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What furniture is best for outside?

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Outdoor living spaces offer us  a place to relax, enjoy nature, dine, and play, especially in the warmer months. And, of course, if you have  outdoor space, you’ll probably need to furnish it. Understanding how you want to use your deck, patio, or backyard can help you make purchase choices that fit your lifestyle and finances.

What to consider when buying outdoor furniture

First, think about how you want to use your outdoor space. Will you throw large parties? If so, you may want easy-to-move furniture to make space for a crowd. If you love eating outside, make sure you buy a table large enough to accommodate a group of guests. Maybe you want to create an outdoor play area with standing hammocks and lawn games. If so, make sure to leave space between the furniture for kids to have fun. 

Other considerations

Materials

If you want outdoor furniture that lasts more than a season, purchase durable materials like teak, acacia, and other weather-treated woods. Cast or wrought aluminum and all-weather wicker are also durable choices.

Size

Make sure to measure not only the furniture you are buying but the space for it. You will want to make sure you can easily push in or pull out a chair and leave space to walk around a piece without banging into something. 

Weight limits

Before you buy a piece of furniture, check how heavy the piece is, so you can know if it is easy to lift and/or put away during a storm, if necessary. In addition, you should make sure to know the weight limit of each item so that when kids and dogs pile onto the furniture, it will hold up. 

Maintenance and Cleaning

Make sure the furniture you purchase is meant for outdoor use to avoid leaving cushions that smell like mildew. Some fabrics are easier to clean than others. Sunbrella, a cushion fabric, is easier to clean and maintain than linen or cotton. Rust-free aluminum, weathered steel, and acacia wood are all examples of outdoor furniture that are easy to clean and maintain.

Shape

After measuring your space, think about how you will use it. If you enjoy BBQs and sit-down meals, make sure your outdoor table can support a large number of guests. Many outdoor tables (both round and rectangular) have a hole in the center of them to accommodate a large sun umbrella to make mealtimes under the sun more pleasant. 

After deciding what you want and need, determine your price point.

There are endless options, from wallet-friendly budget to high-priced patio furniture. To help, we  asked design experts, realtors, and outdoor furniture enthusiasts about their favorite designs and sets.

Our top patio furniture picks

Best wood outdoor furniture: Brizio Acacia 3 Piece Seating Group with Cushions

When you hunt for outdoor wood furniture that can withstand  the elements, teak, acacia, cypress, bamboo, redwood and cedar are good choices. Make sure to care for it using wood oil a few times a year, and cover your furniture when it is not in use and during inclement weather. 

Birch Lane sells natural wood furniture, and we like its Acacia rocking chairs for their affordable and trendy outdoor look. With 1,652 reviews and 4.7 stars, this three-piece wood set is a good starter piece for comfortable patio or deck living. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Chair (33.25 inches deep and 24.00 inches wide and 35.75 inches high. Seat (19.00 inches deep and 20.75 inches wide and 16.50 inches high) Table 9.00 inches deep and 15.00 inches wide and 19.25 inches high)
  • Material: Acacia wood, machine washable cushion covers (waterproof polyester and foam) and weathered steel
  • Colors: Lovely weathered light brown teak and cream-colored cushions
  • Warranty: You can purchase a three-year warranty plan for $44.99
  • Price: $300
  • Assembly required: Yes 

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Comes with cushions
  • Classic patio set

Cons: 

  • Assembly required
  • Pay for a warranty
  • You have to buy the whole set

Brizio Acacia 3 Piece Seating Group with Cushions

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Best quality outdoor furniture: Manna Sonoma Red Dining Chairs

“Before you buy furniture for your outdoor space, really consider how it will be used and what you enjoy doing outside,” shares Greg Forest, a senior global real estate advisor for Sotheby's, based in Palm Beach, Florida. “For example, if you love to eat al fresco and entertain, investing in a beautiful table makes sense.” 

