Reviews You Can Rely On

Vornado VH200 Review

A run-of-the-mill-space heater that has less than spectacular features, especially considering the price
Vornado VH200
Credit: Laura Casner
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:   $80 List | $69.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Quiet, heats a room well, doesn’t get hot to the touch
Cons:  Lacks oscillation setting, on the pricey side
Manufacturer:   Vornado
By Ross Patton and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 13, 2022
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
39
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#12 of 12
  • Personal Heat - 40% 3
  • Convenience - 30% 3
  • Small Room - 20% 6
  • Power Consumption - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Coming in at the back of the pack, we aren't overly impressed by the Vornado VH200. This model's overall performance is unexciting, and it does not include any bells and whistles. The high price is the nail in the coffin, as there are many heaters on the market that offer up better performance at a lower cost.

Compare to Similar Products

 
Vornado VH200
This Product
Vornado VH200
Awards  Editors' Choice Award   Best Buy Award 
Price $80 List
$69.99 at Amazon
$70 List
$65.81 at Amazon
$65 List
$59.00 at Amazon
$70 List
$70.50 at Amazon
$34 List
$30.17 at Amazon
Overall Score Sort Icon
39
73
68
64
50
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Quiet, heats a room well, doesn't get hot to the touchRaises 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 Lacks oscillation setting, on the pricey sideNo fan-only setting, keeps running when knocked overNo fan-only optionLoud fan, slow to warm upLacks features and settings, mediocre performance
Bottom Line A run-of-the-mill-space heater that has less than spectacular features, especially considering the priceIf 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 Vornado VH200 Lasko Ceramic Digit... Comfort Zone Oscill... Comfort Zone Cerami... AmazonBasics 1500W
Personal Heat (40%)
3.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Convenience (30%)
3.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
4.0
Small Room (20%)
6.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
Power Consumption (10%)
6.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Specs Vornado VH200 Lasko Ceramic Digit... Comfort Zone Oscill... Comfort Zone Cerami... AmazonBasics 1500W
Model VH200 755320 CZ523RBK CZ499R 1500W
Measured Temperature Increase at 60 Minutes 11.2 10.8 9.9 12.1 10.1
Remote No Yes Yes Yes No
Fallover Protection Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Oscillator No Yes Yes Yes No
Fan-Only Setting Yes No No Yes Yes
Thermostat User Interface Switches Digital Digital Digital Dial
Watts 1500 1500 1500 1500 1500

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Vornado VH200 was a bit disappointing during our rigorous testing process. The main strength is that it's moderately efficient. Unfortunately, along with that efficiency comes a serious lack of heating performance. Unless you find a killer deal on this space heater, we recommend you go with a cheaper model that offers a higher level of performance.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Laura Casner

Personal Heat


The first assessment we conducted was determining how well the Vornado could heat up a small area, which in turn, will relate to comfort. The fan speed on the VH200 is slow, and it takes a good minute or two to heat up. You can barely feel any hot air from five feet away, even when this model is running at full blast.

The Vornado doesn't take up much space in an office.
The Vornado doesn't take up much space in an office.
Credit: Laura Casner

We found that this model fits well underneath a desk. And, although it has a larger footprint, it is very short and somewhat compact.

Convenience


The Vornado doesn't have a setting for oscillation and it also lacks a remote. It has a variety of heat settings, but unfortunately, the selectors are just generic switches and there is no way of knowing the specific temperature of air this device is producing.

The Vornado is a high performer in the small room metric, offering...
The Vornado is a high performer in the small room metric, offering the capability to warm up a small room with relative ease.
Credit: Laura Casner

Small Room


We found a lengthy list of things that we were not excited about when it came to the Vornado's features and performance. However, following our experiments, we concluded that the Vornado does a decent job of heating up a small room.

The Vornado provides decent performance in heating up our small room...
The Vornado provides decent performance in heating up our small room testing space.
Credit: Laura Casner

After 20 minutes of running at full power, this device was able to raise the temperature of a 161 square foot room from 66.5 degrees Fahrenheit up to 74 degrees. After another 40 minutes, it brought the temperature up to 77.7 degrees for a total of an 11.2 degree rise over the course of an hour.


Power Consumption


Another strong metric for the Vornado is energy costs. Running at a steady 1.27 kilowatts per hour, this model is one of the more efficient models we've tested. At the time when this review was written, the national average of a price for a kilowatt-hour of power was right about 13 cents. Using these figures, we can surmise that the Vornado will cost about $1.30 to run for 10 hours, and $39 at 10 hours a day for 30 days. That may seem like a high cost, but these are 1500 watt devices that burn a ton of power — and given the high wattage, this is a fairly low operating cost.

Credit: Ross Patton

Value


The value of the Vornado VH200 is very low; this space heater offers sub-par performance at a premium price. If you're shopping for a space heater on a budget, there's a good chance that you can find a model that works a lot better than this one that has a much lower price tag.

Conclusion


To sum it up, we find it difficult to recommend the Vornado VH200. Its performance is unimpressive, it is lacking any kind of special features, and worst of all, it's much more expensive than models that offer all of the above.

Ross Patton and Austin Palmer

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More