Published on August 19, 2020

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Photography by Aaron Bengochea

Backyards, porches, and patios have become the spot for socializing over the past few months, with outdoor spaces making socially distant get-togethers both safe and fun. But fall is around the corner, and that means the days will be getting shorter and the temperatures cooler. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll once more be resigned to staying indoors—you just need a patio heater.

You’ll want to act fast, though. According to the The New York Times, searches for patio heaters on Wayfair have gone up more than 70 percent over the past five weeks, compared to last summer. If the Great Swimming Pool Shortage of 2020 is any indication, that means that this outdoor element can very well end up in short supply as people scramble to make their balconies, decks, and yards a little more hospitable come autumn. Ready to get your hands on one? Here are a few solid options.

The Petite Pick

Small enough to keep on a table, this portable heater is perfect for having dinner out on a chilly balcony.

The Substantial Stand

For those with larger yards, a tall pyramid heater makes it possible for the whole family to stay warm while hanging out outdoors.

The In-Betweener

This rounded patio heater is large enough to keep a small group perfectly cozy but slim enough to not take up too much real estate.

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