Best Pop-Up Canopy: Trialed & Tested [2023 Update]

Need a quick and effective shade solution for outdoor events? Our buyer's guide features a range of the best pop-up canopies, ensuring you find the ideal shelter for any gathering.

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Using a pop-up canopy is a great way to prevent your fun days outdoors turning into stressful situations when the weather refuses to play ball.

Pop-up shades can be used in a wide variety of circumstances, from hosting all your crew at a tailgating party to providing much-need sun protection for your family, friends, or clients on sweltering days at the beach, farmer’s market, festivals, or a backyard party.

To help you find the best one for your needs, we’ve put together a list of the top seven pop-up canopy tents on the market, and why we think the Eurmax is the best pop-up canopy tent. From SUV canopies and beach canopies to camping and commercial pop-ups, our list has something for every budget and occasion. Below our reviews, you’ll find detailed buying advice to help you choose the right one for you!

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At a Glance: Quick Recommendations

Which Is The Best Pop-Up Shade Tent?

After extensive testing, we arrived at the following shortlist of pop-up canopies.

  • Eurmax 10 X 10 Canopy Tent
  • ABCCANOPY 10×10 Pop Up Shade Tent
  • Pacific Breeze Easy Setup
  • Ohuhu Pop-Up Shade Canopy
  • Clam Outdoors Quick-Set Escape
  • REI Co-op Screen House
  • Rightline Gear 110930 SUV Tailgating Canopy

Eurmax 10 X 10 Canopy Tent

Editor’s Choice

Floor Area: 100 sq. ft. ⸱ Height: 10.5 ft. to 11.1 ft. ⸱ Weight: 71 lbs.

The Eurmax 10 x 10 earned our testers vote as the best pop-up canopy thanks to its sturdy design, coverage, durable materials, and flexible setup configurations.

The Eurmax is a commercial-grade canopy and reeks quality in every inch of its construction. It’s made with an ultra-durable steel frame, burly 500/210D fabric, and has a PU coating that provides awesome water resistance.

In the field, our testers loved Eurmax’s burliness and quality construction, but were particularly impressed by its versatility. Its detachable walls can be added or taken off as the wind changes direction or the sun shifts throughout the day. And the straight-leg frame can be adjusted in 3-inch increments to suit your needs.

Other nice touches include a powder-coated frame finish that prevents rust and corrosion, a wheeled carry bag for easy transportation, sealed seams to prevent leaks, and an easy-to-use thumb lock system for attaching and adjusting the poles.

  • PROs

    • Removable sidewalls
    • Extra-sturdy frame can withstand strong winds
    • Wheeled carrying bag
    • Impressive water resistance
    • UPF 50+
    • Tool-free setup
  • CONs

    • Velcro straps aren’t durable
    • Heavy!

Bottom-Line: The Eurmax Commercial Canopy Tent is the ideal choice if you want versatility, commercial-grade quality, unrivaled stability, and enough coverage to squeeze in 10+ people.

ABCCANOPY 10×10 Pop Up Shade Tent

Best Value

Floor Area: 100 sq. ft. ⸱ Height: 10.5 to 11.2 ft. ⸱ Weight: 48 lbs.

The ABCCanopy Tent is a cheaper and only slightly less high-quality version of the Eurmax 10 X 10, making it one of the best pop-up canopies for everything from market days to weddings.

The frame is made from extra-durable steel materials and uses a straight-leg design that maximizes interior space. The ABC provides 100 square feet of shade and rain protection, and the height of its adjustable legs can be altered in 3” increments from 10.5 to 11.1 ft.

And while its 300D, silver-coated PU fabric is a little less burly than the fabric used in the Eurmax, it’s equally water-resistant and helps to make the ABC a whole 23 lbs. lighter, which translates into easier setup and transportation.

The only major downside to the ABCCanopy is that it doesn’t come with sidewalls. While a dealbreaker for some, this shelter is still a great pick for anyone looking for an “open-plan” shelter for the farmer’s market, tailgating, or gatherings in the yard.

