Best Outdoor Patio Heaters for 2022

Extend your entertaining season with these heating options

October 26, 2022
A propane heater outdoors
Liven up your outdoor spaces with a propane heater. Hampton Bay

Why are outdoor propane heaters so popular? Because propane heaters put out more heat than electric models and are generally more pleasant – and safe – to be around. Their secret is heating up the ambient air instead of heating people up directly. And today’s propane heaters are designed with plenty of safety features and weather-proof construction to make them long-lasting additions to your outdoor entertainment regime. Here are a few models we recommend.

Garden Treasures 48000-BTU Stainless Steel Floorstanding Liquid Propane Patio Heater

Consistent and quiet

It’s easy to start and a breeze to adjust. Just roll it into place and enjoy. Garden Treasures

This outdoor heater from Amazon Basics offers a 9-foot radius of heat, thanks to 46,000 BTUs. That should be plenty to warm up most patios. It has two wheels on the base that allow you to easily move it anywhere without having to pick it up. There’s a safety shut-off valve that turns the unit off if it tips over.

Pamapic Patio Heater

A mesmerizing option

There’s a lot more than good looks that go along with this model, but it’s a stunner. Amazon

If you’re looking for something different, this pyramid heater is probably your best bet. It has all the features of competing heaters – adjustable heat setting, quick ignition and tip-over protection – but served up in a unique glass tune and hammered bronze construction. Note: You’re still advised to move it away from windy conditions if the weather deteriorates.

Hampton Bay 48000 Btu Stainless Steel Patio Heater

Refurbished model

It’s been tested and certified to work as good as new. Hampton Bay

This 48,000 BTU outdoor heater from Hampton Bay – a name probably best known for its ceiling fans – can quickly heat up to 200 square feet (roughly the size of most common patios). Stainless steel construction makes it a wise pick if it’s subjected to rainy conditions. Even though it’s refurbished, it’s been tested, cleaned, inspected and repackaged with all relevant accessories.

Sunjoy heater
It turns on with the push of a button and is easy to relocate. Sunjoy

We love the bronze finish on this heater from Sunjoy, which blends in easily with our existing patio furniture. It all has the features we consider mandatory for a heater of this type: portability, protection against tipping over and a wide range of heating power. It’s easy to assemble and the powder-coated steel frame is ready to stand up season after season.

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater, Red-Black

Excellent safety features

Automatically shuts down in the case of tipping over, the pilot light going off or detection of low oxygen levels. Mr. Heater

If you’re looking for a heater that’s safe indoors and outdoors, take a closer look at this model from Mr. Heater. It operates with a 1-pound cylinder propane tank so it’s even safe for enclosed areas up to 200 square feet. This compact radiant heater is ideal for porches, garages, campers, picnics, sheds and more.


Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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