REVIEW: Presto HeatDish Parabolic Heater from Costco

Costco has sold this model heater for years. It’s overall it’s great. Let me know if you’re happy with yours.
They have it on Amazon:
If you have any questions from me before possibly buying your own.
The Presto® HeatDish® Plus parabolic electric heater uses a computer-designed parabolic reflector to focus heat, like a satellite dish concentrates TV signals, so it feels three times warmer than 1,500 watt heaters, yet uses a third less energy. Because it warms you directly, you feel the heat almost instantly without first heating the entire room.

Focuses heat where it’s needed most…on you!
Keeps you toasty warm so there is no need to heat the entire room
Costs a third less to operate than 1500 watt heaters
Because it uses just 1000 watts, it can help save enough on electric bills to pay for itself in as little as one year
Handy top-mounted thermostatic control maintains the desired temperature automatically
Infinite Switch technology: provides a virtually infinite choice of heat settings, allowing you to select with precision the level of warmth desired
Red indicator light at base of heater tells you at a glance if the heater is plugged in
Warning buzzer sounds if the heater is jarred or tipped while the heating element is energized
Ideal for use in offices and workshops; keeps you warm even in chilly surroundings
Recessed handle allows you to easily carry the heater from room to room
120 volts AC, 1000 watts
UL listed
Dimensions: 18.5″ H x 12″ W x 16″ L
Weight: 5.9 lbs.

10 thoughts on “REVIEW: Presto HeatDish Parabolic Heater from Costco

  1. testticklehead

    It's a nice heater and definitely warms the nearby area. Trying to clean the parabolic dish sucks. The front grill cannot be removed.

  2. Kraemer Winslow

    I like it but wish the front grill popped off so I could clean it…it's pretty dusty/dirty underneath the grill. I will try the cloth around the screwdriver — Mircea's suggestion. Thanks!

  3. George Bliss

    Concerned with washing it with water. Had it many years and no problems with it. Removed the bulb which I didn't need at night. If you want to use a fan to move the heat you're going to double your power consumption. That's what I like about this heater as it's so low cost to run.

  4. loooneh

    What is the optimal effective range, i.e, to dry a wet towel? If you are too close to it, it doesn't feel as warm as if you stood a few feet away.

  5. Doris Casey

    Help me , my kiddo messed with mine , and now it doesn't want to Ocellate , it wont turn,,it wants to but wont , it is practically new , I love it — Im crushed , it tries to come on, but wont , I could spank that kid,, help me !!

  6. Frans Versluis

    I bought this same unit years ago and your review is spot on. It takes a while to increase the overall temperature of a room but it does instant spot heating really well. I always wondered about energy use and finally got a GB power meter. It turns out it uses approx 1000w. So per hour it uses 1Kilowatt-hour (kWh): One thousand watts acting over a period of 1 hour. My kWh cost are ~.12c . Interesting note: turning it to medium does not decrease the energy use. If it is radiating it uses 1000w. Setting the thermostat to medium or low will eventually shut the unit off when it has reached a certain temperature.

  7. Gary Seven

    Found mine at the curbside in good shape – just a little dusty. I used a spray cleaner to clean the dish and a hand held showerhead to carefully wash it off. Let it dry overnight. I noticed an annoying buzzing sound if I cranked it up past low-medium on the dial. I discovered by pushing up on the tip-over switch underneath that the buzzing stops completely. Attach something underneath that plastic disc switch to raise it higher up when it's in use. I used adhesive putty and a nickel. That took care of the buzzer. I don't really care for the footlight – it's really only there as an indicator of sorts; so you can unscrew the bulb. I'm very pleased with it now. After all, the price was right.

  8. freenbnme

    I bought mine at a thrift store for $10 when my heat had gone out in my house, and I wasn't able to have anyone come out right away. At first it really only heated up one room and I only used it at night where I slept, then turning it off in the daytime. The light on it kept me awake so I took the bulb out of the base, but the red glow of the heating element still kept me awake. Recently I brought a bird home that got injured and needed constant heat on him, so I put this heater in the living room and just kept it on all day and night when I was home for the entire weekend. To my amazement it has been keeping my entire 1500 sq ft house warm and I don't even have to run the central heat anymore (which is expensive). I leave it on at night when I sleep and in the day when I go to work, so I am looking for reviews of fires caused by them… I haven't found any yet… I love this heater and will buy another if and when I need to. It maintains the house at about 73-76 degrees. Love it!

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