Keep yourself protected while having fun in the sun with a high-quality beach umbrella. The options are endless nowadays, from beach tents open canopies, adjustable umbrellas, and so much more. Some even come with additional features, including cup holders and convenient pockets to make your beach days stress-free and enjoyable.
When searching for an umbrella for your beach trips, be sure to look for materials that block harmful UV rays so you stay burn-free in the shade. It's also important to find a durable umbrella frame, so it won't snap or tear even if it gets blown away in the wind. But, to avoid flying away altogether, look for an option with a sand anchor to stay secure all day long.
To find the best beach umbrella for you and your family, we real-world tested over 20 options on the beaches and lakes of Florida, New York, and New Jersey. We evaluated the ease of use, portability, durability, performance, and overall value of each option, putting them to the test for hours outdoors, even in extremely windy conditions. After weeks of testing, we compiled our favorite options for every budget and lifestyle.
beachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella System
Convenient storage bag
Needs little adjusting
Bright color options
Expensive for an umbrella
Our best overall pick from BeachBub is not just an umbrella; it's an umbrella system. With the included anchor, sand tools, umbrella base, and other accessories, you can safely set up your umbrella in the shade without worrying about it blowing away, even in winds of up to 44 miles per hour. We put this umbrella to the test on a few St. Pete, Florida beaches and found it to be a great choice for beachgoers looking for protection from the sun and wind.
The umbrella really stood out due to its lightweight construction. While there are a lot of parts, everything fits inside the included carrying case, which weighs just nine pounds, so it's perfect for toting to and from the beach. We also loved the padded shoulder strap, which added to this pick's portability. It may seem overwhelming at first to put together so many pieces, but we found that following the directions made it a breeze. Although the initial assembly took us 15 minutes, we quickly discovered that it could be completed in less than five minutes, and dismantling was even faster.
To set up, you need to lay down the tarp, insert the bottom pole into the sand a good 12 inches, and fill the base with sand for maximum stability. Then, twist on the umbrella and adjust your canopy to the perfect angle to start lounging. Once assembled, the umbrella required no adjusting, and it was ready to stand up to windy beach conditions. We particularly liked the umbrella's beach towel and bag hooks, which are located on a clamp attachment to keep essentials within easy reach. The 7.5-foot canopy also provided full protection from the sun with a UPF rating of 50+.
At just over $150, this is definitely a splurge for a beach umbrella. Still, we found that the high-quality materials, durable stand, and convenient storage solutions make it worth the purchase. The manufacturer also provides a 3-year protection plan to help you replace lost or damaged parts of the system.
Price at time of publish: $157
Height: Not Listed | Weight: 9 pounds | Canopy Size: 7.5 feet | Material: Polyester, fiberglass, aluminum | Wind Resistance: 44 mph
Blissun 7.2 Foot Portable Beach Umbrella
Large canopy size
Easy to set up
Not made for high winds
Fortunately, you don't have to spend a lot of money to find a durable and effective beach umbrella. At under $50, the Blissun portable beach umbrella is a secure, anchored option for all beach conditions. This pick comes with a heavy-duty sand anchor, so your umbrella won't blow away.
At nearly 7 feet, this is a very tall option. However, thanks to the slim carry case with a strap, it was relatively easy to carry even when we had to walk across the sand. Assembling the umbrella took about 10 minutes, and disassembling and packing it took about 5 minutes. Due to the high winds the day we tested, we had a hard time anchoring the umbrella to the ground. However, once we did, it remained open and appeared to be secure throughout. To counteract the wind, we angled the pole, and it held much better. The 7.2-foot canopy provided plenty of shade for two people in beach chairs, while the tilt function guaranteed the perfect shade.
In terms of wind resistance, we found that this option did not hold up well on extremely windy beach days. The simple sand anchor didn't hold up to more expensive options. But, this simplified anchor ensures a quicker setup time and increased convenience for carrying. Still, we recommend this option for those on a budget who don't experience high winds on a daily basis.
