Just thinking about laying around the pool is relaxing, don’t you think? Whether you’re reading a book, have a cool drink or doing absolutely nothing, pool umbrellas help protect us against the sun’s rays from dawn to dusk.
Are you looking for an umbrella that will be perfect for your home pool? Do you have a resort that needs some fresh new pool umbrellas? Or do you just want an umbrella on your patio? At The London Umbrella Seller we’ve been designing and testing umbrellas for many years; we know what makes a superb, high quality umbrella. We’ve chosen and reviewed five umbrellas designed for pools from the thousands available, this article is bound to make your choice so much easier.
Pool Umbrellas: Our Top Five Pick
Below, we discuss the features as well as the pros and cons of each umbrella for you to easily find what suits your needs (and wants!) perfectly.
1. Abba Patio Offset Cantilever Umbrella
We’re starting out strong with an umbrella design that is so popular right now, an eight sided canopy separate from the base. It’s available in several colors.
The canopy of this umbrella is made of polyester fabric which has a high sun-resistance feature, providing you 98% UV protection. It has an 11 foot diameter and so covers a lot of space! Such a size also makes it perfect for lounge chairs as well as chairs and tables, you can fit around six to eight chairs under this umbrella.
Its pole and ribs are made of steel that is coated with bronze powder, which provides a reassuring protection from rust or corrosion. Additionally, this umbrella can be easily opened with the use of the crank lifting system which is very handy if you don’t have the arm muscles of an athlete! There is also a vertical tilt function that can be adjusted into five different positions.
- Large size – Offers a lot of shade
- Stable and well-balanced
- Easy to set up
- Easy to clean
- Has a sophisticated design
- Is quite heavy so moving around takes a little planning
2. Abba Patio Outdoor Umbrella
Available in 11 different color and design variations, this nine-foot-wide outdoor patio umbrella is the perfect option to provide you with a large area of shade. Abba Patio is an established U.S.-based outdoor brand that is known for its high-quality outdoor and patio products including outdoor umbrellas.
This umbrella can create ample shade for 42-inch to 54-inch round tables, including four to six people sitting around it! The canopy is vented which allows for enhanced air flow which regulates gusts and holds the canopy firm. The high-quality aluminum pole, UV protection polyester, and waterproof material make it both sturdy and strong.
Available in “market” umbrella style and round shape, the fabric is also fade-resistant, so you can rely on it to keep its color intact for years to come. The 1.5-inch-wide pole is also coated with a rust-free powder, while the ribs are made of steel. These are two important factors which make this item stand out.
In addition, this handy table umbrella features six ribs for added strength, while the push button tilt position allows you to move it around surprisingly easily. The crank open and close system also makes it very easy to open and close.
The total height of the umbrella is eight feet while the height of the pole is around 6.4 feet. When closed, you can keep it secure and in one place with a Velcro strap. The total weight of this umbrella is around 16 pounds.
- You can tilt it around to adjust the shade
- Comes with vented canopy for better air flow
- Made of eco-friendly, post-consumer recycled polyester fabric
- Easy to set up and use
- Crank open and close mechanism for ease of use
- Stylish enough to add instant value to your patio
- The package does not contain the base of the umbrella
3. Giantex Solar Patio Umbrella
The third umbrella in our “best pool umbrellas” list is called a “sunbrella.” It’s called a sunbrella as when you use it at night, it can also act as a light source – clever! That’s what is so different with this umbrella from the others in this list.
The canopy colors for this umbrella are beige, burgundy, tan, beige newstyle, and beige update. It has three LED lights along each rib, thus making 24 solar-powered LEDs in total. This umbrella has an easy tilt mechanism that makes it easy to adjust the angle, and the canopy is made of breathable fabric that offers UV protection while being resistant to water, mold, and mildew.
- Very easy to set up
- Very cool and modern lighting feature
- Has a large coverage
- Suitable for morning and night use
- The canopy could be a little thicker to give more durability
4. ABCCANOPY LED Outdoor 9FT Umbrella
For the fourth umbrella in our list of five, we’ve included a very classic octagonal design, however with a modern twist! This umbrella includes LED lights on each rib – they are a real talking point. They are solar powered and can last up to 12 hours. The item comes with pole and umbrella with the pole positioned in the centre of the canopy. This type of design is great for attaching it to the center of a patio table which gives enhanced stability through support from your table.
By using the push button tilt mechanism, the angle can be changed throughout the day to track the sun; there’s also a crank handle for easy opening and closing of the umbrella.
Available in a wide range of colours, the canopy is made of a high quality fabric that is water-resistant, fade-resistant and gives UV protection. The canopy is ventilated so that the wind can easily pass through giving both greater airflow and greater stability to the canopy. Finally, the pole and ribs are made of a powder coated aluminium frame so you are assured of a quality umbrella.
- Easy to set up
- Well-balanced, 8 ribs
- The design looks quality and expensive
- Enhanced airflow produced by the vents
- A base is not included.
5. ABCCANOPY Offset Cantilever Umbrella 10 FT
The last umbrella on our list is a 10 foot cantilever offset hanging patio umbrella that comes in a variety of cleverly chosen classic colors that will compliment just about any area you have in mind. This item has a modern look and is very stylish indeed.
This umbrella has a canopy that is made of heavy duty polyester, it is waterproof, fade resistant and offers the all important UV protection. The manufacturer has incorporated a vent for the wind to pass through freely and to give the product enhanced stability when a strong wind blows. It is available in several colors that will compliment just about any space.
It can be operated with the use of its crank lifting system, and additionally this item has 360 degree rotation making it very easy to use and position to perfection! Its pole and ribs are made of steel that is powder coated in order to prevent rusting and corrosion and thus help the umbrella last longer.
- Modern look
- Has a number of color choices
- Easy to set up and use
- 10 foot coverage
- Can withstand sunlight, rain, and wind well
- Requires weights to be purchased separately
After carefully choosing and evaluating five pool umbrellas, they all have a place around pools across the country. If we were to choose one out of the five, we highly recommend the Abba Patio Offset Cantilever Umbrella. We picked this one as it is very durable, provides a large area of shade, and quite simply looks a great pool umbrella!