by Simmy Parker
Today we review our 10 favourite canvas / soft top gazebos, according to outstanding features, as well as purchaser consensus.
Soft top gazebos are great for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that they can be one of the best ways to tie together your backyard.
They are also great because you can pack them up when needed, move them around, or take them to an event and set up shop.
Soft top gazebos also have a soft elegance that you can't really get from a hard top gazebo.
Pictured below is a hard top gazebo, which, as you can see, is fairly heavy duty, like something you might park a motorcycle underneath, but which some people prefer due to the fact that there certainly aren't going to blow away, even if the winds are high.
Hard top gazebos are more about sturdiness, longevity, and, as such, they are more expensive by a long shot.
Meanwhile, the topic of this article, soft top canopy gazebos, have a covering made out of a soft, flexible fabric or canvas material.
Soft tops are, by and large, much less expensive. Their lighter weight design favours versatility, flexibility and ease of setup.
Coming in a variety of makes and models, with features to match any arrangement and lifestyle, it's really hard to go wrong if you're thinking of adding one in, as long as you take the right precautions.
Whichever path you may take, however, you will find no scarcity of practical features or impressive aesthetic designs.
That is why we've put together this current lineup, to explore the gems that we've handpicked from a multitude of manufacturers.
Brands like Outsunny, Z-Shade, Abba Patio, Coolaroo, Sunjoy, and Ozark Trail are among the many brands you'll see on this epic list.
First, here's a rundown of our top picks.
When picking out a gazebo for your backyard, you will notice that they come in an overwhelming amount of shapes and sizes. Rightfully so, every gazebo is built with specific benefits in mind, each tailored to a different lifestyle or different backyard layout.
From hard tops to canopies, big to small, budget-friendly to luxurious or quirky to straightforward, there is an abundance of options out there and a large number of candidates for that special spot in your backyard as well as your heart.
One particular type of gazebo, however, we've found does not get nearly enough attention. While not for everyone out there, it is definitely worth noting that sometimes you just need a gazebo that is extra durable, extra functional, and particularly portable.
Now, why is that? It's because some people live for the joy of being able to pack up your gazebo and take it on a camping trip with you. The majority of gazebo manufacturers out there look at making them bigger, more stylish, sturdier and with as many accessories as possible, yet very few seem to consider the wisdom of simply being able to pack it up in moments and take it to your next destination along with all of the accessories and perks.
This is why we've chosen to take a closer look at the Coleman Instant Screened Canopy Gazebo.
Certainly living up to its name as an instant canopy, this model sets up in three minutes requiring three easy steps for assembly. The highly portable fabric build means you don't need to struggle with intensive setup of poles and frames. It is closer to a tent than anything else on that front, however it provides the full luxury and spaciousness of a gazebo.
In terms of functionality, it has all the bases covered. The design has built in mosquito netting that is particularly encompassing to make sure that no bugs get into your relaxation zone. This is a contrast to most gazebos where the netting is detachable (possibly even a separate purchase) and may not cover every single inch without leaving an opening.
The comfort grip technology allows for easy adjustment during setup and lock it well into place once you are done. At the same time, it sports vaulted ceilings to maximize height clearance for those taller users as well as two separate entryways (a front one and a back one) for extra maneuverability.
Finally, when it comes to the price range you will find that the Coleman Instant Canopy will not let you down as it is usually less expensive than a lot of the fancy camping gear out there, while providing a fully luxurious gazebo experience that most people would only find at home in their backyard. If you are a mixed breed of camping and backyard enthusiast, or if you simply want a particularly indulgent experience while you're out camping, the Coleman should be your pick! You can also check out more options on our review of the best hardtop gazebos out there.
Nothing better to start us off than this beautifully simple yet effective canopy gazebo. The design is simple, yet wonderfully straightforward, making it particularly versatile.
