Infrared heaters are perfect for any sized patio or garden so when the temperature drops you won’t be forced inside and can enjoy the ‘Al fresco’ lifestyle long into the night.
Although fire pits and chimineas can provide warmth and a welcome glow, many people either don’t have the space or don’t want to have an open fire and the smell of smoke. Similarly, gas patio heaters can be larger and more cumbersome.
With the relatively new range of infrared heaters to keep your outside spaces warm, you’ll find it even easier to choose a safe, warm, and smokeless patio heater or garden heater.
The great thing about infrared heaters is that they can provide warmth instantly and the temperature can easily be controlled and adjusted. You also have a huge variety of styles, designs, and location solutions to choose from, and don’t forget that you won’t need to store any wood or fuel to keep them going!
5 Best Infrared Heaters for Patios and Gardens
Below you’ll find 5 of the best infrared heaters for patios and gardens on the market today.
1 Luxeva Carbon Floor Infrared Heater
This is an ideal heater for the patio. It certainly pumps out the heat, we had to keep turning it down during our outdoor evenings.
The Luxeva carbon floor standing infrared heater is perfect for both inside and outside uses. Whether you’re sat in your conservatory, on the patio, or under a gazebo you’ll be lovely and toasty when the temperature drops.
Its black aluminum housing is both sleek and stylish offering a touch of class along with its warmth.
The carbon spotlight offers 2000W of heat and with up to 98% efficiency it means that you use less electricity to provide a great level of heat.
Finally, due to its size and shape, this freestanding heater does not need a large amount of space to be used.
Dimensions – 18.5cm x 7.5cm x 98cm (WxDxH)
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2 Outsunny Parasol Infrared Heater
This Outsunny Parasol infrared heater is a perfect choice for those winter days. You can easily mount it on an existing umbrella parasol so that you can use your outdoor furniture throughout the year.
Infrared technology allows you to have heat within a few minutes at the touch of a button and with this parasol heater you can cover a fairly large area easily.
With three heat settings, 650W, 1300W, and 2000W it’s perfect for any patio and will keep you warm and allow you to enjoy your garden during those cold winter months.
Dimensions – 100cm x 100cm x 10.5cm (WxDxH)
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3 Futura Deluxe Wall Mounted Infrared Heater
Excellent Outdoor Heaters Fabulous for sitting outside very happy
The Futura Deluxe Wall Mounted Infrared Heater is perfect for any outdoor space offering plenty of heat so that when the sun goes down you can keep the party going!
It offers three temperature settings 750W, 1500W, and 2000W meaning that you can easily adjust the heat to suit your needs.
Wall-mounted infrared heaters allow you to use the floor space for partying or relaxing. The Futura heater comes not only with a full wall mounting kit but also a remote control.
The cleaver heater provides instant heat due to the infrared tubes and the heater also comes with a strong IP65 rated protection against water.
Dimensions – 63cm x 15cm x 12cm (WxDxH)
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4 Veito Carbon Infrared Heater
Very good at warming you up
The Veito Carbon Infrared Heater is a stylish free-standing floor heater that comes complete with an adjustable height stand.
This great-looking infrared heater is highly energy-efficient and provides a warm and cosy heat within seconds of being switched.
Veito infrared heaters are made using the latest carbon fibre technology. They are also hard wearing, robust, and have long lasting heating elements.
One of the best things about the Veito heater is that it offers a choice of 4 heat settings 900W, 1200W, 1500W and 1800W. This useful
With the remote control you can easily regulate the heating levels, activate and set the timer function and activate and set the automatic temperature control.
Dimensions – 40cm x 40cm x 135cm (WxDxH)
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5 Blumfeldt Dark Wave Standing Infrared Heater
Assembly fairly simple, easy to reposition, very useful range of heat options, would recommend.
The Blumfeldt Dark Wave Standing Infrared Heater is both space-saving and highly efficient.
When the sun disappears and the temperature drops all you have to do is turn on the desired heat level and you will find this infrared heater will provide instant heat.
With the Blumfeldt Dark Wave patio heater, it is possible to dine in the open air until late at night, regardless of cold temperatures.
It also has the ability to be mounted directly on the wall or stand on its own floor stand so that you can make the most of your space.
With 9 different heating levels, you can set the temperature as you desire depending upon your personal circumstances.
The stylish aluminum case looks good in any garden and with IP65 water protection, you’ll be able to have fun in the garden no matter the time of year.
Dimensions – 87cm x 11cm x 178cm (WxDxH)
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How do Infrared Heaters Work?
Infrared heaters work by converting electricity into radiant heat in the infrared spectrum by a lamp or heating element. The heat is then transported by electromagnetic waves through the air until it reaches an object. Infrared heaters do not heat the air only surrounding objects.
Of course, by surrounding objects, we mean a variety of things such as people, tables, chairs, and so on. Infrared electromagnetic waves work in the same way as the sun’s rays but without the fear of UV rays.
Infrared light is not visible to the human eye because it is outside the spectrum of light that our eyes can see. The invisible light travels in straight lines and gets absorbed by objects, our clothing, and skin, the same that would happen if you were out in the sunshine. This is how things around an infrared heater warm-up.
As the light travels in straight lines, its heat reduces the further the light has to travel. Therefore the closer you are, the warmer you will be.
Infrared heaters are also affected by the location of the heater and also the weather. On a windy day, the warmth you get from the sun’s rays will be affected by the wind, the same effect is felt with infrared heaters. To get the full effect from an infrared heater on average you’ll need to be less than 3 meters away from it.
Infrared Patio Heaters Work Instantly
Unlike other forms of patio heaters, infrared heaters work instantly. The majority of patio heaters work by warming up the surrounding air by convection. Infrared heaters emit rays of heat that warm objects and people directly. With infrared patio heaters, you simply have to turn them on to start to benefit from the heat they provide.
Do Infrared Patio Heaters use a Lot of Electricity?
Infrared heaters will use the same amount of electricity per hour as a standard patio heater as they are generally rated between 1000W and 3000W. However, a well-placed infrared patio heater will be much more efficient as they heat objects rather than air so you will normally find less wastage and therefore they do not need to be turned up as high.
How Much do Infrared Heaters Cost to Run?
A 2000W infrared heater will cost on average 28.74p per hour to run in the UK and a 1000W infrared heater will cost 14.37p.
This is because an infrared patio heaters power usage is measured by watts. 2000W is the same as 2KW and as the average cost of 1KWH in the UK is 14.37p (as provided by UKPower.co.uk) this means that 2KW x 14.37p = 28.74p.
Are Infrared Patio Heaters Bad for the Environment?
Infrared patio heaters are not bad for the environment and will not add any pollutants into the atmosphere. They create a lower carbon footprint and unlike gas patio heaters, fire pits and chimineas operate with no carbon combustion meaning there are no flames and no toxic-by-products.
Also as they heat objects rather than the air, well-placed heaters can be used on lower settings, saving both energy and money at the same time.