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Best Pop-Up Canopy [2019] | Coolest Gadgets

Best Pop-Up Canopy [2019] | Coolest Gadgets

Best Budget Pick: AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy TentFor a budget pick, the AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent checks off all the boxes. It is lightweight, durable, portable, and inexpensive. This is a good sub-$100 option that will easily handle most of your needs. AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent UV-Resistant Canopy Top Wheeled Carrying Bag For Easy Transport Steel

Best Budget Pick: AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent
For a budget pick, the AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent checks off all the boxes. It is lightweight, durable, portable, and inexpensive. This is a good sub-$100 option that will easily handle most of your needs.

AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent

  • UV-Resistant Canopy Top
  • Wheeled Carrying Bag For Easy Transport
  • Steel Frame Is Protected With Powder Coating To Resist Rust And Corrosion

Best Premium Pick: Quick Set Escape Shelter Pop-up Canopy (9879)
For those who want to look like kings while they are out, look no further. The Quick Set Escape Shelter looks more like a fixed gazebo than a pop-up canopy system. You’ll easily become the envy of those around you with the removable mesh sidewalls and beautiful design.

Best Professional Pick: ABCCANOPY 10’x15’ Pop-up Canopy
When putting your best foot forward matters most, you cannot go wrong with ABCCANOPY. These are strong, durable, trustworthy, and big enough to showcase everything. Don’t sacrifice quality for a few bucks – go with a trusted company with the reputation that you need.

How We Picked

It is that time of year again where people are going to the beach, camping, and visiting vendors. And all three of these locations have one thing in common – pop-up canopies.

Pop-up canopies are becoming more popular each and every year. As such, the market for them is growing continually. There are plenty of new brands popping up each day claiming that they have the best canopies in the world. So, who can you trust?

Today, we are going to show you the ten best pop-up canopies currently available. Will discuss what makes each of them great and why you should consider them. Of course, we also provided buyer’s guide to help you narrow down your search results too. Hopefully, you will find the perfect pop-up canopy for you, your family, and/or your business.

#1 Eurmax 10’x10’ EZ Pop-up Tent

Eurmax 10’x10’ EZ Pop-up Tent


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 100 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 64.7” x 10.7” x 9”
  • Height: 10.5’ to 11.1’
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Sides Included: 4 Sides
  • Weight: 70 Pounds

Whether you need a canopy for a friendly weekend out at the park or as a vendor booth at a business venue, the Eurmax EZ Pop-up Tent is perfect. Eurmax has built its name on building high-quality, durable, trustworthy canopies that outperform their competitors in multiple ways.

Eurmax 10’x10’ EZ Pop-up Tent in garden

The EZ Pop-up Tent is available in a number of configurations, from a basic canopy to a canopy with four walls. Having the extra walls helps when you need to block out the wind and/or rain (and the fabric is waterproof). While most canopies only offer a few colors (mostly white or blue), Eurmax gives you tons of color options – up to 38 different color options/configurations to choose from. As far as the canopy is concerned, it’s straightforward and simple – it goes up easily, it comes down easy. It can be done with only one person, but it’s best to use two or more.

Eurmax 10’x10’ EZ Pop-up Tent rolls

While most canopies don’t come with sidewalls, the EZ Pop-up Tent does. You can use none, one, two, three, or all – it’s completely up to you. Is the wind blowing hard from the East, put up a wall on the Eastside and the back. Sunlight a little too much, put up a wall on three sides and leave the front open.

Securing the Eurmax Canopy

The canopy is rather robust at a weight of 70 pounds, making it extremely sturdy even in the strongest of winds; of course, you’ll still want to make sure it is anchored in place just in case. Another great feature is that they give you sandbags to help keep it on the ground. To carry this robust canopy/tent, they threw in their signature roller back which makes transportation a breeze. One thing to note, it is over 64 inches in length when in the bag, so you’ll need plenty of trunk space to store this one.

Eurmax 10’x10’ EZ Pop-up Tent packed and ready to go

What We Like

This is pretty much an all-in-one solution. You get the canopy, you get the easy-to-assemble frame, you get four walls, you get sandbags, and you get a rolling carrying case to transport everything. The only thing they don’t give you is someone to set it up for you.


