Bad news first: you’d be very hard pressed to find a hardtop gazebo with fan ready to purchase. There are a lot of hardtop gazebos out there but a ceiling fan isn’t an included feature.
Good news second: we’ve found you 5 fantastic options for the next best thing. The list below includes our top picks for best hardtop gazebo for installing an outdoor fan yourself (or hiring someone to do it).
Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick summary of the products we recommend.
|Freeport Park Picard Hardtop Aluminum Patio Gazebo||A|
|Yardistry Meridian Solid Wood Patio Gazebo||A+|
5 Best Hardtop Gazebos With Fan
Freeport Park Picard Hardtop Aluminum Patio Gazebo
The Picard Hardtop Aluminum Gazebo is another highly durable option from the folks at Freeport Park. With a 12′ x 10′ footprint, it’s the most popular gazebo size that will look right at home in most large backyards.
The Picard is a more contemporary design than the galvanized steel Pickensville above. It has an aluminum frame and a roof made of polycarbonate panels that will ensure your gazebo stays cool.
Its materials also make the Picard one of the lighter options on our list and the most budget-friendly, but it still delivers on weight capacity inside and out. The Picard can hold a snow load capacity of 1,200 lbs. It has an interior hanging capacity of 50 lbs.
Once you invest a little install time, the Picard is our favorite economical option for a fantastic hardtop gazebo with fan.
- Interior hanging capacity of 50 lbs.
- Snow load capacity of 1,200 lbs.
- Polycarbonate roof panels
- Zippered mosquito netting
- Blocks UPF 50+ and 99% of UV rays
- Sleek and clean design
- Assembly instructions for the roof could be clearer
Yardistry Meridian Solid Wood Patio Gazebo
The Meridian by Yardistry is the only wooden option on our hardtop gazebo with fan list. Solid wood gazebos are great options for a lot of reasons. When it comes to hanging a fan (or lights), wood is an excellent choice because it can be drilled easier than aluminum or steel.
As long as it’s properly maintained, a wood gazebo is also one of the most durable gazebos you can buy or build. The Meridian is made of cedar and finished with a cedar stain, which delivers a distinctive warmth to any garden landscape.
In addition to a decent snow capacity, the Meridian is able to handle a hanging weight of 50 lbs. This gives you options for how you’d like to upgrade your gazebo. If a fan isn’t 100% necessary, a high-quality lantern or chandelier is also a possibility.
- Interior hanging weight capacity of 50 lbs.
- Cedar frame with weather-resistant aluminum roof
- Snow load capacity of 36 lbs.
- Wind resistant up to 75 mph
- 5 year manufacturer warranty
- Requires 3-4 people and 12-18 hours to assemble
- Does not come with mosquito netting or curtains
Sunjoy Metal Permanent Gazebo
It’s hard to oversell this hardtop gazebo. It has everything you expect in a quality gazebo, and then the good people at Sunjoy went and added several more features just to up the ante. This gazebo does more than accommodate the addition of a ceiling fan, it welcomes it with a single-tiered roof design.
Made from powder-coated aluminum and galvanized steel, both the frame and the roof of this Sunjoy gazebo are built to last. We especially love the built-in double track along with the frame which means that mosquito net screens and a privacy curtain will easily slide independently of each other once installed.
And there’s more! We also consider the Sunjoy one of our favorite gazebos with a bar because of the built-in interior shelves and exterior serving surfaces on both sides of the frame. This gazebo is also fire pit friendly because of the roof vent and durable metal construction.
Whether you’re entertaining or just relaxing by yourself, this metal hardtop gazebo design from Sunjoy is spectacular.
- Roof is designed to accommodate the addition of a ceiling fan or hanging light
- Snow load capacity of 80 lbs.
- Fire pit compatible
- Single-tier roof vent for optimal air flow and smoke escape
- Built-in shelves and window boxes
- Double track for curtain and mosquito netting
- No foundation necessary
- No manufacturer warranty
Cloud Mountain Aluminum Patio Gazebo
The aluminum gazebo from Cloud Mountain was a surprising addition to our best hardtop gazebo with fan list. Mostly because its profile is so understated.
