10 Best Patio Heaters for 2017

Welcome to our post on the best patio heaters of 2017. We’ll be taking you through our favourite patio heaters of the year and covering topics like; running costs, fuel type, heating type & heat coverage. We’ll also go through the pros and cons of each heater in detail!

We feel the need to mention that “best” is a subjective term, so rather than just produce a list of 10 random heaters, we have created a list of different heaters that excel in their particular field. We’ve based our list on cost effectiveness, style, consumption, popularity, as well as taking features and price into account.

The list is not sequentially ordered to indicate which heater is best but this is just a list of the best heaters available on the market!

Please do let us know what you think in the comments at the end. We know what we’re talking about as most of the heaters we’re discussing today have been reviewed elsewhere on the site and will be linked to when appropriate.

Introduction to the Different Types of Patio Heaters | Patio Heater Buyers Guide

Before we get started, let’s cover some of the basics of the different types of patio heaters available on the market.

There are a huge number of practical solutions to outdoor and indoor heating depending on your requirements. Whether you’re looking to heat the garden, patio, deck or commercial users that require heating in the pub, restaurant, club or smoking area.

Patio heaters come in an array of different types, which include (but are not limited to) floor standing / free standing, ceiling mountedparasol, table top or wall mounted heaters.

If you’re looking for something different, there are a few unique products on the market, we’re fans of the fire table style heaters – although be warned, they come at a premium.

Fuel Type

There is quite the variety of both electric and gas patio heaters available, as well as bio-fuel, wood burning or ethanol heaters, but the vast majority will consume either electricity or gas as their energy source.

Efficiency, Energy Consumption & Heating Type

Consumption is measured in Watts – e.g 2000W or 2kW electric patio heaters, but consumption doesn’t indicate efficiency or heat output, so buying a higher wattage heater won’t necessarily result in more heat! We’re looking for BTUs (British Thermal Units) and heat coverage as our primary indicator of efficiency.

It doesn’t end there, as these heaters also offer different types of heat. Gas heaters will provide convective heat, which means it heats the air around it as well as objects in the nearby vicinity, whereas most electric heaters will give off radiant heat, usually via infrared or halogen elements, be it quartz, halogen, ceramic or otherwise!

Electric heaters are by and large the most efficient of the two, as they convert over 94% of the energy consumed into heat and produce up to 90% less Co2 emissions than their gas counterparts. They also cost substantially less over the course of time than gas heaters. If you’re curious how much a patio heater costs to run, we’ve written an in-depth article on it! We’ve also calculated how long a bottle of gas will last in a patio heater.

Features of Each Heater & Suitability

Another thing we’ll be looking out for, are the added features of each heater. Whether it’s a free protective cover, a remote control, glare reduction or suitability for indoor or outdoor usage. Some heaters are usable in the garden and make a great alternative heater for inside as well. All of the heaters listed today are suitable for garden or outdoor use and all the electric heaters listed can be used indoors as well!

When looking at water protection, you’ll be looking for a weatherproof / waterproof rating of at least IPX4, which would indicate protection against splashing water. Most electric heaters come with a rating of IPX4 or above, but some go as high as IP67 – offering complete protection against dust ingress and submersion in water up to a depth of 1 metre! Most users won’t need a fully weatherproof heater but try to aim for IPX4 and above.

We’ll also be discussing whether the heater is suitable for home users or commercial users, as a lot of the patio heaters are suitable for both.

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10 Best Patio Heaters for 2017

Now that we’ve sufficiently bored you with the basics, let’s get on with our list!

Firefly 2kW Electric Weatherproof Infrared Heaters

Available in 3 types – Wall Mounted Heater | Baseless Heater | Free Standing Heater

Reviewed on the 16th of May 20174.5/5 Stars

Our favourite entry level heater if you’re on a budget! – Best Budget Electric Patio Heater

Firefly 2kW Wall Mounted Infared Quartz Bulb Electric Outdoor Patio Heater with 3 Power Settings

1 new from £29.99
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Fuel Type : Electric | Heat Type : Infrared | Power : 2kW | Cost to Run : From 9.5p Per Hour
Features :
3 Power Settings & IPx4 Weatherproof Rating
Suitable for : 
Home users
Usage : Indoors & Outdoors – Free Standing, Wall Mounted & Baseless

This was one of the first patio heaters reviewed on this website and with good reason! It has been the #1 best selling heater on Amazon and one of the most reasonably priced heaters on the market for years.

