We Review The Best Beach Sunshelters Of 2017

So, what are we looking for in a good beach sunshelter?  Protection from the sun (of course), the blowing sand, and maybe a place to keep our stuff, while we are out frolicking in the waves?  And what about a shelter for the night, while camping on the beach?

A good sized sunshelter can do many things, but in all fairness, a line should be drawn so as to distinguish them from your typical camping tents, which are usually designed to be more durable.  That said, some sunshelters are closer to a camping tent in the way that they’re made.

Perhaps you may be considering one of these pop-up sunshelters to take to a festival. Depending on weather, you just might watch them slowly sink into the mud and disappear forever.  In that case, there are some cheaper disposable type models which might suit you better.

On the other hand, maybe you want something a bit more enduring, that will withstand trip after trip to the beach, for several seasons to come.

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On the whole most people are looking for the following:

  • EASE OF USE – Easy to put up AND take down
  • LIGHTWEIGHT – This will probably spend more of its life being carried to and from the car, than some of the more ‘traditional’ tents which will stay up longer
  • WEATHER PROOF – This means wind, water AND the all important sun shelter
  • VALUE – No one is going to live in here, and the price tag ought to reflect this.

So, without further delay, here are our reviews for the 5 Best Beach Sunshelters on the market today in 2017…

#1 – GENJI SPORTS POP UP FAMILY BEACH TENT AND SUNSHELTER

Genji Sports Pop Up Family Beach Tent And Beach Sunshelter review

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QUICK STATS

  • NAME: GENJI SPORTS POP UP FAMILY BEACH TENT AND SUNSHELTER
  • MANUFACTURER: GENJI
  • ORIGIN: CHINA
  • DIMENSIONS: 82.7 X 52 X 50 INCHES
  • DIMENSIONS FOLDED: FITS IN 22 INCH CARRY BAG
  • WEIGHT: 5 POUNDS 4 OUNCES
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 6.3 POUNDS
  • MATERIAL: NYLON
  • COLORS: BLUE
  • WINDOWS: YES
  • NO OF PEOPLE: 2 ADULTS/ 1 ADULT PLUS KIDS
  • UV RATING: 50+ UPF
  • OUR RATING: 4 OUT OF FIVE STARS

This Genji Sunshelter is super lightweight and comes with the option of being able to switch from a sun shelter to a ‘proper’ camping tent, as well as having the choice of being able to add a weatherproof covering to it.

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The back panel can be zipped up or down depending on which ‘mode’ you want  (ie simple sun shield or something more ‘advanced’).  It is made of nylon, and is strong and lightweight.  This pops up by itself quickly, and boasts an ‘easy down’ time of 3 seconds.  More on this later.

The good news about this tent, is that it does what it says on the tin, and is a really good sunshield.  It does pop up easily, and if you utilize the sand pockets, it will not blow away easily like some other, lightweight tents do.

One word of caution though.  It is not super easy to put down again.  There is a  definite ‘knack’ to this.  Even the five star reviewers acknowledge the difficulties with this product in the folding down stage.  However, when it is down, it is nice and compact, and the durability seems to be reasonable for the price.


#2 – EASYGO SHELTER – INSTANT EASY UP BEACH UMBRELLA TENT SUN SPORT SHELTER

EasyGo Shelter - Instant Easy Up Beach Umbrella Tent Sun Sport Shelter review

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QUICK STATS

  • NAME:  EASYGO UMBRELLA TENT SUN SPORT SHELTER
  • MANUFACTURER:  EASYGO PRODUCTS
  • DIMENSIONS: 48 INCHES TALL X 96 WIDE X 48 DEEP APPROX
  • DIMENSIONS FOLDED: 42 X 6 X 6 INCHES APPROX
  • WEIGHT: 6 POUNDS APPROX
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 8.4 POUNDS
  • MATERIAL:  UNKNOWN
  • COLORS:  BLUE
  • WINDOWS:  YES
  • NO OF PEOPLE:  FOUR
  • UV RATING:  YES
  • WARRANTY:  ONE YEAR LIMITED
  • OUR RATING:  4.5 OUT OF FIVE STARS

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This shelter is on the bigger side, and maybe a consideration for a beach-going family.  It boasts a very easy set up procedure, and has optional stakes, and sandbags in case of prevailing winds.

