What are the best car sunshades? 14 August 2020 by Parkers What are the best car sunshades to buy? Help keep your interior cooler when parked Read our handy guide to what's the best out there We yearn for sunny days, but when the sun finally comes out, we go to great lengths to protect ourselves from its rays. This is especially true in cars. But a pair of sunglasses and a sun visor can only go so far. Which is where the car sun shade comes in, especially if you’re travelling with young children in the back. But which car sun shade should you buy? There are hundreds of different car sun shades available. Although it’s a relatively inexpensive product, it’s easy to get the wrong one. In fact, we’d take price out of the equation and instead consider the level of UV protection, how much of the window it covers and the ease of use. We’ve sifted through hundreds of car sun shades so you don’t have to be, ahem, blinded by the range of options. So why do you need a car sun shade? You need a car sun shade to block out the sun, but there’s more to it than that. Many people believe that privacy glass protects occupants from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, but it doesn’t. The clue is in the name: privacy glass is designed for privacy. It is possible to source tinted windows that block UV rays, but this is a more expensive solution than fitting a sun shade. The advantage of a sun shade is that they are guaranteed to block UV rays, but they can be removed when the sun stops shining. They are also good at cooling the cabin, which means your car’s air conditioning won’t have to work so hard, so you’ll use less fuel. They add some darkness to the rear seats, which will be music to your ears if you want a baby to drift off to sleep. How to buy the right car sun shade, and how to use it There are two basic types of car shade. One uses a stretchable material to cover the entire top half of the door, while the other uses suction pads to stick to the window. We’d favour the net design for its uniform protection and the ability to use it with the window up or down. Although it’s a small point, we also prefer a solution that doesn’t leave marks on the glass when not in use. To use, you simply slide the door shade over the top of the door frame. After this you pull the shade over the window, before following the instructions for fixing it to the car. Fixing a sun shade with suction pads is even easier. You simply remove the shade from its packaging, before using the suction pads to fix it to the screen. We’d recommend removing any grease from the glass before use as this will prevent the screen from falling off. What to consider when choosing a car sun shade Don’t favour a fancy design over function. It’s essential that a sun shade stops harmful UV rays from entering a cabin, so make sure that the product is fit for purpose. Protection first, a colourful design second. Also make sure that the sun shade can be used on your car. Although the stretchable shades fit most cars, they’re not suitable for vehicles with sliding rear doors. You could also find that they’re not stretchable enough for large saloons and people carriers. If this is the case, you’ll need a car shade with suction pads. What are the best car sunshades? Gold award winner DIZA100 Car Side Window Sun Shade 2Pack £8.99 & FREE Delivery on your first eligible order to UK or Ireland. Details Best car sun shade for all-round protection and versatility The Diza100 offers a level of versatility you don't get from many other sun shades. It's actually a net that stretches over the entire upper section of the door, so it can be used with the window up or down. This means you can allow fresh air to enter the car without fear of UV rays or insects joining in. There are no suction cups to leave a residue on the glass, plus the net can be removed for washing. Silver award winner Goosky Car Window Sun Shades £7.99 & FREE Delivery on your first eligible order to UK or Ireland. Details Best car sun shade for fitting to most vehicles There's little to choose between the Diza100 and the Goosky car sun shade, but you do get a storage bag with the Goosky. It also has a comedy name, which has to be worth something. Again, it can be used with the rear window up or down, and the manufacturer claims it will fit 98% of cars. Bronze award winner JELLYBABABABY Car Window Shades £12.99 & FREE Delivery on your first eligible order to UK or Ireland. Details Best car sun shade for double-layer protection What is it about car sun shades and comedy names? The Jellybabababy sun shade has been updated with a new double-layer material, which its manufacturer claims makes it unique in the market. The large size makes it ideal for SUVs, while the larger holes improve rearward visibility when reversing or pulling out of junctions. Shortlisted Leon&Sophie Car Sun Shades for Baby £8.79 & FREE Delivery on your first eligible order to UK or Ireland. Details Best car sun shade for removable versatility Not everybody wants a solution that covers the entire window, which is where something like the Leon&Sophie sun shade comes in. You get a pair of shades that should fit most side windows. High-quality suction cups make it easy to apply and remove the shades, and they fold away to a size small enough to fit in the glovebox. The kids will love the turtle design. Shortlisted Zamboo Universal Car Window Sun Shade £19.99 & FREE Delivery on your first eligible order to UK or Ireland. Details Best car sun shade for drawing the curtains For something a little different, have you considered adding some curtains to the back windows? The curtain drawstrings affix to the window via four suction pads and can be opened or closed to suit the position of the sun. Your passengers will think they're travelling in a luxury limo. Shortlisted ADORIC Car Window Shades For Baby £6.70 £18.99 & FREE Delivery on your first eligible order to UK or Ireland. Details Best car sun shade for three-pack value While most sun shades come in a pack of two, you get three for the price of one with this solution. The Adoric blocks 98 percent of sunlight and harmful UV rays thanks to its 80gsm woven mesh material. Because you have an extra shade, it could be used to provide some protection on a sunroof, or one of the additional side windows in an estate car. Recommended Fast Mile Car Window Shade (2 Pack) £11.97 + £2.00 delivery Details Best car sun shade for your dog The Fast Mile baby car window 'sock-shade' is designed for children, but it's worth noting that sun shades are also useful when travelling with dogs (NEVER leave your dog unattended in the car, whatever the weather). The airflow and protection from the sun's rays will be good for your dog, as will the reduction in cabin heat. 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