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Best Pop Up Canopies in 2020 – Reviewed

Do you want a canopy that will shield you and your guests from the elements but is still easy enough to be taken from place to place? Well, if you do, then you might want to think about purchasing a canopy that can pop up. These models are inexpensive, easy for just about anyone to use, and are quite practical. We should know because we reviewed some of the best pop up canopies, so all of our readers can find the model that will work for them. Gathering under one of these canopies is a great way to start any outdoor social gathering.

Quick Summary of Best Pop Up Canopies

 Editor’s Choice 
ABC Canopy Commercial Tent Canopy With Side Walls  (review)
 Also Recommended 
Eurmax 10×10-Foot Easy Pop-Up Canopy  (review)
 Also Consider 
Master Canopy 12×12-Foot Commercial Instant-Canopy  (review)

Reviews

Editor’s Choice: ABC Canopy Commercial Tent Canopy With Side Walls

This product is the best pop-up canopy tent because it provides the consumer with the convenience of a home canopy but also gives them the durability of a commercial canopy. This product is 8-feet deep and 16-feet wide and has a height that’s adjustable from 124-inches up to 133-inches thanks to its adjustable legs. That gives the consumer a clearance of 78-inches to 86-inches that makes it the perfect tent for community activities, sports activities, family activities, or just about anything else the consumer can think of doing with this tent. It’s a product that’s also easy to set up and can be done with two people quickly and efficiently. And while this product does cost a little more than comparable tent models, we believe that it’s more than worth it.

What makes this canopy such a great model to own has mainly to do with its frame. This product is built with a folding white powder-coated frame that features a thumb-button that makes locking it down or releasing it to be taken down quickly and easily. The frame weighs approximately 40-pounds and is designed to provide the consumer with years of service.

Another thing that caught our attention about this canopy was the fabric the tent was made from. This material is a heavy-duty poly taff that’s waterproof and blocks out 99% of all ultraviolet light. It’s also designed to resist fading—which is a good thing considering that it’s available in an assortment of different bright colors. Colors that include white, burgundy, blue, forest green, grey, orange, brown, turquoise, red, and purple. The material also has heat-sealed seams, is CPAI-84 certified fire retardants, and blocks up to 50% of UPF rays. This is a canopy that’s ready for consumers to use immediately and ready to provide temporary shelter for just about any activity the consumer wants to do underneath it.

PROS:

  • This is a high-quality pop-up tent canopy.
  • This feels very much like a heavy-duty canopy.
  • It’s available in vibrant colors for any occasion.
CONS:

  • It costs a little more than similar models.

Also Recommended: Eurmax 10×10-Foot Easy Pop-Up Canopy

Another product that caught our attention was this pop-up canopy from Eurmax. This 10×10-foot canopy weighs a total of 70-pounds and is easy for two people to set-up or take down as needed. It comes with the canopy frame, the canopy top, and four removable enclosure sidewalls with windows. It also comes with a roller bag and four extra sandbag canopy weights. The only things that it didn’t come with are the stakes and/or tie-downs that might be needed to secure the sides of the canopy. If the consumer wants these, then they’re going to have to purchase them separately. And honestly, that might be something that consumers do to ensure that this product remains stable even in windy conditions.

This tent has a canopy top that is manufactured with fabric that’s made out of 500D polyester that’s been given a PU coating that allows it to block 99% of UV rays. However, that’s only for the canopy top. The sidewalls of this product are made from 210D nylon. This is a knitted form of polyester that is sheerer than 500D polyester. Both materials are CPAI-84 fire-resistant, however, and that makes it safer to use. That allows sunlight to pass through it more easily, but also allows UV rays to pass through it as well.

The steel frame of this canopy is powder-coated for durability—and that makes it resistant to not only rust and corrosion but also chipping and peeling. Additional features that we’d like to discuss before concluding this review is that this product has a thumb-button height adjustment feature, and velcro that the walls can be hung to the top. This product’s roller bag also has 2.7-inch wheels that make moving the canopy quick and easy.

PROS:

  • This product is made from high-quality materials.
  • This product is easy for 2-people to assemble and setup.
  • This canopy comes in a variety of different colors.
CONS:

  • It doesn’t come with spikes and/or tie-downs.

Also Consider: Master Canopy 12×12-Foot Commercial Instant-Canopy

This product from Master Canopy is another pop-up canopy that caught our attention. This is a product that is 12×12-feet in size, which is big enough for most people’s needs, and it comes with everything a person needs to get started. This product comes with the canopy, four sandbags, four stakes, ropes, and a roller bag that makes it easier for the consumer to move the tent into position. Although this tent does require two people to set up, it’s otherwise easy to get this product up and running. Having said that, let’s take a look at the fabric that this tent is made with, as well as its frame, to see how it stands up to regular use.

