Mr Coffee Keurig

Mr Coffee Keurig
Single Cup Coffee Brewer

This brand new Mr Coffee Keurig machine I just bought at a Costco is a Single Cup Brewer game changer. Why? Well, for starters, the Mr Coffee from Costco is about half the price of other single-cup Keurig brewers and it comes with 20 K-Cups for 20 cups of coffee. This is one of those products that I love outside of the box so quickly and unreservedly that I almost hate to continue using it, lest I find some faults with it. The Keurig machine is an impressive single-cup coffee maker and and an affordable one – at least in the short term. I recently reviewed the Tassimo in my Tassimo vs Keurig article two weeks prior to buying this little, inexpensive single cup brewer. I went to Costco to look for Tassimo Coffee when unexpectedly, I found a demonstrator brewing single cup coffee samples with this Mr Coffee Keurig single cup brewer. The cheap price tag quickly caught my eye and I wondered if a coffee maker so cheap could be any good. As I looked at the display, I noticed the words on the box said, “Keurig Brewer”. Having been very impressed with the Keurig Brewer at the Loews Hotel I stayed at in Philadelphia, I decided the Keurig Mr Coffee maker was worth a closer look!

Review on the Mr. Coffee Keurig Single Cup Brewer

Details

Upon closer inspection, the Mr Coffee appeared to be everything the Keurig Single Cup Brewer was in my Loews Hotel: Pour 8 ounces of coffee into the back of the unit. Place a K-Cup into the basket. Close and you get a piping hot cup of coffee in about 90 seconds.. That’s about 30 seconds longer than the Tassimo, but there is something to be said about the simplicity of the Keurig. Unlike the Tassimo, there is no water reservoir for storing more than one, 8 ounce cup of coffee at a time. Pour in 8 ounces of water, and you will get exactly 8 ounces of coffee. It’s that simple. The Keurig not only takes just 90 seconds to brew a cup of coffee, but it took me all of about 90 seconds to unbox it and figure out how to use it. It is definitely more simplistic, if not as versatile as the Tassimo. But, there are a few more reasons to get excited about a single cup brewer than just simplicity, alone:

Benefits

Aside from a very affordable purchase price, there is a tremendous selection of affordable coffee you can buy for your Mr Coffee Keurig. The Mr Coffee version of the Keurig uses the very same K-Cups as do all Keurig single cup coffee brewers. By discovering this gem at Costco, I also discovered a large selection of K-Cup coffee variety packs for a very affordable price of less than 50 cents per cup. When I told the demonstrator that I liked a dark, bold cup of coffee like Starbucks, she made me a cup using the Newman’s Organic Extra Bold K-Cup that comes with it. The Costco product came with an additional 15 K-Cups for a total of 20 cups of coffee. The Newman’s extra bold was delicious and satisfied my craving for a cup of Starbucks coffee despite their advertised special of free coffee on ‘earth day’. I was sold.

 

Conclusions

The Mr Coffee single cup brewer would be a perfect way to eliminate carrying a coffee thermos to work every day. From now on, I will make coffee at the office with the Mr Coffee Keurig brewer.

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Tassimo vs Keurig

Tassimo vs Keurig
Single Cup Brewer

This Tassimo vs Keurig Single Cup Coffee maker showdown is a result of my life-long desire to enjoy the best tasting coffee at home without the muss, fuss, mess and expenses of a fancy Starbucks Type Heavy Duty coffee brewer or without having to drive to a Starbucks and wait in line behind phony coffee drinkers. Haven’t you ever wished you could just make just one 8 ounce cup of really hot, strong coffee at home without having to wait in line behind those sweet-drink fake-o coffee foo-foo snobs ordering their latte with half-and-half and just a splash of this and that with nutmeg and whipped cream, etc, etc? You only want a good, strong hot cup of coffee and you’re willing to pay $1.68 – $2.50 for it, depending on whether or not it’s sized as a Tall, Grande or Vente. Well, would if you could make a cup of coffee just as hot, fresh and strong for 1/3rd the price. Well, this is what Tassimo and Keurig fans claim they can do.

