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The Best Umbrellas

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Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

  • Perfect combo of portability and protection
  • 5K+ positive Amazon reviews
  • Weighs less than a pound
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ShedRain WindPro Jumbo Compact Umbrella

  • Wide enough for two
  • Vented double canopy
  • Serious coverage but still portable
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Davek Elite Umbrella

  • Sophisticated stick style
  • High-grade fiberglass
  • Best warranty around
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Getting caught in the rain might be the perfect makings of a meet-cute, but IRL, it’s the least cute thing that could happen to you. Downpour defense is real. And for those of us who don’t live by the rules of our favorite rom-com, the easiest (and typically best) solution is the ol’ canopy on the stick — better known as an umbrella.

 

To find the best ones, we tested 20 top-rated umbrellas across three price points and waited for nimbostratus clouds to form so we could evaluate each umbrella on rain protection, portability, wind resistance, style, comfort, and ease of opening and closing. Was it a long, drawn-out process? Yes. Was it worth the water-logged socks? Absolutely.

 

Whether you’re in the market for a stick umbrella or something more compact, we discovered that the best umbrellas come with trade-offs. If you’re searching for something packable that you can stash in your bag, you’re gonna have to sacrifice some coverage. And if you never want to deal with a rogue umbrella clapping back in your face amid blustery winds, it’s worth considering going for the splurge.

 

Before you read on, we should note that we did not focus on golf brollies, which include umbrellas that have a straight 60-inch canopy diameter or more. Why? Well, we’ve been poked in the eye by oblivious golf umbrella toters on the street too many times; and beyond being cumbersome, golf umbrellas are too heavy and large for practical everyday use. Simply put? Golf umbrellas are for golf, period.

 

We still think you’ll dig our picks below. At the very least, a great umbrella is small enough to carry comfortably when not in use, but large enough to keep you dry when the rain hits. After almost a full year of putting umbrellas through light drizzles and rainstorms, here’s how our quest to find the best umbrella unfolded.

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Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

Starting from $23

The Details

37-inch canopy diameter

40-inch arc diameter

0.85 pounds

11.5 inches fully folded

Nine fiberglass ribs

Waterproof Teflon coating

Slip-proof rubberized handle

Auto open and close

Available in 11 colors

Lifetime warranty

What / Who It's Best For

  • Anyone ready to trash their corner-store umbrella for good
  • Nonconformists looking for a pop of color
  • People who want an umbrella that fits in most bags

Why We Love It

Within the under-$25 price range, you can score an umbrella that’ll keep you relatively dry, hold up against strong winds, and be deployed on the go with minimal frustration. It won’t be perfect, but it’ll surely be a better choice than the rubbish on a stick you bought on a whim and a prayer.

Meet our budget winner: the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella. At 11.5 inches fully folded, it fits snugly in just about any bag. It’s also a cinch to open and close, thanks to an auto open and (partially) close feature (“partially” because you still need to manually push the shaft down to fully secure the umbrella closed). Add up 37 inches of coverage — standard for one person — with minimal inversion mishaps in our testing, and you’re looking at a dependable rain cover that performs just as well as alternatives three times its price.

Best Umbrella Repel folded

This is the umbrella to toss in your bag in the morning (or to just keep there all the time if you live in, y’know, the Pacific Northwest), leave at your office, or store in your car for convenient coverage in spontaneous storms.

Now it’s totally fair if “budget umbrella” triggers visions of spiny metal carcasses. Since umbrellas rely on small mechanical parts that are prone to wear and tear, breakage is almost inevitable. While other brands in this price range offer (extremely) limited one-year warranties at best, Repel boasts a lifetime guarantee, no questions asked. Also no returns required. Basically? Find someone who stands by you like Repel stands by its umbrellas.

Best Umbrellas Repel rib construction

A good umbrella requires parts that can withstand the rigors of nature, and Repel’s nine-rib construction (the thin pieces that run along the underside of the canopy) is able to do just that. Mind you, that’s one more rib than the typical eight ribs you’ll find on most umbrellas. We tested the Repel on the rooftop of BuzzFeed’s New York offices on numerous windy days — waiting, praying for it to take its malevolent inverted form — but it hung open like a champ. When it did eventually invert in a later testing session, the ribs snapped back into place with ease. At this price point, we’ll take it.

Aside from durability, Repel outperforms other budget umbrellas in just about every way. Whereas other models sport handles that are either too small, thin, or flat to carry comfortably for the long haul, Repel features a grippy 2.5-inch handle that’s comfy for folks with large and small hands alike to hold without cramping.

