Hey guys, today we’re getting back to outdoor decors, so the topic I chose for this post are the best patio furniture sets under $500 (at least in my opinion :P).
I can pretty much guarantee for the pieces I will show you below, because they proved to be quite a good investment in the period I bought them (not 10 years ago, don’t worry :P). And they can’t have changed in a few months, so…you get my point. 😀
Best Choice Products are one of my favorite companies when it comes to outdoor furniture, because they always offer a really wide selection of products with a pretty high quality.
At least considering the low prices they have, as their items are some of the most affordable ones I found on the market.
But I don’t want to talk about the company in general, as this wicker rattan set is a real example of a quality product.
I’ve worked with this furniture set about 4-5 times when I decorated different houses and apartments, so I think I have a pretty good idea about its features and main advantages. But I will try to summarize it right below.
Appearance: 9.60 out of 10 – Unique Design Of Chairs
I love the combination of colors and the contrast between the light seating and the dark brown material. It makes me think about Oreo cookies, I don’t know why. 😛 But the main features of this set’s look are the chairs.
They have a taller base, and even though that’s not really visible in pictures, you can immediately notice it when you sit on them. That’s a really cool feature in my opinion, as it makes this set a bit more “uncommon”. I wouldn’t have bought it if it had the simple, regular design that 85% of patio sets have. And I’m sure many of you agree with me here.
This taller base of the chairs makes this set unique and original, plus that it gives it a different feeling (of elegance I would say :D). And yes, I do believe they looks better like this than if they had a smaller, regular base.
Comfort: 9.00 out of 10 – Harsher Fabric At The Beginning
This set does feel comfortable, nothing more to say. That light seating is really soft and it makes you feel at home, assuming that’s how you want to feel while sitting on your patio.
The rattan wicker fabric also feels okay, though at first you may have the feeling that it’s scratching your back once you lay back on it (especially if you’re wearing sleeveless clothes). But this feeling goes away pretty quickly, maybe because you get used to the fabric or because it gets softer. I have no idea which is the reason, but it’s important that the fabric feels good enough even for the back.
Assembly: 8.30 out of 10 – Not Hard, But Took Too Long
If there’s something I have to criticize about this furniture set, it’s definitely the assembly.
I had the team with me every time I decorated a home, so I can’t say I had to assemble this set alone. But even with their help (they’re not really bad at it, on the contrary…), it still took us almost 2 hours to get this set assembled.
Yes, the instructions weren’t the best, that’s for sure, but they weren’t the worst ones I’ve seen either.
The problem was that the pieces were pretty hard to assemble each, so I can say we stayed about 30 minutes to put together one piece. There are 4, so this means 2 hours (in reality it was less because at the end we got used to it and did it faster).
So that’s probably the biggest downside of this set, but don’t imagine it’s so hard to put it together. I would say it rather takes much time than it’s difficult, and once you realize how it goes, it gets much easier. So it’s not all that bad about it. 😉
Price: 10 out of 10 – Huge Amount Of Money Saved
Considering that its regular price is almost $900, I don’t think there is much I could say about it. You can judge by yourself.
I can only say that I bought it from Walmart all the times I needed it, and I can see they still have the best price on the market. There’s a $550 discount (I don’t know what percentage this is, but it must be around 65% if I’m not wrong) plus free shipping included, so I don’t think you can ever find such a good offer in other shop. At least I haven’t, so if you do, please let me know.
Until then, I will recommend Walmart as the cheapest place to buy this furniture set. You can find the link with the $550 discount a few lines above, in the name of the set, in case you want to take a look at it.
My Final Verdict: 9.40 out of 10 – To Buy
I will probably recommend you all these 4 sets, because all of them are among my favorite furniture sets for patio, so don’t get the feeling that I’m advising you to buy every product I write about. If you read some of my other post, you know it’s not the case at all.
Anyway, when it comes to this Best Choice Products set, I have a lot of praises for it: the taller base of the chairs gives it an original, elegant look, the seating is soft enough to make you feel totally relaxed and the price…well, the price is more than amazing.
So I really recommend you to buy this furniture set, because you can see by yourself that it’s not just a cheap, useless thing. It can’t really be so, if its original price is $900, seriously…So if you decide on this patio set, I’m pretty sure that in a few month you will be really grateful for having done so. All of my clients were 😉
2. Mix Gray Wicker Sofa And Furniture Set by GoPlus ($218.99)
This is also one of the furniture sets that I recommend often times, because of its good quality, exotic look and really low price.