It comes in 3 different “formats” depending on your heating requirements and whether you want it floor standing, wall mounted or baseless. It also comes with a basic level of water protection. The quartz infrared bulbs are rated for up to 5,000 hours of life and the Firefly 2kW comes with a 2-year warranty.

This is a perfect starter heater for the home user that works both indoors & outdoors! Although the heating area is mediocre, expect some heat but not all that much coverage.

You can also get a discount of ~£5 if you order two heaters at the same time.

Pros : Cheap to run, Weatherproof, Lightweight, Easy to put together, Adjustable height, Multiple power settings, Fantastic entry level heater, Long bulb life.
Cons : Short power cable (1.8m), Leaves something to be desired aesthetically, Mediocre heating area

Oypla 2kW – Similar price with similar specifications
Optima Heaters 2kW – Similar price with superior weatherproof rating (IP45)
VonHaus 2kW Heater – Similar price & Settings
Prem-I-Air 2.7kW Heater – Substantially more expensive, more heat output & features

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Firefly 1.2kW Electric Weatherproof Infrared Safety Heater

Available in 1 style – Firefly 1.2kW Safety Heater

Reviewed on the 29th of August 20175/5 Stars

A perfect family friendly heater

Firefly 1.2KW Weatherproof Free Standing Outdoor Patio Safety Heater IP55

1 new from £99.99
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Fuel Type : Electric | Heat Type : Infrared | Power : 1.2kW | Cost to Run : From 17.64p per hour
Features : 
Weatherproof rating IP55, Safety fluff & tilt switch, 20% more heat as standard
Suitable for : 
Home users
Usage : Indoor & Outdoor Usage – Free Standing & Table Top

If you’re looking for a patio heater for the family, but you’re worried about the kids and pets getting hurt. Then this heater might just be the solution to your heating needs.

The target market is broad, with over 8.5 million dogs and 8 million cats in the UK, this heater offers superior solid & liquid protection to protect from spills and the British weather. It’s also packed with “safety fluff” so if the little one does get his hands on it, they won’t get burnt and it will turn itself off should it get knocked over.

This heater is great both indoors and outdoors, it can be used as under table or table top heating and the golden tube halogen heating element provides 20% more infrared heat than a standard halogen bulb, which is an absolute must, as the heating area from a heater that consumes just 1.2kW would be lacking otherwise. As an added bonus, most golden elements last somewhere between 5-7,000 hours as well as giving off less glare.

As it’s a Firefly product, you’ll receive a 2-year warranty and the satisfaction that you’ve bought a quality product. An all around fantastic heater for those of us with kids and pets.

Pros : Affordably priced, Superior weatherproof protection (IP55), Safety features galore, Portable.
Cons : Short power cable (2m)

None that we’re aware of. This is a one of a kind product!

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Veito Blade Series Electric Weatherproof Infrared Heaters

Available in 3 variants – Blade Mini 1.2kW | Blade 2000 2kW | Blade S2500 2.5kW

Reviews – Mini | 2000 | S25005/5 Stars

Long-life elements – Great for commercial and home users! – Best Patio Heater Overall

Veito Blade Mini 1.2kW Weatherproof Carbon Heater

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2 Veito Blade 2000 2kW Electrical Waterproof Wall Mounted Patio Heater

Veito Blade 2000 2kW Electrical Waterproof Wall Mounted Patio Heater

Looking for a wall or ceiling mounted patio heater? The Veito Blade S2000 could be the perfect solution to your heating ...

