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Buy Your Outdoor Furniture With DFO Home! 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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3.5 stars
Frontera

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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.

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2.5 stars
Omni Furniture

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OMNI Furniture carries a wide range of outdoor furniture and related accessories, from bistro sets and cocktail tables to swings and gliders.

Shopping the site isn't as smooth as many of OMNI's competitors. You'll start by choosing a category under the Outdoor link at the top of the page. From there, you'll be taken to a results page that can only be sorted by price, product name, or manufacturer. We would have liked to see more options for filtering the results, such as color or material.

Once you've selected a product, you can see a brief description, along with tabs at the bottom for specifications, shipping info, and any available reviews. We noticed that the photos of almost every piece of furniture seemed like they had been taken in someone's backyard instead of being professionally done. We also didn't find any products that actually had a customer review, and many items had very little information in the specifications tab. For example, when we looked at a side table, the only specifications offered were the manufacturer name and the product weight. With items as large as patio furniture and tables, most shoppers will want dimensions to know if their available space can accommodate what they buy.

What does shipping cost with OMNI? You'll want to check each individual item, as the store's policy was unclear. It gives the impression that orders over $100 ship for free within the lower 48 United States, unless you live in a remote delivery location.

Several issues with the OMNI site left us scratching our heads. Unlike most retailers, we had to disable our ad-blocking software to view primary parts of the page (e.g. the OMNI Pride section highlighted at the top of the page). We also found several typos and mistakes that had us wondering if the site's operators are based in the US, despite numerous promises on the page describing OMNI's commitment to America and American workers. The site also describes a rewards program in the links at the bottom of the page, but there was no mention of it anywhere else on the site.

Finally, OMNI Furniture is the only outdoor furniture retailer we found that allows shoppers to haggle over pricing: most in-stock items have a "Make an Offer" button where you can tell OMNI what you'd like to pay for your dining set, outdoor bar stools, or chaise lounge.

This last feature may be directly related to the fact that OMNI Furniture is a drop shipper: in other words, they carry no inventory of their own, but instead serve a as a middleman that passes your order along to the manufacturer. This leads to questions about OMNI's returns policy, which states that OMNI will only help you to contact the manufacturer in the event of a return. Their policy further states that items have to be returned within 15 days of delivery - half as much time as what is usually offered by their competitors - along with hefty charges of 25% restocking fees, plus paying for all shipping costs and an administrative charge to OMNI.

On a positive note, OMNI Furniture did have a respectable "B+" rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, indicating that they've done an acceptable job in responding to any issues that arose. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any reviews, positive or negative, describing customers' shopping experience with OMNI Furniture.

We're concerned with the lack of feedback from actual shoppers, and the questions raised when shopping the OMNI Furniture website. We suggest you consider the more highly-rated stores in our review for your outdoor furniture shopping needs.

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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:

  • Selection. Does the store have a wide variety of products to choose from? Can you get items in a number of colors, materials, and styles? How many brands does the retailer carry in stock?
  • Price. Are the prices competitive with other stores? Are there any discounts or other money-saving perks like free shipping? Will the store match the price if you find your furniture somewhere else for less?
  • Return Policy. If you need to return your purchase, will the store allow it? And, if so, will you be charged a restocking fee?
  • Customer Satisfaction. How does the store measure up when it comes to keeping their shoppers happy? Is the customer service department responsive and helpful when issues arise with products or delivery?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Outdoor Furniture retailers available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right outdoor furnishings to make your space perfect!

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