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Large Garden Parasol

Having a parasol in the garden is a great way to take shade from the heat of the sun; not to mention they make a visually appealing feature.
However, if you have a larger area to shade, some of the smaller options simply don’t offer enough in the way of cover.
Fortunately, there is an excellent range of large garden parasols out there that are perfect for this very situation.
What Is The Best Large Garden Parasol?
With so many large garden parasols out there, it isn’t easy to lose sight of what’s important.
If making a choice feels a little overwhelming, don’t worry, we have done the hard work for you and brought you a curated selection of our favourite large garden parasols.

Glatz Alu Smart Parasol

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Covering an area of 2.4m x 2.4m, the Glatz parasol is the perfect solution for bigger patios and decked areas.
While it is the smallest in this range, it still offers ample shade and is beautifully easy to use.
What we loved most was the sliding mechanism for easy opening and closing; no messing around with fiddly controls.
What’s more, this stunning parasol features a modern design and a replaceable cover that remains tight thanks to a self-tautening design.
It can be tilted and adjusted giving you the option to have as much or as little shade as you like throughout the day.
Features

Self tautening cover
Lightweight aluminium pole
Easy to open and close
50+ Uv protection
Choice of colours

Specs

Covers 5.8m²
4m x 2.4m
2 year warranty
Headroom up to 210cm depending on how the parasol is adjusted

Glatz Alu Smart Parasol Class 2 Cream/Ecru

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This parasol comes in a stylish cream colour that is ideal for fitting into any garden regardless of the decor. Its modern design is aesthetically pleasing but it’s perfect functionality is what really stands out to us.
The parasol opens using a slide mechanism which can be simply pushed to the top to erect the umbrella.
It features an aluminium frame which gives it excellent durability as well as improved stability.
Moreover, this material is lightweight meaning that the parasol is easy to move from one location to another. With a tilt function and full UV protection, there isn’t much else that will cover you as well as this.
Features

50+ UV protection
Beautiful and stylish aesthetic
Easy to open and close
Aluminium frame and pole
Very durable
Cover stays tight at all times
Height adjustable and tilts

Specs

4m x 2.4m
Covers 5.8m²
2 year warranty
210cm max height

Vounot 4.6m Double Garden Parasol

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If you have a very large area to cover, this giant 4.6m parasol will offer you all the shade you need.
In a traditional design, the canopy offers a wide spread as well as up to 50+ UV protection. What’s more, this is an incredibly affordable option considering the size.
The Vounot double garden parasol boasts a sturdy and robust aluminium frame and an easy to use winding handle to open and close the cover.
This cover is supported by 12 ribs to give it excellent integrity making it ideal even on breezy days.
Features

Covers a large area
Stable with reinforced canopy
Aluminium frame
Choice of cream or red
Affordable
Easy to use
Base is not included

Specs

6
5kg

3m Bentley Garden Hanging Banana Garden Umbrella

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One of the first things to grab your attention about this parasol is that it is incredibly attractive. If you are looking for something that is going to boost the appearance of your outdoor space, then this would be an excellent option.

But much more than just looking good, the Bentley parasol offers a wide 3m spread, ideal for larger areas. The cover is fully water resistant and operating it is a breeze thanks to the crank handle operation. Moreover, the powder coated steel frame offers incredible durability and stability and the six supports keep the cover in excellent shape.
Features

Choice of colours
Reinforced canopy
Powder coated steel frame
Very nice looking
Water resistant
Easy open and close hand crank

Specs

Height 340cm
3m wide
12kg

What To Look For In A Large Garden Parasol
When you are shopping for a large garden parasol, one of the first things you are going to be looking for is something that covers the area you want to shade.
There are a lot of options out there with manufacturers bringing out some sizable products. However, this is not the only thing that you will need to think about if you want a reliable, sturdy and long lasting parasol.
Durability
Nobody wants to fall victim to inferior equipment that is going to fall apart after a couple of uses. However, by looking at the materials from which the parasol is made, you will be able to get a good idea of how durable it is.

You should check the cover; many are made from tear resistant fabrics which are great for heavy duty use. Moreover, the metal used for the frame will tell you a lot about how durable it is. Usually, the frame will be made from aluminium or steel with the later being slightly more durable. That said, both are excellent options.
Is The Parasol Easy To Move?
One day you might want shade on your patio as you dine outdoors whereas the next day you may want to shade your lawn chairs. For this reason, it is a good idea to look for a parasol that is lightweight enough to be moved around the garden without compromising on its structural integrity.

We mentioned that the frame will generally be made from either steel or aluminium, both of which are lightweight. However, you will find that aluminium has the upper hand, even if it is slightly.
Does It Come With A Base?
Your large garden parasol isn’t going to be able to stand up if it doesn’t have a stable base. But, for the most part, you will find that they don’t come with a base. There are some that do but you may find that the price is a little higher. That said, if you don’t already have a base, you’ll need to purchase one anyway so the cost can’t be avoided.
Type Of Parasol
There are two main types of garden parasol; the traditional design where the canopy is held up by a central pole and the cantilever whose pole is at the side. The cantilever parasol offers more versatility in terms of tilt and adjustment meaning that they are better for moving throughout the day. However, a traditional parasol will typically cost less and many of them still have height adjustment and tilt options.
FAQs
How big should a garden parasol be?
Your garden parasol needs to be big enough to extend at least two feet past the edge of a table, if it is covering one.

What’s the best colour for a garden parasol?
The choice of colours when it comes to garden parasols is pretty generous and one of the first things you should consider is the look you are going for.
You might consider the colour of your existing garden furniture and match it to that. However, if you are looking for something that will stay looking good and won’t show dirt or water marks then a black or dark grey parasol might be the best option.

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