Forest recommends the furniture company Article for its high-quality furniture. Start building your al fresco dining set with these red woven rope chairs. They come in pairs and are good-looking enough for indoors.  With a mid-century modern sensibility and sturdy steel frame, these seats are comfortable and chic. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions:  22 inches high and 22.5 inches wide and 27 inches deep
  • Material: Steel and woven polypropylene 
  • Colors: Red
  • Warranty: One-year
  • Price: $340 (set of two)
  • Assembly: None required

Pros:

  • Set of two chairs under $350
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors for seating

Cons:

  • Need to purchase protective covers separately

Manna Sonoma Red Dining Chair

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Best weatherproof outdoor furniture: Isola Aluminium Lounge Chair

Invest in high-quality aluminum patio furniture if inclement weather and strong storms are common where you live. Cast and wrought aluminum are light enough to store (these are 16 pounds) easily but also strong enough to stand up to winds—provided they’re not accompanied by hurricane gales or tornados. Aluminum will resist rust and most aluminum patio furniture contains a powder coat finish for extra protection. The Isola aluminum lounge chairs are comfortable and beautiful but better yet, they’re weatherproof.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 32-3/4 inches wide and 30 ¾ inches high and 33 inches deep.
  • Material: Aluminum 
  • Colors: Grayish brown
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Price: $679.15
  • Assembly required: Some

Pros:

  • Aluminum is extremely durable and weatherproof
  • Stores easily

Cons: 

  • It does not come with a cushion
  • Higher price point per chair than some competitors

Isola Aluminum Lounge Chair - Frontgate

Frontgate

$799.00

$639.20

Best affordable outdoor furniture: Santa Monica Outdoor 3-Piece Oval Bistro Chat Set by Christopher Knight Home

This cute set comes at a reasonable price and provides a pop of mid-century modern for your patio. Available in four colors, including a bright teal, this could be a stylish addition to a small space. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Table: 29.50 inches high and 39.50 inches wide and 18.75 inches deep. Chairs: 29.75 inches high and 20.75 inches wide and 21.25 inches deep
  • Material: Iron frame with a protective coating
  • Colors: Crackle Green, Crackle Orange, Matte Teal, or Matte Coral
  • Warranty: Costs extra
  • Price: $229.04 (subject to change)
  • Assembly required: Yes

Pros:

  • Good for small spaces
  • Mid-century modern aesthetic

Cons:

  • May rust over time, especially in damp conditions

Santa Monica Outdoor 3-Piece Bistro Set by Christopher Knight Home

Bed Bath & Beyond

$262.49

$223.12

Best outdoor dining furniture: Latta Slate Gray Dining Table for 8

This dining table by Article, a brand recommended by Forest, due to its high-quality craftsmanship, durability and style, can seat eight people comfortably in style for an enjoyable al fresco dining experience. Made with an Acacia wood topper and aluminum frame, two of the most durable materials for outdoor furniture, this table is designed  to last for many seasons of outdoor meals. You can pair the table with a few of Article’s Manna Sonoma chairs. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 30 inches high and 94.5 inches wide and  39.5 inches deep
  • Material: Acacia wood and powder-coated aluminum 
  • Colors: Natural wood
  • Warranty:  N/A 
  • Price: $799
  • Assembly required: Yes

Pros:

  • Durable materials 
  • Large enough for eight guests

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Must purchase chairs separately

Latta Slate Gray Dining Table for 8

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Best outdoor wicker furniture: Sausalito Swivel Lounge Chair in Natural Wicker by Terra Living

Terra makes some of the best outdoor wicker furniture with durable and comfortable designs for long lounging sessions on the deck.  The all-weather wicker with a deep seat that swivels can stand up to heat and humidity, making it a great option for those living in coastal areas. Also, the swivel component is a fun addition to classic seating. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 39 inches wide and 32 inches deep and 31 inches high
  • Material: All-weather wicker
  • Colors: Light wicker frame with sand, taupe or stone cushions (various shades of gray)
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Price: $1175 
  • Assembly required: Yes

Pros

  • Weather resistant materials 
  • Rates high for comfort
  • Can be purchased separately or as part of a set
  • Durable 

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy if you need to move it (54 pounds)

Sausalito Swivel Lounge Chair in Natural Wicker

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Best modern outdoor furniture: Rove Concepts Jericho Sling Chair

Rove Concepts produces high-end, modern furniture for outdoor living. The company has mixed reviews on TrustPilot, but its high-end designs, like the Jericho sling chair, are a way to bring your patio game up a notch. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 27.1 inches wide and  35.4 inches deep and  35.8 inches high. Seat width is 21 inches. 
  • Material: High-performance aluminum frame wrapped in polyethylene rattan
  • Colors: White or black cushion with natural rattan frame
  • Warranty: N/A
  • Price: $369 (if you sign up to be a member of Rove Concepts)
  • Assembly required: Some

