Best gazebo: 6 brilliant buys for summer 2020 and beyond

Our pick of the best gazebos are perfect for everything from family get togethers to lazy afternoons relaxing in the shade

Best gazebo: Corner sofa set under a gazebo at dusk with fairy lights on the fence
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Having the best gazebo around makes everything from birthday celebrations to impromptu barbecues all the more fun. Providing shelter and protection against the elements, gazebos can be a stylish addition to your outdoor space, so we’ve put together a selection of the top canopies out there for 2020.

After all, what with many of us choosing staycations over actual holidays abroad this year, it’s well worth jazzing up your outdoor space or making your next family trip even more complete with a gazebo. From large designs with side walls, to small and pop up gazebos that can still withstand the odd shower (or heavy downpour), we've given you lots of stylish and practical options to ensure that you will be well equipped – whether you want to use yours in the garden, take it camping or even to the beach.

Taking into account how it looks, build time, sturdiness, coverage and value for money, we’ve rounded up the best gazebos on the market right now to help you find one best suited to your needs and budget. Keep scrolling to find your favourite to make the most of this summer, whatever the weather, then check out our pergola ideas for even more inspiring ways to add style and shade to your garden. 

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garden gazebo

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garden gazebo with BBQ

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1. Alexio 2.5m x 1.5m Steel BBQ Gazebo

Best BBQ gazebo: stylish, functional and reasonably priced – this BBQ gazebo makes the perfect garden addition

Specifications
Weather resistant: Yes
Frame material: Steel
Roof material: Polyester
Dimensions: H250 x W250 x D152cm
Product weight: 25kg
Self assembly required?: Yes
Colour: Taupe
Reasons to buy
+Simple, stylish design+Good price point+No foundation needed+Granite-effect bar tables 
Reasons to avoid
-No side walls or panels included

Style and design

This well designed, taupe-coloured canopy will add a little atmosphere to all outdoor spaces. Even the powder-coated steel frame makes the ultimate finish to this BBQ gazebo and the added granite-effect bar shelves make it a great and functional addition to an outdoor kitchen.

Materials

Made from steel, this gazebo is built to last, while the soft-top roof is water resistant too, making this ideal to shelter against unforeseen downpours in true British summer style. 

Easy self assembly

It does require self assembly with screws, and although while we'd recommend two people for ease, it can be done solo by self-proclaimed gazebo pros.

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steel patio gazebo

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steel patio gazebo in garden

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2. Holl 4m x 3m Steel Patio Gazebo

Best large gazebo: big on size and luxury

Specifications
Weather resistant: Yes
Frame material: Steel
Canvas material: Polyester
Dimensions: H260 x W400 x D300cm
Product weight: 31.4kg
Self assembly required?: Yes
Colour: Grey, beige or mocha
Reasons to buy
+Includes side curtains+Includes wind vents+Portable+Tool-free assembly+Weather, UV and rust-resistant
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive

Style and design

This cool grey gazebo will bring a little hotel luxury to your back garden. It's bigger, so makes the perfect canopy to host cocktail hour or a family game night, while the curtains and wind vents mean that you can enjoy this space in all seasons without the risk of you, your guests, or the gazebo being blown into the neighbour's garden.

Materials

The frame is built from steel, and is rust resistant so it's fit for regular use outside and in all seasons (thank goodness). The roof is 100% polyester and the product is UV resistant too. 

Easy assembly

While self assembly is required, it is tool-free which makes life easier. The roof cover is attached by Hook & Loop Fastener and the general installation will be screwed or bolted.

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pop up gazebo from Argos

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argos garden gazebo in green

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3. Argos Home 2.4m x 2.4m Pop Up Garden Gazebo

Best budget gazebo: simple design, great for a party and pocket-friendly

Specifications
Weather resistant: Yes
Frame material: Steel
Canvas material: Polyester
Dimensions: H250 x W240 x D240cm
Product weight: 11.5kg
Self assembly required?: Pop up
Colour: Green
Reasons to buy
+Pop up +Great price point+Minimal assembly+Comes with a carry bag
Reasons to avoid
-Won't do well in high winds

Style and design

Great for an understated garden, renters and happy campers alike, this pop-up gazebo is understated cool with simple lines and a linear design, while the green fabric covering will help this structure blend in seamlessly with your surroundings too. 

Weather protection 

It's built from steel and while it will make the ideal covering against light showers, it isn't recommended in strong winds as it's fairly lightweight. The fabric covering also makes it the perfect spot for a little shade when you need it.