3 Veito Blade S2500 2.5kW Electrical Waterproof Wall Mounted Patio Heater

Veito Blade S2500 2.5kW Electrical Waterproof Wall Mounted Patio Heater

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Fuel Type : Electric | Heat Type : Carbon, Infrared | Power : 1.2kW / 2kW / 2.5kW | Cost to Run : From 8.82p per hour
Features : 
Weatherproof rating IP55, Remote Control, Mounting Brackets
Suitable for : 
Home & Commercial Users
Usage : Indoors & Outdoors – Wall Mounting or Free Standing

The Veito blade series is where we start to get serious about our heaters. These are truly some of the finest crafted patio heaters available on the market. They’re so good, that they’re the heater of choice in the White Desert Camp in Antarctica!

Instead of the traditional halogen or quartz element found in most electric patio heaters, these come with carbon elements. Providing superior shelf-life with an expected life-span of 10,000 hours. Each heater also comes with 4 power settings and a remote control, as well as wall mounting brackets (or an optional free stand)

The weatherproof rating means you can leave this heater outside in the elements all year round without fear of damage. Each heater comes with a 2 year warranty and automatic temperature control and tip-over protection.

A perfect heater for both indoors and outdoors. Great on the patio as well as in the garage, or bathroom! They’re also perfect for commercial users and would make a great addition to any pub, restaurant, smoking area, etc, as the superior element life makes the long-term affordability of these heaters a lot more palatable.

The heat coverage from the Blade Mini starts at 15sqm, up to 30sqm from the S2500!

What’s the catch? They’re moderately priced, with the cheapest Veito (the Mini) start at £180with the S2500 costing nearly £300.

Pros : 2 year warranty, Weatherproof rating of IP55, Automatic temperature control, 10,000 hour element life, Remote control, Multiple power settings, Superior heat coverage
Cons : They’re affordable considering the quality and features, but still not cheap!

Futura Deluxe – Cheaper price with similar specifications

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Fire Mountain 13kW Gas Floor Standing Stainless Steel Bullet Heater

Available in 1 style – Fire Mountain 13kW Heater

Review4/5 Stars

A stylish and compact gas patio heater for the home or business – Best UK Gas Patio Heater 2017

Floor Standing Bullet Stainless Steel Gas Patio Heater

£199.99 £259.99
1 new from £199.99
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Fuel Type : Gas | Heat Type : Convective | Power : 5-12kW | Cost to Run : From 95p per hour
Features : Stainless steel finish, Free gas regulator & hose, Adjustable power, Piezo battery ignition
Suitable for : Home & Commercial Users
Usage : Outdoors Only – Floor Standing

If electric heaters aren’t your thing, then this compact yet powerful gas fired bullet heater may tickle your fancy!

Fire Mountain offer a range of both electric and gas heaters, but their gas heaters are out of this world – you may have even seen their living flame heater at your local.

Standing at just 133cm tall this heater will output up to 44,500 BTUs – enough to keep everyone nearby incredibly toasty. The adjustable knob keeps consumption between 5,000W and 13,000W, but this power comes at a price, with the cost of running this heater starting at 95p per hour.

This heater comes with a handy undercarriage that can store a tank up to 11kg (although some people have managed to just about squeeze a 12kg propane tank underneath, we wouldn’t recommend anything over 11kg).

We really like this heater from an aesthetics standpoint, if you’re running a business or just like fire then this heater is for you. It does take a considerable amount of construction time, so buyers beware – if you’re looking for a practical out-of-the-box heating solution, rather than a show stopper then we’d recommend an electric heater instead.

