Best Beach Canopy
The summer is in full swing, and at beaches throughout the country, people are being smart and protecting themselves from the harm of the sun’s rays.
While sunscreen is essential, another way to keep yourself safe and cool is through the use of a beach canopy. Not only do you not have to worry about the protection wearing off, but a well-made canopy can offer protection from the wind, rain, and other elements, no matter where you are. So, without further ado, here are our top picks for your next beach canopy.
A beach canopy is a great way to provide shade, a place to gather, and protection from the elements during your next summer outing. Choosing the right one for your needs means thinking about quite a few factors, such the overall size, the number of people who will use it, and the overall cost of the canopy you want.
- Quick-Up Cabana
- Otentik Beach Sunshade
- Easily adjustable
- Easy setup
- Coleman Instant Shelter
10 Best Beach Canopy Choices
QUICK-UP Cabana Style Beach Tent
This beach canopy measures a remarkable 56 square feet at its base, so there is plenty of room for your family and friends to enjoy themselves. Plus, at 4.8 feet tall, it’s inviting enough to set up your favorite beach chair and relax.
The canopy material is constructed of 210T Polyester Ripstop material, and the flooring is just as tough being made out of 300D Oxford flooring. Add to that a very sturdy fiberglass frame, and there is very little at the beach that will bring this canopy down.
Ease of Use
The people at Wildhorn Outfitters certainly know that their fans want something that is easy to use no matter the circumstances, and for the most part, they delivered. The automatic frame system is a breeze for a single person to set up in seconds, and the takedown is almost as easy as long as directions are followed. Plus, switching between the different uses is usually as simple as tying back a string or lifting a flap. And finally, the easy to use storage bag makes carrying it your favorite beach spot easy indeed.
With the quality of the materials being used, it’s little wonder that this beach canopy tends to last quite a while with proper care and use.
Considering everything that you get in this particular entry on the list, the overall cost is more than reasonable, if a little on the expensive side. However, we would certainly love to see this beach canopy in a more affordable price bracket.
Wildhorn Outfitters has put together a great, user-friendly product with their Quick-Up Cabana Style XL Beach Tent. Not only can it protect you from the elements, but it also provides a few different ways to make your time outdoors that much more enjoyable.
- Very versatile
- Relatively easy to set up and take down
- Extremely durable
- A little on the pricey side
Otentik Beach Sunshade
This entry is perhaps one of the more lightweight beach canopies on our list, weighing between 5 and 6 pounds, but down let that fool you. It can provide you and a few friends with ample sun protection, being able to stretch out to cover a respectable 10 x 12-foot area if needed.
Because the Otentik Beach Sunshade is designed to be able to stretch to fit your needs, the canopy is made of an Italian made Eurojersey material that is lightweight and stretchable. The material also has an Ultraviolet Protection factor of 50, which is one of the strongest in the industry. The fabric is also sand repellent, and dries in only a few minutes in the sun.
Ease of Use
While it doesn’t pop up in seconds, like some of the other examples on this list, the Otentik Sunshade is also very easy to set up and take down. All that is needed is to place the sandbags around you, secure the tie-downs, and stretch the canopy fabric to the desired size and shape. When the sun moves, you can easily adjust to make sure you stay in the shade easily.
Because of the relatively simple design, and quality materials used, this beach canopy is fairly durable and will withstand some of the harshest environments that you’d find on the beach.
Surprisingly given its quality construction, the overall cost of this beach canopy is relatively moderate.
While the simple design doesn’t have many of the nicer features of some of the other beach canopies on this list, the Otentik Sunshade is a durable and easy to use way to keep the sun out of your eyes at the beach.
- Simple to set up
- Quality Construction Materials
- Easy to adjust
- Not as many features
Coleman Instant Sun Shelter
The base of this beach canopy measures 10 x 10 square, offering nearly 100 feet of shade for you and your companions to enjoy. In addition, the ceiling is vaulted, providing a bit more head room for those who need it.
The lightweight canvas materials and poles do leave a bit to be desired in the way of sturdiness, especially when used on a windswept beach, but for the most part the steel construction and fabric appear to be solidly constructed.
