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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14 Customer Reviews for Handy Heater

Average Customer Rating: 1.7
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 2 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 11
Bottom Line: 21% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Handy Heater as seen on TV

    I bought one of these heaters to use in my bathroom. I was so excited to finally find one that I could use in the bathroom. Luckily, my husband read the instructions first.

    On the outside of the box, it says that it can be used in the bathroom, complete with pictures of one in the bathroom. BUT in the instructions INSIDE the box, it says "do not use in a bathroom or any room that has GFI outlets." So what is this, a fire looking for a place to happen?!

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

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  • Returns

    The user information enclosed with the product when received says, "Do not use in bathrooms and kitchens," but all of the other ads to get the sale do not mention this? They have no return policy and offer cash ($10) as a refund, which I accepted.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed in Handy Heater

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Jan 16, 2017

    We purchased Handy Heater to warm a small eating area in our kitchen. We thought it would be preferable to the heater we previously used because it is wall mounted and doesn't take up floor space. Unfortunately, it put out so little heat that we couldn't even tell it was on. We purchased two and never opened the second one. They are going back.

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

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  • 30 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Handy Heater

    I get more heat out of my toaster. The fan won't blow out a birthday candle. The 250 square feet -- that's a joke, it couldn't heat my oven. Also no mention of no bathroom or laundry room use, that is in instructions. Go try to get a refund -- out of 47.00 you get 29.95 back. What a piece of work.

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

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  • 42 out 43 people found this review helpful

    Please Don't Waste Your Hard Earned Money

    • Denver, CO,
    • Dec 27, 2016

    Must have a 3 prong outlet to use. Cannot use an adapter per enclosed instructions for safety reasons. Produces absolutely NO HEAT. Will not warm even a super small room. Returned the two I had ordered from the Handy Heater website and did receive a credit to my credit card in a timely manner. I have a Pelonis small fan forced space heater that I have been using for 2 years. That little Pelonis really heats a room, is safe and I only paid $10 at Walmart.

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

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  • 44 out 45 people found this review helpful

    Absolutely Horrible

    • Cottonwood, CA,
    • Dec 19, 2016

    The Handy Heater says up it can heat up to 250 square feet. Well that's a load of bull because it heats up like a foot in front of it, but that's it. if I would have known that, I would have never bought that dang thing.

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

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  • 40 out 42 people found this review helpful

    Crap

    Handy Heater is easy to use but not worth 10 dollars. It does not even heat up my closet. Instead, it only throws heat out about 1 foot. We've had this unit running for two days now, and nothing.

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

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  • 11 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Handy Heater for boats

    My wife and I live on a boat and there always has been a dampness in the bedroom and main bathroom. We installed one in each room and they worked perfectly. They draw very little electricity and most of the time we have them on the low setting. Perfect product that works amazingly well. Highly recommend this product.

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

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  • 36 out 37 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy it!

    • Bellflower, CA,
    • Dec 19, 2016

    Handy Heater is a hunk of junk. I purchased the product on a Monday morning to plug in my office that's very cold. I took the heater back to the store on my way home for a refund. It never warmed the office. The fan was noisy and I turned it to 90 degrees and the office remained cold.

    I'm in a very small office and thought it would get comfortably warm like the commercial lies that the product will do. I'm glad I had an extra sweater to wear. It's horrible. But what should I have expected from a product that has "As Seen On TV" marked clearly across the box.

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

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