Best Umbrellas Repel handle

To put Repel’s 37-inch coverage into perspective, that’s about the shortest diameter one person should use to keep the upper half of their body dry in a downpour. If you’re looking for more coverage and portability isn’t at the top of your wish list, you’ll want to check out the Totes Blue Line Auto Wooden Stick Umbrella. For about the same price as Repel, this classic umbrella offers a jaunty cane-style handle and a construction that feels seriously sturdy in the face of oppressive winds. With a 42-inch canopy, it provides even more coverage than our winner.

The Totes auto-open button is smoother than the Repel’s, and it made our testers want to break out into classic Rihanna every time they felt the canopy pop perfectly into place. It’s worth nothing that this larger umbrella doesn’t have an auto-close feature, which could inhibit you from easily collapsing it before entering your car, home, or the subway in a rush.

Best Umbrellas Repel

Between our budget range’s top two performers, your choice depends on how important it is for your umbrella to be totable inside your bag when not in use. If you prefer the extra coverage and you’re okay with hooking a slightly heavier umbrella onto your arm when it’s not raining, you might actually prefer our runner-up, especially if you want something that looks more expensive than it is. But for the rest of us, there’s Repel. It’s sturdy and comfortable to hold. The lifetime warranty is the best you’ll find at this price point. Plus, it’s available in more colors (11!) than you can shake an umbrella stick at. While other similar-looking umbrellas might tempt you with the promise of saving a few bucks (looking at you, Tadge and Bodyguard), make no mistake: Repel is the best budget-friendly option money can buy.

User Reviews

“I recently had to throw away an umbrella I just bought a year ago because it had broken. Since this one has so many things going for it, I bought it. I like that it is water-repellent, sturdy, and has a rubbery grip which is easy to hold. When you push the button to open it, it shoots right open! It's really nice and definitely worth the price so far!”
— Candice M Bowers From Amazon
“This umbrella is advertised as being quick-drying due to its Teflon coating. It is also advertised as being more rugged than its counterparts. The advertising is correct. Shake it off and you can immediately fold it back up. It is as easy to open/close/wrap up as any other pop-open umbrella I've used. It is heavier than its budget counterparts, but that's a function of having a more rugged construction.”
— C. Winton From Amazon
“I love this umbrella! Not only is it sturdy, it is also beautiful. Three of my friends are planning to purchase the same umbrella. Everyone loves the surprise of the blue skies inside when you open it. I live where it usually gets quite windy when it rains. I was tired of umbrellas becoming useless at the first gust of wind. I've already used this umbrella on a windy day and although the wind tried its best to turn the umbrella inside out, it stayed in tact.”
— Marcia From Amazon
“I was able to pack this umbrella in my suitcase with no issue since it’s so compact! It fit very nicely in my day bag, too. It worked well to keep the rain off me and it dried very quickly. The colors are bright and happy, so it made a rainy day not so bad. It has good balance and it’s not heavy at all!”
— Tylara From Amazon

Repel

A legit, low-priced protector

Where to buy

$23 at Amazon
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ShedRain WindPro Jumbo Compact Umbrella

Starting from $40

The Details

47-inch canopy diameter

54-inch arc diameter

Vented double canopy

1.1 pounds

15 inches fully folded

Eight fiberglass ribs

Waterproof Teflon coating

EVA cushion handle

Auto open and close

Available in two colors

Lifetime warranty

What / Who It's Best For

  • Couples who prefer to stay dry together
  • Dog walkers
  • Anyone who has to deal with pesky winds on the regular

Why We Love It

If you’re willing to spend double the price of our budget pick for the next level of handheld rain protection, we say DO IT! But only if you’re investing in the ShedRain WindPro Vented Umbrella — by far the best midrange umbrella we tested while navigating the murky streets of New York City.

ShedRain has been engineering umbrellas since 1947, and its WindPro defied our expectations. Notably, this umbrella manages to achieve the seemingly impossible by being compact when closed and jumbo when open. Yes, it’ll fit in your backpack or tote bag. No, it won’t fit in your purse. But measuring in at just under the size of a golf umbrella when open — 47 inches of coverage with a 54-inch arc — a couple can fit under this umbrella and stay dry. Think of the romance!

For an umbrella with such a massive canopy, the WindPro is lightweight, at just over 1 pound, only fractionally heavier than umbrellas with considerably smaller canopies. We should note that our pick has a smaller, more fashionable sibling, and though this one also performed well in our tests, the decision came down to the larger WindPro offering more coverage for your buck. Beyond its size, the WindPro features a vented canopy, meaning there’s a flap at the top of the umbrella to allow rough winds to escape.

Best Umbrellas ShedRain ribs

The added ventilation goes a long way in helping the WindPro from flipping inside out. And if it ever does (it did for us after a couple of severe gusts), all it takes is a push of the open/close button for the canopy to collapse back to partially closed. You’ll just have to retract the shaft all the way back down to open it up again, which is common for most umbrellas. Testers did report that the open/close function could be a little fussy at first, requiring more effort to push the button, but it’s a reliable system overall, even in a downpour.

