Best pergolas and gazebos in Australia (prices, pros, cons and more)

Shopping for shade and thinking about pergolas or gazebos? Wondering which is the best brand to buy? This detailed review covers the top pergolas, prices, pros, cons and more.

We all like to spend as much time outside as possible without getting burnt. Installing well-placed outdoor shade will help you enjoy your space year-round while staying protected from the elements.

If you’re in the market for semi-permanent or permanent shade you may be thinking about pergolas and gazebos. These outdoor structures can be a great backyard shade option - but it pays to consider a few different brands.

To help you find the right fit, we’ve reviewed the top 5 pergolas in Australia so you can compare the different products on the market. We’ve listed them below, in no particular order.

But first, it pays to know what to look for in a quality pergola - before you buy. Keep reading to learn more.

In this article, we’ve used brand names not affiliated with Spa World™ or Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd, the parent company of Spa World™. You can see the list of the brand owners at the bottom of this article. All information, including product details, was accurate at the time of writing (November 24, 2021) and may change without notice

What to look for when buying a pergola or gazebo

If you’re looking for a semi-permanent or permanent shade like a gazebo or pergola, you’ll want to buy something that lasts and will look good for years to come. As a pergola is purpose-built to provide shade and protection, it’s worth buying quality, so you know it will last and continue to shelter you and your family from the elements.

Here are the top 5 things to consider:

1. Material. The best pergolas are made of powder-coated aluminium, this is durable and strong, as well as providing a sleek, high-quality finish for your outdoor space. If the pergola has a retractable roof you should look for aluminium rather than fabric options for durability.

2. Ease of use. If the pergola has louvres, Look for modern, motorised louvres rather than traditional hand crank options to save you time and effort. Motorised or automated louvres are also great if the weather turns as you can open and close them with the click of a button.

3. Size options. A great pergola range will come in a variety of sizes, to best suit a variety of backyards.

4. Warranty. If you are buying a quality product you should expect a 3-5 year warranty on the structure and a 1-year warranty on the components (motors, lights and electronics).

5. Extra features. Look for extra accessories and features like colour options, built-in lighting and shade blinds to make the space perfect for year-round use.

Be aware that most pergolas are semi-permanent fixtures that are attached to either a deck, concrete pad or exterior wall. If you’re after a portable shade solution, we’d recommend an outdoor umbrella.

Vortex™ Pergola review

Vortex Leisure™ is a design-led wellness company that distributes spa pools, swim spas, infrared saunas and shade products to over 20 countries around the world.

Vortex™ builds products that can cope with a range of extreme temperatures, from Bluff to Cape Reinga. Vortex products are built to handle wind, rain, snow, dust, dirt and more.

The Vortex™ pergolas range in price from $4,900-8,900 and come in three size options. ) range in price from $4,900-8,900 and come in three size options.

The range also includes built-in LED lighting to create an amazing evening atmosphere and optional shade blinds for privacy and extra protection from the elements.

Pros:

  • Powder-coated aluminium frame
  • Motorised Louvred Roof (remote control) allows for ease of use
  • Remote controlled built-in LED lighting
  • Extra heavy duty 120mm wide posts
  • Extra high - 2700mm height gives you more room and an open air feeling
  • 3 size options are available
  • Optional shade blinds
  • Warranty - 5-year structural warranty, 1-year warranty for the components

Cons:

  • Colour range - only available in two colours (charcoal and white)
  • No manual crank option for the louvred roof

Bunnings Warehouse® - Mimosa® Lava Portsea Louvre Semi Permanent Gazebo

Mimosa® supplies a range of outdoor products including shade solutions to Bunnings Warehouse® a large store specialising in tools, outdoor products and gardening items.

They range in price from around $1,999-2,998 and are available in two size options.

Pros:

  • Powder-coated aluminium frame
  • Internal gutter system
  • 110-degree crank-operated aluminium louvres
  • Two size options are available

Cons:

  • No warranty information
  • No motorised option for louvred roof
  • No add ons like shade blinds or lighting
  • Only one colour option

Kingstone - Solasky + Colorbond pergola/patio

Kingstone is a polycarbonate and colorbond roofing specialist based in Sydney. They supply a large range of roofing, structural and rainwater products for residential and commercial use including, pergolas, patios, carports, verandahs, swimming pool enclosures and awnings.

Their pergolas range in price from around $1,440-4,254 and are available in a variety of size options for any space.

Pros

  • Powder-coated/electrophoresis frame treatment
  • Three colour options
  • 10+ size options available
  • 10 year warranty

Cons

  • Needs to be attached to an exterior wall
  • No option for a louvred roof
  • No add ons like shade blinds or lighting
  • As this product is customisable delivery may take longer

An aluminium pergola will be built to last and withstand the elements. Most aluminium pergolas available in Australia come as a kitset, so you will need to install this yourself or hire a professional.

Stilla® - Pergola 3x3

Stilla Group® is an Australian based manufacturer & importer specialising in Modular DIY storage and outdoor products.

Their pergolas cost around $1,889 and are available in one size option with an additional deck add-on available.

Pros:

  • Australian made rustic knotty grade western red cedar pergola
  • Optional deck flooring add on
  • Can be painted or stained to work for any space

Cons:

  • Only one size option
  • No add ons like shade blinds or lighting
  • Wood not as long lasting, prone to warping and cracking
  • You may need to stain or paint this structure for longevity
  • No warranty information

Outdoorable® - Timber Pergola/Gazebo

Outdoorable Living Australia® specialises in outdoor gazebos and pergolas with both kitset options and custom made options to suit your backyard needs.

Outdoorable® pergolas range in price from $2,660 depending on the size and whether you include a roofing option.

Pros

  • Gold cypress posts (pre-stained with anti-fungal treatment)
  • 12 months manufacturer’s warranty and 7 years structural warranty
  • 5 size options plus custom sizes are available

Cons

  • No add ons like shade blinds or lighting
  • Wood not as long lasting, prone to warping and cracking
  • You may need to stain or paint this structure for longevity

Wooden pergolas have been very popular in the past and give you the option of customisation through paint and staining. However, if you are looking for low maintenance and long term durability an aluminium pergola may be a better option.

Summary

These days, shade is one of the most important components of any backyard. It is worth investing in a quality product that is built to last and will protect you and your family from the harsh sun.

As with everything, quality products will often be more expensive and although a cheaper option may seem like a good idea, the materials are likely to be poor quality and may not last. We always recommend buying the best quality option within your budget.

Here are the key features we think any quality pergola should have:

  • Powder-coated aluminium or treated timber for durability
  • Extension options
  • Adjustable louvres to create airflow or shelter
  • A good warranty
  • Additional add ons like lighting, shade blinds etc.

Now that you know more about the top pergola brands for sale in Australia, we hope you have a better idea of which option will suit your needs best.

If you’d like some expert help and advice, you’re welcome to chat with one of our sauna experts online or at your nearest Spa World showroom.

DISCLAIMER: In this article, we’ve used brand names not affiliated with Spa World™ or Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd, the parent company of Spa World™. All information, including pricing and product details, was accurate at the time of writing (November 24, 2021) and may change without notice. The following registered trademarks are owned by companies not affiliated in any way with Spa World™ or Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd: Mimosa® trademark is owned by Bunnings Group Limited. Kingstone® trademark is owned by Kingstone Building Materials Supplies Pty Ltd. Stilla® trademark is owned by Stilla Group. Outdoorable® trademark is owned by Outdoorable Living Australia.

Affiliations: Vortex® Spas and Spa World® are trademarks owned by Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd. Spa World™ is a trademark owned by Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd.

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