Best Patio Heaters

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 16, 2017
If you'd like to extend your time outdoors and have barbecues all year round with your family and friends, a patio heater is a solution. They not only add appeal to verandas but effectively warm them up and maintain the heat on a sustained basis. Find the best patio heaters in this review! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
FUEL TYPE
TYPE
HEAT EFFICIENCY REGIMES
LOCATION
SIZE
SAFETY
FEATURES
 
PROS
This floor patio heater will come to liking to most consumers. Available in 11 exterior variations, it will fit any design.
CONS
May wobble and even flip over in bad weather conditions.
OUR VERDICT
Despite a rather small size, this is one of the most powerful patio heaters designed for use in open-air spaces.
detailed parameters
FUEL TYPE
Gas (propane), 120lbs gas tank is needed.
TYPE
Ground, Floor standing
HEAT EFFICIENCY REGIMES
From 0 to 46000 BTU
LOCATION
Outdoor only
SIZE
18-inch base diameter, 33- inch hood diameter, 89-inch high
SAFETY
An Automatic turn-off, Double mantle heating grid, a Fuel tank is placed on the base.
FEATURES
Ignition system, Stainless steel burners, Helping wheel for easy moving
PROS
A great benefit of this propane heater is its appearance. It looks like a real bonfire. Light and portable, it will be suitable for any outdoor occasion.
CONS
You will need to buy a 20lbs gas tank and matches to set this wonderful fire.
OUR VERDICT
This outdoor firepit is an upgraded idea of a natural bonfire. You will spend time outdoor without unpleasant smells and smoke.
detailed parameters
FUEL TYPE
Gas (propane), 20lbs gas tank is needed
TYPE
Portable, Ground
HEAT EFFICIENCY REGIMES
From 0 to 58000 BTU
LOCATION
Outdoor only
SIZE
19- inch diameter, 12- inch high
SAFETY
Steady base, Smokeless, CSA approved
FEATURES
120-inches foot hose for propane tank connection, Lightweight
PROS
This is a highly efficient infrared patio heater with a tilting bracket, that will evenly distribute the heat throughout the place. Heats up in a moment and effectively maintains the heat.
CONS
More effective for use in half-open and closed patios.
OUR VERDICT
Truly the best choice for ceiling and wall mounting in small and middle-sized patios. You'll never catch it or drop.
detailed parameters
FUEL TYPE
Electric, Infrared quartz
TYPE
Mountable, Wall or ceiling mounted
HEAT EFFICIENCY REGIMES
2560 BTU (750W) 5120 BTU (1500W)
LOCATION
Indoor, Outdoor
SIZE
26.5 x 5.2 x 14.2 inch
SAFETY
An overheating safety system, Automatic switch off, Metal safety grille, UL, ETL, SAA, CE, CSA and NOM approved, Ground connection.
FEATURES
90-degree vertical tilting, 2 quartz tubes, Modified angle halogen light, 80-inches electric cord, 2 heat settings
PROS
This tabletop outdoor heater is steady. It has a heavy base plate that prevents falling. So, it won't ruin your dinner.
CONS
Cannot be used with a bigger fuel tank which significantly reduces the heating time outdoors.
OUR VERDICT
This tabletop heater is portable. So, you can take it with you to your friends' patio.
detailed parameters
FUEL TYPE
Gas (propane, natural gas), requires 1lbs gas tank.
TYPE
Table top
HEAT EFFICIENCY REGIMES
From 0 to 11000 BTU
LOCATION
Outdoor only
SIZE
20.87- inch diameter, 37- inch high
SAFETY
Decorative safety grille, Protective heat screen, Propane tank is installed on the base
FEATURES
Weighty plate for better steadiness, Igniter button
PROS
Beautifully built, this halogen patio heater will blend into any grillroom and patio interior. One of the best alternatives to propane heaters, delivering the intense heat.
CONS
The bright light may be annoying to the eye.
OUR VERDICT
A ceiling mountable design makes its super compact and convenient to use. Suspend it right above the table and warm your guests in the cool evenings.
detailed parameters
FUEL TYPE
Electric, Infrared halogen
TYPE
Mountable, Ceiling hanging
HEAT EFFICIENCY REGIMES
2390 BTU (700W) 2730 BTU (800W) 5120 BTU (1500W)
LOCATION
Indoor, Outdoor
SIZE
23 x 23 x 23 inch, 22.85-inch diameter, 13.5-inch high
SAFETY
ETL, UL, CSA approved, Ground connection, No UV-rays, No harmful emissions
FEATURES
Stainless steel construction, Hanging chain to mount to ceiling, Standart electric home voltage, 7.9-inches electric cord

What is a Patio Heater

A lot of people love spending time outdoors and patio heaters is a great way to gather your friends around and stay up till late even in early spring. Without making fires, you’ll extend the time outdoors and enjoy long talks and barbecue in a nicely warmed veranda. Once you buy a patio heater, you’ll be able to spend more time on your patio all year round. When looking for a patio heater though you may encounter with a few choices. We’d like to help you out and highlight only the best patio heaters available on the market.

