Best Patio Umbrellas 2018
If you’re looking for shade coupled with style, look no further. Patio umbrellas are famously known for how gracefully they deliver shade, bringing a classy and handsome presence to wherever they’re placed. There hundreds of options and they are available in different styles, shapes and sizes and today we’re going to look at the best patio umbrellas you can get. I’ve covered all the styles, ensuring you get the perfect one for your unique outdoors space and personal taste.
The two main types are the regular design, which you’ll find in this article, and the offset cantilever design which you can read more about in the full best cantilever umbrellas page if you like that style better.
Let’s start by taking a look at a few of my recommendations (of both styles) before diving in.
Best Patio Umbrellas
These are some of the best patio umbrellas you can get:
9-Foot Galtech (Model 737) Deluxe Patio Umbrella, Sunbrella Navy
One of the most superbly well-rounded patio umbrellas I’ve ever owned. It hits every mark and the team behind it is as professional and helpful as it can get. This results in a sturdy, beautifully designed patio umbrella that offers a high quality experience at a very attractive price.
Classic Accessories Montlake FadeSafe 9-Foot Bamboo Patio Umbrella, Antique Beige
Featuring a stunning design and a 100% natural bamboo body, this extremely beautiful umbrella blew me away. For such a low price I can barely believe the amount of detail and the level of quality offered here. I didn’t know the manufacturer previously so I took a gamble and it payed off in spades as I now regard this as one of my best finds ever.
Purple Leaf 12 Ft. Deluxe Offset Patio Umbrella
This excellent cantilever umbrella by Purple Leaf is one of best you can get in terms of bang for the buck. A really solid body meets a beautiful and resistant canopy to deliver huge shade without breaking the bank. The unique double-top design also gives it an extra touch of class.
Check out the full Cantilever Umbrellas list to see more.
Best Patio Umbrellas Comparison
As promised, here are the best patio umbrellas for sale on the market, thoroughly compared for your convenience.
|Umbrella||Abba Patio Umbrella 9 Feet||Classic Accessories 9' Bamboo Umbrella||California Umbrella 9' Sunbrella||Galtech Deluxe 9' Patio Umbrella||Treasure Garden 9' Deluxe Umbrella||California Umbrella 11' Cork Sunbrella||California Umbrella 11' Stainless Steel|
|Width||9 Feet||9 Feet||9 Feet||9 Feet||9 Feet||11 Feet||11 Feet|
|Special Feature||100% Natural Bamboo Body + Pulley Lift + Excellent Value||Collar Tilt||Great Design + Sturdy Body + Variety of Colors||Great Design + Sturdy Body + Variety of Colors||Collar Tilt||Super Sturdy Stainless Steel Pole + Fiberglass Ribs + Pulley Lift|
|Warranty||5 Years On Fabric||5 Years Fabric + 3 Years Body||5 Years On Fabric||5 Years Fabric + 3 Years Body||5 Years Fabric + 3 Years Body||5 Years On Fabric||5 Years On Fabric|
Patio Umbrella Reviews
Here you can read the full analysis of the best rated patio umbrellas which were shown in the table above, ensuring you get to know all of their qualities.
It’s cheap, simple and sweet. Even with a few drawbacks, this Abba Patio umbrella manages to offer a good experience and a sunbrella canopy at a budget price. It’s 9 feet wide, 8.2 feet tall and features a classic round design. It has a crank lifting system that serves to both open/close the umbrella and to tilt it as well (known as auto tilt). The construction quality is decent but the body, even if rust-proof, can’t take much punishment such as rough winds or falls as it can bend or break. It looks good, especially the canopy due to the sunbrella fabric. It’s handsome, resistant and comes with a 5 year color fastness warranty. For such a low price, you couldn’t ask for more.
The team at Classic Accessories delivers a stunningly beautiful umbrella that features a 100% bamboo body with a stainless steel finish and best of all, it’s available at a ridiculously low price for the amount of quality offered. The 9 feet wide canopy is made of high quality color proof fabric (their trademark Montlake FadeSafe fabric) that not only looks great but is highly resistant to use and weather. As insurance, the canopy comes with 5 years of warranty and the body itself comes with 3 years. The construction quality is fantastic and the attention to detail present in every part of the unit makes it a joy to look at. The unique pulley system is easy to use and gives an added touch of class to the umbrella as well. I was extremely surprised at how good this umbrella is considering its very competitive price. It’s available in 4 colors, all of which are elegant and natural. The base is sold separately though so don’t forget to get it if you don’t already own one. One of the best outdoor umbrellas you can get in terms of sheer bang for buck, this beauty won’t disappoint.
