In this guide we’ll look at the best sun shade sails for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, size, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.

What Are The Best Sun Shade Sails?

  • Features
  • 50+ UV protection
  • Waterproof
  • Machine washable
  • Cost
Rating
9.9/10
  • Features
  • UV protection
  • Highly water-resistant
  • Reasonably priced
  • Cost
Rating
9.6/10
  • Features
  • UV and water-resistant
  • Comes in a range of colours
  • Lightweight yet durable fabric.
  • Cost
Rating
9.4/10
  • Features
  • UV and water-resistant
  • Durable fabric and D rings
  • 1-year warranty
  • Cost
Rating
9.3/10
  • Features
  • UV protection
  • Extra durable fabric
  • Covers a large area
  • Cost
Rating
8.9/10

More Detailed Sun Shade Sails Reviews

Kookaburra Waterproof Garden Sun Shade Sail Canopy (3m x 2m)

This Kookaburra Waterproof Garden Sun Shade Sail Canopy in Ivory is the best shade sail because it looks lovely, is made from good quality materials and protects you from both sun and rain.

This shade sail offers maximum UV protection, blocking 98% of UV rays, as well as being waterproof. The fabric is 160 gsm polyester which is hardwearing and durable and looks really nice, too. The sail is also machine washable making it easy to maintain. The sides of the sail are strapped for tension, so your sail doesn’t sag in the middle. This is a rectangular shade sail so offers one of the best options for a deck or patio. The sail is also available in a range of sizes and in square, rectangular and triangular shapes.

The sail comes with 4 grade 304 stainless steel D rings which are heavy-duty and corrosion-resistant. These can be tied to walls, fences or posts so you can have shade wherever you need it. For a more permanent fixing, you can buy a suitable fixing kit to attach the sail to walls, fences or posts.

This is the best garden shade sail if you are looking for a durable product that looks really lovely in the garden. It is also the best deck shade sail as it is rectangular and covers a large area.

Greenbay Anti-UV Sun Shade Sail (3x3x3m)

This Greenbay Anti-UV Sun Shade Sail is an excellent budget buy that provides protection from UV rays and looks really stylish.

This 3-metre triangular sun shade sail is made from polyester and is PU coated to make it water-resistant. It is also breathable so the air beneath the sail doesn’t get too warm in hot weather. The sail comes with 3 x grade 304 stainless steel D rings and 3 x durable nylon ropes. The sail is easy to set up and remove and can be fixed to walls, posts and fences. The sail should be installed at an angle to allow water to run off. You can buy suitable fixings to attach the sail to walls, fences or posts more permanently if required.

This is the best shade sail if you are looking for a reasonably priced option that still looks very stylish.

Kookaburra Water Resistant Sun Sail Shade Canopy in Ivory - 3m Triangle

The Kookaburra Water Resistant Sun Sail Shade is another reasonably priced option that comes in a range of colours and sizes so you can choose the perfect sail for your garden.

Most sun shade sails come in a classic ivory colour. If you are looking for a splash of colour in your garden, then this is the best sun shade sail for you. The sail comes in 12 different colours from classic ivory to bright green. The sail is constructed from high-density polyester to make it hardwearing enough for summer use. The sale blocks over 96.5 % of harmful UV rays and is water-resistant. The sail comes with webbing loops at the corners and also 1.5 metres of rope for each corner. You may want to buy D rings and suitable fixings to attach the sail to walls, fences or posts for a more permanent fixing.

This sun shade sail comes in a variety of sizes and colours so you can find the perfect sail for your garden.

Ankuka 2m x 3m Rectangle Sun Shade Sail

The Ankuka 2m x 3m Rectangle Sun Shade Sail is a super durable rectangular shade sail that provides a nice area of shade making it one of the best deck shade sails.

The sail is made from high-density polyester with a PU coating which makes it tear-resistant, water-resistant and durable. It also protects you and your family from harmful UV rays.

The item is well made with durable stainless steel D rings and strong webbing. The sail comes with 4 ropes and a storage bag and includes a 1-year warranty. The sail is easy to install and remove when not required. You may want to buy suitable fixings to attach the sail to walls, fences or posts more securely.

This is a great value rectangular sun shade sail that is made from good quality components.

Clara Sun Shade Sail (Square 3.6m)

The Clara Sun Shade Sail Garden is a quality item that is made from durable and good looking components and offers superior protection from harmful UV rays.

This sun shade sail is made from woven PU coated fabric that looks really stylish but is also durable and waterproof. The sail features double-stitched seams for added durability and to allow you to tension the sail to prevent sagging and water pooling. This sun shade blocks up to 98% of harmful UV rays making it a great option to protect little ones from the sun. The sail is quite large and covers a good area making it ideal for decks, patios and children’s play areas.

The sail is made from high-density polyester fabric which can be wiped down with a mild detergent. It also features strong nylon rope for each corner and strong, corrosion-resistant stainless steel D rings. It comes in its own carry case. You will need to buy either ropes or a fixing kit to secure this shade sail.

This product is of excellent quality and offers great protection from sun and rain.

Sun Shade Sails Buyer’s Guide

Size

Sun shade sails come in a range of sizes and shapes so you can find the perfect one to suit your needs. Bear in mind that a small triangular 3-metre sail will not provide a huge amount of shade so if you have a seating area or want to shade children while they play it is worth investing in a larger rectangular or square sail.

UV protection

Most sun shade sails provide excellent protection from harmful UV rays. This is particularly important if you are shading an area for children to play or regularly spend time in the garden in sunny weather. The best sun shade sails provide 50+ UV protection which means they block 98% of UV rays.

Weather resistance

Some sun shade sails are also completely weatherproof which means they can protect you from a downpour as well as sheltering garden furniture and other garden items. These sun shade sails have a waterproof coating so can be left out all summer long. Cheaper sun shade sails are showerproof so will protect against a light shower but may start to leak during a heavy downpour.

Machine washable

Some sun shade sails are machine washable which is excellent as it makes it easy to maintain them and keep them looking like new. The first sun shade sail in our review is machine washable so makes an excellent choice. Most other sun shade sails can be wiped down with a  mild detergent to keep them looking nice.

Ease of installation

Generally, sun shade sails are easy to install. Most sails have D rings at each corner which allow you to fix them securely. Sun shade sails also usually come with a length of rope for each corner. This means you can tie them to trees and fence posts which is ideal for creating some temporary shade. This is particularly handy if you want to take the sail with you to the park or a friend’s house.

For a more secure fixing, you can buy fixing kits that can be attached to walls or posts. The D rings the simply hook over these fixings so the sail is easy to attach and remove and stays securely fixed even in adverse weather.

FAQ

How do you erect a shade sail?

A sun shade sail can either be tied to supports or for a more secure and permanent fixing, you can buy a suitable fixing kit. You can then permanently install the fixings to a wall or fence post making it easy to put up your shade sail whenever you need it.

When installing your shade sail, ensure that the seams are facing down for maximum water protection. You should also angle your shade sail to a 30-40 degree angle to allow water to run off easily and prevent puddles from forming in your sail.

Conclusion

Sun shade sails offer the perfect solution for creating shade in the garden without the need for uprights that get in the way of free movement. You can also easily cover an uneven surface or stepped area with a sun shade sail where a conventional awning or parasol would not work. They also look really stylish and are simple to take down when not required.

I would recommend the Kookaburra Waterproof Garden Sun Shade Sail as it has 50+ protection from harmful UV rays, provides a large area of shade and looks really stylish.