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Buying a good retractable awning for your yard is a wise choice. Not only can it give essential shade, but it can also transform your garden into a much more versatile space.

There are a few things to have in mind when buying a new awning however. Size is an important issue of course, as is whether you go for a motorized or manual option.

Your budget will have a big part to play in these decisions too.

Add to all that is the fact there’s a ton of options on the market in 2020. However, to assist you in your search we have carefully selected 5 top-rated retractable awnings covering a range of price points.

Retractable Awnings Reviews

Our selection process and testing method involve a combination of the above criteria, plus recent customer reviews and feedback on performance, as well as analysis of how each model fares against others on the market.

1. EDITOR’S CHOICE: Advaning Luxury Series EA1210 Automatic Awning

This is a durable, reliable, and well-built retractable patio awning with micro-perforated solution-dyed acrylic cover housed in a high-quality aluminum semi-cassette.

This high-performance model supports dual propulsion of the awning cover, which allows the cover to be projected or retracted through either motorized propulsion or manual use of the hand crank; and this provides controllable protection from the weather.

It comes fully-preassembled, and one just needs to have it installed and powered, and the awning is ready for use. Its heavy-duty semi-cassette is made from 6063-T5 aluminum alloy that has silicon and magnesium as alloying metals.

This half-cassette houses the roller tube and its motor that receives power from a 16-feet power cord that terminates into a plug for plugging into a power socket in the house or building.

It also features a built-in receiver that runs motor operations, thus allowing these operations to be controlled by an infra-red remote control.

This shows that this model can operate as an automatic motorized awning. Its roller tube is 70millimeters (mm) thick and is made of 6063-T5 aluminum alloy.

Also, its retractable arms feature steel cables. Relatedly, slope angle adjustment is done using a proprietary Easy pitch system that uses a 3-loop system.

This system also allows for adjustment of the awning pitch to 15º-20º just before retraction so as to ensure that retraction occurs flawlessly.

This well-designed retractable awning is designed and made by Advaning, a US company based in Garden Grove, California.

Even so, its awning cover is made in Spain. Its model number is EA1210, with the 1210 standing for the size of the awning cover (12feet by 10feet).

This retractable awning comes with 2 arm shoulders that can be spaced 12feet apart which allows for the fabric length to span 12feet.

Its awning cover is 12feet long and can project shade to a maximum distance of 10feet. Therefore, at the recommended awning height of 8feet, this model provides enough cover for a patio that measures 12feet by 10feet.

Its retractable arms are made of 6063-T5 aluminum alloy, and they give this awning an arm projection of about 10feet.

These arms are inlaid with double/twin high-strength tensioned cables made from architectural-grade, 316 marine corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

Each cable is 4mm thick and features polyvinylchloride (PVC) coating. These arms are secured to the torsion bar.

This torsion bar is a square steel tube with a cross-section that is 40mm by 40mm, and is galvanized with zinc with an additional powder coating with anti-rust chemicals providing enhanced corrosion resistance.

This torsion bar provides strength for holding the retractable arms and awning cover in place. Even so, this model should not be left open when it is raining, snowing, or when a strong wind is blowing.

This is because it lacks vertical support and uses long arms which makes it prone to damage by strong winds. Another downside is that it lacks a wind speed sensor that can allow for automatic retraction when strong winds start blowing.

This reliable and compactly-designed model comes as a single box package that weighs about 90.4pounds, and is 142inches long, 10.5inches wide, and 7.6inches tall.

In the box are the Advaning awning unit, 3 wall brackets, 63-inch long hand crank, screws, bolts, washers, nuts, motor regulator, ceiling bracket, remote control kit, user manual, and an expansion bolt set comprised of Hex bolts, washers, and Expansion bolts.

The fully-assembled retractable awning has a white metal understructure and a premium fabric cover. Regarding aesthetic styling, its substructure design and color-striping of the cover create a European-design style that gives the patio awning a classic European architectural feel.

This awning needs to be installed by a minimum of 2 people standing on ladders, preferably 10-feet tall step ladders.

Other installation tools needed are markers, electronic stud finder, measuring tape, chalk line, level, 3/8-inch socket wrench, and a variable-speed power drill with a masonry drill bit.

