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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36 Consumer Reviews for Handy Heater

Average Consumer Rating: 1.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 3 4 star: 0 3 star: 1 2 star: 2 1 star:  30
Bottom Line: 14% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy!

    • Southfield, MI,
    • Nov 16, 2018
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    I bought three of them. I plug one in my bedroom, shut the door, and after two hours my bedroom was still cold. I called to return them and you have to pay to ship them back to Handy Heater. I asked, "I paid for you to ship it to me and now I have to pay to return it back to you?" Christina said yes.

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

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  • 31 out 32 people found this review helpful

    I wouldn't buy this!

    • Chicagoland, IL,
    • Apr 21, 2018
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    I bought these, but they didn't work out in my home. I tried to return them, no luck at all. I tried their toll-free number, and it was constantly busy, with one of those "your call will be answered by the next available agent" but I must have tried a dozen times, at different times of day, but no luck there. So I tried to email them. Six emails later, still no reply! All I wanted to do was return them, as the TV ad stated I could return them if not completely satisfied. So I guess I'm SOL. Not to mention, angry.

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

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  • 17 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Common sense

    • North Haven, CT,
    • Mar 20, 2018
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    You need common sense to believe any of the "As Seen On TV Items" are going to perform as they advertise. I purchased this Handy Heater in a grocery store on clearance for $7.50. I bought it to use in the basement to speed up paint drying time on my model car projects, and it works just fine. The timer setting helps out for my use. Great deal and I would never expect this tiny little heater to heat up a room!

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

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  • 28 out 30 people found this review helpful

    Refund

    I order two heaters on December 7, 2017, for my grandson who is in college in Minnesota because he told me was cold, and that was before he realized that the apartment heater was part of his rent.

    He rejected the package. Today is January 22, 2018, and I am waiting for my refund still. I was just told that it could be another 6 to 8 weeks to get a check in the mail. That means up to three months with my money in their bank account. They are using my money, and I am not happy.

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

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  • 36 out 37 people found this review helpful

    They don't work

    • St. Louis, MO,
    • Jan 23, 2018
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    I plugged two into a 12 x 10 room, and two hours later it had not changed one degree. You can barely feel the heat a foot away from the unit. I emailed the company to get a refund weeks ago and never got a response. They are in the trash.

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

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  • 31 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Not sure

    I ordered three paid, plus three free, but didn't receive what I thought I was getting. I wanted the one with the thermostat because the one they displayed on TV had a thermostat, but I got six without a thermostat because I didn't say "yes" when they ask me if I wanted to "upgrade?" I didn't know I needed to "upgrade" or I would have.

    By the time "I" paid the shipping to send them back, I may have gotten back a few dollars overall per heater. I sent them back because I may have missed something that told me I needed to upgrade to get the "upgrade." I never saw one without a thermostat until I got mine in the mail.

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

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  • 39 out 41 people found this review helpful

    Way less than a one star rating

    I bought mine at Home Depot. With the first one, no heat at all. With the second one, there was heat, but after 12 hours on 90 degrees, it barely took the edge off the cold.

    Don't waste your time or money on this scam.

    No good!

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

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  • 58 out 60 people found this review helpful

    Liars

    • Lawrenceburg, KY,
    • Dec 20, 2017
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    This is a scam. Heaters don’t put out any heat. It takes anywhere from 3 to 5 months to receive your trashy so-called heaters, and when you send them back, you don’t get refunded. Do NOT buy, I repeat, do NOT buy!

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

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  • 75 out 82 people found this review helpful

    They are not worth anything

    They are crap. I ordered the "buy one, get one free" and was charged for shipping twice. And when I received them, they were in one box. I have one in the bathroom, and it doesn't even get the room warm, it's like it's not even on. So please take my advice and keep your money in your pockets.

    Lesson learned!

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

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  • 79 out 84 people found this review helpful

    Scam alert

    I ordered two heaters about a month ago and paid extra for a speedy delivery. I have not received my heaters and last week when I called they said I have to give it another week and then they can take action. I have called back just to automatically get music with no answer. I went to the main website and received the number for new orders but now it's saying it's for an LED light and nobody seems to know what I am talking about. I am going to contact BBB but that really doesn't help the money I am out of. Please save your money because it is a fraud.

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

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  • 90 out 92 people found this review helpful

    Handy Heater failed two times

    • North Carolina,
    • Nov 15, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased two Handy Heaters this year. Both have been complete failures and neither one heated 250 square feet; they didn't even heat 250 cm away from the unit. I don't make a habit of wasting money. However, this was a complete waste. Whomever came up with these heaters was just out to make a fool out of us and get rich.

    I will be contacting the BBB about this product, and if the idealist who came up with this or the manufacturer offers any other product, I'll be the first not to buy them.

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

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