Heat Storm Sahara Review

A couple of months ago the nice people at Heat Storm asked if I’d like to review one of their heaters.  I said sure, but secretly I was very skeptical.  I’ve had heaters before, and they have pulled a lot of juice.  One winter I had two of them out in the garage, and the breaker kept tripping.  This little Sahara is NOT your momma’s heater! 

 

Heat-Storm-SaharaSee the 61° on the heater?   That was the air temperature recently when I turned it on with the handy remote. 

Here are the specs from their site:

  • Supplemental heating up to 1000 sq. ft.
  • Balanced heat keeps the temperature difference between floor and ceiling within 2 to 3 degrees
  • Color: Black
  • Thermostat controls room temperature
  • Air purifying function through high efficiency lifetime filter
  • LED display – Display’s Ambient Temperature
  • Remote control (2 AAA batteries included)
  • Dimensions: 13" W x 17" D x 12.5" H
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Heat output: 5,200 BTU/h
  • Rated power: 1,500 Watts, 12.5 Amps/120VAC
  • 3 year warranty

 

 

Sahara-Heat-StormVery quickly the Sahara raised the  temperature  to the 65° I had it set at. 

After a few emails back and forth, this is the information I got from the rep:

To calculate how much the unit costs to run, first you’ll need to figure out what your electricity costs you.  Out here around Logan, Utah, the rate per kilowatt hour is approximately 8.8 cents.  The Sahara is a 1500-watt unit – or, in other words, it takes 1.5 kilowatts to run.  That means it costs 1.5 X 8.8 cents, which is about 13.2 cents, to run the Sahara for an hour here.  That’s what it costs when it’s running on full power.  One of the Sahara’s awesome features is that it will start running at half power to conserve energy once it starts reaching its target temperature, so the unit isn’t usually running at full power anyway.  (You can tell the heater is at half power when the lighted leaf on the control panel turns green.)  Still, even if the heater runs at full power for 8 hours each day for a month, that means it will costs you about $32.40 for the month.  Costs will vary, of course, depending on how long the heater actually runs, how long it runs on full power vs. half power, and what your local cost of electricity is, so this is a pretty generous estimate.

 

Pros:

  • Quiet, very quiet.
  • Remote is handy
  • Very portable
  • Lightweight
  • Warms quickly without blowing a lot of heat
  • Seems to be very efficient, and cost effective

Cons:

  • A little large for my small space
  • I find it works best in the middle of the room
  • The price is a little on the high end

 

    heat-storm-outdoor-shop-heatersI’m loving these portable shop heaters!  I could use one in the garage and the basement shop! (stands sold separately)
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      If you need supplemental heat, I think Heat Storm definitely has a heater for you.  I will certainly be putting my new Sahara heater to work for me as the temperatures are starting to dip.  Those of you who are on blood thinners know how your internal thermostat changes if your on these meds.   I’m generally hot natured and already I can tell a big difference about how cold I can get.
      gail
      HeatStorm sent me the Sahara heater to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
             

    Comments

    1. I’ve never heard of this brand. I have two other heaters that I use in spaces where there is either no heat or only one vent and I love them! The shop ones would be GREAT!

    2. I have never heard of Heat Storm. Interesting little heater. Thanks for putting this out on the web. Love your post!!! :)

    3. I’m always looking for something that does a good job is compact and will heat a room in a pinch. I’ll have to check into this further! I’ve never heard of this company/brand. ~Patricia

    4. Thanks for sharing the info on the Sahara Gail. With the temps dipping I will definitely check it out for using in my garage.

    5. This looks really nice – and I will mention it to my husband who is in the market for a new heater for his workshop. Thanks!

    6. Unfortunately, we live in an early 1900′s house turned duplex, so the wiring is barely sub par. Our neighbors happen to be our daughter, son-in-law and grandbaby. Not sure what the landlord was thinking when it came to heating systems – our side has central air & heat, while the kids have just a single floor furnace. And this house has no insulation to speak of! The kids have tried several different space heaters, with no luck – as each and every one seems to trip the breakers if you attempt using anything else that pulls any juice – ie: vacuum, hair dryer, microwave..etc. Hubby and I were given two of those oil-filled radiator type heaters and even those at the lowest setting will throw a breaker. =( I ended up passing those on to someone else who needed them desperately and I can honestly say, they work like a charm for her! Nice, consistent moist heat. And she says she’s not noticed any increase in her electric bill. (as for our family – we’ll keep searching for something to supplement the heat)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me! I read and appreciate every word!

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