Everyone loves the sun and the summer, but too much sun can be annoying, to say the least especially when spending a day at home in the yard. Too much sun exposure can have negative effects, and it never hurts to have a little corner with a bit of shade. Homeowners that have a yard know that there are a few things that are considered mandatory to purchase. Since we are talking about hot summer days and shade, the first thing that comes to mind is an offset patio umbrella. Even if it might not seem necessary or a rather unwanted spend, they truly have a utility and offer a certain level of comfort and protection. It is almost as if there is something missing if there is no patio umbrella in a corner of the yard.
The reason why offset patio umbrellas are a much better option than regular patio umbrellas is the design. The pole that holds the umbrella is not placed in the middle. Instead, it is placed on the side and holds the umbrella from above as if it is hanging. This means that the space beneath the umbrella is much better utilized. On the other hand, they are a bit more difficult to balance and secure into place. The pole needs to sustain the weight as it gets pulled to one side. Manufacturers use more weights to ensure that it is stable and secure.
Best Offset Patio Umbrellas in 2017
Their price range tends to vary a lot while the difference in quality is not that significant. We decided to put them to a test and picked 10 of the most popular and well-built offset patio umbrellas. With no further ado, here are the top 10 best offset patio umbrellas in 2017.
- 10. Snail Heavy Duty Aluminum Rotating Square Patio Offset Umbrella
- 9. MYAL 9ft Offset Patio Umbrella
- 8. C-Hopetree Deluxe Square Offset Cantilever Outdoor Patio Umbrella
- 7.Purple Leaf 11 Feet Double Top Deluxe Offset Patio Umbrella
- 6.Abba Patio 11-Feet Cantilever Offset Patio Umbrella
- 5.Grand Patio Deluxe 10 FT Curvy Aluminum Offset Umbrella
- 4. Strong Camel Cantilever Illuminated Offset Patio Umbrella
- 3. Le Papillon Umbrella Outdoor Offset Patio Umbrella
- 2. Le Papillon Offset Hanging Patio Umbrella
- 1.FDW Tan Offset Patio Umbrella
- Picking A Long Lasting Umbrella
10. Snail Heavy Duty Aluminum Rotating Square Patio Offset Umbrella
The Snail heavy duty offset patio umbrella is a premium product that also comes with a higher than usual price tag. It is a square shaped umbrella, measuring 10 by 10 feet, providing shade on a total surface of 72 square inches. The model has a thick pole, and it does not come with weights. The umbrella itself is made out of a high durability fabric that is weather resistant and blocks harmful sun rays. Another feature is the fact that the umbrella can be rotated just by turning it from the pole.
- Easy to adjust and rotate
- 10 by 10 feet, 72 square inches of shade
- Durable aluminum pole
- Some of them come with missing parts
There have been some reports from users that they received the umbrella with missing parts. The number of such cases is quite low but the fact that it happens is quite disappointing especially since it is such a well built and easy to assemble offset patio umbrella.
MYAL offset patio umbrella is one of the cheapest on our list. The umbrella is also decently made for the price and quite easy to assemble. It is a standardly shaped umbrella with 6 ribs, measuring 9 ft. which should offer plenty of shade. The frame of the umbrella is made out of steel which does make it heavy but it is also more stable than aluminum. As for setting it up, the umbrella does require weights and they will need to be purchased separately.
- Easy to assemble
- Durable steel ribs and pole
- Not very stable in a windy day
Steel is indeed a much more difficult to bend metal than aluminum, but it is also much heavier. Because of this, it will require more weights to keep it properly in place. If the weights are too light, which happens most of the times, the umbrella will not stand straight during a windy day.
C-Hopertree makes a very attractive offset patio umbrella that offers excellent value for the money. It is a mid-range umbrella made of a durable polyester fabric and a light aluminum pole. The umbrella has a square shape and is 8 feet in length. The ribs of the umbrella are made out of steel which ensures that they will not bend or break on a windy day. As for setup, the umbrella is easy to assemble and can have the tilt adjusted. Also, it takes very little storage space.
- Excellent value for money
- Durable polyester, 98% UV protection
- Adjustable tilt, strong frame
- Very heavy
Despite being made out of aluminum and some steel for the ribs, the umbrella is quite heavy. This can be caused by its size but it is still much heavier than one would expect. Once weights are placed to keep it in place, it becomes impossible to move which is both a good and a bad thing.
Purple Leaf offset patio umbrella is one of the more expensive models on our list but the higher price translates into a large, premium product. It is a square shaped umbrella with a diameter of 11 feet. The model uses aluminum ribs and an aluminum frame. To ensure that it will last through time, the metal parts have been coated with an anti-oxidation layer. Also, the umbrella is very easy to assemble or to take apart which means that it is also very easy to store.
- Durable aluminum frame and ribs
- Anti-oxidation coating
- High-density polyester fabric, 11 feed diameter
The price is a bit steep and not many would be willing to pay this much for an umbrella. It is quite expensive, but the build quality places it in the premium range which does justify the higher price tag.
