Best Patio Furniture 2024 – Forbes Vetted

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Longer, warmer days ahead mean there’s more time to spend on your patio, hosting impromptu alfresco dinners and really taking some time to enjoy that afternoon lemonade. But to turn your yard into the outdoor oasis of your dreams, we’ve scouted out the best patio furniture for any outdoor area. From a Parisian-inspired bistro set to a cushioned wicker seating group, stylish, durable outdoor furniture helps make the most of your space while setting the stage for outdoor gatherings.

According to senior deals editor Kara Cuzzone, if you want to snag the lowest prices on outdoor furniture, purchase pieces off-season. “I would say Labor Day is the absolute best time to shop patio furniture sales,” she says. “Retailers are often looking to clear out their inventories ahead of the colder months, so you can find awesome deals on pieces to save for the following spring and summer.” She also recommends shopping Memorial Day patio furniture deals—many brands offer deep discounts to mark the unofficial start of summer. Below, find our picks for the best patio furniture, many of which are used by Forbes Vetted editors. (Then, read our tips on how to protect your patio furniture year-round so your investment can last for decades.)

  • Best Patio Furniture Sets: Latitude Run 6-Piece Outdoor Seating Group, Sunvilla 7-Piece Eucalyptus And Wicker Sectional Set, Frontgate Isola 3-Piece Loveseat Set
  • Best Patio Sofas: Lark Manor Arikka Sofa, West Elm Caldera Sofa
  • Best Patio Dining Sets: Hampton Bay Laurel Oaks 7-Piece Dining Set, Pottery Barn Abbot Ultimate Bar, Ashley Furniture Nuu Garden 3-Piece Bistro Set
  • Best Value Patio Furniture: Christopher Knight Home Carolina Sofa Set, Waroom Wicker 3-Piece Couch, Sand & Stable Calhoun 4-Person Set
  • Best Small Patio Furniture: Pottery Barn Tulum Loveseat, Andover Mills Abordale Ottoman, Sand & Stable Oshin 2-Person Set, L.L. Bean Quilted Sunbrella Hammock
  • Best Patio Umbrellas: Treasure Garden 9-Foot Umbrella, Blisson LED Solar Umbrella
  • Best Patio Chairs: Frontgate Rowan Adirondack Chair, Article Svelti Dining Chair, Williams Sonoma Pasadena Club Chair

Best Patio Furniture Sets

Complete with a sofa, four chairs and a high-top coffee table, this sleek patio set from Latitude Run offers seating for up to seven people. The aluminum frames are resistant to water and rust, so you can feel confident knowing the furniture will last you season after season. The set comes with 14 weather-resistant cushions in versatile light or dark gray hues.


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Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice durability for décor, Sunvilla’s seven-piece sectional set is made with strong yet stylish materials like solid kiln-dried wood and durable weatherproof upholstery. It includes a three-seater sofa, a club chair and an ottoman that can be used (and moved around) as a chaise or an additional seat. You also get a matching coffee table, which provides just enough room for a couple of glasses and appetizer plates.

What our editors say: “I chose this as a starter set because it offers comfort, function and versatility, plus great value,” says senior updates editor Karen Tietjen. “All in all, it’s a beautiful collection that can be used for lounging, sipping cocktails or enjoying casual outdoor meals. Two things to note: I have noticed some weathering spots on the table, though that’s probably to be expected. And although this set is durable, I recommend getting a cover to keep it clean in inclement weather for easier maintenance.”


The beachy, coastal vibe of Frontgate’s outdoor furniture collection makes any patio setup feel like a mini vacation. This three-piece loveseat set is made with wide-woven wicker and rich teak wood, both of which add to that relaxed feeling. While Frontgate’s furnishings are certainly luxurious, they don’t feel stuffy or highbrow. Add a few patterned throw pillows to infuse the set with your own personality, or go minimal with a cushion-free look.


Best Patio Sofas

Combining elegance with practicality, this outdoor sofa from Lark Manor stands up to the elements without sacrificing style. The eucalyptus wood frame is paired with weather-resistant cushions in a neutral hue. A set of patterned throw pillows add a touch of personality to the otherwise simple design. Keep in mind that this pick requires assembly, however multiple customers note that the process is straightforward and easy.


