Head Judge: Andrew Wilcox
Channel 4’s Head Judge & Founder of Shed of the Year Andrew Wilcox has worked to help design an impartial judging system for WhatShed. The judging system uses many different parameters to help give a large degree of impartiality to the way we select products for each of the league tables we do. You can read more about the system here.
A patio gazebo is a must have garden building if you want to make the most of your patio area, allowing you to use it as a garden shelter on hot or inclement days, or as the perfect place to entertain guests before or after a dinner party. They may be less ornate and decorative than traditional floored or stand alone gazebos, but there are still attractive as well as functional models out there. That’s why WhatShed have put together this handy guide that will help you find the patio gazebo that’s just right for you.
It was important to us not only to find the very best patio gazebos available today, but also to make sure that they were easy to find and purchase for the consumer.That’s why we only considered models that are sold by the UK’s ten leading retailers in this field; they’re the big names who between them sell more than 95% of all the garden buildings purchased online today. more...
Patio gazebos may not be as prevalent as stand alone and walled gazebos, but we’re pleased to have found ten high quality examples for our league table. To determine the rankings we compared prices and overall value for money, as well as design and build quality, and aesthetic appeal – after all they will become a focal point for your patio.
The first question we had to face when compiling this league table was what exactly defines a patio gazebo? In our opinion, this is best characterised by a gazebo without a floor or base, and that is therefore designed to stand alone upon or be bolted onto a flat surface such as a patio. They also typically have open sides and tall roofs, making them an ideal and convenient focal point for entertaining guests outdoors. We found this restricted the number of gazebos to choose from, with leading retailers such as ShedStore selling only walled and floored gazebos more suited to lawns, but we are pleased to have found ten great patio gazebos that all have something special to offer.
There’s a lot of diversity within this league table, and that only served to make it even more competitive. It’s well done then to the Tourist gazebo, a large and attractive timber structure with a long warranty period and an affordable price tag, which is named as the best patio gazebo that can be purchased online in the UK today. Whether you want gazebos or pergolas, garden sheds or workshops, WhatShed brings you the in depth reviews that can answer all your questions.
3.3x3.3m (11'x11') Palmako Betty Garden Pavilion - Luxury Gazebo
When defining exactly what constituted a patio gazebo for our league table, we looked not only at the design, but also at the size. We’ve discounted gazebos with a base area above twelve foot by twelve foot as being too large for a typical domestic patio area, making this one of the largest and most accommodating gazebos in our list. It’s also attractive, with its natural timber substrate, very durable, and good value for money. All of these factors come together to help it achieve the accolade of being our number one patio gazebo available online right now.
The square design is centered upon a base area of 3.40 x 3.40m, and the apex roof above reaches a peak height of 3.00m, so there’s lots of room underneath in which to entertain guests or simply look out at the garden. We were glad to see that the roof can be covered with optional shingles as well, making it even more attractive. What impressed us most about this patio gazebo, however, is its strength. The thick timber legs should make it very stable, and we were pleased to see that all the timbers had been pressure treated giving them a very reassuring 15 year guarantee against wet rot.
14x10 (4.3x3m) Palram Martinique 4300 Garden Gazebo
Patio gazebos may share many similarities from a design perspective, the open sides, four legs and tall protective canopy for example, but there is still great diversity between them as shown by the top two in our league table. We’ve moved from timber to a metal patio gazebo, and that brings with it significant advantages. Being made of metal it’s likely to be lighter than most wooden gazebos that we’ve reviewed, and therefore quicker and easier to construct and install. It’s also free from worries about rot, and immune from insect or rodent attack. For that reason, even though it comes with a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee, we still feel this could last even longer without any problems coming to light.
With a base area of 3.60 x 2.70m this is again a very spacious and accommodating patio gazebo, and we found it very eye catching. There’s no need to be concerned about having something plain or metallic looking on your garden, because this looks anything but. The aluminium legs and frame have been painted in a brown colour that from a distance has the look of timber, and we also liked the dark tinting applied to the apex polycarbonate roof above. As aluminium is also very rust resistant, this is a gazebo that should retain its good looks for many years to come.
