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30 Amazing Outdoor Products That’ll Transform Your Yard

A bistro set, a Spongebob-approved torch, and a tree-free hammock to help you fall in love with your yard all over again.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


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This swinging hammock chair comes with two cushions and installation hardware.

Promising review:This has made me love my backyard again guys!!!! We hung this just over a week ago and the kids and I have been in it every night. It was easy to put up (well it was super easy because I didn’t do any work!) Once in it, I feel snug, secure, and ready to relax. It’s been perfect on these crisp but sunny mornings and afternoons. I love the color; it’s very natural and gives a bohemian vibe, but I worried this would get dirty, being outside and all. So I bought some upholstery Scotchguard and sprayed it all over — and it actually worked wonders. My son dropped his PB&J on it and the mess wiped right up.” —Jose Martinez

Get it from Amazon for $48.99+ (available in three colors).

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A three-piece wicker chair and table set for creating an outdoor lounge space so stylish you’re indoor furniture might start to get jealous.


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This set includes two armchairs with seat cushions and a side table with a tempered glass top.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this set 😍 I cannot believe the price of it. It shipped fast, and was fairly quick and easy to assemble. It’s a hit; I get so many compliments by anyone who rings the doorbell.” —Mrs.Mathews

Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in four colors).

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A set of solar-powered jar lid lights that’ll screw on to any old mason jar, instantly transforming it into a hangable, string light-filled lantern that’ll soak up sun during the day so it can glow for you at night.


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To clarify, mason jars are not included — it’s just the solar-powered lids and attached lights! Pick some up, or use ones you already have around the house!

Promising review: “I like these solar lights. They work great and light up bright. Make sure these are in direct sunlight to charge. If placed in semi-direct sunlight, they will only light for a few hours.” —peter b

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $37.99.

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An outdoor inflatable ottoman if the only thing missing from your perfect patio experience is a designated place to put up your feet. It can also double as additional seating, since these surprisingly strong ottomans can support up to 300 pounds.


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Just inflate the interior pouf and stick it inside the printed, water-resistant cover.

Promising review: “Love these! Ordered two more. The fabric is very nice and sturdy especially for outdoors. The inflatable part appears to be good quality. How to: Place inflatable inside of cover before inflating it. Do not inflate to full capacity or it will look like an inflatable and will not rest in a nice flat position. Far nicer than I imagined. They look great flanking my outdoor rattan sectional.” —Cali g

Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in 12 styles).

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A multipurpose patio cooler cosplaying as a side table or ottoman so you can keep the cold ones coming without constant trips to the kitchen.


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This incognito cooler can hold up to (40) 12-ounce cans with ice.

Promising review: “Loved loved the table cooler. It’s just the right size; it’s great for cans, bottles, not too small not too big. Great size also for a side table look next to my wicker bench, and it’s easy to move around and clean. Great price for this product.” —Efrain Sostre

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

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A metal wildlife ring fire pit to create a picture-perfect place for roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories, and singing C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E S-O-N-G songs!


FiveMetalDesign / Etsy

FiveMetalDesign is a Neenah, Wisconsin-based Etsy shop creating metal ring fire pits featuring intricate (and often times custom) designs.

Promising review: “This is EVERYTHING they said it would be. Always hard to tell if something will look as amazing as the picture. In this case it’s as great or better than the picture. Fast delivery great friendly service! I highly recommend this company. Best purchase yet on Etsy!” —pjmklm2004

Get it from FiveMetalDesign on Etsy for $183+ (available in four sizes).

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A portable inflatable air sofa because lounging outside is great, but laying on the hard ground is less great. Set up is a breeze — literally — just whisk it through the air a couple times, snap the opening shut, and you’re ready for some backyard R&R.


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The air couch includes a compact pouch for on-the-go lounging, and weighs just 2 pounds!

Promising review: This is a fabulous product! After seeing someone using one in a park, we ordered two. Once we figured out how to inflate (took a couple tries to get the knack), it’s super easy. So comfortable, so easy to use/carry/store. Has been wonderful to have during quarantine — we lounge in our yard reading and relaxing. Invariably, neighbors stop to ask about them. We absolutely love our Wekapos!” —KCHWriter

Get it from Amazon for $38.98 (available in 16 styles).

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A pair of reclining zero gravity lounge chairs for anyone whose butt has been personally victimized by regular folding chairs one too many times. These ones use bungee tech to reduce pressure on your body so can kick back comfortably for hours.


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These folding lounge chairs also come with utility trays you can easily snap on and off to hold drinks, a book, etc.

