This parasol heater from La Hacienda offers 1.8kW of output via 4 x 450W ruby lamps delivering short wave infrared heat. It’s not too expensive and quite stylish, how does it compare to other heaters on the market? Read on to find out!
La Hacienda – 1.8kW (U3-R20) Heatmaster Popular Parasol Heater Review
The parasol heater market is quite small, so you’ve really got to go above and beyond to provide the public with a product that is either cheaper than what’s already available on the market, or release something with gadgets and features.
Unfortunately this heater doesn’t tick either of those boxes, but we wanted to review it anyway as it has as average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 based on 102 customer reviews.
This is a review of the U3-R20 edition of the heater, although Amazon have this listed as a 2kW heater this is actually a 1.8kW heater with 4 x 450W ruby bulbs.
While there are no official stats on the heating area for this parasol heater, we would expect it to be able to cover approximately 5-6sqm which is plenty if you’re sitting around the table under the parasol!
Bulb Life & Heating Type
Quadruple ruby infrared halogen bulbs at 450Watts each. The expected lifetime of each bulb is 5,000 hours.
Replacement bulbs are available at just £7.00 inc. VAT, so £28.00 in total when replacing all 4 bulbs!
Power Settings & Specifics
This heater has two power settings – 900W / 1800W.
The mains cable provided is only 2 metres long, so you may need a power extender as well.
One Amazon user did leave a 1-star rating regarding the design, complaining that it made his garden look like a brothel… our question to him is how would he know? 😉
It would look good in the homestead or in a commercial property.
This heater will fit most parasols 22cm up to 55cm in diameter.
Features & Extras
The heater comes with no extras bar a weatherproof rating as detailed below. You can, however, purchase a tripod stand (making this heater freestanding) made of black steel which extends to 1.9m for this heater at the price of £49.99.
La Hacienda have made this heater with a weatherproof rating of IPx3.
Solid rating X – this heater offers no protection from solids.
Liquid rating 3 – it has limited protection from water – water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect. So you could theoretically leave it out underneath your parasol in the rain. We really would have liked to have seen a liquid rating of at least 4 – as with other heaters provided in this price range.
This heater is suitable for both commercial and home users. It is quite stylish but considering La Hacienda is known as a budget to mid-range brand, we would have thought this heater would have come with a few more selling points.
We can calculate the cost of electricity by doing the following: (based on an average price of 14.7p per kWh).
Heater running costs:
Full Power (1800W) – 1.8kW x 1 hour = 1.8kWh x 14.7p = 26.46p (per hour)
Low Power (900W) – 0.9kW x 1 hour = 0.9kW x 14.7p = 13.23p (per hour)
Assuming we were to use this heater for 2 hours per day.
Full Power (3000W) – Our monthly electric bill will be £15.876
Low Power (1500W) – Our monthly electric bill will be £7.938
Running costs are just as affordable as other parasol heaters on the market.
- Cost at time of review (29th August 2017): £88.00 – Check Latest Price
- Type of heater: Electric, Halogen, Infrared
- Suitable for: Commercial & Home
- Comes with: Nil
- Height: 19cm
- Depth: 44.5cm
- Width: 44.5cm
- Weight: 3.3kg
- Power settings: 900W / 1800W
- Cost to run (per hour): 13.23p / 26.46p
- Additional: IPx3 Rated
It comes with limited water protection and could have more features, but nevertheless, we still like it!
- Long Bulb Life
- Cheap To Run
- Weatherproof Rating (IPX3)
- Easy To Install
- Short Power Cable (2m)
- Limited Features
- Slightly More Expensive Than Other Parasol Heaters
Originally we were going to give this heater an average rating but customers seem to love it. For the price we believe it should come with a superior weatherproof rating, maybe a remote control or more power settings.
It’s not 5 star worthy by any means, but it has no major flaws and we’d still consider it a good purchase, even though it costs a fraction more than other parasol heaters on the market. So if you like the design and want a low glare ruby parasol heater. This is the heater for you!