Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove Review

An effective, affordable small infrared fireplace-style room heater

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3.7

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove

The Spruce / Justin Park

What We Like

  • Attractive faux cast iron finish

  • Small footprint

What We Don't Like

  • Loud fan noise

  • Confusing thermostat control

Bottom Line

The Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove is an effective and budget-friendly infrared fireplace-style room heater.

3.7

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove

The Spruce / Justin Park

Hampton Bay is one of several of the Home Depot’s “house brands,” meaning you can find its products online or at Home Depot retail locations nationwide. The Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove is a convincing faux fireplace that also acts as a space heater, warming up an average room without taking up too much real estate. We fired up the electric heater in our Colorado home and cataloged its quirks. See if the stove’s attractive design and price reflect its functionality.

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove
The Spruce / Justin Park

Setup: Minimal build and small footprint

Setup for this electric stove is minimal: We simply attached the four legs to the base using a Phillips screwdriver and the screws provided. Annoyingly, there’s a sticker on the surprisingly attractive doors which did not peel off easily on our model. We had to use some Goo Gone to fully remove the residue.

Installation really just involved selecting an appropriate site in the room. For electrical safety, the company discourages using this heater in bathrooms, kitchens, or anywhere moisture might be an issue.

The Legion Infrared Heater is designed to look like an old-school, freestanding cast-iron wood stove—and it mostly pulls it off despite its lightweight plastic exterior.

We decided on our living room, which is a medium-sized room that opens to the kitchen. Though this area is larger than the unit can realistically heat, it’s the main gathering area for us. Having the unit there allowed us to warm ourselves in front of the “fire” when we came home to a cold house and to use the heater where we spend most of our time.

Because the unit emits infrared heat which is directional, we knew we should point the face of the stove out towards where people will be in the room. Most people back these types of heaters up against a wall; while 3 feet of clearance is recommended for the top and front of the unit, the back is fair game. Try to leave around 4 inches clearance on the sides, per the instructional manual.

We first placed ours on a small chest to raise the level of the unit to about couch level. After pointing it toward the sofa and taking a seat, we could, in fact, feel a fireplace-like warmth up to about 6 feet away.

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove
The Spruce / Justin Park

Design: Attractive cast-iron stove simulation

The Legion Infrared Heater is designed to look like an old-school, freestanding cast-iron wood stove—and it mostly pulls it off despite its lightweight plastic exterior.

The three-dimensional faux logs are visible from the sides as well as the front, adding to the realism. The “flames” are pretty 2D and aren’t fooling anyone upon close inspection. Still, they’re passable enough running in the background.

In a somewhat unnecessary bit of theater, the two glass doors are fully operable, allowing you to open the stove, even though, of course, you aren’t throwing any logs on this “fire.” The right side door hides the controls, adding to the realism of the unit as a faux fireplace.

Operation: Simple switches and knob 

The hidden manual controls are simple to understand and control a limited range of options. The main power switch is a simple on-off toggle that will turn on the flame, meaning you can’t run the heat without the decorative flame, though you can run the flame without the heat.

Toggling on the temperature control switch allows you to use the knob to set the desired temperature. Unlike more precise, digital controls on some units that allow you to adjust the temperature to the degree, this knob just offers an arbitrary low-to-high temperature range, so we had to experiment.

You can’t run the heat without the decorative flame, though you can run the flame without the heat.

We tried a number of positions on the dial until we found a setting that kept the room at a nice temperature. After that, we mostly left the dial alone, simply turning the unit on and off as we wanted to use it. The heater appears to only have one intensity and just runs until the unknown set temperature is reached.

Performance: Small but effective in small spaces

At 11 x 23 x 20 inches, the Hampton Bay Legion is a small unit in terms of dimensions. The single infrared bulb isn’t going to rapidly heat a large room, and it shouldn’t be used as a primary heat source.

However, when used wisely as supplemental heat, it sure beats waiting for central heating to bring a cold house up to temperature. We enjoyed the unit most in short spurts, for example when coming home after a long day of work and plopping down in front of the Legion to take the chill off. We found that the room warmed up much faster with the Legion, though we rarely left it running after the ideal temperature was reached.

In smaller rooms, we were able to point the unit directly at ourselves. We found that the Legion was much cozier than our electric baseboard, which slowly heats the air. It’s worth noting that infrared heaters don’t affect humidity, which in our dry Colorado home was a welcome benefit. Static electricity can be an issue in our arid winters when cranking electric heat, and the Legion didn’t exacerbate that. Folks in more humid climates may appreciate a heat source that dries out the air a bit.

One downside we noticed right away was an intermittent increase in the fan noise caused by the door rattling slightly. The doors are magnetic, so there’s no way to make sure they close any tighter. Often, simply opening and reclosing the door would “reset” it and alleviate the noise, but it would eventually return.

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove
The Spruce / Justin Park

Safety Feature: Auto shut-off

Like most space heaters, the Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove features a temperature-limiting control that functions as an automatic safety shut-off if the unit itself reaches a certain temperature. You can reset the unit by unplugging it for five minutes and letting it cool down, then plugging it back in and operating per usual.

Price: An affordable, simple-to-use heater without many controls 

At around $90, this heater is squarely in the budget category for the heating capacity it provides. It delivers zone heating without a lot of fuss.

We used both units side by side and preferred the Duraflame, but if budget is a priority, go with the Legion.

Spending more can get you some nice features such as a remote, timer, and programmability, but if you just want a fireplace-style infrared space heater at a reasonable price, the Hampton Bay Legion fits the bill.

Hampton Bay Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove vs. Duraflame Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove

With an MSRP of $399.99, the Duraflame may be in a different league in terms of cost, but it’s closer in size and style than most heaters at the Legion’s price point. Most options under $100 are either smaller ceramic heaters or infrared heaters sans the faux fireplace aesthetic.

So what do you get for that extra $300? A remote, for one, which adds an element of convenience if you’re using the units while in bed or relaxing. It also has two infrared bulbs which noticeably increases the warmth (and power usage). Finally, the Duraflame comes with added safety shut-off features and fancier flames purported to feel more “3D” and realistic.

Aside from the remote and stronger heat, it’s hard to argue against spending less and getting similar performance from the Legion. We used both units side by side and preferred the Duraflame, but if budget is a priority, go with the Legion.

Final Verdict

Yes, buy it

More money can buy you more features, but if simply heating a small room with some ambiance is what you’re after, the Hampton Bay Legion can do it as well as any.

Specs

  • Product Name Legion Panoramic Infrared Electric Stove
  • Product Brand Hampton Bay
  • SKU 872076028871
  • Price $89
  • Product Dimensions 20 x 23 x 11 in.
  • Max. BTUs 5,115
  • Warranty 1 year limited