Selection of Patio Umbrella Stands

 US Weight 16″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandUS Weight 16″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandAdams 15″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandAdams 15″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandDC America 18″ Cast Stone Patio Umbrella StandDC America 18″ Cast Stone Patio Umbrella StandTropiShade 20″ Bronze Cast Iron Umbrella StandTropiShade 20″ Bronze Cast Iron Umbrella StandPatio Living Concepts 16 1/2″ Resin Umbrella StandPatio Living Concepts 16 1/2″ Resin Umbrella Stand
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Diameter16-inch15-inch18-inch20-inch16.5-inch
Rust-freeYesYesYesYesNo
Coated finishResinResinYesPowder CoatedResin body
StandaloneYesNoYesYesYes
UV resistantYesYesNoYesYes
Easy to cleanYesYesYesYesYes
PatternNoNoCast stoneEuro DecoNo
Weight1lb (when empty)1.8lbs (when empty)22lbs30lbs50lbs
Pole size1" and 1 3/4"1" to 1 1/2"1 1/2" or 2"1 7/8", 1 3/8" and 1 1/2"All
Fills with sand or waterYesYesNoNoSand
Made in USAYesYesYesYesNo
Resists crackingYesYesNoNoNo
HandleYesYesYesYesYes
Wind/storm resistantNoYesYesYesNo
Protects flooringYesYesYesYesYes
 US Weight 16″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandUS Weight 16″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandAdams 15″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandAdams 15″ Resin Patio Umbrella StandDC America 18″ Cast Stone Patio Umbrella StandDC America 18″ Cast Stone Patio Umbrella StandTropiShade 20″ Bronze Cast Iron Umbrella StandTropiShade 20″ Bronze Cast Iron Umbrella StandPatio Living Concepts 16 1/2″ Resin Umbrella StandPatio Living Concepts 16 1/2″ Resin Umbrella Stand

Patio Umbrella Stand Buying Guide

Updated: February 1, 2017

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Patio Umbrella Stand Buying Guide

When you were younger you probably never figured that one day you would be checking out patio umbrella stands.

But if you are going to spending your hard earned bucks on something, then it makes sense that you get the best you can.

There is a mind boggling selection of patio umbrella stands from a vast array of manufacturers on the market, which makes choosing one seem like a bit of a lottery. Perhaps you should simply choose one that you like the look of and have done.

The first thing to think about is just where you are going to be using your patio umbrella stand and what you are expecting from it.

If that is the way you really felt, you wouldn’t be reading this, so let’s have a look at the different types of patio umbrella stands and what their features actually mean when it comes to functionality, design and style.

The first thing to think about is just where you are going to be using your patio umbrella stand and what you are expecting from it. For example, do you want to take it camping or is it going to stay in your yard?

And what about how it stands – will you be using it with a patio table or do you want it to stand alone? Does it have to match your existing patio furniture or are you looking for a stand that will make a statement on its own?

These are things that matter – and which will have an impact upon your final choice of patio umbrella stand – as well as things like how much you are prepared to spend on this accessory.

Choosing the Right Patio Umbrella Stand

2-patio-umbrella-stand-buying-guide-choiceIf you like the idea of a patio umbrella stand that you can use at home as well as on day trips and on vacation, then it makes sense to buy a lightweight one. That might sound contradictory because an umbrella stand needs to be heavy to keep the umbrella secure.

However, you can buy resin patio umbrella stands that weigh as little as one pound. The key here is to fill them with sand or water in order to give them the weight that they need. An additional bonus to resin models is that they are inexpensive and easy to keep clean.

If you are looking for a fancier stand that will complement existing furniture, have a look at powder coated models.

If you have plastic garden furniture, resin patio umbrella stands also come in colors that match and are usually UV resistant so that the color won’t fade. If you are looking for a fancier stand that will complement existing furniture, have a look at powder coated models.

These are available constructed from cast iron or cast composite stone and each has its own virtues – as well as disadvantages. The weight of these varies, so make sure you choose one that is heavy enough – but bear in mind you may want to move it – without slipping a disc.

A further option is the range of fiberglass reinforced concrete models that have a dual purpose. Not only are these patio umbrella stands, but they are also an attractive table. These come in a number of aesthetically pleasing designs and, as well as being functional, they create impact to any outdoor living space.

