Best garden parasols: the most stylish outdoor umbrellas

The best garden parasols for stylish outdoor shade; from statement design to the best cantilever parasols and garden umbrellas with UV protection

A large garden parasol over an outdoor dining table on a decked terrace
(Image credit: Skagerak)

Looking for the best garden parasols? When the sun is shining there's nothing better than getting out into your outdoor space and making the most of the good weather. But it sometimes doesn't take that long in the sun to make you realise a garden parasol is an outdoor essential for cutting out the glare and delivering some UV protection.

We've rounded up the best options for adding some stylish shade to your outside space, whether that's the best cantilever parasol for relaxed outdoor dining, an overhanging banana umbrella for the hot tub, a statement focal point for a courtyard garden, or a compact and easily storable option for a small balcony. Or even a lightweight shade solution for trips to the park or beach. 

If you want inspiration on creating a summer-ready outdoor living space, then make sure to read our guide to the best garden furniture of the year, but if your seating is sorted and you just want some shade to enjoy it on a hot summer's day, then read on to find the best garden parasols for your outside area.

Best garden parasols

A yellow garden parasol with white fringing

(Image credit: Business & Pleasure)

1. Business & Pleasure Co Holiday Beach Umbrella

The best garden parasol for the lawn: picnic in style with this fringed umbrella

Specifications
Dimensions: Dia.168cm
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: n/a
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Stylish vintage-inspire design+Fringed tassels+UV protection rating of 50++Matching carry bag+Matching accessories+Spike for securing in the beach or lawn

You can create your own sunshine with the warm yellow tones of Business & Pleasure Co's Holiday Beach Umbrella, although when the real thing does appear, this stylish garden parasol will keep you cool in the heat. 

Designed with a spiked pole so it can be used on the beach or the lawn, we think it's the perfect way to enjoy a leisurely picnic outdoors, with the UV50 protection rating ensuring you're protected from the midday rays. 

Available in a wide selection of vintage-inspired colours, including nautical stripes and a pretty lemon print, the tasselled detail and FSC certified wooden pole will create a stylish focal point in any outdoor space.  And for an A-class beach game, you can also snap up the matching beach tent, cooler bag, deckchair or tote.

black cantilever parasol with UV50 protection and LED lights - Rhodos 3m Cantilever Parasol with Lights

(Image credit: Schneider Schirme)

2. Schneider Schirme Rhodos 3m Cantilever Parasol with Lights

The best cantilever parasol: spacious shade with LED lights and UV50+ protection

Specifications
Dimensions: H245 x Dia.250cm
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Crank handle, tilting canopy, 360° free-arm rotation
Colour options: Anthracite
Reasons to buy
+Cantilever design makes for versatile shade+UV protection rating of 50++LED lights+360° free-arm rotation+Tilting canopy+Wind-up crank handle for easy opening
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included

UV50 protection? Check. Tilting canopy? Check. 360° free-arm rotation? Check. The Schneider Schirme Rhodos 3m Cantilever Parasol has all the essentials to make adding shade to your patio area as sun-safe and hassle-free as possible. 

Offering an offset base with an overhanging canopy, a cantilever parasol is one of the most versatile patio umbrella designs, allowing you to shade a dining area, lounge chairs or hot tub without the inconvenience of a central pole. 

And we think this anthracite grey canopy looks pretty stylish to boot. The hidden surprise? The canopy spokes are fitted with solar-powered LED lights, creating the perfect ambience for alfresco dining and late evening sundowners.

A cream and wood garden parasol from Skagerak

(Image credit: Skagerak)

3. Skagerak Messina Parasol Umbrella

The best garden parasol: classic design in a goes-with-everything neutral

Specifications
Dimensions: H240 x Dia.300cm
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Double-pulley system
Colour options: Natural
Reasons to buy
+Classic style+Neutral design goes with any outdoor furnishings+Range of sizes and shapes available+UV protection rating of 50++Leather reinforced fabric+Double pulley system for easy opening
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included

A classic garden parasol with a central pole, the Messina Parasol Umbrella from Skagerak celebrates understated Danish design, with the neutral off-white canopy and wooden frame offering the perfect palette to offset a wide range of outdoor furniture. 

A good selection of sizes - and shapes in the stylish square alternative - make this a versatile option that's bound to offer a good fit for your space, whether that's a generous terrace or compact courtyard.

The details have been carefully considered too, with the canopy fabric - which offers a UV50+ protection rating - leather-reinforced to enhance the strength, a double pulley system for easy opening, and weather-resistant aluminium and stainless steel-tipped pole and folding mechanisms.

A pink patterned garden parasol with fringing detail

(Image credit: East London Parasol Company)

4. East London Parasol Company HEIDI ROUND BAMBOO PARASOL

The best garden parasol for statement style: exuberant colour and pattern

Specifications
Dimensions: H230 x Dia.190cm
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: None
Mechanisms: Crank handle, tilting canopy
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Statement design+Wide range of colour, style and size  options+Matching carry bag
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included-No UV protection

For statement shade, the East London Parasol Company is the first place we head. 

A huge selection of multicoloured and exuberantly patterned parasols await, ranging from pretty pastels to flamboyant peacock, emerald and cerise shades, all with handpainted canopies, extravagant tassled detail and hand carved bamboo poles.

