If you have ever shown an interest in buying outdoor furniture, you most likely came across pieces made from teak wood. There is a reason why teak furniture has such a good reputation, but also a very high price.
We wanted to explore the benefits of buying teak furniture over other types of wood construction, but also show you five teak patio sets that have impressed us beyond belief.
Benefits of Teak Furniture
Sure, it’s important to buy resistant indoor furniture, but when you think about the pieces that have to stay outdoors, it makes so much more sense that you want to invest in pieces with high-quality construction. Consider the fact that outdoor furniture pieces aren’t as protected as the ones that get to stay inside, and wood is quite sensitive to nature’s elements unless it’s of certain types and processed correctly.
Since teak furniture can be quite expensive, it’s only normal for you to really look through the benefits and decide if this furniture deserves the price you pay for it:
- Durability is one of the main qualities of teak, and we’re not just talking about average furniture that you have to replace every three years. With proper care, outdoor teak furniture can last for decades (no joke, it can be preserved to look as good as new even for the next generation). Teak is naturally rich in oil and rubber content, which makes it resistant to normal wood threats, such as rot, pests, and nature’s elements. Compared to other types of wood, teak is also less likely to splinter, twist, or warp over time.
- One thing that a lot of people don’t know is the fact that teak wood can regulate its own temperature. What does that mean? It is means that during the summer it can adjust itself to stay cool but also keep a relatively warm temperature during the winter. This makes it great for outdoor exposure, as it less sensitive to high and low temperatures compared to other types of wood. It is even better than metal because metal can get really cold in the winter and very hot in the summer.
- Another great thing about teak as a material for outdoor furniture is its low maintenance. Thanks to its natural properties, teak doesn’t really require any extra treatments for it to be highly resistant. Without any form of treatment, teak furniture starts off with a golden color and, depending on how long it’s exposed to the sun or to other elements, it can turn to a silvery gray patina. The good news is that you don’t have to do much to bring teak back to its original golden color. You can remove things like dirt and moss by using a soft nylon brush and some soapy water.
- Teak is a sustainable material to be used in the production of furniture. It is both renewable and eco-friendly, unlike other wood sources that have taken a toll on the planet due to industries that contributed to deforestation. For the most part, teak is responsibly grown on government-managed plantations in locations such as Belize or Indonesia.
- As you can imagine by everything we just mentioned, teak is also a high-quality option. It is important for you to know that teak can be created differently, as it comes with grades ranging from A to C. Grade A teak, for example, is also known as heartwood. It is the center part of the three which has the highest oil concentration, and that makes it the most resistant type of teak when exposed to nature’s elements. Furniture sets that are made with grade A teak are generally the most expensive but also the most durable, and these are the ones that you want to invest in if durability is your number one shopping priority (and since you’re considering teak furniture, we’re going to assume that it is).
How to Choose a Teak Patio Set
The following list of tips was put together to help you choose a teak patio set that’s suitable to your needs. Since teak is pretty expensive, it’s important to spend your money wisely, so here what you need to know before investing in one of the most durable furniture options out there:
- Grade is important. When you’re shopping for teak, you’ll notice that the different types of wood used are graded based on their quality. Grade A teak is made from the core sense of matured wood. It can be recognized because of its darker appearance. Known as the heart of the tree, grade A teak comes from trees that are at least 20 years of age. This makes the wood imbued with plenty of natural oil that will protect it from all sorts of damage. Grabe B is represented by the core of immature trees. While it does have some protective oil, it doesn’t have the same density as grade A teak does. It is weather-resistant, but not to the same extent as grade A teak. The lowest grade used to depict the quality of the wood is C. Grade C teak is basically wood from the outer sections on the trunk.
- Machinery matters. With teak furniture, it’s not just about the quality of the wood, but also the manufacturing process that gives you those sturdy pieces of outdoor furniture you crave for. Furniture made using machine production renders precise-cut woods, which eventually lead to better furniture pieces.
