Top Rated Outsunny Hardtop & Pop up Gazebos
Outsunny is well-known for its garden and patio furniture as well as its wide range of gazebos that can be found listed for sale on a variety of shopping platforms.
In this case, though, we’ll be focusing on the two main types of gazebo available from Outsunny, their polycarbonate gazebos and their pop up gazebo range.
(Polycarbonate gazebos are most commonly referred to as ‘hardtop gazebos’).
Polycarbonate gazebos are renowned for their solid rooftops, their strong uprights to ensure sturdiness and the ability to fix them into soft and hard surfaces.
Although a lot of these hardtops look similar (which they are), however, there are lots of different styles, features and accessories available with some models and not with others.
Alternatively, you could choose a lightweight shelter for temporary use outdoors and below you can see the 2 pop up gazebos by Outsunny that I have chosen and reviewed.
Outsunny Patio & Garden Gazebos with Reviews
Outsunny 3x3m Hardtop Gazebo with Curtains & Mesh Nets
This Outsunny 3x3m polycarbonate gazebo is a relatively lightweight gazebo for one with such a reputation for strength and sturdiness.
The aluminium uprights are powder-coated to ensure that there is always 100% support to the roof section by preventing rust forming around the vertical supports.
This is paramount to the longevity of this type of product.
Further up, the roof section has polycarbonate panels which are held in place by an aluminium frame section.
The panels are good at letting natural light into the sheltered area whilst protecting against UV rays.
Any worries about the strength of polycarbonate panels are not necessary because compared to glass, polycarbonate is 10 times stronger than glass and will not shatter. Very reassuring for those of you that were concerned.
Polycarbonate roof panels
As mentioned previously, the roof panels are extremely strong, do not shatter and are x10 stronger than glass, however, there are many more benefits of polycarbonate panels.
Polycarbonate panels will provide UV protection to your guests that can help prevent skin damage but they will also provide shade for your outdoor garden furniture and prevent it from being bleached by the bright sunlight.
Includes curtains & bug nets
It’s all very well having protection against the sun and protection against wind and rain but one of the most annoying and biggest culprits of spoiling your event are mosquitos and other flying insects.
These types of creatures are normally attracted by either the heat from our body or the sweet smell from your drinks or snacks. The mesh nets can be closed to prevent these types of bugs from entering and biting or at least upsetting a few people underneath.
The curtains are perfect for extra privacy especially in the evening as you turn the lights on and it illuminates your gazebo and attracts mosquitos but also nosey neighbours.
There’s nothing, or very little more annoying than having to keep ducking as you enter an outdoor shelter, especially if one of those time after a few drinks you forget… ouch!
The walk-in height is 2 metres which cater for the height of most people and if this becomes a problem then you may just need to become friends with smaller people, just kidding… 2-metre height is more than adequate for most.
Upon first inspection you will think to yourself, is this that strong? Trust me, this gazebo is another animal once it’s built and installed properly in your designated area.
It can be a little tricky to assemble and the instructions aren’t fantastic but as the Outsunny brand of outdoor gazebos is so popular there are lots of assembly videos you can view on youtube.
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Outsunny 4.3×3.6m Permanent Outdoor Gazebo with Solid Roof
This much larger Outsunny gazebo is perfect for those of you with bigger families, large gardens and is ideal for hosting parties with lots of guests.
Spanning an area of 15.48 sq metres it demands quite a lot of spare room in your garden, patio or hard-surfaced area.
This permanent gazebo is relatively straightforward to build, however, as you can imagine with so many large sections to connect you’re going to need the help of a couple of friends.
Once it’s assembled it is the centrepiece of any garden and will be a talked-about feature by all of your friends and family.
The entire gazebo can be left outdoors all year round with the roof left on, however, it might just pay you to remove the side curtains and mesh nets.
The sides and nets may become damaged in strong winds and heavy rain and as I said above, it’s worth taking them down and it’s very simple as they’re both on individual rails.
Everything Included in the package
Unlike lots of other outdoor products, with this product, you will receive everything you need to have a first-class relaxation area.
You will receive tough and durable polycarbonate roof panels that will slot into an aluminium roof frame, 4 uprights that are powder-coated to maintain their strength and durability.
All the curtains and bug nets are included, together with the rails that they hang from and there are handy ties which enable you to tie them back and around the uprights in warm weather.
There are 8 stakes to anchor the gazebo securely into the ground to provide extra stability.
