A patio umbrella is defined as being any umbrella that is specifically designed for outdoor use with someone’s home. More expensive versions are usually made with wood while the less expensive are generally constructed out of aluminum.

Wood umbrellas are sometimes confused with the term market umbrella but the word “market” really pertains more to the style itself. All of them serve the same purpose though. These nifty umbrellas can be propped up beside a pool to add some shade, stationed in between lounge chairs, or they may be found in the center of an outdoor patio table. The idea is to provide shade from the bright sunlight but they can also be implemented for decorative purposes as well.

However, it’s important to note the fabric used in the patio umbrella’s construction. Not all of them are made with weatherproof material. Only a select few are designed with both waterproof and stain resistant fabric. Having durable material will not only make for a lasting purchase, but will also offer low maintenance and shade to keep skin safe and healthy during those long, hot sunny days. 

Key Features

The main features to look for in the best patio umbrellas are size, fabric type, and mechanism used to adjust the umbrella. Once the use has been determined, the features will be easier to select. Start with size first. Will the umbrella be used to cover just one chair or two chairs? Is it going to be offered as shade beside a frequently used swimming pool? Or will one be needed for four or more chairs a busy patio table? The best patio umbrella size for a table seating four persons would be no larger than five feet across. For six people that width should be adjusted to seven foot. If the patio table seats eight or more, consider upgrading to an umbrella with an 11
foot span.

Once a specific size has been decided upon, the next thing to consider is the mechanism used to adjust the umbrella. There are three different ones to choose from:

  • Manual
  • Crank
  • Pulley

Manual cranks require more effort to adjust. They are not recommended for shorter individuals as the lock can be more difficult to reach. Crank patio umbrellas utilize a lever for adjustments.

Pulley umbrellas are adjusted using a rope to raise it up and down, making them the most convenient of all the mechanisms offered.

The choice in fabric is more personal choice. Does the fabric need to be weatherproof or stain resistant? Should it be fade resistant as well? The most commonly made fabrics for popular patio umbrellas are as follows:

  • Canvas – Standard option for budget friendly and comes in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Polyester – mildew resistant
  • Acrylic – Suitable umbrella material for use with pools
  • Olefin – Cheapest material; fade resistance is stronger than polyester
  • Sunbrella – UV, stain, and weather resistant material that is the most popular choice for most shoppers
  • Thatch – Insect resistant, rot resistant

