A person can have their deck setup with the most comfortable outdoor furniture and reliable appliances, but it’s all for naught if they don’t have something to keep the rays of the sun off of them and provide them with a bit of shade. Too many people design their outdoor spaces without thinking about adding something that will give them a bit of shade. This is unfortunate because without having some kind of shade, most people aren’t going to want to use their outdoor space all summer long. That’s why we’ve decided to review some of the best outdoor umbrellas. Now everyone can add a bit of shade to their outdoor entertainment areas.
Quick Summary of Best Outdoor Umbrellas
Editor’s Choice: Purple Leaf 10-Foot Round Deluxe Pation Umbrella
Some of the colors the consumer can purchase this umbrella in include navy blue, brick red, beige, black, gray, and turquoise. This product also had a double-vent design that keeps it from tenting in high winds and helps to release heat. Oh, we almost forget. The diameter of this patio umbrella is an impressive 10-feet.
Next up, let’s talk about this umbrella’s handle design and crank system. This product has a full 360-degree rotation that allows the consumer to move the umbrella where they need shade most, and it has 6 different heights for consumers to choose from. It features 8 steel ribs that hold the canopy up and an all-aluminum pole that’s light but extremely durable.
The next thing we’d like to mention before we conclude this review is that this product doesn’t come with a base. The consumer is going to have to purchase the base separately to use it. This increases the overall price of the umbrella. That’s something that consumers will have to consider before they decide to purchase this model.
- This umbrella has a 10-foot diameter canopy.
- It has 6 different height adjustments.
- Made using high-quality UV-resistant fabric.
- It’s a heavy-duty outdoor umbrella.
- This umbrella costs more than the others we’ve reviewed.
Also Recommended: Bluu 10-Foot Offset Cantilever Umbrella With Base
The next thing that we want to talk about is this umbrella’s frame. This product uses a powder-coated frame that’s resistant to rusting and holds up well under windy conditions. It also has a cross base that adds a bit of stability to the umbrella, although the consumer is going to have to weigh it down in windy conditions to keep it from being blown away. And since it has a simple crank system, it’s easy for the consumer to open the umbrella to the position they need it in.
All of these features come together quite well to make this a great outdoor umbrella for patios, decks, balconies, restaurant patios, or anyplace else where the consumer needs to add a bit of shade. It’s definitely one that we think most of our readers are going to want to take a closer look at.
- This is an inexpensive offset umbrella.
- It comes in some truly beautiful colors.
- It seems to be a very well made outdoor umbrella.
- The consumer will need to weigh it down.
Also Consider: Sunnyglade 9-Foot Table Umbrella
Now let’s move on to this product’s pole. The pole is made from powder-coated aluminum and it has 8 ribs that add stability and support to the canopy. This model also has a crank open function and a push-button tilt. These features allow the consumer to use this umbrella in the way they want to use it. Taking all of these features in mind, we have to say that although it does have its drawbacks, it is otherwise a great budget outdoor umbrella for anyone to consider.
- This is an inexpensive outdoor table umbrella.
- This is a well-made umbrella.
- It comes in an assortment of different colors.
- It only has a 9-foot diameter.
- This product isn’t UV-resistant.
A Guide To Buying The Best Outdoor Umbrellas
If there was anything that we wanted to accomplish with our outdoor umbrella reviews, it was that we wanted to encourage all of our readers to purchase a least one umbrella for their outdoor spaces. Why? Because these umbrellas can not only help to keep wind and rain off of anyone trying to use their patio or deck, but they can also add a splash of color to outdoor spaces. That’s why we feel everyone should think about adding some to their outdoor spaces.
Before a person can add one of these umbrellas to their outdoor spaces, however, they are first going to have to find the best one for them. This means that they are going to have to do an honest assessment of their outdoor spaces, determine what they need, and then match those needs to an outdoor umbrella. To help our readers accomplish that goal, we’ve decided to write this guide on the subject. A guide that we hope keeps our readers focuses on buying the best outdoor umbrella for their needs.
Step One: Choose Between A Center Pole Or Offset Umbrella
When it comes to outdoor umbrellas, the consumer has two choices available to them. They can choose a center pole umbrella or an offset one. What’s the difference between these two types of umbrellas? Well, there are quite a few of them, so we decided that to talk about each one individually before we move onto the other things that people should think about when buying an umbrella for their outdoor spaces.
Center Pole Umbrellas
Center pole umbrellas feature a central pole that rises from a base and extends to the canopy. Sometimes, this is a single solid center pole, and other times it’s multiple poles that fit together to make one pole. These umbrellas come in three different types: Market, Table, Half, and Beach Umbrellas. Let’s look at each one separately.
- Market Umbrellas: This is a vented canopy with an octagonal or round shape.
- Beach Umbrella: This is a minimalist umbrella with a round shape. Most use a spike as their base.
- Table Umbrella: These fit into the center of a center to supply the diners with shade.
- Half Umbrella: These umbrellas have a flat side and they’re usually placed against a wall.
Offset umbrellas—also known as Cantilever Patio Umbrellas—have a jointed or arched join that allows them to be positioned to one side. This allows the pole to be kept out of the user’s way, all while still allowing the canopy to provide the needed shade. These umbrellas require a heavier base to maintain their stability, and some manufacturers make the consumer purchase that base separately. Just something to keep in mind before purchasing one of these outdoor umbrellas.
Step Two: Think About Pole Construction
The next thing that the consumer is going to want to think about before purchasing their next outdoor umbrella is the type of pole they want to use. These umbrellas usually come with either metal or fiberglass poles—although there are still some models that can be found with wood poles. Let’s take a look at each one before we move along with this guide to see the pros and cons of each type of umbrella pole.
When outdoor umbrellas use metal poles, they use either steel, stainless steel, or aluminum. Stainless steel and aluminum are both resistant to corrosion thanks to the high levels of chromium and nickel in stainless steel and the natural properties of aluminum. Aluminum is lightweight and strong but will warp during high winds. Ordinary rolled steel isn’t as durable, however, and will begin to rust unless it has been powder coated.
Fiberglass poles are extremely durable. They are also lightweight and strong as well. Because they’re flexible, they will bend without breaking, which is invaluable during high winds. They also won’t rust, even if they’re used in areas with a lot of humidity and/or rain. The problem with fiberglass is that it tends to be one of the more expensive options, so consumers are going to want to keep that in mind when searching for their next umbrella.
Wood poles are a traditional option, but they’re not as used as often as they used to be. That’s because while they have a classic and sophisticated look, they tend to crack during high winds. They also are more expensive than other types of poles and they tend to rot if they’re not properly treated.
Step Three: Other Features To Consider
Before we come to the end of this guide, we want to take a few moments and list some of the other things that consumers might want to consider before purchasing their next outdoor umbrella. Although we don’t have enough space to go into all of the below features, we wanted to at least list them so our readers can give them some serious thought.
- The Size & Color Of The Canopy
- The Construction Of The Canopy
- The Shape Of The Canopy