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On this page we’re going to let you know our Top 10 Family Tents For 2018. There are so many choices of tent available we think it is helpful to have a list like this to narrow things down a little. We’ve reached our choices based on a few reasons like the popularity of the product and using other criteria which we believe includes the important questions people ask when buying a tent.
We’ll be giving you a short overview of each product, giving the main features so you can see why we chose it. Using this is how we came to make our No1 choice the Sundome 4 Person Tent.
3 questions people ask when buying a tent
Question 1 – Is it easy to put up?
The last thing you want when you go away camping is to spend a lot of time putting up your tent. Whether you are on your own or have help with you to put it up if you land at your site and it’s dark or wet quick and easy is what you’re looking for. Out of all of the tents that we have chosen none of them will take more than 30 minutes some as little as 5 minutes. Some you might need 2 people mostly the larger tents but at a push they can all be done with one person although it might take longer than 30 minutes solo.
Question 2 – Is it weatherproof?
I put weatherproof because to me that covers rain and wind which are the 2 types of weather that can ruin your camping trip and flatten your tent. No-one expects to go away and not experience one or both of these weather systems but you don’t want to wake in the morning swimming because the tent leaked or have to spend the night in the car because your tent couldn’t stand up to the wind.
Question 3 – Is it a reasonable price?
A lot of people choose camping because it is a more affordable type of holiday if you have a family especially when you have the basics required that can be used on each trip. Sometimes it’s hard to balance the cost of the tent vs the long term usage. Do you buy a tent at a lower cost and only expect it to last one season or do you pay more and expect a longer life. That depends on your budget but we have tents of various costs so you can see the options available in the sizes that you want.
Top 10 Family Tents For 2018
#1 Sundome 4 Person Tent
The Sundome 4 Person Tent is advertised as a 4 person tent but is more realistically for 2 people. This is a dome tent and it is very easy to assemble. There are only 3 poles used to assemble this tent which makes it very simple to put together for 1 person and super quick for 2. The poles are fed through sleeves on the top of the tent diagonally and slot into a connector on each corner of the tent.
You can peg the tent down and it just needs the rainfly attached. This is just hooked onto the ring connector at each corner and the 3rd pole included goes front to back under the rainfly to create some protection over the door and the back of the tent.
The floor of the tent is made of a tarp like material giving a little more durability and it is also a bucket floor raising up around 4 inches making it more waterproof. The seams of the tent are inverted to stop rain coming in but many use seam sealer as well for added insurance. The rainfly adds further rain protection covering about half way down the walls and it is surprisingly sturdy in windy conditions.
The price of this 4 person tent is around $50 and can change for the better in a sale. This makes it very reasonable for a tent for 2 people and it’s not too big to carry in the car. This is a very good value tent which has proven itself a favourite for buyers because it is quick to assemble and is weatherproof which is why we have chosen it as our No1 family tent.
#2 Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent
The Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent is for a bigger family although it is unlikely that you could fit 8 in unless they were small children. This is usually for 4-5 people to have room to move around. This is a large tent and so it takes longer to set up. For 2 people on their first go it might take up to 30 minutes but that will get quicker each time with familiarity. The main part of the tent is a bit easier to do than the rainfly which is a bit more awkward to fit.
The floor of the tent is a bucket style keeping it waterproof with inverted seams as standard. The rainfly comes out over the door giving some protection although the sides are not as well covered. The windows have zipped up covers so you can have another protection against the weather. Most people have found this tent to be mostly rainproof and it stays anchored quite well.
The price of this tent is less than $120 and that’s pretty good value for a large family tent. Although it’s a bit narrow as large tents go it’s long enough to give plenty of space. It’s proven itself to be quite popular and is definitely worth considering if you need a larger tent.
