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Summer is arguably the most anticipated season for most folks — especially those with backyards, patios and outdoor living spaces. But what’s the point of having such a useful space if it’s not the relaxing sanctuary you deserve?
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor living space, starting from the ground up or just need an editor-approved product or two to take it to the next level, we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite picks that will do the trick.
Choose from a mess-free electric bug zapper to keep those annoying mosquitoes and gnats at bay, an outdoor fan to keep you cool during the sweltering summer heat, a rechargeable LED lantern to add just the right amount of mood lighting and more.
Keep reading to check out all eight product recommendations in a bit more detail.
Summer’s great, but there’s no denying that it has its fair share of faults — with one of the greatest being the pests that come out to play, especially at night. One of the easiest ways to get rid of them without the sticky mess of traditional traps is with an electric bug zapper. This best-selling option from Klahaite is made for both indoor and outdoor use.
2. Repel 100 Insect Repellent Pump Spray, $7.47 (Orig. $16.99)
This is arguably one of the most necessary products on this list. In addition to investing in the Klahaite Electric Bug Zapper, you should definitely double down on protection with the Repel 100 Insect Repellent Pump Spray to keep your skin bugbite-free.
Summer heat can be deadly, so it’s important to stay cool, especially when you’re sitting in the elements. Thousands of shoppers recommend this outdoor fan that’s both portable and weather-resistant for staying cool while relaxing outside.
In addition to having a waterproof motor and blades, this fan is made of UV-protected plastic, which makes it perfect for leaving out in the sun. It also comes with a long-distance remote control, so if you’re sitting on the other side of your yard, you can turn it on, off, or change the fan speeds without moving a muscle.
4. Solo Stove Ranger Fire Pit, $199.99 (Orig. $299.99)
Just because your place didn’t come with a fire pit doesn’t mean you can’t add one to your outdoor space. In fact, Solo Stove makes it as easy as possible with its completely smokeless and portable Ranger Fire Pit.
This best-selling fire pit uses 360-degree Signature Airflow Technology that works to contain the fire, and its double-walled design provides a secondary burn for uninterrupted enjoyment outdoors. The wood-burning flames get 400 degrees hotter than conventional fires, completely eliminating smoke and creating fine ashes.
This fire pit is perfect for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs and makes the ideal setting for outdoor reading, relaxing or even dinner. When you’re done, you can leave it outside or pack the 15-pound unit into the included bag and stow it away.
5. Ruggable Outdoor Tulum Desert Sage Rug, $129 – $699
These beautifully designed outdoor rugs feature a durable material with a woven texture that still feels smooth. They’re also stain, water and fade-resistant and hold up well to dirt, dust, rain and sunlight. Add one of these to your porch, patio, deck, balcony or backyard for the perfect instant upgrade.
6. BALMUDA Rechargeable LED Lantern, $149
BALMUDA, known for its beautiful and best-selling gooseneck electric kettle and toaster oven, also has one more product that may be its most underrated yet. The BALMUDA Lantern is the perfect mix of old and new with its throwback design and modern technology and functionality.
The portable device comes with a USB cord for charging. It has three light modes — candle, amber and warm white — so you’ll be able to create the perfect mood lighting for your outdoor space. It’s also extremely lightweight and water-resistant. Choose from three colors: Black, gray and white.
If you’ve been looking for outdoor gazebos and tents for shade this summer, you likely already know that they’re not cheap. When I stumbled on this one from Amazon, I was shocked at both its price and quality.
The Cool Spot Pop-Up Instant Gazebo Tent is super easy to assemble — I put it together myself with my fiancée, and it took just under 20 minutes to get it all situated. It even comes with mosquito netting to keep any bugs away while you’re relaxing. I was also surprised by how sturdy and solid it was, so I can confidently say that this is 100% worth the investment.
Choose from six colors ranging from beige to red to perfectly complement your outdoor vibe.
8. Best Choice Products 4-Piece Wicker Patio Conversation Furniture Set with 4 Seats and Tempered Glass Tabletop, $299.99 (Orig. $319.99)
Lastly, your space won’t be complete without the perfect outdoor furniture set. This best-selling option from Best Choice Products comes with four pieces (a table with a tempered glass top, one double sofa and two single-seaters).
Each piece is made of all-weather wicker handwoven over a steel frame for lasting durability. The cushions are weather-resistant to prevent fading and wear from rain and wind, and the covers are even machine washable. Choose from six color combinations, ranging from brown/red to gray/navy.
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