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Best patio umbrellas 2022: the most stylish outdoor shade solutions

The best patio umbrellas for shading the backyard or pool; from versatile cantilever umbrellas, the top wind-resistant options, and the most stylish pagoda parasols

Two white patio umbrellas shading four sun loungers by the side of a turquoise blue swimming pool with lush green tropical foliage in the background
(Image credit: Tuuci)

Finding the best patio umbrellas for an outdoor space can be the key to creating a successful outdoor living area, offering protection from the sun and allowing enjoyment of the backyard or pool throughout even the hottest of days. 

A well-designed outdoor umbrella can also be a design feature in its own right, adding a sculptural silhouette that grounds an outdoor seating scheme and offering an opportunity to inject some color or pattern into a fresh-air set-up.

Whether it's the best cantilever umbrella for adding versatile shade over a lounge or chill out area or a classic pagoda parasol for shading an alfresco dining set, we've rounded up the top patio umbrellas on the Homes & Gardens team's radar.

If you're looking to entirely transform an outdoor space then don't forget to visit our guide to the best outdoor furniture for the most stylish patio seating and dining options, otherwise, read on to find some of this year's best shade solutions.


Best patio umbrellas for a stylish backyard

A cream and wood patio umbrella over an outdoor dining table and chairs

(Image credit: Skagerak)

1. Skagerak Atlantis Umbrella

Classic good looks, versatile size options and high UV-protection

Specifications

RRP: $1299
Dimensions: W129" x H109"
Materials: Meranti wood, aluminum and stainless steel
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Double-pulley system
Colour options: 1

Reasons to buy

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Classic style
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Neutral design goes with any outdoor furnishings
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Range of sizes and shapes available
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UV protection rating of 50+
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Leather reinforced fabric
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Double pulley system for easy opening

Reasons to avoid

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No tilt function
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Base not included

A classic garden parasol with a central pole, the Atlantis Umbrella from Skagerak celebrates understated Danish design, with the neutral off-white canopy and wooden frame offering the perfect palette to offset a wide range of outdoor furniture. 

A good selection of shapes and sizes also make this a versatile shade solution, with one of the options on offer likely to be the perfect fit for almost any space, whether that's a generous terrace or compact courtyard.

The details have been carefully considered too, with the canopy fabric – which offers a UV50+ protection rating – leather-reinforced to enhance the strength, a double pulley system for easy opening, and a weather-resistant aluminum and stainless steel-tipped pole and folding mechanisms. It just doesn't offer a tilt function, which may or may not be an annoyance when it comes to getting the shade where you want it.


A navy blue and white striped market patio umbrella

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2. allen + roth 9-ft Auto-tilt Market Patio Umbrella

A super affordable market umbrella that's useful for smaller spaces

Specifications

RRP: $89
Dimensions: W102" x H99"
Materials: Polyester and steel
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: No
Mechanisms: Tilt, crank-lift handle
Colour options: 1

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Stylish stripes
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Fairly compact
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Tilt function
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Crank-lift handle
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Carry bag included

Reasons to avoid

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Steel pole isn't as rust-resistant as an aluminum option
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No UV protection rating
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Base not included

A striped parasol is a sure-fire way to upgrade any pool area into a resort-worthy retreat with the contemporary-yet-nostalgic design echoing the heyday of the Amalfi coast. 

And although the steel pole isn't likely to offer the same longevity as an aluminum option, this super affordable market umbrella is the perfect way to create a luxe look for less. A lot less in fact at well under $100.

The umbrella also offers a tilting canopy for angling the shade just where you want it, a crank-lift handle for easy opening, and a coordinating carry bag for easy transportation and storage. Just bear in mind that it doesn't offer a UV protection rating, so if you're pairing it with your favorite lounger then you'll want to add sunscreen.