At 10 by 10 feet, for a total of 100 square feet of coverage, the Ozark Trail (subsidiary of Wal-Mart) Instant Canopy is in that size range that is not too big, not too small, leaving your possibilities for use wide open.
The neutral aesthetic and shape allow it to be easily integrated in any backyard setup, while also maintaining a very budget-friendly price.
One thing we've certainly noticed, is that it truly earns it's name as an "instant" canopy as the Ozark is incredibly easy to set up.
The frame comes with adjustable legs for optimum height as well as a vented roof for better air circulation.
Adding to the portability factor, the Ozark is actually made from particularly lightweight materials, and it is collapsible into a wheeled carry bag so you can take it anywhere you please.
If you are looking for a canopy that you can also take camping with you, this is the perfect find!
Continuing on to another breezy lightweight contender, the Outsunny Rectangle Shade Sail delivers very well on a variety of fronts including portability and versatility, as well as coverage and design.
The unique "shade sail" concept is very simple and dazzlingly stylish. The shade sail is simply a canopy suspended by nylon ropes tied to D-rings.
This format allows it to be unbelievably maneuverable and portable while providing coverage and design aesthetic comparable to a lot of high end canopies.
Worth noting as well is the fact that it comes at a more than friendly pricepoint due to the particularly simplistic construct.
The canopy material is designed to be mostly opaque, but also ever so slightly see-through, blocking out up to 90% of UV light and being able to maintain the temperature underneath it up to 6.5 degrees cooler.
The Outsunny 20' x 16' Rectangle Sun Sail Shade Canopy Shade Sail Cloth is an effective way to create shade in your outdoor living space.
It is made of durable polyester fabric that is UV resistant and provides up to 90% UV protection.
The sail is easy to set up and take down, and it comes with all the necessary hardware for installation.
The Outsunny sun sail is available in a variety of colors to match your outdoor décor.
It comes with a one-year warranty from the date of purchase.
The Outsunny sun sail is not waterproof, so it should not be used in areas where there is a chance of rain or snow.
The sail fabric is not as thick as some other sun sails on the market, so it may tear more easily.
The price of the Outsunny sun sail is on the high end when compared to similar products.
Some customers have reported that the sail does not stay in place as well as they would like.
The Outsunny sun sail is only available in rectangular shape.
Overall, the Outsunny 20' x 16' Rectangle Sun Sail Shade Canopy Shade Sail Cloth is a good option for creating shade in your outdoor living space. It is made of durable polyester fabric that is UV resistant and provides up to 90% UV protection. The sail is easy to set up and take down, and it comes with all the necessary hardware for installation. The Outsunny sun sail is available in a variety of colors to match your outdoor décor. However, the price of the Outsunny sun sail is on the high end when compared to similar products, and some customers have reported that the sail does not stay in place as well as they would like.
The Z-Shade pop-up canopy gazebo is excellent if you're looking for a slightly sturdier product without getting into anything too heavyweight.
What we really enjoy about the Z-Shade canopy is that in all aspects it is….just right. It features a 13 by 13 foot canopy that is held up to 9.6 feet high (with a 6.6 foot clearance) by an effective steel frame, making it able to bravely endure time as well as the elements.
However, despite that the price is not at all inflated and features a fairly compact build weighing in at 59 pounds which is easy to assemble and tear down, hence it's name as a "pop-up" gazebo.
All in all, the Z-Shade speaks for itself being a very well rounded and durable yet moderately priced item with a design that is certainly not lacking in aesthetics.
The Abba Patio Square Butterfly Canopy is indeed a specimen to take note of.
Clocking in at 12 by 12 feet, with a clearance of around 9 ft, with a UV resistant canopy and propped up by a corrosion resistant frame, this item is certainly a solid investment.
What won the Abba Square Butterfly's way into our hearts, however, is the intriguing frame design. An interesting concept for a canopy, the Butterfly changes it up with its square and angular shape.
Also coming with this design is a particularly light build which makes it easy to assemble, place, and move around.
