Best Beach Umbrella

Getting some sun is a great way to increase your vitamin D intake and experience an array of health benefits. However, it’s important that you protect your skin to ensure you don’t potentially damage it and compromise your health. The journal JAMA Dermatology recommends using more than one sun safety strategy at a time, and a beach umbrella can provide the protection you need from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

What is a beach umbrella?

A beach umbrella is a large umbrella that can provide portable shade and sun protection. It can make outdoor activities more enjoyable by protecting you from the sun, so it’s a must-have for any avid pool and beach goer.

Top Beach umbrellas

beachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella System (includes BUBrella, beachBUB Base & Accessory Kit)
  • Are you fed up with getting on your hands and knees to twist in the umbrella anchor or digging a deep hole only to have your umbrella tip over or fly away? Do you feel like every beachgoer is watching and giggling while you struggle to put up your umbrella and are you finished with running after your wind blown umbrella? Finally, beachBUB USA has solved these problems so you can enjoy a stress free day at the beach. 
  • Approved for all beach goers who struggle with their Beach Umbrella. Recently endorsed by the American Life Guard Association ” The ALA has always been concerned about the serious hazards of Fly-Away Beach Umbrellas caused by unpredictable breezes along the coastlines, and we feel beachBUB offers a unique and easy solution that will prevent many injuries and even saves lives in the long run”. 
  • Wind tested to 35MPH. Sits on top of the beach like a Patio Umbrella stand that sits on a deck. No deep holes to dig or twist screw used. Just fill it with sand. Our umbrella can be tilted all the way to the ground. Tilt the whole setup and then repack the base with sand so that all 3 sides are taught. 
  • Check out “Wind Test’ and “How To” videos on beachBUB. com. Easy to transport with it’s extra large carry bag, padded strap and handle. Umbrella and base weighs less than 9 lbs (Gallon of milk or 12 pack of your favorite beverage) and base folds up to the size of a paperback book. Base weighs 120lbs when filled with sand.
  • The beachBUB ™ 3 year PROTECTION PLAN: You loose it. You Break it. They’ll Help to Replace it. Your BPP is good even in the event if your umbrella is damaged if it tips over due to not filling up the base completely. Included with your purchase at no additional cost.
Tommy Bahama Sand Anchor Beach Umbrella

Amazon’s #1 best-seller in patio umbrellas, the Tommy Bahama Sand Anchor Beach Umbrella is one of the best umbrellas on the market. It features special aluminum undercoating to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. It also has a wind vent and a sand anchor to secure your umbrella with a simple twist.

This comes with a tilt and telescoping pole and is available in a range of colors. It is recommended by NY Mag and has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.

Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella

This portable umbrella kit has everything you need for a day at the beach, beginning with the Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella, which is more than your average beach umbrella. It’s more like a beach umbrella, sun tent, and rain shelter in one. It provides instant shade and sun and weather protection. It can be set up like a dome or canopy in seconds.

The lightweight, durable eight-foot canopy umbrella provides oversized coverage without restricting your view. With UPF 50+ maximum sun protection, it blocks 99.95% of UVA/UVB rays. The large canopy has side panel zippered windows for additional ventilation, internal pockets, and an adjustable pole for stability. It is made of durable, water-resistant 210-D polyester that won’t rip or tear. It is supported by 4.5mm steel ribs and a 5 mm steel stretcher, allowing it to stand up to windy conditions. It features added tent flaps for additional protection from rain and wind, and stakes and sandbags for extra security.

This is available in two colors and includes a carrying bag, three tie-down cords, and eight steel ground stakes for extra stability on windy days. It is recommended by NY Mag and The Sweethome and has outstanding online reviews, including over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

EasyGo Beach Umbrella

The heavy duty Rainbow EasyGo Beach Umbrella provides as much shade as a tent. The canopy beach umbrella is height adjustable thanks to a three-hole locking adjustment and double-sided locking pins. It provides extra sun protection thanks to silver UV coating on the inside of the umbrella.

The heavy duty pole system and 16 fiberglass ribs provide additional durability and protection. The weatherproof polyester cover with vented canopy can stand up to wet and windy conditions. It has a lightweight, rust-free pole with height adjustment options and easy push button tilt adjustment to maximize shade.

This includes a carry bag and a heavy duty screw to easily anchor into the ground for maximum stability. It has outstanding online reviews and is also backed by a 30-day refund policy.