The owners of patios should also give justice to having outdoor & camping grills. They make up for a truly enjoyable day in a big do with delicious barbecue.

What Features to Compare

Type

If you’re looking for a patio heater, the first thing to consider is the fuel source they use. You can choose from among three available options - electric, propane and natural gas. Electric patio heaters are very easy to maintain, they don’t produce any exhaust emissions, but require installation near the power outlet. The patio heaters that use natural gas or propane are more mobile in this sense and can be placed literally everywhere. However, you will surely need to have a few tanks to keep the fuel at hand. Some patio heaters radiate infrared rays, heating the objects around instead of the air so that they give up the heat and maintain the right temperature. There are halogen and quartz heating elements used in the heaters. Both generate the heat similar to the sun but without ultraviolet spectrum. They are not flawless, though, so you may need to decide which one is going to work better for you. Halogen light often affronts the eye while the quartz elements need replacement every 2-3 years.

You can place a patio heater anywhere. There are models that can be set right on the table. Others can be mounted to the wall or hung up to the ceiling (a good option for those who don’t plan to move them quite often). There are also floor patio heaters available. These models are bulkier in size and designed for heating large areas.

Output

You should also consider the output of the chosen patio heater. The higher this index is, the bigger area the heater will warm up. If you’ve made your mind to buy a propane or gas patio heater, consider BTUs per hour. The output of electric units is measured in Watts. A successful formula of choosing a good heater is 100 Watts per 1 square meter. For convenience of use, pay attention to such things like heat regimes, flexibility of fuel feed and fuel tank capacity.

Safety

One of the most important things to pay attention to is the safety of use. The obvious attribute of a decent patio heater is certification from testing associations such as UL and CSA. Electric patio heaters are recognized as safer in use as they don’t require any additional combustion products. Gas and propane patio heaters should be equipped with a vent to stop the fuel in case the unit accidentally flips over. Large floor patio heaters on wheels are more convenient to move and place in different locations. Heaters with piezo ignition will dispose you of the need to use matches or lighter. There are no equal patio heaters and each model boasts its own peculiarities, so the choice is for you.

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Fire Sense Hammer Tone Commercial

Type

Great Fire Sense Hammer is a gas heater. That is why you can use it only outdoors. Its operation relies on a replaceable fuel tank. Such outdoor heaters are suitable for terraces and open restaurants. The heater is portable and has wheels on the bottom, so you can easily move it from one place to another. For example, if you arrange a party, you can install the heater in front of the table or pool. Your guests will enjoy the warmth and dim light emitted by the heater. It can add visual appeal to your outdoor décor due to its classic design. Moreover, for those who care about the style, the choice of colors is available. Manufacturers offer a range of 11 colors.

Power

This steady outdoor patio heater runs on propane gas. It produces 44.000 BTUs from 20-lbs propane tank. A common question among buyers is how long it takes before the heater runs out of propane. It depends on heating settings. The higher temperature you set, the faster the fuel will be used. Approximately, depending on the heating settings, the operational time varies between 2-3 hours and 4-5 hours. Anyway, you will appreciate its heating abilities. You and your guests will feel comfortable, enjoying the time spent outdoors.

Safety

Since Fire Sense Hammer Patio Heater is not very heavy, some customers recommend to fill the base with sand or to use water box in order to prevent falling. This will guarantee additional steadiness for device. Also, it is advisable not to use it during windy days or storms. For additional safety, the access to the propane tank is hidden and locked in the base and kept out of children's reach. Moreover, this device is equipped with safety system and will automatically shut-off in case it flips over.

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Heininger 5995

Type

Heininger 5995 is an outdoor portable heater. It looks lovely and creates a romantic atmosphere. It is suitable for backyards, terraces, and patios. You will feel relaxed, seating close to a real fire and enjoying the time outdoors. The main advantage of this patio heater is that it is very easy to turn on. Happy customers assure that all you need is to hook a fire pit to a propane tank and fire it up. That's simple!