Promising review: “Absolutely love these chairs!! Bought them for our new pool and only went with one set until we decided if we liked them or not. Very comfy and love that we pulled them out of the box and enjoyed them right away. Very easy to recline and lock into position. The drink tray is easy to snap on and convenient to hold drinks, phone, book, etc. Like that they fold up very easily so that we can take them with us to a picnic or a game. Love them so much, I ordered two more!! Looking forward to comfy summer by the pool!!” —Amazon Customer

Get a pair from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in seven colors).

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A printed outdoor area rug that’ll cozy up your outdoor oasis without being a pain to maintain and clean. It’s durable and fast-drying so you can just rinse it with a garden hose!


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Promising review: “I placed this rug out on my patio underneath the furniture. It goes nicely with the color scheme. We’ve had a number of rainstorms and it dries quickly. So far so good!” —LSOHara

Get it from Amazon for $83.37+ (available in four sizes and in 13 styles).

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A drip- and bee-proof stake hummingbird feeder you can stick in any flower pot to turn your backyard into a local aviary, complete with free drinks and snacks (from your own kitchen).


CopperHummingbird / Etsy

CopperHummingbird is an Etsy shop run by Nancy Higgins. In 2006, she invented a bee-proof, drip-free hummingbird feeder for use in the hummingbird aviary at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona where she was a zookeeper for 22 years! After receiving so many non-zookeeper requests for her feeders she decided to open up a public-facing shop.

Promising review: “I absolutely love these hummingbird feeders. The cup is smaller — about 2–3 days worth of feedings. This is perfect to keep the food from going bad by being outside in the heat, which is necessary to keep hummingbirds safe. I have two of the hanging-style feeders I bought last year. They are still in perfect condition. My most recent purchase was the flower stake feeder and I am loving it also.” —haleygymcoach

Get it from CopperHummingbird on Etsy for $35.

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An all-in-one shade folding chair if you and the sun don’t ~super~ get along and you could benefit from a chair that acts as your own personal umbrella holder wherever you decide to set up shop.


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Promising review: “I wanted a canopied beach chair so I wouldn’t need the beach umbrella. Well, this one is absolutely wonderful! Gives me the shade I want on the beach and easy to carry, set up, and fold away when done. I wish it had a ‘reclining’ option, but I couldn’t find any that had this feature. But it is much more comfortable that the low beach seats.” —Travelingal

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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A mini inflatable pool so you can keep cool and live out your big poolside fantasies even if you have a teeny tiny yard.


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Promising review: “On 85-degree hot and sunny days, you just need to have a pool. This inflatable pool is heavy duty. Great quality, very safe, and we love that the walls are high enough where our 1-year-old bull dozer can not get out (unlike the other pirate kiddy pool we have that she would just climb right out of it a million times, which was beyond exhausting). The pool honestly is a 10-star pool. Worth every penny. We dump the water after every use, and clean it with soap and a soft car brush. Just easy unlike the maintenance of a real pool. You will not regret getting this. Just sit in relax in the water on a beautiful sunny day. What more can you ask for?” —Ashley Vallejo

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

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An open-sided outdoor loveseat with comfortable deep seats so you have the perfect place to take your cuddling outdoors. At least until it gets too hot. Then move away from me, please and thank you.


Wayfair

Promising review: “This is exactly what I needed for a small deck in an apartment. The wood is very good quality — it’s not the typical cheap wood material you see in a lot of furniture today. It’s thick wood. The cushions are also very soft and comfortable. I definitely recommend this outdoor loveseat.” —Caitlin

Get it from Wayfair for $304.08 (originally $539).

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A mesh raised dog bed because your hot dawg needs a place to cool off when the family is lounging around outside.


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Promising review: “My dog loves this! He is 11 years old and I hate for his older bones to lay on the bricks or concrete. He loves this bed and we can easily move it from the back to front yard.” —Kristin M.

Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors).

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A three-piece wicker rocking chair and table set with thick bottom and back cushions for comfortably rocking the hours away with a good book and a good drink in the great outdoors.


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This charming set includes two rocking chairs with bottom and back cushions and a matching side table with a glass top.

Promising review: “Put this whole set together myself in about two hours — clear instructions and well-organized packaging of the different tools/pieces. I’ve bought a similar-looking (but cheaper) porch set in the past and was disappointed with the quality of the cushions — I was worried that this set would have the same problem, but I was wrong! The cushions are VERY comfy, and the chair is wide enough for me to comfortably sit criss-cross! Absolutely worth the investment!!!” —Katie Swimer

Get it from Amazon for $125.99+ (available in three colors).

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A hadncrafted raised barrel planter made from reclaimed wine barrels that’ll incite almost as many compliments as your obviously flourishing flower garden.


