5 Best Wall Mounted Garden Heaters Reviewed (UK) (May 2020 Updated Review)
If there are two things that I really love to do, they are…
1. Creating a beautiful, well-tended and furnished garden.
2. Entertaining friends and family in that same garden.
Now, because I live in the UK, in the North to be more accurate, the opportunity to entertain in my garden is often nullified by the cold weather. Even in summer, the night time drops in temperature can make it quite uncomfortable to sit outside without wearing seventeen layers of clothing, which kind of defeats the point. So, what to do about this all too common problem? There are a few solutions, but the best of them are installing some kind of outdoor heating to tackle the chill. You could go for a table top heater if you want something that is small and portable, or maybe invest in a larger standing patio heater that will give off more heat.
Another option is to install wall mounted garden heaters. These are my favourite because they are fixed up on the wall and out of harm’s way. There is less likelihood of someone tripping over hoses and cables like with patio heaters, or knocking the heater over which can sometimes happen with the table top variety, especially If you have small children or pets running around. All wall mounted garden heaters that I’ve encountered have been electric powered and so don’t emit fumes like some propane heaters can and this makes them great for smaller, enclosed areas, this is especially true of greenhouse heaters. It used to be that electric heaters would seriously raise your electric bill, but with technological advances, nearly all newer models are extremely energy efficient and this means that it is not only easier on your wallet, but also the environment. If you have a slightly larger room, I would probably look at space heaters in general though central heating is far more efficient overall.
In this article we have put together some reviews of the best wall mounted garden heaters you can buy in the UK. If you are interested in purchasing any of the featured products simply click on the links provided for you.
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1. FUTURA Deluxe Wall Mounted Electric Infrared Outdoor Garden Patio, Bathroom Heater 2000W, Waterproof, Remote Control Included
Without a doubt, the FUTURA deluxe wall mounted infrared heater is our pick of the bunch, with the right combination of style, practicality, and performance. It sports a 2000w infrared heating element that can create an area of warmth about 10 square metres from the heater. The heat is accompanied by a warming red glow from the unit which I personally found relaxing, though it might not be to everyone’s liking.
There are three different heat settings (750w, 1000w, 2000w) to choose from so it shouldn’t be too hard to get the patio at just the desired temperature, and because the heating element is infrared, the heat is felt by you but is not wasted heating the surrounding air.
Infrared heaters are also very energy efficient and won’t be putting much of a dent in your wallet. In fact the makers of this wall mounted garden heater, FUTURA, claim that running costs are only 20p per hour, but that’s probably on the lowest setting.
The heat setting can be changed by using the included remote control which, while basic, is adequate and not built too flimsily. I don’t think it would resist too many hard falls but as long as you’re a little bit carefully, it should last. You can also adjust the angle of the heater to suit your purposes, meaning you can tilt it to beam directly onto you on colder nights, or have the heater angled higher for a less intense experience. This can’t be done by remote though, which is a little annoying and would have been a nice feature. Let’s hope the next version will incorporate that, but it isn’t a deal breaker and is certainly not a common feature anyway.
The design of the FUTURA deluxe wall mounted garden heater is sleek and modern. The 630mm long silver tube with mesh style grill sections at the ends would not look out of place anywhere, no matter if it is a garden patio, restaurant, or pub beer garden. Being only 80mm deep, this heater will sit close to the wall it is mounted on without protruding too far and being a hazard for people to bang their heads on or walk into by accident.
This model comes with a full aluminium wall mounting kit included in the price, a 1.45m power cable, and a 2 year warranty. I have personally had experience with Futura’s customer service before and I can say that I was very impressed by the quality of it.
The FUTURA deluxe wall mounted garden heater is priced around the middle of the range for this kind of product at about 80 pounds, but in my opinion it is definitely worth paying the extra and getting one of these than a cheaper model.
2. Oypla Electrical 2kW Quartz Wall Mounted Outdoor Electric Garden Patio Heater
Oypla’s 2000w wall mounted outdoor electric garden heater is a budget model that is surprisingly good for something so inexpensive. The heater’s case is an oval shaped, grate design, made from powder coated black steel and is both understated when turned off, yet eye-catching when switched on and glowing.