While the WindPro may feel less sturdy than it actually is (our testers were ready to chuck this off the roof upon first inspection), it actually provided the best coverage during our testing, especially when the rain turned sideways. Even though the umbrella’s eight ribs are reinforced by a metal framework, its entire tension system is more flexible than rigid, which we conclude accounts for its exceptional wind resistance.

Best Umbrellas ShedRain

In terms of handling, the WindPro has a noticeable “give” or “bounce,” as one tester described it. That’s because the umbrella is designed with a spring tension system that keeps the canopy open. In fact, there is no other locking mechanism. The springiness of the shaft is a surprise at first, and it’s only in windy conditions when you begin to understand what it’s for. This gives the frame system a shock-absorbent quality that makes it even more resistant to failing in strong winds.

At 15 inches folded, the WindPro isn’t the smallest collapsible umbrella around. But it’ll fit in its fair share of bags, and the sleeve sports a plastic swivel clip for fastening to a D-ring. When it comes to actually using the WindPro for extended rainy conditions, our testers loved the soft foam handle, which many noted provided a more secure grip than the plastic handles you find on most umbrellas.

Best Umbrellas ShedRain folded

When compared with other umbrellas in its price range, the ShedRain WindPro won hands down without any serious competition. Sure, folks with flashier tastes will be disappointed by the lack of color options (see: our $ pick instead), but perhaps classic black or gray is right up your alley. Add ShedRain’s lifetime warranty, and this umbrella has you covered in more ways than one.

User Reviews

“My ShedRain WindPro jumbo umbrella arrived just in time to keep me dry during a very windy rain. My umbrella kept its shape while many people around me struggled with their inside-out umbrellas. The auto-open and -close feature is also very much appreciated. Love, love, love this product! I'll be ordering from this seller again.”
— BT From Amazon
“I've been using this umbrella for myself and my employees for the better part of the last 10 years. They get a lot of use (we are out and about every day, rain or shine), and they hold up better than any other umbrella we've tried, not to mention they are very large for how compact they are closed. In my experience, even the best of umbrellas will eventually wear after years of use, and these usually get replaced every three or four years. It just came to my attention that these umbrellas have a LIFETIME warranty. After finding that out, I sent two of them that we were having problems with back to ShedRain. About two weeks later, two brand-new umbrellas showed up. ShedRain really stands behind their products and I will continue to use and recommend these.”
— Dave K. From Amazon
“Great umbrella. I've had this umbrella for a good eight years now and I think it's been stolen from me three times, and I've replaced it every single time because there simply isn't another good umbrella that is large but can collapse into something that is small enough to carry around and not be cumbersome. I've never had a problem with it flipping open, ever actually. I've had it in NYC when there was a pretty windy storm and all of my friends' umbrellas were flipping except for mine. So they'd get under my umbrella while trying to unflip their umbrella. Also, I'm tall (north of 6 feet) and this umbrella helps keep my feet dry. Anything smaller and the bottom of my pants get wet.”
— Los Angeles Traveler From Amazon
“I never knew how much fun the mere act of opening and closing an umbrella could be until I got one that could. The open/close mechanism works flawlessly and frees up my hands for other things like groceries, keys, opening a car door, holding a phone, etc. The umbrella also wicks rain away easily. To reduce the amount of rainwater on my umbrella upon entering a building, I always grab the runner and rapidly open and close the umbrella to flick away the water. With other umbrellas, there would still be some moisture remaining, but with the ShedRain WindPro, it looks completely dry.”
— uxjulia From Amazon

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Superior coverage and wind resistance

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Davek Elite Umbrella

Starting from $149

The Details

44-inch canopy diameter

50-inch arc diameter

210-thread-count microfiber

1.6 pounds

35 inches fully folded

Eight fiberglass ribs

Fiberglass shaft

Top-grain leather handle

Available in three colors

Lifetime guarantee

What / Who It's Best For

  • People seeking the best in design and materials
  • Well-to-do professionals who want to arrive in style
  • Stylish folks who prioritize coverage over portability

Why We Love It

If you’re known to lose things, or if “luxury umbrella” does not compute, your best bet is to go with one of our lower-priced picks. But maybe you’re a fancy individual looking for a stupidly fancy umbrella. Maybe you’ve got a thing for genteel appearances. Or maybe you believe in the maxim “Buy once, buy well.”

If that’s the case, let’s talk about our splurgeworthy winner: the Davek Elite.

