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8 Best Outdoor Gazebos for Your Backyard of 2021

There's nothing better than being outdoors in the summertime. Make the most of those balmy days with a gazebo to provide shelter, rain or shine.

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Best Hard-Top Outdoor Gazebo

It’s as light as it is sturdy. What makes the aluminum-framed Erommy outdoor double roof hardtop gazebo ($999) stand out is its featherweight polycarbonate roof. It’s perfect on decks and other structures with low weight-bearing capabilities. Stay cool inside thanks to the double-layered canopy which filters sunlight as it circulates the air — even when the zippered, netted curtains are closed. You can anchor the gazebo to a deck or stake it into the ground. It does take two to three people about five hours to assemble.

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Best Soft-Top Outdoor Gazebo

Blocking out 99.99 percent of harmful UV rays, the ABCCanopy gazebo ($220) has a water-resistant oxford fabric top. The unique silver lining provides full 169-square feet of sun-screen protection. Pop it up to create an instant outdoor office, dining room or kids’ play area. It comes with a one-year warranty on the frame and a six-month guaranteed on fabrics and accessories.

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Best All-Around Outdoor Gazebo

An all-around solid choice, the W Dakota aluminum gazebo ($1,167) is packed with features like galvanized steel roof panels that won’t fade or change color. It also boasts premium dark-brown powder coating for non-corrosive wear and tear, and a two-track system that lets you hang the mosquito netting (included) and optional privacy curtains (sold separately) simultaneously. Because the roof is waterproof, it’s ideal for outdoor entertaining in all kinds of weather.

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Best Outdoor Gazebo in Winter

After a season shaded from the harsh sun and protected by the mosquito net sidewalls, you’ll be glad you chose the Kozyard Alexander patio gazebo ($1,930) when winter sets in. This classic gazebo’s galvanized steel roof is strong enough to hold even a heavy snowfall. It also has a wind rating of 32 to 46 miles per hour. This gazebo is a solid choice for year–round enjoyment.

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Best Screened-In Outdoor Gazebo

The priciest option on our list, the Sunjoy rectangle screened gazebo ($3,115) expands your outdoor living space at a fraction of the cost of building an attached screened porch. The 12-ft. x 14-ft. rust-resistant, steel-framed “house” has sliding doors on each side for easy access. The little touches, likes incorporated ceiling hooks to hang lighting add to its appeal. Illustrated assembly instructions are included and expert help is just a phone call away.

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Best Traditional Wooden Outdoor Gazebo

This decorative and rustic Heartland round wood gazebo ($3,019), with decorative spindle styling, is crafted from tight-knot cedar for exceptional strength and decay resistance. This gazebo is made to last. It comes with pre-cut wall and floor pieces, making it surprisingly easy to put together.

One Lowe’s reviewer wrote, “We had always wanted a gazebo but this is the first one we have owned. The price was great, the instructions to assemble were very easy to understand and my son and I assembled it in one day.”

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Best Beach Outdoor Gazebo

If you have a beach in your backyard, the affordable SlumberTrek 2-In-1 outdoor cabana gazebo ($105) is a shelter that delivers optimal shade capacity without blowing away. The steel center pole sets deep into the sand and the locking mechanism, sand pockets, pegs and anchors help prevent the gazebo from lifting off like a sail. Not a particularly windy day? Detach the side panels and it converts to a standalone umbrella.

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Best Portable Outdoor Gazebo

When you venture away from your own yard, you can take this gazebo with you! Weighing around 20 pounds, the Clam pop-up outdoor camping gazebo ($180) unfolds and sets up in less than 45 seconds. The water resistant, four-sided gazebo offers shelter from the rain, while the “no-see-em” mesh screen and extra-wide skirt keep annoying insects out. The gazebo can accommodate a small table and two chairs and comes complete with an oversized carry bag, ground stakes and tie-down ropes.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.

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