June 2

Top 10 Best Camping Tents Reviewed in 2020

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Three questions to consider when buying a tent: how often you’ll go camping, the location(s) you’ll be camping, and how many people are coming.

Make a note of your other needs too, such as more than one room, a porch, additional storage, and electrical ports. This makes finding the best camping tent for you easier.

How often you plan to camp is important because you want your tent to hold up. Most inexpensive tents have fiberglass poles and they’re suitable for up to moderate use. Look for sturdy polyester fabrics and seamless polyurethane or polyester floors.

Location can matter, but it’s not always a factor. If you live in hotter or cooler climates, or are camping in these areas, you’ll need to pay attention to ventilation and insulation.

Double walls or fewer windows keep you warmer. Lots of windows, open mesh, and floor vents keep you cooler.

Product

Details

Rating

OUR #1 RATED

CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

  • Storage
  • E-port
  • Excellent rain protection

4.5 out of 5

NTK Laredo GT Camping Tent

NTK Laredo GT Camping Tent

  • Cooler weather
  • Rainproof
  • Extra storage

4.5 out of 5

Coleman WeatherMaster Tent

Coleman WeatherMaster Tent

  • Color-coded poles
  • Two private entrances
  • Multiple rooms

4.5 out of 5

OZARK Trail Family Cabin Tent

OZARK Trail Family Cabin Tent

  • Three doors
  • Versatile one-two-three room construction
  • AC port

4 out of 5

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

  • Seven windows
  • Tall ceiling
  • Simple set up

4 out of 5

All companies tell you how many it sleeps. Keep in mind the number covers adults, sleeping with arms at side, in sleeping bags/mats. It doesn’t account for moving or storage.

A good rule is to take what the manufacturer suggests and subtract two. Below we've reviewed the top 10 best camping tents on the market in 2020.

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AmazonBasics Tent


AmazonBasics Tent
  • Size: 15x9 ft. with 6 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Features: Adjustable ventilation, shock-corded poles, compact storage, durable design, 3-season, and stargazing.
  • Material: 100% polyester, fiberglass poles
  • Ease of set up: 1-2 people and 10-20 minutes
  • Best for: Moderate use, families, and groups

Easy to set up, comes with instructions and has a carrying bag for easy and compact storage. Inside you will find interior storage for important personal items.

This model offers adjustable ventilation. It is durable enough to withstand moderate storms, wind, and rain. However, if you need more than just sleeping space and have eight adults, it could feel a bit cramped inside.

PROS

  • Interior storage for important items
  • Adjustable ventilation system
  • Withstands harsh weather

CONS

  • Netting size could be smaller
  • Not ideal for cold climates or winter camping

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent


Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent
  • Size: 7x10 ft. with 6 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Features: Multiple rooms, adjustable vents, stargazing, 3-season, and privacy
  • Material: WeatherTec system treated polyester, fiberglass poles
  • Ease of setup: 1-2 people and 10-20 minutes.
  • Best for: Fairweather, hot climates, families, and groups

Sleeps eight adults, making it perfect for families or larger groups. You can make more than one room, up to three. Coleman’s Cool-Air port and Variflo adjustable venting system is superb at keeping you cool.

In moderate to severe weather conditions, even with the WeatherTec system, this model falls short. However, it will withstand light rain and wind. Consider this model better for fair to hot weather.

PROS

  • One to three rooms with provided dividers
  • Great size
  • Easy assembly

CONS

  • Doesn’t withstand moderate to harsh weather
  • One entrance for all three rooms

Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent


Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent
  • Size: 18x10 ft. with a 6 ft. center height
  • Features: Windows, ventilation, 3-season, and multiple rooms
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Material: Various materials, fiberglass frame, polyurethane floor
  • Set up: 2 people and 20 minutes
  • Best for: Hot weather, pets, families, and groups

This tent offers exceptional space, enough room to comfortably hold 10 people. The ventilation is where it really shines with five windows. Perfect for hot weather. You can make one or two rooms, but the provided divider material is slightly see through.

This will do well in most weather situations. Extended downpour and winter months are the exceptions. The stakes will last you a while, but for moderate to heavy windstorms, or extended use, invest in better quality stakes.

PROS

  • Plenty of Windows
  • Reinforced polyurethane floor
  • Pet-friendly

CONS

  • The room divider is a semi-transparent sheet
  • Stakes

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent


Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
  • Size: 16x11 ft. with 6.5 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Features: Screen room, 2 doors, pet-friendly floor, windows, stargazing, and 3-season
  • Material: Weather Armor polyester with polyurethane coating and fiberglass frame
  • Set up: 2 people and 20 minutes
  • Perfect for: Rain, moderate use, and pets, families, and groups

The main cabin only sleeps five. Other guests will need to sleep on the porch with the sides zipped up for privacy. With fewer campers, you can use the porch for meals, relaxing, or additional storage. A second door separates the two rooms for added privacy. The main cabin has two additional windows.

The screen porch has zip up protection, and every door and window quickly zips up. It performs well in light wind and breezes. In windy weather, add extra stakes for stability. Another notable feature is the standard 10-year warranty that comes with this tent.

PROS

  • Pet-friendly
  • Screened porch with zip up sides
  • 10-year warranty

CONS

  • The main cabin only sleeps 5
  • Need to reapply sealant.

Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent


Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent
  • Size: 16x7 ft. with 6.2 ft. center height.
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Features: E-port, hinged door, awning, and 3-season
  • Material: WeatherTec system treated polyester, fiberglass frame
  • Set up: 1 person and 15 minutes
  • Best for: Colder weather, pets, families, and groups

A hinged door makes it easier to enter and leave. The small awning offers extra protection and privacy. This model also includes an E-port.