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Eco Wine Furniture is a Santa Barbara, California-based small biz handcrafting gorgeous, high-quality furniture from reclaimed wine barrels mostly sourced from local wineries around the Central Coast Valley.

Get it from Eco Wine Furniture on Amazon Handmade for $219.

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Plus, a handmade bamboo bee house to encourage our planet’s pollinators to set up shop in your yard and naturally fertilize your flowerbed.


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Promising review: “This is the first bee house product I’ve ever ordered, and I am so happy with it! It is definitely high quality at a reasonable price. Not only is it an eye-pleasing design, it is sturdy, and should last outdoors for a good two years at least. You can hang it anywhere. I am turning a little patch of dirt in my garden into a flower bed, and it will take a place of honor among the blooms. Hopefully, the sweet buzz of bees will once again come drifting in from my garden!” —Linda H

Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

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An outdoor movie set including a 100-inch screen and a mini projector if it physically pains you to stay inside when the weather is nice. This projector is compatible with an array of streaming devices like your laptop, Fire TV Stick, and Roku so you can start binge-watching shows in your backyard.


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The home projector includes multiple ports (HDMI, USB, VGA, AV, TF, and Audio output) for widespread device compatibility. It also has built-in speakers, but can easily be hooked up to other external speakers or a soundbar.

Promising review: “We got this for my boyfriend’s birthday so we could watch movies on our patio and it did not disappoint. The sound is a little quiet but there are cords already included to connect a soundbar or speaker to increase the output. I was really surprised by how easy it was to set it up and got the perfect picture on my first try. I really like how we could just plug our Amazon Fire Stick into it and get going. The screen was super easy to put up and down and even included command-like strips for the perfect picture. We are really excited to continue using this!!” —Amy Donar

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

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A classic adjustable folding umbrella so you have a shady space to escape the sweltering heat and enjoy the outdoors while staying (relatively) sweat and sun burn-free.


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Snag a compatible weighted base so your umbrella doesn’t blow away!

Promising review: “I like this umbrella because it has sturdy spines and base instead of those thin wiry spines on some umbrellas. Much better to hold up to being upended in the wind. It also has the tilt feature, which is great to be included in this price point. The cloth covering is thick and will hold up to the elements. Also, the size is perfect.” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $40.99 (available in seven colors).

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Or an adjustable offset umbrella with a waterproof and UV-resistant 10-foot canopy to get even the most sun-soaked sections of your yard extra shady.


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You’ll need to secure this umbrella with a weighted base, which is sold separately!

Promising review: “I love this umbrella, it suits perfectly for my patio. I bought the navy blue color, and it looks beautiful. It is really easy to assemble as well. I compared lots of other patio umbrella and decided to buy this one, I am glad I made the right decision. It definitely worths the price. The material is high quality, and it provides large shadow areas, so I can sit in my patio to enjoy my breakfast and lunch without worrying about rain or sunshine. It only took a few seconds to fully open and fully close, very easy to operate, and it is also very stable. Overall, it is a fantastic product, and I cannot wait for the summer to enjoy my time in the patio.” —Marina

Get it from Amazon for $159+ (available in seven colors).


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These chairs have six preset back positions, two footrest settings, and fold up for easy storage during the off-season. Plus, absolutely ZERO assembly is required.

Promising review:They are comfortable and easy to clean. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to lay on my stomach for tanning, since they aren’t fully flat, but they work just fine. I would definitely buy them again.” —Mascha K Fujimoto

Get a pair from Amazon for $199.99 (available in three colors).

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A whimsical pineapple torch with an integrated leaf snuffer for adding ~firery~ flair to your yard that a certain undersea sponge would very much approve of.


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Want to light your light right away? Pick up come torch fuel!

Promising review: “Just lit the two I purchased last night. Wonderful, beautiful! These look great sitting on a table or on the post. Glass is heavy and well-made. The post comes in three pieces and screws together. This will work best with a spike you place in the ground, which is extra cost, or the new wrought iron stands. I really light the way the light from the flame dances around the glass.” —Loraine W.Brenchley

Get it from Amazon for $32.39.

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A charming bistro set that might finally entice you to become one of those people that enjoys their morning coffee “out on the terrace.”


Wayfair

Promising review: “Perfect size for my balcony! Chairs came pre-assembled, only had to attached table legs. Perfect color, matches the pictures.” —Amanda

Get it from Wayfair for $159.99 (available in two colors).

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A high-voltage bug zapper because no one likes getting eaten alive by bugs, and this little lantern offers top-notch protection from mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and moths in an area up to 1,500 square feet.