Moving on to the Coolaroo Constantine Pergola, you will notice that our lineup is shifting toward the heavier weight contenders.
Built with a slightly thicker and sturdier aluminium frame, which is well equipped to fight off the elements, the Coolaroo impresses through its square and more 'rough around the edges' appeal.
The extra flat sides make it easy to fit in and snap perfectly into place for the best distribution of coverage. Given the slightly heavier build of this canopy, you would definitely want to get the ideal placement without too much moving around.
Stylistically, the Coolaroo Constantine has a delightful rugged yet elegant look about it.
The jutting grid-like supports for the canopy give it a harsher look which is complemented by the soft elegance of the fabric hanging gracefully from it, instead of being stretched out fully like most canopies.
Adding to the aesthetic is the fact that it comes in multiple different colours, making it easier than ever to integrate into your dream backyard.
Sunjoy is definitely a name that gets around in the world of gazebos.
Totalling in size at 10 by 12 feet, this one is also one of the larger gazebos which can easily host a generous array of lawn furniture as well as a chairs-plus-table setup for that outdoor living or dining room feel.
What you will notice about this model and many of the canopies sporting the Sunjoy label, is the attention to detail in the design.
Gazebos often try to impress users with an assortment of designs, however they are usually centred around the bigger features like the overall shape and colouring, mostly emphasizing the canopy material.
Sunjoy strives to leave a more refined impression by tackling the smaller details and making sure they dazzle you and your guests to no end.
In the case of the Parlay, it's all about the poles and the frame holding up the canopy. Across the board, the focus of the frame is usually to be sturdy and to resist the elements, leaving them at the mercy of bland and oversimplified aesthetics.
The Parlay brings forth the more intricate L-shaped pillars which are not only a lot more stylish than most, but also allow for much more stability since they are not putting the entire weight on just one point.
This, along with the vented canopy (which is standard in most high end gazebos) make the Sunjoy Parlay a headturner to say the least.
Continuing on the Sunjoy trend, it should be of no surprise that we are continuing to rave about this brand as spot number three is also taken by a Sunjoy gazebo. This one is the Sunjoy Manila Gazebo.
A smaller model than the Parlay, ranking at 8 by 8.5 feet. Perfect for someone looking to start a bit smaller or that is working with a tighter space, the Manila is actually one of the most compact gazebo sizes out there.
Nevertheless, it comes with the excellent quality build and simply superb design that is a trademark of the Sunjoy canopies.
As we discussed with the Parlay earlier, their signature trait is in the details. The aesthetics of these canopies are thought out and well executed from the larger features all the way to the small, making sure it does nothing less than impress. In the case of the Manila Gazebo, it features the fabric covered poles.
While most companies leave their poles bare and focus on the canopy design, this one has the poles wrapped in a beautiful fabric matching its canopy to create a very elegant and well-rounded feel.
Switching back to the pergolas, we are going to look at the Doubleton Steel Pergola.
Given our streak, we couldn't help but go on just a little bit more about the Sunjoy brand before calling it a day. (However, we do promise we'll wrap it up soon).
This one is similar to the Belham Living and Coolaroo in the overall design, featuring the trademark jutting poles and more rugged boxy design with a free flowing canopy. What is noteworthy about Sunjoy's take on this is the adjustable shade.
Similar to the Belham build, the Doubleton allows the shade to be moved across the canopy supports to make sure you get the best distribution of shade coverage.
What we've liked about it more, however, is that it is simpler in concept making the aesthetic easier to integrate into the look of your backyard regardless of what your decor is.
Finally in our lineup, we are going to feature the heavyweight.
The Seville Gazebo from Systems Trading Corp comes in at 12 by 12 feet with a spectacular height of 10.5 feet. The simple yet stylish build features a deeply arched double canopy, which is actually genuine Sunbrella brand, and a sturdy weather resistant frame.