Power

This Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit is the most powerful heater. It produces 58000 BTU. This heater is suitable for big company parties. You will feel heating even on low settings, which means it saves fuel. This outdoor fire pit is attached to 20lbs propane tank that works for over 7 hours. Moreover, some customers mention they've even managed to bake buns and melt marshmallows. If you don't believe, you should try yourself.

Safety

Safety of Heininger 5995 is guaranteed by CSA test. The metal ring base is not getting hot, so if you ever touch it, you won't get burnt. Owing to its steady base, fire bowl is difficult to tip over. Manufacturers have equipped this heater with 10- foot hose. Thanks to the hose length, you can keep a propane tank away in a corner. Nevertheless, it's an open fire pit, so you should always be careful and watch your children playing near the fire.

Heininger 5995
Heininger 5995
 

Comfort Zone CZQTV5M

Type

Comfort Zone CZQTV5M is an electric infrared heater with quartz heating element. It generates immediate heat without loss of energy on air heating. However, it spends energy on object heating. What is more, you will get more heat as objects give it back. A great benefit is that it starts heating as soon as you switch it on. It can operate in two heating modes and you can vary them thanks to a special string. In addition, this heater is equipped with a mounting arm for easy fixing.

Power

The power of this infrared heater allows you to heat the area about 15 sqm. For example, it will be perfect for little summer-houses, patios, and closed pavilions. As we have already mentioned, you can adjust the heating power (760 Watt or 1500 Watt) according to your preferences. All you have to do is to change power when you feel that the room has been warmed enough or vice versa. This will allow you to use this patio heater in early spring, autumn and in chill summer evenings.

Safety

There are no doubts that this electric heater is one of the safest. Its safety is approved by UL, ETL, SAA, CE, CSA and NOM testing. It received positive reviews mostly due to its fuse. How does it work? When the heater reaches the highest temperature, it simply shuts off. Isn't it great? Another benefit is that you can mount this heater on the wall or ceiling. Consequently, you won't hurt or burn yourself and your kids will never touch it accidently.

Comfort Zone CZQTV5M
Comfort Zone CZQTV5M
 

Hiland HLDS032-CG

Type

AZ Patio Heater is handy and portable. This tabletop heater is perfect for outdoor use. The unit weighs 17.8 pounds, hence, it's very easy to move and carry around. Its small size and pretty design resembles a lamp. It can be placed in the middle of the table. It will warm you and create a romantic atmosphere in the evenings. One more benefit is that it combusts gas gradually without polluting the environment. People who care about nature ought to choose propane heaters.

Power

This AZ tabletop heater can boast its incredible power. Its heating output is 11000 BTUs, which allows heating of patio area. Furthermore, this is enough to warm area around the table. According to patio heaters reviews, 1 lbs propane tank lasts a couple of hours on medium settings. However, if you need to use the heater for longer than that, you can change the tank to the one of 20lbs capacity. In order to connect to the bigger fuel tank, make sure you have an adapter hose.

Safety

Safety of AZ Patio Heaters HLDS032-CG is approved by CSA testing. This heater is equipped with a heavy weight plate for enhanced stability. Also, it has a thermocouple and anti-tilt safety device, so that none is going to get injured even if he or she decides to dance around the "fire". In addition, it has a burner screen guard that protects from accidental burning and prevents your guests from hurting. As other outdoor heaters, it has a shut-off function.

Hiland HLDS032-CG
Hiland HLDS032-CG
 

Fire Sense 60405

Type

Five Sense Halogen Heater is a modern electric infrared heater with halogen heating element. Owing to these halogen lamps, the light is very bright. So, we can say that Five Sense patio heater combines both light and heat production. Customers claim that it can be used both indoors and outdoors. But take into account that it is a hanging model and it's got to be mounted at a minimum height of 70.7-inch above the ground.

Power

This patio heater is capable of generating enough heat to warm up the area of 15 sqm. That’s not a bad coverage area for such a small unit in the class. The inconvenience that you may face though is relative impossibility to place the halogen patio heater indoors and so, the actual coverage area is practically very much reduced. The wall and ceiling mountable design allows for hanging this round-shaped heater right on the ceiling at a height of 36 inches above the table so that the generated heat is directed at people around. Variable heating settings allow using this heater literally all year round.

Safety

Fire Sense Patio Heater meets all safety standards of ETL-testing ( UL and CSA). One of the main advantages is that it doesn't produce any toxic or any harmful emissions. Another advantage is that you can not drop or break the heater because of its hanging position. What is more, this ceiling-mountable heater requires very simple installation. By the way, you don't need to buy any extra cord extenders because a 2-metre cord is included in a set. That's a great benefit.

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