This isn't just an umbrella or sun shade. It's so useful and unique. We've used our on the beach, camping, and on the boat in the rod holder. We've had umbrellas that are the $20 range to $100 this is well worth every penny. It's durable and easy to use. In this day in age can't put a price on good quality that'll last!
If you're on the fence to get one so were we, but after getting it and using it we recommend this to everyone!
My family used one of these shelters last summer. The more reliable shelters for wind are heavy and take a lot more time and effort to put up. The Solbello goes up easily much like the old fashioned beach umbrellas but for it's small, lightweight size it effectively provides more shaded space as an umbrella without the tendency to pull up out of the sand and go flying uncontrollably down the beach. If you have a very large group with plenty of help you may want to purchase a large beach shelter, but this summer we are opting to buy another Solbello and have 2 side by side. I noticed a "no Wind" adaptation is available now. Would it be possible to purchase that separately for our older Sobello?
Thank you for the review and good to hear you’ve been making some good use of your Solbello!
Two Solbellos go very nicely together for those larger groups. However, the No-Wind-Kit is not compatible with the older model.
Thanks again !
The customer service experience with Solbello was second to none. There was a slight issue with the shipping company and there was exceptional communication and even some creative options afforded to my family to receive the unit before the holiday. This was very refreshing to work with a company that was outstanding and honest throughout the entire process. I highly recommend the Solbello!
IU see mentions on the site here of a no wind kit. No clue what that is and all ig got was the pole, the shade, a sack. So if there is a no wind kit...maybe they ought to explain what that is because that is either new, didn't used to be sent out or is something silly that is useless.
It sounds like you have our old model, our current model that started shipping last August (2022) includes the No-Wind-Kit. To learn more what that is, please find our illustrated 2-page manual at the link - https://solbello.com/pages/manual
I hope that helps!
Excited to have this, can’t wait to be at the beach next summer!
Great price, fast shipping!
I haven’t got to use it yet because of winter but I believe the bag will get a hole in from the auger point because of no reinforced bottom
Thanks for the review!
Please know that the partitioned bag is reenforced for the bottom post with 2 layers of strong Poly Oxford material, so that point won't poke through. **Even before we added the partition with extra material, we had thousands sold and no report of failure there.
We hope you’re able to get some beach time shade soon, cheers!
Haven’t had it down on the beach yet but it seems to work perfectly!! My younger family members are thrilled that I purchased it.
Customer service is excellent.
Used this for the first time the past two weeks and we love it! Easy to put up, take down, and provided great shade on the beach! Highly recommend!!!
I want to thank you for your AWESOME costumer service. I was able to make it to the beach as planned with my little cousin, who was very excited. Solbello Blue worked like a charm and there was enough shade for two. Because we were late, it took only 5 min to set up the Solbello Blue giving us more time to enjoy the ocean. When it was time to go, we watch a beach goer put up his tent. He was on his knees digging in the sand and it took 30 min to complete. I just took off the shade and wrap it, and I put it in the Solbello bag. then I unscrew the pole and put that in the bag in less than 5 min. Thanks for a great produce!
Perfect for 2 people and much less in cost than competing brand. Very easy, quick setup and takedown. Glad I got. Makes umbrellas obsolete.
The clip on the pole which holds the umbrella open broke within 4 months of use. I contacted Solbello regarding a warranty fix. The owner emailed me the next day and shipped a new pole vs just the clip. This was impressive customer service. I really enjoy the Solbello!!
Only problem is during inconsistent wind speed and direction. The sail tends to “collapse” when corners are anchored down and wind shifts.
This is the easiest setup and take down umbrella we’ve ever owned. It provides enough shade for 4 people. Within days if owning it, 4 of our neighbors purchased them. And it’s just fun to watch it self adjust to the wind direction. Very clever!
I nearly always vacay in Horry County, SC. They aren’t allowed here. Beach police made me take it down 5 minutes after I set it up. I had read that they were allowed after Labor Day but that’s not true. I loved it during those 5 minutes though 🤷♀️
I’m sorry to hear they made you take it down, that's not cool.
The Horry County beach ordinance website(link below) mentions year-round, however Myrtle Beach’s site (which is most of Horry County) says that rule is just from Memorial through Labor Day… this rule is not only confusing, but dangerous!! We feel they should be banning traditional umbrellas instead of safe ones such as Solbello :(.
