Patio Furniture Material Comparison

luxury patio seating

What is the best material for outdoor furniture? If you’re on the lookout for some new outdoor gear, a patio furniture material comparison chart can help you choose between the best options available.

When deciding which outdoor furniture you want to purchase, look for many of the same characteristics you want in your indoor chairs, tables and sofas, etc. Think about durability, comfort and style, to name a few.

However, with your outdoor furniture, you also have to think about climate conditions like snow, rain and high heat. Outdoor furniture needs to retain its structural integrity and appearance through the seasons and a variety of (sometimes extreme) weather conditions.

No material is 100% weatherproof, but depending on the material used, there are some good options out there that can do an excellent job.

Check out our materials comparison chart below to get a better idea of the various outdoor furniture materials and how they stack up against one another.

Patio Furniture Material Comparison Chart

Modern industrial wood patio set

Before deciding on a material, it’s important for you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various options, and how well they align with what you want. Consider your overall budget, environment, priorities, and your personal preferences. The ‘best’ material will be the option that meets your specific needs.

You can look at how easy a material will be to maintain if you want fuss-free furniture. Or look at how easy each material is to move, if you like to rearrange your outdoor space often. Check the patio furniture material comparison chart below and go with what works for you!

  Upholstered Plastic Wicker Aluminium Teak Stainless Steel Sling
All-Weather Material X
Water Resistant
Rust Resistant
Fade Resistant
Wind Resistant X X X
Easy to Rearrange X X
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Whatever your needs are, rest assured that there is a great fit out there for you when it comes to outdoor furniture options. Also, consider your brand options. Do your research and go with a name you can trust.

Contact Oakville Home Leisure for high-quality outdoor furniture in a huge range of colours and designs. We have an option that is perfect for the space you’re trying to cultivate.