The Best Electric Patio Heaters of 2020

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What are the best electric patio heaters and how do you select one? In this article we will go over our unbiased reviews and research to help you select the best electric patio heater based on your needs.

Often times, the winter months can put a hold on those moments you enjoying so much out on the patio. Things like reading a nice book or having a good drink are now limited to the indoors.

But you don’t work hard all year round to keep your outdoor area nice and enjoyable, so you can then have to be stuck inside during the winter, do you?

That’s why an Electric Patio Heater can make all the difference and allow you to take back that precious space that you love so much.

Best Ceiling and Wall Mounted Electric Patio Heaters

Best Overall


TRUSTECH Patio Heater

Product Specs

• Dimensions: 25.3 x 3.3 x 6.1 inches
• Weight: 7.63 Lbs
• Manufacturer: Trustech
• Voltage: 110V
• Max Wattage: 1500W
• Power Cord: 72 In
• Heat range 15 square meters
• Infrared Heater

With an “instant heat” capability of 1-second, the Trustech Electric Patio Heater is our overall best electric patio heater pick.

Here is why:

With a slick design, remote control, infrared technology, overheat protection and an easy wall-mounted installation, this electric heater is a no brainer to install and operate.

This model has a three power level options of 500W, 1000W and 1500W, which give this Trustech patio heater great versatility and range depending on the range selection. This makes it perfect for small rooms or small patios by choosing the 500W setting; or perfect for large indoor rooms like a Livingroom or a medium patio with the 1500W setting.

It has a carbon fiber tube that delivers the heat directly to the desired area instead of the environment around it.

Additionally, it is water and dust proof (IP65), which makes it excellent for and outdoor patio installation without the worry of the weather.

That said, keep in mind that it is water proof and not water resistant. It can withstand some water but it cannot be submerged or take a heavy amount of water or downpour.

Our only con:

Not so much a negative, but if you are looking to warm up a large outdoor patio area, this electric patio heater may not be the best option due to the potential heating range of 400 sq.ft. If you’re looking to heat up a larger area, see our Best Large Outdoor Patio option below.

Best Runner up

Sundate Indoor/Outdoor Patio Heater

Product Specs

• Dimensions: 27 x 5.3 x 5.3 inches
• Weight: 7.09 Lbs
• Manufacturer: Sundate
• Voltage: 110V – 120V
• Max Wattage: 1500W
• Power Cord: 70 In
• Heat range 15 square meters
• Infrared Heater

Our runner up is a Sundate Indoor/Outdoor electric heater with three power level options of 500W, 1000W and 1500W.

Here is why:

• Remote control and waterproof (IP34)
• Slick and small design
• Instant heating of 3 seconds
• Easy wall mounted installation
• Carbon Fiber Tube

Cons

• Not fitting for heating a large area.

Best Budget

SURJUNY Indoor/Outdoor Patio Heater

Product Specs

• Dimensions: 25.60 x 5.71 x 9.25 inches
• Weight: 5.83 Lbs
• Manufacturer: SURJUNY
• Voltage: 110V – 120V
• Max Wattage: 1500W
• Power Cord: 72 In
• Infrared Heater

Here is why this is our Best Budget option:

• Remote control.
• Waterproof (IP34)
• Slick and small design
• Overheat protection
• Instant heating of 3 seconds
• Easy wall mounted installation
• LCD Display
• Quartz tube

Cons

• Not fitting for heating a large area

Best Electric Patio Heater for a Large Area

Infratech Electric Patio Heater

Product Specs

• Dimensions: 39’’ Lenght
• Weight: 14.02 Lbs
• Manufacturer: Infratech
• Voltage: 208V – 480V (depends on size)
• Max Wattage: 3,000W – 6,000W (depends on size)
• Power Cord: Hard wired

With up to 90% energy efficiency, zero emissions, low maintenance operation and heating ranges from 3,000W to 6,000W, this is the overall best option if you are looking to heat up a large patio area.

