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Best Patio Umbrella of 2020

A decent patio umbrella can help make an outdoor space more pleasant and functional.
By Ethan Newman ⋅ Review Editor
Monday September 21, 2020
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Looking to stay cool on your deck this year? We tested the best 7 patio umbrellas for 2020, after much market research and consulting our team. We tested them side by side over the course of three weeks in order to determine what works best. We tested them for shade quality, durability, ease of use, and adjustability to find measurable metrics for a more objective comparison. During testing, we left them up in wind, rain, and triple-digit heat to see how they stand up to weather, too. We hope this review helps you find what you need for your patio, needs, and budget.

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Best Cantilever Patio Umbrella


WUFF Bluu 10-Foot Offset


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$109.00
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Base Style: Cross | Shade Diameter: 10 feet
Cantilever design allows space directly under umbrella
Smooth sliding action when deploying shade
Cross base allows for modular weights
Susceptible to wobbling in moderate wind
Heavy

The WUFF Bluu Cantilever Umbrella is our favorite all around patio shade. We really like the aesthetic of the cantilever design, but it has practical application, too, as it allows an open space below the whole shaded area. The WUFF umbrella also deploys quite smoothly, which is nice, because it's pretty heavy. It also has a 10-foot diameter shade that blocks a lot of sun and keeps things nice and cool.

While the cantilever-style umbrellas are generally heavier, they actually aren't that much harder to move, as the bases break down into four parts, as opposed to one solid piece. This model does wobble in moderate winds, which is the most notable detraction from its overall performance. That being said, we think this is a really nice patio shade, and will last a while if taken care of.

The Wuff Bluu Cantilever Umbrella is our favorite offset style umbrella due to it's wide shade and smooth-sliding components.
The Wuff Bluu Cantilever Umbrella is our favorite offset style umbrella due to it's wide shade and smooth-sliding components.

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Best Market Style Patio Umbrella


Best Choice Products 10-Foot Solar LED


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$74.99
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Base Style: Post | Diameter: 10 feet
Biggest Market style umbrella we tested
LEDs add a bit of light so it's also functional at night
Thicker pole is nice and stable
LEDs aren't particularly bright
Spins in wind

We prefer and recommend the Best Choice Products Solar LED Umbrella among all market-style umbrellas we tested. It has a huge 10-foot shade and tilts 40 degrees in either direction, further than the others we tested, which helps maintain shade throughout the day as Earth rotates. It also has small LED lights spaced along the umbrella ribs, which allows for a nice transition from daytime sun shade to evening patio light. It sits nicely in our universal market bases, and it's slightly thicker pole made it wobble less in light wind, even without a supporting patio table.

We do wish the LEDs were a bit brighter, as they add ambiance, but not a ton of light. Also, like all of the tilting market-style umbrellas, it tends to spin away from anything but the lightest wind unless you really crank down the knob on the base. We think that the vents at the top are a bit small to do much for wind resistance, but it might help prevent excess hot air from building up. Also, while we love the size of the umbrella, the top half of the pole isn't really proportional to the shade size, so when the shade is down it covers the crank handle. Overall, though, we really like this umbrella for market-style shades. It works great with or without a table.

The Best Choice Products Patio Umbrella has a wide  dark shade and a nice tilting hinge to block out the early morning or late evening sun.
The Best Choice Products Patio Umbrella has a wide, dark shade and a nice tilting hinge to block out the early morning or late evening sun.

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Best on a Tight Budget


Sunnyglade 9-Foot


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$46.99
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Base Style: Post | Diameter: 9 feet
Tilts 35 degrees to block out early/late sun
Lightest umbrella we tested at around 11 pounds
Affordable
External raising/lowering cord

The Sunnyglade 9' Patio Umbrella is a solid, simple market-style shade meant to go into a post base and through a patio table. The tilt function, featured on several of this style of umbrella, is nice, tilting to a maximum of 35 degrees. The bell cap and blue and white fabric we chose give the Sunnyglade a fun beach vibe as well. It's also one of the least expensive options we tested, while still providing a ton of coverage.

We do think there are a few things that could be improved on this product, however. The umbrella when retracted blocks the crank to raise it, which isn't ideal. The white parts of fabric block direct sunlight, but they do let through enough light that it's still nice to have sunglasses on underneath it, especially if we were reading. This can be remedied, though, by selecting a different color for the shade fabric. For an affordable patio umbrella, the Sunnyglade is a good, inexpensive option.

The Sunnyglade 9 foot umbrella has a pleasant beach vibe to it.
The Sunnyglade 9 foot umbrella has a pleasant beach vibe to it.

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Most Affordable Cantilever Shade


Pure Garden Cantilever Hanging Shade


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$73.95
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Base Style: Cross | Diameter: 10 feet
Works with a variety of base weights
Easy setup
Sliding collar not as smooth as some
Wobbles a lot in the wind, even if fully tightened

The Pure Garden Cantilever Hanging Shade is similar to the other offset cantilever umbrellas, but significantly more affordable. The setup is easy; the base pieces bolt to each other, and then the poles slide together. The Pure Garden umbrella is also a little lighter than the other two cantilever umbrellas at 30 pounds, making it a touch easier to move. With cross-base umbrellas, you can either weigh them down with specific umbrella bases, or just with sandbags if you're looking to go with the most affordable option.

Our one major gripe with the Pure Garden is that the collar doesn't slide smoothly up and down the pole. The weight of the umbrella arm ever so slightly warps it, so it is kind of jerky when sliding up and down. We noticed that this umbrella wobbles a bit more in the wind, as the top of the shade doesn't seat as nicely to the overhead arm as well as the other cantilevers. It is a nice patio shade, though, and we think it's an excellent option for those looking to add shade options on a budget.

We like the style and adjustability of the Pure Garden Cantilever Hanging Shade. It's also priced fairly. Our only minor complaint is that the sliding action of the collar could be smoother.
We like the style and adjustability of the Pure Garden Cantilever Hanging Shade. It's also priced fairly. Our only minor complaint is that the sliding action of the collar could be smoother.

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Most Stylish LED Lighting


Purple Leaf 9-Foot Solar LED


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$119.99
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Base Style: Post | Diameter: 9 feet
Clustered LEDs act like a lantern and lighted ribs add illumination
Tilts 33 degrees in either direction
Battery pack isn't as secure as we expected
Poor instructions included

Patios are just as nice to spend time on at night as during the day, so when we saw the Purple Leaf Solar Powered LED Umbrella, it seemed to fit the bill. The lights are quite nice, as both the central hub and the umbrella ribs light up. During the day the 33-degree tilt helps block the sun when it's lower in the morning or evening. The dark color helps block the sun, and it's dark enough under the shade to read a book without sunglasses, which is easier on the eyes.

Although we really like the lights included on the Purple Leaf, the battery pack is curiously located on the edge of one of the ribs, and rattles around a bit more than we think it should. It also comes with a USB cable, so you can detach the battery and charge it via a USB-to-outlet adapter. The lights are excellent, though, and this is the best patio umbrella for lighting up your backyard at night.

We really like dark shades like the Purple Leaf umbrella that are shady enough to read or use a laptop under without sunglasses or glare.
We really like dark shades like the Purple Leaf umbrella that are shady enough to read or use a laptop under without sunglasses or glare.

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A Broad, Dark Shade


wikiwiki Offset 10-Foot Cantilever


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$119.00
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Base Style: Cross | Diameter: 10 feet
Durable powder coat on the metal components
Broad shade that casts a deep shadow
Wobbles in a breeze somewhat
Could slide more smoothly when deploying shade

The wikiwiki Offset Cantilever Umbrella just barely got beat out for one of the top spots. We really like how dark the shade is, as it doesn't reflect light from the ground in addition to blocking out the direct sun. We like the cantilever aesthetic quite a bit, and we think it looks good no matter where it is.

It only got beat out for the top spot because we don't find operating the umbrella to be as smooth as we expect for its price. It's a touch jerky when sliding it up or down to deploy the shade. The shade also wobbled a bit more than the highest-scoring umbrella in a breeze, which was not ideal, especially if you were at the edge of the shadow below. It's a fine option, however, and it performs well in most uses.

The wikiwiki Cantilever Umbrella is a festive color  and with its quality shade and affordable price  we think it's a great option.
The wikiwiki Cantilever Umbrella is a festive color, and with its quality shade and affordable price, we think it's a great option.

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Good for Small Spaces


Abba Patio 7.5-Foot


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$44.99
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Base Style: Post | Diameter: 7.5 feet
Grommets at the end of the ribs are more durable attachments
Few wear points
No adjustment
Heavier than some bigger umbrellas

The Abba Patio Outdoor Umbrella is the smallest, simplest umbrella we tested. It doesn't have any adjustment beyond opening and closing the shade, but less moving parts is traditionally a good thing from a durability standpoint. In fact, durability is where this shade shines. The ends of the umbrella are fastened to the ribs with grommets and screws rather than each rib fitting into a fabric pocket. This makes the fabric less likely to rip in a wind storm, or for a rib to poke through if knocked over. We think that's a nifty design to make the umbrella a little more solid.

