The canopies and pop-up gazebos below have some of the best consumer reviews in addition to great prices. Be sure to notice that models with screening are only marginally more expensive.

If you have an outdoor event approaching, you may want to think about getting a pop up gazebo or canopy. They can provide protection from the brutal rays of the sun or a comforting shelter from snow and rain. The benefit of a folding or “pop up” gazebo is that you can put it up and take it down in mere moments. This allows you to provide a spontaneous canopy whenever you may need it.

There are some things to take into account when you are considering a purchase of a folding portable gazebo or canopy. One of most obvious is what size canopy would you most likely use in the majority of your outdoor events. A small 8 x 8 shelter may work best for making change out in the yard during a yard sale. Something larger such as a 10 x20 canopy would work better for a portable shelter for a family reunion where food is being served. It’s important to keep in mind is that you can’t have too much space under your shelter where as not enough shelter in a downpour is definitely a possibility, so you may want to consider buying the biggest shelter you are likely to use.

Another consideration is the quality of the construction. The more you plan to use your folding gazebo the more you will want to spend for superior construction. Heavier frames and thicker material on the canopy fabric will provide extra years of service if your intent is to use the gazebo several times per year. Typically larger canopies will be heavier built anyway to provide extra support for their increased size, but there is no reason not to look for a superior built shelter even if you are looking for a smaller one.

Something else you may want to consider is whether you want sides and or screening. Sides can provide extra shelter from the cold in the winter time giving fishermen and hunters a gathering area or simply an escape from cold winds. Alternatively, screening in the summer can provide protection from bugs and mosquitoes. Some pop up gazebos and canopies come with sides and screening and others have it available as an accessory.

I hope this has given you some insight in the benefits of owning your own portable shelter and what to look for when shopping for one. The great outdoors is a wonderful place to be with family and anything that help makes it more comfortable is truly an asset.

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