Best umbrella in Australia 2022: stay dry in harsh weather with these top brollies

Which umbrella will keep you dry, look stylish and withstand the test of time? We've reviewed the best compact, large, and windproof options in Australia.

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Whether you’re using it to shield yourself from the rain or the sun, an umbrella is an excellent companion for all seasons Down Under. If you’re enduring one of Melbourne’s notorious ‘four-seasons days’ or the nonstop monsoon season of the Australian East Coast, you cannot go wrong with an umbrella as your Teflon shield from the elements.

Besides being practical for keeping you dry on the move, nowadays a decent brolly can even be a fashion statement, looking better than ever. Long gone are the behemoth constructions of yore, when umbrellas came exclusively in black. 

Whether you need a sleek, compact umbrella, or the biggest one in town to protect the entire family, we've got you covered. Here’s a roundup of the very best umbrellas to keep your head dry next time the heavens open. 

The best umbrellas you can buy today 

Best umbrella: Fulton Stormshield

1. Fulton Stormshield

Tough, dependable, and from a Royal Warrant holder

Reasons to buy

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Dependable name
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Large, vented design
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Non-conductive fibreglass shaft

Reasons to avoid

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Could be too large to use in a crowd

Fulton hold a Royal Warrant due to the Queen and others using the company’s Birdcage brolly. This option, the wonderfully-named Stormshield, is a large vented golf umbrella, which should hold up to the strongest gales without letting you down. The umbrella has a ‘easy guide’ manually opening and closing system (so no button-deployment here, which is probably wise given how large it is). 

The shaft is made from non-conductive fibreglass, so you needn’t sorry about being struck by lightning while in exposed areas during a storm, or on the golf course when the weather turns grim. At 104 cm wide, the canopy strikes a good balance between a full-size golf umbrella and one which can still be used in a crowd without getting in everyone’s way.

Best umbrella: Blunt XS Metro

2. Blunt XS Metro

If ever there was an umbrella for urban dwellers – this is it!

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly strong
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No sharp points

Reasons to avoid

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On the bulky side of compact

The funky styling of the Blunt XS Metro is mainly down to the rounded safely tips, so we didn’t feel like an accident waiting to happen using it on a busy commute We used it on windy days and it didn’t even wobble – it’s aerodynamic handling is to be commended and it feels reassuringly well-made in the hand too. 

The high tension canopy is perhaps the perfect size – keeps you completely dry but isn’t cumbersome. Opens and closes instantly by pressing a single button. Better still…Blunt has teamed up with Tile, so that you can track your umbrella when lost via the Tile app (there’s a tile embedded in a specially designed pocket) – nifty.

Best umbrella: Samsonite Windguard Auto Open

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3. Samsonite Windguard Auto Open

Reasons to buy

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Great in strong winds
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Reliable in heavy rain

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly pricey

If strong winds are your nemesis on a rainy day, this could be the umbrella for you. The Samsonite Windguard is built with extra steel ribs to withstand heavy wind resistance meaning you won't have to battle an inside-out umbrella in the next storm. 

With a simple push-button automatic release, the sturdy Samsonite has a double canopy with just enough space to shelter two people. It's slightly larger than others on the market, but is still compact enough to fit in a handbag or backpack when travelling. 

Clifton Inverted Umbrella with red inside

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4. Clifton Outside-In Inverted Umbrella

A unique solution to keep you dry

Reasons to buy

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Can easily get into cars without wetting everything  
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Looks excellent 
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12 month guarantee 

Reasons to avoid

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Its easy to forget the water gets caught within 

If you're looking for something a bit different in the umbrella world, Clifton’s inverted umbrella is a fancy design that is both eye-pleasing and functional. It features a 105cm diameter and dapper colour options and, with an inverted umbrella, there’s no need to awkwardly drip dry on a friend's floors – the water is caught within when closed, allowing you to open it up to dry at a more convenient time or place. 

With a range of colours available, this is a solid choice for an affordable and different umbrella. Clifton also offers a full refund or replacement warranty for 12 months to put your mind at ease. 