The wall bracket has a bottom square section with an open front and a top flat section with 2 bolt holes. The 3 brackets are the right, left, and center wall brackets.

During installation, these brackets are bolted securely into the wall, and the torsion bar is then slid into their (brackets) square section and then held in place by retaining bolts fastened in position by 5/16-inch washers and retaining nuts.

This torsion bar carries 2 arm shoulders – the left and right shoulder – and during installation, these shoulders must be inside the brackets.

The distance between the right and left wall brackets determines the maximum awning length for this model, and as expected, they should be spaced 12feet apart.

The awning cover is made of micro-perforated woven acrylic that has been dyed in 100% dye solutions that enhance its material properties, besides giving it color and providing additional protective features. The cover also features Recasens branding.

Naturally, the acrylic fabric is waterproof, washable, rot-proof, and UV-resistant. These qualities have been improved in the premium acrylic cover of this model so as achieve adequate waterproofing of the extended living area, as well as enhanced UV protection that has been rated as UV80+.

The color scheme of this fabric varies. If it is a sunny yellow with stripes of blue and silver-gray, then the light color hues minimize the absorption of solar energy hence reducing solar heat gain on the patio, which improves the energy efficiency profile of the awning.

However, if the fabric color is black, then the dark color hue reduces heat dissipation which can be useful in cold days.

Moreover, the use of top-quality dye solutions and premium fabrics ensures that this awning cover is fade-resistant, hence it does not get discolored due to solar bleaching associated with prolonged exposure to sunlight. Its front valance has scalloped edges.

The roller tube of this model is rotated by a motor with a power output of 205 watts (w) at 1.92 amperes (A). Even so, the roller tube rotates much slower than the motor speed, and this is possible because the motor shaft features a gear that mates with the worm gear of the roller tube.

The ratio of teeth in the motor shaft gear to the roller tube gear is 24 to 1, which ensures that the motor speed to roller (tube) speed is 24:1.

This means that the roller tube speed is 1/24th of the motor speed, or the motor needs to make 24 turns for the roller to complete one turn.

Relatedly, the motor rating impacts where it can be used because it is clear from its power rating that the motor runs on 110 volts(V), which makes this awning model unsuitable for use in countries whose electrical grids provide a consumer voltage output of 240V.

Even so, if one wants to use this awning with a socket that outputs 240volts, then a 240V-to-110V step-down transformer needs to be used.

As mentioned earlier, this model supports two propulsion systems, and this means that it has two modes of operation: manual and automatic operations.

This makes it an automatic motorized model that comes with an inbuilt manual fallback option. For instance, during periods of a power blackout, one can still project this awning and adjust its slope angle (or angular pitch). The awning cover can have a slope angle of 25º which allows for water to easily flow down.

During manual operation, the hand crank is hooked to the crank loop and turned clockwise or anticlockwise to fold or unfold the retractable arms.

These arms are not designed to be straight during full arm projection, and this is related to the way the arms are installed to the headbox, and how they operate.

These arms are secured to the torsion bar via arm shoulders, and as expected, this secures the arms to the headbox, as well as allows the arms to carry the valance bar that projects the cover and holds the overhanging valance.

Relatedly, each arm is made of 2 bars that are hinged to allow for folding and unfolding, and because the sum of the lengths of these 2 bars exceeds the desired arm projection, then the model has been designed to achieve full shade projection without straightening these arms.

As expected, the rotation of the roller tube is synchronized with the opening of the retractable arms so that the cover can be projected as required.

The fabric used in the awning cover is non-elastic, but this cover needs to be taught regardless of whether the awning has been projected partially or fully.

So how can this be achieved in this model? To tighten the fabric on the arms and bar, heavy-duty double springs installed in the arms are used to tautly stretch the fabric on the arms and valence bar. This ensures that the fabric is taut regardless of the degree of shade projection.

During automatic operation, the remote control is used to protect the awning cover or retract it to the desired position.

This remote control has 3 operation buttons, namely OPEN, STOP, and CLOSE buttons. The OPEN button is used for shade projection, which can be stopped using the STOP button. The CLOSE button is used to effect shade retraction.

In this awning, the angular pitch is adjusted by hooking the hand crank to the Easy Pitch loop in the arm shoulder and turning it left or right to raise or lower the valance bar.

