Updated November 09, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Tabletop Outdoor Heaters

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in March of 2018. There's no need to move the party indoors when the sun goes down. Using various fuels, one of these tabletop heaters can keep you and your guests warm when it gets cold out. Just make sure to take care when operating one, because whether or not there's a visible flame, these all deserve the same respect as an open fire and may require adequate ventilation. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best tabletop outdoor heater on Amazon.

10. Dura Heat LP18

9. Ener-G+ Freestanding

8. Fire Sense 61322

7. Regal Flame Bruno

6. Star Patio 1566-CT

5. Bond Firebowl

4. Endless Summer Fireplace

3. The Real Hot Pot

2. Mr. Heater Little Buddy

1. Mr. Heater Hunting Buddy

Editor's Notes

October 29, 2019:

When you're using a tabletop heater, safety is by far the utmost concern. After checking with a lot of former owners, we realized that the miniaturized versions of the umbrella- and pyramid-style outdoor heaters tend to be fragile, unreliable, and in some cases, significant fire hazards. While you can find some versions that work okay, we wouldn't recommend them for most situations, so we took most of them off the list, despite there being quite a few of those types available. The Fire Sense 61322 is basically the only one that wasn't widely panned for breaking down quickly or actually catching on fire.

If you'd rather not mess around with propane bottles or liquid fuel, there are a couple good electric options. The Star Patio 1566-CT is much like a normal lamp, just way hotter, although it doesn't have a variable temperature. It's one of the few electric tabletop models that's actually effective, though. Then there's the Ener-G+ Freestanding, which is a table in and of itself, with a 1500-watt heater underneath that keeps it nice and toasty. It's pretty expensive, though, and it will replace the actual table that you're trying to heat, of course, but it does look pretty neat and will especially keep your legs from getting chilly.

Anything by Mr. Heater is sure to be of very high quality, and the Dura Heat LP18 is constructed similarly but with 360-degree heating. For a heater that also adds to your patio's aesthetic, the Regal Flame Bruno, Endless Summer Fireplace, and The Real Hot Pot are fine choices. And with any of these ten options, be certain to follow all safety precautions, and be incredibly careful if you're using them in even slightly enclosed spaces, as they can sap oxygen from the air, the dangerous effects of which can actually sneak up on you after time.

If you're specifically looking for something that can keep you warm with a real flame, we've also gathered some of the best tabletop fireplaces as well as freestanding fire pit tables


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on November 09, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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