Flame looks amazing! Heats the room well :)
Bought this heater a few months ago. We use it daily and have no issues with it. The faux flames give the room a very nice cosy feel. I find that the 2000W heating works well for our 5X5m room. I don't think this is a good heater for any room larger than this. Check out my video review here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJr-Wic9mBc
Very realistic flame effect heater, but lacks other features that should be there
I had been looking around for a flame effect heater for some time. This Dimplex Ritz heater won in the end because of the authentic look of the logs and flame. I also liked the way it had two heat options. However unlike cheaper models, it does not have a thermostat, nor can you increase or decrease the flame brightness. These are two features that Dimplex surely could have included. Also, the unit is quite noisy to run, unlike cheaper models. This heater is quite expensive but that is probably because of the brand name. If you are after a very realistic flame effect heater, consider this Dimplex Ritz. If you want more features, go for a cheaper model.
Purchased in August 2017 for A$300.00.
Great heater for smaller rooms
This is my second winter with this heater and it works really well (and the dogs love it!). The flames are really realistic, and give a cosy ambience in a cold rental. The heat is good, heats a smallish lounge effectively except on the very coldest days and I haven't noticed any huge increase in my power bill (South Australia). Very happy with it and would buy it again.
Look for another type
The coldest nite of the year I was looking forward to warming up. Started the heater and it stopped working after 20 minutes. It is a neat compact appliance small enough to hide in a cupboard over summer. There was no explanation for the malfunction and my money was refunded
Beautiful flame effect, still a fan heater
I bought this heater after reading through the reviews hoping to heat a medium sized room. I already own a dimplex chico eco electric column heater - but it wasnt enough for the size of the room. The Ritz does heat the room well, but running a 2kw fan heater is really expensive. I have ended up keeping the column heater in the room as it puts out a soft more economical heat, and then just turning on the fan - usually to the lower setting (1000)kw when I am in the room. On really cold nights we have run the 2000watt setting, however I have a...lready been advised my useage is way up by my electricity supplier. I think in a warmer climate it wouldnt be such an issue, or if you dont live in south australia where electricitiy is so high. On the plus side the actual unit is lovely, the flame effect is quite amazing, it doesnt have an obvious pattern, and so many people comment on how real it looks, some even have to do a double take. The lights in the heater are LED and because you can use it without the fan heater operating it is a lovely decorative effect, and does make the room feel cozy. I think I am more disappointed because the chico eco heater is a great type of heat, just not powerful enough, and comparing the heat type to the ritz makes it feel more inferior. Ideally the ritz could have the chico eco heat source with a fan boost and the flame effect and it would be an amazing heater.
Absolutely adore this little faux fireplace/heater. Surprisingly very powerful in closed rooms/smaller (closed off) living areas.
I highly recommend to anyone interested!
The flame effect is so peaceful, and can be run without the heat settings (making it more efficient). This setting is also silent, while the heat settings have a slight pur to them.
A final note- the faux fire is very realistic.
Thank you, Dimplex.
I expected that the heater would be 2 speeds, however on No. 1 setting the fan doesn't come on so it has to be run on setting 2 to get any heat out of the machine. I would not recommend this product to any of my family or friends as I am sure there are better products on the market.
fabulously functional and attractive!
Great heater for small spaces, heats quickly and looks realistic and attractive! Have not seen a better heater for the genuine log fire look. Would definitely purchase again and recommend to anyone. Good clean heat!
Value for money is second to none, only costing between the $250 to $300. Just great!
Questions & Answers
Would like to know the energy rating of this heater e.g., cents per hour . . . .
Sorry Karen, I have no idea. I don't have the box anymore and it depends on your electricity set-up/supplier /usage I suspect. Suggest you contact Dimplex or a Retailer for latest information. :)
Hi Karen U,
Please refer to your current electricity bill to estimate the running costs. You will see on your bill the cost per kW hour. The Ritz Optiflame Portable Electric Fire is 2kW so multiply your kW cost per hour by 2 to estimate the running cost per hour.
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