Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about furniture before — including the best outdoor furniture for small spaces, the best love seats, and the best cheap but expensive-looking chairs — here we’ve rounded up the best patio conversation sets and outdoor-furniture sets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated patio furniture set
Reviewers like that this set is easy to assemble and comfortable. One happy shopper writes, “They literally snapped together in about 10 minutes.” Another likes that the chairs don’t have arms: “They are really comfortable and somewhat low to the ground, which is awesome. I really have no interest in sitting stiff and upright in a traditional patio chair with those restrictive arms.” Despite being made of plastic, this set doesn’t look cheap, and this reviewer likes that they dry quickly after rain: “I wanted something comfortable and lounge-y but without (a) taking forever to dry after our daily rain or (b) looking like cheap plastic or folding chairs.”
Best-rated (less expensive) patio-furniture set
“This was exactly what I wanted. Cost-effective but cute and sturdy,” says one reviewer. “It fits great in the corner of my patio, but it’s large enough to hold two plates and sit my boyfriend and me.” Another satisfied shopper mentions the low price and the convenience of delivery: “It was nice to find a table and matching chairs together for this price. It was also appreciated to have them delivered to my door.” Other reviewers like that this set is easy to store in the wintertime. “Perfect size for apartment balconies/patios, lightweight without being flimsy,” writes one, “and it folds up quickly and easily for storage in the winter.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of patio-furniture set you might be looking for.
Best rocking-chair patio-furniture set
Many of the more than 400 reviewers mention that this set is incredibly sturdy and well priced. “This set is a steal. The price definitely doesn’t reflect the product,” writes one. “It’s so durable that it holds our friend who is six-foot-three and 300 lbs.” Another says this set makes her want to rush to the patio: “I don’t know what to say. This set is beautiful and comfortable. The rocking chairs are wonderful! I am 58 and have never rushed like this to get to my patio.” Another reviewer likes how roomy the chairs are and how well the table fits on a balcony: “The chairs are very comfortable, with the perfect rock, and they are roomy. That table was nicer than expected and the perfect size for my balcony.”
Best metal patio-furniture set
One reviewer who bought several of these sets for an outdoor party likes that these chairs made conversation easier: “The party guests complimented me on the pieces (a set in white, green, blue, and red) and thought they were better than having a picnic table where people couldn’t move around to talk in small groups.” Like a lot of other reviewers, this happy customer likes the craftsmanship and ease of assembly: “These are beautifully crafted and so comfy. My husband assembled the whole set in less than an hour, and we love it. Very sturdy and well painted.” A self-described tough reviewer says, “It’s a modern twist on a retro look. Looks absolutely wonderful on my patio. Heavy weight and a nice finish.”
Best four-piece patio-furniture set
“I’m five-foot-six/155 lbs and sat on the chairs about three hours and was totally comfortable,” writes one reviewer, who calls this set “sturdy.” Another likes the quality for the price: “Such a value. I’m pretty picky, and this was a total win. Totally worth the effort. Just as nice as much more expensive sets.” A third reviewer says she got raves from guests the first time she used it: “I’ve already had company over and used it and got compliments on it.”