Best Beach Chairs & Beach Umbrellas

Keep your family safe from the sun.

by Donna Freydkin
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So you’re heading to the beach. Of course you bring the sunscreen. And you trick your kids out in SPF clothing. Maybe pack a water blaster or two. And don’t forget to load up on sand castle toys.

But beyond that, you need solid beach chairs and beach umbrellas.

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You want chairs that are lightweight, kid-friendly, and easy to tote around. As for umbrellas, find ones that are simple to set up, and that stay anchored in the sand because you don’t want it blown away if things get windy. Added bonus is if it’s roomy enough for the whole family. Here are the best beach chair and beach umbrella options.

This Tommy Bahama beach chair sits 13 inches off the ground, with an eight-inch seat height. It has a thick cushioned pillow, a mandatory drink holder, molded cushion arms and large rear easy-access carry pouch.

The chair accommodates up to 320 pounds, and is easy to set up, using a bungee cord. The beach chair comes with its own carry sack, which also doubles as a headrest. The beach chair chair seat and the carry sack are machine washable. No really, what more do you want?

This beach chair, by Tommy Bahama, reclines to five different positions, lays flat, and includes a fold-out towel bar and swing-out cup holder. It even has a seat-side zippered pouch and cell phone case. Plus, it’s rust-proof.

This beach chair’s claim to fame is its ergonomic seat, which helps you with your posture. It accommodates up to 300 pounds and is easy to transport.

Reinforced edges prevent tears, and the cover is fade resistant – no matter how many trips to the beach you take! Built in cup holders are perfect for juice boxes – they’re mesh, so any spills will seep right on through – or cans of bug spray.

No longer will little sun lovers have to huddle in adult chairs. This baby chairs grows with your kid, and is fully adjustable. Worth noting: the polyester fabric is not treated with flame retardants.

This beach umbrella has three tie-down cords, is fully portable (of course), weight just around nine pounds, and has an eight-foot canopy is made of 210 D Polyester for all-weather protection.

The umbrella, which is 50 UPF and rated to withstand up to 35 mph winds, has an integrated tarp at the base you fill with sand then clip to the umbrella pole to weight and balance it. Because you’re using sand from the location where you set up, there’s no extra weight to carry. And filling the anchor tarp is quick and easy. The umbrella and base weigh around nine pounds packed into Beach Bub’s carry bag. The base is 120 lbs. when filled with sand.

It has a roomy interior with internal pockets for personal items. And this beach tent even has a water-resistant PE floor to avoid any hot sand or burned feet.

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