I can’t say I’m a huge fan of GoPlus, as I don’t order from them really much. What I know about them is that they have a lot of really good products whose prices are more than affordable…but they also have some bad-quality items, at least that’s what I heard.
However, that’s not really the case with this gorgeous furniture set, and you may have noticed it already. I mean, if it’s on my list…:P
So in the next lines I will try to summarize this patio set, as shortly as I can, I promise. 😀
Appearance: 9.8 out of 10 – Expensive Look
When it comes to the way it looks, I can pretty much say that this set is my favorite among all these 3 ones. Although it costs really little, it doesn’t look cheap at all. I may have said it before, but to me the 4 furniture pieces of this set look really exotic, I don’t know why.
There is a small table, 2 (arm) chairs and a sofa of medium dimensions. So considering that there would be enough place for at least 2 persons on the couch, I could say this set has 5 pieces, right? That’s what I think…
Anyway, let’s get to some more serious stuff… It may be because of its really cool design (which I love, by the way, in case you didn’t notice it :P) but… to be honest, it makes me remember of the days I spend in Thailand, of the ocean, the beaches, the palm trees…Yeah, it seems to me that it would look really good in one of those outdoor bars close to the beach.
I’m pretty sure the wicker fabric plays an important part in this, as I saw this material everywhere in that part of the world. So if there’s something I could associate this set with…it would be Thailand and the beaches.
Comfort: 9.50 out of 10 – More Solid Than They Seem
This set is far more comfortable than it looks, I have to tell you this from start.
When I first saw it in reality (after putting it together), I had the feeling that it was pretty light and small, and here I mean the chairs. So the first impression was a bit disappointing…
However, the 2 chairs were by no means light, in fact they were feeling pretty strong and sturdy. And really soft, I shouldn’t forget mentioning this.
I was more worried about the chairs than about the sofa, as this one should normally be more solid, at least that was how I was thinking. So you can imagine that if the chairs didn’t feel as light as they looked, the sofa didn’t have absolutely any problem regarding sturdiness.
So in this case, the pieces of the set feel much better than they look, at least when it comes to comfort. Plus that sitting on them felt really good, the cushions were soft, the wicker fabric wasn’t too harsh and the laying on them made me feel like in holiday (I told you the story about Thailand in the previous paragraph).
Assembly: 9.90 out of 10 – Easier Than Most Furniture Sets
When it comes to this feature, there isn’t much to say.
I was pretty satisfied with the instructions, they had enough text and pictures to let you understand exactly what you have to do and where to put X piece.
I didn’t put it together alone, but even so I can’t say it was too much work. It took us about 1 hour, maybe a bit more, considering we were 3 persons. But I would say 2 people are enough, because the third one will probably just look (guess who was that third one when we put it together :P). So it’s really easy, nothing to say about it.
Price: 9.90 out of 10 – More Than Affordable
Once again, I have to give almost the maximum grade to the set when it comes to its price, which means that I’m totally satisfied with it from this point of view.
Comparing it to its appearance and quality, I think $220 is a really low price for everything this set can offer. I would have never said it was so cheap if I saw it randomly one day. Honestly speaking, I think I would have thought it cost around $600, and this because it’s made of wicker (and wicker sets have good prices and are really popular).
So I say it’s a big difference between $220 and $600, do you agree?
The only reason why I didn’t give it the maximum grade was because on Amazon they ask you $9.99 for shipping, which doesn’t really make sense in my opinion. They ship much heavier stuff for free, so I can’t understand why they have to ask you some extra dollars for shipping…
But except this, I’m so satisfied with the price.
My Final Verdict: 9.75 out of 10 – Really To Buy
My general opinion about this furniture set is a really really good one, you can see this from its grade.
You can guess that my opinion about it would definitely not be as good if it cost $600 (it makes sense, I guess :D). But as it has this great price, I can only think great about it, right?
I really love the fact that it doesn’t look cheap, but exotic and pretty sophisticated. It’s really easy to put together, and after you assembly it, it feels really soft and relaxing. And I don’t know about you, but as for me, this is all I want from a patio set…
So if you’re looking for a quality furniture set for your patio (that also has a really good price), I really advise you to take a look at this one. You’ll get convinced by yourself. 😉
Even though this set is almost at the limit of our budget, I liked it way too much not to include it in my recommendations. So let me introduce you Merax’s beautiful furniture set, made of the same fabrics as the previous 2 that I presented you.
