Picture of the Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater HO-0250H, front view.

Pelonis™ Electric Radiator Heater HO-0250H Review

We bought the Pelonis™ Oil Filled Electric Radiator Heater, model HO-0250H to warm the living room in our ground level apartment.  Affordable at $37.99 on sale at Walmart, this electric heater, performs on par with most other 1500 watt radiators we’ve tested.

This portable heater provides a slowly-rising, silent, gentle warming, can be easily rolled around on its plastic casters to those particularly drafty, chilly areas as needed, and since the heating element and electrical components are completely enclosed, there’s virtually no chance of oil spillage, electrical shock, or severe burns from directly touching the sealed heating element.  It features widely spaced caster wheels that minimize tip-over hazards, and even should it fall over, this Pelonis™ model contains a tip-over protective switch that shuts off the heater should it fall.

Picture of the Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater HO-0250H, front view.
Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater HO-0250H, front view.

This Pelonis™ heater model, with its low-profile, thin and tall design, fits into corners, between furniture pieces, under most windows, and can work well as a bathroom heater if appropriate ground fault outlet protection is provided.  It blasts most of its heat upwards, to reduce dangers of overheating walls, upholstered furniture, and people sitting near it.  Follow the safe-operating instructions in the included users guide.

Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features

Energy saving.  Heats up a single, large room, allowing you to turn down the primary furnace for the whole house, and heat more of just the areas you wish.

Simple setup.  Four wing nuts attach the two sets of two wheel casters each to the underside of the unit.  Do not operate this heater without these pieces correctly installed.

Oil filled. The oil inside submerges the heating element, for even heat distribution throughout the convective fins.

Three power levels.  You can choose either 600, 900, and 1500 watt heating power levels via the four position power selector switch on the control panel.

Built-in thermostat.  An adjustable mechanical thermostat regulates the room temperature to within several degrees of the set point, once the desired heating power level has been chosen.

Thermal overheating protection.  This electric oil heater includes sensors that automatically shut off power to the heating elements, should an over-temperature condition arise.

Safety tip-over switch   cuts power to the heater if the heater falls over (is not standing straight up).

Pilot light.  The orange neon pilot lamp glows whenever the heater is switched on.

Caution light.  This lamp illuminates if the heater becomes overheated.

Simple to operate.  The control panel features two controls (OFF, LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH power switch, and the knob-style thermostat), and two lamps (the power pilot lamp and the Caution lamp).

Carrying handle.  Located near the top of the front panel, supports easy pulling / rolling of the heater to new locations, even when turned on.

Durable heater-grade power cord.  They kept this cable short enough to reduce tripping hazards, but long enough to reach from the heater to most nearby wall outlets.  Avoid running this appliance on an extension cord.  Plug only into an outlet that tightly grips the plug prongs, for best, safest connections.

Cord keeper.  A circular power cord holder appears at the bottom of the front (control) panel.  The cord may be wrapped around this roll when not using the heater.

Polarized power plug.  Added protection against electric shock.  However, this is a two-prong outlet.  So three-to-two prong adapters are not required for connecting this electric heater to mains power.

Plastic and painted exterior components.  These non-metallic knobs and coatings on the heating fins help reduce risks of severe burns and electrical shock.

Quiet operation.  The unit makes little noise, except for the occasional snaps, cracks, clicks, and pops as it heats up when first activated.  However, once warm, these sounds disappear, and all that you might hear, is the clicking action of the thermostat, switching the heating element on and off as it regulates the surrounding room temperature.

Typical power consumption for portable home heaters.  This Pelonis™ radiator operates from standard 120 volts AC, and draws 12.5 amps maximum.  So it can operate from any correctly wired circuit in the home that is rated 15 amps or more.

Safe for bedrooms.  This heater may be deployed safely where people sleep, as it runs on electricity, and not natural or propane gas.

ETL and RoHS compliant.  These standards promote ease of use and enhanced safety of the heater.

Affordable.  We bought ours for under $50.

One year limited warranty.  For warranty service, contact the following: Telephone: 1-866-646-4332; Email: customersupport@mideaamericacorp.com Address: Midea America Corporation; Customer Care Center; 11800 NW100th Road, Suite 4; Medley, FL 33178

Picture of the Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater HO-0250H, right side view.
Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater HO-0250H, right side view.

Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, Limitations, and Concerns

Heavy. We carried one of these in our suit case on a 100-mile train ride.  Yep.  Heavy.

Hot.  The exterior surfaces of this space heater become way too hot to touch.  So, avoid direct contact with skin during operation; especially when operating at full (1500 watt) power output.

Somewhat longer heat-up.  By no means instant heat.  Being oil-filled, this radiator heater takes ten to twenty minutes to begin emitting its maximum heat output, as the oil inside takes a while to reach full temperature.

Thermostat clicks.  For those sensitive to noises in the bedroom while attempting sleep, this space heater indeed clicks as the thermostat activates and deactivates the heating elements.  We found this quiet enough to be a non issue.  However, some might not be as forgiving. So turn the thermostat fully left and fully right before you buy.  Unless the room you’re in is very cold, this will actuate the thermostat contacts, allowing you to hear how loud this clicking sound actually is.

Strong smells when turned on for first time (newness).  We noticed an overpowering paint / plastic smell for nearly the first week after putting our new Pelonis™ heater into service.  However, with repeated use, this odor eventually disappeared.  We “burned in” the heater outdoors on our pattio, in a dry location, for several hours, before running it inside for the first time, to dry up any still-damp paint and coatings.

Our Rating

This electric space heater very well heated up our apartment when combined with the primary heating system there.  It outputs 5200 BTUs when set to 1500 watts output, which is adequate for small to medium-sized rooms with decently insulated walls and windows.  For more drafty locations however, you may need two or more of these.  It’s easily moved around via its pulling handle, without fear of burning our hands.  We found the Pelonis™ simple to clean.  When it’s cold, just wipe around and between the fins every month or two, to remove dust and minimize start-up odors in the fall.  We appreciated how inexpensive this heater was and how simple it was to assemble and operate.  So, we’d rate it at 95 out of 100.  It’s a high-quality, useful household appliance.

Picture of the Pelonis Electric Radiator HO-0250H control panel.
Pelonis Electric Radiator HO-0250H control panel.

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  • 2016-01-25: Originally posted.