Palram Palermo 3000-3x3 Garden Gazebo
We’ve reviewed lots of Palram garden buildings, from sheds to greenhouses, and inevitably we find that they are well built and offer good value for money. We were glad to find that this patio gazebo continues that laudable trend. With a square base area of 2.71 x 2.71m and a peak height of 2.95m there’s easily enough room to install some garden furniture beneath its protective covering, and for this size and quality we feel that the asking price of a little over eight hundred pounds represents more than reasonable value for money. It’s this that accounts for its position within the top three of our league table.
This patio gazebo has a winning combination of steel legs and framing, with polycarbonate glazing making up the roof. This makes it very weather resistant, and it should also feel reassuringly stable once assembled as well. One thing we particularly liked about this gazebo, as well as the 10 year manufacturer’s warranty that accompanies it, is that it comes with an anchor kit as standard. This means that it’s easy to attach it securely to a patio, or alternatively an area of decking, paving, or concrete. It also means that you don’t need any special tools, which is why we think it’s a great patio gazebo for beginners.
Rowlinson Roma BBQ Gazebo
A sturdy and reliable patio gazebo can make a perfect place to hold a barbecue, providing a cooking and guest area that’s sheltered from the elements. This Rowlinson gazebo is a perfect example of that, and whilst it isn’t among the largest patio gazebos that we’ve reviewed, the base area of 2.50 x 1.52m is still more than enough to accommodate a small group of people. What we most liked about this particular gazebo is its price tag of less than two hundred pounds, which we feel represents outstanding value for money for such a well built garden structure. This is more than enough to carry it into the upper half of our top ten league table, but that’s not all that we liked about it.
One feature that we liked about this patio gazebo, and which we haven’t seen on other gazebos that we’ve reviewed, is the inclusion of two granite effect glass bar tables on opposite sides. It’s an attractive addition, especially at such a budget price, and one that makes this suitable for entertaining in general rather than being restricted simply to barbecues. We also liked the two tiered polycarbonate canopy, creating an almost oriental effect. If you want a very low cost patio gazebo that looks much more expensive than it actually is, this should find a place on your shortlist even though we would have liked to see an extended guarantee given.
10x10 Forest Venetian Pavilion
By combining a pergola with a patio gazebo, this becomes two very useful garden structures in one. This gives it added value on top of what is already a very reasonable price, and it’s only the lack of an extended warranty beyond the initial statutory one year period that prevents us placing it much higher up our WhatShed league table. As it is, the pergola style legs not only add functionality, they also make this one of the most striking gazebos we’ve reviewed.
The latticed design of the strong timber legs caught our eye in its bare state, and even like this we feel it could be used as a garden feature in its own right. It should look even more attractive with climbing plants such as roses or honeysuckle growing upon it, which is why we feel this is the perfect patio gazebo for those with green fingers and a love of flaura. The canvas roof has a peak height of 2.83m while the gazebo itself has a base area of 3.00 x 3.00m. Whilst the canvas should be lightweight and very easy to install, it’s still very effective at carrying rainwater away and so we have little doubt that it should prove to be both durable and weather resistant.
10'x10' (3mx3m) Glendale Marco Polo Mocha Garden Gazebo
As we saw with their Madrid model which has already featured in this top ten league table, STC know how to make a high quality metal patio gazebo. That this three metre by three metre gazebo is ranked a little lower is due mainly to its slightly higher asking price and it’s shorter warranty period, but we still found a lot to recommend this gazebo. We feel it would be particularly suited to those who want a convenient all weather garden structure that won’t need regular maintenance and re-treatments but that doesn’t look too obviously metallic or plastic. Unlike some wooden gazebos that we’ve reviewed, this requires absolutely no maintenance other than an occasional clean or hose down, and yet it has wood like looks that we found striking thanks to the brown paintwork that gives a rattan style finish to the steel and aluminium frame.
We found the canopy roof to be eye catching too, particularly as it features two stages in what the manufacturer calls a thumbrella style. It’s very good at carrying rainwater away, and the effectiveness of this is shown by the 6 year warranty attached to the roof. The metal framing comes with a 7 year warranty, and although we would have liked to see a repeat of the 10 year warranty given to the Madrid patio gazebo we still feel this is a value adding feature.
