In the focus of this article will be a review of the the Duraflame Infrared Quartz Electric Portable Heater & Air Purifier Colby. In short, it is a portable, 5200 BTU space heater which also performs the task of an air purifier. As such, it is a quite unique product, which could be very useful to have on trips to the mountains, to a rarely used cottage, for camping, RVing and other similar outings, as well as for supplemental, inexpensive heating for the home. That is why we really wanted to test out this product and see for ourselves whether it really does well both of these helpful functions.
In addition to presenting our own review of this product, we will also mention and comment on other Duraflame Infrared Quartz Heater reviews, written by other users of this product, in order to point out some issues that emerge after long-term use. Also, another reason why we looked at other users’ reviews is to see whether our experience with this portable heater was similar with other people’s – basically, we wanted to know whether this is a uniform product or not.
Let us begin the review by discussing the primary function of the Duraflame Infrared Quartz Heater, which is the heating one.
This heater is advertised as powerful enough to heat up rooms of up to 1000 square feet. However, a 5200-BTU (British Thermal Unit) heater like this one should be sufficiently powerful to warm up only a room of 300-400 square feet according to most BTU calculators.
More on that later, for now suffice it to say that the exact number will depend on a number of factors, such as insulation, air leakage, type of ceiling and so on.
This heater comes with a built-in thermostat, so you can easily regulate and maintain the desired temperature. If the heater becomes too hot, there is an automatic thermal cutoff switch, so you can be sure that safety hazards are reduced to a minimum. In addition, the outer surface of this heater is designed to always remain cool. Thus, the Duraflame Infrared Quartz Heater is definitely appropriate for use around children or pets.
Some other useful features of this heater are, of course, the air purification feature, as well as the sleek design and convenient remote control. The air purifier integrated in this heater is useful against solid particle allergens such as dust, pollen, dander and others.
In terms of design, this heater/air purifier is impressive – the outer casing is made of solid hardwoods and real wood veneers. The DuPont-style shaped tabletop edges really give it a luxurious look. Also, there are high quality concealed casters that provide maximum convenience and great style at the same time.
Speaking of convenience, this heater really pleased us for two other reasons. Firstly, and more importantly, there is no assembly needed! It comes fully assembled and ready to function. From our experience, this is really practical for portable heaters. Secondly, there is a handy remote control that allows you to adjust the temperature at a click of a button. Perfect for when you are tucked under a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa or a glass of wine.
Some other details you may like to know about this product are its dimensions and shipping weight, which are 14.4 x 19.8 x 17.8 inches and 43 pounds respectively. With regards to price, you can usually find it for about $200-$300, and sometimes even lower on discounts. We really feel that this price is justified, given all its features and the estimated life expectancy of 20000 hours.
Our team’s Duraflame Infrared Quartz Heater reviews basically agree on all of the following in terms of using this heater. Firstly, it takes a while for the heater to reach a higher temperature and start heating up the air and objects around it. It can take up to an hour to warm up if you are using it to heat up a room bigger than 400 square feet. Secondly, the built-in thermostat works well. When we compared the reading to an external thermostat, there was no significant difference.
Thirdly, it is really convenient as supplemental heating. If you like to spend most of your time in one room, there is no need to heat up the whole house. When you eventually need to move to another room, this heater is easy to wheel from one room to the next and, if it has already warmed up, it should warm up the other room pretty quickly.
Other users’ Duraflame Infrared Quartz Heater reviews also agree with our main impressions. In terms of power, style and convenience, this product is a keeper. Most other users point out that this heater is not really sufficient for rooms of 1000 square feet, but is perfectly suited for smaller rooms of up to 500 square feet. While we have used it for just one month, many other reviewers have used it for a year or more and they all agree that the unit keeps working the same as the first day it was bought. There is a3-year warranty for this heater/air purifier, so that should not be surprising. Lastly, most people find this unit to be very quiet in operation, and we tend to agree with that assessment! Of course, you can occasionally hear the fan blowing, but it is a very reasonable level of noise for an electric heater.
All in all, we are quite convinced that the Duraflame Infrared Quartz Electric Portable Heater & Air Purifier Colby is worth the money! It looks good, works well and comes a lot cheaper than other supplemental heaters of similar power. However, you would never guess so judging from how good it looks to how well it works. If you need some extra heating for a 500 square room (more or less) to substitute an oil or gas heater, this unit will definitely do the job, and save you some money in the process.