Best outdoor furniture 2021: 14 stylish backyard options

Our edit of the best outdoor furniture to add to your backyard; from patio sets to sun loungers, and parasols to garden chairs

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Looking for the best outdoor furniture? Summer's just around the corner, which means now's a better time than any to buy your patio furniture for the season. 

While it's always been important to find a great lounge chair or umbrella, the search feels all the more crucial this year. (Per CDC recommendations, instead of huddling around your air conditioner, you'll likely take all your social engagements outside.) 

Since everyone from your neighbors to your social distance pod will see your setup, you'll want to spring for pieces that are stylish, yet can hold their own against dewy mornings, sunscreen smudges, and splashes from the pool. 

If finding the best outdoor furniture that money can buy feels a tad overwhelming, you're in luck. We combed the market to the very best outdoor furniture. From dining sets to throw pillows, and everything in between, there's something here for everyone.

Want to create the ultimate backyard retreat? Pair the best outdoor furniture with our guide to the best grills of 2021.

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1. Amazon Basics Outdoor Zero Gravity Lounge Folding Chair

A comfortable lounge chair to kick back and relax

Material: 35.4 x 43.3 x 25.6 inches
Size: Powder-coated steel and mesh
Weight : 16.46 pounds
Seats: 1
Reasons to buy
+Versatile weight capacity+Comfortable design+Affordable +Available in multiple colors+Portable

Looking for a cozy place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine? Consider adding AmazonBasics' Zero Gravity Lounge Chair to your e-cart. Simply sit down, and you'll quickly understand why this option has over 1,700 positive reviews on Amazon and a 4.6/5 rating on the site. 

Made with an ergonomic, zero gravity silhouette, this chair is specially designed to remove tension from your back, legs, and rear. There's also a padded headrest, which will come in handy for those mid-day naps by the pool. (Translation: It can instantly transform your backyard into a spa-like oasis.) A series of double bungees connects the weather-resistant Textilene fabric to the steel frame, making it ideal for anyone under 200 pounds. Speaking of the steel frame, the powder-coated finish will keep corrosion, fading, and scratching to a minimum. That way, you can enjoy your chair for many years to come. 

Another perk? This chair is portable, too. Thanks to its lightweight construction and folding design, you can bring this to the pool or park — or move it over to get optimal sunlight. And, if you want to maximize your lounge session, you can pick up a snap-on cup holder for an extra fee. 

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2. Latitude Run Leen 3 Piece Bistro Set

A space-efficient folding set

Material: Powder-coated steel
Size : Table: 28 x 23.62 x 23.62 inches; Chairs: 32 x 19.5 x 23 inches
Weight: 48 pounds
Seats: 2
Reasons to buy
+Great for small spaces +Available in several colors +Powder-coating metal is rust-resistant+Affordable

Anyone who is craving tea for two will find a lot to love about Latitude Run's three-piece bistro set. Comprised of one table and two seats, this option will fit snugly on a petite patio. (And, if you want to free up some square footage, you can fold this set up and put it in storage.) It's also made of powder-coated steel, so it will hold up nicely against the elements. 

Of course, Latitude Run's set has a lot more to offer than practicality. Available in six fun colors — ranging from a sunny yellow to versatile black — it's just as eye-catching as it is efficient.  

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3. Christopher Knight Home Loja Acacia Wood Bench

A simple wooden bench that goes with everything

Material: Teak wood
Size: 35.83 x 48.82 x 23.62 inches
Weight: 28.66 pounds
Seats: 2
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting design +Versatile +Easy-to-clean+Weather and UV resistant

Oftentimes, the simplest backyard staples are the most difficult to shop for. If you're looking for a simple bench that can withstand time and trends, consider this one from Christopher Knight Home. Don't let its pared-back look fool you: This option is designed to deliver. Not only is the bench made of teak — which is one of the most weather-resistant wood species — but it also has a weather and UV-resistant finish. That way, you can sit with ease, knowing this bench will be around for a long time. 

