Best cantilever parasols

At the beginning of the open-air season, many people face the ever-changing question: How do I protect myself from the increasing sunshine? Just when a lot of time is spent on the balcony, the terrace or in the garden and you are exposed to almost the whole day of the sun, the protection of the skin has top priority. A good solution to prevent damage to the skin is, among other things, the purchase of a sunshade. Well-equipped stand models, such as the traffic light screens from our traffic light comparison 2017, are well suited for this purpose. In the corresponding table, you will also find the best traffic light screen for your needs. Since there is a big difference in prices for umbrellas, and the price is not the only, and most importantly, not decisive criterion when buying, we have compiled in our guide for the comparison of the traffic light screen all important information about this screen type for you.

Bestseller No. 1
Jarder Parasol Set - 3m Cantilever Garden Parasols with Base & Cover - Open Ratchet & Tilt Function (Beige)
130 Reviews
Jarder Parasol Set - 3m Cantilever Garden Parasols with Base & Cover - Open Ratchet & Tilt Function (Beige)
  • ✓ THE PERFECT SET - 3M Parasol, Base & Cover Which Are Manufactured To Work Perfectly Together. No More Wobbly Parasols With Poor Fitting Covers!
  • ✓ CANTILEVER DESIGN - The Parasol Is Suspended From The Frame So That You May Position The Shade Directly Where You Need It, Without Obstruction From A Central Pole!
  • ✓ FULLY ADJUSTABLE - Hight Adjustable With Handy Tilt Feature Allows You To Create The Shade You Desire!
  • ✓ LARGE 3 METER COVERAGE: Dimensions - L 3m² canopy, Height: 2,5m (up to 3,5m when tilted) . Canopy material: 250g/m² polyester.
  • ✓ USER FRIENDLY - Simply Turn The Ratchet Handle To Open The Parasol & Slide Into Position. The Jarder Parasol Requires No Tools To Construct And Can Be Erected In A Matter Of Minutes!
Bestseller No. 2
Ivory Parasol Cantilevered 3m Large Banana Garden Umbrella Hanging Aluminium
  • Parasol Size: Height: 240cm, Umbrella Diameter: 300cm.
  • Strong Quality:180G Polyester,0.9MM metal.
  • 8 umbrella arms support the canopy.
  • Irregular cross-shaped umbrella base which need to be used with paving slabs (paving slab not included).
  • Crank design can be safely packed when you do not need ,or there is wind and rain.
- £30.00Bestseller No. 3
Cantilever Parasol Umbrella Sun Shading | Sand | 300 x 300 cm | Square | SORARA - ROMA | Polyester 250 g/m² (UV 50+)| Crank Mechanism & 360º Rotating Device | Incl. Cover & Cross Base For Parasol
8 Reviews
Cantilever Parasol Umbrella Sun Shading | Sand | 300 x 300 cm | Square | SORARA - ROMA | Polyester 250 g/m² (UV 50+)| Crank Mechanism & 360º Rotating Device | Incl. Cover & Cross Base For Parasol
  • The 'Sorara - Roma Umbrella' combines elegant design with functionality. This umbrella is available in two different colours and shapes: red and sand / round and square. To maximize the stability of the Umbrella, we recommend you to buy also the 'Sorara - PE base for Umbrella with Cross Base" (EAN: 8719189103700).
  • With its side-pole and big shadow surface it fits perfect for covering large patio dining set, lounge sets or loungers at the pool side. The pole is made of solid powdercoated aluminium to minimize the weight and facilitate the handling.
  • With a 360 degree rotation system it provides excellent protection also against a late evening sun.
  • When you buy our 'Sorara - Roma Umbrella' you receive a free high-quality Protective Cover.
  • Please, visit our website for more information about Sorara Outdoor Living and our products: www.sorara.eu
Bestseller No. 4
Ultranatura Cantilever Parasol, Bahamas Series - Suspended from the top
  • With hand crank for easy set-up
  • Generous diameter of approx. 10 feet (300 cm) - convenient hight of approx. 8.4 feet (255 cm) - weight: approx. 35.3 lbs (16 kg)
  • Umbrella can be dislocated for transport, so has even greater flexibility
  • Includes angled cross-shaped base, ideal for paving slabs
  • Space can saved if unused and folded together
- £2.12Bestseller No. 5
Gardman 35991 Cantilever Parasol Cover
46 Reviews
Gardman 35991 Cantilever Parasol Cover
  • Long lasting PVC backed woven polyester
  • Double sewn for strength with rust resistant brass eyelets. Weather Gard treated for 100% All Season Protection
  • Vents prevent condensation and mildew, whilst the drawstring and Velcro keep the cover secured
  • Complete with reusable storage case
  • Grey - H 240cm x W 83cm

