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Umbrella test: the best umbrellas in comparison

A hat, a stick, an umbrella

Kathrin Strauss

The umbrella should accompany and protect us faithfully on rainy days. However, there are many cheap umbrellas that surrender to the slightest gust of wind. So that you don't get wet the next time it rains, we have put together the best umbrellas for you.

We refer to the test results from Guter Rat, who subjected seven new “super umbrellas” to a proverbial wind and weather test. In comparison there were pocket and stick umbrellas. The best pocket umbrella in comparison was the Repel Dupont Teflon, which also made it into the price tip at the same time.

The best umbrella in the test

This is what you read in this article: First, we will present our three top recommendations in detail and the rest of the test field in the summary. We'll then tell you what to look out for when buying an umbrella. We'll tell you at the end of the article what the best alternatives are when you don't have an umbrella on hand. We have also collected answers to the most frequently asked questions about umbrellas.

Umbrella test: the best umbrellas in comparison

Test winner and price tipBest stick umbrellaSafest umbrella

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Repel Dupont Teflon

Senz original

Blunt Classic

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around 30 euros

around 65 euros

around 105 euros

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Pocket umbrella

Stick umbrella / storm umbrella

Stick umbrella

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Best pocket umbrella & price tip: Repel Dupont Teflon

  • Repel Dupont Teflon

    Stable umbrella made of high quality materials that dries quickly. With automatic opening and closing and a lifetime guarantee.

advantages
Opens and closes at the push of a button
Dries quickly
High quality
disadvantage
Handle a little small
Strength is required when pushing them together

The material list of the Repel Dupont Teflon reads more like the material list of a car - or a noble pan: Chrome-plated metal (the shaft), Teflon (the coating of the screen), fiberglass (the spokes). These let the umbrella defy even the wettest February weather. It dried surprisingly quickly. The umbrella achieved the overall rating "good" (1.7) and became the best pocket umbrella.

The only weaknesses in this glider were in strong winds: If there was a significant headwind, the opening mechanism had to be helped a little by hand. If the gusts got too strong, it also gave way, but the glider could easily be bent back again. It is equally gratifying that the manufacturer gives a lifetime guarantee on this light umbrella model (approx. 400 grams).

In the test, the Repel Dupont Teflon proved to be a reliable umbrella companion on rainy days. Thanks to its high-quality materials, it still holds up when it gets really uncomfortable outside. For the price of around 20 euros, this is an absolutely fair deal that is also visually convincing.

Best stick umbrella: Senz Original

  • Best stick umbrella: Senz Original

    Light stick umbrella that stands out due to its unusual shape, but also provides good protection. Can also be used as a support.

advantages
Aerodynamic shape
Is prepared for strong winds
High quality
disadvantage
Quite bulky when folded
Not usable as a walking stick

The Senz original was the only umbrella that did not fold down in strong winds. The unusual design and the high-quality material contribute to this. With an overall rating of "very good" (1.3), it became the best stick umbrella in the test.

In the test in rain and wind, this lightweight umbrella was comfortable to hold. It weighs only 412 g. Due to its unusual aerodynamic shape - it is much longer at the back than at the front - this umbrella is able to defy even gusts of wind. So it can easily be held with one hand even in very strong winds. The material also copes with the bad weather. When folded, it cannot be used as a hiking stick, but it comes in a stylish case that is practical to carry with a shoulder strap. A big advantage for everyone who likes to ride a bike: The aerodynamic shape allows a very good view to the front.

At around 65 euros, the Senz Original is not a very cheap umbrella, but its design and high-quality workmanship are convincing. You also get a two-year guarantee on the Senz.

Safest umbrella: Blunt Classic

  • Blunt Classic

    Don't peep out: High quality workmanship, with reinforced struts and reinforced corners. Fabric also dries quickly.

advantages
Additionally reinforced tips
Fold over in strong winds, but also back again flexibly
disadvantage
No wrist loop

As the safest stick umbrella in the test, we draw the Blunt Classic out. Although it only achieved the rating "good" (2.0) in the test, it has noteworthy security features.

The five millimeter thick fiberglass struts do not prevent an umbrella from folding over, but they also fold back undamaged. So you can continue to use the umbrella without hesitation. In addition, the corners are reinforced and prevent the struts from drilling through the fast-drying material. The handle is at least partially comfortable in the hand, but the locking mechanism works flawlessly. Overall grade in the test: 2.0.

If you are looking for a calm, elegant umbrella, then the Blunt Classic is a very good choice. It costs around 60 euros and is therefore among the more expensive umbrellas.

Umbrellas put to the test: This is how good advice tests

Burda magazine Guter Rat tested it under absolutely lifelike conditions: the test umbrellas were extensively tested for their practicality on a stormy and rainy February day. This included stretching against the wind, opening and closing several times, as well as pivoting with and against the wind. Especially when umbrellas are held up against the wind, this often presents them with great challenges. The wind with gusts of up to 50 km / h was equally challenging for the testers and the paragliders. The main focus was on the following aspects:

  • rain: Did the test umbrella leak after several hours of use in the rain? Did the water always roll off reliably? Did water seep along the handle and how long did it take for the umbrella to dry out after it was used in the rain?

  • Wind: The wind was not simulated on the day of the test, it was really gusty and strong. In order to test the umbrellas reproducibly, the testers stretched them sometimes with and sometimes against the wind.

  • Hail: No hail fell that day, so it was simulated by means of a buckling test. Particular attention was paid to whether the umbrella spokes survived this test or suffered irreparable damage.

It was devalued if umbrellas were folded down and could not be folded back without damage. Even if the umbrellas broke in other tests, this had a negative impact on the rating.

How much do I have to spend on good umbrellas?

