The Best Heated Seating (and Insulated Seats) for Eating Outdoors

Wilder Davies
·3 min read

Since we’ve established that we’re all going to be extending the outdoor dining season well into winter this year, our editors have compiled a list of ways to keep you—and your food—warm. We’ve come at you with a roundup of fire pits that work for every outdoor space. We’ve discussed the run on patio heaters. (And suggested a few more affordable alternatives.) We’ve provided a list of ways to insulate your food from the elements. Now, I’m here to discuss seating: specifically, seating that keeps you warm.

Maybe you’re looking for ways to make your patio furniture well-suited for the winter, or maybe, like me, you’re looking to spend time with friends in a public park. Whatever your situation, plenty of seating options can help you find comfort in cold weather.

Seating Insulation

Whether you’re sitting in a chair or sitting directly on the ground by way of a picnic blanket, the easiest way to maintain warmth is to add some form of insulation beneath you. For chairs, a camping ThermaSeat—which I promise is not a whoopee cushion—is an affordable and easy solution that uses air as an insulator.

Low-cost sleeping pads do a similar job and can be placed under an outdoor picnic blanket to shield you from the cool ground below. You can lose a great deal of body heat sitting directly on the ground or on a thin blanket, but adding a couple of foam pads means you’ll sit comfortably for hours.

Northeast Products Hunting Heat-A-Seat by ThermaSeat

$9.00, Dick's Sporting Goods

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Thermarest Sleeping Pad, Large

$30.00, GearX

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Heated Stadium Seats and Warmers

I will admit, these may seem a little SkyMall (RIP), but if you think about it, anything designed for stadium comfort should be pretty reliable for spending time anywhere outdoors in cold weather. While these seats are designed to fit on a bleacher or in a stadium seat, they are super portable and you can set up pretty much anywhere. One of them even has a vibrating massage setting. Weird, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

The Rechargeable Heated Massaging Stadium Seat

$100.00, Hammacher Schlemmer

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Heated Stadium Bleacher Seat – USB Battery Included

$120.00, Amazon

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Thermal Blankets

Backpackers know a thing or two about products that maximize portability and comfort. So upgrading your picnic blanket to an outdoor insulated quilt designed for backpacking is another way to go. It may feel like you’re lounging outdoors on a comforter, but what’s not to love about that? Since most of these blankets are designed for backpacking, they’re exceptionally lightweight and easy to transport.

Mountain Classic Camp Blanket

$80.00, L.L. Bean

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Rumpl Solid Puffy 2-Person Blanket

$199.00, Backcountry

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Stoic Basecamp Bivy Quilt Double

$71.00, Backcountry

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Firebelly 30°F Trail Quilt

$289.00, Kammok

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious