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Zen Heater vs Handy Heater Review

⭐ Zen Heater ⭐💵 Handy Heater 💵

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Ontel Handy Heater Plug-In Personal Heater for Quick and Easy

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The Zen Heater and the Handy Heater look exactly the same. That’s because they practically are.

They both use the same stock photos and have the same specifications, so it’s safe to assume that it’s the same product from the same supplier.

Unfortunately, the Zen Heater company appears to have gone out of business. The links on their site lead to nowhere. Luckily, you can still find it on ebay.

If you’d rather shop on Amazon, then you can find the Handy Heater there.

Because they’re indistinguishable from each other, I’ll refer to both of them as the ‘Zen Handy Heater’ from here on out.


✅ Plugs into the wall – no messy wires❌ Front gets very hot and is not safe around children
✅ Saves space❌ May emit a plastic smell upon initial use
✅ Dual-speed fan❌ Shuts off after 12 hours
✅ Thermostat temperature control
✅ Durable construction
✅ Swivel plug for upside-down use
✅ Quiet
✅ Affordable

Heat Output: 250 sq. ft.
Power: 350W – 400W
Connectivity: Direct Plug

📐 Design

The main selling point of the Zen Handy Heater is its size. With its longest side measuring less than 8”, it’s so small that it can fit in the palm of your hand, making it one of the smallest portable heaters on the market.

Not only does it save space due to its small size, but the cordless design means that the heater plugs directly into the wall. You won’t need to worry about shelf space or hiding a cord.

Another really cool feature is the swivel plug on the back of the unit. It allows you to rotate the heater upside down in case you have any issues with space on the wall.


🔨 Construction 

The Zen Handy Heater is encased in a durable, black plastic shell that stays cool to the touch while the heater is on. There’s a metal grate in front where the heat comes out, but be careful, because it can get very hot and cause burns. Children should never be left alone with the heater.

There’s a toggle power switch on the right side of the unit and a digital temperature display on top.

In addition to displaying the temperature, the unit can also be programmed to shut off once it hits your desired temperature in the room. If it hasn’t reached the set temperature in 12 hours, it will automatically shut off.


Circumventing The 12 Hour Auto-Shutoff

Let’s say you want to control the unit remotely at a specific temperature for a period of longer than 12 hours. To do that, you would need to purchase a temperature controller switch.

Plug the Zen Handy Heater into the switch and set your desired temperature on the switch. Then, turn the heater on (and leave it on) and set it to 90°F, the highest it can go.

With this method, the temperature switch will automatically shut the Zen Handy Heater off when it reaches the desired temperature and turn it back on again when the temperature drops, bypassing the 12 hour auto-shutoff.


🔥 Heat Output

It’s important to have realistic expectations of what the Zen Handy Heater can do. It claims to heat up to 250 sq. ft., but that’s pushing its limits.

While it’s not going to heat a large family room, it will definitely heat a standard-sized bedroom or bathroom with the door closed.

It uses ceramic heating technology with a two-speed fan for optimum heat control. And as mentioned earlier, the temperature can be programmed from the digital display panel on the top of the unit.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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How much electricity does the Zen Handy Heater use?

It uses 400 watts of power, which is less than five cents per hour.

Where can I find the manual for the Zen Heater?

You can find the manual here.

Does it automatically shut off?

The Handy Heater automatically shuts off after 12 hours. It also features a programmable timer and will automatically shut off when the timer is up.

Is it safe?

The Handy Heater is safe if you follow good safety practices. Keep the heater clear from all objects, do not touch the front metal grate when it’s on, and never leave children unattended with the heater.


Whether you buy a Zen Heater (ebay link) or a Handy Heater, it doesn’t really matter. You’ll get the same great space heater. It’s affordable, it saves space, and it works.

Thanks for reading and stay warm out there!