Not to be confused with Canopy Tents or Pop Up Canopies, these are not the same. In essence they are both instant shelters that set up within minutes and provide a shaded, waterproofed area. However this is where the similarities end.
Gazebos utilize an entirely different design and aesthetic than their canopy counterparts. Their price, materials and purpose of use differentiate also. Some are manually made gazebo kits or designed for use with grills, BBQ, others are made with wood or metal. However, today we will be focusing on those that are ‘Pop Up’ and pitch instantly only, these fall into 2 categories. Garden/Patio and Camping.
The Gazelle, Clam and Coleman models are popularly used for camping trips, given the full enclosure of meshed side-panels and walls, making them perfect for outdoor family holidays.
There are other top models from UK companies, such as Sunjoy, Z Shade, All-Season, Quest and Airwave, that are perfect for the garden, backyard and patio.
But which models are right for you and which should we use for camping or the garden?
This will become clear in our article, so sit back for the next 5-10 and enjoy.
Pop up gazebos have a vast size range and also there is an abundance of different uses. Luckily, they are not all designed the same. We talk more about their uses below in the FAQ.
However, if you’re in the loop and know what you’re looking for, then let’s begin.
We ordered this list by size and kept a variety of types for camping and garden.
Pop Up Gazebo Reviews
Clam Screen Tent Review
We will kick this off with an awesome pop up gazebo for camping from Clam Corporation. Producing portable, lightweight and fast pitch gazebos, which are tuned towards camping. An extremely wide range with the quick set escape, escape-XL, traveler and the popular pavilion models all available online. With the pavilion and escape models performing the best on the market, Clam is a premium choice with a high sell rate, let’s find out why.
This camping gazebo assembles in under a minute, and can be done alone. Open up the packaging and lay it flat on the ground. After, open out each hub, there are 5 in total, which make up each side panel. Then push up the center hub to secure all framework together, it will be fortified once you hear the clicking sound. Finally, after use, fold back in the same fashion in reverse, and place it back in its carry bag for safe storage. Job done.
The sides of the portable gazebo have built in wind and rain panels to help in fighting off any unwanted weather conditions. The zippered weather panels are also adjustable, meaning you can customize it against wind or sunlight, depending on the position of the sun.
Adjustable to create a low level breeze if the interior needs airing out. It’s waterproof with a resistant roof and taped seams, the meshed windows are also created with a fine mesh that reduces visibility from the outside. Offering some privacy when needed.
110 square foot of shaded ground, from within. Capable of fitting more than 6-8 people easily. Smaller models advertise as 6 people. Stays cool and dry inside thanks to the meshed panels. Plenty of space for a large camping table and a few fold up chairs.
An excellent gazebo for camping or garden events for a small group. Comes with the weatherproof panels, which is rare for Clam, they are usually sold separately at $48 each. Just be careful, remember that these are just pop ups, if you can, don’t leave them set up for months on end, take care of them and store them away safely after use.
〉 3 Season Gazebo
〉 Weather Panels Included
〉 Fine Meshed Windows
〉 110 Square Foot of Shade
〉 60 Second Set Up
〉 Will need extra staking against strong wind conditions
〉 More Expensive than Coleman/Gazelle models
Cloud Mountain Gazebo Review
Next up, we have a 13 x 13 instant gazebo for garden and patio from Cloud Mountain. This is a sturdy yet beautiful piece that is suitable for garden parties, barbecues and a sunshade for the family. It has a classical appearance with 4 color choices. Let’s see what’s hot and what’s not with this portable patio gazebo.
Colors and Dimensions
With 4 color variations, brown/beige, brown/tan, royal blue tan and hunter green tan. The Tan and Beige will blend well with stone houses, conservatories and patios. The Blue goes well poolside or on the lawn. The legs also match the chosen color theme, so the roof and legs will be the same. Erected it stands at 154 x 154 x 110 for length, width and height respectively. Giving a shaded area of 169 square foot.
Frame, Fabric, Roof
Steel frame, but still pretty lightweight at 34lbs in weight. Easily carried around in its carry bag. It has adjustable straight legs with 3 different height variations. The frame is protected with a powder coating that resists water, rust and corrosion. The fabric is made from 210 Oxford Fabric which is a decent protective material. This newer model includes an over-sized roof, which creates a larger shaded area. It measures up at around 46 x 46 in inches, and will contain the color chosen upon purchase.
