Most people have bought an umbrella (or several) without putting any thought into the purchase. While some are made to be disposable, there's something to be said for a good umbrella that'll hold up in even the harshest weather.
Here are seven to consider that can meet any need or budget.
If you want a small, simple, and dependable umbrella that's relatively inexpensive, take a look at the Repel Easy Touch. It's consistently well-reviewed by Amazon customers, and was after testing more than 30 different umbrellas. They were especially impressed by the umbrella's durability for the price and its lifetime warranty.
If you're prone to misplacing umbrellas and want an even more inexpensive option than the Repel Easy Touch, you can always go with Amazon's Automatic Travel Umbrella. It only comes in black, but it's light and compact (just 11-inches long when closed) and has a soft-grip handle with simple push-button operation.
GustBuster's umbrellas have developed a fairly solid reputation, thanks to their double-canopy design for surviving a windy day. The Doorman offers an ample 62 or 68-inches of coverage in a classic design. As we found, however, the umbrella can take some effort to open, and that traditional wooden handle may not hold up as well as other materials in the long run.
This umbrella from Crown Coast is another inexpensive choice that's a favorite and also comes with a lifetime warranty. It's also a good choice if you want to make sure your umbrella doesn't blend in since they have 26 different colors and patterns to choose from.
It's not cheap, and it won't give you as much protection from the rain as most umbrellas, but at just 7-inches long when closed, the Davek Mini is more than compact enough to take with you just about anywhere. That price also includes what Davek describes as an unconditional lifetime guarantee, which will cover faulty umbrellas but, unfortunately, not lost ones.
While most will understandably prefer a small, collapsible umbrella for everyday use, there is also a place for larger golf-style umbrellas beyond the golf course. At $100, the Blunt XL certainly isn't cheap, but it impressed us in our tests a few years back, and its rounded tips make it a particularly good choice for anyone who wants a big umbrella (a 54-inch diameter, in this case) but is wary of using one on crowded sidewalks.
Totes' umbrellas are widely considered a good value umbrella, and the company's Auto Open Wooden Stick model is as a solid choice for anyone who prefers a more traditional style umbrella. It'll give you plenty of protection from the rain and promises not to let you down when the wind picks up.