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There's nothing quite like sitting out on your patio in the evening, enjoying a cool breeze and a beautiful sunset while relaxing on comfortable, stylish furniture. Whether your style tends towards the super-casual, like hammocks and Adirondack chairs, or you prefer a sleek, modern look, having the right outdoor furniture can make all the difference between an unused patio or backyard and your own personal relaxation-and-entertainment zone.
What should you buy for your outdoor furniture? Naturally, the answer depends on what you have in mind. Are you looking for chaise lounges to put next to your pool, or a patio set for serving cocktails and appetizers? Outdoor furniture isn't limited just to seating: most retailers also carry chimineas and fire pit tables both for ambience and heating purposes, shades and curtains for privacy and protection from the sun, even swings just for the fun of it.
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Originally started as a hammocks company, DFOhome now prides itself on being a one-stop shop for all of your outdoor decor needs. From traditional patio furniture to rugs, curtains, and more, DFOhome brings all of the best to their customers through a well-designed, easy-to-use website.
One reason DFOhome's site is so simple to navigate is because of their focus on outdoor furniture - you won't have to sift through other types of home products while looking for your perfect chaise lounge or patio umbrella. Use the navigation at the top of the site to choose from the following categories:
Of course, if you already have an idea of what you need, you can always type a keyword into the search bar, featured prominently at the top of the page.
Also at the top of the page, you'll find DFOhome's current sales and promotions. For example, at the time of our review, shoppers could save 10% on select hammocks and furniture, an extra 15% on Sunbrella Curtains, or get a $25 gift card with a $200+ purchase of rugs. Better yet, DFOhome always offers a 110% price match guarantee - just be sure to request the price match before submitting your order, and be aware that you can't combine a price match with any available DFOhome coupons or other promotions. Chances are, though, that you won't need to make that request; pricing at DFOhome is very competitive with other retailers.
Another money-saving perk is DFOhome's free shipping on every order within the lower 48 United States. That's right: you can order a huge patio set, a chiminea, and a wall-to-wall outdoor rug, and you won't pay a cent to have it delivered right to your doorstep.
What if you get your order and don't like what you bought? No problem! You can return any new, unused items in resalable condition within 60 days of your purchase, with no restocking fees. You will have to cover the shipping cost - both what it cost DFOhome to send it to you initially, as well as your costs for the return delivery - but we found this to be standard for most retailers offering free shipping. If you prefer to exchange your item for something else, you'll only need to cover the cost of the return shipping and any difference in price between the two orders.
Shoppers have many positive things to say about DFOhome's attention to customer service. Almost all of their reviews are a perfect five stars, with compliments on fast shipping, quality products, and attentive responses to issues that arose. DFOhome also carried an A+ rating as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, further proof that you're in good hands when you buy your furniture and other outdoor decor from this retailer.
We give DFOhome our highest rating for great pricing, an excellent reputation, and many customer-friendly policies that make the shopping experience smooth and affordable. DFOhome is our favorite retailer for Outdoor Furniture.
As Homeclick puts it, "staying home and staying in are two different things". Whatever you need to make your outdoor space inviting and comfortable, you'll probably find it in Homeclick's impressive selection of patio furniture, outdoor storage, decor and more.
Begin by clicking on the image of the grill at the top of the page, where it says "Outdoor". You'll be taken to the main product page, where you can choose from the following categories:
On that same page, you can also find helpful information under the Community heading. Articles include "How to Choose Patio Furniture" and "How to Choose a Hammock", in case you need some extra guidance before deciding on your purchase. Once you've narrowed down your search to a particular category, you can use the left-hand navigation to filter your results by color and finish, material, brand, or price range. You'll see that some of the items will also have customer reviews, to help you figure out if the daybed, chiminea, or patio set looks and functions as well in person as it appears on the site.
Keep an eye on the top of the Homeclick page for any available specials. In addition to their regular offer of free shipping on all orders over $99, we found an offer of 15% off sitewide at the time of our review. Overall, prices at Homeclick were very competitive with other retailers, even without any additional discounts.
