When my battle axe space heater finally quit, it was time for me to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. I scanned Best Buy and other sites for something relatively inexpensive but something that would heat my computer room in my basement and the secondary bedroom. Both can get quite chilly on cold days when we don't want to over heat the entire house.
When I came across the Honeywell Heat Genius, I chuckled at the marketing. It was at the top of my monetary threshold.
The battle axe had fewer settings but at the same time had too many. It was only useful when the resistance wires were turned on at full blast.
I discovered elsewhere ceramic heaters could be self-regulating and they wouldn't get red-hot to work, thereby making them safer. I decided to give Honeywell a try.
Giving the bottom line first, it heated both spaces very well. It is quieter than the battle axe ever was. It is lighter, too. And, lo and behold, the various settings were useful and easily intuitive.
One of the settings offers the ability for the upper and lower elements to be on simultaneously or separately. I use the lower element only when the tile floor is cold but the room is not so bad. I use the upper element only for the bedroom on similar conditions.
One can also set the heater independently on high or low, or set the heater to a temperature setting. The latter may not be so useful if heating a limited area of a larger room, but it is useful for my purposes.
Another setting is the countdown feature. One can set the heater to turn off to as much as two hours later in 30 minute increments. I used it once set to one hour when going to sleep. It did its job.
The final setting is one I tested to see if it works -- it did work -- but I haven't really used it yet. That setting is the quiet setting. From what I can tell, it means the heater is on and radiates the area without the fan actually being on as well. The heater is fairly quiet already which is why I haven't actually used this setting in practice yet. It is still-of-the-night quiet in this setting, so I can see I might use this setting if on a conference call while teleworking.
There are less expensive heaters but they mostly newer versions of my battle axe. The more expensive heaters seem to be more robust and may be worth the money if a real large area (like my entire basement or living room) needs to heated solely with a portable unit. This heater suits my needs perfectly.