Patio heaters, like any other product, do not come in a one-size-fits-all category. It means that the patio heater that is best for your friend might not be the same for you or vice versa, therefore, you need to look at various types and decide which one suits you the best.
Standing Heaters: If you’re looking for the biggest and the most powerful patio heater, freestanding should be your choice. Standing between 7 and 8 feet tall, they are available in two styles: Pyramid and Tapered.
Triangular in shape, pyramid heaters have a cylindrical tube and use an actual flame to generate heat. As for the tapered heaters, their heavy base is covered with a long heating element on top, and they also have a small umbrella cover made of metal.
While most people turn to standing heaters for power, they do have their downsides. For instance, they are the heaviest of the lot, which means they are extremely difficult to move. Similarly, their assembly ca sometimes be tricky.
Mounted Heaters: Attached to either a ceiling or a wall, they are the least portable but are known for their warmth. What’s more, since they will remain on one side of the patio, you won’t have to make space for them. Similarly, they are a cinch to power as all you’d need to do to get them up and running is to inculcate their wiring into your home’s. Some of them also come with remote controls.
On the downside, mounted heaters are one of the most difficult to install. Installing them requires expertise in measuring wiring, drilling and other electrical work, which means that you might want to hire a professional for help.
Tabletop Heaters: If all you want to heat is a small space, tabletop heaters are your best bet. Being miniature versions of the abovementioned freestanding patio heaters, their light weight makes them extremely portable. Their base is covered with an insulated surface which prevents it from getting heated. Finally, if you are going on a picnic or camping, you could take this type of heater along.
Hanging Heaters: If you have a covered patio, gazebo or any other covered space, you could use these heaters as they need to be suspended from the ceiling. Thanks to their position atop the room, they distribute heat evenly and won’t take any space in your room.
Fire Pit Heaters: Mesmerized by the old-fashioned fire pits? Then you’d love the fire pit heaters which produce heat without requiring you gather and burn wood. The absence of wood means that they won’t produce smoke either. On the flipside, their design makes them more expensive and they’d require more maintenance than other heaters mentioned in this review.