BuyDig.com has the Delonghi Safeheat 1500W Portable Oil-Filled Radiator for $49 with free shipping. Normally found for $70+ on the web. Features 1500-watt power, silent operation, and claims to use 36% less wattage than conventional models. Good Amazon reviews.
$70 Retail: $100

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3737
    Posted 4:15 pm PDT 10/29/13

    Hmm, a 1500W heater that claims to use 36% less power than other 1500W heaters.

    Since all of them convert 100% of the power into heat, the only way that would be possible is if it puts out 36% less heat which isn't exactly a desirable feature on any heater with a thermostat.

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    turtles Ben's cred: 139
    Posted 7:58 pm PDT 10/29/13

    A regular fan forcing air over heating elements heater runs and runs until you turn it off, thus using 1500 watts on the high setting. I think this one probably cycles on and off, trying to keep the oil at a certain temperature, just radiates heat, thus being able to claim it uses less energy.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3737
    Posted 10:40 pm PDT 10/29/13

    ^ All the regular fan forced heaters I have owned had a thermostat and cycled off when the set heat level (whether it be a number between 1 and 10 or a temperature number) was met, and of course back on again when it dropped enough below that.

    Any way you look at it, if it is using less power it is producing less heat. In a lot of consumer electrical goods they try to reduce this waste heat but in a heater that heat is the whole point.

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    cvbn Ben's cred: 126
    Posted 11:22 pm PDT 10/29/13

    oil heaters don't really heat very good

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    benben Ben's cred: 123
    Posted 5:47 am PDT 10/30/13

    Guys, regarding the power - they way it's written up is ambiguous at best. You can set different metrics. If you metrics is the temperature in the corner of your room, one type of heater may be more efficient than the other, by heating space more uniformly etc.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3737
    Posted 10:35 am PDT 10/30/13

    ^ Of course, but since it has everything to do with room design, orientation of heater, airflow patterns, cold zones, etc, it would be misleading at best to suggest any heater is more efficient watt per watt than another.

    The only way what they spec'd could be true is if half the spec is a lie. Either it doesn't use 36% less, or it isn't a 1500W heater, or they're implying a conventional heater has 36% higher wattage (when they don't, 1500W is typical for 120VAC wall outlet powered heaters) and thus produces 36% more heat.

    What they could do instead is use a deliberately contrived test where it heated a particular spot in an area with 36% less power but any manufacturer could do this by altering the test environment in their favor.

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