How to find a safe portable 1500 watt heater
I have 20+ year old space heater that is nearing end of life.
120 volt, 1500 watts
We use it in the camper when have electric hookup, and need a little extra heat.
I started looking online for a replacement, the one I have is not made any more. There are some similar looking ones but the reviews of them are really bad.
I started looking at all the portable 120 volt, 1500 watt electric heaters. Prices from $20 to $150 and even ones with the best reviews, have about 10%, 1 star reviews. Things like,
- Stinks like melting plastic even after hours of use.
- The cord melted
- The switch(es) melted
- Stopped working after a couple of hours (or a few days)
- No or very limited heat
- Auto tip over shutoff does not work
I expect some level of poor reviews on any product. And there are few of the normal stupid stuff, like "It won't heat my whole house" and "If I run it and a bunch of other stuff it trips a circuit breaker in the house".
Overall the level of potentially fatal flaws reported on all makes and models of portable 1500 watt heaters is scary.
Can a safe portable 1500 watt heater be purchased new in modern times?
If so what attributes will help me narrow my search to safe products?
P.S. over $150 they get too big to be portable, this is size limit not a budget constraint.
P.P.S I have an integrated propane heater in the camper, the electric heater is backup/supplementary