Eurmax has proven itself to be a trendsetter and market leader in the canopy market. They have some of the most robust, durable, and trustworthy tents available right now. The EZ Pop-up Tent is a perfect example of their dedication to this industry. While it is fairly expensive, they make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your family weekend or a business outing. You’ve heard the saying “you get what you pay for’ – with Eurmax and the EZ Pop-up Tent, that’s absolutely true!

#2 VINGLI 10’x20’ Pop-up Canopy With 6 Removable Sidewalls

VINGLI 10’x20’ Pop-up Canopy


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 200 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 49” x 9” x 9”
  • Height: 8.2’ to 8.8’
  • Waterproof: No
  • Sides Included: 6 Sides
  • Weight: 25 Pounds

Sometimes, size really does matter. When it comes to canopy tents, having more space means having more friends to hang out with or more products to display. VINGLI has a great option for someone who needs more than a 10’x10’ canopy tent, giving them twice the total space. This is a great option for vendor booths, wedding receptions, and even a day out on the beach.

VINGLI 10’x20’ Pop-up Canopy With 6 Removable Sidewalls details

Alright, so you already know that you are getting plenty of space with the VINGLI 10’x20’ Pop-up Canopy. That gives you up to 200 square feet of room to roam, and it’ll feel like you have a field to roam in. It comes with the option of six detachable sidewalls, making it easy to close as much off as you want. The sidewalls are not clear/mesh so they block out visibility from the inside/outside too. For color options, you can choose from one of three colors: blue, white, or black. Using the sidewalls, you can actually configure the pop-up canopy tent in up to six different configurations (displayed in the instruction manual). The canopy material is tough and durable, made from 420 Denier fabric and is waterproof. Stitching is extremely strong with double-line stitches to ensure the canopy doesn’t rip at the seams. Carrying the canopy system is easy with a large carrying bag with wheels. You could transport the whole system with just one person, although they do include two carrying straps for dual-person transport (much easier).

VINGLI 10’x20’ Pop-up Canopy bag for transport

As far as weight goes, this is rather light at only 25 pounds. As it is light, it is not designed for heavy winds and rains, so take cover if the weather turns bad quickly. You’ll still need to make sure it is anchored down, and VINGLI did not include any security stakes or sandbags.

What We Like

If you need MORE space, VINGLI has built your easy-to-setup solution. With twice the space of most canopy systems, you’ll easily be able to stretch out and relax. If you are a vendor, you’ll have twice the space to display all of your products and the included side walls make it easy to keep everyone in front of you.


Don’t limit yourself to a 10’x10’ areas – double it! The VINGLI 10’x20’ Pop-up Canopy system is perfect for those outings with the whole family. From the beaches to wedding receptions, these will make life so much better. The 420 Denier fabric will protect you and your guests from the sun while keeping a light rain off of you and your belongings.

#3 Coleman Canopy Tent With Instant Setup

Coleman Canopy Tent With Instant Setup


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 100 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 49” x 8” x 11”
  • Height: 9’ 4”
  • Waterproof: No; Water-Resistant
  • Sides Included: No
  • Weight: 35.5 Pounds

Coleman is a household name when it comes to outdoor equipment. They focus on creating some of the most innovative equipment on the market today. But today, the focus isn’t so much on innovativeness, but rather simplicity. This Coleman Canopy Tent is designed to be setup in just a few minutes. No more struggling with complicated framing systems and complex tie-down procedures. Just pull it out, pop it up, and go!

Putting the tarp on the Coleman Canopy Tent

This pop-up canopy is built to be simple. Instead of the frame being built using multiple pieces, it is ONE piece of equipment. The only other part you need to worry about is the canopy and that’s just to put it on top. The overall weight of the canopy tent/system is 35.5 pounds. It’s rather light when compared to other pop-up canopy systems.

Two people setting up the Coleman Canopy Tent

The canopy is lightweight and easy to install. It comes with Coleman’s UVGuard which is designed to protect you from harmful UV rays. This particular system does not come with additional walls; you can purchase walls separately if you need them.

Camping with the Coleman Canopy Tent

Everything can be broken down and carried using the included carrying case/bag from Coleman. The bag has wheels but it is a little tight, so you may struggle to get it back in the bag (some people just forgo the bag altogether).

