Best Outdoor Umbrellas


All the information you need about outdoor umbrellas for the backyard, beach, patio, golf course or cafe.

I love when summer rolls around, the weather warms up and out comes the outdoor umbrella.  There are so many types of umbrellas available.  Different sizes, shapes and styles for a range of different purposes.  We are here to help you find the one that will provide the shade you need to make the most of your backyard and outdoor lifestyle in summer.

For me, summer is about BBQs with family and friends, the kids in the pool, trips to the beach, getting some gardening done and then relaxing into the long summer evening.  Generally making the most of being outdoors and enjoying the weather.

There’s no denying though that the heat can make life uncomfortable.  After winter, the warmth of the sun is lovely, but in the middle of the day it can become overbearing and definitely damaging. That’s why I love using the best type of umbrella for shading my outdoor spaces!

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With so many different types of umbrella how do you choose the one that is best for your outdoor area?

Types of Umbrellas

When you start looking for an outdoor umbrella there are so many options available – different umbrella sizes and styles as well as features and price ranges suited for different purposes.  Our aim is to provide well-researched and relevant information to help you carefully choose the most suitable outdoor umbrella for your backyard, pool, beach trip or golf day.  Will a centre pole umbrella suit your requirements or would a cantilever umbrella be more appropriate?

We consider the different types of umbrellas, different sizes, styles, shapes, durability, functionality and features of a range of popular types of umbrella to provide reliable advice to help you decide.

Some questions to consider when looking at the different types of umbrella are:

  • Will it be to shade an outdoor table, a section of your pool, a child’s sandpit, an outdoor seating area or something else entirely?
  • How much space do you have where the umbrella is going to be placed?
  • How often will it be used?

Our buyer’s guide provides a lot more information to consider when looking at different types of umbrellas.

For each umbrella we have provided a rating based on well-researched reviews that particularly consider the features, durability and functionality of each umbrella.  We hope you will find these helpful as you consider different umbrella sizes, styles and shapes to purchase the best type of umbrella for your backyard.


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Our family loves getting outdoors in summer and entertaining.  The kids in the backyard in the pool, while we sit around enjoying good food and a good laugh.  But it’s made so much more enjoyable with shade to protect you from the hot summer sun. Read more about me and why I started this website. 


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