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Promising review: “OMG I could NOT believe how effective this small thing is. We were able to sit out without being CONSTANTLY annoyed by bugs. I swear by it and now would like a few more for other spots!” —travlgrl

Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

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A three-seater glider porch swing with a big ‘ole canpy if you miss your childhood swingset and are looking for an “adult” version to spend your very grownup paycheck on.


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Promising review: “This swing looks so beautiful on our front patio. It was so easy to assemble. Directions were clear and easy to follow. I love how the seat is longer so it’s comfortable to sit. The fabric is sturdy and nicely made. I am seriously thinking about purchasing one for the backyard to replace my other one. I definitely recommend this swing.” —Tammy

Get it from Amazon for $179.99 (available in five colors).

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A cedar wood tiny library for the avid reader who wants to spread the literary wealth by turning their yard into a free public library. Each handcrafted unit arrives sanded and ready to be painted, with a durable plexiglass door and a weather-resistant plywood roof.


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TheTinyLibrary is a small woodworking business in Missouri that creates small-batch tiny libraries. You’ll need to pick up a 4×4 post (which you can find on the cheap at your local hardware store), but your tiny library will arrive with all the necessary mounting hardware. If you want something a little more heavy-duty, check out this steel post.

Promising review: “VERY pleased with the workmanship of this tiny library. I asked that it be primed white so I could paint it. It even has real roofing material which is great because I live in an area that gets pummeled with snow. It came with clear directions for mounting on a pole and all of the hardware. It was shipped in a heavy-duty box, arriving sooner than expected. If you’re looking for a pre-made library, look no further!” —Eleanor L. Vratanina

Get it from TheTinyLibrary on Amazon Handmade for $195.

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Connectable Edison bulb string lights so you can make your backyard look like a trendy beer garden and leave passersby wondering how they can get a reservation.


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Promising review: “I have ordered four boxes of these light sets now. I love love love these lights. I will attach a photo at a later date, but these lights are gorgeous. They arrived, I plugged them in while in the package to make sure they all worked. Then I unscrewed all the bulbs to make it easy to hang. I hung them up all around my balcony using a staple gun. When I finished I screwed the light bulbs all in :) I would highly recommend these lights. They are PINTEREST perfect!” —Cora

Get it from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in three sizes and in three colors).

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An affordable six-piece outdoor dining set with everything you need to comfortably enjoy dogs, burgers, and brews on the patio (gasp, maybe even entertain a few friends) without taking out a second mortgage.


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Just a heads-up — this product doesn’t ship to California.

Promising review:Can’t beat it for the price and even some more expensive sets don’t give you this much at this quality. Arrived well before the expected date, was in perfect condition in spite of the box being beaten to death, and would have taken 5 min to assemble had I not had a massive allergy attack 5 min before I started. All the parts were there, easy to identify, the instructions clear and the work both easy and minimal. It’s sturdy, of much better quality than the pictures really show, and the chairs are comfortable. I’m completely satisfied! It’s a total win on quality and bang for buck.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $188.

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A 9-foot double-canvas hammock with a sturdy steel stand for quickly solving the “no tree” issue that has long kept you from fulfilling your hanging cocoon dreams. This one has a 450-pound weight limit and plenty of room for multiple people — time to get cozy!


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Promising review: “Such a good deal! Easy and fast setup and very sturdy. This is exactly what our backyard needed! The carrying case is nice quality, though the frame is a bit on the heavy side so I’d probably only take it camping if no hiking was involved. The fabric had a musty smell right out of the box, but it’s nothing that a little airing out can’t take care of. We are so excited to enjoy it this summer, and the quality of the frame and hammock fabric seem like they will last years to come.” —Coffeegirl

Get it from Amazon for $89.79+ (available in four colors).

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A durable outdoor blanket that brings the all-weather warmth of sleeping bag material to a good-looking quilted blanket, so you can stay warm after the sun goes down and extend patio season for a bit longer.


Rumpl

Rumpl was inspired by warm and snuggly sleeping bags, and how much better the material retains heat compared to traditional bedding. The idea of a “sleeping bag blanket” was born, and Rumpl with it. They use only 100% post-consumer recycled materials, and are now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through their supply chain every year. They also offset all their carbon emissions with carbon credits!

Promising review: “I’ve used it in Wisconsin to continue having outdoor hangouts with my friends during Coronatime. It’s that extra cozy layer for patio dining and porch sitting. Packs down tight to keep in the car for impromptu outdoor happy hour!” —Julie K.

Get it from Rumpl for $99 (available in additional colors).

This summer’s ~hottest~ destination is…your backyard!


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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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