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?
- 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)