Honeywell HZ-0360 Review

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The 360-degree design of this heater sends out heat in all directions. It’s praised for heating up small rooms quickly and has a tilt switch for safety.

The Honeywell HZ-0360 (starting at $30, Amazon) has a lighthouse-style design that disperses heat 360 degrees, in contrast to the forward-facing output of most other cheap, compact space heaters. In Honeywell HZ-0360 reviews on retail sites such as Walmart.com, consumers generally seem impressed by how fast this model heats up. With the circular heat emanation, they say, you can sit anywhere around the heater and feel its warmth. You can also set it to emit heat in only one direction. Users have found that the design works well in small rooms (including bathrooms, despite Honeywell's warning to avoid them).

This heater reportedly makes a light humming sound, as fan-forced models tend to do, but reviewers writing on Amazon don’t complain that it’s overly noisy. Users describe this heater as sturdy, and a tilt switch automatically shuts off the power if it tips over -- a crucial safety feature for a vertically oriented model like this one. The Honeywell HZ-0360 also has overheat protection, a standard safety measure. This fan-forced heater features an adjustable thermostat, two heat settings (up to 1,500 watts), and a fan-only setting. The appliance comes in multiple colors and measures 9.7 inches wide by 9 inches deep by 12.4 inches high. It weighs a bit more than 5 pounds and includes a carrying handle.

This heater does not have cool-to-touch housing, and reviewers warn that it can, indeed, get very hot. We saw a couple of reviews that reported a burning smell coming from the heater, or even signs of warped or melted casing, although the heater is purportedly built from flame-resistant material. Nonetheless, this Honeywell heater boasts a lot of safety features, impressive heating power, and a three-year warranty. Based on the reviews we read, this low-cost space heater merits one thumb up.

Gina Martinez

Gina Martinez is a freelance writer who teaches college-level composition and literature courses and has an M.A. in English. She lives on the cheap in New York City with her majestic lapdog.

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