First, we started by looking for must-have features based on the type of fire pit. For patio pits, you want weather resistance paired with a beautiful design, for example. With a portable option, though, you probably care more about its weight and how it packs up.
In all cases, we sought out durable, high-quality materials to ensure your fire pit can stand the test of time without excess discoloration, rust, or the other issues that can develop with use.
We dug into research from subject matter experts to get a good idea of which of these fire pits would live up to its promise of a low-smoke experience. But we also wanted to make sure that these performed reliably, not just in isolated tests, so we looked to reviews from real-life users. On Amazon alone:
- The TIKI fire pit has 4.8 stars from 1,430 ratings
- The Ridge from Blue Sky Outdoor Living has 4.6 stars from 764 ratings
- The INNO STAGE fire pit has 4.5 stars from 1,481 ratings
- The Solo Stove option averages 4.8 stars from 1,857 ratings
While the Breeo X Series 24 only has a handful of Amazon reviews, they're all 5 stars. On the Breeo website, it has amassed nearly 1,500 reviews for an average of 4.8 stars.