Reviewing 5 Of The Best Beach Umbrellas Of 2017

Only a handful of activities beat lounging on the beach on a summer day. Ice cream on a sunny day comes close, but still moist of us would rather be lapping on that ice cream while lazing on white sand with the sound of breaking waves. Now, if you are going to enjoy any substantial amount of time in the sun, you must bring along the best beach umbrella or otherwise the sun’s rays will be unforgiving.

What To Look For In A Beach Umbrella


Sunscreen is among the first things beachgoers will pack. You do not want to leave home without essential coverage for your skin. Now, the equivalent of SPF is UPF, which measures the rate at which the fabric will absorb the sun's harmful rays. UPF50 is almost the same as SPF50 for sunscreen, and so you should always go for a beach umbrella with a reasonably high UPF.

A UPF range of between 15 and 24 offers excellent protection. 24-39 is very good sun block, while 39-50+ offers excellent UV protection.


The number of people that will be using the umbrella will certainly dictate this factor. Generally, 6-7 ft beach umbrellas are a common size that accommodates two people. The other popular size is 7-13 ft, and it handles between 4 and 6 people depending on their sizes. Weight differs depending on the material and pole, but you are better off with an easily portable beach umbrella.

Since we brought up weight, we might as well talk about the material of the pole. The umbrella itself is pretty light seeing as it is purely fabric, but the pole cold either be made of aluminum or steel. Those two are the most popular, seeing as they are light and durable, especially when powder-coated. Wood is brilliant too, but it is heavy and will only be best when you are making a permanent lounging place.

Do You Need To Worry About The Wind?

Of course, you do! The ocean causes a cool breeze that we all love, and so the best way to get your beach umbrella to stay in place is by anchoring it with sand. The best option is to get a sandbag that will weigh the umbrella down and keep it in this position regardless of how windy it gets. You can use stakes too to avoid the umbrella from being blown away.

Other things you may want to ensure here is that the fabric is waterproof. Naturally, the material that makes most of them is waterproof, but you want to be sure that no water will get in just in case the skies decide to open up while you are on the beach.

Of Tilting Poles?

You may have been to a hotel that had the facilities at the beach and noted that you could tilt the pole to stay safe from rays. You do not want to keep moving the umbrella every hour when the sun shifts, do you? Well, you can purchase a pole with this feature to give you angle options. It may be a tad pricey for obvious reasons, but it is worth the price.

Color of the fabric will depend on your personality. Interestingly, most beach umbrellas I have seen are colorful and delightful. I believe it has something to do with the beach where they are mostly used.

The Design

You may have seen people enclosed in what looked like a tent while at the beach. This type of umbrella is mostly preferred by parents with little ones or people working on their laptops from the beach. This umbrella will keep away elements and sand, enclosing you within a safe space. The downside is that you miss the beauty of the ocean. The tent will undoubtedly have windows or another form of outlet, and so it is likely to let in rainwater. But then again, what are the chances of it raining in summer?

Those umbrellas that just cover you sufficiently from the sun but leave you exposed are the most popular. They are easy to set up and light. The downside is that you have to anchor them to prevent the wind from carrying them away.

Does It Have A Carry Bag?

Well, a carry bag is one of those things that should never be a deal breaker if you find a great beach umbrella, as you can buy it from any retailer. Nonetheless, look out for one that comes with a carry bag for easy porting. In fact, most of them do.

The two important factors in a carry bag are the zipper and shoulder strap. If the zipper is ruined or rusty, it renders the bag useless. If the shoulder strap is too thin, then it becomes uncomfortable to sling across your shoulder. Try and get one that is broad and comfortable.

Other Little Things That May Matter

Internal pockets can be lifesavers. They provide the space for your cash, credit cards, wallet, and car keys. You do not want to lose those in the sand and then have to spend the night at the beach. With the pockets, you can dash into the ocean for a dip before coming back to your laptop.

So, let us review those beach umbrellas!


5 Of The Best Beach Umbrellas of 2017

#1 - Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella - Great Design

It has a great design but it takes a minute longer to set up.

This beach umbrella is one of a kind in its design and size. It looks like a regular umbrella all right, but then it takes the shape of a tent when you set it up. The canopy, which comes in a wide selection of colors measures 8-feet and it is supported by 4.5mm steel ribs as well as 5mm steel stretchers.

The fabric is 50+UPF, meaning that it will protect you from the harmful rays of the sun by up to 98%. It also has side panels and windows for ventilation. The material, 210 D Polyester, is as protective from all weather elements as it is durable. The only thing lacking is an internal pocket to keep personal items.

This large umbrella packs nicely into a 54”x4”x4” unit that weighs 9lbs. It comes with an easy carrying case that holds the steel polls as well as the rest if the canopy. This beach umbrella is quite cheap for its quality and size. Don’t forget that it is durable.​

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What we like:

  • It will accommodate between 2 and 4 people.
  • The windows ventilate the tent.
  • The material is durable.
  • UPF 50+ keeps the skin safe.

    What we don't like:

    • It does not have internal pockets for storing personal items.
    • The pole does not tilt.