Top 10 Best Selling Patio Umbrellas in April 2024

SaleBestseller No. 1
Best Choice Products 10ft Solar Powered Aluminum Polyester LED Lighted Patio Umbrella w/Tilt...
  • 24 SOLAR-POWERED LIGHTS: Use it day or night, with 24 built-in solar powered LED lights that can run for 6-7 hours
  • HIGH-DURABILITY FABRIC: Made with high-quality water-resistant fabric to last for years of enjoyment
  • ADJUST YOUR SHADE: Stay cool at all times, as the easy push-button tilt system gives coverage no matter what time of day, while a wind vent cools air under the umbrella
  • CONVENIENT CRANK HANDLE: Easy open/close system puts the umbrella up in just seconds with minimal effort
  • QUICK SETUP: Detachable pole contributes to easy setup and storage (Note: Umbrella base not included); Pairing Suggestion: SKY5897; OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 120"(Dia) x 96"(H)
SaleBestseller No. 2
Blissun 9' Outdoor Patio Umbrella, Outdoor Table Umbrella, Yard Umbrella, Market Umbrella with 8...
  • 100% POLYESTER FABRIC -- Blissun patio umbrella is made of 100% polyester, waterproof and UV resistant, long lasting, easy to clean.
  • STURDY FRAME -- Powder coated aluminum and iron pole, 8 iron ribs provides the yard umbrella superior strength support, easy to use and compact storage.
  • CRANK MECHANISM -- This market umbrella is designed with crank open system for easy and quick use. Push button tilt for more angles of shading, keep the sun at your back.
  • SUN PROTECTION -- This outdoor umbrella with 9 ft. diameter shade your 42"- 54" round, square or rectangle table with 4 to 6 chairs, Ideal for both residential and commercial locations.
  • MODERN & WIDELY APPLICABLE -- Blissun 9 feet patio umbrella with elegant design, is a perfect and essential for summer or sunny days to shade sunshine, apply to the yard, beach, square, garden and patio shops like cafe, restaurant, swimming pool.
Bestseller No. 3
DUMOS 9FT Outdoor Patio Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank, Table Umbrella, 8 Sturdy Ribs...
  • 【High-Quality Frame】DUMOS adopts solid 8-rib steel frame to support the patio umbrella's large 9-feet canopy. Outdoor umbrellas not only bring you stability, but also bring you a cool summer.
  • 【Premium Material】The pool umbrella is made of high-quality sunscreen fabric. It ensures that you will not be affected by UV rays while you cool off under the umbrella, and achieve the triple defense effect of sunscreen, waterproof and UV protection.
  • 【Classic Color & Styling】The 9-foot diameter Patio Straight Umbrella is extra sturdy and made of heavy-duty fabrics designed to keep you cool and comfortable on yards, beaches, squares and more. Suitable for both residential and commercial locations.
  • 【Tilt & Crank System】Our beach umbrellas are equipped with a tilt system and a crank lift system. It simplifies the opening operation to a certain extent and also allows you to enjoy the coolness from all angles during use.
  • 【Ventilation Design】The top of outdoor umbrellas for patio is equipped with a ventilation design. This design reduces wind resistance to a certain extent, ensures the stability of the umbrella, and allows you to feel the breeze on hot summer days.
Bestseller No. 4
JEAREY 9FT Outdoor Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank, Market...
  • ☂ATTENTION: Due to different screen display, there may be a little color difference from image. If there is any issues on it, please feel free to contact via email. The base is not included in this item. You can buy the JEAREY umbrella Base Stand (ASIN: B0CN14YBWK) to match it.
  • ☂MULTIFUNCTIONAL CANOPY: 9FT outdoor umbrella would shades you with at least 4-6 chairs and table, ideal for both residential and commercial location. High-density polyester is WATER & UV RESISTANT. Double-layer Vent enables essential wind and heat to ventilate and makes the umbrella remain stable and grounded
  • ☂STURDY & DURABLE: JEAREY always puts safety first. To reduce swaying and increase overall strength of our umbrella, the entire structure of yard umbrella is made of sturdy iron material. Powder coated iron pole and 8 sturdy ribs provides stronger support and are built for stability
  • ☂EASY TO ADJUST: Open, close and tilt the umbrella with ease! The deck umbrella is designed with a crank system for easy opening and quick use. Push button tile allows for more angles for shade protection and allows for coverage all day
  • ☂MULTI VERSATILITY: 9 Feet diameter large umbrella shade better for Market, Garden, Deck, Backyard, Pool and Patio Table. Enjoy your coffee time in the gentle breeze and Sunlight will never shine your eyes all the day
SaleBestseller No. 5
Sweetcrispy 9FT Patio Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank, Outdoor Umbrella, Pool Umbrella with...
  • 【High Quality Fabric】 Sweetcrispy Patio Umbrella is made of high-quality polyester fabric. Our beach umbrella can also resist UV rays and light rain while also being sun, water and fade resistant.
  • 【Sturdy & Durable】Our outdoor umbrellas for patio are made of iron frames, which are reinforced for more stability and durability than other aluminum frames. The engineered with high-level iron materials also ensure longevity and maintain its appearance for years to come.
  • 【Wind System Design】 The beach umbrella roof is equipped with ventilation system, which can reduce the wind resistance to a certain extent, increase the wind resistance of the umbrella top, and also allow you to feel the gentle breeze outdoors in the summer.
  • 【Multiple Usage Scenarios】Sweetcrispy 9 feet canopy has a modern style and is an essential summer or sunny day shade good for courtyards, beaches, squares, gardens, as well as patio shops, cafes, restaurants, and swimming pools.
  • 【Easy Usage】The 9FT pool umbrella comes with a crank handle and tilt system for easy opening and closing of the umbrellas for effortless maneuverability and optimal sun protection.
Bestseller No. 6
Simple Deluxe 9' Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Market Yard Umbrella with Push Button Tilt/Crank, 8...
  • High-quality & durable material: The patio umbrella fabric is made of 100% polyester. High-density polyester is water & UV resistant. This outdoor table market umbrella has high elasticity, firmness and durability
  • Sturdy frame structure: Our outdoor patio umbrella is made of rust-free steel with 8 heel stainless steel heavy-duty ribbed brackets, which make it perform better in wind and rust resistance and make the umbrella durable