The overall build quality of this Oypla model, including the wall fittings that come with it, is much better than a lot of other wall mounted garden heaters that have the same design, and of which there are many.
The Oypla has three quartz heater tubes and so there are three heat settings to choose from, 650w, 1350w, and 200w and Oypla claim that their heating element will last for up to 5000 hours. All of these settings produced a good deal of heat and you can switch from one to the other by using a pull chord. I would have liked to seen a remote, or even a switch to change settings as pull chords have a tendency to break after a while, but for such a low price I understand why it is the way it is.
Like the Futura deluxe, the angle of this wall mounted garden heater can be adjusted through 45 degrees, but again, it has to be done by hand. This model has been fitted with an overheat protection safety feature but I didn’t get to test it, and frankly, with budget products such as this one, I wouldn’t put too much trust in it and always be vigilant when it comes to switching it off, just to be safe.
To sum up this product, I would say that it offers very good value for money, with good features and decent build quality that is only let down by having a pull cord to change settings. Still, for just over 25 quid, you can’t complain too hard.
3. Firefly 1.8kW Wall Mounted Quartz Outdoor Indoor Patio Heater with 3 Power Settings - Set of 2 (White)
For just under 65 pounds you can get your hands on this set of two Firefly 1800w wall mounted garden heaters. Considering some single units go for more than that, this set offers good value for money.
Of course, for such a low price you are going to have to forgive a few design flaws like having a pull cord for changing settings, and the paint not being of the highest quality, but overall these 1.8kw heaters do what they’re supposed to and do it well.
The three power settings we mentioned are 600w, 1200w, and 1800w, with the most powerful setting actually doing a very good job of providing heat. In our test, it warmed an area of about 4 metres squared and could probably have done a slightly larger area of needed.
The quartz heating tubes in the Firefly 1.8kw do a good job of running quietly and make this wall mounted garden heater almost silent, a trait I like as I often sit outside on my own to gather my thoughts and relax after a busy day, and the less noise, the better.
The two heater units are 58cm long, 17cm high, and 16cm deep, and have a curved rectangular face and silver and white colour scheme. The overall aesthetic works and these twin heaters are far from unattractive, especially when switched on and you can see the glow of the heater tubes.
Firefly’s 1.8kw wall mounted garden heaters are IPX4 certified which means that they are supposed able to be left out in the rain, but I would still recommend keeping them in a covered area and making sure you have dried them properly before switching them on again just to be on the safe side. I’d also recommend cleaning them out of dust and other particles every now and then to prolong the life of this, and any other, heater.
Included in the box are wall mountable screws to help with the installation and a mounting bracket. I would suggest buying higher quality screws and fittings from your local DIY shop anyway as manufacturers can sometimes cut costs with budget models by supplying less than stellar fixings and the last thing you want is your heaters crashing to the floor because of a few dodgy screws. I’m not saying the ones included here are necessarily bad, I just always err on the side of caution when hanging or mounting anything.
At 1.7m the power cord should be long enough if you’re mounting the heaters over your patio, but if you intend to place them further afield, like some decking at the end of the garden, you’re going to need an extension lead.
For a budget wall mounted garden heater, this product isn’t half bad, and the fact you get two heaters for the price actually elevates my opinion of it more. Sure, there are better heaters out there, but you’ll also have to pay more for them so it’s all a matter of choice. I would say people looking to save money should be happy with this set.
4. Sundate 2000W Electric Infrared Heater, Waterproof Patio Heater with Remote Control
This model from Sundate offers you good heating performance coupled with durable build quality, all for an affordable price.
The Sundate 2000w wall mounted garden heater is IP65 rated, which means that when tested for protection against solid particles it scored the highest possible and can claim to be dust tight, and when similarly tested against water it scored a 5, so it can withstand water jets and keep on ticking. Quite impressive, and the kind of thing you want from an outdoor electrical device.
The heating tubes in this model are carbon fibre, making them very energy efficient (read low running costs) and also long lasting. Sundate say that the heater will last about 5000-5500 hours and offer a 12 month manufacturer warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee. This model also has an overheat protection feature, which is a nice little extra.
