A tabletop patio heater is a mini version of a free-standing heater. While it can have all the parts that can be found in larger heaters (e.g. ignition system, fuel type), the heat output is much reduced. For instance, a large patio heater can produce up to 46,000 BTUs, but its mini counterpart can only give out 11,000 BTUs.
Tabletop patio heaters are extremely portable, so sometimes, they are also marketed as “portables.” They can weigh approximately 3 pounds, and they can measure 36 inches in height.
Popular Tabletop Heater Brands on the Market Today
There are several brands of portable patio heaters available today. These brands vary in heat output, height, shape, and features.
|AZ Patio Heaters||Portable heaters from AZ Patio Heaters are usually pyramid or triangular in shape, but there are also mushroom types available. They run on gas (propane, butane).|
|Fire Sense||These tabletop heaters are mushroom in shape, so-called because of their round top that resembles a mushroom.|
|Lava Heat Italia||Lava Heat Italia portable heaters are pyramid in shape, but one model has an inverted pyramid style with a round top. These heaters are 3 feet tall, and emit at least 11,000 BTUs.|
|Endless Summer by Blue Rhino||Endless Summer heaters take the form of ordinary table lamps and are usually run by electricity. They give out at least 4,000 BTUs, and they are perfect for medium-size gatherings.|
|Golden Flame||Capable of producing at least 10,000 BTUs, Golden Flame propane tabletop patio heaters carry the same mushroom shape like the other brands mentioned on this list.|
Best Tabletop Patio Heater: Which Brand is Winning?
You’ve seen the brands of mini outdoor heaters. While most run on propane, others are run on electricity. Because of the size and the fuel type, the heat output can also be different. Some can produce as high as 10,000 BTUs while others can produce at least 5,000 BTUs.
So the question is, which of these brands is worth looking at? Using consumer reviews, ratings, and feedback, we have listed the top brands and models that you might be interested in.
In general, portable patio heaters haven’t enjoyed high ratings as compared with their larger counterparts. Of all the models available, there are two that you might be interested in.
Lava Heat Italia Mini Lava Table Top Patio Heater
This is the mini version of a bigger outdoor patio heater. It can produce 11,000 BTUs and runs on propane. It has been recently upgraded to include advanced features such as the “Rapid-Spark” electronic ignition system. This should make lighting the device a breeze. Aside from that, the upgrade comes with new controls for adjusting the dancing flame height.
A plug-n-play device, the Lava Mini is 3 ft tall that comes pre-assembled at the factory. It is designed to operate 4 to 8 hours so you can enjoy a medium-size gathering outdoors.
Golden Flame Rich-Mocha Table Top Patio Heater
This portable outdoor heater produces 10,000 BTUs, has a Piezo electronic ignition system, stainless steel burners, heating grid, and a reflector hood. It is 35 inches tall and weighs 15 pounds.
Aside from those features, this heater is also CSA approved and comes with safety features that include an auto-tilt shut off system and an oxygen depletion sensor.
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