- Be eco-supportive. It takes a whole lot of years for teak wood to reach maturity and gives you the best and most durable furniture pieces for your patio. That has a lot of implications on many different levels. To do your part, you want to purchase teak wood from furniture makers that take this primary resource from sustainable teak plantations (those approved by the Indonesian government).
Top Teak Patio Sets
Teak is one of the best types of woods for outdoor furniture, there is no question about it. And since it’s also quite expensive, it’s important that you invest in high-quality products so that you can get the most out of your money in the long term. We’ve discovered a great teak furniture seller and we wanted to share some of their best products with you, in hopes that we’ll inspire you in choosing high-quality products.
The Maro patio furniture set is made from quality teak and designed to be weather-resistant for a long time. The set comes with a sofa, two chairs, a loveseat, and a table. The table measures 10.25” H x 20.56” L x 20.56” W, the sofa is 24.75” H x 99.5” W x 37.5” D, and the chair measures 24.75” H x 40.5” W x 37.5” D. The set is delivered together with cushioning which can be removed if needed. The covers can be cleaned in your home washing machine.
- Removable cushion cover.
- Multiple pieces included.
- Machine washable covers.
- No info on teak grade.
One of the most high-quality patio sets we’ve seen is the Skagen. Made from eight chairs (six regular one and two armchairs) and one large table, this is the perfect teak patio set for large families or people who like to have friends over the outdoor meals and quality time spent together. While pricey, this is a set that will probably last for decades. With a self-storing leaf design, you can always collapse the table to make it smaller and occupy less space.
- Durable high-quality teak construction .
- Expandable dining table.
- Includes 2 armchairs.
- Occupies a lot of space.
When you dream of the days spent outside lounging in the sun, this seating option is here to provide you with all the comfort needed to make the best out of those sunny warm days. This is a limited edition low profile armchair that comes together with an ottoman which can double as a coffee table is needed. It measures 24.75” H x 37” W x 38.63” D and is made from solid teak. It also includes a set of cushions covered in water-resistant Sunbrella fabric.
- Includes chair and ottoman.
- Comes with cushions.
- Cushion covers made from weather-resistant fabric.
- Only a limited number of items available.
We absolutely adore this set made from two loungers that use quality teak for the frame and resin wicker for the seating and backrest. Each of the lounge chairs comes with a pillow that can offer back and neck support, depending on what you need. While they don’t have the reclining feature, they are extremely comfortable to use. The resin wicker used in the construction is weather-resistant as well.
- Includes two chairs.
- Cushions included.
- Weather-resistant resin wicker seating.
- Cushions feel cheap.
A patio sectional can be a great option when you have multiple people coming over or a large family that likes to get together outdoors and enjoy a fresh batch of coffee or tea. The set is made up of five pieces that can be separated if, for instance, you’re playing a board game outside and you’re divided into teams. The entire set measures 32.75” H x 24” W x 84” D and comes with polyester cushions for added seating comfort.
- Includes 5 sectional pieces.
- Comfortable foam-filled cushions.
- Covers can be removed and cleaned.
- Cushions are not weather-resistant.
One of the most generous sets in terms of seating we came across so far is this one by Red Barrel Studio. It includes two loveseats, four single chairs, and two coffee tables, offering enough space for eight people to sit down and enjoy the weather outside. The different number of items and types of seating offer a lot of versatility in terms or placement. Each of the seating options comes with its own set of cushions.
- Can seat up to 8 people.
- Includes 2 coffee tables.
- Cushions are included with the purchase.
- Cushions are a little thin.
Made from natural teak, this two-person seating set is great for stretching your legs and enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book under the shade of a tree. The set comes with two lounging chairs, each with its own ottoman, and a small round coffee table (so that’s five pieces in total). The frame is weather-resistant, just as you would expect natural teak to be. There are also two pillows included which can serve as either neck or back support.
- Quality woven natural teak construction.
- Protective resin footpads.
- Pillows are included.
- Mostly comfortable for tall people.