A decorative patio umbrella with scalloped edges

(Image credit: Birch Lane)

3. Birch Lane Delossantos 108'' Octagonal Market Umbrella

A decorative patio umbrella with statement scalloped detailing

Specifications

RRP: $184
Dimensions: W108" x H99"
Materials: Polyester and aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Tilt, crank-lift handle
Colour options: 10

Reasons to buy

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Stylish scalloped detail
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UV protection rating of 50+
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Tilt function
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Crank-lift handle
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Rust-resistant aluminum pole
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Good range of color options

Reasons to avoid

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Base not included

Alongside plenty of practical features – a tilting canopy, crank-left handle for easy opening, and high-performance UV50+ sun protection – this decorative market umbrella makes for a focal-point finishing touch to the patio, with scalloped edging making an elegant statement. 

The powder-coated aluminum pole is rust and moisture-resistant, and the weather-resistant canopy comes in ten different shades. The striking monochrome options get our vote, but there are also plenty of rainbow hues to pretty up the patio, including carnival red, sunshine yellow, and pacific blue.


An unusually-shaped contemporary patio umbrella shading sun loungers in a lush garden

(Image credit: Tuuci)

4. Tuuci Ocean Master Manta

A contemporary patio umbrella inspired by the oceanic manta ray

Specifications

RRP: $2495
Dimensions: H101" x Dia.101"
Materials: Sunbrella® fabric and marine-grade anodized aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: Tilting canopy
Colour options: 4

Reasons to buy

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Stylish manta ray-inspired design
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Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays
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Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric
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Cam cleat and pulley system makes for easy opening
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Choice of pole finishes
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Fully replaceable components ensure a lifetime of serviceability

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Base not included

A playful shade canopy that's inspired by the graceful oceanic manta ray, Tuuci's Ocean Master Manta umbrella is the perfect statement parasol for a contemporary outdoor space – whether that's poolside, over an outdoor dining area, or shading a relaxed lounge area.

A choice of pole finishes also means this stylish canopy can be adapted for a more classical setting, with the Aluma teak finish blending traditional materials with the attention-grabbing modern canopy. 

There is no detail spared in the construction either, with a cam cleat and pulley system that makes for easy opening, a Sunbrella® fabric canopy that provides 98% protection from UV rays, and best of all, the umbrella's construction from replaceable marine-grade components ensures a lifetime of serviceability, making it a sustainable option too.


A navy blue cantilever patio umbrella

(Image credit: Birch Lane)

5. Birch Lane Vogt 130'' Umbrella

A good value cantilever umbrella with classic style

Specifications

RRP: $830
Dimensions: W108" x H108"
Materials: Polyester and aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Tilt, crank-lift handle, 360-degree rotation
Colour options: 4

Reasons to buy

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Versatile shade thanks to the offset canopy
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Relatively affordable for a cantilever umbrella
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UV protection rating of 50+
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Tilt function
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Crank-lift handle
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360-degree canopy rotation
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Rust-resistant aluminum pole
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Good range of color options

Reasons to avoid

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Base not included

Offering an offset base with an overhanging canopy, a cantilever patio umbrella is perhaps one of the most versatile shade solutions, meaning you don't need to negotiate a central pole when planning your seating or dining layout.

This good-value cantilever umbrella offers an entry point price point, delivering a timeless design that will work well in a wide range of backyards. 

The rust-resistant aluminum pole and weather-resistant canopy are paired with a tilt function for better shade distribution, a crank-lift handle for easy opening of the large-scale canopy, a tilt function, and 360-degree canopy rotation for easy adjustment as the sun changes position throughout the day.


A grey outdoor umbrella designed to withstand strong wind

(Image credit: Tucci)

6. Tuuci Bay Master Fiber Flex Hexagon

A patio umbrella built for windy conditions: perfect for beach properties and exposed backyards

Specifications

RRP: $1245
Dimensions: H97" x Dia.115"
Materials: Sunbrella® fabric and marine-grade anodized aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: Cam cleat and pulley system
Colour options: 2

Reasons to buy

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Designed to withstand strong gusts of wind
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Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays
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Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric
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Cam cleat and pulley system makes for easy opening
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Choice of pole finishes
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Fully replaceable components ensure a lifetime of serviceability

Reasons to avoid

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Base not included

Whether a property is coastal, rooftop, or just prone to strong breezes, sourcing a patio umbrella purposely built for extreme conditions will enable alfresco enjoyment to continue even on days that are less than calm, and ultimately prove the better long-term investment. And that's exactly what outdoor accessory specialists Tucci set out to do.

