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

Pelonis Whole Room Radiator HO-0250H Heater Review

We purchased the Pelonis whole room radiator, model HO-0250H to warm the bedroom in our ground level apartment.

Cheap price, at $37.99 on sale at Walmart. The Pelonis whole room radiator performs the same as most other 1500 watt radiators we’ve tried.  It provides a slowly-rising, silent, gentle warming. It rolls from spot to spot on its plastic casters to those drafty, chilly areas as needed.  Plus, this enclosed heating system guards against oil spills, electric shock, or severe burns.  Very safe.  This radiator has widely spaced casters that reduce knock-over risks.  Should it fall, this model contains a tip switch that shuts off the heater.  Cool down then happens quickly.


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

This Pelonis whole room radiator, 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. This lowers risks of overheating walls, furniture, and people nearby.  Follow the safe-operating tips in the included users guide.

Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features of the Pelonis Whole Room Radiator HO-0250H 

Thick 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 on this Pelonis whole room radiator.  The cord may be wrapped around this roll when not using the heater.

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.

This Pelonis Whole Room Radiator is 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 run this heater without these pieces correctly installed.

Oil Filled

The oil inside submerges the heating element, for even heat distribution throughout the 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.

Overheating Safeguards on this Pelonis Whole Room Radiator

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

Tip 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 Lamp

This lamp illuminates if the heater becomes overheated.

Easy to Operate

The control panel on the Pelonis whole room radiator 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

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

Polarized AC 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.

This Pelonis Whole Room Radiator has a Plastic and Painted Exterior

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

Quiet Operation

The Pelonis whole room radiator 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 Draw

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.

Cheap to Buy

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 heater HO-0250H, right side view.
Pelonis HO-0250H heater right side view.

Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, Limitations, and Concerns for the Pelonis Whole Room Radiator HO-0250H 


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

Longer Heat-Up Times

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

Hot Surfaces

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

Noisy Thermostat Clicks on this Pelonis Whole Room Radiator

For those sensitive to noises in the bedroom, the Pelonis whole room radiator indeed clicks as the thermostat switches the heating elements ON and OFF.  We found this a non issue, as this switching is pretty quiet. But some of you might not be as forgiving of noise. So turn the thermostat fully left and fully right before you buy. This actuate the t-tat contacts, allowing you to hear how loud this clicking sound actually is. Then you get a good idea of how loud this will be in your space.

This Pelonis Whole Room Radiator Smells Strong when Turned On for First Time

The overpowering scent of paint / plastic lasted for nearly the first week after putting into service.  However, with repeated use, this odor eventually disappeared.  We first “burned in” the heater outdoors on the porch, in a dry location, for several hours.  This helps dry up any still-damp paint and coatings.

Our Rating on the Pelonis Whole Room Radiator

It’s easily moved around via its pulling handle, without fear of burning our fingers.  We found the Pelonis™ simple to clean.  When it’s cold, just wipe around and between the fins every month or two. This removes dust and cuts start-up odors in the fall.

This Pelonis whole room radiator portable space heater very well heated our living areas. It well complimented the primary furnace heating system there.  It outputs 5200 BTUs when set to 1500 watts output. This amount of heat is fine for small to medium-sized rooms with decently insulated walls and windows.  For more drafty spots though, you may need two or more of these.

We like how cheap this heater was to buy.  It was also simple set up and run.  So, we rate this radiator at 95 out of 100.  It’s a high-quality, useful home appliance.

Picture of the Pelonis HO-0250H heater control panel.
Pelonis HO-0250H heater control panel.

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