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The best material for your outdoor furniture depends on what you want from it, therefore we’ve created this table below to help you choose the best type for you:

Garden Furniture MaterialBest forAll Weather?Starting priceBest Deals
Wood-effect / CompositeTraditional styleYes£150click here
Rattan / Synthetic WickerComfortYes£450click here


Below we analyse each type of material in more detail: wood-effect and synthetic rattan.

Material: Wood-effect, composite / polymer

  • Made from: Compressed plastics
  • Weatherproof properties: 100% All Weather
  • UV protected? : Yes
  • Recommended brand: Winawood
  • Starting price: £150
  • Comes in: Chairs, benches, love seats, dining sets, bistro sets
  • UK delivery available: Yes

Using the latest polymers compressed into an innovative design, Winawood furniture creates a natural grain effect in a man made product. It comes with a 2 year weatherproof guarantee, allowing you peace of mind when it’s left outside.

You can read reviews on Winawood here.

Wood effect composite furniture
New style of rattan made from polyethylene

Material: PE Rattan / Synthetic Wicker

  • Made from: HQ Polyethylene Rattan, and an Aluminium frame.
  • Weatherproof properties: All Weather Base (cushions require storing)
  • UV protected? : Yes
  • Recommended brand: Majestique
  • Starting price: £450
  • Comes in: Chairs, sofa sets, dining sets, bistro sets, rocking chairs.
  • UK delivery available: Yes

Using the highest quality polyethylene (PE) synthetic rattan, this furniture is proven to last for years when left outside, without fading, rotting or becoming brittle. The strong aluminium frame will also not rust, meaning it can be left outside in the snow and ice. This is often called synthetic wicker, because of its resemblance to the traditional conservatory furniture that was popular in the late 20th century.

You can learn more about Majestique here.

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