Scoring closer to the back of the pack than the front, the Lasko Designer Series doesn't impress us much. This small appliance essentially put up average or below average results during most of our experiments. However, it does have a feature or two that make it decently convenient to use and a specific style that may appeal to some. While the Designer Series isn't a terrible product, there are better options out there — especially given its price tag and performance.Editor's Note: We updated this review for Lasko Designer Series on June 8, 2022, with an unbiased assessment of value and suggestions for other products that may better fit your needs and budget.
Lasko Designer Series Review
Pros: Unique look, fairly efficient, decent performance under a desk
Cons: Unimpressive performance, awkward size and shape for some applications
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|Pros||Unique look, fairly efficient, decent performance under a desk||Raises temperatures quickly, great remote, takes up very little floor space||Fantastic performance, convenient features, fall-over protection||Great heat output, tip over protection, remote control||Compact, affordable, doubles as a fan|
|Cons||Unimpressive performance, awkward size and shape for some applications||No fan-only setting, keeps running when knocked over||No fan-only option||Loud fan, slow to warm up||Lacks features and settings, mediocre performance|
|Bottom Line||The best reason to buy this space heater is if you like the way that it looks, as other models outperform this product||If you need a device that cranks up the heat and has a small footprint and a variety of convenient features, this is a fantastic choice||A solid option that offers exceptional overall performance at a great price||A simple, user-friendly model that performs well but has higher operational costs||If you need a small, barebones space heater on a budget, this is our recommendation|
|Rating Categories||Lasko Designer Series||Lasko Ceramic Digit...||Comfort Zone Oscill...||Comfort Zone Cerami...||Amazon Basics 1500W|
|Personal Heat (40%)|
|Small Room Heating (20%)|
|Power Consumption (10%)|
|Specs||Lasko Designer Series||Lasko Ceramic Digit...||Comfort Zone Oscill...||Comfort Zone Cerami...||Amazon Basics 1500W|
|Measured Temperature Increase at 60 Minutes||9.4||10.8||9.9||12.1||10.1|
|Thermostat User Interface||Digital||Digital||Digital||Digital||Dial|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The only attribute that we could establish that separates this model from the rest is its distinct look and design. Considering its display of unrestrained mediocrity during our review, we are hesitant to recommend the Lasko Designer Series to anyone except for those who want a space heater that doesn't look like one.
Unfortunately, we have quite a few gripes with the overall performance of this model. First and foremost, it doesn't do well in larger spaces such as a living room. Our panel of judges found that the channel of air produced by the Designer Series felt more like a cold breeze than a blanket of warmth and that it isn't very good at projecting air of any temperature over any sort of substantial distance.
Thanks to its small footprint and tall shape, the Designer Series fits quite nicely in tight places. It isn't the strongest model as far as pumping out heat goes, but if the oscillation feature is engaged, it does a good job of heating small areas — such as underneath a desk.
During our assessments, convenience was the strongest aspect of the Designer Series. It has an oscillation setting that helps to distribute heat throughout an area more effectively than models lacking this feature. This Lasko has a digital thermostat and remote control, which are straightforward to use. The symbols that indicate the function of the buttons on the remote — and the heater itself — are intuitive and easy to understand.
The Lasko also lacks the option to use the blower as a room temperature fan without the heating element turned on. This means that this model will be useless during warm months and will need to be stored, or it will just be a waste of space. We love that the Designer has a thermostat from 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but the settings jump up in increments of five degrees. We prefer models that allow you to choose the temperature by the exact degree, which offers the maximum amount of comfort.
Small Room Heating
We conducted a series of measured tests to obtain some more objective data. We ran one experiment to determine how much temperature change each heater could produce in a small room in one hour. For the small room test, we started with a temperature of 64.7 degrees Fahrenheit in a 161 square foot room and ran the Designer for an hour at its highest setting. Sixty minutes later, the Lasko had brought the room's temperature up to 74.1 degrees for a total gain of 9.4 degrees.
To project the cost of running the heaters, we began by looking up the national average price of a kilowatt per hour (kWh), which was 13 cents at the time of this review. We then hooked each model up to a wattmeter and ran them at their highest setting for an hour to see how much power they consumed. After an hour, we measured that the Designer used 1.3 kilowatts of energy. Using this figure and the average kWh price, we calculated that it would cost $1.71 to run this heater over 10 hours or $51.30 for 10 hours per day for 30 days.
Should You Buy the Lasko Designer Series?
The primary reason we'd recommend you buy the Lasko Designer Series is for its looks. It offers a few bells and whistles — such as a remote, an oscillation setting, and a digital display — but its overall performance is not one we would recommend.
What Other Space Heaters Should You Consider?
The Lasko Designer Series is a bit on the expensive side, especially considering its ordinary performance. Your money is much better spent on the award-winning Lasko Ceramic Digital Tower. If you're looking to save some money, and don't need a full-sized heater, consider the cost-efficient Amazon Basics 1500W.
— Ross Patton and Austin Palmer
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