Parasol Stand Test

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Parasol Stand Test

Our test winner is the Baser - Parasol Stand For Balcony: The two-legged helper is also suitable for balcony corners and is quickly assembled. Our favourite with the test mark 8.7/10!

We have tested 4 parasol stands and paid special attention to installation, assembly, and stability.

For the optimal hold of your parasol, a suitable stand is necessary. Whether made of plastic, granite, synthetic resin or stainless steel: nowadays they are available in all designs. But which one really holds up in windy conditions? Who is also space-saving and easy to assemble?

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last modified: 20.03.2020, 13:27
Winner
Our winner: Baser Parasol Stand For Balcony Nexos Parasol stand Review ProKira Balcony Parasol Stand Review Jago Half Round Parasol Base  Review

Baser Parasol Stand For Balcony

Nexos Parasol stand

ProKira Balcony Parasol Stand

Jago Half Round Parasol Base

Test seal: Baser Parasol Stand For Balcony, Rating 1.9
Test seal: Nexos Parasol stand, Rating 2.3
Test seal: ProKira Balcony Parasol Stand, Rating 2.3
Test seal: Jago Half Round Parasol Base , Rating 2.6
  • Lightweight ratchet system
  • Corner adjustment
  • Rollers and handle make it easier to move the heavy stone

  • Hard to tilt

  • Very robust heavy material
  • Space-saving
  • Beautiful design
  • Space-saving
  • Without shielding the components wedge quickly
  • Weighting material must be purchased additionally
  • Loose plastic part at the upper tube end
  • Only suitable for a parasol shank with a diameter of more than 4.5 cm
  • Delivered dirty
  • No handles
  • Poor processing of the feet
  • Very low weight, so that the glider quickly tends to tip
  • Vulnerable material for scratches and marks

Easy to set up and space-saving, but does not include weighting material.

Very robust and holds the parasol securely as long as its stem thickness is more than 4.5 cm.

The parasol scores with its material, but is partly badly made and has no handles that would make it easier to move around.

Nice design but it quickly suffers from scratches and tips quickly over due to its low weight.

Installation and assembly
Space-saving
Robustness
Stability
Scope of delivery Sunshade stand with latch, plastic bag, sand container Granite plate, stainless steel tube Parasol stand Parasol stand
Additionally required Sand/ stones, approx. 20-25 kg - Wrench Wrench
Quality impression Good Good Good Okay
Width 40 cm 40 cm 50 cm 50 cm
Height 41 cm 34 cm 35 cm 31 cm
Depth 40 cm 40 cm 28 cm 33 cm
Weight 860 g 25 kg 25 kg 9 kg
Parasol pole width Up to approx. 3 cm 4.5 - 5.5 cm 2.0 - 3.5 cm Approx. 3 cm - approx. 4 cm
Material Plastic Granite, stainless steel Granite, stainless steel Synthetic resin in cast look
Fixation of the screen By detent, which fixes the umbrella style Tightening screw, which fixes the screen Tightening screw, which fixes the screen Tightenable screw that presses a plastic surface against the stem and fixes the umbrella
Tilt resistant The umbrella always settles down again and is difficult to tip over Yes The parasol always settles down again and is difficult to tip over No, the glider already tilts with small movements, especially to the straight side
Stability The stem sits securely in the device The stem sits securely in the device as long as it is thick enough The stem sits securely in the device The stem sits securely in the device as long as it is thick enough
Packaging Visually appealing, illustrated Brown grey cardboard Torn carton Cardboard
Manual language EN, GER, DK, SE, NL, FR, ES - - -
Quality of instructions Good - - -
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Tested products

1st place: Baser Parasol Stand For Balcony

Test seal: Baser Parasol Stand For Balcony, Rating good

The Baser - Parasol Stand For Balcony is practical to use and space-saving for small areas, as it can be easily pushed into a corner. The stability is excellent as soon as the sandbag weights the stand. A small disadvantage is that in addition to the sunshade stand you have to buy additional material for weighting as it is not included in the set.

