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Welcome to our large pop-up gazebo test 2021. Here we present all the gazebos we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best gazebo 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 consider if you want to buy a pop-up gazebo.




The most important facts

  • Hanging pavilions provide you with protection from the sun and weather for carefree planning of outdoor activities.
  • Basically, a distinction is made between permanent and folding pavilions, whereby both variants are available in different sizes and materials.
  • More professional models can also serve as living room extensions.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a gazebo

For whom/what purpose is a gazebo suitable?

A gazebo is basically suitable for anyone who likes to spend time outdoors. Depending on the size and material of the gazebo, it offers protection from rain, wind and sun.

A pop-up pavilion is particularly practical if the weather is not cooperating on the day of a long-planned party, barbecue or family celebration, or if the sun is blazing down from the sky.

Hinged gazebos increase comfort in the garden, especially in summer. (Image source: pixabay.com / dclementsCreative)

Whether on the balcony, on the terrace, for the garden or pool, or even for on the go: a gazebo offers many uses, and there are hardly any things that can't be done under a lean-to gazebo.

With comfortable garden furniture, it invites you to linger: winding down in the evening, reading a book, or barbecuing with friends and family.

When does a gazebo make sense?

Whether or not it makes sense to buy a gazebo depends on how it will be used. Therefore, it is of course important to consider whether and for what the gazebo will be used.

If it is to contribute to the decorative enhancement of the garden, its frame can be designed with flowers, for example.

Climbing flowers are particularly suitable for decorating gazebos. (Image source: pixabay.com / whitesession)

In addition to the option of an open lean-to pavilion, there is also the option of closing off the side walls. This option not only offers more protection from wind and cold, but can also serve as a living room extension in winter, with the right heating.

Whether, when and for whom the purchase of a lean-to pavilion makes sense depends on the intended use.

What does a pop-up pavilion cost?

The price of a pop-up pavilion depends on various factors such as size and material.

A distinction is made between the material of the frame and the shape and material of the roof.

In addition, the anchoring of the lean-to pavilion is relevant to the price. A stable structure with a stable roof, made of wood or metal, clearly stands out in terms of price from lean-to pavilions made of aluminium poles and a tarpaulin roof.

What alternatives are there to lean-to pavilions?

The alternatives to pop-up gazebos are as varied as the gazebos themselves: they range from simple awnings and smaller as well as larger sunshades to various awnings or patio canopies.

Decision: What types of gazebos are there and which one is right for you?

When you decide to buy a gazebo, there are two alternatives to choose from:

  • Permanent pavilion
  • Folding pavilion

While the permanent pavilion can be used well all year round, the folding pavilion is planned more for temporary use. Both product types have advantages and disadvantages and it depends on the intended use which pavilion suits you better.

In the following paragraphs, we would like to help you with the decision.

What distinguishes a permanent pavilion and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The permanent pavilion is characterised by its high stability and stability. In addition, it can be integrated well into the garden or terrace. Because it is securely anchored to the ground, it can be used all year round and offers a high level of comfort, not only in summer.

Depending on the material of the lean-to pavilion, it is possible to add side walls. This also makes it easier to heat the pavilion in winter. The garden furniture can then simply remain comfortably under the gazebo.

The disadvantages of the permanent pavilion include its significantly higher price compared to the folding pavilion, as well as its location-dependency.

Once the permanent pavilion is in place, it cannot be easily moved. Among other things, a building permit may also be required for the pavilion.

The fact that the permanent pavilion is tied to a specific location is due not only to its good anchoring in the ground, but also to the significantly heavier structure of the pavilion, for which manual skills are definitely required. A specific disadvantage of wooden pavilions is the significantly higher maintenance requirements of the material.

Advantages
  • High comfort
  • Stability
  • Visual eye-catcher
  • Long durability
Disadvantages
  • Location-dependent
  • High price
  • Construction requires manual skills
  • High maintenance costs for wood
  • Possibly requires building permit

What distinguishes a folding pavilion and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In contrast to the permanent pavilion, the folding pavilion is very flexible. Its easy transportability also increases its possible uses. So it can be taken along not only for barbecues in your own garden, but also to friends or acquaintances. It can also be used at festivals, camping or flea markets. When it is no longer needed, the folding pavilion is characterised by its space-saving storage.

