About Handy Heater

Using its thermo-ceramic design to reduce size, while still providing “incredible” whole-room heat, Handy Heater plugs into any outlet and provides warmth for pennies a day. The process is so easy that it works over three steps:

  1. Plug Handy Heater into any outlet.
  2. Use the digital control to set your ideal temperature.
  3. Handy Heater’s two-speed fan will circulate air and keep the room warm until it shuts off using an automatic timer.

This way, you can quickly heat just about any room in your home (up to 250 square feet), including bathrooms, offices, dens, basements, and more, and still save money on your heating bill. Handy Heater’s compact design even means that you can take it with you when you travel!

Spring might be nipping at Old Man Winter’s heels, but there are still enough cold days ahead to think about low-cost heating options. In your quest for effective and inexpensive warmth, is Handy Heater worthy of being on your radar? Or, are there other options you should consider first? We’ll help you make the decision.

To start, let’s find out if Handy Heater is revolutionary, or just a slightly redesigned version of products already available.

What Does Handy Heater’s Competition Look Like?

First, we should unpack the term “thermo-ceramic design.” Although it sounds high-tech, it just means that Handy Heater “generates heat using a heating element of PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) ceramic.” Ceramic heaters are extraordinarily commonplace, and you’ll find them in all shapes and sizes at most stores with a housewares section.

In fact, ceramic heaters are so common that you can see how many options you have by typing the phrase “personal ceramic heater” into any search engine. Granted, they might not all be designed exactly like Handy Heater, but they could provide more value for the money. Add to this that many of these other options feature long cords—in contrast to Handy Heater, which has to be plugged directly into an outlet—that could provide more adjustability when you’re trying to get the ideal amount of heat.

Speaking of which, how much heat will you get from Handy Heater? Will it be economical?

How Much Heat Can You Expect Handy Heater To Provide?

If you searched online for personal ceramic heaters when reading the previous section, you probably noticed that they come in a wide range of wattages; anywhere from 200 to 1,200+. Handy Heater falls at the lower end of this range with 350 watts.

According to this wattage to BTU calculator, this means that Handy Heater puts out 1,193.5 BTU. And since every square foot of a room requires about 10 watts to heat, this means that in order for Handy Heater to warm a 250 square foot room (as the website claims), it would need to put out 2,500 watts, or 8,525 BTU per hour.

So, while Handy Heater might be a solid option for temporarily warming a small area, such as a cozy bathroom or a personal workspace, it might not be your go-to for heating anything much larger than 100 square feet (or so) of your home. And even if Handy Heater can warm up 250 square feet of space, it’s easy to imagine that it won’t be quick.

Pro tip: Also, consider that the layout of the area you’re trying to heat can make a huge difference as well. For example, if you’re heating a small bedroom but have furniture in the way, this could greatly impact Handy Heater’s performance. Or, if you’re attempting to heat a small corner of a large room (such as a den), a lot of your heat can be lost to the rest of the room.

How much will the warmth provided by Handy Heater cost you?

Our First-Hand Handy Heater Test & Review

We thoroughly tested the Handy Heater to see if it delivers on its claims. To find out everything we experienced, watch the video below:

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Is Handy Heater’s Price Snuggle-Worthy?

One plug-in Handy Heater will cost you $29.99 plus $8.99 S&H. Like many ASOTV products, you’ll be able to purchase a second unit at checkout for an additional $8.99 S&H.

Note: All Handy Heater orders are subject to a $1 web service fee.

Handy Heater comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Did you take advantage of the BOGO offer? If so, this means that by the time you ship them back to the company, you could lose almost as much in S&H charges as you’ll get as a refund.

Nonetheless, you can request a refund by calling OnTel Products customer service department at 844-463-1125.

Given all of this, what’s the bottom line about Handy Heater?

Is Handy Heater a Convenient, Affordable Way To Heat Your Home?

OnTel has brought us a lot of popular As Seen On TV products in the past, including Veggetti, Big Vision Eyewear, Foot Angel, and many more. In general, they seem to come with rather low customer reviews here on HighYa, based on a lot of complaints surrounding poor quality and failure to work as advertised. Now, we’re not saying this is what to expect with Handy Heater; only that it’s something worth keeping in mind.

On top of this, Handy Heater is up against some pretty stiff competition from more mainstream manufacturers, many of which are priced about the same, while offering a lot more wattage (read: heating power) for the money, along with longer cords for more customizable heating solutions.

Finally, Handy Heater doesn’t appear to be UL Classified, so this definitely raises questions about safety and long-term reliability.

Taking all of this together, if you’re willing to roll the dice on S&H to give Handy Heater a try, we think it might be ideal for a small enclosed area with no airflow blockages, such as a small bathroom or bedroom (as long as no furniture is in front of Handy Heater’s fan), as well as a personal office space. Like you would with any other electronic device, just be sure to unplug it whenever you leave the room!

As long as you keep these things in mind, you just might be satisfied by its performance.

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23 Customer Reviews for Handy Heater

Average Customer Rating: 1.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 2 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 20
Bottom Line: 17% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Thieves

    I ordered my heaters in December of 2016, and here it is May of 2017 and after four phone calls, still nothing. They kept saying they were sending a check and that was a lie. I am looking for a lawyer to take action. This company is crooked thieves. Time to shut them down.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    They lie

    I have been waiting since January 5th for my refund. They lie about why I don't have my money back. They have given me five lies so far. They are a criminal enterprise. Who do you contact to report their fraud? The sad thing is, it's New Jersey, so no hope there. Imagine how much money they've taken since Christmas.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Where is my refund?

