Best garden dining sets: dine alfresco in style with our top picks

Our edit of the best garden dining sets will make eating and hosting outdoors a breeze – all you need is some fancy tableware…

Best garden dining sets
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Looking for the best garden dining sets? You've come to the right place. Whether you're looking to enjoy family meals in the fresh air or you love hosting an alfresco dinner party, you need a dining set that's going to do the work and look good – and that's where we come in.

We've searched high and low for the best outdoor dining sets out there, from the most comfortable rattan designs to the compact designs perfect for small spaces. Read on for our favourites, then head to our garden furniture buying guide for more advice on your garden purchases.

The best garden dining sets 

Best outdoor dining sets:

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1. Rolio 6-seater Acacia Wood Garden Table, Bench and 4 Chairs

Best sleek, architectural dining set: this one is perfect for design lovers

Specifications
Table size: H76xW160xD90cm
Bench size: H45xW149xD40cm
Chair size: H88xW56xD61cm
Material: Acacia, metal
Reasons to buy
+Sculptural design+User-friendly+Bench tucks in for space+Hard-wearing
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Want an architectural statement for your garden? This sleek and sophisticated offering from Habitat certainly makes an impact.

Nature meets modern

Designed by brothers David and Harry Rich of Rich Landscapes – and stars of garden makeover show Garden Rescue – this set was created to encapsulate their natural meets modern aesthetic, as shown by the combination of acacia wood and metal frame.

Hardwearing materials

This set isn't just a pretty face: it's also durable – acacia wood is known and used for its long-lasting properties, and aluminium is a safe bet for low-maintenance garden furniture. Keep covered during the winter months to help it last.

Buy the Rolio 6-seater Acacia Wood Garden Table, Bench and 4 Chairs

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2. Porto dining set

Best bench dining set: a sleek design that's ideal for pared-back schemes

Specifications
Table size: H75.5xW160xD84.5cm
Bench size: H45.5xW130xD33.5cm
Material: Acacia, iron, aluminium
Reasons to buy
+Weather-resistant+Alternative to traditional dining sets
Reasons to avoid
-Cover recommended in winter-Susceptible to mould if cover isn't breathable

Looking for an outdoor dining set with a difference? This bench set from Cox & Cox adds industrial edge to a garden scheme.

On-trend style

Fans of industrial style will love the contrast of the black iron legs against the grey-washed acacia top of this bench set. The slimline shape prevents it from feeling too masculine, and the benches tuck out of the way under the table when not in use.

Durable build

Made from acacia wood – known for its long-lasting qualities – and a powder-coated iron frame, you can rest assured that this dining set will see you through plenty of summers to come thanks to its quality design.

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3. Kettler Palma 6-seater corner table and chairs set

Best lounge and dining combo: the perfect multifunctional buy if you need to maximise space

Specifications
Size: H220xW200cm
Material: Rattan
Reasons to buy
+Corner sofa+Weatherproof+Compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Need to use coasters-We recommend covering in winter

You're sure to get a quality product when you buy Kettler, and John Lewis & Partner's generally great customer service is a bonus – but the real selling point of this dining set is its flexible design.

Multifunctional outdoor living

Made up of a table, corner sofa and two stools, this dining set packs a punch thanks to its multiple uses. The sofa can be used alone as casual seating when you're not eating outdoors, and the stools are the perfect size to bring out for guests to sit when they come round. The set is bulky, but it can be tucked in tight to save space when not in use.

Ultimate comfort

If comfort is top of your list of requirements, you're in luck. The majority of reviewers have commented on just how comfortable it is to settle down at this dining set thanks to the roomy proportions and super-soft, super-deep cushions.

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Panana Cast Aluminium Garden Table and Chairs 6 Seater Patio Furniture Set with Cushions Home Outdoor Balcony

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4. Panana Cast Aluminium Garden Table and Chairs Set

Best low maintenance patio dining set: sophisticated style with enduring appeal

Specifications
Table size: H72xW153xD90cm
Chair size: H89xW52xD51.5cm
Material: Cast aluminium, polyester cushions
Reasons to buy
+Low-maintenance+Durable material+Waterproof+Parasol hole
Reasons to avoid
-Parasol not included-Assembly takes some time

For those who prefer their garden furniture traditional, this cast aluminium dining set is the perfect addition to almost any garden.

Hard-wearing design

For the hardiest outdoor dining furniture, durable aluminium is a safe bet: it's waterproof, easy to clean and requires little maintenance. There's a small risk of scratching, but it's not likely unless you're scraping the chairs against each other.

