In this guide we’ll take a look at the best cantilever parasols for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, build quality, shade coverage and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
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More Detailed Cantilever Parasol Reviews
Sorara Cantilever Parasol Garden Umbrella Review
So, it’s a hot day. You’re sitting in the garden trying to read your book. The thing is, it’s a bit too hot, there’s no shade, and you’re going to have to head inside despite the beautiful weather…
Not with this Sorara Cantilever Parasol Garden Umbrella! It’s the best cantilever parasol available and provides the ideal solution. It’s easy to set up, lightweight, has a huge shade capacity (it measures 3 x 3 m!) and can be angled as-needed to continuously shade from the sun.
This elegant, high-quality parasol is sturdy and easy to adjust. The pole is made from strong, lightweight aluminium, and the awning from durable polyester; it’s resistant to UV light, and it’s showerproof – drying off quickly after an inevitable downpour (this is still the UK after all)!
It’s easy to put together with the Allen key provided. Although, I advise having two people on hand as the parasol’s height makes it a little unwieldy. Once built, it is 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 cantilever 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.
Whilst it may seem on the expensive side, this really is a case of getting what you pay for. This cantilever parasol is made from the highest quality materials, is simple to use, effective at providing plenty of shade, and looks extremely stylish in the summer garden.
CHRISTOW 3m Cantilever Umbrella Review
The CHRISTOW 3m Cantilever Umbrella is a reliable and great quality model, designed to help you shade yourself in style! It features an overhanging 3m canopy for shading rattan furniture, sun loungers or even large dining tables.
This parasol is perfect for those baking hot days, wth a 180g polyester fabric canopy complete with a UPF 30+ UV rating. It offers superior protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, while the air vent at the top reduces wind pressure and keeps you cool.
I found this parasol very easy to open using the locking lever and crank handle, plus it’s very simple to assemble. While everything is included, there’s no complicated instructions or excessive parts to sift through!
If you’re looking for a reliable and simple cantilever umbrella with superior UV protection, the CHRISTOW 3m Cantilever Umbrella is my top recommendation!
AIRWAVE Apollo 3m Cantilever Paeasol Review
The AIRWAVE Apollo 3m Cantilever Parasol is a stunning model, designed to shelter your outdoor space during the day, and illuminate it at night!
This parasol features solar powered LED spotlights on the inside of the umbrella, so you can continue socialising well into the night. During the day it’s equally useful, with good adjustability so you can sit in a shady spot no matter where the sun is.
Although not waterproof, this parasol is water resistant so it will protect you from the odd drizzle. The pole is rust-resistant so won’t get damaged from rain, while the cross base is well-balanced and simply needs filling with weights.
If you’re looking for a stunning cantilever parasol with solar powered spotlights, the AIRWAVE Apollo 3m Cantilever Parasol should be at the top of your list!
Norfolk Leisure Wall Mounted Cantilever Parasol Review
If you lack garden space but still want a shady spot to relax, the Norfolk Leisure Cantilever Parasol is the perfect choice. With no base or pole to get in the way, this parasol neatly mounts to any wall in your garden, ingeniously providing shade without taking up any floor space.
This has a strong aluminium frame, and 220 g polyester canopy, making it delightfully lightweight.
Luckily, knowing the unpredictability of the English weather as we all do, it’s both sun and shower proof. So you don’t need to worry about packing it all away when a sudden shower hits.
It’s a contemporary grey its colour, which looks modern and stylish in the garden, and won’t fade even in bright sunlight.
The crank handle makes it easy to put up and down, and it can be shifted from side to side depending on where the sun is.
Outsunny 2.5 x 2.5m Cantilever Parasol Review
The Outsunny 2.5 x 2.5m Cantilever Parasol is slightly smaller than others on this list, which makes it my top choice for smaller spaces. Having said that, its 2.5m size is still ample for most patios.
This parasol is extremely easy to handle, with a crank mechanism opening and an easy to use foot pedal. It looks great in any garden, and it’s available in green, cream white or red. I love the stylish yet simple design, while even the brighter colours won’t fade in strong sunlight.
This parasol can be positioned however you like using the 5 position adjustments. As a nice touch, it comes with a sturdy cross base included.
