As the weather gets colder and the nights get longer, the best patio heaters will come to your rescue and let you enjoy spending time outside in the garden for longer. The best patio heaters have good looks as well as doing their job, so they can also be a pleasing addition to your outdoor space.
There’s a great choice of heaters out there, including floorstanding, tabletop, and pendant versions, and our selection includes all these options. We’ve picked both electricity and gas designs as well so you can go for your preferred fuel. All are easy to operate.
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The best patio heaters 2021
The simple design of this patio heater is what caught our eye. No bulky overhead lamp or large footprint, this style is chic and minimalist, so perfect or smaller gardens or if you want your heater to be a subtle feature in your garden.
If you are looking for a patio heater that isn't going to totally take over your outdoor space, this is a great option. The lantern shape is really subtle, but stylish too plus there are two size options so you can pick the best one for your space.
Plug in and turn on at the base – how easy is that! Due to it being on the small size you can also peak up the heater using the handle at the top and move it around with you.
This heater is designed to heat bodies, rather than just the air around it so no energy is wasted and everyone will feel nice and toasty. Plus no noise or fumes are given off either.
A tabletop patio heater can be a convenient solution to outdoor heating as it’s not bulky, and this design is stylish to boot.
As far as portable patio heaters go we think this might just be the most stylish model we have ever seen. So chic and contemporary, it would bring something to you garden other than just a cozy feel to an autumn evening.
This patio heater is powered by gas, so you don't have to worry about being anywhere near a plug. Simply pick it up by the handle and move to wherever needed in the garden. It's super lightweight too, using just a 190 gram gas canister (which do bear in mind is not included).
If you don’t mind using gas cylinders as a fuel source, this design is really simple and stylish – ideal if you want your patio heater to almost go unnoticed in your garden.
On wheels, this patio heater can be moved to where you need it and you won’t have to worry about a cable reaching the location of your table and chairs.
The heater can be lit at the push of a button, and there’s a choice different heating settings too.
There’s a base reservoir system with this design. Fill it with sand or water to create weight low down. Bear in mind, though, that if the wind is high, it is possible for the heater to tip over. For safety, there’s a shut-off tilt valve that turns it off should this happen.
This contemporary design will make a statement and complement a modern garden design.
With a hood that’s 100 x 50cm and an attractively curvaceous stand, this design’s definitely attention grabbing as well as functional.
Don’t get up
It comes with a remote control to allow you to adjust the heat and light, which can be operated independently. You can control it from the central unit as an alternative, though.
Start the party
You can even have waterproof Bluetooth speakers in the base of this design – although they don’t come as standard.
Set this number on your patio and it’ll draw the eye as well as warm you when the evening starts to chill.
Take a look
The central flame is enclosed within a quartz glass tube that radiates heat making this a real looker.
Made to last
The heater has cylinder housing and protective mesh made from stainless steel while the protector grills are powder coated for durability.
The wheels on this model make positioning no bother, and moving to storage straightforward, too. There’s a strap for the gas cylinder inside the base as well.
Getting the heat from a pendant is a space-efficient solution to cool evenings, leaving the patio and the tabletop free of extras.
Pick from two heat settings depending how the weather’s treating you.
As it’s fitted with an LED light this design will provide atmospheric lighting for a table or seating group as well as heat. It's a better option if you like that outdoor living room type feel in your garden.
Easy to operate
Much like a normal overhead light all you do is pull the cord and voila, a nice toasty atmosphere is instantly created.
How to buy the best patio heater
What do you need to consider to select the best patio heater for your outside space? Here’s the lowdown.
Size and space requirements
If space is at a premium, a tabletop or pendant design will probably suit best, leaving more of the floor area free for furniture. After that, think table size: do you have room for a heater on the tabletop without cramping the place settings? A pendant design won’t even require this, but you will need to be able to suspend it.
Floorstanding designs, while larger, can be fabulous outdoor features in their own right, and are ideal for outdoor living rooms and sizeable dining areas.
Electric patio heaters are fuss-free. There’s no need to deal with weighty gas cylinders and they’re clean and quiet. On the downside is the need to plug them in. Check the cable length is sufficient for you to put the heater where you want it. Gas designs aren’t tethered in this way, so win out in the flexibility stakes.
Be aware that high winds and tall patio heaters aren’t a good mix. Position with this in mind and look for anchoring features or safety cutouts.