Play Haus Designs

heaters buying guide

We understand that choosing the right patio heater can feel overwhelming, so let us be your guide. Together, we’ll explore the options and make sure your Southampton garden is warm, cosy, and inviting even during the coldest days. Experience the ultimate comfort and create an outdoor haven unlike any other.

Are you looking to enhance your outdoor space and enjoy it all year round, from summer to winter? Consider investing in an outdoor heater for your garden and patio. It’s a wise choice that will keep you cozy even when the temperature drops, which is quite common in the U.K!

Finding the best patio heater can be a bit challenging with factors like size, space, fuel, and budget to consider. But worry not, we’re here to guide you through the options so that you can create a warm and inviting garden space, even on the coldest days.

Choosing the Right Fuel for Your Heater  Our heater range offers a variety of fuel options: electric, wood, gas, and bioethanol. Each fuel source has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s crucial to evaluate your needs before making a decision. Let us assist you in finding the perfect fuel option for your garden and patio heating solution.

Electric Heaters

Are you in search of a convenient outdoor heating solution for your garden and patio? Look no further than an electric garden heater! With no installation or setup required, it’s the easiest option to quickly bring warmth and create a cozy ambiance. Unlike other heating options, electric heaters are safe to use in enclosed or smaller environments. Say goodbye to chilly nights and enjoy the comfort of your outdoor space with an electric garden heater.


  • Enjoy warmth in no time with simple plug-and-play.
  • Easy to move the heater to any space you desire.
  • Low Maintenance,  minimal upkeep no additinoal fuel needed
  • Versatile Usage: Suitable for covered and enclosed spaces, providing flexibility and convenience


  • Electric units needs to be kept near an electrical outlet.
  • Electric heaters can be slow to warm up surrounding areas


There’s something special about being sat around a real warm burning fire, which is the reason why wood fired garden heaters and fire pits are often a popular choice due to the cosy atmosphere they create. However, you do have to remember to add additional wood to keep the fire going strong.


  • Visually appealing
  • Usable all year round
  • Affordable choice
  • Natural Fire gives a cosy and warm  atmosphere


  • Can need to be maintained more  than other garden heater options
  • Users less control over the level of  the heat of wood fire
  • Can be difficult to start to light
  • Ongoing cost of wood for fuel


Bioethanol is a great fuel choice for patio and garden heaters,  they can be used anywhere and produce great amounts of heat. It is an energy source that is produced from the fermentation of starch and sugars in plants and so makes it an environmentally sustainable fuel solution.


  • Easy to light -as simple as lighting a candle.
  • Smokeless and Odourless
  • Renewable and sustainable: Bioethanol fuel is made from renewable materials, making it eco-friendly and sustainable.


  • Bioethanol fuel has a lower energy density than most traditional fuels, meaning that you may use more fuel than other options for  your patio heater.
  • Bioethanol can be corrosive to some materials, avoid contact with rubber or plastic as it may cause damage over time.

After selecting the fuel type that suits your needs, the next step is choosing a style that complements your outdoor space. Let’s explore the options:

Wall mounted heaters: These compact units are ideal for targeted heating on patios, terraces, or balconies. Some models even offer wireless remote control for convenience.

Freestanding heaters: With a wide range of styles, from classic to modern, freestanding patio heaters are versatile and can heat any outdoor area. They come in both gas and electric options, and their portability allows you to move them wherever you need.

Tabletop heaters: If you have a smaller space, consider a cost-effective tabletop heater. These compact units sit perfectly on any table and provide ample warmth.

Fire pits: For a cosy wood-burning feel, nothing beats a fire pit. While they require more maintenance, they create an unbeatable ambiance and offer that campfire experience at home. Check out our range of fire pits for the ultimate outdoor gathering spot!

Check out your Space

When deciding on your perfect garden and patio heater, take into account the size of your outdoor space and its purpose. For sizable gardens, a floor-standing heater is perfect, delivering abundant warmth and coverage. Conversely, if you mainly use a specific area, consider a tabletop heater. This practical and efficient option warms up small spaces without occupying much room. Choose the right heater for your needs and enjoy a cosy outdoor experience.

Heaters for Enclosed Spaces

If you have a covered or enclosed space like a patio or gazebo, electric outdoor heaters are a fantastic option. They provide a cozy and inviting atmosphere without the use of open flames, ensuring both your comfort and safety. Enjoy the warmth and relaxation in style while making the most of your outdoor space.

Investing in the right garden and patio heater is key to creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor space. Browse our selection and make your choice today. Don’t miss out on transforming your garden into the perfect hangout spot! Visit our HEATER shop now to place your order.