When buying a patio bistro table or any piece of outdoor furniture there are many things to consider that will help ensure the item you buy will meet your needs.
Size, durability, where will it be placed and how easy is it to clean are all factors you should look at before buying.
If you are considering a wooden table, teak is generally thought of as the most weather resistant, long lived and easy to maintain. You will find teak tables in Europe that are well over a century old.
A weather resistant table made of shorea or cedar is also a good table but may require applying a weather resistant sealer every couple of years to keep it looking new.
Bistro tables made of aluminum, metal or resin wicker are also easy to maintain.
If you are also buying chairs for your table look closely at the quality of the cushions. Top quality pieces use fabrics that are much more resistant to sun fade and rain and will give you many more years of service then a cushion with cheap fabric.
Only buy a sofa or love seat that uses an exterior grade foam that will not mold or mildew.
If you consider all of these factors before buying your garden bench chances are you will be sitting comfortably for many years to come.