We do wish it was more adjustable, though. Because the shade is so small at seven and a half feet in diameter, more adjustability would help compensate for the smaller shade size. We could see this working well in a small space, like a townhouse backyard or an apartment balcony. It's efficiently sized and economically priced.

The Abba umbrella is smaller than any of the others we tested  and not adjustable  but it is still a decent option for smaller spaces.
The Abba umbrella is smaller than any of the others we tested, and not adjustable, but it is still a decent option for smaller spaces.

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Too Bright and Fragile


UHINOOS 9-Foot


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Base Style: Post | Diameter: 9 Feet
Large diameter provides lots of coverage
Tilts 35 degrees to block sun low in the sky
Top cap is fragile
White fabric lets through too much light

Of all the products we tested, we were least impressed by the UHINOOS Patio Umbrella, although we do like some of its qualities. It does tilt nicely, blocking early morning or late evening sun from blasting your patio seat. The fabric also gets pleasantly taut when fully raised so it doesn't ruffle in the wind.

We found the durability to be lacking on the UHINOOS, though. The top cap easily cracked when we were setting it up on the ground before dropping it into the base, and while this doesn't affect it's functionality, we didn't have this issue with any of the other umbrellas, including those with solar panel caps. We also didn't love the white fabric, as it's still quite bright under the umbrella. We recommend considering a different color of fabric for darker shade. If you're looking for a patio umbrella, we think there are better options.

The UNIHOOS is a decent umbrella  but it is surprisingly bright under the white fabric.
The UNIHOOS is a decent umbrella, but it is surprisingly bright under the white fabric.

Why You Should Trust Us


For this review we turned to our expert home goods editor Ethan Newman. Ethan owns and operates three rental units and is always on the lookout for products that work and will last, both for himself and for his tenants. As each rental unit has a different backyard, he understands that every yard has unique needs, and each space might require a different type of shade to suit it best. He has a keen eye for evaluating products, especially when the devil is in the details.

The Purple Leaf umbrella has a nice LED setup for evening use  and is bright enough to actually see what's going on.
Although the sliding collar assembly looks very similar on the WUFF  Pure Garden  and the Wikiwiki  we found the WUFF to be the smoothest.
Cross base umbrellas are heavier  but we found them easier to set up in some circumstances  as they can get closer to walls and other obstacles  and the base weights are easier to move than one big heavy base.

We independently purchased all products in this review, and came up with metrics to judge their quality as objectively as possible. We think there are four categories that an ideal patio umbrella should perform well in: shade quality, ease of use, durability, and adjustability. We tested each model through both focused tests, like our "shake test" and deploying each model hundreds of times to assess durability, as well as dozens of hours of field use per umbrella. We measured the angle of tilt each model is capable of as well. We left these umbrellas out in the triple-digit heat to see how they weathered, as well as the accompanying monsoon rains, to see what works best when trying to enjoy our backyard spaces.

Analysis and Test Results


Although patio umbrellas seem fairly simple at first glance, small features and details can make a product great or leave much to be desired. We divided what we think a good patio shade should have into four categories. Read below for more details on how they all stacked up.

Shade Quality


In some ways, this category is the most obvious. Patio umbrellas are all about shade. We rate these products not just on how much shade they provide, but also the quality, or darkness, of the shade created. Umbrellas with thicker, darker fabrics that blocked more light scored higher, as well as larger canopies.

Darker shades typically perform better in part because they don't reflect light from the ground.
Darker shades typically perform better in part because they don't reflect light from the ground.

Most of the products did really well in this category, but the cantilever style umbrellas, like the Pure Garden, Wikiwiki, and Best Choice Products did especially well, as we were able to lower the shade be just above our head so that it not only blocked direct sunlight, but some of the ambient light as well. We didn't love the umbrellas with white fabric, as they didn't block a ton of light, just the most direct sunlight. We recommend evaluating how much you care about the darkness of the shade when selecting the fabric color of your patio umbrella. Lighter colors, unless the fabric is very thick, tend to let more light pass through them.

The UNIHOOS Umbrella's white shade lets too much light in for our taste  we still had to wear sunglasses to comfortably sit under it  especially when reading.
The UNIHOOS Umbrella's white shade lets too much light in for our taste, we still had to wear sunglasses to comfortably sit under it, especially when reading.