Using the Coleman Canopy Tent outdoors

What We Like

This is one of the fastest pop-up tents on the market right now. With two people, this can be setup in under three minutes. Sure, you might be racing everyone else around you, but it can be done. The other reason we like this is that it is rather light at only 35.5 pounds. Most anyone without back problems will be able to carry this without any problems. And finally, it compacts down nicely, easily fitting in most trunks and small vehicles.


Get ready to go to the beach with the Coleman Canopy Tent with Instant Setup. Don’t waste time trying to get your tent set up – just pull this out, pull it apart, put on the canopy, and you’re done! In less than three minutes, you could be relaxing to the sound of the waves and enjoying the beautiful views all around. All you need to do now is pull out the radio, fire up the grill, and enjoy the day!

#4 Quik Shade Expedition Instant Canopy

Quik Shade Expedition Instant Canopy


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 64 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 49.8” x 16.5” x 8.2”
  • Height: 94”
  • Waterproof: No; Water-Resistant
  • Sides Included: No
  • Weight: 14.26 Pounds

Not everyone needs a BIG pop-up canopy set. For them, Quik Shade has you covered with an ultra-lightweight option that will easily cover you up without weighing you down.

Quik Shade Expedition on the beach

With the footprint is 10’x10’, the actual coverage is 8’x8’. The reason for this difference is the slanted legs. Slanted legs actually create a strong base as winds can’t push this around as easily as a standard canopy. Which is what this was designed for – higher winds and better stability. According to the manufacturer, you can still fit six people under here, though we would suggest four is a better number to expect. This is extremely lightweight at only 14.26 pounds, meaning a small child could “technically” carry this if they wanted to. It comes in a 600D polyester carrying bag and has a 300D canopy top to block out UV rays and provide some water resistance. And, they even include some security stakes to keep everything planted.

Close-up of the Quik Shade Expedition

What We Like

If you know you’ll be dealing with a windy day, or some rough-housing, then this is a great option. The slanted legs keep everything in place, even in the roughest of conditions. It’s not waterproof, but it can keep you during a short rainstorm without any problems.


For those looking for a sub-$100 canopy, this is a good start. While it doesn’t give you as much overhead coverage, it gives you a stronger base for improved performance.

#5 Quick Set Escape Shelter Pop-up Canopy

Quick Set Escape Shelter Pop-up Canopy


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 94 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 78” x 10” x 10”
  • Height: 94”
  • Waterproof: No; Water-Resistant
  • Sides Included: Yes
  • Weight: 37 Pounds

For those looking for a LOT more protection while looking great, then the Quick Set Escape Shelter Pop-up Canopy should be on your list – it’s on ours! This will look great in your backyard for those summertime bashes, the local park for the latest festival, the great outdoors, or even the beach. Be the envy of all your friends (and family) with this premier pop-up canopy from Quick Set.

Eating inside the Quick Set Escape Shelter Pop-up Canopy

Starting out, the Quick Set 9879 is a pop-up canopy, but it’s really a gazebo. It takes just a few minutes to set up and looks great! With 94 square feet of space inside, you’ll easily be able to fit six people comfortably (up to eight in a pinch). And you won’t have to hunch over to fit inside either, with a 90” center height. For all that it offers, it’s rather amazing that it only weighs 37 pounds. It does come with a carry bag to make it easier to transport, but what makes this so unique is the 45-second setup time.

Closed Quick Set Escape Shelter Pop-up Canopy

For those who don’t enjoy the hassle of setting things up, this is going to be a dream. Once you’ve gotten it out of the carrying case, it takes around 45 seconds to get everything in place. It does come with mesh screens for each panel, helping to keep out insects and rain. If the insects get problematic, just zip it up and light up your favorite citronella candle. Quick Set also includes six stakes so you can anchor it down for windy days. If you want, you can purchase rain flaps separately to help keep the rain out even better. If you haven’t noticed, this is water-resistant (not waterproof).

Friends using the Quick Set Escape during a camping trip

What We Like

We thought the Coleman Instant Setup was fast at under three minutes, but we were mistaken. This can be up and ready in under a minute! Not to mention, it looks amazing when compared to other canopy options. Aesthetically, this is going to be hard for another pop-up tent to match.