This should be done on the Easy Pitch loop on each arm shoulder so that the valance bar is set horizontally – which can be confirmed using a bubble level – after adjusting the slope angle.

This retractable awning model is supported by a 5-year warranty provided by the manufacturer as long as the product was purchased from an authorized trader.

However, not all components are covered by this warranty, with the moving parts being covered by a 12-month limited warranty, which is still good for a product that is frequently opened and closed.

Pros Advaning Luxury Series EA1210 Automatic Awning
  • Comes fully-preassembled.
  • Automatic motorized model that comes with a manual fallback option.
  • Has a micro-perforated, solution-dyed acrylic cover.
  • Maximum shade cover is 12feet by 10feet.
  • Easy and straightforward installation and maintenance.
  • Motor unit features a built-in receiver that allows awning projection and retraction to be controlled using an infra-red remote control.
  • Its semi-cassette is made of heavy-duty 6063-T5 aluminum alloy.
  • Features a 70mm-thick roller tube made of 6063-T5 aluminum alloy.
  • Retractable arms are inlaid with twin PVC-coated, high-strength 40mm-thick tensioned cables made from architectural-grade stainless steel.
  • Motor has a power output of 205W at 1.92A.
  • Heavy-duty springs in arms tighten the awning cover during shade projection.
  • Easy angular pitch adjustment using the Easy Pitch loop that is fitted in each arm shoulder.
  • Light color hue of awning cover minimizes solar heat gain.
  • 12-month limited warranty.
The Cons
  • It cannot withstand high wind speeds.
  • Lacks a wind sensor.
  • Awning cover with black fabric allows for faster solar heat gain as compared to cover dyed with a light color hue.

Bottom-line

Advaning Luxury Series EA1210 is a durable, reliable, strong, and well-built beautiful retractable patio awning with micro-perforated solution-dyed acrylic cover housed in a high-quality aluminum semi-cassette.

It is an automatic motorized model that comes with a manual fallback option, and its angular pitch adjustment is done using the Easy Pitch loop that is fitted in each arm shoulder.

Also, it comes fully assembled and can provide controllable protection from the weather. It is designed to provide a shade cover that is 12feet long and 10 feet wide, which can cover a 120 square-feet patio area.

It features a white metallic understructure and a cover that can have a light color hue to minimize solar heat gain. It also features a heavy-duty 6063-T5 aluminum half-cassette, and its 70mm-thick aluminum roller tube is driven by a 205W motor through a worm gear.

These aforementioned features and the exceptional price-to-performance ratio of Advaning Luxury Series EA1210 makes it the best electric retractable patio awning in this review.

2. Outsunny 100110-005G Manual Sunshade

This is a durable, reliable, strong, and well-built retractable patio awning with 280g polyester cover that is projected and retracted using a manual crank.

Its 280g (or 280gsm) polyester is coated with polyurethane (PU) to make the cover waterproof. Its aluminum headbox holds the roller tube securely in place.

This roller tube holds the awning cover that measures 8feet in length and 7.5feet in width. Also, its awning unit comes fully assembled and it provides controllable protection from the sun, hence it can be described as a retractable patio sunshade.

It is designed to provide a shade cover that is 8feet long and 7feet wide, which can cover a 56 square-feet patio area.

It features a white metallic understructure and a cover with a light color hue to minimize solar heat gain. Its cover can have one of four colors: light green, brown, cream beige, and multi-colored stripes.

This model has an 8.2feet long standard cassette as it lacks a protective hood like the one found in the half-cassette of Advaning Luxury Series EA1210.

As this Outsunny model is shipped with a fully-preassembled awning unit, one just needs to have it installed and the awning is ready for use.

This well-designed retractable awning is designed and made by Aosom LLC, a US company based in Wilsonville, Oregon. Its model number is 100110-005G, with the G indicating that the model being reviewed comes with a green awning cover.

This retractable awning comes with 2 arm shoulders that are 8feet apart. Its retractable arms are made of aluminum alloy, and they give this awning an arm projection of about 6.6feet. This shows that arms are folded tightly during full retraction.

These arms are secured to the torsion bar. This torsion bar is a steel tube that is powder-coated with anti-corrosion material. As expected, this torsion bar provides strength for holding the retractable arms and awning cover in place.

