How to choose a beach umbrella?

In addition to the towel, the fridge, and the sun cream, the canvas beach umbrella is another one of those essential complements if we want to enjoy this summer of the beach with the highest quality and, above all, protection against ultraviolet rays. There are dozens of models, sizes and colors in our Alcampo hypermarkets, but which is the best option? Here are some tips and recommendations for you to choose the ideal umbrella for your beach vacation.

Just as not all umbrellas are the same, not all beaches have the same characteristics. It is important to know the use that we will give to the umbrella. For the beach it is always better not to choose the XL version. Pulling it will mean unnecessary overexertion. The ideal for the beach are the medium umbrellas, perfect to give full shade to two people who are placed underneath.

If you are a large group of friends or family, remember to bring an umbrella for every two or three people at most. This is essential, especially if we are going to spend the whole day at the beach, being of vital importance to avoid being in the sun at the central hours of the day, that is, from 12 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. Even so and under the protection of the umbrella the use of sunscreens is always recommended.

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How to choose a beach umbrella?

If you ask yourself this question when you go to buy it, remember that the right size is one that allows you to cover the entire body with shadow. Ideally, an umbrella is neither too big nor too small, it is about protecting you and that you can move or lie down without fear that the head or legs can sunbathe and burn you. The maximum recommended size of umbrellas is 1.60 to 2 meters in diameter. It is also important that two people are not required to carry the umbrella. Always look for your comfort.The general dimensions are as follows:
beach umbrella size

What Material Of Umbrella Should I Shop For?

The umbrella canopy is the overhead material that directly protects and shades you from outdoor elements like UV rays and precipitation. The canopy also adds significant aesthetic value to your outdoor space. There are many different types of materials specially made to combat the harsh conditions of the outdoors, each with their own unique set of traits that will complement different lifestyles and locations:

The Frame:

Common umbrella frame materials include wood, aluminum, and fiberglass. Each of these materials carries a unique aesthetic and has both advantages and disadvantages.

The Wood:

Wood umbrella frames can include teak, eucalyptus, or other treated hardwoods. Frames made from wood materials are often favored for their natural, classic appearance. Many wood frames (such as those constructed from teak) are naturally repellant to moisture, insects, rot, and other damage, though their color may change over time with exposure to the elements if left untreated. Today, these umbrellas are available with tilt, pulley, or crank mechanisms, making them comparable in terms of functionality to aluminum and fiberglass options. Wood umbrellas are commonly treated with a protectant to maintain their integrity and appearance over time. Wood umbrellas are not as flexible as fiberglass umbrellas, making them poorly suited to extremely windy conditions. They are also not as strong and durable as aluminum umbrellas and can snap much more easily.

The Aluminum:

While aluminum umbrellas may lack the same richness in the appearance of wood umbrellas, there are many advantages to purchasing an aluminum umbrella. Aluminum is a lightweight, low-maintenance material that is available with most features in a variety of finish and color options. Highly durable, aluminum umbrellas are very unlikely to break or snap no matter the weather conditions, and aluminum umbrella frames are commonly treated with a powder coating that makes these umbrellas resistant to corrosion and other signs of wear. Aluminum umbrellas tend to be very affordable and long-lasting, making for a great investment in your outdoor living space.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass umbrellas are most popular in very windy environments. Fiberglass is a reinforced plastic that is made up of glass fibers embedded in resin. The unique material is highly pliable and bendy, meaning fiberglass umbrella ribs will not splinter or snap in most weather conditions. Fiberglass is considered up to 30% lighter and four times more durable than other umbrella models. These umbrellas tend to run more expensive, but their impressive durability can easily offset any heightened purchase costs. It is not uncommon to see umbrellas with aluminum poles and fiberglass ribs, a design that merges the best of two materials.

How to choose the beach umbrella frames?

What fabric Of Umbrella Should I Use For?

Umbrella canopies are almost always made of fabric, a cloth material. In recent years, advances in technology have allowed for highly durable canopy options that are resistant to moisture, sun damage, and other sources of wear. Canopies can typically be dyed a wide range of colors, including striped and other patterned designs.


  • Polyester fabric is naturally hydrophobic, meaning it dries faster than other materials. Ideal in rainy environments, polyester is durable, strong, and chemical-resistant. This material can be solution-dyed almost any color.


  • Oxford fabric specifications are usually 210D, 420D, 600D. It is wear-resistant. The first two are used more often in beach umbrellas. Oxford fabric with silver coating also has very good sun protection.



  • Canvas is divided into polyester canvas, polyester cotton canvas and cotton canvas. Polyester cotton canvas is widely used in beach umbrellas. The price is affordable and the softness is suitable. The fabric of our tasseled beach umbrella is canvas. very popular.

Umbrellas with UV protection

The umbrella consists of two parts: the stick and rods, usually made of aluminum or steel, the latter being more resistant to strong wind gusts and some models even have a curved stick to facilitate nailing it in the sand of the Beach. In addition, the canvases serve as parasols and are usually made of a durable, resistant and repellent material to water, dirt and mold. The sun visor canvas must have a UV protection of 20+, 30+ or 40+.

Care and maintenance

Your umbrella can last for several years, as long as you use it properly and, above all, store it correctly. Remember not to keep the stick or the canvas of the wet umbrella, although many fabrics are usually anti-mold or water repellent, it is convenient to dry the stick well if it has been wet. This will prevent oxidation or deterioration. If it is very windy, be careful when opening it! Always with the wind in favor to avoid that the umbrella can turn around and break the rods.

Perfect design

In addition to the above points, we think the beautiful design is essential. We advocate natural, custom patterns, tassel beach umbrella with the wooden pole is our most popular style, cotton fringed, UV50 +. This must be a beautiful landscape on the beach.

We remind you that in our B&R Umbrella you will find a wide variety of umbrellas to make your beach vacation more comfortable and safe. A wide variety of colors, the best materials, and various sizes and functionalities can be found in our centers. We will wait for you!



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