Autumn is rolling around again; I’ve noticed the clouds coming in but the temperature hasn’t dropped too much yet so there’s still time to sit out in the evening and enjoy food, drink and social time. However, by that time of day, there might be something of a chill in the air so installing a gas patio heater is a great way to take off the edge.
Pyramid gas patio heaters are a great choice because not only are they stylish, but they don’t take up a lot of room. What’s more, having a wider base and a tapered top, they’re a lot more stable and therefore safe than some other designs. If you’re looking for a patio heater that’s portable then the pyramid design is one of the best; it’s easy to see from the many advantages why they are a popular choice.
But since they’re so popular, manufacturers are churning them out at an alarming rate. So, how do you know which is the best pyramid patio heater? We’ll save you the bother of relentlessly searching the internet with our guide to the best products on the market and how to choose the right heater for you.
Pyramid Gas Patio Heaters - Our Top Picks
From heaters for a small courtyard to those that will warm a large patio, there are options for everyone. What’s more, manufacturers are offering pyramid heaters in a range of different prices so you’ll find something to suit your budget. Here are the pyramid heaters that we consider to be the best of the best.
OUR TOP PICK
As one of the more expensive products on this list, you might initially be deterred but when you learn about the amazing range of features on the BU-KO patio heater, you begin to appreciate why it’s such great value for money.
For starters, this heater is incredibly resistant to the outdoors so it’s perfect for patios. Made from robust stainless steel, it’ll resist the elements and rust but it also comes with a fire and water proof cover for even more protection.
This powerful 13kw propane heater delivers consistent heat thanks to the reflector on the top which helps heat to radiate evenly. The adjustable flame means you can control the temperature to your liking and everything is encased in a glass tube for ultimate safety.
Oh, and if all that wasn’t enough, there’s a built-in Bluetooth speaker so you can entertain your guests at the same time as keeping them warm! What a bonus!
Powerful and consistent heat
We couldn’t find anything we didn’t like with this heater
Durable materials plus cover
2 year warranty
Outsunny has always been a forerunner when it comes to garden furniture and appliances and their pyramid patio heater is everything you would expect from this brilliant brand. It’s a touch more affordable than the BU-KO but still has an excellent range of features such as the included dust cover.
Slightly less powerful at 11.5kw, this one might be better for smaller patios but it still kicks out a good amount of heat. What’s more, it’s got some brilliant safety features like an auto off function and a tilt switch so there’s no concern of an accident. The 50cm x 50cm base also makes it incredibly sturdy so the likelihood of it falling in the first place is pretty low.
There is an adjustable temperature control that’s really easy to use but one thing that did disappoint us slightly is that the cylinder is not included. So while this one is slightly cheaper, the price is jacked up as you have to buy this additional part.
Moving the Outsunny patio heater around is a breeze thanks to the wheels and handle. Plus, at just 13kg, it’s one of the most lightweight models on this list.
Very sturdy base
Cylinder not included
Good safety features
Stylish and modern design
Comes with dust cover
If you don’t want to break the bank then this heater from Cotton Life is a great choice. It’s super affordable but is still a powerful 13kw heater that’ll keep you and your family warm on those chilly evenings.
Now, we won’t lie, this one isn’t as nice looking as some of the others we are featuring but that’s a sacrifice you have to make when spending a little less money. But in terms of durability and stability, it’s nothing but the best. This heavy heater weighs 27kg and has a 49.5cm x 49.5cm base for super stability. Although, we should note that the weight could make it less portable.
The Cotton Life pyramid heater encases the flame in a glass tube for safety so this is ideal for families with kids and pets. It also comes with a weatherproof cover to keep it well maintained when not in use. Plus you can leave it outside and not have to worry about taking up space in the shed!
Not as stylish
Powerful 13kw heater
Not very portable due to being heavy
Comes with cover
Made from durable stainless steel
Moving back to the BU-KO brand, we have a gorgeous pyramid patio heater that’s ideal for both domestic and commercial use. Yes, this one does cost significantly more than the others on this list but in terms of looking good, it won’t be beaten. If you have a rattan furniture set, this will match perfectly and it comes in a choice of two colours!
We also love that this powerful 13kw heater covers a 10 foot radius so it’s great for medium sized patios. Moreover, you can adjust the temperature using the easy controls so you get excellent versatility.
The BU-KO rattan effect heater comes with a cover to keep it protected during bad weather. That said, it’s made from premium materials for superb durability. This is definitely a product that will stand the test of time. Also, being heavier, it offers excellent stability and boasts an anti tilt function which switches off the power should the heater tip over.
We are also very impressed with the customer service which is available seven days a week. If there are any problems, you’ll have no issues getting in touch and having your issue resolved.