It works well as a portable, lightweight pop up gazebo that you can use in the garden or patio, to shade you and your friends, for occasional get-togethers. However it is not meant to be left outside in the weather for extensive periods of time. Try to pack it away and store safely after each use to enjoy longevity in this model.
〉 Improved Rooftop
〉 Lightweight 34lbs
〉 Simple Assembly
〉 3 Level Adjustment
〉 4 Color Choices
〉 No Sidewalls or Weights
〉 Vulnerable to Extensive Weathering
Gazelle Gazebo Review
Our 2nd pop up gazebo designed for camping and outdoor use. The 8 and 4 person portable camping hubs from Gazelle, much like the addition from Clam. However without all the bells and whistles and a more economical choice. Let’s check out the features on this portable camping gazebo.
Offering a huge center height of 7.2 foot, it’s taller than most instant cabin tents. It has 92 square foot of shaded space for you to relax in. The size when assembled is 124 x 124, to give you an accurate idea of the size. Also lightweight at 34lbs in weight, it’s easily carried and lighter than the Clam edition. It’s suitable for a picnic table inside with 6 chairs, to enjoy with the family or camping group.
Starting with the roof, it’s made with Polyester material, which has been integrated with UV resistant properties. It offers great protection from the sun. Also they have reinforced the corner joints, which are usually weak points on hexagonal shaped gazebos, as there are so many corners, nooks and crannies for the rain to filter into. Reinforced with heavy duty material, that is sewn into the corner joints, to prevent any leaking issues. It only has 1 entrance and exit in the form of a single front door panel. However, this has been fitted with a YKK zipper which is durable and water-protected.
Unlike the Clam, the Gazelle gazebos wind panels are sold separately. As is the norm for all other Clam gazebos too, the quick set pavilion being an exception to the rule. They have packs of 2 or 3 available, so for the 6 sided hub I would recommend a 3 pack and maybe a 2nd pack for full surrounding coverage.
Made of 210D Polyester material, they are fully waterproof and offer good protection from light rainfall and moderate winds. Additionally they are attachable to any gazebo from Gazelle.
They have also created a 5 sided version which is designed as a 4 person camping hub. If the 8 person is going to be way too big for your smaller group, consider this. It has the exact same features as the 6 sided hub, only smaller dimensions.
〉 Spacious Interior
〉 Reinforced Interiro and Joints
〉 Durable YKK Zipper
〉 Free Bags, Stakes and Ropes
〉 UV Protected
〉 Wind Panels Sold Separately
〉 Avoid Very Heavy Rain if Possible
Z Shade Instant Gazebo Review
Similar in dimensions to the Cloud Mountain, however this model has a stunning double roof in a pagoda style. With a set of string lights this can set the scene beautifully for any social occasion, in your garden or patio. Also an insta-lock frame for extra safety when pitching and storing. Let’s check out what else this shelter has to offer.
This model is insanely easy to set up. Can be up within minutes of unpacking, just simply extend and attach the pagoda style roof cover to the frame. The legs have attachments for mosquito nets and wind panels but unfortunately they are sold separately. It all can be stored away safely into the free roller carry bag, if you’re looking for something a bit more robust than the free carry bags, check out these folding camping wagons.
The frame is steel which weighs in at around 59lbs in total. Coated with rust resistant powder to fight the elements when kept outside for a long duration. The total canopy size is 13 x 13 with a 10 x 10 footprint. This offers around 170 square foot of shade, which is especially big due to the extended pagoda roof. The center height is tall and stands at 9.6 foot.
Mosquito Netting Panels
As mentioned there are meshed side panels to keep out bugs and insects, which fits perfectly with this portable gazebo. However, they are sold separately. They attach easily to the legs and frame, and have full zippers integrated into the lining.
Made with fire retardant fabric they are safe to grill or BBQ with and the purchase also comes with all 4 side-panels. You can customize accordingly, creating 1-2 doorways, or connect all 4 for full coverage. In fact these panels fit most pop up gazebos that have a 10 x 10 footprint.
