The Best Umbrella Base Depends On The Type of Umbrella

If you have found yourself wondering how to secure your patio umbrella, you’re not alone. Fear no more that a poorly secured umbrella will take off with a slight gust of wind. The large canopy size of outdoor umbrellas does make them somewhat like a giant kite, ready and waiting to catch the wind.  Air vents in the canopy do help with allowing the wind through but in strong gusts, this may not be enough. 

The majority of outdoor umbrellas do not come with a suitably weighted stand or base weights, even though they all require one. So in addition to your umbrella purchase, be sure to allow funds to purchase the best umbrella base and weights for your particular umbrella.

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Our Top Umbrella Stands and Base Weights

UmbrellaFeaturesWeightSizeRatingPrice
Purple Leaf Cantilever Umbrella Base Weights
Purple Leaf Cantilever Umbrella Base Weights
PP plastic - weather resistant and durable for long life
Fill with water, sand or both
Suitable for 12' square, 13' round and 10'x13 Purple Leaf cantiliver
Various sizes available
Up to 330lbs39.4" x 39.4"
Other sizes available
4.1/5
231 reviews
Purple Leaf Cantilever Umbrella Base Weights
Purple Leaf Cantilever Umbrella Underground Anchor
Purple Leaf Cantilever Umbrella Underground Anchor
Great for under pavers leaving more space on your patio
Fits all Purple Leaf cantilever umbrellas
Stable design, even on windy days
Durable construction for longevity
Underground - 21.65" x 15.75" x 15.75''4.1/5
231 reviews
Purple Leaf Cantilever Umbrella Underground Anchor
Abba Patio Cantilever Umbrella Base Weights
Abba Patio Offset Umbrella Base Weights
Heavy duty black plastic - weather resistant
Fill with water, sand or both
Fits snuggly with cross base of umbrella
Easy to fill spouts
Up to 180lb, 260lb27.6" x 15.2" plate
27.6" x 17.7" plate
4.1/5
525 reviews
Abba Patio Offset Umbrella Base Weights
Best Choice Cantilever Umbrella Base Weights
Best Choice Cantilever Umbrella Base Weights
HDPE plastic is weather resistant and durable
Simple connector hooks
Easy to fill spouts
Fill with water, sand or both
Up to 200lb19.9" x 9.9" plate4.0/5
678 ratings
Best Choice Cantilever Umbrella Base Weights
Abba Patio Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Abba Patio Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Steel base protected with TIGER Drylac powder coating
Low profile design
2 built in wheels
2 base tubes fit either 1.5” (38mm) or 1.8” (45mm) diameter pole
2 tightening knobs to secure the umbrella pole to the base
78lbs24” x 24"4.4/5
108 ratings
Abba Patio Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Shademobile Center Pole Umbrella StandEnclosed wheels (non-marking) with easy to use wheel locks
3 colour options
Add your own bricks, pebbles or sand to the compartment
Fits 1 3/8” (34mm) to 2 1/16” (50mm) pole
Base crafted with aerospace quality resin
Optional table
Up to 125lb22" x 22"4.7/5
650 ratings
best outdoor umbrella
Abba Patio Center Pole Planter Box Umbrella Stand
Abba Patio Center Pole Planter Box Umbrella Stand
Rust resistant steel construction, brown powder-coated finish for durability
Lockable wheels - easy to move
Fill with sand or soil
Supports 6’ to 9’ umbrella, up to 2” (50mm)
Single turning knob to secure umbrella pole to the base
Up to 150lb17.5" x 17.5"4.2/5
116 ratings
Abba Patio Center Pole Planter Box Umbrella Stand
Abba Patio Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Abba Patio Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Heavy duty steel
Low profile design
2 adjustable knobs to secure umbrella pole to the base
Fits 1” (25mm) - 1.5” (38mm) diameter poles
55lb27.4" diameter4.4/5
118 ratings
Abba Patio Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Tropishade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Tropishade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Highly durable steel plate with a black powder coating finish
Low profile design
Fits 1 3/8” (34mm), 1 1/2” (38mm) or 1 3/4” (43mm)
Single tightening knob to secure
36lb20" x 20"4.5/5
235 reviews
Tropishade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
EliteShade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
EliteShade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Durable HDPE weather resistant material and steel
Fill with water and/or sand
Easy assembly
Two tightening knobs to secure the umbrella to the base
Fits 1.5” (38mm) or 1.9” (48mm) umbrella poles
50lb20" diameter4.2/5
188 reviews
EliteShade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Sunnyglade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Sunnyglade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
Durable HDPE weather resistant base and steel
Fill with water
Anti skid design
Fits 1.5” (38mm) or 1.9” (48mm)
23L capacity20" diameter4.0/5
144 reviews
Sunnyglade Center Pole Umbrella Stand
DC America Center Pole Cast Stone Umbrella Stand
DC America Center Pole Cast Stone Umbrella Stand
Cast base with bronze powder coated finish
Solid rust free composite material
Plastic inserts fits 1” (25mm) to 2” (50mm) pole
Single tightening knob to secure umbrella pole to base
Fits 1.5” (38mm) or 1.9” (48mm) umbrella poles
22lb, 44lb18", 24"4.0/5
5109 reviews
DC America Center Pole Cast Stone Umbrella Stand
US Weight Umbrella Base Weight
US Weight Umbrella Base Weight
Designed for use ONLY with a patio table
Suitable for all weather conditions
UV stabilised plastic prefilled with solid concrete
Available in 4 colors
Fits 1” (25mm) to 1.75” (44mm) poles
50lb16.5" x 16.5"4.1/5
1405 reviews
US Weight Umbrella Base Weight
Gravipod Umbrella Base Weight Bag
Best Umbrella Base Gravipod Weight Bag
Ballistic Rip-stop polyester with PVC lining and triple stitch-locked seams - no leaking, no tears, durable
Can be stacked
Soft and easy on the toes
Easy-fill systems - wide velcro opening to fill with sand
Suitable for all climates
Various shapes and sizes - suitable for all umbrella types
85lbs
Various
18" round
Various
4.3/5
662 reviews
Best Umbrella Base Gravipod Weight Bag