Pros:

  • Will hold up to 250 pounds
  • Aluminum frame is an excellent material for durability 
  • UV- & water-resistant fabric cushion

Cons:

  • Mixed reviews of the company (not the product) on TrustPilot

Jericho Sling Chair

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Best outdoor lounge furniture: The Outdoor Sectional by Neighbor

If you want to stretch out when you lounge or have multiple guests or family members to have a seat, a weatherproof sectional sofa is one way to go when furnishing your outside space. Neighbor’s six-piece sectional is one of the best couches that will allow you and others to spread out comfortably. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 114.25 inches by 28 inches (long end) and 89.5 inches by 28 inches (short end)
  •  Material: Imported teak frame with hand-stretched weather-resistant polyester rope back, plus stainless metal hardware. Sunbrella outdoor fabric
  • Colors: Sunbrella rust, leaf, canvas or coal
  • Warranty: Five years
  • Price: $6,100
  • Assembly required: Yes

Pros:

  • Five-year warranty
  • Prioritizes eco-friendly materials

Cons:

  • May not be good for small spaces
  • Expensive

The Outdoor Sectional by Neighbor

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Best portable outdoor furniture: Teak beach chair

Serena & Lily is known for its coastal cool,  beach-house vibe. This teak sling chair with a preppy nautical vibe is made for sitting by the water’s edge all summer. Besides its comfortable shape, the best part is that it folds up, and with its padded backpack straps, so it can travel with you. Buying a set allows for moveable seating on the patio or pool. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 26 inches wide and 30 inches deep and height is  34 inches overall. When folded up, the chair is 32 inches wide and 27 inches deep and 3.5 inches tall. Item has an interior seat depth of 17 inches wide and 17 inches deep
  • Material: Teak with stainless steel hardware and a weather-resistant coating; UV and water-resistant canvas
  • Colors: Antique white, coastal blue and tide strip botanical
  • Warranty: N/A (Can return within a 30-day window)
  • Price: $298
  • Assembly required: No

Pros:

  • Portable and lightweight (14 lbs)
  • Can support up to 250 lbs
  • Comes with a zippered pocket

Cons:

  • May need a set for multiple guests
  • Recommended to be stored indoors during inclement weather

Teak Beach Chair

Serena and Lily

$298.00

$198.00

Best places to buy outdoor furniture

A budget-friendly way to shop for a wide variety of outdoor furniture, you can find everything you need here to set up an outdoor space, from sectionals to dining sets. Wayfair’s offerings are a great mix of trendy and classic styles. You can find mid-century modern chairs or pick up rustic farmhouse benches from one online location. Wayfair also carries a range of Adirondack chairs, a staple for sitting lakeside or watching the sunset from your deck. 

Along with furniture, pick up sun umbrellas, hammocks, lawn games, outdoor bar carts, storage, and more. It’s a one-stop shop for making your backyard, patio and deck decorative and functional. Wayfair also will return items within a 30-day window, which makes it a safe bet for purchasing furniture online. 

One of Wayfair’s branded retail websites, AllModern is good for finding affordable designs inspired by Bauhaus and other mid-century makers. You can search the outdoor furniture section by material, from all-weather to mixed metals, to make sure your purchase can withstand the elements. 

This Minneapolis-based furniture company designs contemporary pieces for inside and outside your home. We like its colorful Hot Mesh patio chairs for their comfort and polished modern look. Blu Dot also offers a range of outdoor sofas and sectionals as well. Its prices are aligned with its high-end and modern design. 

When is the best time to buy outdoor furniture?

If you want to purchase the latest styles and trends, consider purchasing in early spring, suggests Forest, when items are still in stock. Memorial Day is a great time to snag high-end pieces at lower prices. Snap up the best pillows, often also on sale,  for outdoor furniture in a fabric like Sunbrella that won’t fade. 

Other experts recommend looking for patio furniture after the summer season ends, in late fall or winter, when it tends to go on sale. 

What are great accessories for your outdoor space?

“I love Tucci umbrellas,” shares Forest. “If you are going to buy one accessory, this is it. They are the best in the business and make any space more inviting. Coolers, fire pits, outdoor lawn or deck games, movie screens, poofs, weather-resistant rugs and floor pillows are all great additional accessories to complete your outdoor oasis. 

