When we go camping with family and friends, it can be a great experience. One for making new memories, relaxing, and enjoying each other’s company. Whether you are out in the wild, or rocking hard at a festival, you need a place to relax and get out of the sun. This is where the pop up gazebo comes in. It offers everyone somewhere to sit when they want to hang out or eat that is protected from the elements, including the sun. It can really help make your campsite feel like home, and that is why we have gathered the best pop up gazebos on the market, as well as the associated pop up gazebo reviews, for you to look at. Take a peek and see if any of these take your fancy.
How to Choose a Pop Up Gazebo
It can be a tough choice, choosing your pop up gazebo. However, it doesn’t need to be as hard as it seems. While there may seem like there are a lot of different types to choose from, they are actually all very similar to each other. In this section, we take a look at some of the things you need to be looking for when you go to choose your camping gazebo.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is how much you are willing to spend on the pop up gazebo. The prices can vary quite a lot, and while they are much cheaper than fixed gazebos, you should be prepared to put a little money aside for one of these.
Wind bars are quite important. These are bars that clip onto the inside of the frame, providing the gazebo with a lot more support and stability. It also allows them to withstand stronger winds without falling over, as pop up gazebos tend to be a lot less sturdy in strong winds than the fixed variety.
Side panels are pretty important if you want full protection from sudden rain or unexpected weather conditions. Not all pop up gazebos come with these panels, and many are sold separately, so make sure you read carefully and check to see that your pop up gazebo comes with these. It is also a good idea to check if they are ‘quick attach’, which means that they can be fitted very quickly when the weather changes.
It should also be waterproof. All of the pop up gazebos here are at least water-resistant, which is important when camping in the UK. However, if you are heading up north, or to locations that are known for being rainy, a gazebo with taped seams is probably the best option. Having a pop up gazebo that protects you from UV rays can also be beneficial in sunny weather.
Always take the time to read through the reviews before you make your purchase. If you aren’t sure which is best, the reviews from other customers can tell you a lot about the general level of satisfaction others have felt. This can aid in your decision making and help you with a potentially tricky decision. It’s also important to remember that while the most expensive items are often more reliable, this is not always the case.
Things to Look for
There are one or two things you might want to look out for when you go to purchase a pop up gazebo. One of these are the windows. Some gazebos will have windows on the side panels. This means that the side panels will continue to protect you from the elements, but you will also be allowed to see your surroundings, allowing you to continue admiring the scenery. It gives the gazebo a nice aesthetic, and is something to keep in mind.
Doorways can also be a nice addition. If the gazebo does not come with one, you can simply remove a side panel. However, for gazebos that do you can simply tie the sides back to create an opening. Usually, it will zip closed, so if you find yourself caught in bad weather, you can secure the gazebo quickly. They are convenient, and add a little something extra to the overall design.
The Advantages of a Pop Up Gazebo
Here are some of the advantages of using a pop up gazebo, especially when compared to the fixed variety:
- Usually much cheaper than fixed gazebos
- Quick and easy to set up (usually around 60 seconds)
- Easy to take down and store
- Take up very little space
- Can be placed just about anywhere
All that’s left is to choose the perfect tent for you. Take a look at our pop up gazebo reviews for some of our favourite models.
Other Pop Up Gazebo Models
Here are some other some other pop up gazebo models in case the ones above did not suit your needs.
This 3mx3m gazebo is perfect for the festival goer. It’s the ideal place to hang out when it’s hot, as well as the best location to sit back and have a few beers with friends. There are three removable sides with windows, keeping you protected from bad weather conditions as well as the sun. It’s really easy to assemble, so you will be able to put it together in a matter of minutes. There are Velcro fastenings for a secure close, and the metal struts offer additional support for the structure. It also comes in three colours.
Tuff Concepts Garden Gazebo
This affordable gazebo comes in two colours, and is perfect for a range of occasions. The gazebo can be fully sealed, keeping everyone out of sudden weather changes. Each side also has windows, so you can still see what is happening while you hang out. Ideal for festivals and group camping trips, it offers a comfortable space and can be erected on both hard and soft ground. It is durable and relatively easy to set up, so you will be ready to go in no time at all.
In this guide, we have looked at some of the best pop up gazebos on the market, and some from incredibly reputable brands. So, whether you are on a budget or looking to splash out, we have the perfect camping gazebo here for you. From domes to squares, sides or no sides, we have every variation of gazebo for you to browse through. When you plan your next camping trip, make sure a pop up gazebo is on the list, because you will definitely need one – whether you want protection from the rain or the sun.
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