So you're out and about trying to make a ends meet. Well guess what? Mother Nature doesn't care!
Need a place to keep out of the elements but don't have the luxury or permanency to build? Maybe you're a band on the road selling CDs and merch at every stop or perhaps you're looking to set up shop at the local weekend market with the girls.
Whatever the case may be, if you need a portable shelter solution without all the hullabaloo of setting things up time and time again, a pop up canopy will most likely save the day, whether rain or shine!
If you're familiar with a wedding tent or event canopy, you've probably come to the conclusion that they might be too big for some of the activities described above. On the go and out on the road, you need something lighter and more portable and it better not be too difficult to setup!
That's where a great pop up canopy can come into play! The beauty of a pop up tent canopy is that it…well, pops up! No need for crazy assembly guides or a big installation crew--just get a couple of helping hands to tag along and you're pretty much set.
Regular tents and the like can be a [rhymes-with-witch] to put up, so less-than-adept users will truly benefit from a pop up canopy that won’t need any engineering knowledge to set up and pull down.
BUT HOLD THE PHONE:
Unfortunately, not all pop up canopies do the job as you would expect them to, and that sucks. As with pretty much anything, there are good products out there and then there are bad ones.
Thank goodness the Canopy Kingpin is here to give you the lowdown on The 21 Best Pop Up Canopies For Sale Online just to make your life just a teensy bit easier. He even broke it down for you by price range, so there's something in this post for all price-points.
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So settle down kiddos and pay attention! Here we go...
NOTE: Though all of these canopy products are very highly rated by customers, the Kingpin has gone the extra mile for you to actually list a bunch of bad points for each, just to give you all a clear idea of what you may be buying into.
Rest assured though that almost all of these products are highly-rated by customers so any one of these is going to be a decent buy!
The first drawback for this particular puppy is that it is advertised as pink. It does stand out in a crowd, which you might want if you are using it as a flea market stall, but really? Pink?
On the upside, this pop up canopy tent is easy to put up, and it does provide good shade from most of the sun. It seems sturdy enough if there is no wind blowing and the telescopic legs give you some leeway on the height.
However, the legs themselves may cover 10’ x 10’, but the canopy shades an area just shy of 7’ x 7’, so it may be smaller than you expect.
The carrying bag is also a bust, so expect to use a lot of tape to keep it together or find a replacement bag. Overall, a good buy for the price.
Technically, this is a bit pricier with the shipping, but let’s not split hairs, shall we? This is very similar to the pop up gazebo above, actually, down to the 7’ x 7’ shade cover. It is NOT 8’ x 8’!
That being said, it is relatively sturdy if there is no wind, and also has those nifty telescoping legs. It takes two people to set up quickly, but one person can do it at a pinch. Use guy wires (not included) at the corners for better stability.
The rust red color makes the inside darker than one would like, perhaps, but not too bad. It does not stand up well to rain, and it is not meant as a permanent structure. If you keep these things in mind, you should be pleased with this lightweight pop up tent canopy.
If you are looking for a nice place to stay to celebrate Memorial Day or Fourth of July, this is the best pop up canopy for you. It is festive and outright patriotic. Just hope that it does not rain because the manufacturer is not named “Outsunny” for nothing.
It is just a whisker shy of being 10’ by 10’ and it may be a little flimsy for some, but it is sturdy enough to get the job done for occasional use. At any rate, people WILL remember you.
If you need pop up canopy tents that you can carry comfortably on your back, then you should expect them to be pretty small. This one is good to shade up to three people at 6’ x 6’ and actually comes with a backpack for storage. It is made of lightweight aluminum, and weighs about 15 lb.
Still heavy if you have to carry it for some distance. The biggest drawback to this admittedly clever design is the sturdiness of the frame. Does the Kingpin say delicate? Yes, he does!
The telescoping legs easily slide out or get stuck, and it is only really good for half a dozen uses. Not too bad considering the price, and it really is as compact as the manufacturer claims.
When you search for a 10x20 pop up canopy and find one under this category, then you should expect drawbacks. The pop up canopy reviews for this are pretty evenly spread, most of the negative ones from people who pay for dross and expect gold.
