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Quality matters with all kinds of furniture, but when it comes to the outdoor variety, there can be an especially steep dropoff. Since outdoor chaises, tables, and ottomans alike need to stand up to the elements, they're oftentimes constructed from materials that prize performance over comfort. Just think of the plastic pool chairs we grew up with – they're nostalgic, sure, but not exactly where I want to settle down for a leisurely day off.
Lucky for us, the ten brands below have reinvigorated the field, producing outdoor living and dining solutions that are as fashionable as they are durable. With their wide range in aesthetics, offerings, and even price points, these brands offer a little something for everyone. For everything from loungers to bug blankets, rest assured: we've got you covered.
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Unlike the cookie-cutter outdoor options you'll find at big-box retailers, Arhaus' offerings are eclectic and ultra modern. Pieces like the Porto Outdoor Five-Piece Chaise Sectional (on sale for $6,597) have a fun-loving, European luxury to them that practically begs for a pool party. Even the brand’s rugs, like the Aura ($1,499), are built for all-weather durability, without that stiff look that so many performance fabrics have. As a bonus, all of Arhaus' materials are ethically sourced from artisan partners across the globe – and that kind of quality speaks for itself.
With options that run the gamut from contemporary to mid-century, Article supports many different aesthetics at one unbelievable price point. Even before discounts, Article’s products are some of the most inexpensive on the market by far – which is extra surprising considering how chic they are. Case in point: for seating options, you've got the Aeri Slate Gray Lounge Chair ($329) and the Solina White Terrazzo Stool ($219), which couldn't be more different in style and silhouette. Yet both share Article's high-quality construction, and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Which certainly never hurts.
The hits just keep coming: like Article, Castlery makes astonishingly well-made, stylish furniture at unheard-of prices. Thanks to its direct partnerships with producers, Castlery has massively cut down on overhead and passed those savings onto the us, the fortunate masses. For just $2,499, you can nab the Rio Teak Dining Table with 4 chairs and an upholstered bench included. Another fave of mine, the Maui Lounge Chair ($549), has natural textures and surprising details that belie its humble price tag. Speaking as a fan of the brand, I can assure you: it's not too good to be true.
It's always nice to have options, but sometimes scrolling through seven pages' worth of dining tables can feel a bit like overload. Floyd keeps things blessedly simple, offering The Outdoor Table ($504), The Outdoor Chair ($252), The Outdoor Bench ($455) and… that's about it. Color options keep things customizable, and also lend a playfulness that warms up this aluminum construction. This is straightforward, minimal design that's mimicked by an equally minimal product line – and on behalf of overthinkers everywhere, I'd like to say a hearty "thank you."
Frontgate is known industry-wide for its remarkably generous (and confident) 10-year warranty program, a feature that should tell you all you need to know about these products' durability. With flagship stores in Plano, TX and Atlanta, GA, Frontgate’s pieces have a Southern Living flair to them but pieces like these Balencia Bronze Chaise Lounges ($1,399 for set of two) mix in other influences, too. For everything from door mats to outdoor curtains to personalized address plaques, Frontgate’s robust outdoor decor section has you covered. Trellis walls included.
Joss & Main is part of the Wayfair and AllModern umbrella, but functions sort of like their trendier younger sibling. Take for example the Marie Steel Wall Light ($290), with its intriguing egg-shaped design, or the delicately rounded Cael Patio Chair ($1,040 for set of two) with toss pillows included. All of the brand’s pieces come with frequent discounts and legions of rave customer reviews, with hundreds of different options to choose from.
Neighbor's stylish, modular approach to outdoor furniture has earned the brand a lot of attention lately, everywhere from Dwell to Vogue to Elle Decor. And that praise is richly deserved, with inventive spins that make even a classic like a Sun Lounger on wheels ($1,500) feel fresh. Similar to Floyd, Neighbor offers a pared down product line, with one offering per genre of furniture – but when its one Round Coffee Table ($1,000) looks this good, who's complaining?
Throughout my entire deep dive into the possibilities of outdoor furniture, Outer was the only brand I found that was selling Bug Shield Blankets ($98) – and who knew those could be cute? It's a testament to Outer's outside-of-the-box thinking, notable everywhere from its built-in furniture covers that roll out easily, to carefully calculated seat depths designed to support all different heights. The Outdoor Sofa ($5,873 for the teak with armless chairs) started it all, and its clean lines and rounded cushions still dazzle today. Since the moment the brand stepped on the scene, Outer has been putting out instant classics.
Specializing in all things yard and garden, Terrain has got you covered both for landscaping and for furniture where you can sit back and admire your handiwork. No matter your greenery situation, the brand’s teak and wicker furniture has an organic look that's at home in any outdoor space. The Fretwork Three-Seat Garden Bench ($1,998) is a dream for teatime, and the Outdoor Rattan Pendants (from $298) bring a relaxed cabana vibe to the party. It's your one-stop shop for building your very own secret garden.
Last but not least we have Yardbird, whose in-house design and manufacturing makes for a tried-and-true DTC experience. The brand is an equally excellent choice for big-ticket items like the Langdon Outdoor Fire Table Set with 4 Fixed Chairs ($4,460), made from recycled ocean plastic, or for smaller purchases like the Harriet Ottoman ($380). In-stock pieces ship within two weeks, and are grouped into cohesive, modular sets designed for easy curation. Plus, the brand earns bonus points for its free 1-on-1 design consultation calls, an indispensable perk for those of us who don't know where to begin sometimes.