What Is Incredi-Brella?

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Jan 12, 2017

Using a state of the art design, Incredi-Brella is a heavy-duty umbrella that helps protect you against rain, hail, sleet, and snow, while opening inside-out to keep you dry and hold the wetness inside.

Incredi-Brella’s vented, double-layer, wind-dispersing design also allows it to withstand tropical force winds without bending or breaking, while opening up and out to make getting in and out of areas easier.

The manufacturer tells that this is especially useful in crowded spaces, when you want to avoid poking others in the eye!

Combined with the ability to fit through a 2" open car door and an ergonomic EZ grip handle, Tristar claims that Incredi-Brella is easier to use than traditional umbrellas and is the fastest way to get in and out of the rain.

Look, there’s no doubt that Incredi-Brella’s design seems unique and that it might deliver some better ease of use as a result. But is it necessarily the best value for your money? Are there any important considerations to keep in mind? Let’s discuss.

How Much Does Incredi-Brella Cost?

Available in blue and maroon colors, one Incredi-Brella will cost you $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H. During checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a second one in the same color for an additional $7.99 fee.

Regardless of the number you order, Incredi-Brella comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H.

Note: Keep this in mind if you’re thinking about ordering the BOGO option. If you end up dissatisfied, this means you could lose more in S&H than you get back as a refund by the time you ship your umbrellas to the manufacturer.

Speaking of the manufacturer, Tristar Products’ customer service department can be reached at 973-287-5131.

How does this price compare to the competition?

Incredi-Brella vs. KAZbrella & Other Reverse Folding Umbrellas

Do you have the nagging sensation that you’ve seen Incredi-Brella’s same basic design somewhere before?

It's likely, since reverse folding umbrellas (also frequently referred to as reverse open umbrellas, inside-out umbrellas, and upside down umbrellas) have been fairly popular for a couple of years now.

This trend seems to have originally started with KAZbrella, designed by Civil Engineer Jenan Kazim and featuring patented technology. This reverse umbrella got its start through Kickstarter, where it raised more than 10 times its original goal.

As is often the case with relatively inexpensive crowdfunded projects, ASOTV companies were quick to piggyback on KAZbrella’s success by releasing slightly modified versions of their own, including Better Brella.

Outside of the ASOTV market, other meaningfully similar options include Anbrella, AmbrellaOK, BetterBrella, KCASA UB-1, and even long-winded, generically-named options like “upside down reverse double layer umbrella opposite folding umbrella.”

How do these compare? We didn’t test Incredi-Brella or any of its competition firsthand, so we can’t speak directly to important aspects like build quality, functionality, and expectations for long-term use.

From a price perspective, though, Incredi-Brella is up against some pretty stiff competition, since AmbrellaOK, BetterBrella, and KCASA UB-1 are all priced within a couple of dollars. And when you factor in Incredi-Brella’s relatively steep (and non-refundable) S&H charges, they might end up providing a better value.

On the other hand, Anbrella comes with a price tag nearing $80. Without trying it out, there’s no way to know if it’s meaningfully higher price will deliver better quality.

What about customer reviews for products like Incredi-Brella?

Can We Learn Anything From Reviews for Inside-Out Umbrellas Like Incredi-Brella?

Incredi-Brella was too new at the time of our research to have garnered any online customer feedback. And although the HighYa team typically avoids comparing feedback for competing products, all of these reverse umbrellas are functionally similar enough that it warrants an exception in this instance.

Based on hundreds of customer reviews, AmbrellaOK, Anbrella, and BetterBrella had 3.5-star average ratings or better. Most compliments referenced sturdy construction, quality materials, ease of operation, and attractive design.

On the other hand, common complaints related to poor quality (stopped working after just a few uses, handle broke, fabric came apart at the seam) and difficulty opening.

Obviously, without any customer feedback or testing it firsthand, there’s no way to know if you’ll experience any of the same with Incredi-Brella. But you now have a better idea of the overall picture.

What Are Some Pros & Cons of Reverse Folding Umbrellas?

Regardless of the manufacturer, there are some pros and cons inherent in the basic design of any inside-out umbrella. Let’s quickly go over a few of these here.

Advantages of Reverse Folding Umbrellas

Most importantly, many customers report that reversible umbrellas can provide drier entry into cars and other doorways, since they fit in openings as small as 2". And because they’re vented, these umbrellas can often withstand much stronger wind gusts than traditional options.

Even if they do blow open, many customers report that you simply have to press the button on the handle (depending on the specific design) to bring it back into its correct shape.

Potential Drawbacks of Upside Down Umbrellas

With its underside facing out, many customers report that both sides of their reverse umbrella tend to get wet before you open it, especially if you’re making multiple trips to your car in the pouring rain.

Not only will both sides get wet, but when you close your reverse folding umbrella, it will also retain water in the top.

As long as you can keep the umbrella upright, this shouldn’t be a problem. But if it accidentally tips over (or you don’t have a lot of room to maneuver, such as in a car), you could quickly cause more of a mess than a traditional umbrella.

Even if you’re inside your home, to avoid this, you’ll either have to shake out your reverse umbrella like traditional options or you’ll need to prop it precariously upright on its handle until you have a chance to drain the water.

What does this mean for you and Incredi-Brella?

Who Might Incredi-Brella Work Best For?

Based on what we observed in the commercial, as well as what we read in customer reviews for functionally identical reverse umbrella models, it seems like Incredi-Brella might provide most of its benefits when getting into a vehicle or entering a building.

But its benefits might be negligible when exiting a building or car, and we could foresee Incredi-Brella being less useful than traditional options when attempting to avoid getting the floor wet after you’ve come inside.

What’s more, we’re not informed if Incredi-Brella’s material features a hydrophobic coating, or if the moisture will soak into the fabric if present for a while (such as while you’re waiting for the water to pool in the canopy).

The good news is that Tristar stands behind Incredi-Brella (as they do all their products, including Copper Chef, Clear TV, and Power Pressure Cooker XL) with a 60-day refund policy.

But when you consider that you’ll lose a decent chunk of change in non-refundable S&H charges, only you can decide if Incredi-Brella makes more sense than some of the competition.

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