Cold rooms are no joke. Whether you’ve got a cold conservatory in the winter, or a large room that needs a heating boost, a decent smart panel heater will get the job done. This review covers one of the more popular panel heaters – the Adax NEO Smart Heater (Amazon).
Meet the Adax Wall Heater
The Adax Neo is a wall-mounted radiator that uses convection heating. It’s designed by a Norwegian company and it’s one of the more eco-friendly wall-mounted heaters, costing a few pence per hour. Anyway, let’s dive in and check out what this heater can do…
- Cool Norwegian design – minimalist design, that looks sleek and modern
- Smart features – use your smart phone to turn on / off, set temperature
- Set programs – For each day of the week
- Run multiple heaters – each can have own temperature or one for all
- Digital thermostat – accurate temperature sensor
- LCD temperature display – hidden on the top
- Open window sensor – turns off rather than wasting energy
- Overheat protection
- Good for larger rooms – heats rooms up to 15m x 15m
- Child and pet friendly – front panel does not get too hot
- Easy to setup yourself – comes with template for easy fitting
- Splash-proof / waterproof – Perfectly happy in kitchens or bathrooms
- Energy efficient – from 12p per hour
- good for pretty much any room – Workshop, garage, bedroom, office, home gym.
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Full list of specs for the Adax Neo Heater
Here’s a complete run down of all the facts and features of this designer Wifi heater.
|Timer||24 hours, 7 days|
|Colours available||White and gray|
|Max room size||This heater is suitable to heat rooms up to sizes of 15m x 15m|
|Connectivity||Wifi - connects to your router|
|Floor stand included||No|
|Heater supports these operating systems||iOS (apple), Android, Windows|
|smart Devices||Smart phones and iPad / tablets|
|Display||LCD display for temperature|
|Open window sensor||Yes|
|Smart overheat protection||Yes|
|Asthma / Allergy prevention||Yes|
|Wall mounting bracket included||Yes|
|Waterproof||IP24 - suitable for bathrooms and kitchens|
|Cable flex length||1.2m|
What I like about the Adax Smart Heater
The wall-mounted design looks elegant
While you can get optional extra ‘legs’ for this panel heater, you’d be doing yourself a real disservice by not hanging it on the wall! The Adax Neo has been cleverly designed so that it gives the effect of having a far slimmer profile than it actually has. The heating parts are hidden behind the slimline panel.
The radiator protrudes around 85cm in total from the wall but looks sleek and appealing. Unlike some panel heaters I’ve seen, Adax have kept the front clean of any controls or LCD displays. The result is a smooth, pebble-like facade that will actually look good in the house, rather than just be functional.
And it’s easy to setup
One of the surprises with the Adax smart heater is when you open the box. It’s been designed to be easy to install. There’s even a template, at the correct height, when you flip the lid up and move the box next to the wall.
There’s a guide at the end of this review with some installation tips.
The Adax Neo heats up fast
If you’ve not heard of convection heating, it’s where a radiator heats up the air, which then rises upwards and circulates back down. Eventually, the whole room is warm and toasty. Well, that’s the theory. A lot of panel heaters leave cold spots, or don’t do a good job. The Neo seems to heat rooms up quickly – and evenly.
If you’ve not tried a Wifi variety of radiator before, they’re actually pretty useful. If you have a cold room, you can simply press a button on the app and the panel will heat the space before you even set foot in there. Genius! Check out more Wifi heaters in our best-of guide here.
It’s cheap as chips to run
I do care about the environment but I have to admit I like to save money too. Lots of heaters claim to be super-duper energy efficient, but the Adax Neo is literally designed to consume less energy and save money. You can run it for around 12p per hour – way cheaper than some of the chunky radiators available.
It’s blissfully quiet
Some heaters. Yeesh! They love to make a noise. You know the kind. The ones you can pick up off the supermarket shelf – cheap. The popping and clunking the metal makes as they heat up and cool down can be extremely irritating.
The Adax Neo heater is made differently to those budget heaters. There’s no noise either when it’s heating up, or cooling down. That makes this heater a good choice for a bedroom, or just for y anyone who values their peace and quiet.