Frankford Steel Commercial Grade Beach Umbrella

The Frankford Steel Commercial Grade Beach Umbrella easily lifts with a manual push-up device, so you can start enjoying the beach right away. The sturdy, industrial-type canopy umbrella is heavier than standard umbrella fabrics, so it works well in windy conditions. The umbrella’s rib pockets are triple layered to prevent tearing. It features 5 mm zinc-plated steel ribs and stainless steel springs. The durable solution-dyed marine grade acrylic fabric has less chance of fading. It also has UPF 50+ for superior protection from the sun.

This comes with a carry bag and an ash wood pole. It is available in a wide range of designs and colors. It is frequently recommended online by publications like NY Mag. It is also backed by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty and the fabric is guaranteed against fading for five years.

Coolibar UPF 50+ Titanium Beach Umbrella

The Coolibar UPF 50+ Titanium Beach Umbrella can keep you up to 15 degrees cooler in the strongest sunlight. The lightweight, sturdy nylon umbrella offers UPF 50+ sun protection. The outside also reflects UV rays, while the underside absorbs UV rays. The patented double-canopy design has a mesh insert for optimum ventilation. It is made from water-repellent, durable nylon fabric. The heavy duty noncorroding aluminum frame with manual tilt adjustment has lightweight fiberglass ribs and spreaders for additional stability.

This is easy to tote and collapses small. It includes a carrying case and is available in two colors. It is also recommended by Good Housekeeping and is highly reviewed online.



  1. Wing

    Finally I can say good-bye to either the flimsy umbrellas my friends bring and the rental ones that charges you an arm and a leg at the shore. One time investment and this should last me for a while. Thank you so much for posting this as it’s shore season and this definitely comes in handy.

    Look forward to other reviews soon!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it will last a very long time 🙂

  2. Jeanetta

    Hello Leah Rae,
    This is really good information, especially since we are heading into the summer months and will be visiting the beaches a lot. Thanks this will come in handy this summer.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Jeanetta. It really is a great beach umbrella! Hands down the best and easiest to put up.

  3. Surrounding Beauty

    Hi there.

    Nice article on the best beach umbrella. This would definitely come in useful for my next beach holiday. The beach umbrellas provided by resorts are always occupied by other tourists, owing one will help to solve the problem. However, I do foresee bringing a beach umbrella on vacation to be a hassle since it takes up some much space!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      True, but we take it as carry-on and have the flight attendant store it for us, so not a big deal. Then we have it and don’t have to rent one!

  4. Winny

    Hey there,

    Very interesting topic on umbrellas,

    I personally like it since I come from Thailand and I often went to beaches. Your information you have provided is very useful for me and others and want to take vacation at the beaches.

    I also like your pic and the color you chose 🙂 Normally blue stands for security and guarantee, but in your case it represents holiday and relaxation.

    Great job 🙂

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      And who doesn’t like holiday and relaxation, right? Enjoy!

  5. ahmed

    wow this is for sure one good gadget i can grab for my family. It will make life easier for me as my wife and kids can go to the beach on their own with out the need for me to go to do the umbrella. thank you very much

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’re welcome, it really is truly a great umbrella for the beach!

  6. ComfyCat


    This umbrella looks great. We always have problems with sun protection whenever I go to the beach with my family and I often tend to burn, sometimes regardless of the sunscreen that I use. It’s well-priced too. I might consider it for our next beach trip. Thanks for the suggestion.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Your welcome! Yes, we love it because I love to keep my face in the shade. My son also likes to sit/play in the shade, so it’s perfect!

  7. Nelson

    Awesome article on the Umbrella beach system. Something to consider when my family and I go on our next vacation. thank you for sharing this with us. What I like is that its not expensive at all.
    what exactly does it come with?

    thanks again for tip and maybe I buy from you soon.
    look forward to more articles from you.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Everything you see in the picture except the chair and table 🙂 So the umbrella, the umbrella pole, the beachBUB (the part that holds the umbrella up), shovel and the carrier 🙂

  8. Emma

    WOW! This solves so many problems! I am never strong enough to get our umbrella deep in the sand, I would love to have something so easy. Thanks for the review!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Emma, this is the best beach umbrella ever, hands down. I am surprise that you can actually buy them on Amazon as the company site shows them out-of-stock. Thanks for looking!


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