How easy is it to choose an umbrella? Is it only the size and color that matters? Have you thought about the handle style? In this article, we will discuss the various types of umbrellas, the sizes available, and how there is a significant difference in the extent of convenience each type offers.
When you shop online, you will be presented with hundreds of options. We have done the hard work for you. Choose from our list of top 10 best umbrellas featuring the finest products from popular brands Sun Umbrellas, Popy, John's, and more.
Tesla 3 Fold
Compact Automatic Travel Umbrella
Clear Bubble Umbrella
Upside Down Reverse Umbrella
3D Unicorn Design Umbrella
Silver Coating Offers UV Protection
Ten Fiberglass Reinforced Ribs Can Withstand Powerful Winds
Double Canopy Prevents the Umbrella From Inverting
Wooden Ferrule With Plastic Tip for Walking
Large Canopy Can Protect Your Backpack and Luggage Too
With a Length of Just 16cm
See Through Bubble Umbrella for Rainy Seasons
Prevents You From Getting Wet
For Those Who Love Floral Designs
For Kids 3 to 10 Years of Age
|Price Starts at||₹369.00||₹699.00||₹849.00||₹555.00||₹805.00||₹639.00||₹4,087.00||₹699.00||₹475.00||₹599.00|
|Type||3-fold||3 fold||Double canopy||Straight||Golf||5-fold||Bubble/Birdcage||Reverse umbrella||3-fold||Straight|
|Automatic/manual||Auto open and manual close||Auto open/close||Auto open/close||Auto open||Auto open||Manual||Manual||Auto open||Manual||Manual|
|Canopy diameter||41 inches||41 inches||38 inches||46 inches||52 inches||40 inches||-||43.7 inches||37.5 inches||27 inches|
|Frame material||Steel||Fiberglass reinforced ribs||Steel||Metal with wooden tube||Fiberglass reinforced||Steel and aluminum||Aluminum||-||Fiberglass||-|
|Handle type||Regular||Ergonomic handle with rubberized grip||Ergonomic||J handle||Regular||Regular||J handle||C shaped||Regular||J handle|
Here is a carefully curated list of the various types of umbrellas available to buy online. You can find products from popular brands like Sun Umbrellas, Popy, John's, and more that include almost all the features that we've mentioned above.
|Automatic/manual||Auto open and manual close|
|Canopy diameter||41 inches|
|Canopy diameter||41 inches|
|Frame material||Fiberglass reinforced ribs|
|Handle type||Ergonomic handle with rubberized grip|
|Canopy diameter||38 inches|
|Canopy diameter||46 inches|
|Frame material||Metal with wooden tube|
|Handle type||J handle|
|Canopy diameter||52 inches|
|Frame material||Fiberglass reinforced|
|Canopy diameter||40 inches|
|Frame material||Steel and aluminum|
|Handle type||J handle|
|Canopy diameter||43.7 inches|
|Handle type||C shaped|
|Canopy diameter||37.5 inches|
|Canopy diameter||27 inches|
|Handle type||J handle|
Along with the most commonly found models, like the straight and foldable umbrellas, we will introduce to you some lesser-known varieties. Learn about the benefits of various types of umbrellas, including how they act as a proponent of your fashion sense, the level of protection they offer from the sun and rain, and more.
Depending on the kind of convenience you prefer and your fashion sense, you may choose from various umbrella types that vary in size, shape, and design. Find out more about them in the sections below.
Aren't all umbrellas foldable? Yes, they are. But "foldable" is the label given to an umbrella whose ribs (part of an umbrella stitched to the canopy and gives the canopy its shape) can fold multiple times, effectively reducing the overall length of the umbrella. The idea behind owning a foldable umbrella is portability.
Umbrellas whose canopy can fold twice is called a 2-fold umbrella. The most common model in the market is the 3-fold umbrella. If portability is of utmost importance, you can try products like Popy nano, which is a 5-fold umbrella that has an overall length of just 16cm when folded. That's just one centimeter more than the standard ruler kids use at school!
As the name suggests, a double canopy umbrella has two layers of fabric. But one is smaller and is on top of the other with space in between. A double canopy umbrella allows wind to pass through, thus preventing an umbrella from inverting.
But don't worry about getting wet. The smaller canopy overlaps a small part of the bigger one, preventing water from entering. Umbrella inversion puts stress on the ribs and the joints, which can cause them to break. A double canopy umbrella prevents that, thus increasing its longevity.
A bubble umbrella or a birdcage umbrella has a canopy that looks like half a sphere. Your head will literally be inside the dome-shaped canopy, unlike other umbrellas! Because of the bubble design, it is almost impossible for even strong winds to invert the umbrella. Your torso also has a lesser chance of getting wet compared to a person holding a regular umbrella.
Bubble umbrellas are usually transparent, with some models having minimal designs. But you will definitely be able to see what's in front of you clearly. Bubble umbrellas also make a fashion statement as it goes well with your rainy season style. Since they are transparent, bubble umbrellas don't offer any UV protection.
Umbrellas come in different sizes. But what makes a golf umbrella stand out is the unusually large canopy size and long handle. The standard canopy diameter of a golf umbrella is 50 to 60 inches. You can fit more than one person inside. If you carry backpacks or luggage, a golf umbrella can offer more protection from the sun and rain compared to regular ones in the 40 to 45 inches range.
