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Shade Your Space from UV Rays with a Colorful Sun Umbrella

Keep cool on those sweltering, sunny days.


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Patio weather is in full swing, and there’s nothing more relaxing than kicking up your feet on a sunny porch swing and nodding off to the sound of rustling leaves.

But while basking in the sun is a great way to get a healthy dose of vitamin D, UV rays can lead to skin damage and overheating. The safest way to enjoy the outdoors is always going to be in the shade, avoiding direct sunlight and protecting your skin with lightweight sunscreen and sun-protective clothing.

But if you don’t have those, the next best thing is to make your own shade. A sun umbrella perched on your patio, in your garden, or on an outdoor dining table provides the UV-blocking protection you need to lounge safely and keep cool.

Here are some of our favorite colorful sun umbrellas, from portable to stationary.

Oakland Living 9-ft. Outdoor Umbrella

sun umbrella

$147.19 (was $229.99), Kohl’s

  • Vibrant color adds chic appeal
  • Weather resistant
  • Attached crank & tilt allow for easy customization

Available in a wide range of colors, this large, 9-foot sun umbrella brings personality into space while keeping the sun off your shoulders.

One reviewer wrote: “Bought the umbrella, love the color and size. Would buy this again.”

Pure Garden Dusty Green Patio Umbrella

sun umbrella

$53.99 (was $67.49), Kohl’s

  • 108″H x 108″W x 108″L
  • No assembly required
  • 30-day warranty
  • Spot clean

This dusty green patio umbrella by Pure Garden is a timeless design that adds a neutral range of colors to your outdoor space while simultaneously sheltering you from the sun.

One reviewer wrote, “I bought my patio umbrella 2 weeks ago and I am a happy with it!”

Fazeley 9′ x 12′ Rectangular Cantilever Umbrella

sun umbrella

$289.99, Wayfair

  • Canopy Material: Polyester
  • Crank Lift Opening Mechanism
  • Stand Included

Crafted from a durable fade-resistant polyester that’s 98 percent UV-rated, this cover will last you through many summers. Built with dual vents for airflow and powder-coated steel ribs, this umbrella is designed to tolerate weather.

Lora Steel 11′ Market Umbrella

sun umbrella

$69.99, Wayfair

  • Canopy Material: Polyester
  • UV Protection (UPF): 180
  • Opening Mechanism: Crank Lift

The Lora Steel 11′ Market Umbrella is UV protected and features a craft lift for easy setup. The steel pole and ribs are coated in weather-resistant, powder-coated finish, so its sure to last you many summers.

One reviewer wrote: “I really like this umbrella, it’s pretty sturdy and big. I also bought string solar lights to put around the edges of the open umbrella and it looks so much more expensive and so beautiful. great buy.”

Yescom 10×6.5ft Patio Umbrella 6 Ribs Market Table Umbrella Tilt w/ Crank Outdoor Rectangular Sunshade

sun umbrella

$61.99 (was $70.44), Walmart

  • Water-Repellent & Fade-Resistant Umbrella Canopy – made of durable polyester
  • Metal pole & ribs for strong support to the canopy
  • Tilt Function – presses the button to adjust your desired angles of shading
  • Adjustable Hand Crank

Fade- and water-resistant to keep you sheltered from those summer showers, this rectangular YesCom patio umbrella provides ample shade for dining tables or lounge chairs, making it the perfect sun umbrella for a barbecue.

One reviewer wrote: “Perfect for my rectangular patio. Goes up and down easily. Great color. You will definitely need a heavy umbrella stand, or added weight, will blow over easily, especially due to the large size. Can’t beat the price for a large umbrella with tilt feature.”

Costway 10FT Patio Umbrella 6 Ribs Market Steel Tilt W/ Crank Outdoor Garden Burgundy

sun umbrella

$99.99 (was $129.99), Walmart

  • Material: steel & polyester cloth
  • Color: Burgundy
  • Umbrella Diameter:10 FT
  • Pole diameter:38mm

This patio umbrella features a tilting crank and comes in a rustic burgundy color, spread across 10 feet. Tilt the hood in the direction of the sun to cast larger, and more precise shade over where you or your friends are sitting.

One reviewer wrote: “So far, we love the umbrella. It covers our patio table. It keeps the sun off while we are outside entertaining. It actually works better than I thought with our chair padding color. Arrived early was not damaged. Happy with the purchase. Great price and well worth it. The picture doesn’t do it justice. Windy day today (had storms on day of review of umbrella and unable to open it). The only thing to consider is a Velcro strip to keep it closed when not in use. We are using a zip tie.”

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