Homeclick also has a solid return policy: any unused items in their original packaging can be returned for a refund - with no restocking fees - within 30 days of delivery. As with most retailers, you will be responsible for the return shipping costs.
We were happy to see that Homeclick has a great reputation with the Better Business Bureau: an A+ rating as an accredited company. We found many other retailers with beautiful websites and seemingly good deals who failed in the reputation department, so we're glad that Homeclick appears to be doing a great job of keeping customers happy and resolving problems as they arise. Many shoppers compliment Homeclick for their consistently low prices, fast shipping and excellent packaging, and responsive customer service department.
Homeclick earns a very high rating for an impressive selection of outdoor furniture and other home decor and improvement items, all while keeping a close eye on customer satisfaction.
RST Brands is the place to shop if you love design - or if you have no idea what to look for! From the moment you visit the website, you'll be stunned by the vibrant colors, trendy designs, and all of the possibilities for your outdoor space.
One cool perk offered by RST Brands is the ability to connect with a design consultant, either by calling their toll-free number (877-203-5972) or using the online contact form. You'll need to take a picture or two of the space you're looking to furnish, measure the space or estimate the dimensions you'll need, and then decide on your budget! Consultants are available Monday through Friday during standard business hours, Mountain Standard Time.
When we visited the site, there was a pop-up offering a 7% discount on our entire purchase, no strings attached. Usually, these types of offers come with a requirement to sign up for an email newsletter - given that many people would rather not have to receive emails just to get a discount, we like RST Brands' approach.
RST Brands also offers financing through their partner, Affirm. Rates vary from 10-30% APR, depending on your credit history, but you can check your eligibility without impacting your credit score.
Although there was no specific information on the site, it appears that shipping on most items is free at RST Brands. We added several products to our cart, including large patio sets, and each time it said there would be no charge for shipping. We would have liked to see their shipping policy spelled out more directly, to eliminate any confusion for shoppers.
The return policy is relatively standard among retailers of outdoor furniture: items can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund, as long as they are in unused, resalable condition. RST Brands does not charge a restocking fee on returns, but you will be required to pay for the cost of the return shipping.
RST Brands also maintained an A+ rating as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review. While there were a few recent customer complaints on the retailer's Facebook page, mostly regarding issues with customer service, RST Brands has a generally positive reputation.
The only drawback we found to shopping for outdoor furniture at RST Brands is the selection: if you're looking for low-end plastic chairs or even wood Adirondacks, you're probably not going to find it here.
Despite this slightly limited selection, we give RST Brands a good rating particularly for their attention to design and complimentary design consultant services.
Whatever you need for your home, chances are good that Wayfair has it. With a tagline of "a zillion things home", you'll find that their selection of patio furniture and other outdoor decor delivers on that promise.
Wayfair has one of the easiest-to-use websites of all of the retailers in our review. Starting on the main Patio Furniture page, for instance, you'll be able to quickly find the best deals right in the center. Need help understanding different materials, or wondering what the advantages are of choosing steel vs. aluminum? Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of that same page, where you'll get basic ins-and-outs of aluminum, wrought iron, steel, wicker, wood, and plastic.
You can then use the navigation links on the left-hand side of the page to choose a category, such as Chairs & Seating or Tables. If you need extras like rugs or pillows, you'll find that under the heading of Finishing Touches. And, if you'd like suggestions for your purchase, look under the Get Inspired heading for Wayfair's top picks.
One feature we really like about shopping at Wayfair is the ability to see many customer reviews on nearly every outdoor furniture product. Once you've narrowed down the category you're looking for, you'll be taken to a results page with images, prices, and the customer rating for each item; in the Conversation Sets category, for example, it was rare to see any product with fewer than 100 reviews from actual customers who bought the furniture.
