Now is the time to think about getting yourself some shade in your outdoor space, and a complete outdoor seating arrangement NEEDS a table, chairs and an umbrella for sun or light rain. Here are my top picks for the season in three price bands.
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. More choices below!!
- Tectona Parasols - From $1,650
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.
- Curran - From $2,299
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.
- Westminster Teak - $1,207
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."
- Santa Barbara Designs - $??
These folks from California design and sell a much more adventurous collection than the European fare. Made with teak and MANY options on the canopy, you do have to email or phone to find a dealer near you.
- RH Market Umbrellas - From $760
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
- Crate & Barrel Umbrellas - From $249
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!
- Pottery Barn Market Umbrellas - From $130
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!
- iPatioUmbrella.com - From $182
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 Umbrellas - From $169.99
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.
- West Elm Wooden Umbrellas - From $149.99
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."
- Jordan 9 foot Market Umbrella - From $35.86
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.
- PatioShoppers.com - From $94
Low to mid tier, this a large clearance source for market umbrellas in all shapes and sizes.
- Langholmen Umbrella - $99
IKEA's offering in this category comes in eucalyptus wood with a polyester cover AND it's large and rectangular at 118 1/8x98 3/8 ".