Best Beach Umbrella Hooks – What are they?
A beach umbrella is a lightweight, portable shelter designed to protect your head from the sun’s rays while you enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean or other beaches. A beach umbrella is available in different colors and sizes. They come in various styles such as collapsible, folding, telescoping and retractable umbrellas.
The most common type of umbrella is the collapsible one. These are made out of plastic, which makes them easy to carry around and store away in your car or backpack.
They are usually used when you want to go somewhere where there isn’t much shade and need protection from the sun’s rays. They are ideal for those days when you just don’t feel like going outside in the heat.
There are also other types of umbrellas such as collapsible beach umbrella, collapsible water bottle holder, collapsible beach chair umbrella and so on. These umbrellas have a similar function but they’re made out of metal instead of plastic.
They tend to weigh more than their plastic counterparts and may not fold up into small enough size to fit easily in your pocket or bag.
Best Beach Umbrella Hooks – How are they used?
You’ll want to pick a sturdy umbrella that won’t tip over or break in high winds or even normal winds. If you’re going to the beach, then be sure to bring sand anchor that will secure your umbrella into the ground so strong gusts of wind won’t knock it over.
There are several different kinds of sand anchor systems and each one has its own pros and cons. For instance, there are lightweight anchors made out of hard plastic that you can dig a hole in the sand with.
If you don’t feel like digging, then you can use sand stakes to secure the umbrella in place. Then there are heavy-duty anchors made out of steel that feature long handles so that you can push them deep into the ground.
There are also anchors that are specifically designed to work with certain umbrellas. For example, there are anchors that can secure either the lightweight or the heavy-duty kind of umbrella.
There are also universal anchors that can secure any type of umbrella you might have.
Best Beach Umbrella Hooks – What are the benefits?
One of the biggest benefits to using a beach umbrella is that they protect you from more than just the sun. In fact, they can even protect you from wind and rain. While you’re at the beach, there’s always a chance of sudden showers, which is why having a reliable umbrella will keep you from getting soaked and possibly catching a cold as a result.
Most beach umbrellas feature UV protection as well so you can even use them when there aren’t any storms about. They’ll also protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, which will keep you from getting sunburned and possibly developing skin cancer as well.
Best Beach Umbrella Hooks – What are the drawbacks?
One of the biggest drawbacks of using a beach umbrella is that they aren’t very private. Depending on where you go, you may find that everyone around you is sporting their own beach umbrella. If you’re the type of person who wants their own privacy while at the beach, then you might want to look into renting an individual cabana instead of an umbrella.
Another drawback is that they may be difficult to set up and take down. While some beach umbrellas feature a simple push-button mechanism, others can be quite complicated to put together.
You may end up spending more time trying to get your umbrella into the right position than you would if you had just set up your normal beach tent on the sand.
Best Beach Umbrella Hooks – What’s your favorite?
While there are many types of beach umbrella hooks on the market, not all of them are created equal. Some of them are better quality than others and some of them are able to secure your umbrella in stronger winds than other models.
The best beach umbrella hooks will keep your umbrella secure so that you don’t have to worry about it blowing away in the wind or it even falling on you. You’ll also want to look for a lightweight yet durable model that is easy to transport and store when you aren’t using it.
I’ve tried out many different types of beach umbrella hooks over the years and these are the ones that I have found to be the most reliable.
Best Umbrella Hooks for Beach Umbrellas:
The best all-around beach umbrella hook is the one that you can use with any type of beach umbrella. These are the best because you can use them to secure almost any kind of beach umbrella without having to worry about compatibility issues.
Coleman Umbrella Hooks
The Coleman Company is a trusted brand in the world of outdoor camping and recreational supplies. They sell everything from tents to lanterns to coolers.
Their line of products for outdoor cooking are some of the best on the market and their beach umbrellas are reliable and sturdy as well.
These are some very large and heavy duty umbrella hooks that will last for years. The base of the hook is wider than usual so it has a very wide footprint which reduces the chances of it tipping over even when it’s holding up a large and heavy canopy.