    • North Carolina,
    • Feb 13, 2017

    I ordered this product and then read reviews saying that it gets so hot that it could burn a house down. So I call the company back and spoke to someone and told them that I didn't want the product, and I made sure they didn't take money off of my card. Because I made sure that I canceled the order, I used the money off my card on something else, and didn't think anything else about it.

    Ok, so my check comes on my card for the next month, and because I keep up with what I spend, I called to see what had come off my card, and one amount was $94.00 and some change. So I called my bank and I let them run down how much my purchases were and where I spent them, and come to find out, this amount of $94.00 came from Handy Heater.

    So I "flew hot" and called them back, telling them that I had canceled this order so they need to put my money back on my card, and they said they could not apply it back to my card because it was a gift card. I told them that they had no problem taking it off my card, so they need to put it back on my card. I also let her know that it is not a gift card, it is a RushCard (a prepaid Visa debit card), but she said it's coming across her screen as a gift card. She said what she can do is send me a check and I will receive it in six to eight business weeks (not days, WEEKS). When I "fly hot" again, she tells me to send the merchandise back because it was shipped. I say, "ok now, on the day it was delivered my cousin received and opened the box, and we tested the merchandise but it does not work like they say, you have to get right in front of it to feel it, and it elevated my light bill enormously.

    So don't let them tell you that it will cost you pennies a day because that's a lie. Don't give them your card info because they are going to take the money whether you want them to or not. They took my money the beginning of December, and I haven't received this so-called check yet. What the heck? I called again today they said that they sent the check out on December 28th. Where is my refund? I am signing off angry.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Handy Heater is a scam!

    • Ohio,
    • Feb 10, 2017

    I ordered two Handy Heaters in December of 2016. After two weeks when I did not receive them, I called the company. I was told that FedEx did not pick them up yet. I called FedEx, and they said a shipping label was prepared and to check with the company.

    I waited another week and still had no heaters. I then called Handy Heater again, and they said to be patient. I then called my credit card and told them of the situation. They credited my account and are looking into this scam company.

    Do NOT order from this company. It is a ripoff!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    A rip off!

    • North Carolina,
    • Feb 5, 2017

    I ordered Handy Heater for a poor family at Christmas. I am totally embarrassed. Although my account has an entry for $48.00 for Handy Heater and there is a FedEx tracking shipping label "prepared" by Handy Heater, they never followed through. On the coldest, iciest day of the year, the heater was never shipped to the family. FedEx shipping states Handy Heater "Prepared" a label without any further action. I am complaining to my State Attorney General.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Feb 9, 2017

      Monica

      This is a false advertisement.

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Awful!

    • Colorado Springs, CO,
    • Feb 3, 2017

    I ordered two heaters in November but never received them. And now it is five days until February. Be aware!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    I ordered one and received three. I then sent the two back and received a $29.98 refund, only I was charged $48.97 twice. What a scam. I have not been able to get the proper refunds yet. There is no customer email site. Do not buy!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Scam artist

    I placed my order in early December, and they were real quick to take the money from my account, but as of today, January 11th, it's still not here. I called customer service, and they said it shipped on the 27th. I then called FedEx, who said they never received it and that only a shipping label was created, but they don't have the actual package. So, I called back customer service, and the women told me FedEx doesn't update their system. $60.00 down the drain. I can't imagine what I'll go through to get the money back.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Hawthorne, California,
    • Jan 23, 2017

    The heater warms up only about 12 inches in front of it. I put it in my bathroom for about 2 hours, and there was no change in the temperature, and the bathroom was still very cold. It is not worth the price.

    I'm not happy with the fact that they will only refund the price of the heaters and not the shipping and handling. It's not my fault that the heaters do not work. Customers, beware!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Not what they promise!

    I ordered the "buy one get one free for $29.99" plus a separate shipping and handling fee of $8.99 for each, yet my card was charged over $95.

    When I called, I was told to call the next day, and I could get it fixed. I called early the next day, only to be told it had already been charged to the card and the only thing I could do was refuse the package when it arrived for a full refund!

    Rest assured I will, and we shall see if that happens. What a scam, do NOT order! The sad part is that I wanted to try the heaters.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Buyer beware!

    These heaters were advertised on their website as "Buy one for $29.95 and get a second one for free!" I was supposed to pay an extra $8.95 for shipping. Then, as I was closing the order, it came up that I could upgrade both heaters for $10 each. When I said no, it came up that I could upgrade them for $5 each. I agreed to this, and when I hit the "Order Now" button, the order came to over $115.

    Seeing that I had been tricked, I called immediately to cancel the order. An automated answer said that no one was available and that I could send an email or call back during their 9am-5pm hours. I sent the email, and I called back, and the response I got was that the order was being processed to be shipped out and they could not stop it.

    I was told I could send it back when I get it for a full refund. But why send it to me when you have it there, and I ask you to cancel it? Makes NO SENSE, but if that's how this company has to make its money, I won't be surprised when more customers find out the real truth about these false claims!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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