The fabric used to make this product is made out of polyester that’s been coated with a PU coating, much like some of the high-end canopies. Although this material isn’t as heavy-duty as costlier models, it is water-resistant (not completely waterproof) and has a 50+ UV-resistant rating. This is enough to protect the consumer against the wind, sun, and light rain, but not enough to protect the people standing beneath it from more extreme weather.

Something else that we appreciated about this product was that it had an upgraded frame that was extremely durable and should hold up well for most people. It has three different height settings and has a toggle-leg adjustment that doesn’t pinch the user’s fingers while they’re trying to unlatch it. The height options for this product include a low height of 73.2-inches, a medium height of 77-inches, and a high height of 81-inches. This makes it extremely flexible for the needs of just about anyone. And that’s one of the many reasons why we think that this canopy belongs on this list. It is an inexpensive option for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money and who don’t need a heavy-duty canopy.

PROS:

  • This is an inexpensive pop-up canopy.
  • It comes in a variety of different colors.
  • It comes with ropes, stakes, and a roller bag.
CONS:

  • It’s not as high-quality as the other canopies we’ve reviewed.

A Guide To Buying Pop-Up Canopies

Pop-up canopies go by an assortment of different names. They’re often called portable pop-ups or instant pop-ups, but no matter what you call them, they are all designed to do the same thing. And that thing is to provide the consumer with a quick and easy way to set up a tent. After all, these canopies are perfect for everything from informal family gatherings, to set up information booths, to even using them for weddings. 

Although many of these pop-up canopies look like one another, they all have different features that need to be considered before the consumer spends their hard-earned money on one. That’s why we’ve decided to write a little guide on the subject. A guide that will help our readers sort through their options and emerge with a canopy that will suit them and their guests well. 

The Benefits Of Pop-Up Canopies

Before we begin this buying guide, we would like to talk about some of the benefits of using a pop-up canopy. These canopies are great for people who only need to set up the canopy for a day and don’t expect it to hold up to very aggressive weather conditions. It’s an inexpensive option for people who don’t want to set up a commercial canopy or some kind of permanent structure such as a gazebo. 

Consider The Frame

One of the first things that consumers are going to want to think about is the canopy’s frame. When it comes to pop-up models, consumers have a choice between two different materials. There are models that use aluminum and those that use steel. In our opinion, steel frames are better because they’re stronger and they’re less likely to bend than aluminum frames. Aluminum isn’t strong, but it is easier to move, so if the consumer needs a canopy that isn’t going to face many environmental challenges such as heavy wind or rain, then aluminum might be the way to go—just don’t expect it to hold up very long. 

If you do choose a steel frame, which we think you should make sure that it’s been powder-coating. A quality powder-coating will protect the frame against rust and corrosion, and allow it to last just a little bit longer than uncoated models. It might add a bit of cost to the end product, but it is worth it. 

Consider The Fabric

The consumer should also think about the fabric that the canopy is made from. When it comes to pop-up tents, they’re usually made out of vinyl or polyester. Polyester is one of the more common materials used for pop-up canopies and are durable but cost less. Although vinyl provides better UV and weather resistance than polyester, it’s also heavier and that’s why it’s not used more frequently for pop-up canopies. 

The weight of the fabric is also an important consideration to think about. As a general rule, the heavier the fabric, the higher the quality of the material, and the more likely it’s going to hold up to poor weather. Therefore, 550D polyester is better than 210D polyester.

The Size Of The Canopy

It’s also important for the consumer to think about the size of the pop-up canopy. The more people that are expected to congregate under the canopy, the larger it needs to be. With that said, below are some of the common canopy sizes that people can expect to buy and how many people they can accommodate. 

6.6-Foot By 6.6-Foot

This size provides 44 square feet of coverage for anywhere from 3 to 6 people. 

8-Foot By 8-Foot

This size provides 64 square feet of coverage for anywhere from 4 to 8 people.

10-Foot By 10-Foot

This size provides 100 square feet for anywhere from 6 to 10 people. 

12-Foot By 12-Foot

This size provides 144 square-feet for anywhere from 9 to 14-people. 

Additional Things To Consider

Following the above recommendations will help consumers come closer to finding the best pop-up canopy for their needs. However, those aren’t the only things that the consumer needs to think about before purchasing their next canopy. The following features are also something that consumers should think about before buying their next canopy. 

  • Tie Down Stakes And/Or Ropes
  • Sand Bag Weights
  • A Roller Bag
  • Velcro Tie-Ups

In Conclusion

Now that we’ve armed our readers with the information they need to make an informed decision, it’s time for everyone to choose the canopy that will work the best for their needs. It doesn’t matter if they need a pop-up canopy for a small wedding, to provide some temporary protection for a family BBQ, or for some other purpose, these canopies are ready to provide the consumer with the convenience and weather-protection they need. 

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