Polycarbonate Roof Panels
If you have doubts about the strength and longevity then I can quickly put that to rest…
Polycarbonate is 200 times more resistance to impact than glass is whilst it’s also much lighter which makes handling easier and places less pressure on the aluminium that holds it in place.
The polycarbonate panels are also great at providing consistent lighting as it can act as a sun shield in bright sunlight whilst also letting in plenty of natural light in duller conditions. Polycarbonate also provides UV protection.
Dimensions of this Gazebo
Although I’ve mentioned just how large this gazebo is, another great feature is the total height and the height of the eaves. The length is 4.3 metres and the width of the gazebo is 3.6 metres which provide 15.48 sq metres in total.
The walk-in height is 2.05m which is 7ft 1inches, therefore, it should mean that not a single one of your guests will have to duck underneath the sides to enter into the gazebo.
The highest point of the gazebo itself (apex) is 2.65 metres and the product weighs 52kg.
Easy to Clean Frame & Material
Should the gazebo or the curtains become dirty then both are relatively easy to clean.
The side curtains can be machine washed on a very cool wash and depending on the size of your machine I would personally wash 1 side at a time in the drum.
The frame itself can be wiped down with hot soapy water to remove any dirt or bird muck that may have soiled the framework.
Should you need to wash the roof panels it’s normally best to get a soft-bristled yard brush, some washing up liquid and a hosepipe. Simply throw some warm soapy water onto the roof, gently rub the roof with the long soft brush and then hose down with fresh water until the soap has disappeared.back to menu ↑
Outsunny 3x3m Aluminium Patio Gazebo with Hardtop Roof
Aside from being obviously spacious, the gazebo is made with a durable aluminium frame and roof which can withstand even harsh weather conditions.
No longer will rain be an issue when entertaining outdoors. What’s more, this guarantees the long-life associated with this product.
Entertaining is nothing with a good ambience so the addition of a hanging hook for a lantern or light means that this will be easily achieved.
You may find yourself wondering if the aluminium design means a reduction in sturdiness, but you can rest assured that this Outsunny 3 x 3 delivers just as much on strength and stability as it does on aesthetics.
Moreover, with aluminium being so lightweight, erected the gazebo won’t be a back-breaking task.
Rust Resistant Frame
The whole point of installing a gazebo in the first place is to ensure that everyone is sheltered from the elements – sun, heat and more importantly – rain.
However, this can lead to the components becoming rusty, but not in the case of this one.
The durable steel hardtop and rust-resistant frame give you the confidence that, no matter what the weather, the frame will remain fully functional and undamaged by rust. You’ll enjoy the gazebo year after year.
Includes Double-Lined Curtains
We have already discussed that these thick, double-lined curtains are ideal for added privacy should your outdoor space be overlooked. But they serve an additional purpose besides.
The curtains are fully weather resistant, further adding to the longevity of the product. But if that wasn’t enough, they feature a handy mosquito net to prevent those irritating bites.
Furthermore, the curtains come in useful for blocking out the elements avoiding intense sun exposure which can be damaging to the skin.
Install Lighting for those darker nights
Undoubtedly one of the most remarkable features of this product is the simple addition of a lighting hook which allows you to create a unique environment for your social gathering.
What’s more, should your party go on into the small hours, you won’t be left squinting to see your guests with the light from your lantern or outdoor string lights.
Easy to Clean Frame
Is there anything more annoying than having to deep clean something that has spent a lot of time outside and seemingly getting nowhere fast?
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Outsunny Pop-up Gazebo 2x2m with Carrying Case Review
This small Outsunny waterproof gazebo (2x2m / 6x6ft) is ideal if you’re looking for a gazebo for the garden to use during the spring and summer months when the weather is pleasant.
Whilst, this is a strong gazebo for regular use, it is not suitable for leaving outdoors overnight.
The concertina frame (pop up) makes it so easy to build and pack away then there is no real reason to leave it built overnight outdoors.
As mentioned, the concertina frame is quick to build especially if you have a friend to help you lift it off the ground and stretch it out.
As you can see in the image, this gazebo comes with 4 side panels that include 2 sides that have a window each and 2 full-length doors or wall sections.
Both full doors/walls can be tied back with the attached ties.
If you’re looking to order then click here to go straight to Amazon, or if you want to know what you’ll receive first, then view below.
- Water-Resistant & Rust Resistant Canopy.
- 2x2m Concertina style pop up frame
- 4 side walls (x2 windows – x2 full doors/walls)
- Carry Bag
- Rope and Stakes
- Portable carrying bag.
