Best Golf Cart Heaters – 8 Top Picks For My Cart

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Your golf cart is your favorite mode of transportation around the neighborhoods and golf courses, and colder weather shouldn’t dampen your enthusiasm for getting out and about. It is, after all, a great antidote for cabin fever. The addition of a portable golf cart heater is an easy and inexpensive way to keep the cold at bay and the good times rolling.

Golf Cart Heaters – How They Measure Up


Mr. Heater 4,000 BTU

Mr. Heater F232000

Texsport Sportsmate

Climate Caddy 48 Volt

Portable Propane Heaters

Mr. Heater Golf Cart Heater 4,000 BTU MH4GC

The Mr Heater golf cart heater safely delivers a heat output of 4,000 BTU’s, enough to keep you warm on the coldest days. The heater connects directly to a 1 lb LP cylinder and fits cupholders and locks into place on most golf carts. The unit is easy to operate…just push and hold the ignition button and the striking mechanism will kick in to finish the task. Mr Heater is the only golf cart heater with both a built-in oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) and a safety tip-over switch to ensure safe operation all day long, even traversing bumpy cart paths. Heat reflection is not as good as the previously reviewed units but is by far the safest unit for using in an enclosed cabin.  Each propane charge is good for 5-5 1/2 hours and the included adapter allows refilling from a larger 20 lb. tank. The unit DOES have good wind resistant burner and pilot and stays lit in breezy conditions and when the cart is moving. The one button operation makes it a foolproof choice.

Pros for this unit

  • This is a very efficient golf cart heater and warms the interior cabin rapidly.
  • Easy to Use and resists breezes extinguishing the flame.
  • Push-button On/Off
  • Oxygen shut off system
  • Wind resistant burner

Cons for this unit

  • The cupholder is not always universal. It sometimes requires wrapping the bottle to prevent wobble.
  • This type of heater is either on or it is off, this means no auto temperature of any kind.

Note: This is my favorite propane-powered golf cart heater and adapts well for both gas and electric carts. It is larger than it looks in the advertisement photos. See the size comparison with my hand…

My Mr. Heater
My Mr. Heater

Texsport Sportsmate Portable Propane Heater

Manufacturer’s description:

  • Ideal For Golf Carts
  • Durable Stainless Steel Burner
  • Pressure Regulator On/Off Control Valve Adjusts Burners Up To 3,000 Btus
  • Includes Molded Plastic Cup Holder And Large Paddlefoot Plastic Base Which Holds 16.4 Oz Disposable Propane Fuel Cylinder (Not Included)

This unit is moderately priced and performs well, however, the electronic ignition function has been reported to fail quite often, requiring the use of matches or a lighter to get the unit restarted. The heater element is rather high from the tank making it top-heavy, so if you don’t have a good fit in the cup holder, it could end up on the floorboard when driving a bumpy cart. This model heats an enclosed cart well but lacks a windscreen and errant breezes caused by entering and exiting the vehicle often extinguish the flame and it needs to be relit.

This unit is efficient in fuel consumption and has one of the longest life spans on each propane bottle, but has a maximum of 3,500 BTU’s heat output.

Pros for this unit

  • Good Medium Scale Price.
  • 3000 BTUs (good for chilly weather).
  • Long propane bottle life.
  • Easy to transport

Cons for this unit

  • Top Heavy – may require additional support
  • Reported ignitor issues
  • No breeze resistant burner and pilot
  • No oxygen depletion sensor

Parts Direct Golf Cart Propane Heaters With Cup Holder

This unit is well priced and performs well, and has excellent heat projection. It is sometimes difficult to get it lit using the built-in spark trigger but puts out the heat you want when it counts. The manufacturer claims 7 hours operation but is usually 5-6 hours. This unit is well suited to very cold environments and reflects the heat well. It includes a cup holder adapter.

