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 to heat a smaller space very well.
Heat Emitted – 5120BTU
Dimensions – 34.5 x 4 x 8.5 inches
Weight – 8 lbs
One Year Warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $$
The Versonel VSLWMH100 has a lovely targeted warming effect that replicates the sun’s rays in the way it provides heat.
So let’s get down to it:
It weighs 8 lbs and has a one year warranty. It can be mounted on a wall and used indoors and outdoors. It measures 34.5 inches lengthwise, 8.5 inches in height and 4 inches wide. The cord is 6 feet long and it can heat up to 144 square feet.
It really transfers heat well and uses reflective heating technology that means it directly warms the object or person in front of the heater
It projects heat for about 6 to 8 feet in front of the heater, distributing the heat evenly without heating the surrounding area. It is great for concentrated warmth.
It doesn’t end there:
It is really easy to setup and install – and includes a universal wall and ceiling mounting bracket. A few screws and it is done and set up.
Because of the way this generates heat it is incredibly versatile – suitable for indoor and outdoor usage, so you can use it in your garage, on your patio, on your deck, etc, etc.
Because this uses a reflective heating method it is safer and healthier with no smells, chemicals or fumes.
Also because it uses reflective heat it will be better on your pocket – it should use around 35% less energy than a traditional electric heater – saving you money!
It is completely silent – you wouldn’t even know it is on apart from the heat!
Because of the way this heats the air, if you are looking for a heater to warm an entire room/area this might not be suitable. The heat it generates is much more concentrated. Also the addition of a timer would be a nice touch.
It is nicely made, gives out lots of radiant heat, is lightweight and easy to install – it is a fantastic heater for a smaller space!
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 bargain rotable heater.
Power Cord Length – 6. 8 feet
Dimensions – 26.4 x 14.6 x 5.1 inches
Weight – 9 lbs
One Year Warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $
The Optimus H-9010 is a budget level heater that provides anything but a budget level experience.
It has two heat options, weighs 9 lbs and comes with a one year warranty. It measures 26 inches x 14.5 inches x 5 inches, has a 25 watt halogen bulb installed and the cord is 82 inches long.
This comes right at the cheaper end of the price spectrum but you wouldn’t necessarily know it as it doesn’t seem like a budget item.
It has a 25 watt halogen bulb installed which gives a nice soft light to give you extra ambiance whilst you work, etc. The light isn’t too harsh and works well and delivers warm heat consistently to a more confined area.
There is also all of this:
It has two heat levels – 750 watts and 1500 watts – handy to be able to choose the heat depending upon the outside temperature.
Once you have installed this the heater can be rotated a total of 90 degrees – ie tilted 45 degrees either way – good to direct the heat exactly where you want it.
It is great this has such a generous length electrical cord – 82 inches, which should reduce the need for an extension cord.
It seems nice and safe as it points downwards, so the actual heated panel should keep clean and dust free.
It is really easy to install! It comes with a mounting bracket and mounting bolts and can be fitted in minutes.
A word of caution:
The downside is that the light is a nice addition, but you cannot turn it off when you are using the heater. There maybe times you don’t want it on so this is a bit annoying.
Also the bracket if comes with is slightly flimsy and you may need to rig up some extra support.
And the bottom line?
It is an excellent product for the money. The build quality is good, it feels nice when you are under it and generally works very well. All this at a real bargain price!
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 AZ Patio Heaters Parasol Heater is a really nice looking, innovative electric patio heater that has a great dual power option.
So here it is:
Weighing in at 15 lbs and with a one year warranty this uses 1500 watts to power the three individual heated panels. It has variable temperature control and can be fitted under a standard outdoor umbrella. It heats a radius of up to 15 feet.
My favorite feature is the dual power switches. There are three heated panels and the dual power switches give you the choice of having one, two or three of them on at once.
If you have one panel on it uses 500 watts, two – 1000 watts and all three 1500 watts. So if there are only a couple of you sitting at a table and only need one side heated you can turn off the arm/arms on the other side. Saving you power and money.
The design is great – it is made to work with patio umbrellas and parasols and fits nicely under them looking discreet but smart.
There is a spring loaded pin near the base of the unit that allows you to fold the heater panels down. This is great as you can lower your umbrella and not need to remove the heater. It also has a safety switch to stop you from turning it on when the panels are lowered.
The heating units are nicely screened – so you can accidentally touch them. However it doesn’t seem to overheat anyway – keeping relatively cool whilst still emitting a good amount of heat.
You can actually move the parasol up and down the pole to bring it closer to you or further away.
It is super easy to install/fold down/take off/put on.
A word of caution:
This is really for mildly cool evenings – it doesn’t kick out enough heat for really child nights. Also the cord it comes with is quite short, so you may need to buy an extension cord.
So it all adds up to this:
It is really easy to set up, looks good, is power adjustable and height adjustable and is one of the best electric patio heaters you can buy.
BEST FOR… Those looking for a heater that is versatile and easy to move.
Power Cord Length – 8 feet
Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 20 inches
Weight – 7.7 lbs
One Year Warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $$$
A stylish and different way to add a bit of warmth when you are out on the patio the Ener-G+ Ceiling Electric Patio Heater is one of the most versatile electric patio heaters on this list.
