For a small, inexpensive space heater, the Lasko 754200 often exceeds expectations of experts and users. It heats quickly and effectively, and its 1,500 watt rating puts it at the top in terms of heat output among all electric space heaters -- though its small size make it better for a bedroom or an office rather than a large family room. Some owners say it's a bit loud, but experts and other owners say it's no louder than any other space heater equipped with an effective fan -- a plus for better heat distribution. The lack of a tip-over sensor is a major omission, but that's offset by other, effective safety features.
Packs heat for a petite unit. For a heater of this size and price, the Lasko 754200 ceramic space heater is very effective, according to reviewers. The heater puts out a good deal of heat, and its powerful fan circulates the warm air quickly. Testing at TheSweethome.com put it in first place among tested space heaters of all types in heating an 11- by 13-foot room in the least amount of time. We see some durability complaints, but these are in line with what we see with almost all space heaters of all types.
Not advanced, but straightforward controls. Though the Lasko 754200 has an effective thermostat, it doesn't offer the digital display, remote control, or timer of some pricier models -- which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective. Owners say they find the two knobs (one for temperature, one for fan) to be very intuitive and simple to use. The heater is also lightweight and easy to move. A long cord (six feet) makes placement without resorting to an extension cord easier.
No tip-over switch. A tip-over switch is often recommended for safer operation of space heaters, and the lack of one on the Lasko 754200 is a concern, but one that doesn't bother experts and many owners it seems. There is an overheat sensor that will cut-off operation if the heater's temperature exceeds a safe level and it makes up for the lack of a tip-over shut-off feature. Reviews indicate that the case stays relatively cool during operation.
Noisy fan. We did see some complaints about fan noise, though not very many more than we see with other space heaters equipped with a reasonably powerful fan. TheSweethome.com tests the Lasko and says that its noise level is the equivalent of a refrigerator compressor running at a distance of six feet away. Seamus Bellamy adds, however, that all fan-equipped space heaters deliver similar noise levels.
The Lasko 754200 ceramic heater gets the nod here as the best ceramic heater, especially for smaller spaces. It heats quickly, is easy to use, and is a terrific value. The powerful fan -- which can be used without heat for ventilation in warmer months -- is a little noisy, but no more so than other, similarly equipped space heaters. The lack of a tip-over sensor is largely made up for by other, equally effective, safety measures.
Review: The Best Space Heaters, Seamus Bellamy, Nov. 24, 2013
The Lasko 754200 ceramic heater with adjustable thermostat is the #1 Best Seller in Space Heaters at Amazon.com, with more than 3,380 reviews at last glance. Its 4.1-star rating indicates general satisfaction, though a number of complaints regarding durability, noise and heating prowess can be seen. Most, however, are more than satisfied with performance and value.
Review: Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2014
There is less feedback overall at HomeDepot.com, but satisfaction is higher, earning the Lasko 754200 a 4.4-star score following more than 150 reviews. Roughly 91 percent say that they would recommend this Lasko ceramic space heater to a friend.
Review: Lasko Model # 754200 9.2 in. 1500-Watt Electric Portable Ceramic Compact Heater , Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of October 2014
Walmart.com reviewers say this heater warms a small space quickly and evenly, helping it earn a 4.4-star score following just under 90 reviews. Several do note that it makes some noise, though some classify it only as white noise. A handful of owners say they've had this heater for years, and there are no reports of it unexpectedly breaking in a short time.
Review: Lasko Electric Ceramic 1500W Heater, Silver/Black, 754200, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2014
The Lasko 754200 earns an overall score of 88 out of 100 on Viewpoints.com, above average for the space heaters category on the site. Reviewers here report that the Lasko 754200 is effective for heating a small room. Reports here also indicate this is an easy-to-use heater with two convenient knobs -- one for heat, one for fan. Some users point out that the fan makes noise, but it's an inoffensive white noise that may even help kids sleep.
Review: Lasko Portable Ceramic Compact Heater 754200 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2014