Ease of Use
According to the product description, the canopy can be set up easily in under 3 minutes, and taken down in only a few minutes more. Also this is one beach canopy that can be used in a multitude of locations from the sunny beach to the asphalt parking lot behind the store.
The poles used could be made a bit stronger, but other than that, Coleman offers a strong contender for a long lasting example of a beach canopy.
This beach canopy is moderately expensive in price, and the overall quality could be improved to match the overall cost.
While not at the top of our list, the Coleman Instant Sun Shelter is still a very viable option when it comes to protecting the ones you love from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Relatively easy to set up
- Backed by the Coleman name
- Offers 100 square feet of shade
- Poles are somewhat flimsy
- A but privier than most
June and May Beach Canopy
Once this beach canopy is fully set up, it measures a respectable ten feet by six feet, making it perfect for two people to sit side by side, enjoying the views and the company. When it’s put away, it only weighs around 7 pounds, which makes transporting it a breeze.
The nylon canopy material and tie downs are both made of quality nylon material that is both water and UV ray resistant, making it easy to protect yourself from the sun and waves if needed. Also, the 9 inch stakes allow for a secure placement in nearly any environment imaginable.
Ease of Use
This June and May Beach Canopy is perhaps one of the easiest ones to set up and take down, not because of gadgetry, but because of simplicity. All it takes is to place the stakes and stretch the fabric and tie-downs into place. Chances are, two people working together can be relaxing under this canopy in less than five minutes.
While very protective against wind, water, and sun, the nylon fabric leaves a little to be desired when it comes to rips and tears. However, if the user follows the manufacturer’s suggestions as to care and maintenance, this beach canopy should last for quite a while.
The price for this beach canopy falls easily in range of the moderate budget, and is often on sale, making it an even better deal depending on the price.
If you’re looking for a moderately priced, two-person beach canopy, this is a great choice. While the strength against rips and tears could be improved, the May and June Beach Canopy is still a great choice.
- Very easy to set up
- Lightweight and easy to store
- Offers great protection from the elements
- Moderately priced
- A bit small – basically only fits two adults
- Nylon fabric is known to tear.
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy
When this beach canopy is fully set up, it provides approximately 64 square feet of shade, and measure about 5 feet at its peak. While a large adult male would be hard pressed o stand under it, lounging under it at the beach is no problem at all.
The material used for this beach canopy is fairly sturdy, being designed to stand up to kids, adults and pets alike. The umbrella portion is 450 millimeters thick, and is rated to offer the maximum UPF sun protection of 50.
Ease of Use
Despite its appearance, this particular beach canopy is fairly easy to set up and take down, provided that the directions are followed. It also includes an over-sized bag for storage and transport, which makes things so much easier in the long run.
While for the most part this beach canopy will withstand normal use, the material and the tent poles could be a little bit more strong. This beach canopy is great for someone who goes the beach on occasion, but it is not as sturdy when it comes to frequent use.
When you factor in the minor durability issues, this moderately priced beach canopy is reasonably priced, but definitely not a steal compared to other examples on this list.
The Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy Instant Pop Up Shade Tent provides a good deal of shade and protection at the beach for a very reasonable price. It is fairly easy to set up and take down, but does have some minor durability issues.
- Easy to set up and take down
- Moderately priced
- Lightweight and easy to store
- Materials used could be stronger and made to be more durable
Easy Go Portable Backpack Tent
This beach canopy or tent is a moderate size, measuring 6 by 6 feet at the base once everything is said and done. It measures approximately 4.5 feet at the edges and nearly six feet in height at the center, so most adults will have duck down when first entering it. When it is packed away, it weighs around 14 pounds, which makes it fairly easy to carry.
The legs supporting this beach canopy are made of aluminum, and the steel scissor frame and the nylon top not only protects from the sun it is also rated to be fire resistant.
Ease of Use
The canopy is fairly easy to set up and take down with the help of one or two more people, but where this particular beach canopy shines is in the transportation. The storage backpack is very easy to use, has padded straps, and is lightweight enough that nearly any adult can carry it without breaking a sweat.
