There is a lot of buzz surrounding the Amish Heater. They call themselves the “miracle” heater because they are the perfect combination of technology and quality, Amish craftsmanship. If that isn’t enough to grab your attention, then maybe the word “free” will. In both their TV spot and their lengthy newspaper ad they offer these amazing heaters free if the customer is willing to pay for the mantel.
Sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it? A free miracle. Except it’s not really free. There is the little part of paying $300 for the mantel.
Once I started doing research on the Amish Heater I noticed that were a couple of other things that did not add up. First of all, all of their advertising leads you to believe that the Amish people are behind this whole operation, but really it’s Heat Surge, based out of Canton, OH that you’re buying from. Yes, there are people of the Amish faith building the cabinets, but that is the end of their connection.
Second of all, there really is no miracle. Almost everyone I’ve talked to says it’s a pretty decorating piece for their home, but it doesn’t do much in the way of heat. The online reviews I found are even less friendly . Unfortunately, I read the word “scam” a number of times in reading consumer reviews. Most people said that it didn’t even produce enough heat to do one room. Many people also complained that they didn’t see a savings at all because their electricity bill went up so much.
The Amish Heater is really nothing more than a traditional 1500 watt space heater that comes dressed up in a pretty outfit. It is not an infrared heater. That means it’s drying out the moisture in the air and producing a dry heat that rises very quickly. However, an infrared heater works with the natural moisture in the home to produce a denser, heavier heat. Almost all of the infrared heaters on the market today will produce up to 1000 square feet of supplemental heat, but on the Heat Surge website it says that the Amish Heater is only capable of heating 324 square feet.
Heat Surge’s ad campaign for the Amish Heater is really nothing more than smoke and mirrors. They are trying to cash in on the infrared heater craze that has been going on for the last few years by using similar words to describe their product that the infrared heater companies are using.
They are also capitalizing on people’s fascination with the Amish to promote a heater that is made in China. When people think of the Amish the words “wholesome” and “trustworthy” come to mind. Any product associated with them would naturally seem like the real deal. The latest Amish Heater ad shows the heaters being delivered to Sears on a horse-drawn buggy. It doesn’t get much more wholesome than that.
If you’re looking to add a great decoration that also provides a small amount of heat then the Amish Heater is for you. But, if you really want to save some money on your heat bills and stay warm at the same time then my money is on an actual infrared heater. There are many companies to choose from and some even come in a nice wood cabinet!