Looking towards the summer months of beers, BBQs and beaches is already exciting those who love nothing better than relaxing with friends and family during a season where everything seems much more chilled. We’re not just talking about the drinks, either. It might be that the days are longer, it might be remnants of nostalgia from our school days, but even though we’re still working most of the summer, it feels like there’s more time than we’ve ever had before. It always feels like summer will never end. You’ve got to stay protected, though with your suntan lotion, the perfect sunglasses for you, and when you want to take in the crisp coastal air but also get some shade when the heat ramps up: the best beach umbrella.
Those who don’t feel complete without a tan may consider the beach umbrella to be their second greatest nemesis (next to dark clouds rolling in from the horizon), but for everybody else, they are essential for having a relaxing, cool day where you’re in control of how much sun you soak up. Providing respite from the rays, they prevent uncomfortable sunburnt night’s shifting and flaking, much to your bedmates chagrin, and they also give you a place to chill with a book, a bottle, or just get 40 winks listening to to rippling, calming crash of waves on the shore.
The Best Beach Umbrella
Our top pick for the best beach umbrella is the Sport-Brella Versa-Brella 4-Way Swiveling Adjustable Umbrella which is a rugged and well-constructed option offering wide versatility to suit anyone who wants sun protection at the beach. The built-in clip allows you to attach it to both tubular and square surfaces securely, giving you the option to use it as a chair umbrella.
At 2 pounds, it’s easy to carry, while the foldable system is hassle-free for convenience. It doesn’t topple the chair when you’re not sitting down. It swivels in 4 directions so you can remain protected as the sun migrates above you, and the UPF 50+ protective canopy eliminates the chance of sunburn, lethargy, or dehydration.
UPF 50+ protection keeps skin safe from UVA and UVB rays from any angle
Rugged cover and durable connector clamp ensures longevity
Versatile connection options on both tubular and squared surfaces
Folds into a convenient carry case for simple transportation
Fully opened measures 40” x 42”
- Weight2 pounds
If you’re looking for an option boasting great value for the whole family, the Tommy Bahama 7’ Beach Umbrella is a low-cost option to ensure constant fun in the sun all summer long. The 7 foot canopy provides ample protection for you, your partner, and your kids (your favorite ones, anyway), while the aluminum pole is sturdy and resistant to weather. For further reliability, the top vent provides stability and can handle sudden, unexpected gusts of wind that would knock small toddlers over without warning.
Despite this stability, it’s not cumbersome or awkward to carry, so you can pack everything you need for the beach and carry it to your spot without making multiple trips to and from the car. Like any decent sun umbrella, you get high sun protection, and this boasts a silver lining construction that provides UPF 50+, and also like any decent modern umbrella, its tilting mechanism allows you to stay one step ahead of the sun.
Aluminum pole and fiberglass rib construction capable of withstanding heavy gusts
Top vent increases wind tolerance and stability
Tilting mechanism makes it easy to adjust and protect from the moving sun
Silver lining with UPF 50+ sun protection and telescopic pole for easy adjustability
Built-in sand anchor to keep it secure
- BrandTommy Bahama
- Weight4.25 pounds
From great value to our premium pick, BEACHBUB All-in-One Beach Umbrella System is the perfect choice for anyone who needs a one-stop-shop for their beach umbrella needs. You get everything you’ll ever need in the package including a 7-½’ canopy umbrella, convenient carry case, and an innovative anchoring system that’s easy to use and requires zero digging.
This is great news for anyone with a bad back or those prone to forgetting the sand shovel (at least you’ve got the cooler and snacks though), and it’s so simple to use, you’ll wonder why no one thought of it sooner. You pack the sand within and clip it together at the pinnacle around the pole. This ensures a stress-free day at the beach giving you the chance to catch up on that book you’ve been plodding through for 5 summers and also makes end-of-the-day packing up straightforward and speedy.
Provides everything you need for a stress-free day at the beach
Wind-tested to 35 MPH and remains sturdy and secure without digging deep holes
Easy to transport with convenient carry bag and comfortable extra-padded strap
Commercial fiberglass ribs and durable running hub ensures quality
Base anchors umbrella to the floor and is easy to fold and unfold
- ModelbeachBUB TM Beach Umbrella System
- Weight9 pounds
The California Umbrella 9’ Round Aluminum Market Umbrella may have been designed for backyards, patios, and market stalls, but its large diameter also makes it an awesome and effective beach parasol for anywhere in the world. It’s also one of the easiest to use, bringing a convenient and intuitive automatic tilt that reduces strain and effort, ensuring full protection all day long.
It’s durable and with its aluminum frame, you never need to worry about rust or chipping, which is great for using it at home as much as at the beach. With no maintenance demands, you can put it up, forget about it, and always have it ready for when you need it. The ribs are also thicker than average designs which gives you peace of mind and confidence when the winds hit, and the single vent further keeps it stable in harsh conditions.
Automatic tilt built-in crank handle for simple adjustment
Vibrant and solution dyed canopy is sturdy enough to stand up to the elements
Versatile applications for tables or freestanding
Maintenance-free aluminum frame and ribs are thicker than average designs
Single wind vent built in for greater wind tolerance
- BrandCalifornia Umbrella
- Weight11 pounds
The dig-git Beach Umbrella combines a classic style with modern design to place you right back on the beaches of your youth. Available in a vibrant selection of summer colors, it’s the perfect choice for those who spend more time at the beach than they do at their home and want to not just get but stay in the chilled summer spirit.
As a vented beach umbrella, it eliminates fears of losing it during high wind speeds, and the tilting mechanism rotates 360-degrees for shade at every angle. The heavy duty 180 fabric provides 200UV protection, making it one of, if not the most, protective option around. To give you further confidence, it stays in place, the corrosion resistant anchor is easy to deploy and use, and this doubles as a sand shovel so you can dig holes as soon as you pick the perfect beach spot. At the end of the day, it’s also easy to remove so you can head off before the traffic clogs up roads.
Heavy duty 180 fabric with SPF protection fade resistant 200UV
Aluminum construction ensures durability regardless of conditions
Fully vented to cope with high speed wind environments
Corrosion resistant specialized anchor attached for immediate use and results
Tilting mechanism with 360-degree rotation for all-around protection
- Weight11.6 pounds
Boasting a sturdy design that won’t snap when the wind blows a little too hard, the Sunphio Portable Beach Umbrella is an excellent and easily transportable option for those who want to explore every beach in the country (or world, because you’re ambitious). The 3-layer carbon fiber rib design is the staple of this reliability, but each party works together perfectly for trustworthy results.
Also working for your benefit is the 4 layer canopy design, but this isn’t just responsible for keeping the umbrella secure. Unlike other options, the extra layer provides what is essentially permanent sun protection, reducing the fabric and UV protection fade to what is pretty much zero and giving you a place to sit in the sunniest places in the world without fear of burns. The multiple layers also contribute to its durability and is further evidence of the care that’s gone into this well-built product.
Super windproof with 3-layer carbon-fiber rib design
Ultra wind resistant prevents turning inside out in overly blustery conditions
4-layer canopy design for permanent 100% UV protection
Sturdy telescopic pole with 360-degree tilt range mechanism
Quality carry bag with 2 metal sand anchors for easy transportation and placement
- Weight6.84 pounds
Waterproof and UV- and fade-resistant, the Yeshom 9ft Aluminum Outdoor Garden Patio Umbrella is a mighty mammoth of sun protection ideal for large families either at home, on the beach, or even when working outside. It’s stylish and also sturdy, meaning you won’t just be the most protected group on the shore, but also the best looking, too.
With 8 supporting ribs, it’s resistant to wind, which always seems to strike at the worst moments when trying to relax on the shoreline. To make your life as easy as possible, the easy-tilt function uses a button system to give you shade wherever you desire. The adjustable hand crank makes it simple to deploy, and is easy and comfortable enough that anyone can do it, so maybe you can get the kids to earn their keep.
9’ canopy is waterproof, UV- and fade-resistant with UV30+ protection
8 ribs ensure stable support when wind picks up
Easy-use tilt function with button operation for versatile shading options
Adjustable hand crank reduces hand strain for easy raising and lowering
- Weight13 pounds
Our final pick in our search for the best beach umbrella is the CleverMade QuadraBrella Portable 5’ Beach Umbrella which because of its size may not cover the whole family, but is perfect for single beachgoers or the one half of a couple who doesn’t like the sun as much of the other. Foregoing the traditional circular canopy shape, this uses a square to provide maximum protection, offering sun glare shielding from every angle, and means you’re always prepared to escape the heat.
To prevent sun damage, it boasts a protection rating of 50+, resistant to both UVA and B to ensure you don’t miss a second of summer while lathered in aloe vera and cursing your sun-sensitive arrogance. It’s also stable and sturdy, with airflow vents that prevent it blowing away while you’re cooling off in the ocean. Despite this sturdiness, its lightweight construction is easy and comfortable to carry, and also saves hassle when setting it up.
UPF50+ all-weather protection protects from UVA and UVB rays during summer
Square shape allows shield-like protection from all angles
Airflow vents prevent damage of extra-windy days
Lightweight construction for easy portability and hassle-free installation
Multiple accessories include carry bag, multi-use pivot hammer, 4 tie-down cords, and 4 metal ground stakes
- Weight5.4 pounds