The Best Patio Umbrellas for Your Backyard

Ready for summer? Shop our shady umbrella picks, and get your outdoor space ready for warm weather.

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May 21, 2020
By: HGTV

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Spending summer outdoors is only enjoyable if you have a shady retreat nearby. The easiest way to create shade on your deck, patio or in your backyard is to add a patio umbrella. Patio umbrellas come in a variety of sizes, styles and materials so you can pick the best one for your lifestyle and location.

Patio With Table and Black Market Umbrella

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Photo by: Dionel Fisher- The Mittentog

Dionel Fisher- The Mittentog

There’s a lot to think about when choosing the best patio umbrella for your space. First, determine the size you need. The size of your umbrella will determine the type of base you need to keep your umbrella steady through various weather conditions. Looking for an umbrella to shade your outdoor dining space? Follow this pro tip from The Home Depot: "Your umbrella should extend over the dining table by at least two feet on each side for optimal shade." Umbrellas start around five feet in diameter and can reach 15 feet or more.

Next, determine the style of umbrella you need for your space and lifestyle. There are a few main types to consider: market umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas, rectangular umbrellas and umbrellas with lights. Market umbrellas, or patio table umbrellas, have a pole in the middle and will fit through the hole in an outdoor dining table. Cantilever umbrellas attach to a pole on one end, making them ideal for outdoor seating areas. Rectangular umbrellas have more diameter, so they can cover large outdoor seating and dining areas. There are even patio umbrellas with built-in solar-powered LED lights perfect for nighttime use. You may find several styles combined into one powerful umbrella if there are several features you love.

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Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Once you’ve determined the size and style of your patio umbrella, you'll need to grab a few accessories. Most outdoor umbrellas don’t come with bases, so you’ll need to buy that separately. Follow this pro tip from The Home Depot: "To find a freestanding umbrella base with the proper weight to hold your umbrella, multiply the diameter of your umbrella by 10." That means that for a seven-foot-wide umbrella, you’ll need a base that weighs at least 70 pounds. Umbrella bases come in a variety of styles and materials, too, from heavy cast iron to water-filled. Bases start around $30 with high-end models hitting the $150 price point.

Whether your outdoor space gets hit hard by the sun or receives a lot of rain, you'll want to protect your investment with an umbrella cover. Covers are typically weather-resistant with zippers or Velcro for extra protection and only cover the fabric umbrella (not the stand or base). Prices for covers start around $15 and go up to $75, so they're a worthwhile add-on when you buy an umbrella.

Now that you know what you need, it's time to start shopping! We've started the process for you by picking the best outdoor patio umbrellas for a variety of spaces and purposes.

BEST OVERALL PATIO UMBRELLA

$229.43 $101

This easy-to-use nine-foot umbrella sets up and opens quickly. The durable, powder-coated aluminum pole pieces connect via push-button coupling, and the Sunbrella canopy opens with a crank-lift and steel cable. Continue to turn the crank to tilt the umbrella and put shade where you need it. This durable umbrella can be used either through a table or freestanding. It supplies enough coverage to shade 42- to 54-inch tables.

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BEST CANTILEVER PATIO UMBRELLA

$599 $401

This spacious 11-foot cantilever umbrella is perfect for nighttime entertaining. Enjoy lasting shade with its easy-to-use tilt function, adjusting to meet your needs and keep you comfortable. A sturdy steel frame supports the UV-protected, weather-resistant olefin canopy with breathable vents to boost airflow. Illuminated by 40 solar-powered LED lights, this umbrella lights up the night with a gentle ambiance. The solar cell atop the umbrella charges throughout the day.

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BEST LIGHTED PATIO UMBRELLA

$143.99 $75

Enjoy this 10-foot umbrella day or night with its solar-powered LED lights. The 24 built-in lights can run for up to seven hours! An easy push-button tilt system gives coverage no matter the time of day, while a wind vent cools air under the umbrella. High-quality water-, UV- and fade-resistant fabric means this durable umbrella is ready for years of enjoyment.

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BEST BUDGET PATIO UMBRELLA

Keep cool on hot days with the 7.5-foot steel market patio umbrella. The canopy features a weather- and fade-resistant fabric, making it easy to clean and maintain. The push-up mechanism is a breeze to close and store when not in use. There’s no tilt operation, so it's perfect for smaller outdoor dining areas.

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BEST WIND-RESISTANT PATIO UMBRELLA

$159

This nine-foot offset cantilever umbrella provides maximum shade and sets up quickly, so your outdoor space will cool down in no time. It features a six-position vertical tilt function to provide more shade wherever you need it. The canopy offers wind vents for better airflow and features recycled polyester fabric that’s waterproof, sun-proof and UV-protected. The sturdy pole and steel ribs are durable and powder coated, preventing chipping, peeling, rust and corrosion for years of use.

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BEST EXTRA-LARGE PATIO UMBRELLA

$397.99 $231

Create the perfect patio retreat with this 16-foot market umbrella. The extra-wide design provides more than 200 square feet of shade and UV protection. A powder-coated aluminum frame and durable weather- and fade-resistant polyester fabric offer long-lasting protection. Eight retractable, aluminum ribs provide reliable support, while a built-in air vent allows air to pass through for extra stability. A convenient hand crank opens and closes the umbrella, and a touch fastener keeps the umbrella's canopy and ribs in place for compact storage.

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BEST TILT + CRANK PATIO UMBRELLA

$49.99

This nine-foot patio umbrella features an easy-crank function with a push-button tilt to block the sun’s rays at any angle. The umbrella’s diameter is wide enough to shade a 54-inch outdoor dining table. A rust-free, powder-coated aluminum pole and eight sturdy ribs provide extra support and durability. The long-lasting canopy fabric is waterproof and fade-resistant and features a single wind vent for stability.

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BEST SMALL-SPACE PATIO UMBRELLA

$156.99 $64

This nine-foot, half-round umbrella stands flush against a wall or glass door, making it perfect for small balconies, patios and decks. Made with five steel supporting ribs, a sturdy steel pole and heavy-duty polyester fabric, this patio umbrella has the structure to stand the test of time. The easy-to-use auto-crank feature makes it simple to put the umbrella up and take it down.

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