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4. Wrought Studio Indira Chair

An Acapulco chair that offers plenty of cheer

Material: Wicker and Steel
Size: 32.75 x 26 x 28.75 inches
Weight: 20.94 pounds
Seats: 2
Reasons to buy
+Stylish+Affordable+Available in several colors 
Reasons to avoid
-Might show wear and tear over time

Acapulco chairs might've burst onto the design scene in the 1950s, but they're making a major comeback. Made with a sleek rattan weave, Wrought Studios' Indira style gives the storied chair a modern edge. Decked out with a metal frame, this chair strikes a happy medium between style and comfort.  

Speaking of style, this seat is available in three gorgeous colors: Black, white, and light blue. Plus, you can easily dress this option up or down with printed pillows or a fuzzy throw. Need to give Wrought Studio's chair a little fix-me-up? You can easily clean this seat with mild soap and some warm water.

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5. Noble House Jacob Brown Rectangular Wicker Outdoor Accent Table

Nesting tables ideal for a small space

Material: PE Wicker
Size: 18 x 24 x 24 inches
Weight: 19.84 lb pounds
Reasons to buy
+Space-efficient+Weather-resistant finish +Great value

Looking for a place to rest a tasty beverage, bottle of sunscreen, or a juicy beach read? This option from Noble House is designed to deliver. Comprised of three tables — which nest under each other when idle — this set offers plenty of flat surfaces without taking up too much space.

Noble House's nesting tables look good, too. The deep brown hue and woven detailing harken back to a tropical oasis — without veering into cheesy resort territory. If you are worried that these wicker tables will experience wear and tear over the years, don't worry: This set is treated with a special finish to make it weather-resistant.

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6. Mercury Row Melissus 6-Person 55" Long Dining Set

A modern dining set for dinner al fresco

Material: Plastic and Resin
Size: Chairs: 33 x 19 x 23 inches; Table: 29.5 x 55 x 31.5 inches
Weight: Chairs: 10 pounds each; Table: 34 pounds
Seats : 6
Reasons to buy
+Ample seating +Lightweight+Weather-resistant+Available in several versatile colors

Anyone who is craving a socially distanced dinner party will find a lot to love about Mercury Row's spacious dining set. Designed to seat up to six guests, this pick is perfect for large decks and sprawling backyards. And, since this option has received the seal of approval from the strict European standards of CATAS, you can rest assured you're getting great quality.

Between the six versatile colorways and sleek silhouette, this set will give your outdoor space a modern edge. Best of all? It's made with a combination of metal and resin. Not only is this power duo easy to clean, but it can also hold its own against the elements.

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7. Joliet 4-Piece Joliet 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions

A contemporary lounge set to add to your space.

Material: Wood
Size : Chair: 15.7 x 19.7 x 16.5 inches; Table: 17.7 x 23.6' x 40.9 inches
Weight: 99 pounds
Seats : 4
Reasons to buy
+Modern appearance +Available in several versatile colors +Weather-resistant
Reasons to avoid
-Some woods warp and crack over time-Heavy 

With over 1,300 positive reviews on Wayfair and a 4.5/5 rating, it's safe to say Lark Manor's seating set is some of the best outdoor furniture money can buy. At first glance, this set has a relatively traditional look; however, the slanted backrest offers an unexpected contemporary edge. (Not to mention a comfortable place to kick back and relax.)

Comprised of a low-slung coffee table, loveseat, and two chairs, this set is designed for a group of four to connect over a coffee, cocktail, or great conversation. (Bonus points: It comes with its own cushions.) Though Wayfair says this option has been treated with a weather-resistant finish, it's important to treat this set with care. Many wood species are known to warp and crack over the years, so it's in your best interest to store in a dry place and clean up any spills, stat.

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8. Bay Isle Home Eckhoff Swing Chair with Stand

The best hanging chair

Material: Wicker and Rattan
Size: 79 x 39 x 29 inches
Weight: 70 pounds
Seats: 1
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable+Stylish+Ideal for anyone under 250 pounds 
Reasons to avoid
-Wicker and rattan might show wear and tear over time-Some reviewers claim it's difficult to assemble

Like the idea of lounging on a hammock, but don't have the square footage to do so? You'll love Bay Isle Home's swinging chair. The suspended seat is upheld with a sturdy frame that can accommodate up to 250 pounds of body weight. (That way, it's a sound choice for every member of the family.)