How we select the best outdoor furniture

We researched patio furniture from the most popular brands and selected options based on durability, style and price. We received tips from patio and deck lovers, design pros, and real estate agents who say well-appointed outdoor living space (large or small) is now a necessary component of your home. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the best material for outdoor furniture? 

Natural wood and Sunbrella materials are two popular choices for furniture. “Natural wood like teak will last a long time if you take care of it,” says Forest. “Use furniture oil and cover all outdoor furniture to help with its longevity.” Whatever you buy, make sure it is water-resistant and weatherproof. 

How do I get the best deals on outdoor furniture?

You can get the best deals on outdoor furniture by shopping in-store and online sales. Many stores offer significant discounts over Memorial Day weekend. End-of-season sales, along with Labor Day markdowns, often happen in late August or early September. “Best time to buy patio furniture would be at the end of the summer when all sales start to hit,” recommends Martha Gaffney, certified interior decorator and strategic real estate advisor at Real Estate Bees. 

If you have a favorite store, it can be worth signing up for emails and texts from it so you can be among the first to know about any upcoming sales. 

Is it worth buying expensive outdoor furniture? 

Good quality outdoor furniture can last for a few decades. And while not all expensive pieces necessarily mean good quality—if you buy anything, make sure the pieces are built to last. Outdoor furniture with weather-proof fabrics, durable wood like Acacia and teak, and materials like rust-proof aluminum can be worth the investment. 

How do I choose the right size and style of outdoor furniture for my space?

“Mixing and matching furniture is always fun so all pieces don't always need to look the same. When looking for outdoor furniture, it's best to look for something that suits not only your style but your needs for use,” says Gaffney. 

Always measure your patio, deck or yard before purchasing and allow for two-to-three feet of space for foot traffic. Think about how much furniture you need to be comfortable outside and how you will use the space. A dining area on a deck will need enough clearance to pull out chairs or get back and forth safely to a grill.  

Make sure your furniture is in place for optimal viewing of a pool, garden or yard and doesn’t block doors leading back into your house. Otherwise, your style will likely dictate what you buy for your space. 

Can outdoor furniture be used indoors or vice versa?

Indoor furniture is not usually made to withstand the elements, making it potentially risky to use outdoors. However, outdoor furniture could be used in your home, depending on whether  you like it and how it influences your decor and style. If you have a covered sunroom, for example, wicker and rattan outdoor furniture that is heat- and humidity- friendly, it might be a great fit. 

How do I protect my outdoor furniture from weather damage?

Always cover your outdoor furniture and accessories, like a grill, to protect it from weather damage. If you own an outdoor movie screen, put it away after use to keep it from getting damaged. Pillows, cushions, poufs, and other comfortable accessories should not be left out in the rain, sleet, or other damaging weather conditions. Buying furniture covers to fit your couches, tables and chairs can help protect heavier pieces during poor weather. When emergency and severe weather conditions are in the forecast, bring all outdoor furniture and accessories indoors.

Will a great outdoor space raise my home’s value or a buyer’s interest?

Yes. Outdoor space has become a priority for buyers. If you are thinking of selling your home, a well-appointed, good looking deck, patio or lawn will likely make a difference and great furniture and accessories can have a positive impact as well.  "The rising popularity of outdoor features suggests the pandemic has changed how we want to live for good, priming the backyard for a 2023 evolution," said Amanda Pendleton, Zillow's home trends expert.

Read on for the best outdoor furniture PEOPLE (and our pets) tested, including an outdoor sectional Christina Hall recommended for entertaining large groups.

We tested a wide range of outdoor furniture — from modern sectionals to zero gravity chairs — to see how they held up to wind, rain, blazing sun, and, unintentionally (but perhaps most importantly), our pets.

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A LOOK AT FURNITURE PROS AND CONS

"I like to have a mix of seating, such as sofas and chairs with side tables and dining tables and chairs. This allows the patio to be multifunctional when entertaining,” she says. More seating in your outdoor space means more room for entertaining and lounging.

With summer in full swing, we’re all trying to take advantage of the sunny weather and get outside as much as possible. From slow mornings sipping coffee to hanging out with friends, having a designated outdoor space at your home is a game changer for getting the most out of summer. Whether you’re trying to revamp your outdoor space or make a new one altogether, when choosing outdoor furniture, you have to ask yourself questions that you wouldn’t when buying furniture for other parts of your home. How does this sectional withstand the elements? Is this chair water-resistant? Will these cushions fade easily in the sun? We asked Liz Toombs, certified interior decorator in Lexington, Kentucky, and founder of PDR Interiors, what advice she has for finding the ideal outdoor furniture setup, which according to her, is all about seating.