Wayfair offers a number of perks designed to earn your business: free shopping advice from renovation experts at their toll-free number, two-day delivery on nearly a half-million items in stock, free shipping on orders over $49 and a flat fee of $4.99 on all other orders, 3% of your purchase price back in their automatic (and complimentary) rewards program, and a 30-day return policy through their self-service return center.
These customer-friendly features make Wayfair very attractive, and they maintain an excellent A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. However, some consumer reviews on the BBB site and elsewhere describe issues with product quality, delivery, and experiences with Wayfair customer service reps.
Overall, we give Wayfair a good rating for their huge customer base, incredible selection, and low prices on outdoor furniture.
When we first heard the name "Serenity Health", we thought we might mistakenly be shopping for in-home medical equipment! Fortunately, this was not the case; this Wisconsin-based retailer has been in the home decor and furnishings business for 10 years and carries a good selection of patio sets and other outdoor furniture, fountains, and fire pits, just to name a few.
To find what you're looking for, it's easiest to choose a category:
You can also choose to shop by brand, but since Serenity Health only carries four Outdoor Furniture brands - primarily in the Sunnydaze Decor line - this may not be very helpful.
Once you've selected the category of outdoor furniture that you need, you can further refine your results by price, seating capacity (if applicable), material, and so forth. You may need to give the pages some time to load; we found the speed to be somewhat slow, and when we didn't wait long enough, the option up on the right-hand side to sort by price low-to-high or vice-versa wasn't always there.
Serenity Health's selection is fairly average. Again, many of their products come from one or two, which naturally limits what customers can choose from. For example, in the Patio Dining Sets category, there were just over 100 sets to choose from, and more than half of them were made by Anderson Furniture or Sunnydaze Decor.
Compared with the competition, Serenity does keep prices low on what they offer. We checked several items, ranging from a conversation set to an outdoor bench, and every time the price was the same or slightly lower than the best price elsewhere. To further sweeten the deal, Serenity Health & Home Decor offers a price match guarantee: if you find a piece of outdoor furniture with a lower total price - such as the cost of the item plus any shipping and handling fees - you can contact their customer service department and request that they match or even beat the price you found. We did think it was interesting that their price match policy included this disclaimer: "We reserve the right to not match or beat a competitor's price if their price is so ridiculously low, that we make little or no profit on the transaction."
Keep an eye out for additional savings; we found a pop-up offering a discount of 11% on all first purchases for customers who sign up for the Serenity Health email "club". Shipping is also free on all orders of $50+ within the continental US.
Serenity Health's general return policy is great: after getting a return authorization, you can return items within 30 days of receipt, with that policy being extended for holiday items bought between November 1 and December 31. Just be aware that, like most retailers of large items, there are specific procedures for larger items shipped via common carrier - such as inspecting for damage while the driver is there and reporting any damage immediately - that may apply if you're buying a patio set or other large outdoor furniture items.
So, how does Serenity Health rate when it comes to customer satisfaction? All indicators point to "good": an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau, numerous compliments from customers who were pleased with the products they bought, and appropriate responses to the few complaints we did find.
Although their selection is somewhat limited compared with some of the highest-rated retailers in our review, Serenity Health does a good job of providing outdoor furniture for a range of budgets and tastes, and their commitment to customer satisfaction is well-established.
With products featured on The Price is Right and the Martha Stewart Show, LexMod prides itself on being a favorite among Fortune 500 offices, production studios, and interior designers. In addition to outdoor furniture, LexMod carries a curated selection of furnishings and decor items for all areas of the home and office.
To begin your search, click on the Outdoor tab on the top of the page. You'll then have the ability to choose from these categories:
Alternately, you can choose to view all available products, though you may be overwhelmed by scrolling through everything LexMod has to offer. You can also see which collections and individual pieces are the most popular, if you're looking to stay on point with designs and colors.
