The Best Pop up Gazebos & Why…

Shaun Bird | Affiliate | 24 June 2021

The best pop-up gazebos are extra-strong, sturdy in the wind, fully waterproof, quick, and easy to assemble and dismantle.

Ideally, the package should contain guy lines, tent pegs, leg weights for stability, a storage bag, and side panels for privacy.

6 Best Pop up Gazebos in 2021

Strong waterproof pop up gazebos with sides and without

Best Small
Greenbay 2x2M Pop-up Gazebo Outdoor Garden Party Tent Folding Gazebo with 4 x Sidewalls | 4 x Leg Weight Bags | Carrying Bag | Anthracite
Popular
All Seasons Gazebos 2.5 x 2.5m Heavy Duty, Fully Waterproof Pop up Gazebo With 4 Side Walls (Navy Blue)
NEW
COBIZI 3x3m Pop up Gazebo Tent Commercial Instant Shelter, Premium Pop up Gazebo With Aie Vents, 4 Sidewalls and Sandbags for Outdoor Events, Black
Top Brand
MasterCanopy Durable Ez Pop-up Canopy Tent with Roller Bag(3x3M,Black)
Best 3x3m
All Seasons Gazebos 3x3m Heavy Duty Fully Waterproof Pop up Gazebo with 4 Side Walls - Royal Blue
All Seasons Gazebos Heavy Duty, 100% waterproof, 3x6m Pop up Gazebo with 4 x fully waterproof superior Side Walls. 17 Colours ava
Brand
Greenbay
All Seasons
Cobizi
Master Canopy
All Seasons
All Seasons
Size
2x2m
2.5x2.5m
3x3m
3x3m
3x3m
6x3m
Fabric
210 Denier Oxford (Water-resistant rating: 600mm HH)
260g/sqm, Polyester, PVC coating, Fully Waterproof
210D Silver coated Oxford fabric
300D Oxford Fabric
260 g per m2 PVC coated, fully waterproof roof: 210D PU side panels
260g / sqm PVC Fully waterproof, 4 x 260g / sqm Side panels
Colours
7
3
3
9
8
4
Side Panels
Storage Bag
Pegs & Ropes
Weight Bags
Score
4.6/5
4.9/5
4.7/5
4.8/5
5.0/5
4.4/5
Available Since
13 July 2017
24 July 2019
17 Jun. 2021
25 July 2018
6 Jun. 2018
20 July 2016
Best Small
Greenbay 2x2M Pop-up Gazebo Outdoor Garden Party Tent Folding Gazebo with 4 x Sidewalls | 4 x Leg Weight Bags | Carrying Bag | Anthracite
Brand
Greenbay
Size
2x2m
Fabric
210 Denier Oxford (Water-resistant rating: 600mm HH)
Colours
7
Side Panels
Storage Bag
Pegs & Ropes
Weight Bags
Score
4.6/5
Available Since
13 July 2017
Popular
All Seasons Gazebos 2.5 x 2.5m Heavy Duty, Fully Waterproof Pop up Gazebo With 4 Side Walls (Navy Blue)
Brand
All Seasons
Size
2.5x2.5m
Fabric
260g/sqm, Polyester, PVC coating, Fully Waterproof
Colours
3
Side Panels
Storage Bag
Pegs & Ropes
Weight Bags
Score
4.9/5
Available Since
24 July 2019
NEW
COBIZI 3x3m Pop up Gazebo Tent Commercial Instant Shelter, Premium Pop up Gazebo With Aie Vents, 4 Sidewalls and Sandbags for Outdoor Events, Black
Brand
Cobizi
Size
3x3m
Fabric
210D Silver coated Oxford fabric
Colours
3
Side Panels
Storage Bag
Pegs & Ropes
Weight Bags
Score
4.7/5
Available Since
17 Jun. 2021
Top Brand
MasterCanopy Durable Ez Pop-up Canopy Tent with Roller Bag(3x3M,Black)
Brand
Master Canopy
Size
3x3m
Fabric
300D Oxford Fabric
Colours
9
Side Panels
Storage Bag
Pegs & Ropes
Weight Bags
Score
4.8/5
Available Since
25 July 2018
Best 3x3m
All Seasons Gazebos 3x3m Heavy Duty Fully Waterproof Pop up Gazebo with 4 Side Walls - Royal Blue
Brand
All Seasons
Size
3x3m
Fabric
260 g per m2 PVC coated, fully waterproof roof: 210D PU side panels
Colours
8
Side Panels
Storage Bag
Pegs & Ropes
Weight Bags
Score
5.0/5
Available Since
6 Jun. 2018
All Seasons Gazebos Heavy Duty, 100% waterproof, 3x6m Pop up Gazebo with 4 x fully waterproof superior Side Walls. 17 Colours ava
Brand
All Seasons
Size
6x3m
Fabric
260g / sqm PVC Fully waterproof, 4 x 260g / sqm Side panels
Colours
4
Side Panels
Storage Bag
Pegs & Ropes
Weight Bags
Score
4.4/5
Available Since
20 July 2016