Coastal 7 Piece Teak Patio Conversation Set W/ Sunbrella Canvas Navy Cushions By Royal Teak Collection
Our list debuts with a beautiful garden set that seats up to six people (provided someone is willing to sit on the ottoman). It is made from high-quality teak with an amazing design and comfortable pillows that allow people to sit and enjoy time on the patio for hours on end. It doesn’t matter if you want to enjoy a board game outside with the family or just gather round to talk and have a beer.
The set includes two end tables, a coffee table, an ottoman, two club chairs, and a sofa. The sofa measures 77 x 35 x 30.5 inches, offering seating for up to three people. Every seat comes with a designated cushion which is made from Sunbrella fabric, meaning that it can withstand element exposure. However, it is always best to move the cushions to a covered place when you’re not using them, as this will help prolong their lifespan.
Who Should Buy This?
The Coastal patio set is a great addition for homes where people like to spend a lot of time outside, as the cushions included with the furniture provide great comfort.
- Sustainably harvested teak.
- Cushions included.
- Weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric.
- Durable construction.
- Seats up to six people.
- Too low profile for eating on tables.
We move on to one of our most favorite outdoor dining sets. It is a seven-piece set that comes with a large table and seating for up to six people, being the perfect furniture combo for those who want to enjoy a cool summer night’s breeze or a sunny Sunday afternoon outside while munching on some delicious foods.
Notice that while the set includes six chairs, two of them are armed while the ones that go on the longer sides aren’t. The gray sling material is resistant enough to support a person’s weight, but also thin enough that it dries super-fast in case the chairs get wet. The fabric is vinyl-coated, so you know that it’s going to resist the test of time and nature’s wrath if need be. The butterfly leaf table can be extended and retracted, so it can be up to 78 inches long if you need the extra space.
Who Should Buy This?
The Sailmate set is ideal for homeowners that love eating outside with their family and friends, as it provides seating for a maximum of six people and an expandable table for extra room.
- Durable construction.
- Quick-dry fabric.
- Extendable table.
- Resistant to insects, fungus, rot.
- Foldable chairs.
- Only two of the chairs have arm rests.
The Florida patio set shares a lot of similarities with the Sailmate, but there are some key differences that set these two apart and might make the Florida furniture combo a much better option for some homeowners. Since it comes with eight chairs instead of six, it is a better addition to large families or to people who often host brunches, barbecues, parties, dinners, etc.
The construction itself is pretty similar to that of the Sailmate: high-quality teak that’s resistant to different wood-specific problems, resistant sling material for the chair, quick-drying fabric, etc. Another difference is that all of the chairs come with armrests, which makes them more comfortable for long hour use. The chairs are foldable and easy to store, but the table isn’t expandable/retractable.
Who Should Buy This?
The Florida patio set is a good buy for large families or for people who like to host outdoor activities and have friends come over often for dinners/BBQs, etc.
- Foldable chairs.
- Quality construction.
- Armrests on all chairs.
- Quick-dry material.
- Resistant to elements.
- Table is not expandable.
The Helena is one of the best patio wicker sets that money can buy. Granted, it is not the cheapest option, but being made from teak, it is a long-term investment that guarantees you won’t need to buy another similar set for many years to come. The set comes with a round dining table and six comfortable wicker chairs with armrests.
While the chair are comfortable for most people, it doesn’t hurt accessorizing them with back cushion (seating cushions are included), so that you can make sure they provide comfort for hours and hours on end. Despite it being a round table, it comes with two leaves that can be dropped simultaneously or one at a time if you need to save some space.
Who Should Buy This?
The Helena patio set is a great purchase for people who want the intimacy of a round dining table, for those who want to save some space (by collapsing the table), but also for fans of outdoor wicker furniture.
- Collapsible table.
- Seat cushions included.
- Quality construction.
- Strong handcrafted mortise-and-tenon joints.
- No back cushion.