The lightweight aluminum legs have been known to bend in strong winds, but for the most part, this canopy measures up well against normal use during the summer vacation.
While not as expensive as some of the other entries on this list, the Easy Go Products Portable Backpack Tent’s moderately high price might make it a thing to budget for instead of an impulse buy.
While not the most durable example on this list, the Easy Go Products Portable Tent outshines the others when it comes to portability, and relative ease of setting up.
- Very portable
- Easy to set up
- May be too expensive for some.
- Minor durability issues reported
E-Z Up Sierra Canopy
The base of this beach canopy measures approximately 10 x 10 feet, and offers a little under one hundred square feet of shade. In addition, the eight-foot high cathedral ceiling makes it easy to stand up in and move around comfortably.
The steel frame of this beach canopy is well built, and the fabric top not only easily blocks harmful UV light, but it is also fire and water resistant, so just about anything you can throw at it can be handled.
Ease of Use
Because of its relatively simple design, setting up the E-Z SR9104BL Sierra II is an easy process. It usually only takes a few minutes, or even less if you have someone to help. Another great feature that makes set up and take down a breeze is the folding steel frame. No need to search for that other part of the pole, or ropes to tie things down. Just expand it out, and watch out for pinch points.
While fairly easy to set up and take down, the steel frame and fabric canopy cloth does leave a little bit to be desired when it comes to durability. While it will certainly last through a few summer vacations, the potential pinch points in the framing does lead to the eventual tearing of the canopy fabric after a few years.
This is one of the more expensive beach canopies on our list, surprisingly enough. While the overall ease of use and roominess make it a great canopy, many of our readers would be advised to wait for a sale for this investment piece.
Set up in the classic beach canopy style, the E-Z Up SR9104BL Sierra II is a great choice for keeping a fairly large ground of people cool at the beach for at least a few vacations.
- Simple design makes it easy to use
- Provides a great deal of shade
- A bit pricey
- Lasts only a few years
Rhorawill Automatic Pop-up Beach Tent
This beach canopy is sized large enough to provide all-day sun protection for two or three adults. It is also very lightweight, and can easily be carried by an adult or even a strong child.
The canopy portion of this entry is made of durable nylon material and the metal stakes used in the set up will easily withstand even the harshest of winds.
Ease of Use
Like other “pop up” beach canopies on this list, the Rhorawill Beach tent is a great example of how easy things can be with good design. While it can be somewhat confusing to use the first time or two, once you get the hang of it, the setup and tear down at the beach will be accomplished in no time flat.
Made of durable nylon material and strong framework, chances are this tent will last through quite a few summers of normal use.
This is perhaps one of the most economical choices for a beach canopy on this list. If all you need is a little shade for you and your friends or family, this is certainly one to consider.
The Rhorawill Automatic Pop Up Beach Tent is a great economical choice for many casual beach goers. Not only is it simple and easy to set up with practice, but it offers exactly what the other contenders offer at a fraction of the cost.
- Very affordable
- Easy to set up
- Lightweight and durable
- Relatively small size
- Limited visibility to the outside.
Happy Summer Beach Tent
The Happy Summer Beach Tent measures 6.5 by 6.5 feet, providing over forty feet of cool space for your loved ones to enjoy. While it isn’t as big as some of the others available, it is still a respectable amount of room to enjoy.
This beach canopy is made with lightweight aluminum poles and a high-quality lycra material tent that easily stretches to accommodate the roominess of the tent.
Ease of Use
Based on the simplicity of the design, and the lightweight materials, the setting up of this beach canopy is fairly easy. While the take down is a bit more complicated, in most cases a single person can get the job down without any trouble.
While the beach canopy is easy to use, it does lack a bit in the durability department. The thinner aluminum poles have been known to bend in very windy conditions, but for the most part they stay true to form through summer after summer.
While not the most expensive example on this list, the Happy Summer Beach Tent is moderately expensive given its durability issues and overall materials used.
The last entry on this list may not be suitable for all situations and all environments, but it is still as solid contender for your favorite beach canopy this summer. The Happy Summer Beach Tent is fairly easy to set up, provides a fair amount of shade, and easily repels water and sand to keep them from ruining your day at the beach.
