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I couldn't find the canopy on the website but after calling the staff found the one I needed. It arrived quickly and was easy to fit, the only thing I would complain about would be the cost as it was more than half the price of the umbrella.
Worst customer service ever
What was perceived to be a high quality umbrella broke well within the warranty period after only been used a a handful of times. Shelta no longer have an office in Victoria, so getting any resolution was almost impossible. The retailer we bought the umbrella from did everything they could, but it still took Shelta 3 months to agree to have the umbrella repaired. I would NOT recommend buying a Shelta product.
No instructions - makes for a lousy customer experience
I'm not going to bother rating the cover I bought. This is the second time I have purchased a Shelta product. And the second time there is no instruction manual. There won't be a third opportunity. It's not an acceptable customer experience when you have to guess how the damn thing works or how to assemble it.
Shelta Umbrella Stainless Steel and Granite Base
Purchased Shelta stainless steel and granite base.
The Photo attached is 9 months outdoors.
The base is 'stainless' steel yet is coated in lacquer from the manufacturer to protect it, but it has still rusted within 9 months outdoors. The photos show the base and handle.
Can not recommend this base as it has not lasted even one year before looking quite rusted. Very low quality stainless steel.
Neat and super compact umbrella
I bought a Shelta umbrella as it would have to be the most compact umbrella on the market and fits neatly in a handbag. It’s also very lightweight and dries quickly.
My umbrella cover fell apart. No replacement provided.
I called Shelta to a replacement. I never heard back from them. Not worthwhile spending money on their umbrellas as no customer service exists in my opinion. Shops told me that replacement covers are available, but when I asked them to get one they did not assist either. I was not able to get a replacement cover. I will need to find a brand who offers me customer service, also after sales service.
Resin Wicker outdoor chairs
Buyer beware ... read the swing ticket smaller print carefully before making your selection ... unlike what I did! I bought eight comfortable SHELTA resin wicker chairs for outdoors some seven years ago at considerable expense with the intention of keeping them for many years. The chairs have had very limited use. The swing ticket states prominently that they are OUTDOOR furniture. To me, OUTDOORS means OUTDOORS, as in not under cover. However it is not until one reads the inside of the swing ticket that it is obvious that they may only be used...consistently outdoors if there is very limited contact with the sun. The salesperson unfortunately did not alert me to this fact. Mine were on a covered deck; however the sun shines onto the deck. The resin wicker on the horizontal surfaces on four of the chairs (at this stage) has not only split, but on the top of the backrests, it has also shrunk up to three centimetres in length. Shelta suggested gluing the sections together; however with three centimetres of wicker missing, this is not a possibility. Incidentally, I am told by Shelta that in excess of 23,000 of this particular chair have been sold, and that if there were any faults, the company would have known prior to this. I guess I am the only person to have made the inappropriate decision to buy these chairs for my unsuitable situation. SHELTA's website also does little to indicate that the chairs must have very limited contact with sunshine. Two images display resin wicker chairs clearly out in the open. This seems to be misleading advertising. Be wary of these website images.
Bad customer service
The canopy for my 3.5 cantilevered umbrella perished in the sun after a few years and when I contacted Shelta to see if I could buy a replacement, they said they no longer made that canopy anymore, but might be able to retro-fit it to one of their newer models, IF it measured the same in a certain area. It didn't, so they said they cannot help. I asked them if they could tell me where I could find another canopy from a similar company or where I could go to get help after spending so much money with them and I have had no reply. I mean, this wa...s a $2000 outdoor umbrella that is cemented into my patio, so can't be removed easily and they zero options to help? Do they not think that customers would want to buy replacement canopies after they fade or tear over the years? No forethought at all it seems. I've had no reply since, which I find very rude. I would never buy anything from them again.
Disgusting warranty repair
I purchased a Savannah umbrella from an outdoor furniture company and after 11 months it snapped. Waited 4 months for repair and the local service company has told me that they were sent the wrong replacement part 3 times.
