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Comparison of gas and electric patio heaters

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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When choosing patio heaters you need to think about power rating, gas versus electric, and your desired location (patio, marquee, veranda…) This product comparison is based on numbers of sales along with customer feedback.

Important features

  • Consumption
  • Duration of use
  • Power
  • Heating area
  • Brand and type
  • Price

A word about patio heaters





Patio heaters
 have become a permanent fixture on café and restaurant terraces in the colder months. Simple and elegant in design, this form of outside heating has always been popular with professional designers and is becoming more accessible to individual homeowners. Ideal placed next to an outdoor dining area or coffee table, they warm the air within a set area. To choose the right patio heater, you need to decide on:


  • energy source - gas or electric
  • power rating (in kW)
  • heating area (in m²)
  • effective range in metres
  • heat emission
  • material quality
  • stability and bulkiness
  • duration of use (gas models)

Gas or electric?


 

Advantages

Disadvantages



Electric patio heater

Cheaper to buy than gas models

Light

Odourless

Lower risk level

Usable indoors

Less bulky

More expensive to run

Requires electrical power supply

Electric cable can be inconvenient

Lower heating power overall




Gas patio heater

Autonomous

Lower energy consumption

Better heating performance

Heavy (so more stable)

Highly reliable

Only recommended for outdoor use

Heavy (more difficult to manoeuvre)

Bulkier than electric models

Requires licensed gas bottles

Poses a fire risk

5 top models of gas patio heater


Type

Power rating

Consumption

Autonomy

Heating area

Brand and type

Price

Gas patio heater
Butane–propane

13 kW

250 to 945 g/h

17 to 28 h

20m²

Alice’s Garden - Artic grey

≤ £200

9.3 kW

762 g/h avg.

20 h avg.

25m²

Happy Garden - Stockholm

≤ £170

13 Kw

945 g/h avg.

15 to 34 h

30m²

Happy Garden - Oslo

≤ £90

12.5 kW

364 to 909 g/h

15 to 35 h

30m²

Alice’s Garden - Finland

≤ £90

5 top models of electric patio heater


Type of patio heater

Power rating

Heating area

Brand

Price

Electric directional patio heater

2 kW

8m²

Favex Verone

≤ £70

Post-mounted electric patio heater

2 kW

6m²

Favex Bari

≤ £90

Aluminium electric patio heater

2.1 kW

9m²

Einhell

≤ £110

Top-mounted electric patio heater

1.5 kW

5m²

Deuba

≤ £45

Top-mounted electric patio heater

1.5 kW

14m²

Eurom Partytent Heater Sail

≤ £85

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