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ShedRain Bubble Review

A fun, clear umbrella that misses a few key details we like about this style of umbrella.
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Price:  $25 List | $25.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, fun
Cons:  Less attention to detail, large and heavy
Manufacturer:   ShedRain
By Lyra Pierotti ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 2, 2019
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  • Rain Protection - 30% 8
  • Ease of Transport - 30% 5
  • Durability - 20% 6
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5
  • Style - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The ShedRain Bubble umbrella is an affordable entry-level model for those unsure how often they'll use a bubble umbrella. The clear canopy allows you to look out from beneath the umbrella, making it particularly well made for those most concerned about keeping wind and rain out of their hair as they brave the elements. This umbrella is best suited to urban use, dashing from car to building. The wider swath of colored fabric reduces the visibility through the canopy when compared with other bubble styles. The design and manufacturing is also noticeably less careful and of lower quality than some bubble umbrellas. In particular, we noticed the clear plastic looked hazier and the use of regular umbrella fabric for the contrasting trim was not as well-matched in texture.


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Pros Inexpensive, funClassy, durable, versatileEasy to use, good quality for price, sturdyCompact, wind vent, adequate rain protectionLightweight, compact, durable, collapsible
Cons Less attention to detail, large and heavyHeavier, bigger for a compact umbrellaHeavier than some compact umbrellasA touch heavier than other compact models, plain styleMore metal joints make it slightly less durable than more expensive models with fiberglass
Bottom Line A fun, clear umbrella that misses a few key details we like about this style of umbrella.This model is very well made, offering excellent durability and a classy look.This is an excellent compact umbrella, sturdy for everyday use and small enough to keep with you.Compact, easy to use, and affordable, this umbrella gets the job done without costing more than it should.This umbrella is an outstanding deal; simple, light, and it will outlast all similar inexpensive drug store models.
Rating Categories ShedRain Bubble Balios Double Canopy Repel Windproof Travel AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Lewis N. Clark Umbrella
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Specs ShedRain Bubble Balios Double Canopy Repel Windproof... AmazonBasics... Lewis N. Clark...
Canopy Diameter (inches) 34 in 40 in 38 in 38 in 39.25 in
Depth of Canopy (inches) 15 in 9 in 7.5 in 8 in 7 in
Weight, measured, including sleeve (ounces) 15.5 oz 15.6 oz 13.4 oz 14.1 oz 10.2 oz
Weight (reported ounces) 10 oz
Sleeve included? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Length collapsed, measured (inches) 36 in 14 in 11.75 in 11.5 in 11 in
Length when deployed, measured (inches) 36 in 25.5 in 22.5 in 21.5 in 21.75 in
Handle Design Curved Plastic, steel shaft Straight Wooden, steel shaft Ergonomic rubberized handle Soft, Comfort-Grip Handle Rubberized non-slip handle
Canopy Material Plastic with fabric trim 300 Thread count water repellent fabric Teflon-coated Polyester Polyester
Support Structure 8 steel stretchers w/ fiberglass ribs 8 steel & fiberglass stretchers & ribs 9 resin reinforced fiberglass ribs Steel Durable metal and steel
Warranty Lifetime Warranty One year warranty Lifetime One-Year Limited 1 year

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Bubble is an affordable bubble style umbrella that's fun to use.

Performance Comparison


The charming ShedRain umbrella.
The charming ShedRain umbrella.

Rain Protection


The ShedRain umbrella is aptly named—it forms a bubble around you, protecting your upper body from the elements. This is a great design to seal out wind and rain, and particularly to keep your coiffed hair looking good.

In our walking Rain Test, raindrops struck us at forearm and thigh, decent protection but not a significant improvement over collapsible models. The true protective benefit is how well the bubble seals your upper body against the elements—not how much of you it protects from the elements.

The ShedRain Bubble protects well against rain  but the larger colored swath impedes visibility when you're tucked inside the canopy.
The ShedRain Bubble protects well against rain, but the larger colored swath impedes visibility when you're tucked inside the canopy.

Ease of Transport


The Bubble is a large, fixed-length umbrella. As such, it's a bit of a commitment to carry it. This is not a compact umbrella that will collapse and fit in your bag—but it has that classic crook handle so you can hang it off your forearm, or on a chair or doorknob. The ShedRain is a full yard (36 inches) long and weighs in at just under a pound.

The crook handle makes it easy to hang the Bubble just about anywhere!
The crook handle makes it easy to hang the Bubble just about anywhere!

Durability


The ShedRain performed relatively well in some durability categories, and not as well in others. The auto-open button deploys the canopy with assertion and performed consistently well throughout the testing period.

The umbrella is made of strong materials: a steel shaft with plastic crook handle, and 8 steel stretchers with fiberglass ribs. In general, we prefer fiberglass for the canopy parts, as it has some flexibility. Steel, once it bends, will likely snap and break.

That said, this umbrella did perform really well in the Wind Test. It did not invert in sustained winds of 15-25mph, and was easy to hang on to with its curved handle. It also resisted the wind well when braced against it.

Some of the details were lacking in this umbrella -- note the keeper strap. This was flimsy and didn't look as good as other models with contrasting straps.
Some of the details were lacking in this umbrella -- note the keeper strap. This was flimsy and didn't look as good as other models with contrasting straps.

The canopy materials were less well made on this umbrella, however. The clear plastic looked a bit cloudy and wrinkled more than we desired. The closure strap that wraps up the umbrella is also weaker, made of the same plastic as the clear canopy.

Ease of Use


We really liked the strong auto-open button on the ShedRain. It deployed the canopy with a strong "thunk" every time, which was very satisfying. It was also easy to close manually.

The clear canopy design of these bubble style umbrellas allows you to see out the top of the umbrella while you're nestled inside to keep dry. The ShedRain, however, has a colored band of fabric that is too wide, so it actually impedes your vision right where it matters as you're holding the umbrella.

The Bubble has an excellent and strong auto deploy button  but not an auto-collapse function.
The Bubble has an excellent and strong auto deploy button, but not an auto-collapse function.

Otherwise, this is a classic, fixed-length shaft umbrella with a handy crook handle that allows you to loop it over a forearm, back of a chair, doorknob, coat hanger… it may be big and bulky, so you can't really tuck this umbrella into your bag, but it's relatively convenient to carry nonetheless.

Style


The ShedRain lost some style points due to the materials. The clear plastic looked more wrinkled and worn, and the use of standard umbrella fabric for the color accent did not match the glossy clear plastic as well.

Value


This is a fine entry-level bubble umbrella. If you're not sure you'll use an umbrella often, but every once in a while you head to a meeting or interview or party and you want to be sure your hair and upper body stay dry, this is a great option.

The Bubble is a fun umbrella for occasional use. We can see kids having a blast in the rain with this model.
The Bubble is a fun umbrella for occasional use. We can see kids having a blast in the rain with this model.

Conclusion


The ShedRain Bubble is not the most competitive bubble umbrella we've ever tested, but it is a good deal. For those who don't use umbrellas all that often, but when they do, it's imperative to keep hair and upper body clothing clean and dry, this might be an excellent option.


Lyra Pierotti