To be honest, I’ve never thought much of single-cup brewers. I used to think, “So, they brew one cup of coffee at a time? What’s the big deal with that? “Well, my recent visit at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel last week changed my mind completely. In our room was a Keurig single cup brewer, with an assortment of Coffees, Teas and Hot Chocolate K-Cups. I’ve heard the constant bickering of the Tassimo vs Keurig debates, but what I didn’t understand was how convenient these single cup brewers are and perfect for a hotel stay.

I’ve never cared for the weak coffee in the hotel Lobbies and I hesitate to use the small, little coffee pots in the rooms which accumulate dirt, dust and coffee ground debris from the other guests. Yet, I need something quick, smooth and strong to get me going in the morning. Upon first inspection of the Keurig, I was impressed with how clean it was. I grabbed one of the K-Cup pods and in a couple of minutes I had a hot cup of reasonably good coffee with absolutely no mess. When my wife used it to make tea, I was concerned that it would taint the flavor of the next cup of coffee I made. Not so! The ingredients inside these single cup brewer pods (known as K-Cups for the Keurig and T-Pads for the Tassimo), are completely self-contained. None of the ingredients come in contact with the actual coffee maker. A tiny hole is punctured through the K-Cup or T-Pad and the beverage goes directly into your cup. It is fast, convenient, tasty and absolutely mess free. I was sold on a Keurig, but what about the Tassimo that I often heard about in these debates?

With thousands of personal reviews and opinions on both Tassimo and Keurig, I thought it would be useful to do an overview – or an ‘over-review- so to speak of all the reviews. While my impression of the Keurig was good, I thought the coffee could be slightly stronger. Having looked up two of the latest models, I narrowed my choice down between to two of the best valued, most reviewed models: The Tassimo Bosch TAS4511UC and the Keurig B60 Special edition. Both machines range in price from $139 – $199. So, which of these Single Cup Brewers provides the most satisfaction? Here are the basic conclusions of Tassimo vs Keurig comparisons among hundreds of users.

Brewer Comparisons

For starters, the Tassimo vs Keurig is a close call and both are excellent single cup brewers with very high marks from users. The Tassimo ranks 4.75 stars among 209 users and the Keurig rates 4 stars among 1,000 users.

Tassimo vs Keurig Opinion Reviews:

    • Flavor: Tassimo
      Both machines make piping hot coffee, but the Tassimo gets a unanimous edge for flavor.
    • Versatility: Tassimo
      The Tassimo is also more versatile in that you can make different types of coffee drinks; Cappuccino, Lattés, etc.
    • Coffee variety: Keurig
      Users of the Keurig seem to have more choices for regular coffee.
    • Technology: Tassimo
      The Tassimo TAS4512 wins the cool-factor due to its barcode technology.
    • Build and Apperance: Tassimo
      Though only a slight edge and matter of opinion, more users seemed impressed with the quality build and appearance of the Tassimo Bosch model.

It’s a close call, but more users preferred the latest Bosch Tassimo vs Keurig B60. I’ll give you my detailed review on the Tassimo T45111UC after I’ve had a chance to use the one I just ordered.

Coffee Selection Between Both Brewers

For regular coffee, Keurig gets the edge here. Since I found such a cheap price on the Keurig Mr Coffee, I couldn’t resist getting one for the office and so now I own both a Tassimo and a Keurig. Being that I’m not so interested in making other things such as Latte’s and Cappuccino’s I’ll have to admit that the Tassimo falls short of the Keurig when it comes to their selection of Cheap K-Cups.

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Intermatic Timer

Timers for Lights by Intermatic

I became a light-timer fanatic a few years ago when looking for a convenient way to turn the the Christmas Lights on and off a few seasons ago. I got out one of those old mechanical timers that I used many years ago for turning a living room

intermatic timer
Digital Plug In Timer

lamp on and off from 5:00 to 10:00 PM During the winter hours. mechanical light timers have always been a pain for me to use. You have to line up those little stops in the time slot holes for the on and off positions. For me, this procedure has always been a confusing and tedious task. The numbers on the timer are difficult to see and you’re never sure exactly how close it is to the actual time. Surprisingly, three other programmable timers that came with my house are also mechanic timers: Timers for Lights, Sprinkler System Timer and Water Heater Timer. Actually, the water heater is for my pool but it is made to be used on Water Heater appliances as well. After getting my outdoor lights setup with the mechanical timer, I began considering how programmable timers for lights make a great security device. Why not buy a handful of them for turning on and off lights in the house? Or, even for turning a radio on and off when you’re not home during the day or evening, electric timers are great, little security devices, whether used for indoor lighting, lamps, aquarium, poop pump, outdoor lighting or music, TV and other natural sound in the home? Now, if only I could find a decent digital plug-in timer for lights switch that is quick, easy and less confusing to program.  Here’s what I found for an easier, better Timers For Lights Solution and keeping track of our amps and watts.