Best umbrella: Fulton Birdcage

5. Fulton Birdcage

Best for blustery walks in the country

Reasons to buy

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Full coverage
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Affordable quality

Reasons to avoid

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Too big to carry around in case it rains

Once you’re in the umbrella – thanks to the funky full coverage dome design you feel like you’re in a bubble - you aren’t getting wet. The transparent cover means that despite this being the brolly offering the most coverage visibility is great. The build quality is impressive with fiberglass ribs for flexibility and strength in high winds. 

The Queen uses one of these (Fulton are a Royal Warrant holder) and we can see why! Our only issue - it’s big at 94cm long when closed, 84cm when open which is great when it’s raining but it’s too cumbersome to carry everyday.

Best umbrella: Newdora Windproof Travel Folding Umbrella

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6. Newdora Windproof Travel Umbrella

Reasons to buy

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Compact but still large canopy
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Great carry case

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly heavier than other compact umbrellas

One of Amazon's bestseller travel umbrellas, the Newdora Windproof Travel Folding Umbrella has a number of attractive features. It comes with a storage case that contains an absorbent lining to quickly dry the canopy, so you can stick it straight in your bag and not worry about everything getting wet. And despite its compact size, it still has a canopy big enough to shelter two people. 

The automatic open and close button means it's quick and easy to use, and the range of colours lets you pick one to match your style. It'll also give you decent UV protection on sunny days. 

Best umbrella: Samsonite Rain Pro

7. Samsonite Rain Pro

Reasons to buy

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Compact size
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Inexpensive

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing special to look at

If you’re looking for an inexpensive take-everywhere-just-in-case type of umbrella this is the one for you – it even comes with a nice neat carry case. It’s much better made than those you can pick up anywhere for a couple of quid (or a few dollars) but it doesn’t have button opening or other fancy features. It doesn’t look cheap at all but it’s design is nothing special either. A good no-frills choice.

Best umbrella: Victorinox Automatic Umbrella

8. Victorinox Automatic Umbrella

Strong yet light for everyday use

Reasons to buy

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Well made
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Push button opening

Reasons to avoid

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Handle shows usage marks

This Victorinox umbrella opens with the push of a button but you close it manually (unlike the Davek and Blunt models). Build quality is great – the strong frame held up very well in the wind despite being lightweight at just 0.4kg – a real plus if it’s going to live in your bag. We liked the look of the double canopy design which features the Victorinox logo and it’s very nice to hold with the moulded finger grips and rubberised feel of the handle. Said handle did show light general usage marks quite quickly though.

Best umbrella: Nooformer Mini Travel Umbrella

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9. Nooformer Mini Travel Umbrella

Reasons to buy

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Tiny and lightweight
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Lifetime warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Not great in strong winds

If you're looking for something extra compact you can carry with you anywhere, the Nooformer Mini Travel Umbrella fits the bill. At around six inches when folded, it can fit in the palm of your hand and is light enough to carry in your pocket. It might not be the most sturdy when it comes to heavy wind, but it does offer 95% UV protection against the sun. 

With a range of colours available, it's a solid choice for an affordable, emergency option. And Nooformer also offers a full lifetime refund or replacement warranty to put your mind at ease. 


Things to consider when buying an umbrella

It’s clear that there’s a great deal of choice to be made when picking the perfect umbrella, the kind of choice that is far better made in advance instead of dashing into the first shop you see in a downpour and ending up parting with a small fortune for something undersized and poor quality.

Size matters in the umbrella game, so take a solid look at what you’ll be doing when you’re most likely to get caught in a flash storm. If you’re often in the CBD, there is no benefit to getting the biggest boy in town, and if you spend all your time on the golf course you’ll want to make sure you get maximum coverage. 

Colour is another big consideration, with a black brolly the most ‘sensible’ choice, but some of the most fashionable options come in bright colours and patterns, sometimes with elaborate handles. 

Lastly, look at your budget. While you don't want to pay more than you need to on an umbrella, if you're not willing to pay more than about AU$25, chances are you may end up an inadvertent TikTok star fighting an umbrella and losing. 

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Rian Howlett
Rian Howlett

Rian Howlett is one of T3's entertainment and culture reporters. An expert in tech, gaming and lifestyle coverage, Rian’s work has featured in Kotaku, Man of Many, and Happy Mag. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2015 and was instrumental in building and working with Avenoir, a grassroots youth magazine for Perth locals.