Camping is a great family activity enjoyed by thousands of people each year. Having the right equipment when camping is essential to enjoying your time out of doors and having a good time.
The tent you choose for your camping adventures can make a big difference between you loving your experience and simply surviving it.
When choosing a camping tent for a family, you need to remember that the number of people that the manufacture states that the tent holds doesn’t include air mattresses or the fact that you will have other supplies to keep in the tent.
A ten person tent is designed to hold ten medium size men packed together like sardines in a can with no one able to move during the cleaning hours.
If you want plenty of room to move around, then figure that each tent will hold about ½ the number of people that the manufacturer states the tent will hold comfortably.
So, here is a look at the 10 best family camping tents we could find.
Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent
Coleman has been making camping gear including tents for generations and are often thought to be one of the best camping gear companies around.
The Coleman 8-person Red Canyon Tent is a good tent for families consisting of 3 to 5 people depending on their age and size. The tent measures 17 feet long and ten feet wide and is 72 inches in the center. The tent uses a Weathertec system which will keep you dry even when raining.
Designed to be easily set up with shock corded poles, cool air port and a venting system, this tent should keep you comfortable while spending some time in the great out of doors.
Users find many advantages of using this tent for their camping trips. They find it easy to set up and relatively sturdy. They like that it has reinforced seams and find it to be roomy allowing them to relax after a long day of fun.
The disadvantages is that the tent is not the best for cold weather.
Some users also state that there is no way that 8 people could actually sleep in this tent comfortably.
Coleman Montana 8- Person Tent
The Coleman Montana 8-person tent is another high quality tent manufactured by Coleman. This tent comes in three great colors: green, black, and blue. It is made in the USA and the material used is polyester. The windows are angled to help keep rain out.
This tent, which measures 9”X 91/4” X 27 1/2”, has an electrical access port and a hinged door with awning.
Users find several pros to the Coleman Montana 8 tent.
They find that it is extremely roomy for families of 3 or 4 (and even a dog or two). It is easy to set up and they really like the D shaped door opening. This tent is well made and it does do a good job of keeping the rain out.
Nevertheless, few users have mentioned that the poles break fairly easily and they don’t feel that the ventilation is very good.
Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
The Wenzel Klondike 8 person tent measures 16′ X 6.5′ X 11′ and is a dome tent with an attached screen room. Made of weather repellent Polyester with a polyurethane coating and full mesh top with cover, this tent provides plenty of ventilation for sleeping in those warmer temperatures.
The screen room itself can be used as an area to enjoy being outdoors without having to fight those pesky insects or can be closed up to make for extra sleeping or storing space. This tent is not free standing and needs to be tied down to maintain its form and comfort.
Users say there are some nice advantages to this tent. They state that it is easy to set up using two people and they like the fact that the screened room has a floor.
The tent is nicely designed, it has plenty of room for 3 or 4 people and the high roof simply makes the entire tent more comfortable.
However, some users believe that this tent doesn’t stay up well in windy conditions.
Coleman 8 Person Instant Tent
If you are one of the people who like to set up your camp in a hurry, then this Coleman 8 person Instant tent should appeal to you. This is a 2 room tent that measures 14′ X10′ and has a center height of 6′ 5.” It also comes with a 1 year warranty.
It features a weathertec system to help keep you dry and the poles are attached to the tent itself so all you need to do is lay the tent out and raise it up. It also has a welded floor and a thicker wall for better protection from the elements.
It comes with 2 doors and 7 windows, and the room divider is removable. This tent doesn’t come with a rain fly, but there is one sold separately and it is recommended that you invest in the rain fly as well as the tent.
Users like this Coleman Instant tent for various reasons. It is easy to set up with two people, and is extremely roomy for families of 3 or 4 people. It is well made and has great ventilation. It is also rain resistant when it is used with rain fly.
Nevertheless, few users have mentioned that it leaks a bit unless the rain fly is added and the rain fly does not come with tent
Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Screened Tent
The Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Person Screened Tent is ideal for smaller families of 2 or 3 people and offers a good of space for those longer camping trips.
Its footprint is 17′ X 9′ and has a center height of 6’10”. This tent offers plenty of ventilation and uses the Weathertec system to keep occupants dry during those occasional rain storms.