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My Gazebo Reviews

6 best pop-up gazebos with helpful reviews

Greenbay Gazebo 2x2m Review

This small Greenbay gazebo (2x2m) is ideal for gardens or patios where your relaxation space is at a minimum but shelter from the sun or a shower is still required above it.

It’s really easy to assemble, as are all pop-up gazebos.  Just stretch out the frame, add the canopy roof, then raise the frame legs and attach the sides if required.

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The total height of the gazebo is 2.6metres (260cm) and that’s to the point at the top and the walk-in height is just a little less than 1.96 metres (196cm).  This is fine for most people…

The 7 different colours ensure you can choose a specific colour to suit your garden theme or event, these include; Anthracite, black, beige, blue, green, red, and white.

Pros and cons

Things I Like...

  • Fully waterproof canopy & sides
  • Everything Included…
  • Assemble under 5 minutes
  • Sides provide full enclosure
  • 7 colour choices
  • Use without sides (if necessary)
  • Ropes & weight bags included

Not so good...

  • Assembly easier with 2 people

Best Greenbay Gazebo Features

Strengthening Aids

What’s important when having a gazebo on hard or soft ground is to ensure that it doesn’t get blow away when windy.  Leg weights, with guy ropes and pegs, can prevent this.

Always use your guy ropes and peg them down into your lawn every time you use your gazebo.  This keeps the top frame and legs secured and sturdier to prevent snapping.

Leg weights attach to the frame legs to anchor the gazebo down and prevent the legs from shifting side to side when it’s windy which can also prevent the snapping of the legs.

Carrying Bag

The importance of the carrying bag is often understated as it can help keep all the items together to prevent losing things but can also prevent damage to the frame and the canopy.

When packing the gazebo away just fold it back up into its original shape but the good thing is that you canopy leave the canopy attached.  This makes assembly quicker next time.

Includes side panels

Side panels are really important but whether you use them is up to you…  They can help stop drafts, make events more private and help keep warmth inside during cooler times.

The reason I stated that they’re important is that should you buy a canopy without sides, the brand may not sell them separately if you decide you want them.  Leaving you sideless!

What about a Metal gazebo?

Gorilla Garden Gazebo 3x3m Review

The strength of the powder-coated steel frame and the level of waterproofing of the canopy is extremely important.

As you can see in the image, especially with the 5 guys hanging from the roof frame that this Gorilla pop-up gazebo is extremely strong.

Best 3x3m Gazebo
Gorilla Pop-up Gazebo ® 3x3m Commercial Grade
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The roof section is important because there’s no point in having strong frame legs and a waterproof canopy if the roof will collapse in light wind.

This Gorilla pop-up gazebo canopy fabric has an extremely dense weave of 650D and an external PVC coating to provide waterproof and UV protection.

The canopy and sides are also available in 7 different colours as you can see in the image above.

Pros and cons

Things I Like...

  • Ideal for many types of events
  • 2 doors/walls & 2 sides with windows
  • Push-button height settings
  • Hammerite rust protection
  • No Wind bar needed
  • Cross truss roof for extra strength
  • Walk-in height minimum 6ft 3in

Not so good...

  • Anchor weights not included

Gorilla Gazebo F.A.Q’s

Is the Gorilla Gazebo Strong and 100% Waterproof?

