Shop quickly to make your outdoor gatherings warm and cozy.

By Katie Holdefehr
September 24, 2020
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This year, outdoor gatherings have become more important than ever before. Considering the CDC's guidelines that small outdoor gatherings where social distance is maintained are the lowest risk option for in-person hangouts, our patios and backyards are getting much more use right now. But as colder weather creeps in, outdoor entertaining starts to get a little chilly. The solution: invest in the best outdoor heaters to keep your backyard cozy and comfortable. Look for options that heat up the largest area possible, so guests can safely space out while still basking in the warmth.

As restaurants and homeowners alike invest in outdoor heaters, sales are spiking and most models are selling out. Home Depot, Wayfair, and Amazon all report significant jumps in sales for patio heaters—so if you're going to cozy up to one this fall, we'd recommend ordering ASAP. Don't worry, we've already done the browsing for you, so all you have to do is click "checkout."

Safety first: It may be tempting to put an outdoor heater inside a tent or enclosure to maximize the warmth, but there are a couple reasons to avoid this. First, some of these products (particularly those that run on propane) could produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal inside an inclosed space. Second, if you're gathering outdoors to reduce the risk of coronavirus, an enclosed area will reduce the necessary airflow.

Amazon

$295, amazon.com

Truth: outdoor heaters aren't known for being very attractive, but this sleek stainless steel option will fit seamlessly in your space. To keep this heater rust-free for years to come, invest in a durable cover, like the one below. 

Overstock.com

$137, overstock.com

If your outdoor space has an overhang or ceiling, consider installing a pendant-style outdoor heater that can radiate warmth over your patio. Because this heater is electric, it doesn't produce any unpleasant fumes. 

Amazon

$295, amazon.com

This sleek standing patio heater runs on a 20-pound propane tank. With built-in wheels, it's easy to move right where you need it. 

Home Depot

$499, homedepot.com

Want to warm up your outdoor space with just the click of a button? This remote-controlled heater lets you adjust the temperature without getting up from your lounge chair. And because it's electric, you won't have to worry about refilling propane tanks. 

Home Depot

$100, homedepot.com

If you're simply searching for a cheap, portable heater rather than a stylish fixture you'll want to display year-round, this small (just 20 inches tall) propane heater will keep you toasty. Don't underestimate it, this heater can warm an area up to 2,000 square feet. 

Amazon

$48, amazon.com

To protect your outdoor heater from rain and snow, which can cause rust, invest in a sturdy cover. Check the dimensions first: this cover fits most standup heaters, up to 95 inches tall.