The 8 Best Beach Umbrellas to Buy in 2018

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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    If you’re looking for a heavy-duty umbrella that can withstand a lot of use (like the ones the hotels rent out), invest in the Concession Grade Beach Umbrella from Frankford Umbrellas. Constructed from woven canvas, marine-grade acrylic, a solid ash wood pole, and durable zinc-plated joints and rivets, this heavy-duty umbrella can last for years of use. Plus, with 19 different colors and pattern varieties ranging from solid shades of blue and forest green to colorful stripes, it’s also visually attractive. The umbrella measures 7.5 feet wide and offers 50UPF protection from the sun, but can also be used in high winds. Although it is pricier than the average umbrella, it is a worthwhile splurge. 

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    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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    If you travel to the beach with a few friends and family, or just like to sprawl out under the shade, the Ohuhu Eight-Foot Beach Umbrella is for you. The oversized umbrella is lightweight, spacious and durable, with aluminum poles, a fiberglass rib construction and a heavy sand anchor to prevent you from chasing the umbrella down the beach on a slightly windy day (although for very strong winds you’ll need something heavier). Silver coating in the umbrella fabric provides 100 percent UV protection, and handles make it easy to adjust the height. The Ohuhu weighs just 4.5 pounds, and a carry bag makes traveling with the umbrella a breeze. 

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    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. 

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