Did you miss your backyard? After a long winter and a late-breaking spring, chances are good it missed you, too. But now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to get back out there. While you’re at it, you might want to upgrade your outdoor essentials.
We trawled through Amazon to find you the best-selling and highest-rated backyard products, from Reviewed’s favorite Weber charcoal grill to lounge chairs you’ll never want to leave.
A grill for the classic summer barbecue
One of Reviewed’s top charcoal grill picks, the Weber Original, is also the best-selling grill on Amazon. Our reviewers love that it’s quick to set up, quick to heat up, and easy to maintain. Amazon reviewers rave about how easy it is to cook on, (even for grilling newbies), and its relatively compact design.
A durable door mat that won’t slip
Amazon’s top-selling outdoor doormat is the Gorilla Grip Original Rubber Durable Doormat (from the maker of Reviewed’s favorite bath mat). The thick rubber material stays secure on the ground, and its top surface traps dirt, debris, and moisture so messes aren’t tracked into your home.
A hummingbird feeder to brighten your day
This popular hummingbird feeder has a couple of key features that help it attract hummingbirds, such as its bright red color and 10 feeding ports. It’s also pretty great on the human side of things, too—Amazon reviewers say that it’s easy to clean and fill. All you have to do is pour in sugar water, set it outside, and wait for the hummingbirds to come to you.
A wind chime for a musical summer breeze
This set of chimes is the most popular on Amazon for a reason. With its colorful baubles, reflective panels, subtly harmonious sound, and what reviewers say is a delicate-looking but unexpectedly sturdy design, it’ll be a welcome addition to your porch.
Ground lights to brighten your step
In need of some ground lights you can set up and use with minimal fuss? If so, these ones are a bright idea. Because they use solar power, all you need to do is turn on their charging switch and let them soak up the sun. After half a day of charging, they can illuminate your pathways at night for up to 10 hours.
String lights to make every night a starry one
These string lights won’t disappoint you, according to their 2,500-plus overwhelmingly positive reviews in which customers extol their multi-season uses, from lighting up pool areas to providing the brightest Christmas lights on the block. They’re waterproof, dimmable, and energy efficient, and if a bulb burns out, it’s easily replaced with a standard-base, 2-watt bulb.
A bench that doubles as a storage
It’s always nice to have extra seating outside—and it’s doubly nice if your sitting space can also serve as storage space. This bench achieves both, and looks good while doing so. The bench itself is waterproof and UV-resistant, and can comfortably seat two adults. Its interior storage holds 70 gallons, which, if you can’t quite visualize it, is a lot. One reviewer put two folding chairs, a folding table, a toolbox, a sprinkler, dog toys, and a kneeling pad inside it—and all of that didn’t even take up half the room.
Lounge chairs you can actually stretch out it
The Zero Gravity Chair might just be the ultimate backyard lawn chaise. With supportive UV-resistant mesh, a recliner that locks at any angle, and a soft removable pillow, it’s stocked with all the creature comforts for sitting (or snoozing) for hours. It also doesn’t require any assembly and is easy to fold up and stow, if you end up loving it so much you want to take it everywhere you go.
A hammock for peak relaxation
Another way to enhance your backyard for lounging around is with this best-selling hammock. Its durable fabric comes in dozens of colors, and the stand folds down compactly when it’s not in use. But given how comfortable Amazon shoppers say it is, that could be basically never. One reviewer wrote that she found the hammock so enjoyable, she replaced her bed with it!
Plant hangers to decorate your porch
In need of something subtle to spruce up your back porch? If so, one easy solution is this two-piece set of hanging planters. They’re made of an imitation marble resin that, according to one reviewer, looks so much like the real thing you have to touch it to be certain. Other Amazon reviewers say the pots have great craftsmanship, sturdiness, and—possibly best of all—look more expensive than they are.
A barrel to give your plants a home
For bigger plants, you’ll need a bigger pot, like this faux distressed oak barrel. Reviewers loved that the pot is sturdy, roomy, and made of easy-to-clean plastic but has a convincing wood finish.
A rocking chair set for whiling away the evening
There’s nothing quite like sitting out in a backyard, patio, or back porch on a summer evening—and this set of two rocking chairs and a glass-topped table provides the perfect way to get your relaxation fix. Reviewers like that it's relatively quick and easy to set up, the chairs accommodate a range of body types, and the quality construction of durable UV-resistant resin makes it a good value.
Standing lanterns without the risks of an open flame
Love the look of a fiery lantern but not thrilled about illuminating your yard with actual open flames? If so, look to these lights, which expertly mimic the flicker of a torch without any of the worries. The lights are solar-powered, too, so they never to be plugged in or new batteries.
A wide patio umbrella to get a break from the sun
This umbrella is the category top-seller on Amazon. It’s waterproof, fade resistant, comes in at least seven different colors and patterns, and many of its reviewers marvel over how true-to-the-photos its colors are. It’ll slide into any patio table with a pre-drilled hole, or can stand on its own with the accessory base (sold separately).
A stylish outdoor rug that’s easy to clean
This waterproof and UV-resistant rug adds remarkably durable style to a porch or patio—one reviewer said it was able to easily withstand juice spills from their kids. It’s reversible (meaning you can switch up your exterior design at a moment’s notice, should you desire). Because it’s made of recycled plastic, it's resistant to mold and mildew. And it's easy to clean: All you to do is to shake it out or spray it with a hose. It comes in eight colors and five sizes ranging from 3 feet by 5 feet to 8 feet by 10 feet.
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.