#3 Sundome 2 Person Tent
The Sundome 2 Person Tent is the smaller version of the Sundome 4 person tent. Again super easy to put up and light to carry. These dome tents are very usable and with only 3 foldable poles in total it is only a matter of putting the poles together and feeding them through the sleeves. Once they are connected to the corners your tent is standing and ready for staking and fitting the rainfly.
The rainfly helps with it being waterproof and it fits over the windows about half way down the sides of the tent, you can choose how far you want to peg out the rainfly to determine how much air you want in the tent. The Sundome features bucket type floors with inverted seams so that you don’t have too many worries with water leaking in. People still seal the seams to get as much protection as they can as well as using a tarp beneath the tent.
This is a very reasonable priced tent, less than $40 and perfect for 1 person or a couple as it is a tight space for 2 separate sleeping bags. If you need a small tent for one person or a couple of younger children then check this tent out.
#4 Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent.
This Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent is a large 8 person tent that is in the cabin style. It’s a boxy design that allows you to stand up in most parts of it. This has a large 13 x 9 floorspace with a small closet in the back. This is a fast pitch tent and it suggests 9 minutes to assemble. The truth is more like 15-20 minutes for 2 people. The more you do it the quicker you get. It basically has poles that are fitted on the roof of the tent with elbow joints that have thicker upright posts attached to them. There is a hinged door which has a pole inside it to make it easier to open and shut.
The rainfly sits over the top of the tent but doesn’t cover down the sides very much although it still keeps the water out. The windows have zip up covers for when the weather changes but give plenty of ventilation when they can be left open. The floors are bucket type with inverted seams throughout. Although it’s very upright it does seem to be able to withstand the wind and rain well.
This is a more expensive tent at over $200. It can hold 4-5 people (despite it’s 8 person tent description) so suitable for a family and it’s still a cost effective way to take a family vacation if it’s in your budget.
#5 Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent.
The Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent is another 8 person family sized tent. If you’re looking for something that gives a quick setup then this offers one of the quickest saying that you can get set up in a minute. Realistically it’s about 5 minutes for most people but that is still pretty impressive for a large tent. They manage to do this because the pole structure is attached to the tent. The corner joint folds both ways and the poles either side are telescopic so the pull out and click into place. It’s better for 2 people to assemble making it quicker.
The material used for this tent is thicker than the standard tent material making it more durable and waterproof which is why they don’t supply a rainfly as standard, although you can buy one as an extra. The windows all have zipped up covers so that you can have them open for the fresh air and closed when it rains to keep the tent waterproof. Like all Coleman tents it has a welded floors and inverted seams to keep the water out.
This tent has a fast set up but you have to pay for it with a price that is just under $250. This is a family size tent and you have a room divider for privacy but whether you feel that the features offered are worth the price depends on if the time you can save on set up is important to you.
#6 Sundome 6 Person Tent
The Sundome 6 Person Tent is built with the same design as the other Sundome tents except a little bigger. The size doesn’t make it any more difficult to put up as it has the same amount of poles. You can set up in less than 10 minutes as it has the same shape as the others so you feed the poles through the sleeves crossing in the middle and when you attach the poles at the corners you’re tent is already standing. The rainfly is designed to fit easily with a pole down the middle to give an extension of the rainfly over the doorway for a little more rain protection. It probably takes more time assembling the poles and staking out the guy ropes.
The rainfly gives some extra water protection to half way down the sides of the tent and with the bucket flooring with welded seams as well as the rest of the seams been sewed internally to prevent leaks you have a water resistant tent which can withstand bad weather quite well which is shown in the fact that they are very popular.
With a 6 person tent you can just about fit 2 queensize mattresses inside with no storage space so you’re more likely to use if for 2 or 3 people. It’s price is under $100 so fairly reasonable and I think most people are getting plenty of use out of this tent. If you’re on a budget this might be a good one to consider if you want a bit of extra space for 2 or need to house 3 people.