Abba Patio offset patio umbrella will prove to be a great pick for the hot summer days. The model is made using a metal frame and a tilting mechanism that makes it very easy to adjust. It is made out of high-density polyester fabric that blocks UV light and provides shade for a large surface. The model was designed for commercial and residential use and has a fade resistant cover. Last but not least the umbrella can be found in two different colors and comes without weights.
- Fade-resistant cover
- Covers a large surface
- Easy to adjust tilt mechanism
- Unstable without heavyweights
The umbrella itself is quite heavy. It does not come with weights and they will need to be purchased separately. In order to avoid it from falling down due to the wind, it is better to pick the heaviest weights. Having a heavy frame and cover means that it is less stable but it is manageable.
Grand Patio deluxe aluminum offset umbrella is a large and robust model. Besides its stylish design with the curved frame, the umbrella is made of enforced aluminum that maintains it lightweight and durable. The cover is made out of high-density polyester that is weather resistant and provides protection against UV light. Due to its design, the umbrella is very easy to open or close as it has a crank lift operation mechanism. The model also comes with a safety limit and an adjustable opening angle.
- Durable aluminum frame
- Crank lift mechanism
- Safety limit sleeve
- Difficult to store
Storing patio umbrellas is simple for the most part as they do not take all that much space when closed. This is not the case with this particular model mainly because the pole is curved. Being curved means that it will not fit in a tight space. It is not a major flaw but it should be something to consider.
Strong Camel Cantilever offset patio umbrella is a rather interesting product due to its design. It actually has solar cells that store energy in order to power the LED lights placed on the ribs of the umbrella. The model is made using a lightweight polyester fabric which is water-proof and provides protection against UV light. On a full charge, the lights can be powered for about 10 to 12 hours. The pole of the umbrella is made out a light aluminum alloy while the ribs were made to be as durable as possible.
- Solar panels and LED lights on the ribs
- Lightweight and anti-rust frame
- Not designed to support strong winds
The umbrella is very stable if there is no wind. When the weather is windy, it becomes less stable. If the weights are light, it can even fall over. On the other hand, if the weather is windy, the umbrella should be closed since the weather is not favorable for spending time outside in the yard.
Le Papillon outdoor offset patio umbrella offers great value for money. It is an affordable umbrella with a simple and durable aluminum frame and a large opening. The cover is made out of polyester that can provide protection against UV light and against water. In terms of coverage, the umbrella has a 10 feet diameter. The umbrella features a crank mechanism that makes it easy to rotate and adjust the angle. Also, the cover is dyed with a special color that does not fade and will last for at least 1000 hours of direct sunlight exposure.
- Crank mechanism to adjust rotation and angle
- Anti-fade cover
- No assembly instruction
One odd thing that most will notice is that the umbrella does not come with instructions. Since it does not come fully assembled, the instructions would have helped a bit. Some will be able to assemble it fast without instructions while others will have a hard time with it.
Le Papillon offset hanging patio umbrella combines a great design with functionality and utility. Surprisingly it is also the most affordable umbrella on our list. The model is made using a simple aluminum pole and another steel hanging pole to sustain the umbrella. The umbrella itself has a diameter of 10 feet and uses a thick polyester material that blocks UV light. To prevent the umbrella from rusting, the frame has been covered with an anti-rust coating. The ribs are also coated to prevent them from getting damaged due to corrosion.
- Very cheap
- Multiple colors to choose from
- Long lasting, anti-rust coating
- Will not stand during a windy day
Offset patio umbrellas tend to have the same issue and that is their ability to stand upright during a windy day. Because the pole is pulled from one side which supports the umbrella, it is more likely to fall over. The Le Papillon umbrella is no exception from the rule. If the weights are decent, it will stand upright just fine during a normal day.
The FDW is by far the most popular umbrella in our list. It has a simple design and it is extremely affordable. The umbrella has a 10-foot diameter with an aluminum pole and an adjustable opening angle. For the bottom of the pole, the manufacturers used steel in order to reinforce it and properly sustain the weights. As for the cover, the umbrella is made using a high-density polyester fabric that blocks UV light and is completely waterproof.
- Very inexpensive
- Easy to assemble
- Opening angle is adjustable
- Feels a bit flimsy
The umbrella feels a bit flimsy which is to be expected to judge by the low price tag. The pole that supports it is quite thin and aluminum is not hard as a metal. It bends easily which is why it is not recommended to keep the umbrella open during a windy day as it can bend the pole.
There are more than enough different offset patio umbrellas to choose from. The vast majority of them share a similar design and use the same materials. Their pricing, on the other hand, is all over the place. It is difficult to justify why some offset patio umbrellas are so expensive. When someone spends a lot of money on such an umbrella they expect it to last for a few years but there are some things to take into account:
- Weights are what keep the umbrella standing up. Without them, the umbrella will just fall over. Basically, no patio umbrella is being sold with weights and they will need to be purchased separately.
- Not all umbrellas are waterproof. It is important to understand those patio umbrellas are meant to provide shade. Most of them are also waterproof but not all. There are models that are clearly stated not to be waterproof.
- Tilting umbrella? There are all sorts of opening mechanisms and various features but the most important one is the ability to tilt the umbrella. Not all of them have it and not everyone needs such a feature.