In this guide we’ll take a look at the best pop up gazebos for the UK market.
I’ve compared size, materials, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Pop Up Gazebo?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Spacious and stylish with clever design features
This Horwood Pop-Up Hexagonal Gazebo is striking and robust. It will keep you cool when it’s hot and dry when a shower strikes. It’s 3.6 x 3.1 m which means loads of room to host family and friends! Plus the bug nets will keep pesky mozzies at bay!
Things to Know Before Buying a Pop Up Gazebo
Owning a pop up gazebo can really help you make the most of your garden in summer.
They can be the difference between using your garden on a regular basis, or missing out because of the weather.
Pop up gazebos are perfect for a variety of different tasks. You can use one to cover your hot tub, your outdoor food area, or to create shade for children and adults alike.
Of course, many people use pop up gazebos to make sure their special occasion isn’t ruined by bad weather – and they’re great for this too!
They provide shade and rain cover for BBQs, parties, and impromptu get-togethers.
The fact they can be put up and taken down in minutes makes them so convenient!
But what do you need to know, to make sure you find the best pop up gazebo for your garden? Take a look at the advice below to help inform your decision.
The size of the gazebo is important for two main reasons. One, it will affect how many people can fit under the canopy; and two, it will dictate where the structure will go in your garden (or if it will fit at all!).
If you have a specific purpose in mind for your pop up gazebo, for example if you know you’re going to want to fit a table in there for meals, measuring the items you want to fit into the space will help you work out how big a gazebo to buy.
For example, the Orwood hexagonal pop up gazebo has a ‘diameter’ of 3.1 m, and the manufacturer’s information shows this can fit a round central table with 6 chairs.
Similarly, height is important, especially if you or your guests are quite tall! In general, this shouldn’t be a problem. Several pop up gazebos are height adjustable, like the All Seasons pop-up gazebo. Or, if not adjustable, quite lofty, like the Outsunny hexagonal pop up gazebo which measure 2 m at its lowest point. It is good to just bear height in mind though, when making a purchase, as you don’t want to get caught out.
One final note about finding the best pop up gazebo for your garden is of course making sure it will fit. You don’t want to find out on the day of your big summer party that the gazebo it too big to go up! Measure the space you have available and think practically. It may be better to size down and have some wiggle room, rather than try to cram a bigger gazebo into your garden.
Although laborious, taking the time to measure everything first will save money and time in the long run!
The weight of the gazebos in this top five are as follows:
All Seasons pop-up gazebo: 16.8 kg (no side walls)
Airwave pop up gazebo: 16.2 kg
Casart pop-up gazebo: 14 kg
Outsunny hexagonal pop up gazebo: 10 kg (side walls made of netting)
This just gives an idea of the range of weights available. For the most part, you’re not going to be able to put up the gazebo singlehandedly anyway, so weight may not be so important. However, it’s still something you should factor in when making your purchase. If the gazebo is too heavy, you may be put off using it. Too light, and you may need to put a lot of effort into weighting it down.
Some gazebos are heavier because they have more structure and side walls. Or, are fully waterproof like the Airwave pop up gazebo and the All Seasons pop-up gazebo. So, these are all factors that are also worth weighing up.
There are a lot off different styles of pop up gazebo to choose from. The most common shapes are square, rectangular and hexagonal. Each of which have their pros and cons. In addition, the gazebo may have walls, or not, or windows (or not!), or several entrances. Here we’ll have a look at the main features of each style:
Square gazebos are practical and possibly best suited to standing and mingling. They’re good for smaller gardens as their shape is more compact, but they may not fit as many people in as other styles.
Rectangular gazebos may fit well in your garden because of their traditional shape, and they can be a good way to cover an entire patio. You could fit a rectangular table inside and have people sit around it.
Hexagonal gazebos are a more sociable shape because people can all sit around a central round table. That said, a hexagon is a more difficult shape to slot into the garden, and may not maximise ground area.
What would you like to use your gazebo for? Mostly as a sun shade in hot weather? A place for parties, rain or shine? A way to be outside, no matter the weather?
These factors will all determine what style of wall you should get for your gazebo.
Some gazebos don’t come with side walls. These are best suited to being sun shades. That said, many of them are very waterproof, so they’ll protect you from a shower, but they won’t have any protection from the wind. So gazebos without sides are ideal for offering protection on warm days.
If you’re hoping to host, you’ll probably want a gazebo with protective sides that can be closed around you and your guests if the weather takes a turn. Avoid sides made of netting and look into more structurally solid sides which perhaps have windows built in.
Netted sides offer some protection from the elements, and are a great way to keep a breeze flowing through the gazebo. Of course, depending on the climate you may or may not want this at all times – so bear that in mind! Netting is also great for keeping out bugs.
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More Detailed Pop Up Gazebo Reviews
Horwood Pop-Up Hexagonal Gazebo Review
The Horwood hexagonal pop up gazebo has a unique shape and makes a stylish statement in your back garden.
It has a steel-coated frame with a dark copper colour powder coating to prevent rust, and a dark beige roof with lightweight 180g/m² polyester fabric that will do a great job of keeping the rain out.
This pop up gazebo is a good size measuring 3.6 x 3.1 metres so lots of friends can keep warm and dry inside. In the hot months, you can zip up the net curtains to keep out fun-ruining wasps and mosquitoes.
The legs are extendable, you make them longer by pressing a button to release the lock and then push it up to the next lock.
Wait for the click before moving on. We don’t want the gazebo collapsing on granny! There are predrilled holes in the feet so you can secure it to the ground safely.
