The best cantilever parasols to keep you shaded this summer

There's nothing shady about these stylish parasols for your garden.

Best cantilever parasols

by Eleanor Weaver |

Want to make the most of life outdoors this summer? Make it as comfortable as possible with a cantilever parasol that's not only easy to move so you can shelter from UV rays but stunning too. Choose from curving sidearms, contemporary square shades to ones with lights included.

Also known as an overhang or banana parasol, these versatile sun-shaders provide fantastic coverage and a generous amount of uninterrupted shade. So whether you're dining al fresco, enjoying a chat, or a lovely summery gin cocktail, there's plenty of space for you and your guests to relax and spread out.

Available in a range of colours and prices, there’s bound to be a design here that's perfect for your patio.

What is the difference between standard and cantilever parasols?

The key difference between a cantilever parasol and any other sort of parasol is that the pole stands at the side and not directly in the middle. This means you get even more space beneath to shade or place your garden furniture. You don’t need to worry about a pesky pole ruining your view of the garden, find furniture with a pole hole equipped, or have to peer around to chat with family and friends.

Not only that, but cantilever parasols offer the most adjustable sun protection and stability for all-weather conditions. Most can rotate between 270 to 360 degrees, be tilted to shield from UV at any angle, and be easily height-adjusted with the crank-lift handle. The beauty of this is that you can leave the base in its original spot, saving on the back-breaking lugging required with a traditional garden umbrella.

Most cantilever parasols come up larger in size too, typically measuring between 2.5-4m, great for large gardens or if you’re looking to shade a larger area for outdoor dining.

Best cantilever parasols

Ideal to put over a hot tub, BBQ or a table and chairs set, to protect from the sun or rain, this parasol has a highly durable, water-resistant, and corrosion-resistant construction. It's easy to open and close with the crank winding system and comes available in a choice of neutral, trendy colours, perfect for coordinating with your garden furniture.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? No

Material: Powder-coated steel frame and polyester fabric canopy

Review: "I was unsure about this at first but it’s been great all summer and still looks good so I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a parasol, it’s brilliant."

Keep your cool in sun or showers with this sand-coloured cantilever parasol complete with a crank handle for easy operation. The large polyester canopy is water, stain, and frost resistant with colourfast properties to help minimise fading. It can be spot cleaned or, if heavily soiled, can be easily removed and hand washed at 30 degrees. Also available in grey.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? No

Material: Steel frame and polyester fabric canopy

Available in Taupe, Ecru, or Anthracite, we love the modern design of the CAMBERRA cantilever parasol with its attractive imitation wood aluminium structure and trendy square canopy. It provides plenty of space for al fresco dining and you can use the handle to open and close it whenever you need. With a 100kg concrete base included, this sturdy parasol will be able to withstand wind and moisture.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? Yes

Material: Aluminium frame and polyester fabric canopy

Keep your garden or patio party going from day to night with this parasol that comes with a Bluetooth connection wireless speaker for playing music from your phone and glowing solar-powered LED lights. Made with a durable, lightweight, rust-proof aluminium pole and a shower-resistant canopy offering UV50+ sun protection, you can stay cool and covered from every angle with 270-degree free-arm rotation. Available in Stone and Taupe.

Canopy span: 3.5m

Base included? Yes

Material: Metal frame and polyester fabric canopy

Review: "Great quality. Easy and quick to assemble and looks great. The LED lights and Bluetooth speaker add an extra touch!"

For a slightly smaller canopy, look no further than the Argos Home 2.5m Overhanging Garden Parasol that'll provide the perfect shady spot in your garden. As well as looking incredibly stylish in black, it's easy to put up and alter the height with the smooth crank mechanism and, don't worry, it's still large enough to fit over your garden table, loungers, or even hot tub.

Canopy span: 2.5m

Base included? No

Material: Metal frame and polyester fabric canopy

Review: "Bought this instead of a new outdoor table and umbrella. Works fab as an umbrella for the rain or shine. Can have it over my table or garden bench, or anywhere in the garden. I assembled myself and it was not difficult to do. I recommend the cover be bought with it."

