Everyone who has a garden needs a pop up gazebo stored away in their garage, we don’t make the rules. Gazebo’s are super helpful to set up for a whole array of occasions, whether it be a barbecue, garden party or a celebration.
They’re sleek and stylish, and add a lovely touch to your outdoor space. Not only do they look nice, but they are also very beneficial for families with little children who suffer from sensitive skin. Put the sticky suncream away and get the pop up gazebo out!
When the summer is in full swing, there is never not a good time to get the gazebo up and running.
Instead of having to pay for a permanent roofing solution for your garden, a popup gazebo is much less expensive and you won’t have to worry about a bulky roof overcrowding your garden in the winter.
Not only do gazebos offer some welcomed shade from the summer sun, but they can also protect you from those pesky UK showers that are all too common in the summer.
In fact, the UK weather can be temperamental at the best of times, so it’s very important to get a high-quality pop up gazebo that is ready to handle anything life throws at it.
Lucky for you, that’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the market to bring you the five best pop up gazebos that you can buy, so you don’t have to waste any more time and you can focus more on planning your next party.
Check out our buyer’s guide as well for helpful tips about what to look for when choosing your new pop up gazebo.
Pop up gazebos can really take your garden party to a new level, so what are you waiting for?
Once you order your new model, you can get to the fun party planning and inviting all your friends and family! Our top model has to be the All Seasons Premium Gazebo, which measures in at 3 x 3 metres and is ideal for medium-sized gardens.
Here are a few reasons why we love it so much:
A warranty is included with every purchase.
Comes with the necessary equipment and leg weight bags to fill up yourself.
If you’re looking for a medium-sized gazebo to hold your party guests and provide them with some much-needed shade, you cannot go wrong with this model.
Along with the gazebo itself, you’ll also receive a handy carry bag with wheels to make storing easier than ever before, four bags to fill and use as leg weights, guide ropes and tent pegs to ensure it stays up and in one place.
The leg weights are a very handy feature to give you extra peace of mind and the gazebo even more stability.
This model does not come with walls so will only give you basic protection from rain and wind, however, this does not mean you cannot use it on windy days.
If you’re okay with your hair getting a little windswept, this premium model has been built to withstand winds without the use of wind bars.
Can you keep up?
Moreover, even though you may not get much protection from the rain, the canopy is still waterproof and all the seams are taped for added durability.
You can put this gazebo up within minutes, and packing it back away is so simple as you don’t even have to remove the canopy from the bars beforehand.
Comes with leg weight bags.
Designed to withstand wind and rain.
Frame parts warranty included within the purchase.
Metal poles are quite flimsy.
Canopy can become damaged from prolonged exposure to the sun.
Onto our next option, the Pop Up Gazebo by AIRWAVE’s dimensions are 2.5 x 2.5 metres, making it another one of the smaller models on our list. Having said that, it is still more than big enough to hold a small party or a barbecue for your close family.
This model features removable walls that can be taken off for sunny days and quickly replaced when the rainclouds start rolling in. Moreover, you can roll up and secure the door to the roof to let some natural light and breeze in when you don’t need so much protection.
The frame is constructed of powder-coated steel to add to the durability and prevent it from rusting after using it in the rain. Putting up a gazebo has never been easier with this design – simply extend it out, attach the canopy, extend each of the legs and secure them to the ground.
AIRWAVE claim that you can do this within a matter of minutes, so there’s more time for the party festivities.
Along with the gazebo itself, you’ll also get guide ropes, anchor pegs, a carry bag and a sandbag to help you in using your new purchase.
The canopy is coated with PVC and therefore completely waterproof, so you can use this pop up gazebo even on the wettest of days.
The walls can be taken off for added versatility.
Easy to use and set up.
Comes with a few accessories to ensure you have all you need.
The MCC Pop Up Gazebo is a 3 x 3-metre model that offers 99% UV protection from the sun, thanks to the 300 Denier Top with silver lining. It is also waterproof, so you’re ready for all weather conditions. Well, as protected as you can be without any walls.
There are no tools required to set this model up and you’ll be able to do so within minutes thanks to the easy construction.
With this gazebo, you’ll be able to achieve as much as 10 x10 feet of shade, making it perfect for every occasion on a hot summers day. Having said that, this model folds down to almost nothing and fits in its small carry bag without giving you any hassle.
This gives you the option to forget all about it until you need it next summer.
With a number of different colours to choose from, MCC’s pop up gazebo is an excellent choice to fit the theme of almost everyone’s garden. Included with the model are guide ropes and stakes, so there’s no need to purchase these separately.
All you need is a hammer and a few minutes to get the party started!
Comes with all the necessary equipment.
Includes set of four leg weight bags.
The frame might not withhold the water weight pressed on the roof on rainy days.
Next up is MCC’s version of a pop up gazebo, which measures in at 3 x 3 metres and therefore would be ideal for a small gathering or a party where your guests don’t have to remain underneath the gazebo for the whole time.
This model has walls, one of which can be tied back to make it slightly open while still being protected from the wind and rain. Having said that, you can remove these if you’d prefer a fully open model.
MCC has made this model with two layers of PU material to ensure it offers you and your guests the most protection possible. The seams are all taped to prevent any leakages, so you can leave this model without worrying about any water getting in.