Sturdy and large can be quite the understatements in our opinion, as this one is possibly as heavy-duty as it gets before switching to the hardtop gazebos. Indeed, the poles themselves are elegantly thick.
So much so that they have an aesthetic appeal of their own as opposed to most smaller canopies where the poles simply stick into the ground and are largely unnoticed if it weren't for the fact that they prop up the entire ensemble.
All in all, this is a well rounded and versatile gazebo with an easy to integrate design that will satisfy anyone looking for endurance, imposing stature, and indulgent spaciousness.
If you want to see more gazebo options, you should check out our section on hardtop gazebos. Our review of the best hardtop gazebos will detail some of the favorites we've found.
The hardtop gazebos, like the name implies, have a hard roof made out of solid material. They are generally sturdier and more heavy-duty.
When it comes to choosing a canvas canopy gazebo, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind in order to make sure you select the best one for your needs. Below, we'll go over some of the most important factors to consider.
One of the most important considerations when selecting a canvas canopy gazebo is size. You'll need to make sure you choose a model that is large enough to comfortably accommodate your needs. If you're only planning on using it for small gatherings, then a smaller model should suffice. However, if you're expecting larger crowds or plan on using it for events, then you'll need to choose a larger option.
Another important consideration is weight. If you plan on moving your canvas canopy gazebo around often, then you'll need to make sure you choose a model that is light enough to be easily moved. Conversely, if you don't anticipate moving it around much, then weight may not be as big of a concern.
The material of the canvas canopy gazebo is also something you'll want to keep in mind. Most models are made from either polyester or cotton. Both materials have their own advantages and disadvantages. Polyester is more durable and resistant to tearing, but it can also be more expensive. Cotton is less expensive, but it's not as durable and is more susceptible to tearing.
Another thing to consider is the color of the canvas canopy gazebo. Most models come in a variety of colors, so you should have no trouble finding one that compliments your existing décor.
Finally, you'll also want to keep price in mind when selecting a canvas canopy gazebo. Models can range in price from around $100 to over $1000. It's important to find a model that fits within your budget while still providing the features and quality you need.
By keeping the above factors in mind, you should have no trouble finding the perfect canvas canopy gazebo for your needs.
There are many benefits to having a canvas canopy gazebo in your backyard.
For one, it provides you with a shady spot to enjoy the outdoors without being exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Additionally, a canvas canopy gazebo can also provide you with protection from rain and wind while you're relaxing in your backyard.
Another benefit of owning a canvas canopy gazebo is that it can be a great addition to your landscaping. Canvas canopy gazebos come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can easily find one that compliments your home's existing architecture. Plus, because they're portable, you can take your canvas canopy gazebo with you on camping trips or to the beach, ensuring that you have a shady spot to relax no matter where you are.
If you're looking for an attractive and functional addition to your backyard, then a canvas canopy gazebo is a great option. Not only will it provide you with protection from the sun and inclement weather, but it can also enhance your home's curb appeal. So, if you're ready to enjoy the outdoors in style, then consider investing in a canvas canopy gazebo today.
If you have a backyard canvas canopy gazebo, then you know how important it is to take care of it. After all, this is an investment that can last for many years if it is properly maintained. Here are some expert tips for taking care of your backyard canvas canopy gazebo:
Make sure that the frame is made of durable materials that can withstand the elements. Check for rust or any other signs of damage. If necessary, repaint or replace parts of the frame to keep it in good condition.
This will protect the fabric from UV rays and other weather conditions that can cause fading or damage. If possible, store the canopy in a cool, dry place when it is not in use.
Use a mild soap and water solution to clean the canvas. Do not use harsh chemicals or detergents, as these can damage the fabric.
If you notice any holes or tears in the fabric, patch them up right away. This will prevent further damage from occurring.
If you live in an area that experiences snowfall, make sure to take the necessary steps to winterize your gazebo. This includes covering it with a tarp or storing it in a garage or shed.