This is apparently a very common problem with Shelta and its very poor after sales service and support.
Outdoor dining chairs breaking down after normal usage outdoors
We bought a beautiful 7 piece outdoor dining suite for our deck area. It has the modified timber look slats on the chairs. This modified wood is supposed to be made especially for our Australian harsh summers. After only two years, nearly all the slats are breaking and cracking when we sit on the chairs. I spoke to their customer service team member who said I could buy replacement slats for $ 15 each. I don't believe that a $1000 dining suite, made for our harsh weather, should be breaking down after such a short time. I asked them to provide...the slats free of charge but they refused. They seem to know that the modified timber really doesn't last as long as it should, otherwise they wouldn't be on selling slats for $15 each....... Obviously this modified timber is not made for our harsh summers.
Couldn't get worse.
After skin cancer operation I've decided to buy 50+ Shelta umbrella from Cancer Council store. Turned out to be the worst umbrella I'd ever had. Unbelievable. The $5 variety stores umbrellas are much better quality than this one, and for the hefty price of $35 too. Well, never again obviously.
Don't buy the Outdoor Umbrellas and Base.
Product is crap and expensive. Customer service is worse.
I purchased two Padua umbrellas from Heat and Grill in Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria.
These are supposed to be the top of the line outdoor umbrellas. They don't even have ties so when they are down they flap about in the wind and tip over. The base was recommended because it's the heaviest. It allows so much movement the umbrella blows over. I called them and emailed them and was told they would send out a strap to tied up the umbrella with and a new shaft for the base. Which they...
Warning....Don't Buy the Outdoor Hazel Octagonal Umbrella
We live in Cairns, and purchased the 2.7m Hazel Octagonal Outdoor umbrella in 2016 and after 16 months - the fabric is literally disintegrating! This has now happened twice now - the first time it happened, it was within the 12 mth warranty so we were able to return it and be given a replacement., Now the second one is falling apart, so we will NEVER buy another Shelta outdoor umbrella again. The fabric is just rubbish and does not withstand the weather, even though we always collapsed it when it rained. It looks good when it's new, but with a 'shelf life' of just over 12 months, it's hardly worth the money! Buy another more sturdy and durable brand!
I brought this fold up sun umbrella to help protect me from the sun me whilst out and about, trouble is they are not sturdy and blow inside out with the slightest puff of wind. So really of no use especially walking along a beachfront as you are fighting it the whole time to keep it from blowing inside out.
Shelter - Poor shading loose Olefin weave.
The Shelta 3.3m Octagonal umbrella in black looked great in the showroom but once out in the sun it was hot to sit under and the sunlight could easily be felt and one was left squinting as there was so much light beaming through. This was a $400 umbrella and we expected much better from Shelta which is commonly found in a lot of outdoor retailers. The umbrella also featured a nice tilt feature but the glare from the sun easily undid any benefits. We also noticed that in the breeze it could tend to wobble about due to clearance in the joint of t...he two pole system. The much touted Olefin material for improved longevity speaks for little if the basic premise of keeping the sun off you is not met! Perhaps Shelta has or their fabric supplier has driven down the cost so much by manufacturing a weave so loose that they have done themselves a disservice. We returned the umbrella back to the retailer and after much fuss in the shop we took a $50 hit to return it. Basically I would rate the fabric " not fit for purpose" ,it was so bad that our old polyester wooden umbrella of 9yrs (also Black) stopped more sunlight. One would wonder if this material really meets its claimed ratings? Buyer beware - take this one out in the sun before committing.
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All the very positive reviewers are first timers for product review whilst the less than positive reviewers have a bit of a track record of other reviews for other products. Is George still self promoting?
Alex2001, i did not do a product review - I did a service review! Not certain what your concern is, but I had a very positive experience.
Finding our cantilever shelter umbrella is hard to wind up and down. Can you please advise what can be done?
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