It has three power outputs – 700W, 800W or 1500W and uses a 5,000 hour infrared bulb. It comes with a 24 inch chain and an electrical cord that is 8 feet long.
It weighs 7.7lbs, measures 19.8 x 13.8 x 19.8 inches and comes with a one-year warranty.
The design and shape and size of this make it so easy to use in a number of locations. It looks a little like a tiny chandelier – it is essentially a lamp and shade, complete with a power cord and chain that you can hang anywhere.
So it can be easily used in gazebos, on patios, balconies, garages, etc and the advantage is you can hang it from a deck for instance and have it centered over a table and everyone will feel the warmth and there is no pole in the way as you look across the table.
It has a lovely LED bulb that gives off a nice warm glow, providing perfect ambient lighting if you like to sit out on the deck at night and read, etc
This is ready to install right out of the box and couldn’t be simpler to use – just use the chain and attach it to the hook on the shade and you are ready to go!
You get a choice of three heat settings – 700W, 800W or 1500W.
It is really light and easy to move around or switch it from location to location.
It comes with a handy remote control to make it easier for you to operate…
But you need to know:
But the remote isn’t perfect! It is handy not having to reach up to pull cords or turn on switches, but it does really only work from one angle and if you are quite close. You can’t for instance be inside and think “oh I am heading out to the patio shortly, I’ll just use the remote from my lounge to turn the heater on”.
It is lucky this is easy to set up and intuitive to use as the instructions for this are pretty awful!
The simple truth is:
In terms of design, functionality and ease of use though this is spot on and if you are looking for something you can easily hang outside that gives off a reasonable amount of heat for a small space then this will be perfect.
BEST FOR… Those looking for a easy to use parasol heater.
3 x 500 W burners
Power Cord Length – 9 feet
Dimensions – 39 x 4 x 3.3 inches
Weight – 8 lbs
One Year Warranty
PRICE GUIDE: $$
This Fire Sense Infrared Heater is another parasol style electric patio heater that fits easily onto most umbrella poles and can be folded down when you close the umbrella.
First of all:
When it is assembled it measures 39 inches long by 4 inches wide and 3.3 inches high and weighs 8lbs. It has three 500w powered panels and a 9 foot long power cord.
It has a one year warranty and has an LED light and remote control as well.
Much like the AZ Parasol heater also reviewed you can have no complaints about how easy this is to install. It can literally be clamped to any standard umbrella pole by removing a slotted insert that comes with this, placing it onto the pole and putting the insert back in.
It is a simple but effective design and it is easy to adjust the height if you want to move it up and down the pole. When you are done the parasol arms fold down so you can leave it on the umbrella pole when you close the umbrella.
But you know what else?
The LED light gives off a nice glow – helping you to read etc as you sit under your umbrella. It is not too bright and is easy on the eye
You get a choice of lighting one, two or all three of the heating panels and you can even slide the heater down the pole to you if you want more heat – so you can really tailor it to your conditions.
It is nicely built – I’ve already mentioned you can fold it down when you shut the umbrella and also the electrical wiring is heavy duty and means you can keep it outside at all times if you want.
It is quiet to the point of being silent – no annoying hum in the background if you are trying to relax outside in the peace and quiet.
Much cheaper than a propane heater – about 1/10th of the cost.
But for what it’s worth:
The thing that lets this down slightly is it doesn’t give off heat quite as well as the AZ Patio Heater – the other parasol heater on this list. If you are in a moderate climate it will be fine in keeping the chill out – in slightly colder climates it might not be as effective.
As is often the case with parasol heaters the cord is a bit of an issue – it has to either go across the table or off the perimeter of the umbrella – either way at some point it will invariably be in the way.
Either way it is a nice electric heater and up there with the AZ Parasol Patio Heater as the best of that type on the market – it is easy to fit, has a nice light and very adaptable. Well worth a look.
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.
Looking for a REALLY budget priced heater that will do a good job? Look no further than the e-joy LEDMart Portable Heater.
Here the deal:
It uses 500w and weighs around 1lb. It comes with a one year warranty and heats around 10 square feet.
This thing is cheap! Very cheap, we are talking like under $30 cheap so don’t expect miracles! If you expecting something that is going to warm a group of ten of you around a big table in 40 degree heat then forget it.
If you just want something you can easily place right next to you whilst you sit outside and read a book or have a chat and don’t want to break the bank this will fit the bill.
Aside from the price it has more going for it:
Because it is small it is very energy efficient using only 500 watts of power, so it is cheaper to run.
It actually gets warm pretty quickly – almost instantly in fact. As soon as you turn on it you will feel the warmth.
Because of the size and weight this is really easy to shift around. In fact you can easy use this as a second heater outside to put under a table and keep your legs warm!
Has a nice safety switch that basically turns it off automatically if it falls over.
No assembly and couldn’t be easier to use. Plug it in and turn it on.
But to be honest with you:
This is by no means a power heater. As mentioned it won’t heat much more than the immediate space in front of it – so be aware of that. Also it is very loud, especially compared to a lot of the electric heaters on this list which are almost silent.
What’s the bottom line?
This is a small heater, with no frills that does a good job as long as you don’t expect too much and you really can’t complain about it at this price.
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.