If you’re looking for a beautiful parasol for smaller spaces, the Outsunny Cantilever Parasol is well worth considering.
Greenbay 3m Banana Parasol Review
The Greenbay 3m Banana Parasol is a stylish, freestanding parasol. Like many others on this list, it is extremely easy to adjust and will offer you complete flexibility when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun.
The 3 m canopy has UV protection keeping you cool in hot weather. That said, if the sun goes in, the parasol can be easily closed using the crank winding mechanism (and then easily opened again when it suddenly decides to reappear!). The angle of the umbrella can be adjusted so that you can stay in the shade as the sun moves throughout the day.
It’s advisable to store this parasol away on windy days or if there’s any extreme weather looming.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that this parasol is charmingly attractive. Its beautiful cream finish complements the majority of outdoor garden settings, and is wonderfully redolent of relaxing Mediterranean summer holidays.
Outsunny Patio Roma Cantilever Parasol Review
The Outsunny Roma Parasol is a stunning and vibrant green parasol that will add a flash of colour to any garden.
It covers a large area so it can protect whole patio-full of people from strong UV rays. It’s just the ticket to keeping you and your guests cool on very hot days. What’s more, the canopy is weather resistant so it can also protect you from rain and mild wind when the weather (inevitably!) changes unexpectantly!
It is able to rotate through 360 degrees, and has a 5 possible “tilt” adjustments. As a result, you can easily set the position of the canopy to protect you no matter where the sun is. It’s also easy to open and close the umbrella, so you can adjust it throughout the day depending on what the sun’s up to.
It’s a nice sign that the base comes included, meaning you won’t need to buy one separately (it’s always a good idea to have a base for more stability). This one simply needs to be filled with water or sand and it will keep your parasol much more secure.
The durable, lightweight, aluminium pole keeps the parasol upright all day long, whilst being lightweight and easy to move around when necessary.
Jarder Libra Cantilever Parasol Set Review
The Jarder Libra Parasol Set is an easy-to-use, extremely practical parasol set.
It’s the first set on my list, and it really does make life easy. Not only does it come with a 3 m parasol, but the base and cover are also included.
This completely takes away the hassle of having to buy a separate base and the uncertainty of not knowing if it will fit correctly.
With a cantilever design, this parasol is suspended from the frame and can be positioned precisely where you need it, so there’s no need to constantly move your chair to stay in the shade. It’s easy to adjust, offering 360-degree rotation and an adaptable height; you can swap from sun to shade with minimal effort.
Greenbay Cantilver Parasol with Solar LED Lights Review
For something a little different, look no further than the Greenbay Cantilever Parasol with Solar LED Lights.
Ideal for garden parties that go on into the evening, this parasol will illuminate your patio or decking when the sun goes down thanks to its 32 built-in solar powered LED lights. There’s 4 lights on each rib to not only light up your outdoor space, but also add charm and atmosphere.
Of course, this parasol is equally useful during the day, with its 3m canopy effectively protecting you and your guests from the sun. It’s made from a high quality 200g polyester fabric, with included top vents. It comes in 2 neutral colours that suit any garden, grey or cream.
If you’re looking for the best parasol with built-in solar powered LEDs, this Greenbay Cantilever Parasol should be at the top of your list!
Mayfair 3m Cantilever Parasol Review
The Mayfair 3m Cantilever Parasol is another strong contender, with a 360 degree rotating canopy and easy slide grip. I found this parasol easy to reposition as the sun moves throughout the day.
This parasol boasts an easy to use crank lift that means it can be opened and closed in a matter of seconds. There’s a wind hole at the top for balance, as well as a sturdy granite base. Even in slightly stronger winds, this parasol will stay stable.
Despite the heavier granite base, this parasol is still very easy to handle. The base is divided into 4 sections to allow for easy repositioning.
Of course, this parasol is very stylish. I love the taupe finish as it goes with any garden, while the polyester material is UV resistant and waterproof.
If you’re looking for a stylish taupe parasol for exposed and windy gardens, the Mayfair 3m Cantilever Parasol should be at the top of your list!
Things to Know Before Buying a Cantilever Parasol
Cantilever parasols are a great, versatile option for creating shade in the garden.
They have a multitude of uses: providing shade over tables, loungers or even paddling pools for the little ones.
