Design - 77%
Features - 77%
Capacity - 85%
Safety - 84%
Energy Efficiency - 95%
This infrared patio heater is mounted on a steel telescope so its height can be adjusted; it has a 90% energy conversion, so it is ideal for outdoor spaces on its own and lowered temperatures.
Fire Sense Patio heaters are generally quite efficient. We like patio heaters most when they are able to combine efficiency with a nice design that fits patio decors. We were very pleased with the design of the Fire Sense Stainless Steel Telescoping Offset Pole Mounted Infrared Patio Heater. However, we found its $287.28 price tag to be a bit spicy. Considering the fact that it only cost about $170, we can’t help but wonder whether the price difference between these two products is a matter of efficiency or a matter of design. Let’s take a closer look at the technical specifications and the customer reviews of this pole mounted infrared heater and see whether or not it is worth the money.
Fire Sense Stainless Steel Telescoping Offset Pole Mounted Infrared Patio Heater Picture
Fire Sense is recommended primarily for sheltered external use (such as screened patios) but can also be used indoors. It is particularly efficient in drafty rooms. The great thing about this heater is that it operates at 90% heating efficiency so, it has a 90% energy conversion. It does not need any time to warm up as it can instantly deliver 100% heat production. It does not generate any UV rays or toxic fumes. It runs on standard 110 V household current and it casts a 9 ft. blanket of heat. It comes with a 12 ft, nonretractable electrical cord which can be a little inconvenient at times. We like the fact that it is silent and easy to operate. Unfortunately, according to numerous customer reviews, the quality of the parts is not the best. Several customers encountered production defects or labor malfunctions. On the bright side, it seems that the customer service is very responsive and willing to solve all problems promptly. Nevertheless, several customers also claimed that the product’s heat range is smaller than it should be, considering the technical specifications. The heater also seems to be experiencing some power problems. Like all 1500W heaters, it requires a dedicated outlet, yet some customers complained that the heater keeps tripping the circuit breaker, even if it has its own dedicated plug.
As far as energy efficiency goes, this heater performs very well. With a 90% energy conversion, this product does not waste any power. Furthermore, it does not waste heat by attempting to heat the air surrounding it, but it heats directly the people and objects within its range. The operating costs are about a tenth of the operating costs of LPG heaters.
The stainless steel design is very interesting as it beautifully complements most styles of patio furniture. Fully assembled, the heater weighs 52 lbs and has the following dimensions: 20” Base, 92” H. max- 70.5″ H. min, head unit: 22.25” L x 7.25” W x 4.5” D. It features a telescopic adjustable pole and a PVC cover. It is made of weatherproof aluminum extruded body. It also features plastic wheels on the base, but according to customer reviews, the wheels are difficult to turn.
As far as safety goes, this unit does not emit any harmful emissions or toxic residuals. Furthermore, it is also ETL approved. For optimal security, it should have a dedicated line, preferably an outlet with a breaker. The unit should be off when it is being plugged in. If you plan on using it on an open patio, make sure to weight the heater down with a heavy object as it can tip over during heavy winds. On that note, a big disadvantage is the fact that it does not have a tip -over protection. A similar and safer heater is the Nomura NPO-15L00 Infrared Patio Heater which has a sturdier design as well as a tip over protection and it is also a lot cheaper.
The lightweight aluminum that the heater is made of is very durable and the lamp has a 5000-hour life. Overall, the heater seems to be quite durable. The few customers who encountered production defects stated that the heater worked great after the replacements arrived.
Ease of use
The Fire Sense Infrared Patio Heater is relatively easy to use. You simply plug it in and turn it off. Considering the fact that it does not have a thermostat and it is not wall mounted (thus easier to access), a remote control would have been rather pointless. Nevertheless, we found this heater to be far too expensive considering its lack of convenience features and the poor quality of the parts.