Unless you are one of the lucky ones who lives in the tropics of the world once it gets into October you can no longer enjoy a nice beer/glass of wine on the patio right?
I’ll give you two words that sum up why there is no reason you can’t still be sat outside in January drinking that beer (or maybe a cup of coffee):
⇒ Patio Heater
In fact I am going to add one extra word to that:
⇒ Electric Patio Heater
Electric patio heaters have significant advantages over their gas counterparts.
Lots of electric heaters are infrared – they heat what is directly in their path.
Why is this so good you might wonder:
Put simply using an electric heater you are more likely to feel instant heat. Other types of heaters warm up the cold air, and then the air heats the room – with an infrared electric heater you will feel warm right away.
They are also way more versatile by virtue of the fact they don’t require any ventilation so you can use them inside and outside.
In this day of climate change we are all care for the environment right? Well maybe with the exception of one of two people (and a certain very powerful world leader…)
So here’s the deal:
Electric Patio Heaters are way better for the environment. They don’t use an open flame and don’t give off any carbon dioxide or harmful emissions.
Not just better for the environment, but better for you as an individual.
Not only that:
They are safer. As there is no open flame or use of fossils fuels you can use them in enclosed areas without worrying.
Generally they are cheaper to buy and, as they are more energy efficient, cheaper to operate too.
And the bottom line?
They are just easier! Just plug them in and turn them on and you are good to go.
Choosing an electric patio heater is pretty straightforward and I am going to help you by outlining the key things to consider.
Think about what kind of heater you want.
Do you want one that you mount onto your wall? Do you want one that can be clipped on an umbrella pole? Do you want one that acts as a table and a heater? Or do you just want one that is just easy to move around?
Think about what suits YOUR needs.
Take a look at the area it heats and the power it generates. Don’t just take the manufacturers word that it heats 30 square feet though – check out what people who have actually bought it say.
Electric heaters are generally the safest type but make sure there are no safety risks – ie buying a freestanding heater that might be blown over if you live in a windy area.
And best of all:
Price. Electric heaters are generally cheaper anyway, but pick wisely. Sometimes spending a few extra dollars at the outset can save you money in the long run.
For more help watch the video below which is one of the better looks at choosing a patio heater I have seen:
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BEST FOR… Those looking for the best value electric heater on the market.
Power Cord Length – 6.5 feet
Dimensions – 26.5 x 5.25 x 14.25 inches
Weight – 8.63 lbs
One Year Warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $
The Comfort Zone Ceiling Mounted Quartz Heater is the cheapest standard electric heater on the list (the e-joy further down the list is cheaper but it is more of a portable heater) and is another fantastic budget option if you don’t want to splash out a lot of money.
It has two heat settings – 750 watts and 1500 watts and has a light that you don’t have to have turned on when operating. It weighs 8.63lbs and the power cord is 78 inches.
It measures 26.5 inches wide, 5.25 inches deep and 14.25 inches high. It comes with a one-year warranty.
The price for this is the big plus point – it is just cheaper than the Optimus H-9010 mentioned above but as with the Optimus it gives you great bang for the buck. Buying two of these is still cheaper (and probably more effective) than buying a industrial grade unit!.
It gives out a good amount of heat for a budget heater and will work well as long as you have it within a reasonable range (4 to 5 feet way and you can really feel it).
And there is all this:
You have a choice of two heating options – 750 watts and 1,500 watts.
Really easy to mount – also being mounted on the ceiling reduces the risks associated with fall or wall heaters (ie they might fall over or you might accidentally touch them).
The heater is adjustable to 90 degrees so you can direct the heat where you want.
I am surprised by how well made this is – the metal housing seems sturdy and the cord is strong – doesn’t feel like a budget heater.
Has a heat protection sensor and a metal grille over the bars and uses a quartz heating element which makes this ultra safe.
But hang on a minute:
The pull cord for this is a bit of a pain, it has 5 settings. Pull 1 – One bar on without light; Pull 2 – Two bars on without light; Pull 3 – One bar with light on; Pull 4 – Two bars with light on; Pull 5 – off.
It would be much easier if there was one switch for the light and then the cord operated only the heating element.
The mounting bracket is a maybe not sturdy enough either – you can fix this by drilling a couple of extra holes in addition to the pre-drilled slots and that should sort it out for you.
