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IR control is a plus...everything else is meh
on November 11, 2013
Summary: Loud fan. Beeps are annoying. Eco mode has loud fluctuations in fan speed. IR control is a plus.
-It does heat the room
-The IR control is a plus and there is an option to bring the control to the Harmony line of remotes
-24 hour timer function in 1/2 hour increments. It has a two way timer. If the heater is on, it will be a timer to turn it off. If the heater is off, it will be a timer to turn it on.
-Celsius or Fahrenheit display options
-Every time you change a setting on the unit or hit a button on the remote, it beeps. It also beeps when the thermostat tells it to come back on. The beep is fairly loud and therefore this was not ideal for a bedroom where someone else is asleep and you just want to turn it off (BEEP!). I ended up taking it apart and putting several pieces of duct tape over the speaker. You need a torx screw driver for two screws (More detailed instructions for this fix with pictures in the comments section of this review. Note you can only see the Comments Section on a computer and not a mobile device).
-It is generally loud and gets even louder at times. This is in comparison to two other heaters I have from Vornado and Dr Infrared. What is especially annoying is when the heating coil is turned from max to min intermittently in Eco mode, the fan gets faster and significantly louder. This also occurs when the heater is turned off as the coil is shut down and the fan continues for 5 or more seconds...very loudly. With the timer, the fan continues even longer (see below). It may be due to the surge in power when the heating coils turn off and the fan continues. Delonghi should have compensated for that.
-The settings are not intuitive. For example, the Min setting is called "1" for some reason and the max setting is called "2". There is also a setting depicted by a snowflake icon that is the "Antifreeze option". According to the instructions, "Anti-freeze: In this operating mode the appliance keeps the room at a temperature of 45°F (7°C) to prevent freezing". This seems to me to be a more upscale heater. I don't think the target consumer for this is going use this in their home at 45 degrees or put it their shop or garage at all. I also question the wisdom of using a space heater unattended which you would most certainly do on Anti-freeze.
-No tip over safety switch.
-No independent control of fan speed. There is a max/min setting for heat only.
-The noise level on the Min heat setting (called "1") is actually louder than max heat setting (called "2) because the fan speed is higher for some reason on min.
-No remote control button for timer (there is only a button on the unit)
-With the timer function for the heater going off, the fan continues for about 15 seconds, very loudly, before going off.
Overall, I really only like the IR remote feature of this heater (with the exception of no timer function on the remote). It is not a good option for the bedroom (if someone else is sleeping) due to the beeping and noise surge of the fan when the unit turns the heating coil down in Eco mode or the unit is powered down.
Update: November 2014. I continue to use this heater in the bedroom. It has performed well. I decided to raise my review to 3 stars after i was able to mute the beep to a tolerable level with some duct tape over the speaker. I have come to appreciate the convenience of the IR control more than the some of the drawbacks I listed above.