Horry County link - https://www.horrycounty.org/About-Our-Beaches
Myrtle Beach link - https://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/i_want_to/learn_about/tents_and_umbrellas.php
Solbello could not be easier to set up and provides much more shade than our 7' umbrella. We bought it a week ago and in that time period 4 of our neighbors have purchased one. Be prepared to meet a lot of people asking you what it is and where to get it.
We love our Solbello so much that we had to have another! Now we have plenty of coverage when we bring our guests to the beach. Noticed some improvements with our second shade and for the better. You don’t have to worry about this blowing into anyone when it’s a windy beach day. Very stable in the sand. Again lightweight and easy to set up. Also a huge thumbs up to the customer service department. Had a question about the difference in the 2 Solbellos we ordered and Paul was on it!! Do not hesitate. Delivery is exceptionally fast also. This is a great product and company to deal with.
Love it and it is as easy to put up as in the video. Two complaints: 1) it could stand to be a little bigger and 2) I don’t like that it changes direction with the wind.
We used the Solbello for the first time last weekend. LOVED it. Light to carry. Easy to put up and take down and it created a nice shaded space for a couple or small family. Great replacement for a beach umbrella (actually it folds open somewhat like an umbrella). The 'kite' form of the shade means it was MUCH more wind-resistant than an umbrella, and it moved with small changes in wind direction. If there's no wind it even has a set of ropes and pegs.
I know other people on the beach were impressed - someone even walked up and asked me about it.
We love our Solbello shade!! Lightweight, durable, easy to set up and tear down. Get plenty of compliments and inquiries on the beach for it too. It's also easy enough for my wife to set up by herself. Doesn't take much of a breeze to get this thing going either. And when the wind is blowing hard... super quiet! Not loud and distracting like some of the others.
We really like how light and easy to use this is but a couple of suggestions from us - users of shades and chairs
from Kelty. We forgot our shade from them so bought this on a recent vacation.
I think their shade / tent hybrid we bought that works really well cost us $200. For $180 I think that you guys could have an adjustable / padded / wider carrying strap and also (on first impression) stronger arms and foldable handles for the auger. Straight out the case our shade already had one of those small holes referred to in the care instructions so I guess this is a common ‘feature’ of the shade itself.
Time will tell on the resilience of the shade though with it being so light it will probably age well. Lots of good here but you are really charging a premium price (see above) so those little touches make a difference - at least to us.
Thank you for the review!
On those points mentioned, please rest assured that:
1. We kept the strap simple, and it’s small to accompany the weight (4.5lbs) of the shade. We’re always evolving and will keep this in mind for future revisions.
2. Those arms and handle are plenty strong for their purpose, we’ve sold thousands and not a single one has broken.
3. The hole in the sail isn’t common and per email, we'll ship you a replacement sail.
Thanks again for the input and I hope your Solbello gets you years of shade to come!
I'm going to mention your competitor because it's the basis for my review.
My wife bought a Shibumi for our July beach trip this year and after using it for a week I felt we could do better (I could feel the heat under it and it was too noisy), so I bought a Solbello and we compared them over the Labor Day holiday outing at the beach. The Solbello won, and here's why: More visibility, easier setup, less noise, better SPF rating.
Even with just barely a breeze, the Solbello worked great and we didn't need to break out the no wind kit. The higher SPF is apparent because I didn't feel the heat coming through like I did with the Shibumi - that's a huge plus for me. On the days when the wind picked up, my wife and I could sit under it and comfortably carry on a conversation (read: low noise), another win. And it's the perfect size for a couple and their stuff - we had two chairs, a large beach bag and a cooler and we still had room.
There's another big reason to choose the Solbello - the visibility. With the Shibumi and it's inverted U-shaped design, one has to set it up into the wind. But what if the wind is parallel to the shoreline? You end up looking at a Shibumi flappy wall instead of the shoreline. With the Solbello and its single pole, one can have a 360-degree view regardless of wind direction. That's lovely.
The Shibumi is a fine product, to be sure, but the Solbello is better and our testing proved it.
We love our Solbello! Provides THE best shade and it's so easy to use. Company has best practices when it comes to customer service.
Used it for the first time out on fort fisher beach. Set up is supper easy and it provided a lot of shade. Love how the shade swivels with the wind direction. We had gusty up to 18 mph that day and the pole never move. Great sunshade for the beach. I highly recommend it to everyone.