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Best Beach Umbrellas

Updated on February 2, 2015

Get the Best Beach Umbrella

Summer is here and that means lots of outdoor time, and sunshine. Get the best beach umbrella now to shade you at the beach and on the sidelines of sporting events. A good beach umbrella will protect you from harmful UV rays, while keeping you cooler than being in direct sun. Beach umbrellas now come in assorted sizes, colors, and even shapes, including tent style umbrelllas or sun shelters.

How to Choose the Best Beach Umbrella

Choosing a beach umbrella is something that should be done with some forethought. Not only does a beach umbrella provide you some relief from the heat of direct sun, but it also will provide protection from harmful UV rays. Here are some things to consider before purchasing the best beach umbrella for your family.

Size Consider how many people you hope to shade with your umbrella. A 6ft umbrella will generally shade two people in chairs. An 8ft umbrella will normally comfortably shade 3 people side by side in chairs, with additional coverage for a child in front, or the coolers.

Color Pretty bright yellow umbrellas, or wispy white ones may look beautiful, however, they will not provide very much shade nor lower the temperature of the shade. Darker colors will provide a better, cooler shade.

Shade Coverage A larger beach umbrella will will provide more coverage, however a tilt umbrella will give added shade throughout the day as the suns rays change.

Stability Beach umbrellas come in different qualities. Look for a strong, sturdy poles, strong ribs to support the umbrella, and for wind resistance, look for vents at the top. Venting beach umbrellas, especially large one, is very important to reduce the possibility of it blowing over and down the beach. This is a big safety concern.

Ease of Use First of all you have to carry it from the car to the beach, so be sure that it comes in a bag with a sturdy carrying handle, and that it is a size you can manage. The best beach umbrellas are very easy to assemble, usually involving two pole parts, then simply pushing up the umbrella to an open position. It should also have an easy to press release button, and tilt control.

8 Ft Beach Umbrellas

Eight foot beach umbrellas are a handy size to shade two people easily and even more. Due to their larger size they also minimize how often you have to change positions to stay in the shade. The Rainbow 8' is the best umbrella that we have ever purchased.

Rainbow 8' Beach Umbrella with Carry Bag, Umbrella UPF 50+ with Tilt - Fiberglass Ribs
Rainbow 8' Beach Umbrella with Carry Bag, Umbrella UPF 50+ with Tilt - Fiberglass Ribs

This is the best beach umbrella we have ever bought... and we have gone through many. We have now had this umbrella for at least 3 or 4 years and it still works great! It has 16 ribs for stability, it has a top section to let some air out to minimize tipping, 3 tilt positions, strong pole and best of all it is large. LOVE this umbrella! This is a large, durable umbrella that comes with it's own fabric carrying case.

 

Don't forget beach accessories, like a beach umbrella anchor, the best beach cooler, or a great beach blanket!

"The Best Beach Accessories"

6 ft Beach Umbrellas

6 ft Solar Guard Dual Canopy Beach Umbrella - UPF 150+ Wind / Water Resist
6 ft Solar Guard Dual Canopy Beach Umbrella - UPF 150+ Wind / Water Resist

The extra canopy allows for better air flow, allowing warmer air, and gusts to escape, thus cooling the air under the umbrella and minimizing tipping. Fiberglass ribs make for a more durable umbrella.

 
Rio Beach Deluxe Sunshade Umbrella with Valance (6-Feet, Sunset Stripe)
Rio Beach Deluxe Sunshade Umbrella with Valance (6-Feet, Sunset Stripe)

Sturdy steel pole with tilt. SPF 100 sun protection.

 

Do you need a great beach chair?

Check out the latest styles and colors at

"The Best Beach Chairs"

Tent Style Sun Shelters

These are modified beach umbrellas to meet the needs of providing shade from the sun, but also providing wind or rain protection as well. These work well with families with babies or very young children that will benefit from added protection from the wind and blowing sand. They are also much less likely to blow over with gusts of wind, since they are usually anchored, and you store your things in the tent, adding weight to the base.

Sport-Brella XL Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella. 9-Foot Canopy. Blue.
Sport-Brella XL Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella. 9-Foot Canopy. Blue.

Opens to 9-Feet wide for plenty of shade from the sun, either at the beach or the sidelines. With side flaps for added shade, and tethers for stability this is a great shade option.

 
Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy
Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy

Measuring 48"x48" x 84" this tent style beach shelter comes with 3 mesh windows, 4 weight/sand bags for stability, and durable fabric.

 
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter, Blue
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter, Blue

Set up and take down this quick pitch cabana-style tent easily and quickly. Protecting your from the sun, wind and rain. One of the top-rated tent style beach shades.

 

The Best Umbrella Anchor - Less Effort Too!!!

This lightweight yet extremely durable material just made dealing with beach umbrellas and wind so much easier. Use the bag to tote items to the beach, then you can use it to anchor your umbrella from the wind. Simply put your umbrella pole into the bag, through the bottom hole and into the sand. Then fill the bag with up to 50 pounds of sand to provide stability for your umbrella. It also has a strap to hook up into your umbrella to stabilize it from the top. The Shade Anchor has mesh pockets and zippered pockets to allow storage for other items as well. Even if your umbrella manages to blow over, it won't be going anywhere.

The Shade Anchor could also be used to anchor other inflatable toys as well.

Ostrich Shade Anchor Bag
Ostrich Shade Anchor Bag

The shade anchor bag is available in a variety of colors too!

 

Shade Anchor - Check it Out

What is your favorite beach activity?

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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Nice lens! I prefer a big beach umbrella :)

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Definitely sitting under the beach umbrella -:)