Yes, the canopy is fully waterproof and has a denier of 650D.  The fabric consists of densely woven fibres, whilst the outer layer has a PVC coating applied to keep water out.

This canopy is then supported by a very strong cross truss steel frame which is pushed up from the centre and clicks firmly into place.

This cross truss provides lots of support to the canopy and the frame legs and prevents water pooling in the canopy roof in case of very heavy rain.

The steel frame is described as ‘high tensile’ which, so far I have not seen any other pop up gazebo frame described like this and high tensile is extremely strong.

Is the Storage Bag Big Enough?

Yes, there is plenty of space inside this bag for all the parts without there being too much room that seems excessive with parts moving around.

How High is the Walk-In Area?

There’s nothing more annoying than having to duck every time you go in and out of your gazebo.  The minimum walk-in height is 6ft 3in and this is ample for most people.

Should you have tall friends then you simply adjust the height to one of the other 2 settings which can provide walk-in heights of 6ft 7 and 6ft 11 inches.

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Yaheetech Pop-up Gazebo Review

If you need a pop-up gazebo for hot summers for shade and to protect your skin against UV rays then check out this Yaheetech gazebo.

At 3x3m it provides plenty of shaded area and although it doesn’t have sides, you probably wouldn’t use them when it really warm anyway.

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The carry bag makes it easy to take on holiday or camping and also helps to keep all the parts together.

Both colours look great, therefore, the colour of your gazebo is not an issue as long as it can keep you dry, protect against sunburn and is easy to build.

Pros and cons

Things I Like...

  • Fully Waterproof PU Coated Roof
  • 3 Different Height Settings
  • Carry Bag has Wheels
  • Protects Against UV Rays
  • Leg Weights to Make it Sturdier
  • Just Stretch it Out to Build

Not so good...

  • Doesn’t have privacy sides
  • Only 2 colours
  • 2 People to build (Not difficult)

Best ABC Canopy 3x3m No Sides Review

The ABC Canopy (ABCCANOPY) is renowned for selling high-quality pop-up gazebos that can stand up to breezy weather and heavy rain.

The concertina frame is easy to stretch out and it has 2 height settings for the frame legs that are controlled by the push-button technology.

No Sided Gazebo
ABCCANOPY 3x3 Pop Up Gazebo (No Sides)
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You will receive a wheeled bag that makes it easy to transport over uneven surfaces, whilst keeping all the parts together.

The fully waterproof canopy boasts a 300 denier polyester with PU coating (polyurethane) to provide excellent waterproof protection.

There are 4 material weight pockets (empty), 4 tent pegs, and 4 guy ropes to help anchor the frame.  I recommend using all of these, all of the time.

Pros and cons

Things I Like...

  • 100% Waterproof Canopy
  • 6 Great looking colours
  • Everything you need is included
  • Easily built by 2 people
  • Vent hole for air circulation/stability
  • Anchor weights add stability

Not so good...

  • Do not leave outdoors overnight

ABCCANOPY F.A.Q’s

Is the ABC Canopy easy to build?

Yes, the ABC Canopy is simple to build.  With a friend, lift the gazebo off the floor holding the frame legs and walk backward to stretch it out.

Attach the canopy to the frame using the velcro straps and then extend the legs with the push button system to one of the 2 height settings.

Pop-up gazebos have moved on considerably since the 80’s when you used to have to connect poles together to assemble them.

They’re so much easier to build nowadays…

Is it Fully Waterproof?

The outer side of the polyester canopy is applied with a PU (Polyurethane) coating which provides full waterproof effectiveness. 

This is standard practice amongst most popup gazebo and camping manufacturers.

The canopy material is 300D which is known in the fabric industry as a versatile material whilst commanding recognition as ‘heavy-duty’.

What is the ventilation section for?

Very few pop-up gazebos have a ventilation area in the roof section and normally this feature is reserved for the hardtop gazebos and soft top gazebos.

The ventilation section helps air circulate better and prevents stale odours by having an exit point, whilst adding extra stability too.

The vent prevents the wind from getting underneath the canopy and potentially lifting it off the ground by providing an exit point.

