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What is a Sand Anchor?

We get this question quite a bit, believe it or not. In the following article, we’re going to explain exactly what a Sand anchor (also called a sand auger) is, answer some common questions, and explain how it can help you!

You’re probably used to bringing an umbrella to the beach and having it fall over – it happens to all of us, and it’s always a huge hassle! This is where a Sand Anchor comes in.

In the following buyer’s guide, we’re going to dive into a few of the most frequently asked questions.

Sand Auger
Enlarged image of a sand anchor, also called a sand auger.

How does a sand anchor work?

A sand anchor screws into the bottom of any beach umbrella, and gives it the ability to better screw into the sand. This allows your umbrella to be more deeply placed into the sand, and therefore not fall over by blowing out of the sand.

How much do sand anchors cost?

While they range in price, the average cost is around $10-20. It’s definitely worth the hassle saved!

What are sand anchors built out of?

Most sand anchors are built out of either PVC or metal construction. You can learn more about the types of sand anchors here, and figure out which one best suits you.

How big are sand anchors?

They range in size. However, the average size is about 10 to 20 inches in length, and 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter.

How do I determine which sand anchor fits my umbrella?

Simply measure the diameter of your umbrella. Then check the diameter of the sand anchor you’re looking at purchasing and be sure that it fits!

Which sand anchors last the longest?

Sand Anchor Installation
This image shows the installation of a sand anchor on a common beach umbrella.

Ultimately, this depends on how you use your sand anchor, including what type of sand its used in the most, what weather conditions it sustains, etc. We recommend PVC or fiberglass sand anchors for the majority of uses. You can view more information about them here.

Where can I buy a sand anchor?

Great question! We recommend going to our information page here to figure out the best place to buy a sand anchor. For the most part, Amazon will be your best bet, but you can also buy sand anchors locally.

Do sand anchors work in grass and dirt?

While most are created for use with beach umbrellas, some brands can also work in grass and dirt.

Be sure to look into the reviews or technical specifications of the particular item you’re looking at for more information, as the toughness of the material can vary greatly. We recommend use of metal sand anchors if you plan to use it the majority of time in grass or dirt.

How do I install a sand anchor?

Great question! First, unscrew the screw on the bottom of your sand anchor. Then, put your beach umbrella’s bottom portion into the anchor. Screw the screw back into the bottom of your umbrella, and screw the sand anchor deep into the sand. It’s a relatively easy process, and shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. For a more in-depth answer, you can check our article here. It’s accompanied with a YouTube video to easily follow.

What other names are sand anchors and sand augers called?

Sand augers and anchors are sometimes called anchor stakes or sand stakes.

Which sand anchor do you recommend buying?

For most situations, we’d recommend this sand anchor. You can find out more information on it on our homepage, or check it out on Amazon here.

Hopefully we have helped you a bit in your search for a sand auger! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Otherwise, we wish you the best of luck on your research! In the meantime, please be sure to check out our homepage for more information.

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