The best way to think about this product is for use at a one-time event like a wedding in lieu of renting. You do get good shade over a 10’ x 20’ area, which is big enough for 30 people.
However, the sidewalls are pretty flimsy, ripping out with the Velcro strips, and there is a lot of assembly required, so rope in a few friends to help you out for the set up. Get out a magnifying glass as well as the assemble-by-number stickers are tiny.
Despite the worrisome low price of this product by Trademark Innovations, it actually works much better than one would expect. It is true that it is not actually 10’ x 10’ as claimed by the seller (it is actually 9.5’ x 9.5’), but close enough for government work. It keeps out both the rain and the sun nicely, and it is easy to set up and break down.
However (of course there’s a however!), the canopy itself is poor quality, and rips easily if you are not careful. The best way to put on the canopy without killing it is to do so before fully extending the frame.
It also does not come with ground stakes, so unless you only plan to use it on windless days you need to get those separately. This particular tent comes with a one year warranty; that is a major plus.
Again, not 8’ by 8’. The Kingpin's wondering why some manufacturers keep doing that, as it puts their credibility in question. At any rate, this is a good (not high) quality slant leg shade for temporary use, and it is easy to set up and take down.
The silver lining of the canopy is supposed to reduce the heat, and it is an affordable alternative to renting for occasional use. If you expect wind to be a problem, make sure to put weights to keep it from flying away. It is not a great product, but one of the better ones for the price range.
This is a little more reasonable for 10’ x 20’ pop up party tents, and it is supposed to keep out light rain as well as the sun. This is big enough to accommodate 30 people, and you can easily attach or remove the wall panels as needed. However, it needs at least two people to assemble, and it takes about half an hour.
While it is not part of the instructions, you do need to use some type of support for the connections such as duct tape to support paltry ¾ inch frame tubing, and you may want to use a wooden dowel as additional support for the center top connection. You might also want to guy down the sides to keep it from blowing away.
An important note: check what you get as soon as you get it. You might be missing a side wall or two, or maybe even a canopy top. You have been warned.
ShelterLogic states it is a “high-quality” and it appears to be on the money. It is easy to set up and pretty stable because of the wide foot pads, and it comes with a wheeled storage bag, so that is already a plus because it is over 50 lb in weight.
It is water resistant and blocks most UV rays so it is a good product for washing your car or providing shade for a backyard party. Delivery is fast, too, but that’s Amazon.
Considering the size, it is unreasonable to expect to put this up all by your lonesome. With two or more people, it should be a breeze. Like with most of Outsunny’s offerings, this is a good canopy for sunny, windless days, and never mind the flimsy carrying bag.
This one can accommodate about 30 people seated, so it would be a good option for a small spring wedding. The wall panels are easily removed, but be careful because the fabric can rip if you tug at the Velcro fastenings too hard. It comes with ground stakes—use ‘em.
This is the same as the earlier American Flag design product described above except it has mesh sidewalls for those mosquito-heavy nights. Perfect for those sunset parties and camping—unless it rains, that is. This is not a waterproof pop up tent.
Provided the company ships a brand new product that went through quality control, this is a very good buy. It is sturdy and made of good quality material, just as described. The seller addressed complaints promptly, but it would be so much better if the item arrived in good condition in the first place. .
This is a pretty cool, easy to set up pop up canopy by Coleman, and the price ain’t bad, either. It is a 10’ x 10’ and two people can set it up in 10 minutes. It has four LED fixtures that each runs off on four D batteries, so this makes it instantly great for night camping and parties.
However, while the fabric is sturdy, it is not waterproof unless you spray it beforehand with a waterproofing product and the LED cups protected with some plastic to prevent water collecting. The Canopy Kingpin considers this a minor inconvenience for the price... but maybe you don't?
You would think that with a brand known for quality outdoor products, you can’t go wrong. Well, you can, actually.
This is a good quality, sturdy pop up screen room. It is very easy to set up and take down. It has two removable mesh screens for pesky bugs and has an unusual hexagon shape. It is relatively waterproof and provides excellent shade.
So what’s the drawback? There is no replacement canopy. Coleman can offer a repair kit, but not a whole canopy. Unfortunate, but not a deal breaker.