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Best Small Pop-up Gazebo with Sides Review

If you need a gazebo with a strong frame, waterproof protective canopy, and side panels, then this All Seasons 2x2m gazebo is a great option.

The concertina style frame ensures it can be popped up in a matter of minutes which makes building and taking it down simple and quick.

Best 2x2m Gazebo
All Seasons Gazebo 2x2m Extra Strong Pop-up Gazebo
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The canopy section is easy to attach over the top of the frame with the velcro straps and can be left attached when you decide to pack it away.

The 24 struts in the roof section provide incredible support to the canopy area and extra stability without the use of wind bars.

The 3 height settings allow you to adjust the height and each leg has a footplate with a hole where you can screw the legs into hard surfaces.

Pros and Cons

Things I Like...

  • Easy to Transport Around
  • Reputable Brand
  • Taped Stitching to Prevent Leaks
  • Sandbags Included for Stability
  • Strong Enough without Windbars
  • Build it in 60 secs

Not so good...

  • Can sell out in Summer…

All Seasons Gazebo F.A.Q’s

What do Roof struts do?

The roof struts provide support to the roof section and help prevent rain pooling in the canopy by keeping the frame rigid and the canopy tight.

What does 260gsm mean?

The canopy fabric is 260gsm which means that every square metre of fabric weighs 260 grams.  This is proof the canopy is heavy-duty and fully waterproof.

What are the Sandbag weights for?

Leg weights help anchor the frame in breezy weather.  Gazebo weights should not be used instead of guy lines, they should be used with them.

The sandbags will arrive empty and can be filled with rocks, soil, or sand and attach to the legs with the velcro straps that are stitched onto the bags.

Can gazebos be used on Hard and soft ground?

This popup gazebo can be used on hard and soft ground.  This includes grass, sand, soil, decking, concrete, tarmac, block paving, and patio slabs.

For added strength, drill the feet into the hard ground but still use the guy ropes and anchor bags whenever possible.

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Best Waterproof Pop-up Gazebo 2.5×2.5m Review

All Seasons are a top brand with an excellent reputation for manufacturing excellent quality and well-made pop-up gazebos that won’t let you down.

This brand has a wide range of sizes and I could list all their products in this guide, however, I prefer to give you a choice of the best brands.

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All Seasons Gazebos 2.5m Fully Waterproof Gazebo
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2.5×2.5m gazebos have become more and more popular.  They fit well in UK gardens and provide more room than the 2×2 gazebos without taking over your garden.

This popup gazebo is available to buy in 8 different colours and every one of them has all the same features and equipment.

Pros and Cons

Things I Like...

  • Reputable Brand
  • Choice of 8 Colours
  • Simple to Pop up
  • Includes Anchor Weights
  • Walk-in Height of 1.9m
  • Apex (Highest point) is 3m
  • Good in Bad Weather

Not so good...

  • Do not leave outdoors overnight
  • Quick to Build with 2 people

All Seasons 2.5×2.5m F.A.Q’s

Is this All Seasons Fully Waterproof?

The 260gsm may not mean much but when it comes to a ‘waterproof pop-up gazebo‘, this level of waterproofing is one of the highest available.

260gsm means if you cut a 1-metre square section and then weighed it, the material would weigh 260 grams (260 grams per sq metre).

Lots of pop-up gazebos fabric weight ranges between 120-280gsm, therefore, this All Season’s gazebo is definitely at the top end of the premium range.

The 2.5m Size Is Perfect for UK Garden Use

The 2.5m size provides that little bit of extra room than the 2x2m popup gazebos and trust me, it is definitely noticeable.

The additional room allows for a couple of extra guests, a hot tub or extra garden furniture to go underneath.

The full-length sidewalls are best suited to grass as they overhang.  They can be pegged down, whereas on a hard surface they may flap around.

Tent pegs and guy ropes are easier to use on soft surfaces as they can be knocked into the turf, whereas, on concrete, you’d need something to tie them around.

Can I Use this Gazebo Without the Sides?

Yes, you can use this gazebo without the sides.  I recommend you buy a gazebo with sides so you have the choice whether to use them or not.