For those who want to be the envy anywhere they go, this is the pop-up canopy you need. It looks absolutely amazing while actually being easy to use. While this is a fairly expensive option, you get the framing system, canopy, mesh screens, stakes, and carrying bag. While it may look a little out of place in a professional setting, it is one of the best options in the portable pop-up tent market.

#6 Gazelle Tents Pop-up Gazebo With Instant Setup

Gazelle Tents Pop-up Gazebo With Instant Setup


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 92 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 73” x 8” x 8”
  • Height: 86”
  • Waterproof: No; Water-Resistant
  • Sides Included: Yes
  • Weight: 34 Pounds

Apparently, other companies have caught on to the premium pop-up industry trend. Gazelle Tents has created a direct competitor to the Quick Set Gazebo mentioned in the last review. This is another beautiful canopy system that is designed for easy setup and durability. While it may not be “as fast” as the previously mentioned pop-up tent, it’s not far behind.

Closed Gazelle Tents Pop-up Gazebo

Gazelle Tents has their eyes focused on their prey – Quick Set (and the other gazebo-style tents). It has plenty of space inside, with 92 square feet of room to stretch out. It can easily accommodate up to six people (up to eight people in a pinch). It has an inside height of 86” in the center, giving you a good amount of room to stand up comfortably. Getting it to your favorite spot shouldn’t be a problem as it only weighs 34 pounds. Using two people, it will be a cinch to carry.

Packed-up Gazelle Tents Pop-up Canopy

This is another sub-minute setup system. It’s built into one piece, making it easy to get everything up quickly, without all the extra “curse” words that can ruin any outing quickly. The mesh panels come included so you don’t have to fight with extra setup steps after you put it up. You can fold the panels to the sides for open airflow or close them off to keep the insects out. It is extremely durable, with super-strong zippers and reinforced seams. Plus, it is UV 50+ rated to keep you safe from the sun no matter how long you are out.

Family inside the Gazelle Pop-up Gazebo

What We Like

We love the fact that this is another sub-minute setup system. No one likes dealing with tons of framing poles and hard-to-attach canopy tops. And that’s great because this is a one-piece system that is almost “too easy”. It is extremely light and easy to carry at only 34 pounds. We also like the fact that the mesh-netting is already attached/installed.


If you like the gazebo-style pop-up tents, then you love this one. Gazelle has decided to take aim at their competitors with a premium quality tent at less than premium pricing. You’ll love the styling, the setup time, and the durability. If you don’t want to fight with your pop-up tent, then you can’t ignore this one from Gazelle Tents.

#7 ABCCANOPY 10’x15’ Pop-up Canopy

ABCCANOPY 10’x15’ Pop-up Canopy


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 150 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 68” x 15” x 9.9”
  • Height: 124” to 132”
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Sides Included: Yes
  • Weight: 90 Pounds

For those who don’t to be confined to a 10’x10’ booth, but think a 10’x20’ is just too much, we’ve got just the thing for you – a 10’x15’ from ABCCANOPY. While one might be too small, and the other might be too big, this one is JUST right.

With 150 square feet of workable space, you’ll easily be able to fit plenty of people or products underneath the waterproof canopy. It can easily accommodate eight to ten people without any problems. It has an inside height ranging from 89.3 inches to 97.2 inches so it’ll handle tall individuals without any stooping over. Now, this is one of the heaviest we’ve seen, weighing in at 90 lbs. This is because the framing is over-built (which is good). While most of the other canopy systems try to stay light, ABCCANOPY built this for durability.

ABCCANOPY 10’x15’ Pop-up Canopy close-ups

It does come with a carrying case, a roller bag, four sandbags to keep it planted, four guidewires, four security stakes, four removable sidewalls, and two half-walls. Literally, it has everything but the kitchen sink.

What We Like

This is one of the strongest (and heaviest) systems on our list. It’s not going to float away during a light breeze like some of the others in this market might. Plus, it comes with everything you need to secure it.


This is built for the business vendor/professional that does not want to take any chances on quality. While the others have cross-purpose designs, this is best suited for a vendor booth. If you want quality and durability, you have to consider ABCCANOPY.

