Open Thread: Gardenline 1200-Watt Portable Patio Heater

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Earlier this year, I made my way over to a friend’s house to check out their outdoor Halloween display. I found them sitting outside, handing out candy amidst one of the most amazing Star Wars setups I’d ever seen. Almost as interesting as seeing a replica of Han frozen in carbonite, though, was the wave of heat I felt on one side of the porch. My friend had an outdoor heater set up, and that was where other friends had gathered around, chatting it up as they waited for trick-or-treaters to arrive.

As temperatures drop in the fall months, people tend to head indoors. Some, though, aren’t quite ready to give up on being outside. Cold temperatures make that harder, especially once the sun sets, but there are ways to stave off the cold, at least for a while. The oldest solution is a simple fire, which nowadays can be built in a bowl or ring. More modern options include propane-powered heaters or even electrical ones.

In 2021, Aldi introduced an electrical heater to its lineup under the Gardenline private label.

What We Know:


The Gardenline 1200-Watt Portable Patio Heater (Product Code: 808260) is an Aldi Find, which means it is only in stores for a short time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and it won’t be back for a while, if at all. If your store doesn’t have them, you’re out of luck, since you can’t order them online.

At the time of this post, the patio heater costs $69.99. Many 1200W heaters cost $130 and up, so this looks to be a great price for the output.

What We Don’t Know:

We haven’t tested this particular model, so we don’t know how easily it sets up, how well it operates, or how durable it is. Aldi hasn’t provided any technical information on its site, either.

Do you have experience with this patio heater? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Although there is no open flame, electric space heaters still pose burn and fire hazards and should be used with caution. A 1200 watt heater will cost about 16 cents an hour at average Missouri electrical rates. If it’s used 6 hours, that’s nearly $1.00. That being said, electric space heaters have 100% efficiency at turning energy into heat. The Department of Energy has more good information about small space heaters.

  2. These heaters are horrible. Lasted 1 week and the oscillator failed. 1 day later the heater will not stay on more than 2 minutes. Horrible purchase for $65 DO NOT PURCHASE!

  3. This particular heater lasted 10 days working fine, till it threw sparks flew! It burned out, so scary. Not for everyday use, bad investment.

  4. Exact same thing here. We bought one, and it would oscillate but not heat. Exchanged it at Aldi, and it worked fine for about a month. This morning it would not work, kept tripping the GFCI. So I plugged it into a non-GFCI outlet to see if the outlet was the problem. It worked for about 3-seconds, emitted sparks and then tripped my breaker. No thanks. Returning this for a refund and will be getting a reputable high-rated brand.

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