  • PROs

    • Roller bag included
    • Can be set up in only a few minutes
    • Tough, waterproof canopy material
    • Powder-coated finish
    • Guy ropes and tent stakes included
  • CONs

    • Sidewalls not included

Bottom-Line: This spacious, sturdy canopy is made with tough materials, is easy to set up, and comes with a handy wheeled carrier to simplify transportation.

Pacific Breeze Easy Setup

Best Beach Canopy Tent

Floor Area: Roughly 35 sq. ft. ⸱ Height: 4 ft. ⸱ Weight: 4.45 lbs.

The Pacific Breeze is a lightweight pop-up shelter that provides good sun and wind protection, which makes it the best small pop-up canopy tent for days on the beach.

This pop-up tent offers roughly 35 square feet of shade and has a peak height of just 4 feet, so isn’t the roomiest model on our list by a long way. Nevertheless, its piddly weight (4.45 lbs.), robust UV protection, and general convenience make it the ideal choice for long days on the beach.

Our testers confirmed that this instant pop-up canopy lives up to its name, setting up in under a minute. And instead of having to fiddle around with ground stakes and guy lines, all you have to do is stuff a few handfuls of sand in the side pockets and you’ll have a sturdy pop-up shelter.

  • PROs

    • Easy setup
    • Lightweight
    • UPF 50+
    • Water-resistant
    • Small packed size
    • included carrying bag
  • CONs

    • Small
    • Low peak height

Bottom-Line: Made with corrosion-resistant materials and a dome-style design, this slant-leg canopy is the perfect option for days on the beach.

Ohuhu Pop-Up Shade Canopy

Best Budget

Floor Area: 100 sq. ft. ⸱ Height: 6.3 ft to 7 ft. ⸱ Weight: 62.9 lbs.

The Ohuhu Pop-Up is deluxe pop-up canopy tent that’s well-made, versatile, and spacious, and a cheaper option than the other straight-leg canopies reviewed above.

The Ohuhu is a commercial-grade pop-up canopy tent with a bargain-basement price tag. It costs around half the price of the winner of our review, the Eurmax, but has only slightly less impressive specs.

This easy pop-up canopy has a sturdy steel frame and flame-resistant, 420D, coated PVC fabric that together provide awesome stability and weather protection. It offers 100 square feet of coverage and its peak height can be extended from 6.3 feet up to 7 feet. While a little lower than the Eurmax and ABCCanopy, that’s hardly low enough to induce cabin fever!

The Ohuhu also has detachable sides that can be removed or shifted as needed throughout the day to reduce sun exposure. It’s also easy to set up, a great performer in strong winds, and just about as durable as they come.

All in all, the best 10×10 canopy for buyers seeking a low-cost shelter for parties, festivals, flea markets, beach days, and other outdoor events.

  • PROs

    • Affordable for its size
    • UPF 50+
    • Large floor area
    • Detachable sidewall
    • Wheeled carry bag
  • CONs

    • Heavy

Bottom-Line: A roomy, sturdy shelter that provides above-average weather resistance at a below-average price point.

Clam Outdoors Quick-Set Escape

Best Screened Canopy Tent

Floor Area: 94 sq. ft. ⸱ Height: 7.5 ft. ⸱ Weight: 32 lbs.

The Clam Outdoors Escape’s stellar performance in buggy locations earns it our award for Best Screened Canopy Tent.

The CO Escape (along with the REI SH) is one of only two pop-up canopies we tested with comprehensive bug protection. This takes the form of floor-to-roof no-see-um mesh walls and an extra-wide skirt that helps keep flies, mosquitos, and other insects out.

In testing, the Escape was one of the easiest models to set up, with its hub pull straps letting us get the job done in roughly a minute.

The CO also offers solid rain protection thanks to its 210D, taped roof panel, and added wind resistance thanks to crisscrossing poles that help maintain structural integrity when things get blowy.

While much pricier than the REI Co-Op SH, we found the CO Escape to be sturdier and a little easier to set up.