Once you've selected a category, it's easy to see what's available: each thumbnail image shows you the available colors (usually with respect to cushions), and clicking on the individual product will allow you to see multiple views, an in-depth product description, customer reviews when available, and a Questions and Answers tab where you can see what other shoppers wanted to know.
Pricing at LexMod is competitive with other retailers, though we were surprised not to see any sales, discounts, or promotions on multiple visits to the site. LexMod does save you money over many other retailers, with free shipping on all orders to the 48 continental United States.
Their return policy is standard as well, with refunds issued for items returned in unused condition within 30 days of shipment. No restocking fees are charged, but you will have to pay for the costs of the return shipping.
LexMod's reputation is mostly positive: an "A-" rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, and several compliments from customers on their Facebook page. A few shoppers had complaints about issues with the website or delays in shipping, but we found LexMod's customer service representatives to be friendly and responsive in dealing with those problems.
Originally begun as a retailer and mail-order catalog business, Frontera became one of the Internet's first home furnishings virtual showrooms - with a focus on traditionally-made, high-quality furniture. Their selection also includes outdoor accents, playhouses, and decor, with their signature product being the "World's Finest Rocker".
Frontera's outdoor furniture inventory consists of just under 1,000 items to choose from. Already know what you're looking for? Type it into the search box, or choose the category on the main Outdoor Furniture page. The site is easy to navigate, using the filtering options on the left-hand side of the page to narrow down your results by Material, Brand, and Price. Popular brands include Trex, Woodard, Barlow Tyrie, and Pawleys Island.
It's easy to tell at a glance which items have color options, are on sale, or have product reviews written by Frontera customers. You can also save any outdoor furniture that catches your eye to your "Idea Board", in case you want to keep them all in one place and decide later.
Although their outdoor furniture tends to be on the spendy side compared with their competitors, Frontera does offer several ways to make your purchase more affordable. If you should happen to find a lower price somewhere else, you can call or email Frontera's customer service department. As their website puts it, Frontera will "make every effort to win your business." You may want to take advantage of this; an Adirondack chair that we found on the Frontera site was selling for 33% less on several other websites!
At the time of our review, there was a pop-up offering a discount of $100 off a first purchase of $1,000 or more, in return for signing up for Frontera's email newsletter. Also, they offer a complimentary rewards program, which can earn you 3% in points on every purchase, with occasional promotions offering double points.
Finally, Frontera offers free shipping on all products within the continental US. This definitely keeps them in the running with other outdoor furniture retailers we reviewed.
How does Frontera measure up when it comes to customer satisfaction? We found it difficult to tell. For one thing, although the business has been around for 24 years, Frontera is not accredited or rated by the Better Business Bureau. Also, in trying to look at the 400+ "certified reviews" on the Frontera site, we could only see the first one - trying to scroll through the rest only scrolled the product page in the background. On the other hand, we did find several dozen very positive reviews in other places, particularly with respect to Frontera's customer service.
One caveat: Frontera's return policy is extremely strict. You must request a Return Authorization Number within seven days of delivery in order to get a refund. Items must be unused and in original condition. And, all refunds will have a 20% restocking fee deducted from the total. Also, any items that are non-stock finishes or cushions, covers, or canopies are considered made-to-order and are not returnable or eligible for exchange. For this reason, Frontera strongly recommends that customers request free stain/wood samples and/or leather/fabric swatches before making a final purchase decision.
Good selection, a low-price guarantee, and free shipping are all solid reasons for choosing to shop for outdoor furniture at Frontera. Just be careful with their return policy, especially if your order includes any items that are considered custom-made.
Design Furnishings carries a good selection of outdoor furniture, from chaises to dining sets, accessories, and more.
Choose one of the product categories at the top of the page - Seating, Dining, Chaises, Accessories, Packages, or Clearance - to find what you need. Each category has subcategories you can use to further narrow down what Design Furnishings carries. Using the site is a little less fluid than competitor sites: there's no way to sort results by price range, color, materials, or other criteria. Instead, you can only opt to have the results displayed by name or by price. Once you do find a product that interests you, you can click on it to see a detailed description, along with tabs that provide manufacturer info, shipping details, and warranty coverage.