Founded by Miami native Dougan Clarke, the company produces hand-crafted, high-performance shade parasols that draw from Clarke's skills as a craftsman within the yachting industry. Incorporating his expert knowledge of sails, rigging, and boat design, Tuuci's parasols are built to withstand the harshest of elements, made from marine-grade aluminum and stainless steel with Sunbrella® fabric canopies that block 98% of UV rays and provide fade, mold, and mildew resistance.

The Bay Master Fiber Flex is crafted with flexible fiberglass struts that are designed to absorb punishing wind conditions, sudden gusts, and corrosive salt air environments, with engineering tested in wind tunnels at the brand's Miami headquarters. A cam cleat and pulley system makes for easy opening, plus the fully replaceable components ensure this investment will withstand the test of time. 


A square patio umbrella with tassles

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7. Joss & Main Calaw 7.5' Square Market Umbrella

A decorative square patio umbrella with eye-catching tassels

Specifications

RRP: $184
Dimensions: W90" x H104"
Materials: Polyester and aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Crank-lift handle
Colour options: 1

Reasons to buy

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Great for small spaces
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Decorative tasseling
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UV protection rating of 50+
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Crank-lift handle

Reasons to avoid

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No tilt function
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Base not included

A square patio umbrella always makes a stylish addition to the backyard, and this compact design is especially useful for small spaces, offering a more functional solution than a circular option on a balcony, or to shade a courtyard or terrace with petite proportions.

The tasselled edging adds a decorative touch that ensures functional needn't mean dull design, and there are plenty of practical details that mean it works hard to deliver, including a tilt function, crank-lift handle, and UV50+ protection.


A decorative grey patio umbrella with a scalloped canopy and tassels

(Image credit: Serena & Lily)

8. Serena & Lily Alicante Tassel Umbrella

A statement pagoda umbrella with pretty detailing

Specifications

RRP: $1298
Dimensions: H102" x Dia.108”
Materials: Sunbrella® fabric and aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: n/a
Colour options: 3

Reasons to buy

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Pagoda-style shape
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Decorative scallop and tassel detail
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Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays
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Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric

Reasons to avoid

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No crank lift mechanism
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No tilt function
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Base not included

If you want to use a canopy to create a focal point in the backyard, then the classic glamour of a pagoda-style umbrella with its attractive curved teardrop shape is a great way to draw the eye down the garden to a seating or dining area.

Available in three muted neutral shades, the pretty Alicante umbrella from Serena & Lily also adds extra elegance with attractive scalloped edges and double tassel detail. 

And in case you were worried that the decorative detail might signal style over substance, the practical matters are looked after too, with the Sunbrella® fabric canopy ensuring 98% of UV rays are blocked and offering all-weather protection including fade, mold, and mildew-resistance. Just bear in mind that there's no crank-lift or tilt function with this option.


A customisable patio umbrella

(Image credit: Joss & Main)

9. Joss & Main April 9' Market Umbrella

The patio umbrella with the widest choice of canopy colors

Specifications

RRP: $375
Dimensions: W108" x H108"
Materials: Polyester and aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 40/50+ dependant on fabric choice
Mechanisms: Tilt, crank-lift handle
Colour options: 170

Reasons to buy

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Huge range of canopy colors
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UV protection rating of 50+
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Tilt function
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Crank-lift handle
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Rust-resistant aluminum pole

Reasons to avoid

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Base not included

Struggling to find a patio umbrella that matches the vision you have in your mind's eye? This option could prove the solution, with the versatile 9' canopy available in 170 shades, from multicolored stripes to block color canopies and all the neutrals inbetween.

There's also a good selection of powder-coated pole choices, including some white options which will deliver a fresh feel to the patio.