I really like the shape of this pop up gazebo and appreciate the rainproof canopy that has ‘anti-pooling’ drainage. This product is definitely one of the best pop up gazebos for the UK market!
All Seasons Pop Up Gazebo Review
The All Seasons pop-up gazebo is one of the best pop up gazebos on the market because it’s sturdy, has a rust-resistant steel frame, and the roof is fully waterproof. It certainly ticks a lot of boxes, bearing in mind our temperament UK weather!
Measuring 3 x 3 m, this good-looking pop up gazebo is simple to put up. It only takes a minute to get it standing – all the more impressive because it’s a heavy-duty gazebo, not one of those fly-away wobbly affairs.
To erect this pop up gazebo you simply pull the legs out, and raise it to the right height – you have the choice of three height settings. It’s a true pop up gazebo with no poles to line up.
It’s lightweight, at around 21 kg, and if you’re looking for rain-proof roofing this is the best pop up gazebo for you.
What’s more, it comes in a variety of colours. You can choose green, beige or blue to harmonise with your outside space, or, alternatively add some colour with orange, pink, purple or red. If you like a beach theme go for a nautical stripe – I really like the navy stripe personally. It gives a sunny beach feel even if the weather is dodgy.
Use this top-notch pop up gazebo on decking or on grass; you can make use of the included ropes, leg-weight bags and ground stakes. I’d always recommend you take a gazebo down if high winds are predicted, but many reviewers say theirs has survived gusting winds with no ill effects.
This gazebo is extremely practical, easy to put up, and is pretty lightweight at only 21 kg. In fact, it gets even better: a wheeled carry bag comes included!
It has no side walls, unlike some other models, so this is something to bear in mind.
Airwave Pop Up Waterproof Gazebo Review
The Airwave pop up gazebo is made of sturdy stuff! It has two specially designed wind bars for extra stability.
The wind bars re-enforce the structure to make this pop up gazebo extra stable against side wind impact. You can use the two wind bars cross-braced for a super strong gazebo frame.
It also comes with four fillable leg-weight bags for added stability, along with a set of guy ropes. If you worry about wind damage, this pop-up gazebo has enough features to put your mind at rest.
Overall this pop up gazebo measures 2.5 x 2.5 m which is plenty of room for the family. Speaking of space, this gazebo is made with four side panels that you can move around for maximum customizable convenience. Two have church style windows and two have full-length zipper doors.
The canopy is made from 190 g / m² PU coated polyester fabric to keep out rain and all the seams are tape sealed.
This is one cosy and convenient pop up gazebo with a super wind-resistant construction.
Casart Pop Up Gazebo Review
The Casart pop-up gazebo is the best pop up gazebo for parties with its great flexible design and high-quality construction.
This pop up gazebo is a really convenient size, measuring 3 x 3 m. This is great news for parties: you can fit all the family, with serving tables, and no-one is left outside in the rain!
Speaking of rain, the canopy is made from waterproof 210 D oxford fabric, so it will keep you snug and dry.
This pop up gazebo has four walls, two of which have large windows. The other two have zippers for convenient and easy access on both sides.
All side walls can be removed, leaving the canopy up – ideal for hot days when you want shade and to tempt the breeze! In fact, the material blocks 99% of the sun’s UV rays, so it’s also ideal as protection over a paddling pool should a heatwave strike.
You get a carry bag, plenty of guy ropes, and strong stakes to keep everything safely on the ground. As a result, you can really relax when using this gazebo – it isn’t going anywhere in a hurry!
This is a multipurpose gazebo that’s so easy to pop up and down, it’s the best pop up gazebo for parties because of its flexible design, and it’s an affordable price.
Outsunny Hexagonal Pop Up Gazebo Review
The Outsunny hexagonal pop up gazebo looks great and comes at a bargain price!
The brown roof canopy is made from water-resistant fabric, so you won’t have to worry about parties getting rained off.
It’s available in several colours actually, so you can choose between brown, white or green. Personally, I think the brown shade suits all gardens as it blends into the natural environment.
The side walls are netted, which is great for several reasons. These walls keep insects out, but still allow a breeze to blow through – gazebos can get hot very quickly when the temperature ramps up. The net walls will keep everyone cool and relaxed (we all know how tensions can rise with the temperature!).
You can enter the gazebo via a zippered net panel, and the opposite ‘wall’ is also zipped. You can walk straight through it and leave both open if you want a breezier space.
Size wise, this pop up gazebo is 2.5 m tall, with a canopy of 1.95 x 1.95 m. Whilst smaller than others, this a good size for the family and could be ideal for smaller outdoor spaces.
The gazebo comes with 6 pull ropes and 12 ground nails to keep it upright. I wouldn’t recommend you leave it outside in prolonged rainstorms or high winds, but it’s perfect for relaxing BBQ days and outdoor parties.
Pop Up Gazebo FAQ
It’s not advisable to put up a pop up gazebo on your own. You should get at least one other person to help you. The bigger models especially will be so much easier to put up with additional help, it just isn’t really worth the hassle of trying to do it alone.
Many gazebos come with weights, ropes and stakes included. You may need to fill the weights with water or sand, but they will work extremely well at weighing down your pop up gazebo.
If you want to make your own weights you can tie sand bags to the legs of your gazebo, or fill buckets with cement and tie them on.
Pop up gazebos have been designed so that they’re extremely easy to put up and take down. As a result, they haven’t been designed to be left up for a really long time. If the weather is fair, with no strong winds, you could leave it up for a couple of days at your discretion. However, as a general rule (especially in the UK), you can’t be completely sure what weather might come, and should take your pop up gazebo down when not in use.