The smart features are useful
You’ll need to download the free app from the your app store. Once installed, you’ll also need to setup and pair your panel heater to your router.
While the app takes a bit of practice and patience, especially if you want to do the more complicated stuff this smart heater is capable of, there’s a lot of functionality here.
You can do everything from simply turning on and off, to setting complicated schedules, check the temperature and control multiple Neo heaters. (More on the app in a second_.
It’s fine for toddlers, or pets
Having two little ones myself, I’m all too familiar with the scrapes they can get into. The last thing I want is an electric panel heater where I’ve got to worry about little hands getting burned.
While the front of the Adax Neo does heat up, it doesn’t get too hot. You can comfortably brush against it and not feel anything ‘hot’. The majority of the heating is done behind the scenes, or at least behind the panel.
Nosy pets and stumbling toddlers need not fear this smart heater.
The BAD: Things I don’t like about the Adax Panel Heater
OK so that’s the good. What wasn’t so good about my time with this flat panel heater? What could be better?
The Neo’s app could be more intuitive
I always say that a smart product stands or falls on how good it’s app is. While that’s being slightly melodramatic, it’s vital to nail this part of any smart product.
If you’re going to let me control a heater from the app, make it a darn good one. So is the Adax Wifi app any good? Yes, and no.
The app user-interface is fine, if plain, and you can see the temperature easily enough. Performing basic tasks like turning on and off is straight forward. Controlling multiple heaters is also easy.
But the thing that the app falls short on is setting anything resembling a complex schedule. You can do it, but it’s not as straight forward as it could be. Adax do keep releasing updates, so this could be fixed soon.
There’s a slight delay from the app to the Adax wall heater
Routers, Wifi and everything else can differ greatly between users. But there’s sometimes a delay of a few seconds between pressing something on the app and it actually happening on the Adax Neo. While it’s not a huge deal-breaker, it would be nice to get this lag reduced.
The floor stand is available separately
It’s clear that this heater is most at home when it’s hung on the wall. As mentioned earlier in this review, this radiator looks sleek and attractive when mounted. It’s strange the Neo doesn’t come with the floor stand, as heaters like the Mylek one do. If you want to have it free-standing, you’ll need to pay extra for the stand.
Conclusion: should you buy the Adax Panel Heater?
Despite the little nitpicks mentioned above, the answer is yes. This is an absolutely fantastic smart heater that not only heats the room up, but looks darn good doing it. Controlling heat with the app remotely is extremely handy. And whether this is to boost heat in an existing room, or heat a room on it’s own, it gets the job done quickly and efficiently.
How to install the Adax Smart Heater in your home… without any pro help!
Whether you’re a DIY lover or not, you won’t have any problems installing Adax’s Neo heater. It’s super-easy to put on your wall (even if installing a panel heater sounds daunting). Here’s the quick-guide to getting it up and running.
- Decide where you want your radiator to go. Bearing in mind it will need to be next to a power outlet, and you’ll need one spare socket to plug it into.
- Open the packaging – Remove the mounting bracket carefully from the back of your Neo smart heater.
- Remove the Neo heater itself from the box. (But don’t throw away the packaging just yet – you’ll see why in a second).
- Slide the Adax’s box against the wall – where you plan to install the heater. Flip up the lid and you’ll see there’s a mounting template you can use to mark off where the screws will go. Clever idea, huh?
- Grab a pencil – and make a mark on each of the 4 template holes onto the wall.
- Check it’s level (optional) – got a spirit level? Use it and check that the holes are level.
- Attach the bracket to the wall – Pick up the mounting bracket and screw the bracket onto the wall.
- Attach the Neo heater to the wall – Pick up the Neo and gently slide it onto the lower hooks first, then move the heater into position and slide it down until it fits into position.
- Turn on! Plug your radiator on.
- Relax – Get warm and cosy!
References, resources and further reading
- Visit the official Adax website, for more information on their other smart heating products.
- You can find out what the difference is between convection heating and radiant heating here.
- The good folks at Adax are extremely friendly and have anactive Facebook page you can check out too.
- If you’d like to see what the app actually looks like, and read it’s reviews, you can see it on the iOS store and the Play Store
- There’s a good video on installing the Adax Panel Heater below