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Best patio umbrellas 2021: stylish outdoor shade solutions

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

Best patio umbrellas 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

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

(Image credit: Skagerak)

1. Skagerak Atlantis Umbrella

Best patio umbrella: classic good looks, versatile size options and high UV-protection

Specifications
Dimensions: W129" x H109"
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Double-pulley system
Colour options: 1
Reasons to buy
+Classic style+Neutral design goes with any outdoor furnishings+Range of sizes and shapes available+UV protection rating of 50++Leather reinforced fabric+Double pulley system for easy opening
Reasons to avoid
-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.

A white cantilever umbrella with LED lights and heaters

(Image credit: Tuuci)

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

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

Specifications
Dimensions: H102" x W130.25" x D120.5"
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: 360° rotation, automated telescoping mast
Colour options: 4
Reasons to buy
+Dimmable LED lights+Energy-efficient infrared heating system+360° rotation+Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays+Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric+Illuminated control panel+Auto-telescoping mast with automated lift +Marine-grade double armor-walled mast for wind resistance+Choice of pole and base finishes+Fully replaceable components ensure a lifetime of serviceability
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included-An investment

If there is no limit to your budget, then this Ocean Master Max Low-Profile Cantilever Umbrella from outdoor accessory specialists Tuuci is possibly the crème de la crème of outdoor shade solutions.

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 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 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 black and white striped patio umbrella by the poolside

(Image credit: Crate & Barrel)

3. Crate & Barrel Sunbrella ® Black Cabana Stripe Umbrella Canopy

Best pool umbrella: smarten up your swim with graphic stripes

Specifications
Dimensions: Dia. 108"
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: Crank lift
Colour options: 11
Reasons to buy
+Smart stripes+Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays+Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric+Lightweight+Good range of color options+Crank lift for easy opening
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

We like the simplicity of this striking black and white option from Crate & Barrel which blends stylish design with fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric that's crafted to cut out 98% of potentially damaging UV rays.

Also available in eleven different color options, from plain neutrals to focal-point patterns, this affordable pool umbrella will create the perfect place to relax once paired with a favorite sun lounger.

A grey outdoor umbrella designed to withstand strong wind

(Image credit: Tuuci)

4. Tuuci Bay Master Fiber Flex Hexagon

Best patio umbrella for windy conditions: fiberglass struts absorb the most punishing conditions

Specifications
Dimensions: H97" x Dia.115"
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: Cam cleat and pulley system
Colour options: 4
Reasons to buy
+Designed to withstand strong gusts of wind+Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays+Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric+Cam cleat and pulley system makes for easy opening+Choice of pole finishes+Fully replaceable components ensure a lifetime of serviceability
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included

Whether a property is coastal, rooftop, or just prone to strong breezes, securing the best patio umbrella for windy conditions will enable alfresco enjoyment to continue even on days that are less than calm.

Another great solution from Tuuci, 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 whilst three options of Sunbrella® fabric block 98% of UV rays and provide fade, mold and mildew resistance outdoors, plus there are the fully replaceable components which ensure this investment will withstand the test of time. 

A decorative grey patio umbrella with a scalloped canopy and tassels

(Image credit: Serena & Lily)

5. Serena & Lily Alicante Tassel Umbrella

Best decorative patio umbrella: a scalloped canopy and tasseled edges

Specifications
Dimensions: H102" x Dia.108”
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: n/a
Colour options: 3
Reasons to buy
+Pagoda-style shape+Decorative scallop and tassel detail+Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays+Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included-No crank lift mechanism

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.

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

(Image credit: Tuuci)

6. Tuuci Ocean Master Manta

Best contemporary patio umbrella: a striking design inspired by the oceanic manta ray

Specifications
Dimensions: H101" x Dia.101"
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: Tilting canopy
Colour options: 4
Reasons to buy
+Stylish manta ray-inspired design+Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays+Fade, mold and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric+Cam cleat and pulley system makes for easy opening+Choice of pole finishes+Fully replaceable components ensure a lifetime of serviceability
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

A cam cleat and pulley system makes for easy opening, and the Sunbrella® fabric canopy provides 98% protection from UV rays. Best of all the umbrella's construction from replaceable marine-grade components ensures a lifetime of serviceability.

A yellow garden parasol with white fringing

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7. Business & Pleasure Co. Holiday Beach Umbrella

Best outdoor umbrella for the lawn or beach: a pretty vintage-inspired parasol

Specifications
Dimensions: H72 x Dia.65"
Base weight included: n/a
UV protection rating: Blocks 98% of UV rays
Mechanisms: n/a
Colour options: 5
Reasons to buy
+Pretty vintage-inspired design+Good range of color options+Canopy blocks 98% of UV rays+Metal-tipped spike for securing in the lawn or beach+Includes matching fabric carry bag
Reasons to avoid
-Compact design makes for easier manoeuvrability, but doesn't offer as much shade as other options

You can create sunshine whatever the weather with the warm yellow tones of Business & Pleasure Co's Holiday Beach Umbrella, although when the real thing does appear, this stylish vintage-inspired garden parasol will keep sunbathers cool in the heat. 

Designed with a spiked pole so it can be used on either the beach or the lawn, we think it's the perfect way to enjoy a leisurely picnic outdoors, with the canopy blocking 98% of UV rays to ensure good protection from the midday rays. 

Available in a wide selection of colors, including nautical stripes and a pretty vintage lemon print, the tasseled detail and FSC-certified wooden pole will create a stylish focal point in any outdoor space. 

And to bring the A-game to any picnic set-up, there is also a matching beach tent, beach towel, cooler bag, tote and deckchair to indulge in.

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

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8. Arhaus Cantilever Outdoor Umbrella

Best cantilever umbrella on a budget: a versatile shade solution

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

If you aren't yet ready to invest in the bells-and-whistles Tuuci cantilever model mentioned earlier in this list, then this cantilever option from Arhaus is a good and far more affordable choice. Even better, this is one of the few models we've found that actually comes with the base included, although you will need to add sand to create extra ballast. 

The cantilever 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. On top of this O’bravia® claims its branded fabric 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. At the end of the parasol's lifespan, the fabric can also 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 to ensure 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. 

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

Commonly – and frustratingly – 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. 

Where to find more patio umbrella options

If you have a specific look in mind or need to fulfil some exact criteria, then you can find more stockists to browse in our guide to where to buy patio furniture, which includes the Homes & Gardens team's edit of the leading outdoor furniture retailers. Or, if you're primed for a sale bargain then keep an eye on our patio furniture deals page which will alert you to the best brand discounts each season.

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

A background in art and design informs Amy’s love of colour, texture, and form, with a degree in Printed Textiles for Interiors at Winchester School of Art opening a gateway into the world of interior design and grounding her knowledge of the importance of decor, furnishings, and furniture in curating a well-considered space. 


Amy’s own style is considered, contemporary and timeless, with a strong interest in contemporary craft and homewares that champion collaboration between traditional makers and innovative technologies. A belief that design - and all other aspects of our lives - must exist in balance with the natural world fuels her interest in exploring sustainable, circular, and regenerative design processes and underpins her passion for natural materials and responsible craftsmanship.


When she’s not writing about interior design or sourcing the latest homewares for Homes & Gardens’ readers, Amy is most often found deliberating over the perfect shade of white paint, digging through antique markets to unearth buried treasures, or printmaking in her home studio.