Just 29 Products For Your Backyard That Are Functional As Hell

Just 29 Products For Your Backyard That Are Functional As Hell

Including a pizza insert that’ll turn your charcoal grill into a professional pizza oven, a portable giant movie screen, and a lawn mowing robot.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1.

An outdoor drink stakes set to securely hold your glass of lemonade in a safe spot. No more setting your soda on the grass only for it to fall over on the uneven ground, get kicked accidentally, or be invaded by ants.


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Promising review: “These are wonderful! The colors are bright and fun. The height is perfect. I love the flags on the bottom which make it very easy to get in the ground and also provide a stopping point for the correct height you need. As other people have noted, since it is made to fit a large number of sizes of drinks, a standard beer can does not sit up straight; it leans to the side but doesn’t spill. I found this to be a minor inconvenience and not a big deal. I was drinking wine out of a stemless wineglass and it fit perfectly, so I liked the option of putting different sized glasses in them. I got a TON of compliments on them. Highly suggest!!” —J. Harris

Get a set of six from Amazon for $36.95.

2.

A set of color-changing inflatable pool balls that’ll entice you to actually get in the pool, even if it’s just to pose with your new lights for Instagram. Each ball is solar-powered and will last about eight hours on a charge.


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Each light cycles through red, blue, white, and green.

Promising review: “My pool is so old school and boring that I bought these to liven it up and what a difference!! My pool went from ‘meh’ to WOW! The balls are easily inflated by mouth like a beach ball. Once inflated, a few hours in the sun and they are charged and ready to go. They light up after dusk (it has to be rather dark). There is no manual way to power them on or off; they glow all night long. The changing colors are vibrant and very beautiful. They have a loop at the top if you would like to hang them. They would be magical hanging in a tree or from a pergola. I really liked how easy these were to fill and charge, and I like the solar power and the amazing color display. They make my inner child happy.” —J. Matheson

Get a set of four from Amazon for $59.99 (or one for $17.99).

3.

A pool floaties organizer so you can store your inflatable unicorn, beach balls, and pool noodles in one place instead of sighing disappointedly after realizing that the kids left their pool toys everywhere.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love this for our pool. We attached it to the side of our above-ground pool and it holds all our floaties! I was actually thinking of getting another one if we get any more floats! It’s awesome and well-made, and has several small compartments on the side too (for goggles and diving things)! I am in love with it, and it makes the yard seem neater!” —kitty

Get it from Amazon for $26.26.

4.

A durable dog/kiddie pool for sweltering hot days when the only reasonable thing to do is hop in the pool. These are portable and fold down so you can store them in the garage for next summer. And reviewers say they’re sturdy enough to stand up to pups roughhousing in them.


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Promising review: “I am now the proud owner of THREE of these dog pools. I have an XXL, an XL, and an S pool for our backyard ‘frogs’ that wouldn’t stay out of the big pools! Yes, I bought the frogs their own pool…that’s how amazing these pools are! We had the XXL and XL pools out every day last summer (changed the water twice per week) and they were used daily by all three dogs. There have been no punctures of any sort or any issues at all with these pools, and my dogs can play pretty rough at times. The XXL pool was used for both the 2018 and 2019 summers with no issues. These pools are literally my dogs’ favorite part of summer… I can’t keep them out of them! As soon as we get back from a walk, they jump right in!” —Kate M

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in four sizes).

5.

An LED bug-zapping lamp because it creates a 500-square-foot pest-free zone so you can finally enjoy your patio again. Shoo, fly, don’t bother me indeed!


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It’s waterproof and protects against mosquitoes, flies, moths, wasps, cockroaches, and more.

Promising review: “Way better than I expected. It charged in a couple of hours and when I turned it on on my mosquito infested front porch, BAM BAM, two in 30 seconds. It really works. It’s only been on for a few minutes and it is sending quite a few mosquitoes back to hell where they came from. Great price, great item. I think I will buy another one for the back porch.” —Steve C.

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

6.

Or a nontoxic disposable hanging fly trap if your garden is overrun by these buzzing pests. Once the bag is full, simply discard it!


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Promising review: “I agree with all of the reviews; this product smells horrible but works amazing. I also agree, the worse it smells, the better it works. We have hung it amongst our garden, out of sight from the house. Everyone who came over for our latest barbecue commented in amazement about our lack of flies around the food. The traps were far enough away that the smell was minimal. I also did put out fresh traps before the barbecue to ensure a pleasurable experience for my guests, traps with the minimal amount of smell.” —Jenn N.

