I looked around and found very few options for my particular situation of having only a few birds. This base does what it is supposed to at a modest investment. The thermostat is energy-saving so that if it is warm enough in the coop, it will shut off automatically. My only concern is that the power cord is much too short especially since the use of an extension cord is not recommended. Also the chickens like to peck at the cord so it would be nice if more protection were available. Other than that, it is good value for the money and provides some peace of mind that the water will not freeze.