1. What is a traffic light?

A traffic light screen is a special kind of umbrella. It differs from classic sunshades with its side stand, which is mounted on the roof. Due to its curved mast, the traffic light can therefore be outside the seating area and still be opened or closed directly above the table height. With him there is therefore no disturbing middle-mast. Large areas can be shaded with it. As with other screens, the frame is made of aluminum, polyester or nylon. It can also be individually adjusted according to the sun.

2. Buy criteria for traffic lights: You have to pay attention

At this point, we will provide you with an overview of the most important criteria when buying a traffic light. The most important purchase criteria can also be found in our table for the comparison of traffic lights.

2.1. size

Current traffic light tests show: The most important thing when buying is the right size. Balcony and terraces offer less space than a lawn in the garden. There are therefore screens with different diameters. The range extends from 150 cm to 500 cm. Please make the following recommendations when purchasing: As small as possible and as big as necessary.

2.2. shape

The shape allows you to choose between round, rectangular and square screens. Square and rectangular umbrellas can be placed closer together than round if you want to place several umbrellas. Thus a surface with a larger diameter is in the shadow. Square and rectangular models usually have a larger diameter anyway. Round sunshades, like some of the models from our set of traffic lights, are always suitable if only individual tables or gardening boards are to be shaded.

2.3. Color and design

The Venus traffic light screen from Schneider.
When buying traffic lights you will encounter many shapes and colors. Monochromes convey a special feeling of simplicity. But maybe you like it more striking and then attack a two-color model or equal to one with patterns.

2.4. material

The base and the linkage of the umbrella usually consist of aluminum, wood or plastic. If you want a particularly long-lasting model, then you should use a wooden umbrella as wood can not rust. The stretch fabric is made of cotton, acrylic, polyester or a blend fabric. Acrylic is distinguished by its high UV resistance. In addition, the color of the screen does not bleed so quickly. Cotton is weatherproof, but not quite as easy to care as acrylic. There can also be differences in the substance class. A low fabric class is inexpensive and therefore simple and thin. It provides little protection against UV light and is prone to color loss as the fabric fades quickly. A higher fabric class offers you as a buyer more durability, a higher protection and guarantees longevity.

2.5. attachment

Traffic light shields have a more unfavorable center of gravity than models with center support. Due to their adjustable inclination, they offer the wind more attack surface, thus increasing the risk of tipping as opposed to other types of parasol. The mounting stand is often not standard equipment. For smaller models, buy a plastic stand that can be filled with sand or water. For larger traffic light shields, you should choose the grounding sleeves or standpipes with foundation. If a drilling is possible, you must buy a model with a bolted stand or a base, which allows the support of the walkways as a standing weight. There is also the possibility to attach the umbrella to the balustrade of the balcony. However, the stability of the construction is only slight. If the umbrella is to be used at various points in the garden, it is useful to use mobile attachments, such as mobile pedestals or mobile system boards.

2.6. opening mechanism

The easiest way to open the screen is by pressing a button. Larger screens often have cable pull or crank systems. Practically the opening is by means of an electric motor by remote control.

2.7. adjustability

The traffic light, which you purchase at the time of purchase, should be easily and variably adjustable. Setting positions and angles should be convenient. Good mechanics also protect against damage to the technology, even with frequent adjustment.

2.8. UV protection

Please pay attention to the UPF seal when you buy your personal traffic light. This refers to materials which are capable of filtering out a part of the UV radiation. On the packaging of the sun screen you will find the height of the UV protection. A freely swingable axle provides more flexibility with different sun conditions.

2.9. equipment

Obtain a protective cover as an accessory, which protects your traffic light from bad weather and dirt. Make sure you buy the right size. You can also buy LED lamps for the evening or the night to beautify your traffic light.

