The REI Alcove is the winner of our Best Buy Award because it earned one of the highest scores, but costs nearly half the price of the majority of products in our review. In addition to being the sturdiest beach canopy we tested, the Alcove is easy to set-up and has a very enjoyable amount of livable room underneath. It also works great for car camping and for groups of about four to six adults. It's one of only two of the shelters we tested that will fit well over a picnic table.
The REI Alcove has been discontinued. Take a peek at The Best Beach Canopy Review to check out alternative options.
The primary downside of the REI Alcove Shelter is that it is bulkier and heavier than its competitors. Our Editors' Choice winner, the Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter is about 6 lbs lighter, but has less usable space than the Alcove due to its dome design.