The top of the hook features a wide hoop with a sturdy pin that slides into the loop at the top of the pole. This pin will keep your umbrella from sliding down the pole even when the wind is strong.
The hoop will also keep the umbrella from spinning around the pole.
These hooks are perfect for securing any type of beach canopy and they’re some of the cheapest ones on the market today.
ProCook Beach Umbrella Hooks
If you like to camp as much as you like to go to the beach, then you definitely need some ProCook umbrella hooks in your life. These hooks are modeled after the ones that you’ll find in most outdoor camping stores.
They’re sturdy and reliable and they can even support a lot more weight than most other umbrella hooks of the same size.
These hooks are made out of rust-resistant aluminum so you don’t have to worry about them warping or falling apart in inclement weather. The paint is also made to withstand the elements which means that this hook will look good as new for many years to come.
The wide base of the hook keeps it very stable even in strong winds so you can be sure that your umbrella will stay put. No more having to re-open your umbrella every ten minutes because it’s fallen over.
On the bottom of the base is a little foot that you can flip out to give it even more stability on soft sand or grassy areas. The pole goes right through a hole on the top of the hook.
This means there’s no separate pin to keep the umbrella in place.
The only thing I don’t like about this model is that it’s a little difficult to get the pole through the hole if you have large hands. You also can’t adjust how far up the pole goes into the hook.
Other than that, this is a great umbrella hook and it comes at a very reasonable price.
JOMO Umbrella Hooks
These are very similar to the ProCook hooks but they’re a bit more expensive and not worth the extra money in my opinion. They’re also slightly harder to find.
The JOMO hook has a wider base than the ProCook so it’s even more stable, however; the foot at the bottom of the base is smaller than the one on the ProCook so it’s only useful on certain types of terrain. The pole goes through a hole on the top of the hook just like the ProCook.
You also have the option of adjusting where the pole sits in the hook by screwing it in or out. This is a nice feature if you want to adjust how far your umbrella sticks up from the sand.
The only major flaw with this model is that it has a plastic sleeve on the part that goes over the top of the pole. In other words, the plastic part that goes over the pole is separate from the rest of the hook.
This is a very weak design and it feels like it would snap if you tightened it too much.
I would not put too much weight in this hook because it feels like it could break off. It doesn’t make me very confident about using it.
The other thing that I don’t like about this model is the way the base is shaped. It’s supposed to be a “U” shape so that it can sit in the sand.
This design works well on a flat surface but it has a tendency to tip over on a slope because of the wide bottom of the base.
You may have to choose whether you want it to be more stable on soft surfaces or stay upright on uneven terrain.
I do like that the base has a little foot that you can extend out to stop it from sinking into the sand too far. This is a nice feature if you’re in soft sand.
You also don’t have to worry about it blowing over in the wind because of this feature.
The color options are nice if you care about that. I imagine the yellow one would help a lot if you lost your umbrella in a large crowd.
JOMO have also come out with a newer model that is similar to the ProCook hook but it has a larger base and higher price tag. I still don’t think it’s worth the extra money when you can get the ProCook version for less.
Both of these are good hooks but they’re expensive and the cheaper Jarden option is definitely a better buy in my opinion.
The Soggy Paws Umbrella Hook
This is the only other hook that I know of that’s designed to be used in the sand. It’s very similar in design to the JOMO hook except it’s cheaper and from what I can tell, it’s only available in one color (green).
I do like the fact that it has a little “foot” at the bottom to stop it from sinking into the sand too far. This is a nice feature if you’re using it on the beach.
It’s also nice that it has a wide base and doesn’t have a tendency to tip over like the JOMO hook does.
I haven’t had any experience with this hook myself so I can’t comment on how well it works or how strong it is. I can only go off what I’ve read about it online and from what I’ve seen in the photos.
It looks just as sturdy as the ProCook hook and maybe even a little more so.