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Nexos Parasol stand - thumbnail Test seal: Nexos Parasol stand, Rating good

2nd place: Nexos Parasol stand

In summary, the Nexos - Parasol stand has a good weight and holds the parasol well. However, care must be taken that the parasol handle is not too narrow. Otherwise, it cannot be held properly. Also, you have to expect scratches on the handle of the parasol. The wheels and the handle are practical for handling and you can position the stand well.

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ProKira Balcony Parasol Stand - thumbnail Test seal: ProKira Balcony Parasol Stand, Rating good

3rd place: ProKira Balcony Parasol Stand

In summary, it can be said that the ProKira - Balcony Parasol Stand is very stable and due to its high weight barely shakes or tilts. However, the processing is very rough. It is practical that a metal plate in the stainless steel tube holds the parasol in place so that the rod of the parasol does not suffer any scratches. With its diameter, the stand is especially suitable for thinner parasols and ideal for the balcony.

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Jago Half Round Parasol Base  - thumbnail Test seal: Jago Half Round Parasol Base , Rating satisfactory

4th place: Jago Half Round Parasol Base

The Jago - Half Round Parasol Base is a visually very attractive accessory on the balcony. However, the synthetic resin is very vulnerable to scratches and you should be careful on rough surfaces. As long as only a light breeze blows, the parasol stands securely in the stand and does not tip over. If the wind gets stronger, you should fix the parasol additionally, because the plate is not very stable with only 9 kg.

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Baser - Parasol Stand For Balcony

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  • The stand should fit the size of the parasol and vice versa
  • The weight of the stand is important for the stability of the glider
  • All materials still needed such as sand should be procured
  • The parasol stand should be set up where it can provide good shade but also does not become a tripping hazard
  • Regular repositioning prevents small animals such as woodlouse from nesting under the stand
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and established the following test criteria:

  • Stability
  • Installation and assembly
  • Space-saving
  • Robustness

To be able to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the parasol stands. First of all, the sunshade stands are set up as recommended by the manufacturer and umbrellas with different diameters are attached. This tests whether the stands are able to adapt to different umbrella models. In addition, an assessment is made of how space-saving the umbrella stands are and whether they cause any interference in a confined space. Furthermore, it is tested how easily the umbrella stands tip over and whether they can withstand different wind forces. Weather resistance is also assessed in terms of potential rust spots and water accumulation.

In order to rule out errors and to ensure that the glider stands can withstand the stress of everyday use, each test is carried out in several stages.

The test criteria are given percentages according to their importance. The final mark is finally calculated objectively from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on the observation of the current market. In addition to popular brand products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come on the market, our test field will be expanded to include them. The new products undergo the same tests as already tested devices.

Do you want to be outside even at the height of summer without risking damage to your skin? A parasol makes it possible. But only if you have the right stand for it - otherwise your parasol can easily tip over in the wind. Whether for the balcony or your own garden: sunshade stands make the shade provider particularly flexible. That is not a contradiction! If you buy a stand with wheels, the sunshade can be moved quickly to where you need it. But before you buy, check which material you want: there are granite, metal, and plastic. Not every material is suitable for every sunshade, so you should inform yourself well before buying. Find out more about the types and characteristics of parasol stands here!

You need a parasol everywhere where the blazing sun would be unbearable. This can be on the beach as well as in a café or on your own balcony. So you can enjoy your stay outside without worrying about dangerous UV radiation. You can be outside, but at the same time, you protect your skin. Parasols have proved to be particularly useful in the garden in a sociable atmosphere.

Traffic light umbrellas offer the advantage that the whole table can be in the shade. Although they need a little more space for this, they also provide targeted shade. Sunburn is therefore not to be feared even if you stay outside for a long time! A tree could do the same job, but cannot be moved. A flexible sunshade, on the other hand, can be placed where you need it: by the pool or near the wall of the house if you want to eat outside with your family in the evening. This makes parasols the best choice for use in your own garden. But parasols are also available for smaller terraces or even balconies because this is where you need protection from direct sunlight: after all, this is where you can avoid the sun the least.