Price at time of publish: $44
Height: 6.73 feet | Weight: 9 pounds | Canopy Size: 7.2 feet | Material: Oxford fabric, fiberglass, aluminum | Wind Resistance: Not Listed
Oileus 4-Person Beach Tent Sun Shelter
Sets up in less than a minute
Fun color options
Storage bag may break over time
Transform your beach setup with a tent that ensures your entire family can sit in the shade comfortably. We love this extra-large 4-person tent from Oileus that packs up tightly and weighs just four pounds. We were able to assemble it in under a minute with no special tools. Because of its small size, we could easily carry it around in our beach bag. The instructions were extremely easy to follow. It took us less than a minute to set up and no longer to break it down.
During testing, the beach tent's stability really stood out. We tested it out on a windy day, and even without the additional stakes, the tent held up perfectly. Though we didn't have to use them, the extra stakes for added security are a nice touch. We also loved having windows that kept the sand and bugs out while letting in some natural light. Inside, you'll also find several pockets to store sunscreen, books, snacks, beach toys, and more, which is one of our favorite features.
The spacious tent comfortably fits two adults and two children, while the water-resistant, UV-blocking polyester canopy (blocking 99 percent of UV rays according to the manufacturer) keeps you protected. Our only concern is that the storage bag could break from stuffing in the tent, but we have no complaints to report so far. Overall, we were really impressed with the Oileus X-Large Person Beach Shelter. It's a high-quality tent that's simple to set up and offers great protection from the elements. We think the price is great for what you get, and we'd recommend it to anyone looking for a sturdy, user-friendly beach tent.
Price at time of publish: $100
Height: 3.75 feet | Weight: 4 pounds | Canopy Size: 7.6 feet | Material: Polyester, fiberglass, alloy steel | Wind Resistance: Not Listed
Sport-Brella Premiere 8-ft. Outdoor Umbrella
Extra large canopy
Provides protection on the sides
Easy to assemble
Doesn't stand upright
You can't beat the 8-foot canopy on this beach umbrella from Sport-Brella. The oversized umbrella acts as a tent with two side panels that further protect your skin from the sun. But, if you do want a bit of color on a sunny day, the panels clip back for a classic beach umbrella look.
We found this umbrella intuitive and easy to assemble. Just drive the anchor into the sand and attach the umbrella. Despite some wind and heat, we were very impressed with how secure and steady the umbrella felt. The massive auger bit, multiple spikes, and tie-cords on this umbrella allowed us to rest easy even when the wind picked up. The interior of the canopy also features two zippered windows to allow for airflow that keeps the umbrella in place. We also appreciated the canopy's handy storage compartments, which kept our phones, wallets, and other necessities safe from the sand.
The tent-umbrella hybrid sits at a tilt that you can adjust, but this means it doesn't stand straight up like a traditional beach umbrella, which we would've liked. Plus, the large size can be a bit cumbersome to carry. Even with the carrying strap, it would dig into our shoulders after a while. Still, heavy-duty, UPF 50+-rated material and impressive wind resistance make this an excellent option for avid beachgoers.
Price at time of publish: $65
Height: Not Listed | Weight: 8 pounds | Canopy Size: 8 feet | Material: Polyester, aluminum, steel | Wind Resistance: Not Listed
Best with Clamp
Sport-Brella Versa-Brella SPF 50+ Adjustable Umbrella
Weighs just 1.8 pounds
Attaches to virtually anywhere
Won't cover your whole body
As the name suggests, the Sport-Brella Versa-Brella is a versatile beach umbrella that adapts to your needs and your lifestyle. It's our favorite option with a clamp that easily attaches to beach chairs, golf carts, strollers, and more. The durable polyester canopy offers UPF 50+ protection to help keep your skin safe from 99.5 perfect of UVA and UVB rays.
The portable umbrella folds into a compact carrying case that weighs just 1.8 pounds, so it's perfect for travel. In fact, we were able to fit the umbrella in our checked bag with no issues. When you're ready to set up, you just click together the umbrella twice and attach it to your chair. We argue that it doesn't even need instructions because it's so intuitive. Even on windy days, the umbrella felt secure in the chair. Using the 4-way, 360-degree swivel and two push button hinges, you can adjust the umbrella to the exact position that offers the most protection for you at that moment (until the sun changes again).
