Heating on a budget: The tiny $40 gadget you need to make your home warm and cosy this winter
- A coffee-cup sized gadget could help you keep warm this winter and its just $40
- The Russell and Hobbs heater plugs directly into the wall, without a cord
- It can heat a 10metre-squared room like an office or bathroom up to 30C
Australian shoppers are in a frenzy over $40 coffee-cup sized heaters which promise to take the chill out of cold winter mornings and chilly days.
The Russell and Hobbs heaters are being sold on Amazon and despite their impossibly small size promise to effectively heat bathrooms, home offices and caravans.
They can be set to heat the air between 15 and 30 degrees, have a 12-hour timer and even double as a night light.
Australian shoppers are in a frenzy over $40 coffee-cup sized heaters which promise to take the chill out of cold winter mornings and chilly days
The 500watt device has two fans and a PTC heating element inside its tiny white frame and, according to happy customers is easy to use.
‘We ought this for one room but use it all over the house, it is a little noisy but we love it and have had to buy a second one,’ one happy shopper said.
The heater is designed to heat a space of 10-square-metres which makes it designed for utility rooms, small bedrooms and office spaces.
‘I bought this little heater for my sons room. He has the loft conversion and the central heating has not been connected up there and he can’t be trusted with switching off a 2kW heater, so this warms up his room nicely at a quarter of the cost.’ one happy mum said.
‘When I come home frozen I switch this on for a few minutes and I am toasty, nifty little thing,’ one man said.
The heater plugs directly into the wall, which means it has no cord. This means there must be a 30cm clearance in front of the power socket for the heater to operate safely, according to the manufacturer.
The Russell and Hobbs heaters are being sold on Amazon and despite their impossibly small size promise to effectively heat bathrooms, home offices and caravans
They can be set to heat the air between 15 and 30 degrees, have a 12-hour timer and even double as a night light
The heater has 685 reviews on Amazon, scoring four stars overall.
One of the one star reviews claimed the heater was just a very small plug in fan and practically useless.
Another criticised it’s shape as it makes plugging into skirting-board level points impossible.
And many said the heater was too noisy.
‘It is a no, no for sleeping and working spaces unless you want to have insomnia or to get fired,’ one man said.
Others, who loved the product, wished the timer option included start and stop times instead of just a count-down style timer which switches the heater off.
‘Very grateful to the reviewer who explained the limitations of the timer. You can set it to stay on for a time but not say to come on at the same time each day,’ one shopper said after putting one in their daughter’s nursery.
Another bought ten, one for each room of their home after finding them effective.