#8 EzyFast Elegant Popup Canopy

EzyFast Elegant Popup Canopy


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 36 Sq. Ft.
  • Height: 6’
  • Waterproof: No
  • Sides Included: No
  • Weight: 17 Pounds

At times, you do not need the biggest popup canopy in the world. Maybe it is just you and your partner watching a concert or one of your kids at the local baseball game. In that case, something smaller than a 10’x10’ might be the best option.

EzyFast Elegant Popup Canopy measurements

EzyFast has the perfect solution for you with their 7’x7’ popup canopy system that gives you up to 36 sq. ft. of coverage. You can easily fit two or three people underneath with room to stretch out if needed. It’s a simple system with a fast setup. In fact, EzyFast lives up to their name as only one person is needed to set this canopy up. This does not come with extra sidewalls, nor are they available. This comes in one of two color options: khaki or blue (we prefer the blue color). The canopy material is thick, blocking up to 99% of UV rays for all-day enjoyment and protection.

Packed EzyFast Popup Canopy

However, what makes this such a popular choice is that it only weighs 17 pounds. It comes with a carrying bag, which looks like an oversized/long purse. It does not come with any stakes, ropes, or sandbags, so you may need something to help keep it in place on a windy day.

What We Like

When it comes to portability, this is one of the lightest units on our list. While it may not be BIG like the others, it keeps you cool without being a burden. It can be set up by one person in a matter of minutes, making it great when everyone else is away (i.e. not helping).


If a 10’x10’ is just too much, this will be “just right”. It opens up in a few minutes with just one person, living up to the name of EzyFast. If you do not want a system that is complicated or heavy, this should be your next popup canopy.

#9 Punchau Pop-up Canopy Tent With Sidewall

Punchau Pop-up Canopy Tent With Sidewall


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 100 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 49.5” x 9.2” x 9”
  • Height: Up to 73 Inches
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Sides Included: One Side
  • Weight: 42.6 Pounds

While the brand name might sound like something here from someone sneezing, the pop-up canopy tent isn’t something to sneeze at. Punchau has developed a fairly basic canopy system with a few upgraded features that easily makes our list. If you want a strong, durable, trustworthy canopy system that doesn’t cost much but gives you features of the more expensive units, keep reading.

Punchau Pop-up Canopy Tent With Sidewall used for a garden sale

You’ve probably seen a few of these at your local vendor booths and/or beach events. And that’s because these are extremely strong, yet easy to work with. You get 100 square feet of protection underneath the canopy which comes in one of three colors: black, blue, or red. Fitting six people underneath will not be a problem and you could possibly fit more under the right circumstances. Setting up this tent should take around five minutes from start-to-finish. Of course, setup time will depend on if you purchased the canopy only or the canopy w/sidewall option. The sidewall option comes in one of three colors as well: blue, green, or black. As for weight, this is hefty at 42.2 pounds, but this can be attributed to the waterproof canopy and heavy-duty aluminum frame. Transporting this is super easy with the high-quality roller bag with easy access zippers.

Friends doing a BBQ in the Punchau Pop-up Canopy Tent With Sidewall

Feature-wise, this is loaded. The canopy is crafted from 420D Denier fabric with double-stitched seams. The frame itself is built from aluminum but is much thicker than other offerings for increased durability. Takedowns are a breeze with the easy-release button system. Plus, they threw in some security stakes to keep it anchored down, even in high winds. And, you also get a high-quality, easy-access roller bag. Basically, you get everything you need for an easy outing.

What We Like

Even though this doesn’t reach as high as some of the other canopy systems on the market, it still manages to get a ceiling height of 65”, 69” or 73”; unless you are really tall, this will not be a problem for you. The high-quality, ultra-thick, waterproof canopy works great for keeping rain off of you and your belongings while also protected you from any UV rays.


Coming in at the lower end of the pricing spectrum, the Panchau Pop-up Canopy system is rather impressive. They bulked up their framing system, removed the center bar that most people bump their head on, and even managed to give you some extras to make setup/breakdown even easier.

