater falls over.

Specs for Vornado Vortex Heater Model MVH 3 Setting:

  • Heat Output:

Hight Heat – 1500Watts – 5,118 BTUs

Medium Heat – 1125Watts – 3,838 BTUs

Low Heat – 750Watts – 2,559 BTUs

  • Usage:

-On/Off Switch, a three-level button for heat level and dial for thermostat

  • Build: Plastic
  • Size: 9.2 x 10.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Weight: 3.7 Pounds


Vornado is one of the best brands to purchase a home appliance from, and when it comes specifically to this heater that does a great job at heating rooms and even living rooms. We say go for it. You won’t regret it.

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