  • PROs

    • Awesome bug protection
    • Relatively easy to set up
    • Fits over a standard-size picnic table
    • Holds up to 8 people
    • Stakes, tie-down ropes, and carrying bag included
  • CONs

    • Not as stable as the Eurmax, Ohuhu, or ABCCanopy
    • Pricey!

Bottom-Line: This is the easiest pop-up canopy to set up on our list and includes mesh walls for bug protection.

REI Co-op Screen House

Best Camping Canopy

Floor Area: 100 sq. ft. ⸱ Height: 7 ft. ⸱ Weight: 13 lbs.

The REI Co-Op SH is the most versatile pop-up canopy we tested. When not used as a canopy, it can happily moonlight as a standard camping tent. You’ll have to buy the separate rain fly, but that’s far cheaper than buying a separate canopy and tent!

The REI SH boasts 100 square feet of floor space, has a peak height of 7 square feet, and uses straight legs that maximize interior space. Together, these attributes make it among the roomiest of shelters on our list. It also weighs only 13 lbs, a third of the weight of the other bug-blocking shelter on our list, the Clam Outdoors Escape

This model also has floor-to-ceiling bug netting, mesh doors, and a solid fabric perimeter that will keep creepy crawlies and airborne biters at bay.

The downsides? Our testers noted that its light weight means it lags behind steel-framed models like the Eurmax and Ohuhu in windy conditions.

  • PROs

    • Aluminum frame
    • Straight-leg design increases inside space
    • Lightweight
    • Roomy
    • Great bug protection
  • CONs

    • Rain fly and guy lines not included

Bottom-Line: This oversized canopy tent is one of the lightest on our list, yet uses durable aluminum poles and boasts mesh walls for insect protection.

Rightline Gear 110930 SUV Tailgating Canopy

Best Car Canopy

Floor Area: 48 sq. ft. ⸱ Height: 6 ft. ⸱ Weight: 8 lbs.

The Rightline Gear Tailgating shelter is the best canopy out there for anyone who needs a simple but effective shelter to attach to their vehicle.

The Rightline Gear is simplicity defined. In the package, you get the roof, fiberglass, and steel poles, a stuff sack, and two sandbags to keep the poles in place and planted on the ground. Attach the roof fabric to the trunk door of your vehicle, pop the poles up, throw some sand or dirt in the sandbags, and you’re good to go.

The Rightline isn’t spacious, covering only 48 square feet, but it can comfortably host 6 or 7 people. It also boasts excellent weather resistance and is so small and lightweight you can pack it away in your vehicle and forget about it until your next tailgate.

  • PROs

    • Sized to fit stadium parking areas
    • Waterproof
    • Lightweight
    • Easy to set up
    • Durable canopy materials
  • CONs

    • Smaller area
    • Needs a vehicle for setup

Bottom-Line: If you’re planning a road trip or a spot of tailgating, this lightweight, durable, and water-resistant shelter is a great companion to have along for the trip.

Top Choices by Category

Best budget: Pacific Breeze, Ohuhu Pop-Up Shade, and Rightline Gear 110930 SUV
Lightest: Pacific Breeze, REI Co-op Screen House, and Rightline Gear 110930 SUV
Tallest: Eurmax 10×10 and ABCCANOPY 10×10
Size: Eurmax 10×10, Ohuhu Pop-Up Shade, and ABCCANOPY 10×10
Coverage: REI Co-op Screen House and Clam Outdoors Quick-Set Escape

Pop-Up Canopies Comparison Table

Product NameFloor AreaHeightWeightLeg Type
Eurmax 10 X 10 Canopy Tent100 sq. ft.10.5 to 11.1 ft.71 lbs.Straight
ABCCANOPY 10×10 Pop Up Shade Tent100 sq. ft.10.5 to 11.2 ft.48 lbs.Straight
Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent~35 sq. ft.4 ft.4.45 lbs.Sloped
Ohuhu Pop-Up Shade Canopy100 sq. ft.6.3 to 7 ft.62.9 lbs.Straight
Clam Outdoors Quick-Set Escape94 sq. ft.7.5 ft.32 lbs.Sloped
REI Co-Op Screen House100 sq. ft.7 ft.13 lbs.Straight
Rightline Gear 110930 SUV Tailgating Canopy48 sq. ft.6 ft.8 lbs.Requires Vehicle

What To Consider In A Pop-Up Shelter?