  • Easy to install & control: The crank lift mechanism of our patio umbrella makes it easy to open and close the table umbrella in seconds. You can also tilt the umbrella easily by pushing the button to block unwanted sun's rays at any angle
  • Wide applicable: Our 9 feet outdoor patio umbrella is perfect for a 42"- 54" table with 4 to 6 chairs, is a perfect and essential for summer or sunny day to shade sunshine, apply to yards, beaches, gardens, patios, square, cafe, restaurant, pools and decks
  • Recommended maintenance: Base is not included! This umbrella must be secured with a weighted base (ASIN B09XX5PBDC) or inserted onto a patio table. Cover and store at night or during extreme weather conditions to extend service life of your new umbrella
SaleBestseller No. 7
Best Choice Products 7.5ft Heavy-Duty Round Outdoor Market Table Patio Umbrella w/Steel Pole, Push...
  • HEAVY-DUTY FRAME: Solid 6-rib steel frame supports the 7.5-foot canopy and helps resist warping and other damage in the wind
  • ALL-WEATHER READY: Weather-resistant polyester fabric paired with a powder-coated steel frame creates a highly durable and reliable umbrella
  • USER-FRIENDLY MECHANISMS: Features a hand-operated crank to open and close the umbrella with ease, while a push-button tilt system adds extra security against the sun
  • WIND VENT: Air flows freely through an open space at the top of the canopy and creates a cooling cross breeze while adding extra stability against heavy winds
  • CLASSIC OUTDOOR DECOR: 7.5-foot diameter umbrella adds a cooling and colorful addition to every outdoor sitting area. Matching umbrella base: SKY3784(freestanding) or SKY4242(through table); OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 90"(Dia) x 96"(H)
SaleBestseller No. 8
Best Choice Products 10ft Outdoor Steel Polyester Market Patio Umbrella w/Crank, Easy Push Button,...
  • HIGH-QUALITY FRAME: Solid 6-rib steel frame to support the umbrella's large, 10-foot canopy; PLEASE NOTE: Base not included
  • PREMIUM MATERIAL: Water- and UV-resistant 180G polyester fabric and a powder-coated steel frame for maximum durability
  • CONVENIENT CRANK HANDLE: Features a crank handle for easy opening/closing, while its adjustable easy-tilt system allows for optimal protection from the sun
  • WIND VENT: Air flows freely through an open space at the top of the canopy and creates a cooling cross breeze while adding extra stability against heavy winds
  • CLASSIC OUTDOOR DECOR: 10-foot diameter umbrella adds a cooling and colorful addition to every outdoor sitting area.; OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 10'(Dia) x 100"(H)
Bestseller No. 9
Yaheetech 10FT Solar Offset Umbrella with 32 LED Lights Cantilever Hanging Outdoor Umbrellas Handy...
  • 【Extra-Wide Canopy】With diameter measuring 289 cm/114’’, the size of the canopy is particularly large that can serve an extra-wide shading area, perfect for home BBQ and family/ friends gathering in your backyard.
  • 【32 Solar-powered Led Lights】Each rib of this patio umbrella is kitted out with 4 solar-powered LED lights. Powered by the top solar panel and a solar AA rechargeable battery, these lights have a run time of 8 hours after a full charge. A handy switch on the pole controls the lights.
  • 【Solid Metal Frame】This cantilever patio umbrella has a sturdy iron structure, featuring heavy-duty oriented but lightweight, which is perfect for outdoor long-term usage. There are 8 ribs that control the canopy connected to the core pole, which guides the umbrella smoothly open and close.
  • 【Handy Cranking System】This patio offset umbrella has a robust metal frame with a crank system, which makes it easy to lift, open and close. The cranking mechanism on the core pole can lock and change angles to adjust shades.
  • 【Rust-Resistant Coating】Surface of this patio offset umbrella’s metal parts are powder coated with rust-resistant covering to defend against all kinds of weather. Fabrics of our patio cantilever umbrella also do not weather under strong sunlight exposure or humid weather. All materials are coated or colored with an all-weather covering.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Abba Patio 7.5FT Lyon Outdoor Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank...
  • Easy Set-Up: Our Abba Patio 7.5FT Lyon outdoor patio umbrella features a tool-free, threaded pole design for easy installation. Simply insert the pole into the base and twist - no additional tools required. The robust, rounded threads ensure a smooth operation, making opening and closing a breeze. Designed for convenience, this umbrella allows for quick angle adjustments, saving you time in setup. Enjoy immediate relaxation and shade outdoors with this hassle-free, sturdy umbrella.
  • Reinforced Canopy for Durability: Abba Patio umbrella's canopy is engineered for resilience against harsh weather. Each aluminum rib is fortified with end screws, offering enhanced protection against strong winds. The vented canopy design not only promotes airflow but also provides effective rain shelter. Additionally, embedded weights strategically counterbalance wind gusts, ensuring stability and longevity. This combination of features makes our canopy adept at withstanding unexpected weather conditions, offering you reliable, long-lasting outdoor comfort.
  • Effortless Closure System: Our patio umbrella simplifies the closing process with a unique and innovative clip design. Forget the hassle of Velcro or snaps – our straightforward, durable clip system ensures a quick and easy closure. Just gather the folds and secure them with the clip. This efficient method keeps everything neat, tidy, and perfectly in place, making your experience with our umbrella outdoor patio both convenient and enjoyable.
  • Convenient Crank Operation: Adjusting the shade is simple with the crank-lift system. A few turns raises the canopy to the perfect height. Lowering is just as easy - no heavy lifting required. The tilt mechanism follows suit with an intuitive push-button design. A brief press angles the umbrella outdoor patio however you like. Find just the right shading whether seated or standing.
  • UV Protection: Enjoy superior protection with our UPF 50+ fabric, effectively blocking over 99.9% of harmful UV rays, ensuring a safe and comfortable outdoor experience. Crafted from premium outdoor-rated 100% polyester, this sizable canopy stands up to the elements. Water beads up and rolls away, keeping you dry even on rainy days.

