Chill in your igloo this summer.
A number of retailers like Amazon
are selling a variety of clear domes that resemble igloos that you put in your yard — “garden igloos” if you will. There’s this 12-foot, $1,200 “Garden Dome Igloo” (pictured above) that the manufacturer claims is perfect as a “conservatory, play area, greenhouse or gazebo.” Or this $1,300 “Inflatable Bubble Tent” from HUKOER that it claims is an “unforgettable experience for your family.”
The internet has erupted in delight. People called the 12-foot garden igloo “the hottest backyard accessory on Amazon.” Country Living raved: “Forget about the tiny guest house. There’s a new backyard must-have in town.” And real estate site Curbed said it was “perfect for glamping or growing.”
Smart shopping expert Trae Bodge of TrueTrae.com says all this praise for the garden igloo doesn’t surprise her: “We’ve already seen a rise in the popularity of other pre-fab structures, like sheds, “granny pods” and even houses, so it’s logical that other, similar structures would enter the marketplace,” she says. “The igloos function as a gazebo, children’s play area or enclosed garden, and I think they will be popular with home renters and owners who want an impermanent addition to their yard that offers some protection from the elements while offering an unobstructed view.”
And to her point, they do have some pluses: You can see through them at nearly every angle, and they aren’t permanent so you can move them if needed. And as Country Living points out: “It’s incredibly versatile and with a little maintenance (like clearing off accumulated snow), you can utilize it year round.”
But there are big downsides: For one, they’re pricey. And on the “Garden Dome Igloo” one owner noted: “I can not recommend this product because it does not look like the picture. It is wrinkled and not smooth like the picture shown.” Another said that “the set-up is a little time-consuming the first time.” And the Inflatable Tent igloo has to be attached to a blower to keep its shape, which one user complained was loud.
Still, some consumers seem to enjoy them, with one writing: “Great place to have a glass of wine with my partner under the stars.”