If you’re looking to add a modern edge to your patio, you should consider this sleek choice from West Elm. The rustproof aluminum frame is accompanied by weather-resistant Olefin cushions in a neutral gray shade, but you can also purchase cushion covers in other hues like Charcoal and Ocean. Smooth, rounded corners give this couch a particularly inviting feel, inspiring you to kick back and relax for a while.


Best Patio Dining Sets

From occasional dinner parties to weekly family dinners, this seven-piece dining set from Hampton Bay makes eating outside an absolute delight. Complete with a steel dining table, two captain chairs and four dining chairs, this set gives your patio a sophisticated yet approachable feel. The pillows are reinforced with the brand’s signature CushionGuard technology, which makes them resistant to tears, stains and fading.


If you have the budget, Pottery Barn’s always-on-trend collections are not to be missed. This outdoor bar is made with sleek, kiln-dried acacia wood and durable concrete, effortlessly combining form with function. It’s all in the details: an integrated bottle opener, towel hooks and drawers are provided to assist you as you whip up drinks for your guests.


Ashley Furniture is a trusted retailer that covers every room in the home, including outdoor spaces. Our advice: Take a look at the brand’s affordable bistro sets, like the metal one here. They’re quintessentially Parisian with classic, just-ornate-enough details. Made of cast aluminum with an anti-rust coating, the chairs and table have a distinctly vintage look that will retain its charming luster over time.


Best Value Patio Furniture

This acacia wood sofa set from Christopher Knight Home is conveniently available through Amazon, and it comes at an incredibly reasonable price. The loveseat and chairs come with cream-colored cushions that are easy to clean—just toss the polyester covers in the washing machine. The set’s pared down design makes it perfect for more compact spaces, and reviewers say that it’s easy to put together. However, if you plan on keeping it outdoors throughout the seasons, you should invest in a furniture wax to protect the wood.


If you want a comfy couch that doesn’t cost a fortune, look no further than this simple, affordable wicker model. While it may not come from a well-known brand, several reviewers have mentioned that it’s sturdy and holds its quality over time. The water-repellent polyester cushions come in four colors: Gray, Turquoise, Beige and Peacock Blue.


Wayfair is a great place to find top-quality furniture at reasonable prices, like this four-person set from Sand & Stable. With an acacia wood frame and weathered steel hardware, the conversation set has a natural look that blends in with many décor styles. The weather-resistant cushions come in Green, Aqua, Black, Red and Beige.


Best Small Patio Furniture

Featuring thick cushions covered in performance fabric and an all-weather wicker frame, this minimalist loveseat has a distinctly organic feel. Ideal for apartment patios and terraces, the piece measures just 44.5 inches long—it’s the perfect size for two people.


Use this ottoman as extra seating, a foot stool or a convenient resting spot for snacks and magazines. With a powder-coated steel frame and a UV-resistant polyester cushion, the ottoman acts as a versatile accent piece that can handle hot, sunny days and the occasional rain shower.


With a breezy wicker weave and sturdy iron legs, these faux rattan chairs help turn your small patio into your own mini oasis. They come with a glass-top ottoman that can hold a pair of cocktails, a candle or a small vase. Neutral beige cushions complete the chic set.


While it may be an unconventional choice for lounge furniture, this quilted hammock will quickly become your new favorite resting spot. Made of fade- and mildew-resistant acrylic fabric, the hard-wearing hammock stands up to spills like a champ. You can mount it between two trees or wooden beams, but we recommend picking up the accompanying hammock stand, which is sold separately.

What our editors say: “This hammock is an ideal place to read and nap on sunnier days,” says editorial director Brinda Ayer. “It’s made of a super comfortable and plush fabric that is easy to clean (in many cases, you can just wipe stuff off—especially liquids, if you like to enjoy a cold beverage in your hammock like I do). Like with so many L.L. Bean products, the construction of this hammock is solid and feels extremely durable; I’m not worried about rolling around or having the supporting ropes fray or snap.”