Everything you need for an outdoor garden gazebo is provided in the package and nothing else is required to be purchased.
Pros and cons
- Easy to build & take down
- Provides UV resistance
- Water & Wind-Resistant
- Sensibly Priced
- Strong roof section (Cross Truss)
- Sides easy to add/remove
- Do not leave built outdoors overnight
Here are a few things that I really like about it, followed by a few frequently asked questions further down.
Easy to Build
One of the great aspects of owning a concertina gazebo or pop up gazebo as they’re more regularly known is that they’re really simple to build and takedown.
To build, all you have to do is remove it from the bag, ask a friend to lift the legs slightly off the ground and both of you walk backwards to stretch the frame out.
Once the frame is extended out, just attach the canopy with the velcro straps to the top section and then lift the frame legs up and then click them each into one of the 3 height settings… that’s it!
Bearing in mind everything that is included, the strength and level of water resistance then this Outsunny pop-up gazebo is well worth the money paid for it.
Quite often, with all the accessories that are included you would expect to pay twice the price that you will be paying on Amazon should you decide to purchase this product.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a Pop-up gazebo be used during the winter?
In our opinion, this gazebo should not be used during the winter.
The manufacturer says it can be used during wintertime but to be perfectly honest, we do not think it could withstand snow load on the roof or up to 40 mph winds which can be encountered during this time of the year.
Is this Pop-up gazebo easy to take down?
To take it down is basically a reversal of how you put it up in the first place. One good thing is that you can leave the canopy attached to the roof section instead of removing it before you place it in the storage bag.
How long will this gazebo last?
Realistically, we believe that you will get 2/3 years of regular use out of it but please bear in mind that this means dismantling it and bringing it indoors after use and not leaving it outdoors during winter either.
How do I clean the canopy?
Depending on where you position your gazebo on your yard you may find that the roof section begins to get dirty or covered in leaves etc if this happens we advise washing off with water but do not rub or use fairy liquid on the canopy.
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Outsunny 2.7×2.7m Lightweight Canopy without Sides
Your expectations need to be realistic and sensible considering the price.
Do not to expect it to be able to last for years to come and protect you against every monsoon going, it isn’t going to happen with this product.
What this Outsunny canopy can do is protect you and a few guests from the odd spot of rain as long as its nothing more than light drizzle and not for too long.
It can also be used to provide shade to grass, patio or other hard surfaces and has a set of tent pegs and guy ropes to help hold it down.
These anchors (pegs and ropes) MUST be used at all times as they provide a huge amount of extra support to the frame section and are the only preventative methods to ensure it isn’t totally destroyed if the wind picks up.
Should you decide to purchase this canopy from Amazon then you will receive the following pieces of equipment.
- Powder-coated steel connecting frame poles
- Water-resistant PE Canopy roof
- Durable PP connectors for poles
- 4 x Guy ropes
- 8 x Tent pegs
- Full instructions
- All necessary assembly parts
There are no leg weights or weight bags provided and personally I don’t recommend buying any because they will cost about the same as the canopy itself and secondly, they won’t make the roof section any stronger.
Pros and cons
- Really low price
- Can protect against UV rays
- Ideal for sunny days
- Very easy to assemble
- Can protect against very light rain
- Do not use when breezy
- Do not leave built overnight
Here’s a few things that we really like about it, followed by a few frequently asked questions further down.
Simple to connect together
This isn’t a pop-up gazebo and therefore, assembly is required to build this canopy, although, it is extremely simple to put together. Instructions are provided but to be honest you’ll only need to read them once at the most.
Pegs & guy ropes included
As this canopy is very lightweight it requires something to ensure that it isn’t simply lifted off the ground even with a gentle breeze, therefore, the guy ropes and tent pegs come in really handy, especially at the price you’re paying.
Anti UV canopy
This canopy can offer protection against UV rays which makes it ideal to use to provide a shaded area in the spring and summer months. It’s still advisable to wear sunblock to help ensure full UV protection whilst outdoors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the canopy and frame windproof?
No, not at all. This is a very low priced canopy that is intended to be used to provide shade during hot weather. It will not hold up in anything more than a light breeze so caution is advised against using it when windy.
How much does it weigh?
The entire package when delivered to your door weighs a little over 5kg. For a canopy, this is extremely lightweight and only reaffirms my advice against using it in bad weather conditions.
Does it come with a bag?
Unfortunately, for those of you that intend to get regular use out of it then it will mean storing it in the cardboard boxes that it comes in (2). At this kind of price, you really can’t expect a bag to be thrown in too.