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Honeywell HZ-980 Review

By: Carl Laron on October 04, 2017

Bottom Line

Plain and unassuming in its black plastic case, the Honeywell HZ-980 quietly racks up some of the better reviews among larger infrared space heaters. It's feature packed, including digital controls and readouts, an energy usage indicator, a limited but useful timer, and a remote control.

Pros

  • Efficient
  • Great spot heating
  • Good safety features

Cons

  • Large
  • Plain aesthetics
  • Mixed user reviews
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Breaking it down

Performance

Have reasonable expectations. Some competing infrared space heaters are victims of their own marketing, promising better energy efficiency and heating performance than they can reasonably deliver under most circumstances. The Honeywell HZ-980 (made under license by Kaz), largely avoids most of that. Instead, testing reveals it to be a competent space heater that does a great job in spot heating, and a very good one in heating up even a reasonably large room. The manufacturer claims that the HZ-980 saves 35 percent in energy costs compared to a standard 1,500-watt heater, but that has not been independently verified. However, there is a built-in energy use meter for owners to monitor consumption for themselves.

Ease of use

Digital simplicity. The clean, digital controls on the Honeywell HZ-980 are judged to be very good when it comes to ease of use, and we saw no notable user complaints in that regard. There's a top-mounted control panel with digital readouts as well as a remote control. There's also a built-in 8-hour timer, but it is adjustable only in one-hour increments -- adequate but certainly not very flexible.

Safety

Strong safety features. The Honeywell HZ-980 is equipped with most of the safety features experts recommend. Those include a four-way tip-over sensor and overheat protection. The case stays relatively cool to the touch, but ConsumerReports.org comments that the area right around the heat exhaust can get a little toasty. Mommy blogger Cindi Riley notes the same thing, but adds that things don't get hot enough to cause serious worry of a child being burned.

Noise

In the ear of the beholder. ConsumerReports.org rates the Honeywell HZ-980‘s noise levels to be Very Good. Most of the limited user reviews we spotted agree, or are silent themselves on the issue.

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