Umbrellas are notoriously unreliable. Who hasn't had to wrestle an inside-out umbrella in the middle of a downpour? Or, was left ducking under a droopy canopy? So understandably, it can feel risky to buy a compact umbrella, in which quality is frequently sacrificed for size. But the best pocket umbrellas — ones that are not just picked up from the bargain-bin at a corner store — really can withstand not only water but wind, too.
Of course, you'll want to find a model with a good, waterproof canopy and strong frame that will not only protect you from the rain but will also be able to withstand a little wind. But it's also vital you find an umbrella that's easy to wield. Can you open and close it quickly? Is it light enough that you don't mind carrying it around with you?
You should also consider how the umbrella will be stored when it's not in use, too. If you plan to keep a pocket umbrella in your bag and don't want it to get all of your other purse goodies soaking wet, then get yourself a model that comes with a waterproof case.
And finally — though umbrellas are traditionally bought to keep you dry — you might want to keep UV protection in mind. If you ever do want to use an umbrella to stay cool and prevent a sunburn, you'll be glad you did.
It's a lot to look for, but we've already done the searching for you. These top-rated pocket umbrellas check off all the above boxes, and some of them are beyond cute, too.
1. This Super Small Pocket Umbrella That Is Stored In A Capsule Case
2. This Cult-Favorite Umbrella That Can Withstand Winds Up To 60 Mph
This may not be the smallest umbrella on the list (it's 11 inches long when collapsed), but it does have thousands of glowing reviews on Amazon. According to the company, this compact umbrella has been wind tunnel-tested and can withstand gusts up to 60 miles per hour. And even if this umbrella does turn inside out, it won't break thanks to its memory-flex frame.
3. This Cute Umbrella With UPF 50 Protection
4. This Pocket Umbrella That Comes With A Discreet Case
5. This Super Strong Silk Umbrella That's Ultra-Lightweight
Constructed with a super strong silk, this umbrella is just a durable as the double-canopy style umbrellas but weighs even less. Plus, this travel umbrella has an automatic open and close button, so you can immediately protect yourself from unsuspected rain and rapidly wrap up your umbrella as soon as you reach your destination.
6. This Brightly Colored Umbrella That Has A Huge Canopy
This travel umbrella has windproof fiberglass ribs, a weatherproof canopy, and an ultra-convenient automatic open and close button. It may only fold down to be 12 inches long, but it opens up to be a whopping 42-inch canopy. It comes in seven colors to choose from that range from rainbow to black. Since it has more than 1,000 stellar reviews on Amazon, it's safe to say that this 12-inch umbrella is a winner no matter which color you pick.
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