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The 10 Best Umbrellas to Keep You Dry in Rotten Weather

It’s the thing we lose the most, and the thing we need most when Mother Nature is less than friendly.

Staff, Courtesy of LifeTek

Most people buy an umbrella (or several) and give the purchase little thought beyond its color. There's something to be said for a well-made umbrella that'll hold up in heavy rain and other harsh conditions, and won't need to be tossed after two or three storms—an environmental bonus to boot. Whether you're looking for a compact mini umbrella for your backpack or a traditional full-size umbrella with a wooden handle, read on for our top recommendations.

What to Consider

Chances are you’ve already decided on compact versus full-size and automatic versus manual. Drilling down further, some automatic umbrellas have a mechanism that opens and closes the canopy. One of our picks even rights the canopy if it accidentally inverts. Think about the handle style that best suits your needs, as there are J-shaped and straight options for both full-size and compact, and the umbrella’s weight.

There are a few umbrella terms to know: the shaft is the pole that connects the handle and canopy, and ribs comprise the frame that supports the canopy. A ferrule is what tops the shaft, which is typically a cap for telescopic umbrellas and a pointed metal tip for traditional full-size umbrellas. Keep in mind that the canopy size measures the arc from end to end, not the width when the umbrella is opened.

How We Chose

All of the umbrellas we write about below have an average customer rating of at least 4 stars, and the majority of our choices are rated 4.5 stars and up. We feature a range of umbrella styles and sizes, and include options across multiple price points, from value buys to high-end ones worth splurging on if you want to treat yourself or need a last-minute gift or stocking stuffer.

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Editors' Choice
Repel Windproof Automatic Umbrella
Repel Umbrella
$26.95 (29% off)

Key Specs

  • Type: Compact automatic
  • Canopy size: 42 inches
  • Closed length: 11.5 inches
  • Number of ribs: 9

If you want a simple and dependable automatic umbrella that's relatively inexpensive, take a look at the Repel Easy Touch. 

More than 30,000 reviewers give it an average 4.6 stars, and it features a fiberglass frame with nine resin-reinforced ribs, a vented canopy that’s Teflon-coated to repel water, and a rubberized nonslip handle. It’s also fairly lightweight, at just under a pound, and has a wrist strap.

Best Compact Value
LifeTek Windproof Automatic Umbrella

Key Specs

  • Type: Compact automatic
  • Canopy size: 42 inches
  • Closed length: 11.5 inches
  • Number of ribs: 9 

This compact automatic umbrella’s nine tri-fold resin-reinforced ribs are designed for extra wind resistance and quick opening and closing. At just under a pound it won’t weigh don’t your bag, and the umbrella also features a Teflon-coated canopy to repel water, plus offers excellent UV protection, with a 50+ UPF rating to block up to 97 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. 

Best Full-Size Value
Strombergbrand Vented Urban Brolly

Key Specs

  • Type: Full-size automatic
  • Canopy size: 41 inches
  • Closed length: 35 inches
  • Number of ribs: 8

Fine quality and attention to detail is what makes this handsome umbrella a standout. For starters, unlike many traditional umbrellas with wood frames, this brolly is automatic, featuring a gold button just above the handle. 

It’s crafted from maple hardwood, with eight handsewn panels comprising the vented 41-inch-wide canopy, and eight ribs with faux-wood finish plastic tips, plus the ferrule has a protective black plastic cap. The umbrella also comes with a protective sleeve.

Best Splurge
Davek Solo Automatic Umbrella

Key Specs

  • Type: Compact automatic
  • Canopy size: 43 inches
  • Closed length: 11.75 inches
  • Number of ribs: 9

It's not cheap, but if you want a stylish high-end travel umbrella, look no further than Davek. There’s a single with three automatic functions to open, close, and turn the umbrella down if it inverts. 

Other highlights among features includes a canopy with a water-repellent finish, a steel shaft, and a genuine leather wrist strap. 