Companies that make golf umbrellas tend to emphasize their UPF rating too. Apart from that, there is nothing special about golf umbrellas other than making it easy for us to search for oversized umbrellas. A search query for golf umbrellas is more likely to present you with results featuring umbrellas in the over-50 inches category.
An inverted or reverse folding umbrella folds outwards, unlike all other types that fold inwards (as you already know!). The inside of the canopy, which is the dry part, comes outside when you fold a reverse folding umbrella. When folding a regular umbrella, you may end up getting wet as the water droplets already on the canopy may splatter on you.
A reverse folding umbrella keeps the water droplets inside. You don't have to worry about the floor or the carpet in your office getting wet from dripping water, which can happen with other types. When you get home, you can open the umbrella and set it to dry.
Canopy size is a matter of personal preference. For example, a person with broad shoulders and carries a backpack may require an umbrella with a large canopy to protect themselves and the backpack from getting wet.
Some companies mention the umbrella arc size (the measurement of the canopy curvature), while others mention the diameter of the canopy. It's the diameter that will give you a clear picture of the size of the umbrella, as arc size can vary from one umbrella to another.
The standard umbrella diameter is 40 inches. It is suitable for one person and may protect your backpack from getting wet. If you want an umbrella for more than one person or you usually carry bulky luggage, try going for about 52 inches.
The pole that extends from the handle is called the shaft. Ribs provide support for the canopy, which is the fabric that protects us from the sun and the rain. A runner is a piece that moves along the shaft. The stretchers connect the runner to the ribs. When you push the runner up, the umbrella unfolds.
What matters the most are the materials used to make the shaft, canopy, and ribs. Nylon and polyester are two commonly used canopy materials. Both are resistant to abrasion and dries quickly, but nylon is stronger than polyester (better tear resistance). Pongee is a Chinese fabric and is more expensive than nylon and polyester. Since the fabric is tightly woven, raindrops easily slide off from it.
The choice of materials for the shaft includes steel and aluminum. Steel is strong but can rust easily. Aluminum is lightweight but could bend when used frequently during strong winds. Since inversion is one of the prime causes of umbrella damage, you can find fiberglass or fiberglass-reinforced ribs being used. They bend and return to the normal state but won't break.
There are two types of automatic umbrellas. Ones that open and close with the press of a button and the others that open automatically but require you to close it manually. When you close a manual umbrella, there is a chance that you can splash the water droplets on yourself. Trying to close a manual umbrella while getting into a car can be difficult too.
The automatic closing option is convenient in such situations. Remember that auto close only folds the canopy. You still have to push the shaft in and lock it manually. Auto opening umbrellas are useful when you have luggage in one hand.
You just have to extend your hand and press the button to open it. Read the product description carefully to find out if an umbrella offers both auto open/close or just auto open. During our research, we came across many reviews where customers mistakenly bought an auto open-only umbrella when they wanted both auto open and close.
If you are looking for an umbrella that will serve you in the rain and the sun, look for a silver coating. It works by reflecting the harmful UV rays of the sun. Silver coating is usually found on the inside of the umbrella, but you can find ones with silver coating on the outside too.
Umbrellas come with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) too. It is a rating system that shows how much UV protection a piece of fabric can offer. In this case, the canopy of the umbrellas. UPF 15 and 20 offers 93.3% - 95.8% protection, 25, 30, and 35 offers 96.0% - 97.4%, and 40, 45, 50, and 50+ offers 97.5% - 98.0% protection.
UPF rating is not that popular in India, so you will find many silver coated umbrellas with no UPF rating. But if you have vitiligo or sun allergy, we recommend buying an umbrella that mentions the UPF rating, like the John's SUNBLOCK UPF 50+ umbrella.
An umbrella with an ergonomic handle will be long enough for our palm to wrap around comfortably. It will also have a rubber coating that helps us grip the umbrella, even if it is wet. Umbrellas meant to be portable usually have small handles. This reduces the space it takes and also the weight.
Two of the most popular styles are J-shaped and C-shaped handles. J-shaped handles allow you to hang the umbrella on a rod. It is usually seen in straight umbrellas. Older people will find a J-shaped handle easy to hold while using the straight umbrella as a support for walking. You can find walking stick umbrellas with handles shaped exactly like that of a walking stick too.
A C-shaped handle allows you to rest the umbrella on your wrist while you open your backpack or purse or handle money. Then there are the fancy handles, for example, Katana sword handle, shotgun stock handle (Popy 007 is an example), etc. They are usually meant for kids and are rarely available online.
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What do you expect from an umbrella? Just protect you from sun and rain or add to your style too? An umbrella can do both. If you want one just for you, a 40-inch umbrella will do just fine. But if you own one that is larger, like over 50 inches, you can help your family or colleagues in need too.
Find out the build materials to get an idea about the quality of the umbrella and judge if it is worth the price. You may also choose from various types like bubble, reverse folding, etc., and consider the handle style based on the provisions for storing umbrellas at your home or office.
Author - Arun F Xaviour
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