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Best Electric Patio Heaters for 2021

  • The Top-Rated Outdoor Heaters, as Ranked by Our Experts

    Electric patio heaters defy limitations. As a special case over regular patio heaters, they can do things the others can't — for instance, their lack of harmful emissions means nearly all of them are perfectly safe to operate in enclosed spaces. Forget ignition components, valves, burners, and moving parts; simply plug in and flick a switch. Electric patio heaters manage in places where gas models struggle, such as below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Gas models can't be flush-mounted; electric ones can. Eager to warm your heart (and the rest of you), our experts ranked our best electric patio heaters to help you find the one that's right for your outdoor space on these criteria:

    • Quality - Exposed to the elements, your patio heater must withstand the worst tantrums your climate can throw at it. Our electric patio heaters are specifically high-quality and enduring, meant to be relied upon for many seasons.

    • Performance - In a word? Uncompromising. Our electric patio heaters use infrared heat — it ignores the air to directly warm people and objects. This means they convert almost all of their energy into heat that’s highly resistant to wind and weather conditions!

    • Features - Our selection of electric patio heaters use infrared heat, which directly warms objects and people rather than the surrounding air. Combine this with optional mounting kits for powerful, directional heat that's highly resistant to wind.

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Best Ceiling & Wall Mounted Electric Patio Heaters

If you have available wall or ceiling space and don’t want to sacrifice floor space, mounted electric patio heaters might be the answer for you. They take up very little space and will remove the chill from cool days and nights.

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    Bromic Heating Platinum Smart-Heat Series II 33-Inch 2300W 7,900 BTU 240V Electric Patio Heater - White - BH0320007

    Bromic Heating Platinum Smart-Heat Series II Electric Patio Heater

    • 2,300-watt heater can warm an area up to 65 square feet
    • Can be recessed, wall-mounted, or ceiling mounted to fit your space
    • Stainless steel construction is rugged enough to thrive outdoors
    • Glass-ceramic screen evenly spreads infrared heat and helps resist wind
    • Minimal clearances are perfect for residential and commercial settings

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    • Sleek, streamlined design adds an air of modernity to outdoor spaces
    • UL-rated for indoor and outdoor use, allowing for a variety of applications
    • 1,500-watt heater brings warmth to an area of 5x5 ft
    • Wall, ceiling, floor, or pole mounting options let you customize your setup
    • Designed for up to 5,000 hours of use so you can enjoy years of warmth

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    • 4000-watts heater efficiently warms an 11'x11' area to keep you cozy
    • Mounting options include ceiling and wall to free up valuable patio space
    • Stainless steel construction lends durability and a sleek aesthetic
    • Dual-stack controls run the heater at half or full capacity for ideal warmth
    • Medium-wave infrared technology produces meaningful heat without harsh glare

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Best Freestanding Electric Patio Heaters

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    Fire Sense 1500W Electric Infrared Patio Heater - 110V With Telescoping Pole - Stainless Steel - 2117

    Fire Sense Stainless Steel Freestanding Electric Patio Heater

    • Infrared energy meaningfully warms people and things, not the surrounding air
    • Stainless steel telescopic pole can adjust to whatever height works best for your space
    • Resists wind to provide steady heat through the elements
    • Standard, 110-volt plug can be used in most indoor and outdoor settings
    • Included aluminum shield and PVC cover enhance durability

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    • Adjustable telescopic pole lets you direct heat where it’s needed most
    • Fits most indoor and outdoor settings thanks to the standard, 110-volt plug
    • Infrared heat warms people and objects, not nearby air, for lasting warmth
    • Designed to resist wind, giving you continual heat despite the elements
    • Included PVC cover and aluminum shield strengthen the unit

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    • Radiant heat quickly and efficiently warms guests for long periods of time
    • Doubles as a table, giving guests a convenient surface to set down drinks
    • LEDs add mood lighting to any event, helping you set the ambiance
    • Standard, 120-volt plug fits in virtually any outdoor setting
    • Carbon filament lasts for up to 5,000 hours, granting you years of warmth

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