This cantilever parasol from So'Home definitely has a luxe feel with the square-shaped canopy and integrated, wireless lighting in the ribs of the parasol that can shine both upwards and downwards. This parasol can rotate 360 degrees and can be tilted forwards, backwards and sideways for all-day sun protection with the help of the cast aluminium crank to open and close too. It's reportedly only compatible with the So'Home Parasol Bases, so it's worth keeping that in mind.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? No

Material: Metal frame and polyester fabric canopy

This cantilever parasol is much like the 2.5m Overhanging Garden Parasol in the Argos Home range, just with some added benefits. As well as having a larger, 3m canopy, this parasol can rotate in a full circle around the pole so as the sun moves around the garden, you can easily direct the shade to where you need it most. It's sturdy, easy to put together and comes in a beautiful cream colour.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? No

Material: Metal frame and polyester fabric canopy

Review: "Bought to replace a cheap one that was no longer serviceable. From opening the box the much better quality of this item was apparent. Heavier and of much sturdier construction I am really pleased. So far it stays put even in a good breeze. The shade is enough to cover the whole area of my 2.5m corner sofa when the sun is overhead. Very happy so far. Only time will tell how resilient it is to the elements over the summer."

This smart grey 3m cantilever parasol can be used anywhere in the garden to protect against sun and light rain with a 180gsm polyester canopy complete with wind vents and decorative finial. No need for a table with a parasol hole - simply stand it wherever you need shade and simply turn the crank handle to open and close.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? No

Material: Aluminium powder-coated frame and 180gsm polyester fabric canopy

If you're after just the right parasol to suit your outdoor space, VOUNOT on Amazon gives you plenty of choices. Choose between a rounded or hexagonal canopy and take your pick from five colour options including a less common red and green. Each parasol includes a crank handle mechanism for easy opening and closing, top vents and parasol cover, adjustable tilt and a large 3m water-repellent canopy that'll keep you protected from UV rays.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? No

Material: Alloy steel frame and polyester fabric canopy

Review: "Covers the hot tub and provides an extra layer of privacy from the people above. Also great for keeping slight rain drizzle and also protects the tub from the sun (when we get it). Only wish the head would extend a further 5 inches over."

Keep yourself shaded from the sun with this Cantilever 3m Parasol from Dunelm. In a gorgeous grey, this parasol can be used as a freestanding parasol using a weighted base to keep the parasol in place and features an easy to operate crank which will help you to adjust the canopy position when required. This pick is really affordable, however, it's worth noting that despite the description, the base weights are not included and buying these will add an extra cost.

Canopy span: 3m

Base included? No - must be used with quarter parasol weights (not included)

Material: Metal frame and polyester fabric canopy

Review: "Cheap but long-lasting and very effective. A lovely addition to the garden which looks a good deal better than the price might lead you to imagine. I had this model at a previous address and it lasted several summers very happily. Pleased to buy another. Don't forget to buy the water-filled weights or to have some sandbags to hand. By itself, it's not freestanding."

Cantilever parasol FAQs

How do I choose a garden parasol?

Location: The benefit of a cantilever parasol’s pole sitting to the side means that these types of parasols can be positioned pretty much anywhere in your garden. However, you’ll need to be wary that the space you’re placing it can accommodate the full span of the opened canopy. If it’s a tight space, you may need to consider a freestanding parasol instead that comes available in smaller sizes.

Size: As well as being able to fit in its designated space, you may want to choose a size that accommodates your outside dining table. 2.5-3m cantilever parasols can fit six-seater dining sets beneath, while those larger can fit up to eight-seater dining sets.

Design: The design of your parasol is completely up to you and your garden aesthetic. You can find cantilever parasols in a range of colours and some with integrated lights and speakers, perfect for outdoor entertaining or dining out on warm summer evenings.

Material: As well as looking good, your parasol canopy needs to be functional too. Besides being showerproof, all umbrella fabrics have a UPF Rating (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) indicating how effective they are at blocking the sun’s UV rays. A rating of UPF50+ equates to 98% of UV rays being blocked, while UPF30 indicates a success rating of 96.7%.

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Are cantilever parasols safe?

Yes, cantilever parasols are perfectly safe if you have a well-weighted base in place to keep the side support system stable. Compared to standard parasols, cantilever parasols are more wind sensitive and require a heavier base to counterbalance the canopy when open.

How heavy should a cantilever parasol base be?

Compared to standard parasols, cantilever parasols require a heavier base to counterbalance the canopy when open. Generally, a 3m cantilever parasol canopy requires a 70-80kg base, and a 3.5m canopy requires a 100kg base.

Fortunately, most garden parasols will fit any parasol base, however, the base will need to be large enough to keep the parasol secure and provide the correct weight for optimum stability. Not all cantilever parasols come with a base, so we’ve included some suitable options right here.

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