Besides choosing a model that you like the look at, there are other things to consider when you buy a patio umbrella stand. For example, will it fit your existing umbrella? To get this right, simply measure the diameter of the umbrella pole and choose a stand that accommodates that size.

Also think about your location. Naturally, you are expecting sun otherwise why bother with a patio umbrella stand, but how much wind and rain does your region have. The reason for this criterion is to assess how much weight and overall size your patio umbrella stand needs to have.

Patio Umbrella Stand Buying Specifications

What is the diameter of the patio umbrella stand?

3-patio-umbrella-stand-buying-guide-diameterDid you know that tall people who have small feet have a tendency to fall over more than other people? True story. And the same rule also applies to patio umbrella stands. If you have a large patio umbrella then you will need a stand that is in proportion to its size so it doesn’t tip.

That doesn’t mean that a patio umbrella stand that has a smaller diameter than others is going to be useless. On the contrary, they are perfectly adequate for smaller umbrellas, especially if they are placed in a sheltered spot.

Patio umbrella stands that have a larger diameter are more appropriate for larger umbrellas and furniture.

Other times when a smaller patio umbrella stand can be useful is for small areas, such as a tiny patio or balcony – but please ensure it is big enough for this scenario – an airborne umbrella from height could be very dangerous.

Consider, too, the size of your other patio furniture. Your patio umbrella and its stand need to look proportional if you want an effective look. But it also matters on a practical level. If you have a bistro-type patio table then a smaller umbrella stand is the better option.

Patio umbrella stands that have a larger diameter are more appropriate for larger umbrellas and furniture, but they are also necessary if your location is the recipient of lots of stormy weather otherwise you may have to contact air traffic control!

When you go to buy a patio umbrella stand, you won’t have to take your tape measure with you – manufacturers are aware of the importance of a stand’s diameter and so always state it in the product information.

A final word on the diameter of a patio umbrella stand. Although its diameter is important when it comes to an umbrella not tipping over or becoming a missile, these safety concerns also need to be addressed by buying a heavy enough patio umbrella stand.

Is the stand rust free?

4-patio-umbrella-stand-buying-guide-rust-freeThere are several different types of rust but simplistically put, it is the reaction of iron, or its alloys, and moisture – and left to its own devices it will eventually cause the destruction of whatever it is that is rusting.

That is not something that anyone wants to happen to their patio umbrella stand, but it doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that it will. For a start, if you choose a stand that isn’t made of cast iron, you are not going to get rust.

We advise that you check out individual patio umbrella stand reviews to see what other users have to say on the matter before making your final decision as to which patio umbrella stand to buy.

Having said that, some patio umbrella stands are largely made from materials such as resin, stone or concrete and yet have some metal components, which can rust. This can cause problems, especially if they are parts that need to move because rust can prevent this from happening.

We advise that you check out individual patio umbrella stand reviews to see what other users have to say on the matter before making your final decision as to which patio umbrella stand to buy.

There is an attractiveness about cast iron patio umbrella stands, that can be hard to resist, so if you have set your heart on one then of these then there are things to bear in mind to reduce the risk of rust occurring.

Firstly, choose a patio umbrella stand that has been powder coated. This offers protection against oxidation so there is less chance of rust – and it is worth checking to see if the manufacturer offers any warranties against rust.

Finally, if you are especially concerned about rust because you live in a humid or excessively rainy area perhaps, then there are many preparations on the market that you can paint on yourself to inhibit rust.

Does it have a pattern?

5--patio-umbrella-stand-buying-guide-patternEven some of the more basic resin patio umbrella stands feature some kind of pattern even if it is a simple geometric patterning of lines to give them some aesthetic appeal. Umbrella stands made from other materials invariably offer some design features.

Obviously, the first thing to look for is a pattern that appeals to you – there’s little point getting one that you really don’t like, but there are some things that you should think about to aid your decision.

An open design pattern will enable rainwater to evaporate quickly so there is no detrimental lengths of time where the water is sitting underneath the stand and causing rot to your deck, or for rust to occur and to stain your patio.

For example, what kind of flooring are you going to place your patio umbrella stand on – and how will the stand impact upon that? For example, if you have a ‘closed’ pattern (that is, a solid stand with no holes in it) no air can circulate under it – which will kill grass.

An open design pattern will enable rainwater to evaporate quickly so there is no detrimental lengths of time where the water is sitting underneath the stand and causing rot to your deck, or for rust to occur and to stain your patio.

