Best Umbrellas in 2020 (April Reviews)

The best umbrellas provide outstanding protection, keeping you dry during a light drizzle and torrential downpours. Rain should be quickly expelled upon contact, leaving your clothes untouched to leave you unscathed for your next date, meeting, or special event. Our evaluation focused on frame durability, water repellency, crook vs. straight handles, compact vs. fixed shaft models, weight, ease of use, and wind gust resistance with no danger of folding inside out.

After more than 10 hours of research and testing, our top pick goes to the AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Small Compact Umbrella With Wind Vent. It offers a clean, double canopy design with a 38” diameter from rim tip to rim tip, easily covering two full-sized adults for outstanding wind resistance. A push-button opens and closes the umbrella in less than 2 seconds, and a soft-grip handle is comfortable to hold for extended periods. When folded, it reduces to an ultra-compact size of only 11 inches long to fit comfortably in a purse or handbag, enclosed in a slip-on sleeve when not in use. Keep reading to learn more about the AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Small Compact Umbrella With Wind Vent and six others that met our criteria.

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The Davek Alert Is An Umbrella You Can’t Lose
The Davek Alert Is An Umbrella You Can’t Lose
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KAZbrella Closes the Right Way, and Your Umbrella is Wrong
KAZbrella Closes the Right Way, and Your Umbrella is Wrong
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Backpack Umbrella
Backpack Umbrella
Sometimes we wonder where Hammacher Schlemmer gets their inspiration for designing products. But in the instance of the Backpack Umbrella no pondering needed as the product clearly takes a cue from Inspector Gadget. But unfortunately unlike the cartoon character it doesn’t eject from your head, but a back pack and…
Coffee Loving Umbrella
Coffee Loving Umbrella
Who ever put the cup holder in the car probably burned the sh*t out of their crotch – talk about an ‘ah-huh’ moment.  I’d like to think the same type of inspiration came to Jung-Woo Lee when designing the Coffee Loving Umbrella.  And if you have ever lived any where…
Lighted Safety Umbrella Keeps You Dry & Well-Lit
Lighted Safety Umbrella Keeps You Dry & Well-Lit
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The Dualbrella: Two Umbrellas In One
The Dualbrella: Two Umbrellas In One
Really?  Seriously?  But yes, I’m afraid so – someone has finally built the Dualbrella.  It spans 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep insuring that it covers you and your partner in the most inclement of weather.  Just make sure you dodge those big wind gusts otherwise you might find…
The Shouldbrella Is The Third Hand You Never Had
The Shouldbrella Is The Third Hand You Never Had
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Polite Umbrella Morphs Upon Yank (video)
Polite Umbrella Morphs Upon Yank (video)
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Umbrellas That Transform When They Get Wet
Umbrellas That Transform When They Get Wet
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Cut The Rain Out Of Your Day With The Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella
Cut The Rain Out Of Your Day With The Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella
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Listening In The Rain: Personal Speaker Umbrella
Listening In The Rain: Personal Speaker Umbrella
Oto-Shigure looks like a regular Japanese umbrella carved in bamboo and oil- paper. Looks can be deceiving, however, as this umbrella leads a double life as a personal speaker system with a built-in amp and four vibrating motors integrated on its edges. Read on whether it is raining or no.
Umbrella Drying Takes A New Form With The Rain Wipe (video)
Umbrella Drying Takes A New Form With The Rain Wipe (video)
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Umbrella Sports Built-in Screen, GPS and More
Umbrella Sports Built-in Screen, GPS and More
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Unbreakble Umbrella Will Beat Your Ass (video)
Unbreakble Umbrella Will Beat Your Ass (video)
[GR]bO8G5zsQohg[/GR] You won’t believe your eyes, but this guy ‘tight ropes’ the umbrella (I’m talking all his weight), slices a watermelon in half in one swing, and beats the piss out of a heavy bag. Apparently the Philippines President’s secret service carry these things. Available here for $160. [Hight3ch]
Forecasting Umbrella with LED now Available for Purchase
Forecasting Umbrella with LED now Available for Purchase
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