Pros : FIRE, Free gas hose & regulator (propane), Adjustable heat output
Cons : Expensive to run, Takes a while to construct, Not as efficient as electric

BU-KO 13kW Pyramid Heater with Dancing Flame – Similar aesthetic and price, 2.27m tall!
Fire Mountain Living Flame 9.5kW – Larger but less consumption

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Warmwatcher Athena 3kW Electric Weatherproof Floor Standing Heater /w Media Player

Available in 4 variants – Helios | Diana | Apollo | Athena

Review5/5 Stars

Superior heat coverage with an abundance of extras and features! – Best Patio Heater for Heat

Athena Warmwatcher Electric Heater

1 new from £999.99
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Fuel Type : Electric | Heat Type : Radiant | Power : 3kW | Cost to Run : From 22p per hour
Features : Carbon fibre elements, Superior weatherproof rating (IP55), Media Player & Speakers (model dependent), Mood Lighting (model dependent)
Suitable for : Home & Commercial Users
Usage : Indoors & Outdoors – Floor Standing

The Warmwatcher series of heaters are out of this world. Starting from £459.99 for the “basic” Helios model, up to £999.99 for the Athena with built in media centre.

You may think us crazy for even recommending you spend nearly a grand on these heaters. We were hesitant to even suggest it… but that was before we saw the specifications and sheer number of features and extras you get for your money.

These heaters will last an eternity, with the carbon fibre elements rated for up to 10,000 hours of life and replacement bulbs are relatively affordable (from £59.99) and incredibly easy to replace!

The Athena heater comes with a fantastic array of extras including a magnetic remote control, Built In Media Centre with 2 x 5W speakers, Anti-Tip Protection, Corrosion Resistant, PIR Sensor & Waterproof Nylon Cover. It also comes with a handy roller base for easy mobility. Considering it weighs 24.2kg it is a much-needed feature.

With heat coverage up to 30sqm at a price of just 10p per hour before electricity. This heater is surprisingly affordable and is actually cheaper than a gas heater within a year of usage!

If you’re looking for patio heater with a built in TV for commercial usage or showing off around the homestead, then do check out the Athena Warmwatcher.

Pros : Jam packed full of extras, Surprisingly cheap to run, Huge heat coverage, Weatherproof rating (IP55)
Cons : Large upfront cost, Heavy

We haven’t found anything like this!

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Victory Lighting Electric Weatherproof Wall / Parasol Mounted Heaters

Available in 3 variants – Single 1.5kW | Dual 3kW | Triple 4.5kW

Prices start from £119.99 to £308.99
Review5/5 Stars

No fuss heaters for the home or business. Excellent weatherproof rating suitable for indoors or outdoors – Best Wall Mounted Patio Heater

4.5kW Triple Electric Outdoor Heater - Bulb Included - Perfect For Parasols And Wall Mounting

1 new from £308.99
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Last update was in: 20th November 2017 1:41 pm

Fuel Type : Electric | Heat Type : Radiant | Power : 1.5kw / 3kW / 4.5kW | Cost to Run : From 22p per hour
Features : Gold halogen bulbs, Reduced Glare, Weatherproof rating (IP55), Wall & Parasol Bracket Included (model dependent)
Suitable for : Home & Commercial Users
Usage : Indoors & Outdoors – Wall Mounted & Parasol / Ceiling Mounted

British based Victory Lighting offer affordable heating solutions for both commercial users and home users alike. With prices starting from just £119.99 you too can own a commercial grade patio heater!

The 1.5kW and 3kW versions have an expected bulb life of 7,000 hours, whereas the 4.5kW edition has a lifespan of 5,000 hours. Replacement bulbs are fairly inexpensive, starting at just £30 depending on stockist, making this heater very affordable.

Heat coverage from these infrared heaters is above average, with the 4.5kW version providing a maximum heating area of 19.6sqm (210sqft) when installed overhead, or 16.8sqm when wall mounted.

The reason these heaters are cheaper than their competitors is due to a lack of extras. No remote control, no adjustable heat settings etc. But if you’re looking for a no fuss heating solution, then Victory Lighting may be the right choice for you!

Pros : Weatherproof Rating (IP55), Easy installation, Cheap to buy & low on-going costs, Comes with wall bracket & parasol clamps
Cons : Lack of extras

Futura Deluxe – Similar weatherproof rating, slightly cheaper.
Firefly 2kW Wall Mounted – Cheaper, less heat coverage.

