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What home oil heater should I get? It's quite overwhelming

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What home oil heater should I get? It's quite overwhelming

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07XRP9M3F/ 75% 5 star ratings

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0869DHM3F/ 65%5 star ratings shows up completely dented, has knocking noises

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B000FT1XZW/ Maybe this one? It has the most ratings
This one is at 70%5 star ratings despite looking just like the black one in the last link but a tad more ugly

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01J1M61M8 69% 5 star ratings

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07XTW7D9X 68%5 star ratings clicking sounds and doesn't go to the right temp. Also has a very cloud clicking sound

https://www.costco.ca/de'longhi-high-pe ... 19907.html
https://www.amazon.ca/DeLonghi-TRD40615 ... B00FT5VAWI same one as costco at 62%5 star ratings dented and smells

On one hand I'd be more tempted to get the costco one since if it's awful then at least it can easily be returned where as the rest seem like a huge hassle to ship. I have to return anything back to amazon so I'm a bit unfamilliar with their process, let alone dealing with anything as gigantic as an oil heater.
I've also read in some reviews that things bring after warranty date. Overall there is a huge issue with many of them with the lack of heat, smell, ticking/bubbling noise and arriving dented.
I'm just really confused since I really want to buy one and be done with it with no issues since it's so huge and heavy.
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Nor sure what all the %`s you mention are for as the units are all electric heaters (100% efficient) which heat the oil. It takes energy to heat the oil and then the oil dissipates the heat over a period of time as it cools down.
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pootza wrote: Nor sure what all the %`s you mention are for as the units are all electric heaters (100% efficient) which heat the oil. It takes energy to heat the oil and then the oil dissipates the heat over a period of time as it cools down.
I should have been more specific, those are the 5 star ratings
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FYI - Consumer Reports gave very low ratings to the oil filled heaters they rated. This is their commentary on one:
This large radiator-style space heater is quiet when running—in fact, CR testers gave it an Excellent noise rating—but it’s not a great product overall. It earns only Fair scores for room heating and spot heating performance, meaning you’d want to have blankets handy while it’s warming up even a modestly sized room. Also, the machine has no wheels, a common feature for space heaters of this size.
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Unfortunately they didn't rate any of the ones that are sold in big box stores/amazon. None of them are in their list of 47.

Nevertheless I greatly appreciate the excerpt. It's possible what they said could apply to most if not all oil heaters.
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JWL wrote: FYI - Consumer Reports gave very low ratings to the oil filled heaters they rated. This is their commentary on one:
This large radiator-style space heater is quiet when running—in fact, CR testers gave it an Excellent noise rating—but it’s not a great product overall. It earns only Fair scores for room heating and spot heating performance, meaning you’d want to have blankets handy while it’s warming up even a modestly sized room. Also, the machine has no wheels, a common feature for space heaters of this size.
It's fair to say though that they're talking about the fact that oil radiator heaters are best for a specific application, i.e., slowly heating a small-to-medium size room to temperature and quietly maintaining it at that temperature. A bedroom at night for example, or a media room in the basement where you don't want any noise to drown out quiet dialog in the show you're watching. They rely on passive convection and moderate radiative heat transfer, which is slow. They don't spread the heat around much themselves, so if they are in a larger room with not much air circulation, there might be a significant heat gradient from one side of the room to the other. They are pretty simple devices, so unless you want to get fancy with electronic controls, there's probably not much to choose between them other than size. Ones that plug in to a standard wall socket can't generate more than about 1500 watts of heat, the same maximum limit as almost every space heater. They are of course 100% efficient at converting electricity to heat, as @pootza pointed out - like every heater, and in fact every electrical device in your home.

If you want faster heating, you use a fan heater that quickly circulates the air in the room through the heater core. But it's noisier, and the fan is a possible lifespan failure component. They also tend to use ceramic heater cores, which are prone to degrade over time, producing less and less heat.

If you want to heat just one area in a larger room, then an infrared radiation heater is best. it pours a larger percentage of the power into focused thermal infrared radiation that heats the surfaces it is directed at. It's not so good for heating all of a larger space.

If you want efficient heating for a person or persons in one spot, like on the couch watching TV or in a chair reading a book, an electric throw blanket is far more efficient than any space heater. It can make you feel warm in a cold room by direct conduction of heat with less than 100 watts of power.
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The first one in your list is likely made by the same manufacturer as this NOMA model from CT: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/noma ... 8411p.html

I've used it in my kid's room for 2 winters now and we're happy with it. I put it on the lowest setting/temperature and it heats a 10x10 room just fine.

Personally, I wouldn't buy an oil heater off of Amazon because of the issues you've mentioned. Any of them are going to be prone to denting during shipping - it's not a problem that's unique to specific models. As for smells, IIRC, there might be some smells the first few times you run it but they go away. Keep in mind that most reviews are first impressions - Amazon encourages you to review the product shortly after you receive it.
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psyko514 wrote: The first one in your list is likely made by the same manufacturer as this NOMA model from CT: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/noma ... 8411p.html

I've used it in my kid's room for 2 winters now and we're happy with it. I put it on the lowest setting/temperature and it heats a 10x10 room just fine.

Personally, I wouldn't buy an oil heater off of Amazon because of the issues you've mentioned. Any of them are going to be prone to denting during shipping - it's not a problem that's unique to specific models. As for smells, IIRC, there might be some smells the first few times you run it but they go away. Keep in mind that most reviews are first impressions - Amazon encourages you to review the product shortly after you receive it.
We use ours the same way. I leave it on in the winter with the thermostat set so it doesn't get too hot or cold in the room. I also like that it won't get hot enough to burn if touched.

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