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When considering which outdoor umbrella base or weights to purchase there are a few questions to consider:

1. What style of umbrella do you have? 

Is it a centre pole umbrella or a cantilever umbrella?  The weight needed to secure each style of umbrella will be different and the way the base functions will be different.  Most cantilever umbrellas have a cross bar base that can be mounted to a deck, however if the umbrella is to be freestanding, sufficient base weights will need to be added to the cross bars.  A centre pole umbrella can be used in a table or freestanding.  Some base weights are designed just for use with an umbrella in a table, as the table holds the umbrella vertically, whereas a weighted umbrella stand allows the umbrella to be freestanding.

2. How much weight do you need? 

It is generally advised to multiply the canopy diameter by 10 to determine the minimum base weight required.  This tends to be a more suitable calculation for centre pole umbrellas.  When purchasing a cantilever umbrella it is best to check the recommended base weights for that particular umbrella, particuluarly with large cantilever umbrellas.  The larger the canopy the more weight will be required to secure the umbrella and some 12′ cantilever umbrellas can require up to 250lbs in base weights.

3. Do you want to move the umbrella around or will it be a permanent fixture? 

If you wish to move the umbrella around, a base with wheels may be what you are after, although these can be quite heavy when filled.  If you have a timber or composite deck on your patio, you may wish to secure your outdoor umbrella directly to your deck with bolts. However, this may leave your deck with holes if you move your umbrella in the future.

4. Is there a particular style that will best suit your outdoor area? 

Some of the best umbrella base designs can be quite unique and may suit some backyards more than others.  Some bases come in different colors and designs, some are low profile designed to be quite subtle, whilst others may be a feature with a table top or a planter box.  The climate where you live may also affect the type of base you choose.  

5. Do you want a DIY solution or will you purchase a base? 

There area a few DIY solutions for securing outdoor umbrellas, such as mounting the umbrella or using an umbrella anchor.  Or umbrella bases and weghts can be purchased.  If you are going with a DIY solution be sure it will have the necessary weight to secure the umbrella.

The Best Umbrella Base for You

The best umbrella base for you depends on the style and size of the umbrella you have, your ground surface and the way you will use the umbrella. In safely securing your umbrella you can turn your patio into a modern entertaining area all year round and be comfortably shaded in the heat of summer. Your umbrella base can be a feature for your patio or have it subtly blend in to the background whilst it protects your umbrella.

Ensure that your patio umbrella isn’t a hazard to you or your family and that it won’t be damaged by a freak gust of wind.  Securing your umbrella with a suitably weighted base is essential and a quality outdoor umbrella cover will also help protect the canopy from damage and fading.  If you have been thinking about how to secure a patio umbrella, get started on your project today and you will be relaxing and enjoying the shade of your new patio umbrella in no time.

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