Vornado MVH Review: Efficient and Quiet Heating for Small Rooms

Here’s our full guide and review covering the features and specifications of the Vornado MVH, a quiet heater with efficient air flow heating technology for smaller rooms.

Vornado MVH Vortex Heater with 3 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, Tip-Over Protection, Auto Safety Shut-Off System, Black

Heats Up To 150 Sq. Feet
Watts 750 / 1125 / 1500
Size (inches) 10.8 (H) x 9.2 (W) x 9.2 (D)
Weight 3.6 lbs
Warranty 5 Years from date of purchase.
Safety Mechanisms Tip over shut-off; Cool touch casing; Overheat and blockage shut-off; finger safe air grill.
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What is it?

The Vornado MVH is a “whole room heater” that’s best for small rooms, up to 150 square feet. It quietly circulates warm air throughout the room. Once it reaches the desired temperature, it continuously cycles on and off to maintain that temperature.

Heating Technology

Vornado whole room heaters are based on their patented vortex air flow technology.

Instead of directing the heat to specific points in the room like traditional fans or even oscillating fans, or heating objects in its path like a radiant heater, Vornado whole room heaters generate a fast and gentle air flow that circulates warm air throughout the entire room.

Vornado MVH Vortex Heater with 3 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, Tip-Over Protection, Auto Safety Shut-Off System, Black

It works in a continuous manner, cycling on and off and recirculating the heated air in a spiral vortex pattern..

Main Features

Design

The Vornado MVH is a compact and portable heating unit measuring 10.6 inches high x 10.4 inches wide x 9.2 inches deep. This makes it small enough to fit in the corner of a small room and easy to store. Plus it weighs less than 4 lbs.

It’s a lightweight product, especially for a heater, but this unit still includes a patented integrated carry handle to make moving it around even easier.

Like all Vornado air circulation product designs, this unit includes a finger-safe air flow grill in the front. And it has air inlet grills on the back for air recirculation.

The heater is encased in a black, sleek plastic hardshell that features Vornado’s cool touch technology. This means the casing of the heater stays cool even while it’s producing continuous heat. This is a great feature when you have little ones in the room.

Power

Power, expressed here in watts, is usually the first thing we look for when evaluating a new space heater. This is because the wattage, or BTUs with other (i.e. propane) types of space heaters, will give us a rough estimate of room size heating limitations.

The MVH has a maximum heat power output of 1500 watts. This is the equivalent of about 5100 BTUs. If we use the basic conversion of 10 watts per square foot, we can assume that this heater will work in room sizes up to 150 square feet.

This is a basic estimate, as other variables (i.e. ceiling height, draftiness, the shape of the room, fixtures, sunlight, and more) can affect how well the heater works in a given space.

The MVH also has a low setting at 750 watts and medium heat setting at 1125 watts. Having three heat levels, in addition to a thermostat, will help you to find the optimal power output for your space.

This unit plugs into a standard 120 volt grounded power outlet and includes a 6 foot power cord. It is not designed to work with voltage or frequency converters. In fact, the manufacturer specifically warns not to use these external devices.

Functionality

As we mentioned, the MVH comes with three heat settings: 750, 1125 and 1500 watts. It also includes a thermostat with 7 settings. This will help you adjust the temperature within each heat range setting so you can fine tune the warming level in a small space.

Vornado MVH Vortex Heater with 3 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, Tip-Over Protection, Auto Safety Shut-Off System, Black

You won’t find the right setting immediately though. This heater works by cycling on and off once you’ve reached your desired temperature level.

To do this, first you need to crank it up to the highest heat setting to let the warm air circulate throughout the room. A red light indicates that the heat is on and working.

The highest exit temperature with this model is 120 degrees. So if you have high ceilings, poor insulation, drafty windows, or if the room is just not that airtight, getting the whole room to heat up may take a few minutes.

Once you feel that it is warm enough, you then slowly reduce the heat settings to a point when the heater automatically turns off. It will then cycle on and off continuously in order to keep the temperature at that level.

Keep in mind that this heater is very quiet and the heat output is subtle. So even at high settings, you’re not going to have a red hot heater with a loud blower to indicate that it’s working hard.