You'll get free shipping at Design Furnishings, as long as you live in the continental US and not in an area that is considered remote or isolated. You can find a list of "Remote Zip Codes" in the FAQ section of the site.
Another money-saver offered at Design Furnishings is the "2 for 1" promotion: many cushions are offered at two for the price of one, allowing you to change your cushion color with the seasons or simply have a backup set. Eligible products are clearly marked.
Design Furnishings' return policy is stricter than most retailers': as with most stores, you'll have to cover the return shipping costs if you send back your outdoor furniture within 30 days of receipt, but DF also charges a 15% restocking fee and will make you pay for their original cost of shipping the order to you. We also found that if you cancel your order, you'll still be charged at least 15% even if the order hasn't been prepared for shipping yet. And, if the order has already shipped, that restocking fee jumps to 25%.
Shoppers' experiences with Design Furnishings is a mixed bag. On the one hand, we found some complaints describing wicker that didn't last as long as promised, delayed shipments and unresponsive customer service representatives. But, we also found recent reviews praising the quality of the outdoor furniture as well as the helpfulness of the personal shoppers and other employees.
Alphamarts is an online-only retailer of home goods, limited to just six brands: Alpha Camp, Alpha Home, Phi Villa, Sophia & William, Kitchen Academy and Republic. If you're shopping specifically for Outdoor Furniture, you'll find it under the Patio Furniture heading.
Some of their options include:
Inventory at this outdoor furniture store is hit-or-miss. When we looked at their Patio Conversation Sets, for example, there were only nine options and four of them were sold out. Other categories didn't fare much better: 5 total rocking chairs with 1 out of stock, etc. But, when the item you want is in stock, pricing is competitive with similar styles of outdoor furniture sold by other retailers.
At the top of every page on the Alphamarts online store, it says you can expect free shipping on your order. But, there was nothing on their Shipping page that said if that applied universally to every purchase, regardless of size or destination.
Alphamarts is definitely a toss-up when it comes to the kind of customer service and product quality you'll receive. Reading customer comments, you'll find words like "excellent" and "incompetent" in equal amounts. It seems like when this outdoor furniture store does well, it does really well - but when they fall flat, it's to the extreme. While the positive remarks are what you'd expect (delivered on time, furniture looks and works as promised, etc.), the negative comments range from orders accepted for items that were actually out of stock (and with no anticipated timeframe for delivery), orders cancelled without informing the customer, furniture that falls apart or that came with indecipherable instructions, and so on.
With all of these comments, we would have loved to see a listing with the Better Business Bureau that could either confirm or refute this seemingly negative track record, but we couldn't find Alphamarts in the BBB database.
There's just an overall sense of low quality when shopping this online furniture store. Even the company name is written in several different ways (AlphaMart's, Alpha Mart, and Alphamarts) throughout the site, along with numerous grammatical mistakes that made us think this site isn't being run by anyone in the US.
Maybe you'll find what you're looking for at a great price with this retailer, but there's no guarantee that you'll be happy with the outdoor furniture you receive. For all of these reasons, Alphamarts is at the bottom of our rankings, and we recommend you consider a higher-ranked outdoor furniture store from our review.
As you think about what you need to make your ideal outdoor space, you'll want to give some consideration to what materials are used. By design, most outdoor furniture is designed to be weather-resistant, but some materials can withstand heat, cold, rain and snow easily, while others will need to be moved indoors during times of more extreme temperatures.
You may be surprised to know that buying patio furniture and other outdoor items is often easier and more affordable when you shop online. Even on large, bulky things like lounge chairs and tables, many retailers offer free shipping, saving you the hassle of having to drive around town to find what you need - and then hoping that it will fit in your car for the ride home! What should you look for when choosing an online store for your outdoor furniture? Keep these criteria in mind:
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