Last update on 2024-03-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Patio Umbrellas Q&A

Which patio umbrellas are the best?

The answer to which patio umbrella is the best really falls down to personal choice. The fabric for these umbrellas are commonly circular or octagonal in design but some offer more full coverage from the shape of a square. However, the cantilever-styled umbrella is the most popular because the tilt of the umbrella is so easy to adjust.

What size patio umbrella should I get?

The best patio umbrellas are available in a variety of different sizes: 9′,10′, 11′, 15′ (double-sided). Each patio umbrella has a different use that it is rated the best for. First determine what the primary use will be:

  • Best for Budget – If unsure how often the patio umbrella will be used, one can be purchased for under $50 from various online retailers. If it’s a hit, a more expensive one can always replace it later.
  • Best Against Strong Winds – Search for umbrellas with a wind vent to minimize damage from high winds.
  • Best Cantilever – Most usually come with their own bases and are super easy to operate. Affectionately known as “off-set umbrellas”, this design does not come with a pole in the middle. Instead, the pole is over the top of the umbrella, making it the most luxurious in design and functionality.
  • Best Large Patio Umbrella – These umbrellas have to be anchored due to their extreme size. They are good for large groups of people or protecting large patio furniture from the elements.
  • Best for Lights – Search for LED lights to be added to the umbrella. Cheaper versions usually come with them and aren’t very high quality.

What color patio umbrella is best?

The best patio umbrella color is a very personal choice and should be left to the consumer to decide. Red evokes a sense of passion and boldness. Black, although not a color but a shade, is a popular choice because it goes with anything. Blue is very calm if a tranquil look is desired. A deep green is also a popular choice. No matter what color is selected, all of them will look stunning if patio umbrella lights are added to the underside. Some designs even sell the umbrellas with lights already included. The choice is up to the consumer in what would look best in his or her own backyard.

What size patio umbrella for 6-person table?

For a table seating up to six people, a seven-foot patio umbrella would be the best size for maximum coverage. Anything smaller wouldn’t work and a larger size would give a disproportionate appearance to what it is supposed to cover (furniture, table, chairs, etc).

How to keep patio umbrella from falling over?

The best patio umbrellas will always be easily held in place with a proper base. These are usually sold separately. Most standard umbrellas will easily pair with a fifty-pound base. Most bases are commonly made out of recycled plastic. The fifty-pound bases are compatible with umbrellas using 1.5″ to 2″ poles and an umbrella with an 11′ span. If searching for more reinforcement, these bases can have sand or water added to act much like an anchor. This way, high winds can not accidentally tip the pole over and damage the umbrella.