Choices are great, but sometimes they can be confusing. A hundred years ago, if you wanted to buy outdoor furniture, you probably had to pick between various chairs made of wood. Today, you have a choice not only in design, but also in materials.

These days, when you’re shopping for outdoor furniture, you can choose from various kinds of metal, plastic, and wood materials. Add in differences in style and design, and the choices are almost endless.

While we can’t make choices for you, we’d like to help you out by comparing furniture made from wood and furniture made from poly lumber. Before we do, we’ll take a minute to talk about poly lumber.

Poly lumber is made from recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the kind of plastic used for milk jugs and detergent bottles. It’s much different—and more durable—than the plastic found in stackable chairs. (For more information, see this info on poly furniture.)

An octagonal picnic table made from wood.

Comparing Wood and Poly 

Furniture made from wood and furniture made from poly often looks the same from a distance, but come up close and you’ll notice some differences.

A settee made from poly lumber.

Advantages of Poly over Wood

So what do you think?

In the end, the choice is yours. You will be making an investment in your outdoor furniture, and you’ll be the one enjoying it. So if cost is a factor, or if the thought of real wood is a must, then choose wood. But if you’re looking for inherent durability, longevity, and easy maintenance, pick poly.