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- The Vornadobaby Sensa space heater is a nearly perfect way to keep our baby's room warm.
- It comes with a temperature sensor we attach right to the crib.
- Its one major flaw is how bright its light is, and you can't turn it off.
I spent almost $150 on a space heater in January, which is way more than I ever thought I would spend. But the space heater wasn't going just anywhere — it was going in our baby's room.
My wife and I bought the Vornadobaby Sensa space heater because we needed to keep our baby's room warm and consistent during the cold winter without heating the whole house overnight.
We picked the Sensa mostly because its safety features are designed with babies and toddlers in mind. For instance, the exterior of the Sensa doesn't get hot, and its sensitive automatic shut-off sensor kicks in when it's moved, even lightly.
Those safety features are also available on the cheaper $70 Vornadobaby Tempa space heater, but the more expensive Sensa came with a separate sensor we could attach to our baby's crib. The sensor precisely measures the temperature around the crib, and the Sensa starts or stops heating according to the temperature we set on the control display.
The digital display was another reason we bought the Sensa over the Tempa, which has less precise analog temperature controls. With the digital control display, we could set the Sensa to heat the room to 72 degrees. It would take trial and error to find the right setting on the Tempa's dial, which is labeled one through seven with many gradations in between.
One major flaw
At the same time, the digital control display is the thing we dislike the most about the Sensa. It is absurdly bright in a dark room, and it distracts our baby from going to sleep. There's no option to turn off the bright display light, either — it's honestly mind-boggling. We placed the heater strategically in the room so the light doesn't directly hit the crib, but the display still lights up the room more than we'd like.
Knowing this now, we would strongly consider the Tempa, which doesn't have a bright display, if we were to buy another space heater for a baby room. We had the choice to exchange the Sensa for the Tempa with Amazon's excellent return and exchange options. Despite the brightness, we decided to keep the Sensa because of its other benefits over the Tempa.
The bottom line
We like the precise temperature control the Vornadobaby Sensa offers, as well as the separate temperature sensor. If the Sensa had an option to turn off the display's light, it would be a perfect space heater for our baby's room.
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