LIfeTek Automatic & Windproof Teflon Compact Umbrella

Last updated date: August 20, 2020

DWYM Score
7.1

LIfeTek Automatic & Windproof Teflon Compact Umbrella

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Overall Take

When closed, this portable umbrella shrinks down to 11.5 inches in length to make it easy to carry around with you everywhere you go. It not only comes with a cover, but the Teflon cover reduces water retention to keep it as dry as possible while exposed to rain. It has steel ribs that help it hold its shape when wind gets beneath it. In our analysis of 31 expert reviews, the LifeTek LIfeTek Automatic & Windproof Teflon Compact Umbrella placed 4th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 20, 2020:
Checkout The Best Compact Umbrella for a detailed review of all the top compact umbrellas.

Expert Summarized Score
6.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
2,205 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very compact when closed, fluid opening mechanism, Teflon coated canopy
- Business Insider
it withstood being battered by violent gusts without ever inverting, ranking it as one of the strongest umbrellas we have ever tested.
- The New York Times
The LifeTek 42 FX1 (about $27) comes with a specially designed storage case that makes it easier to put away than most of its competitors. Its Teflon coating prevents it from absorbing any water, which means it dries fairly quickly, too.
- Wiki EZ Vid
The sturdy steel ribs, together with the shaft, provide solid support and also has a nice practical length.
- Industry Ears
Lightweight and compact. Smooth auto open and close function
- The London Umbrella Seller
What experts didn't like
Flips inverted too easily
- Business Insider
But at a price of more than $30 at the time of our testing, it didn’t offer a large enough advantage over the cheaper Repel or AmazonBasics models for us to justify choosing it as one of our top picks, and it didn’t offer enough unique features for us to make it a separate upgrade pick.
- The New York Times
Costs a little more for the quality
- The London Umbrella Seller

From The Manufacturer

Have you had an umbrella invert or break at a time when you needed it the most? At LifeTek we use the highest quality materials to ensure that you are protected at all times. What does this mean? It means we use the latest research and technology - such as the unique combination of steel, resin and aluminum to construct the 9 large trifolded ribs - to provide stronger wind & rain protection than anything else on the market.

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On Compact Umbrellas

If you’ve ever been away from home when rain unexpectedly came rolling in, you know the value of a compact umbrella. Compact umbrellas are designed to slide into a purse, bag or the glove compartment of your car, at the ready whenever you need them.

There’s just one issue with compact umbrellas, though. Until recently, they’ve struggled to provide the same durability and coverage that their much larger counterparts offer. You may find, for instance, that some smaller umbrellas blow inside out as soon as the wind kicks up, leaving you with no coverage whatsoever from the rain above you.

Coverage area is also an issue. A smaller umbrella has historically had a smaller canopy to match, which means that they aren’t adequate to cover you from head to toe in those stronger downpours. But in recent years, manufacturers have found ways to create an umbrella that folds down to a travel-friendly size while maximizing the canopy when it’s opened. If this is important to you, pay close attention to the measurements while folded and extended.

As for durability, umbrella manufacturers have made great strides here, as well. In recent years, you’ll find many larger umbrellas have built in extra ribs and multilayer canopies to resist the effects of wind. These enhanced features have made their way to portable umbrellas, as well, which means you no longer have to sacrifice quality for convenience.

You’ll also find water resistance built into many of today’s most popular umbrella brands. This is done through the use of products like Teflon, which force water to bead on the surface rather than soaking into the fabric. What does that mean for you? With a portable umbrella, it means you’ll be able to fold it up and carry it into a building without worrying about creating a puddle everywhere you go. If you choose to tuck it into a bag, it also eliminates the need to worry about soaking everything else in the bag.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you’re ever caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella, you may be left with no other choice than to “run for it.” But there has been much debate as to whether you’ll stay drier by running to the building or walking at a normal pace. The argument is that by running, you encounter more raindrops, making it worse than if you just walked calmly.

Scientists have proven that running is always better. The shorter the time you spend in the rain, the better. MythBusters even tested this theory on camera on one of its episodes and demonstrated that, when conditions were equal, the runner stayed dryer than someone who moved at a slower pace.

The Compact Umbrella Buying Guide

  • The size of the umbrella when folded is essential. Try to keep this as small as possible without sacrificing the features you need.
  • Some umbrellas come with a cover that makes it easy to slide your umbrella inside for extra protection. Although this can keep you from creating a mess in the short term, it’s important to remove your umbrella from this casing once you’ve finished using it for the day. Allow it to air dry to avoid mold or mildew from building up.
  • Many of today’s umbrellas build in a quick-release button. This means you can open it by merely pressing a button. Compared to the older manual version of sliding an umbrella open, this is much more convenient, especially when you’re trying to open it quickly as you’re leaving a building.
  • Umbrellas are made up of ribs that help it hold its shape even when in harsher wind conditions. Look for one with strong ribs. Many umbrellas contain only seven or eight ribs. The more ribs you’re getting, the more support your umbrella will have.
  • The material of the umbrella comes into play in your umbrella’s performance, as well. Look for one that has Teflon coating to ensure the water doesn’t soak in, causing a soggy mess that takes all day to dry.
  • The handle is also important. One that’s comfortable to hold and features nonslip coating will help ensure it stays in your hand while you’re in tough weather conditions.
  • Despite promises, you may find some portable umbrellas have an open button that doesn’t work quite as it should, or the material is thinner than you expected. Pay close attention to the specs to make sure you’re getting what you think you are.