Open Thread: Gardenline Instant Canopy

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Aldi sells a lot of outdoor decor under the Gardenline label, including plenty of furniture. We’ve also seen pavilions and gazebos, too, but this canopy appears to be something a little different.

Gardenline Instant Canopy

What We Know:

The Gardenline Instant Canopy (product code 1537) is an ALDI Find, which means it’s only in stores for a limited time. It retails for $59.99, which looks to be a lot less than other instant canopies of its size. The canopy’s footprint is an even square, measuring 10 feet by 10 feet, and it is 9 feet tall. Depending on the sun’s location, that means it’s good for up to 100 square feet of shade, and it does have 30+ SPF UV protection. In addition, the canopy fabric is water resistant, making it a potential tool for getting out of the elements.

According to Aldi, there is no assembly required. The canopy uses large, pinch-free push buttons along telescoping legs, which lock in position. Aldi also claims it folds up easily, and it comes with a carrying case with wheels to facilitate travel and storage. We suspect you’ll need the wheels, as canopies of this type tend to weigh a fair bit.

The canopy is backed by a 2-year warranty. The warranty is serviced by TDC USA, Inc.

What We Don’t Know:

There is no manual online at this point, so we don’t know all the nuts and bolts about how this sets up. We don’t know the weight of the canopy, either, although canopies of this size tend to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-45 pounds. Also, since 2019 appears to be the debut year for this particular product (we’ve never seen it before), we don’t know what to expect from it, especially since we’re not entirely sure who makes it.

Do you have any experience with this canopy? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments.


About Joshua

Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

8 Comments

  1. I have this canopy, we got it for our deck for shade. We installed it which was pretty easy and standard for a 10×10 canopy. We screwed ours in because we’d know we’d be using it a lot however I would not recommend it. Just completely collapsed and broke due to rain! Rain! Isn’t that the point of a canopy for shade and rain coverage? will be returning.

  2. I am a craft vendor, and bought this as a replacement canopy; I had been wanting a different one that was 10×10 with straight sides. I couldn’t say no for the inexpensive price tag. I have only set it up and used it a few times so far, but I am very pleased with it – easy to set up, and being someone who often has to set up by themselves, I greatly appreciated how little force I had to use to lock the “roof” corner mechanisms into place. Normally I’d have to get help or practically dislocate a shoulder to get my old one locked into place.

    I haven’t had to put it to test in the rain yet for vending, but we had it setup outside for several days when some rain came, and it seemed to to hold up great. All in all, I would say it is a great value, and so far reliable.

  3. I bought one for a camping trip. Set it up the first time, concerned that the canopy material was thin but needed to block out the sun. It rained and the canopy frame completely collapsed. I could not even get it to fold up enough to take back for a return. I had to throw it in the dumpster at the campground. I sent the company pictures to show the aftermath and I was pretty much told I was out of luck to get a replacement or a refund because weather damage is not covered under warranty. If a canopy cannot withstand a little rain, it should not be sold. Do not buy one if you plan to use it outside.

    • Good to know. Looks like you’re not the only one who has lost the canopy because of rain.

    • We got this for our wedding. There was a light rain forecast(15% for 5 hours with less than 20mm of rain) it collapsed as we were leaving the venue. I would not recommend this product as we only used it once and it broke during a light drizzled. We will try to return it

  4. Absolute trash. Was setting it up for the 5th time in a month and pieces of it just started snapping apart as it was unfolding. No extra force applied, multiple people setting it up every time, no exposure to extreme weather. Just a piece of junk. Do not waste your money.

  5. I 100% agree with some of the other reviews. Purchase this in a local Aldi as the weather here is oppressively hot. Had it for 3 weeks and today a train for the first time since we bought it. It was a heavy thunderstorm, but only lasted for a short period of time. When the rain stopped, the type of a jumbled mess. I examined her and noticed if a metal arm for broken. Please note… it was the metal that broke. Very very cheaply crafted. I should have saved the $60 and come up with another plan. This is a piece of crap…buyer beware!

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