〉 2 Year Warranty
〉 Insta-Lock Frame
〉 Fast Assembly
〉 Pagoda Style Roof
〉 Fire Retardant
〉 Mosquito Panels Sold Separately
Coleman Gazebo Review
Our next addition in our list is an instant screen house from Coleman. With the hexagonal shape, pop up design, attached framework and meshed screened sides, this definitely qualifies for camping with the family. This brand famously offer instant set up tents, canopies and gazebos that are easy to set up and use.
The whole frame is protected by a screened shelter that surrounds the gazebo. The fine meshed side panels gives protection from mosquitoes, bugs and all those creepy crawlies, as the mesh is to fine for them to fit through. The roof and other fabric is made of a durable material knows as Polyguard, which is an extra thick and long lasting material. It’s designed with an UVGuard, which is integrated into the fabric. The provides adequate sun protection and can protect your family with a factor of 50+ UPF.
In true Coleman style, it’s an incredibly easy set up. You can pitch this alone and have it set up and staked within 3-5 minutes. Afterwards, it’s just as simple to fold away and make sure that you do this after each use. It can be stored in the easy pull storage back, that has wheel attachments so you can pull it rather than carrying it around from A-B.
Perfect for camping with friends and family, also makes a great picnic shade for the table. You can attached LED lights inside to create a relaxing ambiance. If you store away safely after each use, proof the roof with proofing spray and try to avoid severe weather conditions and it will outlast its very reasonable price tag.
〉 Lighting Hooks
〉 3-5 Mins Set Up
〉 Polyguard Material (Weatherproof)
〉 UV Guard Tech
〉 Meshed Sidewalls only, so vulnerable to sweeping winds and rain. If you can track down solid sidewalls, it would improve its protection value. Or use a tarp.
Mosaic Pop-Up Gazebo Review
A decent pop up gazebo for under $200 that would serve well on patio, poolside and in the backyard. We included this one as it strays away from the usual Beige or Tan color themes that many seem to follow. The features aren’t bad at all too, additionally the reviews have been positive in the majority. Lets find out more about this model from Mosaic.
So the frame is a pretty sturdy addition for a pop up, with a sold steel frame, although not the thickest, but it’s still steel. This means it has the benefits of superior durability when combined with a powdered coating. Luckily for you it does, you won’t need to apply this yourself. The coverage is decent and the legs aren’t slanted, at 13 x 13 you will get the full 169 square foot of shade.
You may be wondering how a steel frame is instant, but it’s no rarity. Most durable canopies are indeed steel, it’s possible with modern engineering. This particular model utilizes an ‘insta-lock’ frame which clicks the frame into place, securing it tightly. You can have this up within 15 minutes with a bit of help.
〉 Powder Coated
〉 Water, Fire and UV Resistant
〉 Insta-lock Frame
〉 Free Roller Carry Bag
〉 Framework could be thicker for a steel frame
Suntime Outdoor Pop Up Gazebo with Solar Light Review
A backyard gazebo that employs an instant set up with push up technology. Our favorite feature of this model is the solar LED lighting that creates an ambient atmosphere on a calm night.
As mentioned there are 4 LED lights that are powered by solar energy, so obviously self-sufficient in spring, summer months, but perhaps need to switch-out to a battery powered in the darker, winter months. Instant set up with pre-made framework and the heights is adjustable into 3 levels, although the highest setting is probably the only one you will use. The sidewalls are attached by Velcro straps and hold well in light winds, significant strong winds will likely cause an issue with these lightweight gazebos, so use wisely in correct weather.
The material used is waterproof, Suntime use a 150D polyester fabric for the majority of the gazebo. This protects up to 95% of all UV rays so is perfect for friends, family and children, even the pets are safe from the suns rays underneath this gazebo roof. The most important feature with this gazebo for safety is the fire retardant properties maintained in the fabric. It’s CPAI84 level certified and proves useful in regards to grills, BBQ or even a small home bonfire, if allowed in your area of course.
〉 4 Solar LED Lights
〉 Instant Set Up
〉 Removable Sidewalls
〉 Hexagon Variant Available
〉 Solar Lights wont work in Winter months, may need a 2nd standard set for winter and autumn use.
