There’s no need to dine indoors just because the temperatures are plummeting. You can still enjoy your meals outside on your patio if you invest in some great outdoor heaters. Not only do they keep you warm, but also adds a nice romantic ambience to your patio.
There are several types of outdoor heaters for patios ranging from electric, propane to infrared patio heaters. Apart from the method of heating, outdoor heaters also differ by method of mounting. You can buy wall mounted heaters, tabletop ones or freestanding patio heaters.
Keep your patio warm this winter with our selection of the top patio heaters for 2020. We’ve considered different types of patio heaters for a range of budgets and styles.
- AmazonBasics Commercial Outdoor Patio Heater, Havana Bronze, $ 134.99
This outdoor patio heater from Amazon is one of the top selling patio heaters on the site with over 1,700 reviews and 70% of them being 5 stars. It is also one of the most economical patio heaters on the list.
This gas powered heater has an output of 46,000 BTUs. Because it is a freestanding heater, you can fill the base with either water or sand to create a sturdy base.
It is made from steel with a powder coated bronze finish. It also comes with a wheel assembly for easy transport. The dimensions of it are: 18 x 89 inches, and it weighs 40 lbs. To use the heater, you need to buy a separate 20 lb LP gas cylinder.
- Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG Pyramid Patio Propane Heater, $ 210.99
This propane-powered patio heater from Hiland has a cool pyramid design that will spruce up any patio during the cold winter. It has a heat output of 40,000 BTUs and like the Amazon one, uses a standard 20 lb LP gas cylinder for power.
As most outdoor heaters should be, it is CSA and ETL approved. It comes with a wheel system for easy movement. With this item, you also get a 1-year warranty. The dimensions are: 21 in x 21 in x 89 in and with a weight of 65 lbs. This is slightly heavier than the Amazon one, but this means greater stability also.
- FDW Patio Heater Tall Hammered Finish Garden Outdoor Propane Heater, $ 107.99
This powerful outdoor heater from FDW has a very high heat output of 41,000 BTU and you can feel it almost five feet away. It follows a similar design to the Amazon one, but given its price and heat output, it seems good value for money.
Like most outdoor heaters on this list, it uses a standard 20 lb propane cylinder. It comes with both a wheel assembly for easy transport, but you can also screw the base onto any surface to fix it in one place. The dimensions are: 33 in x 33 in x 88 in, with a weight of 36 lbs. So, this is lighter than the previous two gas outdoor heaters.
- Trustech Patio Heater - Adjustable 1500W Infrared Heater, Electric Heater, $ 119.99
This patio outdoor heater from Trustech uses infrared heating and is electrically powered. With dimensions of 25.3 in x 6.1 in x 3.3 in and a weight of 7.7 lbs, this is for people who want a simple but effective heater that is lightweight. It is wall mounted and comes with appropriate fasteners and brackets.
The heater has 3 levels of heat settings and comes with an automatic 24-hour timer, so you can adjust settings accordingly. It is also remote controlled with overheat protection, giving you access to many heat settings.
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- Air Choice Outdoor Heater, Electric Halogen Patio Heater, $ 129.99
This halogen powered outdoor heater from Air Choice uses halogen tubes to generate heat. It provides 3 heat settings at 500, 1000 and 1500W. Its overall dimensions are: 21.6 in x 14.9 in x 70.8 in, with a weight of 21.6 lbs.
It is made from material with an IP34 rating, which means it can handle most harsh weather elements, making it ideal as an outdoor heater. The heater head angle is adjustable at 45 degrees, and the heater comes with a 2 year warranty. The only issue would be that it is quite tall and slender, so would probably fall over more easily than the other heaters.
- Sunjoy Lawrence Floor-Standing Patio Heater, $ 102.85
This gas-powered outdoor heater from Sunjoy follows a similar design to the Amazon one, and has the same height at 88 inches. However, it is extremely powerful with a heat output of 47,000 BTU and a heating diameter of 9.5 ft. It weighs around 32 lbs, so it’s slightly lighter than Amazon’s outdoor heater.
The body is constructed from stainless steel with an iron base for extra stability. Given its price and its similarity to Amazon heater, this Sunjoy heater provides better value for money.
Outdoor heaters are great at keeping your patio warm during cold winters. There are many different types of heaters. If you’re looking for large ones that create some ambience, gas powered ones work great. If you like simplicity, there are small, lightweight infrared heaters that can be wall mounted.