Get it from Amazon for $8.41.

7.

A portable 92-inch movie screen to upgrade your family’s movie night. It’s lightweight yet sturdy, and reviewers say setup takes mere minutes.


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Promising review: “Completely exceeded expectations. Made for a wonderful movie night on the deck with friends. Very easy to set up and take down, and the screen material seems strong enough to last for a very long time. I was expecting something a little flimsy that would get the job done for a few viewings. This feels like it might be the first and last screen I ever have to buy.” —Winecharmer

Get it from Amazon for $119.50.

8.

The FrogLog, an escape ramp you put in your pool that’ll save the unfortunate critters who might otherwise drown.


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Promising review: “We had been inundated with frogs last year (I believe due to the borough removing a dam downstream, greatly improving the water quality of the stream behind our pool) and I kept finding little frogs in the skimmers, many of which did not make it until I could rescue them. This product is doing EXACTLY as I had hoped! Since I purchased this the frogs had not been getting in the skimmers and my frog tally for 2016 is now 28 rescued, 14 fatalities. Here is my proof.” —Sandra J. Christian

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

9.

A Nerf ball launcher so you can blast tennis balls all the way across your yard and your pooch can hit full speed.


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Promising review: “Molly absolutely LOVES her Nerf Gun Tennis Ball Blaster. She whines and starts jumping around with excitement whenever we bring it out to play. She usually likes to hang on to the tennis balls instead of dropping it for us to throw again, but with this toy she’s so excited for us to launch it that she is willing to drop the ball. She’s so happy with this toy, and it’s great to use in the backyard to get some exercise if we don’t have time to go for a walk. It is a little bigger than we were expecting (see pictures for size) but works great. We’ve been using regular tennis balls, and they fit perfectly into the launcher. Overall, I would highly recommend this toy for any tennis ball-loving dogs.” —Paul Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

10.

Or a Chuckit! ball launcher for exhausting your energetic pup with minimum effort on your part. You’ll both have a ball — literally and figuratively!


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Promising review: “My dog never understood the concept of Fetch. It didn’t matter what I tried. This FINALLY has her fetching and using up all (OK, most) of the energy that a cattle dog has. We can play over and over and over without my measly arm wearing out, and she’s able to sprint to her heart’s content. I’m already planning to gift one to my brother’s dog who also is fetch-dumb.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.92.

11.

A glow-in-the-dark ball because playtime doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. It’s compatible with tennis ball launchers, and reviewers say it’s surprisingly durable.


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Promising review: “My dog loves this ball! I have a 1-year-old Husky who loves to chew on everything. This ball can handle her destructive nature. I work late and by the time I get home, it’s dark out but I still want to spend time playing with her and this ball works amazingly. I toss it in front of a light for a few minutes and it’s charged and ready to be thrown. She loves the ball so much that when she’s done playing fetch, she’ll bring it to bed with her. There’s a hole in the middle that makes a whistling noise when thrown, which catches her attention. Great ball, glad I bought it.” —Quyen

Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

12.

A zero gravity lounge chair if regular outdoor chairs make sitting comfortably near impossible. The design of this seat helps improve your posture while reducing pressure on your body so you can chill on your back porch for hours without pain.


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Promising review: “I got this as a gift for my father because his back always hurts. He loves it; it really stretches his back out and he’s able to relax outside. Definitely a great buy, I don’t regret getting it for him for Father’s Day.” —Darian

Get it from Amazon for $99.59+ (available in five colors).

13.

A fire pit to bring the family together outdoors with fun fall activities like roasting s’mores. I already foresee many nights spent curled up in front of the fire pit sipping hot apple cider.


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Promising review: “This arrived on a Monday, and I put it together within probably 15 minutes. Very simple installation and all tools and hardware required were included. We were finally able to use it tonight. It holds just enough wood for a small fire. Enough to roast a few hot dogs and marshmallows for our family. I got this to supplement our burn pile. For nights we want to have a fire but don’t want to stay up late watching it, this is perfect! I recommend storing it inside, just to make it last the longest possible!” —Erin H

Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

14.

A cozy hanging swing that’ll do the dang job and do it well thanks to its durable, weather-resistant steel construction and thick woven wicker. It’s the perfect cozy outdoor reading nook, and will look great for Instagram photos.


