As spring is here and summer’s just around the corner, we’re keen to get outside in style. Make the most of your outdoor space by ensuring you can safely sit out for longer with a garden parasol that’s pretty as well as practical.
Of course, the best garden parasols are UV-protective, fade-proof and rust-resistant, but it’s also important to think about what you want to use your parasol for. If you like to sit out all day, you may want one that tilts so you can always get prime cover; and a height-adjustable pole is also a good idea to ensure you have shade as the sun starts going down.
Style-wise, there’s a host of designs to suit every taste. Classic-chic fans will love neutral canvas and wood pole options; boho buffs will adore Maisons du Monde’sâ macrame parasol for a splash of Palm Springs prowess; and modern-retro mavens will be head over heels for Cox & Cox’s perfectly pretty 50s-inpired two-tone number.
Whether you’re looking for a garden, balcony, patio or terrace, there’s a size and shape to suit every outdoor space. And if your mission is more save than splurge, don’t panic, because we’ve got all budgets covered.
Keep scrolling to discover our roundup of the best garden parasols so you can while away the hours in your chic outdoor oasis.
Summer breeze, and a little bit of shade, makes you feel fine…
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Groundlevel Bluetooth Cantilever Banana Parasol
Size: 3m Best for: summer parties
Lights! Music! Action! A party wrapped around a pole, this parasol is the perfect addition to your garden this summer. It's fitted with a rechargable wireless Bluetooth speaker as well as lights to suit the mood under an XL cantilevered canopy which can offer shade or shelter depending on the weather. If you've got the perfect spot for it, you can screw it down into the ground or decking but we like the idea of adding weights (not included) for the freedom of moving it around as you like. Get it in grey for £129.99.
East London Parasol Company Tracy Round Bamboo Parasol
Size: 2m Best for: Design mavens
Scoring highly on style as well as substance, find exquisite design-led garden parasols at the East London Parasol Company. Perfect for style buffs who love William Morris prints as well as anyone who wants to recreate Bridgerton’s pastel palette in their backyard, there are beautiful designs to choose from.
Each canopy is screen printed in a delicate process, and is removable for easy cleaning or, indeed, for attaching another East London Parasol canopy of your choice for style swaps. Perfect for tables with an umbrella hole, patios, by your sun lounger or by your pool, if you’re lucky enough to have one. A true design gem.
Hashtag Home Uriel 2.7m Traditional Parasol
Size: 2.7mBest for: understated glamour
Offered in a choice of pale green and cream, bring Bali-style elegance to your outdoor space with this option from Hashtag Home. Operate it easily with the crank lift and tilt mechanism, and bask in the compliments rolling in from the design, which includes a peaked top and beaded drops fringing for a touch of glamour. Base not included.
FATBOY Stripesol with Base - Yellow
Size: 350cmBest for: stylish shade
Stripes will never go out of fashion - and that includes garden furniture too. Pop this Fatboy parasol up for instant shade from the hot sun; measuring 350cm across there's plenty of space for all the family to gather. It comes with a base and is available in a choice of sunny shades. When it needs a clean, sling the canopy into the washing machine - easy!
Argos Home 2.5m overhanging garden parasol
Size: 2.5mâBest for: Bang for your buck
On a budget but need a large parasol? Argos has you covered - literally. This sleek black option is ideal for popping over outdoor dining tables without parasol holes, sofa set-ups or sun loungers. You’ll need to buy the base separately but, at £72 (£18 each for a quarter parasol base), it’s still a fantastic total price of £137. Easy to wind up and height-adjustable, it’s a versatile piece and a savvy investment.
Henley by KETTLER 3m Freestanding Parasol, Grey - John Lewis
Size: 3mBest for: Long, lazy lunches
Ensure everybody is protected from the sun at your alfresco family lunch thanks to this super-sized three-metre garden parasol. Not only is it big, the canopy also offers UV50â sun protection, so you can eat your summer BBQ without a side of sunburn. What’s more, this handy number has an easy wind-up mechanism with six locking positions so you can find just the right amount of shade. The frame is also made from durable, weather-resistant aluminium for a long-lasting investment. Not all superheroes wear capes… But some have canopies.
IKEA Hogon parasol with base
Size: 2.7mBest for: Miami vibes
Mover over Miami Vice, this is Miami nice thanks to the fresh, crisp white canopy on this garden parasol. A good size and offering a UV25 protection, this is a great option to have over your garden sofa as you enjoy a relaxing read. And if you were wondering how you can keep it so light, bright and white, don’t worry - you can take the canopy off and throw it in the washing machine. Genius.
Cox & Cox Compact Fringed Parasol - Blue Stripe
Size: 165cmBest for: faking beach resort chic
Feel like you're at a bouji beachside resort thanks to Cox & Cox's statement striped parasol. Ideal for tables as well as shade when the sun triggers a sweat, it's finished with cotton fringing that gives it an appealing boho look. Get the matching fringed deck chair and be the envy of all your neighbours.
La Redoute Afer patio parasol
Size: Covers a total of 3.75mBest for: Patios and balconies
Narrow patio? Long balcony? You can still get the shade you need with this garden parasol specifically designed for your living space. Created to sit flush against the wall, the space-saving design effectively offers half the canopy so you can enjoy your outdoor area without overwhelming it. It’s a bit of a clever clogs… And we also love the stylish charcoal grey colour, too.
M&S Shanghai Parasol
Size: 245cmBest for: pared back elegance
The simple styling of this Shanghai parasol means its versartile enough to work in all sorts of gardens. As the name would suggest, it's been inspired by Eastern design with a stand made from durable metal with a weather-resistant finish for good measure. Available in range of other colours, including a statement red.
Maisons du MondePuebla Beige Macramé Parasol
Size: 2mBest for: California Dreamin’
Channel a little Palm Springs laidback luxe with this cool 70s-chic macrame garden parasol. Set to perk up any outdoor space with a romantic quality, it’s perfect for popping up next to a hammock or rattan chair for some statement shade.
Chichester 3.0 x 3.0m square side post parasol
Size: 3mBest for: Sofa sets (and parties)
While we may not be hosting parties right now, this large garden parasol will be a fantastic investment for when we do. And, in the meantime, pop it over the garden sofa set and enjoy protection that will take you from long lunches right through to family-fun dinner times.
Ella James Palm leaf parasol
Size: 1.8mBest for: A taste of the tropics
We might not be able to travel right now, but we can bring a dash of Hawaiian Tropic to our own garden thanks to this palm leaf-style parasol adding all the exotic vibes to any outdoor space. Not only is it on-point (soft tropics are a big trend for 2020), it’s also practical thanks to its tilting powers and height adjustability. All you need to do? Pop it over your sun lounger or deckchair, lie back, make a flower garland, and grab a cocktail… Club Tropicana, drinks are free (sort of).
George Home Safari Pattern Beach Parasol
Size: 2mBest for: Affordable chic
If you don’t want to spend a lot, and all you need is a parasol you can pop straight into the lawn while you’re lying in the garden reading a book, this pretty option from George Home is ideal. The safari-print is chic and on-point and, when we can travel again, it also comes with a handy bag so you can roll it up and take it to the beach or for a picnic stroll. And if you don’t want to make holes in your lawn? Just lie it on its side and sit in its shade. Perfect.
For all the bells and whistles, Groundlevel’s music and light playing parasol is a steal at just over £100. If we had the cash though, the East London Parasol Company’s vibrant designs would be in the bag. Here’s hoping for a summer sale!