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Propane Heaters

Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Features:

  • Two heat settings: 4,000 BTU/HR & 9,000 BTU/HR
  • The fold-down handle reduces storage space
  • Four-position control with built-in Piezo igniter off and lo/hi heat settings
  • High-temperature wire guard
  • Swivel regulator for easy LP cylinder and hose installation
  • Large durable porcelain coated heating surface directs radiant heat over a wider area
  • Oxygen depletion sensor safety shut-off (ODS) and tip-over safety shut-off
  • Ceramic heater element burner tile mounted with shock absorbing insulation for durability and easy replacement

With a larger heating surface, fold-down handle, swivel-out fuel connection, and an easy-start four-position control, Mr. Heater sets the new standard for portable golf cart radiant heating comfort. With its low-oxygen shut-off and tip over safety switch shut-off systems, this heater provides a safe wind resistant burner and pilot system and reliable heat anytime, anywhere.

How Much Heater Do You Need?

You can calculate the amount of BTUs required by using the following method: Measure the space’s dimension to determine cubic feet. (Length x Width x Height = Cubic Feet). Subtract the outside temperature from the desired inside temp to determine the temperature increase. If you have measured temperature in Fahrenheit, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .133 = Required BTUs) If you have measured temperature in Celsius, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .2394 = Required BTUs).

Electrical Heaters

TSI Products, INC SCC7701 Climate Caddy 48V Electric Golf Cart Heater and Fan, White, Large

Extend your season with the Climate Caddy Golf Cart Heater.

This innovative heater and fan unit is designed for 48-volt electric golf carts. Thanks to patent-pending technology, it offers maximum climate control without draining the battery on your cart. The small, lightweight design fits right in the cup holder of your car

Dual-purpose unit – heat in the Wintertime, fan in the Summer. Easy to set up and easy to install. This heater has an electric eye that turns it off when you exit the vehicle. This is another portable/permanent unit that requires 48-volts to operate. It was a 2017 PGA Merchandise Show Choice Award winner and is a top-notch performer for its size. 

This is my favorite electric heater and while it doesn’t go with my gas-powered Club Car, it DOES do well with my 48-volt E-Z-Go RXV.

RoadPro RPSL-681 12V Direct Hook-Up Ceramic Heater/Fan w/Swivel Base

Direct hook up to your vehicle battery Switch from heat to cool settings 15 Amp rating Includes all installation hardware 12 Gauge 14-Feet power cord Measures 7″ W X 4-1/2″ D X 5-1/2″ H

DC Thermal Marine SA12-4000 12 Volt 480 WATT 8016 BTU BRUSHLESS CAB Heater Weather Resistant

DC Thermals Stealth heaters produce no odor or fumes. Case construction: T5052 Aluminum. Thermally protected. Ideal for a golf cart heater, industrial equipment, ATV’s and fork trucks. Wired with GXL wire. Heaters come with a High / Low / Off switch. Hand-built in the USA. Designed to last a lifetime. It comes with mounting hardware, mounting bracket, fuse, fuse holder, electrical connector ends, and detailed instructions. 2 YEAR WARRANTY.

Propane Heater Or Electric Heater- Which Is Best For You?

Running down the list of pros and cons, you can get a pretty good idea of which type heater is right for your golf cart.

Propane Heater Pros

  • More efficient at heating
  • Can be moved from golf cart to golf cart, rented or personally owned
  • Least expensive

Propane Heater Cons

  • Inexpensive heater models lack wind protection and have to be re-lit often
  • They require adequate ventilation
  • Cost of propane heater is an ongoing expense
  • No heater temperature control..they are either on or off
  • Some risk with an open flame in a moving golf cart

Electric Heater Pros

  • No extra expense for fuel – runs off your golf cart batteries
  • No open flame to be extinguished by wind
  • No fumes
  • Usually includes a variable temperature control
  • Safe to use – no open flame

Electric Heater Cons

  • A more expensive up-front cost
  • In some models, requires permanent mounting
  • Most efficient on newer golf carts
  • Doesn’t work well with gas-powered golf carts 

Final Thoughts

When purchasing a heater for your golf cart, take into consideration whether you are using an enclosure or not. The temperature inside the cabin with an enclosure in use is, in most cases, around 20 degrees warmer than without. Also note that when using an enclosure with a propane heater, you will need proper venting. This will involve leaving one of the golf cart enclosure flaps slightly open if you don’t have built-in fresh air vents.

Make sure to check the specifications for the electric heaters, as some of these will not adapt to certain electrical systems, i.e. 48-volt in a 36-volt or gas-powered cart.

Heater manufacturers often have accessories available for their products, so always refer back to the home page, if available, and see if there are any add-ons to improve your current setup.