Two side windows allow for ventilation, but no floor level vents. The added warmth is better for cooler weather and climates.

Sleeping eight adults is a tight fit. The WeatherTec system has a better design on this model than others by the company and performs well in light to moderate rain conditions.

PROS

  • Easy setup
  • Child and pet-friendly
  • Colder weather

CONS

  • Poorer ventilation than other Coleman models
  • Not for 8 people

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent


Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
  • Size: 14x10 ft. with 6.5 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Features: one or two rooms, 7 windows, spacious, ventilation, and 2 doors
  • Material: WeatherTec system treated polyester with patented welded floors and metal frame
  • Set up: 1 person and realistically around 5 minutes
  • Best for: Tall campers, anyone who’s never set up a tent, large families, and extended use

Seven windows provide excellent ventilation along with two doors. Great for hot to warm weather. The height gives the inside openness.

Setting up is a breeze. Perfect if you have limited use with your hands or are inexperienced with tents. This model has some WeatherTec System features and is rain resistant. No rainfly so you’ll need to purchase one separately.

PROS

  • Seven windows
  • Tall ceiling
  • Simple set up

CONS

  • The storage bag is small
  • No included rainfly

OZARK Trail Family Cabin Tent


OZARK Trail Family Cabin Tent
  • Size: 20x10 ft. with a 6.6 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Features: 3 rooms, 3 entrances, vented AC ports, 6 windows, and 3-season
  • Materials: Polyester, fiberglass frame
  • Set up: 2 people and 10 or more minutes
  • Best for: Families, groups, value, smaller families, and privacy

Multiple entrances offer convenience and privacy. The tent has six total windows for great ventilation. Also included are a mud mat and zippered area by the main entrance to store shoes.

You can add or subtract rooms as needed. The versatility is a bonus. Screened AC ports keep out bugs. This tent protects from light to moderate rain with a full coverage rainfly. Taped fly seams offer another protective barrier.

PROS

  • Three doors
  • AC port
  • Versatile one-two-three room construction

CONS

  • Non-fire retardant material
  • Instructions can be confusing

Coleman WeatherMaster Tent


Coleman WeatherMaster Tent
  • Size: 7x9 ft. with a 6.8 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Features: 1 or 2 rooms, 1 hinged door, 3-seasons, 2 entrances, and stargazing
  • Material: WeatherTec system treated polyester, fiberglass frame
  • Set up: 2 people and 10 minutes
  • Best for: Larger groups, families, and fair weather trips

Choose one or two rooms. A hinged entry sits at the front and another zippered door is at the rear. If you use the divider, each room has its own entrance for added privacy. Realistically, it sleeps six to eight adults.

Color-coded poles make setting up simple. A ring hangs from the middle of the tent that is great for hanging lights. WeatherTec System is on this model, but many of the same problems are too. Make this one a fair weather choice to avoid leaking seams.

PROS

  • Color-coded poles
  • Two private entrances
  • Multiple rooms

CONS

  • Seams can leak
  • Stakes are poor quality

NTK Laredo GT Camping Tent


NTK Laredo GT Camping Tent
  • Size: 10x14 with 6.2 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 9-10
  • Features: Gear loft, full coverage rainfly, fire retardant, three windows, lightweight, and 4-season
  • Material: Polyester Taffeta 68D 190T 2500mm PU, Polyester Mesh 68D, NANO-FLEX shock-corded fiberglass frame
  • Set up: 1-2 people and 15 minutes
  • Best for: Cooler and severe weather, groups and families, pets, and multiple uses

More tents need to provide the extra storage you’ll find in this model with the gear loft. The utility pockets are a nice touch too. A sturdy model without being heavy.

You’ll be cool in the hotter months due to the excellent ventilation, but the double walls will insulate you in the winter. Larger tents usually aren’t 4-season, so this is a welcome and rare find.

PROS

  • Cooler weather
  • Extra storage
  • 4-season

CONS

  • No divider for privacy
  • Only three windows

CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent


CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent
  • Size: 16x9 ft. with 6 ft. center height
  • Sleeps: 9
  • Features: gear loft, E-port, adjustable ventilation, lightweight, and full-taped rainfly
  • Material: H2O Rainblock treated Polyester 68D, fiberglass frame
  • Set up: 1-2 people and 15 minutes or less
  • Best for: Families, pets, moderate weather, overall value, and heavy use

Extra storage means sleeping nine people is more realistic. Many mesh pockets are inside to hold valuables or flashlights. A center ring is ideal for a hanging lantern. A closeable E-port is also a nice extra. It has one window, door, and adjustable floor vent, but the all mesh top allows hot air to rise.

Durable material stands against light to moderate rain and wind. The H2O Rainblock and advanced beading technology repels water from the tent.

PROS

  • Storage
  • E-port
  • Excellent rain protection

CONS

  • One window
  • No room dividers
  • List Element

Which Camping Tent Should You Buy?

Ventilation, durability, and space are the features I need and refuse to camp without. Two models on the list met and exceeded that. First, the OZARK Trail Family Cabin Tent for its overall value, which I own and love, and the NTK Laredo GT Camping Tent because of its 4-season capabilities and extra storage.

Styles and brands highlighted here offer a full range of features, they meet or exceed basic standards, and the prices are reasonable if not a considerable value. Choose a model that fits your requirements first because camping while miserable is no fun.

Which tent is your next home away from home?


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