We've bought a lot of market umbrellas over the years. Why? Because the cheap ones we've always used break easily. Last year we upgraded and the umbrellas are still in good shape. In this category, you really do get what you pay for. Good link: Good Questions: Best Outdoor Umbrella Picks?
Restoration Hardware: The Montauk umbrellas look like they are a slight level up from Crate & Barrel, but you never know. Starting at $270, the colors here are really nice, particularly the Topaz.
Westminster Teak: Want teak? Westminster offers Sunbrella and safe harvested teak with sturdy assembly for $560.
Curran: These are luxe. Starting at @$1000, Curran has both a wood and a metal style (the Ocean Master) that is super cool.
Janus et Cie: Imported from Europe, these are top of the line and come in unique shapes, sizes and colorways. Starting at $1850 for ash and $2655 for teak, you might want to hire a decorator to get you a discount.
- Home Decorators Collection: The cheapest we've bought. Starting at $89, these have been our staple and last 2-3 years. Fabric is solid colors only and called Derclon, which is mildew resistant cotton/poly.
- Overstock.com: This is your bargain basement. Prices start at $50, but watch out for the quality.
- Crate & Barrel: This is our upgrade. Starting at $250, the Taos line is particularly nice (we like the Salsa stripes). The brass fittings are real and the fabric is Sunbrella (good stuff).
(reedited from 2005-05-23 - MGR)