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    These 36 Cool Things Will Make Your Backyard Even Better

    Be inspired to spend even *more* time in your own little outdoor oasis.

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    1. A hanging hammock chair if your biggest goal this summer is to spend as much time *hanging* out in your backyard as possible.

    a reviewer photo of the off-white hammock chair hanging from a treet
    a reviewer of the hammock chair in dark gray hanging from a pergola

    This swinging hammock chair comes with two cushions and installation hardware.

    Promising review: "Back to basics — simple, chic, and comfortable. Perfect addition for the backyard, porch, anywhere you'd like to lounge. There were no installation directions, but they do provide a number of options to work with based on your needs." —afytasuki

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A mini projector to take movie night under the stars. Whether you're watching your favorite rom-com for the millionth time or a new release, you'll love feeling the nighttime breeze on your face.

    projector with phone on top of it
    reviewer's projector hooked up to an x box

    This projector is Wi-Fi compatible, so you can connect this with your phone, tablet, or computer. And even if you're somewhere without a Wi-Fi connection, you can connect your phone to the projector with the included cable.

    Promising review: "This projector is great. It has great picture quality and brightness, just needs to be focused to match the distance you set it at. I did buy a sound bar to go with the projector but that's because I initially used it outside and with a bunch of people. The sound isn't bad, especially if you're using inside. For the price, it's a great little projector and very easy to set up. I've had this projector for a few months now and no problems." —Kayla

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    3. And a projection screen you can hang up outside to get the most crisp, clear image possible. You're about to be the envy of the whole block once you put this up.

    The screen is 120 inches and made of an anti-crease material. It also comes with brackets and ropes for mounting purposes.

    Promising review: "This screen is perfect for our use. We bought it for outdoor movie nights whether being on the garage door, in the backyard, camping, or inside the garage. It’s very easy to install with no wrinkles and shows a great picture. I’ve attached pictures that show how well I can still see the picture despite being surrounded by 7,000 Christmas lights in close vicinity." —Hallie H.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    4. A cast-iron fire pit if you love the feel and ambience of a cozy fire on a camping trip, but you don't want to, you know, actually go camping. Now you can keep warm and make s'mores while still sleeping in an actual bed at night!

    gif of fire pit with fire burning
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great value and it was very easy to assemble! We used it recently and found it to be a great addition to our backyard and it helped keep the mosquitoes away! As the weather has gotten colder at nights I’ve been impressed by how sturdy the fire pit is and by the wonderful heat that it provides us!" —Arthur Glauberman

    Get it from Amazon for $199.

    5. Globe string lights to give your porch that twinkly, cozy feel as you and your friends chat for hours on your outdoor furniture. 

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the dim feature! These bulbs are more round than oval like others, but I love them. When they are off, there’s a cool yellow in them that offers a lovely aesthetic when not in use. Our pergola is wired for lights so we mounted them on and almost always dim them because the white pergola reflects the light. These lights have made our patio my new favorite spot in the house. My husband and I find the evenings so relaxing, we’ve literally grown closer together from spending time out under the lights in our new favorite place." —fishurmo

    Get them from Amazon for $16.19+ (available in 27, 48, and 97 feet and in two colors).

    6. A modern boho-style three-piece bistro set that'll instantly glam up your patio while providing some much-needed seating. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the chair is as it conforms and hugs your body. 

    Promising review: "Exactly what I was looking for. Construction seems sturdy. Dimensions and style were perfect for the small patio space I was looking to get use out of, and the egg shape of the chairs is very comfortable. I paired them with a seagrass outdoor rug, faux fur chair pads, a beanbag style poof footstool and some boho throw pillows, and love how the space was instantly transformed. I highly recommend this set." —Baby blues

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99+ (available in four colors).

    7. An adjustable mister you can attach to your hose to keep you cool as you lounge poolside or in your backyard. Now THIS is truly the kind of simple luxury we need during sweaty season!

    reviewer photo of a green mister outside by someone sunbathing
    reviewer photo of a blue mister attachment wrapped around a pole

    The mister will cool the surrounding area by 20 degrees, and it comes with an interchangeable flower-shaped misting head for a fun, whimsy detail.

    Promising review: "Works exactly how I want it to. Provides a fine, cool most on the patio, allowing us to enjoy the backyard until sunset without breaking a sweat. Easy to set up. It was out of the box and cooling us off within minutes." —Debra L. Kusek

    Get it from Amazon for $30.23.

    8. An outdoor Bluetooth speaker that also acts as a nice outdoor light to keep the ambience going well past sunset. This speaker can last for six hours of play on just one charge, so feel free to press play on that extra-long summer playlist you're proud of.

    tikitunes speaker with the light turned on
    The Grommet

    Tikitunes is a small business dedicated to making speakers look as good as they sound. The set of two speakers can be paired together to play the same song at the same time. 

