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Best Outdoor Umbrellas in 2021 – Reviewed

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  (review)
 Also Recommended 
Bluu 10-Foot Offset Cantilever Umbrella With Base  (review)
 Also Consider 
Sunnyglade 9-Foot Table Umbrella  (review)

Reviews

Editor’s Choice: Purple Leaf 10-Foot Round Deluxe Pation Umbrella

For anyone who’s been on the hunt for the best outdoor umbrella, this is definitely one they’re going to want to check out. Although we do admit that this model is more expensive than just about any other umbrella that we’ve reviewed, it’s built from the ground up with a lot of care and effort. It’s also an umbrella that’s made from high-quality components. Let’s take a closer look at this umbrella and look at its features more closely.Let’s start with the canopy and then move our way down the umbrella. This product uses a high-quality canopy that’s made out of durable 240 GSM fabric. This fabric is not only resistant to being torn by wind but is also water-resistant and resistant to ultraviolet rays as well. That means that it will fade more slowly than other umbrellas—which is a good thing since it comes in some vibrant and exciting colors.

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.

PROS:

  • 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.
CONS:

  • This umbrella costs more than the others we’ve reviewed.

Also Recommended: Bluu 10-Foot Offset Cantilever Umbrella With Base

The next outdoor umbrella that we’d like to review doesn’t cost as much as our number one pick, but it does have some great features that we think many of our readers will appreciate. This is an offset umbrella that we think can be used just about anywhere and will bring a bit of style and shade to a person’s outdoor areas. Let’s take a closer look at it and check out its features.As we did with our previous review, we’re going to start with the canopy and then work our way down the umbrella. This product has a 10-foot diameter canopy that’s made out of high-quality fabric that’s composed of several different layers that improve its performance. It has a waterproof layer, a color fixing layer, a UV light-blocking layer, a layer that adds density to it, and a reinforced abrasion-resistant layer. This material has been certified to provide the best UV protection and it conforms to AATCC 169-2003 Grade 4 light colorfastness standards. This umbrella is available in an assortment of beautiful colors. The consumer can purchase these umbrellas in red, navy blue, pine green, or wood brown.

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.

PROS:

  • This is an inexpensive offset umbrella.
  • It comes in some truly beautiful colors.
  • It seems to be a very well made outdoor umbrella.
CONS:

  • The consumer will need to weigh it down.

Also Consider: Sunnyglade 9-Foot Table Umbrella

The last umbrella on our list is this table umbrella from Sunnyglade. This is a budget outdoor umbrella that only has a 9-foot diameter, but is still large enough to suit most people’s needs. It’s also a product that’s available in vibrant colors and is extremely well made for an umbrella in its price range. Let’s look at some of its features and see how well it holds up its promise of delivering a great outdoor umbrella to anyone looking for a low-priced one for their patio table.As we did with the other umbrellas, we’re going to start with this product’s canopy. Its canopy is made out of 100% polyester and is water-resistant. It’s also a product that does a good job of protecting the consumer from sunlight, but the canopy itself doesn’t seem to be UV-resistant. This means that it will block out sunlight, but its colors might fade quicker than other canopies that are resistant to ultraviolet rays. This is a shame because the colors these umbrellas are available in are fantastic. They come in colors that include dark green, beige, blue & white, black & white, red, and tan. This canopy also has a single wind vent that increases stability.

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.

PROS:

  • This is an inexpensive outdoor table umbrella.
  • This is a well-made umbrella.
  • It comes in an assortment of different colors.
CONS:

  • 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

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.

Metal Poles

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

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

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

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