Soft Top Gazebos To Keep You Shaded on Backyards, Your Deck & Patios

  • By: Brian Comstock
  • Date: March 29, 2022
  • Time to read: 6 min.

A soft-top gazebo is a great addition to any yard, lawn, or patio area to help provide a sheltered area to relax, or to host parties, celebrations, and events.

The frame section is made of powder-coated steel, the canopy fabric is made of polyester and has a waterproof coating to protect from showers.

You can leave a soft-top gazebo outdoors all year round but I recommend you remove the fabric canopy and the mosquito nets.

Soft top gazebos are regarded as a combination of the hardtop gazebo and pop-up canopy.  They have a strong frame similar to a hardtop gazebo and a fabric roof like a pop-up canopy.

Best Soft Top Gazebo Picks

Sunjoy Regency Gazebo II

This Sunjoy Regency II gazebo is a stylish and elegant garden canopy ideal for patio and decking areas.

This 10×12 gazebo comes with mosquito netting sides that are ideal for keeping the unwanted bugs out that can be a problem in some states and help you relax better.

Sunjoy L-GZ798PST-E Regency II Gazebo with Mosquito Netting
  • Includes: Mosquito netting, plant rings, corner shelves, ground stakes and center hook for hanging fan or lights
  • Vented double roof design helps reduce heat and wind stress on the canopy (provides 140 SqFt of shade)
  • Footprint: 10'x12', Canopy size 11'x13', Peak Height: 8'7", Weight: 95 lbs. Assembly required (no tools needed)
  • Water and fire resistant 100% polyester canopy (overall color is brown with tan piping)
  • Rust resistant powder coated steel frame

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Surprisingly, it’s easy to build and will take 2 people about an hour to erect but once it’s built you can enjoy countless times underneath your new pride and joy.

As you can see in the image you can hang plants around the outside of the gazebo and inside there are center hooks that are suitable for hanging lights or fans from the ceiling area.

Pros and cons

Positives

  • Very Stylish
  • Straightforward to Build (2 people)
  • Ideal for a multi-surface erection
  • Strong & Sturdy
  • Water Resistant Canopy

Negatives

  • The canopy can sag in heavy rain

Features

Easy to Build

This Sunjoy Regency II gazebo can be set up and ready to use in around an hour.

It is not possible to build it on your own so help is required but the instructions are very easy to understand and make setting it up very simple.

Mosquito Nets

The mosquito nets that are included are great at keeping the bugs out and if you live in a state that has a real mosquito problem then this product is ideal to help keep you bug-free.

The nets are especially important when you entertain into the late evening and the CO2 from your breath and body heat begins to attract the local mosquitos.

Very Sturdy

The frame is very sturdy and once built provides a safe enclosure for you and your guests to relax or party in.

The feet of the frame legs can be screwed into decking to add extra sturdiness and the gazebo also comes with ground stakes should you wish to erect it on a softer surface such as grass.

I would recommend you also use some rope to secure the gazebo down and add even more strength, unfortunately, there’s no rope included in the contents.

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Assembly Video

Check out this video that’s been fast forward but it still shows the ease with which it is built.

Please Note:

In the event of very heavy rain it is advisable to remove the canopy beforehand to prevent it from sagging should the grommets not be positioned in the right places after assembly.

 

Christopher Knight Sonoma Soft Top Gazebo

This Sonoma permanently outdoor gazebo is pretty much like adding a new room to your home it is that strong and sturdy and will be an outstanding addition to your yard.

Even in the strongest of winds, it can be relied upon to provide protection and resistance even against hail storms and very heavy rain too.

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This heavy-duty soft top gazebo will need 2/3 people to build it as the parts are quite heavy to lift but you would expect that with it being a robust, hardwearing, and sturdy structure.

Once it is built you can expect a good few years of use out of it and by removing the canopy at the start of fall you will ensure that you get much more use from it.

By removing the canopy you’ll prevent any possible build-up of snow that could tear the material or fallen leaves rotting and reduce the waterproofing level of the applied coating.

Pros and cons

Positives

  • Worth the Money
  • Waterproof
  • Extremely Strong
  • Heavy Duty
  • Netting & Curtains Included
  • Looks Amazing When Up

Negatives

  • Contains Heavy Parts

**The heavy parts are easy to put together as long as you invite some friends around to help.

Features

Waterproof

This Sonoma soft canopy gazebo is waterproof and will protect against persistent light showers and heavy rain.

To be fully waterproof you must ensure that you have correctly constructed the product in the first place.

You may want to hold a hose over the top once you’ve built it to test its waterproofing to ensure that you’ve constructed it properly.

Recommended: I would personally buy a waterproof spray to add further protection to the canopy as overtime, like every type of outdoor material the waterproofing will deteriorate gradually.

A regular tent material spray would be fine like Scotchgard.

Mosquitto Netting & Curtains

A great feature of this Sonoma enclosure is that it the mosquito netting and outer curtains are included in the price.

For those of you that have mosquito or bug problems in your state then these nets will be a huge help and ensure your party or event can go on long into the evening or night.

If you require extra privacy or if the temperature begins to cool then they are perfect for keeping the warmth in and drafts out.

These nets and curtains are included in the price…

Easy to Build

Whilst I won’t kid you that this product is effortless to build, what I will admit to is that with a few basic tools and with an extra 2 people to help you then this product is simple to build.

There are heavy parts and sections that need to be pulled together tightly but as a whole, this patio gazebo can be built in just over an hour and has a manual to help you on the way.

Ideal as a Hot Tub Spa Cover

Popular uses for any kind of strong and waterproof gazebo is to cover an outdoor spa/hot tub, entertain friends and relatives or maybe a cocktail party.

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Abba Patio Fully Enclosed Gazebo

This 10x10ft easy to assemble Abba Patio Soft top gazebo can be built pretty quickly and you can be relaxing and enjoying it in as little as 2/3 hours.

With just a few modifications you will have an all-seasons gazebo or you can remove the canopy in the fall and then reapply it in the spring to protect it from a hard winter.

Abba Patio 10x10 Feet Fully enclosed Garden Canopy with Mesh Insect Screen - Brown
  • Fully enclosed bug screen keep you from disturbing of mosquitos and other insects and add more privacy
  • High quality woven mesh screen with 4 zipper closed doors bring you convenience and enjoymen
  • High grade powder coated steel frame resists chipping, peeling, rust and corrosion
  • UV treated polyester top for durable shade, protecting you from the sun and rain
  • Ideal for commercial or recreational use, such as small business, Outdoor Events, camping, Picnics and Parties, Sporting...

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This vented soft top canopy with sides can protect you and your family from the sun’s harmful UV rays and wet and windy weather.

The double-vented top section ensures that in breezy weather there is an exit point for the wind to exit, whereas, in the summer it is perfect to act as an air vent to help keep your enclosure cool.

Like many of the soft top reviews in this guide, it arrives with bug netting and curtains to help protect against unwanted flying pests, as well as being able to keep your event warmer and enclosed.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Waterproof Protection
  • Bug Netting & Curtains
  • Zip Door/Curtains
  • Ideal on Hard & Soft Ground
  • Replacement Parts available

Cons

  • Water Can Pool on Roof

Occasionally, during very downpours soft top gazebos can experience water pooling in the roof canopy.

This is easily solved, all you have to do is buy some bungee cords from Amazon and attach them across the canopy frame roof to help support it and stop the canopy from sagging.

Don’t let this put you off buying this soft top because this can happen to a number of gazebo brands and you will see on lots of forums where people have successfully used this tip.

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