Ideally when we head off on a holiday, we are looking for sunshine and certainly not for rain. That said you can never be 100% certain about the weather. It is always useful to have a good quality travel umbrella, and that is what we will be reviewing in this article.
Travel umbrellas are handy for city breaks, weekend breaks or just for general purpose use. They are always useful to have if travelling in the UK & Ireland, and are also very useful if you travel to Europe or other International destinations, when a thunder shower can happen at almost any time.
As you can imagine there are hundreds of umbrellas made by a wide selection of popular travel brands. That is always a good thing as it helps keep the price down, thanks to the competition. However it also means that it can be difficult to make the right choice.
How To Pick the Right Travel Umbrella for You?
When we asked people how they went about picking a travel umbrella, broad opinion divided into 4 main camps:
- Those who would just not bring an umbrella, and would buy one in their destination when they got there
- Those who wanted a good quality umbrella, that they could keep just for travelling
- Those who would buy a good quality umbrella and use it both at home and abroad
- Business travellers who always like to have a high quality umbrella at hand and is also light and easy to pack
All those positions are of course completely valid and understandable. When most UK travellers go abroad they are almost always heading for the sun, and the last thing they are considering is any requirement for an umbrella.
However travel has widened and now many people head off for City Breaks, long weekends or even for a winter holiday. People also travel a lot more at off peak times as travel at those times is usually cheaper.
Personally I seldom think about the need for an umbrella and have been caught a few times. I then end up buying one of those cheap €5 umbrellas from a street trader, that usually lasts for a couple of hours.
My wife on the other hand prefers to have an umbrella, mainly to stop her hair from becoming frizzy when the rain hits it. I have given up on trying to understand that, and she is happy to take an umbrella, if she thinks there is a possibility of rain or snow showers.
We do check the weather and if there is a potential for wet weather, then she packs her brolly
Top 5 Travel Umbrellas by Buyer Rating
Just below you will find what we believe to be the top 5 travel umbrellas that are currently available on the UK market.
No 1 Choice – Compact “Dupont Teflon” Fast Drying Travel Umbrella
By a long distance, this is the best selling travel umbrella that is currently available in the UK. This one is available in black (shown to the left), army green, grey, navy blue, pink, red, white and yellow.
The first thing that you should know is that this umbrella comes with a lifetime guarantee.
It has an automatic open and close function, so can be put up and won using just one hand. It measures 11.5″ long and weighs less than 1 lb.
It is a folding umbrella which makes it easy to pack into purses, briefcases, backpacks, luggage etc.
What makes this umbrella so reliable is its construction. This one has a 9 rib construction compared to the standard 6 rib construction. This one also uses fibre glass ribs rather than aluminium ribs and that means it can withstand gusts of wind, without it getting damaged or turning inside out.
It is Teflon coated meaning it is water repellent and waterproof. It also dries quickly.
It has a chrome plated black metal shaft, and strong metal frame to allow for greater stability in high winds. The handle is a rubber style which is good for gripping and also has a wrist strap which allows for easy carrying. It does come with a protective travel sleeve.
Thousands of online buyers have rated this travel umbrella with an excellent 96% buyer satisfaction rating, and that puts it right at the top of our list.
No 2 Choice – Ergonomad Windproof Vented Double Canopy Travel Umbrella
The disadvantage of this one is that it only comes in a black colour. It does however have a non-slip handle with a thick wrist strap
It opens and closes by using a single button auto open & close function.
It also folds and measures 12.5 inches long and weighs less than 1 lb.
This Ergonomad umbrella has 9 resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs that flex slightly and also has a vented double canopy design (similar to high-end golf umbrellas). That feature allows the wind to pass through between layers to withstand powerful gusts without it turning inside out.
It is also water repellent as it is Teflon coated. Like any good umbrella the Ergonomad Travel Umbrella comes with a product lifetime replacement warranty and 90-day 100% money back guarantee. If anything goes wrong with your umbrella, their UK-based customer service team will send you a replacement for FREE,
No 3 Choice – Balios Travel Umbrella Review
At number two on our list is this wooden handled umbrella from the Balios brand. This one also has a very high buyer satisfaction of 94%, and like the one above, this umbrella has also sold in its thousands.
This particular umbrella is 14″ long and weighs just under 1 lb in weight (395 grams) When opened it has a 39.4″ covering which is ideal for full rain protection.
This is a high end British brand so very good quality and very well made.
It also has a one button open and close feature, and the handle is made from genuine wood adding a little sophistication to the umbrella.
The frame on this one is made from steel with fibre glass ribs, and uses a very fine fabric which offers full protection, but also dries very quickly indeed. In addition to that small vents are included in the frame design. Those allow the wind to blow through, and that also speeds up the drying process.
Balios also offer a lifetime guarantee. They will send out replacement absolutely FREE with NO limitation -unlike other brands with LIFETIME GUARANTEE which will only supply one replacement max per purchase. This is their commitment to excellence and the mark of British heritage.
No 4 Choice – EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella Review
This one comes in red (colour shown), dark green, charcoal grey, jet black, navy blue, pink, yellow, caffe latte polka dots, marsala, oreo polka dots and salt and pepper polka dots.
This is used by frequent travellers and by outdoor walkers where you can’t avoid really bad weather. This is a vented double canopy umbrella, so will never turn inside out, and dries extremely quickly.
Like the one above the frame is made of steel and uses fibre glass ribs for a fully supported framework. The black metal shaft has also been strengthened and will not break or rust.
It folds up to an 11″ size which can easily slip into a purse, bag and even a pocket. The umbrella opens and closes with the click of a button.
Like the others on our list this EEZ-Y also comes with a lifetime guarantee. They will replace free of charge, give you a refund and there is no need to send the umbrella back either.
No 5 Choice – AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella with Wind Vent
Although this is a more basic design and only available in a black colour, it is still a good umbrella for travelling. This umbrella has received a customer satisfaction rating of 88%. That is not as good as the others but it is cheaper.
This one does have a wind vent which prevents it from turning inside out, and the canopy opens and closes at the tough of a button.
As the name would suggest this does all of the basics that any umbrella should and it is very well made. There is a soft grip handle and a wrist strap.
The brolly itself is made of durable steel and polyester and measures 28 cm long (11″0) when closed and 98 cm in diameter when fully opened.