After 18 hours of research evaluating 104 products, we picked Tommy Bahama 6.5 ft Fiberglass Beach Umbrella as our top choice.
Ah, the sun, sand, and sound of waves crashing. Sounds pretty much like a dream.
But your perfect day at the beach can go from dreamy to dreadful if you don't have the right beach equipment. Especially one of the best beach umbrella products, to keep you shaded when things get too hot.
Suntans appear after the sun's rays have already killed cells. UV rays can also cause eye problems, wrinkles, skin spots, and skin cancer.
The good news is:
You can bring a beach umbrella and wear sunscreen. You'll find that beach umbrellas are pretty handy. They protect your belongings and they keep you (and your cooler) shaded when you've had enough sun.
We want you to be prepared (and safe). So we researched and created a list of the absolute best beach umbrellas out there.
If a sunny beach day is in your future, check out our list. Oh, and if you need a beach chair to lounge in, we have those covered too.
Provides all-day shade. Very durable, reviewers state this tent holds up for years. Plus, it's quick and easy set up.
There are no windows on the sides of the tent so it can get a little hot inside.
The Coleman Beach Shade is made with UVGuard Material that provides 50+ UPF protection from the sun. This pop-up beach tent measures 23.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches.
What we love about this product is its all-day shade protection. Unlike other beach umbrellas, once this is set up, it can remain in the same place all day and provide full coverage from the sun's harmful rays.
This beach tent comes with ground stakes, set up guidelines, sandbag compartments, and is extremely lightweight - weighing in at 6.3lbs.
It takes about 5-10 minutes to initially set up and stays standing all day long. With an extended floor, a dry line to hang towels/swimsuits, and integrated storage pockets, this tent is perfect for everyday beach use.
The product is constructed of well-made Polyguard material that is designed to hold up season after season. The sandbag pockets assure that this tent won't blow away on those windy beach days.
Currently, this product is on sale - making it an absolute bang for your buck. You get ultra sun protection that is made for easy setup, comes with extra storage, and has plenty of space for your everyday beach needs.
Stands out in style with a vividly-colored canopy. Has 50 UPF protection and tilt pole at an affordable price.
Has the tendency to flip inside out in windy conditions.
This beach umbrella provides a good amount of coverage for a more affordable product. The Amsun will provide 7.5 feet of shade keeping your skin safe and protected from UVA and UVB rays. It's 140G polyester blend canopy will provide you and your family 50 UPF protection.
One thing we love about this beach umbrella is the push button tilt pole. This feature provides a 60-degree bilateral tilt that will keep you out of the sun all day long.
Since the Amsun doesn't come with anything fancy, it's fairly lightweight at just 4lbs. This makes set up and take down really easy.
Storing it is also easy thanks to the matching carrying bag that fits everything. When folded, this umbrella measures at 45 inches (or just under 4ft) so it should have no problem fitting in your car or trunk.
This umbrella has a polyester canopy with a rust-free aluminum support pole that breaks into two parts. The pole has a pointed end that you twist into the sand. These features not only keep it stable, but also resistant to sun and rain.
Unfortunately, the Amsun doesn't hold up quite as well to wind. Although it stays put in the sand, the canopy tends to flip inside out on windy days. So, if you're going someplace windy, you might want to think about another product.
At less than $40, this beach umbrella is a total steal! It’s just what you need to stay shaded during your next beach day.
A UPF 50+ beach umbrella that doubles as a tent. Has a large, 8-foot canopy with side zippered windows and wind flaps.
Full-size chairs don't fit well underneath. Low beach chairs do though!
If you dread going to the beach and getting fried by the sun, you're going to want this UPF 50+ protection umbrella. The Sport-Brella will provide an impressive 8-feet of shade keeping your skin safe and protected from UVA and UVB rays.
This umbrella also features side panels for even more coverage.
The SportBrella is known for being easy to set up and take down. Storing it is also easy thanks to the bag that fits everything.
The included storage bag is a little over four feet long, so it isn't going to fit in the bottom of your suitcase. It will fit into most car back seats or trunks with out any issues. It also has a strap so you can sling it over your shoulder leaving your hands free for coolers, beach chairs, and whatever else as you walk down to your favorite spot. It's nothing fancy, but it works.
