If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, enjoying meals al fresco has been a welcome release during months of quarantining. But now that temperatures are starting to dip, you’ll need something a little more powerful than a cozy blanket to stay warm.
Outdoor heating lamps are one smart solution to keep from shivering, but the bulky devices can cost upwards of $300. Plus, good luck finding one—Home Depot, Wayfair, and Amazon have all reported significant jumps in sales for patio heaters since fall began. So instead, Amazon shoppers have MacGyvered an affordable alternative: TaoTronics’ portable space heater.
To buy: $65 with coupon (originally $77); amazon.com
While the heater is categorized for indoor use, many shoppers have written that the TaoTronics Dual PTC Portable Heater is powerful enough to keep them toasty during patio and porch hangouts. The remote-controlled gadget warms up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in just three seconds thanks to its dual ceramic heating element. Plus, its high-speed fan and 70-degree oscillation radius create a cozy cocoon of warmth up to 200 square feet.
While many space heaters have a dangerous reputation, this TaoTronics model is packed with safety features. Its self-regulating heating element automatically stops if temperatures exceed 122 degrees Fahrenheit or if the machine tilts more than 45 degrees. What’s more, the ETL-certified device has a built-in eight-hour timer and 24-hour auto shut-off.
TaoTronics’ space heaters dominate Amazon’s best-sellers list, and reviewers say this portable model is particularly fast-heating and easy to use—even outdoors.
“I’ve been very happy with this space heater so far,” one said. “Works great indoors and has been perfect for our patio as well. It has an automatic shut off if it is tilted, which makes it much safer than the ones I have had in the past.”
Another added, “I bought this heater for when I have my cigar nights outside on these cold nights. I’m not going to lie, this heater surpassed my expectations!”
Best of all, TaoTronics portable space heaters are a fraction of the price of outdoor heating lamps. The device is normally only $77, and right now you can snag one for $65 with an Amazon coupon. Add it to your cart ASAP for an affordable way to stay snug all season long.