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Lasko Designer Series Review

The best reason to buy this space heater is if you like the way that it looks, as other models outperform this product
lasko designer series space heater review
Credit: Laura Casner
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Price:   $70 List | $59.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Unique look, fairly efficient, decent performance under a desk
Cons:  Unimpressive performance, awkward size and shape for some applications
Manufacturer:   Lasko
By Ross Patton and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 22, 2022
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RANKED
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  • Personal Heat - 40% 4.0
  • Convenience - 30% 6.0
  • Small Room Heating - 20% 5.0
  • Power Consumption - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

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.

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Pros Unique look, fairly efficient, decent performance under a deskRaises temperatures quickly, great remote, takes up very little floor spaceFantastic performance, convenient features, fall-over protectionGreat heat output, tip over protection, remote controlCompact, affordable, doubles as a fan
Cons Unimpressive performance, awkward size and shape for some applicationsNo fan-only setting, keeps running when knocked overNo fan-only optionLoud fan, slow to warm upLacks 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 productIf you need a device that cranks up the heat and has a small footprint and a variety of convenient features, this is a fantastic choiceA solid option that offers exceptional overall performance at a great priceA simple, user-friendly model that performs well but has higher operational costsIf 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%)
4.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Convenience (30%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
4.0
Small Room Heating (20%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
Power Consumption (10%)
5.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Specs Lasko Designer Series Lasko Ceramic Digit... Comfort Zone Oscill... Comfort Zone Cerami... Amazon Basics 1500W
Model Designer 755320 CZ523RBK CZ499R 1500W
Measured Temperature Increase at 60 Minutes 9.4 10.8 9.9 12.1 10.1
Remote Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Fallover Protection No No Yes Yes Yes
Oscillator Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Fan-Only Setting No No No Yes Yes
Thermostat User Interface Digital Digital Digital Digital Dial
Watts 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500

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.

Performance Comparison


lasko designer series space heater review
Credit: Laura Casner

Personal Heat


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.

lasko designer series space heater review - the breeze produced by the lasko designer series doesn't feel very...
The breeze produced by the Lasko Designer series doesn't feel very warm from a few feet away.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

lasko designer series space heater review - the designer series is a decent choice for an office.
The Designer Series is a decent choice for an office.
Credit: Laura Casner

Convenience


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.

lasko designer series space heater review
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

lasko designer series space heater review - the designer series is a unique, uncommon looking heater.
The Designer Series is a unique, uncommon looking heater.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

lasko designer series space heater review
Credit: Austin Palmer

Power Consumption


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.

lasko designer series space heater review
Credit: Ross Patton

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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