Best Buy Space Heater

Dyson put style into household appliances, first with its vacuums and then with its fans. Now it's promoting a cool-looking space heater that Consumer Reports just tested.

The video spot for the Dyson Hot space heater claims it heats the whole room faster than any other.

Bernie Deitrick of Consumer Reports says, "What's not so hot about the Dyson is its price. At $400, it's one of the most expensive space heaters we've ever tested."

So how did the Dyson Hot do in Consumer Reports labs? It passed this important safety test. A terry cloth is placed on the heater to see if it scorches or catches fire.

Deitrick says, "The surface of the Dyson doesn't get so hot that you can't touch it. So that's not a safety risk."

And it's got another important safety feature. It shuts off if it's tipped over.

But the remote presents a safety risk to young children. It has a small button-call battery that's easily accessible and hazardous if swallowed.

Deitrick says, "If you have young children, you should make sure that the remote is out of their reach."

You can operate the space heater without the remote. One test assesses how evenly space heaters distribute heat. Sensors measure the temperature in different parts of the room.

The Dyson Hot did an excellent job. But it didn't score well for noise.

Deitrick says, "At its highest fan setting, the Dyson is one of the loudest space heaters we've ever tested."

Instead, Consumer Reports says a better choice is the Vornado space heater. It's the TouchStone 500 Vortex Heat for $120. Even on high, it's not very noisy.

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