The disadvantages of the folding pavilion include its lack of stability and the increased wear and tear that comes with frequent assembly and dismantling. In addition, although it is easy to erect and dismantle, it is hardly possible to do it alone.

Caution during storage! If the folding pavilion gets caught in the rain and is then stored without being completely dry, there is an increased risk of mould.

Advantages
  • Easy transport
  • Flexible location
  • Easy assembly
  • Space-saving storage
Disadvantages
  • Less stable
  • Quicker wear and tear
  • Multiple assembly necessary
  • Lack of spare parts
  • Risk of mould during storage

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate pop-up gazebos

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate pop-up gazebos. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular gazebo is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Material (poles/tent skin)
  • Size
  • Simplicity of erection
  • Weight
  • Colour
  • Accessories

Material (poles/tent skin)

The choice of material depends decisively on the purpose for which you want to use your gazebo. If the gazebo is to remain standing permanently, it is worth investing in good materials that visually match the overall appearance of your garden or patio.

If the pavilion serves as an eye-catcher, a wooden pavilion is certainly suitable. The installation of side walls and the general maintenance of the material is more difficult with such a pavilion.

If the lean-to pavilion serves as a living room extension, it is worth investing in sturdy steel or aluminium poles that provide good stability for the pavilion. The roof can be made of wood, polyester or polycarbonate.

Folding pavilions have a high degree of flexibility, but they lose stability in return. (Image source: pixabay.com / mrganso)

A removable polyester roof can give the permanent pavilion a touch of flexibility. It also makes it easier to clean and to reorder any spare parts that may be needed.

Polycarbonate roofs, in the more expensive models, are flexible and can also be only partially extended.

At the same time, it is also important to find out how waterproof the materials are.

Size

The size of the lean-to pavilion depends not only on the intended use but also, of course, on the available space, especially in the case of permanent pavilions. Manufacturers and craftsmen also offer the possibility of customised production.

In the case of folding pavilions, it is important to ensure that there is sufficient space not only in the garden but also for storing the pavilion.

Simplicity of construction

A gazebo can offer you protection from the weather and sun, but only if it is also well constructed.

The simplicity of assembly is particularly relevant for folding gazebos. If you decide on a permanent pavilion, manual dexterity is urgently needed. Because the pavilion must also be able to be anchored stably to the ground.

Flexible pavilions are very popular for parties and weddings. (Image source: 123rf.com / bubutu)

If it is a rented flat, you must check with your landlord whether he agrees to the construction of a permanent pavilion. In addition, due to the high costs of a permanent pavilion, you should think carefully about whether you will stay in the flat for a longer period of time.

Weight

On the one hand, the weight can provide stability, but it can also be a hindrance, especially when transporting or storing folding pavilions.

Here it is important to weigh up the purposes for which the folding pavilion is needed. If it is in constant use and has to be transported frequently, for example for flea markets or camping, etc., it pays to save weight, even if stability has to be sacrificed.

Colour

In principle, the material determines a large part of the external appearance of the lean-to pavilion. If the roof is made of polyester, the choice of colour nevertheless becomes a deciding factor.

In addition to personal taste and the design of the terrace or garden, the UV protection factor is also relevant when choosing the colour. This is particularly guaranteed with dark colours.

However, the colour should not be too dark. This would lead to heat build-up and darkening under the awning.

Another disadvantage of light colours, apart from the low UV protection and the fact that the sun shines through, is the high risk of soiling.

Accessories for your pop-up gazebo

One option for additional equipment for permanent and folding pavilions are side walls that offer additional weather protection.

For permanent pavilions, there is also the option of installing rain gutters that ensure good water drainage.

Other possible additional equipment includes lighting, a cooling system and heating.

Image source: 123rf.com / Katarzyna-Białasiewicz

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