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Better Brella

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Better Brella is a better umbrella whose design is rather ingenious. Instead of dousing yourself or your floors with rain water that collects atop your umbrella, this unit folds inward, not outward, when you close it. This creates a special cone in the center where all of the water falls and collects. When you are ducking in and out of doorways, you can close it without worrying about flinging drops of water all over the floor.

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The cost of Better Brella is $29.99 plus $6.95 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Better Brella by paying the extra shipping fee of $10.00 for a total price of $46.94.
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Features

  • Unique Technology

    Better Brella is an ingenious umbrella that uses reverse open-close technology. It turned a normal umbrella inside out and upside down.

  • More Practical

    This design makes it easier to use and significantly more practical. You can get in and out of doors on homes or cars without getting yourself or anything else wet.

  • Waterproof Cone

    Once you close it, the umbrella makes a waterproof cone keeping all moisture inside, not outside on your floors.

  • Wind Resistant

    When tested, the umbrella was wind proof up to 24 mph without compromising form, which means you never have to worry about heavy winds blowing your umbrella away.

How It Works

Better Brella is an umbrella that unlike traditional versions, works in verse. The idea behind this reversal is to make it easier to use while getting in and out of cars / doorways. Moreover, it reduces the amount of water that drips off your umbrella once you get inside. Rather than opening upward from the base, with the corners pushing out and up, this unit opens from the middle in an upward direction. Upward central movements ensure that when you close the unit, the water on the top of the umbrella is collected. There it sits inside of the collection base allowing you to open it safely outside or dump it out before you go.

How it's Different from Competitors

Everyone who has ever used an umbrella has faced two common challenges. The first is trying to get in and out of somewhere. Cars, homes, offices, all present the same challenge: the doorway. Getting in and out of a doorway when it is already raining or after you have been in the rain is often a wet process. Reason being, when you first head out, you open the umbrella, but then, upon entering your car, you have to try and close it. You cannot really sit in the car and then close it because there isn’t room. Instead you have to start closing it as you are sitting, which exposes the inside of the car to rain.

Once closed, the umbrella folds still maintain lots of moisture especially during heavy winds. This moisture invariably flings all over the car when you try to wrap the umbrella and store it for the ride. When you go to open it, the same problem presents itself, only this time there is excessive moisture caught between the flaps, ready to fling all over once you re-open the umbrella. No matter where you are headed, when you go in or out of a building, be it your home or office, the same issues present themselves with water spilling down your umbrella onto the floor. Rivers flow from your umbrella tip while you try to get warm. Better Brella reverses the open and close positions so that these issues are no longer.

Pros

  • Ergonomic Handle

    There is an ergonomic handle that has a soft comfort grip. Unlike other umbrellas this handle molds perfectly to your hand so that you can hold the umbrella up without issue. No longer will your hands and arms ache from holding up an umbrella in the rain.

  • Three Colors

    You can choose from red, blue, or black colors, but the top part will always be black.

  • Special Ribs

    The same as other umbrellas there is a runner that moves along the central shaft. Along the central shaft there are stretchers that push out the ribs, or thin metal that holds the umbrella fabric in place. However, instead of having curved ribs, this one has hinged ribs which fold in the middle. As such, the tips of the ribs do not point down, they point up and in so doing create a “V” shape. Beneath the canopy is a second piece of fabric, part of what contributes to its wind resistance, which gives extra support.

Cons

  • Unknown Material

    There is no description offered as to what material is used for the canopy. It is obvious that it is waterproof and wind resistant, but it is not obvious just what it is.

  • Be Cautious When Full

    Unfortunately, once you have folded it up and it is full of water, you will need to squat down low to grab it like you would support a bouquet of delicate flowers. You have to keep it upright as you move it outside to carefully dump out the water, otherwise the water will spill all over.

    This can be hard on people with limited mobility or who have their hands full with other things. What’s more, you have to be really careful balancing it in your car or office after you have been out in the rain for the same reasons. You will need to ensure it remains upright and does not fall over at any point otherwise all of the benefit of its unique design will be lost.

Alternatives

  • Elover Double Layer Umbrella

    This reverse umbrella boasts a C-shaped handle for easy carrying, one which you can use to loop bags of things like groceries or a purse around. Looping bags on the C shape handle frees your hands to hold only the umbrella when weather is foul and it also keeps all of your goods / personal belongings centralized out of the rain.

    Advertisements claim that the C shape handle means you can affix it to a stroller or cart, covering a baby and freeing your hands. There is a double layer here too making the ribs sturdier and offering a windproof effect. With so many colors you can use this umbrella to get in and out of cars without worrying about rain getting everywhere.

  • Pantrasamia

    Pantrasamia has a Double Layer Inverted Umbrella similar in design. This unit can be emptied out through the side panels, saving the environment and preventing rain from damaging your floors. When closed, this unit has multiple points rather than one which enables it to be a self-standing unit. Self-standing functionalities prevent spills and alleviate the need for an umbrella stand. The inverted design keeps you protected and dry, standing up to fierce winds and rain. Mimicking traditional umbrellas, this unit boasts a J handle design and also has the double layer of fabric.

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