- Price for a space heater: Varies on size and needs; The New York Times’ Wirecutter favors the Vornado VH200, which is $70 at Kohl’s
- Price for a fire pit: Varies; Home Depot’s selection starts at $39 and goes up to more than $5,000
- Price for a heated blanket: Varies; The New York Times’ Wirecutter favors the Sunbeam Velvet Plush Heated Blanket, which is $70 for a full-size blanket
“These items are always in high demand when winter starts to roll around because they’re ways for consumers to control their heating without driving up a utility bill, especially if they don’t have central heating,” Ramhold said. “However, this year, some industry analysts are actually expecting these to sell out even faster as more people will be spending more time at home because they’re still adhering to quarantine rules.”
Fire pits and patio heaters also will be extra-popular this year.
“Many shoppers have been using the time at home this year to make over their spaces, including the backyard, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see that extend to the winter and for both patio heaters and fire pits to sell out quickly,” Ramhold said.
Kristen Regine, a professor specializing in consumer behavior at the College of Business at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, said she also expects a rise in demand in blankets and heated blankets as restaurants start using heated igloos for outdoor dining. “Consumers will be looking for safe ways to entertain with family, and outside will still continue to be a focal point for purchases.”