Create all kinds of shade with the best garden parasol

Come rain or shine, here are the best garden parasols 🌞

Best garden parasol

by Lily Anderson |

Now we can welcome friends and family into our gardens, it's time to get our outdoor spaces primed and ready for reunions, catch-ups and celebrations. Whether you need help tending to the weeds or getting your garden furniture ready, we're here to help. Plus, we've got the best garden parasols to finish off the look.

With the British weather being so unpredictable, we can never rule out a heatwave or a downpour. That said, these garden parasols are here to ensure you can still catch up with your loved ones, no matter what the day might bring.

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How we chose the best garden umbrellas:

All of these umbrellas have been hand-selected by What's The Best shopping experts. Our team has spent hours investigating and researching the best garden parasol, so you can choose the best one. We'd never recommend a product we don't believe in. Find out why you should trust us here.

Here are some key features to look for when choosing the right parasol:

Coverage: When selecting a garden umbrella, look for options that offer 360-degree rotation or coverage. Most brands will highlight the angles of rotation, but if they don’t, look specifically to see if the umbrella offers a tilt mechanism.

Materials: Thanks to the fact that it rains approximately 156.2 days per year, you're going to need to make sure that your garden umbrella has some protection and that's where the material comes in. Water-repellent fabrics are a must; if this is a big requirement for you, check that your umbrella has this feature before you buy.

It's also good to know that some parasols come with protection against UV rays. The description will outline if this is available. Top tip: UV50+ is the best sun protection on the market right now.

It's time to discover our favourite parasols so that you can kit out your decking area.

Best garden parasol verdict:

Now that you've seen all of our garden umbrella picks, it's time to decide what one is right for your garden. Although all of these garden staples made it onto our shortlist for a reason, one of these parasols stands out from the rest and that's why the best garden parasol has to go to Nude and Mustard Fringed Beach Umbrella.

Yes, this is an extravagant item, and it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but we love the amazing quality and attention to detail that this vintage parasol has. From the ability to choose from three patterns to its fringe hem, it's all about aesthetics. It gets a big thumbs up from us.

Will any garden umbrella fit any base?

Thankfully most parasols will fit any garden base, but the base will need to be large enough to keep it secure. While any base may fit your umbrella's pole, we cannot guarantee it'll be a stable hold.

Basically, this means you need to buy a base dependent on the size and type of parasol. If the weight isn't distributed evenly, then your parasol is likely to topple over with the smallest gust of wind - yikes!

We don't have to ask you twice if you want a wobbly parasol - instead of spending your whole summer holding on to your umbrella, we've found the best bases to buy (in case your parasol doesn't already come with one).

Best garden parasol base:

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Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she tests products for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Mother&Baby.

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