Updated 2 Jun 2017

Goldair

Select GSOC1111T

Snapshot: This Goldair oil-column heater has a timer and retails for a competitive $200. Is it a winner?

Select GSOC1111T
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$199

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Test results

Overall score
52
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Heat up score
?/10
Evenness score
?/10
Thermostat score
?/10

Good points

  • Good at controlling room temperature.
  • Has mechanical timer.
  • Has tilt switch.
  • Has cord storage.

But

  • Uneven heating.
  • Just OK performance.
  • Very slow room-heating.
  • Somewhat difficult to use.
  • Heavy.
  • Failed a safety test (was slow to switch off during our ‘towel drape’ test).
  • No fan.

How we test

Overall score

  • Performance (70%) - calculated on: the heater’s ability to warm a room from 8°C to 13°C and from 8°C to 18°C; the evenness of the room heating; and the thermostat’s performance.
  • Ease of use (30%) - assessed equally on: using the controls, the labelling of controls, the heater’s mobility, cord storage, and ease of cleaning.

Performance
We test heaters in a special room fitted with 81 evenly placed temperature sensors. The temperature reading from the sensors enables us to create a 3-D map of the effect each heater has. We look at the time the units take to heat the room, the evenness of the room’s temperature, and how well the thermostats keep the room at an even temperature.

Safety
Tilt test - while all heaters passed the standard’s requirement that they don’t topple over when inclined to 15° in any direction, any portable heater can be knocked over accidentally. So we put each heater on its side with the power on to see how long it took to turn off.

Drape test - we turned the heaters up to full temperature on full power and then draped a towel over each heater for 30 minutes. This test should trip the heater’s over-temperature safety switch.

Key data

Model

Type
Oil column
Avg price
$199

Specifications

Heat-up time (minutes)
49.1
Weight (kg)
13.0
Maximum wattage
2400
Noise
n/a
Heat settings
3

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
91
Brand satisfaction (%)
59

Features

Passed all safety tests
×
Tilt switch
Thermostat
Timer
Timer type
Mechanical
Fan
×
Carry handles
Cord storage
Connectivity
-

More Info

Notes

Slow to switch off during towel drape test

Availability

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