When buying a new pop-up canopy, you should consider the factors listed below.

  • Size & Shape
  • Coverage
  • Ease of Setup
  • Wind & Water Resistance
  • Durability
  • Portability

Size & Shape

The size and shape of your canopy is the most important consideration. It determines two things: how many people you can fit in there and how stable it is in suboptimal weather. 

Most pop-up canopies have a rectangular shape that maximizes headroom through the canopy. Other models, like the Pacific Breeze, have a dome-style shape in which headroom declines the further you are from the center. 

While the dome shape provides greater stability in strong winds, it does mean that the middle of the shelter is prime real estate and the rest a “lowly” suburb. 

Dome shaped pop-up canopy shelter
The more dome-style the roof is, the more resilient the structure will be in windy conditions.

The canopies we tested ranged from 100 square feet of coverage/floor space (the Eurmax, Ohuhu, ABCCanopy, and REI Screen House) down to 48 square feet (the Rightline SUV) and around 35 square feet (the Pacific Breeze). 

But how does that translate into space for humans? Well, we recommend you allow a minimum of 6 or 7 square feet per person, so the Rightline will cover 5/6 people at a squeeze, and models like the Eurmax could host 8-12.

Peak or center height is also important. It tells you whether or not the shelter will let taller people move around inside without having to duck and whether or not the sun (or rain) is going to be sneaking in under the roof and burning (or soaking) your canopy’s occupants.

Finding a balance between the two is the name of the game. If that sounds too tricky, then we recommend opting for a model like the Eurmax, Ohuhu, or ABCCanopy, all of which can be easily adjusted in 3” increments to suit weather conditions and/or accommodate taller humans

The roof of a pop-up canopy tent
Choosing canopy roof height is a balance between housing the tallest occupants and keeping inclement weather out.

The tallest models on our list are the ABCCanopy and Eurmax, both standing at 11.1 feet with their steel legs fully extended. The shortest is the Pacific Breeze, which has a center height of just 4 feet.

It’s worth bearing in mind that taller camping canopies typically offer less wind resistance than shorter ones, though this isn’t the case with the Eurmax or ABCCanopy.

Coverage

Coverage refers to the amount of protection your canopy offers, so is another crucial consideration.

The first thing to note is that not all pop-up canopies have sidewalls. The only models of pop-up canopy with sides in our review are the Eurmax (3), Ohuhu (1), and Pacific Breeze (3). The Clam Outdoors Escape (4) and REI Co-Op Screen House (4) both have mesh sidewalls that provide some, but very limited, wind and UV protection.

All of the pop-up canopies on our list have some form of overhead coverage, though the degree of water resistance and UV protection they provide varies.

Pop-up canopy with bug screen mesh walls
Insects love to bite you? A four-walled canopy fitted with bug screens may be best your best choice.

If rain’s in the forecast, pop-up canopies like the Eurmax, ABCCANOPY, and Ohuhu will keep you dry thanks to their use of high-denier, water-resistant roof fabrics. 

All of the models on our list offer UPF 50+ sun protection, though the valances on the Ohuhu, Eurmax, Clam Outdoors Escape, and REI Screen House make them stand out in this metric. 

In buggy locations, your best bet is a four-walled shelter like the Clam Outdoors Escape or REI Screen House, both of which have full-mesh netting coverage. 

Ease Of Setup

Choosing a pop-up canopy that’s easy to set up is a no-brainer – nobody wants to waste time messing with awkward configurations and instruction manuals.

One of the main benefits of using a pop-up canopy is that most take very little time to pitch. All of the models on our list can be set up in just a few minutes, though the easiest for just one person to do were the Pacific Breeze and Clam Outdoors Escape.

Wind & Water Resistance

Wind and water resistance are important factors to consider when buying a canopy if you plan on using it on anything other than bluebird days.