    #2 - EasyGo Rainbow Beach Umbrella Kids  - Great For Tilting Pole

    Even though it has a titling pole, this umbrella has no pocket.

    What makes the EasyGo umbrella special? Well, apart from the rainbow colors that signify joy and sunny times, the pole is 7-foot tall. This pole utilizes the push-button mechanism to tilt the pole when you need to chase the sun, eliminating the need t move around every few hours.

    The bottom of the pole presents heavy-duty screws to anchor the whole umbrella into the sand, which eliminates the need for sand bags. They are made from heavy plastic and so are not as heavy to carry as steel would be.

    The canopy is 4-feet wide, and so it will comfortably accommodate two people. Since it is an umbrella, there will be no need for windows or any other vents as it is open. It folds into a compact unit weighing 4lbs. The manufacturer throws in a carrying case that accommodates everything into one package. The fabric provides 50+ UPF protection for your safety. It is cheap too.​

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    What we like:

    • It is colorful and easy to set up.
    • The heavy-duty screws make it easy to set on the ground without needing sand bags.
    • It provides UPF protection.
    • The pole tilts.

      What we don't like:

      • It is only big enough for two.
      • It has no pockets for personal effects.

      #3 - Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy Instant Pop Up Shade Tent  – Best For Space

      Even though this tent is large and spacious, it is a tad expensive.

      If you feel as though you will be served better by a tent, then this 8' x 8' x 5' beach umbrella will do the trick. It accommodates up to 5 people, and you can fold it down to a 50" x 5' package, weighing 7lbs. It is quite easy to set up and comes in a beautiful blue.

      The UPF factor is one of the most important, and so Lightspeed canopy has 50+ UPF to block up to 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. The sides are open to provide all the breeze and sun you will need, and so there'll be no need for extra windows or ventilation. The floor has a beautiful cover too, one that will take a beating even when subjected to the dog’s destructive paws.

      It has anchors on all the four sides so that you can prop it up with and sand bags. The package includes sand pockets and guylines.

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      What we like:

      • It is large to accommodate an entire family.
      • The package includes everything you will need to set it up.
      • The fabric is UPF fortified.
      • When packed, this tent is small and portable.

        What we don't like:

        • No pockets
        • It is a tad expensive

        #4 - Tommy Bahama Sand Anchor 7 feet Beach Umbrella  – Great UPF and sun block

        Even though it looks good, it is only big enough for two people.

        This Tommy Bahama Beach Umbrella has a 7-foot pole that you can adjust for height and fiberglass is to keep the umbrella up in the sky. The canopy is white and blue, and the vent at the top of the canopy makes this umbrella wind tolerance.

        The aluminum is coated for longevity, and it is two-part. When packed, each of these two parts is broken into 1.75 inches and then stretched when you need to set it up. The pole has a tilting mechanism that you manipulate with a push button so that you do not have to keep moving every time the shadow shifts. The canopy is 5 inches wide and the package weighs 4lbs.

        The bottom part of the pole has a built-in sand anchor that prevents the wind from blowing your setting away. The manufacturer claims to have tested this canopy against a 35mph wind, and it held up. That resilience is excellent, seeing as you will hardly have winds that strong on the beach.

        UPF properties? The fabric is UPF50+ fortified, so you can relax and gave a good time under the sun without fear of UV rays penetrating.

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        What we like:

        • It handles the wind like a pro.
        • The set up is easy.
        • 50+ UPF
        • Tilting pole

          What we don't like:

          • No pockets
          • Just large enough for two people

          #5 - beachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella System  – Best For A Windy Afternoon

          This umbrella is reasonably large and it holds wind like a pro, but it has no pockets.

          Nothing irks a beach lover than a runaway beach umbrella, which is why this beachBUB has props to keep it from giving it to the wind. It has been tested to 35mph, and so you can be sure that it will stay in place as you have your lazy afternoon under the sun.

          The aluminum pole that holds this umbrella up is 7 feet tall, and it has sandbags at the bottom, which will only need to be filled with sand. The entire package weighs 9lbs, but when you fill the base with sand, it weighs 120lbs.

          The canopy measures 6 inches, making it large enough for 3-4 people. It is made of 8oz Woven Polyester with UPF 50 for sun block. The pole is aluminum and coated for longevity.

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          What we like:

          • Wind tested to stand up to 35mph.
          • Easy setup
          • UPF 50

            What we don't like:

            • No pockets to keep personal items
            • It is expensive.

            Get The Best Beach Umbrella

            The best beach umbrella will not only make it easy to stay under the sun and on the beach for hours, but it will also offer protection from UV rays. For this reason, always ensure that the fabric of your preferred umbrella is UPF 50 or higher. The beach umbrellas we have selected for this review offer sun block.

            While we know that all the reviewed products are excellent additions to your fun times, Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella stands out for various reasons. We like the price, for starters, which is surprisingly low for a beach umbrella of this caliber. The size is simply ideal, but that would depend on your entourage, and we also like the easy setup. The good far outweighs the negative.


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