KEEP warm in the garden with these patio heaters and fire pits.
We explain the best priced ones currently available, as sales of outdoor heaters soar due to winter lockdown restrictions.
John Lewis saw sales shoot up by a staggering 1,625% last week compared to the same time in 2019, reports The Telegraph.
It comes as coronavirus rules prevent millions of people from seeing friends and family inside.
Brits in Tier 2 lockdown restrictions can only see people outside their household or support bubble in an outside setting, as long as there’s no more than six people.
There are tougher rules in Tier 3 areas, where you can’t see family or friends indoors, or in private or pub gardens.
How to compare prices to get the best deal
JUST because something is on offer, or is part of a sale, it doesn’t mean it’s always a good deal.
There are plenty of comparison websites out there that'll check prices for you – so don't be left paying more than you have to.
Most of them work by comparing the prices across hundreds of retailers.
Here are some that we recommend:
- Google Shopping is a tool that lets users search for and compare prices for products across the web. Simply type in keywords, or a product number, to bring up search results.
- Price Spy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, including Argos, Amazon, eBay and the supermarkets. Once you select an individual product you can quickly compare which stores have the best price and which have it in stock.
- Idealo is another website that lets you compare prices between retailers. All shoppers need to do is search for the item they need and the website will rank them from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
- CamelCamelCamel only works on goods being sold on Amazon. To use it, type in the URL of the product you want to check the price of.
You can see people in public outdoor settings such as parks, beaches or the countryside – but again, the rule of six applies.
People in Tier 1 areas can meet up with no more than six family and friends indoors and outdoors.
If you're looking to keep warm outside, here are our top picks for outdoor heaters:
Best patio heaters
Nedis patio heater – £34.92 (buy now)
This patio heater comes with a wall mounting plate so you can fix it to your fence.
It offers three heat settings – 650W, 1,300W and 2,000W – so you can get your temperature just right.
Postage is free for this item, which is listed on eBay.
Wall mounted patio heater – £39.99 (buy now)
This heater from The Range is also wall mounted and can be adjusted towards your seating area.
Its three heat settings include 650W, 1,350W and 2,000W.
Delivery from The Range starts from £3.95.
Rod holder and umbrella bracket electric heater – £63.99 (buy now)
If you have a parasol, this heater could be a great addition to your garden.
It pumps out 1,200W of heat.
Wayfair offers free delivery on orders over £40.
Cecotec outdoor heater – £79.90 (buy now)
This free-standing heater can be adjusted to stand between 160cm and 200cm.
In terms of power, it runs 1,000W and 2,000W heat levels.
Amazon charges £11 delivery for this product.
Best fire pits
Blooma Anabar steel fire pit – £27 (buy now)
Fill this pit with wood to create a warm, inviting fire when having friends over.
Make sure you've got enough space for it though – it measures 50cm by 35cm by 35cm.
Delivery from B&Q costs £5, or you can click and collect for free.
Texas black painted steel stripe fire basket – £30 (buy now)
Homebase describes this fire basket as trendy and the ideal focal point for any garden.
It measures 45cm by 43cm, and comes with a tray at the bottom to collect burning embers.
Delivery is unavailable for this product, but you can click and collect it to your local store for free.
Bar-Be-Quick dual fire pit barbecue – £45 (buy now)
Get more for your money with this fire pit from Argos, which also doubles up as a BBQ.
In terms of size, it measures 54.5cm by 16.5cm by 54.5cm.
Delivery from Argos costs £3.95 or click and collect is free.
HH Home Hut large fire pit – £58.95 (buy now)
Amazon also sells a dual-action fire pit and BBQ. It's a little pricier, but it's also slightly bigger.
This one measures 57cm by 56.4cm by 18cm.
Amazon Prime customers can get free delivery, or its £4.49 for non-Prime members.
Lidl previously sold a fire pit for £25 but sadly this is now unavailable.
Back in April, Aldi stocked a range of the garden must-haves where prices started at £49.99 each.
We've also put together a round up of the best fire pits of the year, including this stylish Swedish log.
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