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1.0 out of 5 stars
DeLonghi, not what it used to be - HORRIBLE SMELL, 1 July 2011
My family has been using DeLonghi oil filled radiators for decades. They were all made in Italy. They used to produce bad fumes (it is dangerous formaldehyde) from the paint for a few days and then, it would stop. We bought three of these heaters last year. After one year of use, they continue to smell horrible. At the beggining, we put them at maxumun power for three weeks, 24 hours a day, hoping to cure the paint and finish with fumes. No success at all. We have been using them at medium power only for one year. Now, when we use them at maximum power the smell is still horrible and irritant.
Why is the paint so different from the old Made in Italy DeLonghi radiators that became famous in the market for not having any smell at all? (So famous than even doctors used to recomend them to people with multiple chemical sensitivities). Because all DeLonghi oil filled radiators are now made in China with Chinese's standards paints. These paints are very rich in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) among them in formaldehyde. These paints were forbiden for sale by the EU long ago, but imports of products painted with them are not forbiden yet.
Buy other brands which costs half of the price and don't smell. We recently bought a much cheaper ProLine oil heater that does not smell at all.
Alternatively, if you want to buy DeLonghi make sure to buy any of old remaining stock made in Italy. There are still a few stocks here and there.