Sunshades, therefore, prove to be particularly flexible sun protection. They give you the freedom to stay where it is most beautiful without having to fear dangerous radiation. In addition, in recent years they have been fulfilling more and more decorative functions: Colourful umbrellas create atmosphere just as much as sweeping shapes and elegant sunshade stands. In addition, parasols have the rare ability to retain a little of the heat beneath them: If it gets cool in the evening, you can enjoy the warmth a little longer with a parasol!

If there is a real wind, an umbrella can become unstable even when folded. Therefore, every parasol needs a suitable parasol stand. Only it gives the sunshade stability and ensures that you can enjoy hours of sunshine outside without worries. And you don't have to worry about whether it will still be standing after the next summer thunderstorm!

Parasol instability is an often underestimated problem. Very often it only becomes apparent after months that the stand you bought does not hold the umbrella properly. Mostly the mistake is due to the too low weight. Therefore, when buying an umbrella, you should always consider which stand is suitable. Here you should start from the type of glider: There is also a wide range of umbrella stands on the market, because there are many different models, for example made of plastic or granite. Who needs what depends on the umbrella: How does it stand, how much space is available and what type of construction does it have?

Depending on the type, the weight of the umbrellas is distributed differently. Above all, two types of umbrellas can be distinguished: Traffic light umbrellas and those that look like a giant umbrella. The latter are called middle stick umbrellas. With them, the pole is exactly in the middle, which is why the weight is evenly distributed. This kind of umbrella is reasonably stable. But they also need a good umbrella stand, because even when folded up, a strong wind can affect them.

With traffic light umbrellas the weight is distributed differently because here the actual weight of the umbrella hangs to the side of the pole. Therefore the umbrella tends to fall to this side. An umbrella stand must, therefore, take this into account by balancing the weight. Only when this construction is really securely anchored is there no danger of accidents.

Parasol stands differ in material and construction. Plastic models for filling are classic when it comes to smaller umbrellas. They are popular with balcony owners because here a massive sunshade stand would be rather counterproductive. Concrete or granite are oversized. A smaller plastic stand, on the other hand, which you fill with sand, does its job just as well. The handling is practical and allows you to put the stand away when needed: just pour the contents into a bucket and put the sunshade stand together with the sunshade aside!

Parasol stands made of concrete or granite are considerably heavier and more bulky to handle. They usually have wheels and handles. Nevertheless, it requires a certain effort to move them. This should not be underestimated! For this reason alone, these massive models are more suitable for more massive parasols, which are rarely put away. They are ideal for those umbrellas that are left on the terrace or in the garden during the summer.

A subspecies of these are plantable sunshade stands: the sleeve for the umbrella is in the middle, around it there is space for potting soil. Fill it, then you can plant it! This model also has wheels on the underside, which makes it easier to transport. Alternatively, decorative stones can be stored in the box to give it extra weight. With such an umbrella stand, larger umbrellas are both well secured and flexible. The net weight is usually a little more than 10 kg. The advantage is obvious - this umbrella stand becomes a fixed yet flexible part of the garden.

Cross base stands are a special type of sunshade stand. It is not a solid construction. Rather, the stands consist of a metal frame and several concrete slabs: The plates are purchased to match the frame and can be removed as needed. The advantage: greater flexibility! Although a little strength is needed here too, the whole thing is practical. Very stable, the individual slabs can be quickly removed and stacked to move the umbrella and the stand to another place. That's why this construction method also scores with its flexibility.

But for the balcony or garden, it is not only about the practical. The visual appearance plays an equally important role, which is why design has become more and more important in recent years. The classic white base of the parasol may not be particularly striking, but it is nothing special either. Resourceful designers have recognised this and created a wide range of different models. Whether angular or round, light or dark, in a natural stone look: there is now a suitable parasol stand for every taste.

So although they all do the same thing, i.e. provide support, there are parasol stands for the most diverse requirements. It all depends on where the umbrella will be placed. If it is to be placed on a small balcony, every centimetre counts, even with the stand. A good sunshade stand, therefore, fulfils its task of not reducing the already limited space even further: there are models that have the hole for holding the pole not in the middle but at the edge. This allows them to be positioned directly on the wall, but they need a corresponding umbrella.

