​A nice setup​ with the Ellington hardtop gazebo.

The Ellington Hardtop Gazebo from Sojag is one of the cheapest hardtop gazebos that money can buy. At just over $1,000, it’s not necessarily a cheap purchase, but when compared to other hardtops in the $1,500 – $3,000 range, it certainly is.

We’ll jump right in. The Ellington has mostly standard features, but a few unique attributes that make it one of our favorites.

​Ellington general info

  • ​Fairly cheap. At the time of writing this, the Ellington is just $1,099. Not bad!Charcoal, rust-proof aluminum. Sojag uses the same types of materials and coating on all of their gazebos. This combination can withstand the hottest days, and even the coldest winters.
  • ​Excellent reviews. Of 14 reviews, the Ellington gazebo has a 4.5 star rating. This is pretty impressive.
  • ​Fast, easy shipping. Sojag pretty much only makes gazebos, and they have the process of packaging and shipping down pat.
  • ​Extremely easy setup. Again, since Sojag makes so many gazebos, they know how to provide good instructions. We recommend two people for setup, though it can be done with just one person.

Ellington unique attributes

There’s actually really only one unique attribute – this hardtop looks really, really nice.

Walk into a local store like Costco and you’ll see some of the ugliest hardtops in existence. Sure, their tops are made of aluminum, but the sides are made of basic steel, or, even worse, basic wood. It looks like something you made yourself – which would be fine, except you’re spending over $1,000 on this, and you want something nice.

The Ellington looks really nice. The roof is darker than most hardtops, as are the legs. This combined with the smooth charcoal/black curtains (included in purchase) makes for a very luxurious look.

Sure, it’s a bit “dark”, but if you take a look at the pictures, we think you’ll like what you see. If not, you can always choose a different Sojag gazebo that has brighter features.

(If you’re concerned about the heat, don’t be. Reviewers say that it stays very cool underneath, even on the hottest days. Sojag has good ventilation in their gazebos.)

Overall, a very good choice if you are on a budget. You can upgrade and spend a few hundred more on a more luxurious gazebo of the same size (or just a bigger one), but if you just need a standard, cheap hardtop gazebo, the Ellington from Sojag is a great choice.