6 Best Table Top Heaters

Tabletop heaters are a great way to continue those long outdoor conversations, even during the winter months!

After plenty of searching, the best table top heater I could find was the Fire Sense Heater. It has a stylish finish and 10,000 BTUs of heating power.

If you’re looking for an electric patio heater, then the Star Patio Heater is a much safer option to consider.

Below you’ll find all the reviews and some budget and alternative options.

Let’s get started.

Our Top Picks

TOP PICK
Fire Sense Table Top Heater
9.7
Fire Sense Table Top Heater
  • Spreads heat in 100 square foot area
  • One step ignition
  • 10,000 BTU
RUNNER UP
Star Patio Outdoor Table Top Heater
9.5
Star Patio Outdoor Table Top Heater
  • Spreads heat in 12 square foot area
  • 5100 BTUs
  • Pull switch ignition

 

BUDGET PICK
Cuisinart Portable Table Top Heater
9.1
Cuisinart Portable Table Top Heater
  • 8.5 lbs weight
  • 11,000 BTU
  • Works with 1 lb. propane tank

Best Table Top Heater

BEST
Fire Sense Outdoor Tabletop Propane Patio Heater

Key Features:

  • Spreads heat in 100 square foot area
  • One step ignition
  • 10,000 BTU

This patio heater is capable of heating around a 100-square-foot area, making it perfect for larger table settings.

You won’t have to worry about lighting it yourself, the one-step Piezo ignition will instantly light the heater itself.

The BTU output of this heater is 10,000 BTUs, which is more than enough to heat a group of people around a large patio table.

This tabletop patio heater also takes a 1lb propane cylinder which will last around 3 hours.

I love that this unit is lightweight and easy to move around should you want to change its location.

You also have an option to upgrade to the stainless steel version which looks great (but is a bit more expensive).

This patio heater also has an auto shut-off tilt valve as well as an oxygen depletion sensor to keep you safe.

The front has a dial to adjust the heat output as you please.

Unfortunately, if you want to use a bigger tank, you will need to purchase an adapter separately.

Some people also said when using this tabletop heater, they had some difficulty with the ignition system.

Overall though, this is a solid tabletop heater that’s aesthetic and easy to use.

With it being able to double as a garage heater, you’ll get plenty of use out of it this winter.

Pros
  • Heats 100 square foot area
  • One step ignition
  • 10,000 BTUs
Cons
  • Need to purchase adapter for 20lb tank
  • Can be difficult to light

 


Best Electric Table Top Heater

ELECTRIC
Star Patio Outdoor Table Top Heater

Key Features: 

  • Spreads heat in 12 square foot area.
  • 5100 BTUs
  • Pull Switch ignition
  • 1500W

Not all tabletop patio heaters use fuel. The Star Patio Outdoor heater is an electric tabletop patio heater that will be sure to please.

It’s going to be a safer option over propane heaters and you won’t have to worry about sourcing any propane tanks.

Electric heaters are also great if you only have a small patio table to heat up and not a larger space with many people.

This patio heater is weather resistant and waterproof, allowing for it to work even when it gets a little rainy outside. (Although you likely shouldn’t leave it in the rain regardless).

It has safety features like tip-over protection and an anti-skid design to keep everything smooth and stable.

The outside has a nice bronze finish which I like over the stainless steel options on this list.

I love that it comes with a 1-year warranty and is rated for up to 8000 hours of usage.

One downside of this unit is that it only has 1500W, which isn’t super powerful.

It will be great if you’re able to sit close to it, but if you have a larger table with multiple people, this unit simply won’t be able to get hot enough compared to a propane heater.

While it is a bit more expensive than propane patio heaters, an electric patio heater is safer and requires no fuel.

If you’re wanting an easy tabletop patio heater to use, this is one to consider.

Pros
  • Produces no odors, chemicals, or fumes.
  • Built to be portable.
  • Safety auto shut-off in place for tip-over protection.
Cons
  • Loud humming noise when it is on.
  • NOT weatherproof.
  • Pull switch is fragile.


Best Budget Table Top Heater

BUDGET PICK
Cuisinart Portable Table Top Heater

Key Features:

  • 8,5 lbs weight
  • 11,000 BTU
  • Works with 1 lb. propane tank

My favorite part about the Cuisinart COH-500 is how many options you have to choose from customizing your tabletop patio heater.

You can choose from overhead patio heaters to fire pits to a stainless steel option that will be sure to add to the decor of any patio.

It has 11,000 BTUs which is going to be perfect for long nights of conversation.

I love that you can control how hot this unit gets with the rotary dial control, giving you more flexibility rather than just “off and on”.

If this unit gets knocked over, it’ll turn itself off. It also has a burner screen guard should the flames act up.

It’s light and portable, so you’ll have no issue taking this patio heater with you anywhere you need to go.

You can also opt for the much more aesthetic stainless steel option should you wish for a sleeker look on your patio.

Sadly, this unit does require an optional hose/regulator if you want to use it with a 20lb propane tank.

Some users did mention that they felt that it didn’t have as much heat output as they’d like, but for the price, it’s going to be hard to beat this patio heater.

Overall, if you’re not trying to spend a ton of money and customize your outdoor patio heater, this is a great option to consider.


Runner Up Budget Table Top Heater

RUNNER UP BUDGET
BALI OUTDOORS Gas Portable Table Top Heater

Key Features:

  • Gas safety shut-off switch.
  • Uses 1lb propane
  • Consumption rate is 2 hours (1 lb propane tank).

