There’s little doubt that temperature affects the mood. Too hot, and people become lethargic and irritable. Too cold, on the other hand, and people tend to feel an increase in sadness and other negative emotions.
A good outdoor heater will stop this from happening when you take the festivities outside, allowing you to enjoy your patio longer into the evenings and through much more of the year.
Patio Heater Overview
We’ve tried to gather together a representative group of the best patio heaters available today. Every product you’ll find here has been tested by thousands of users and found to be of high quality – all you need to do is identify the one that will work best for you.
Good: With numerous elegant designs, these patio heaters are sure to look good in any outdoor setting. A clever bottom chamber can hold extra weight to help withstand wind.
Not so good: Priced comparatively high, but without much to distinguish them from standard heaters.
Bottom Line: If you need to keep a large area warm and good appearance is important to you, these are some of the best options. The burner and the option to add weight also make it a good choice for windy areas.
Good: Putting on a fantastic show when lit, one of these is sure to take your outdoor decorating to the next level.
Not so good: Despite its 40,000 BTU power rating, this heater just isn’t very good at, well, heating.
Bottom Line: Although of little use on very cold nights, the visible flames make this one worth looking at in more than one sense.
Good: Designed to sit on a table rather than a pole, it uses less gas to produce localized warmth.
Not so good: Using this to heat large spaces would be impossible, but that’s not its purpose.
Bottom Line: People who host small parties will appreciate its convenience, but it’s of little use beyond its immediate vicinity.
Good: Very easy to transport and with a respectable BTU rating, this heater offers plenty of power in a pint-sized package.
Not so good: Ugly, ugly, ugly, though this is certainly not a concern in every situation.
Bottom Line: Not too expensive, and with a variety of uses this is definitely something you might buy if you only need a patio heater occasionally.
Good: Uncomplicated and economical, this patio heater does everything it should.
Not so good: Compared to some of the other standing gas heaters featured here, its appearance is a little pedestrian.
Bottom Line: Unsurprisingly, outdoor furniture that’s both rugged and good-looking costs more. This is a good budget option.
Good: This electric heater can serve well either inside or out, bringing warmth to wherever you need it.
Not so good: If looking specifically for an outdoor heater, you can find cheaper gas and, indeed, electric options.
Bottom Line: Its portability and elegant design are major points in its favor, but a lot of people will balk at the price.
Good: A good option for some kinds of outdoor spaces, this electrical heater can be mounted on walls or ceilings.
Not so good: As with all electric models, it’s just not very powerful.
Bottom Line: While many people prefer gas, this heater’s economical price makes it more appropriate for covering smaller nooks.
Good: Very cozy and nice to look at, this table-style gas firepit automatically focuses the attention on the center of an outdoor space.
Not so good: Though it does heat an area of several feet in diameter, many people will prefer a standing umbrella type.
Bottom Line: It has its limitations as a patio heater, but its appearance when lit will more than compensate for this in some instances.