A solid base pattern, however, is easier to keep clean. There are no spaces for windswept leaves to gather, and you won’t have to deal with cleaning in between each gap. Instead, depending upon the material, a quick wipe with a cloth or a squirt from the garden hose will do the trick.

The pattern that you will choose will also depend upon the style of your garden and the designs on the rest of your patio furniture. If these all lean to swirls and sweeping lines then a square patio umbrella stand with geometric detailing will clash.

And of course, the reverse is true. Fortunately there are so many patio umbrella stands to choose from that the problem will be too much choice. And remember, there aren’t just these ‘flat’ styles to choose from – how about a table patio umbrella stand in the shape of an elephant?

Is it a standalone model?

6-patio-umbrella-stand-buying-guide-standaloneA standalone patio umbrella stand is one that doesn’t need the added support of a patio table to keep the umbrella upright. (In this instance, the umbrella pole goes through a hole in the middle of the patio table before going into the stand on the floor).

Finding the right stand that will enable your umbrella to stay where you put it isn’t the easiest of tasks. Some manufacturers will say quite categorically that a particular stand is not suitable for this task, but many others say nothing at all, which means that you have to do some homework.

Basically, the thing that determines whether a patio umbrella stand is capable of supporting an umbrella on its own is the weight of it- pure and simple, there is nothing else to it.

Basically, the thing that determines whether a patio umbrella stand is capable of supporting an umbrella on its own is the weight of it- pure and simple, there is nothing else to it.

But the necessary weight is determined by other factors, such as the size of the umbrella and what kind of weather conditions are likely – even hot locations with little rain are prone to heavy winds.

So, what are we looking at? A 20lb patio umbrella stand should never be used for an umbrella that you wish to have as a standalone. In fact, this size of stand should only be used, with a table, for umbrellas that are under 6 feet.

A 30lb stand can accommodate umbrellas up to 6.5 feet – again with a table in place. The minimum weight for a standalone umbrella should be 40lbs, but only for umbrellas that are no bigger than 4.5 feet.

A 50lb patio umbrella stand will accommodate a standalone umbrella up to 7.5 feet, but for larger umbrellas, or in areas that get heavy winds, a minimum weight of 70lbs is recommended.

Has it been made in the USA?

7-patio-umbrella-stand-buying-guide-made-in-usaDoes it bother you what the provenance of the things you buy is? Or do you not really mind as long as you get it for a good price? We are going to look at some of the reasons why it pays to know where our stuff comes from.

Naturally, if we buy a patio umbrella stand that has been manufactured in the USA, we are supporting our national industries – as well as ensuring that American people are in employment.

It isn’t just the nation that benefits, however when we buy patio umbrella stands that have been made in the States, it’s the entire planet.

The bigger picture for this is that buying as many American goods as we can help the overall economy of the country, which is always good and puts the nation on a better worldwide footing.

It isn’t just the nation that benefits, however when we buy patio umbrella stands that have been made in the States, it’s the entire planet. Having a smaller carbon footprint makes a very real impact on reducing the damage that we are all doing to our planet.

If this is a real concern for you (and why wouldn’t it be?) then look carefully at the patio umbrella stand that you have your eye on. Some of them are actually constructed in the States but use components that come from abroad – which doesn’t really help with the air miles issue.

Sometimes it is tempting to buy items such as patio umbrella stands directly from abroad because they are offering a lower price than an American made alternative. Think of the real cost, however, (aside from the cost to the planet). These stands are heavy so shipping costs could outweigh any savings.

Even if a foreign supplier offers favorable shipping costs, what if there is a problem with the patio umbrella stand that you buy. It could be faulty, or you just plain don’t like it – but it’s going to cost you a fortune to return it.

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Pro: Lock down bracket
Con: Keeps wobbling

Adams 15″ Resin Patio Umbrella Stand

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Pro: Absolutely no rust
Con: No bottom plug

TropiShade 20″ Bronze Cast Iron Umbrella Stand

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Pro: Rust proof coating
Con: Not for the beach

US Weight 16″ Resin Patio Umbrella Stand

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Pro: EZ Grip handle
Con: Not big enough

Patio Living Concepts 16 1/2″ Resin Umbrella Stand

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Pro: Five colors available
Con: Susceptible to rusting

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