A very good umbrella is already available for 17 euros: the Repel Dupont Teflon pocket umbrella has proven to be a reliable umbrella companion on rainy days. Thanks to its high-quality materials (chrome-plated metal, Teflon, fiberglass) it still holds up when it gets really uncomfortable outside. In addition, it can be folded up very small and stowed loosely in a handbag.

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What are umbrellas and how do they work?

An umbrella is a commodity that is supposed to protect against rain. Originally it was an umbrella that was covered with a kind of fabric tarpaulin. In the meantime, umbrellas are covered with nylon or other water-repellent upper materials. The upper material is pulled onto spokes and held in the shape of a tent over the head by a vertical handle. Umbrellas are now available in many different designs, for example as a very small foldable pocket umbrella or as an umbrella specially designed for stormy days. In addition, new and innovative materials such as Teflon are used again and again in umbrellas to make them even more useful and robust.

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What types of umbrellas are there?

Since umbrellas were first mentioned around the year 800, they have undergone a great evolution. There are now various types of umbrellas:

  • Stick umbrella: A stick umbrella is the most classic umbrella model. In the past it was mainly used by men as an accessory for long coats, and even today it is still used by many as a walking stick. A stick umbrella has a long metal rod in the middle that ends in a handle. These handles can be made very elegant, for example in the form of a wooden handle. On the other hand, the long struts that stretch the screen material lead away. These struts cannot be folded in, which makes the stick umbrella a very large and bulky umbrella.

  • Automatic umbrella: Stick umbrellas, like pocket umbrellas, can be automatic umbrellas. The designation "automatic umbrella" aims to ensure that the umbrella is designed in such a way that it pops open at the push of a button by means of a spring system. The button for opening is located in the umbrella handle. An automatic umbrella has to be closed by hand in the normal way by pulling the canopy towards the handle and letting it click into place.

  • Pocket umbrella: A pocket umbrella, also often named after the well-known “Knirps” brand, is a small umbrella in which both the spokes and the pole can be folded away. Before use, these umbrellas have to be unfolded by hand. Big advantage: They fit in every pocket and can also be taken with you as a precaution when the weather is unstable.

  • Partner umbrella / XXL umbrella: A partner umbrella is basically an extra large stick umbrella. Under this type of umbrella, two people have plenty of space and at the same time find protection from precipitation. The disadvantage of this type of umbrella: They are very large and unwieldy.

  • Golf umbrella: Golf umbrellas are mostly stick umbrellas. They are made so that they can be attached to the trolley. This protects not only the golfer, but also the golf bag with the clubs from rain.

What do I have to look out for when buying an umbrella?

There are many different models and types of umbrellas. Before deciding on a particular umbrella, you should consider the following points:

  • Art: Do you want a stick umbrella, a storm umbrella or a pocket umbrella? The type of umbrella depends a lot on how much space you have for storage and the climate in your area. In a dry climate, pocket umbrellas should be sufficient, but on the North Sea coast you should invest in a storm umbrella.

  • size: If you often play it safe and always want to carry an umbrella with you, a small pocket umbrella is suitable. If you like something sturdy that you can use as a walking stick, for example, then a stick umbrella is recommended.

  • material: Conventional umbrellas are covered with nylon. However, this is often water-permeable after a certain period of time. Umbrella manufacturers are now experimenting with new materials that are supposed to increase the efficiency of umbrellas. Teflon-coated umbrellas are more waterproof and fiberglass-reinforced spokes are much more robust than conventional umbrella spokes.

  • mechanism: Some umbrellas have a button in the handle. These are so-called automatic umbrellas that simply pop open by means of a spring system. If you do not want this, you can use the classic umbrella system by hand. Here the umbrellas are closed and opened by pushing or pulling.

  • processing: Pay attention to the processing of umbrellas. Are the seams sewn neatly? The umbrella tip sealed? These are all points that distinguish a really good umbrella from cheap goods.

  • design: Of course, this point only has a limited effect on functionality. However, many umbrellas can score with an unusual design or, for example, with exceptionally beautiful handles. What do you feel like doing? You can now also have umbrellas individually printed. There are no limits to your imagination.

What are alternatives to umbrellas?

If it's raining and you don't have an umbrella to hand (or you forgot your last umbrella somewhere), you can alternatively protect yourself from the rain with the following utensils:

  • Rain jacket: A rain jacket is a jacket made of water-repellent material. This jacket can be used instead of a normal jacket in warm temperatures. If it's cool, you can simply put a rain jacket on over your normal jacket. Such rain jackets that you can fold up very small are practical. These fit e.g. in every hiking backpack and can protect you from rain when the weather changes.

  • Rain poncho: This type of rain protection is particularly interesting for cyclists. A rain poncho is usually a knee-length cape with a hood made of water-repellent material. It can be put on over normal clothing and stretched to the handlebars - so your pants also stay dry at the same time.

When can I use an umbrella?

You can use umbrellas as soon as it rains. Some umbrella materials also have integrated UV protection so that they can be used as protection even in strong sunlight. However, if you get into a severe storm, you should definitely not use the umbrella. There are various reasons for this: there are special storm umbrellas that do not mind strong winds, but as soon as thunder and lightning come into play, the motto is: Umbrella closed! This is especially true when you are in an open field, because lightning always strikes at the highest point. If the screen also has metal parts, it acts like a lightning rod and you run the risk of getting injured.

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How do I use my umbrella properly?

Using umbrellas is actually self-explanatory: when it rains, open the umbrella. The real highlight of the use comes afterwards: As soon as you have come home, the wet umbrella must be opened and dried in an airy place. Close your umbrella when it is wet and, if possible, let it dry in the enclosed umbrella cover, then the umbrella will start to go moldy. Therefore: just close an absolutely dry umbrella and tidy it up.

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