    Promising review: "I purchased these to sit outside on my deck. Because of their size I was skeptical that they would have super good sound, but I was pleasantly surprised. They are a great little speaker set and very pretty at night! They have gone with me to BBQs and the beach and I will likely buy a second set for larger outdoor parties. Battery life is great and they are easy to pair and operate with your smart phone." —cj1blue

    Get a set of two on Amazon for $69.99.

    9. Light-up flowers to install along a walkway or to line your porch to add a nice whimsical touch to your backyard as the sun goes down.

    an array of light up flowers glowing at night
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The pictures don't do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don't look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I've had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!" —Zavanna

    Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two color sets).

    10. A kiddie pool big enough for two adults to soak in for the days you're looking for a fun, whimsical way to keep cool in your backyard.

    large kiddle pool with two models lounging in and around it
    Amazon

    Funboy is a family-owned small business based in Venice Beach, California, that makes giant-sized pool floats and other fun summer accessories.

    Get it from Amazon for $43.87+ (available in eight designs).

    11. Or this spacious inflatable pool perfect for sunbathing in with a few friends. You'll be amazed at how much room you have in here — this is not the teeny tiny pool of your childhood!

    a reviewer photo of an adult lounging in the pool
    a reviewer sitting in the inflated pool

    Promising review: "Very easy to unbox and get set up. I used an electric pump (not included) and followed the easy directions. Took me only about 10 minutes to get it inflated. Then it only took me maybe an hour to fill with a garden hose. I love the drain pipe underneath that is angled away from the pool so the water is directed out of the area. But I can see that it might not be good for the pool lining if someone stepped on it from inside the pool. So I was careful to let my kids know not to step in that corner. Overall, great quality, good size (fits three full-size floaties in it!), and my kids loved it." —K M

    Get it from Amazon for $74.98.

    12. A high-voltage bug zapper if the biggest thing that's keeping you from spending more time outside is those annoying flying pests! Now you can chill in your backyard without worrying you'll be eaten alive by mosquitoes.

    reviewer holding the bug zapper from its handle
    reviewer photo of the bug zapper tray full of dead bugs

    Promising review: "Bug Zapper arrived in two days. I took it out of the box and plugged it in as soon as it was dark. It was quite breezy so my expectations were low. Probably not many small bugs out in this wind. After a few minutes the thing started zapping bugs almost continuously. I was a bit surprised that it was zapping so many bugs. Well it continued through the night and every night after that. I am so pleased I think I will buy a second one. It is not loud like the older bug zappers that I used several years ago." —Charles L.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    13. A five-tier vertical planter for anyone who suddenly has a green thumb and wants to take advantage of the nice weather while they can. This is perfect for anyone with limited outdoor space because it uses vertical space instead of lots of bulky flower beds or pots!

    Some reviewers even swear that this planter can store up to 20 beers with ice, making it the perfect backyard BBQ ~cooler~.

    Promising review: "Used for strawberry plants. The planter was extremely easy to assemble and works perfectly for my needs. Love how watering the top layers will also water the lower layers via the drainage system. Nice product!" —Fellow Amazon shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95 (available in five colors).

    14. An inflatable hot tub so you can relax at the end of a long day by soaking away your worries. Instead of paying thousands of dollars to install a hot tub, you can just inflate this whenever you want to take advantage of the 120 jets (!!) and hot water, which can reach up to 104 degrees. And the best part is you can deflate it whenever you want more space!

    people hang out in inflatable tub
    inflatable hot tub in wooden structure in reviewer's backyard

    Check it out in this TikTok from @onesizefunsize87!

    Promising review: "We've had this for over a year now and are more than happy with it! We really wanted a hot tub but were not willing to spend thousands of dollars on one. This one is very easy to set up, take down, clean, and maintain. Very comfortably fits four adults. We clean the filters every few days to a week, depending upon use, and change them out when they no longer come clean, and change the water out completely about every month and a half. At that time, I also wipe out the interior and exterior of everything as well as re-inflate the cover and tub as needed. We set ours up in mid-May and take it down in mid-October. You also have to remember to reset the GFCI switch every two days since it has an automatic shutoff. We let it run nonstop and don't use a timer or anything. I even built an enclosure for it!" —Arsoth

    Get it from Amazon for $494.99+ (available in three colors).

    15. A tabletop fireplace if you want some warmth and a nice aesthetic glow once the sun goes down, but don't have enough room for a huge firepit.

    The small tabletop fireplace with rocks and a small flame
    1 Man 1 Garage / Etsy

    You can order this with or without the sand and rocks. The only thing that you will need to purchase separately is the 2.6-oz. gel fuel cans, which you can get from Amazon. 1 Man 1 Garage is a small business based in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Promising review: "Soooo cute and easy to put together. We bought a clear spray to put on to protect it and because we actually really liked the look of the burned side. Boyfriend and I bought it to make s'mores for Valentine's. It was a perfect night in." —Bethany Schneider

    Get it from 1 Man 1 Garage on Etsy for $32+ (available in three styles).