Pop up assembly

This is a stellar selling point for us because gazebo assembly doesn't get any easier than a pop up, making this the perfect fuss-free addition to an impromptu garden party setting or trip to the beach.

gazebo with sides

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4. Argos Home 3m x 3m Pop Up Weather Resistant Garden Gazebo

Best gazebo with sides: making it perfect for a family gathering

Specifications
Weather resistant: Yes
Frame material: Steel
Canvas material: Polyester
Dimensions: H255 x W300 x D300cm
Product weight: 19kg
Self assembly required?: Pop up
Colour: Blue
Reasons to buy
+Pop up +3 side panels included+Carry bag included+Easily fixed to grass or decking
Reasons to avoid
-Can't be used in high winds

Style and design

This gazebo takes the prize as a family-friendly option. It boasts three full side panels which can be rolled up for a cool and airy space, or left down for added shelter on games night. The navy blue is pretty pleasing on the eye and we're loving the window frame outline as you'd expect in a classic-looking gazebo like this one.

Weather protection 

The cover is made from weather-resistant polyester and the frame is made from steel. This gazebo will keep your party dry, but as it's still fairly lightweight, it shouldn't be used in high winds. 

Pop-up assembly

Two people will help move assembly along a little more swiftly. It can be fixed on grass or decking – ideal for those wanting to take it camping – and includes guy ropes and pegs to make it sturdier. It also comes with a storage bag, so is a good option for anyone wanting to take this away on a road trip.

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heavy duty gazebo

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waterproof gazebo in red

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5. Amazon's 3x3m Heavy Duty, All Seasons Gazebo in red

Best heavy duty gazebo: take on all the seasons and all weather with this heavy-duty gazebo

Specifications
Weather resistant: Yes
Frame material: Steel
Canvas material: Fabric
Dimensions: W300 x D300cm
Product weight: 19.96kg
Self assembly required?: Pop up
Colour: Red
Reasons to buy
+Premium canopy +Pop up+No poles needed+Carry bags included
Reasons to avoid
-Other colours are high in demand!-No side walls

Style and design

This gazebo comes in an array of colours, but they are usually sellouts so we've gone with red for a couple of reasons: first, it's currently available, and second, it's giving us happy camper vibes. 

Premium weather protection 

This gazebo may be simple looking, but the fact that it's not just showerproof, but completely waterproof, makes this a cut above the rest. And, it's exactly this kind of heavy-duty cover that will keep everyone in high spirits, even on a drizzly day.

Brilliant build

It's another easy pop up gazebo, and with no poles to slot in, you could even get the kids to do it. Plus, this will stand strong on a variety of ground covers including grass, sand, decking or a patio – so whether you're heading for the beach, campsite or no further than your back garden, use the carry bags to take this gazebo anywhere and you will have a great time. 

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pop up gazebo with sides

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small pop up gazebo

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6. AIRWAVE 2.5x2.5m Pop Up Gazebo Outdoor Canopy

Best small gazebo: cute, compact and the perfect pick for a garden party

Specifications
Weather resistant: Yes
Frame material: Steel
Canvas material: Waterproof fabric
Dimensions: W250 x D250cm
Product weight: 16.2kg
Self assembly required?: Pop up
Reasons to buy
+Side walls+Fully waterproof fabric+Great for small gardens
Reasons to avoid
-Too small for larger get togethers

Style and design

This gazebo is compact but cool and available in a few different colours too. We love the beige as it will blend in well with most garden styles, and the sides with extendable tapered pole flaps will offer added protection from the elements when needed.

Complete weather protection 

Small but mighty, this gazebo's frame is robust and made from steel with support bars, while the canvas cover is made from waterproof fabric to ensure that no rain gets in the way of your garden antics.

Fuss-free pop up 

This gazebo can be up in a matter of minutes with its clever pop up mechanism. Guy ropes, a carry bag, extra pegs and even a sand bag are all included.

How to choose the best gazebo

Size and style

Ultimately you'll want your gazebo to fit your household and a couple of guests comfortably. Think about the garden space you have and when you're going to use it, then select the size accordingly. 

When it comes to looks, going for a neutral or green colour will blend well into most garden settings, while if you'll be taking your gazebo camping or to the beach, you could consider a brighter colour or a pattern to help your canopy stand out playfully from the crowd.

Coverage

Will you be using your gazebo solely during the day for shade, to house a BBQ or picnic area? Or, will you want to host there in the evening? This will determine whether you need to choose a gazebo with side walls or panels, or not. Walls will make for a more comfortable setting come sundown, and it should keep mosquitos and the likes at bay.

Weather-resistance

All of the gazebos we've included here are showerproof and built with sturdy metal frames that should be rust-resistant. However, should you wish to use yours in all seasons, you should steer more towards our heavy-duty options that are UV-resistant, completely waterproof, complete with sides and even wind vents to help keep them more stable in different weather conditions. 

Assembly type

Most of our options are pop up which are naturally fuss-free. However, the self-assembly options are still worth a look in as it can often be so easy and tool free, therefore, easy to do solo.

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