In a nutshell:
The hallmark of this is you would never guess it is a budget heater! It gives out a good amount of heat and is well made and easy to adjust – you can’t go wrong at this price.
BEST FOR… Those looking for a functional and attractive heater.
Dimensions: 3.5 x 56 x 8.5 inches
Weight – 20lbs
Lifetime element warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $$$
The Bromic Tungsten Smart-Heat is a powerful heater that looks stunning.
Heaters are not known for their looks, but this heater looks absolutely sophisticated. It must be because of the mesh design.
Of course, looks are not the priority here. It’s just nice to mention an appliance that is actually aesthetically pleasing.
Aside from the mesh look, the outer layer is stainless steel coated with ceramic.
As for the heat
The heat is through a frosted infrared tube. The light emitted is of low intensity so as not to be distracting.
This particular model comes from a series of really powerful heaters. This 3,000-watt heater is really made for larger areas.
This is called smart heat because of its power switch. You see, it is comfortable with smart control systems.
That’s quite nice, actually, as it makes your life easier.
The product also comes with a spectral reflector. What this does is allow the heater to spread out evenly so that the entire space will be warm.
This is a versatile heater. Versatile in the sense that there are multiple installation options. This way, you can choose the best one for your home.
The brackets are already included in the purchase.
On the downside:
The product doesn’t really have a manual that tells you how the on-and-off switch works. It would take a lot of research to get this right. Either that or you should just hire an expert electrician to install this heater.
Plus, this product is really quite pricey. However, for that price, a remote control has to be purchased separately.
This is a really powerful product that is not only highly functional, but it’s pretty too.
There are just a few complications that you have to deal with especially if you are not really quite adept with electrical stuff.
Bringing up the rear of my list (but hey, it is still in the top 10!) is the solidly made Fire Sense Wall-Mount Infrared Heater.
This uses 1500 watts and the halogen bulb has a 5,000 hour life. It measures 22 inches x 8 inches by 5 inches and weighs 8.75lbs. It comes with a mounting bracket and a one year warranty.
With its protective aluminium cover shield and stainless steel construction this is durable and solid and should undoubtedly last pretty much indefinitely once it is fixed to your ceiling/wall.
The cover of the unit has a tendency to get hot, but the base, the part that touches the mounted area stays nice and cool.
But there is more:
It is pretty versatile – it is good for indoors or outdoors usage and the mounting bracket can be swivelled up and down. It also has a pole mount bracket that can attach to a pole and swivel from side to side.
Talking of the bracket – it is easy to assemble and mount.
It won’t heat up a room, but it does direct heat quite nicely
It is absolutely silent
It is very energy efficient and costs next to nothing to run.
A word of warning:
There is no on/off switch! You have to plug it in/take the plug out to turn it on or off – very strange and a real shortcoming.
If you need to get a replacement bulb they are expensive – just shy of $70. Hopefully you won’t need to, but if you do you will be paying out the cost of a decent electric heater in its own right.
It is well made. It is easy to install. It is pretty unobtrusive and it creates heat, just not quite as well as some others on this list.
The Best Hanging and Freestanding Electric Heater 2021
#1 Womir Home Outdoor Electric Patio Heater
BEST FOR… Those who prefer not to deal with installation of heaters.
3 x 500W burners
Dimensions – 21 x 21 x 10 inches
Weight – 36.6 lbs
One Year Warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $
Is it a lamp? Or is it a heater? Well, the Womir Home Outdoor Electric Patio Heater certainly looks like a lamp. It makes our list as the best freestanding heater.
Let’s take a closer look
The main advantage of the freestanding heater is that you don’t have to install or mount it. This is particularly convenient for people who are not handy with tools.
It’s just very convenient to buy something and have it functioning within five minutes.
There is a partial assembly needed and once you have put the elements together–in five minutes or less–you can already use the heater.
A second after you turn it on, you get heat!
There are three halogen tubes in this heater. There are also three heating modes:
While it’s called an outdoor heater, this is also suitable for indoor spaces like the bedroom or living room.
Whether you put this indoors or outdoors, its beautiful lamp-like structure will easily blend in with your decor or furniture.
It has a stable round base, which is common in electric fans, to prevent it from toppling over. Even if it does topple over, there is an automatic system that will shut off power. This automatic system also works when it overheats.