One thing that struck me about the Sundate 2000w was that the heat was felt the instant I turned it on, however like all heaters of this type you have to be pretty much directly in front of it to feel the benefit and not sat too far off to the sides. These products are designed to heat the entire room, only the area they are aimed at, so if you want something more like that maybe a larger standing patio heater might be better?
I was also impressed with the selection of heat settings. There are 2 main power settings but you can adjust the heat in each one giving you a total of 9 to choose from. If you can’t find the right one to suit you out of all those, I’ll eat my hat. Like the Firefly 1.8kw model, this wall mounted garden heater runs very quietly on all settings.
There is a pull cord on the heater unit to select settings, but thankfully a remote control has also been included, making things much more convenient. The remote is very simple but it feels fairly solid and works without any hitches.
Looks-wise, the Sundate is a fairly standard rectangular shape with mettle grill/mesh front and visible heating tubes. It’s not outstanding but it’s certainly nothing to complain about and would look good in any garden.
5. COSTWAY Wall Mounted Infrared Patio Heater with Remote Control, LED Display, 3 Heat Settings & 24-Hour Timer, Angle Adjustable Indoor Outdoor Electric Warmer, IP34 Waterproof
For the same price of Sundate, you can also get this model from Costway. While they look similar, and in some ways are, there are a few differences between the two products.
First of all, the housing of this particular wall mounted garden heater is made from aluminium alloy making it lightweight, strong, and rustproof. The heating tubes are carbon fibre like the Sundate model but Costway’s offering is a little less powerful with a maximum setting of 1500w.
Still, 1500w is powerful enough to produce a decent amount of heat and it hits you within seconds of turning the heater on. Also, a nice feature of the Costway heater is that the heating angle is adjustable, so you can find that ‘sweet spot’ of personal comfort.
The remote control that comes with the heater can be used to choose from 3 different heat modes, 500w, 100w, and 1500w, and there is very little sound coming out of the unit while it is in operation.
The main standout feature of the Costway 1500w wall mounted garden heater is the 24 timer that can be operated via the remote or the LCD controls on the main unit.
You can set up the heater to switch itself off whenever you choose so you don’t have to worry about forgetting and wasting electricity. We all think never forget to turn things off, but if we’re honest, we all do sometimes. Having the timer feature just means that you don’t have to leave it to chance, and you can even take a nap and let it shut down automatically.
The instructions that came with this product were actually clear and helpful, and made installation straightforward and quick. This came as a nice surprise because about 90% of the products we test and review these days have mediocre instructions at best and are sometimes actually more of a hindrance than help.
All in all, this is a well put together product with a reasonable price tag and sports a nice timer feature. While the 1500w maximum power is lower than some of its competitors, it makes up for it with better build quality and superior materials than many of them.
Wall Mounted garden Heater Buyers Guide
If you are in the market for a wall mounted garden heater, there are a few things you should know. This guide is here to highlight them for you so that you can make a better informed decision on the type of product you require.
The power of a wall mounted garden heater is measured in watts which is often abbreviated as a ‘w’. Most models range from 1500w to 2500w, with the higher wattage indicating more heating power. Sometimes 1500 watts will be written as 1.5kw (kilowatts) and 2000 watts as 2kw but the meaning is the same.
Not all heaters are created equal, and you might find that some budget models are not the most sturdy or durable available. This is not always the case though and there are some good deals to be found out there, but as a rule of thumb, the more you pay, the better the build quality. Casing made of steel, or aluminium alloy are much better than models that have a lot of plastic, and good quality heating tubes made from quartz or carbon fibre should get you more working life out of your heater.
Different models have different features. Some have remote controls and LCD displays with multiple input functions, while other, low cost products just have a pull cord to select power settings. As well as a remote, handy functions to look out for are adjustable angle, timer, overheat protection, multiple power settings, and safety tested ratings such as IP65. The more of these features you can find in one wall mounted heater, the happier you should be.
Wall mounted garden heaters come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, so have a look at the space you intend to install the heaters in and think about what style would suit it best. Do you want something light or dark coloured? Painted or stainless steel? Rectangular or oval? In the end it is down to personal taste, but it also might come down to a choice between function over looks as some attractive models might not have the features you want.