When it comes to heaters, the market abounds with all kinds of different models. Basically, you can find any combination of shape, size and power source you could think of, and that is obviously a good thing. Having more options is always good. But then, how do you narrow down your choice? The first step would be to choose the type of power source you want your heater to have. The second step would be to think about the desired capacity of the heater as well as its power consumption. If you are interested in infrared heaters intended for heating up single rooms then maybe our Lifesmart infrared heater reviews can help you narrow down the choice even further. Today we are presenting three different Lifesmart heaters which vary mostly in design and in capacity.
All of the Lifesmart heaters reviewed here have certain characteristics in common, which is to be expected since they are made by the same manufacturer. Here is a comprehensive overview of the common characteristics. All heaters have 3 heat settings, of which one is a 500 watt Eco setting. Another characteristic that they all have in common is the inclusion of a start and stop timer, although there is a difference in the period covered by the timer – presetting it for 9 hours ahead in some models and 12 hours in others.
Furthermore, all of the Lifesmart heaters discussed here have a digital thermostat that can be controlled with a remote control, which we find to be extremely convenient. In terms of the design of the heater, there are two common features worth mentioning – the scroll fan and the air filter. Both are integral parts of the heater. The scroll fan is pretty quiet as it facilitates the distribution of heat. The air filter is washable and meant to be used for the whole lifetime of the heater i.e. there is no need to purchase replacement filters later on.
That concludes the main similarities among the three heaters we will be reviewing here. For the distinguishing characteristics which will be critical for your purchasing decisions, read our individual Lifesmart heater reviews below.
Lifesmart Large Room 6 Element Infrared Heater with Remote
Our first review is about the Lifesmart Large Room 6 Element Infrared Heater with Remote. This heater is suitable for medium and large sized rooms. Its dimensions are 16 x 13 x 16.5 inches. It weighs 21 pounds.
The unit’s weight is particularly important for these reviews, because a lot of people like the option to move their Lifesmart heater from room to room, as needed. Hence, the weight is certainly something worth knowing.
This heather also has E Z Glide casters which are included especially for that purpose and make it easy to wheel around the house. The cabinet containing this heater is made of metal. Overall, it looks very cozy but also very durable.
The listing price of this heater is about $200, which is quite affordable, given that there are no parts to be periodically replaced and that all the electric components are covered by a warranty for 1 year. Furthermore, the unit is very energy efficient – our approximation is that the energy bill will not go up as much as it would if you use propane or a regular heater instead. In addition to that, this heater is carried by several retailers so it can often be found on discount.
Some other noteworthy features of this Lifesmart heater are related to the thermostat and the dual timer. Both features are complementary and make the heater even more efficient. The digital thermostat provides accurate measurement of the ambient temperature and in addition the heater automatically switches off when the preset temperature is reached. The dual timer settings allow you turn the heater on and off 12 hours ahead of time. Thus, you never have to pay for heating of the room when it is not desirable or necessary. Actually, all three heaters covered here share these efficiency features!
Lifesmart Corp Lifelux Series Ultimate 8 Element
The next one of our Lifesmart heater reviews is about a more luxurious and more powerful Lifesmart heater.
The dimensions of this heater are 16.2 x 15.2 x 18.5 inches and it weighs 31 pounds.
The larger size is correlated with the larger capacity when compared to the heater we reviewed above. In terms of price, there is a difference as well.
Yes, the Lifesmart Corp Lifelux Series Ultimate 8 Element Extra Large Room Infrared Heat is stylish – the design is cozy and unobtrusive. The cabinet of this heater is made of brown wood and thus it can fit in nicely in almost any room. From the outside it does not look like a heater at all, it looks just like any other wood cabinet you would have in a living room or bedroom. In addition, the wood cabinet is always cool to the touch, so you do not have to worry about pets or little children getting accidentally burned from touching the heater.
Like the other Lifesmart heater we reviewed, this one also has a start and stop timer and E Z Glide casters for easy movement. The start and stop timer on this model is only for 9 hours ahead, though, rather than 12. However, the 9 hour window will probably be sufficient for the needs of most households, so it is probably not going to be a big disadvantage. We should also mention that this heater is completely safe to use around carpets and similar materials – there is no danger from the carpet somehow catching fire because of the heater.
Furthermore on the advantage side, this heater has an air ionizer in addition to the air filter feature. Purchasing the air filter and air ionizer features separately will probably cost about half of the listing price anyway, which is one of the reasons why we find the price of this heater very reasonable. Another equally important reason has to do with the warranty, which is actually 3 years for this particular heater! In addition, the fact that it comes with a digital thermostat and a remote is pretty handy too.
Lifesmart Medium Room Infrared Heater
The final review in this Lifesmart heater reviews series is about a smaller and cheaper version compared to the two we described above.
The model is called Lifesmart Medium Room Infrared Heater with Remote. Its dimensions are 12.5 x 7.5 x 13.5 inches and it weighs only 11.5 pounds, so it is by far the most compact unit in our selection.
That is precisely why we included it – for those of you who are looking for a smaller capacity heater that is easily portable and can be used as a supplement to a more comprehensive heating system i.e. that is intended as a boost to an existing (and perhaps more costly) system.
This one will do the job perfectly in such a situation. It only has 3 metal wrapped quartz infrared elements, which is the least out of all three models, but we reckon it is just enough for its intended purpose.
This Lifesmart heater has most of the convenient features that the other two models have, such as a digital thermostat, remote, integrated air filter (but no air ionizer), a 12 hour dual set timer and 3 heat settings, of which one is the Eco setting. It does not have the E Z Glide casters though, but it is compact enough that you can just pick it up and carry it anywhere. The cabinet is made of stylish black plastic which is fireproof. It is also cool to the touch, so carrying the heater should not be problematic at all. The warranty for the Lifesmart Medium Room Infrared Heater with Remote is 1 year.
From our experience, we’d say this heater is probably best for heating up rooms of up to 300 square feet in size. It is also great as a secondary source of heat that you use to heat up a room quickly and then switch off once that is accomplished. One of the great things about this heater is that you can easily calculate how much electricity it is consuming and hence how much your electricity bill will be. No more unpleasant surprises at the end of the month! Overall, it is a very cost-efficient product that does not cost much to purchase and does not consume much electricity either.
As our last concluding remark about this heater, but also about the other two in our Lifesmart heater reviews, we’d like to point out that you can sometimes order your pick and then return it within a month or so (depending on the retailer) if you are not happy with it. So, we’d recommend just choosing the one which fits your heating needs best and giving it a try!