3. On the benefit and harm of the sun

Sunlight not only increases well-being and protects against depression, but is also necessary for the formation of vitamin D3. This can not be done by the body itself. Unfortunately, the sun does not only have benefits for humans. Due to the decrease in the ozone layer, the danger of getting a sundance increases steadily. And frequent sunglasses not only lead to premature skin aging, but are also significantly involved in the annual 234,000 new skin cancer cases in USA. The skin cancer rate has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to physicians and scientists.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Jarder Parasol Set - 3m Cantilever Garden Parasols with Base & Cover - Open Ratchet & Tilt Function (Beige)
130 Reviews
Jarder Parasol Set - 3m Cantilever Garden Parasols with Base & Cover - Open Ratchet & Tilt Function (Beige)
  • ✓ THE PERFECT SET - 3M Parasol, Base & Cover Which Are Manufactured To Work Perfectly Together. No More Wobbly Parasols With Poor Fitting Covers!
  • ✓ CANTILEVER DESIGN - The Parasol Is Suspended From The Frame So That You May Position The Shade Directly Where You Need It, Without Obstruction From A Central Pole!
  • ✓ FULLY ADJUSTABLE - Hight Adjustable With Handy Tilt Feature Allows You To Create The Shade You Desire!
  • ✓ LARGE 3 METER COVERAGE: Dimensions - L 3m² canopy, Height: 2,5m (up to 3,5m when tilted) . Canopy material: 250g/m² polyester.
  • ✓ USER FRIENDLY - Simply Turn The Ratchet Handle To Open The Parasol & Slide Into Position. The Jarder Parasol Requires No Tools To Construct And Can Be Erected In A Matter Of Minutes!
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Ivory Parasol Cantilevered 3m Large Banana Garden Umbrella Hanging Aluminium
62 Reviews
Ivory Parasol Cantilevered 3m Large Banana Garden Umbrella Hanging Aluminium
  • Parasol Size: Height: 240cm, Umbrella Diameter: 300cm.
  • Strong Quality:180G Polyester,0.9MM metal.
  • 8 umbrella arms support the canopy.
  • Irregular cross-shaped umbrella base which need to be used with paving slabs (paving slab not included).
  • Crank design can be safely packed when you do not need ,or there is wind and rain.
- £30.00Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
Cantilever Parasol Umbrella Sun Shading | Sand | 300 x 300 cm | Square | SORARA - ROMA | Polyester 250 g/m² (UV 50+)| Crank Mechanism & 360º Rotating Device | Incl. Cover & Cross Base For Parasol
  • The 'Sorara - Roma Umbrella' combines elegant design with functionality. This umbrella is available in two different colours and shapes: red and sand / round and square. To maximize the stability of the Umbrella, we recommend you to buy also the 'Sorara - PE base for Umbrella with Cross Base" (EAN: 8719189103700).
  • With its side-pole and big shadow surface it fits perfect for covering large patio dining set, lounge sets or loungers at the pool side. The pole is made of solid powdercoated aluminium to minimize the weight and facilitate the handling.
  • With a 360 degree rotation system it provides excellent protection also against a late evening sun.
  • When you buy our 'Sorara - Roma Umbrella' you receive a free high-quality Protective Cover.
  • Please, visit our website for more information about Sorara Outdoor Living and our products: www.sorara.eu
Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
Ultranatura Cantilever Parasol, Bahamas Series - Suspended from the top
  • With hand crank for easy set-up
  • Generous diameter of approx. 10 feet (300 cm) - convenient hight of approx. 8.4 feet (255 cm) - weight: approx. 35.3 lbs (16 kg)
  • Umbrella can be dislocated for transport, so has even greater flexibility
  • Includes angled cross-shaped base, ideal for paving slabs
  • Space can saved if unused and folded together
- £2.12Bestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5
Gardman 35991 Cantilever Parasol Cover
  • Long lasting PVC backed woven polyester
  • Double sewn for strength with rust resistant brass eyelets. Weather Gard treated for 100% All Season Protection
  • Vents prevent condensation and mildew, whilst the drawstring and Velcro keep the cover secured
  • Complete with reusable storage case
  • Grey - H 240cm x W 83cm