The start of cold weather often means the end of spending time outdoors, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you spent time mowing your lawn, tending your garden and tidying up your backyard, you should get to show it off for more than a few months of the year. Plus, entertaining outside means less mess to clean up inside. But how do you convince guests to take their drinks and food outdoors when the weather is chilly? With a patio heater.
As the easiest (and shockingly affordable) answer to entertaining outdoors in chilly weather, patio heaters are mobile, simple to use, and can cover large areas of open space. They’re not only great for entertaining groups, but we also like using our patio heater to keep us warm while having our morning coffee outside and providing an extra layer of heat when sipping a nightcap in the backyard.
From large outdoor events and backyard parties to getting a few more months of use out of your deck, a patio heater is the easiest way to enjoy the fresh air after the sun has gone down.
1. Thermo Tiki Outdoor Propane Patio Heater
Keep your outdoor space warm and stylish by using the Thermo Tiki Outdoor Propane Patio Heater. The attractive outdoor heater has a faux-flame look that is soothing to watch and keeps users warm when temperatures cool. The professional-grade heater stands 90 inches tall and has built-in storage space to house a 20-pound propane tank for fuel (must be purchased separately). The Thermo Tiki has a range of 15 feet and pushes out 38,000 BTU of heat. Compliant with ANSI, CE, and CSA standards and specifications, the heater has a built-in safety valve that will automatically shut off the fuel supply should the heater be tipped over. We also like that the Thermo Tiki has wheels for easy portability.
Pros: Functional décor piece, professional-grade quality, built-in safety valve.
Cons: The Thermo Tiki works best at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and above.
2. Dyna-Glo Premium Hammered Bronze Patio Heater
Heat a 24-foot radius by easily turning on the Dyna-Glo Premium Hammered Bronze Patio Heater with the push of a button. The one-step ignition allows users to turn on and select the heat level of the Dyna-Glo, which also features an anti-tilt safety device and a concealed storage space for a 20-pound propane tank (not included). We also like that the Dyna-Glo sells an attachable table that can be used to hold drinks and food. The Dyna-Glo is one of the lightest heaters on our list at 35 pounds and has built-in wheels, making it easy to move. It also has a weighted base with an opening for adding sand, which can be added once the Dyna-Glo is placed where you want it.
Pros: Large 24-foot radius, simple push-button start, includes wheels for easy moving.
Cons: The Dyna-Glo is only available in bronze or stainless steel.
3. Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater
Stay warm while watching a little league game in the stands, in the comfort of your own backyard, or while camping, hunting or fishing with the Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater. Easily pairing with a 16.4 oz. or 14.1 oz. disposable propane tank (not included), the fan design of the Texasport helps push out heat and warm those in close proximity. The control knob allows users to adjust the 2,890 BTU output. An aluminum reflector with a safety grid and an auto-shutoff valve for when the flame goes out provides users with an added peace of mind. A large foldaway padded foot base provides stability in an outdoor setting. A durable stainless steel burner and copper hardware come together to create a long-lasting portable heat source.
Pros: Lightweight and portable, ideal for camping or using at home, include several safety features.
Cons: The head of the heater is not adjustable and cannot be angled.
4. FDW Outdoor Patio Heater
For a stylish and powerful heater that will look great on any patio, we recommend the FDW Outdoor Patio Heater. The easy to assemble heater can fit a 15- or 20-pound propane tank and pushes out 41,000 BTUs. Safety features, including an auto valve shut off and anti-tip protection, make this a great option to use in a residential setting. A heat resistant temperature knob provides a convenient way for users to adjust the amount of heat being pushed out once. The unit is made from stainless steel and is resistant against corrosion and rust. Powerful enough to heat up in seconds, the FDW is ideal for cooler temperatures and provides heat up to 5 feet away. We also like that the patio heater has built-in wheels for easy moving.
Pros: Easy to assemble, rust and corrosion-resistant, includes built-in wheels.
Cons: A door for the propane tank would make it easier to insert and remove the tank.
5. Hiland Propane Patio Heater
The Hiland Propane Patio Heater combines power and style. Packing an impressive 48,000 BTUs, the Hiland is powerful enough to produce a heat source that users can feel up to 12 feet away. A removable table that sits above the tank storage provides a convenient place for users to place drinks or small dishes. An anti-tilt safety switch is built-in, and the unit includes a CSA thermocouple. Thoughtful add-ons like wheels for easy mobility and a burner cover are all included in this stylish patio heater. The 87-inch-tall Hiland can fit any standard 20-pound propane tank (not included).
Pros: Features a 360-degree table for drinks, anti-tilt safety switch, includes burner cover.
Cons: The Hiland only comes in one color option.
6. TRUSTECH Outdoor Patio Heater
For an outdoor heater that works fast and can be freestanding or wall-mounted, we recommend the TRUSTECH Outdoor Patio Heater. The affordable heater mimics the feeling of being warmed by the sun and can heat up in as little as three seconds. Using carbon fiber gold-coated tubes, the Trustech works fast and is considered an energy-efficient source of heat. The outdoor patio heater has three settings, including 500, 1,000 and 1,500 watts, which can easily be set using the remote control included with the heater. The heater has an auto-shutoff feature that will turn the heater off if it begins to overheat. It also has a 24-hour timer that allows users to set when they want the heater to turn on and off. The Trustech comes with brackets for mounting the heater, providing a space-saving alternative to traditional standing patio heaters.
Pros: Remote control for hands-free adjustment, heats up quickly, can be wall-mounted.
Cons: The Trustech has a much smaller heating radius than the larger patio heaters on our list.
7. Trustech Outdoor Heater
Want to heat up your space without taking up space? We recommend the Trustech Outdoor Heater, a ceiling-mounted heater that is ideal for covered patios, balconies and gazebos. The 1500 watt heater creates convection heat that won’t dry out the air or push dust and other allergens around. Thanks to the heaters’ custom warmth design, it is resistant to mold and mildew. The heater comes with an 8.2-inch chain for hanging and includes several safety features, including overheat protection. The Trustech won’t produce harmful odors, chemicals or fumes and the waterproof heater can be used indoors or outdoors.
Pros: Waterproof and safe for use indoors as well as outdoors, won’t dry air, doesn’t take up space.
Cons: The heater does not include a remote control and users have to be able to reach the chain on the heater in order to turn it on.