Updated: June 8, 2015

Outdoor Wood Furniture Reviews:

I'm not sure about everyone else, but we think that hardwood outdoor furniture is simply beautiful. Unlike other materials (such as wrought iron or cast aluminum), wood patio furniture just looks natural and if put into the right surroundings, seems to blend into the environment. We are in the midst of choosing new backyard patio furniture and wood is at the top of our list. Wrought iron has a tendency to rust and is very heavy while cast aluminum is nice, I don't feel like it would look appropriate in our patio/deck area. We have tried to go with a more natural setting - fountain, vegetable garden, stone pathway, etc. and feel like hardwood furniture fits our overall decor better than any other outdoor furniture would. The real question is - Which wood will last the longest? Do we buy a set or go with individual pieces? Where to buy it at? Lowes? Home Depot? Walmart? How much will it cost? These are all reasonable questions that need to be addressed and will be in our guide down below.


What to look for - The first thing you need to decide on is what type of wood do you want for your furniture - alder, cedar, cypress, mahogany, teak, oak, pine, Brazilian cherry. No matter what type of wood you choose, keep in mind you can stain it or even paint it if you want. Alder is a very hard wood and experts say it's perfect for those that want something that is not only durable but strong. The honey color is quite attractive, although it's possible to stain it. Cedar is perhaps the most popular wood type - one reason is because cedar is resistant to insect damage and can hold up well in bad weather climates. If maintained, cedar outdoor furniture can last up to 25 years. Cypress patio furniture will not crack or decay as readily as other woods and if painted, will look just as impressive. Mahogany is another option, although we found very little selection for this type of wood furniture in our search. Brazilian cherry has great durability (can last up 25 years) so that is why many homeowners consider it. The wood is very dense and has a characteristic of being weather resistant. Teak was a wood we also considered (see Teak patio furniture here), although ultimately we chose to go with cedar. After you have chosen the wood, then you need to pick either a hardwood furniture outdoor set or perhaps just buy individual pieces like chairs, chaise lounges, ottomans, tables, and even benches.

Outdoor Wood Furniture Patio Sets:

Most people go with a patio set (table and chairs) versus the single pieces. You can go with a simple bistro table and 2 chairs or choose something more grand and extravagent like a garden 7 piece dining set with rectangular table. We found dozens of options available online at Amazon.com. Read reviews, compare prices, and see photos. You can browse the best selling wood patio furniture sets online here. VIFAH and Strathwood are 2 reputable names who create elegant dining sets for patios, decks, and garden settings. Natural wood finishes are the norm, but most are able to be stained if you prefer a different hue. Several of the sets we found are made with High Density Eucalyptus (Shorea) - this type of wood does well in all weather conditions.


Hardwood Outdoor Furniture:

Patio furniture doesn't have to be bought as a set. Some homeowners are looking for teak benches, cedar porch swings, hardwood chaise lounges for poolside relaxing, or tables and chairs for evening dinners in the backyard. Cedar and teak are the most popular choices, although as noted above, many other types of wood are possible. View top rated hardwood patio furniture here. Adirondack chair sets are always a comfortable solution to patio or deck environments. You can get a pair for about $200. A decent chaise lounge (hardwood) from Strathwood runs about $100 and dining tables can be several $100. Many of the chairs have cushions you can buy that will make them even more comfy. Ultimately, the climate you live in will play a major role in what type of wood you go with. No sense in buying oak or pine if you live in a region that gets lots of moisture. Take care of any furniture you purchase and if you can, cover it up in the winter months when colder, damp weather hits.