Opt for a compact 2 metre affair or cast longer shadows with the 3 metre canopy options, plus, if you want to take your parasol on location, a matching carry bag is included. 

A graphite grey balcony parasol

(Image credit: Schneider Schirme)

5. Schneider Schirme Salerno Mezzo 1.5m Balcony Parasol

The best balcony parasol: a useful half umbrella for small spaces with UV50+ protection

Specifications
Dimensions: H228 x W150 x D150cm
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Crank handle, tilting canopy
Colour options: Anthracite, natural, and green
Reasons to buy
+Useful half-moon shape great for balconies and smaller spaces+UV protection rating of 50++Tilting canopy+Wind-up crank handle for easy opening
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included

A large parasol is all well and good, but if your outdoor space is on the smaller side - whether that's a bijou balcony or compact courtyard - a clever shade solution may be required.

Schneider Schirme's Salerno Mezzo Balcony Parasol delivers on this front, with a flat-backed design that can sit flush against a wall to maximise the shaded area in tricky layouts. 

A UV protection factor of 50+ and a tilting function that allows you to angle the canopy into the sun - even in the tightest of spaces - make this a great option for small gardens.

A multicoloured beach umbrella made from eco-friendly materials

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6. KLAOOS Stella Beach Umbrella

The best beach umbrella: compact, lightweight and with UV50+ protection

Specifications
Dimensions: H225 x Dia.180cm
Base weight included: No
UV protection rating: 50+
Mechanisms: Push button
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and easily transportable+Eco-friendly recycled plastic fabric+UV protection rating of 50++Matching carry bag
Reasons to avoid
-Base not included

When the sun comes out and temperatures climb, most of us are eager to head to the beach or park, but that can mean that shade is hard to find. 

The Stella Beach Umbrella from Klaoos solves this problem by offering a super lightweight design - plus a carry bag - that means you can take shade with you wherever you go, with a UV protection rating of 50+ ensuring you stay sun-safe in the heat.

The best news is that the wide range of colourful designs, printed with eco-friendly dyes onto polyester canopies made from recycled plastic, make this a planet-friendly option too.

A set of striped beach tents from Fatboy

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7. Fatboy Miasun Portable Beach Tent

The best beach or garden tent: versatile shade that's easy to transport

Specifications
Dimensions: H330 x W190 x D140 cm
Base weight included: Yes, ground pegs and guide ropes included
UV protection rating: 30+
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and easily transportable+Super compact when stowed away+UV protection rating of 30++Matching carry bag

Whether you want to set up a shaded area on the lawn for the kids to play in or have an easy way to keep cool at the beach or park, the Miasun Portable Beach Tent from Fatboy provides a great solution.

Quick to set up - in just 90 seconds according to Fatboy's experts - and with a super compact design when it's packed away, this is a brilliantly lightweight and portable option to have on stand by. 

There are also a great range of colours and prints available, from brightly coloured stripes to contemporary graphic prints - an easy spot from the sea if you do take this down to the beach. 


How to choose from the best garden parasols

The best garden parasol for your outside space will depend on how you want to use it, as well as the size of your garden and the style you prefer, but the good news is there are plenty of options out there to cater to whatever look you have in mind.

Think about the size 

You’ll need to consider how big an area you want to shade when you’re buying, but also how the parasol fits into the space. Make sure you take any overhanging features in your layout into account so you can factor in the clearance needed.

If you only want a parasol to shade a lounger then it won’t need huge dimensions, but if it’s to shade a dining set, think about opting for a design with a diameter of 2 metres for two seats; 2.4 metres for four to six seats; 2.7 to 3 metres for six to eight; and 4 metres for 10 seats.

UV protection

Bear in mind that not all parasols offer UV protection, no matter how thick the canopy is! So it’s important to check first. If you plan to spend hours in the afternoon sun, it’s always better to find one that offers at least 30+ ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). Of course, the higher the value, the more protected you’ll be against harmful rays, and many of the best garden parasols on our list offer UV protection of 50+.

How to care for your parasol

The best garden parasols are designed to be durable, weather-resistant and rust-resistant. However, there are still things we can do to prolong their lifespan. 

Clean your parasol regularly with a soft damp cloth, and protect it with a cover whenever not in use. Always store in a cool, dry place indoors during winter.

If you're getting ready for the sun then make sure you have everything you need to enjoy the good weather. 

Find the ideal way to relax with our guide to the best sun loungers and get ready to cook up an alfresco storm with the best barbecues

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

Amy’s eye for colour, form and composition was honed in the design studio, creating prints for the interiors industry whilst studying textile design at Winchester School of Art. Here she developed her knowledge of key design principles and gained a deeper understanding of how a space can influence our sense of wellbeing, the ways we respond to our environment, and what we deem to be of value.


Amy’s own style is considered, contemporary and timeless, with a strong interest in contemporary craft and homewares that champion collaboration between traditional makers and innovative technologies. A belief that design must exist in balance with the natural world fuels her interest in exploring sustainable, circular, and regenerative design processes and underpins her passion for natural materials and responsible craftsmanship.


When she’s not writing about interior design or sourcing the latest homewares for Livingetc, Amy is most often found deliberating over the perfect shade of white paint, adding to her ever-growing plant collection, or printmaking in her home studio.