Bay Isle Home's swinging chair might sounds particularly lovely on a hot summer's day, but thanks to its rattan and wicker design, it can just as good inside once the temperature begins to drop. 

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9. Three Posts Burruss Outdoor Reversible Patio Sectional

A versatile sectional designed to fit your space.

Material: Wicker, Rattan, and Metal
Size: 25.5 x 83.5 x 29 inches
Weight : 80 pounds
Seats : 3
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Comfortable +Stylish+Modular construction makes it easy to rearrange
Reasons to avoid
-Difficult to maintain

As this pick from Three Posts proves, it's possible to have a stylish lounging session in the great outdoors. Made with a coastal blend of wicker, rattan, and metal — not to mention water-resistant upholstery — this model offers a beautiful touch to your backyard.

But, perhaps the coolest thing about this set is its versatility. Technically, this option features three chairs and an ottoman, but you can mix and match it however you please. Three separate chairs? A sectional? A loveseat and a spare chair? The sky's the limit.

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10. Sol 72 Outdoor Cantilever Umbrella

A sustainable (and stylish!) way to throw shade.

Material: Pacifica and Aluminum
Size: 95 inches high
Weight: 39 pounds
Reasons to buy
+UPF 40 rating+Made with fade-resistant materials+Sustainably source+Titled design
Reasons to avoid
-Weights not included-Not water-proof

Throwing shade has never looked so good, thanks to this cantilever umbrella from Sol 72 Outdoor. Made with Pacifica, a performance fabric that holds up well against the harsh sunlight, this umbrella will look good from all angles. The distance from the center of the umbrella to the back of the frame is 76.4 inches, so this option will cover a lot of ground. 

 Another perk? With a crank lift and tilted construction, you can adjust this umbrella as the sun moves. That way, you reduce the risk of getting a nasty sunburn.

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11. Brayden Studio Putney Sun Lounger Set with Cushions and Table

Pool-side loungers made with Mother Nature isn

Material: Wicker, Rattan, and Steel
Size: 9 x 27.5 x 74.8 inches
Weight : 92 pounds
Seats: 2
Reasons to buy
+Stylish +Comfortable +Sustainably sourced+Adjustable back
Reasons to avoid
-Wicker and rattan might look worn over time

For a well-appointed hang by the pool, check out this lounger set from Brayden Studio. Not only do the two lounge chairs look good, but they also feature an adjustable back to help you stay comfortable. Plus, each chair comes with its own sleek cushions, so you can take sitting pretty to a whole new level.

And, if you're looking for somewhere to rest your beverage, you'll get a lot of use out of its accompanying side table. 

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12. Project 62 Standish Patio Sectional

A sleek sectional for stylish outdoor living

Material: Powder-Coated Steel
Size: 30 x 103 x 56.5 inches
Weight: 86.24 pounds
Seats: 5
Reasons to buy
+Fade, rust, and weather-resistant +Stylish design+Ample seating+Easy to clean

Contrary to popular belief, sectionals don't need to be confined to a living room. If you need any proof, check out Project 62's Standish Patio Sectional. Not only does this option have a sleek, contemporary design, but it can also comfortably fit up to five people. (Translation: It's the perfect mix of form and function.)

Of course, this sectional has to offer more than just good looks to make our edit of the best outdoor furniture. Thanks to its powder-coated steel frame, this option will hold up nicely against inclement weather. And, if some stray pollen or dust get on the frame, this sectional is a breeze to clean. 

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13. Trent Austin Design Benedetta 3 Piece Dining Set

Handy outdoor benches for communal seating

Material : Wood
Size: 29.5 x 35 x 69 inches
Weight: 61 pounds
Seats : Up to 6
Reasons to buy
+Weather and water-resistant finish+Affordable+Minimalist design
Reasons to avoid
-Some woods can warp and crack over time 

Just because you're craving a dinner al fresco doesn't mean you have to shell out a small fortune for the best outdoor furniture. If you're looking for a dining set under $1,000, this option from Trent Austin Design is a sound choice. Think of this option as an elevated alternative to a picnic table. With a slat wood top and neutral color palette, this pared-back style will look good in just about every backyard.

