The 5 Best Patio Dining Sets of 2021

Enjoy your meal outdoors with these stylish table and chair combinations

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Patio Dining Set

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The seven-piece set includes six chairs and a dining table (all made from durable aluminum), so you can sit with multiple guests comfortably.
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This budget-friendly set is constructed from sustainably sourced acacia and you can choose from two different wood finishes.
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With its curved arms and legs and latticework pattern, the design nods to more ornate, traditional cast iron styles.
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The table is large enough to accommodate a few dishes, but at the same time, its small 28 x 23 x 23-inch frame can fit almost anywhere.
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With the elevated height, it’s comfortable to stand at the table in addition to sitting, so groups can squeeze in for a conversation.
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Whether you live somewhere that's warm all year round or you just want to take advantage of sunny days when you can get them, an outdoor space is a coveted commodity. Turning it into a true oasis requires the right furniture, especially if you plan on using your space for eating or entertaining. Choosing a patio dining set is fun if not a little daunting, as there are a wide range of options out there depending on the size and look you're going for.

Here, we rounded up the best patio dining sets for every budget and style.

Best Overall: Frontgate Calhoun 7-pc. Dining Set in Aluminum

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What We Like
  • Sits up to six people

  • Durable construction

  • Easy to clean

  • Includes warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Your outdoor space is your personal sanctuary, so it's understandable if you want to invest a bit in certain pieces to make it just right. Take this Frontgate set, which balances style and function for a gorgeous outdoor dining setup.

The seven-piece set includes six chairs and a dining table, so you can sit with multiple guests comfortably. Each chair is crafted of lightweight, powder-coated aluminum and features teak insets on each armrest for an elevated look. The chairs' crisp, white cushions—which are optional—are easy to clean, so you won't have to worry about any stains or spills. The set is complete with the dining table, which features a teak top situated on a powder-coated aluminum base.

Though this set is certainly a splurge, Frontgate offers a 10-year structural warranty on all outdoor aluminum, teak, and wicker furniture frames, as well as a two-year warranty on cushion fabrics, so you can feel confident in your purchase.

Best Budget: IKEA ASKHOLMEN Table and Chairs

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What We Like
  • Durable construction

  • Comes in various colors

  • Folds up for easy storage

What We Don't Like
  • Only seats up to four people

Patio dining sets are no small purchase. If you're looking for something that can seat four or more people, most options will start in the $500 range. If that's out of the question for you, that doesn't mean you can't find something—just check out the ASKHOLMEN Table and Chair Set from IKEA.

The budget-friendly set is constructed from durable, sustainably sourced acacia, and you can choose from two wood finishes and an assortment of cushion colors. The 45 x 34.75 x 30-inch patio table can fit four adults comfortably, and if you want to stow the set in a garage or shed once you're done, every piece folds up flat.

Best Cast Aluminum: Christopher Knight Home Hallandale Cast Aluminum Outdoor Dining Set

Christopher Knight Home Hallandale Cast Aluminum Outdoor Dining Set
What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Rust-resistant

  • Small footprint

What We Don't Like
  • Only seats up to four people

Though cast iron has long been popular in outdoor spaces, in recent years cast aluminum has jumped in popularity amongst people looking for new metal furniture. Why? Because cast aluminum is just as durable, lighter weight, and less expensive than cast iron.

This five-piece set melds the best of new and old. With its curved arms and legs and latticework pattern, the design nods to more ornate, traditional cast iron styles and would fit in perfectly on a patio alongside traditional cast iron pieces.

Best Bistro Set: Hashtag Home Ainsley Patio 3-Piece Bistro Set

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What We Like
  • Small footprint

  • Easy to clean

  • Folds up for easy storage

  • Comes in various colors

What We Don't Like
  • Scratches easily

If your outdoor space is limited or you're working with a balcony as opposed to an actual backyard, Hashtag Home's Ainsley 3-Piece Bistro Set will definitely come in handy. The table is large enough to accommodate a few dishes if you're looking to dine al fresco, but at the same time, its small 28 x 23 x 23-inch frame can fit almost anywhere.

If you're looking for a low-maintenance set, this is a great pick. The two chairs feature slats that allow rain to run through them, rather than pool, so you won't have to deal with mold or mildew. The chairs also fold down, so they're easy to store in a garage or shed when not in use. The Hashtag Home set is available in four fun colors: white, black, navy, and red.

Best Bar Height: AllModern Brockton 5-Piece Bar Height Dining Set

Brockton 5-Piece Bar Height Dining Set
What We Like
  • Great for standing and sitting

  • UV- and mildew-resistant

  • Stackable chairs for easy storage

What We Don't Like
  • Only seats up to four people

Bar height dining sets, where the table and chairs are elevated above the typical dining set, are an increasingly popular option, and for good reason: They work for both intimate dinners and entertaining. With the elevated height, it’s comfortable to stand at the table in addition to sitting, so friendly groups can squeeze in for a conversation. Plus, they have a more casual vibe that's perfect for outdoor areas.

This 5-piece set from AllModern includes four chairs and a table, all of which have sturdy aluminum frames and slatted resin tops that are both UV- and mildew-resistant. If you're worried about the extra height making storage difficult, fear not: The chairs are stackable and easy to take care of during the off-season.

Final Verdict

Overall, we recommend Frontgate's Calhoun 7-pc. Dining Set (view at Frontgate), which is a splurge-worthy dining set that comes with six chairs and a spacious dining table. The durable aluminum frame can withstand the elements, and the white chair cushions (sold separately) are fade, mold, and mildew-resistant. If you want something more budget-friendly, go with the ASKHOLMEN Table and Chair Set (view at IKEA). It's functional, stylish, and perfect for small spaces.

What to Look for in a Patio Dining Set

Size

Finding the right-sized pieces to fit your space is probably the biggest challenge when selecting patio furniture. You want your set to be roomy enough to be comfortable for your family and friends, but not so big that it overwhelms your space. Make sure to measure carefully, incorporating enough room for people to back chairs out and walk around.

Style

Patio furniture comes in a variety of styles, from sleek and modern to homey and rustic and everything in between. Patio furniture should complement your home’s style and any existing outdoor furniture and landscaping, but if you plan to use it frequently and not just look at it, make sure it’s comfortable and functional. 

Material

A patio set's material needs to be compatible with its surrounding space and climate. If your patio furniture will live in an enclosed location or will have plenty of shelter, you may not have to be as selective as you would if your furniture will be in the direct path of the sun, rain, and other elements.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Ayn-Monique Klahre, a writer who has been researching home products for The Spruce since 2017. Previously, she was an editor and has over 10 years of experience covering home decor, entertaining, and lifestyle topics for leading publications. For this article, she considered the budget, size, style, and material of each patio set.

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