10 Top-Rated Beach Umbrellas

Whether you're looking for a budget buy, an easy-to-pack option or a super-wind-resistant beach umbrella, pack one of these top-rated picks on your next vacation.

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May 03, 2019

Easiest Setup

If you regularly struggle with setting up beach umbrellas, this might be the one for you. The base of the umbrella is a pyramid-shaped pouch that you fill with sand to root the umbrella to the ground. BeachBUB says its umbrella will withstand 35 mph winds without blowing away.

Buy It: Amazon, $140

Ultralight Umbrella with High UPF Rating

This tilting umbrella is 6.5 feet tall and weighs less than 6 pounds. The UPF 100 fabric has vents in the top to allow wind to pass through without taking the umbrella with it. Drive the umbrella into the sand with a screw-like tip on the end.

Buy It: Amazon, $48

Most Classic and Time-Tested Beach Umbrella

Frankford's umbrellas might just be the most classic beach umbrellas you'll find anywhere: This 120-year-old company makes the official umbrella of North Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, Chicago and many upscale hotels, according to the New York Magazine. This 7.5-foot umbrella's sturdy wooden pole will withstand the punishment of salty breezes for many years to come.

Buy It: Wayfair, $210

Full-Featured Sun Canopy

Want some wind protection as well as a break from the sun? When the floor is unzipped and laid flat on the sand, Coleman's Beach Shade offers a shady respite for reading or napping. The floor zips up into a door so the shade can also be used as a changing tent. A window in the back of the tent unzips to allow wind to flow through, and sand anchors allow you to really root this shade down to the ground.

Buy It: Walmart, $43

Best Budget Buy

This is more than just an umbrella. Sport-Brella's All-Weather Umbrella Canopy Shelter offers protection in the back and sides, too, rather than protecting just from the sunniest spot above. Anchor it to the sand with stakes and tethers, and unzip the side windows for better airflow to prevent the wind from lifting it away on breezy days.

Buy It: Walmart, $50

Personal, Portable Beach Umbrella

If you want personal sun protection that clips to a lounge chair, stroller or other kind of cart or piece of furniture, the Versa-Brella is the hands-free mobile sun protection you're looking for. The umbrella swivels 360 degrees so you can easily adjust it as the sun moves.

Buy It: Walmart, $18

Most Colorful Beach Umbrella

Fiberglass ribs give this super-colorful umbrella from EasyGo strength against high winds. Set it up with a handle that slides into the base for easily screwing it into the ground.

Buy It: Amazon, $80

Most Wind-Resistant

If you're the kind of beachgoer who regularly lounges in high winds, L.L. Bean's Wind Challenger umbrella is what you need. L.L.Bean claims the patented vents in the top of the umbrella are designed to allow the unit to withstand winds up to 50 mph. It offers UPF 50+ sun protection, as well, screws into the sand with a handle and has a two-way 45-degree tilt.

Buy It: L.L.Bean, $59

Best Shade Canopy

This 4-pound canopy roots to the ground wherever you are with sand, rocks, or whatever other heavy objects you have on hand. The Neso offers more shade than a standard umbrella, and reviewers on Amazon rave about its wind resistance.

Buy It: Amazon, $95

Most Versatile Umbrella

This umbrella from Wondershade can be set up in two ways: Either screw it into the sand or use the detachable tripod base to set it up in the grass for a picnic or on the sidelines of soccer games. Bonus? It's the only umbrella on this list with built-in cup holders.

Buy It: Amazon, $60

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