For a full review of the Tropishade Aluminum Market Umbrella, please see our Product Reviews section below.
- 1 Runner Up Best Patio Umbrellas
- 2 Runner Up Best Budget Patio Umbrella
- 3 Why a Patio Umbrella?
- 4 How to Buy a Patio Umbrella
- 5 Patio Umbrella Reviews
- 6 The Best Deck Umbrella
Runner Up Best Patio UmbrellasClose in quality and price to the Tropishade line of Patio Umbrellas is the Abba Patio Umbrella Outdoor Table Market Umbrella with Push Button Tilt/Crank line of umbrellas. These umbrellas are of excellent quality, and are available in four modern colors. The Abba Patio Umbrellas feature 8 steel ribs, and an aluminum shaft. Fiberglass ribs are better in our eyes, and that is what pushed the Tropishade Umbrella over the top, though these umbrellas have 8 ribs instead of 6, so there is a balance.
Regardless, the Abba Patio Market Umbrella is the best quality patio umbrella available at its price point.
For more information on this umbrella, please see our full product review below.
Runner Up Best Budget Patio UmbrellaRounding out our best of is the BestChoiceProducts 9′ Aluminum Market Umbrella. This umbrella is available only in two color choices, and features polyester fabric, an aluminum pole, and aluminum ribs. The price point of this umbrella is reasonably aggressive, and it features much of the same tilt functionality found on the higher end umbrellas. These umbrellas are the best outdoor patio umbrellas for the budget-conscious.
For a full review of this product, please see our Product Review section below.
Why a Patio Umbrella?
A beautiful patio umbrella can bring an outdoor space to life. Whether it offers a vibrant color palette, a lovely setting, or an attractive design, a well placed patio umbrella creates an inviting space. Umbrellas allow for use of an outdoor area during all hours of the day, even in the blazing sun. The canopy of the umbrella offers its own micro-climate, protecting those underneath from the sun but not fully removing them from it. Patio umbrellas, also known as market umbrellas and deck umbrellas, can draw the mind to a cafe in the south of France, or the Italian coast, or maybe to a quiet beach in Hawaii. Always sheltered from the sun, with a cool drink and some good friends to share with.
Important Features in a Patio Umbrella
There are many different features one may want in a patio, or market, umbrella. Height, canvas size, and ease of operation should be considered. Also, weather resistance, quality of fabric, durability, number of joints, and overall design must be examined in order to determine the best option for your needs. In this article, we will look at several of the best outdoor umbrellas, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Our market umbrella reviews below will help guide buyers to the right umbrella for their needs.
The ribs of the umbrella are the structural center of the umbrella. This is the most common point of failure in a patio umbrella, and getting good quality ribs will ensure that your market umbrella lasts for years to come. To read all about patio ribs, and which is the best type for your needs, please click here.
So what is the best material for a patio umbrella?
Acrylic fabrics tend to be the best market umbrella fabrics. Sunbrella fabric is the most well known brand of acrylic fabrics on the market. Sunbrella fabric is generally significantly more expensive, but is much more durable and is often quite beautiful. In general, Sunbrella fabric is the best fabric for a patio umbrella.
If you are interested in a (higher end) Sunbrella fabric patio umbrella, please take a look at our Sunbrella Patio Umbrella reviews here.
How to Buy a Patio Umbrella
You can purchase a high quality patio umbrella either at your local home improvement store, or online. Online is often the easiest way to go, as many of these umbrellas are large and don’t easily fit in a car. Getting a patio umbrella delivered to your house makes things easy!
Patio Umbrella Reviews
Here we take a close look at several of the best outdoor umbrellas and best patio umbrella brands, perform outdoor umbrella reviews, and determine our favorites.
Starting us off is the Abba Patio 9′ Umbrella with Push Button Tilt and Crank, a good quality piece and one of the best market umbrellas on the market today. It is offered in four different colors (beige, dark, hunter green, beautiful turquoise, and a brick red). The pole and frame system on all of these units is dark brown, almost black powder coated aluminum.
For measurements, the unit is 9′ wide, the pole diameter is 1.5″, the umbrella is 8’2″ high to the tip, 6.5′ high from the edge of the canopy, and 30″ to the crank mechanism.
See the chart for a drawing of the dimensions. The crank is a little low for bar table setups, so if you have a bar table, you probably want to get a bar height umbrella.
Features and Details
The Abba Patio umbrella features a tilt option, which is a nice extra. It functions by pushing a flush-mounted button under the umbrella hub. You have to push this in as you tilt the umbrella, and it will adjust to the tilted angle, about 30′. This market umbrella also features a ventilation system to help keep air flowing, and keep it stabilized in windy conditions.
In terms of water resistance, the Abba Patio Umbrella works pretty well. The canvas seems to be well made. It is removable and washable, should you wish to clean it. Washing it should not cause any color loss, but some users have reported the sun fading the color. Much depends on location and solar intensity, of course. The canvas does a good job of keeping everyone shaded, and keeping water off of those underneath. As with all umbrellas, we recommend taking them down in windy conditions, as excessive wind can damage any umbrella. Abba Patio recommends using a base with this unit, specifically this attractive, color matched base made by Abba Patio. For a cheaper option, we like the DC America Market Umbrella Base.
As with virtually everything Abba Patio makes, this is a solid choice and a runner up in our list. For many buyers, this umbrella will be the best patio umbrella for shade and comfort. The tilt functionality is useful, it is well made, and the color selection is broad. As an added bonus, it is available on Amazon Prime!
The Best Choice Products Patio Umbrella 9′ Aluminum Patio Market Umbrella Tilt W/ Crank is an attractive and versatile umbrella. It is one an excellent choice for a patio umbrella you can buy. This unit is offered in two colors: burgundy and beige (shown here in beige) and comes with an aluminum pole and rib assembly in a steel gray color.
