Vornado VH200 Review
Pros: Quiet, heats a room well, doesn’t get hot to the touch
Cons: Unimpressive performance, lacks oscillation setting, on the pricey side
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Vornado VH200 was a bit disappointing during our rigorous testing process. The main strength of the Vornado 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.
We found that this model fits well underneath a desk. And, although it has a larger footprint, it is very short and somewhat compact.
Following our experiments, we concluded that the Vornado VH200 does a decent job of heating up a small room.
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.
Another strong metric for the Vornado is energy costs. Running at a steady 1.27 kilowatts per hour, this model is one of the most efficient models that 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 $13 to run for 10 hours, and $120 to run round the clock for a month. That may seem like a high cost, but these are 1500 watt devices that burn a ton of power — this model actually comes with a fairly low operating cost.
Sadly, we found a lengthy list of things that we were not excited about when it came to the Vornado's features and performance. When it came to our living room space heater assessment, this model proved to be especially uninspiring.
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 5 feet away even when this model is running at full blast.
With dimensions that total close to a cubic foot, the Vornado does not fit very well under a desk. We have reviewed several models that are much better for this application.
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.
Sadly, 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.
To sum it up, we find it difficult to recommend the Vornado VH200. Its performance is unimpressive, it is seriously 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