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Best 3 Overhead Canopies to Protect Your Hot Tub

If you’re looking to purchase a hot tub gazebo then be sure to read my opinions and reviews before you make a purchase and ensure you buy the best one for your circumstances.

Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tub Gazebo

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With more and more people now spending longer in their gardens, patio areas and on their deck, there’s no wonder that garden loungers & swings, swimming pools and hot tubs have seen record sales recently.

Hot tubs are great fun and a relaxing soak in it after work, post-exercise or with a glass of sparkle with friends during a weekend is surely the best way to get the most out of it.

However, owning a hot tub enclosure too can help you increase your usage of your hot tub by preventing cold drafts.

Furthermore, it will provide a frame for hanging outdoor string lights, whilst the overhead canopy prevents you from getting rained on, leaves from dropping in the water and reduce the amount insects that may fall into the water.

The main sizes of hot tubs from the Lay Z Spa range were for between 2 and 8 persons, therefore, I’ve selected 4 gazebos that can shield hot tubs up to 2.5 metres wide (The widest Lay-Z-Spa hot tub is 2.16 metres).

Best Canopies & Shelters for Your Hot Tub

If you’re in a rush, take a look below at the 3 hot tub enclosures that I’ve reviewed further down and click through to Amazon for a closer look at the product reviews and the current availability.

Last update was on: November 25, 2020 9:25 am

Strong Pop-up Gorilla Gazebo to Cover Your Hot Tub (3x3m)

If you browse this site often, then you’ll quickly know that I recommend the Gorilla gazebos for a wide range of uses, in this instance I’m recommending it as an ideal canopy to shield your hot tub.

Gorilla Gazebo for Hot Tub shelter

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It’s an extremely quick to build pop-up gazebo (as are all concertina style framed gazebos), has a high level of waterproofing (650D polyester with PVA coating) and protects against the harmful UV rays from the sun.

It’s available to buy in 4 different colours such as black, blue, green and white, so if colour is important to you then at least you have a choice.

Please note that all the colours in the image are subject to availability that’s why I only mentioned the 4 on Amazon.

The frame itself should ideally be stretched out and popped up by 2 people and the canopy only has to be attached just the once because after use, you can pack it into the storage bag with it attached still.

You will receive sides for all sections of the gazebo which includes, 2 sidewalls with windows and 2 full-length sides which can be used alternatively as full-length walls too for full enclosure if necessary.

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PROS:

  • 100% Waterproof
  • Strong High-Tensile Steel Frame
  • Sides for Extra Privacy
  • Quick to Build & Take Down
  • Storage Bag Included
  • Great Looking Colours
  • Pegs & Guy Ropes
  • Hammerite Finish for Rust Protection

CONS:

  • Don’t leave built overnight
  • Would have preferred leg weights included but not essential.

Features

Waterproof Canopy & Strong Frame

The canopy is 650D which is a very dense thread material which not only makes the canopy strong and durable (heavy-duty) but with the PVC coating applied onto it, it also makes it incredibly good at keeping your party or spa day completely dry.

The frame is made of high tensile steel which has the capacity of resisting force, weight and strength.  These types of strains will mainly come from strong winds and heavy rain.  The frame legs and the roof section both have a Hammerite finish which protects against rust and helps increase the longevity of the frame.

Easy to Build

All pop-up-gazebos are basically what are know as concertina gazebos.  The concertina is the style of the frame which simply means that it stretches out and then the legs are raised to your preferred height setting.

Before you raise the legs, it’s best to attach the canopy with the Velcro straps.

Once you’ve connected the canopy you can even leave it on when you pack it away into the included bag, rather than having to attach and re-attach every time.

The side panels are also connected via strong Velcro straps which hold the sides in place and they hang from the top section of the frame.  Packing the gazebo is simple and after one assembly you won’t need the instructions again.

Easy to Transport

As mentioned above, the bag makes it very easy to take away on holiday if you decide to use it for alternative uses rather than just for your hot tub.  The large wheels make it easier to pull along on grass and uneven terrain.

Once you’ve packed your gazebo away a few times you will then appreciate just how handy having a bag with wheels is, not only as a storage bag, an easy transportation method but also the fact that it keeps all the parts together.

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Horwood Garden Soft Top Hot Tub Gazebo with Curtains

This second choice is also a pop-up gazebo but it looks much more like the traditional outdoor fabric gazebo that’s quite often known as a soft top gazebo in the states.

Horwood Garden Soft Top Hot Tub Gazebo

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The canopy is classed as water-resistant and is perfectly fine at protecting you and your guests from unexpected showers.

When fitting the canopy ensure that the overhang is properly pulled down tight to prevent any pooling.

