Lasko Ceramic Digital Tower Review
Pros: Raises temperatures quickly, great remote, takes up very little floor space
Cons: No fan-only setting, keeps running when knocked over
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|Pros||Raises temperatures quickly, great remote, takes up very little floor space||Fantastic performance, convenient features, fall-over protection||Great heat output, tip over protection, remote control||Many safety features, digital temperature display, heats a small space quickly||Compact, affordable, doubles as a fan|
|Cons||No fan-only setting, keeps running when knocked over||No fan-only option||Loud fan, slow to warm up||High cost of use, beeps loudly when selecting options||Lacks features and settings, mediocre performance|
|Bottom Line||If you need a device that cranks up the heat and has a small footprint and a variety of convenient features, this is a fantastic choice||A solid option that offers exceptional overall performance at a great price||A simple, user-friendly model that performs well but has higher operational costs||While this heater has nothing inherently wrong with it, better models can be found for a similar price||If you need a small, barebones space heater on a budget, this is our recommendation|
|Rating Categories||Lasko Ceramic Digit...||Comfort Zone Oscill...||Comfort Zone Cerami...||Honeywell Digital C...||Amazon Basics 1500W|
|Personal Heat (40%)|
|Small Room (20%)|
|Power Consumption (10%)|
|Specs||Lasko Ceramic Digit...||Comfort Zone Oscill...||Comfort Zone Cerami...||Honeywell Digital C...||Amazon Basics 1500W|
|Measured Temperature Increase at 60 Minutes||10.8||9.9||12.1||11.3||10.1|
|Thermostat User Interface||Digital||Digital||Digital||Digital||Dial|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Above all, the reason that the Lasko 755320 laid claim to an award is its ability to heat up a small area, and to get it done fast. As soon as you turn this device on, it begins raising the temps in the immediate vicinity. Before long, it warms up the entire room at a rate on par with the best space heaters that we've seen.
Because the most common use of a space heater is to warm up a small area in order to make a person more comfortable, the first assessment that we conducted was to see how well each model performed in this aspect. We subjectively judged each model warming capabilities both under a desk as well as in a living room five feet away from a recliner.
The Lasko is one of the highest performing space heaters for personal heating that we've reviewed. On its highest setting, it's even a little too intense when placed under a desk.
When we tested the Lasko in a living room setting, it was easy to feel the airflow while sitting down several feet away.
Many factors play into how convenient a space heater is to use. These devices can come as simple and bare-bones as can be, or they can come with a multitude of features and settings. For this metric, we carefully studied every detail, down to how intuitive the symbols on the buttons of the remote control are. The Lasko was one of our top-scoring space heaters for this assessment.
The Lasko boasts an oscillating feature that helps disperse heat throughout an area as opposed to a stationary style heater. It also has a timer that goes up to eight hours in one hour increments.
Several of the heaters that we've gotten our hands on have the option to crank the heat to 90 degrees or more, and the Lasko is no exception. However, we found its temperature settings to be especially innovative, as they go down to 39 degrees. While it may not be intuitive to desire conditions with that low of a level of warmth, sometimes the only reason you need a space heater is to keep pipes, liquids, or other belongings from freezing. If that's the case, it would be a waste of energy to heat the area to higher temperatures.
The remote included with the Lasko is one of our favorites in the review. It fits well in your hand, it's stylish, and it's fairly obvious what the symbols are trying to convey.
For our next set of experiments, we measured how much each model could raise the temperature in a 161 square foot room, checking on the readings once every twenty minutes up to an hour. We were sure to start the assessment with the room temperature within a degree or two for each model. We didn't want the temperatures outside the window of the room to affect the assessment, so we took care to ensure the outside temps were right around freezing.
This test showed fairly strong results for the Lasko. This model was able to raise the temperature 6.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the first 20 minutes and produced a total of 10.8 degrees of increased warmth after a full hour.
To calculate the dollar amount that it takes to run each heater, we utilized a wattmeter. We were then able to determine how much it costs to run each model for 10 hours, 24 hours, 30 days and so on using the national average price of kilowatts per hour.
The Lasko is not the most efficient space heater that we've tested. It uses a measured amount of 1.36 kilowatts per hour which translates to $1.79 over a 10 hour period to run this space heater on its highest setting at 13.17 cents per kilowatt-hour. That may not seem like much, but when running it for a month at 10 hours a day, it's going to cost $53.70. That said, depending on your current heating system efficiency, it may save you money to run a space heater in the room you are using rather than heat the whole house or office.
The Lasko offers a great deal of performance at a moderate price. We think this model is well worth its price and is a good value, especially if you want a powerful heater.
The Lasko is one of the best all around space heaters that we've tested. It performed well when it came to heating an office space, a living room, and a small room. We found that many features add to its convenience, including its digital display, ergonomic remote control, and oscillation setting. The only main drawback we could find is that it is a bit inefficient and expensive to run, but that's to be expected with a heater this powerful.
— Ross Patton and Austin Palmer
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