10 Best Patio Umbrellas for Outdoor Spaces of Every Size

updated May 2, 2023
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Of all the accessories my parents have decked out their backyard with — a propane grill, a fire pit, a surprisingly stylish deck box — their smartest purchase has got to be their patio umbrella. It’s one of their oldest pieces of outdoor furniture, and because they attached string lights, it gets used during the day and at night. I doubt even my parents knew how worthwhile this thing would be when they first brought it home.

Patio umbrellas are a wise addition to every outdoor space because they help you enjoy the space more. No matter if the temperature is scorching hot or if a summer rain showers down, your outdoor umbrella protects you from the elements. They’re also a huge help when it comes to keeping everyone comfortable while you’re dining outdoors. Whether you have a big backyard, a quaint patio, or access to a rooftop, these outdoor umbrellas will help you enjoy your space to the fullest.

NOTE: Most patio umbrellas are not sold with a stand or base, so if you need one, we recommend this all-purpose model.

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More than 23,000 Amazon shoppers gave this budget-friendly patio umbrella a 5-star rating, which tells you that its quality really lives up to its great value. It's available in 13 colors and has a powder-coated aluminum pole that resists rusting and holds up well after spending considerable time outside.

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was $67.99

If you don't have room for a full-size outdoor umbrella, you definitely have room for this half-size model. It's built to fit up against walls and fences and provide total shade where round umbrellas can't. Wayfair reviewers confirmed that it works great on small balconies, so take your pick of seven colors and grab it while it's still on sale.

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The easiest way to make sure you can enjoy your outdoor space in the evening is with this patio umbrella that has built-in LED lights on the underside. Because the lights have solar charging panels on top, you never have to worry about plugging them in or changing any batteries. Reviewers noted how the lights are subtle but bright enough to improve visibility in the dark.

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Home Depot

Hampton Bay is a reliable source of well-made home furnishings, and this simple patio umbrella is another home run for them. It fits in any standard-sized umbrella stand and can be tilted and rotated around 360º so you can remain comfortable in the shade even while you're spending hours outside.

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Bring some Boho flair to your outdoor gatherings with this beach-style umbrella that has fringe detailing on the border. It's available in seven patterns, as well as a plain white version if that's more your thing, and its fabric is rated UPF 50+, which is the highest ultraviolet protection rating that fabric can have. The wood-colored pole is a fun detail to have, too.

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With its built-in base, this cantilever patio umbrella is ready to go right out of the box. Its design lets you use it to add shade over dining tables that don't have umbrella holes, and it still folds up neatly to not take up too much space when it's not in use. If you want an umbrella that doesn't need a lot of tinkering and can work in a variety of outdoor setups, pick this one.

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Home Depot

When you have a lot of space to keep covered, get this double-wide patio umbrella that's built to shade multiple areas simultaneously. Its rectangular shape provides enough sun protection for two small lounge spaces or one large table, and it folds up just as compactly as regular-sized umbrellas. Choose between four classic colors.

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West Elm

The wooden detail on the pole and frame of this patio umbrella makes it stand out above the rest. It has a UV-resistant canopy on top to protect you on sunny days and it closes using a pull-to-lift string mechanism that is a neat throwback alternative to the mechanical cranks on most umbrellas today. With the ivory-colored fabric and sandy wood color, this can make your outdoor space feel like a breezy cabana.

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Home Depot
was $343.00

Get the best of both worlds with this cantilever umbrella that has built-in solar-powered LED lights. Your new umbrella will keep any seating area shaded during the day — without you needing to buy a dining table that has an umbrella hole in the middle — and offer you enough light in the evening to keep the conversations going. Available in four colors.

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Pottery Barn

Take your pick of six color options on this chic patio umbrella, all of which are made of an ultra-durable and UV-resistant fabric called Sunbrella. Its pole and frame are made of sustainably-sourced eucalyptus wood, and the canopy opens using a pulley system that adds some rustic charm. With all its stylish details, this is both furniture and decor.