Our Pick of The Best Large Family Tents on The Market
Whether you’re planning your first family camping trip or your tenth, you need a reliable, durable and spacious tent to accommodate your family. For larger families, a 12-person tent provides you with plenty of room to sleep comfortably.
Ozark Trail 16×16-Feet 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Pre-Attached Poles
Our favorite for 2017
Tahoe Gear Prescott 12 Person 3-Season Family Cabin Tent
A very close runner-up
Eureka Copper Canyon 12 -Person Tent
Has 2 large doors with half windows
Finding the right tent isn’t an easy task – no matter what size you need. We’re going to share five of the best 12-person tents on the market. Here are some things to consider when comparing models:
- Interior Space: Consider how much interior space the tent offers. While most 12-person models are similar in size, some are still larger than others. Consider how much space you’ll realistically need, and whether you’ll need dividers. If you think the kids will bicker and fight all night long, it may be wise to choose a model that has built-in dividers that can separate the tent into rooms.
- Ease of Set-Up: How easy is it to set up the tent? Most model will give an estimate of how much time it takes to get the tent up and secured. Some models, like the Ozark Trail 16’ x 16’ model, have pre-attached poles, which cuts set-up time to just a few minutes. Others can take 20 minutes or more, so find a model that you and the family can set up in a reasonable amount of time.
- Water Resistance: The weather can be unpredictable. A sudden rainstorm in the middle of the night could leave you and your family soaking wet if the tent is poorly designed. Taped fly seams can help prevent leaks, but make sure the tent’s materials offers adequate water resistance.
The Best Tents Reviews for 2017
Ozark Trail 16×16-Feet 3-Room Tent – Ozark Trail’s 16’ x 16’ tent sets up in less than two minutes, and offers enough space to fit three queen-size airbeds. With seven closable windows, this tent provides a cabin-like feel. And the pre-attached poles make set up a breeze.
Inside the tent are two room dividers to separate sleeping and living spaces. A large front awning is also included to allow for relaxation in the shade.
Summer campers will appreciate the large ground vent that’s large enough to fit an air conditioner.
Offering a quick and easy setup and plenty of space, the Ozark Trail 3-room tent is a great option for large families or camping groups.
Tahoe Gear Gateway Deluxe Camping Tent – The Gateway is a 12-person tent that offers a comfortable yet practical design. Great for day or night use, this tent has a 7-foot center that allows campers to walk around with ease.
The 1200mm polyester body is durable and great for all-weather use. The fly has built-in ropes on all sides for easy securing when the wind picks up, and the solar shield reflects to sun to keep the tent cool in the summer.
Polyethylene binding floor and taped fly seams provide additional water resistance, so you stay dry on your trip. The open mesh design also allows for cross ventilation to keep the tent cool.
With easy assembly and a spacious interior, this is one of the best tents for camping if you’re traveling with a group of friends.
Tahoe Gear Prescott – The Prescott from Tahoe Gear offers an open floorplan, and a tall 6’6” center height to allow campers to stand and walk around comfortably.
While this model does not have an L-shaped design, it has more than enough room to sleep 12 people. The included divider allows you to separate your living and sleeping spaces, or provide campers with a little more privacy.
Setup is easy thanks to the corded fiberglass poles, and like the Gateway Deluxe tent, the fly has ropes on all sides to keep the tent secure in windy conditions. Taped fly seams provide further protection from wet weather.
The floor vents and large screen room allow for excellent air circulation during the day. In the evening, the tent converts to a great shelter.
Eureka Copper Canyon – The Cooper Canyon from Eureka is a 9-pole cabin with a large interior and 7’ center height for added comfort. Offering 168 square feet of sleeping space, the tent sleeps 12 people comfortably.
A removable divider curtain is included to separate the tent into two rooms and provide more privacy. In between uses, the divider can be removed to reveal one large open living space.
The Copper Canyon features two large and opposing D-style doors and half windows for versatile entry and exit. Windows are built into each side for better ventilation and views of the outdoors.
The mesh roofing promotes circulation while reducing condensation, so you enjoy a comfortable, dry night of sleep.
Eureka’s Copper Canyon features top quality construction and durability for years of use.
Ozark Trail 12-Person Tent with Screen Porch – Ozark Trail’s 12-person tent features a cabin-like design with a convenient screen porch. Now you can enjoy those cool summer evenings without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.
The 90” cathedral ceiling and tall walls creates a roomy interior, and allows campers to stand up and walk around inside. The screen room is 54 square feet, offering you plenty of space to relax outdoors.
Multiple storage pockets are built into the tent, so you can store your belongings without taking up extra floor space. The sewn-in room divider creates two rooms and provides more privacy to campers.
An E-port allows for easy extension cord access, and the taped fly seams keep moisture out.
With a 20-minute set-up time, this tent is a great choice for families.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Twelve Person Tent for You
You’ve read the reviews, you’ve compared models, and you’re still having trouble narrowing down your choices to just one model (we’ve all been there). Here are some things to look for when choosing your tent:
- Shape and Layout: We talked about interior space earlier, but what about the shape and layout of the tent? Some 12-person models are L-shaped, which naturally creates rooms and allows for a more versatile use of the space. Others are wide open just like any other tent, which is a great option for families or groups who enjoy bunking together. Decide what type of layout and shape is ideal for your camping needs.
- Ceiling Height: Many large tents have high ceilings, which allow you to stand up and walk around without having to duck. If you don’t plan on spending too much time in the tent or prefer the old-school, shorter height tents, ceiling height may not be important to you. But most campers prefer the option of standing and walking inside comfortably.
- Storage: Some tents offer storage pockets, so you can stow away some of your belongings without taking up too much floor space.
- Ventilation and Windows: It’s important to ensure that the tent has good ventilation to keep the tent cool and comfortable. Ideally, you’ll choose a tent with windows, so you can enjoy the view while you camp.
- Price: Large tents can be pricey, so set a budget and find a high-quality model you can afford. Aim for quality over price, as poor quality tents can be leaky, unstable and unreliable.