Even so, like Advaning Luxury Series EA1210, this Outsunny model should not be left open when it is raining, snowing, or when a strong wind is blowing.

This is because it lacks vertical support and uses long arms which makes it prone to damage by strong winds. However, unlike the Advaning Luxury Series EA1210, this model is a manual awning that does not support the automated retraction of the cover. The cover is rolled on a powder-painted aluminum roller tube.

The angular pitch adjustments for this Outsunny product allows for slope angles of between 5º and 45º, with the maximum allowable slope creating a very steep decline that allows for fast runoff of water and debris.

In turn this necessitates the placement of the awning at a high position so as to create the recommended ground clearance of 8 feet at maximum angular pitch adjustment. Also, this model cannot be used on recreational vehicles.

This reliable and compactly-designed Outsunny model comes as a single box package that weighs about 43.8pounds, and is 100inches long, 7inches wide, and 6inches are tall.

In the box are the awning unit, aluminum wall brackets, 63-inch long hand crank, screws, bolts, washers, nuts, user manual, and mounting hardware.

Even so, it does not come with mounting screws for attaching the brackets to a wooden frame. The fully-assembled retractable sunshade has a white metal understructure and a premium fabric cover that is painted a light shade of green.

The awning cover is made of PU-coated 280gsm (grams-per-square-meter) polyester fabric that is waterproof, washable, rot-proof, and UV-resistant. This fabric cannot allow mold and mildew to grow on it. Its front valance has scalloped edges.

During manual operation, the hand crank is hooked to the crank loop and turned clockwise or anticlockwise to fold or unfold the retractable arms.

These arms are secured to the torsion bar via arm shoulders, and as expected, this secures the arms to the headbox, as well as allows the arms to carry the valance bar, which is called the front support bar in this model. The valence bar holds the overhanging valance.

As expected, the rotation of the roller tube is synchronized with the opening of the retractable arms so that the cover can be projected as required.

Authorized retailers of this Outsunny model provide a 90-day limited warranty.

Pros Outsunny 100110-005G Manual Sunshade
  • Comes fully-preassembled.
  • Manual model that can support steep angular pitch of 45º.
  • Has a PU-coated, 280gsm polyester awning cover.
  • Maximum shade cover is 8feet by 7feet.
  • Easy and straightforward installation and maintenance.
  • Has thick heavy-duty retractable arms.
  • Affordable.
  • Easy angular pitch adjustment to create slope angles that fall between 5º and 45º.
  • Light color hue of awning cover minimizes solar heat gain.
  • Does not need electricity to create shade.
  • Limited warranty of 90days is appropriate for this affordable manual model.
The Cons
  • Cannot withstand high wind speeds.
  • Lacks a cassette hood.

Bottom-line

Outsunny 100110-005G Manual Sunshade is a durable, reliable, strong, and well-built retractable patio awning with a PU-coated 280g polyester cover that is projected and retracted using a manual crank.

Its aluminum headbox holds the roller tube in place so that the 8feet by 7.5feet awning cover can be unrolled or retracted.

Also, its awning unit comes fully assembled and can provide controllable protection from the sun. This model is designed to provide a shade cover that is 8feet long and 7feet wide, which can cover a 56 square-feet patio area.

It features a white metallic understructure and a cover with a light color hue to minimize solar heat gain. Moreover, it allows for easy angular pitch adjustment to create slope angles that fall between 5º and 45º.

3. Diensweek HD1500610 Manual Awning

This is a durable, reliable, strong, and well-built retractable patio awning with a PU-coated 280g polyester cover rolled on galvanized steel roller tube and can be projected and retracted using a manual crank.

The fully projected awning can withstand wind speeds of up to 18mph and its substructure features a T5 aluminum alloy frame, while its cover fabric is made of solution-dyed spun-polyester and has a UV resistance rating of UV50+.

This makes the cover fade-resistant. Its retractable arms are inlaid with insulated steel cables, and the cover is kept taut during partial projection by double springs fitted on these arms.

Also, its wall brackets are securely attached to the wall using high-quality, architectural-grade chrome steel screws.

