If you are looking for the best pop up canopy for your backyard, patio or deck, please keep reading. Now that you have gotten your yard into tip top shape, it is time to start thinking about parties, family gatherings or just relaxing. In the summer months when the sun is beating down or in the spring and fall months when it is raining (or snowing), you may need some sort of shelter. That is where the pop up canopy comes into play. Please keep reading as we review and talk about the best pop up canopy for your backyard, patio or deck.
Best Uses for a Pop Up Canopy
As a proud owner of a pop up canopy, I know that they can be very useful in many ways. Here is a list of some of the best uses for a pop up canopy. If I have missed one, please feel free to put them in the comments section below!! Here are the uses:
Athletic events-as a father of 2 athletic sons who played a lot of sports, having a pop up canopy was very valuable. Whether they played in the hot sun or in the pouring rain, our pop up canopy was protecting us from the elements. It made watching the games much more enjoyable.
Camping-if you enjoy camping, you are going to want to get a pop up canopy. If it is raining, the last thing you want to do is be cooped up in your tent or camper. If you had a pop up canopy, you could sit under it and enjoy a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage. It also is a great for shade when you have had too much sun.
Flea markets, art and craft shows or fairs-whenever I volunteer at our local fair, I really, really appreciate it when there is a pop up canopy to sit under. As a person with lighter skin, I need to stay out of the sun as much as I can.
Outdoor parties or gatherings-if you are lucky enough to have a big backyard, you may be asked or volunteer to use your yard for a family gathering or party. With the weather always being unpredictable, you will want to own one or a couple of pop up canopies. They will keep your party goers dry or out of the sun. Also, if your yard is full of birds, the pop up canopy will protect you, your party goers, and family members from bird droppings!!! Nothing worse than getting bird droppings on your nice clothes!!
Beach or Lake-as the summer months move in, it will get hotter and hotter. People will be flocking to beaches and lakes for a way to keep cool. A pop up canopy is a great way to keep your personal belongings or yourself out of the sun or rain. Light skinned people like me can only be in the sun for a short period of time. A pop up canopy will protect you from the sun and keep your skin from being burned. It is also a great way to keep younger kids out of the sun.
Weddings-outdoor weddings are becoming more popular. People are finding that having an outdoor wedding is a cheaper and easier way to get married. The only unpredictable thing about outdoor weddings is the weather. Having a couple pop up canopies on hand will at least keep the bride and groom dry and hopefully the rest of the crowd. If you are having an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a couple of pop up canopies on hand in case the weather turns on you!!
Best Pop Up Canopy for Backyard, Patio or Deck-What to Look For
Now that we have gone over some of the great, valuable and healthy uses of pop up canopies, we are going to go over some features and things to look for when looking to purchase a pop up canopy. Here are some features to look for when purchasing a pop up canopy:
Price-this feature is a little tricky. You don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a pop up canopy, but you also don't want to buy the cheapest one and have it rip or break right away!! My one word of advice is that you can get a decent pop up canopy for under $200 or even under $150. All of the pop up canopies that I will review in this article will be under $200.
Wheels-this is a really important feature that gets overlooked. Make sure that your pop up canopy has wheels on the bottom of the storage bag. You will thank me if you are going to your kid's sporting event and you have to park a mile away and have to lug the pop up canopy all the way!! It makes transporting your pop up canopy much easier.
Ease of use-as the years have gone by, pop up canopies are getting more popular and much easier to set up. The first one I purchased many years ago was a real pain to set up. Now, they are getting easier and easier. With that said, do your research, read your reviews and make sure you get one that is easier to set up and tear down. Especially if you get caught in a thunderstorm!!
Stability-this feature can be very important or not so important. If you are going to use your pop up canopy out of the wind, you don't need to worry about extra weight or tie downs. If you are going to use it where there is a chance of a sudden wind, extra weight or tie downs are very important. A couple of years ago I saw a pop up canopy tumbling down a beach after a sudden wind got a hold of it.
Best Pop Up Canopy for Backyard, Patio or Deck-Our Reviews
Now that we have gone over important uses of a pop up canopy and features to look for when purchasing a pop up canopy, we are going to review our top picks. There are plenty of canopies and gazebos that are more expensive, but they are mostly used for more of a permanent use. We are just going to review portable pop up canopies that can be transported frequently and set up and torn down quickly. Here are our reviews:
Our top pick for the best pop up canopy for backyard, patio or deck is the Eurmax 10'x10' Ez Pop Up Canopy Tent. This one covers all of the bases the we have listed above. Located in California, Eurmax has been making great canopies and tents for over 15 years. Here are some of the features that we love about the Eurmax 10'x10' Ez Pop Up Canopy Tent:
Comes in many great school or team colors
Includes wheeled carry bag
Strong design and rust resistant
3 height positions
Easy to put up and take down
Works in all weather
Some things we didn't like:
Heavier than most canopies
Here is a great video showing how to set up the Eurmax 10x10 Instant Pop Up Canopy
ABC Canopy comes in next with the ABC Canopy Pop Up Canopy Tent. This pop up canopy was really close to being our top pick. It is also a great pop up canopy for you. Here are some of the great features that we loved about the ABC Canopy Pop up Canopy Tent:
The cheapest pop up canopy (but not by much) on our list is the Core 10' x 10' Instant Shelter Pop Up Canopy Tent. Located in Kansas, the Core Equipment company makes great products at affordable prices. Here are some of the features that we loved about the Core 10' x 10' Instant Shelter Pop Up Canopy Tent: