Portable Beach Umbrella
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Portable Beach Umbrella
A canopy and an umbrella both block the sun’s rays, but an umbrella doesn’t separate you from the cool breezes and soft sand you came to the beach to enjoy. We spent 10 hours researching and six hours testing in our search of a strong, portable beach umbrella, but every one we looked at presented a series of compromises, whether in terms of weight and mobility or an abundance of cheap plastic parts. Though initially we were skeptical of the design and style, in the end the Sport-Brella was more effective than any traditional beach umbrella we found at that price point. If your heart is set on that iconic umbrella shape, however, the Coolibar Titanium Beach Umbrella comes with an eye-popping price tag but will withstand the rigors of sun and wind better than its cheaper competition.
Portable Beach Umbrella
Here’s a fresh twist on the old-fashioned beach umbrella: Instead of a pointy end you jab into the ground, you just fill the pockets at the base of the 6-foot-wide Beach Pockets Umbrella with sand (or shoes or other belongings) to weigh it down and keep the umbrella upright. It received an above-average score for stability (meaning the pockets do the trick after all), but on blustery days, be sure you fully load each pocket with sand to keep the umbrella from blowing away. This umbrella scored high for appearance and is available in an array of colors and patterns. It folds down to 41.5 inches for carrying.
Portable Beach Umbrella
If your average beach umbrella is not quite up to your sun protection (or privacy) standards, you may want to consider the Beach Hut, a 7-foot diameter umbrella that comes with side panels to create a three-sided “cabana.” Given its tentlike construction, our consumer testers found it much trickier to open and set up than a regular umbrella. And while its diameter is slightly larger than other umbrellas, the enclosing side panels make for a smaller area of shade than an unenclosed umbrella may cast. The side panels do provide much more privacy, particularly nice if your favorite beach lacks changing rooms. To note: If it’s used in a breezy locale, you can expect noticeable swaying. The canopy is quite eye-catching with its bright rainbow panels, but our testers weren’t fans of the circus look, giving it low scores for appearance. It folds down to 50 inches and weighs about 6 pounds.
Portable Beach Umbrella
The beach is the world’s most popular vacation destination. We’re all looking for the perfect beach – you know the one: warm sand, turquoise waters and a tropical breeze blowing our cares inland. But most of us aren’t lucky enough to live on or near a beach. We have to transport our own gear, or hope that rental equipment is reasonably priced – or even available at all. Spending a day at the beach without shade would ruin the experience. Why not bring your own umbrella, even if you are flying? The PortaBrella® folding travel beach umbrella solves the age old problem of transporting traditional Beach Umbrellas on an airplane.
The 5-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall Coolibar is the best beach umbrella out there. Although it’s the most expensive umbrella we tested, it proved its worth with superb performance scores. From simple installation to portability, this umbrella received a perfect rating for ease of use. It also received the top score for stability (the pole pieces snap together with an interlocking button for added strength, especially when the canopy is tilted) and fade resistance — it will stay put in the sand and not show its age season after season. When packed up, it folds down to 45 inches in length and weighs 4 pounds. If you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks and want lasting shade for years of beach getaways to come, the Coolibar is your umbrella. In silver or green.
If you prefer to use a traditional beach umbrella rather than a shelter, we recommend using a sand anchor to prevent it from blowing away and implicating you in an unintended beach-umbrella stabbing. We spent several hours researching sand anchor options and tested five top models on a blustery 25-knot day. After witnessing the cheaper Mainstays Sand Grabber, Ostrich Shade Anchor Bag, and Rio Brands and Seasonal Industries anchors fail in spectacular (and sometimes dangerous) fashion, we recommend spending about $40 on Tremendous’s Heavy Duty Umbrella Stand. It was one of just two anchors that held its ground through the strongest gusts. It’s basically just a 2-foot-long steel stake with an umbrella holder welded onto it. But it works—unlike the design used in most umbrellas with built-in anchors.
If you already have a beach umbrella but sometimes think the coverage is lacking, take a look at the Add-a-Shade. This durable fabric panel easily attaches to an existing umbrella and pins into the ground to provide both additional sun blockage and privacy. It comes in two cool colors (royal blue and orange) but, as shown in our UV tests, expect those hues to noticeably fade over time. Bottom line: For extra shade and protection without purchasing a whole new beach umbrella, this is a great beach accessory to tote.
Along with applying a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or higher — a shot glass’s worth on your whole body every two hours — it’s a good idea to bring a beach umbrella on seaside escapes to deflect direct sunlight and help reduce your risk of sunburn. We hauled the eight newest portable shades out to the beach and evaluated them for stability, durability, and how easy they were to open, set up, close, and lug around. In the Good Housekeeping Research Institute labs, we tested the umbrellas’ fabric for fade- and water-resistance, plus drying time (should you get caught in a summer storm). In addition, we looked at a couple of noteworthy accessories for increasing your umbrella’s coverage and making it easier to install.
If you must have a normal umbrella without extra straps and flaps, we recommend the Coolibar beach umbrella. It weighs just 4 pounds and folds into a slim and compact nylon bag, making it effortlessly portable (and possibly less unwieldy than the shoulder bag I carry on a daily basis). It has a silver reflective layer on the outside plus a wind vent incorporated into the canopy, and the underside is finished with greater attention to detail than anything else we looked at.
A beach umbrella is essential (yes, a margarita is important too). You could possibly do without a beach table and perhaps even a chair. But shade is an indispensable need and an umbrella is the simplest, most reliable way to protect yourself from the sun.
Tired of your umbrella blowing away? Here’s the product that can help. Screw the Sandgrabber base into the ground, place your umbrella into it, and twist a bit more to tighten everything in place. The tool received top scores in ease of use, durability, and performance: There was no movement from umbrellas perched in the Sandgrabber when it was inserted into the sand at a depth of 6 inches and caught in 12 to 15 mph winds. So if you want to stabilize your umbrella cheaply and easily, take along a Sandgrabber.
Assembly of the Lightspeed involves just one step and just a few seconds. All poles and straps come attached, so all you need to do is simply locate the top, pull the side poles down, and tug on the string to pop up the tent. It’s almost like a giant umbrella that you open backwards. Once unfurled, it provides ample shade and shelter for two people to sit in or a baby to play in while at the beach. At 79 by 43.5 by 45 inches, it’s big enough to fit two reclining beach chairs under the awning. For windier days, there are four loops to stake down the corners, two adjustable cords to stabilize the top, and three additional sandbags for the base.
If you’re looking for a comfortable seat in the shade to guard against the sun, you can’t beat the new Renetto Beach Bum 2.0. Like the Renetto Original Canopy Chair, which was last year’s pick, the Beach Bum 2.0’s main draw is a cleverly designed canopy that provides ample shade when unfurled, and conveniently doubles as a built-in carrying case for the whole chair when you stow it. The chair even has built-in backpack straps for comfortable hands-free carrying. When the canopy is up, Velcro straps at the front let you adjust it so you stay in the shade as the sun moves. It’s a sturdier design compared with other top competitors like the Sport-Brella Recliner, which uses an umbrella attachment that shook in medium and heavy winds. The Renetto canopy also folds back down in seconds, letting you choose between sun and shade with ease.
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