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Spring is here, so it’s a good time to look into purchasing a patio heater for the shoulder season.
We’ve tested several brands, and talked to three experts about what to consider when buying a patio heater.
We recommend choosing a pyramid or dome-top propane heater that gives off at least 40,000 Btu of heat.
Springtime is finally here, and while a patio heater won’t magically hasten summer, it can help extend the outdoor season. If you’re thinking about outdoor entertaining for the spring and summer, the right outdoor patio heater can keep you and your guests cozy, even if there’s a significant chill in the air.
Now is the time to buy a patio heater; as in 2020, we’re seeing stock quickly deplete this year as folks start setting up their spaces for another socially distanced spring. If you’re in the market for a patio heater you’ll need to consider heat output, ease of use, and, most importantly, safety.
Despite shortages, we were able to get our hands on three models to test and review, and also consulted safety experts to put together this guide on what to look for if you’re considering purchasing an outdoor patio heater.
Updated on 04/22/2021: As anticipated, patio heaters are in low supply. If you’re interested in buying a patio heater, we recommend acting fast on whatever you find. Many of our picks in this guide are currently out of stock, in limited stock, or being sold by third-party sellers. We’ve left the links up in case of restocks, since we’ve seen a lot of volatility in availability over the last year. We are continuing to test new patio heaters as they become available. In the meantime, we’ve expanded our FAQ section to answer common questions about patio heaters.What we recommend: AmazonBasics Patio Heater
The AmazonBasics Patio Heater is a sturdy, easy-to-use outdoor heating device that puts out an impressive 46,000 Btu of heat — enough to extend the outdoor dining season well into the colder months.
Heat output: 46,000 Btu
Safety features: Auto shut-off, wheels for easy mobility, push-to-start button
Best for: Mild fall and winter days, with small groups of 2-4 people
Pros: Durable construction, easy to operate, wheeled design, puts out a lot of heat
Cons: Shorter people might have to stretch to reach the control knob
I panic-purchased the AmazonBasics Patio Heater when the weather started to turn colder and the …read more
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