Read Our Family Tent Reviews and Your Camping Trip Will Be a Joy!
Planning your annual family camping trip is fun and exciting. Buying a tent is not. When most tents have similar features, it can be a chore to find one that suits your needs.
Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
Our favorite for 2017
Coleman Red Canyon 8 Person Tent
A very close runner-up
Wenzel Klondike Tent – 8 Person
8-person family tent with attached screen room
What material is the tent made of? Are the floors welded to keep the rain out? Are there any windows? These are just a few of the many considerations you should make when searching, comparing and choosing a tent.
When comparing models, keep the following points in mind:
- Size: The first thing to consider is the size of the tent. If you’re bringing the whole family, you need a tent that can accommodate all of you. Check the product description to see how many campers the tent can sleep and its dimensions. If you plan on bringing air mattresses, the description should also list how many beds will fit in the tent.
- Material: What material was used to make the tent? Look for models that use water-resistant materials to ensure you stay dry. Also, consider the durability of the material. You want a model that will give you years of use, and the material plays a major role in the tent’s longevity.
- Flooring and Leak Prevention: Check to see what type of flooring is offered. Welded flooring and/or inverted seams will help keep moisture out of the tent. Make sure the roof has similar features that help keep the rain out.
- Set Up: Consider how easy or difficult it will be to set up the tent. Tents that are a little more complicated may take even longer or be impossible to set up alone. Some models are exceptionally easy to set up (two minutes or less), while others can take 20-30 minutes or more.
Reviews – The Best Family Tent for the Money
Coleman 2000018295 – The Coleman 2000018295 is a part of the brand’s Instant Tent collection, and offers plenty of room for eight people to sleep comfortably.
The 14’ x 10’ interior provides enough space for two queen-size airbeds, while the large screened doors and windows allow you to enjoy the view (minus the bugs). There are two doors for versatile entry, and seven windows for complete ventilation.
Like other Coleman tents, this model features the WeatherTec system, which includes thick, waterproof walls and a welded floor to keep moisture out.
Inside the tent is a removable divider that separates the space into two rooms. The center height is 6’5”, so campers can easily walk and stand inside comfortably.
If you’re taking the family on a summer camping trip, this model may just be the best car camping tent out there.
Coleman Red Canyon Tent – Measuring 17’ x 10’, the Red Canyon tent can sleep up to eight campers. With a 72” center height, campers can easily stand inside. The included room dividers allow you to separate the tent into three rooms, so campers can enjoy more privacy.
The WeatherTec System keeps moisture and rain outside, keeping you dry and comfortable all night long. The Variflo venting system and Cool-Air port allow for easy adjustment of airflow and access to your gear.
Setting up the Red Canyon tent is easy thanks to the shock-corded poles and detailed written instructions. And all components (the tent, stakes and poles) have their own storage bags.
If you plan on camping in cooler weather, the Red Canyon is a good choice.
Coleman Instant Cabin Tent – Coleman’s Instant Cabin Tent features a simple design, but offers more than enough space for your family. Measuring 10’ x 9’, this tent can sleep up to eight campers. And the 6-foot center height allows most people to stand inside without having to duck.
With 150D polyester tent material and taped seams, the Instant Cabin Tent will keep you dry and comfortable. The WeatherTec System adds an extra layer of water resistance, with inverted seams and welded floors to keep moisture out.
True to its name, the pre-attached poles make set-up nearly instant (about 60 seconds). This model also has a vented rainfly which improves airflow without adding extra assembly time.
If you want a tent that’s a no-brainer to assemble, the Instant Cabin Tent is the right choice.
Wenzel Klondike Tent – Featuring an attached screen porch and dome interior, the Klondike Tent from Wenzel is durable, water-resistant and easy to assemble.
Built with water-repellent polyester, this eight-person tent features a polyurethane coating for extra protection from the elements. The double-staked corners provide extra stability in windy and rough weather conditions.
The Klondike offers a full mesh roof option for enhanced ventilation and star-gazing. The screened-in porch offers a place to relax and can double as an extra sleeping space during warm summer nights.
With an extra pair of hands, this tent can easily be assembled in 20 minutes or less. Whether you plan on sleeping on air beds or in sleeping bags, this tent has more than enough room for everyone.
Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent – The Grand Pass tent from Mountain Trails is a dome-shaped tent that can sleep up to ten campers. Set-up is a breeze thanks to the pin-and-ring system and the shock-corded fiberglass frame.
Featuring nylon fabric, this tent offers weather resistance and a welded polyethylene floor. Oversized mesh roof vents allow for more ventilation and star-gazing. The windows bring the outdoors inside and create a comfortable cross breeze.
Dual D-style doors allow for easy entry and exit of the tent.
Offering 170-square feet of space, this tent has a divider curtain to create two rooms and has a hooped fly frame for added weather resistance and stability.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Best Family Tent for You
- Dividers: Tents with dividers are great options for families who want more privacy or to keep fighting kids separated. They also offer a great way to divide living and sleeping areas.
- Ventilation: If you camp in the summer, good ventilation is important. Tents are generally made of unbreathable fabrics, which can quickly heat up the interior after being in the hot summer sun. Look for tents with windows and mesh roofs, which offer excellent ventilation – and the chance to see the great outdoors.
- Storage: Some tents offer storage, so you can keep your belongings away and off the tent floor. If you’re bringing the kids, storage may be a nice extra feature to have if you want the tent to stay organized.
- Center Height: Consider the center height of the tent. Many modern tents have high ceilings, so you can stand or walk inside without bumping your head. While not a necessity, many people prefer higher center heights because they’re easier to get in and out of.
- Cost: The price of the tent is another important consideration. High quality, large tents (8-10 person) are reasonably priced. While it’s important to set a budget, make sure quality is the top concern. Remember, the tent will be keeping your family protected from the elements, so you want a model that’s durable, reliable and water-resistant. The cheapest model may not meet your standards or expectations.