For veranda or garden, larger umbrellas are suitable. Especially here safety should be the first priority! Also, the stand should be one size bigger here. Because the stability also depends on the ground, a straight stand is also important. Here granite, metal or concrete models fulfil their task perfectly. However, where even this is no longer sufficient, ground sockets are a good choice. They are not umbrella stands, but a practical alternative: embedded in the ground, they provide traffic light umbrellas in particular with the stability they need. In addition, they hide the foot, which is often perceived as clumsy. But keep in mind that a parasol stand can be moved without any problems while you are anchored to the ground. If you want to move the sunshade again later, you will have to rebuild completely!

This means that the different sunshade stands must meet different requirements. Whether for gastronomy, market stands or for private use - often the umbrella stands are similar. Only at second glance do they show what they can do. So there are fold-out models made of metal, which give market umbrellas the necessary stability. Nevertheless, they can be set up and taken down again in a very short time. Parasol stands with wheels and handles, on the other hand, are well suited for large properties: They can be moved to where they are needed with very little effort. Plate stands in metal frames are popular in the catering trade: this is a very stable way of securing the sunshade to prevent accidents. This allows guests in cafés and restaurants to feast without any problems, even when a strong breeze is blowing.

Different types of umbrellas are not only different in their construction, but also the shifting of weight plays a role. Clearly, the umbrella hanging centrally from a mast must be secured differently than the one hanging to the side. The best known and probably most common are so-called middle pole umbrellas. Similar to a huge umbrella, they are only suitable for large balconies. The reason is obvious: they require a lot of space on all sides. The best place to place a mid-level umbrella is in the garden or on a spacious terrace. Its roof is usually round, but there are also rectangular umbrellas. Especially when opened, this type of umbrella requires a stable sunshade stand.

A variant of the middle stick umbrellas are half parasols. They are designed to make maximum use of space. With them, the middle stick is not in the middle, but at the edge. The whole construction can, therefore, be placed close to the wall or parapet and is therefore ideal for smaller balconies. Here too, the roof is square or semicircular. The umbrella stand must compensate for this overhang.

It is completely different with the traffic light umbrella. This is the most unstable construction among parasols, which is why this umbrella needs a particularly good stand. Its second name already reveals it: With the free arm umbrella, a middle part swings freely on the arm, which is suspended from the pole by a bracket. When folded, this construction hangs sideways next to the pole, which is why the parasol tends to tip to one side. Therefore, it is not only important to choose the right weight, but also the weight distribution plays a role in choosing the right umbrella stand.

How heavy the parasol stand should be, depends mainly on the size and shape of the umbrella. No matter whether it is closed or open - the umbrella must always be stable. A rule of thumb calculates like this: walk from the surface of your umbrella. Now add at least 1 kg weight per 10 cm of roof for the stand. This should keep the umbrella stable even if it is hit by a medium gust of wind. Of course, this does not apply to storms! An example calculation: Your canopy has a diameter of 300 cm. Divided by ten you get 30 - that is the minimum weight of your umbrella stand. So in our case, that is 30 kg upwards. More is always good! And: The windier it is, the more weight you need for the umbrella stand. Better calculate a third or even half more on the all-inclusive weight. Also, keep in mind that these figures only refer to middle stick umbrellas!

Traffic light umbrellas are unique in design, but as already shown, they are quite unstable. Due to their shape, their weight does not hang in the middle, but to the side of the pole. Surely you ask yourself now, how to compensate for this? Pay particular attention to the manufacturer's instructions. Traffic light umbrellas are so diverse in their construction that it is difficult to give general information. That is why it has become common practice for the manufacturer to make recommendations. Most of the time they also deliver a suitable stand, for example, an aluminium base, in which you only have to insert stone plates.

But if this is not the case, you have to buy more. Extremely safe are always the stands, which you can anchor in the ground. These are base plates or also sleeves. But if you put up a parasol, you generally want it to remain flexible. Then a sunshade stand is more suitable. Orientation is provided here by the experiences of other customers: They say that a traffic light umbrella of any size should weigh at least 50 kg. But the windier it gets, the more you need! For large umbrellas up to 400 cm in diameter, base plates of 50 x 50 (L x W) have proven to be a good choice, whereby each plate should weigh at least 30 kg.