Best Patio Umbrellas

For patios without a lot of shade, a large, a sweeping umbrella makes a huge difference in how comfortable your seating area is. This 9-foot pick, which we also named the best patio umbrella after rigorous testing, is made of sun- and water-resistant fabric. For added convenience, there’s a manual crank that allows you to tilt the umbrella up to 30 degrees. There are several hues to pick from, including Cobalt, Khaki and Forest Green.

What our editors say: “It has a classic appearance that will look good on any patio, and of all the umbrellas I tested, it had the best features for the price,” says Forbes Vetted contributor Camryn Rabideau. “During testing, I found this umbrella simple to operate thanks to its sturdy crank, which is easy to access and turn, as well as its auto-tilt mechanism, which lets you find the right angle to block the sun.”


This 7.5-foot umbrella stands out from others on the market, thanks to its strategically placed LED lights. Powered by a discreet solar panel on the top of the umbrella, the lights offer extra visibility when your get-together lasts well into the evening. A hand crank allows you to adjust the umbrella’s angle, so you can enjoy the shade no matter where you’re sitting.

What our editors say: I’ve been so pleased with the Blissun,” says senior mattress and sleep editor Bridget Chapman. “It’s lightweight, but it has stayed in great condition through heavy rain and wind. I really like how attractive and convenient the solar-powered LED lights are, too.” She adds, “I’ve found that pairing it with a heavier umbrella base helps keep it stable. I’ve been using the Outsunny Resin base with it, which has been a great match.”


Best Patio Chairs

Topping the list in Forbes Vetted’s roundup of the Best Adirondack Chairs, this piece from Frontgate lives up to its luxury price tag. With a high-quality teak frame that’s been pre-weathered for a lived-in look, this timeless chair makes any outdoor space feel more put-together. The kiln-dried wood is naturally resistant to mildew, so it’ll keep its good looks over time.


Made of durable, UV-resistant plastic, this modern dining chair adds a touch of minimalist cool to any patio or balcony. It comes in a wide range of colors such as Aloe Green, Daisy Yellow and Berry Blue, so you can infuse your outdoor space with your favorite hue. While elegant, the thin metal legs aren’t the best choice for using directly on a lawn or a deck with thinner slats.

What our editors say: “I’ve owned these indoor/outdoor chairs from Article for nearly four years, and I still love them as much as when we first bought them,” says executive director Cory Baldwin. “They’ve held up great on my outdoor patio and look right at home in my dining room when we need extra seating.”


It’s no surprise that Willams Sonoma’s collection of outdoor furniture is stunning—we particularly like the Pasadena Club Chair. Combining a teak frame with unique rope detailing, the chair exudes relaxed elegance. Cushions are sold separately, and come in eye-pleasing hues such as Sage, Persimmon and Denim Blue.


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What Type Of Patio Furniture Is The Most Weather-Resistant?

There are many types of outdoor furniture that will stand up to the elements, specifically pieces made of teak wood, aluminum and resin wicker. Teak has the highest decay resistance of any natural wood; it’s also resistant to water, UV damage and termite infestations. Meanwhile, aluminum is a great metal option because it’s rust-proof and can withstand hot temperatures. Resin wicker, also known as all-weather wicker, is a synthetic material that’s both affordable and hard-wearing. Keep in mind that you can enhance the weather-resistant qualities of your furniture (and the accompanying cushions) with spray-on protectants.

Is It Worth Buying Expensive Patio Furniture?

While high-quality outdoor furniture can cost a good deal of money up front, it’s worth the investment. When you properly care for your patio furinture, it can last for more than a decade; if you’re someone who loves entertaining, dining and relaxing in your outdoor space, the cost-per-use of your furniture goes down drastically. However, if you find that you only enjoy time on your patio a couple times a year, it may make more sense to stick with a more wallet-friendly option like the Christopher Knight Home Carolina Sofa Set or the Waroom 3-Seat Rattan Sofa.

Can You Leave Patio Furniture Out Year-Round?

If you live in a temperate climate, you should be fine leaving your patio furniture out year-round. However, if you live someplace that gets a lot of seasonal rain or snow, you should consider using a fabric cover or bringing your furniture indoors during long periods of inclement weather. That being said, pieces made of teak or aluminum are typically durable enough to stay outside throughout fall and winter, which is something to keep in mind when making your purchasing decision.


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