Best Umbrellas Davek Elite

Described by Davek as a “modern take on the classic cane umbrella,” the Elite is the kind of sophisticated parasol you’d expect James Bond to carry, sans the hidden claw spikes. What the Elite lacks in lethal spy weapons, it gains in being an umbrella that’s actually astonishingly delightful to use, from its smooth auto-open system (it notably doesn’t have an auto-close function, but you won’t miss it) to its 44 inches of coverage and high-density fiberglass construction that spans from the ribs all the way down to the shaft.

At this price point, you’d be forgiven for expecting a lot, and we’re happy to report that “a lot” is what you’ll get. The canopy is made with an incredibly thin yet strong 210-thread-count microfiber (“the tightest weave for umbrellas”) and treated with a water-repellent coating, meaning it fends off droplets like no other. The dense fiber count also accounts for the Elite’s quicker-than-average drying time of only 10 minutes. The hand-stitched handle features genuine top-grain leather, finished off with rustproof zinc alloy accents. It’s also worth noting that the cane-style handle is comfortably slender, and ideal for your best Gene Kelly impression. (Editor’s note: Singing in the rain is NOT covered by Davek’s warranty.)

Best Umbrellas Davek Elite

When you get to umbrellas over the $50 mark, you bump into brands peddling umbrellas with proud designs and lofty promises. Blunt is known for its rounded tips, which the company claims helps distribute tension for superior wind resistance. The cape-looking Senz umbrella is aerodynamically built to withstand gusts up to 70 mph without batting a rib. As eye-catching as these canopies are, they both failed at the one thing an umbrella should be able to do: keeping you dry. The price-to-coverage disparity for these high-design rain covers is just too wide for us to recommend widely.

Davek, on the other hand, has both style and substance. In other words: It’s the umbrella you take home to meet the parents.

Where the Davek Elite earns its keep is in its fiberglass frame. In our testing, the eight-rib system offered the right balance between rigidity and flexibility. Take a look at where the shaft and canopy meet, and you’ll see why. Whereas your typical umbrella has tension springs that connect each single rib to the shaft of the umbrella, the Davek’s system is made of all fiberglass that’s reinforced by stainless steel rivets. This eliminates moving parts known to fail or break. Plus, it works like a charm. When the umbrella inverted during intense wind gusts, it recovered with ease and grace.

Best Umbrellas Davek Elite frame

The Elite isn’t the only Davek umbrella we tested, but it was certainly our favorite. The Davek Mini, the brand’s cheapest umbrella at $50, is a true pocket-size wonder, but its portability comes at the expense of coverage (34 inches). The Davek Solo fared better, deserving honorable mention as the top compact umbrella in the $$$ price range. At $115, it’s still certainly a crazy-expensive umbrella, but at the very least it offers 37 inches of coverage. For comparison, you can get the same amount of coverage without all the fancy fixins in the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella, our budget pick.

If you’re not willing to spend over a Benjamin on an umbrella but wondering what you can get that’ll give you comparable coverage to our winner, our $$$ runner-up is Certain Standard. The Seattle-based brand hits hard on style, offering its umbrellas in two sizes (we tested the large Wallingford umbrella) and a variety of colors to suit different tastes, each with a hand-stitched canopy, an accent panel, and a complementary shaft color. Just know that these umbrellas don’t come with a carrying sleeve, and the cork handle can get a little cumbersome during extended use. That said, they look helluva a lot cuter than any other umbrella we tested.

Best Umbrellas Davek

At the end of the (rainy) day, throwing down more money for an umbrella doesn’t necessarily mean better performance. For everyday use, all of our picks will perform juuuuust about the same at keeping you dry. But here’s the true value: Davek will keep you dry for seasons to come. With the durability of its materials, this umbrella will simply last longer. And if it doesn’t, you’re backed by Davek’s “Forever Guarantee,” which includes unconditional replacement and repairs, plus up to 50% off a new umbrella if you lose it. If you want something extra — perhaps hand-stitched with luxurious finishings, and/or a statement piece crafted with style and attention to detail as the main priority — the Davek Elite deserves your attention.

User Reviews

“Top-of-the-line product. I bought six of these to fill my umbrella stand and everyone remarks on the quality of them. Six out of five stars from me!”
— Chad Majweski From Amazon
"Best umbrella on the market. Able to withstand the most powerful winds in NYC without turning inside out as the cheaper umbrellas do. It's well worth the extra money.
— Mark Lindsay From Trustpilot
“I bought the blue J-handled umbrella. Nice size and strength. The craftsmanship and quality is unsurpassed. Love the leather handle and the blue color. Very sturdy. I just wish it would come in more colors than blue, black, and copper, like they do with their travel umbrellas. Yellow, pink, and purple would be nice.”
— AJ From Amazon
“I have been using it for the last nine years. This is the first umbrella that lasted this long in my household. Strong and sturdy.”
— Penpun's From Amazon

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Rain protection for fancy occasions

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