If you’ve got an umbrella sitting in the back of your closet or trunk of your car, there’s a good chance that you just bought it without putting a whole lot of thought into it. That’s perfectly reasonable if you’re only planning to use it every once in a blue moon, but if you’re someone who gets places by walking or you’d like to be able to use your umbrella more than a handful of times before needing to throw it away, the purchase should be considered a little more carefully.
Lucky for you, we’ve taken all of the research and guesswork out of the process – Meet 7 umbrellas that will get you through whatever type of weather Mother Nature happens to throw your way:
Repel Easy Touch – $22
If you just need something that’s going to be able to get you back and forth from the car on a drizzly day, this is the umbrella for you. It’s small, dependable, and comes in simple black which is guaranteed to match any outfit. You might spend a little more on this baby than you would on, say, a dollar store umbrella, but it comes with a lifetime warranty that more than makes up for the price hike. In fact, it’s so worth the price that The Wirecutter named it their #1 choice of 30 different umbrellas. Don’t take my word for it though, reading the Amazon reviews should seal the deal for you. Check it out here.
AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella – $11
If you really couldn’t care less about a lifetime warranty on your umbrella and/or you’re prone to misplacing them anytime you use them, this slightly less expensive option might be more up your alley. It only comes in black, but that shouldn’t be an issue since black goes with everything. It’s also super compact and shrinks down to a minuscule eleven inches long when closed. When it’s time to use it, just hold on to the soft-grip handle firmly and press the handy button – It really doesn’t get any easier than that, does it? Get it here.
GustBuster Doorman – $65
When the wind is generally as much of a problem as the rain is, you need a heavy duty umbrella that’s going to be able to do some extra lifting. This one fits the bill. Though it’s a little more expensive than nearly every single other umbrella on this list, it also features a patented windproof technology that allows the gusts to pass through the canopy while still keeping you dry. Oh, and it’s a whopping 68″ around which means you won’t have to deal with the front of your legs getting wet either (Just remember not to step in any puddles, it can’t help you out there). The lifetime warranty is just a fringe perk at this point. See just how amazing it is here and get one for yourself.
Crown Coast Umbrella – $22
This umbrella is windproof up to 60MPH, so – unless they’re out on a golf course or have no choice but to walk in bad rain storms – it’s probably more than enough for the average person and is quite a bit cheaper than the one above. That said, you need to keep in mind that this one doesn’t have the patented technology and is more likely to break. It does come with a lifetime warranty though, so you can weigh the pros and cons yourself. It also happens to come in a myriad of colors so you could just buy a bunch of them and never have to worry about it, your choice. Take a look.
Davek Mini – $49
This might just be the tiniest umbrella on the market. It’s not exactly a frugal purchase, but it’ll keep you dry and – at just seven inches long when it’s closed – it’s so compact that it can be taken with you just about anywhere. According to the website, it can be stored in a clutch, your pants pocket, or any other compartment. It also comes with what’s called an ‘unconditional lifetime guarantee’. There’s just one condition though – You’re not covered if you lose the itty bitty thing. Check it out here.
Blunt XL – $100
Golf style umbrellas are gaining popularity off the course, and for good reason – They’re larger, they’re generally more comfortable to hold, and they’re remarkably good at shading you from the harshest summer sun. The rounded corners help prevent accidental stabbings while you get used to the extra size (this baby clocks in at 54 inches!) and it functions just as well at the beach as it does during the storm. Learn more about the brand and get one here.
Totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella – $20
If you’re into the traditional look but don’t want to have to spend an arm and a leg to get it, this umbrella might be more your thing. The auto-open feature lets you shield yourself immediately from any unexpected downpour, it handles quite well in the wind, and the nifty wooden handle will remind you of the umbrella you used to hide underneath with your grandpa. Start reminiscing immediately when you click here.
Any one of these umbrellas would do a fantastic job of keeping you dry when the weather suddenly pulls a 180, but there’s no way we’ve seen them all – What type of umbrella do you use to shield yourself from everything Mother Nature throws at you? Let us know in the comments section below.