When you were picking out your furniture for your patio, you probably took a long time searching for the perfect table-and-chairs set and umbrella. Those are the most exciting patio accessories—maybe with the exception of a fire pit. In crafting a relaxing outdoor area for yourself, you might have forgotten to put a lot of thought into the umbrella stand. How hard can it be to get a reliable stand? If you watched your umbrella come crashing down mid-grilling session, you know that it can be difficult to find a good one. Patio umbrellas are heavy and need a strong base to provide them with support.
That’s why we rounded up this often overlooked product. The best umbrella stands are made out of weather-resistant resin, so they can withstand storms and harsh sunlight. Most stands can adjust to conform to your umbrella column’s diameter, but you will have to look at the specifications on each base to ensure your umbrella will work with that base. They also usually have a base that you can weigh down with brick, sand or water. We’ve got one special pick that has wheels on it, so you can wheel it around to different spots on your patio as the sun moves around in the sky.
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1. EliteShade Umbrella Base
If you’ve been betrayed by flimsy umbrella stands in the past, this one hopes to gain your trust. This stand promises it won’t tilt at the slightest breeze. The base can be filled with either sand or water. When the base is full, it weighs 50 pounds. The umbrella won’t be tempted to tilt or fall in the locking base. After placing your umbrella pole in, you tighten the base using two hand-turn knobs until your umbrella is standing upright.
2. Sunnyglade Patio Outdoor Umbrella Base
This water-resistant base will keep your umbrella upright this summer. To keep this base standing tall, fill it up with up to 23 liters of water. The water weight will keep the base firmly on the ground. If you want to move it to another location, you just need to empty water. It’s easy to use and will take some of the stress out of owning a patio umbrella. The heavy-duty base won’t fade in the sunshine, either.
3. Blissun 22lb Patio Market Umbrella Base
The umbrella base might not get all of the attention when you’re showing off your decorated patio, but this base has a lovely decorative pattern in bronze. Made out of rust-free resin, this umbrella stand is made to last for many sunny seasons. The base can be customized to your umbrella column width, thanks to its adjustable piston. If it rains, don’t fret. This umbrella stand is waterproof and also protected from UV rays.
4. Gravipod 18″ Round Umbrella Base Weight Bag
If functionality and not looks are more important, look no further than this super sturdy umbrella stand. Fill it with your own sand—up to 85 pounds—and you’ll have a stay-put stand in no time.
5. US Weight Fillable Umbrella Base
Aside from doing its job, the most important factor when choosing an umbrella stand is ensuring it’s weather-resistant. This one can withstand those harsh UV rays and resist cracking and fading so it lasts for years to come.