Digital Plug-In Timers for Lights

Timers for Lights make Home Security Devices. While Solar Security Lights outdoors are also great deterrent’s, Timers For Lights Indoors can make your home always look occupied. When shopping for programmable electric timers, it is important to understand that a Electric Timer can be either Digital Timer or a Mechanical Timer. When shopping for a Digital Timer my first time at the local Home Depot store, I asked for an electric timer and he gave me one of those mechanical timers which looked exactly like the old relic I already was using for the Christmas Lights. I asked him, “Is this the Best you can Do?”.. He quickly pointed to another display of fully programmable digital timers for lights ~ only about $13.95.

I actually found these digital timers on sale online for $12.00 and bought four of them: One for the den lamp in back of house; one for the living room lamp in front of house; one for the bedroom upstairs and one for the boombox stereo to keep the cats occupied with music during the day. The Westinghouse Digital Timer is actually quite versatile. You can set the time and day, then program it for any day of the week, in multiple increments of time. Say, I want the radio to turn on and off every two hours, Monday through Friday at 10:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM, this Digital Timer will do that and it is very easy to program: Just set your appropriate day and time, press program, choose your days, on/off times for each of the days and your set! It’s that simple. There is a button to override the program mode, so you can leave the programmable timer permanently plugged in and either turned on or off. If you want to use it, simply set it for AUTO. The Westinghouse makes a great light radio timer and it is certainly easier to use than the mechanical timers. I have only one complaint. Well, two really: For one thing, it is rather cheaply made. One of the five that I now own, has already broken. Two, the digital display is difficult to read unless it’s plugged into the wall outlet. When the unit is not receiving power from the wall outlet, there are two, little camera-type batteries backing it up which do not yield a very bright contrast on the digital display. It’s difficult to crouch down on the floor by a low, wall outlet and program the thing with your head turned sideways. It would be nice if these digital timers had a more powerful battery for programming the device while it is in your hand where you can read it. The little batteries seem to burn out relatively quickly, too, which I guess is a third drawback. I like the concept enough that I’m willing to pay a little more for an upgraded programmable digital timer.

Intermatic Timer

Digital Operation

The other day I was online trouble-shooting Water Heater problems and came across an impressive array of Water Heater Timers. (See Below if you need a water or pool heater timer) I clicked the home page link and learned about the Intermatic Digital Timer. Actually, Intermatic makes a whole slew of timers: Outdoor Timers, Appliance and Lamp Timers, Water Heater Timers, Air Conditioning Timers, In-Wall Timers for your light switches. I thought, “surely they must also make something as simple as a Digital Plug-in Timer to replace the somewhat limited Westinghouse product, I’ve been using.” Lo and behold, they do! The Intermatic DT620CL 15 Amp Indoor Astronomic Digital Timer is an extremely Versatile Digital Plug-in Timer with capabilities and features that far exceed what I ever imagined possible. The DT620CL has built in astronomy technology to synch with the sunup and sundown times for your particular location. This means, you never have to program a timer switch or any other darn thing to allow it to function with your outdoor lights. Additionally, this Intermatic Light Timer is equipped with 28 Programmable events as a regular timer, or you can randomly time these settings in up to 30-minute intervals to mimic the way you might really operate the lighting in your house when you are not home. There is one mechanical feature on this digital timer which I absolutely love. It has a round turning knob sort of like on a home stereo receiver or radio for moving forward and backwards through the time and every adjustable setting. This makes it a breeze to program. The Intermatic Timer uses much stronger batteries than the Westinghouse, making the display much easier to read while you program it. The batteries should last you about three months and will also serve as a power backup if and when your electricity fails. Expect to pay as much as double for the DT620CL over the Westinghouse, but it is well worth it according to the many satisfied, Intermatic Timer users. The DT620CL Timer averaged 4 stars out of 5 among nearly 100 users and the price is right!