I told you, I love wicker and rattan and they are one of the growing trends of this season, so they’re not to be neglected. 😀
Anyway, getting back to this set from Merax, I really love that it comes in 9 pieces, which means that it’s a much better deal than it seems at first. Right? 😀 I mean, $500 isn’t such a large amount for a set that has 9 pieces, at least that’s how it seems to me.
So I’m pretty satisfied with this furniture set, and I will try to tell you about each of its aspects in the following lines.
Appearance: 9.40 out of 10 – 2 Different Nice Designs
If I had to review this furniture set exclusively after the way it looks, I would probably give it a really high mark. Don’t imagine that it would be 10, but it wouldn’t be very far.
There’s nothing much to say about its appearance, because it looks a lot like the other 2 sets I showed you before, especially like the first one.
It has the same beautiful combination of colors, it follows a very similar design style, the only big difference could be the table and the extra chairs of Merax’s set. Otherwise, they’re quite similar I would say.
However, this furniture set has an advantage over its contender, thanks to the larger number of different pieces. This means 2 different kinds of designs for the chairs, so more points for versatility and originality. The only possible downside is that it is a bit smaller than the other one, so this isn’t really visible in the photos.
So if I gave 9.60 to the first set I showed you, I will give 9.40 to this one (the set from GHP remains my favorite, so that one gets the maximum :P).
Comfort: 8.70 out of 10 – A Bit Too Light Cushions
From this point of view, there was something I didn’t like about this furniture set.
Although the cushions of the chairs look great and match the dark fabrics perfectly, they are a bit too small and light, so the chairs don’t feel as comfortable as I would normally want.
Don’t misunderstand me, they do feel really nice and comfortable enough to make you sit there for a long time, but in comparison to other sets, I wish the cushions were a bit thicker. That would make the chairs feel perfect.
Besides this, I don’t think there’s too much to say about comfort. I would classify it as somewhere between medium and high, so it’s not that bad. 😛
Assembly: 9.30 out of 10 – Easy To Medium Difficulty
I can’t say it was extremely hard to put together this set, but it wasn’t as easy as others either.
The instructions were pretty well written, with enough pictures to help you understand what step you have to follow. The package also included the tools necessary for the process, but in my opinion as someone who simply watched the assembly (:P), they were pretty hard to use.
I don’t know to give you too many details about this because I never assembled it alone, but from what I saw, it took about 1-1.5 hours to my team to put it together. So considering it’s a 9 piece furniture set, I don’t think it’s very much.
Price: 9.40 out of 10 – Pretty High Discount
As I told you at the beginning, I know that this set is right at the limit of your budget, but hey…it’s important it’s not more.
Its normal price is somewhere around $600, but now it has a 29% discount and you can get it $200 cheaper. I’ve seen much bigger discounts, that’s for sure, but this one isn’t the smallest one either so I do regard it as a pretty good advantage.
The lowest price I found for this set was on Amazon, where they have this 29% discount I was talking about. There is also a downside, however…I have no idea why, but they ask you to pay an additional shipping tax for this set, which isn’t really small in this case ($70).
It made me really angry every time I had to pay this shipping tax because let’s face it, Amazon ships a lot more heavier items for free. So I don’t really understand why they make you pay $70 extra…
Anyway, all in all the price remains pretty good, not the best one I’ve ever seen but a pretty good one. So from this point of view, it gets a high mark from me.
My Final Verdict: 9.30 out of 10 – To Buy
My general opinion about this Merax patio set is a really good one, based on my own experience. While searching the Internet to find the best price for this item, I found a lot of negative reviews of this set, which I didn’t really understand, to be honest.
Some complained that the set looked cheap and had a really bad quality, other that it fell apart after a few months…I don’t really know what to say about this, as all the sets of this kind that I bought for my clients lasted in good conditions, at least that’s what they told me. And believe me, they didn’t have any reason to lie…
So all I can tell you is my personal opinion about it, which is by no means a bad one. So I advise you at least to check out this item on Amazon, even if you don’t buy it. In this way you will at least make a better opinion about it, and hopefully it will be a good one, because it is a set I really liked. 🙂
My Final Thoughts
So guys, I will try to be short as I already wrote too much in this post. 😛
These 3 furniture sets are my first election whenever I have to decorate the patio of a client or my own patio. I’ve had enough experience with each of them to be sure they’re worth buying, so that’s why I dare to recommend them.
If you want my opinion, my first choice would probably be GHP’s wicker furniture set, as this is the one I like most in appearance and price. The other 2 ones are also some sets that I love, but the one from GHP remains my favorite set under $500.
So what do you think about these 3 patio furniture sets under $500? Which of them would you choose?