Ease of Use


We think that products should be straightforward to assemble, move, deploy, and retract. Products that were easy to raise and lower scored high, as well as ones that were easier to put together out of the box. Umbrellas scored lower if they had poor instructions, didn't move well or smoothly, or didn't fit together well.

While we liked the larger shades generally  their folded canopies often hide the deployment crank.
While we liked the larger shades generally, their folded canopies often hide the deployment crank.

We found the WUFF Bluu umbrella to raise and lower really smoothly despite its weight. It's smoother than the other two cantilever umbrellas. Most of the market-style umbrellas are easy to assemble, far simpler than the cantilever-style models. The market-style umbrellas that stood out were ones that the raising crank wasn't hidden by the lowered shade fabric, like the Abba umbrella.

While it doesn't look as slick  if you're on a tight budget  you can use sandbags instead of a purpose-built weighted base to weigh down an umbrella  allowing you to put more money towards an umbrella.
While it doesn't look as slick, if you're on a tight budget, you can use sandbags instead of a purpose-built weighted base to weigh down an umbrella, allowing you to put more money towards an umbrella.

Durability


We wanted to test these products for durability, as they're designed to be left in the sun, shaken by the wind, and soaked by the rain. We tested this by raising and lowering each one fifty times in addition to our field testing. We also vigorously shook each one a hundred times to see what, if anything, rattled loose. We left them in the summer sun during a heatwave that bumped above 110°F, which only relented to make way for torrential rains — great for testing. They also each experienced wind up to 15 miles an hour, although we advise that you lower the canopies in anything beyond a light breeze.

Of all the patio umbrellas we tested, the Abba umbrella is the most durable, if partially because there are fewer parts to break on it. The fabric on the Abba is attached via grommets and screws, rather than a rib fitting into a fabric pocket, which seems like a more durable attachment. We also liked that the Purple Leaf umbrella has an internal cord to raise and lower the shade, rather than an external one. This might make it harder to replace, but also should last longer due to no UV exposure.

Some of the cranks and moving parts felt more robust than others. The WUFF Bluu felt quite solid.
Some of the cranks and moving parts felt more robust than others. The WUFF Bluu felt quite solid.

One thing we'd like to note is that a good weighted base can make a real difference in the lifespan of your umbrella. None of these umbrellas come with weighted bases, so make sure you find the right base to fit your umbrella, and make sure it's heavy enough to withstand the weather your area is likely to experience. We like bases that were either modular or able to easily fill with water, rather than sandbags or large concrete bases, which tend to be less attractive in an aesthetic sense.

The Abba umbrella was the only one with a more durable attachment for the end of the ribs.
The Abba umbrella was the only one with a more durable attachment for the end of the ribs.

Adjustability


Since patio umbrellas are typically stationary, either mounted through the middle of a table or positioned above seating, it ideally is able to adjust with the angle of the sun. There are a number of designs we observed that attempt to approach this function, either a tilting arm or hinge within the pole, or simply being low enough overhead that it blocks out the sun during the hottest parts of the day. We measured the angle of adjustability with an electronic level phone app to compare the products objectively.

The UNIHOOS  Best Choice Products  Sunnyglade  and Purple Leaf umbrellas all tilt  allowing you to block the sun when it's lower in the sky.
The UNIHOOS, Best Choice Products, Sunnyglade, and Purple Leaf umbrellas all tilt, allowing you to block the sun when it's lower in the sky.

The most adjustable shades are the cantilever-style umbrellas, as they are able to rotate and tilt almost 90 degrees (although too vertical and they become more of a wind sail), but they only do so in one direction. Still, the Pure Garden, Wikiwiki, and Wuff Bluu are all adjustable on two planes, as they could tilt almost 90 degrees on a vertical plane and swing nearly 360 degrees around on a horizontal plane. As far as market-style umbrellas, the Best Choice Products tilted 40 degrees either way, five more degrees than the other tiltable umbrellas. The Abba was the only one that didn't have any adjustment, relying on its shorter stature to cover the area with shade.

The cantilever-style umbrellas were easy to adjust as long as the collars slid well.
The cantilever-style umbrellas were easy to adjust as long as the collars slid well.

Conclusion


Any time you're looking to enjoy your patio or backyard without roasting in the sun, the right patio umbrella can make all the difference. We hope you found our in depth reviews and side by side comparisons, backed up by measurable metrics, helpful in finding the right shade for your outdoor spaces.

Ethan Newman