Covers a 10ft radius
Great customer service
Our final pick is this lovely looking pyramid patio heater from Dellonda which not only adds style to your garden but is also built to last. Made from rugged materials, this patio heater will stand up to the elements and it’s also protected with a cover. However, we should note that, if you want the cover, there is an additional £10 charge.
The Dellonda pyramid heater covers up to 8 square metres so is brilliant for larger spaces. Plus with up to 46,000 BTUs, it’s super powerful and emits a good amount of heat. Of course, as you would expect, there is the option to adjust the temperature giving you full control.
In terms of safety, the Dellonda heater ensures protection from the heat by encasing the real flame within a glass tube. Moreover, it’s really sturdy and heavy so it’s incredibly unlikely to tip over. Of course, being so heavy, this does make it harder to move around.
We should also point out that some customers have noted how difficult this one is to assemble. If you want something quick and easy then this might not be the right product for you.
Hard to assemble
Powerful heat and wide coverage
Not easily portable
Made from durable materials
How To Choose The Right Pyramid Gas Patio Heater
While pyramid gas patio heaters are all designed for the same purpose, there are differences in design that you’ll need to consider when purchasing. There’s also some jargon to think about such as the BTU rating of the heater that can feel confusing if you’ve never brought this type of equipment before. But don’t worry, here are our simple buying tips that make choosing a pyramid heater super simple.
The heat that a patio heater puts out will depend on its power rating which is typically given in BTUs (British Thermal Units). The higher the number, the more heat you will get from your device. But with that said, higher ratings aren’t always the best option.
What you really need to consider is the area that you are looking to heat as this is a much more reliable way of working out the right BTU for your needs. When thinking about the coverage of the heat, this will normally refer to a circle around the heater where the heat radiates.
On top of this, you have to consider that the patio heater might not necessarily reach the full rating when it is running. This is because external factors such as the temperature outside and even the type of material you place the heater on can impact how hot it is able to get. For colder climates, it is recommended to go for a heater with a higher BTU rating.
Type Of Gas
There are two types of gas used to power outdoor heaters; natural gas and propane. If you’re opting for a natural gas heater then these are perfect as they have a flame effect and are extremely quiet so are ideal for relaxing in the evening.
You must make sure that you use a natural gas heater in a well ventilated place but since you’re looking for something to use on the patio, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
If you have been used to using an electric heater, you’ll notice an immediate difference in how much heat a natural gas heater produces in comparison to this. For outdoor use, they’re excellent as they do a brilliant job of keeping everyone nice and toasty.
Moreover, these are far more cost effective as they rely on gas from your main source. Provided you stay on top of the gas bill, you’ll have a constant flow of power.
On the other hand, you might opt for a propane heater and if you want something portable and convenient then this is by far the best choice. They are super quick to install and are perfect for home use or things like camping.
A lot of propane heaters have a very high BTU rating so they’re excellent if you have a large patio or deck that needs heating. Again, you must make sure that the area is well ventilated.
The main issue with these heaters is the need for a propane tank and you won’t have a constant flow of gas like natural gas heaters. How often you need to change the tank will depend on the BTU rating. For example, a 50,000 BTU heater using a 20lb tank might last up to ten hours.
Choosing The Safest Heater
It doesn’t take us to tell you that a gas patio heater could be incredibly dangerous if it isn’t used correctly. The good news is that most modern appliances have a good number of safety features but you’ll want to check these over before settling on a product.
The best pyramid gas patio heaters will have a safety switch that automatically shuts the device off if it is tipped over. If you have kids or pets then this is a must. There are also heaters that have an auto-off function so that the power cuts off after a certain amount of time. If you go inside and forget to switch the heater off, there won’t be any problems.
When looking at how safe the appliance is, take into account the surface you will place it on, weather conditions and other factors that could affect the stability of the heater. While pyramid heaters do tend to be very stable, it can help to choose one with a weighted base for even more sturdiness.
In relation to safety, we would urge you to think carefully about the size of the heater you require. You should always allow at least 30 inches of space around the heater and should NEVER try to fit one into a compact space as this will result in an accident or injury.
Most pyramid gas patio heaters will be made from stainless steel although there may be some made from other materials. The benefit of stainless steel is that it’s brilliantly durable for outdoor use as well as being easy to clean. On top of this, stainless steel is great at dispersing heat evenly. However, you may see some heaters made from copper which is a great conductor so it’s worth considering too even if it is a little harder to care for.
Heating up your patio creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests. If you want a heater that’s going to pack a punch but isn’t going to take up a load of space then a pyramid gas patio heater might be just what you’re looking for.