Extremely customizable in both body and canopy colors, this 9 feet wide California Umbrella can easily adapt to any outdoors space. The canopy’s made of sunbrella fabric, making it vibrant, highly resistant and it comes with 5 years of warranty to boot. This umbrella features an aluminum body and innovative fiberglass ribs that make it resilient and flexible to better handle the wind gusts. It has the classic crank lift system that the brand usually uses and it also has a new “twist to tilt” functionality that makes tilting the umbrella even easier. Out of the dozens of body combinations available, I got the one pictured – bronze pole and ribs with a linen sesame canopy. It looks fantastic and the “grainy” look really do make the umbrella pop. The only downside I can point is the durability of the body, it can break somewhat easily if it falls down due to rough winds. If you store it during windy days though, it shouldn’t be a problem. Overall it’s a solid unit and the customization options are excellent, ensuring that no matter how your patio is styled, it will fit right in.
The popular Galtech umbrella holds up to its reputation. It’s got sturdy construction, sunbrella fabric and a huge variety of colors (much like the model shown above) and pole materials so you can pick the perfect one for you. To sweeten the deal, the warranty is great (3 years on body and 5 years on fabric) and the customer service is next to none. It’s regular sized (9 feet wide), features a crank lifting system and an auto-tilt function as well, meaning that after being fully open you simply keep turning the handle to tilt it. The threaded bottom pole works wonders, giving it a sturdier assembly and completely reducing wobbling. The sunbrella canopy is as good as you’d expect, giving you vibrant colors, resistance to use and weather and great color fastness. It’s also super easy to set up and I have to reinforce the great job they did with the ribs, they look great and can take a punch. The unique “ball” cap on top gives it a distinct look that really makes this umbrella stand out from the rest. Remember though, the base is sold separately. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the Galtech, it’s a fantastic umbrella and with such a great team behind it, you’ll never run into an issue you can’t fix.
This Treasure Garden unit is very similar to the Galtech shown previously, except it has an 11 feet wide option, the internal cable is made of braided kevlar instead of stainless steel and it has a set of different colors. The crank design is also a bit different although they both work exactly the same with the auto-tilt function. The model shown is the 9 feet wide one with the Sunbrella canvas fabric, although all the 11 feet wide ones are only available in Obravia2 fabric for some reason which is still solid but not as good in my opinion. Overall though, the 9 feet wide option is as good as the Galtech in terms of body quality and design, making for a pretty great unit and one of the best sun umbrellas on the list. It also features the same warranty – 5 years on the fabric and 3 on the body. Since they’re so alike, it’s up to personal preference of the color set but rest assured this one is a good as the Galtech shown above.
This is the bigger and better version of the classic California Umbrella. At 11 feet wide it delivers a massive amount of shade and the Sunbrella fabric is as beautiful, color fast and resistant as you’ve come to expect. It’s well built and the double vent design fits the bigger size perfectly, giving it a more elegant look. The aluminum body makes it rust-proof and resilient although due to its large size it’s always a good idea to have a heavy base and to store it during rough winds. It features their trademark collar tilt, making tilting even easier than normal, and the umbrella is available in a wide variety of colors – both the canopy and the pole. The base is sold separately so don’t forget to get it if you don’t already own one. The price, for such a large unit, is also fantastic, making this a great choice if you want a big and handsome umbrella.
By far the best large patio umbrella that the team at California Umbrella has ever made. It’s big, beautiful and due to the excellent stainless steel pole and fiberglass ribs, it’s also sturdy and resistant. With a fair price to boot, it’s among the top rated patio umbrellas I’ve had. The pole is a single piece of 2mm thick stainless steel, making it extremely durable and able to take on rough winds even with its large canopy. This is also due to the fiberglass ribs which are hard but also flexible enough to better deal with motion, making it the best patio umbrella for wind out of all. The canopy’s color pops and it features a double vent design and a ball top, which stands out as unique and classy. When it comes to opening the umbrella you simply use the pulley which is effective and avoids having a handle sticking out of the pole. The base is sold separately so remember to get it if you don’t already have one and as always, the Sunbrella canopy comes with a 5 year warranty. The high point is easily the construction quality, the durability alone makes this unit more than worth it and the stainless steel makes this umbrella give off a luxurious presence while also ensuring it’s the best patio umbrella for wind. There’s also a wide array of colors available and a 9 feet wide option. If you want the best outdoor umbrella you can get, this is it.
These are the best patio umbrellas I’ve ever used and I can confidently say that no matter which one of them you choose, you’ll be happy with it. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out these related articles that might interest you:
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