It has a 75 denier polyester taffeta fly, a 1000 denier polyethylene floor and uses 11mm fiberglass poles. It includes a loop for hanging a light and comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.
It also has an attached screen room for relaxing out of the sun or at night safe from those mosquito hoards.
Users reviews about this WeatherMaster tent are very positive. People find the set up easy and like the screen room. The tent itself is roomy and comfortable and the center height means you don’t have to spend your weekend or vacation hunched over. It is also easy to set up and take down.
One disadvantage few users have mentioned is that it leaks somewhat in moderate to heavy rains.
Coleman Evanston Screened Tent
The Coleman Evanston Screened tent comes in both a 6 and 8 person version. The 6 person tent measures 14′ X 10′ and stands 68” in the center. The 8 man version is 15′ X 12′ and stands 72” inches in the center.
Both versions have a screened front porch and 4 large windows for ventilation. They also use a weathered system to help prevent rain from entering the sleeping room. This tent is designed for easy set up and take down.
Users give a very positive feedback. They do find it is easy to set up taking only a few minutes to do so. They like the screen front porch and say that the ventilation is excellent. The materials are good quality and the 6-person tent comfortably holds 3 people while the 8-person one has plenty of room for 3 or 4 people.
The one disadvantage that few users have discovered is that there is no way to keep rain from entering the screened in area, wishing that there were closures they could use for when camping in cold or wet weather.
Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room XL Family Cabin Tent
The Ozark Trail 10-Person Family Cabin Tent is a large and roomy tent that can comfortably hold anywhere from 4 to 6 people.
It measures 20′ X 10′ and it can be divided into 3 rooms with each room having its own entry door.
The three doors plus 6 additional windows provides for plenty of ventilation and star gazing on those hot summer nights. The fly seams are taped to prevent leakage and the 2 room dividers can easily be removed.
Users like this tent because it is easy to put up and down with two people, it has good seams and it seems to stand up to windy conditions. It is also roomy, has an excellent ventilation and will keep you dry in moderately wet conditions.
One disadvantage that few users have mentioned is that the poles tend to break. This may be due to pulling the tent to taut, or could simply be that those users got faulty poles.
Arizona GT 9 to 10 Person Sport Camping Tent
The Arizona GT 9 to 10 Person Tent is 17.4′ X 8′ and it has 2 doors and 3 windows. It is divided into 2 rooms and is 100% waterproofed with a Polyester 2000mm water column.
It has Nano flex fiber glass rods and mosquito mesh. The floor is heavy duty with anti-fungus properties. It comes with a 6 month manufacturer’s warranty.
The tent does look a bit like a cocoon from the outside and despite its large size, it may seem to be enclosed for some users when all the doors and windows are closed.
Users experience some nice advantages when using it. This is a nice size tent to fit themselves and all their gear comfortably. It is easy to set up, has a good design and the ventilation is excellent.
Browning Camping Big Horn Family/Hunting Tent
The Browning Big Horn Family/Hunting tent is a straight sided tent that is free standing and has a unique 3 pole design. Made of polyester, it comes with a wall divided allowing you to divide the tent into two rooms.
It has 2 large doors, 6 windows and handy mesh storage pockets. Also, a 75D polyester Oxford floor with a 2000mm coating and a 75D-185T polyester fly, and is equipped with an extra large zipper. The tent is 10’X 15′, the center height is 7’3” and provides a 150 square feet of living space.
Users review that this tent is well constructed, fairly easy to set up and actually pretty roomy. It offers good ventilation and stands up to a moderate rain. The company’s customer service is very helpful.
Coleman Hampton 6-Person Family Camping Cabin Tent
The Coleman Hamptom Camping Cabin Tent measures 13′ X 7′ and has a center height of 6’8.” It uses a weathertec system to help keep you dry on those raining days and has a hinged door and divider. It also comes with a rain fly.
Users like this cabin tent because it is easy to set up taking less than ½ an hour. Its bottom is made of a heavy tarp material making it more puncture resistant. The tent can stand alone and people state that it stays dry in moderately rainy conditions.
The only disadvantage users find is that it is not designed for cold weather.
In conclusion, finding the best camping tent for your family which is roomy, comfortable and strong can make your experience in the great out of doors more restful and enjoyable.