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Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater review

The Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater is a decorative ceiling-mounted heater that generates impressive power, with a big price tag to match.

Sunglo A244 review
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Our Verdict

At over $1,200 for the basic model the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater is a premium investment for your outdoor entertaining space.

For

  • Very powerful
  • Ornate traditional design
  • Sturdy wrought-iron frame
  • Ceiling-mounted to save space

Against

  • Extremely expensive
  • Not eco-friendly
  • Manual controls only (basic model)
  • Patio area needs a roof

We've researched the latest outdoor space heaters, sifting through thousands of specs, features and user reviews to find the best patio heaters around. Here's everything you need to know about the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater.

Sunglo A244

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Dubbed "the original outdoor patio heater", the Sunglo brand is long-established in the US. The original product was designed in 1961 to cater to a particular demand in California for decorative yet practical gas-fired heaters. 

Built to last, Sunglo heaters are available in four configurations: freestanding, portable, suspended and self-contained. This particular model, the ceiling-mounted Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater, frees up patio space – provided you have a suitable roof covering overhead.

The Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater can generate a very impressive 50,000 BTU of heat – each BTU (British Thermal Unit) is the energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

Its deep dish reflector is designed to create radiant heat, which warms people and objects rather than wasting energy on heating the surrounding air. Depending on wind conditions, Sunglo claims it can heat an area of up to 144 square feet. 

All in all, it makes our list of the best patio heaters and joins the ranks with others like the Endless Summer Triple Dome Patio Heater and the Thermo Tiki Deluxe Patio Heater

Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater review: Price

Boasting ornate craftsmanship, a timeless, stylish design and powerful heat output, the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater is certainly at the expensive end of the patio heater range. 

With manual ignition, the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater costs $1,290 at Amazon. This rises to $1,458 with standing pilot, $1,551 with electronic ignition.

This puts the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater in a different price bracket from most patio heaters, which will make it prohibitively expensive for some. It's commonly used in commercial premises, such as restaurants, spas and hotels, but is also a premium investment for discerning homeowners that should last many years. 

Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater review: Features

Sunglo A244: specs

Heat source: Natural gas
Heat output: 50,000 BTU
Heating range: 144 square feet
Size: 41 x 34.5 x 34.5 inches
Weight: 105 pounds
Warranty: 1 year (parts only)

The Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater features a wrought-iron frame, decorated with a classical scroll design and a powder-coat finish. A variety of colors are available, including silver, black, white, green and stainless steel.

A large, umbrella-like aluminum disc reflector maximises the heat output, emitting a dome of radiant heat up to 15 feet in diameter. The cylinder-shaped primary burner is aerated to minimize noise, and has a safety pilot system that shuts off the gas if the pilot light blows out. 

The manual controls on the basic model mean that the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater must be within easy reach, although if you need to mount it higher up, optional automatic control systems are also available for extra cost. 

As the patio heater radiates heat in all directions, it's most effective when mounted centrally – above a patio table, for instance – although bear in mind that it needs a 24-inch clearance from combustibles in all directions around it.

Should you buy the Sunglo A244 patio heater?

Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater clearances required

This diagram shows the clearances required when fitting the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater (Image credit: Sunglow Industries)

As a domestic customer, your circumstances need to be just right for the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater to be the ideal choice for you. First of all, you need to be prepared to spend $1,200-$1,500 and have the unit professionally fitted. The cost is likely to put a lot of people off.

In a market where the fuel choices for patio heaters tend to be between a propane tank or an electrical socket, this heavy-duty unit needs to be piped into your house's natural gas supply, making it a much more permanent fixture for your patio.

Finally, in order to mount the Sunglo A244 above your patio, you do also need a suitable roof structure to fix it to, while meeting the minimum clearances. 

If you're committed to a high-end Sunglo natural gas heater but don't have a suitable ceiling-mounting location, however, then freestanding, portable and self-contained units are also available.

Alternatives to the Sunglo A244 patio heater

Not convinced that the Sunglo A244 Suspended Patio Heater is right for you? You’ll find plenty more options in our best patio heater guide, where we've selected a range of models that excel in different situations, for all budgets. However, if you're in a hurry, here are our three top alternatives to the Sunglo A244.