Moreover, its awning unit comes fully assembled and can provide controllable protection from the sun. This model is designed to provide a maximum shade cover of 12feet by 10feet, which can cover a 120 square-feet patio area.

However, it does not feature a cassette cover. Relatedly, this product features a white metallic understructure and a cover with a light color hue to minimize solar heat gain.

The fabric comes in different color options with the most popular being stripped green and beige.

Moreover, it allows for easy angular pitch adjustment and can achieve a maximum drop of 0.6m (1.97feet), and based on trigonometric calculations, this gives it a maximum slope angle of 11º.

This high-quality and easy to use retractable awning with a simple design is made by Diensweek, a subsidiary of Hoder USA, LLC. Its model number is HD1500610, with the HD prefix standing for heavy-duty. This review focuses on the beige model.

The awning unit of this model comes fully-preassembled, and one just needs to have it installed, and the awning is ready for use.

The exact dimension of the fully-retracted awning cover is 11.32feet by 9.84feet. Its 2 arm shoulders are expectedly spaced 11.32feet apart.

Unlike the 2 aforementioned models, this Diensweek model has an aluminum torsion bar, and a roller tube made of galvanized steel, which aptly reveals that the roller tube holds some of the load of the fully projected cover.

Also, its retractable arms are made of aluminum alloy and are inlaid with twin high-strength tensioned cables made from stainless steel and coated with PVC.

These arms are secured to the torsion bar made of a T5 aluminum tube. Its roller tube is made of welded cold-rolled steel.

This reliable and compactly-designed model comes as a single box package that weighs about 57pounds, and is 137.8inches long. In the box are the awning unit, wall brackets, hand crank, screws, bolts, washers, nuts, user manual, and mounting hardware.

Its awning cover is made of PU-coated 280gsm polyester fabric that is waterproof, washable, rot-proof and UV-resistant. Its front valance has scalloped edges. Mold and mildew cannot grow on this cover if it is well-maintained.

To operate it, its hand crank is hooked to the crank loop and turned clockwise or anticlockwise to fold or unfold the retractable arms.

These arms project the awning cover by carrying the valance bar away from the roller tube. As expected, the rotation of the roller tube is synchronized with the opening of the retractable arms so that the cover can be projected as desired.

This manually-operated awning is supported by a 1-year limited warranty.

Pros of the Diensweek HD1500610 Manual Awning
  • Comes fully-preassembled.
  • Has a PU-coated, 280gsm polyester awning cover.
  • Maximum shade cover is 12feet by 10feet.
  • Easy and straightforward installation and maintenance.
  • Has thick heavy-duty retractable arms that are inlaid with PVC-coated steel cables.
  • Easy angular pitch adjustment.
  • Light color hue of awning cover minimizes solar heat gain.
  • Does not need electricity to create shade.
  • Limited warranty of 12months.
The Cons
  • Large model that requires more energy to project or retract the awning cover, as compared to Outsunny 100110-005G Manual Sunshade.
  • Cannot withstand high wind speeds.
  • Lacks a cassette cover.

Bottom-line

Diensweek HD1500610 Manual Awning is a durable, reliable, strong, and well-built retractable patio awning with a PU-coated 280g polyester cover rolled on galvanized steel roller tube, and can be projected and retracted using a manual crank.

The fully projected awning can withstand wind speeds of up-to 18mph and its substructure features T5 aluminum alloy frame, while its cover fabric is made of solution-dyed spun-polyester that has a UV resistance rating of UV50+.

This makes the cover fade-resistant. Its retractable arms are inlaid with insulated cables, and the cover is kept taut during partial projection by double springs fitted on these arms.

Also, its awning unit comes fully assembled and can provide controllable protection from the sun. This model is designed to provide a maximum shade cover of 12feet by 10feet. Even so, it does not feature a cassette cover.

4. BEST BUDGET: Best Choice SKY2599 Manual Awning

This an affordable, durable, reliable, and strong retractable patio awning with a polyester cover and an aluminum substructure.

Its cover is projected and retracted using a manual crank. Its polyester fabric is rolled on a 0.5inches thick cylindrical pole called the reel pole that serves as the roller. Its aluminum headbox holds this reel pole securely in place.

This roller tube holds the awning cover that measures 98.5inches in length and 80inches in width, which is approximately 8feet by 6.75feet respectively.