      • Digital Appliance Timer DT620CL
      • Air Conditioner & Appliance Timer HB112C
      • Air Conditioner & Appliance Timer HB113C
      • Air Conditioner & Appliance Timer HB114C
      • Programmable 24-Hour Security Timer EJ351C
      • Digital Wall Switch Timer – Self-Adjusting Feature EJ500C
      • Digital In-Wall Timer ST01C
      • Water Heater Timers

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Oil Filled Electric Heaters

Oil Filled Electric Heaters
Electric Heaters for Home

Oil Filled Electric Heaters are an efficient way to heat up a room. This winter, I decided to do some research on energy efficient space heaters for my drafty home. Unless, I turn my furnace thermostat up to 71 degrees, there are 4 rooms in the house which are just a tad too cool to stay comfortable sitting in for long periods of time. The Den, Office, Upstairs Vacant Bed Room and the finished Basement could all use some extra heat. The basement is the biggest problem area of the house because this is where we like to watch the big screen television. While the basement has low ceilings, it is a very large, open room, so I knew it would be a challenge finding a space heater to keep the area around the television warm without zapping our energy bill. The review I did on Amish Heaters and Edenpure Heaters revealed that what is bigger and more expensive is certainly not always better. These are Quarts Infrared heaters and they do have several advantages. At $195.00, the Dr Heater seemed like a bargain in comparison of the Amish and EdenPure products. After reading about the larger-sized, 1500 Quartz Infrared Heaters, I learned that many of the smaller, energy efficient space heaters were more affordable and did just as good of a job warming rooms of the house. Oil Filled Electric Heaters and Ceramic Space Heaters are rated very highly by hundreds of different users. Both of these portable home heaters are rated highly for quiet, heat output, low price and energy efficiency. I was really torn over which of them to buy; both have their pros and cons, so I decided to try a few of the different types of oil filled electric heaters for home.

Oil Filled Electric Heaters Reviewed

Review on the Delonghi EW7707CBC

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Oil Filled Heater

Also known as Radiator Heaters, Oil-Filled Heaters are priced as low as $40.00. When I first read the term Oil-Filled, I thought it sounded messy and troublesome. Not so, at all. The oil inside the radiator is safely and permanently inside the heater unit. These Electric Space Heaters work on the same principle as convection heating. The oil inside the radiator heats up; warm air rises through the vents on top and continuously warms the cool air as it drops back down. The typical Delonghi Oil Filled Heaters on Amazon rated 3.5 to 4 stars by hundreds of different users. Most users reported that the Delonghi did a good job heating up small rooms, so-so on larger rooms and not so good for large rooms with vaulted ceilings. I bought the Delonghi EW7707CBC at Costco for only $39.95. Unfortunately, the EW7707CBC was slightly lower rated than the rest of the Delonghi oil filled electric heaters for home. The EW7707CBC received a 3.5 Star Rating as opposed to the average 4-Stars of other models. The lower rating of this model had to do with the lack of a real, temperature-thermostat feature which I didn’t care about. The heating elements and power are basically the same. It’s energy-efficient, warmth I was after. The biggest drawback of oil filled electric heaters is the amount of time the heater takes to get hot. And getting the heater hot, is only the first step. Once the heater is hot, it needs time to start warming the cool area. Expect to have the EW7707CBC on for a good 40-60 minutes before you start feeling any warmth from it in a small room. In a large, open room like my basement forget about it! The EW7707CBC might be good for a foot or hand warmer if it wasn’t just a touch too hot to touch with your feet or hands, but it’s not going to warm the surrounding air up in a large room. This leads me to another drawback of the Delonghi design. While it has rolling wheels, there is only one place to grip and roll it from room to room. You have to wait for it to cool off before you can move from room to room. The wheels don’t roll real well on carpet. Not a huge deal, if the unit actually could warm up a room of the house. To be fair, I decided to be a bit more scientific about the effectiveness of this Oill Filled Heater and placed a digital room thermometer in the vacant bedroom upstairs that sits above the garage. This bedroom faces north, and is at a chilly 63F degrees, even with our furnace thermostat set at 69F. Besides the basement, it is the coldest room in the house. With the thermometer in the bedroom stabilized at 63F degrees, I put the EW7707CBC in the bedroom and turned it on MAX. I checked the temperature of the room every 15-30 minutes for 2 hours.  This is how the DeLonghi Radiator performed:

