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 2020

Bestseller No. 1
Sunnyglade 9' Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Umbrella with 8 Sturdy Ribs (Red)
  • 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.
Bestseller No. 2
Abba Patio 9ft Patio Umbrella Outdoor Umbrella Patio Market Table Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and...
  • Screw-In Pole Design: The 1.5 inch diameter heavy duty Iron pole has a convenient easy and smooth screw-in pole design with built-in rounded threads that make rotating the 9 foot outdoor umbrella much easier. The Iron pole and steel ribs are powder coated in an Antique Bronze finish for rust resistance.
  • Reinforced End Screw Design: This feature built on each rib helps protect the umbrella from breaking if it falls over. It also helps keep the surface of the umbrella canopy more sturdy and secure to each of the 6 ribs and will help rain to quickly drain from the umbrella.The canopy is vented to allow air flow and to give the umbrella more stability, giving it more wind resistance.
  • Durable Easy Clip System: Now closing and securing the market umbrella 9 is easier than ever with this new easy clip sytem. No more ties to tie or velcro that does not hold!
  • Easy to use: The easy-to-use crank sytem makes it easy to raise and lower the canopy. The push button tilt technology also makes tilting the umbrella effortless so that you can enjoy shade at any angle with this 9 ft patio umbrella outdoor.
  • Weather and UV Protected: The 9 ft canopy is outdoor-rated 100% polyester and is water resistant, UV resistant and fade resistant. Perfect for adding shade to your 42"- 54" round, square or rectangle table with 4 to 6 chairs.
Bestseller No. 3
Best Choice Products 10ft Solar LED Lighted Patio Umbrella w/Tilt Adjustment, Fade-Resistant Fabric...
  • 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-, UV-, 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: SKY3291; OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 120"(Dia) x 96"(H)
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.
Bestseller No. 5
ABCCANOPY 9FT Solar 3 Tiers Market Umbrella Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Umbrella with 32 LED...
  • Unique 3tier design: The 3tiers design allows the wind to move quickly through the top of the umbrella.Such a design increases the stability of the umbrella and makes it cooler under the umbrella.
  • Made with high-quality water-, UV-, and fade- resistant fabric to last for years of enjoyment. Provide a perfect shade for your patio, garden, deck, pool and beach.
  • Anti rust powder coated Aluminum frame with 8 Aluminum ribs for durability, 1.5in diameter strong pole to match your patio table.
  • Made of 100% polyester that can be waterproof and Solution dyed polyester with color fastness last for 2 years
  • if you need to buy an umbrella seat.Please search for ASIN:B07YKSB6XJ B07YKR1NFT B07YKTNNQJ B07YKS7L2Z B07YKS5JJY B07YKS5GRL B07YKS2ZT2
Bestseller No. 6
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.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Best Choice Products 10ft Solar LED Offset Hanging Outdoor Market Patio Umbrella w/Easy Tilt...
  • 10FT SOLAR-POWERED UMBRELLA: Designed with 24 built-in LED lights powered by solar panels on the top of its pole, this offset umbrella saves energy while maintaining perfect lighting in the day and night; covers more space than traditional patio umbrellas
  • 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
  • ENHANCED STABILITY: A large wind vent allows cool air to flow through, while the cross base, 4 included ground stakes, and an extra pole knob add optimal support and stability when the wind blows
  • DURABLE COMPOSITION: Crafted with a powder-coated steel pole to prevent rust and scratching, plus a water-, UV-, and fade-resistant polyester fabric shade for years of vibrance
  • VERSATILE SHADE: Perfect for outdoor parties, business events, weddings, and more! Pair it perfectly with our signature 4-Piece Offset Umbrella Base Stand (Search: SKY3257, SOLD SEPARATELY); OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 120"(Dia) x 79"(H)
Bestseller No. 8
Sunnyglade 7.5' Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Market Umbrella with Push Button Tilt/Crank, 6 Ribs...
  • CLASSIC TYPE & HIGH QUALITY- 7.5 feet diameter patio straight umbrella for extra strength, featuring heavy-duty fabric is especially designed to keep you cool and comfortable, apply to the yard, beach, square and other places .7.5 Ft. diameter shades your area with 3-4 chairs and table, Ideal for both residential and commercial locations.
  • LIGHT WEIGHT ALUMINUM POLE- Light weight aluminum poles unscrew at middle for easy and compact storage, in prevention of rust and lighter than the steel center pole umbrella, easy for operation.
  • BEAUTIFUL COLOR & 100% POLYESTER- Made of breathable, light filtering fabric with vent, long lasting, fade resistant, easy to clean.
  • PUSH BUTTON TILT FOR MORE ANGLES- Tilt with push button for more angles of shading, crank handle for easy opening and closing, air vented at the top, cool and can withstand sudden gust.
  • Please search (ASIN:B06XT1TFJN) for a compatible base( Base not included, sold separately ).
Bestseller No. 9
Blissun 7.5 ft Patio Umbrella, Yard Umbrella Push Button Tilt Crank (Navy Blue)
  • 7-1/2 ft. diameter shades your 24" to 36" round, square or rectangle table with 2-4 chairs, Ideal for both residential and commercial locations.
  • 100% Fabric polyester, waterproof, 98% UV protection, high-quality material can be used for many years. Air vented canopy at the top designed for air flow and prevent from inversion.
  • Crank handle for easy opening and closing, Tilt with push button to maximise shade by tilting the canopy as the sun's position changes.
  • Rust- Free Powder Coated Aluminum Pole and Steel Ribs provides superior strength support that resists wind better.
  • Umbrella base is NOT included. Purchase the matching umbrella base by searching B0861FMZ6H, B07MVYG16S, B07MVZ82YR, B07MVZ4J6V. NOTE: ① Due to monitor variations, colors may appear slightly different. ② Close the umbrella during windy days for longer use.
Bestseller No. 10
Best Choice Products 10ft Offset Hanging Outdoor Market Patio Umbrella w/Easy Tilt Adjustment - Navy...
  • 10FT OFFSET PATIO UMBRELLA: Designed to keep you cool and comfortable in your outdoor living space, with more space underneath than traditional patio umbrellas
  • 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
  • ENHANCED STABILITY: A large wind vent at the top allows cool air to flow through, while the cross base, 4 included ground stakes, and an extra pole knob add optimal support and stability when the wind blows
  • DURABLE COMPOSITION: Crafted with a powder-coated steel pole to prevent rust and scratching, plus a water-, UV-, and fade-resistant polyester fabric shade for years of vibrance
  • COMPATIBLE ACCESSORY: Pairs perfectly with our signature 4-Piece Offset Umbrella Base Stand (SKY3257; SOLD SEPARATELY); OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 120"(Dia) x 79"(H)

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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.