This Article outdoor seating set did win our vote for best investment, so naturally, it’s on the pricier side. However, this is the kind of outdoor furniture that will last for years and years. While it isn’t necessarily luxury, it is incredibly well made in a way that you can see and feel. If you’re looking to furnish a permanent outdoor space and want something that will last, you can’t go wrong with this set.

When we say this Article Calicut set is life-changing, we mean it. From the moment of delivery — a breeze thanks to the company sending movers who set it up for us — we found that everything about this loveseat set was high quality. The cushions provide generous support and are incredibly comfortable; they don’t get too hot or sticky, and while they aren’t something you could curl up and nap in, you could certainly spend an evening or an afternoon lounging on them. The furniture itself is also very durable: From cat scratch claw marks to spilled wine to smoke and smog-filled air, it hasn’t missed a beat, and it still feels as high quality as it did the day it was delivered. The cushions are easy to clean, and any spills or messes were easy to wipe away with a wet cloth. While the set is only available in two colors, coast sand (a gray shade) and black, the darker cushion colors are great for concealing dirt.

From rain to harsh sun to wildfire smoke, this furniture has not waivered in its quality, so you know it’s built to last.

The set feels comfortable and supportive to sit in, so much so that we think they could be indoor pieces.

The cushions are easy to clean; everything from wine spills to pet stains to bird droppings came out easily.

The main downside to this bench is that it doesn’t include a cushion. If you’d like a bench cushion, you can purchase one separately from Grandin’s website for about $100, depending on the pattern and thickness. It is fairly comfortable on its own, but adding a cushion makes a world of difference and makes it easier to sit for longer. Despite the lack of cushion, we found it worth the price. This is a great investment if you’re looking for a single piece for a small space or want to supplement your outdoor setup.

Benches are a great addition to any patio setup, and this one by Grandin Road won our vote in this category because of how durable it is. We already owned this bench for more than a year ahead of testing, and we absolutely love it. It hasn’t shown any signs of chipping, scratches, or molding in that time, although it’s been consistently exposed to the elements. It also provides a surprising amount of support, even though the back of the seat only comes up to the middle of your back. Aside from feeling well made, it looks great, too — the classic, preppy design will spruce up any space and add a level of luxury. We also love how spacious it is; it can fit two to three people comfortably, and if you’re sitting by yourself, you can easily prop your feet up and relax.

It doesn’t come with a cushion, so you’ll have to purchase one separately if you want added comfort.

It’s spacious enough to seat three people comfortably or stretch out lengthwise if you’re by yourself so you can prop up your legs and read a book.

The bench provides a surprising amount of support, so you can sit for a long time without discomfort.

However, one con about the light-colored cushions is that they show dirt easily. We placed the loveseat under a tree, which exposed it to debris, especially after it rained. Throughout the testing period, we cleaned the cushions quite a few times. We followed the manufacturer's instructions by cleaning them with soap and water on a rag, and all the stains did come out fairly easily, but this is something to keep in mind if you end up purchasing this loveseat. Additionally, while the seat is comfortable, it is on the smaller side. We found that no more than two people can sit on it comfortably, so this wouldn’t be the best choice if you plan on having a lot of guests over. However, we found that one person could curl up and nap on it quite easily. This loveseat would be great for someone furnishing a small outdoor space or looking for a piece that won’t break the bank. Overall, we found this loveseat reasonably priced for wicker outdoor furniture and well worth the cost.

Known for its durability, wicker is a common material for outdoor furniture and ideal if you want something low maintenance and affordable that will last you for many years. This Better Homes & Gardens loveseat and ottoman set won our vote for best wicker outdoor furniture because it’s not only all those things but also very comfortable. You can stretch out on the ottoman and cozy up with a cold drink and good book for an idyllic summer afternoon. The light color of the fabric on the cushions also means it stays nice and cool, and you won’t get overheated. The cushions are also fade-resistant and repel water, which we discovered when it rained during testing. In addition, the cushions are nice and thick, so the rigid wicker pattern won’t press into your skin.