The frame is made of steel and requires next to no setup thanks to the insta-lock joints. Each of these joints is hardened to prevent it collapsing in on your event. For extra durability, you’ll also receive guide ropes that you can attach to keep your gazebo in place using the provided pegs.
Moreover, you’ll also get a carry bag to make it more portable in case you want to take it out on your holidays.
Double layered material offers more protection.
Taped seams to increase the durability of the seams.
Walls can be taken off for more sunlight, or put back on for more coverage.
The final pop up gazebo on our list comes from Dawsons Living, who has created and designed this green and white striped model from waterproof polyethylene. You get the gazebo frame, roof and four sides to do with what you please, so you can customise your model however you want it to perform.
Redstone’s model measures in at 3 x 3 metres which is ideal for medium-sized gardens or parties.
The steel legs of this model are actually wider than the industry standard, with a diameter of 3.2cm.
This is 50% larger than other models and therefore the sturdier option. If you’re wanting a pop up gazebo to use on windy days, this may be the ideal option for you.
Getting this gazebo up should be no problem at all and take mere minutes to get set up, and once you’re finished with it you can take it down and place it back in its convenient carry bag to store it away out of sight.
You’ll also get guide ropes and pegs with the gazebo to keep it in place throughout your event. Simply put it up and forget about it – just enjoy!
Large enough for medium-sized parties.
Carry bag included.
This model features thicker legs to provide more stability.
Thin material isn’t the most durable.
A few customers received their gazebos already ripped.
One of the main reasons people buy pop up gazebos is because they don’t want to commit to a permanent solution, so if the model you choose is too heavy and difficult to assemble easily, it kind of diminishes the whole point. Not to mention that if your model is too difficult to put up time and time again, you may become deterred from using it and before you know it you’ve wasted your time and money.
We’d advise you to look for a model that can be put up as easily as possible to avoid this. Bear in mind the size of the model as well, as if you’re wanting to take it to different places you’re going to need it to fit in your car. Another consideration is whether or not the model you’re looking at has a carry bag, as this is going to play a big part in the portability of the gazebo.
You can get pop up gazebos in all different sizes, so you’re going to have to decide how large you want your model to be. The last thing you want is your gazebo to be too big for your garden and therefore unusable, so don’t just pick the largest one you can find and hope for the best. Alternatively, you don’t want your gazebo to be too small to fit all your guests, as you want everyone to be comfortable and covered from the sun.
Most of the pop up gazebos we looked at above measure in at 3 x 3 metres, and these should be ideal for fitting a medium-sized party underneath. However, if you have enough space in your garden and want to ensure that you’ll have enough space for everyone, you can’t go wrong with choosing a larger model.
The two main designs of pop up gazebos are with walls or without. Gazebos with walls are better suited for events in which you’re not too sure that the weather is going to hold up or not. They can also be used for after-dark events such as parties where you want a little more privacy from the neighbours.
The walls will protect you and your guests more from wind and rain, however, you’ll get much less natural sunlight and they tend to get rather hot inside.
Pop-up gazebos without walls are better for days where there is glorious sunshine and little to no wind. They offer no protection from a sudden rainshower and are better for events where you’re wanting to place a barbecue or fire underneath it. The design of your new gazebo will depend on what kind of events you’re planning, and the weather where you’re going to be using it most.
The material of most gazebos on the market is some kind of plastic to keep them lightweight and portable. Make sure to look for the waterproof rating for each model as you don’t want to be enjoying your event only for it to have to be cut short, thanks to a sudden spell of rain when you thought your gazebo was waterproof.
Also, if you’re planning on using your gazebo near a fire, make sure it is made from fire-retardant material.
Your gazebo also has to be durable to withstand all the taking it down and putting it back up over and over again, which is why PVC and polyester are usually the main materials used for gazebos. These types of materials are considered the very durable and resistant to ripping, while remaining lightweight and flexible.
Another thing to consider is the material of the frame – after all, it is responsible for holding the whole gazebo up. Metal frames are the most reliable and sturdy, whereas plastic is more likely to snap or bend in a gust of wind.
Particularly if you’re going to be having a fire or barbecue underneath the gazebo, it’s worth paying extra for the increased stability and peace of mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the smallest size gazebo?
The smallest size gazebo you can purchase that we have found is 2 x 2 metres. You most likely wouldn’t want anything smaller than this as it would prove rather ineffective at protecting you from any sunlight or rain.
Can one person put up a pop up gazebo?
You certainly can! It will take slightly longer and more effort than if you had a partner, but it is definitely a feasible option if you don’t have anyone to help you at that moment. Simply pull out the roof from one side, then the other, and keep pulling it out until it’s fully extended.
Lift one leg and extend it until it locks into place, and do this for all four legs. Finally, go around extending all of the legs out and voila! All that’s left to do now is peg all the ropes into place, and you’re done.
Can I leave my gazebo up all year?
You could, however, it is not advised as the metal legs could rust in the wet and cold weather, and plastic legs could become brittle and weaker from the cold temperatures. If you’re wanting to leave it up all year, perhaps you should look into a more permanent solution rather than a pop up gazebo that is only designed for short periods of use at a time.
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