Best Outdoor Gazebos

Intro

No matter what the weather in your area is like, outdoor gazebos are a great addition to any backyard. They can also be used for camping, picnics, tent sales, etc.

Choosing the right gazebo for you and your family is crucial if you are to enjoy all of its benefits. Size, canopy type, permanent or portable, frame materials, etc. are all items to consider before purchasing a new outdoor gazebo.

In my opinion, the Abba Enclosed Garden Canopy is the top gazebo on the list due to its versatility, size, and price. It also has side panels to keep bugs out and it very simple to assemble.

The following is a list of the top 5 best outdoor gazebos on the market right now.

Abba Enclosed Garden Canopy

Abba Enclosed Garden Canopy gazebo has a soft canopy and bug screens that can be tied back or zipped closed.

The frame is steel and powder coated so it is durable and won’t chip, rust, or peel. A steel frame is important when storms come through as I have seen many a gazebo fall to pieces during a storm with high winds. The Abba holds up well in high winds and the vented roof aids in air flow so it is likely it won’t be destroyed during a heavy storm.

The 10 feet x 10 feet size is just big enough for a table and chairs that seat 6 people which is an ideal size in my opinion. It is not too large so that it is an eye sore in your yard, but it is large enough to entertain in.

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Affordable price
  • Mesh screen allows wind to flow through but keeps the bugs out; the soft cover is UV-treated for added protection from the sun.

Cons:

  • Excess rain can gather on the canopy and cause the roof to sag
  • Additional tie-downs are necessary to keep the gazebo in place during high winds
  • Some customers complain that the instructions are difficult to understand

Sunjoy Summer Breeze

The Sunjoy Summer Breeze is a soft top outdoor gazebo. It is 10 x 10 which is large enough to entertain six people comfortably. The soft top provides protection from the sun, but this gazebo does not come with side panels, so there is no protection from bugs. Both sunshades and mosquito netting can be purchased separately and installed onto the gazebo.

The soft top is ventilated which aids in stability in windy conditions and the frame is steel with a powder-coated finish. These features make the Sunjoy Summer Breeze durable, but it is still recommended to tie down or anchor the gazebo so it remains in place during storms.

Since the frame is steel and aluminum, this is not considered a portable gazebo. The frame can be left up during the off season if desired, but the cover and any side panels and/or screens should be removed.

Pros:

  • Sturdy steel and aluminum frame is rust resistant
  • The vented canopy provides stability in windy conditions
  • Very quick and easy assembly.

Cons:

  • Side panels must be bought separately
  • Tie-downs or anchors are necessary to keep the gazebo in place during storms
  • Some customers have reported that the fabric fades and turns pink

Gazelle G6 Portable

The Gazelle G6 Portable Gazebo is ideal for taking on outdoor adventures. Camping, the beach, family gatherings, etc. are perfect places to set up this gazebo and enjoy its UV resistant, waterproof covering.

The Gazelle measures just over 7′ tall and almost 12′ across which makes it big enough for 8 people to dine, relax, or play a game in. The sides of the gazebo are made of a tight weave mesh that will keep bugs out if you have the door closed as well.

Twelve ground stakes and six tie-down ropes come with the gazebo for added stability during winds and storms. The corners of the gazebo are reinforced with an extra layer of fabric and pole pockets so they won’t rip after repeated assemblies.

This gazebo is considered a pop-up which means assembly is extremely simple and portability is high.

Pros:

  • Pop-up assembly takes less than a minute to set up
  • The top covering is both UV and water resistant
  • Comes with a convenient carrying case

Cons:

  • Tight-weave mesh does not allow for airflow which makes it hot inside
  • Not the most attractive gazebo on the list

Sojag 500 – Messina Hard Top Sun Shelter

All of the other gazebos on this list are soft topped, so I wanted to include the best hard top option. The Sojag Hard Top is an excellent gazebo that you can leave up all year no matter where you live.

The gazebo is over 9′ x 11′ which makes it a large space for furniture, dining, entertaining, etc. The roof is galvanized steel and the frame is rust-proof aluminum so it will withstand even winter weather conditions.

The Sojag comes with nylon mosquito netting that will not rip or tear. Customers report that their gazebo has withstood up to 60 mph winds!

Some users report that the roof is not 100% leak proof, but that for the most part, you will stay dry when underneath. If you want a totally leak-proof roof it is recommended to use silicone to seal the leaky spots.

Pros:

  • This gazebo is really good looking and adds to any yard’s ambiance
  • The mosquito netting is thick
  • Very sturdy roof and frame even in high winds and storms
  • Replacement parts and accessories are available

Cons:

  • Set-up and assembly are time-consuming
  • It can get hot under the gazebo in high temperatures
  • Expensive

Clam Quick Set Escape Shelter

The name “escape shelter” makes this gazebo sound really exciting doesn’t it? This gazebo made by Clam Corporation is 12 x 12 which means a picnic table will fit inside making this a perfect camping gazebo.

There is no assembly required; the frame and cover pop up and it is ready to use in less than 1 minute. The cover is water resistant and there are mesh sides to keep bugs out. While other gazebos with sides that close can get stuffy, the Clam Quick Set is well ventilated.

The pole pockets are triple layered to avoid rips and tears after years of set-ups. The cover is also 50+ UV guard protected and has taped seams to ensure it does not leak.

The gazebo comes with six tent stakes, tie down ropes, and a carrying bag.

