Last updated: August 7, 2021

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Welcome to our big cassette awning test 2021. Here we present all the cassette awnings that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best cassette awning for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a cassette awning.




The most important information

  • Cassette awnings are suitable for anyone who wants to protect themselves from the sun, rain or unwelcome glances and wants to do so with as little effort as possible.
  • A distinction is made between full and half cassette awnings. Both are available in different sizes and price ranges.
  • The half-cassette awning is open at the bottom, but anyone who can live with this difference is well advised to go for the half-cassette awning, as it is considerably cheaper.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a cassette awning

Who is a cassette awning suitable for?

Cassette awnings are suitable for anyone who wants to protect a certain area from the sun, rain or unwelcome gazes and who wants to do so with as little effort as possible.

Cassette awnings are available in various designs. You often see them in front of shops. (Image source: unsplash.com / Pawel Czerwinski)

Cassette awnings are particularly popular when you want to protect larger patio areas or the outdoor area of a restaurant from the sun.

But not only there, they are also suitable for balconies and terraces in the private sector. They are available in different sizes and formats.

The cassette awning can be upgraded with various accessories, such as an electrically operated control, weather sensors, lighting or even heating, which is particularly popular in the catering trade.

The cassette awning is available with a full or half cassette.

The full cassette awning has all-round protection against any weather conditions and the half cassette awning is open at the bottom. Both variants offer a longer service life due to the protection of the cassette.

To which surface can I attach a cassette awning?

The cassette awning can be attached to the following surfaces:

  • Wood
  • Concrete
  • Solid stone wall
  • Perforated brick wall
  • Clinker facades
  • Ceiling
  • Concrete ceiling with and without insulation
  • Roof rafter installation

Basically, the appropriate tool and fastening material must be selected depending on the nature of the wall.

It is essential to observe and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

How does a cassette awning work?

In the normal standard version, cassette awnings are available with a hand crank. However, you can also choose the alternative with a tubular motor.

With the tubular motors, in turn, you can choose whether the awning is to be driven by an electric motor, radio motor or radio electric motor integrated in the shaft.

The radio and radio-electric motors can be controlled conveniently from the sun lounger with a remote control, WLAN or also by means of an app on the mobile phone.

What size cassette awnings should I buy?

The standard size of cassette awnings is three to eight metres wide and they can be extended between 1.5 and a maximum of four metres in length. In addition, customisation is possible.

Of course, the size of the area to be shaded should always play a role here and whether it is a balcony or a terrace. A balcony has a more limited area, whereas a terrace has more space for a larger awning.

Incidentally, the largest cassette awning in the world measures 14 x 7 metres and is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Basket awnings are often found above house entrances. (Image source: pixabay.com / Hans)

What does a cassette awning cost?

There is a big difference in the price of individual cassette awnings. Depending on quality, size and accessories, cassette awnings cost different amounts.

If you place a lot of value on a long service life, good quality and a lot of comfort, then you will have to dig deeper into your pocket.

The difference between half and full cassette awnings also affects the price. Simple half-cassette awnings are available for less than € 250, whereas a fully equipped full-cassette awning is available from € 679.

Type Price
Half-cassette awning from € 249.00
Full-cassette awning from € 679.00

Drop awnings are best suited for office buildings, as they not only protect against the sun, but also let in enough daylight. (Image source: pixabay.com / PIRO4D)

What are the alternatives to a cassette awning?

There are many different types of awnings.

Articulated arm awning

This is also known as a terrace awning and is identical in design to the cassette awning, except that the folding arm awning has no protection against weathering.

Side awnings

Side awnings are also known as vertical awnings and are often used as partitions.

Vertical awnings

Also known as vertical or window awnings, they are ideal for windows that do not have shutter blinds, such as offices

Markisolettes

They combine the advantages of vertical and drop-arm awnings and, like markisolettes, are ideal for office windows.

Drop-arm awnings

They are best suited for small balconies and single windows. Due to the lateral support arms, they still let in daylight, but provide ideal protection against overheating.

