As temperatures begin to drop, we bet you’re itching to get outside and make use of your alfresco space. While you likely have your outdoor furniture all set up, there’s one major detail you’re probably missing and that’s a clever patio umbrella with—wait for it—built-in lights.
Forget settling for barely-there backyard lighting that comes with your home or figuring out the production of hanging string lights, make life easier on yourself with the following extra useful options. Plus, these are truly solid two-for-one deals as they can provide shade during the day and keep the party going on with light at night.
Scroll on to see that people can’t get enough of this ingenious warm-weather essential, and we have all the reviews and stars to back that up. A quick online shopping trip through this list and it’ll make you wonder why it’s taken you this long to even consider buying one. The only thing is, the base isn’t normally included with outdoor umbrellas so make sure to factor that in when you’re finalizing your purchase.
Ready for the ultimate combo to come your way? Shop away.
1 EliteShade Market Umbrella With LED Lights
Starting off strong with an umbrella boasting nearly 1,400 reviews online with 3/4 of them having five stars. It features 80 LED lights and a solar-powered rechargeable battery making maintenance a breeze.
“We love this solar umbrella for our back patio,” some customers shared in a review. “It allows us to utilize our table in the back yard. Prior to this purchase, we were unable to make good use of our backyard kitchen area. It now gets a lot of use…and we have received many comments from guests about how the lighting is perfect…not too bright but bright enough to eat, drink, and have conversation.”
2 Blissun Solar Umbrella
Wondering how to actually turn on the umbrella? You won’t have to worry about doing anything complicated as this one has a dedicated on and off switch. Moreover, it’s created with breathable fabric that allows it to hold up against wind and rain in case you have a “the show must go on” situation.
“I got this several months ago and wanted to wait to see how it held up to the elements,” a commenter shared. “I’ve been real pleased with the sturdiness of the product with the high winds I get…and even with summer’s dust and pollen.”
3 Lowe’s SimplyShade Patio Umbrella
When we mentioned most umbrellas won’t come with a base? Lowe’s has your back with a best-seller that includes everything you need. There’s no denying that this is illumination at its finest, especially since it’s solar and battery-powered leaving you with hours of aesthetically pleasing ambiance.
Note: The only con buyers had was filling the base with sand or water. “The umbrella is gorgeous,” an excited reviewer mentioned. “It was very easy to put together except for the filling the base with sand part. But once that was done it was super easy. I love how easy it is to open and close and swing around to different positions. The material looks very high quality. Very pleased with this purchase!”
4 Lillehammer Lighted Cantilever Umbrella
Go all out with a well-designed cantilever patio umbrella that has UV protection as good as your sunscreen. You also won’t have to worry about the color fading as there’s a layer of anti-oxidation painted on letting it last longer.
“Absolutely love the umbrella,” a satisfied five-star rater said. “Easy to assemble. Great sturdy base that we filled with water. And the LED lights are awesome. They create the best ambience at night. We looked and looked at so many Cantilever umbrellas and even though this one was a little bit pricier than most, the quality and looks are unbeatable.”
5 Outdoor Solar Power Patio Umbrella
Lighting aside, shape is an equally important consideration. A rectangular umbrella offers more covering proving it’s hands down more bang for your buck. Given it’s on sale for under $95, this style is a no-brainer.
“This umbrella is very easy to use, provides a great amount of shade, and looks great,” according to a verified purchaser. “The umbrella easily opens and closes and I have no issues getting the umbrella to stay in place once raised (as I have experienced issues with other umbrellas in this area). This umbrella looks and feels high quality and is definitely my favorite umbrella that I have bought for personal use to date.”
6 Judah Round Cantilever Umbrella
Then again, perhaps a round umbrella with one light in the middle is the move. It’s bright, simple, and instantly brings everyone together.
“Very nice outdoor umbrella, large and nice lightbulb that gives just the right amount of light,” a user pointed out.
7 Vankirk Rectangular Lighted Market Umbrella
However, if you’re on the hunt for something that covers a huge area…a 15-foot double-sided umbrella complete with 36 LED lights is calling your name. As you’ll see in the review ahead, the quality is top-notch.
“Well this arrived within days and was the easiest umbrella to unbox, put together and set up,” a shopper recalled. “The material is nice, the ribs seem sturdy and the pole was much stronger than others I had in the past. The crank on the umbrella was easy to use and quickly raised up the canopy without struggle. I loved the tie that was provided to secure the canopy when it was closed. And, last but not least, I loved the soft white solar lights and the convenient on/off button so stored power would not be wasted.”
8 Nbad Lighted Umbrella
Last, but not least is a budget-friendly, under-the-radar pick. What makes it stand out from the rest aren’t its LED lights, but the fact that they come in the form of strips with this umbrella. It’ll illuminate in a bigger way, so you no longer have to worry about your backyard BBQs going all night long. Place an order before your next gathering.
Isis Briones Senior Shopping Editor Isis Briones is a writer and editor based in New York.
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