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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?




Electric patio heater

Cheaper to buy than gas models



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


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


Power rating



Heating area

Brand and type


Gas patio heater

13 kW

250 to 945 g/h

17 to 28 h


Alice’s Garden - Artic grey

≤ £200

9.3 kW

762 g/h avg.

20 h avg.


Happy Garden - Stockholm

≤ £170

13 Kw

945 g/h avg.

15 to 34 h


Happy Garden - Oslo

≤ £90

12.5 kW

364 to 909 g/h

15 to 35 h


Alice’s Garden - Finland

≤ £90

5 top models of electric patio heater

Type of patio heater

Power rating

Heating area



Electric directional patio heater

2 kW


Favex Verone

≤ £70

Post-mounted electric patio heater

2 kW


Favex Bari

≤ £90

Aluminium electric patio heater

2.1 kW



≤ £110

Top-mounted electric patio heater

1.5 kW



≤ £45

Top-mounted electric patio heater

1.5 kW


Eurom Partytent Heater Sail

≤ £85

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Guide written by:

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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