    16. An outdoor pizza oven anyone you invite over will be instantly impressed by. You'll have so much fun crafting your own pizza with your favorite toppings and seeing all the cheese melt right before your eyes!

    Pizza oven cooking pizza
    Reviewer photo of pizza oven

    Promising review: "AWESOME pizza oven. We really can't say enough great things about it. It does exactly as advertised, and the temperature of the stone matches fairly well with the gauge on top. The stone runs hottest in the middle, but not overly so. The oven takes longer to warm up in the cold weather (10-15 min), but it retains heat really well! We keep the pizza oven on a thick plastic table and the oven is very well insulated, the table doesn't get hot at all. We wouldn't change a thing! Makes amazing pizza and naan! " —tk

    Get it from Amazon for $379.99.

    17. side table that — surprise! — doubles as a cooler. Get this for an end-of-summer party and all your guests will be amazed at how clever it is.

    Promising review: "What a cool use of space and it a great match for our outdoor set. I store sunscreen and other items when not entertaining. There’s a reason thousands of people purchase this. It’s a functional cool piece." —Mamma 4

    Get it from Amazon for $62.34+ (available in two styles).

    18. Or this multi-purpose patio cooler so you can kick your feet up and relax while also keeping your beverages nice and cool. This means less trips to the refrigerator whenever you need a refill!

    a woven ottoman with the lid askew and two bottles poking out
    a model placing a lid on the woven cube ottoman with ice and bottles inside
    Amazon

    This incognito cooler can hold up to (40) 12-ounce cans with ice.

    Promising review: "Love love the table cooler. It’s just the right size and great for cans and bottles. It's not too small, not too big. Great size also for a side table next to my wicker bench. It’s easy to move around and clean. Great price for this product." —Efrain Sostre

    Get it from Amazon for $76+ (available in two colors).

    19. A three-piece wicker chair and table set  if you've been meaning to add some comfortable, stylish furniture to your back patio forever now. Just imagine yourself now in one of these chairs in the morning, reading a new book and sipping on some coffee.

    This set includes two armchairs with seat cushions and a side table with a tempered glass top.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this set 😍 I cannot believe the price of it. It shipped fast, and was fairly quick and easy to assemble. It’s a hit; I get so many compliments by anyone who rings the doorbell." —Mrs.Mathews

    Get it from Amazon for $102.98+ (available in four colors).

    20. Interlocking Teak tiles to make your little slice of the outdoors look like a fancy courtyard. The best part is that you don't even need any tools to install them!

    Backyard patio covered with the tiles
    reviewer's patio with Teak interlocking tiles on them

    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii, you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt-proof, etc. In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few leftover to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. feet from Amazon for $77.99.

    21. A set of two ~zero gravity~ reclining porch chairs so you can literally feel like you're floating as you chill out in the backyard during those pleasant summer days. It comes with a pillow and a side table, which is perfect for holding your drink or placing your book down. They also fold up for easy transport to the beach or a picnic!

    Two models in black recliners with objects in their drink holders
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We realized pretty quickly that with everyone home because of the 2020 quarantine, we would need more spaces to hang out in. I found this set of chairs and put the order in as a temporary measure until we found a patio set that suits the space better. These are perfect though. I can't really see replacing them anytime soon. They are comfortable, and the little attached tables are really handy! I usually have hot tea, water, a phone, and either a book or my Kindle in my immediate area. This tiny attachment made it so I don't even have to worry about where to put everything. The seat is an excellent place to spend some time watching the birds or reading in the afternoons. I am absolutely thrilled with this purchase." —Brandy Morgan

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $119.99 (available in 17 colors).

    22. A set of metal hanging flower pots to add a fun pop of color to your fence. This is also a great solution for anyone with a tiny backyard who still wants to try their hand (or should I say green thumb?!) at gardening!

    Promising review: "Lovely colorful flower pots. Perfect size to hold a single flower and they add such a nice pop of color to my yard. Very easy to hang up, no hardware required! I’m getting a lot of compliments on them. I bought several sets and planted bright flowers in them. I have them lining the inside of my yard and on the front of the house. They add a lot a cheer and homeyness for a simple and cheap project." —Maegan

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two color sets).

    23. lighted umbrella if you love spending time on your porch in the summer, even as the sun goes down! Now you can still enjoy that crisp nighttime air and hang out with friends while still being able to see each other well into the evening.

    patio with round glass table and a striped umbrella on it
    umbrella at night with lights underneath it

    Note that this includes just the umbrella, not the table!

    Promising review: "I normally don’t like buying products like this sight unseen, but I’m very pleased with the look and especially with the solar lighting. We enjoyed a pleasant evening on the deck with just the right amount of ambient light tonight, and we are hopeful that it will prove to be durable." —Dee Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $71.98+ (available in 11 color combos).