Its awning unit comes preassembled and can provide controllable protection from the sun. It is designed to provide shade cover over a patio with an area of 56 square feet.

This is because it has an arm projection of 74.5inches. Relatedly, it features a white metallic understructure and a cover with a light color hue to minimize solar heat gain.

This cover can have either of two colors: beige and blue-white. Also, because this product is shipped with a fully assembled awning unit, one just needs to have it installed and the awning is ready for use.

This well-designed retractable awning is designed and made by Best Choice Products, and its model number is SKY2599.

This retractable awning comes with 2 arm shoulders that hold 2 retractable aluminum arms in place. Its arm projection of 75.4inches shows that the arms are folded tightly during full retraction.

These arms are secured to the aluminum torsion bar that has been powder coated with anti-corrosion material.

Like Outsunny 100110-005G Manual Sunshade, this awning cannot be left open when it is raining, snowing, or when a strong wind is blowing; and this is because it lacks vertical support and uses long aluminum arms which make it prone to damage by high wind loads.

Moreover, its headbox lacks a protective hood like the one found in the cassettes. Additionally, this model cannot be used on recreational vehicles.

This well-built, compactly-designed, and lightweight Best Choice model comes as a single box package that weighs about 36.5pounds, and is 100inches long, 8inches wide, and 7inches tall.

In the box are the awning unit, crank handle, 2 wall brackets, 4 sleeve anchors, and 2 M10 bolt sets, along with the instruction manual.

To install this model, 2 people are needed, alongside the following tools: leveler, wrench, marker, electric drill with a 10mm masonry drill bit.

Even though it provides the same shade dimensions and covers the same patio area as the Outsunny 100110-005G Manual Sunshade, this model is more lightweight and lacks steel in its substructure.

Nonetheless, like the Outsunny 100110-005G, the fully-assembled Best Choice SKY2599 has a white metal understructure and a premium fabric cover that has a light color hue, in this case, beige.

Like in Outsunny 100110-005G, the awning cover of Best Choice SKY2599 is made of coated polyester fabric that is waterproof, washable, rot-proof and UV-resistant.

No mildew nor mold can grow on this cover, which makes Best Choice SKY2599 suitable for areas with a wet climate. Also, its front valance has scalloped edges, and it is 9.5inches high.

To operate this model, the hand crank needs to be hooked to the crank loop and turned clockwise or anticlockwise to fold or unfold the retractable arms.

Like in Outsunny 100110-005G, these arms of Best Choice SKY2599 are secured to the torsion bar via arm shoulders, and as expected, this secures the arms to the headbox, as well as allows the arms to carry the valance bar.

The valence bar holds the overhanging valance. As expected, the rotation of the roller tube is synchronized with the opening of the retractable arms so that the cover can be projected as required.

Authorized retailers of this Best Choice Product models provide a 60-day limited warranty for this SKY2599 model.

Pros of the Best Choice SKY2599 Manual Awning
  • Comes fully-preassembled.
  • Has waterproof polyester awning cover.
  • Maximum shade cover is 98.5inches by 80inches.
  • Easy and straightforward installation and maintenance.
  • Affordable.
  • Easy angular pitch adjustment.
  • Light color hue of awning cover minimizes solar heat gain.
  • Does not need electricity to create shade.
  • Limited warranty of 60days is appropriate for this affordable manual model.
The Cons
  • Cannot withstand high wind speeds.
  • Lacks a cassette hood.

Bottom-line

Best Choice SKY2599 is an affordable, durable, reliable, and strong retractable patio awning with a polyester cover and an aluminum substructure. Its cover is projected and retracted using a manual crank.

Its polyester fabric is rolled on a reel pole secured on the headbox by the wall brackets. This reel pole holds the awning cover that measures 98.5inches in length and 80inches in width.

Its awning unit comes preassembled and can provide controllable protection from the sun. Also, it features a white metallic understructure and a cover with a light color hue to minimize solar heat gain.

Moreover, it allows for easy angular pitch adjustment. These aforementioned features along with a superb price-to-performance index makes Best Choice SKY2599 the best budget retractable awning in this review.

5. AECOJOY 13×8 Retractable Awning

This is a durable, reliable, strong, and well-built retractable patio awning with a PU-coated 280g polyester cover rolled on aluminum roller tube, and can be projected and retracted using a manual crank.

