If you’re in the market for a little extra heating for your outdoor living spaces this season, be sure to check out these six patio heaters certain to keep you and your guests toasty despite the chill creeping into the Hudson Valley air.
Mr. Heater F232000 Buddy
This tiny heater deserves a special mention for its sheer versatility and portability. While it won't cut it for outdoor dining spaces at restaurants or massive backyard parties, this potent but pint-sized foot warmer is a perfect supplement to the heat of an outdoor fireplace or fire pit for your Dutchess County landscape design. At 4,000-9,000 BTU, it’ll heat up an enclosed space just as quickly as a lot of larger units. It’s also great for camping and turns off automatically if knocked over or picked up.
Ener-G+ Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Electric Patio Heater
This hanging electrical heater provides 1500 watts of ambient heat from its carbon filament infrared bulb and is perfect for placement over a table to create a bubble of warmth for outdoor dinners. It’s water resistant, conveniently operated by remote control, and because it’s electric, is completely odorless and environmentally friendly. Even more impressive than this is the futuristic sci-fi shape that makes it look like the spacecraft of an alien invader. The Ener-G+ also doubles as an LED lighting fixture.
Lava Heat Italia Amazon-106
One of the criticisms of overhead and vertical patio heaters is the simple fact that hot air rises, so an overhead or vertical heater theoretically takes longer to heat an area than one lower to the ground. Not the Amazon-106 from Lava Heat Italia. This vertical heater makes full use of its vertical column, both for heating and to create an impressive visual display. A stainless steel pyramidal cage keeps the 6ft glass flame tube at a safe distance and its triangular base makes the Amazon-106 a stable unit.
Dayva Int'l Natural Gas Outdoor B000EVZI2U
With it’s square corners and boxy appearance, the Dayva Outdoor is not everyone’s idea of the Mona Lisa of patio heaters, but it is a functional, modern design and generates some impressive heat output - some 40,000 BTU. This vertical heater stands around 8ft tall, which means you may need some clearance if your Poughkeepsie, NY patio has a covering. Tough and hardy, this is the sort of buy you know will keep serving you for years.
Fire Sense Stainless Steel Deluxe Patio Heater
If sleek curves and rounded edges are more your thing, the Fire Sense Stainless Steel deluxe is definitely worth considering. This one puts out even more heat at 47,000BTU. The bullet shaped design is certainly more attractive than the Dayva’s hard edges and is also arguably a sturdier unit with a weighted base for tip protection.
Sunglo Black Patio Heater
Arguably one of the best patio heaters money can buy. At a retail price of over $1,200, the Sunglo is an ultra-high-end heater that delivers on its price tag. From its umbrella dome to its solid base, the Sunglo exudes master craftsmanship. The Sunglo connects to a gas line, and at 50,000 BTU, will keep away the chills while remaining relatively light on fuel. All in all, the Sunglo is a great product with an attractive design and some impressive stats to boot.
— Image courtesy FireSense.