Decision: What types of cassette awnings are there and which is the right one for you?

If you decide to buy a cassette awning, you have the choice between two different models:

  • Full cassette awning or
  • Semi-cassette awning

Full cassette awnings have a completely closed cassette box, whereas half cassette awnings are open at the bottom.

What are the characteristics of a full cassette awning and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The full cassette awning is characterised by the fact that it protects all components due to the cassette being closed all around. It is available with many accessories, whether with an electric motor with radio control or with light or heating.

Advantages
  • All-round protection thanks to the full cassette
  • Wide range of accessories
  • Provides generous shade
Disadvantages
  • Fixed and immovable
  • Drilling into the house wall
  • Susceptible to wind

What distinguishes a semi-cassette awning and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The semi-cassette awning is the little sister of the full-cassette awning. It is open at the bottom and only covers the awning fabric in the cassette. The other components are exposed under the cassette. Half-cassette awnings are usually only embellished by a valance at the front.

Advantages
  • No heating up of the living space
  • Also suitable for small balconies
  • Easy to clean
Disadvantages
  • Semi-cassette open at the bottom
  • Susceptible to wind
  • Size limited by the load-bearing capacity of the base

So you can see that there is not much difference between a full and half cassette awning. Both are an ideal sun and privacy screen and offer protection from too much heat in the living space. The only difference between them is the opening of the cassette and the price.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate cassette awnings

In the following, we will show you which factors you can use to decide between the many possible cassette awnings.

The following criteria will help you compare the cassette awnings with each other:

  • Weight
  • Size or width
  • Fastening
  • Electric motor, hand crank or both
  • Model full cassette or half cassette
  • Material of the covering

In the following, we explain in more detail what is important in the individual criteria.

Weight

The weight plays a decisive role when it comes to the material of the surface to which the awning is to be attached. Depending on the condition, you should choose the appropriate fastening material.

The size of the awning also plays a decisive role. Small awnings with a width of two metres start at about 15 kg and larger awnings with a width of five metres quickly reach up to 80 kg.

It is therefore best to always get reinforcements for the fastening.

Size or width

Of course, it depends on how large the area to be shaded is and how long the fastening options are. There is almost no upper limit here.

The smallest cassette awnings start at a width of three metres and the largest awning in the world has a width of 14 metres.

Fastening

First, the holders for the cassette awnings are attached, the so-called fastening brackets. These are attached to the wall or ceiling so that the awning can be hung either on the support tube or on the cassette in it.

It is important to choose the number of fixing brackets and the fixing material according to the type and nature of the surface. The size and weight determine the size and type of anchors.

Electric motor, hand crank or both

All cassette awnings are equipped with a hand crank. If the electric motor should not work due to a power failure, you always have an emergency hand crank just in case.

It is definitely a question of price whether to buy a cassette awning with or without an electric motor. The electric cassette awnings are also more complicated to install. In any case, remember that you need a power connection at the location.

Ultimately, it is probably a matter of size and a question of taste, because whether you crank a three-metre awning or one that is already 8 or 9 metres long.

Full cassette or half cassette model

The semi-cassette awning only protects the awning fabric from the top and front, but the technology remains unprotected, as the folding arms are on the open underside. In most cases, a valance is attached which visually covers the cassette to the front.

The full cassette awning is the highlight among awnings. It is protected on all sides by the full cassette, which protects the entire awning technology. The service life of the full cassette awning is longer than that of the half cassette awning. This also applies to value retention.

However, if you can live with the small differences, the semi-cassette awning is a good choice, as it is considerably cheaper.

Material of the covering

First of all, you have to ask yourself what the purpose of awning covers is. On the one hand, they should protect you from the sun and UV rays, but they should also keep out wind and rain.

The material must be able to withstand various demands, because it should be tear-resistant, but also very elastic. It should have good tensioning properties so that no folds, waves or creases occur, and it should be easy to care for.

Many suppliers offer a choice of two different types of material, acrylic on the one hand and polyester fabric on the other.

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