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Promising review:Worth every single dollar spent. I have used it for several hours per day, just wasting time away as I swing to and fro. I would need to use it for a few more weeks to numerically reach the threshold of worthiness equivalent to the price tag, but the item itself is fantastic.” —Sophia

Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $264.99.

15.

A weather-resistant wooden path so you can get from point A to point B in style. This 8-foot pathway comes joined so you can plop it anywhere you’re envisioning a new walkway. And when it needs to be cleaned, just hose it off with water!


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Promising review: “The cats love to sleep on them and they do keep the wetter pathways dry under your feet. They are lasting quite well and although not cheap by any means, they are standing up to cats and people walking on them all day long. They are surviving both rain and sun and wind. We will be purchasing more.” —susan osako

Get it from Amazon for $54.89.

16.

A convertible folding bench for when you’re chilling on a bench and suddenly think, “Oh wait. Wouldn’t it be great if I could turn this bench into…a picnic table?” It’s fab for smaller yards where there isn’t room for a separate pieces.


WoodWorks by LeGrand / Etsy

Promising review: “Exceptional quality. But even better, these are wonderful folks to deal with. Excellent response time and lightning fast shipping. Love the product! Highly recommend!!” —Clacey Goodlett

Get it from WoodWorks by LeGrand on Etsy for $375+ (available in nine finishes).

17.

A sunshade triangle because it creates some much-needed shade in your backyard. This heavy-duty sunshade is designed to block up to 95% of UV rays while shielding you from the sun to keep you cool.


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Promising review: “My pool is awesome when it gets into the 100s of degrees here in California. We decided to grab a 20x20x20 triangle and holy cow does it do a number on the backyard! Not only does it keep my pool better-shaded, but it also keeps the sun off of my back patio during the hottest part of the day.”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $27.98+ (available in five sizes and six colors).

18.

A splurge-worthy yet functional pop-up tent if you’re determined to enjoy your backyard no matter the weather. It’s roomy enough for you and several friends (but it’s also great if you just want a spacious and serene spot to get away from everyone and everything).


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Promising review: “It keeps cold wind and leaves out and some heat in. There are zip vents at top to let in fresh air and two zipper doors. This has extended the season for hot tub use, we were able to set up in early March in Chicago area. Would also be fun for around a small picnic table and to sit outside in the rain.” —Lisa F1969

Get it from Amazon for $329+ (available in three sizes).

19.

A trampoline sprinkler to keep the kids cool and make jumping on the trampoline even more fun.


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Promising review: “I was worried that this sprinkler wouldn’t be quite long enough to go around our 15-foot trampoline but it is a perfect fit. Installation was super easy with the zip ties provided. I like that the zip ties are the type which can be removed so that we can either adjust it, or remove it for winter storage. My kids had a blast jumping on the wet trampoline. They said it gives them super powers! It is a simple, but really neat design. The spray is a fairly fine mist instead of a hard spray, which the kids like. We are going to enjoy this a lot on hot summer days.” —Eagle

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors).

20.

A set of powerful solar-powered disc lights that’ll illuminate any dark spots in your backyard. They’re waterproof, automatically turn on and off, and provide up to 10 hours of bright light.


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Promising review: “If you want to change the look of your house and add some flair to it, this is the way to go. They are really easy to set up, and are made of a really nice metal material. The lights are really powerful and can really make your house the best on the block. They are really water resistant and anyone who has a house should have these!” —Vixous

Get four from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

21.

A durable outdoor rug so you can keep the dirt outside where it belongs instead of all over the living room carpet.


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Jungalow is a Black-owned business and the brainchild of Justina Blakeney. It’s stocked with aesthetically pleasing home goods that’ll add ~jungalicious~ vibes to any room. Plus, Jungalow is committed to responsible and sustainable business practices (like reducing their use of single-use plastics!), and they donate to organizations like the ACLU, Girls Who Code, and The Rainforest Alliance among others!

Get them from Jungalow, the navy diamond rug for $189+ (available in three sizes) and the red patterned rug for $289+ (available in three sizes).

22.

An outdoor pillow for adding a pop of color to your outdoor dining set and just the right amount of lumbar support.


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Promising review: “A stunning pillow and my new favorite addition to the deck. The quality is amazing and I smile every time I look at it!” —Aliza S.

Get it from Jungalow for $89.

23.

