A tandem umbrella, as the name suggests, is an umbrella that was designed for two people to use simultaneously (or in tandem). It is sometimes referred to as a double umbrella. In terms of appearance, tandem umbrellas are similar to regular umbrellas; the distinguishing difference is the doublewide top.
The word tandem denotes that something has two similar or identical parts. Typically the two parts can be found behind the other like in a tandem bike or tandem baby stroller. Like how a tandem bicycle or stroller is designed to serve two people, a tandem umbrella is essentially an umbrella for two people to use.
Tandem umbrellas are generally marketed as an umbrella for ‘clingy couples’. The opinions on them are heavily divided; it seems one either loves it or absolutely hates it. Those who despise it feel it is overly sweet (to the point of pretentiousness) and not practical. The other side feels it is adorable and glamourous. In order for the tandem umbrella to work smoothly, both users must be similar in height or else the shorter person will experience issues and may still get potentially rained on.
Some styles of tandem umbrellas have a connected, single handle, and this may be more useful for couples that have a large height gap than tandem umbrellas that have two separate handles. The end of the handle may be highly decorative, or be really plain and functional. All tandem umbrellas are doublewide on top, but some might feature a peak on top and others might have two peaks. Many tandem umbrellas can be purchased in red or black solid colors.
For some individuals, seeing a tandem umbrella evokes images of traditional Hollywood romance and glamour. For instance, a bright red tandem umbrella with handle in the shape of a heart might be the perfect item to carry on a romantic Valentine’s Day just in case something were to happen. All of a sudden, it starts to rain, and one of them whips out the heart-themed umbrella, and the day is saved (remember, this stuff happens only in movies; don’t bet on it actually happening to you)! A well designed tandem umbrella ought to be practical, and should be capable of folding up easily so that carrying around such a large umbrella won’t be cumbersome.