This umbrella weighs a little on the heavier side at 9lbs. But it's nothing you can't handle, right?
This umbrella is made from 210D polyester, with a center support pole and steel ground stakes. These features not only keep it stable, but also resistant to sun, rain, and wind. The polyester fabric is both UVA and UVB resistant and easy to clean.
The center support pole is relatively skinny. This is actually ideal since it allows you to push it into the sand better. For added stability, this umbrella comes with eight steel ground stakes and three tie down cords.
$60 is a bit of a high price to pay for a beach umbrella but it's worth it for this one. It's easy to use, built to shade multiple people, and will stand up to rain, wind, and sun. It'll give you many happy days at the beach.
The sand-filled base keeps the lightweight beachBUB firmly anchored in the sand. Stands up to 35mph wind.
Can be bulky and heavy to be toting to the beach.
Although this product doesn't provide the most sun protection, it does have a UPF 50+, 7.5 ft canopy.
he beachBUB umbrella comes with the umbrella, a folded up base, a shovel, and a wrench. Everything can be easily stored inside the extra large carrying bag.
As a bonus, the carrying bag has a padded strap and handle. So your shoulder won't be left with those painful red marks from carrying it.
This beach umbrella weighs in at just under 8lbs. Which isn't the lightest one we've seen. But it's also not the heaviest.
This umbrella is by far the sturdiest umbrella on the beach. The secret? Most likely the patented, pyramid shape base that you fill with sand.
It sits on top of the sand like a patio umbrella stand that sits on a deck. There are no deep holes to dig or twist screw used. Just fill it with sand to keep it firmly anchored. beachBUB even gives you a shovel to use that can be stored in the carrying bag.
When filled with sand, the base of this umbrella weighs 120lbs which can withstand up to 35 mph winds.
But it's not just the base that makes this umbrella so stable in high wind. The structure of the umbrella itself is heavy duty with thick beams on the underside. A cheap umbrella will turn inside out in a high wind, no matter how stable the base is. This one will not. The beachBUB really is one of the most stable beach umbrellas out there.
The beachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella System is much more expensive at $150. So yes, you can spend $30 on cheaply made umbrellas that you can expect to replace regularly, or $150 on this umbrella... once. It's a no brainer.
Keep in mind that although expensive, the beachBUB comes with a three-year replacement protection plan.
A 6.5 ft diameter beach umbrella with 100+ SPF UV protection, durable polyester fabric canopy, and sand anchor. The one position tilt feature allows you to move the canopy for custom shade.
This umbrella has a slight difficulty in stronger winds and may flip inside out. It will stay put in the sand though.
One thing that sets this umbrella apart from the rest is that it has SPF 100+ sun protection and 6.5 feet of shade. Now, that's impressive.
Another great feature of this umbrella is the tilt option. It allows you to maintain shade as the sun changes position. It's also possible to adjust the height for more or less shade, too.
The Tommy Bahama umbrella comes apart into two pieces and easily stores in the shoulder bag each time. The umbrella, which comes with a polyester carrying case, is available in four different color combinations, including a red stripe, blue/white stripe, and green/blue stripe.
As a bonus, this umbrella weighs only 4.3 lbs (with the carrying bag included). It's lightweight and small enough to be stored easily at home or in your car. Plus, you'll be able to carry it along with a cooler and maybe a few beach chairs, too.
We also love that this beach umbrella has an accessory hanging hook to keep everything (towels, camera, bags) free of sand.
This umbrella is made from 300D polyester which is thicker than most beach umbrellas. The polyester fabric is both UVA and UVB resistant and easy to clean.
The pole is a 32mm diameter, aluminum pole that breaks down into two pieces. It's also rust resistant, so you don't have to worry about it getting wet either.
For added stability, the Tommy Bahama beach umbrella has an integrated sand anchor at the bottom of the pole. This holds your beach umbrella pole firmly in the sand.
It screws into the sand or turf with a simple twist, and makes your umbrella much more secure. Not to worry though, it's easy to set up. The sand anchor makes it quick and simple to stand this umbrella up in under a minute. A wind vent, located on the top of the canopy, increases the umbrella's stability, too.
$60 is somewhat high for any typical beach umbrella, but not for the best (and lightest) one out there.