With the majority of customers giving it the big thumbs up, we too were quite impressed by it.  In our research, we saw relatively few people have complaints, and there is a year’s guarantee, which not every beach tent comes with.

Unlike the previous tent, there are no reports coming in to Beach Baby about having to conduct a wrestling match with this product, and Beach Baby would have to conclude that it is looking good for the price.


#3 – COLEMAN COMPACT SHADE SHELTER

Coleman Compact Shade Shelter

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BEACH BABY STATS

  • NAME: COLEMAN COMPACT SHADE SHELTER
  • MANUFACTURER: COLEMAN
  • DIMENSIONS: 90.0′ L X 52.5′ W X 57.0′ H
  • WEIGHT: 6.5 POUNDS
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 7.6 POUNDS
  • MATERIAL: FIBREGLASS
  • COLORS: ORANGE/ PINK/BLUE-LIME/GREEN
  • WINDOWS: NONE
  • NO OF PEOPLE: 1-2 PEOPLE IN CHAIRS
  • UV RATING: 50+
  • OUR RATING: 4 OUT OF FIVE STARS

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This one is a bit heavier, and not a pop up tent, so do be prepared to spend a few minutes (between five to ten minutes) setting it up and poring over the instructions.

Once you get used to it, it will not be difficult. You do not have to dance the fandango to get it to go back down again, and the price is pretty reasonable for something that will be used time and again.

Yes, a few people have complained about the amount of time it initially takes to assemble, but Beach Baby wants to be fair.  No one ever said it was an ‘instant up’ product to begin with.

This zips up and can be used as a place to get changed on the beach, and offers excellent sun protection.


#4 – PACIFIC BREEZE EASYUP BEACH TENT DELUXE XL

Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent Deluxe XL review

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QUICK STATS

  • NAME: PACIFIC BREEZE EASYUP BEACH TENT DELUXE
  • MANUFACTURER:  PACIFIC BREEZE
  • DIMENSIONS:  95 X 51 X 52 INCHES
  • DIMENSIONS FOLDED:  38 L X 6 W (INCHES)
  • WEIGHT:  6 POUNDS
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:  7.25 POUNDS
  • MATERIAL:  POLYESTER
  • COLORS:  BLUE
  • WINDOWS:  YES
  • NO OF PEOPLE:  3-4
  • UV RATING:  50+
  • WARRANTY:  1 YEAR LIMITED
  • OUR RATING:  5 STARS OUT OF FIVE

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We’ve already done a full length review of the Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent, but we can’t say enough good things about this beach tent. EVERYBODY seems to like this product.

So yes, it is rather more expensive than the other tents featured on this page, but perhaps this is because it is worth it.

Housing 3-4 people comfortably, this is all weather proof – sun, wind and rain.  It is also very easy to get up AND put down.  In short, this has everything we are looking for in a beach tent, plus a year’s guarantee.

Beach Baby feels you can’t really go wrong here.


#5 – G4FREE OUTDOOR AUTOMATIC POP UP INSTANT PORTABLE CABANA BEACH TENT

G4Free Outdoor Automatic Pop up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent review

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QUICK STATS

  • NAME: G4FREE POP UP CABANA BEACH TENT
  • MANUFACTURER: G4FREE
  • DIMENSIONS: 78.7″ X 47.3″X 51″
  • DIMENSIONS FOLDED:  FITS IN 19.7 INCH CARRY CASE
  • WEIGHT:  2.2 POUNDS
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:  2.5 POUNDS
  • MATERIAL:  POLYESTER/NYLON
  • COLORS:  BLUE/DARK BLUE/GREEN/PINK/RED/SILVER
  • WINDOWS:  NO
  • NO OF PEOPLE:  2-3
  • UV RATING:  YES
  • OUR RATING:  4.5 OUT OF FIVE STARS

G4Free Outdoor Automatic Pop up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent 2-3 Person review

Finally, we have an automatic pop up tent that can also be used for “regular” camping.  It is waterproof, and comes with sand pockets for wind protection, as well as fixed bands in case of more severe wind.

It is fully UV sun proof, and is easy to set up.  It also won’t break the bank.

At only 2.2 pounds, this is by far the lightest of our featured tents, which may be a consideration if you  have to do a lot of carrying it about.

Because it is such lightweight construction, it might be of interest to walkers/ hikers or anyone going off the beaten track.

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