We’ll be looking at the Outsunny 2kW ceiling mounted weatherproof patio heater today. Complete with remote control, dual heat settings, chains and mounting hooks as well as a black aluminium frame with mesh for improved ingress protection. How does it fair against veterans of the industry like Firefly? Keep reading to find out.
Outsunny – 2kW Ceiling Mounted Weatherproof Patio Heater Review
This mid-level ceiling mounted patio heater from Outsunny has a lot to offer, but is it really worth the money? Let’s find out.
Although the manufacturers offer no clear statement of heat coverage, we would expect this heater to provide heat for an area of between 8-10sqm when running at full power – this is about average for halogen heaters of this style.
Bulb Life & Heating Type
We would expect these halogen bulbs to last approximately 5000 hours. Although the manufacturer doesn’t state bulb life, for this price we would expect high quality parts to be used rather than cheap Chinese imports.
Power Settings & Specifics
The Outsunny heater has 2 power settings 1000W / 2000W. This comes in handy when the weather doesn’t dictate the necessity of 2000W of heating power.
The power cord is 2m long – users have complained that this is quite short and we’d agree. Most home users won’t necessarily have a plug socket within 2 metres of the ceiling so do make sure you factor this in if purchasing!
This heater is fairly light, weighing just 3.5kg – it can be hung indoors and outdoors as well as in gazebos and tents etc. Do make sure you’re installing it more than 50cm from the ceiling to prevent overheating and potential fires.
We quite like how this heater looks. It isn’t overstated, and quite simplistic, but therein lies the attraction. Most ceiling mounted heaters are rounded or polished metal, this heater goes against the grain and offers users an almost Asian-military fusion style.
It also comes with LED lighting underneath, providing both heat and light, or one or the other depending on your needs. Quite handy if installed in a conservatory for example.
Dimensions are 43cm (l) x 43cm (w) x 25cm (height) and the heater comes with aluminium frame and mesh for added ingress protection.
Features & Extras
Perfect for both indoor and outdoor installation, as this heater is weatherproof rated IP24. The IP (ingress protection) level on this heater means that it offers some protection against solids (anything over 12.5mm – e.g fingers, although we feel it goes without saying, please don’t stick your fingers in to test the ingress protection level…) and it will withstand splashing water from all directions.
Hanging chains and hooks are provided as well as a protective mesh.
This heater is suitable for both home and commercial users.
How much does the Outsunny 2kW Ceiling Mounted Patio Heater cost to run?
There are no running cost claims available from the manufacturer, so we’ve done the math for you! These figures are based on the average cost of 14.7p per kWh in the United Kingdom. These figures will of course vary depending on how much you’re paying for your electricity.
Heater running costs:
Full Power (2000W) – 2.0kW x 1 hour = 2.0 kWh x 14.7p = 29.4p (per hour)
Low Power (100W) – 1.0kW x 1 hour = 1.0kWh x 14.7p = 14.7p (per hour)
Assuming we were to use this heater for 2 hours a night every night.
On full power (2.0kW or 2000W) our monthly electric bill will be £17.64
On low power (1.0kW or 1000W) our monthly electric bill will be £8.82
This heater is fairly cheap to run. There are others that offer lower power consumption settings, but with ceiling mounted heaters anything less than 800W is a bit of a waste anyway.
- Cost at time of review (21th August 2017): £114.99 – Check Latest Price
- Type of heater: Electric, Halogen
- Suitable for: Home & Commercial
- Comes with: 2 metre power cable, ceiling hooks & chains, remote control
- Height: 25cm
- Width: 43cm
- Depth: 43cm
- Weight: 3.5kg
- Power settings: 1000W / 2000W
- Cost to run (per hour): 14.7p / 29.4p
- Additional: Weatherproof Rated IP24
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This is an attractive purchase. It offers two different heat settings, comes with weather protection and remote control. We do however feel it’s a little bit overpriced, having recently been listed at £99.99 (1st August 2017) – hover for latest price we’d like to see a return to this price to offer the users real value for money.
Home users may also find the 2 metre power cable a bit short and may need to install a plug socket separately.
Once the price drops again we’ll be happy to give this heater 5 stars.