Following these tips, you can ensure that your backyard canvas canopy gazebo will last for many years. With proper care and maintenance, it can provide you with a comfortable place to relax or entertain guests for many seasons to come.
ABCCANOPY 13'x13' Pop Up Gazebo with Mosquito Netting - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
Cool Spot 11'x11' Pop-Up Instant Gazebo Tent with Mosquito Netting Outdoor Canopy Shelter - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
Outsunny 12' x 10' 2-Level Outdoor Gazebo Canopy Tent for Patio with Zippered Mesh - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
Hugline Outdoor Replacement Canopy Top Double Tier Gazebo Roof Cover for Lowe's Allen - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
LAUSAINT HOME 10'x10' Gazebo for Patio Tent Outdoor Canopy Shelter with Mosquito Netting - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
CLAM Quick-Set Pavilion 12.5 x 12.5 Foot Portable Pop-Up Outdoor Camping Gazebo Screen - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
Gazebo Canopy Replacement Top 10x10 - Double Tier Patio Canopy Cover - Waterproof 250g - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
MASTERCANOPY Grill Gazebo Replacement Canopy for Model L-GG001PST-F (Beige) - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
Gazebo Replacement Canopy Top Cover - Wonwon 10X12 Double Tiered Canopy Roof for Lowe's - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
APEX GARDEN Replacement Canopy Top for Lowe's 10 ft x 10 ft Gazebo #GF-12S039B / - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
AVAWING 11x16 FT Outdoor Gazebo for Patios, Double Roof Soft Large Canopy, Garden Tent - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
8'x 5' Grill Gazebo Shelter, Outdoor BBQ Gazebo with LED Light by ABCCANOPY - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
HAPPATIO 10'x 12' Outdoor Polycarbonate Double Hardtop Roof Gazebo, Aluminum Furniture - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
Alvantor Screen House Room Camping Tent Outdoor Canopy Dining Gazebo Pop Up Sun Shade - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
CoastShade 8 x 5 Grill BBQ Gazebo Double Tiered Replacement Canopy Roof Outdoor Barbecue - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
PHI VILLA 13'x13' UV Block Sun Shade Gazebo Canopy with Hardware Kits, Gazebo Shade for - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
Gazebo for Patio, FAB BASED 10x10 Gazebo, Double Vent Canopy Gazebo, Outdoor Gazebo with - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
OUTFINE 12'x12' Gazebo Outdoor Pop up Canopy Tent with Curtains and Shelter for Patio, - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
Eurmax USA 5FT x 8FT Double Tiered Replacement Canopy Grill BBQ Gazebo Roof Top Gazebo - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
Aoxun 10'x13' Outdoor Polycarbonate Double Roof Hardtop Gazebo Canopy Curtains Aluminum - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
Outsunny 20' x 16' Rectangle Sun Sail Shade Canopy Shade Sail Cloth for Outdoor Patio Deck Yard - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
Z-Shade Pop-Up Canopy Gazebo - Walmart, Etsy, eBay
Sunjoy 10' X 12' Regency Softop Gazebo for Outdoor Patio with Mosquito Netting - Walmart, Etsy, Ebay
Finally, we would like to offer some concluding remarks for canopy gazebo buyers. If you are in the market for a new canopy gazebo, then hopefully this guide has been helpful in your decision-making process. Canopy gazebos can be a great addition to any backyard or patio, and they offer a variety of benefits that make them worth considering. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are also some potential drawbacks associated with canopy gazebos. In order to make sure that you are making the best possible decision for your needs, it is important to carefully weigh both the pros and the cons before making your final purchase.
About Simmy Parker
Simmy is an outdoor expert who loves to spend time in the wilderness. She received a BS degree in Civil Engineering at Sacramento State University, and has put her skills to use by helping design and build some of the most impressive structures in the world. However, Simmy's true passion lies in sharing her love of nature with others, and she spends much of her free time leading hikes and teaching people about the flora and fauna that can be found all around them.