The loveseat doesn’t fit more than two people comfortably, so it’s not ideal if you’re going to be doing a lot of entertaining.

The cushions are made of fade-resistant and water-repellent polyester so that they’ll last in the elements.

While the steel hardware does mean that it’s durable, it also retains heat. During the assembly process, we found it hard to hold onto the pieces for too long because they were so hot to the touch. Also, the cushions aren’t washable and don’t have removable cases, so you won’t be able to give them a deep clean if something is spilled on them or they inevitably accumulate dirt. Luckily, the cushions are dark in color, so they won’t show stains easily. If you buy this sectional, you should keep the couch in a shady spot and have cleaning wipes on hand to spot-treat messes. With all this being said, we found this sectional to be an amazing value. From detachable and customizable features to its comfort and spaciousness, we think this is a great purchase if you’re looking for an outdoor sectional.

If you have a larger space and do a lot of entertaining, you’ll love this Better Homes & Gardens modern sectional. During testing, we had up to four adults and an infant sitting on it at once, and everyone could sit comfortably. We also loved how sturdy this outdoor furniture is — the steel frame means that you don’t have to worry about it blowing away in the wind, and the resin wood coffee table and attached end table feel sleek and stable as well. They’re easy to clean, too. The removable polyester cushions make it cozy enough to sit for hours without discomfort. They’re squishy enough to feel supported, but you don’t feel like you're sinking in. Because they’re black, they also do a great job concealing any dirt and will go with any color scheme. It’s also important to note that this modern sectional can detach into a separate sofa and loveseat so that you can curate your seating for every occasion.

The cushions aren’t washable, so you won’t be able to deeply clean them if you need to.

Metal hardware heats up very quickly, so if this sectional is directly in the sun, use caution when approaching.

You can pull apart the sectional to become a sofa and loveseat so that you can customize the setup to your needs.

This set has plenty of space so that you can accommodate lots of guests comfortably.

Although the chairs are comfortable, we felt that the adjustable recline setting could be better. It’s supposed to be lockable, but we found that if you change positions or make any sudden movements, it lifts you back to the upright setting. Also, while we did love the cup holders, they don't fit larger cup sizes, which is something to keep in mind. If you’re looking for something that you can fully lounge in and folds up, we recommend this set as a great choice to take camping, to set up outside of your RV, or to keep on hand if you need furniture for a smaller outdoor space.

Are you looking for a lounge chair you can sunbathe in or want new chairs for your RV setup? This zero gravity lounge chair set made our list because of how comfortable, affordable, and space-saving it is. It certainly lives up to its name — we found the chairs stayed consistently comfortable, even after sitting for hours. Whether you’re lounging with friends or laying out with a book and a drink, you’ll love the added support of the removable headrests and the built-in cup holders on the attached side tables. Also, the polyester Textilene material is incredibly breathable and water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about it getting too hot or too wet. Another thing we appreciate about this set is how spacious the seats are, so you don’t have to worry about feeling constricted.

It easily folds up, so you can store it in the off-season or if you’re working with a small space.

The Textilene material is breathable and water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about rot or molding due to moisture.

The removable pillow headrests, cup holders, and a natural recline mean you’ll be able to get maximum relaxation and comfort.

Although any staining (like bird droppings and paw prints) did come out fairly easily with a wet paper towel, the light color of the fabric cushions will naturally accumulate dirt more frequently, so be prepared to clean it more regularly than you would a darker fabric. Our other gripe is that the sofa is a little bit small, and the wood framing doesn’t allow for much give. You can only fit two people comfortably, three if you squeeze, so you'll likely need more seating options if you want to do lots of entertaining in your outdoor space. But we found this set to be incredibly comfortable for patio furniture — this, combined with its chic look and reasonable price point (especially for wood patio furniture), made it a winner if you like the aesthetics of wood patio furniture.

If you like the look and feel of wood furniture but are worried about its longevity in the outdoors, worry no more! This Christopher Knight sofa set is made of wood, so it’s dense and water-resistant. This allows you to have the aesthetic benefits of wooden furniture without worrying about damage in harsh elements. Each piece requires full assembly, but the process was very straightforward, although it would probably save you time if you had a second person helping with setup. Additionally, because it’s made of wood, it won’t get too hot under the sun like a metal frame. The light color of the fabric cushions also stays cool in the heat so that you can lounge for hours. While it doesn’t allow for a full recline, the cushions are pillowy, comfortable, and provide generous support.

