A solid outdoor furniture set is the ideal way to help you escape cabin fever and create some sense of normalcy amid these bizarre times. And until we can socialize indoors, backyard hang outs will have to be our go-to mode of gathering.
When shopping for outdoor furniture online, you don't have to feel like you're settling. The best pieces and sets you can buy are sleek, comfortable, durable, and affordable. From full dining sets to chairs, sofas and more, these 13 top-rated outdoor furniture pieces are all you need to start your summer on the right foot.
1. A three-piece conversation set
This Amazon best-selling three-piece furniture set with over 1,800 reviews includes two rattan steel-based wicker chairs and a matching end table. Its sponge-filled cushion stands up to the elements and protects against back pain. The tea table measures 15.75 inches wide, which is all the space you need for a couple of colorful drinks (don’t worry about any spills—its tempered glass top makes for easy cleanup). One reviewer—who delighted in its low price for the high quality—shares a helpful hint for setup: “When assembling, don't tighten the screws at first. Put it all together loosely, then tighten them. If you tighten some of them too early, it is hard to get the rest to line up.”
2. An eight-piece entertaining set
Whether you’re feeding a crowd or simply craving lots and lots of human attention, this eight-piece set with rave reviews is a sensible option. Water-resistant, foam-filled and polyester-blended cushions are a fan favorite, while customers notice how well they hold up to spills and stains. An overwhelming majority of five-star reviews mention how straightforward it is to put together, and that it’s a great deal given the number of pieces it includes.
3. A three-piece bar-height set
There’s a strong chance you’re using your patio furniture for happy hour. It’s incredible how some height on these two sling chairs and a tempered glass-topped table create the ultimate outdoor bar setting. Of the top-rated patio set, one reviewer says “We had a hard time finding a 3-piece bistro set with high chairs. We found this one on Walmart's website and the price was fantastic. We've used it the last few weekends with no issues or complaints. I would definitely recommend it to others." Many also note it’s an incredibly durable set given the low price, and the legs are still low enough that you can comfortably dine.
4. A small but functional bistro table
A space-friendly yet elegant bistro table is the ultimate way to transport yourself to a cobblestone-dotted side street café in Paris. It features a vintage-inspired powder-coated metal finish with a lattice-like tabletop pattern that’s easy to clean. The brand recommends covering the table when severe weather is imminent, or bringing it inside (though measuring 32 inches in diameter, that shouldn’t pose too much of an inconvenience). Plus, you can get the matching chair set for the same price as the table.
5. A stunning wicker coffee table
Whether you need a place to prop up your feet after a long day or set down an iced latte while you read, a coffee table makes for an ideal centerpiece to your outdoor space. Because it’ll also act as the focal point of your gathering and get lots of traffic, having one with durable materials is essential. This coffee table is made of powder-coated steel to prevent rust, and features a faux wood top, an extra bottom ledge for storage, and a brown wicker, water-resistant material. Reviewers consistently note that its wood top is far easier to clean and maintain than the glass-topped variety, and that it holds up well to daily use.
6. A portable rocking chair
This bring-anywhere rocking chair serves as a comfortable and sturdy place to sit while also keeping your beloved drink safe and sound. It weighs 12 pounds and features a mesh back for breathability. It’s easily foldable, ideal for storing in small spaces once temperatures dip, and perfect for transporting whether you’re moving from the sun to the shade in your yard, or attending a socially distanced get-together. Several of its 2,700 Amazon reviewers love how it features an extra-wide, roomy seat and supports far above the suggested 250-pound limit.
8. This comfortable pair of loungers
Let’s start off by saying this pair of foldable, reclining loungers is so cute they look like they’re Facebook official. There’s a reason these chairs that are ideal for (safely!) soaking up the sun have a fanbase the size of a large town on Wayfair. Says one reviewer: “We love them. We never take them in, so they are subjected to the elements 24/7. After being in the hot Florida Sun for over a year the color looks just as good as the day we bought them. No fading, discoloration, etc. They are extremely easy to clean and look beautiful.” Each chair includes a 1.5-inch removable cushion and measures 79.5 inches long.
9. A customizable, modular sectional
What’s incredible about this six-piece sectional is that it operates as a three-in-one seating solution: You can detach each section to form loveseats, lounge chairs, and coffee table or ottoman. It’s outfitted entirely in high-performance Sunbrella fabric that resists discoloration and water damage. Rubber furniture ties are included with the sectional to prevent each piece from sliding out of line.
One reviewer hesitated at making the investment, but after seeing it in person, says it is “more perfect that I could’ve imagined. I was worried about the comfort because people said it was very firm. While it is firm it’s very comfortable. Probably the most comfortable outdoor furniture I’ve ever sat on. Depending on the company that I have I can set it up in different ways. Absolutely best purchase I have made.” The best part? No assembly is required.
10. These durable dining chairs
For a chair that’s reliable enough to withstand severe weather and gatherings that last well into the night, these foldable chairs are your best bet. They include drain holes to prevent liquids from pooling, have ergonomic seat and back construction, and come in seven sleek colors to match any outdoor setting. Of its 2,000 reviewers, one says “They stack up great in the garage out of the way...I will have many uses for these in the coming years.... Only one complaint—I didn't get enough—I will have to get me some more.” Good thing these chairs come in packs of 10.
11. This tropical washable rug
If rugs can tie a room together, they can certainly give your outdoor space a more cohesive look. Not only are they warm and inviting, but they function to protect your feet from dirt, sharp objects, and any dangerous grooves in your cement or wood. Ruggable is the latest and greatest flooring solution to offer completely washable and stylish rugs in virtually every shade and pattern you can think of. They’re made of water-, chlorine-, and UV-resistant polyester and polyurethane, and reviewers say it’s great if you live with “particularly messy beings like pets or kids”: “Bought this rug several months ago. The cat had a messy accident on it yesterday, so I washed it for the first time and it came out good as new. I was really expecting to see stains, but there aren't any. The top was easy to wash and dry.” Want to use it year-round indoors? No problem—simply pair it with a non-slip rug pad of the same size.
12. Bright LED lights
Unless you have a fire pit or a flashlight on your phone with an endless battery, those late-nights with good food and good company will require a more sustainable lighting option. These incredibly easy-to-use LED lights are fueled by solar energy during the day, which allows them to emit night light for several hours. They automatically turn off at dawn, so no need to worry about wasted electricity. Of the lights’ 2,900 Amazon reviews, many customers note they emit a glow light enough to create a calming ambiance and increase visibility, but not so bright that they’re blinding.
13. A gorgeous woven hammock
Let’s face it: when a woven tapestry hammock also drips of netted fringe and tassels, it doubles as an art piece. It measures 84 inches long and 43 inches wide and is the perfect bohemian addition to any porch or yard. While many customers called out how its colors look even more beautiful and vibrant in person, a few noted the material may stretch over time, so it’s worth it to invest in a hammock stand wider than the suggested nine feet in order to avoid sinking to the ground. After all—you’ll be holding on to a piece like this for a very long time.