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 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
Blissun 9 ft Solar Umbrella 32 LED Lighted Patio Umbrella Table Market Umbrella with Tilt and Crank...
  • [Energy-Efficient Lighting] 4 LED lights on each rib, 8 steel rib construction, solar-powered 32 LEDs provide energy-efficient lighting, help to light up relaxing night and create warm atmosphere. Overall Dimensions: 108"(Dia) x 98.4"(H); Dia.1.50 inch (38 mm) Pole for stronger support and durable Push Button Connector (NOTE: Umbrella BASE NOT Included)
  • [Easy Tilt Operation] On and off switch for umbrella solar light, easy tilt operation with push button for more angles with hand-crank lift, easy set-up and take-down so you can relax within seconds.
  • [Tilts to Get Shade] Breathable fabric that avoid harmful UV rays and guards against water, long lasting. Provide a perfect shade for your patio, garden, deck, backyard, pool.
  • [Multi places available] 9 feet diameter LED lighted patio umbrella add a festive mood to any occasion. Great for entertaining, picnics, BBQ¡¯s, garden parties, beach, camping, or relaxing in the shade. NOTE: Solar power panel needs be charged for 6-7 hrs in the sun to gain the enough energy to charge the LED lights during the night; and the on-and-off switch also needs be turned off in the daytime.
  • [Entertain day and nights] Solar powered LED lights brighten up an evening gathering, while the umbrella keeps you shaded as you enjoy daytime drinks with your friends. NOTE: When used as free standing umbrella, it needs over 26.5lb (12KG) patio umbrella base. Umbrella base not included in the package.
Bestseller No. 3
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. 4
Best Choice Products 10ft Offset Hanging Market Patio Umbrella w/Easy Tilt Adjustment, Polyester...
  • 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- 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)
Bestseller No. 5
Blissun 7.5 ft Patio Umbrella, Yard Umbrella Push Button Tilt Crank (Cerulean)
  • 100% POLYESTER FABRIC -- Blissun patio umbrella is made of 100% polyester, waterproof and UV protection, high-quality material can be used for many years. Air vented canopy at the top designed for air flow.
  • STURDY FRAME -- Rust-free powder coated aluminum pole and steel ribs provides the yard umbrella superior strength support, easy operation 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 7-1/2 ft. diameter shade your 24" to 36" round, square or rectangle table with 2 to 4 chairs, ideal for both residential and commercial locations.
  • MODERN & WIDELY APPLICABLE -- Blissun 7.5 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. NOTE: 1. Due to monitor variations, colors may appear slightly different. 2. Close the umbrella during windy days for longer use. 3. Umbrella base is NOT included.
Bestseller No. 6
TropiShade 9 ft Bronze Aluminum Polyester Market Umbrella with Green Polyester Cover (Base not...
  • 3-position dura-tilt. Crank lift for easy opening and closing.
  • Aluminum umbrella frame with rust free bronze powder-coated finish.
  • 6-fiberglass ribs for extra strength. Includes single wind vent for stability.
  • Compact design w/simple push button coupling and 1.375 inch pole to fit most of patio furniture and base
  • Additional colors available in Beige, Canvas, Green and Rust, polyester cover.
Bestseller No. 7
10' Patio Umbrella 2Years Colorfast Outdoor Market Table Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank...
  • 【2 YEARS COLORFAST】The umbrellas are made of 100% 180gsm resistant polyester for UV protection and fade resistance, 2 years color fastness.
  • 【WITH CRANK AND VENT】The crank design is easy to open and close, the vent design is cool and can withstand sudden gust of wind.
  • 【3 STEP ASSEMBLE】:Step1:Insert the detachable pole into the base. Step2:Connect the umbrella body to the pole. Step3:Turn the crank to open the umbrella.
  • 【8 IRON RIBS】Stable support is provided by 8 iron ribs and 38mm diameter stainless powder coated light aluminum pole.
  • 【USE AND SIZE】10ft diameter, 8ft high patio umbrella for garden, yard, pool, deck and any other outdoor areas. 38mm diameter base support required.
Bestseller No. 8
Patio Set Assembly - 5 pieces
  • Assembly of 1 customer-supplied patio set per product instructions
  • Product should be in the room where it is to be assembled before provider arrives. Moving product after assembly is not included
  • Cleanup work area. Take packaging to customer's bins unless customer declines
  • Products requiring additional work may result in an updated estimate from provider
  • This service does not include haul-away of products
Bestseller No. 9
HLong 7.5 Feet Outdoor Aluminum Patio Umbrella, Market Table Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and...
  • 【FABRIC】Pation umbrellas are made of 100% ultra strength polyester that can prevent UV rays up to UPF50+,waterproof and durable
  • 【STAND】Rust- Free Powder Coated Aluminum Pole(1.5inch Diameter aluminum pole) and 8 sturdy ribs provides stronger support. Includes single wind vent for stability.
  • 【COMFORTABLE SPACE TO ENJOY】7.5 FT Diameter, square or rectangle table with 4 chairs, Ideal for both residential and commercial space.Perfect for when summertime beckons for family gatherings,Have afternoon tea together and chat with your friends.
  • 【OPERATION】Easy crank open function with push button tilt, keeping cool and comfortable form the hot and hush sun.
  • 【APPLICABLE】family, villa, hotel, terrace, balcony, resort, water park, barbecue bar, western restaurant, beauty salon, outdoor leisure area, company leisure area, company rest area, etc.
Bestseller No. 10
Bumblr Offset Umbrella 10ft Cantilever Hanging Patio Umbrella Large Outdoor Market Umbrellas with...
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL CANOPY: 10ft offset umbrella shades your 48" - 54" round, square or rectangle table with room for 4 to 6 chairs. High-density polyester is WATER AND UV RESISTANT. DOUBLE-LAYER VENT enables essential wind and heat to ventilate and makes the umbrella more stable and grounded
  • STURDY & STABLE: 8 heavy duty supporting ribs and upgraded hanging core have better wind resistance. All metal frame is thicker for stronger support and powder-coated to avoid rust for long time use
  • EASY TO CONTROL & INSTALL: The crank lift mechanism makes it easy to open and close the umbrella in seconds. Free adjustments for the perfect angles to meet your need as the sun runs. Installation and disassembly are easy with instructions. The velcro strap helps fix and store
  • WARRENTY: 1 year warranty & spare parts supply. If you have any questions about the product, please contact us. We will reply to you as soon as possible within 24 hours. Thank you for your support
  • TIPS: The market umbrella needs to be secured with heavy stones or weighted bases (SOLD SEPARATELY). Do not open the Cantilever umbrella overnight or during extreme weather. We try our best to make pictures close to the real, BUT lighting, contrast and color display may cause color difference

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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.