The fully projected awning can withstand wind speeds of up-to 24mph and its substructure features an aluminum frame, while its cover fabric is made of dyed polyester that has a UV resistance rating of UV30+. This makes the cover fade-resistant.

Its retractable arms are inlaid with insulated cables. Also, its awning unit comes fully assembled and can provide controllable protection from the sun.

This model is designed to provide a maximum shade cover of 13feet by 8feet. Even so, it does not feature a cassette cover. On the positive, it allows for easy angular pitch adjustment and its beige cover has a light color hue that minimizes solar heat gain.

This high-quality and easy to use retractable awning is made and marketed by AECOJOY. This model usually comes in two color schemes: beige and dark green. The Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) for this beige model is B0857F2X9P.

Design-wise, and operation-wise, AECOJOY B0857F2X9P is similar to Diensweek HD1500610 Manual Awning, with the main exceptions being that this model uses an aluminum roller tube while the Diensweek model uses a roller tube made of cold-rolled steel and this steel tube is held in place by brackets bolted to the wall using chrome steel screws.

Moreover, AECOJOY lacks double springs while the Dienweek model uses these springs to stretch its awning cover.

The awning unit of AECOJOY B0857F2X9P comes fully-preassembled, and after installation into the bolted wall brackets, the awning is ready for use.

As expected, its 2 arm shoulders are about 13feet apart which gives the cover a maximum length-span of 13feet. Its torsion bar and retractable arms are made of aluminum alloy.

These aluminum arms are inlaid with double-stranded high-strength tensioned cables made from stainless steel and coated with synthetic plastic.

These arms are secured to the torsion bar and are able to carry the valance bar. This valance bar holds an overhanding valance that is 6inches tall.

This reliable and compactly-designed AECOJOY model comes as a single box package that is 61.8inches long, 8.6inches wide, and 9inches tall. In the box are the awning unit, wall brackets, hand crank, screws, bolts, washers, nuts, user manual, and mounting hardware.

To install this model, 2 people are needed, alongside the following tools: leveler, wrench, marker, and electric drill with a masonry drill bit.

Its awning cover is made of PU-coated 280gsm polyester fabric that is waterproof, washable, rot-proof and UV-resistant. Its front valance has scalloped edges and is 6inches high. If properly maintained, mold and mildew cannot grow on this cover.

Regarding operation of this AECOJOY model, its hand crank needs to be hooked into the crank loop and turned to fold or unfold the retractable arms.

These arms project the awning cover by carrying the valance bar away from the roller tube, and because the rotation of the roller tube and arm extension are synchronized, then the awning cover is properly projected to shade the patio.

It can shade a maximum patio area of 104square-feet as long as the patio length is 13feet or less.

Pros of the AECOJOY 13×8 Retractable Awning
  • Comes fully-preassembled.
  • Has a PU-coated, 280gsm polyester awning cover.
  • Maximum shade cover is 13feet by 8feet.
  • Easy and straightforward installation and maintenance.
  • Has thick heavy-duty retractable arms that are inlaid with stainless steel cables.
  • Easy angular pitch adjustment.
  • Light color hue of awning cover minimizes solar heat gain.
  • Does not need electricity to create shade.
The Cons
  • Large model that requires more effort to project or retract as compared to Outsunny 100110-005G.
  • Cannot withstand wind speeds beyond Beaufort scale 5.
  • Lacks a cassette cover.

Bottom-line

AECOJOY B0857F2X9P is a durable, reliable, strong, and well-built retractable patio awning with a PU-coated 280g polyester cover rolled on aluminum roller tube, and can be projected and retracted using a manual crank.

The fully projected awning can withstand wind speeds of up-to 24mph and its substructure features an aluminum frame, while its cover fabric is made of dyed polyester that has a UV resistance rating of UV30+.

This makes the cover fade-resistant. Its retractable arms are inlaid with insulated cables. Also, its awning unit comes fully assembled and can provide controllable protection from the sun.

This model is designed to provide a maximum shade cover of 13feet by 8feet. Even so, it does not feature a cassette cover. On the upside, the light color hue of its awning cover minimizes solar heat gain.

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