THERE is an average of 133 days of rain in the UK every year, so an umbrella is vital to own – and ideally one that slots into your coat pocket or bag, rather than the traditional stick versions.
But what are the best compact umbrellas on the market and how do you know which one to choose?
Many retailers offer the automatic pop up style, while some need to be manually opened.
There are also ones that will fit neatly into your bag and others that are a bit clunkier – but they offer a larger span, which is well worth it.
But, most importantly, you should look into how strong and durable the design claims to be and whether it's wind-proof, because one rough storm can be enough to break a badly made brolly.
Some umbrella brands have such faith in their designs they'll replace yours if it breaks – how's that for an investment piece?
To make the decision easier, we've used our expert opinions and checked out reviews, to find which are the best umbrellas to buy now.
1. Strongest umbrella: Rain-mate compact travel umbrella
The 'ribs' of an umbrella are the metal pieces that make up the support structure of the shell when it's opened, so they're pretty important.
This umbrella has reinforced ribs that make them extra durable when gales strike.
Rain-Mate describes it as a 'virtually indestructible weatherproof canopy' which is a big claim, although one that has been supported by Amazon reviewers who confirm it's great in strong winds.
It has a lifetime replacement guarantee too, so no need to buy another if the pop up mechanism suddenly gives up the ghost.
- Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella, £15.95 at Amazon – buy here
2. Most compact umbrella: Uniqlo compact umbrella