- 1 The best patio umbrella
- 2 A solid patio umbrella
- 3 Good for a few seasons
- 4 The best umbrella base
- 5 Best for movable shade
The best patio umbrella
This reliable umbrella will resist sun and wind damage more effectively than cheaper models and will likely last four times as long. It comes in dozens of color and finish combinations.
When we asked landscape designers and patio-furniture experts which umbrellas they recommended, the name they gave us again and again was Treasure Garden. Durability is a key quality that separates an okay patio umbrella from a great one, and the 9-foot-wide Market Aluminum Push Button Tilt Umbrella should last longer than any of the other umbrellas in our test group, thanks in part to its thick Sunbrella fabric. For about $100 less, you can choose an O’bravia fabric, which is still a nice option, but it’s not as durable or sun-resistant as the Sunbrella fabric our experts recommended. The Treasure Garden brand offers the most color and style options we’ve seen—including dozens of fabric colors and patterns, rare double wind vents, and a choice of models with a push-button or crank tilt. Our umbrella pick offers the best value within the Treasure Garden line, including just the right features to make it functional and omitting the extras that drive up the price. The push-button tilt frame carries a one-year warranty, and the crank-tilt option comes with a two-year warranty; the Sunbrella fabric is guaranteed not to fade for five years, and the O’bravia version is guaranteed for four years.
Hampton Bay 10 ft. Aluminum Auto-Tilt Market Outdoor Patio Umbrella
A solid patio umbrella
About half the price of our main pick, this umbrella is a sturdy option with a larger diameter than most standard umbrellas.
May be out of stock
If our main pick is out of stock or you’re looking for a slightly less expensive option, consider the Hampton Bay 10 ft. Aluminum Auto-Tilt Patio Umbrella. This model opened and closed more smoothly than other similarly priced umbrellas we tested. It also comes standard with an auto crank-tilt mechanism to tilt the canopy—an upgrade feature you have to pay more for in our top pick. The canopy is made from Olefin fabric, which is not as durable as Sunbrella, but it feels thick and sturdy. The aluminum pole and steel ribs feel solid, and the umbrella comes with a two-year limited warranty from Home Depot.
Sunnyglade 9′ Patio Umbrella
Good for a few seasons
The Sunnyglade umbrella is an affordable option that gets the job done.
Not everyone needs an umbrella that will last in the wind, rain, and sun for several years. If you’re looking for a light, serviceable option to use for a few seasons in your backyard or on your apartment balcony, our budget pick is the Sunnyglade 9′ Patio Umbrella. The canopy is hard to get dirty and simple to clean, and the whole umbrella easily fits into an included reusable plastic covering for simple storage. This umbrella doesn’t come with a warranty, but for the price we think that’s not a terrible gamble.
US Weight Umbrella Base (50 pounds)
The best umbrella base
This affordable base secured an umbrella as effectively as more expensive models we tried, and it was one of the easiest to move. We also like that it comes prefilled.
The US Weight Umbrella Base was the least expensive umbrella base we found that also had a robust history of positive reviews and weighed enough—50 pounds—to secure a 9- or 10-foot umbrella. This compact, low-profile base is perfect for positioning under a table, though we don’t recommend it as a stand-alone base if your umbrella is exposed to significant wind. This base has a convenient built-in handle and comes in four colors.
Shademobile Rolling Umbrella Base
Best for movable shade
This rolling base is worth the price if you want to be able to easily move your umbrella during the day for optimal shade.
The Shademobile Rolling Umbrella Base is unusual among bases because of its ability to roll and pivot across a smooth deck or patio—a crucial feature for anyone who may not be strong enough to easily lift 50 pounds or more. It comes empty, and you fill it with bricks, sand, or a combination of both for an extremely stabilizing maximum weight of 125 pounds; this weight is well beyond what any of our umbrella picks would require, but it’s nice to have the option of a heavier base if you live in a windy area.
source: NY Times – Wirecutter