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Kingfisher 4kW PH300 Gas Table Top Heater

Available in 1 style – Kingfisher PH300 Table Top Heater

Review4.5/5 Stars

An affordable gas fired table top patio heater – Best Gas Table Top Heater

Kingfisher PH300 Garden Outdoor Table Top Patio Heater - Multi-Colour

£79.99 £99.99
5 new from £74.53
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Last update was in: 20th November 2017 1:41 pm

Fuel Type : Gas | Heat Type : Convective | Power : 1-4kW | Cost to Run : From 23p per hour
Features : Adjustable heat control, Green powder coating, Comes with gas hose, Piezo Ignition
Suitable for : Home Users
Usage : Outdoors Only – Table Top

Kingfisher are a brand known for their garden and outdoor products. They deal primarily with budget products and we’ve reviewed their no-frills budget wall mounted patio heater before!

If you’re looking for a simple table top patio heater that is affordable and provides nearly 14,000 BTUs, then this heater might be the solution to those cold Autumnal nights.

With an adjustable control knob and piezo ignition, you have complete control over how much you want to spend on gas. This gas fired heater is one of the most economical on the market, with the cost of usage starting at just 23p based on a 12kg tank of gas. (If you’re using a larger tank e.g 47kg this heater can be as cheap as 5.8p per hour – it may look a little ridiculous having such a large tank attached to such a small heater!)

We would expect 4-6sqm of heat coverage from this heater, so somewhat worse than an electric heater. If electric isn’t an option, then  this is a great and affordable alternative!

Pros : Fairly cheap to purchase and run, Powder coated finish, Free hose
Cons : Regulator needs to be purchased separately, Can occasionally be purchased for around the £55 mark

Firefly 4kW Gas Table Top Heater – Similar style & output, slightly more expensive
Fire Mountain 3kW Table Top Heater – Less consumption, similar style, slightly more expensive
Firefly 2.1kW Table Top Heater – Electric Alternative, Weatherproof features, Available in 2 styles

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Caloray 2kW Electric Weatherproof Convective & Radiant Wall / Ceiling Mounted Heater

Available in 1 style /w extras – Caloray 2000 | Wall Hanger | Accessory Hood | Recess Mount Kit

Review4/5 Stars

A stylish and unique addition to the home or commercial property that provides either convective or radiant heat! – Best Ceiling Mounted Heater

Caloray 2000 Watt 230 Volt Electric Radiant Disc Heater

1 new from £499.00
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Last update was in: 20th November 2017 1:41 pm

Fuel Type : Electric | Heat Type : Convective & Radiant | Power : 2kW | Cost to Run : From 29.4p per hour
Features : Weatherproof IP55, Radiant & Convective Heat
Suitable for : Home & Commercial Users
Usage : Indoor & Outdoor Usage, Ceiling Mounted / Wall Mounted

Our original review for the Caloray 2k was featured on their website – we were impressed by the ingenuity behind this heater but the sheer cost of it is enough to drive most people away.

This is very much a set and forget heater, that doesn’t offer much in a way of extras. But if you’ve got the money and want a non-intrusive heating solution for both the indoors and outdoors, then the Caloray 2000 could the heater for you!

With the base price starting at £499.99 and extras costing upwards of £135.99 it’s not the most efficient way to spend your money. But over the course of the 10,000 hour lifespan, you’ll be paying just under 5p per hour before electricity – which makes these heaters a lot more affordable than they first seem.

Each heater will provide between 3m2 (20ft2) and 4.5m2 (25ft2) of heat depending on whether it is used indoors, outdoors or in a partially sheltered area. It offers both radiant heat (if installed less than 9ft away from the ground) or convective heat (if installed above 9ft above the ground). The versatility of this patio heater is outstanding.

Providing 6824 BTUs per disc and consuming just 2000W this patio heater truly is a work of art!

