This week’s most popular Amazon finds for your patio
The arrival of summer means two things: perfect patio weather and the return of Prime Day, this year on July 12 and 13. Whether your patio needs a refresh or you can’t wait to return to your backyard oasis, make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your patio safely and comfortably. Snag these bestselling Amazon products to help prep your patio for whatever summer brings your way.
Best patio products for summer 2022
The best products for your patio ultimately depend on how you use it. Are you planting a container garden to create a mini oasis? Are you grilling for all your family and friends? No matter what your patio setup looks like, make sure you have a few key items to make your patio enjoyable for all.
What you need to know: Add party-ready charm to your patio with these vintage-inspired string lights.
What you’ll love: These lights are dimmable and weatherproof. The bulbs are made from glass, and if one burns out, the rest of the strand will stay lit. Two strands can be connected together for extra illumination.
What you should consider: The included bulbs must be screwed in upon arrival, and they tend to have a short life span.
What you need to know: Place this futuristic-looking repeller on your patio, and enjoy protection from mosquitoes within a 15-foot range for up to four hours.
What you’ll love: It comes with three unscented mosquito repellent mats, which are activated by a heat-emitting fuel cartridge. There’s much less odor compared to other mosquito repellent solutions. Several color choices are available to match your patio decor.
What you should consider: It can’t be used around food and it’s not very effective on windy days. Since it requires refills of both the repellent mats and butane cartridges, it can be pricey in the long term.
What you need to know: If you’re seeing unwanted ant activity at your backyard barbecue, place these small, prefilled stakes to eliminate the problem.
What you’ll love: Users report success on fire, sugar and carpenter ants. Its key ingredient, sodium borate, can kill whole ant colonies with minimal harm to humans, pets or other animals.
What you should consider: They need to be opened carefully to prevent spilling their contents. Since the bait has a sweet taste, be sure to place the traps where babies, children and pets can’t reach them. It’s also a good idea to place them carefully or block easy access to the opening to keep honeybees from ingesting the bait.
What you need to know: If you’re prone to overwatering your plants, use this soil moisture meter to get accurate readings on how much water they need.
What you’ll love: The large-scale dial is easy to read, and the single, slim probe design minimizes disruption to roots and soil. Simply slide the probe into the soil to instantly see how much moisture is present.
What you should consider: It’s hard to get accurate readings from loose or airy soil. The included plant guide has some errors, so gardeners should double-check their plants’ needs in other sources.
What you need to know: Made from rust-resistant stainless steel, this brush features triple helix spirals of wire instead of straight bristles to clean deeply between grill grate slats.
What you’ll love: It’s a good substitute for traditional bristle brushes, which can break and potentially leave metal pieces in your food. Along with the spiral wire scrubber, the brush has a flat, sharp scraper for particularly tough residue.
What you should consider: It doesn’t work as well on flat cast-iron grates or mesh-style grates. Some users expressed concerns about durability.
What you need to know: Get excellent apple smoke flavor from your wood-fired grill or smoker with these all-natural hardwood pellets.
What you’ll love: The pellets are made from 100% sustainably sourced hardwood. The 20-pound bag should last through several weeks of grilling and smoking. Pellets are also available in hickory, cherry and more.
What you should consider: There are more affordable pellets on the market. Some grilling aficionados express concerns that the apple flavoring comes from added oils, not wood content.