This budget tabletop heater has plenty of features that are sure to please.

It uses a 1lb propane tank and only weighs 14lbs, making it easy to transport. You can also buy a converter to connect to a 20lb propane tank separately.

The top has a protective screen shield and has an oxygen depletion sensor as well as tip-over protection if anyone knocks it over.

To ignite, simply use the push and turn the ignition. The dial also allows you to choose how hot this patio heater gets as well.

For a budget price, it still offers 10,000 BTUs which is as much as the first unit.

The bronze aesthetic is sure to please over even stainless steel options.

Sadly, some were not happy with the heat output of this unit. If it’s fairly cold outside and you’re expecting it to heat a large area, you will likely be disappointed.

Since it also uses a 1lb propane tank, it will run out quickly on the highest heat setting.

If you’re wanting to save some money this winter but still stay warm, you’ll find plenty of use with this patio heater.

Pros
  • Built to be portable.
  • Easy matching appearance.
  • Can connect to a 20 lb propane tank. 
Cons
  • Propane tank not included.
  • Not very effective outdoors.
  • Need to purchase adapter for 20lb tank.


Best Alternative Option

ALTERNATIVE
WARMLREC Portable Table Top Heater

Key Features:

  • 5100 BTU
  • Corded Electric
  • Digital panel display

While it won’t be suitable for tabletop applications, you may want to consider using an electric space heater instead.

While it is only 1500 watts, you’ll still be able to get close and get your hands and feet warm.

You have the option to choose from 1500, 1000, and 500 watts, letting you decide how this unit gets.

You’ll be able to rely on tip-over protection should your kids or pets knock it over.

What I like about this space heater over table top heaters is that it remote control, as well as an, LED display, giving you control even while you’re not near the unit.

You can also choose to use this unit indoors as well as outdoors. You’ll get plenty of usage out of this item and you won’t even need to consider purchasing a separate 120v garage heater.

Unfortunately, some purchasers had their units break after a couple of weeks. But most of the reviewers were happy with the product in the end.

If you’re wanting an alternative option for a patio heater and don’t want to deal with fuel, this can be a great way to save money over tabletop heaters this winter.

Pros
  • Adjustable heat
  • 24-hour timer
  • Built-in Tip-over protection
  • Remote control
Cons
  • Fragile
  • Lack of child security.


Also Great Alternative Option

ALTERNATIVE #2
Dr Infrared Heater DR-238
  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Can be purchased in 120v and 240v options (1500/3000W)
  • Has remote
  • Can be mounted in 2 ways 

Another option to add to your option is a wall-mounted patio heater.

While it isn’t going to sit on a tabletop, it will be able to save space by hanging it nearby on a wall.

What’s great about the Dr. Heater DR-238 is that it can be purchased in 120 and 240-volt options. 240 volts is capable of twice the power at 3000w, allowing for more heat.

It’s IP55 approved which means that it’s weatherproof and can withstand the elements.

You can also choose to mount it on a tripod should you wish to only bring it out during the winter months.

It comes with remote control and has timers, 3 heating modes, and overheat protection.

Purchasers of this product mention that for the 1500w version, you will need to be relatively close to it to feel any heat output.

While it won’t be able to heat an entire outdoor area, it can be suitable for keeping anyone nearby warm.

If you’re after something with a bit more power, then go with the 240v option and get an electrician to wire it for you.

Pros
  • Can be mounted in 2 ways
  • Comes with remote
  • Can be upgraded to 240v version
Cons
  • Consumes a lot of electricity
  • Not powerful enough for large patios 


What to Look For in a Table Top Heater?

Heat output

The heat output of your tabletop heater is important. You’ll want to get a larger patio heater if you have a bigger space to heat.

If you’re going to have 2-3 people around a small table, then even a 1500W patio heater can do.

If you have a large table that’s going to seat 6-10 people, then you’ll want a fuel-powered heater or 240v heater to keep up with the heat output needed for that amount of people.

Aesthetic

How your patio heater looks is also important.

You can choose from bronze finishes or even stainless steel. You will however need to pay more for stainless steel construction.

Price

How much you’re wanting to spend is also important when deciding on a tabletop heater.

Unfortunately, they aren’t cheap. You’ll have to factor in buying fuel as well if you go with the propane options.

You can however get away with cheaper space heaters that won’t heat a large area but can do well in a pinch.

Electric vs Propane

An electric patio heater will be safer than the propane option. Over the long run though, you may find that you spend more on electric bills over the propane options.

However, buying propane and having it around can be a damper as well.

Consider that most of these units don’t work with 20lb tanks, you’ll need to buy 1 or 2 pounds propane cylinders which can add up over time.

Warranty

A warranty is going to be important as you want a company that will stand by its product.

If your tabletop heater gives out in less than a year, you’ll want it covered by a warranty.

Final Thoughts

Patio heaters are a great way to stave off cold fingers and feet while enjoying company during the colder months

If you’re looking for the best tabletop patio heaters, I found the Fire Sense Heater to be well-rounded with safety features as well as 10,000 BTUs of power.

If you’re looking for electricity, then the Star Patio Heater is another great choice.

It doesn’t have as much heat output as propane heaters, but it is much safer to use.

If you’re wanting a low-wattage heater for your desk, you can check out our review here.

About Roy Cohen

Roy Cohen has a burning passion for heating, cooling, and ventilation. He aims to help you save money on expensive repairs and bring you the best HVAC products. He has years of experience behind him in HVAC repair and garage maintenance.

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