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5 best garden igloos so you can make the most of your outdoor space year round

See our favourite garden pods and domes ranging from around £200 to £19,000

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Karen Silas
Senior Lifestyle Editor
April 26, 2024
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If there's one thing I've learned over the past few years - especially during the era of the dreaded pandemic lockdowns - is that it's absolutely essential to optimise and utilise every inch of space in our homes. Whether that means setting up a patio heater in your outdoor space so it can be used year round, or creating a functional home office, even if it's in a tiny corner that's also used for a million other purposes.

Best garden igloos at a glance

And if you have a garden, it's likely you've turned your attention to it for spring for 2024, tending to your plants, organising and sweeping your patio and giving your garden furniture a facelift. But there's another trend to consider: creating an outdoor living space in your garden, regardless of the weather – and that's where a garden igloo – you may have also heard them called "garden pods" or "domes"– comes in.

According to experts at Furniturebox, Google trends this year demonstrate that UK search demand for the term ‘garden living room’ is up +7300% and ‘outdoor living room’ is up +6000% - reflecting that people are wanting to create usable exterior living spaces in 2024.    

Home styling expert and Furniturebox Product Development Lead Laura Rich commented on the findings, saying, "The data shows the UK public are already looking to revamp their outdoor spaces. Extending our liveable space by creating garden living rooms makes our homes feel much bigger, which is ideal when the cost of living crisis and housing prices stop many of us from upgrading to larger homes. 

"Given our more frequent humid heatwaves, outdoor living through the warmer months helps us stay cooler, but those same spaces can be cosied up for cooler or wet-weather al fresco entertaining too."

denise van outen garden igloo dome
The pandemic lockdowns led to garden igloos becoming a trendy option for inclement weather. Pictured: Denise van Outen's cosy garden igloo gathering - we love that fairy light chandelier

Of course, with the unpredictable (or maybe TOO predictable) rainy and chilly spring weather, the next question is, where can we all going to 'cosy up' to stay warm and dry on wet or cold evenings? Well, a garden igloo is the perfect solution, with both fixed options or pop-up styles, so you can either keep the transparent pod up year round or just set it up for special occasions.  

What can you use a garden igloo for?

Garden igloos have become a trending must-have for your garden over the past few years, and it's not just a striking outdoor conversation piece. 

With summer just around the corner, you can use your igloo for:

  • Social gatherings or as a restaurant-inspired spot for dining;
  • A conservatory with 360 garden views as you relax;
  • An all-weather play area for your children;
  • A WFH office so you can get some fresh air while you work.

You can decorate your garden igloo with fairy lights, give it texture with throw blankets or indoor-outdoor rugs, and furnish it with garden furniture or create a chillout space with beanbag style chairs. 

We've curated the best igloos to upgrade your garden for 2024, all you need to do is click to shop… and enjoy your new space.  

How I chose the best garden igloos

  • Size: Depending on the size of your garden and your needs, you may need a simple, small pop up or a true garden home away from home - so you'll find those and everything in between, with capacity ranging from four people up to 16.
  • Price Point: Everyone has a different budget so I've included smaller spends, from around £200 all the way to major investments of around £20k, and even an option to rent.
  • Trusted brands and retailers: All of the igloos in this edit are from reliable brands with good track records, and are available from retailers that HELLO! readers have shopped and loved in the past. Solid ratings and reviews from verified shoppers have been taken into consideration, too.

Shop garden igloos of 2024

  1. 1/5

    Alvantor pop up screen dome

    amazon garden igloo


    The details

    • Style: Pop up 
    • Size: 3m x 3m x 2.1m
    • Weight: 6kg
    • Fits: 4-6 people 

    Editor's note: “You don’t have to splurge thousands to get the igloo effect. This instant pop-up pod with 360-degree fabric mesh panels works much like a garden tent and has dual zippered doors to keep bugs out. Plus, shoppers love it - it has over 4,000 5-star ratings on Amazon.”

  2. 2/5

    Astreea Weatherproof Garden Igloo 360 Dome - Extra Large

    astreea garden igloo night


    The details

    • Size:  4.72m diameter
    • Height: 2.7m
    • Weight: 90k
    • Fits: 16 people
    • Can stand up to 30mph wind
    • 2-year warranty on frame
    • Structure is stable between temperatures ranging from -20°C to +60°C

    Editor's note: "Constructed from aerospace-grade aluminium, this extra large dome has a built in Philips lighting system. It’s wind resistant, water-resistant and snowproof - and you can bolt it to the floor or weight it if that’s not possible.

    "Even better there are three sizes AND three different types to choose from: there's the all-weather ‘entry level’ Crystal PVC cover with a zipper for access; the summer-ready Umbrella with mosquito panels doors; and the Panorama, best for between spring and late autumn, with seven full PVC panels, two mosquito panels and a mosquito door."

  3. 3/5

    Wowcher Geo-dome Garden Igloo

    geodome wowcher igloo on sale


    The details

    • Size: 3.6m diameter 
    • Height: 2.2m
    • Weight: 25kg 
    • Fits: 8-10 people

    Editor's note: “The easy to set up Geodome garden igloo is nice and roomy - it has two window vents and a 180cm high entrance, and is a more affordable option than other pods of similar size. You can get it on sale for a limited time on Wowcher, but those deals are for a limited time and often sell out quickly so you may want to act fast.”

  4. 4/5

    Ornate Garden Off Set Oval House Garden Pod

    ornate luxury garden pod igloo


    The details

    • Size: 2.2m x 3.9m x 2.4m
    • Fits: Seating for up to 10
    • Installation within 2 to 4 weeks
    • Available in six colours

    Editor's note: "With a lockable French door entrance, seating with scatter cushions, a Bluetooth soundbar and LED lighting, plus windows for 360-degree views, this made-to-order pod is on my dream wish list. There’s even a bed mode upgrade to make it a true garden home away from home!

    You can shop a smaller version at Cuckooland and John Lewis for around £14k.

    Note that this model is a significant structure for larger spaces - it requires an area of 3.9m x 2.5m to mount it, as well as a hard standing base.”

  5. 5/5

    Etsy 15ft dome for hire

    etsy garden igloo for hire rent


    The details

    • Size: 15ft
    • Fits: 12-14 people people
    • Prices start from £395 for a 24 hour hire.
    • Available in: Surrey, West Sussex, parts of Kent, Essex, London

    Editor's note: "Did you know you can also rent a garden igloo? For example, Etsy’s Glitz and Glamour Ltd is one option for certain regions of England, and you can check locally for options close to you. 

    "This particular igloo-for-hire has choices ranging from the Basic dome with lighting and heating all the way up to Movie Nights – with beanbags and a screen and projector – or the full Dining Experience, with everything from place settings to table decor and side tables.”

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