Where your beach canopy will be used is of utmost consideration. If you use it mostly in your backyard you’d probably get a beach canopy with three sides and secured walls. If you see yourself using a beach tent that is very easy to set up, choose a pop-up beach tent. If you imagine yourself camping on the beach, pick a cabana beach tent. Keep in mind the types of beach tents and their common uses:
Canopy Tent: Canopy is the best type of the three because of the space it provides and portability. They are usually open on three or all sides, without a groundsheet, spacious hence can fit more people. They have built-in pole systems to maintain stability and are easy to set-up. Due to their open structure, they do not provide much protection from the wind. Our top pick the Backyard Champs Easy Lift Shade, it easily fits 4 to 6 people an with the Easy Lift Technology, you are guaranteed that set-up and take-down is easy.
Pop-up Beach Tent: This type of beach tent is easy to assemble hence the name; it assembles in one swift movement. They fit only two to three persons. These shades are typically closed on three sides and open on one for ventilation. They come with a groundsheet. Pop-ups offer more protection from wind, rain, and sun. Families with small children and babies prefer pop-ups for space to have the children rest while everyone is at the beach. We really like how the WolfWise Easy Set-up Beach Tent placed three sandbags, wind ropes and ten stakes to ensure that it won’t be blown away.
Cabana Beach Tent: Almost the same structure as the pop-up beach tent, three sides are closed and open on one side. The difference is, cabana beach tents are like backpacking tents in the frame, the opening is via a meshed door usually uses a zipper for closure.
Umbrella Tent: Umbrella tents are for single people who want to enjoy the beach with some shade. The central structure is the same as an umbrella making it easy to set-up. They are way cheaper than canopies and are the best fit for solar or occasional use. Depending on how many you are in the family, pick your choice between the the Sport-Brella XL or the Sport-Brella Vented.