This umbrella is a good product. The thermometer, clock and lights are a real bonus. We have used this umbrella every day. Tilt function is great, and it is easy to get opened and closed. During the evenings, the lights are a warm illumination rather than a bright garish light. Not exactly crazy about the random and blinking functions of lights, however the steady light function is great. Very pleased with product.
I've enjoyed this umbrella since the day it was delivered. The thermometer is nice, although naturally reads higher when directly in the sun. The lighting system is spectacular and even my teenage daughter really enjoys it! The clock is great, as I often don't wear a watch at home, and lose track of time when sitting out on the patio. It is actually wider than our previous umbrella, which was an expensive one, yet the mechanism is much smoother to operate. I would definitely buy another one like it, and recommend it to others.
We got the green one and within one week, the thermometer and clock went blank. Within another week, the lights stopped working, too. The umbrella is a cheesy nylon that is way too thin and flimsy, and the color green is more of an emerald green, and it's worth your life to make any of todays loden greens look good with it. I read the reviews and felt good about buying it, but it has been a waste of money and a real disappointment, to say the least. I guess I will have to start over this Spring.
Let's talk about the positive attributes first: . 1) VERY affordable - best bang for your buck. 2) I never thought I would care to have a clock or thermometer on my umbrella - but my friends and family have REALLY enjoyed this feature. Also, the instructions that came with the electronics for the umbrella are actually VERY useful and are in easy to understand English!!! (I hate to use instructions) 3) I have always had wood umbrella poles - and these are metal. At first, I wasn't thrilled - but they really stand up to the unexpected wind gusts much better than the wood counterparts (which have snapped on previous umbrellas I have owned)... 4) Thus far, the crank mechanism works very well. . Now for the less than perfect attributes: . 1) The green umbrella material is quite shiny. I wasn't expecting them to have a polyester luster (not a good thing). It's not a deal breaker... but you should know that the green is a very vivid green (more like a Green Crayola crayon, than the "forest" green I was expecting). 2) The LED lights aren't glued into the frame -- so each time, a few shift and move out of place (easy remedy - a glue stick). Also, they are very YELLOW - I don't know why I expected them to be a white or soft yellow that glowed white - but they are YELLOW and they glow YELLOW (everyone looks a bit jaundice). The mode where they flash randomly is, as others have mentioned, annoying - and to be avoided at all cost (I'm imagining my guests having seizues!!!) -- but when they are on solid - they provide good light. Another thing about the LED lights -- I wish that they were operating off of a battery pack (why not? the temperature and LED controls run off a battery???). In order to use them - you have to run a cord out to the table (good design, however, the connection is made under the table but above the umbrella stand). I have a toddler, and I don't like the trip hazard to the table. Also, if your guests are drinking...................... same problem. In the end, I use the umbrella without the lights. . Unknowns: . 1) I have not operating the tilting mechanism, as I have no need for it. Could be great, could be a problem... I just don't know. 2) I haven't tried to clean off the fabric, either - so I don't know how well that works. Hope that helps. All in all, however, I am VERY pleased with this purchase.
I recieved this in 4 days. Recieved it today and put it up right away. So easy to put up and beautiful lights. I only like it on steady light. Not crazy about the blinking lights. Very pretty!! If you purchase this, you will not regret it at all. Hopefully it wont attract bugs, since the lights are so soft looking.
Cheaply made and not durable. After one rainm the Thermometer, clock, and display device all stopped working. Luckily the lights work and are very nice. Just enough light to eat and have pleasant ambience. Recommend that you bring it IN-DOORS if it is going to rain!
This patio umbrella was better than I expected. It has an easy crank to close or open the umbrella and the lights provide the perfect amount of light to see the table. We got the green one and have gotten many complements on it. You won't regret spending the little bit extra for this one.
Love this umbrella. When it lights up it is charming and almost a little scifi, lol! It has been outdoors for a year through all kinds of weather especially wind and doing great. No mildew or stains. Good buy, especially when shipping is so cheap! Remember this must be plugged in, not solar.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Same
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Heavy duty and good looking!
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? perfect
Easy to set up - the clock even had the right time on it to start with. Wonderful appearance, cranks up and down very easily. Even my way too cool 25 year old son was impressed with the LED lights. I have already recommended this umbrella to several people. I gave a three star rating for durability only because I haven't had it long enough to say, but I believe the quality is there.Just look at any of the "big box" stores on-line for a price vs features comparison, and you won't think twice about ordering this umbrella.
We just got this today, so I have no idea how it will fair in the long term! My parents actually bought this, after I looked around and found a great bargain here on Overstock. We got it in taupe, which, like previously stated, is actually more of a very light greenish-grey, when usually taupe is more to the light brownish-grey tone. It's also a thin material, compared to other umbrella's I've seen or owned. Anyway, it's a great price for an umbrella with led lights, digital clock, date, and temp. I've set it up, which is very easy, and am happy that all parts are in working condition, unlike some other unlucky buyers. The tilt feature is also easy to do, which is great. I also like how it can be raised and lowered by cranking one direction only. A previous umbrella cranked both ways up and down, and it just got confusing as to when it was all the way open or closed, so, it's fabulously easy to do now! I don't see anything spectacular about it's construction, nor do I think it's cheap or flimsy, somewhere in between in my opinion. So, overall it's a great buy. I gave it 4 stars due to the color being a bit off, and, it being a bit thiner material than expected. Shipping was incredibly fast, two days from the ship date, a total of three including the day I ordered it. Overstock is an awesome place to find a bargain.
ORDERED THE TAUPE UMBRELLA ON A SUNDAY, RECEIVED IT ON TUES. WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE. SHIPPING WAS SO FAST. IT MATCHES CHAIR CUSHIONS I HAVE THAT ARE IN A FLORAL PRINT. THE TAUPE COLOR IS A TRUE TAUPE. THE UMBRELLA LOOKS GREAT ON THE DECK. IT IS A FAIRLY LARGE UMBRELLA AND THE LIGHTS ARE A GREAT ADD-ON. I HAVE ORDERED ITEMS FROM OVERSTOCK.COM IN THE PAST AND HAVE WILL SHOP WITH THEM AGAIN. THE PRICES ARE GREAT.
I've had this for a year now, and while it has held up through one summer (it was taken inside for the winter) and doesn't really show signs of wear yet, I can't really recommend the product for one simple reason. The built in lights turn themselves off really quickly. So first you have to hook up an electric adapter to it, which I have on the deck so no big deal, but then you have to hit the power and cycle through a few different modes where the lights flash, again not a really big deal, finally you get to the setting where the lights are just on solid. It's nice to have at night when a soft light is all you're looking for. The problem is after just a few minutes (I'm talking like 10 minutes or less) they just turn themselves off, which ruins the feature for me.
The light produced from the LED's is very dim, could be much brighter. After 2 weeks of use 2 of the ribs on the umbrella have stopped working completely. The materials used in the constuction are very light weight and don't seem very strong. The manufacturer recommends taking it in during wind, rain or any inclement weather, however this information is not contained in the description on Overstock. I would have thought twice about purchasing an outdoor umbrella that is so fragile that it can't be left out in the rain.
Shipping on this item was mighty quick. Umbrella looks great and lights and thermometer are in working order and seem of good quality. Given other reviews, I'm a little concerned what's going to happen after the first rainfall and whether it will knock out the lights, but so far so good...
made it fly over our house..lols..but the colour is still good after all these years.ok..its faded and I need to get a new one..(this was from like 6 years ago..lols..but yes..loved it till the storm hit..then my husband fixed the brackets that broke..the material never did split even in the Dorothy where is Toto storm.