If you are looking to stay warm in your garden during the colder months then this guide will help you select the perfect outdoor heater for you. There are a wide range of options including both electric heaters for consistent, even heat and fire pits for a traditional, cosy atmosphere. Here are our top 10 picks!

Top Electric Heaters

1. 2kW IPX4 Freestanding Electric Quartz Bulb Patio Heater with Remote Control – 3 Power Settings – 2023 Model by Heatlab®

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This freestanding heater is ideal for heating your outdoor patio areas. It is energy efficient with wide coverage to keep everyone warm. The three heat settings allow you to maintain the perfect temperature no matter the weather. This Electric Heater is also extremely versatile so can be freestanding or wall-mounted. It is also rated IPX4 for water resistance which makes it perfect for both outdoor and indoor use.

  • Energy efficient with three heat settings.
  • Great versatility allows for freestanding or wall-mounted positioning.
  • Weatherproof safety rated to IPX4, great for outdoor or indoor use.

2. 1.5kW IP34 Hanging Patio Heater in Stainless Steel by Heatlab®

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This hanging heater would be the perfect option to suspend over an outdoor table, providing targeted heat. Energy efficient and offering 360° coverage, this stylish and versatile heater is versatile enough to be placed in a variety of locations, such as within marquees, gazebos, conservatories, or under awnings.

  • 1500W infrared heater – provides targeted heat instantly, using low frequency waves.
  • Weatherproof safety rated to IP34, great for outdoor or indoor use.
  • Energy efficient heating with 360 degree coverage.

3. 1.2kW IPX4 Streamline Rotating Patio Heater with 2 Power Settings by Heatlab®

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If you are looking for a wide spread of heat coverage then this rotating patio heater is for you. At 6.5p an hour running cost, this is an extremely energy efficient heater. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use with an IPX4 approval. Equipped with a safety tilt switch, this heater will automatically turn off if it is knocked over. It also has multiple heat settings to adjust temperature and save energy.

  • Metal body with a smooth finish – durable, long lasting and stylish.
  • Multi-functional – a source of both heat and light, ideal for socialising into the night.
  • Oscillation setting rotates heater at 60 degrees – provides even dispersal of heat.

4. 2kW IPX4 Wall Mounted Adjustable Quartz Bulb Electric Infrared Heater with Remote Control by Heatlab®

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This Heatlab Wall Mounted, Adjustable Infrared Heater is extremely versatile. It is very easy to install anywhere you require with a bracket included. The remote control allows you to switch it on and off, or between the three heat settings with ease and with a weatherproof safety rating of IPX4 it is great for outdoor or indoor use. 

  • Energy efficient heating with wide coverage and three heat settings.
  • Versatile and simple installation – comes with bracket and remote control.
  • Weatherproof safety rated to IPX4 making it incredibly versatile.

5. 2.1kW IP44 Free Standing Halogen Patio Heater by Heatlab®

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The free-standing heater with 3 heat settings combines a robust structure with excellent design, making the product ideal for both commercial and domestic use. It is easy to move around and store, as well as weatherproof, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Enjoy a drink or party any time of year under the warmth of this heater.

  • Energy efficient heating with 360 degree coverage and three heat settings
  • 2100W – provides targeted heat instantly by using low frequency waves.
  • Weatherproof safety rated to IP44, great for outdoor or indoor use

6. 2kW IP34 Electric Quartz Bulb Parasol Patio Heater by Heatlab®

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This heater is designed to fit around the pole of a parasol and folds neatly so it doesn’t need to be removed when the parasol is closed. As a source of both heat and light it would make a perfect addition to any parasol to enjoy your garden late into the evenings. It is cheap to operate, running at only 10p an hour and this efficient heating can provide warmth for up to 5000 hours with multiple heat settings to suit your heating needs. Having an IP34 approval also means this heater is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use (with waterproof properties).

  • Safety cage – provides protection for you and your guests from the hot lamps
  • Tip Over Safeguard – if your heater falls over, the safeguard shuts off the heater.
  • Anodized extruded aluminium alloy frame – durable, long lasting and stylish.

7. 3kW IP44 Wall Mounted Electric Patio Heater Remote Control in Silver by Heatlab®

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This aluminium silver heater provides targeted heat with an IP44 approval; it can be used indoors and out (due to its waterproof properties) making it incredibly versatile. Comes with a remote control that you can use to switch between two heat settings as well as a mounting bracket for simple and easy installation.

  • Anodized extruded aluminium alloy frame – stylish and long-lasting.
  • The Superior Golden Tube heating element provides warmth whilst reducing glare.
  • Comes with two heat settings (1500W/2000W) and a 2m power cord.

Top Fire Pits

8. 54cm Cast Iron Fire Pit “Kalama” – by La Fiesta

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This firepit combines a sleek design with sturdy construction. Perfect for a small gathering or a larger outdoor event, this versatile fire pit will light up any evening. The stand is firm and sturdy allowing for a safe experience and the fire pit’s inverted cone-like shape ensures any logs light fast without ash smothering the flames.

  • Sturdy cast iron construction and chic design to suit any outdoor space.
  • Ideal for both occasional and intensive everyday use.
  • Burn logs, charcoal or even hedge trimmings and fallen branches.

9. 75cm Carbon Steel Fire Bowl in Black – by La Fiesta

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This steel fire pit has excellent frost resistance, being able to withstand hot and cold temperatures easily making it ideal for outdoor use throughout the year. Its sleek design makes it a gorgeous centrepiece in the garden as well as being useful, providing warmth and entertainment for you and guests in your garden. Comes with a practical stand which keeps it at a perfect height to entertain for hours!

  • Black powder coated – Modern finish makes it resistant to corrosion & oxidisation.
  • Can be used as an ice bucket for hot days – fill with ice & add your favourite drinks!
  • Comes with a poker so you can safely adjust the fire or move logs to suit your needs.

10. 80cm Corten Steel Fire Pit and Water Bowl

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This fire pit will keep the outdoor entertainment going long into the night thanks to the extra warmth it provides. With its stylish design, it can also double as a water bowl making a striking water feature in your outdoor space. The corten steel means the fire pit produces a protective rust-like surface which ensures it stays weather-protected and therefore no two bowls look the same!

  • Corten Steel construction – forms a stable, self-protecting rust that requires no painting or maintenance.
  • 3mm Thick Steel – Provides extra sturdiness and durability.
  • Versatile design – Can be filled with water for a garden feature or miniature pond.

The Right Heater

If our top 10 outdoor heaters aren’t suitable for your indoor/outdoor space, there are plenty more options available such as gas heaters, chimineas and barbecues. Another good way to stay warm in the garden is with the help of heated clothing such as heated gloves which provide a great way to keep the cold away on the go!