I haven’t seen any available for sale in North America yet but I’ve seen pictures of them in action at Disney World. I’m guessing they’re being sold there or will be soon.
They also have an online store that ships to North America so I imagine they’ll start selling them here soon.
The only thing that concerns me is that it’s made out of plastic. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s high quality plastic that is strong enough to handle a few pounds of weight.
It’s just that I feel a metal hook would be sturdier.
I can’t see this breaking unless you were really rough with it (like swinging a toddler by the hook!) or if you stepped on it or backed over it with a car or something.
I do like the fact that the hook is covered so you’re less likely to hurt yourself on it. I think the only time it might be exposed is when it’s hanging up and someone brushes against it or grabs for it.
This is the only hook that I know of that comes in different colors. I think this was a really good idea because of safety concerns.
You really don’t want kids grabbing an uncovered metal hook. Having a colored handle makes it less appealing to a child anyway.
I imagine the standard colors are green and orange but I’ve seen other colors in some of their pictures (like red and yellow). You will probably have to special order these colors though.
Cautions With Hooks
The only real caution that I can give you on these hooks is to make sure that you are hanging it high enough so that no one can reach it. Obviously a toddler is going to be able to reach it if its at their height but even older children and teens shouldn’t be able to reach it unless they’re on something to stand on.
Make sure your hook is out of the reach of pets as well. This goes for your own pet as well.
Even if it’s just a rat terrier, it may be able to jump high enough or stand on something to reach the hook.
Of course the other thing you need to watch out for is that no one backs over or runs over it with a car. You would be surprised at how many times I see this happen even in the most safety conscious families.
You should also check the hook every once in a while to make sure it is still tightly secured. Sand does shift and if it does happen to move a little, the hook could become less secure and this could cause it to eventually fall.
Our Experience With Toddler Harnesses
We’ve had several different toddler harnesses over the years and I’ll do my best to give you a comparison of them all from our experience. Keep in mind that each child is different so what works and what doesn’t for one, may be different for another.
I’ve put the different types of harnesses in the order of our experience from best to worst.
Our Best Harness: The Stroller Vest Harness
This is hands down the BEST harness that we ever bought! We actually had two of them.
The first one we bought was at a garage sale for 25 cents! I had found it stuffed in a box of clothes that my MIL was getting rid of. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!!)
The other one we actually paid full price for at a consignment shop. I was so impressed with the first one that I wanted to have a back up in case something happened to the first one (which it never did).
Being a consignment shop, I’m sure they paid a lot less than the $18 we paid for it but I would have easily paid full price for it again!
This harness has always worked perfectly for us with both of my children. It was so easy to use and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about re-threading the strap through the belt loop each time we used it.
It worked for both my babies from about 6 months to 2 years old. They were able to grow with it and use it for a longer period of time.
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good toddler harness if they can find one. Like I said, we got ours at garage sales so you may want to try there first, but if not, then I would just buy it new from the store.
The only time we ever had a problem with it is when my husband used it as a belt loop “hitch” to pull a stuck hog from the mud. Needless to say, that harness was never quite the same afterward!
Ours were always cloth vests but I’ve seen them made into straps as well so they are easier to take on and off for adults and kids who might not be able to manage cloth vests yet.
Sources & references used in this article:
Beach umbrella anchor bag by MA Riffle, GL Riffle, KR Sampson… – US Patent …, 1995 – Google Patents
Beach umbrella support stand by E Hollenbeck – US Patent 6,354,554, 2002 – Google Patents
Beach umbrella with self-supporting stand by DU Brumfield – US Patent 6,443,172, 2002 – Google Patents
Beach blanket by R Glenn – US Patent 6,502,257, 2003 – Google Patents
Beach umbrella with telescoping pole and base plate by J Macfarlane – US Patent 9,057,475, 2015 – Google Patents
Beach umbrella by TA Hall, SA Hall – US Patent 5,293,889, 1994 – Google Patents
Collapsible light shade for a portable light by CF Best – US Patent 4,989,123, 1991 – Google Patents