10 Best Gazebos for Camping in 2022

Best Camping Gazebo – Quick Buying Guide

What is a Camping Gazebo?

A camping gazebo is a type of shelter that protects against the elements, such as sun, rain, and UV-lighting. Additionally, a portable gazebo with mesh sidewalls also helps protect against pests like mosquitos and other insects. 

What types of camping gazebos are there?

The term ‘camping gazebo’ can refer to a few different types of shelter. Camping gazebos come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Below, we’ve listed the 3 most popular types: 

Screen House Gazebo

A screen house portable gazebo is a tent with mesh sidewalls and a soft-top or hard-top roof. The roof offers full-coverage to block out sunlight and rain, whilst the mesh walls help keep insects out. This type of screen house offers maximum breathability, helping you stay cool and comfy in warm weather. Some screen house gazebos come with removable mosquito netting, whilst others feature a one-piece shell with a (zippered) door. This type of camping gazebo is ideal if you often find yourself in a bug-infested territory! 

Canopy Tent 

A canopy tent is a basic type of portable gazebo, most commonly used as a sunshade. Often called a portable gazebo or pop-up canopy, this type of silhouette offers easy setup and is easy to transport. Most commonly, canopy tents do not include sidewalls, but there are some options on the market (as listed in our overview) that do come with removable walls – enabling you to create a full-coverage shelter when desired.

Generally, canopy tents are square-shaped, measuring 10 x 10ft – but there are smaller and larger options available. Lightweight, easy to pack, and affordable: canopy tents are a great budget-friendly alternative to high-end camping gazebos. Do note that canopy tents are not known for the inclusion of mosquito netting, which means that though they provide shelter against the elements, they aren’t as equiped to deal with creepy crawlies. 

Pergola

A pergola is an outdoor structure, consisting of a frame that supports a roof of beams and/or rafters. Whilst screen house gazebos or canopy tents have a full-coverage roof, pergolas often have an open roof. Pergolas are often fixed structures, located in a garden or outdoor decor, providing a partially-shaded seating area. Though decorative and functional in your backyard, we wouldn’t recommend a pergola for camping – unless you have a fixed cabin location – as this type of gazebo is not portable or easy to move. That is exactly why this 10 Best Camping Gazebos Overview does not include any pergolas, as they lack the portability needed to quickly assemble or take them down at a campsite. 

What buying factors do I need to consider?

Type of Gazebo

Firstly, figure out whether you want a canopy tent or a screen house gazebo. A canopy tent is often more affordable and portable, whilst a screen house gazebo offers excellent protection against insects and other pests. Both will keep you shielded from the element, but there is quite a distinct difference in styles. Choosing a type of gazebo before you start shopping, will help you narrow down your search selection and makes it easier to find the best match for your camping and/or outdoor entertaining needs. 

Size

Secondly, decide on how large you want your camping gazebo to be. Gazebos come in all shapes and sizes. From 8-person hexagon-shaped tents to smaller, 8 x 8ft canopy tents: there’s a match for every scenario. Decide how much coverage you want, both in width, length, and center height. Some gazebos peak at 90″, whilst others have a center height of 100″; which can make quite a difference to the available headroom, especially for taller campers. Also, keep in mind that a hexagon-shaped gazebo has a large footprint, but does compromise a bit on interior space in square feet. 

Weight

If you plan to take your gazebo camping, picking a tent with a manageable packing weight is a big priority to ensure it actually is a portable gazebo. Even if you’re a car camper, the tent should still be portable enough to carry from your car to your campsite – and back. Fortunately, there are plenty of portable gazebos on the market. Whilst most camping gazebos weigh between 40 and 50 lbs, some are extra-light at just 20 lbs. Similarly, some gazebos can weigh up to 80 lbs – which isn’t ideal for camping. Check the weight before you buy, to avoid hefty surprises! Another tip: pick a gazebo or tent that includes a carry bag, preferably one with wheels, as this will make transport a whole lot easier – plus keeps your tent safe and secure when on the go. 

Ease of Setup

Some gazebos can be set up in just 60 seconds, whilst others require more patience and time. Considering how long you’d be willing to spend on the setup of your tent before you buy. If you want lightning-fast, easy setup – a pop-up canopy tent/instant canopy tent or pop-up screen tent is the way to go. These styles come pre-assembled, meaning you can erect them in just a few simple steps. No hassle of figuring out which pole goes where! 

Materials

When picking a camping gazebo, also take the materials of the design into account. Most commonly, gazebos will feature a frame made of either steel or fiberglass. Each has pros and cons. A steel frame is more durable and less prone to breaking or bending, but it tends to be heavier and more expensive than fiberglass. A fiberglass frame, on the other hand, is ultralight – adding to the portability of the gazebo and ease of setup. However, it is also more prone to shattering in heavy-winds and doesn’t have the best durability. That said, both get the job done – but it is worth thinking about which material you prefer. 

Roof and Netting

For the roof or canopy of the gazebo, the most commonly used material is polyester fabric. Affordable, durable, and easy to clean: polyester is a great choice. We do recommend checking whether the polyester is waterproof, as not every type of polyester fabric offers the same water-resistance. Also, fabric with sealed seams/taped seams tends to be more waterproof and less prone to leaking. 

When it comes to screen houses, choose a design that has tightly-weaved mosquito netting. We prefer a screen house with no-see-um mesh, which is so tightly woven that even no-see-ums can’t get through. That said, most screen houses will keep out larger bugs and critters… But for optimal protection, the more tightly-weaved the mesh/netting, the better! 

Recap

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