If you’re wary about children and pets
The heater comes with a protective sheath so that children or your pets will not get burned just in case they ever reach the heater.
The pole is adjustable after all. It can be as low as 5’9” and as high as 6’6”. At its shortest, children and pets will not be able to reach it. But just in case their curiosity will get the better of them, they won’t directly touch the heat.
Assembly angles can be moved from zero to 45-degree angle.
On the downside
This is more appropriate for smaller spaces. If you have a large garage, for example, this may not be enough.
If you have a large deck or patio and you would be entertaining multiple people, you might need another one of this.
In a nutshell:
This works well and it’s quite beautiful. But if you have a large space, you will need at least a couple of this.
Don’t worry, the price of the Womir heater will not break the bank.
BEST FOR… Those looking for a stylish table that doubles up as a heater.
Power Cord Length – 6. 5 feet
Dimensions – 23.6 x 23.6 x 29.5
Weight – 36 lbs
One Year Warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $$$
If you are looking for a sleek looking electric patio heater that fits nicely in with your surroundings then the Ener-G+ Freestanding Electric Patio Heater might be right up your street.
Let’s get started:
Measuring 29.5 inches high and weighing 36 lbs that has a one year warranty. It works off of 120 volts and uses 1400 watts of energy. It has a carbon filament lamp with an infrared bulb that lasts around 5,000 hours.
The beauty of this is in the stylish design that means it will fit right in with the decor in most backyards. It looks like a standard table, with the heater acting as the base for the table.
It is a nice height and size and comes with an LED light sitting beneath the glass top which is a useful addition as well.
And there’s more:
You might be worrying that such a design means the table top itself will get hot. Well it doesn’t. It might get warm, but you can leave your phone/book/glass of wine on the top without worrying.
This is really sturdy, the base is heavy which is a real plus as you don’t have to worry about it getting blown over if it is a windy day.
When this is delivered it comes in two boxes and it might seem quite daunting to put together but don’t fear, it is actually very intuitive and straightforward.
This is good for outdoor use, but actually doubles up as a really nice table you can use indoors as well.
Unlike some electrical units of this size it makes no noise and is completely silent when you have it on.
It is a good thing this is so intuitive to put together though as the instructions are really terrible! Be prepared.
Also this is particularly good in smaller spaces, but if you have a large open area it probably won’t work as well and you won’t feel the benefit of the heat.
In a nutshell:
This is a really nice looking table and an ingenious idea to use the base as a heater. It will fit in most surroundings really well and does a thoroughly good job.
The Vornado TAVH10 Electric Space Heater has the ability to slowly heat the room. It’s different from others that would either instantly heat the room or it would take at least 10 minutes to start giving off heat.
Let’s talk more about it
This heater is ideal for small to medium areas. There is a benefit to getting instant heat from a heater, but there is also a nuanced advantage to having gradual heat.
That’s typically how a furnace works anyway.
The best thing about it is the auto climate control.
What is it?
It’s a smart mechanism where the heater adjusts its heat based on what the environment needs. This way, you don’t have to make adjustments yourself.
But if you do, it comes with a remote.
There are two heat settings: 750W and 1500W with an additional fan setting. There is also a 12-hour timer so you don’t have to waste energy.
It may be a heater…
But you don’t have to worry about burning your hand when you touch this because of its cool-touch exterior.
There is also a tip-over protection in case you just put it on the floor and you have pets and children that run around the house.
Just in case it tips over, the heater has a two-stage automatic safety shut-off system. It senses trouble and so the heater will immediately turn itself off.
The best part?
It comes with a five-year warranty.
We’re talking about a portable heater here, so it makes sense that this is quite light at less than six pounds. It may not be the lightest portable heater but it comes with a conveniently located handle to make transfers easy.
As for the cord, it’s six feet and it can be hidden through a cord storage. This way, if you don’t need to use all six feet of cord, you can keep part of it to prevent accidents.
It’s not all roses, of course
For one, the control panel is too bright. It’s quite annoying sometimes especially if you’re trying to sleep and you just happen to glance by it at one point. Or perhaps you were trying to get up in the middle of the night and see that bright spot–it’s quite jarring at times.
Also, the remote doesn’t work unless you are about two feet away. That makes the remote quite inconvenient, right? When it should actually be a tool for convenience.
Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.