You can actually only successfully implement all these considerations if you know a little bit more about the material of the sunshade stands. Therefore at this point a detailed overview of the materials that have been used for parasols. In the first place is probably the well-known plastic base.

Plastic has long since ceased to be just white. Available in green, black, grey and other colours, it can now be perfectly integrated into the visual design of the seating group. Decide for yourself what suits your balcony! Plastic is generally used for smaller, lighter umbrellas. To make sure that it gives enough weight, fill it with sand, gravel or water. But if you want an equally high-quality sunshade stand for your high-quality umbrella, you should use something else.

Granite is still a classic and is far ahead in popularity. The reason is clear: this material is extremely stable. After all, granite statues have survived for thousands of years! The practical building material also shows its advantages as a sunshade stand. Granite is a natural stone, which defies wind as well as wetness. Therefore it is particularly weatherproof. It is also particularly hard, which is why it is so durable. Moreover, granite simply looks good - an increasingly important purchase criterion also for sunshade stands.

Metal, on the other hand, usually serves a purpose: it holds the actual weights. Conventional sunshade stands made of metal are actually square empty forms into which concrete slabs are inserted. The latter are available in hardware stores, where you can buy them separately from the stand. Under these plates, the original metal stand is later hardly visible. Only recently have more and more metal stands come onto the market, whose purpose is also visual: they should not only provide a stand but also look good. These models are made of stainless steel and therefore also weatherproof. In principle, they are characterized by a low dead weight but still provide stability if you add granite.

The sunshade stand should stand outside in wind and rain. Therefore the models are weatherproof - so it is necessary to find further purchase criteria. You should not only ask yourself which parasol you will buy. You should also consider how you want to handle it.

Does it always stand outside, or do you move it into a shed, for example? Does it have to last for decades, so is it worth buying a better parasol stand? Find out about the models on offer, especially in this section. The more expensive ones are not always the better ones! Often you pay for the good name if it is a well-known brand. But in general, this also applies here: Good quality has its price. If you decide on a particularly cheap model, it can never be as good as one made of first-class material. Of course, the price also depends on the chosen material. Granite is more precious than plastic and therefore also much more expensive.

It is best to set yourself a limit. What price are you willing to pay? If it becomes a high-quality umbrella, it is also worth buying a high-quality stand. However, if you only need a small balcony umbrella and you are moving soon anyway, plastic will do.

Customer reviews of parasols reveal a lot about the durability of the models. Whatever is exposed to wind and weather has to withstand a lot! Especially plastic tends to become brittle over time. Granite, on the other hand, is timeless and also durable for years.

But also pay attention to the practical issues. Where the umbrella should be placed is just as important as the question of the surface there. Then decide on the type of fastening that will best hold your umbrella in place. On a well-kept lawn, a smaller, massive foot will surely soon take its revenge. You can avoid marks with larger metal stands and plates because the weight is better distributed here.

But don't lose sight of the appearance either. How should your sunshade stand look, rather inconspicuous or as an eye-catcher? Plastic is available in many different colours to set accents. Concrete, on the other hand, is classically inconspicuous. But there are also new trends that give concrete a chance: Because it is so inconspicuous, it can be easily integrated into the ambiance of your garden. Umbrella stands made of stainless steel are also a fairly new trend. They are rust-free, add elegance to any seating group and make for a more unusual look.

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Our test winner is the Baser - Parasol Stand For Balcony: The two-legged helper is also suitable for balcony corners and is quickly assembled. Our favourite with the test mark 8.7/10!

We have tested 4 parasol stands and paid special attention to installation, assembly, and stability.

For the optimal hold of your parasol, a suitable stand is necessary. Whether made of plastic, granite, synthetic resin or stainless steel: nowadays they are available in all designs. But which one really holds up in windy conditions? Who is also space-saving and easy to assemble?

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