#7 AmazonBasics Tent
The AmazonBasics Tent 4 person is an alternative to Coleman tents at a comparable price range. This is a dome style tent and so it doesn’t have many parts to set it up, 2 shock-corded poles that feed through sleeves on the tent and attach at the corners for a quick assembly. There is a rainfly that fits over the top and clips to the connectors at each corner. There is a pole that runs front to back of the rainfly which gives a little overhang over the door area for a bit of protection against the rain.
The rainfly comes down the sides of the tent a good two thirds of the way so helping with water penetration and the material is a coated polyester for strength. The floor is a bucket style with inverted seams to give a better rainproofing. Customers have been happy with the way the tent has handled wind and rain.
The price is pretty reasonable at just over $50 so not too much of an outlay if you want a tent for a couple. If you need a tent for 4 people go bigger than this.
#8 Coleman Evanston Screened Tent
The Coleman Evanston Screened Tent is a 6 person tent (you can also buy an 8 person version). This tent has a screened porch area and it suggests a 15 minute set up which is about right if there are 2 people working together. The tent structure consists of the main dome which has crossover poles and the porch area which has its own pole to support it. The main sleeping area closes off from the porch area. The fly goes over the top of the whole thing including the porch and houses another pole at the back over the window. The fly hooks on and is further secured by guy lines.
When setting up this tent you need to secure it well as the wind can push it down if the guy lines aren’t taught. The rainfly does seem to keep the rain from the tent and the floor being bucket style and with inverted seams keeps it relatively waterproof in bad weather. The porch part of the tent, although covered by the fly and screened, is open at the sides to the elements so it will get wet inside from the rain so if you want a porch that can be sealed up this isn’t the tent for you.
The price of this tent at the moment is under $120 which is quite reasonable for a tent with a porch and customers like it.
#9 Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent is a large family sized tent and it also includes a screened porch which can be sealed up and used as a spare bedroom. The assembly is around 20 – 30 minutes for 2 people which obviously improves with practise. There are 3 poles to insert over the top of the tent and the sleeves are in red to make it easy to identify. The top poles fit into an elbow connector which also holds the thicker upright poles. The rainfly is included and fits over the top of the whole tent with no real overhang. The whole thing hooks onto rings on the large poles and everything is made secure with guy ropes.
The tent is quite rainproofed with the rainfly in place, the windows have zip up covers including all the windows in the screened porch which totally seals it against the rain. The floors have welded seams and inverted seams for protection against the weather. Most people will use an added tarp underneath to give longer life to the floor. The tent does have some issues in the wind and some people have had to add extra guy lines to the posts to stop it from folding in when the wind is strong.
The price is still under $150 which is quite good for an 8 person tent which most people use for 4 or 5 people at the most. The screened porch is a definite favourite on this tent. If it fits your budget why not check it out.
#10 Happy Camper Two Person Tent by Wakeman Outdoors
The Happy Camper Two Person Tent by Wakeman Outdoors is a small 2 person tent which is very budget friendly. It’s very easy to set up because it only has 2 poles and is a dome design so these feed into the sleeves and fit in to the connectors at the corners. It does have a small rainfly that is only big enough to fit over the mesh vent windows at the top of the tent. It hooks onto the posts and doesn’t require anything else.
The material isn’t very thick and because there isn’t much of rainfly doesn’t give the best rain protection. The floor is better being a bucket design it can withstand a bit more wear and is more waterproof. This tent would probably benefit from a tarp or better rainfly over it for added protection and you might want to pack some guy ropes for a bit of added security against the wind.
This is a very cheap tent at under $15. If you just need something simple for a weekend this might do the job for you. It’s not large so if you are tall, over 6feet you might not fit, even diagonally, but it’s great for children.
If you’re looking for a basic tent that will fit 2 people then you should check our No1 choice the Sundome 4 person tent first, you can get a tent that can give you a quick assembly time, deal with bad weather and it comes in under $50 which is a pretty affordable price.
We’ve tried to cover different size tents of different shapes and prices so that you can see what else is available and what might fit your budget. Check them all out above.