Another major plus is that every Davek umbrella comes with a unique loss-prevention number, which will get you 50 percent off a replacement. It comes in a gift box, perfect for a stocking stuffer or last-minute present to slide under the tree.

Best With Wooden Handle
Totes Auto-Open Wooden Stick Umbrella

Key Specs

  • Type: Full-size automatic
  • Canopy size: 48 inches
  • Closed length: 36 inches
  • Number of ribs: 8

Totes has been around for more than 50 years making umbrellas that offer great value. 

This 48-inch canopy model is a solid choice for anyone who prefers a traditional umbrella with polish. It opens with the push of a button and features a dark-wooden handle, shaft, and chrome-tipped ferrule. It'll give you plenty of protection from the rain and promises not to let you down when the wind picks up and more than 2,800 customers give it an average 4.8 stars. 

Best Oversized Double Canopy
Double Canopy Extra-Large Automatic Umbrella
$29.99 (12% off)

Key Specs

  • Type: Full-size automatic
  • Canopy size: 68 inches
  • Closed length: 43 inches
  • Number of ribs: 8 

This oversized 68-inch umbrella is large enough for two adults and two kids to stand under. It features a double canopy with a wind vent on all eight panels, an alloy steel shaft, plus it automatically opens and closes with a large button just above the handle. It’s also fairly lightweight for its size, at about 1.6 pounds, and offers good UV protection, with a 50+ UPF rating.

Best for City Dwellers
Blunt Metro Automatic Umbrella

Key Specs

  • Type: Compact automatic
  • Canopy size: 38 inches
  • Closed length: 14 inches
  • Number of ribs: 6

For city dwellers, getting caught in a major downpour can feel like being thrown in the ring, fighting the elements block by block. 

This umbrella from Blunt is exceptionally well constructed and designed with the urbanite in mind. It's been tested to handle 55 mph wind and has a 360-degree spinning canopy, plus each of the six ribs has an additional double strut for an extra-strong frame. 

There's also a wrist strap and the umbrellas come with matching sleeves. Another plus: It only weighs about 11 ounces. 

Most Comfortable Handle
LifeTek New Yorker Automatic Umbrella

Key Specs

  • Type: Full-size automatic
  • Canopy size: 54 inches
  • Closed length: 37.5 inches
  • Number of ribs: 8

Features for this full-size automatic umbrella checks boxes across the board, but it’s particularly notable for its  handle, designed with a comfortable, ergonomic grip. At the top of the handle, the umbrella’s automatic-open button is well-placed within a thumb’s reach and there’s an eye-catching silver cap at the bottom. 

Other highlights include a Teflon-treated canopy with protection to block up to 97 percent of the sun’s UV rays, a fiberglass shaft, and a strong eight-rib frame to hold up to wind.

Most Compact
Mini Umbrella with Case
$11.04 (33% off)

Key Specs 

  • Type: Compact manual
  • Canopy size: 40 inches
  • Closed length: 7 inches
  • Number of ribs: 6 

This compact manual umbrella—only 7 inches long when closed and a lightweight eight ounces— is available in black in nine lovely solid hues, and comes with a waterproof zippered case. 

The umbrella features a silver aluminum shaft, six rust-resistant fiberglass ribs, and a wrist strap, plus there’s an extra layer of UV coating to block 99 percent of the sun’s harmful rays.

Best for Kids
Totes Kids Bubble Umbrella

Key Specs

  • Type: Full-size manual
  • Canopy size: 38 inches
  • Closed length: 26 inches
  • Number of ribs: 8

A bubble umbrella is a smart pick for kids because it gives them a full view of what’s in front of them. This one from Totes gets an average 4.6 stars from more than 8,400 customers, available in colorful solids and fun prints. 

It features a 38-inch canopy, an alloy steel shaft, and eight ribs with protective rounded tips and an opening mechanism that won’t pinch little fingers.

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