If you plan to enjoy your patio year-round, it’s likely that you’ll need an outdoor patio heater. Even in warmer areas of the country, there can be chilly nights in the winter months and you’ll be most comfortable if you have a heat source. Patio heaters can range in price, quality, and power source. So how do you pick what’s right for you? Here are our top three choices for outdoor patio heaters that are affordable and high quality.
The Basics of Patio Heaters
Before we get to our recommendations, it’s essential to understand some of the basic information about patio heaters. First, there are three main fuel types for patio heaters: propane, electric, and natural gas. All the fuel types have their pros and cons depending on your needs. For example, propane-powered patio heaters are the most portable but require frequent refills, electric patio heaters are easy and eco-friendly but need to be close to an outlet, and natural gas heaters don’t need to be refilled, but can’t be moved. Also, there are five basic designs: standing, mounted, hanging, tabletop, and tank-top. As with fuel types, these five designs all have specific purposes associated with their design.
Best Propane Patio Heater
The Amazon Basics 46,000 BTU Outdoor Propane Patio Heater with Wheels, Commercial & Residential is our top choice for propane heaters. It stands 89” tall, 33” wide, and 18” deep and produces a maximum of 46,000 BTUs. It heats a 250-square-foot area and comes in a variety of color options. It’s easy to assemble, easy to move thanks to its wheeled base, and can be weighed down with sand for high winds. And at a retail cost of $127, you won’t find a better quality heater for the price.
Best Electric Patio Heater
Dr. Infrared Carbon Infrared Patio Heater with Tripod is a great electric option that you can mount on the wall or stand in any location near an outlet by using the included tripod. It has three different heat settings that range from 900 to 1,500 watts and is controlled by a remote control. There’s even a timer function so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. The heater and tripod combo retail for around $340.
Best Natural Gas Patio Heater
A natural gas heater needs a gas line and uses the gas supply straight from the line. They are often more expensive, but the long-term costs are much less and they are easier to maintain. We recommend the Hiland Quartz Glass Tube Heater. The stainless steel finish in a variety of colors and the modern design provide aesthetic pleasure to your patio as well as durability. It provides 40,000 BTUs, a reliable ignition system, and wheels for easy mobility. In addition, it comes with a 2m exposed connection hose that comes with a quick connect and mounting plate. The retail price is between $300 to $500.
This winter, sit back on your beautiful patio and enjoy a patio cocktail, time with friends and family, and the comfort of a well-heated outdoor space.