Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve covered all sorts of tents and outdoor gear — including the best camping tents, outdoor tents, and camping stoves — here we’ve rounded up some of the best canopy tents, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated canopy tent
The Coleman screened canopy tent gets high marks for easy set-up and sturdiness. “I like [that] you can use it with the screen or without,” writes one reviewer who adds, “I usually put up the screens for the sense of more privacy and then tie a couple back for a quick ‘in and out.’” One purchaser bought this to create “a bug-free zone” at music festivals but has since found many other uses for it. “So far, it has been used as a coffee-serving tent, a rain shelter, a sun shelter, a tent cover, a portable shower cover, and a nearly-un-tip-over-able structure. With six legs instead of four, this canopy has outperformed every single ten-by-ten pop-up I’ve bought since.” Another reviewer, who has been using the tent for four years, speaks to its durability: “It has withstood Hurricane Irma and anything else Mother Nature has thrown our way. I will be replacing it this spring with one exactly like it only because my crazy Siberian husky puppy decided to turn it into his personal chew toy. But even after he attacked it and ripped the anchor strings and some of the fabric off it is still standing in my backyard and doing exactly what a canopy is suppose to do, help protect against the elements.”
Best-rated (less expensive) canopy tent
“I’ve owned several canopies over the years and I can tell you without a doubt that this one is the safest and easiest to set up,” writes one reviewer who “especially likes the addition of orange buttons that help in raising and collapsing the tent.” “This thing is awesome,” says a DJ, adding, “It’s just what I needed for outdoor events. You can raise and lower the height to keep the sun out.” Many point out that this canopy tent is a “great value,” including this reviewer who also appreciates the company’s “excellent” and “no hassle” warranty: “It’s one of the few reasonably priced waterproof tent options available. I’ve used it to keep the back patio covered so I can grill without getting soaked on rainy days.”
Best canopy tent for vendors
“I’ve done festivals, trade-shows, and outdoor markets of all kinds for the better part of a year under this canopy,” writes one vendor, who uses it about “three days per week.” They summarize the appeal of this tent succinctly: “If you need something very lightweight and not very heavy duty, then look elsewhere. If you want something that will actually last, built on a true steel frame, get this canopy.” Many reviewers praise the steel frame and build quality of this canopy tent, and they also say it’s easy to set-up. “I had no issues setting it up myself,” writes one vendor, who adds, “that was an important feature as I’m not always going to have another person available to help me.” And it’s also easy to take down and pack up: “My favorite thing about this: I can leave the canopy on the frame, collapse it, and it easily fits perfectly in the bag. Collapsing it to pack into the bag took about four minutes.”
Best canopy tent for wind
Again and again, reviewers share experiences of this tent standing strong amid intense gusts of wind, including one vendor who sells chicken wings at outdoor fairs and festivals. “I was at the Boulder County Fair in Longmont, Colorado, where we were hit with 45-mph winds and a flash flood like I’ve never seen before. Ninety percent of the tents at the fair were destroyed, blown away or had to be taken down before that happened. My tent, this Eurmax tent, with only a single sand bag on each leg, stood its ground, and didn’t budge. No tears, no rips, no leaks no damage whatsoever.” Another purchaser says it’s a great choice for the beach, as well. “It holds up in very high winds at the beach. Anchor the legs about three to four inches in packed-down sand and use the provided tie-down straps and spikes and you will not even need weight bags. Held up fine in 20–30 mph winds on the beach using this method.” They add while its “heaviness” might seem like a negative at first, “you will appreciate the weight once you reap the benefits of its solid construction.”
Best canopy tent with sidewalls
Purchasers recommend this canopy tent from Eurmax because the sidewalls are durable and easy to attach. As one purchaser, who bought this for a craft show, says, “The design of the structure, the canopy, the bag, and the rolling base is very functional — each step in the set-up process is made easier by the design.” They add that the “velcro fastening” on the sidewalls is “easy and perfect,” and works much better than other options on the market. “I helped a friend set up an EZ-UP tent and there were a bunch of little loops to deal with, such a hassle.” Vendors in particular appreciate the easy customizability of the sidewall arrangements. “I love that I can have just one or all walls depending on the weather and where my booth is placed in a show,” one writes.
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