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 August 2021

Bestseller No. 1
Blissun 9' Outdoor Market Patio Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank, 8 Ribs (Tan)
  • 100% POLYESTER FABRIC -- Blissun patio umbrella is made of 100% polyester, waterproof and UV resistant, long lasting, easy to clean.
  • STURDY ALUMINUM POLE -- Aluminum poles and 8 aluminum ribs for easy and compact storage, in prevention of rust and lighter than the steel pole, easy for operation. With air vented at the top, cool and can withstand sudden gust.
  • 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. 2
Sunnyglade 9' Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Umbrella with 8 Sturdy Ribs (Tan)
  • Made of 100% polyester that can be waterproof, long lasting, easy to clean.
  • Powder Coated Aluminum Pole(40mm Diameter aluminum pole) and 8 sturdy ribs provides stronger support. Includes single wind vent for stability.
  • 9 feet diameter- Wide enough to your 42" to 54" round, square or rectangle table with 4 to 6 chairs.
  • Easy crank open function with push button tilt, keeping cool and comfortable form the sun.
  • This Patio Umbrella include Push Button Tilt/Crank. Note:The base is not included in this item.You can buy the sunnyglade umbrella base (ASIN:B06XT1TFJN) to match it.
SaleBestseller No. 3
FRUITEAM 10FT Patio Offset Umbrella Cantilever Umbrella, Large Hanging Market Umbrella Large with...
  • LARGER SIZE, PERFECT SHADING - 10ft patio offset umbrella is perfect for hanging over outdoor dining tables and more patio furniture sets. A hand-crank lift allows you to adjust the shade and block the sun at all angles, providing intimate protection for your skin
  • EXPERT UV PROTECTION & WATER RESISTANCE - FRUITEAM outdoor umbrella is made of 220g/sqm polyester with premium PU and UV coating, double-coated thicken fabric reaches AATCC standard UPF 50+, providing 95% UV protection, fade-resistant and waterproof
  • EASY OPERATION, DUAL-PURPOSE VENT - The smooth crank lift is easy to open or close FRUITEAM patio umbrella canopy in a few seconds. An air-vent canopy help wind and heat ventilation, make cantilever umbrella remain fresher. Do not let sun ruin your BBQ or cocktail hour
  • SOLID FRAME, SECURITY GUARANTEE - FRUITEAM garden umbrella frame is composed of a spray cast iron pole and 6 solid ribs, and the metal cross base, which are heavy-duty and durable enough, to provide the better support of large canopy
  • CUATION, CARE & WARRANTY - Purchase the suitable weighted base as a support for the patio offset umbrella. (Please search FRUITEAM Umbrella Base 4pcs or enter FRUITEAM store) And we provide 12-month warranty service for you. If you need any support, please contact us directly
Bestseller No. 4
Sunnyglade 9' Solar 24 LED Lighted Patio Umbrella with 8 Ribs/Tilt Adjustment and Crank Lift System...
  • 24 LED Lights with 8 steel ribs and 3 LED lights on each rib, help to light up relaxing night. The solar can work for 6 hours when battery is in full status.
  • Convenient crank opens/closes system and handy push button tilt, even easy to use for kids and the elderly. Keep the sun at the back in the daytime.
  • 1.5in/38mm diameter rust-free bronze aluminum pole and 8 steel ribs provide stronger support. Air vented top enhances umbrella stability.
  • 100% polyester canopy fabric features fade resistant, water repellent, UV protection. Provide a perfect shade for your patio, garden, deck, backyard, pool. Enjoy warm weather without getting burned. Wrapped with strap to protect and store umbrella. keep from bad weather and prolong umbrella's life and appearance.
  • This Patio Umbrella include Push Button Tilt/Crank. Note:The base is not included in this item.You can buy the sunnyglade umbrella base (ASIN:B06XT1TFJN) to match it.
SaleBestseller No. 5
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- and fade-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)
Bestseller No. 6
Grand Patio Deluxe NAPOLI 11 FT Curvy Aluminum Offset Umbrella, Patio Cantilever Umbrella with Base,...
  • 11 foot aluminum offset hanging umbrella with powder-coat frame finish.
  • Cantilever patio umbrella canopy is double-coated polyester that is heavy-duty, water-resistant, UV protected and fade-resistant. Canopy also includes air vent.
  • Easy to operate. Pool umbrella opens and closes with handle and crank lift operation mechanism. Innovative position auto-lock system allows you to adjust opening angle to any position.
  • Offset patio umbrella includes base with hidden wheels for easy movement. The base must be filled with 265 lbs. of sand and water for stability and safe use.
  • Please note: The base and patio umbrella are packed and shipped separately. Please fill the base with wet sand for more stability.
SaleBestseller No. 7
wikiwiki H Series Patio Offset Hanging Umbrella 10 FT Cantilever Outdoor Umbrellas w/Infinite Tilt,...
  • UPGRADED SOLUTION-DYED CANOPY: The WIKIWIKI H Series umbrella has a PU coated canopy that is made of 240 gsm (7.08 oz/yd²) solution-dyed canopy with a US Standard AATCC 16 Grade 5 colorfastness to light. The thick material provides excellent UV resistance and is waterproof up to 800 pa’s of pressure.
  • IMPROVED STABILITY: To reduce swaying and increase the overall strength of our umbrella, we have upgraded to PA66 nylon with a sturdy iron cover at the joint. The pole shaft has been switched to AL alloy and the internal structure of the joint has been modified to increase durability and wear. Just attach the canopy strap to the main pole and our umbrellas are ready for years of use!
