At the start of the summer we made an investment and purchased two bright blue Sunbrella umbrellas as I was tired of replacing the Target brand ones each year. I was skeptical they would indeed remain fade resistant in the Phoenix sun.
As we head in to the last days of summer I’m happy to report they are still looking great ~ still bright blue and I have them up every day except when we have high winds. We paid $400 each which about killed me but now that I see how well they’ve held up I’d say it was worth it.
My friend Libby saw them a few weeks ago and was convinced they’d be worth the investment, too. She purchased Jockey Red for her backyard; I can’t wait to see them!
We were buying two new umbrellas each season, anywhere from $40-$60 apiece. That got old after five years in the valley. Granted, it’ll take more than five years for this investment to pay off but based on this first summer I’m optimistic it will indeed be worth it. Plus, there’s the hassle factor of getting new ones each year that you have to calculate as well.
You can see from the photo how well the umbrellas are holding up. Now the teak furniture we bought at the start of the summer is definitely more faded but I’ll put more oil on it once it cools off and we’ll see how many summers IT lasts!