It's also a set that's built to last. Though many wood species are known to warp can crack over the years, this one is finished with a water and weather-resistant coating, offering some extra protection.

At just under $600, this three-piece dining set is by no means cheap. However, when you think about how often you'll eat outside, it'll pay for itself in no time.

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14. Sunbrella Awning Striped Indoor/Outdoor Pillows

Throw pillows designed with Mother Nature in mind

Material : Sunbrella fabric
Size : 18 x 18 inches or 24 x 24 inches
Reasons to buy
+Available in several colors +Easy to clean+Fade-resistant fabric

Want to add a nice finishing touch to the best outdoor furniture? Pick up a few Sunbrella-clad pillows. There's a reason why Sunbrella is the gold standard of outdoor-friendly fabrics. This textile is known to be durable, easy to wash, and fade-resistant. That way, you can enjoy your cushions for years to come.

Reimagined in a cheery striped pattern, and available in a handful of vibrant colorways, this option will be a welcomed addition to any backyard.

How to buy the best outdoor furniture

Whether you choose a few pieces from the list above or decide to shop on your own, there are a few factors you'll want to consider before adding some new outdoor furniture to your e-cart. 

The first, naturally, is your space. While you'll want to ensure your pieces will physically fit in your outdoor area — that six-person dining set will overpower a bite-sized balcony — you should also think about how you intend to use your backyard. Ready to throw an outdoor soiree? Comfortable (and ample!) seating is the key to any party.  Excited for dinners al fresco? Opt for a dining table and chairs or space-efficient bistro set. Or, if you want to take advantage of the sun's rays, some lightweight lounge chairs will be perfect for scoring that great glow.

Of course, the great outdoors isn't all picture-perfect sunshine; humidity, harsh brightness, and the spontaneous rain shower are inevitable. If you're looking for outdoor furniture that you can leave out for most of the of its own — no matter what Mother Nature throws its way.

If you want to prioritize durability, hone in on items that are labeled "all-weather," "fade-resistant," or "UV-resistant." Like everything else in your home, these outdoor furniture pieces will eventually need to be replaced; however, you'll get some extra mileage out of styles that are designed with the great outdoors in mind.

The best outdoor furniture materials to choose from

So, how are you supposed to know best outdoor furniture materials to opt for? To help, we're sharing our favorites below.

Teak: Wood is a go-to material for your home décor, so why should the best outdoor furniture be any different? But, out of all the wood species available, teak is best suited for outdoor use. The magic lies in a naturally occurring oil, which can reportedly repel water as well as prevent warping and cracking. Thanks to its high oil content and low maintenance, teak is designed to last a long time. 

Metal: When it comes to your backyard, you really can't go wrong with metal. Not only does this industrial material look cool, but it's also incredibly durable, meaning it'll hold up nicely over time. That said, it's important to get a little picky about the type of metal you add to your e-cart. For a low-maintenance option, try aluminum. Unlike other metals, aluminum doesn't rust when exposed to water. And, unlike some wood species, it won't crack or warp when exposed to the elements.

On the hunt for sturdy outdoor furniture? Choose galvanized or stainless steel, since traditional steel is prone to corrosion. The zinc and chromium added to galvanized and stainless steel, respectively, creates an extra layer to keep unsightly rust at bay.

Synthetic Resin: As much as we love the look of coastal wicker and rattan, those woven wares can fade when exposed to too much sunlight. For a long-lasting alternative, opt for synthetic resin, which is typically made with nylon, polyethylene, and PVC. Not only is this manmade material lightweight and durable, but it can also be fashioned into a wicker-like weave. That way, you can have the look of your favorite material — minus the drawbacks. 

UV-Resistant Fabrics: Looking for some backyard-friendly cushions to make the best outdoor furniture? It doesn't get any better than Sunbrella. Don't let its pricey reputation fool you; the brand's textiles are known for being highly durable and easy to wash. Best of all, the fabrics are touted for being water, fade, and mildew-resistant. Beautiful textiles that require minimal upkeep? That seems like a win-win.

Kelsey Mulvey
Kelsey Mulvey

Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance journalist in San Francisco, who covers all-things design and lifestyle. Her work has been featured in publications Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, and Apartment Therapy, among others.