A soil test kit because you can’t expect a bountiful harvest without knowing more about the soil that’s supposed to nurture your plants. This lil’ hand-sized gadget will tell you your soil’s moisture and pH levels as well as how much sun you’re getting.


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This lil’ guy has two needles to ensure accuracy and doesn’t require batteries. Just push it 2 to 4 inches into the ground and select what you want to test for.

Promising review: “This device is amazing. I bought it after my gardenia plant wasn’t blooming. I came to realize that I was overwatering, and my plant never recovered. Since then, I’ve taken home two amaryllis plants from work that never ever grew. I replanted them and used this device to make sure that I was watering properly and my plants are thriving! It’s a real plant saver. I even got a monstera as well. And I should note, I usually don’t have a green thumb and kill plants easily!” —Roselle

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

24.

A Seeding Square kit if you’ve struggled in the past with sowing your seeds at juuuust the right distance so they have room to thrive.


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It also comes with a measuring stick called a dibbler that pushes down the dirt to the correct depth for you to drop your seeds. The holes are color-coded to let you know exactly where to plant seeds of different varieties.

Promising review: “Love this thing! I have been gardening for a while and this takes all of the guess work out of spacing. I used this for the first time this spring using the planting chart/guide and it has worked out perfectly. I have had little to no weeds (I mean come on, you’re gonna get some weeds). Planting per the Seed Square will for the most part choke out the weeds, while promoting growth for the plants. I even used this to plant growing plants and not just seeds. Just put the square on the ground used the stick to mark the spot and dug a hole where it was marked. Simple enough. Would highly recommend. Super easy!” —Jennifer Geisel

Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

25.

A bamboo mason bee house to encourage this buzzing pollinator to hang out in your garden — and fertilize your flowers, fruit and nut trees, and berry plants.


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Promising review: “This is a very nicely made mason bee house that should last a long time outdoors. It has a slight overhang in the front to protect the entrances from rain or snow. It has a hanger with a slot for a screw on the back. It has has a small rope attached at the top, but I will not hang it that way because the rope may deteriorate over time. I’m looking forward to hanging this as soon as the weather permits!” —Alison

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

26.

A canopy that’ll make your patio the coolest on the block. ~No shade~!


Wayfair

Promising review: “Goes up easy and is the perfect cover for my deck on a hot sunny day!” —Patricia

Get it from Wayfair for $209.99 (available in four colors).

27.

A stainless-steel insert so you can enjoy fancy schmancy custom pies at home. This kit converts your charcoal grill so your ‘za tastes like it’s straight from a restaurant’s pizza oven.


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Promising review: “I really researched and shopped around before I purchased this from Amazon. I cooked my first pizza on it and it came out like a pro!! We will be using this especially during the summer as it pretty much stay in the triple digits here (the Mojave Desert). I cannot believe it took less than 10 minutes to bake an entire pizza. I recommend that you go to the KettlePizza website to get pointers from some of the celebrity chefs that they have videos of. These pointers really did help me to cook a perfect pizza!” —Kim Suzanne

Get it from Amazon for $129.95.

28.

A 2-in-1 picnic basket and table for when you want to have a cute lil’ lunch in your backyard and you need an even surface to put your stuff. Well let me tell you: this guy will hold your food and drinks, he’ll transform into a sturdy table, and he’ll look darn good doing it.


Mikel Customs

Promising review: “Very good quality, and Mike was super professional. He even emailed me telling me about different fonts I could choose for the engraving and which one is most popular. I really enjoyed this gift idea, and I turned my family members onto it as well! Can you say PERFECT wedding gift? Great concept and the wood work is beautiful :).” —Hannah

Get it from Mikel Customs on Etsy for $180 (available for customization).

29.

A robot lawn mower because you probably don’t need a robot to mow your law for you, but you 1,000% want it.


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Promising review: “I have to say I was skeptical with buying the Worx Landroid over the other competitors due to it being so cheap (relative). Set up took me about four hours to lay 1,000 linear feet (had to buy more from Lowes) but it very straight forward and a breeze. The mower currently has cut 60 miles and has run for 80 hours with very minimal hiccups. My yard looks like carpet and no areas require touch up due to the fact that this mower gets right up to the edge. My yard is relatively flat (.45 acres of grass) and open with no obstacles. I highly recommend this guy and saving your money over the other guys!” —Jeremy

Get it from Amazon for $1,199.99.

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