Don't expect this umbrella to cover your entire body at all times. It has a much smaller canopy than other options on this list, but it remains the most lightweight and portable out of all the umbrellas we tested. If you want something a bit more full coverage, the brand offers an XL size that spans 3.83 feet. For such a low price, it's a sunny day essential for solo beachgoers looking for upper body shade.
Price at time of publish: $28
Height: Not Listed | Weight: 1.8 pounds | Canopy Size: 3.5 feet | Material: Polyester, steel | Wind Resistance: Not Listed
Best with Table
Tommy Bahama 7-ft Fiberglass Beach Umbrella for Sand with Integrated Anchor
Included table with cup holders
Easy to set up
A bit large to carry
Upgrade your beach set up with a beach umbrella with an integrated table, like the option from Tommy Bahama. As you lounge under the 7-foot canopy, you have a place to fit two drinks with optimal protection from the sun, wind, or water. We found the setup to be incredibly easy, taking just five minutes to screw the anchor into the sand, attach the umbrella, and open the shade. The table is attached to the umbrella's stand and easily pops open when you need it.
During very windy days, the umbrella stays secure and in place. Despite shaking during a few strong gusts, we never feared that it would fall over during testing. The canopy also features an air vent for increased airflow and stability. You can adjust the height of your umbrella an additional 13 inches and tilt it in any direction depending on the sun's position. At the end of your day at the beach, this umbrella folds into a convenient carrying case weighing just 4.7 pounds. It is on the larger side, though, so it may feel a bit awkward when holding, but the carrying strap helps wonders.
While this is definitely on the expensive side, we can't get over the convenience of having an included table on your umbrella. Otherwise, the materials seem durable and long-lasting, while the intuitive setup adds to the overall value of this pick. Plus, it comes in bright, beachy colors and patterns that we love.
Price at time of publish: $116
Height: 7.12 feet | Weight: 4.7 pounds | Canopy Size: 7 feet | Material: Polyester, aluminum, fiberglass | Wind Resistance: Not Listed
Best with Sand Anchor
Aoxun 7ft Beach Umbrella with Sand Anchor & Tilt Pole
Included hooks and can holders
Large, UV-protected canopy
Extremely convenient to carry
Sand anchor takes a lot of strength to insert
Sand anchors ensure your beach umbrella doesn't shake or fall over in the wind. For a stable option that anchors right into the stand, we recommend the Aoxun 7-foot beach umbrella. The durable, fade-resistant, and waterproof Oxford fabric canopy can cover your entire body (and a friend's) from the sun with a UPF 50+ rating and a UV-resistant silver coating.
It took us about 7 minutes to figure out how to set up the umbrella the first time because there weren't any instructions included. It's important to note that it does take a bit of strength to secure the anchor into the stand securely. Once it was set up, however, this option provided excellent protection from the sun all day long, even in winds of up to 15 miles per hour. The umbrella features a 2-way tilt mechanism to adjust the canopy depending on where the sun is at any given moment. When packing up, we loved just how portable this umbrella is with the included carrying case that weighs just above 4 pounds. Even with a beach chair on our backs and a beach bag in our hands, it was incredibly easy to move around.
One of the best parts of this umbrella is that it comes with four hooks on the pole to hang beach towels, clothing, beach bags, or other essentials. The umbrella also comes with two tall can holders, which we love. In general, you should always look for a sand anchor when shopping for a beach umbrella, especially in windy areas, and this is a great option that is easily portable and comes with additional features for storing your items and enjoying your time in the shade.