Miami 6 Piece Teak Patio Conversation Set W/ Rectangular Coffee Table, Side Tables and Sunbrella Canvas Natural Cushions
The last set on our list is the Miami, a six-piece teak set with all the right requirements to be considered one of the best of its kind. It comes with two end tables, two club chairs, one coffee table, and cushions to make seating comfortable. There is also a loveseat, which means that you get a total of four seating spots for you, your family members, or your friends.
We’d like to point out that the cushions are among the most comfortable ones we’ve seen in a patio set so far, so don’t be surprised if the child falls asleep on the loveseat by accident, while you’re enjoying a good book seated on one of the club chairs. The cushions are also covered in Sunbrella fabric, making them resistant to the elements.
Who Should Buy This?
The Miami teak patio set brings forth very comfortable seating spots, being a great addition for a small family, and especially for those who love the idea of enjoying coffee and a good book while sitting outside.
- Plush and really comfortable cushions.
- Back cushioning ensured.
- Sunbrella fabric envelopes.
- Weather-resistant materials.
- Durable construction.
- Not suitable for eating.
How to Clean a Teak Patio Set
In general, it is advisable to apply a product that helps preserve the integrity and appearance of your teak furniture for as long as possible. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t actively have to clean it on a regular basis. How often is a matter of where you live and what outdoor conditions your teak furniture is exposed to.
If your area doesn’t have any harsh outdoor conditions, cleaning your teak furniture every spring should suffice. However, if you live in dusty or humid areas, you are going to want to clean it more often.
If you’re using protective coating, you can clean the furniture without the need for a power pressure water (which could otherwise damage the coating). You should be able to clean your teak patio set using your regular garden hose. When you see signs of dirt or stains, you can use a bristle with soft brushes to gently scrub the surface of the furniture.
How to Protect Teak Furniture
Teak furniture can either be natural or sealed, and caring for these two requires special attention, depending on which type of teak patio furniture you own. When you have natural teak to care for:
- You can use a pressure washer since there is no sealant or protective film applied on the surface of the furniture. Set it to the lowest volume when using.
- Grab a wide nozzle spray and attach it to the pressure washer.
- You want to hold the nozzle about 12 inches away from the surface of the furniture and wash the wood using long and even strokes.
- Leave the natural teak furniture to dry.
- Once it’s dry, you can use 400 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surfaces, which prevents teak pores from opening.
If you have sealed teak furniture instead, you’ll have to:
- Use a bristle brush to clean the surface of the furniture, following the wood’ natural grain to prevent any potential scratches.
- Invest in an eco-friendly teak cleaner and, using a soft cloth, rub it across the entire surface of the wood.
- Grab your garden hose and wash down the entire surface of the furniture.
- Every year, apply sealant to keep your teak furniture protected.
Is teak good for outdoor furniture?
Teak has a reputation for being one of the strongest types of hardwood ever. Due to its natural oil content, teak is naturally weather-resistant, requiring less processing and treatment to make it resistant to the elements. That makes it an exceptional choice for outdoor furniture.
Can teak furniture be left outside in winter?
Yes, you can leave your teak furniture outside all year round. If you choose to cover your teak patio set, make sure you choose a cover that allows the wood to breathe.
Who makes the best teak outdoor furniture?
You can find plenty of quality teak outdoor furniture in stores such as Wayfair, Amazon, and the likes. It’s important to beon the lookout for grade A teak, as this is a mark of high-quality.
Can teak furniture be left outside?
Yes. Due to its natural properties, teak is weather-resistant, so you can leave it outside throughout the entire year without worrying about damage.
Now that we have established the fact that teak is a king among kings when it comes to outdoor furniture material, it’s time to think about whether or not you are willing to make that investment. As you may have noticed, teak furniture sets can cost thousands of dollars, and we completely understand if this is not an investment you are willing to make.
However, teak patio sets have a great return on investment because they can last for decades if cared for properly. Being a very durable type of wood, teak is naturally-resistant to nature’s elements, but also to other issues that affect wood, like rot or pests.