Just know that it is still circulating and recirculating warm air, and as long as you are using it for a reasonably small and well-insulated room, it will do its job.

Safety

The Vornado MVH comes equipped with a couple essential safety features.

  • Tip Over Shut Off: If the heater leans more than 10 degrees, it will automatically shut-off. Tip over shut offs are standard on Vornado whole room space heaters. If this happens, just turn the heater back to upright and it will automatically start up again.
  • Air Flow Blockage or Overheating: If the air flow is obstructed in any way, or the air inlets in the back are blocked (which can cause overheating), the heater will turn off automatically. If this happens, switch the power off and unplug the heater, then wait 5-10 minutes to reset the heater. Then just plug back in and press power to restart it.
  • Cool Touch Case: The shell of the heater remains cool to the touch even when producing heat at the highest settings.
  • Finger Safe Front Grill and Air Inlets: The grill guard is designed both to produce the vortex air flow and to prevent fingers from getting trapped or injured.

Setting Up the Vornado MVH

Placement in the room

Make sure you place the heater on the floor without any obstacles in the way. Most floor surfaces will be fine, including hardwoods or carpeted floors.

Vornado MVH Vortex Heater with 3 Heat Settings, Adjustable Thermostat, Tip-Over Protection, Auto Safety Shut-Off System, Black

Many people these whole room heaters work best when positioned in a corner and angled towards the opposite corner of a room. This allows the air flow to encircle the entire room.

However, this concept  obviously won’t work as well in an oddly shaped room, or a room with bulky fixtures or large furniture that will obstruct air flow.

If you don’t have a perfectly square wide open space, like many of us, just try to find a pathway that will allow for uninterrupted air flow, and eventually the warm air will find its way into those nooks and crannies.

And remember to keep the room as air tight as possible (close doors, windows, etc) to trap the heat.

Maintaining Your Vornado MVH

Cleaning

As with all fans, air conditioners and heaters, it’s important to follow basic maintenance and cleaning instructions to keep your product running smoothly and efficiently.

In fact, the MVH will actually stop working completely if any parts are blocked by dust build up or other debris.

Luckily, keeping the MVH clean is pretty simple. First, unplug the unit. Dust, hair and other debris will typically accumulate within the front air flow grill and back air inlets. To keep these areas clean, Vornado recommends using the brush attachment from a basic vacuum to clean in and around these areas. 

Do this every couple weeks or whenever you notice any build up. Cleaning the grill on a regular basis will also prevent odors from developing.

Finally, wipe down the back panel and outer casing of the fan at least once a week.

Storage

When it gets a bit warmer, you don’t need to let your unused heater sit in the corner of your room collecting dust. Just give it a good clean, then unplug it, bundle up the cord, and place in its original package (if you have it) or a similar size box.

Keep it covered and store it in a cool and dry location.

Warranty

The Vornado MVH comes with a 5 year warranty from the date of purchase. If you find a defect in the product within that time-frame, Vornado may choose to either repair or replace the unit at their discretion.

Review Summary

The Good

If you need a quiet and efficient heater for a small space, the MVH is a great choice. Like all of Vornado’s whole room heating products, this heater delivers a fast and enveloping air flow that will keep you nice and toasty.

It’s easy to carry, lightweight, and easily tucks into a corner without having to worry about a bulky space heater.

What is it lacking

Although this heater gets high marks for its efficiency, low noise level, and overall efficacy in small spaces, there are a couple things that could be improved.

First, the MVH does not come with a remote controller. And since you may need to make adjustments from time to time, or restart the heater on occasion, having a remote would be a nice feature so you don’t always have to get off your comfy couch and do it manually.

Also, there is no “fan only” setting. We know that Vornado excels at producing the highest quality air circulators (aka fans), so it would be nice to have the option of using this as a simple fan to move some air around the room and freshen things up, even when the heating element isn’t required.

Finally, some users complain that the heater doesn’t get hot enough. As we mentioned, it can take some time for the heat to start kicking in. So you need to have a little bit of patience here.

Yet because the Vornado MVH doesn’t reach super high temps, if you have a drafty room or slightly larger space, you may find this one lacking for your needs.

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