Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written about all kinds of home items before — including the best treadmills, the best office chairs, and the best bunk beds — here, we’ve rounded up the best patio heaters and firepits, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.co.uk.
Best-rated overall patio heater
This model by Firefly was the best rated overall, with 67 percent five star reviews, and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The heater has 45 positive reviews (three stars or higher) from people who used it outside, including one who it was so powerful it put their chiminea to shame, while another used it to help warm up his draughty conservatory during winter. Twelve reviewers commented on how intense the heat was — the heater has three settings, but even the lowest was considered decent. Additionally, the heater’s height (2.1 meters) is adjustable — one reviewer commented that keeping it tall meant their dog could enjoy it without getting hurt, while another lowered it when he and his partner sat outside in the evenings. One recurring downside — customers say the extension lead is rather short.
They also come in a set of two. [Editor’s note: this product will ship from November 25].
This fire pit has 67 percent five-star reviews and comes with both a fire guard and a grill function for cooking food on. Fifty-six reviewers said they bought it because it looked good, with a further 14 customers writing that it was a more stylish option than an electric or gas heater. One reviewer qualifies that it can only take one layer of logs (in addition to a layer of kindling), which provides a fire that burns for no longer than two hours. Five customers wrote about how easy it was to clean — the pit section lifts out, allowing the ashes to be disposed of. Thirty-one customers said it was easy to assemble, including a man with a bad back who suggested a 5-year-old could have done it; another said it was put together in 15 minutes. One downside was that the waterproof cover provided tore too easily — seven customers said they had to buy a separate one.
Best-rated (less expensive) firepit
At under £50, this “fire bowl” by Femor (who make BBQs, grills, and smokers) has 69 percent five-star reviews. One reviewer, who used it for a camp-at-home night for her family, said it could hold enough logs to keep them warm for hours, and the fire was hot enough to cook sausages on (other customers warmed bread and charred marshmallows, too). Nine reviews said it was easy to assemble, with the three legs simply needing to be screwed in, and the simple, unfussy design was mentioned in seven reviews. The fire bowl comes with a cover to keep it dry, which customers mentioned as particularly useful as, due to the lack of a drainage hole, this product is liable to collect rainwater unless covered up.
Best-rated miniature firepit
This tabletop firepit by Fuoco measures just 11 centimeters in height and has 67 percent five-star reviews. It uses an alcohol gel as a fuel, which is sold separately, which made it appealing to customers who were worried about fire safety. One customer bought it for their church’s Easter celebrations and said the fire stayed burning even during high winds. Another chose it for a tabletop on their patio as they worried about a log firepit due to their wooden decking (it was also popular with customers who had asphalt or ‘roof gardens’ for the same reason). Generally, customers reported the fire as staying lit for up to three hours, and due to not burning wood or coal, it was effortless to clean.
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