  • Starting Temperature: 58.9F
  • 15 Minutes Later: 59.1F
  • 30 Minutes Later: 60.1F
  • 60 Minutes Later: 64.0F
  • 90 Minutes Later: 64.5F
  • 120 Minutes Later: 64.9F

Main Advantage of Oil Filled Electric Heaters

As you can see, the Oil Filled Heater took a while to get things warm. The biggest heat improvement came between 30 minutes to one hour. The last hour, the heat raised at a much slower rate; going from 64.5F to just 64.9F. My conclusion is that Radiator heaters are good for leaving in cold rooms of the house for long periods of time, where you don’t want the noise of a forced fan heater, but want to maintain a slow steady temperature. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this heater for maintaining quiet, heat in a cool or drafty room of your house.

 

Energy Efficient Space Heaters

Ceramic Tower Heaters

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Ceramic Tower Heater

Ceramic Space Heaters use a Ceramic Core rather than heating coils. Since the Ceramic element is larger in size than copper heating coils, they require less energy to efficiently heat the surrounding area. I don’t know for sure that Ceramic Space Heaters are any more efficient than oil filled heaters, but they are most often categorized as energy efficient space heaters. Bionaire and Lasco are popular Ceramic Heaters name. They also call them, Ceramic Tower Heaters. Tower Heaters look the sleekest and most high-tech of them all. The Bionaire Tower Heater from Costco for $47.99 caught my eye. This unit received an average 4-star rating from 27 users. Users loved the large, thermostat temperature display and built in safety features. In addition to having an adjustable thermostat from 40 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the Bionaire Tower Heater has a program 1 or 2-hour shut-off feature. I like this! Unlike the oil-filled heater, the Bionaire does make some noise, but most people reported that it was quietly acceptable for a fan blower. I have not had the chance to buy this item yet, but I will. I will put the Bionaire Ceramic Tower Heater through the same scientific test as the Oil-Filled Heater. As the chart below indicates, Ceramic Tower Heaters are excellent for giving you quick, directional heat. If the Radiant Heater just isn’t fast enough give one of these a try.

Electric Heaters For Homes

Bionaire Micathermic

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Bionaire Micathermic Heater

There are other types of electric heaters for homes, and the Bionaire Micathermic is one of the three I decided to try. The Bionaire Micathermic is a convection based space heater that looks somewhat similar in shape to an oil filled heater, but without the radiator grooves. As the picture shows, it is somewhat reminiscent of solar panels. As of the time this article was written, I’ve been unable to acquire this particular product for testing. The Bionaire Micarthermic heater is only available through online purchase through Costco and other online retailers. From what I can see, this particular heater has all of the characteristics of Oil Filled Heaters, but is lighter and heats up quicker. Out of 27 online reviews, the Micathermic Convection Heater was rated 4.5 stars. Users are very satisfied with the how easy this radiant heater is to use and carry around the house. There seemed to be a higher level of satisfaction of how well the Micathermic heats up small and large rooms over the DeLonghi Oil Filled Heater for $39.95 at Costco. My heater is on order from Costco and when it arrives I will perform the same scientific, bedroom test with temperature gauge and see how it compares to the DeLonghi EW7707CBC. Check back soon for the Results.

Below, is a handy guide which compares the different heating benefits of the three types of electric heaters for home discussed in this article.

Three Different Types of Electric Heaters For Home

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Electric Heaters for Home

As the chart shows, if you want slow, steady and lasting heat, use oil filled electric heaters.

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EdenPure or Amish Heaters

EdenPure Heaters vs Amish Heaters vs Dr Heater

EdenPure or Amish Heaters?