Here is why:

• Durable stainless steal
• Three Year Warranty
• Slick design and mounting
• Custom control options
• Silent operation
• No ventilation required
• Available options for size, color, and heating range level
• Large scale coverage

Cons

• Professional installation required
• No remote control

Best Standing Electric Patio Heaters

Best Overall

TRUSTECH Standing Patio Heater

Product Specs

• Dimensions: 12.4 x 15.4 x 15.7 inches
• Weight: 15 Lbs
• Manufacturer: Trustech
• Voltage: 110V – 120V
• Max Wattage: 1500W

Equipped with 6-Carbon tubes, this standing heater can emit anywhere from 59-86 degree heat and It can be heated as quickly as 3 seconds.

Here is why this is our Best Overall Standing option:

• Remote control.
• Slick design
• 1,000W to 1,500W rapid heating modes
• Overheat protection
• Movable wheels
• Tip-Over shut-off protection
• 6 Quartz heating tubes
• 24 hour timing function

Cons

• Not fitting for heating a large area
• Some noise complaints

Best Runner-up

AirChoice Electric Heater

Product Specs

• Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.90 x 70.80 inches
• Weight: 21.6 Lbs
• Manufacturer: Air Choice
• Voltage: 110V – 120V
• Max Wattage: 1500W

Here is why this is our Best Overall Standing option:

• 3 halogen tubes as heating element.
• Easy to move design
• ETL Certified
• Weather and dust proof.
• Tip-Over shut-off protection
• 500W, 1000W and 1500W Heating Levels
• Overheat protection
• Tip-Over shut-off protection
• Easy to assemble

Cons

• Not fitting for heating a large or even a medium sized area
• Some noise complaints

What to Think About Before Buying an Electric Patio Heater?

Electric patio heaters come in a large variety of styles, sizes and heating methods, so selecting the right electric patio heater can be an intimidating task.

That’s why we want to guide you and help you select the perfect electric heater for your needs.

This is what you need to consider before selecting an electric patio heater:

Patio Size and Area 

You don’t have to measure to the exact inch, but It is important to estimate how large the patio area is.

Since some patio heaters have a more contained heating range, a very large patio may need a larger electric patio heater.

Desired Use

Are you looking to heat up your patio only enough for a couple people or are you looking to heat up your patio to have a large group of people?

This goes along with the patio size and area. Think about how much output you need from your electric patio heater.

Mounting Options

Think about how versatile your patio heater needs to be.

• Does it need to be mounted on the wall?
• Does it need to be on a table top or does it have to be sitting on the floor?
• Do you need to move it around depending on where you’re sitting?
• Do you need more than one unit?
• Where can it be plugged in and how long is the cable?

Indoor and Outdoor Use

There are electric patio heaters that can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Not all potential options can be moved indoors safely.

All of these needs can play a part into selecting the best heater for your needs.

That takes us to…

What to Look for in an Electric Patio Heater?

Heating Range and Wattage 

Depending on you heating needs, the size of the heater and heating range may vary.

The Wattage is the measure of heat output that the electric patio heater can generate. The higher the number, the more heat the unit can generate and cover a greater area.

Power Requirements

Although most electric patio heaters run by simply plugging them in to a regular wall outlet, some may require professional installation or wiring in order to run properly and safely.

In addition, cable length is another thing to look for. Know where the nearest wall outlet is and how far it is from where you want to locate you heating unit.

Warranty and Safety

As with any other electronics you may buy or have bought in the past, looking for a well-established brand that offers a well-rounded warranty is always something an additional benefit and peace of mind when it comes to safety.

FAQ’s About Electric Patio Heaters

1. What is an infrared Patio heater?

Some electric patio heaters use what is called as an Infrared heater. This allows the heater to produce a higher, safer and more efficient temperature by using electromagnetic radiation.

2. Can you use an electric heater outdoors?

This answer depends on the unit specifications and manufacturer recommendations.

Some manufacturers equip their units to be able to withstand the outdoor elements like water and dust.

Check the manufacturer specs and manual for your particular unit.

3. Are electric patio heaters expensive to run?

The amount of energy an electric patio heater utilizes, depends largely on the Wattage used by the unit.

That said, we see an average use of 4-5 kwh per hour.

As an example, at 10 cents per kwh, this would come out to be 40-50 cents per hour to run the heater.

4. Can patio heaters be used indoors?

Manufacturer specifications vary among electric heater units; making some electric heaters suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Additional capabilities like heat level ranges and thermostat controls also allow you to use electric heaters for both indoor and outdoor areas. 

Leave us a comment if these tips helped you select the best electric patio heater. We’d love to hear from you!

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