There’s nothing like a trip to the beach, or a long day lazing in the garden on a summers day to realise that it would be a good idea to have some sort of sun shelter. The sun can get so hot, but then we also want to be out enjoying it! Getting a uv tent could be the answer to your worries – here’s some of my favourites to help you find the best beach tent around for use at home and abroad.
- 1 What to look for when buying a sun tent
- 2 Best beach tent for babies, kids and families
What to look for when buying a sun tent
The things that you’ll likely want to bear in mind when choosing a beach sun shade is:
- Sun protection – does it have any and what UV rating.
- How easy is it to put up
- Ease of putting it away
- Can you zip it up? some shelters do this and it makes a great changing area for kids and adults!
- Size – can you fit everyone under it if need be?
- How big is it packed up
Best beach tent for babies, kids and families
Coleman Sundome Beach Shelter
This is the sun shelter that we have used many times in the past. It’s a really spacious canopy that all can sit under if need be (there were 4 of us). We had the large size but it also comes in an extra large size as well which I think I could even stand up under (I’m very short – 5ft 0!).
It can be used in a garden or on the beach with both normal pegs and guide lines or the sand pockets to weigh it down. What I like about this version is that you can take the groundsheet and zip it up so perfect to store your towels etc if you want to walk for an ice cream or if you need to get changed.
It’s really easy to put up, it’s really sturdy and has a UPF of 50+. It was one of the best things we bought when our kids were little!
- comes in a blue or green colour
- also comes in two sizes – large or extra large
- fibreglass poles
- Dimensions: L – w 248cm, h 118cm; XL – w – 320cm, h 165cm
- weight: L – 1.9kg; XL – 3.3kg
great for – small or big families
Kilofly Original Instant Pop Up Travel Baby Beach tent
If you’re looking for a baby sun tent that is small and can suit just one child this one is a really good option.
It’s a pop up design and is extremely lightweight coming in at only around 300g. It has a mesh sides and so is good for also keeping bugs and flies off your baby. It keeps your baby in one spot too so if you’re worried about them moving around too much this will help you.
Although it’s advertised as a beach tent there is no UV protection rate stated so bear that in mind if you’re out in direct sunshine.
- really small and light – ultra portable
- only big enough for babies
- non toxic baby safe material
- no UV rating stated
- dimensions when opened – 109 x 68 x 50 cm
- weight – 300g
Perfect for when you are already carrying enough baby things – nice and light.
Monobeach pop up beach shelter
This is a pop up beach shelter that is really easy to put up and also put back down again – the perils of these pop up tents is always the getting them back in the bag! If you want something really easy to use, perhaps if you’re on your own with a few kids, then a pop up tent is the easiest option.
This tent has a UPF rating of 50+ so ideal for sunny days and includes normal pegs for gardens and fields and also sand pockets for the beach. It’s a basic tent, it doesn’t zip up all the way round and protect your things, but as a shelter it’s all you need!
- silver coated fabric to provide UV protection
- UPF rating of 50+
- pop up design
- dimensions – 65 x 59 x 43.5 inches (165 x 150 x 110cm)
perfect for: simplicity
Little life family beach shelter
This is a super simple and easy to put up beach canopy that’s big enough for the whole family to sit inside if need be and has a zip up door if you want some privacy when changing at the beach etc.
It has a sun protection level of UPF 50+, only has 3 poles to fit in to the shelter and also has sand pockets to fill up to weigh it down. It’s a great shelter that has more of a tent feel than just a canopy like the Coleman sun dome. It is also on the pricier side of most of these shelters.
- UPF rating of 50+
- all round shelter so good for very windy days
- dimensions – 150 x 130 x 88cm
- weight – 1.45kg
perfect for: those who like a choice of a bit more privacy on the beach or for when kids need quiet time
Coleman Sundome FastPitch Beach Shelter
Lastly we have another beach shelter from Coleman. They are such a good brand I don’t mind recommending two of their products!
The difference between this one and the one I mentioned higher up the page is that this one uses steel/fibreglass hybrid poles. This does mean that it is a little heavier in comparison to the large size above but the advantage is the design which is incredibly easy to put up. It also means it’s a little more expensive too.
The poles are always attached to the shelter so there’s no threading of poles to do – great if it’s a slightly breezy day down by the sea! They say that it can be assembled in just one minute. If time is of the essence it would be a great option.
- fibreglass/steel hybrid poles
- really quick and easy to put up
- ground sheet zips all around
- dimensions – w 240cm x h 120cm
- weight – 3.2kg
great for: single parents or solo trips to the beach. No hassle!
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