We’ve all heard about EdenPure Heaters, but there is some strong competition out there. In the colder climates, the Space Heater market is a busy one as we all try to stay warm in these cold fall and winter months. The new, Infrared Quartz technology has made portable room heaters a serious option as a way for lowering your heating bill, in addition to providing zones of warmth, even the most heat-efficient furnaces are not very good at keeping warmth in the rooms of your house where and when you need it. When I bought my 65”, Rear Projection Mitsubishi Television this past summer, the cool basement seemed like the perfect place for it. It was easy looking forward to going downstairs to Watch movies and play video games in the cool, big, rec room. Unfortunately, summers don’t last very long in Colorado and the basement is no longer the preferred room in the house to watch television. Even the upstairs Den, where my much smaller television is located, seems drafty and cold all of the time. When guests come into town, I’ll often turn my thermostat up to 71 to make the den more comfortable. Unfortunately, the rest of the home becomes too warm, especially the smaller bedrooms; and the vacant 65” Rear Projection Television in the basement sits in cold, isolation. In the past couple of years, my Sunday morning newspaper has been inundated with advertises and claims about EdenPure Heaters, Amish Heaters and the new, inexpensive Dr Heater. If these Portable Room Heaters are so great, should we all be using them? Recently, the infamous BobVilla was promoting EdenPure Heaters on an infomercial. While I realize there is an obvious bias behind the products being sold, the information on this particular TV segment got me to thinking about the problems behind heating our homes. I’ve heard so much about EdenPure Heaters, so…

Problems with Conventional Furnace Home Heating

A Case for EdenPure Heaters?

The way we heat our homes seems a little outdated. The efficiency and technology behind the furnace has certainly improved, but consider the outdated and inefficient way in which the heat is dispersed throughout the house. While the furnace is located in one room, it must send heat through an entire house of duct work several feet long, in many different directions. Energy gets used up simply heating up the cold duct pipes. Much of the heat is lost through seems, joints and cracks in the ductwork. In large homes, the heated air must travel very long distances and much of it is lost by the time it gets to the farthest rooms of the house. While a central furnace and thermostat offers convenience, it simply doesn’t provide evenly heated rooms throughout the entire house. Some rooms are colder than others. The only way around this is zone heating; that is, the addition of efficient, space heaters where you need them. New, infrared, quartz technology has made Portable Room Heaters quieter, safe and environmentally friendly. You’ve probably read the advertisements for Amish Heaters and EdenPure Heaters and have seen photos of their impressive, natural-looking, fire-place like, wooden cabinetry. Both the EdenPure and Amish Heaters make claims that you can warm your entire house with them and at the same time, save on your energy bill. These claims are based on the idea that you can turn your thermostat down and strategically place these portable heater brands in the zones of your house where heat is most often needed. Because of the energy efficient infrared, quartz technology, you will not only save on your energy bill, but be warmer and more comfortable in your home. I don’t doubt the claims of zone heating, but which product does the best job and offers the most bang (heat) for the buck? It’s the Amish Heaters vs. EdenPure Heaters showdown. I’ve broken down the pros and cons of each, then compared them with a third, surprise challenger, Dr Heater.