Kinbor Hexagon Gazebo Review
This hexagon shaped gazebo is more like a 2 in 1 so-to-speak. The foundation of the frame is essentially a pop up canopy, yet the way its designed is that when the multiple sidewalls are attached, it takes the shape of a hexagon, due to the angled side-panels. It then becomes less like the conventional canopies and much more like a garden gazebo. This is reinforced more-so with the addition of aesthetic window designs, which suit social occasions as opposed to commercial.
The material is in some parts superior to the Suntime Solar Gazebo, given the 210D oxford as opposed to the 150D in the Suntime. It’s also oxford silver which is renowned for having reflective properties against UV rays and will keep you relatively cool inside when concealed. It’s a simple task to set up, just pop up the initial framework then attach the sidewalls and it’s done. Instruction manuals are included, but not necessary if you’ve done this kind of thing before.
〉 Rust and Corrosion Protection
〉 UV Resistant
〉 Canopy and Gazebo Combo
〉 Durable Polyethylene Cover
〉 Not Designed for Extensive Outdoor Use in Strong Weather
UK Pop Up Gazebo Reviews
Quest Pop Up Gazebo Review
Quest is a British company that specialize in creating quality, fast pitched shelters for garden, patio and camping. This take on a camping hub style shelter, is the Quest Gazebo 6, due to the 6 sides and has a large footprint area of 300 x 360 cm.
The shelter does come with all screened sides and 1 double door for the entrance, and all sides come with storm straps. Which are essentially tie downs which help to control and stabilize the hub during winds.
One feature we like about this model is the sidewall blinds that you can attach for full privacy and shade, unfortunately it is an additional purchase.
Fast pitch and can be set up within a minute or 2, with its fast erecting framework and attachable sides. This is really a multi purpose shelter and can be used for all manner of scenarios, from garden parties, social events to camping trips.
〉 Attachable Privacy Side-blinds
〉 Fast and Easy Pitch Method
〉 Versatile Pop Up with Multiple Uses
〉 Side-Blinds are an Additional Purchase
Airwave Pop Up Gazebo Review
The top selling pop up gazebo in the UK right now is the 3 x 3 metre instant shelter from Airwave.
They have a huge range of sizes available on the market, ranging from 2 x 2 metres all the way up to 3 x 6 metre sizes.
We like the 3 x 3 not only because of the vast positive reviews online, reaching over 2000 for Amazon alone, but because of the efficiency in its design. Probably the fastest pitching model in the UK lineup, partially due to the smaller compact size in comparison to the larger 3 x 6 models, but also just a damn good framework made from quality engineering.
It’s fully waterproof, as you would expect, with the durable polyester cover and sides. Additionally it has been PU coated which holds the majority of the its water sealant power.
A nice feature is the free wind bars that you can attach onto the frame, this keeps it more stable and does a much better job than simple tie downs, which are present in other models.
〉 60 Second Pitch
〉 Fully Waterproofed Materials
〉 2 Free Windbars
〉 Economical Pricing
〉 8 Color Choices
〉 Will need to take down after each use as it doesn’t fair well with consistent weathering
Horwood Hexagonal Gazebo Review
This 3.6 x 3.1 hexagonal gazebo is a great feature for the garden or patio with its aesthetic footprint. Fully curtained, with a beige color theme, keeping it cool and shaded during the hot afternoons. Then tie them back in the evening to create a beautiful patterned seating area.
The footprint is large enough to fit a few tables and chairs, or perhaps a larger dining table with seating. The solid steel frame provides a robust shelter that will stand strong during bad weather, with the copper brown protective coating. Working to resist rust and erosion while out in the elements. Although remember it is a pop-up gazebo, not a fixed one, generally speaking they aren’t meant to be left out for long periods of time. So put away when not in use if possible, it will pay dividends for it’s value this way.
〉Beautiful Curtained Design
〉 Solid Steel Frame
〉 Protective Frame Coating
〉 Primarily Ships in UK/EU
All Seasons Pop Up Gazebo Review
If you’re on the lookout for something a bit larger, these 3x6m models from All Seasons are top notch. With over 14 different color choices you can choose a theme for all scenarios, for garden social events or even business stalls, to match your companies color theme.
