Between making sandcastles with your kids, swimming in the ocean and soaking up the sun, there's nothing better than a warm day at the beach. While a little vitamin D is always nice, it's important to protect your skin, wear sunscreen and give yourself shade when you need it.
If you're spending this season hanging out by the beach or lake, it's time to invest in a sturdy beach umbrella. And to help make your research for the best beach canopy easier, we compiled a list of some of the top-rated and most durable beach umbrellas on the market. Many of our picks are made with UPF 50+ material which helps protect against UVA and UVB rays.
From heavy-duty beach umbrellas to pop-up beach tents, there's bound to be one sunshade on our list that will work for you and your family.
Best beach umbrellas, according to shoppers
"This 6.5 foot beach umbrella is as good or better than any we saw on the beach," a verified shopper said about this affordable pick from Amazon. Made with a UV-resistant polyester fiber, eight heavy-duty ribs and an adjustable tilt design, you'll feel good knowing you're getting the most sun protection underneath the shade. It's also designed with special vents to promote airflow and eliminate any worry of your umbrella blowing away.
Designed with a stylish teal mermaid scale pattern, this umbrella provides plenty of sun protection with its large canopy spanning over five feet in diameter. Its pole also features a 155-degree tilting range and a pointed end to get your umbrella into the sand easily.
If you're weary of trusting your umbrella to stay in place through sea breezes? This option comes with a heavy-duty sand bag that provides a stronger anchor for winds up to 40 mph.
For a smaller, single-person option, consider this clamp-on umbrella made by the same brand. It offers UPF 50+ protection and can adjust to any angle thanks to a 360-degree swivel design. Plus, it’s easy to carry since it packs away in a convenient carrying case.
The Rio beach umbrella provides maximum sun protection with a tilt feature for all-day coverage. It also comes with a built-in sand anchor for extra security and includes a carry bag for easy portability.
This adorable umbrella is a fave amongst Wayfair shoppers and it is clear why. With a colorful flower pattern and an auger screw tip poll to secure it in the sand, this is a great beach umbrella option. Eight strong fiber glass ribs support the canopy for extra durability.
This Nautica canopy provides up to seven feet of coverage and has an undercoating to protect against UV rays. The carrying case makes it easy to transport and the two-way tilt allows you to adjust the umbrella to your liking.
This Amazon's Choice beach umbrella will make your next outing more enjoyable. It’s lightweight, durable enough to withstand high winds, budget-friendly and folds down into a compact carrying case. Plus, it comes in a variety of cool colors and patterns.
This fun-patterned beach umbrella not only protects you from the sun and heat but weighs only 3.5 pounds so it is perfect to take on-the-go. Made with a tilt mechanism, you can be on the beach from sunrise to sunset all while staying cool.
Add a pop of color to your beach day with this beach umbrella with nearly 1,000 five-star ratings. The extra-large design can withstand the heaviest of winds thanks to its fiberglass structure and ventilated top.
If you're constantly worrying about your umbrella blowing away at the beach, this Aoske canopy is a good pick. This beach umbrella is designed with a pointed prong anchor that guarantees sturdiness no matter how windy it gets.
If you are looking for an easy option to bring to the beach or sporting events, this recliner is a must-have. This chair can be put in three back positions and includes a foot rest and removable umbrella.
Easy to set up and carry around, this umbrella also features a thickened steel pole and 16 sturdy fiberglass ribs to make sure your umbrella is stable and durable. At the top are air vents to add additional stability and facilitate air flow.
This canopy umbrella takes sun protection to the next level with side panels for extra coverage. Whether you are at the beach or a sporting event, this canopy will protect you and your family from the sun, rain and wind. For hots days, this umbrella also includes wind flaps for ventilation and airflow.
This top-rated pick from Wayfair features a hexagon canopy that's water-resistant. The simple design is available in a dozen colors and has a screw on the bottom to help secure it once you've picked your place on the beach.
Made out of fade- and weather-resistant fabric, this top-rated Tommy Bahama beach umbrella will stay the same color the entire summer season. "Its metal ribs and top venting system provide the most effective design we've found to withstand winds up to 20 mph," one shopper said about how high-quality it is.
The BeachBub umbrella system is unique because it doesn't require a screw-in anchor. Instead, you just fill the base with sand (which takes a couple of minutes) to ensure all sides of the pole are secure. Then, just sit back and relax!
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This article originally published on June 18, 2020.