For large rooms or areas with multiple windows that need climate control, the Cadet 8F2000W is a powerful device that can put out plenty of heat. It has nearly the maximum wattage available for consumer use. This baseboard heater is quite long, requiring 96 inches of free wall space. However, this extra length allows the heater to warm a large space evenly. Combined with its incredible warranty period and wiring for whole-home syncing or the addition of an onboard thermostat accessory, this heater is ideal for master bedrooms and living rooms and is our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner.
This electric baseboard heater has a heating element capable of reaching 2000 watts. This is the equivalent of 6820 btu – enough to heat a room up to 200 square feet. For rooms with modern insulation, it can sufficiently heat even larger spaces. The unit likewise comes with an electric heating element sheathed in steel, with aluminum fins that channel airflow upward. The outer case of the device consists of 24-gauge steel and 20-gauge junction boxes. These are covered in a powder coating that prevents the paint from fading in proximity to high heat output.
Unlike our top pick, the Dimplex PC6025W31, this baseboard heater doesn't come with a built-in thermostat, though it is available as an additional accessory. If you purchase one separately, you can install the thermostat on the side of the heater and control it directly from the unit. This is useful if you lack in-wall wiring to an external thermostat. You can pick between two types of thermostats: a simple dial and a digital display. The digital display reads the room’s temperature and allows you to set thresholds or running times for automatic heating and even whole-home syncing between multiple heaters.
Although this baseboard heating unit is the longest device we evaluated, measuring 96 inches, it is also among the most powerful. If you utilize 240-volt wiring, it operates at the maximum 2000 watts of heat output, controlled by an external thermostat. The is also compatible with 208-volt wiring for three-way wires that enable whole-home syncing. When connected to this type of system, the power output is unfortunately reduced to a mere 1500 watts, though this can still prove sufficient for most bedrooms and even areas like the living room.
The baseboard heater also comes in a variety of sizes and wattage outputs suitable for a range of room sizes. This model is the widest in the series, a stark comparison with the smallest size, which offers 500 watts of power in a 30-inch frame. The longer unit is preferable, however, as it provides the enough heat output for rooms larger than a bathroom or closet.
To accommodate rooms of varying sizes, this heater comes with multiple mounting points at 1-inch intervals along the rear. This ensures you’re able to center the baseboard heater along a wall securely into the wall studs for added stability. Likewise, the junction box located along each side of the unit allows you to access the supply and grounding wires from its mounted location.
The wiring instructions included with the heater are thorough. There are written and illustrated instructions to guide you through each step of mounting, wiring and accessing various components of the heater for initial setup and additional troubleshooting. The instructions likewise provide directions for setting up both a single-pole and double-pole wall thermostat to facilitate single-unit and whole-home controlling of the heater. In the event of a problem, the instructions also offer troubleshooting steps to address specific problems like the heater not shutting off, slow heating and even black streaks along the wall above the heater.
This Cadet has one of the best warranties of all the electric baseboard heating units we evaluated. Whereas others are limited to between five and 10 years, this unit is protected with a lifetime warranty for both the parts and heating element. All of the heater’s individual parts are identified and numbered in a parts diagram on the website, which can aid you in identifying what pieces need replacement. The manufacturer’s website likewise offers wiring diagrams and installation instructions for attaching wires to an existing system and thermostat, as well as mounting the unit to the wall.
The Cadet 8F2000W is among the best baseboard heaters we evaluated due to its lifetime warranty, giving the added assurance that even if a hardware failure occurs, the company will take care of you. Though this is among the widest heaters we reviewed, it also performs at a high level that can warm some of the largest rooms in your house. The heater lacks any built-in temperature controls unless you purchase one as an accessory, but with the right wiring it will work with whole-home heater syncing and single thermostats alike.