The 7 Best Beach Umbrellas to Buy in 2018

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If you plan on spending time on the beach, consider bringing along a beach umbrella to reduce your exposure to the sun and help keep you cool. Several designs are available ranging from lightweight options that are excellent for calm weather to heavy-duty umbrellas that can withstand intense winds. There are also some stylish umbrellas for the fashion-conscious traveler. Here are the best beach umbrellas for a day on the sand.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: beachBUB All-In-One Umbrella System

4.9

If you plan on taking your umbrella to the beach on a windy day, the beachBUB all-in-one-umbrella system can hold up strong against high winds. The umbrella is designed to withstand 35 mph winds because the base of the umbrella includes a foldable pouch that can be filled with sand and acts as a sturdy anchor for the umbrella. Another wind-blocking feature is the commercial-grade fiberglass ribs that prevent it from folding backwards. The umbrella also has a large, 7.5-foot canopy that is vented to allow the breeze through (but maintains 50UPF sun protection), as well as a large carry bag to tote it around (although it is a tad heavier than some other options and weighs nine pounds).

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Runner-Up, Best Overall: The Tommy Bahama Sand Anchor Beach Umbrella

Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella
Photo from Amazon

The Tommy Bahama “Sand Anchor Beach Umbrella” is an attractive, well-made and functional umbrella at a reasonable price. The company is known for its beach-themed brand of products, and the seven-foot umbrella blends shades of yellow, turquoise, green and blue so that it stands out in the crowds of beachgoers. The umbrella has 100UPF protection, a wind vent to help keep it upright and cool underneath (however it is not ideal for extremely high winds), a sand anchor to secure it and a telescoping pole with a tilting feature. The umbrella is made of polyester and weighs 4.6 pounds - making it lightweight and easy to carry. 

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Best Sun Protection: Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather Umbrella

For all-around protection from the sun, the Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather Umbrella has a unique design that differs from standard umbrellas. The umbrella has side flaps that extend to the sand, and it leans backward to provide an umbrella-tent hybrid. Side windows with relief vents prevent it from getting too hot underneath, while stakes, poles, and tie-down cords help to secure it into the sand. Despite its design, the Sport Brella is quick and easy to set up, and can easily provide sun protection for two or more people. Made of water-repellant material, it is available in blue, red or green and provides protection from 99.5 percent of UVA and UVB rays. 

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Best Luxury: Beach Brella "Las Brisas" Designer Umbrella

Those looking for a fashionable and functional umbrella, the “Las Brisas” Designer Luxury Umbrella by Beach Brella is a great choice. Featuring a chic, bohemian pattern, the eye-catching umbrella has vintage fringes along the edges and is made of fade-resistant microfiber polyester. The umbrella weighs less than five pounds and also includes a fashionable denim and canvas carry case to easily transport it to the sand, plus a matching pocket for keys, phones and other small items. Measuring 60 inches in diameter, it provides 100 percent UV protection and can adjust to three or six feet tall. Amazon buyers loved the design and felt the umbrella was made of high-quality materials. 

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Best Budget: Rio Brands More Than a Stripe Beach Umbrella

For an affordable umbrella that can provide shade for one person, the Rio Brands “More Than a Stripe” beach umbrella is a great budget choice. Made of polyester, the umbrella comes in several color options: solid blue, green and light blue stripes or multi-colored stripes. The coated steel pole is pointed to stick into the sand, however, adding a sand anchor will provide more stability. The umbrella does not include a beach bag, so you’ll have to bring something to carry it in. Be aware that the umbrella is only designed for light winds. Amazon buyers noted that it provided ample shade for one person and liked its colorful designs. 

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Best Oversized: EasyGoUmbrella Giant Beach Umbrella

If you travel to the beach with a few friends and family, or just like to sprawl out in the shade, the EasyGoUmbrella Giant Beach Umbrella is the oversized option for you. This colorful, extra-large umbrella is spacious and durable, with an eight-foot fabric canopy and heavy-duty pole system that stays anchored all day. Even on breezy beaches, the screw-shaped stake holds firm while specially-designed vents in the canopy prevent it from being blown away. The rust-free aluminum pole is strong and height adjustable (so you can lower it in higher winds) and the 16 fiberglass ribs are specially designed to flex rather than break under pressure. A UV coating on the canopy provides extra sun protection, and the umbrella’s adjustability means you can raise and lower it for the perfect amount of shade. Folded down, the whole thing is only 56 x 6 x 6 inches and seven pounds, making the EasyGoUmbrella surprising portable for its extra-large size. 

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Best Design: Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Camp Chair

For those who appreciate an all-in-one invention, the Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Camp Chair provides shade from the sun and comfort off the sand. The portable, folding chair features a mini umbrella that clips into the sides to create shade for one person. The flat surface of the umbrella can also be used for storing items such as books and towels off the sand. Two mesh cup holders are located on the arms of the chair, and the polyester fabric is water- and stain-resistant. Amazon buyers felt that it was an excellent value for the price. The umbrella and chair weigh nine pounds and come in blue or black. 

Products We Tested

How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 16 hours testing a top-selling beach umbrella. To get the most well-rounded feedback, our testers set it up on a hot, sunny day at the beach to see if it lived up to its positive reviews. We asked our reviewers to consider this umbrella’s most important features, from its style to its stability. We've outlined the major takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Beach Umbrella

Strength When choosing your umbrella, consider the typical conditions at your local beach. If you don’t have to face serious winds and just need something for shade (and perhaps some UV protection), go with a lighter model. But if you anticipate heavy winds, you’ll want one with features like anchors and fiberglass construction. If rain is often in the forecast, larger canopies or models with side walls work best.

Weight There’s certainly a relationship between weight and strength, but if you plan on tossing your umbrella over your shoulder to haul it from your car to the beach, you may want a lighter design that’s easier to transport and set up. Conversely, if you don’t have far to travel, heavier models — like those made of wood — are typically bigger, stronger, and more durable.

Height Make sure to find an umbrella that’s the right height for your needs. For example, if your chairs are higher off the ground, you don’t want to have your head brush up against the umbrella.

Test Results: beachBUB All-In-One Umbrella System (Best Overall)

4.9

What We Like

  • Very portable

  • Sturdy base

  • Large canopy

What We Don't Like

  • Pieces fit together a little loosely

  • Carrying case was too big

beachBUB All-In-One Umbrella System
beachBUB All-In-One Umbrella
beachBUB Umbrella System
beachBUB All-In-One System
beachBUB Umbrella System

This umbrella came highly recommended by our testers for its simple setup, large canopy, and portability. “You can bring even it on public transportation,” one reviewer noted. “It's light and compact and would easily fit into a car.” A particular design feature our testers loved about this umbrella was its base, which users fill up with sand. “That was genius,” one tester said, “plus it came with a shovel, which was absolutely fantastic.” Although our reviewers thought this umbrella was sturdy, they mentioned that the pieces fit together a little loosely. Many also felt the carrying case was too big.