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 all summer mowing your lawn, tending your garden and tidying up your backyard, you should get to show it off for more than two 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? With a patio heater.
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 to 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 summer has ended.
1. Hiland Quartz Glass Tube Patio Heater
For a heater that looks elegant and has a sturdy base that can handle inclement weather, we recommend the Hiland Quartz Glass Tube Patio Heater. The CSA-approved heater features a built-in anti-tilt device and wheels for ease of mobility. Built to work with a 20-pound propane tank (not included), the Hiland can run up to 10 hours and is easily controlled between low and high temps using the ignition knob.
Pros: At 91 inches, the Hiland is the tallest heater on our list and the most elegant looking.
Cons: At 65 pounds, the Hiland is the heaviest heater on our list and therefore is more cumbersome to move. It also has the weakest heater at 40,000 BTUs.
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.
Pros: The Dyna-Glo is the lightest heater on our list at 35 pounds and has built-in wheels, making it the easiest 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.
Cons: The Dyna-Glo is only available in bronze or stainless steel.
3. AmazonBasics Commercial Outdoor Patio Heater
With 46,000 BTUs of power and added safety elements like an auto shut-off valve that turns the heater off when tipped over, the AmazonBasics Commercial Outdoor Patio Heater is a great option for outdoor entertaining. Built with a sturdy base that has an opening for adding water or sand, the AmazonBasics also comes with wheels for easy mobility. The heater runs on a 20-pound LP gas cylinder (not included) and turns on with a one-step ignition that allows for high and low heat settings.
Pros: The AmazonBasics is available in eight color options, including the bright Bahama Blue and the warm Wicker base.
Cons: The AmazonBasics has an 18-foot heat radius, slightly less than the Dyna-Glo.