It's that time again. Time to take a look at your outdoor umbrella and see if it needs replacing after being lashed and destroyed last season. OR, it's time to finally get yourself your first dash of color and protection for your outdoor space, that will allow you to have a meal in the midday sun or sit up on the roof in the middle of a summer rain shower. I've bought a lot of these things over the years and USUALLY the more you pay the longer they last, but some of the inexpensive umbrellas will last a long time if you take really good care of them. Here are my picks for 2016. Enjoy and share yours in comments.
This is the lowest price I found, and I like it because of its unusual round shape. IKEA scores again with this stylish tilting, polyester umbrella.
I just LOVE this! Imported from Europe for a "different" look in your outdoor cafe. PVC vinyl and tilting aluminum pole.
Coming in with a very nice price is this market umbrella at Overstock.com. It keeps the price down by going with a solid birch wooden pole of 1.5 inch diameter and a shade made of spun polyester in multiple color options.
I found this at the best place to get French Fermob outdoor tables and chairs. This is a super cute square umbrella that's perfect for a small table. It's also a very well priced umbrella that comes with many color options.
IKEA's wood offering in this category comes in eucalyptus wood with a polyester cover AND it's large and rectangular at 118 1/8x98 3/8 ".
PB has a great selection of umbrellas in both teak, aluminum and eucalyptus in both a budget and a premium quality design. Many are on sale right now!
Big sale here with some really low prices. These folks stock a large selection of heavily discounted umbrellas in many materials. They do stock them in teak wood and Sunbrella covers. As they say, they are "The Best Patio Umbrellas for Less."
Pier One gets a little more interesting with the diversity of their designs, while their prices are still very affordable. This one up top is a "pagoda umbrella" in eucalyptus wood and a polyester cover.
The Westies don't tell you too much about their umbrellas, but they do come in nice neutral colors and a heavily discounted price. The pole is "solid wood" and the cover is "woven-polyester."
I found Dayva a few years back after buying one - at a steep price - at a shop out in the Hamptons for my new garden project. I looked all over for the brand and found it: Dayva. Going online I found them for far less. Not a fancy name, Dayva umbrellas are really well made for the price and come with Sunbrella tops. You can find Dayva umbrellas at a number of sources: Amazon, Patio Living, and Market-Umbrellas.com.
With a nice full selection of market umbrellas in many colors - wood and aluminum - I prefer their traditional ones which are made of sustainably sourced eucalyptus wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sunbrella fabric. The good thing? Most are on sale. The bad thing? The only problem with C & B is that many of their umbrellas are on backorder, so be careful when ordering. This sometimes means they'll ship at the end of the summer!
Good Web Resources:
Want teak? Legal, fairly harvested teak? Westminster Teak does a great job with teak market umbrellas. They ship from their online site and guarantee everything for 30 days. "All our teak is sourced from Java exclusively from the highly reputable Perum Perhutani plantations, which are managed by the Indonesian government."
At the top of the mid tier is RH. With currently discounted teak and aluminum umbrellas in Sunbrella fabric, they have many colors as well as size and shape options.
- Features a heavy-duty teak center pole and ribs fitted with marine-quality stainless steel joints
- Pin-lift pulley deploys weather-resistant Sunbrella® canopy, vented for optimal wind passage and stability
- Xenoy hub with patented bracket system
- Heavy-duty reinforced canopy pocket construction
- Topped with a stainless steel finial
Tectona from Fance has a complete line of handsomely made "parasols" that will last forever and work with luxurious ease. Their website now allows you to order directly from them in the USA.
Jeff Curran's beautiful, high end online store sells the best in the world and his classic market umbrellas are by Barlow Tyrie. They are all made with FSC certified eucalyptus wood poles and struts and nickle-plated hardware and come in many diameters and shapes. Also an excellent source for other brands such as Skagerak and Tuuci umbrellas, Curran is oriented towards retail customers. Pricing and service here is very good.