You also get either UV40 or UV50 sun protection from the canopy dependant on your fabric choice, alongside a crank-lift handle on the rust-resistant aluminum pole and tilting canopy to angle the shade.


A premium cantilever umbrella

(Image credit: Tucci)

10. Tuuci Ocean Master Max Low-Profile Cantilever w/Heating & Lighting

A premium cantilever umbrella: stylish design, UV protection, LED lights and infrared heaters

Specifications

RRP: $15,450
Dimensions: H102" x W130.25" x D120.5"
Materials: Sunbrella® fabric and marine-grade anodized aluminum
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: 360° rotation, automated telescoping mast
Colour options: 4

Reasons to buy

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Dimmable LED lights
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Energy-efficient infrared heating system
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360° rotation
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Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays
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Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric
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Illuminated control panel
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Auto-telescoping mast with automated lift 
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Marine-grade double armor-walled mast for wind resistance
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Choice of pole and base finishes
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Fully replaceable components ensure a lifetime of serviceability

Reasons to avoid

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Base not included
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An investment

If you have a generous budget to play with, then the Ocean Master Max Low-Profile Cantilever Umbrella from Tuuci is possibly the crème de la crème of outdoor shade solutions.

The top-of-the-range Ocean Master Max cantilever parasol features a telescopic mast with an automated lift function and double armor walls for wind resistance, a 360° rotation, dimmable LED lights, plus an energy-efficient infrared heating system to enable an outdoor soirée to continue long into the night. However, there are more affordable Tuuci cantilever options worth investigating if you can live without the added extras.

Whichever option you plump for, the best part is that all Tuuci parasol components are fully replaceable, reducing wastage and ensuring a lifetime of serviceability.


A yellow and white striped vintage-look outdoor umbrella

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11. Business & Pleasure Premium Beach Umbrella

A vintage-style patio umbrella that delivers plenty of charm

Specifications

RRP: $299
Dimensions: W72" x H84"
Materials: Reclaimed timber, aluminum, cotton
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 40/50+ dependant on fabric choice
Mechanisms: Tilt, crank-lift handle
Colour options: 22

Reasons to buy

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Vintage-inspired design
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Canvas canopy rather than polyester
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UV protection rating of 50+
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Metal-tipped spike for securing in the lawn or beach
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Matching accessories

Reasons to avoid

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No tilt function
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No crank-lift handle
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Base not included

Designed to deliver old-school Riviera vibes, Business & Pleasure's parasol collection has been an instant hit thanks to its nostalgic charm, and alongside the beach umbrella range, there is now a newly launched market umbrella collection for the patio. 

The Premium beach umbrella is the largest of the brands two portable options, and we like the versatility of having the best of both worlds, with its metal-tipped ground spike that can be dug into the beach or lawn, or paired with a suitable base weight to deliver static shade. 

The canopies come in over twenty color options – from candy-cane stripes to a retro lemon print – and to make your beach look complete you can invest in the matching deckchair, beach towel, beach bag or cooler bag to be the envy of the boardwalk.

It's not all about aesthetics though. There is also a reclaimed timber laminated wood pole, marine grade hand polished aluminium fittings, and a UV50+ canopy with fibreglass ribs to deliver practicality. Plus, this is one option that forfeits polyester in favour of canvas, which although a little heavier, delivers a look we love.

An off-white cantilever umbrella with a black base by the side of a swimming pool

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12. Arhaus Cantilever Outdoor Umbrella

A versatile shade solution that looks to sustainable manufacturing practices

Specifications

RRP: $2599
Dimensions: W120' x D156' x H120'
Base weight included: Yes, must be filled with sand
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Crank lift, 360° rotation with foot pedal, tilting canopy
Colour options: 3

Reasons to buy

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Versatile shade without a central pole
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UV protection of 50+
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Fade, stain and mildew-resistant O’bravia® fabric
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Sustainable O’bravia® fabric manufacture that allows for canopy recycling at end of life
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360° free-arm rotation with foot pedal
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Tilting canopy
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Crank lift for easy opening
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Base included (just needs sand adding)

If you aren't willing to invest in the bells-and-whistles Tuuci cantilever umbrella included in our round-up, then this cantilever option from Arhaus offers a great mid-range alternative. Plus, this is one of the few models that comes with base weights included, although you will need to add sand to create extra ballast. 