- Relatively easy to set up and take down
- Offers superior UV protection
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- A bit small for a family to use at the beach
- Poles could be a bit stronger.
TuTu Outdoors Beach Tent
This beach canopy is large enough to provide four average size adults with adequate shade and sun protection, and amazingly will fold down to 32 inches by 5 inches for storage. It weighs only four pounds when packed away, so it can be easily carried by just about everyone.
This particular beach canopy not only uses 8.5 millimeter fiberglass poles for added stability and strength, but it also offers protection from the hot beach sand through the use of 150D PE flooring material that resists rips and tears easily. Add to that the water resistant, yet breathable canopy, and chances are you, your friends, and even your pets will enjoy spending time in it.
Ease of Use
This beach canopy and domed tent is fairly easy to set up, and easy to clean with a simple water rinse. No need to scrub this canopy to get rid of the dirt and grime from the day – just rinse off and allow to air dry.
The materials used in this beach canopy are of good quality, and they are designed to withstand the rigors of normal use. While it’s certainly not suitable for use in the scorching desert sand, it is more that adequate for a few summer vacations.
The price of this beach canopy is actually very budget friendly, considering all of features it has.
This beach canopy is fairly easy to set up and take down, and offers quite a bit of room for small group of people to relax in and enjoy the day at the beach .
- Very budget friendly price
- Relatively easy to set up
- May not be adequate for beaches with significant amounts of wind or blowing sand.
Guro Beach Canopy
For UK users you can also consider the Coleman beach shelter.
Assembly is easy and very fast and the canopy is portable and light, the total weight including the durable bag for toting it is only six pounds.
Standing at near to 6ft in height and offers shaded protection to a family of two adults and around three children, this is a lot of comfortable shaded ground area. 110 by 110 depending on the position of the sun for the canopy.
Constructed from a tight weaved combination which is stretchy spandex which is 12% and provides a bit of giving for the fabric when you stretch the canopy to secure it during assembly and for durability polyester which is 88%. This combination is breathable Lycra which is protective against sun, wind, blowing sand particles and water.
Ease of Use
The setup time is incredibly quick and very easy, stretch the fabric, put the poles in place, put the fabric over them and secure with the sandbags at each corner.
Durability is long term due to the combination of synthetic fabrics, this product will give many years of protection at the beach.
The price is like the canopy, a very good option, you get a good deal.
Remember when you set up this product tension is the key to a stable structure. Ensure you fully stretch the fabric over the poles, give a space between the poles which is the maximum and slightly tilt the poles to face out. Secure the guidelines to the anchor bag and the structure will stand for as long as needed even if the wind picks up.
98% protection from harmful sun rays
Easy to assemble
Plenty of shade area
Light for carrying
No extra features, straight forward protection.
Criteria For Our Evaluation
What is the Size?
Perhaps one of the most important, and easy to ascertain characteristic of the beach canopy is the overall size. In most cases, the size is determined by the footprint created by the structure on the ground, not necessarily the size of the canopy itself when it is opened up. The canopy size is often a few feet less than what is advertised as the overall size. Why is this important? Well, for starters, the overall size will tell you approximately how many adults, children, or pets can fit under the canopy.
Some beach canopies, such as the June and May Beach Canopy can fit two adults comfortably and not much more. The Portable Backpack Tent by Easy Go Products has enough room to fit four people quite easily. Choosing the right beach canopy to fit your needs often starts with knowing how big it actually is once in use.
The Materials Used is Critical
The beach is a surprisingly harsh environment. There is usually a constant wind, sand, and salt from the sea beat against your skin and clothes and equipment, and there are plenty of animals and people that can wreak havoc on your beach canopy. That’s way taking a look at how the canopy is made, and what materials are used is so critical for finding the right one for your next outing. Not only do you have to consider the strength of the material, but it still needs to be made of a material that is light enough to keep the Ease of Use manageable.
Thankfully the examples provided here are great at finding the balance between strength and being light. Ease of Use. The materials used, such as aluminum poles, rip-resistant jersey materials, and strong hinges and sturdy sand bags, all contribute to the balance.