This includes no sides, 1 side panel of your choice, 2, 3, or all 4 at the same time which adds more privacy which is ideal for a hot tub.

At some point, you may need a set of sides for your canopy and it can often be quite difficult to buy a set to fit your existing gazebo.

If you don’t use the sides regularly, at least you have them in case you need them.  These side panels can be zipped together to keep drafts and bugs out.

You can use as many as you wish at any time and in any order.

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People Also Ask…

Are Pop up Gazebos Waterproof?

Pop-up gazebos range from 100% waterproof to showerproof.

The pop-up gazebos below all have a high level of waterproofing and are completely waterproof as the fabric has a waterproof coating applied.

How Long Do Pop up Gazebos Last?

Pop-up gazebos can last between 2-3 years and even longer.

To help your gazebo last longer I recommend not leaving it outdoors overnight.  Be careful packing it away as damage can be caused by forcing it into the bag.

Are Pop up Gazebos Any Good?

Yes, pop-up gazebos are very beneficial as they can provide instant shade.

Pop-up gazebos provide transportable rain and shade cover.  This makes them ideal for holidays, camping, or pitched on grass or patio at home.

 

Maximus Best Heavy Duty Gazebo 3x3m Review

The fabric canopy has a denier of 600D.  This ensures a high level of protection against wet weather once the waterproof coating is applied.

The canopy (and the sides) will also last much longer due to the thicker fabric.  Thus, more resistant to tearing, stretching, and shrinking of the fabric.

The canopy will protect you from heavy rain and harmful UV rays.  UV overexposure can cause sunburn and long-term skin problems.

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MAXIMUS® HEAVY DUTY GAZEBO 3m x 3m With 4 Sides (Black)
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The Maximus pop up design has 3 height settings that use pull-pin technology. Pull the pin and then slide the frame leg to adjust the height, it’s that simple…

You will receive the 3x3m pop-up frame, waterproof canopy, 4 full-length sides. The included ground pegs and guy lines will help anchor it down.

Pros and cons

Things I Like...

  • Powder-coated steel frame
  • Carry/storage bag
  • Ideal for hard & soft surfaces
  • Sides can be attached in any order
  • No tools required to build
  • Lots of possible uses

Not so good...

  • 2 colours to choose from
  • No leg weights provided

Maximus Pop up Gazebo F.A.Q’s

Is the Maximus gazebo Suitable for hard & soft surfaces?

Yes, this Maximus pop-up gazebo can be used on hard surfaces.

This includes concrete, patio, and deck but is equally effective on softer surfaces like grass or sand on a beach.

For hard surfaces, you still need to try to use the guy rope to hold the gazebo down as the wind can get underneath and lift or blow the gazebo away.

Alternatively, you could buy a set of anchor weights.

Is the Carry Bag Strong?

There’s only one time that you truly appreciate having a decent carry bag for transportation and storage and that is when you don’t have one…

The bag is durable polyester that is strong and helps protect your gazebo from damage whilst in storage and helps to keep all the parts in one place.

Transporting the different parts in a large box is a logistical nightmare.  Storing all the parts tidily inside a heavy-duty waterproof bag is much easier…

Do I need tools to build this gazebo?

With the help of a friend, this canopy can be built in just a few minutes and less to take it down.  No tools are needed to build this gazebo!

The sides attach to the steel frame with strong Velcro, the height is adjusted by hand with a pull pin mechanism and the tent pegs just push into the ground.

And all with not a tool in sight…

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Hercules Strong Fire Retardant Gazebo 3x3m Review

This Hercules popup gazebo has a fire retardant canopy that can protect against a sun factor of 50+, and is fully waterproof.

The high-quality fabric is fire retardant and also very durable which means that it can last a long time without the concern of it being damaged or torn easily.

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Like most other pop up gazebos, it does have the ‘cross truss’ roof support design which provides lots of support and maintains the integrity of the canopy fabric.

This helps during breezy weather whilst also being able to prevent pooling in the roof section during very heavy rain.

Hercules, also has their own set of anchor weights for this product.  The Hercules water weights fit perfectly around the feet and frame of this gazebo.

So no worries about trying to find a set as these are custom-made for this canopy.