Angel Living 3X4M Gazebo Aluminum Pergola for Outdoor Garden Patio
This is a very original patio gazebo that has a look all of its own, with the use of a canopy across a design more typically associated with a pergola making it an ideal and cost effective gazebo. The canopy itself is at a height of 2.34m, with a base area of 3.00 x 3.00m. The roof also is different to most that we see on a gazebo structure, as it’s flat rather than apex in style. This doesn’t mean that the customer has to worry about rain sitting on the surface of the canopy where it could potentially eat through over time, however, thanks to its clever design twist.
What we liked most about the canopy roof is that it can be retracted at will, so that on sunny days it can be left open to the elements while at other times the canopy roof can create the cover and shade needed from either rain or excessive heat and sun. We also liked the gunmetal grey colour scheme that has been applied to the aluminium through a powder coating process. The contrast with the taupe canopy is an attractive one in our opinion, and its original looks make it stand out for all the right reasons. Only a one year guarantee is provided, but we feel it should last much longer thanks to its tough and naturally weather resistant components.
Palram Martinique Patio Gazebo
This is the second Palram manufactured patio gazebo to feature in our league table, and this one is even more spacious, with a base area of 4.30 x 2.95m. It’s also a little more expensive, however, with a price of over a thousand pounds, which accounts for its relative positioning. If you’re looking for a long gazebo for your patio that can easily accommodate an al fresco dining table and a selection of chairs, for example, then this could be an ideal choice.
With the British weather becoming ever more unpredictable, we were pleased to find that this patio gazebo scores highly on durability and weather resistance, allowing the manufacturer to supply a 10 year warranty that not only adds value for money, it also adds peace of mind. That’s because the main body of the gazebo has been made with aluminium, a non-ferrous metal that’s therefore free from the threat of rot, and topped off with a tough polycarbonate roof that simply slides rainwater away. Another feature that we really liked about this Palram gazebo is the integrated guttering, not something that we always see on large garden structures such as this. We were also pleased to note that the lightweight yet tough components were pre-drilled, which should make installation much easier than you might expect.
3.5x3.5m (11'x11') Palmako Lucy Luxury Garden Shelter - Pergola
This is the largest patio gazebo to feature in our league table, with its base dimensions of 3.65 x 3.65m just meeting our criteria. That makes it ideal for those who entertain a lot of guests, and want a classically styled outdoor area in which to do so. It may be a little too large for smaller or some medium sized patios, however, and we have taken that into account when determining its position within our league table. It’s also the most expensive patio gazebo included in our top ten list, although considering its generous dimensions we still feel that it represents reasonable value for money.
Appearance wise this is different to all the other patio gazebos here, and the thing that first caught our eye was the flat roof which contrasts with the apex roofs that we’re more used to seeing. Nevertheless, the peak height of 2.44m still means that there is lots of vertical space available underneath the roof, which in turn increases the weather protection it provides. We were pleased to find that the timbers used have been FSC certified, as this shows that they have been taken from sustainable sources, making this patio gazebo suitable for those who are keeping a close eye on their carbon footprint.
BillyOh 4000 Premium 3m x 3m Pop-Up Patio Gazebo
The final patio gazebo in our league table could never be said to be as elegant or as long lasting as many of the others to feature here, and it may not get neighbours asking enviously where you bought it from. It does however provide exceptional value for money, with an asking price of well under a hundred pounds for a roomy gazebo. It’s also very simple to assemble and to take down, bringing a portability that you won’t find from wooden or metal gazebos. For these reasons, we feel that it’s fully deserving of a place in our WhatShed league table.
This pop-up patio gazebo can be assembled in a matter of minutes, and once up it’s stable enough to stand alone on either a patio or a garden. That means that you won’t have to worry about bolting it to the ground. We were pleased to find that despite its very low price, it still featured high quality components, with a rust resistant and strong steel frame then powder coated in a choice of three different colours. A teflon coating has then been added to give it added weather resistance. If you need a low cost and yet large gazebo, possibly for a party that you’re hosting, then this may prove hard to beat.