The sofa is on the smaller side and can only fit two people comfortably.

This set is highly durable and easy to clean; although the cushions are light, they released any stains with a wet paper towel.

The cushions repel heat, so your skin won’t get too hot from sitting for too long.

The wood is resistant to condensation, so you don’t have to worry about damaging moisture.

The main con we encountered with this set was that, while they are comfortable for wicker chairs, this isn’t the kind of furniture you’ll want to lounge in all day long. You can’t recline, and the set doesn’t include an ottoman, so these are more of the kind of chairs you’d want as a supplement for any patio furniture you already have, or they’d be great on a front porch for your morning coffee or a short visit with a friend. All in all, if you want something inexpensive to finish off your outdoor space, this is a great choice.

We experienced quite a few rainy days during testing. Still, the water-resistant cushions did a great job of allowing most of the moisture to bead down off the surface, which means you won’t have to deal with soggy cushions if you forget to bring them inside ahead of a rainstorm.

Are you looking for chairs to add to your patio setup? This three-piece set is a high-quality and affordable option, so it won our vote for the best value. Despite the low price tag, we were impressed by how high quality it felt. While it’s in no way bulky, the chairs and table feel sturdy and well-made. This is largely due to subtle details, like the glass top on the table, which adds an extra level of stability, especially for drinks. We also loved how supportive and comfortable these chairs felt, thanks to the slight curve in the back of the chairs. While wicker isn’t characteristically known for being super comfortable, we found that we could sit in these chairs for a while without discomfort.

Even in the rain, the cushions didn’t absorb water, so you don’t have to worry about them getting moldy due to moisture.

Celeb-Worthy Pick

Best Choice Products 7-Piece Modular Outdoor Sectional: HGTV’s Christina Hall recommended this wicker sectional last summer, so naturally, we had to test it out for ourselves. It comes in seven pieces, which means it’s spacious and great for anyone who does lots of entertaining. The U-shape is conversational and ideal for propping your feet up or sprawling out if you’re lounging solo. With all this being said, there isn’t anything securing the fabric cushions onto the plastic wicker, and the rain cover didn't fit the entire sectional. We loved that it could furnish a bigger space and is conducive for socializing, but ultimately, we didn't feel it fully aligned with the price point. However, if you can find it on sale (which, right now, it's $200 off), then we say go for it.

People / Jennifer May

Others We Tried

Sunjoy Zero Gravity Chair: We liked this zero gravity chair because it was very comfortable and great for lounging: The reclining settings under the armrests stayed locked, even when changing positions or getting in and out of the chair. However, it didn’t make our list for one reason — after just a few exposures to rain, it started to rust significantly. For a piece of furniture that’s supposed to be outdoor friendly, this isn't very encouraging, so we recommend the Amazon Basics Adjustable Zero Gravity Chairs instead.

Devoko 5-Piece Outdoor Sectional: While this set was priced well for the size and everything you get, the cushions are fairly thin and don’t add much comfort. Also, they did initially repel water, but once they got wet enough, they started to get soggy. For this reason, we chose the Better Homes & Gardens Modern Sectional as our favorite sectional option.

Better Homes & Gardens Carrara Springs 4-Piece Outdoor Set: We liked how heavy and sturdy this set was, especially in the face of storms and heavy winds. The same is true for the cushions — they’re thick and supportive, which makes the seating very comfortable and easy to spend a whole summer afternoon lounging on. However, assembly was challenging, and the wood had some rough spots. However, we think it's a worthwhile buy if you can find it on sale.

People / Jeanne Geer

Things to Consider Before Buying Outdoor Furniture

Assembly

Most outdoor furniture will require some amout of setup. To avoid any frustration or delays in enjoying your outdoor space when your patio furniture arrives, look closely at the product description on the manufacturer’s website to see what exactly you’ll be working with when you open the box. Make sure that you have the proper tools and available space needed to assemble the furniture. If you're working with materials that heat up, such as the metal in the Better Homes & Gardens Modern Sectional, make sure to assemble it in the shade or on a cloudy day.

