While it heated the test room to five degrees in under ten minutes (“last year's took a glacial 57”), it lost points on thermostat performance and ease of use.
Several models from other brands only cost a dollar more and scored a lot better in the Choice reviews.
“Last year's heater was one of the poorest-performing electric heaters I'd seen at Choice, until I saw this one," says Matthew Steen, Choice’s director of testing and reviews. "It's disappointing. Kmart could have improved their products or at least added a fan to help distribute the heat. Instead, they've delivered one that's more expensive and inferior."
And while some might say that you pay for what you get, Matthew believes that a low price point shouldn’t be an excuse for poor performance.
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