Although this canopy has a built-in pooling prevention system in the roof to help during heavy downpours, the above will ensure this is more effective.

Supporting the underside of the canopy is a cross truss designed roof frame that is very strong and really helps with the stability of the gazebo during breezy weather.

When it comes to the footprint (the area in which the gazebo takes up), the furthest vertical frame leg to the furthermost vertical frame leg measures 3.6m.

The distance between 2 legs beside each other to the opposite 2 legs facing them is 3.1 metres, whilst the overall height of the gazebo is 2.77m.  Each leg post has a 1.8m space between that and the next one beside it.

The curtains can be zipped together to provide extra privacy and help keep mosquitos and other bugs out that may be attracted by lights, heat and carbon dioxide given off by humans.

PROS:

  • Unique Hexagonal Style
  • Plenty of room inside for your hot tub
  • Canopy will keep you dry
  • Sides can be zipped together
  • Holes in feet so you can screw into the ground
  • 20 minutes to fully assemble
  • Sides easy to attach via Velcro
  • Looks fantastic when built

CONS:

  • Will need at least 2 people to build & take down
  • Don’t leave fully built overnight (remove canopy & sides)

Features

Unique Hexagonal Shape

To be honest, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for hexagonal garden gazebos as I think they look more stylish than the square and rectangle gazebos.  Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of pop-ups, just prefer hexagonal ones…

Hexagonal gazebos are often stronger purely by the design of them.  Don’t forget that hex gazebos have more legs (6) than the square ones (4) which will, therefore, add more support to the roof section

There are normally more roof struts with a hex gazebo and therefore, this will add more strength to the roof section but also ensure the canopy top maintains its shape and tightness.

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Coleman Event Shelter for Hot Tubs, Camping & Garden Use

This Coleman gazebo is a very popular choice for those hot summers or just when the weather’s pretty decent.  Admittedly, there are no sides included but they can be bought afterwards via Amazon if you find you need them.

Coleman Gazebo for Hot Tub use and more

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The frame and canopy are simple to erect but ideally, it’ll need 2 people just to ensure that nothing is strained as 1 person attempts the job of 2 people.

This 3.6m Coleman shelter is the middle size of the 3 available to buy on Amazon, therefore if you want an alternative size then there is the medium (3x3m) and the extra-large shelter (4.5m x 4.5m).

The canopy will protect you from UV rays and has a sun protection factor of 50+.  Even though this canopy has UV protection, you should still wear sunblock, suncream or/and a sun hat whilst outdoors in hot weather.

It can be a bit tricky to assemble it for the first time but once you’ve done it once it will become much easier when building it for future use.  Sunwalls can be bought on amazon and provide extra privacy and are easy to connect.

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PROS:

  • Looks great when built
  • Protects you from the Sun & Rain
  • Air can circulate easily inside
  • Sun Protection Factor SP50+
  • Guy Ropes & Pegs included
  • Very Spacious inside
  • Suitable for lots of events
  • Holes in feet to screw into the ground
  • 13.3sq feet of covered space

CONS:

  • Sides not initially included (bought separately)

Features

Can be used on a variety of surfaces

Although this Coleman Gazebo is more suited to a softer surface, it is also very effective on a solid surface such as concrete, tarmac, block paving and deck.

When using it on soft ground such as grass or a sandy based surface you can easily use the pegs and guy ropes (very important) as they go into the softer ground much easier.

Should you decide to use this event shelter on a harder surface such as concrete, you should ideally have heavy anchor weights nearby that you can wrap the guy lines around because with these anchors will prevent it from lifting in breezy weather.

Provides a huge amount of covered dry space

This Coleman shelter can be a bit tricky to build when following the vague instructions so I’ve included a youtube video further down so you can see how to build it before you buy.

Once it’s up though it provides a huge amount of covered space (13.3sq m).

The canopy can protect against the Sun’s UV rays which can be very harmful especially with long, unprotected exposure.

Sun protection factor, when it comes to suncream means that if your skin normally burns after 5 minutes exposure to the sun, then the cream will mean you can spend 5 x 50 minutes (250 minutes or 4 hours 10 minutes) in the sun before burning.

Regarding, the large amount of dry space, then when you don’t have your large hot tub inside you can use it to house a large folding picnic table, outdoor bean bags, reclining sun loungers and swing chairs that are away from the sun and shaded (check heights of furniture before attempting to move it underneath the canopy .

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How to Build the Coleman Event Shelter Step by Step Instructions

Here’s how to build the Coleman event shelter if you can’t follow the instructions.  The one in the video is a different model but the principals are the same.

 

 

Hi. I'm Shaun Bird. In the last 12 years, I've been writing about fashion, beauty but more recently (last 5 years) I've devoted a lot of my attention to outdoor shelters.

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