  • STRONG METAL FRAME: The eight long ribs are made of premium iron that open and close with ease. The expertly crafted metal frame is sealed with a thick anti-oxidant coating to resist corrosion and rust.
  • INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Our 2021 design doesn’t just stop with functionality. We added a light socket to the center hub of the umbrella for extra light and ambiance. We also added Velcro straps to the end of each rib so you can install string lights, wind chimes or other décor that will make your outdoor area feel like home.
  • TIPS & MAINTENANCE: This umbrella can NOT stand alone. It must be secured with a weighted base (SOLD SEPARATELY, SEARCH “B08PT48225” FOR 230-LBS WEIGHT BASE) or other weights (sandbags or bricks). In order to keep the umbrella in pristine condition, we recommend closing the canopy when windy. At Wikiwiki, we are proud of our high-quality products and proudly offer a 1-year warranty for umbrella (2 years for the canopy) and world-class customer service.
Bestseller No. 8
BLUU Olefin 9 FT Patio Market Umbrella Outdoor Table Umbrellas, 3-year Nonfading Olefin Canopy,...
  • PERFECT ADDITION: Spending summer outdoors is only enjoyable if you have a lovely retreat nearby. The 9-foot round umbrella is designed to shade a four-person round table or two lounge chairs side by side. The umbrella's uniquely beautiful design makes it not only a fantastic sun blocker but also an excellent decoration piece for your patio.
  • TOP GRADE CANOPY: BLUU chooses premium OLEFIN canopy to make the umbrella canopy. This environmental-friendly material is highly sustainable and biodegradable. The OLEFIN canopy is UV resistant and is resistant to fading under light exposure for years. We proudly offer a 3-year canopy fade-resistant warranty.
  • STURDY STRUCTURE: BLUU always puts safety in first place. The umbrella pole and the entire ribs are made of sturdy iron material. Zinc is added to aluminum to create a sturdy alloy to make the most solid joint. With several upgrades, the umbrella is wind-resistant and will ensure your safety when using it.
  • EASY TO USE: BLUU has designed the umbrella to make it easy for you to use. Simply rotate the crank handle to open the umbrella. Don't forget to plug the safety latch so that you can fully enjoy the shade safely! Tilt the umbrella canopy with our easy-to-press button according to the position of sun. No more fuss. Open, close, tilt with ease!
  • CAUTION & CARE: WE ADVISE YOU TO USE A WEIGHTED BASE (SOLD SEPARATELY) TO SECURE THE UMBRELLA, OR INSERT IT ONTO A PATIO TABLE. Cover and store at night or during extreme weather conditions to extend service life of your new umbrella. We proudly provide a 1-year warranty service (for entire umbrella) and 24/7 customer service.
Bestseller No. 9
FRUITEAM 7.5 ft Solar Umbrella 24 LED Lighted Patio Umbrella Table Market Umbrella with Tilt and...
  • 【Use day or night】with solar powered lights, no electricity or power cord needed, with 24 LED lights last for 9-12 hours. ON and OFF switch for solar lights with solar panel on top powered by the rechargeable batterya
  • 【EASY ADJUSTMENT】 A hand-crank lift and easy-tilt system allow you to adjust the shade and block the sun at all angles, keeping the area protected throughout the day; detachable pole and crank also make for easy setup and storage
  • 【High endurance fabric】 220G high-density fabric can resist ultraviolet rays to your skin, and has the function of anti-fading. You can not change your umbrella for 2 years.
  • 【Large Shade】90.6in diameter. Waterproof and breathable fabric. Ideal to provide shade and protect you from rain. Suitable for both residential and commercial locations. Unique design maximizes the range of shade by tilting the umbrella along with the sun.
  • 【Be Careful】The base is not included in this item.You can buy the FRUITEAM umbrella base (ASIN:B08PNWR9Y2) to match it.Each umbrella also needs to be protected, so choose Fruiteam's umbrella cover(B08SHLH41Q).
SaleBestseller No. 10
VOUA Offset Umbrella 10ft Cantilever Umbrella 8 Ribs Patio Hanging Umbrella Large Outdoor Umbrella...
  • MORE THAN FABRIC - The umbrella surface is made of 100% polyester fabric. It has high elasticity, firmness and durability. We have added waterproof coating and anti UV coating on the surface of polyester umbrella cloth. To make this outdoor garden umbrella more suitable for your needs.
  • STURDY ALUMINUM POLE - This Table umbrella comes with powder-coated aluminum pole and 8 sturdy ribs to provide excellent stable support, and also making it excellent in wind and rust resistance. With air vented at the top, cool and can withstand sudden gust. What's more it's easy to storage and lighter than the steel pole.
  • EASY TO USE - The outdoor umbrella is 10 feet in diameter and wide enough to accommodate 4-5 chairs and table, and are equipped with crank , allowing you to open it easily and conveniently, and can block the sun well, The handle on the pole moves up and down to adjust your umbrellas’ angle. Allowing you and your family to enjoy a cool and comfortable outdoor party or tea time.
  • MODERN & WIDELY APPLICABLE - VOUA 10 feet patio umbrella with more space underneath than traditional patio umbrellas and is a perfect and essential for summer or sunny days to shade sunshine. Apply to the yard, beach, square, garden, terraces, deck, swimming pool and patio shops like cafe, restaurant.
  • Tips & AFTER SALES SERVISE - The market umbrella needs to be secured with heavy stones or weight bases. Weight base does not included. We suggest to close the hanging umbrella during extreme weather. Customers' satisfaction is our prime concern. We care about your any lovely time. Please contact us with any problem at anytime.

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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.