Best Cheap Patio Umbrellas 2018
Finding an inexpensive solution to provide you with shade can be tricky. Most cheap patio umbrellas have lower quality to match their lower price but in some rare occasions you can truly get the best of both worlds – quality and affordability. Over the years I’ve lost count to how many of these I’ve had and although not all made me smile, below you’ll only find the ones that absolutely did. The cheap umbrellas I’ll show you have all positively surprised me with how much quality you get for such a low price. They combine good design with sturdy materials and manage to offer a good experience without sacrificing quality, which is exactly what you look for in a cheap patio umbrella.
While this article will focus on affordable choices only, you can check out the original best patio umbrellas article to see the overall top rated units.
I’ve listed the top affordable choices in a comparison table to give you a quick overview of all the units and further below you can read in-depth reviews of each to make sure you know all of their details and qualities. I can confidently say that these are some of the best deals on patio umbrellas you can get. Let’s get started!
Cheap Patio Umbrellas
These are the highest rated cheap patio umbrellas for sale on the market, thoroughly compared for you.
|Umbrella||Abba Patio Umbrella 9-Feet Beige||Cloud Mountain 10 Ft Cantilever Umbrella||T Innovations LED Patio Umbrella||California Umbrella 9' Woven Sesame||Le Papillon Double-Sided Patio Umbrella||Le Papillon 10 ft Cantilever Umbrella||Abba Patio 9 Ft Umbrella, Sunbrella|
|Type||Regular||Offset Cantilever||Regular||Regular||Regular Double||Offset Cantilever||Regular|
|Width||9 Feet||10 Feet||9 Feet||9 Feet||14 Feet||10 Feet||9 Feet|
|Special Feature||Solar Powered Led Lights||Good Fabric Quality||Double Canopy||Great Bang for the Buck + Well Built||Excellent Fabric + Vibrant Colors|
|Warranty||30 Days||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||Contact Manufacturer||Contact Manufacturer||5 Years Fabric|
Remember that most umbrellas don’t come with the base included, although some can offer it in promotions so keep an eye out for them.
Cheap Patio Umbrella Reviews
As promised, here you can read a complete analysis of each cheap umbrella listed on the table above. If you have any further questions about them feel free to message me, I’m here to help!
This 9′ wide unit is the cheapest patio umbrella on our list and even with a few drawbacks it still manages to deliver decent quality and canopy colors that pop. It’s 8.2 feet tall, top to bottom, and the aluminum center pole does the job but it can’t quite hold up to stronger winds. Even then, it features a crank lift system that works well although the “auto tilt” function (if you keep cranking the handle once the umbrella is fully open, it starts to tilt) on this unit can be annoying to use, mainly due to the flimsy feel of the rope that operates it – although it has never snapped once during use and testing. Even with these flaws the polyester canopy itself is still surprisingly well-made and the colors pop out, looking more expensive than it is. The body quality itself (the ribs and pole, not the canopy) are the main flaws, but at such an unbelievably low price it’s still a good choice if you don’t have rough winds. It’s available in a variety of colors such as red and lime and there’s also a square shaped version.
Cloud Mountain delivers a cheap cantilever umbrella that offers big shade and good looks. It stands at 8’2″ of height and the canopy is 10′ wide, resulting in a large area of shade. The umbrella has an attractive look although its biggest flaw, as with most cheap umbrellas, is the construction quality. The fabric is fairly resistant, but the pole and ribs are weak and will break if you get rough winds or if it falls to the ground. When it comes to functionality it all works well, including the crank and tilt. It’s available in 4 colors such as red or hunter green and it also comes with 1 year of warranty. It’s the cheapest cantilever umbrella I’ve ever used and while the materials are a bit lacking, getting a big offset umbrella for such a low price is quite uncommon.
An interesting entry, this unit gives you solar-powered lights and pretty colors at a low price, although it faces the same problems as the previous units – a weak pole that’s prone to bending. It features an effective crank lifting system and the tilting is easy to use as well. The 180g polyester canopy is fairly resistant to the weather and the main attraction, the led lights, are powered by a square solar panel on the top. Each rib has 4 led lights and they last for about 9 to 12 hours after a sunny day. The whole umbrella is decent but like the models before, the pole is prone to bend if it goes against rough winds.
This California Umbrella takes it up a notch by featuring an olefin fabric canopy, which is resistant and also famously known for delivering vibrant and long-lasting colors. It has the regular 9′ dimension and has a crank lift system with auto tilt, meaning that after fully opening the umbrella you simply keep rotating the handle to tilt it. The construction quality is slightly above other models but it’s still susceptible to rough winds, although that is to be expected from cheap table umbrellas. It’s nothing that proper care won’t fix. It comes with 1 year of warranty and the high point of this umbrella is the fantastic colors – they are strong, last a lot longer than the normal and there are more than a dozen to choose from. It’s also available in a manual tilt version, which I prefer.
Le Papillon has really surprised me with their cheap garden umbrellas, they all seem to offer a great bang for the buck and this double umbrella is no exception. It’s sturdy, beautiful and the 14′ wide double canopy ensures that you get a large area of shade. It stands at around 9 feet of height and the body is surprisingly sturdy, featuring an aluminum pole and well-constructed steel ribs. The fabric is 100% polyester, making it resistant to mold and very easy to clean. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and if you want a cheap umbrella that delivers a lot of shade and solid quality, this is it.
One of my favorites on the list, this great cantilever unit by Le Papillon shows that cheap offset umbrellas can still deliver a good design, solid construction and durable colors. This thing’s big, the 10 feet wide canopy offers a lot of shade, which is especially noticeable due to the offset design. The crank system is sturdy and works really well – a rarity among the more inexpensive units. When it comes to construction quality, this unit does very well for the price. The oval-shaped aluminum pole is sturdy and so are the ribs. It’s also very easy to rotate and can do so in 360 degrees. The canopy is made of polyester, making it easy to clean and resistant to mold and mildew. It also gives it good color fastness. For an inexpensive unit it does very well and I highly recommend it as one of the best cheap umbrellas you can get.
This is an improved version of the first option on the list. The big improvement here is the fabric switch – from polyester to the famous Sunbrella. While the dimensions stay the same (9 feet wide and around 8.2 feet tall), the new fabric makes it much more resistant to the weather, especially when it comes to color fading. They’re so sure of this themselves that they offer a 5 year warranty on the color fastness. It uses the same crank lifting and auto-tilt system as the previous Abba Patio entry and the construction quality is the same as well – sturdy but can’t quite hold up to rough winds as the ribs might break when it falls. If you’re in a calm region you’ve got no problem but if it’s windy, it’s a good idea to either cover it or take it inside to further protect the umbrella. When it comes to color fastness though, this is unbeatable, making it a great unit and one of my favorite cheap outdoor umbrellas ever.
These beauties ensure that you’ll get the very best price on patio umbrellas, offering you fantastic value at a low cost. As these cheap umbrellas prove, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get great shade. I hope you’ve enjoyed the guide and that I’ve helped you find your new unit! Feel free to leave your opinion or question in the comment section below, I’ll reply as soon as possible. Thanks for reading!