In this guide we’ll take a look at the best cantilever parasols.
I’ve compared design, build quality, shade coverage and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Cantilever Parasol?
More Detailed Cantilever Parasol Reviews
This is the cream of the crop as far as parasols are concerned. It has an elegant design, is made from high quality materials and is sturdy and easy to adjust.
The parasol is large enough to provide plenty of shade on your patio, deck or lawn. The awning is made from durable polyester making it resistant to UV light. It is also showerproof and dries quickly after the inevitable downpour. The pole is made from strong but lightweight aluminium which means it is easy to move around but sturdy enough to survive a sudden summer squall.
It’s easy to put this parasol together with the Allen key provided. Having two people to do this is advisable as its height makes it a little unwieldy. Once built it is sturdy and easy to put up and down using the sturdy crank mechanism. The parasol is also simple to rotate by tapping the pedal with your foot.
This parasol comes with a cover to protect it from the elements, so you can leave it outside all summer long. For stability, you will also need to purchase weights to prevent it from blowing over.
This really is a case of getting what you pay for. The parasol is made from the highest quality materials and is simple to use, effective at providing plenty of shade as well as being a stylish addition to the summer garden.
For a more economical way to stay out of the sun, you might like to consider this stylish parasol from Costway. It is more lightweight than the previous product but still strong, easy to use and stylish.
The polyester cover provides both shade and UV protection and the powered coated steel pole is durable and rust resistant. The steel umbrella ribs resist most windy conditions. The parasol is easy to assemble and to put up and down and adjusting the tilt angle is also very simple.
This parasol looks very stylish and is robust and seems durable. It withstands windy conditions well when used with weights to keep it stable.
This parasol has an added feature in the attractive solar LED lights attached to the underside of the canopy and these look very pretty on a summer evening. The solar panel screws onto the top of the parasol and there is an on/off switch on one of the limbs of the canopy. This is a durable parasol but might not cope with very strong winds even with the addition of weights. But for a sheltered spot, it’s okay.
The parasol is very easy to assemble and to take apart for storage and also easy to put up and take down.
This is a lovely addition to the patio that comes into its own for evening dining or entertaining.
For something a little different, you might like this lovely red parasol with black metal base.
The pole is crafted from coated aluminium for durability and rust resistance and the cover is made from UV resistant, showerproof polyester. The umbrella is easy to open and close with a sturdy metal crank and the durable ribs help it stay stable in the wind. The parasol also features a vent to allow hot air to escape from under the canopy. It is easy to put together and disassemble for storage.
This parasol looks good, is reasonably sturdy when used with appropriate weights and easy to use, making it great value for money.
This parasol is the perfect budget option and provides plenty of shade for your money.
The frame is made from powder coated steel and the cover is hardwearing polyester. It has a good crank system that makes it easy to put up and down and there is also an air vent to allow hot air to escape. The large 3 metre canopy offers lots of protection and shade.
Cantilever Parasol Buying Guide
A cantilever parasol provides the most flexible option for shade in the garden. They can be used to provide shade over tables, loungers or paddling pools for the little ones. They come in a range of stylish designs, material and colours that add a nice feature to the summer garden, too.
But with the unpredictability of the British weather, you will want to know that yours will withstand a summer ‘breeze’. Parasols that are not sturdy can easily topple or blow inside out in inclement weather.
A cantilever parasol is the ideal versatile sunshade as it can be used to shade tables, loungers or a spot on the lawn.
Most parasols have a polyester canopy that is durable and dries quickly. May also have UV protection and this is something to look out for especially if you sit outside a lot or have young children.
A crank mechanism makes it easy to raise and lower your parasol so look for one with a smooth and robust mechanism. In addition, a parasol that tilts makes it easier to block the sun at any angle.
You will need to buy weights for your parasol to prevent it from being blown over. These weights usually attach to the four prongs of the base. You should factor this in to the overall cost as some are quite expensive.
If your parasol does not come with a cover it is worth investing in one as this protects your canopy from wind damage and fading.
What weight base will I need to use with my parasol?
The following table offers a guide to recommended parasol base weights
|Parasol Size||Base Weight|
|2m, 2.1m and 2.3m||12kg-15kg|
|2.5m and 2.7m||15kg-20kg|
|3m and 3m x 2m||20kg-30kg|
|3m x 4m||30kg-50kg|
Can I leave my parasol out all night and in all weathers?
To get the best out of your parasol it is wise to lower the canopy and use a protective cover at night and during adverse weather conditions. This will protect the canopy from damage and from fading. During the winter months, it is best to store your parasol in a dry place such as a garage or shed as this will protect the metal parts from rust and corrosion.