Best metal garden furniture: the top 6 sets for summer

Metal garden furniture can look contemporary or traditional, and it's built to last – here are our favourite finds for summer

metal garden furniture: metal set in garden from john lewis
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Metal garden furniture is the winner if you're looking for something sturdy and stable, and that you can leave outside when the weather's wet. Most metal garden furniture has been powder coated or otherwise treated, making it suitable for leaving outdoors even when it's raining. The choice of style is amazing, too, from contemporary designs to finely wrought traditional garden sets. 

Below, we’ve rounded up the finest options available this season to ensure your patio, deck or lawn is outfitted in impeccable style. We have the best deals here on these bestsellers, but if you are on a budget, head to our garden furniture sales page for even more options.

The best metal garden furniture

Argos garden furniture: marble top table

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1. Argos Home Marble Effect Table

Our favourite metal garden furniture for price

Best for: Stylish
Type: Dining table
Material: Metal
Colours: Marble and grey
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design that works inside and out+ Non-rusting and weather-resistant +Affordable price point
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't come with chairs

A great option if you want to add stand-out style to your garden, this stunning Argos Home Marble Effect Table has a stylish marble-effect top and modern U-shaped aluminium legs. Here's everything you need to know about it:

Seats six people comfortably

Generously sized, H75cm x W160cm x L90cm, there’s plenty of room for six diners, making it ideal for all your summer get-togethers.

Popular style

It will look great paired with grey toned dining chairs, but its white tone means that whatever chair you choose, they are sure to finish the table off perfectly. In fact, we love the idea of styling it inside with some upholstered chairs for a high-end look.

Weather resistant

A hardy table, its high-quality rust-resistant aluminium frame will stand up in all weather.

John Lewis garden furniture

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2. John Lewis & Partners Ellipse Garden Lounging Chairs

The metal garden furniture we'd choose for small spaces

Best for: Small spaces
Type: Dining set
Material: Robust steel
Colours: Dusty green, saffron or powder
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for small spaces+Contemporary design+Three colour ways available
Reasons to avoid
-May be too small for some spaces-Unique design won't be to everyone's taste

Bring your garden patio or outdoor space up to date with John Lewis & Partners Ellipse Garden Lounging Chairs, £160 for a set of two – a gorgeous contemporary oval-shaped frame in a delicious shade of dusty green, as well as saffron and a (super on trend) plaster pink. The perfect addition to a urban garden? We think so

Durable design

The powder-coated metal frame is teamed with all-weather, rattan-effect weaves, which are both durable and weather-resistant so you can leave the furniture outside throughout the year – great news if you have no idea where you'd store it otherwise.

No set-up required 

The steel legs and frame are sturdy and able to withstand a weight of 20 stone (127kg), exceeding the industry standard. The chairs arrive fully assembled, ready for immediate use, and they stack to save storage space. 

best metal garden furniture: Charles Bentley Steel Heart Dining Set

3. Charles Bentley Steel Heart Dining Set

Our top pick of metal garden dining sets

Best for: Shabby chic
Type: Dining set
Material: Steel
Colours: Grey, cream
Reasons to buy
+ Delicate scrollwork design + Non-rusting and weather-resistant 
Reasons to avoid
-Traditional style won't be to everyone's taste

You might find yourself lunching in Petersfield rather than Paris, but you can still capture a little Gallic magic with this ornate Charles Bentley Steel Heart 5 Piece Shabby Chic Set, which is just as at home in a shady corner of a suburban garden as parked up outside a continental bistro. Here's everything we love about it:

Delicate design

The intricate scrollwork adds a touch of delicacy to an otherwise quite unforgiving material, but it’s not as dainty as it might at first seem. 

Rust and weather resistant

With a durable steel core and tough powder-coated finish, it’s rust and weather-resistant, so while that may not be good news for anyone who likes really shabby chic, it’s great for anyone who wants a pretty but low-maintenance outdoor setup. 

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best metal garden furniture: Garden Trading outdoor drinks trolley steel

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4. Garden Trading Steel Drinks Trolley

Want to complete your metal garden furniture set? Don't miss this metal drinks trolley

Best for: parties
Type: drinks trolley
Material: steel
Colours: grey
Reasons to buy
+Durable +Painted a chic grey+Perfect for hosting
Reasons to avoid
-May not work in smaller spaces-A bar cart is not for everyone

This is a must-have item for garden parties – durable and easy to move around, this Garden Trading Steel Drinks Trolley has been finished in a trendy and versatile charcoal grey. Here's everything you need to know about it:

Super stylish storage

With two shelves, this garden trolley makes a handy addition to a barbecue that we picture being the perfect spot to prepare food.

Perfect for parties

And if you love hosting during the summer months, a bar cart is a great way to enhance your set-up. Style with Aperol, gin and other summer favourites.

Don't miss our selection of the best bar carts for indoors, too.

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best metal garden furniture: John Lewis & Partners Marlow Aluminium 4 Seater Garden Lounge Set, Black/Grey

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5. John Lewis Marlow Aluminium 4 Seater Garden Lounge Set

The best aluminium lounge set

Best for: Large parties
Type: Dining/lounging set
Material: aluminium
Colours: black/grey
Reasons to buy
+ Subtle weatherproofing+Stylish design
Reasons to avoid
-Modern style won't be for everyone

If our first few furniture sets are options for cosy get-togethers, then the John Lewis & Partners Marlow Aluminium 4 Seater Garden Lounge Set is certainly one for big parties and big families. Here's everything you need to know:

Designed for all the family

When the whole clan descends for a sunny Sunday barbecue, the Marlow garden dining set from John Lewis ensures there’s ample – and bery comfy – seating, with a sofa and chairs fitting perfectly around the low-rise table. 

Weather resistant design

Comfy enough for lounging but strong enough to survive life outside, it boasts aluminium hardware and weather-resistant plush cushions – detachable for convenient storage and cleaning – for the best of both. 

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best metal garden furniture: Pyramid Living Flame Patio Heater

6. Pyramid Living Flame Patio Heater

The best metal patio heater

Best for: Cosy evenings
Type: Patio heater
Material: Stainless steel, aluminium
Colours: Silver
Reasons to buy
+ Looks good on or off + Protective quartz tube 
Reasons to avoid
-A patio heater isn't an essential for everyone

Seating and surfaces aren’t the only practical metal pieces out there to add functionality to your garden, a patio heater can be endlessly useful in extending the use of your garden into the evening and through those chillier months, and this Stainless Steel Living Flame Gas Patio Heater is our top pick. Here's everything you need to know:

Stylish design

The obelisk design looks good even without a flame going, thanks to its elegant streamlined profile and brushed metal finish, and the single flame inside its contemporary quartz tube adds to the overall modern effect.

Built with safety in mind

It’s this tube that also keeps things safe when there are curious kiddos running around, without sacrificing looks. 

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