Canopies are notoriously unstable in heavy winds and don’t provide nearly as much resistance to water as their close cousin, the tent. Nevertheless, certain models are more than capable of remaining upright in strong winds and others of keeping you dry if the heavens decide to try pee on your parade.

Water beading on material surface due to DWR treatment
The climate you expect to be using your canopy in will dictate the degree of waterproofing you’ll require.

The most wind-resistant canopies on our list are the heavy-duty shelters with steel frames: the Eurmax Canopy Tent, the Ohuhu Pop-Up, and the ABCCANOPY Pop-Up. This trio also offers the best water resistance in heavy rain, though the Rightline, Clam Outdoors, and Pacific Breeze shelters are waterproof enough to keep you dry in light or moderate rainfall.

Durability

If you want your canopy to last many years, durability is another key metric to consider when buying.

The main indicators of durability are the materials used in the canopy fabric and frame.

With canopy frames, you’ll have a choice between steel, aluminum, and fiberglass poles. A rust-resistant steel frame is by far the toughest of the bunch. Aluminum frames are lighter but far less sturdy, and fiberglass poles, though lightweight, are the weakest.

Pop-up canopy on a beach
Choosing frame materials will be a trade-off between weight and durability.

The durability and rip-resistance of the fabric will primarily depend on its density, something that’s measured in denier (‘D’). The denser the fabric is, the tougher and more durable it will be. For example, the Ohuhu’s 420D PVC fabric is likely to prove far more durable than the Clam Outdoors’ 210D fabric. 

Having burlier fabric adds weight, of course – the Ohuhu weighs nearly twice as much as the Clam Outdoors Canopy – so choosing between two models might come down to whether durability or portability is higher on your list of priorities. 

Portability

Portability is a key consideration if you anticipate having to haul your canopy hundreds of yards before setting it up.

The most portable option on our list is the Pacific Breeze. The least portable are models like the Eurmax and Ohuhu Pop-Up, which weigh 71 and 62.9 pounds respectively. These are only a good pick if you will be setting up close to your vehicle and have many hands to help out.

Pop-up canopy with mesh walls pitched on a beach
If you are pitching up far from your vehicle weight will be one of your top priorities, if not the top one!

Best Canopy Tents: The Verdict

Found what you’re looking for? If not, let’s have a quick recap of our recommendations for best canopy tents per event or activity type.

For yard parties, flea markets, farmer’s markets, commercial use, or even the odd wedding, our top pick is the Eurmax 10 X 10. This classy shelter is unrivaled in its quality and can be adjusted to suit just about any situation. 

If the Eurmax is too pricey for your palate, the next best thing is the Ohuhu Pop-Up. This might not be as sturdy as the Eurmax and has only one detachable sidewall, but it’s less than half the price, offers the same amount of coverage, and is still a great performer in strong winds.

Heading to the beach? If so, the Pacific Breeze is the best popup canopy for your needs. It’s light, easy to assemble, and provides plenty of protection against the sun and breeze, Pacific or otherwise.

And if you’re camping in buggy locations, take your pick between the Clam Outdoors Escape and REI Co-Op SH, both of which are dedicated bug-blockers. Of the two, the CO Escape is more stable but the REI SH is lighter and marginally better for camping trips.

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Kieran James Cunningham is a climber, mountaineer, and author who divides his time between the Italian Alps, the US, and his native Scotland.

He has climbed a handful of 6000ers in the Himalayas, 4000ers in the Alps, 14ers in the US, and loves nothing more than a good long-distance wander in the wilderness. He climbs when he should be writing, writes when he should be sleeping, has fun always.

Kieran has taught mountaineering, ice climbing, and single-pitch and multi-pitch rock climbing in a variety of contexts over the years and has led trekking and mountaineering expeditions in the Alps, Rockies, and UK. He is currently working towards qualifying as a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and International Mountain Leader.

Kieran’s book Climbing the Walls—an exploration of the mental health benefits of climbing, mountaineering, and the great outdoors—is scheduled for release by Simon & Schuster in April 2021.

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