backyard patio seating area with rug and umbrella
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Whether you’re looking to beat the summer heat while lounging by the pool or enjoying your lunch al fresco, the right patio umbrella can improve your outdoor experience; it keeps you cool and protects you from the sun’s powerful rays. But not all backyard umbrellas were created equal—which is why we put together this list of our favorites. They will help you get the most out of your exterior space this season, guaranteed.
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Stay cool as a cucumber under this expansive nine-foot-wide umbrella. The adjustable, tilting feature allows you to target shade where you need it; pick the reflective white with black trim for optimal shade. The double top also adds a touch of charm to your yard.
Shop Now: Safavieh Outdoor Living Venice Umbrella, $170.99, overstock.com.
Safavieh Outdoor Living Venice Umbrella
Looking for a stylish iteration to cover a smaller patio? The scalloped edges on this black-and-white floral design make it a fast favorite. Made from durable UV-resistant fabric, it can withstand the elements while keeping you protected.
Shop Now: Opalhouse Round Patio Umbrella, $90, target.com.
Opalhouse Round Patio Umbrella
Serena & Lily
Give your exterior a touch of bohemian flair with this sweet option. The pagoda-style shade features tassels that sway charmingly in the breeze; it also repels water and extreme sunlight. We love the granite version which features white piping, offering a subtle, yet stylish contrast.
Shop Now: Serena & Lily “Alicante” Tassel Umbrella, $898, serenaandlily.com.
Serena & Lily Alicante Tassel Umbrella,
One Kings Lane Outdoor
You will feel like you are floating in the clouds while you lounge below them thanks to this fringe-trimmed umbrella.
Shop Now: One Kings Lane Outdoor “Cloud” Fringe Patio Umbrella, from $394, onekingslane.com.
One Kings Lane Outdoor Cloud Fringe Patio Umbrella
Take advantage of the sleek design and adjustable features seen on this cantilever-style umbrella. The expansive shade (it spans 11 feet!) can be tilted for optimal coverage of any 90-square-foot area, which is big enough to cover a table that seats you and about seven guests.
Shop Now: West Elm Round Cantilever Outdoor Umbrella, $1,199, westelm.com.
West Elm Round Cantilever Outdoor Umbrella
This round umbrella blocks up to 98 percent of the sun’s harmful rays, keeping you and your outdoor furniture safe in the shade. Available in a variety of colors (we love sapphire), you’re sure to find one that will make your patio pop.
Shop Now: Sunbrella “Sapphire” Patio Umbrella, $459, crateandbarrel.com.
Sunbrella Sapphire Patio Umbrella
Get the perfect amount of coverage with this beach umbrella; its green-and-white pinstripes look stunning against any natural backdrop. Just don’t forget the matching stand to transform it into a patio-friendly accessory.
Shop Now: Anthropologie “Soleil” Beach Umbrella, $298, anthropologie.com; Anthropologie Outdoor Umbrella Stand, $198, anthropologie.com.
Anthropologie Soleil Beach Umbrella
One Kings Lane Outdoor
Your patio will look pretty in pink with this two-tier blush-hued design. Use the hand crank to fully extend its full shade capacity (which is over eight feet).
Shop Now: One Kings Lane Outdoor “Poppy” Two-Tier Patio Umbrella, $625, onekingslane.com.
One Kings Lane Outdoor Poppy Two-Tier Patio Umbrella
Go nice and natural with this navy-trimmed iteration with unique blocked edging. Tilt the nine-foot round umbrella where you need it so you can spend more time outside this summer, whatever the time of day.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn “Capri” Round Outdoor Umbrella, $529, potterybarn.com.
Pottery Barn Capri Round Outdoor Umbrella
Perfect for directing targeted coverage over lounge areas, this large umbrella can shade more than nine feet of your patio while extending your outdoor enjoyment. All to say, you can beat the heat and the sunlight at the same time.
Shop Now: CB2 “Eclipse” White Umbrella, $599, cb2.com.
CB2 Eclipse White Umbrella
Try this cheerful umbrella for a whimsical touch. The double-scalloped canvas shade covers over eight feet of outdoor space.
Shop Now: Ballard Designs “Pacific Pagoda” Umbrella with Trim, $1,199, ballarddesigns.com.
Ballard Designs Pacific Pagoda Umbrella with Trim
Cover your entire patio with this oversized cantilever-style option, which comes in a myriad of colorways and sizes to suit your needs. With a 360-degree swivel function, you can adjust its throw as the sun moves across the sky.
Shop Now: Frontgate Altura Cantilever Umbrella, $2,199, frontgate.com.
Frontgate Altura Cantilever Umbrella