Pros:

  • Speedy assembly
  • The canopy is both water and UV resistant
  • Designed to last

Cons:

  • Not the most attractive gazebo for a backyard set-up
  • Only the brown and camouflage options come with rain flaps

ULTIMATE BUYERS GUIDE

Spending time outside is a blast, especially if you endured a long winter – Michigan winters are rough! – but sometimes Mother Nature has plans that include rain, wind, sun, dust, bugs, etc. that can ruin outdoor fun. However, a quality gazebo can help you combat the above conditions so you can enjoy your yard or camping trip.

Types of Gazebos

Soft Top

Soft top gazebos come with a set of poles that you assemble to make a frame and an outer fabric covering. These types of gazebos are generally inexpensive and are ideal for semi-permanent use. These gazebos will typically last for summer but may be destroyed if a heavy storm comes through. Many of these gazebos come with side panels that will prevent bugs from entering. The downside is that many soft top gazebos are a bit tough to assemble and may take more time than others.

Pop-Up

Pop-Up soft top gazebos are designed so that the poles are already attached and the frame is intact so there is no assembly required. They simply “pop-up” and they are ready to use. Many pop-up soft top gazebos can be set up in less than a minute by one person. This feature makes them the perfect fit for camping or picnics. These types of gazebos are also commonly used as temporary market stalls. Since pop-up gazebos are so lightweight they can not be left outside for extended periods of time. Also, this type of gazebo is often not the most beautiful.

Hard Top

Hard top gazebos a very sturdy and have a solid outer covering that is more like a roof. They are designed to be permanent fixtures in your yard and will last throughout the whole year. Hard-top gazebos are often the most aesthetically pleasing out of the three types. Some of them come with walls and floors which make them ideal for use in cold weather. The downside is that hard top gazebos are difficult to assemble and usually way more expensive than soft tops or pop-ups.

Canopy Material

Wood

Wood shingle canopies are one of the most attractive tops for a gazebo; however, they are expensive and require a lot of maintenance. Models with wood shingles also tend to be costly as well.

Metal

Metal roofs are used on some hardtop gazebos because it is less likely to leak, durable, and will last a long time. However, metal can attract heat thus making it hot inside the gazebo.

PVC

PVC is a very common material used for soft top gazebos because it is durable and waterproof. For this reason, PVC canopies are great for camping or merchandising. However, PVC roofs can also make the inside of the gazebo hot because it is not a breathable material.

Polyester

Polyester is also a very common material used for canopies. Polyester is water resistant, lightweight, and durable which makes it a popular choice for pop-up gazebos.

Canvas

Canvas is an attractive material that is usually seen on higher end soft top gazebos. Canvas can be waterproof if it is prepared and treated properly.

Vinyl or Plastic

Vinyl or plastic roofs are relatively new to the gazebo game, but many manufacturers are now using plastic or vinyl for roofs because it is cheaper than wood or metal and not as loud when rain falls on it. Of course, since these are cheaper materials, it is often used on lower end gazebos

Size

The size of your gazebo is a matter of preference. You should consider what you want to use your gazebo for before deciding on size. Many gazebos are 10 x 10 which is enough space to fit a patio table and 6 chairs inside. There are, however, gazebos that come in smaller and larger sizes.


*Number of people with furniture.

Frame Material

Most gazebos have frames that are made of some sort of metal, but some hard top models have vinyl or wood frames.

Aluminum and Steel

Aluminum and steel are the most common materials used for gazebo frames. Aluminum is lightweight and steel is heavy, but steel is more durable than aluminum. Some of the gazebos on the list above have parts of the frame that are aluminum and steel. Ultimately, the choice between aluminum and steel is a matter of what you want to do with your gazebo. If you want lightweight, aluminum is the way to go. If you are looking for a more sturdy option, steel frames are durable.

Wood and Vinyl

Wood and vinyl are commonly used for hardtop gazebos because they are the most sturdy and durable options. As mentioned above, wood is the best looking option for a hard top gazebo, but it must be maintained in order to last a long time. Vinyl can look like wood but requires virtually no maintenance. This is a matter of preference and how much work you are willing to put into your gazebo.

Another thing to consider when looking for a gazebo to buy is if the model comes with side panels or not.

Price is usually a factor as well; soft top and pop-up models are significantly cheaper than hard top models, but the price range for any type of gazebo varies quite a bit. Generally, the cheaper the gazebo, the less durable it is.

Accessories such as stakes, tie-down straps, carrying bags, etc. are also important to look for based on your needs.

FAQ

Which gazebo is best?

The Abba Enclosed Garden Canopy is the best outdoor gazebo on the market. The size is ideal, it is easy to set up, the price is affordable, and the mesh screen allows wind to flow through but keeps bugs out; the soft cover is UV-treated for added protection from the sun.

How long do fabric gazebos last?

Fabric gazebos will not last through a whole year that has warm and cold seasons. If the gazebo is taken down during the cold months you may get two seasons out of it. However, fabric gazebos can be destroyed during storms; and UV rays, rain, wind, etc. make the fabric brittle.

What is a permanent gazebo?

A permanent gazebo is a hardtop gazebo that is made of wood, metal, or plastic and is anchored into a deck or the ground. A permanent gazebo is left up all year round and is not portable, or moved.

How much does a gazebo weigh?

The weight of the gazebo depends on the type of gazebo you have. Pop-up gazebos can weight as little as 40 pounds while permanent/hardtop gazebos can weigh thousands of pounds.

How much weight can a deck hold?

The weight a deck can hold depends on the size of the deck, the quality of both the materials used and the craftsmanship, and the design. However, typically speaking, a deck can hold 50 lbs per square foot. So, if your deck is 100 sqft it can probably hold 5,000 lbs.

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