The Best Compact Umbrellas

Find out the best compact umbrellasThe only thing worse than getting caught in the rain without a brolly is being stuck with one that is flimsy or falls apart. That's why the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Textiles Lab evaluated 31 compact folding models for resistance to heavy rain and to turning inside out (inversion), as well as for ease of use. We also measured length, weight, and canopy diameter to help you find the ideal tote-able - and save your looks on your next good hair day.

Top Picks

Storm Warrior
Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Close ($30, amazon.com)

Fabric held fast to spokes with over 35 pounds of pulling force applied. Easy to operate.

Related: Best Rain Gear for Women

Lightweight Wonder
ShedRain RainEssentials Auto Open and Close ($32, amazon.com)

Just 0.45 lbs., and durable in inversion and spoke tests. Provides good coverage, too.

Related: Best Beach Umbrellas

Smallest Winnder
Totes Signature Micro 'Brella ($24, amazon.com)

This manual model has highly rain-resistant fabric and offers great coverage for a mini.

Related: Compact and Subcompact Umbrella Reviews

What's your favorite umbrella? Let us know in the comments!

-by The Good Housekeeping Research Institute

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