We love the windowed side-panels, this helps to let in a bit of sunlight on a good day while blocking any drafts and cold winds at the same time. Even with these large dimensions it still utilizes the pop up mechanism in its setup, which is just as fast as the smaller models.
The material is fully waterproofed and employs a heavy duty PVC cover and coating, 260g coating to be precise, nearly twice as powerful as other 3x3m models.
The frames are solid steel and come with a rust resistant coating already applied, so don’t clean the frame with any abrasive products as not to mess with the coating. Although this is a heavy duty pop up gazebo, I wouldn’t leave it outside for months on end, at this price we should be storing it safely after each use. It doesn’t take long to take down so just make it part of your routine for best effect.
〉 15 Color Choices
〉 Simple Pitch and Set Up
〉 4 Free Side Panels
〉 Large Coverage
〉 Larger Models that still use the Pop Up design are premium priced, due to the engineering involved.
Outsunny Pop Up Gazebo Review
A beautiful pop up shelter for the patio or garden area from Outsunny. This 3.5 x 3.5m model has a gorgeous design with meshed curtains running down the steel framework, to give more of a homely feel.
The meshed sides are removable, so you can have an open air set up on a hot day, or to make room for elongated tables etc. useful for when serving food.
A cool feature we like on this model is the drainage holes integrated into the cover, this will aid in draining off rainwater. As you may have seen some canopies and gazebos collect the water on the roof like a bucket, then you need to poke it off with a stick, usually resulting in someone getting absolutely soaked. In this case it will drain off automatically, saving you a chore.
Not only waterproof, but UV protected also, so good for summer and autumn months, however may not hold up as well against heavy snowfall. Use wisely and avoid very heavy weather conditions, as pop ups are meant for efficiency, not so much stability.
〉 Powder Coated Frame
〉 Fast Pitch
〉 Steel Frame
〉 Removable Meshed Curtains
〉 On the heavier side for a pop up, slightly cumbersome
What is a Pop up Gazebo?
Basically the modern equivalent of a standard gazebo. Focusing on an instant set up, light carry weight and portability. They are an easy set up shelter which can be used in a variety of situations.They are generally used as a camping hub tent or as a patio and garden shelter, for the more aesthetic models. Both contain side panels and meshed panels, which are either attachable or integrated, depending on the style. For patio options, lights are attachable to create a nice environment for garden events. The camping style gazebos offer perfect shade and spacious rooms to fit in the camping table and chairs.
How do Pop up Gazebos work?
The larger portable garden and patio gazebos will most likely come with a pre-built aluminum or steel frame. This will be firstly extended around 70%, then have the cover/roof attached, then fully extended. Much like a car canopy. Some of the more rigid roofs made of aluminum or other non-pliable material will be attached after full extension of the frame. Then finally, securing the gazebo with weights, guy lines and stakes, depending if you set up on soft or hard surfaces.
The camping gazebo versions are much simpler to assemble. They come pre-assembled in a complete frame with fabric already integrated into the framework. Assembled by extending the pre attached poles outwards, unfolding the framework, taking shape as you extend it. Next secure with pegs an stakes once it’s fully opened. Apply any rain-cover or flys after the frame is fixed. Additionally lay any tarp for extra flooring. That’s it, job done.
Are Pop up Gazebos Waterproof?
They do vary and some are better than others. All the pop ups listed in our article have waterproofing properties in the fabric. However it is worth noting the portable versions generally aren’t as robust as traditional gazebos. The polyethylene and polyguard models do resist water penetration and with care after each use, can last as a decent outdoor shelter.
To conclude this article, pop up gazebos are a lightweight and multi-functional shelter that can be used in a variety of situations. Garden, patio and camping scenarios alike. All of which are waterproof and do a good job sheltering against the elements.
I think the most important thing to realize when buying, is the fact that you cant just leave them outside in harsh weather for weeks on end. For best practice, try to store after use and make sure its dried out before storage to prevent mold build up, which can eat away at the fabric, weakening it.
All in all an excellent and economical choice of instant shelter for camping and garden events.
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