Summer may still be a ways off, but you don't have to wait to enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, depending on the weather, patio season can really last all year long. To truly appreciate it, though, you’ll need some great seating to park your rear on or an ottoman to put your feet up on with a warm beverage in hand. There’s plenty of Amazon patio furniture that will fit the bill—but with so many different types to choose from, there are a variety of points to consider, including the climate you live in, the size of your space, how easy the furniture is to clean and your personal design aesthetic.
If you live in a wet climate, you’ll need to account for things such as rain and moisture, which bring the possibility of mold and mildew. Some materials can also warp after drying, thus losing their shape. Metal and iron are sturdy and will hold up against inclement weather—just note that there’s a possibility of rust or corrosion if they aren't coated or properly protected. On the other hand, if you live somewhere that's always sunny or has high humidity, you'll want to be sure to opt for materials that won't be damaged or fade from exposure to UV rays or extreme temperature changes, like wood, which can expand and contract and potentially crack. Wicker is a great material for weather-resistance with a lightweight design that’s also relatively easy to clean. Live somewhere that’s prone to high winds? Opt for a heavy, sturdy piece that won't fly away or topple over when there's a big gust, like steel or wood.
We chose the sets below based on our extensive research of the elements above. Regardless of which style you choose, however, you’ll want to keep in mind that it's always a good idea to get covers for your outdoor furniture to keep it looking its best.