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Outdoor canopy tents provide an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors while being sheltered from the elements. They can also be used as a means for extending indoor space to the outdoors.
Outdoor pop-up canopy tents are portable and offer quick set-up and take-down for trade shows. Take a pop-up canopy to the game for an enjoyable tailgating experience. Pack a pop-up canopy along with the rest of your camping gear to use it for dining or general shelter. Pop open a canopy and place it in your yard to enjoy being outdoors and get a little shade from the sun.
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Canopy Tent vs. Pop-up Canopy Tent
It’s easy enough to put up a staked canopy tent if you are good at reading step-by-step directions, are handy with tools, and have a little time on your hands. Staked tents will typically be heavy-duty and stronger than pop-up tents, so they endure strong winds and driving rains better than their pop-up counterparts. Staked tents also come in larger sizes that are perfect for large gatherings like weddings, reunions, and other special celebrations.
Pop-up canopy tents have accordion-style frames that makes them easy for one or two people to set them up in minutes. Expand them without using tools or complicated directions. When you are ready to take it down, it collapses easily and stores in a convenient storage bag. If you need a little more stability, most models can be staked to the ground so they don’t blow over if the weather turns threatening. Pop-up canopy tents are perfect for trade shows, sales events, and even for home use. If you want one of the biggest players in the game then look at Coleman's instant canopies.
Our Favorite Outdoor Pop Up Canopy Tents In 2018
Our top choice, the ABC Canopy Ez Pop-Up has square shaped legs that give this pop-up canopy 20% more strength than other canopies. The canopy has heat-sealed seams and is 100% waterproof.
The side walls have multiple Velcro tabs to strap the panels around the legs and zip connectors to join the side walls together. It comes with sandbags, ropes, stakes, and a roller carry bag.
Affordable, effective, and easy to set up makes this our clear #1 choice.
This canopy pops open for easy set up.
It’s a 10’ x 10’ canopy that is of high quality and has a rust-resistant steel framework. It has mesh walls that give it an elegant, professional look.
This canopy works great for weddings, receptions, reunions, birthday parties, and even backyard barbeques.
Pop this tent up for a sturdy 10’ x 10’ frame that has a powder coat to prevent chipping, peeling, rust, and corrosion of the supports.
The canopy is water-resistant and flame retardant. It comes with 4 sidewalls that have 2 middle closed doors that zip shut for privacy.
Use the stakes and lines for a canopy that stands up to the elements.
Set this pop-up canopy in less than a minute and without using tools. Leave it open or add one or more sidewalls.
Two of the side walls have elegant windows. It blocks up to 95% of harmful UV rays.
It comes with a waterproof cover and the steel tubes give the structure extra strength.
If you need a little larger canopy, this one is 12’ by 12’ for 64 square feet of shade.
The legs are adjustable, so you can set them at various lengths. The cathedral ceiling is a nice feature that gives a bit more head room.
Use the stakes for a strong canopy that won’t blow down. It comes with a 1 year warranty.
6. Outsunny Easy Pop-up Canopy Party Tent
This canopy easily pops open despite the larger-sized frame.
It measures just over 19’ x about 9.5’, so it’s almost double the size of most pop-up canopies.
Side walls do not come with this model, but you can buy them separately with or without windows in them. We like the size and versatility of this model.
Canopy tents have long been used for commercial purposes for trade shows and other events. There is now a variety of tents that are not only functional for home use, but attractive as well. Tents that require multi-step directions and tools to set them up have given way to these easy to set up, accordion-style framed structures. One or two people can easily set them up.
Taking them down is as easy as pushing the walls together. If the weather is good, pop-up canopies work wonders. Most brands come with a set of ropes and stakes to keep them holding steady and strong when it rains or when strong winds blow.