The parasol has an easy-to-operate crank lift for efficient canopy opening, a 360° free-arm rotation that's operated with a convenient foot pedal, and a tilting canopy that angles left or right at 18, 36, and 54 degrees to ensure optimum shade however low the sun is in the sky.

The O’bravia® fabric canopy also offers high UV protection of 50+ with a fade, stain and mildew-resistant finish. O’bravia® branded fabric also offers a notable reduction in energy and water usage throughout its fiber manufacturing process, with excess water purified and reused to eliminate harmful industrial waste. And, at the end of the parasol's lifespan, the fabric can be recycled and converted into inert black plastic resin pellets able to be reused to make a variety of different products; all good news on the sustainability front.


What are the different types of patio umbrella?

Whether you want to create a restful space to enjoy long lunches outdoors when the sun's beating down, set up a sun-safe area for children to play, or eliminate the glare from a work-from-backyard set-up, there are two main types of patio umbrella to consider when looking for the best outdoor parasol.

A straight-forward patio umbrella with a central pole is usually the classic option. This design is the perfect solution for an outdoor dining table with an in-built umbrella hole, or to shade a single sun lounger or one of the best Adirondack chairs. Options that have a tilting canopy offer the most flexibility, allowing you to angle the canopy to create shade where you need it when the sun isn't directly overhead. 

However, a static pole can still make it somewhat difficult to position the shade exactly where you want it, and it can prove tricky to adequately shade multiple people at once with a central pole design – depending on the parasol's size. 

Alternatively, a cantilever umbrella solves this problem by offering an offset base that makes it a versatile solution for covering outdoor lounge seating, a hot tub, or any area where a central pole would prove restricting. 

The best cantilever parasols generally come with a 360° rotating arm that allows you to turn the canopy as the sun changes position to maintain optimum shade without having to adjust the heavy weighted base, and offer the same tilting canopy function as previously described. 

How to choose the best patio umbrellas for an outside space

The best patio umbrellas for any outside space will depend on how the space is likely to be used, and any space restrictions inherent in the layout. 

Thinking about the size 
A key consideration is, of course, how large of an area you are looking to shade. As a rule of thumb, it's generally best to opt for the largest canopy space allows ensuring that there's a generous amount of shade for all potential users. Also, factor in any overhanging features in the layout to ensure there is enough clearance for the height of the canopy. 

Just bear in mind that the larger the canopy the heavier the parasol will be, so if you need a patio umbrella to be portable, you might prefer to invest in a smaller option.

For more ideas on how to style an outdoor space, including factoring in a well-placed parasol, have a browse of our backyard ideas and pool ideas for inspiration. 

Consider UV protection
Whilst deciding on the best shade solution for an outdoor space it's worth bearing in mind that not all parasols offer the same UV protection, no matter how thick the canopy may seem. If you want to ensure a parasol offers as much sun resistance as possible then look for options that block up to 98% of UV rays; generally, any patio umbrella made with a Sunbrella® fabric will offer a good level of protection, but a manufacturer may also use its own fabric that has a UV rating, so make sure to check the specifications to uncover the detail.

Don't forget the base weights
Usually, a patio umbrella won't be supplied with the base weights needed to weight it down securely, so ensure you check the details to see if you need to purchase these separately. 

Although often a generic base can be used, it's often wiser to use the model recommended by the manufacturer for the best fit – which can significantly increase the price – so ensure you factor the base into your budget when parasol shopping. 

How we chose the best products for this guide

As well as judging by aesthetics, to find the best garden parasols for this list we dived into the specifications to sort the wheat from the chaff, tried and tested bestselling designs, grilled the Homes & Gardens team for their expert knowledge, asked friends and family for their top-rated products, and took into account third party reviews on retailer websites. Click here to find out more about how we review products on Homes & Gardens.