Let Us Help You Find the Best Family Tent for The Money After 2017
Large tents are a lot different than they were a few decades ago. Tents have transformed from small, rustic designs to large cabins. These units are meant for families, and they have some of the largest roofs in the industry.
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent
Our favorite for 2017
Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent – 10 Person
A very close runner-up
Tahoe Gear Glacier 14 Person 3-Season Family Cabin Camping Tent
A 14 person, super-spacious tent
Remember the times when you used to have to bend down to enter your tent?
Some of the units we’re going to review have 7-foot tall roofs. You no longer have to camp in a small, cramped tent. These tents are affordable, and you can fit up to 12 people in some of them.
When reading through these reviews, make sure you compare:
- Rooms: Larger cabins demand more rooms. A divider that can be placed between spaces is ideal, but you can also find units that have rooms divided for you to make life a little easier.
- Door Type: A hinged door is a new feature that one of the models has below, and this is close to the door you expect in your home. There are also D-style doors which look like a “D.”
- Rain Proofing: If you plan on staying outdoors, you know that Mother Nature cannot be controlled. Rain proofing material needs to be present to keep your tent and bedding dry. Rainfly features offer additional rain protection that can mean the difference between a wet or dry interior.
We’re going to review a few of the best large tents to start off 2017. These tents are from some of the top brands in the world, so you’re not going to want to miss this.
Family Tent Reviews: Our Top Picks
Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Person Hinged Door Tent – The WeatherMaster by Coleman is a 10-person tent with a hinged door that can fit 10 people at one time. This is the tent you want to bring with you if you’re on a family reunion with large groups of people.
A patented hinged door allows users to quickly enter and exit the tent, and a mesh roof is included to allow for more sunlight to enter the tent.
Polyester taffeta coating with 75D 450 PU is included. Inverted seams and the rainfly feature keeps rain out, and the unit is large enough to fit 3 queen beds. The WeatherMaster is 17’ x 9’ in size.
Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent – 10 Person – The Mountain Trails Grand Pass is a 10-person tent that is made from nylon material. This model offers an 18-foot width, 10-foot depth and a generous 6.3-foot height to allow users to walk in the tent without having to hunch over.
Excellent ventilation is provided via the large mesh roof, and two D-style doors are present.
A fly frame adds to the tent’s rain protection, too. The pin-and-ring system allows for an easy setup, and the frame features a shock-corded fiberglass frame to allow for added stability and durability.
The divider curtain allows this tent to be split into two rooms, too – perfect for separating parents and kids.
Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room XL Family Cabin Tent – Ozark offers a 10-person, 3-room room tent that is fit for a queen – or three queen-sized beds. This unit provides six windows for ample light to enter the tent, and there are two side doors that allow for panoramic views and added light.
A center door is included, and all the doors allow guests to enter a room without disrupting others in the process.
The taped fly seams put a stop to leakage, and the unit weighs 31.4 pounds in total. The height of the tent is 6.1-foot, so most users won’t have to duck to get into the unit. This is a great family tent by one of the best tent brands in the industry.
Tahoe Gear Glacier 14 Person 3-Season Cabin Tent – The Tahoe Gear Glacier is a family tent that is all about luxury. This large tent is a cabin style, and there is a rain fly, too. The unit has a 7-foot center and wall height, which allows users of all heights to enter the tent with ease.
Top-of-the-line 1200mm polyester is used for the tent body, and the fly canopy extends over the door for added coverage.
Guy ropes are provided to secure the tent in windy weather. A solar shield reflects the sun and keeps the tent’s internal temperature cooler in the hot summer months. The tent’s dimensions are 20’ length x 12’ width x 7’ height.
Dividers can be placed in the tent to separate rooms, and there is an extension cord port near the door.
Ozark Trail 16×16-Feet 12-Person 3 Room Tent – The Ozark Trail is a huge tent, and its dimensions are 16-foot by 16-foot. This model has pre-attached poles to make setup easy. Users will be able to fit three queen-sized beds in the tent, and set up takes under two minutes – it’s really that fast.
The tent sleeps 12 people, and there are 7 closeable windows.
The unit has a right-angle design, and the dome roof is made of polyester netting. The shipping weight is 61 pounds, and there is even a power outlet provided to allow for electric to be hooked into the tent.
Fly seams also prevent water from entering.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Tent for You and Your Family or Friends
When you go on a long camping trip, it’s common for the space to be cramped and uncomfortable. Thankfully, oversized family tents are available that offer ample room for nearly a dozen people in some cases.
You can camp in luxury.
But choosing the right tent is difficult, even for seasoned professionals. There’s a lot to consider, and we mentioned some of the features that you can look for earlier in this article.
- Height: The height of the tent will matter if you’re on the tall side. It’s not comfortable to have to bend down and walk into a tent.
- Capacity: How many people can the tent hold? A lot of tents say they can hold 10 people, but I find that they’re far more comfortable when 8 people are in them. Always keep this in mind. If you have a larger guest, you may have to count them twice.
- Weight: The weight of the tent can be 60+ pounds, so if you’re lugging it up to a campsite, keep this in mind. There are plenty of options in the 20 – 30-pound range that will more than suffice for most
Of course, you need to make sure that you read through reviews for each model and consider the price. The good news is that there isn’t much of a difference in price between the models listed above, so you’ll be able to find a quality family tent at a price you can afford.
All that’s left to do is plan your next camping trip.