Ease of Use
Whether you use the beach canopy at the actual beach or in the backyard, how easy it is to set up and take down is certainly an important consideration. After all, if you’re getting frustrated even before the canopy is in use, chances are your day at the beach won’t be much of a picnic. So we took a look at how easy, or hard it was to set up and take down each of these beach canopies. Some of them, like the Rhorawill Pop Up Beach Tent and the Lightspeed Quick Canopy Instant Pop Up Shade Tent, go up easily with a single deployment, while others like the Coleman Instant Sun Shelter may take a little more work.
How easy the beach canopy is to take down is also important. The last thing you want at the end of the day to have to fight with your canopy to put it away. Thankfully, these examples are fairly easy to take down and put away, provided that you follow the manufacturer’s directions.
A quality beach canopy should be designed to not only be easy to use but to be used many different times. The durability of the canopy is a great measure of this ability. While nothing can last forever, many of these canopies can provide many summers of use with proper care and maintenance. By taking a closer look at the materials used, and the quality of the workmanship, we’re confident that the examples presented here will last through many summer vacations.
After considering how easy the beach canopy is to use, and the quality of the materials, it’s also important to consider the overall cost of the canopy itself. There are a wide array of prices, availability, and thankfully, there are quality examples in nearly every price range imaginable. So be sure to use these examples as a benchmark for finding the best beach canopy for you at the price that fits your budget.
More to think about when purchasing your next beach canopy
How and when will you use it?
This may seem like a fairly straightforward question and a simple one to answer, but it should be given some thought. If you plan to use the beach canopy only at the beach itself for a few summer outings, many of these examples will fit your needs beautifully. However, if you’re expecting to use it multiple times, in many different environments, something like the Otentik Beach Sunshade or the Quick Up Cabana Style Beach Tent by Wildhorn Outfitters may be a better fit based on the stronger materials used and quality construction.
How many people will be using it?
A beach canopy, by its very nature, is designed to be used by a group of people. Whether you’re talking about a relatively small set up for just you and your partner or using the canopy to keep shade on a family of five, it’s important to know on average how many people are going to be using it at one time. Remember, it’s not always the largest canopy that is the best choice for your needs.
What kind of care and maintenance does your beach canopy require?
Like any other quality piece of equipment, it’s important to make sure that it is properly cared for. Thankfully, the manufacturers of these beach canopies understand that most people don’t have the time or inclination for complicated maintenance plans. Often a quality beach canopy is designed to be simply rinsed off with water and allowed to air dry after an outing. How simple is that?
Q: What size beach canopy do I actually need?
A: The answer to that question depends greatly on a few factors. First, how many people do you want to fit it at one time, and second, how much area you want to cover by shade. On average, an adult needs at least four square feet of space to sit comfortably underneath something such as a canopy, so if you have two adults who will be using it, a canopy that is measured to be about 10 x 10 feet would be enough.
Another factor to consider is that in determining the size of the canopy you need is that the canopy that provides the shade is actually smaller than what is measured at the base. Generally speaking, it is about two feet square less. So if a canopy is advertised as being 20 x 20 feet, the shaded area is probably closer to 18 x 18 feet square.
There are exceptions, of course, but in most cases, the poles used in beach canopies are angled outwards to help maintain their stability in the beach sand or dirt, so the base is usually bigger than the top.
Q: What kind of maintenance does a beach canopy need?
A: Actually, a beach canopy really doesn’t need very much maintenance at all. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions, but generally speaking, there are a few things to keep in mind.
It’s important to make sure that sand and dirt are kept out of the hinges and joints. While it’s impossible to always keep the hinges and joints dirt free, a quick rinse with water at the end of the day is usually enough to get the dirt out before storage.
Second, it’s very important to make sure that the beach canopy is able to air dry after use and cleaning. This is to make sure that no mold or mildew starts to form – both of which require moisture to get the ball rolling. The easiest way to do this is to rinse it off with a hose and then allow it to remain standing for a few hours before taking it down.
And finally, be sure to check for, and replace broken or missing pieces. It’s important to remember that your beach canopy is often out in the elements, so there is a potential for breakage at any time.