Amish Heater

We’ve all seen the ads in the inserts of our Sunday Newspaper: Dedicated, honest Amish people in a factory, working their fingers to the bone, day and night making these handsome, hand-crafted, portable Fireplaces all in the name of keeping Americans warmer, while saving us from the dreaded, increasing costs of energy bills. We are led to believe that these beautiful, Amish Heaters are free. All we have to do is pay for the shipping and handling. Apparently, this is the Amish way. So, what’s the catch? Well, really, the mantle is the only part that is Amish made. The claim is that the mantle is free, but we still pay for the heater. The heater is made by Heat Surge. Like EdenPure, these Amish Fireplace Heaters by Heat Surge use infra-red quartz technology and a small blower-fan to disperse the heat to the room. They are made to look like a fireplace and their custom wood mantel is a nice decorative addition to the room you are heating. Don’t believe the claims in some of these ads about reducing your energy bill in half. I’ve read through dozens of user reviews and not one of them has made the claim that an Amish Heater has substantially reduced their energy bill. In fact, some users reported that they experienced a surge in their energy bills after using these Amish-made Heat Surge Heaters in their home. Lost Energy savings aside, how well do these Amish Heater Fireplaces do at heating up smaller rooms of your home? Unfortunately, not very well according to the 40-some odd reviews I’ve read. The Heat Surge is based on a 1500 Watt, Infrared Quartz heating unit. Most Amish Heaters users wised up to the fact and complained that they can buy this same technology at Target or Walmart for under $100.00 as opposed to the $300-$400 you’ll pay for the Amish-Mantel Heat Surge units. Many people complained that they couldn’t even feel heat unless they were a foot away from the Fireplace! If the lack of heat isn’t enough to get you heated up about wasting lots of money on one of these, a few users complained that the so-called Amish Craftsmanship didn’t look so Amish, after all. One guy complained the wood was nailed together crookedly, making the claim of being Amish-Made rather questionable, too. My guess is there are quite a few proud Amish people who would rather not have their names associated with this product. According to many people, these look as though they are made in China. The reviews weren’t all bad. The Cherry Wood model seemed to get more favorable reviews than the Oak one above. A few people even gave it five stars. Unfortunately, the average rating is not very good. Overall, both models of these Amish Heaters scored an average rating of just 2 stars out of five. Don’t blame the Amish. Blame Heat Surge.

EdenPure Heaters

While EdenPure Heaters aren’t made to look like an Amish Fireplace, they do come in a quality-looking, well made cabinet. The EdenPure Heaters come in a few different finishes, types and outputs. If the Amish Heater is built to look like an old-fashioned, wooden fireplace, EdenPure Heaters are made to look like a high-tech, attractive heating appliance. EdenPure Heaters are pretty attractive with their wood and/or variety of colors and finish. The EdenPURE GEN3 Model 1000 Quartz Infrared was the most popular Room Heater unit reviewed on Amazon. The GEN3 comes in an attractive, black, cast-iron finish with digital controls on the front. There is also a remote control for controlling temperature and turning the unit off and on. Some of the EdenPURE heaters have extra features such as built in air purifier. All of them provide roughly the same level of heat. One of the claims of the EdenPURE technology is that does not dry out a room like conventional heater. I would assume this is true of just about all of the quartz technology heaters. You can expect to pay anywhere from $225 to $400 for an EdenPURE Heater depending on the power which ranges from 500 to 1000 Quartz. The GEN3 Model is a 1000 Quartz heater that sells for around $289.00. I’m sorry to say that out of 73 User Reviews, the EdenPURE GEN3 received a rating of just 2.5 Stars. What is the main complaint bringing down the rating? These EdenPURE units do no better of a job heating up a small to mid-sized room than heaters which are a fraction of the price.
If its looks and size are worth the extra cost to you, then by all means start shopping for EdenPURE heaters today. If you’d like to see a low-cost alternative that does a better job, read on:

Dr. Heater vs EdenPure

There are plenty of EdenPURE Heater look alikes on the market that range in price from $200 – $500. Judging by the user ratings, paying more money doesn’t bring more heat and comfort to the rooms in your home. For just $195.00 you can get the attractive Dr Heater 1500 Quartz Infrared Heater.

Dr Heater

claims to be able to heat up rooms to 1000 square feet. Out of 34 user ratings, the Dr Heater averages 4 out of 5 stars. The claim about being able to heat up a 1,000 square feet doesn’t seem too far off the mark based on the favorable user comments. Many users commented that they were amazed how quickly and efficiently this unit heated up a large room, allowing them to turn down their thermostat and actually save a few bucks on the energy bill. Dr Heater is assembled in a very attractive, mahogany wooden chassis with digital display and handy, caster wheels for moving it around, to and from any room. There is a at least one explanation for the lower price. Unlike EdenPURE and Amish Heaters, DR Heater uses PTC instead of copper for its heating elements. One of the other favorable comments was how quietly Dr Heater performs with its 39db “super-quiet” blower fan. There were a couple of users disappointed in the heat output, but overall, Dr Heater outperforms Amish Heaters and EdenPURE heaters by a wide margin. There are cheaper, Infrared Heaters on the market, but if you want an attractive, safe 1500 Quartz heater in an attractive simulated wood cabinet, Dr Heater tops them all.



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