So, if you’re looking for an effective parasol which works well when up, but can also be easily stored, you should get yourself a cantilever parasol.
The following tips will help you make an informed purchase.
The best cantilever parasol for you is, of course, the one which will fit in the space you have available.
There are three main considerations when purchasing one of these parasols:
- How much space do you have on your patio/in your garden?
- How much shade coverage do you need?
- How much storage space do you have?
The majority of the parasols that I have reviewed in this list have a 3 m canopy. This is quite common, and is a generous size. It gives enough shade for several people to sit comfortably under. Of course, if you can angle the canopy, you can create a longer shadow and more shade, which is a plus.
Bigger and smaller canopies are also available.
Sometimes the parasol height will vary, and it may or may not be extendable. Keep an eye on the product specifications to see how tall the cantilever parasol you are thinking about buying is. It goes without saying, but it’s always best to check measurements before buying – not when trying to squeeze your new parasol into your shed!
When it comes to finding a parasol to fit your garden space, you have a couple of options. Most of the cantilever parasols in this list are free standing. As a result, they take up some (but not much!) floor space. That said, there is another way: the Norfolk Leisure Cantilever Parasol attaches to the wall, thus taking up no floor at all. This is a great space-saving move if you’re a bit short on ground area.
Parasols are great for protecting us from the sun in hot weather. This much we know. But, of course, we’re also aware that the weather in the UK isn’t always reliably fair.
When buying a parasol, it’s necessary to consider how to protect it from the weather. This normally includes buying a cover, to protect your canopy from wind damage and fading; and some weights. These are added to the parasol base and stop it blowing over.
These items can be bought separately, or, if you buy your parasol as part of a ‘set’, like the Jarder Libra Parasol Set, you’ll get them all together.
The benefit of buying a set is that these items can be quite expensive when bought separately. Therefore, a set can help keep costs low. Furthermore, if you buy these items separately, you have to go to the extra effort of making sure they all fit your parasol correctly. In a set, compatibility is ensured.
That said, when you buy a set, you have to take what you’re given. Purchasing a set may mean that you don’t have as many colour options as when buying items separately. Equally, you have to be careful that the items are not of lower quality because they are being sold together. It’s a good idea to check reviews to find this out.
Keeping safe in the sun is generally the number one reason to buy a parasol. With keeping cool as a close second.
The problem is, that just because you’re in the shade, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
When a parasol’s canopy does not have UV protection, the sun’s rays could still be harming your skin through the umbrella.
Parasols can be surprisingly multi-functional.
Firstly, the basics: look out for a crank mechanism. This will make it easy to raise and lower your parasol. A smooth, robust mechanism will do wonders.
Secondly, a canopy that has the ability to ‘tilt’, and can be adjusted, will make it easier to block the sun at any angle. This is especially helpful if you want to spend long periods outside throughout the day; you can keep up with the changing angle of the sun.
Lastly, if you’re interested in having a parasol with an added ‘wow’ factor, you may want to look out for one with features like lights inside the canopy. This can create a really special ambiance and can be a great way to make use of your parasol even when night draws in.
Cantilever Parasol FAQs
The following table offers a guide to recommended parasol base weights
|Parasol Size||Base Weight|
|2 m||9 – 12 kg|
|2 m, 2.1 m and 2.3 m||12 – 15 kg|
|2.5 m and 2.7 m||15 – 20 kg|
|3 m and 3 m x 2 m||20 – 30 kg|
|3m x 4m||30 – 50 kg|
|4 m+||50 kg+|
To get the best out of your cantilever 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.
Cantilever parasols tend to have a relatively secure stand and base (unless you’ve bought a wall-attaching parasol, of course!). That said, they will need to be secured if it is windy.
It’s advisable to place your parasol on firm, flat ground if you want it to be really secure. Cantilever parasols will work on grass, but the uneven ground will likely make them unsteady. Concrete is more appropriate terrain.
Purchase a weighted base to make sure your parasol doesn’t topple or blow around in the wind.
All models vary and you should refer to your manufacturer’s handbook, but here is some general advice:
- Unsure the canopy is not tilted
- Turn the crank handle counter-clockwise
- With your other hand, gently support the main frame bracket as it comes down
- When the canopy is fully closed, stop turning the crank
- Affix cover if using one