In terms of size, this free standing sun umbrella is 9′ wide, the pole is 1.5 inches wide, the unit is about 7′ 10″ in total height, and the crank sits about 48″ off the ground. It should fit in all patio table systems, and some bar tables. If yours is close to 48″ high, you may want to get a bar height umbrella.
Features and Details
The Best Choice Products Patio Umbrella features a tilt assembly operated by the crank, which is certainly a nice option. The umbrella cap tilts to about 45′ max for flexible shading options. Keep in mind that this tilt can alter the wind loads, and it helps to have a good umbrella base when using the tilt. This umbrella is vented, which may help with the winds somewhat.
For water resistance, The Best Choice Products Patio Umbrella works pretty well. It will keep those underneath dry in a light to medium rain, but it is not water proof. As we have said elsewhere in this post, if the winds are howling, it is best to shut the umbrella and head inside. Wind will damage the frame. This umbrella should have a weighted base, and we recommend the DC America Market Umbrella Base.
The Best Choice Products Patio Umbrella is a nice, attractive option for patio shading. With its tilt functionality, it offers some nice features. It is certainly a contender for the best patio umbrella. As a bonus, it is available on Amazon Prime!
Next up is the TropiShade 9′ Bronze Aluminum Market Umbrella with Rust Polyester Cover, another quality option for a patio umbrella. It is available in four colors: beige, canvas, green, and rust (shown here in Rust), and the metal pole is dark brown powder coated aluminum. The frame ribs are made of fiberglass, which is more flexible than metal in windy environments.
Like the other umbrellas on this list, these free standing garden parasols have a 9′ canvas span, and feature a 1.375″ pole diameter for easy installation into any patio table. It is 7’6″ tall, and the crank is approximately 48″ off the ground, so this umbrella will work with most tables. If you have a bar table, you may need to get a base that will bring the height up a bit further in order to make everything work. Alternately, you can get a bar height umbrella.
Features and Details
The TropiShade Market Umbrella offers tilt functionality, in this case a three position dura-tilt system. This gives a good deal of flexibility to angling the umbrella. The frame consists of six fiberglass ribs, which offer a good deal of strength in a small package.
As with all umbrellas, this one should be closed if there is going to be any significant wind. Wind can damage the umbrella frame pretty easily. The fabric is polyester, and is fairly color-fast. Different environments and sun exposure will impact the longevity of the fabric color.
This umbrella is UV and water resistant, and can be used during a light to moderate rain storm. If a significant rain storm or wind storm is coming, we strongly recommend closing the umbrella in order to protect it from damage. The umbrella does have a vent for stability, which is always a good thing.
As for a patio umbrella stand, TropiShade recommends using their own base, which is an attractive, modern base. If you are looking for something a little bit cheaper, we recommend the DC America Market Umbrella Base.
The TropiShade umbrella line are among the best garden umbrellas, and the fiberglass ribs make it very wind resistant. It includes a one year limited warranty, which certainly helps put the mind at ease! As a bonus, it is available on Amazon Prime!
The Ace Evert Market Umbrella 8011S line are excellent high quality outdoor umbrellas, and is one of the best back yard umbrellas available. It comes in four color options: beige (which is a yellowish brown), khaki, terra cotta (a rusty orange-red), and dark green (which is a deep green). The unit shown here is beige. The pole consists of two pieces of powder coated metal in a dark brown shade, and is not adjustable.
The dimensions and measurements of the Ace Evert are as follows: it spans 9′ when fully opened, has a pole diameter of 1 1/4″, has a total height of about 7′ from the top of the pole to the top of an umbrella base. It has about 6’6″ of clearance from the edge of the umbrella to the ground, when fully opened, and the bottom of the crank is about 40″ off of the ground. It should work in both a patio table setup and some bar tables. If yours is close to 48″ high, you may want to get a bar height umbrella.
Features and Details
The Ace Evert Market Umbrella does not have any tilt functionality, which may be a disappointment to some. However, it makes balancing the umbrella easier, and it means there is one less potential failure point on the deck umbrella. The frame consists of eight ribs made of metal set about 38″ apart at their widest point. They are of reasonable strength. However, if there are thunderstorms or strong winds on the way, we recommend closing this umbrella. The polyester fabric on the umbrella is removable and washable, which is a great feature. For light cleaning we suggest using some soap and a scrub brush.
The Ace Evert 8011S umbrella is surprisingly water resistant. While it’s not water proof, it will keep rain away from those sitting underneath. The umbrella is vented, but again, if the wind is picking up, we recommend shutting it, as wind can do damage to the umbrella.
Regarding an umbrella base, if you are putting it through a sturdy table with multiple bracketing points, you may not need an additional base, but it is strongly recommended that you get one anyway. They’re not terribly expensive and will help keep your umbrella from getting damaged. For an umbrella base, we recommend the DC America Market Umbrella Base.
If you’re looking to use this umbrella at the beach, it may be a bit much. It’s so wide and heavy, in order to get the pole to stay in the sand you’d have to dig a pretty big hole. We would suggest choosing a lighter weight umbrella for that sort of task. If you’re looking to use it as a patio table umbrella, or on a deck or in a back yard space, this is a good choice. If tilt is not a requirement for you, the Ace Evert Market Umbrella is an excellent choice among the best outdoor umbrellas. Unfortunately it is not currently available on Amazon Prime.
The Best Deck Umbrella
After reviewing all of these umbrellas, we keep coming back to the Tropishade 9′ Bronze Aluminum Market Umbrella. This free standing garden umbrella has the right mix of features, beauty, and quality. It will be perfect for your patio!