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Lasko 754200 Review

For a small, inexpensive space heater, the Lasko 754200 often exceeds the 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 makes 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.

ProsHeats well, Small, Good valueConsLacks a tip-over sensor, Some say it is loud

Breaking it down

Performance

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.

Ease of use

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.

Safety

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. Reviews indicate that the case stays relatively cool during operation.

Noise

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 that this is about in the middle of the pack among the space heaters the site has recently tested.

Our Sources

1. TheSweetHome.com

The Best Space Heaters, Seamus Bellamy, Oct. 30, 2015

The Lasko 754200 ceramic heater gets the nod here as the best ceramic heater, especially for smaller spaces. In testing, the 754200 is found to be  easy to use and a terrific value. The powerful fan -- which can be used without heat for ventilation in warmer months -- is a little noisy, but in the middle of the pack among other, similarly equipped space heaters. The lack of a tip-over sensor is largely made up for by other, equally effective, safety measures.

2. ConsumerReports.org

Lasko 754200 space heater, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Lasko 754200 space heater is among the nearly 40 space heaters of all types evaluated by ConsumerReports.org. Space heaters are judged on their ability to warm a room and an individual, noise levels, safety and more. Ratings are provided.

3. Amazon.com

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Heater with Adjustable Thermostat, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015

The Lasko 754200 ceramic heater with adjustable thermostat draws more than 6,600 reviews at Amazon.com. Its 4.3-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.

4. HomeDepot.com

Lasko Model # 754200 9.2 in. 1500-Watt Electric Portable Ceramic Compact Heater, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of November 2015

There is less feedback overall at HomeDepot.com, but satisfaction is higher, earning the Lasko 754200 a 4.5-star score following more than 250 reviews. Roughly 91 percent say that they would recommend this Lasko ceramic space heater to a friend.

5. Walmart.com

Lasko Electric Ceramic 1500W Heater, Silver/Black, 754200, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2015

Walmart.com reviewers say this heater warms a small space quickly and evenly, helping it earn a 4.3-star score following just over 170 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, but a handful of others report receiving units that either did not work or failed prematurely.