Pros : Stylish, Easy to install, No visible light, Extras available, Affordable to run
Cons : Fairly expensive upfront costs

Firefly 1.5kW Ceiling Mounted Heater – Cheaper still, Less Features

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Firefly 12kW Gas Stainless Steel Outdoor Floor Standing Patio Heater

Available in 1 style  – Firefly 12kW Stainless Steel Patio Heater

Review4/5 Stars

An affordable floor standing gas patio heater – Best Floor Standing Gas Patio Heater

Gas Patio Heater Garden Outdoor Large Freestanding Metal Firefly Stainless Steel

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Fuel Type : Gas | Heat Type : Convective | Power : 5-12kW | Cost to Run : From 90p per hour
Features : Rust Proof, Can Use Propane or Butane, Adjustable Temperature Control
Suitable for : Home & Commercial Users
Usage : Outdoor Usage Only, Floor Standing

This gas fired heater from Firefly is a personal favourite of ours. It can be frequently seen at pubs and bars across the country and this is due to its resilient rust proof stainless steel design.

It will heat an area up to 19.6sqm – an adequate amount of heat for any outdoor area!

The heater does require some assembly and it’s a 2 man job to get the top on. With a total weight of 27kg, standing at 2.38m tall, this heater is a force to be reckoned with.

Totaling up to 40,000BTUs and supplied with an array of safety features, including a flame failure safety and tilt switch which turns the gas off should the heater tip over or the flame get blown out.

The upfront cost is very reasonable but be prepared to spend a fair amount on gas as the maximum recommended tank size is 11kg – on full power this heater will last just shy of 4 hours!

Pros : Stainless steel design, Plenty of safety features, Comes with gas regulator & hose, Transport wheels & gas canister storage, Affordably priced
Cons : Expensive to run, Requires a fair amount of assembly and is definitely a 2 man job

AmazonBasics 13.5kW Gas Patio Heater – Slightly cheaper, less features, (out of stock!)
Kingfisher PHEATER1 8.5kW Gas Patio Heater – Less consumption, cheaper
Fox Hunter 12kW Gas Patio Heater – Similar consumption, features and price

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Prem-I-Air 2kW Electric Weatherproof Parasol Heater Heater

Available in 1 style  – Prem-I-Air 2kW Parasol Heater

Review5/5 Stars

A cheap and cheerful parasol heater with a long power cable and cheap replacement elements – Best Parasol Heater

Prem-I-Air 2000W Halogen Quartz Parasol Patio Heater (Folds Down)

£74.99 £99.99
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Fuel Type : Electric | Heat Type : Radiant | Power : 2kW | Cost to Run : From 9.5p per hour
Features : Weatherproof Rating IPX4, 3 Power Settings, Fold-able Arms, Long Power Cable
Suitable for : Home & Commercial Users
Usage : Indoor & Outdoor Usage, Parasol Mounted

If you’re in the market for a parasol heater then we’d recommend the Prem-I-Air 2kW parasol heater. It comes with 3 adjustable power settings and a 5 metre power cable – most parasol heater cables are 1-2m long but thanks to some foresight by the designers, you won’t be struggling to reach the nearest power socket!

The manufacturers claim a heating area of 4.5sqm which is perfectly adequate for a heater of this size.

Lightweight and with fold-able arms you won’t struggle to install this heater or take it down when it’s time to pack-up.

With a bulb life of 5,000 hours and replacement elements from just £5.20 a bulb this heater costs just £0.015 per hour before electricity and only a third of a penny once the initial elements have blown, making it the cheapest parasol heater on the market for long term use.

Pros : Fold-able Arms, Multiple Power Settings, Weatherproof Rating IPX4, Lightweight, Easy to Install, Long Power Cable
Cons : No Remote Control or Extra Features

Firefly 2kW Parasol Heater – Cheaper up front cost, Larger heating area, Available with optional floor stand & wall mount
La Hacienda Heatmaster Popular 1.8kW Parasol Heater – Less consumption, Similar Features, More Expensive
Fire Mountain 2kW Parasol Heater – Similar price, Similar Features

That’s all folks!

We hope we’ve managed to help you find your new patio heater with this handy buying guide and review post. If you’d like to leave a comment for us below on how you’ve gotten on with your new heater or with any questions you may have and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

– PatioMate



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