DeLonghi HVY1030 Review

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This small but powerful model generates plenty of heat for a small space such as a kids’ room, users say. It includes a novel anti-frost function.

DeLonghi HVY1030 reviews award this heater high marks for effectiveness, style, and safety. This model has so-called SafeHeat Technology, which automatically shuts off the unit if it overheats (say, for instance, a curtain or blanket obstructs the air intake). Many reviewers report on Amazon that the casing doesn’t get too hot to touch, and they use this heater in a nursery or child’s room without any worries. Note, however, that there is no tip-over switch to cut the power if the heater gets knocked over -- a deal breaker for some.

The DeLonghi HVY1030 (starting at $30, Amazon) has high and low heat settings -- 1,500 watts and 750 watts, respectively -- and a fan-only option. Most users consider the heat output generous for a small space. This heater has an adjustable thermostat that automatically maintains a comfortable level. A few reviewers have found it hard to achieve the precise temperature they want, but users generally consider the controls simple to use. Perhaps the most novel feature is an anti-frost setting, which automatically turns on the heater if the temperature in a room such as a garage, basement, or storage space dips below about 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where to buy

This heater is compact and lightweight, measuring 6.2 inches long by 9.5 inches wide by 10.1 inches high and weighing 2.5 pounds. It comes in a few color options: gray, orange, or blue, all with a white faceplate. This model has a power indicator light and a handle built in, although several consumers contend that they would hardly call the indentation at the back a handle; you still have to use two hands to transport this heater. The DeLonghi HVY1030 registers some complaints about durability, as well, with some users reporting that it conked out after a very short time. Still, it claims scores of admirers and enjoys mostly positive feedback.

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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