Comfort

If the outdoor furniture you purchase isn’t comfortable, you’re not going to want to sit on it, and it’s as simple as that. When curating your space, comfort should be the top priority. Looking at the product reviews on the manufacturer’s website and confirming the measurements is a great way to ensure that it will be comfortable for you, especially if you’re on the taller side. Also, look at the materials used to make the furniture — does it come with cushions? If so, how thick are they? How tall is the seat back? Is it possible to recline? Does it come with an ottoman? Of course, your answers will depend on your needs and expectations for an outdoor space, but these are all good questions to ask when shopping for new outdoor furniture.

Durability

Shopping for outdoor furniture is completely different than shopping for something you’d keep in your home. You have to remember that this furniture will likely remain outside, exposed to the sun, heat, snow, and wind, depending on your climate. And if you have pets or small children, you'll want to look for extra durable materials. Look at the products the furniture is made with, whether or not the pieces are water resistant, and the color when considering outdoor furniture. If you keep it in a particularly sunny spot, it will be more prone to fading, so any dark fabrics may change color and vibrancy over time. Wicker is known for its durability, so a set like the Better Homes & Gardens Willow Sage Loveseat and Ottoman, will likely last you a long time.

If you place your outdoor seating under a tree, it will be exposed to more debris, like bird droppings and falling leaves or sap, so it must be cleaned more frequently. In that case, picking a set that's easy to clean, like the Christopher Knight Acacia Set, would be ideal.

People / Ashley Craiger

How We Tested

Our PEOPLE Tested team researched the most popular outdoor seating and tested 11 different options in a wide range of materials (metal, wood, wicker) and styles (benches, sectionals, loungers). We spent over 288 accumulated hours testing these products, in varied environments across the country. 

We evaluated all the outdoor furniture for setup, comfort, and durability. We exposed the furniture to rain, sun, wind, wildfire smoke, pets, children, and lots of guests to see how well it held up against real-life wear and tear. We very closely simulated the use that you might face in your backyard so that we could give authentic and honest reviews on each product. After the testing period was over, we rated each piece from one to five, with one being the poorest performing and five being the best. Our top picks made this list.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of outdoor furniture is the most weather-resistant?

    We asked Toombs what material she recommends for outdoor furniture, and she said, “I love Polywood and teak patio furniture. Both hold up very well in all of the elements and last longer than other materials.” However, the weather you’re preparing for will vary depending on the kind of climate you live in. For example, if you live somewhere with a lot of rain, ensuring the furniture you buy is water treated is key. If you don't care for patio furniture with cushions, a durable Adirondack chair could be a great option for your space.

  • What outdoor furniture is best for high humidity?

    Metal is prone to rust, which is the direct result of moisture, but powder-coated steel is designed to resist humidity and stay looking pristine all year long. The Better Homes & Gardens Modern Sectional is made with a powder-coated finish, making it a great option if you live in a particularly humid environment and want to make sure you get the most out of your furniture.

  • What outdoor furniture won’t fade in the sun?

    Wicker is a great choice if you’re looking for something that won’t fade in the sun. It’s known for its durability in the face of sun or rain, so you can rest assured that it won’t fade or lose its quality, both in its look and feel. Additionally, if you’re purchasing a piece that comes with cloth cushions, you should avoid any dark fabrics with patterns, as these will most likely fade and start to look more weathered over time. Opting for solid, light-colored fabrics is best if fading is a concern.

People/Laura Miller

Why Trust PEOPLE? 

Olivia Avitt has written about a wide range of subjects, from the best home products to wellness and art. For this piece, she thoroughly researched and reviewed each outdoor furniture product and the insights provided by the PEOPLE Tested team. She provides an unbiased editorial view and provides only the facts so that you can make an informed purchase that meets your needs.

We also consulted Liz Toombs, a Certified Interior Decorator in Lexington, Kentucky, and founder of PDR Interiors, for advice on finding the ideal outdoor furniture setup.

What Is PEOPLE Tested?

We created the PEOPLE Tested seal of approval to help you find the very best products for your life. We use our unique methodology to test products in three labs across the country and with our network of home testers to determine their effectiveness, durability, ease of use, and so much more. Based on the results, we rate and recommend products so you can find the right one for your needs.

But we don’t stop there: We also regularly re-review the categories in which we’ve awarded the PEOPLE Tested seal of approval — because the best product of today might not be the best of tomorrow. And by the way, companies can never buy our recommendation: Their products must earn it, fair and square.

In short, PEOPLE Tested provides recommendations you can trust — every day, every purchase.

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