#10 AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent

AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent


  • Sq. Ft. Coverage: 96 Sq. Ft.
  • Size When Closed: 5” x 10” x 10”
  • Height: 10;
  • Waterproof: No
  • Sides Included: No
  • Weight: 37.5 Pounds

For those looking for a simple, easy-to-use, basic canopy tent, here is the AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent. As you would expect from the AmazonBasics brand, you get something stripped down to the core/basics of what it is. This pop-up canopy system is everything “you need” at a lower price while maintaining the premise of usability, protection, and quality that you would expect.

AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent without tarp

It starts out with a high cathedral roof with a blue canopy covering. It gives you 96 square feet of protection underneath while giving you 10’ of space underneath the canopy itself. You could easily fit six people underneath this tent (up to eight in a pinch). This will work great for any situation, especially for professional booths as this has become one of the more common looks for vendor booths and/or displays. It only weighs 37.5 pounds, making it easy to transport and it comes with a carrying bag to help keep everything organized.

packed up AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent

Looking deeper, this takes just a few minutes to set everything up. You’ll pull the frame out, stretch it out, put the canopy on top, extend the legs, and you are ready to go. The canopy is UV resistant, helping to protect you from the harmful effects of prolonged sun exposure. The material is not water-resistant, so you’ll need to pack up if it starts raining a lot. The legs are made out of steel and covered in a powder-coated finish to prevent rust and corrosion.

parts of the AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy

What We Like

This is one of the least expensive pop-up canopy systems on the market right now. AmazonBasics has created a brand that is known for quality, durability, and budget-friendly pricing. Even though there isn’t much to this, it works great for a cheap vendor presentation or beach outing.


The AmazonBasics brand keeps surprising us with all that they offer now. This canopy system is relatively inexpensive while making sure you stay protected from the sun. It is easy to carry/transport, set up, and breakdown. For the price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better budget value.

AmazonBasics Pop-up Canopy Tent

  • UV-Resistant Canopy Top
  • Wheeled Carrying Bag For Easy Transport
  • Steel Frame Is Protected With Powder Coating To Resist Rust And Corrosion

Buyer’s Guide To Find The Best Pop-up Canopy

Knowing what to look for when searching for a pop-up canopy can be hard. Most of them all look the same and do the same thing – protect you from the weather. Even so, there are some differences that can really make owning one worth it (or not). So, here’s what you need to look for in a canopy (and what we are looking at too).

How Big Is It When Folded Up?

This is very important as you will be transporting it. If it is longer than your trunk is wide, then you might have trouble storing it. Most canopies are small enough to fit inside of a vehicle (and some trunks). Some of the larger canopies may not fit into a trunk and/or small vehicle. Make sure that the canopy you are considering will work with your vehicle/transportation method.

What Does It Look Like?

Even though most people say you should judge a book by its cover, it happens every single day. So, make sure that you buy a pop-up canopy that you actually like to look at. While it may be priced right, it may not look good to you. If you do not like the way it looks, you will not enjoy it. If you are using for professional purposes, then make sure you are putting your best foot forward with an aesthetically pleasing canopy system.

The Material Matters

Some canopies are built using lightweight cloth while others are built using heavier fabrics designed to prevent water from leaking through. If you think you will need waterproof capabilities, then do not settle for a cheaper material. Also, make sure that you find one with a strong steel frame and/or oversized aluminum frame as these tend to be the best for stability and durability.

How High Is The Ceiling?

If you are short, this probably will not matter. However, you still need to consider that other people might need to use this too. As such, make sure that the height underneath the canopy is high enough to accommodate most people without having the stoop over.

Camping and garden lights

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will a pop-up canopy fit in my car?

A: Most pop-up canopies will easily fit into a small car. However, there are some cases where they will not fit in trunks as they are too small. Most canopies break down to around 4 feet in length. Some trunks do not have enough storage space length and/or width-wise to support this. But, if you have a backseat, then you have enough room in most cases.

Q: How hard is it to put up a pop-up canopy?

A: Most pop-up canopies require at least two people for set up. However, you could get away with just one person if you anchored one leg before you started opening the canopy. Some canopies just pull out where others have to be pushed up from the center. Each manufacturer uses a different setup/breakdown procedure. Some are considered easy where some are considered problematic; pay attention to the design and/or user reviews to ensure you get an easy one if this is something you are concerned with.