This is a no-nonsense pop up canopy ideal for any outdoor activity, quite sturdy with a heavy duty canopy, and easy to use. It even comes with guy lines and a wheeled duffle bag. However, it does not provide as much protection against the sun as most canopy tents, which typically filters out 98% of UV rays. It is also not waterproof or windproof. If you are more concerned about the sturdiness of the canopy tent than protection against the elements, this may be your best bet for this price range.
No, this is not a Coleman convention, so listen up. It does set up in three minutes as the manufacturer claims, but only if there are three or more people helping you. It is sturdy and stands up well to wind and rain, but it will not last forever.
This is a big problem because Coleman does not sell replacement parts for this particular model. You can MacGyver it, of course, but it is an inconvenience it for a lot of people. The bag is also a bit of a letdown, being just a little too small and a bit too fragile.
A unique feature of this product is the swing-wall, which is a handy way to control rain and sun protection. Still, a good buy.
This one is a bit unusual because it is all steel instead of mostly aluminum, so expect it to be a whole lot heavier. However, it comes with a roller bag so it’s all good. It is sturdy and a good size for most purposes. The central support may be a bit low for some people, but overall a good portable pop up tent.
This is one of the few pop up canopies online that puts a premium on a heavy duty canopy, which could explain the major price jump. This also has a steel frame with nuts and bolts at joints that set up easily with just two people.
It holds up under heavy rain and strong winds if it is adequately staked, so invest in heavy duty spikes for each of the six legs. Plan to get a big enough roller bag to carry it because it is too heavy (63 lb) for the cheapoid bag it came with.
A major drawback is that the seller does not accept returns, so you may want to proceed cautiously. It isn’t chump change, after all, even with free shipping.
The Kingpin actually featured this badboy in a pop up gazebo list once upon a time...
This is a good example of a pop up canopy that actually pops up and down easily because of its pin sliders. It can handle light rain and the hot sun, and it has vents for better airflow, but that is pretty much all it does.
It should not be used on the beach because the sand gets into the pole inserts, making it difficult to use after. It needs to be firmly anchored or it will fly away. It comes with leg skirts, but it is not really necessary for an aluminum pop up canopy. It has a good interior height but a flimsy carrying bag. Of course.
The manufacturer claims that it sets up “in seconds” and while this may be a slight exaggeration, it is quite easy for one person to set it up. This is a great feature for a pop up screen room if you are alone in the woods, as is the no-see-um mesh screen.
It has waterproof-taped seams, but since these are on the inside, it still lets water run down the walls. The center top portion also lets some water in. In addition, the color makes the tent warmer than it should be, making it less comfortable on hot days. Not a big deal, but still annoying.
What is a big deal is it is over six feet long disassembled. If you had a large vehicle, it would be okay, but it occupies a lot of space. It will not fit into standard sedans. The size problem aside, it is a sturdy, good quality pop up screen tent.
Whoa! The shipping is pretty over the top for this pop up party tent! The best thing about this is that the pop up tent frame is truly heavy duty steel, although it still needs to be firmly anchored against strong winds.
The canopy and wall panels are another story. It takes at least four (better six) people to move it around once it is set up because it is unwieldy at 118 lb. It comes with a wheel bag so it is easy to move it around when it is disassembled.
This is an attractive tent, perfect for parties, small events, and flea market use.
There you have it, the Canopy Kingpin’s list of the best pop up canopies for sale online...
At the end of the day, a great pop up canopy will be a perfect addition to your portable shop or outlet arsenal. Events are exactly where the foot traffic and customers are at and if you can bring your business to these places the purchase of an affordable pop up canopy will easily pay for itself if you want it to.
And even if your intentions are not monetary at all, a portable instant shelter solution is something any family can benefit from. Maybe you need a quick place to throw a tailgate party or perhaps you need some shelter at the beach? Any of these situations would be quickly improved by a great pop up tent.
If you need anymore information on any of these awesome pop up tents, simply click on through to the other side (Orange "CHECK IT OUT" buttons) and check out their respective product pages. You'll be able to find all the good (and bad) reviews for each item as well as detailed information about the product.
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