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

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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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Average Consumer Rating: 1.6
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Bottom Line: 18% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 8 out 11 people found this review helpful

    It's a scam

    • Maryland,
    • Feb 18, 2019
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    This product is CHEAP, does not work well at all. AND, it is impossible to get a refund. I have been trying for two months and have gotten every run around as possible. DO NOT buy or get involved with any company that sells this! You will be sorry.

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

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  • 8 out 15 people found this review helpful

    I love mine!

    • Montana,
    • Jan 20, 2019
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    I don't know what product you all purchased, but I love my Handy Heater. I was giving it as a gift and it gets so hot I have to shut off! I have it plugged in where I work from my desk in an addition added to my home that has no insulation, and my feet are like popsicles, but this little heater keeps me thawed and heats me up. I have to shut it off after working to keep it from heating the room due to with the heater running the room gets TOO hot for both! I love, love, love mine and have recommended them to friends!

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

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  • 13 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Handy Heater, heat hero

    • Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada,
    • Jan 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Another $108 gone, a piece of crap.

    I put it in a room 8x10 and on 25 degrees, and it was useless. And shipping back would cost as much as the heaters. I would not recommend it to anyone. Less than a one-star rating from me.

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

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  • 15 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Rip off!

    • Colorado Springs, CO,
    • Jan 12, 2019
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    I started to purchase, but the site didn't show dollar amount or how many units. I deleted everything, but they captured my info, billed me anyway, and sent the product I didn't order. I'm now having problems with my credit card company. I have contacted the company many times and never get answered.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Works great in a small RV bathroom

    • Midwest, USA,
    • Jan 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Although it cannot be expected that a 350w heater could successfully heat a room to a comfortable temperature, we have found that Handy Heater is the perfect heater for providing a comfortable temperature in the bathroom in our RV. Due to the heater's size, it can be placed to be unobtrusive. We have recommended the heater to other RVers.

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

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  • 17 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Handy Heater defect

    • Cathedral City, CA,
    • Dec 31, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The Handy Heater only has two prongs on the back of the heater. It is not in compliance with UL regulations. There is not a ground. Very dangerous. It also falls out of a new wall socket.

    They have charged me $119.99 for three of them. The price was quoted as $19.92 each for two ibis and two units free. I have had to send several emails to the company in CHINA to find out how to return. They will not send me an RMA number so it is going to cost me $149.00 to ship them back to China. I feel this is a scam. Do not order from them.

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

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • British Columbia, Canada,
    • Dec 28, 2018
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    When I received the heater, the buttons were noticeably cheap, the blower only works on one speed, not two, the timer works, but I put it in a room at 22 degrees and set it to 15 degrees and it just kept running.

    When it timed out the fan switched off, but the heating element kept glowing?

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

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  • 18 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Handy Heater - scam, don't buy it!

    • Denver, CO,
    • Dec 22, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    After watching the commercial for Heat Buddy aka Handy Heater, we decided to order three, one for us and others for gifts. Once the product arrived, it did not work as advertised, it is Celsius, not Fahrenheit, you can't change it. It does not even heat a very small bathroom, the product is a scam. I emailed Megadeals customer service and they sent me an address in China to return the product. The Post Office told me the cheapest way to mail it was $53.00.

    Buyer beware, DO NOT BUY this product, it DOES NOT work!

    I have requested a pre-paid label to return the product. Wish me luck.

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

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  • 7 out 10 people found this review helpful

    It's ok, but not much

    • New Freedom, PA,
    • Dec 13, 2018
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    The Handy Heater is good for your bedroom but not for basement living room or rec room. Put one in your bedroom before you go to bed and it works. But not for the whole house. I bought this at Walmart for $29.

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

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  • 35 out 35 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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  • 66 out 67 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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