Q: How waterproof is a pop-up canopy?

A: So, there are two terms are used interchangeably here: waterproof and water-resistant. Most people think that they are the same thing – they are not. Waterproof means that no water will get through whatsoever. Water-resistant means that water will not easily get through it.

Most canopies are considered water-resistant, using a high-durability cloth material that works great for coverage while being lightweight. However, there are some canopies that actually use waterproof coverings (they tend to be heavier).

One thing to note, even if the canopy itself is waterproof, you could still get wet if the sides are not covered as well. Most pop-up canopies do not outside coverings. If it is raining, and the wind is blowing from any direction, then you could still get wet (just not from a leaking canopy).

Q: How flame-resistant are pop-up canopies?

A: Being that a canopy is made from cloth and/or rubber, they could potentially catch fire. However, it is not very likely as they are elevated significantly. If they were exposed to a fire, their ability to resist catching fire would be limited (especially if the flame is large). For the most part, canopies are not considered flameproof and should be treated as highly flammable.

Q: What is NFPA-701 certification and does it matter?

A: Regarding flame-resistant canopies, there is a certification from the NFPA that determines if a canopy can be used in certain situations such as inside of schools, churches, and auditoriums. The NFPA-701 certification requires that the fabric/canopy be exposed to a flame for 12 full seconds. The fabric/canopy will pass the test if it does not have an after flame longer than two seconds, a char length that is less than 6 1/2 inches, and it does not continue to flame after reaching the floor of the test chamber.

If the fabric passes the NFPA-701 certification, it is considered flame-retardant and safe for these types of events.

Q: Do you need tie-downs or anchors to hold canopies down?

A: If you are using a pop-up canopy inside, then you could get away without using anchors and/or tie-downs. However, for the sake of safety, you should still use some type of weighted apparatus to keep it from flipping over.

If you are outside in a situation where wind could potentially become an issue, then you should at least use anchors to keep it from lifting. For the sake of yourself and those around you, you should use both anchors and tie-downs whenever you are outside.

Q: If it’s anchored, do you still need to use guidelines?

A: Most of the time, guidelines are not used when anchoring is done properly. However, having extra rigging does not hurt as it helps to give your canopy more stabilization. In the event that someone were to run into one of the canopy poles, the rest of the canopy would still have support from the anchoring and/or guidelines.

Our recommendation is to use anchors, tiedowns, and/or guidelines at all times.

Q: What can you do if you get a hole in your tent/canopy?

A: If your canopy develops a hole, then you can look for a patch kit that matches the material you are using. Most patch kits are not designed to maintain waterproof protection and generally will leak wherever the patch is. If this is not acceptable, then you will need to look at getting a new tent/canopy.

Q: Can you leave the tent/canopy on when not in use?

A: Most canopies can be left on even when it is not in use. Some have fasteners that actually make it even easier to leave them attached. However, there are some that require you to put the canopy on each time you need to use it.

Q: Can a canopy collapse in on me while in bad weather?

A: If you have set up your canopy properly, then it should not collapse on you just because the weather is bad. Now, if a tree falls on your canopy while you are under it, there is a good chance that you will be injured. In all honesty, if the weather has gotten that bad, you should leave (possibly even leaving the canopy behind too).

Q: Can you hang a hammock inside of the canopy using the legs?

A: No! While the idea sounds “fun”, it is a very dangerous idea. The legs are designed to hold up a certain amount of weight (i.e. the canopy). A person is a lot heavier than a canopy and could cause the canopy and/or tent to completely collapse hurting anyone underneath it at the time. If you need a hammock, look for a portable option that unfolds just like the tent.

Q: Can you grill under a pop-up tent?

A: In a pinch, you could technically grill under a pop-up tent, but you would have to deal with a ton of smoke and possibly an open flame. It would be better to leave your grill outside of the tent and stand under it when not actively grilling.


So there you have it! These are the ten pop-up canopies that we feel are the best on the market right now. They all stand up well to heavy use, are easy to carry and/or setup, have plenty of features and/or coverage, and stay under budget.

Of course, you may not have found the one that fits you perfectly and that is okay. That is why we included a buyer’s guide to help you narrow down your search. Hopefully, you did find one that fits you perfectly.

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