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Yup, you can buy a gorgeous pergola at Amazon right in time for summer

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Admit it; you've always wanted to say, 'Shall we dine in the pergola this evening?' (Photo: Amazon)

A pergola is an obvious choice for taking your backyard to the next level. It looks chic and serves as the perfect spot to add lighting, designate a seating area and just create a special vibe. Of course picking out a pergola involves getting in your car, schlepping to the nearest home goods store, cruising the aisles for that just-right option and lugging it all home. Or, at least, that used to be the case. Now, you can buy them at Amazon. Yep, that Amazon. There's a huge selection of pergolas to choose from, at a wide range of price points. Ready to kick your backyard style up a notch? Consider these....

This 10-by-12-foot pergola is perfect for smaller yards and patios and more contained spaces, like a breezeway. It features a retractable canopy you can pull out on hot days, and move back when you want full sun. The canopy is made from yarn-dyed fabric that blocks water and is UV-resistant, so you don't have to worry about it fading over time. Available in four shades (purple, strangely, not being one of them).
$450 at Amazon

"Overall, a really amazing item and great quality," said a happy customer. "The price cannot be beat!! Originally I got quoted $3,000–$5,000 for a covered patio, so, after finding this one, I figured If it didn’t work out, no harm no foul."

While this 14-by-10-foot number is a little (okay, more than a little) pricier, it's packed with features to make your outdoor experience next-level. The structure is made of steel and vinyl for a sturdiness that can resist winds up to 100 miles per hour. It's also rust- and UV-resistant and even comes with a USB and electrical power port so you can plug in lights and charge your phone.
$2,199 at Amazon

"Best addition to our backyard," said a five-star fan. "Very sturdy and looks amazing. Love the added power box, which is great for phone chargers."

Made of heavy-duty aluminum, the 10-by-13-foot Tangkula pergola has a retractable sun shade to give you coverage options. The powder-coated aluminum frame won't rust or bend easily. And, at $380, it's one of the most affordable options out there.
$380 at Amazon

"Really great pergola, said one fan. "I put it together by myself except for the few times I needed helpers to hold things. Seems sturdy and looks great. The instructions are A$$."

Purple Leaf's 10-by-13-foot hardtop gazebo-style unit features a special louver system to allow you to let in sunlight for a more traditional pergola feel, or close it off with ease. Included privacy curtains and mosquito expand your options for privacy and shelter.
$2,700 at Amazon

"You can use it in the rain because if the amazing sloped design and built-in gutter system," pointed out a five-star fan. "We opted for this pergola because it had everything we wanted and more. This was a great purchase and, as a result, we use our patio way more than we ever have."

Minimalist design meets maximum style in this Sun Joy option. It has a steel arch for a cool visual effect and features a tan weather-resistant canopy to add shade. At 8.5 by 13 feet, it's a good fit for most areas.
$639 at Amazon

"We quickly turned our standard deck into a resort-style outdoor space," said a satisfied shopper. "The style is eye-catching with clean lines and a modern look. Our deck faces west and the slat wall on the back side provides some nice block from the sun. The canopy is heavy duty and appears it will stand up to the elements for a long time. The pergola was fairly easy to assemble."

Backyard Discovery's pergola is a cozy 12 by 10 feet and crafted from durable cedar for a sturdy structure that not only looks good, it smells great, too.
$1,199 at Amazon

"What a fantastic experience," said a five-star reviewer. "Me and a buddy assembled the pergola in about five hours, including a couple breaks. The instructions were very well-written and every hole lined up perfectly. Backyard Discovery really knocked it out of the park! A very well-engineered and beautiful-looking product. My wife really likes it, which adds a two thumbs up!!"

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.