Price at time of publish: $50
Height: 7 feet | Weight: 4.2 pounds | Canopy Size: 6.5 feet | Material: Polyester, aluminum | Wind Resistance: Not Listed
Best for Wind
OutdoorMaster Beach Umbrella with Sand Bag and Cup Holder
Sandbag fits up to 44 pounds
Optional cup holder attachment
Bring on windy beach days! You won't have to worry about your umbrella blowing away with this pick from OutdoorMaster. This umbrella comes with a sandbag that can hold up to 44 pounds of sand to keep it from waving in the breeze. After a couple of read-throughs of the instructions, we found this umbrella sets up quickly in just a few minutes. The product comes with a sand drill to dig deep into the beach to ensure your pole is secure before filling the sandbag. Then, just attach the pole and get comfortable under the shade.
The 6.5-foot canopy has a 180-degree adjustable head to follow the sun as it moves throughout the day. While the canopy seems smaller than other larger options, we found this option still suitable for two adults and maybe even some kids too. During testing, the OutdoorMaster beach umbrella remained upright and secure through strong winds as long as the sandbag was completely full. The material feels durable, and the assembled product feels sturdy, so you can focus on relaxing instead of chasing your umbrella across the beach.
If you want something a bit fancier, OutdoorMaster makes a version of its heavy-duty umbrella with an attached cup holder. But you can't go wrong with the original option that comes in tons of colorful striped options that feel perfect for the beach. Plus, it breaks down to fit in a lightweight bag with a convenient, long carrying strap. Overall, we are confident the umbrella is sturdy enough to withstand even the gustiest of beach breezes.
Price at time of publish: $60
Height: 6.96 feet | Weight: 6.28 pounds | Canopy Size: 6.5 feet | Material: Polyester, stainless steel | Wind Resistance: Not Listed
|Overall Rating||Portability||Ease of Use||Performance||Durability||Value|
beachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella
Blissun Beach Umbrella
Oileus Beach Tent Sun Shelter
Sport-Brella Premiere Outdoor Umbrella
Best with Clamp:
Best with Table:
Tommy Bahama Fiberglass Beach Umbrella
Best with Sand Anchor:
Aoxun 7ft Beach Umbrella with Sand Anchor & Tilt Pole
Best for Wind:
OutdoorMaster Beach Umbrella
The BeachBub All-In-One Beach Umbrella earned our best overall spot due to its intuitive instructions, convenient carrying case, and ability to stand up to high winds. If you're on a budget, we love the Blissun 7.2' Portable Beach Umbrella. It has a sand anchor to keep it secure, a large canopy to fit two adults, and a tilt feature to adjust your shade with the sun.
How We Tested the Beach Umbrellas
For this list, we found 21 highly-rated or best-selling beach umbrellas from several brands and retailers, including options with sand anchors, attachable tables, removable hooks for hanging towels, and more. We then put the umbrellas through weeks of real-world testing on beaches and lakes in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.
To test portability, we carried the umbrellas to and from the beach, monitoring the comfort level of the carrying case and strap. We noted which felt awkward versus which had features to increase comfort, like a padded strap. Once arriving, we evaluated the ease of use of the umbrellas, noting if the setup instructions were easy to follow, and how long the entire process took.
Then, throughout the day, we noted the umbrella's performance, including how it stood up to high winds. On the results sheet, we also mentioned any special features the umbrella has, such as a cup holder or tilt mechanism. If the umbrella constantly needed readjusting for sufficient shade, we noted that as well. Similarly, we evaluated the durability of the umbrellas and whether the materials seem high-quality and long-lasting. Finally, we considered the price of the umbrella to determine the overall value of each option and if we would recommend them to a friend or family member. Taking off these insights into account, our team of editors created this comprehensive list of our best-performing options.
What to Look For in a Beach Umbrella
Size and Shade Coverage
Consider who will be using your beach umbrella to determine the best size for you and your family. Canopy sizes range from about 3 to 8 feet, so there are plenty of options for solo beachgoers to family vacationers. The Sport-Brella Premiere UPF 50+ Umbrella Shelter had the largest canopy size out of all the umbrellas on this list at 8 feet. Therefore, it's a great option for an adult couple trying to escape the sun or a family with a few kids who want ample coverage from the sun when outdoors. Be aware that the larger the umbrella, the more difficult it will be to transport. Look for an option with a carrying case and strap to ease this process despite the size you choose.
