Written on: 19/11/2005 by Bertie (27 reviews written)
It's all good - especially the 3-year guarantee.
It's impossible to find the slightest fault with the Lervia Oscillating Fan Heater I purchased from Lidl for £9,95 a year ago. I was so impressed with it, I bought another one from the same source three weeks ago at the same price.
From the picture, you will note it is taller at 42cms. (16 1/2 inches) than the average free-standing portable fan-heater and consequently easier to tip over. Should this happen, a safety switch under the base will instantly switch the heater off as will lifting it by the substantial built-in handle.
The rotary knob controls situated along the front top are:- left to right, (1) 0 to 60 minute timer, (2) three heat settings plus fan only and unit off, and (3) thermostat to control room temperature which is very sensitive and positive in operation.
The body of the unit takes about 12 seconds to turn through a 90 degree arc and this oscillating function is controlled by a push switch at the front centre of the fixed base. The unit can be tilted fore and aft by about 20 degrees on eight notched settings.
For storage, the 83 cms. (6 ft.) mains cable can be wound around two swing-out arms at the bottom rear of the unit.
The heat settings are 1, 1.5 and 2.5 Kilowatts.
Just for interest, I decided to check how accurate these figures are and with an AVO model 8 multimeter (I'm not too fond of the digital ones), I found that with the supply voltage of 248 volts the actual current consumption was (1) 3.8 amps. = 942 watts. (2) 5.8 amps. = 1,438 watts and (3) 9.5 amps. = 2,356 watts. Allowing for meter-reading errors, the latter figure may well be close to 2,400 watts which is very close to the claimed figure and is up there with similair much more expensive appliances of this nature.
The front and rear grills are of the same substantial plastic as the rest of the heater and appear to be child proof and even on the high heat setting, the front grill does not get hot enough to blister the skin.
A futher, and very important factor is the overheating safety device which would operate should the fan fail or the grills get obstructed.
I cannot rate 'Service & Support' because I've not needed any. I think if this brilliant value-for-money device should fail after the 3-year guarantee period, then it won't owe me much!
The Lervia Oscillating Fan-Heater is a great buy at £9,95 and is available in either a charcoal or white finish.