At first glance, this gazebo looks pretty standard. At 10′ x 12′, it definitely has a standard footprint, which is perfect for smaller properties. But when you really get to know this aluminum gazebo, you realize that it’s actually a serious contender for durability, style, and extra features.
We love the powder-coated aluminum frame with galvanized steel roof. This is a fantastic combination of materials for the utmost durability and weather resistance.
The single-tier roof vent means that the internal temperature of your gazebo will stay cool and smoke will quickly escape if you house a grill or fire pit inside. The Cloud Mountain gazebo also comes with mosquito net curtains which can be easily opened/closed along the built-in curtain track around the frame.
- Weather- and rust-resistant aluminum and galvanized steel construction
- Comes with mosquito netting to hang on built-in curtain track
- Snow load capacity of 250 lbs.
- Can safely house a grill or fire pit
- Single-tier roof vent increased air flow and temperature regulation
- 1 year manufacturer warranty
- Assembly instructions could be clearer
Freeport Park Pickensville Hardtop Steel Patio Gazebo
The Pickensville Hardtop Steel Patio Gazebo by Freeport Park is a beautiful beast. No matter your climate, with proper care and maintenance, this gazebo is going to last a long time.
With an interior hanging weight capacity of 50 lbs. and a snow load capacity of 2,000 lbs., you could absolutely enjoy a fan in your gazebo in the dead of winter. (If, for whatever reason, you wanted to do that.)
We love that the Pickensville comes with zippered mesh side walls to keep out mosquitos. The mesh curtains also slide easily along a built-in track so you can quickly enclose the gazebo.
Like with any hardtop gazebo, you’ll need to drill into the frame to install the fan’s junction box so that the fan’s canopy sits flush and completely cover the fan’s wiring. (More on that below.)
A steel gazebo frame isn’t as easy to drill as a wood frame, but it’s not a problem with a high-speed steel (HSS) drill bit meant for hard and soft metals.
- Interior hanging weight capacity of 50 lbs.
- Snow load capacity of 2,000 lbs.
- Durable and strong galvanized steel frame
- Zippered mesh mosquito netting
- Built-in hook for fan
- 1 year manufacturer warranty
- Requires a foundation for best installation
What To Consider When Buying A Hardtop Gazebo With Fan
How to Install a Ceiling Fan in a Gazebo
We’re not gonna lie, installing a fan in the roof of your gazebo is a Project. If you’re a skilled carpenter and electrician, it will be a piece of cake. If you hire a skilled carpenter and electrician, it will be even easier.
That being said, it’s certainly not the most difficult project you could DIY in your yard. If you’re savvy with tools and have an afternoon to spend upgrading your outdoor living space, we 100% support sweat equity.
Here’s a video that gives you a good understanding of what will be involved in order to properly and safely install an outdoor fan in your gazebo, pergola or porch. It also provides step-by-step instructions for how to do it.
When shopping for and installing a gazebo fan remember to:
- Purchase a Wet Rated Outdoor Ceiling Fan which are specially designed for outdoor spaces with the possibility of rain
- Always ensure that the wires/electric components of the fan are completely covered by the fan canopy (that little cap that covers the wires above the blades)
- Make sure that all other materials (wire conduit, junction box, etc.) are made for outdoor use and designed to be weather-resistant and waterproof
Hanging Weight Capacity
If you want to install a ceiling fan inside your gazebo, you need confidence that the roof can accommodate the weight.
All of the options on our hardtop gazebo list have an interior hanging weight capacity of 50 lbs, which is the standard weight of an outdoor ceiling fan.
Even if you don’t choose any of our recommendations, we strongly suggest that you purchase a gazebo with a hanging weight capacity of at least 50 lbs. There are options that accommodate for greater capacity but it’s not common.
One might say that the finishing touch on the perfect gazebo is a fan. It keeps air circulating, it introduces electricity into your gazebo, and it embellishes your outdoor living space with modern comforts.
We hope that we’ve given you all of the information you need to make an informed and fun decision about your next exciting purchase of a hardtop gazebo with fan.