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If we’ve learned anything from the past year, it’s that patio season doesn’t have to end just because the warm weather does. For cooler climes, a patio heater is an essential that takes you from breezy summer nights into chilly winter afternoons—outdoor cocoa party, anyone?
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Patio heaters come in all shapes and sizes. So, before buying one, consider the size constraints of your outdoor space, as well as what kind of power source you plan to use. Propane is the most popular option, and you don’t need to be wary—it’s no more dangerous than using your propane grill.
You can also go for an electric option if you’re looking to avoid propane. Electric heaters often require lots of power so make sure that your outdoor electric outlets can take it. You don’t want to blow a fuse in the middle of a social gathering.
If you’re in the market to extend the life of your outdoor entertaining space, consider investing in a patio heater for your home. We’ve rounded up the most popular patio heaters that are in stock on Amazon so that you can keep entertaining year-round.
1. Amazon Basics Commercial Patio Heater
Hands down the most popular heater available on Amazon is the Amazon Basics, with 4.5 stars and 5,500 reviewers who rave about its easy assembly and ability to work even in the coldest weather. This patio heater has a sleek design and comes in a variety of colors so that you can match it to the rest of your patio furniture.
The heater includes clear directions on how to use it, as well as a built-in chain to keep the propane tank locked in. It offers 46,000 BTUs covering a 9-foot radius.
2. Sunjoy Avanti Heater
The 4.6-star-rated Sunjoy Avanti heater is another great propane heater that will keep your whole patio warm on cold evenings. It comes in four neutral tones and has a tall, vertical design so it won’t leave your patio feeling cramped.
Nearly 500 reviewers appreciate this heater for its great quality and affordable price. It offers straightforward assembly and a set of wheels so that you can tote it around wherever you need.
3. Dr. Infrared Heater with Tripod
If you’re looking for an electric heater, the popular Dr. Infrared heater can be mounted on the wall, but it also includes a tripod so that you can move it around wherever you may want some extra warmth.
This heater is versatile and can even be used indoors if you want to heat a garage or covered patio. It includes a remote so that you can easily turn it on and off without leaving your seat. This heater is especially great if you’re looking to provide direct heat in specific areas since it does not have a circular radius.
Nearly 2,000 reviewers have given this heater a 4.3-star rating and like it for its heating power in small spaces—up to 400 sq. ft. For larger spaces, reviewers recommend getting two.
4. Mr. Heater Double Tank Top Heater
The most compact option for a patio heater is one that sits right on top of your propane tank. This Mr. Heater Double Tank Top heater has two top tanks to spread some extra warmth. This option is a great portable heater to bring camping or to position by your outdoor couch.
With an average rating of 4.6 stars and over 1,100 reviews, reviewers like this product because it takes less than 10 minutes to assemble and can radiate heat on the coldest of days. The two cylinders can rotate so you can direct heat in different directions.
5. Hiland Pyramid Heater
If you’re looking for a heater that’s also a showstopper, this heater functions not just as a heater, but as a centerpiece for your patio, too. Over 2,000 reviewers have given this heater a 4.4-star rating for its beautiful display and easy assembly.
The way the heat is centralized in its glass tube does limit some of the heat that radiates off the heater, so you’ll want to keep it closer to your seating area than you would other heaters.
6. Mr. Heater F242540
For those interested in a heater that will sit on top of a propane tank, this Mr. Heater is a top-rated choice. Similar to larger heaters that have tall stands, this heater gives off great radiant heat and ranges from 30,000 to 45,000 BTUs, so it’ll heat large spaces just like a large stand heater. The only difference is that it’s easier to haul across the patio or campsite.
It has an exceptional rating with 4.7 stars and 1,700 reviewers who say this can heat up entire workshops in freezing temperatures.
7. Hiland Portable Heater
If you want to stay warm around the dinner table, then go for a table-top heater. This 4.1-star-rated Hiland portable heater is meant to sit on a table to keep you and your company warm.
At 38 inches tall, it’s easy to transport and move around your entertaining space. It requires a 1-pound propane tank and has 11,000 BTUs, so you’ll need to stay within a few feet of the heater to get maximum warmth. However, it remains a great option for those with limited outdoor space.
8. Hiland Propane Patio Heater with Wheels
The Hiland Propane heater will be able to warm your entire patio with 48,000 BTUs across a 9-foot radius. A feature we love on this heater is the included table where you can set down your drink while gathered under the heat. You’ll be loving this to keep your hot cocoa warm when the cold weather rolls around.
Over 500 reviewers note that it’s easy to assemble and the wheels attached to the heater make it easy to move around your patio space to wherever you need the heat.
9. HomeLabs Gas Patio Heater
This tall, bronze heater is well-loved by over 600 reviewers. With an average rating of 4.5 stars, this patio heater will not disappoint with its reliability of keeping your space warm. This unit puts off 41,000 BTUs, and its base offers superb stability and includes a door for access to the propane tank so you can swap out with ease and get back to entertaining.
10. Thermo Tiki Propane Patio Heater
Don’t sacrifice style keeping your patio warm. The Thermo Tiki heater offers an impressive fire display, 38,000 BTUs and a 15-foot diameter of warmth for you and your patio guests.
There’s a door in the base so you can easily swap out the propane tank. Over 500 reviewers have given this a 4.2-star rating, noting how easy it is to assemble this heater that will provide fantastic ambiance.
11. Briza Infrared Patio Heater
If you want the flexibility that an electric heater can offer, the Briza Infrared heater may be just what you’re looking for. It comes with a stand so you can easily move it to different locations, and can also be mounted on the wall if you want to keep it positioned over your space.
With a 4.3-star rating and over 900 reviews, reviewers like this unit for its durability year over year and its effectiveness at keeping a patio space well heated.
12. Pamapic Propane Patio Heater
With 46,000 BTUs, this heater covers a 9-foot radius to keep your patio space warm on the chilliest of nights and is designed to withstand the elements year round. It comes with a cover that will protect your heater from rain and snow.
Over 1,100 reviewers agree that this is a great value heater that won’t disappoint, even after multiple seasons. With 4.6 stars, this heater is loved for its lightweight design, making it easy to move around as needed, and its efficiency at keeping you and your guests warm.
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