Skip to main content

The best tent heaters

There’s no better way to ruin a camping trip than waking up in the middle of the night with the shivers. The best way to keep your tent toasty during chilly nights is to invest in a tent heater, but just any heater won’t do. For the best performance for your next camping trip we’ve rounded up the best tent heaters out there. These heaters will keep you toasty and cover a wide range of needs.

More camping gear

Also, check out our picks for the best space heater, best energy-efficient space heaters, and best bathroom heat lamps to keep you warm this winter.

Best electric tent heater

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Electric tent heaters can either be plugged into an outlet if you’re at a more advanced campsite, or into a generator if you’re at a primitive campsite. The best electric heater is durable and has safety features that keep you from burning your tent down. The Comfort Zone CZ707 1500 Watt Compact Utility Heater covers all those needs and more. It has two heat settings and a fan setting to keep you comfortable and will turn off automatically if it is turned over or gets too hot. It also has a durable metal design that will stand up to rugged camping conditions. Just make sure you pair it with an outdoor-rated extension cord so that the heater and its cord aren’t subjected to the elements since the Comfort Zone CZ707 isn’t rated for outdoor use.

Best propane tent heater

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The most important features when it comes to propane tent heaters are safety features. The Mr. Heater F232017 MH9BXRV Indoor-Safe Portable RV Radiant Heater has all the safety features you need, plus it heats up to 225 square feet at near 100% efficiency (that means very little wasted fuel). The Mr. Heater F232017 is safe to use indoors or outdoors and it automatically shuts off if it tips over, senses low oxygen levels in your tent, or if the pilot light goes out.

Best kerosene tent heater

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Sengoku HeatMate 10,000-BTU Portable Indoor/Outdoor Omni-Radiant Kerosene Heater doesn’t take up much space, but provides 300 square feet of warmth. It’s also safer than most kerosene heaters. If it tips over, the Sengoku HeatMate will shut off automatically, plus it has a wider base for better stability and extra grating to keep items and hands away from the heating element.

Most portable tent heater

Image used with permission by copyright holder

If you have a tiny tent, or just very little packing room in your vehicle, the Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy 3800-BTU Indoor Safe Propane Heater is a great choice. It’s not much bigger than a flashlight and comes apart for easy storage or carrying. Even though it’s small, the Little Buddy still heats up to 95 square feet. It also includes important safety features. The Mr. Heater F215100 will automatically shut off if tipped over, or if it detects low oxygen in your tent.

Best low-cost tent heater

Image used with permission by copyright holder

If you’re on a budget and just want a heater that can warm up a small tent, then the AmazonBasics 500-Watt Ceramic Small Space Personal Mini Heater will work in a pinch. At only 5.9 x 3.2 x 6 inches, it can fit into any backpack and won’t take up much room in your tent. Even better, it’s under $20. The mini heater comes in four colors and shuts off automatically if tipped over. Like with other electric heaters, be sure to pair the 500-Watt Ceramic Small Space Personal Mini Heater with an outdoor-rated extension cord so the heater and its cord are not outside.

Best heater for one

Image used with permission by copyright holder

If no one in your camping party tends to agree on how warm your tent should be, the answer is personal battery-powered warmers you can slip into your gloves, pockets or socks. Out of all the personal warmers, Karecel Hand Warmers gets our thumbs up. They come in three colors, have anti-scalding protection to prevent burning, and three heating settings. The Karecel Hand Warmer also doubles as a device charger that can power your phone or tablet with a USB cord.

Editors' Recommendations

Alina Bradford
Alina Bradford has been a tech, lifestyle and science writer for more than 20 years. Her work is read by millions each month…
The best smart light bulbs
best sunrise alarm clocks philips wake up light

Smart bulbs offer a simple and affordable way to upgrade your home. These products are just as easy to install as traditional bulbs, but come with heaps of functionality – including the ability to program schedules, change their color, or alter their brightness at the press of a button.

Finding the right smart light bulb can be a challenge, however, as there's an abundance of products to choose from and many of them share similar specs. Ideally, you'll want a smart bulb that integrates with the rest of your smart home and comes with a smartphone app that's easy to use.

Read more
Best cordless vacuum deals: Big discounts on Dyson, Shark, and more
Woman vacuuming floor with Dyson V11 Outsize Total Clean Cordless Vacuum.

More families are investing in cordless vacuums because they're very helpful devices in cleaning your home. With these machines, you can move from room to room easily as there's no power cable to worry about, and since they're more mobile, you'll be able to pick up dirt and debris from every nook and cranny. Dyson's products always get most of the attention in cordless vacuum deals, but we've also rounded up offers for devices made by Shark and other reputable brands to give you cheaper alternatives. In any case, you'll need to hurry with your purchase because we're not sure how much time remains on these bargains.
Best Dyson cordless vacuum deals

Dyson is the first brand that most people will think of when you mention cordless vacuums, as that has been one of its signature devices. Dyson cordless vacuums offer powerful suction, attachments for various purposes such as reaching narrow spaces and brushing off dust, and long battery life depending on the chosen mode. Dyson cordless vacuum deals almost never last long though, so grab these offers while you still can.

Read more
Best washer and dryer deals: bundles from LG, Samsung and more
A washer and dryer sit next to each other in a laundry room.

Whether you're furnishing your new house or replacing an old and broken machine, you should definitely look into washer and dryer deals before you buy. These appliances and so expensive that you want something with all the right features that will last for years to come. We've pulled out our favorite options, highlighting LG and Samsung deals in particular. We've included package deals that will get you a washer and dryer combo, as well as individual offers on one or the other.
Best LG washer and dryer deals

LG makes some awesome appliances. We've picked some medium-sized options, including a fairly cheap package deal available at Best Buy.

Read more