- Umbrella: An umbrella is what you would traditionally picture when thinking of a beach umbrella. They stand upright with a large shade on top and a long pole, usually with an adjustable height or a tilt mechanism to alter your shade as the sun moves in the sky. A majority of our options on this list are traditional umbrellas.
- Canopy: A canopy, also known as a cabana, is a shade that is open on all sides, but still provides sun and rain protection from above. This is a great option for parties or large outdoor gatherings, but they may be a bit more difficult to set up or transport.
- Tent: Beach tents provide ample protection from the sun and rain, as well as the sand below you. They provide a surface for you to sit on top of the sand to keep your personal belongings sand, sun, and water-free. Tents are also the only option that zips fully for shade coverage on all sides. Tents are a great choice for large families, as well as for beaches with windy or rainy conditions because they can be staked into the sand or weighed down with your belongings.
All of the umbrellas on this list are made from polyester or Oxford fabric with a high UPF rating, which ensures that harmful UV rays can't seep through and get to your skin. Look for a UPF 50+ rating, as seen in our best overall pick, the BeachBub All-In-One Beach Umbrella which is the highest possible rating of this kind.
Most frames are made from aluminum or steel, which are meant to be high-performance materials that won't wear down or rust over time. Aluminum is a lighter material, which can contribute to an option's portability. A few options feature fiberglass poles, like the Oileus X-Large Tent, which add stability to your beach shade against high winds.
Sand anchors increase the stability of your umbrella, especially on windy days. Basic sand anchors manually screw into semi-wet sand and can stand up to decently high winds. More heavy-duty anchors, like the sandbag that comes with the OutdoorMaster beach umbrella, further ensure that your umbrella won't fly away at the first gust of wind. We found that anchors like this were the most durable and effective, but if you don't live in a particularly windy area, you can get away with a simple sand anchor to keep your umbrella upright and perfectly positioned all day long.
Many of the umbrellas we love have additional features to add to the look or convenience of the product. Consider what features may make your life easier before purchasing one of your own. Some umbrellas have hooks on the canopy or pole for hanging towels or beach bags (think: the Aoxun beach umbrella); others have an attached cup holder to keep your cold drink out of the sun and sand, like our best with table option from Tommy Bahama.
Other features can increase portability, such as a carrying case or strap, which are great for families who travel a lot or don't live close to a beach. The actual design of the umbrella can also fall into this category. Many options on this list come in fun, bright colors or beachy striped patterns, which should also be taken into consideration when purchasing.
What size beach umbrella should I get?
First, you must determine how many people will be utilizing the beach umbrella at once. Most options we love are suitable for two adults to sit comfortably in the shade and fall into the 6-8-foot canopy range. If you have a larger family, consider a tent option or look for a larger canopy size. If you plan to use the umbrella solo, a smaller canopy size, such as the 3.5-foot clamp option from Sport-Brella, will work perfectly. Just note that it may not cover your entire body at once.
What is the best fabric for a beach umbrella?
Through our real-world testing, we found polyester and Oxford fabric to be the best material for umbrella canopies. When shopping, look for a canopy with a UPF 50+ rating, which is the maximum sun protective rating achievable for fabrics. This means that only 2 percent of ultraviolet radiation can penetrate the fabric and get to your skin. These materials are also waterproof or weather-resistant, so you'll also be protected during a surprise rainstorm.
What is the standard height for a beach umbrella?
Most beach umbrellas are between 6 and 7 feet tall. This may vary for tent or canopy options that assume you will be sitting under them. Umbrellas with clamps also come shorter because they're meant to be attached to a chair or golf cart that's already a few feet off the ground. Height becomes an important consideration when it comes to portability. Extremely tall options may be cumbersome and awkward to carry. Luckily, carrying cases and straps rectify this issue, no matter how tall your umbrella is.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Julia Fields, an associate editor for The Spruce, covering toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, interviews with experts, and more. For this article, she considered insights from weeks of at-home testing of over 20 beach umbrellas, evaluating them on portability, ease of use, durability, performance, and overall value. Using these insights and her own research, she compiled this list of exceptional options.
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