Classic look

The elegant interweaving design and curved legs make this a fancy patio dining set indeed – and, with a parasol, makes for the perfect setting for an afternoon tea (though it's equally suited to aperitivo hour, of course…).

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5. Sicily 6-seater Metal Patio Set

Best bargain dining set: this modern buy comes with impressive reviews

Specifications
Table size: H71xW85xL135cm
Chair size: H92xW74xD55cm
Parasol height: 220cm
Material: Glass, steel, textilene
Reasons to buy
+Weather-resistant+Easy to dismantle and store+Parasol included+Great price
Reasons to avoid
-Parasol base not included-Needs covering when not in use

Tight on budget? You'll love this six-seater dining set from Argos, which includes a parasol to boot – all for a very decent price.

Quality at a great price

At the time of writing, this dining set had 4.6 stars and over a thousand reviews – so we're confident that it's great value for money. Reviewers comment on the sturdy build, the comfortable chairs – which are made from textilene, and therefore don't need cushions – and the quality look of the product.

Storage-friendly

Though it's not foldable, this dining set can easily be stowed away in a garage or shed thanks to the easy-to-dismantle design. You won't necessarily need to do so, however: the set can be left out all year round, though Argos recommends adding a cover for extra protection.

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6. Swara garden 4-seater round dining set

Best minimalist rattan dining set: serious style credentials will wow your garden guests

Specifications
Size: H74.5xW100cm
Material: Polyrattan, glass
Reasons to buy
+Stylish curved design
Reasons to avoid
-No seat cushions

Looks are important, so add minimalist style to your patio with this chic dining set from Made.

Pared-back cool

The slender design and striking black colour of this set gives it a minimalist feel, but it's softened by the curved silhouette and double weave texture of the polyrattan seats – making it the perfect combination of simple style and boho flair.

Year-round style

This dining set is made with polyrattan, a synthetic alternative to rattan that's durable, resistant to UV rays and weatherproof. Paired with the glass-topped table, which will withstand all conditions and has a hole for a parasol, it's a great investment to enjoy in all seasons.

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7. Escale Aluminium Garden Bar Table with 4 Stools

Best bar-style design: this compact buy is perfect for small gardens

Specifications
Table size: H97xW128xD74.5cm
Stool size: H72xW38xD37cm
Material: Metal, imitation wood
Reasons to buy
+Compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Not real wood top

Short on room in your garden? Opt for a compact dining set like this bar table and stools from Maisons du Monde to maximise on space. 

Space-saving design

Tucked in when not in use, this outdoor dining set is an unassuming addition to a patio or garden – but the bar-height design and 128cm-long tabletop is still big enough to cater a family dinner or cocktails with friends.

Sustainable credentials

Maisons du Monde has made strides to make its business more sustainable, and this dining set is an example of that. Made from aluminium and composite imitation wood, it can be reused or recycled at the end of its time with you.

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How to buy a garden dining set

Buying the best garden dining set has more to it than simply choosing a good-looking piece. Here's what to look out for before you buy, so you can make sure your purchase is the best choice for you.

Check your space

It might seem obvious, but checking the dimensions of your space before you buy a dining set is the first thing to do on your hunt. Dining sets on the larger side will overwhelm a small garden or patio, and you'll risk not being able to pull out or walk around chairs if you don't get it quite right. Be realistic, and if you're not sure, opt for a foldable set for easy storage.

Material matters

Which material works best for you? Think about style and practicality, then choose a dining set to suit. Wooden outdoor dining sets can work for all garden styles, both modern and practical. Hardwood designs are hardwearing but require cleaning and treatment to keep them at their best, while softwoods are a little more fragile and might not last as long in tough conditions. Whichever you choose, make sure the wood has been sourced responsibly and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Rather go for metal? Slimline aluminium garden sets add a contemporary edge, while cast iron sets can work for more classic spaces. Metal sets tend to be good value for money, are lightweight (especially if you're opting for aluminium) and easier to maintain than wood.

Finally, for ultimate comfort opt for wicker or rattan. The textured finish and natural material will complement its outdoor surroundings. You can also find faux-rattan in a composite material for a hardwearing but natural-looking design.

Storage considerations

Is your garden big enough to accommodate your dining set all year round (providing the material you choose is weatherproof), or do you need to look for something that can be easily folded or taken apart for storage when not in use? Does the dining set come with a cover to protect from the worst of the weather, or will you need to buy one separately? If your set comes with cushions, will they need to be taken indoors at the slightest hint of rain? Think about how you'll be storing your new furniture and buy accordingly. Need covers for your new set? Take a look at our guide to the best outdoor furniture covers

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