Top 10 Best Family Tents of 2018: The Ultimate Buying Guide
Family Camping in a Family Tent
Do you need to find a good family tent, because your kids are finally old enough to appreciate the great outdoors? Are you holding your family reunion around a campfire and need a few suggestions? You have come to the right place! Typically, cabin tents and multi-room tents are two types of tents used for family tents.
These are the same kind many people use for festivals and hunting trips. However, there are so many different tents on the market it can be hard to decide. In the following article I will reveal my top 10 tents of 2018, as well as a guide for helping you choose the best tent for your family!
The 10 Best Family Tents
1. Best Family Tent – Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
Although there are many great family camping tents on this list, the Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent wins my vote. I found this Coleman kept me quite dry when completely guy-lined out, and that was without a rain fly!
The mesh used here works well for keeping out bugs, and the windows close completely to keep out any sand or dirt. I learned the hard way the closeable windows come in handy to keep out the debris in a monsoon!
Also, I found even on the hottest desert days, the Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent provides excellent ventilation. This is truly a tent for all seasons!
2. Runner-up Family Tent – CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent
If your budget does not allow for the editor’s pick, do not worry! Our alternative choice is a bit more affordable without sacrificing quality. CORE is a bit of a newcomer to the outdoor world, but within a few years I believe they will be well known.
Another reason to choose the CORE 9 is if you need a 9-person capacity tent. The floor is a whopping 16 feet by 9 feet. In addition, this tent includes a rain fly and a carrying bag.
This tent works well in 3 seasons, just as the Coleman: the ceiling is mesh for max ventilation, the fabric is water-repellent, and the seams are sealed and fully taped. You can take this shelter into virtually any weather.
3. Budget Friendly Family Tent – Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room XL Cabin Tent
The Ozark Trail 10-Person Cabin Tent wins the best budget friendly family tent because it is the best bang for your buck! This tent is unique, in that it features 3 doors (1 center door and 2 side entrances). This is a great detail for the middle of the night, so people do not wake everyone up when they go outside to use the restroom.
I can attest to the ventilation in this 6-window tent, and the two side doors even function as a great crosswind to get stale air flowing. Even the 6-foot 5-inch ceiling of the tent is made of mesh! In fact, this tent may be too cool for the colder months of the year.
4. Upgrade Family Tent – Browning Camping Big Horn Family/Hunting Tent
The Browning Camping Big Horn Family Tent is my pick for best upgrade tent. Why? First, it is freestanding, which means no guy lines are necessary. This makes set up much easier. The Browning Big Horn also features two large doors, six windows, and a mesh roof for great ventilation.
I have some tall friends, so I love that the center height is slightly over 7 feet. It will fit literally almost anyone! However, this tent is a bit smaller than the other tents on the list so far. In my opinion, the 10 feet by 15 feet shelter is made for 5 people.
Additionally, there is one divider, so both rooms conveniently have a door. This is great for late night bathroom breaks or games!
5. Best Family Tent with the Most Room – Ozark Trail 16x16-Feet 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Pre-Attached Poles
If you are looking for the greatest amount of space for the most affordable price, this Ozark Trail 12-Person Cabin Tent is the tent for you. This Ozark is 16 feet by 16 feet, and features 3 distinct rooms. In my opinion, this is one of the most waterproof tents on the list with its fully taped factory sealed seams for protection from leaks.
Not only does this shelter protect from water, it also shields the occupants from blowing sand with 7 fully closeable windows. Additionally, the awning is an awesome addition for bug free living. I love to have my coffee, read a book, and watch the sunrise panoramically.
Hint: the best way to stake it is to begin on the inside corner and do the doors first.
6. Best Family Tent With a Screened Room – Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent has the best screened-in room of all 10 family tents on this list! The Klondike includes the rain fly, zippered windows, mesh roof vents, gear loft, and carry bag. With all these features, this Wenzel is 3-season.
My favorite part is the camping porch! It allows for dry entry in a downpour, as well as offers a bug free place to eat and soak up the sun. I love to watch the panoramic sunset through the mesh.
A side from one large door completely protected by the sunroom, there are large mesh windows and a rear mesh vent for optimal airflow. This tent is best used for warmer days and nights, due to the consistent airflow.
7. Best Family Tent for Quick Pitching – Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent
The Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent is an 8-person, 13 feet by 9 feet tent. Included is a 2 feet by 2 feet built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar. This has come in handy on long car camping trips where each day held a new adventure.
Worried about weatherproofing? Don’t be. The WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams kept me dry in some bad weather in Flagstaff, Arizona.
My friend even had this tent out at wind gusts of 80 mph, and they kept dry and warm throughout the evening. In fact, this tent is my favorite for glamping in great weather.
8. Best Family Tent Recommended By the National Park Foundation – Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent
If you are looking for an affordable outdoor tent, check out the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. At 16 feet by 7 feet, this tent is best for a family of 5. Additionally, the Montana offers an extended door vestibule to keep gear dry.
Also, the door is hinged for easy access. With this tent the saying goes, perfectly guyed keeps you dry! The Montana shines most in colder temperatures, because it has a bit of a tendency to get hot. My family and I use this tent in the early spring, fall, and even winter.
Additionally, we have never experienced condensation with the use of this tent. The National Park Foundation even recommends this tent.
9. Best Family Tent for a Smaller Family - Coleman Evanston Screened Tent
The best family tent for a smaller family is the Coleman Evanston Screened Tent. At 10 feet by 10 feet, the Evanston is best for a family of 4. However, 5 people can be acceptable especially when children are included in the 5. However, 6 is pushing it.
Wonderfully constructed, I have found this tent does very well in the rain and wind. In fact, I have weathered more than a few New England storms in this shelter. Although not as easy to assemble as some of the structures on this list, the Evanston gets easier after a few tries.
In my opinion, the benefits of this tent are worth the bit of learning curve.
If you plan on using your family tent in the bad weather, check out the Coleman WeatherMaste Tent. Made for 6 people, the WeatherMaste measures 11 feet by 9 feet in the sleeping area. The screened-in room is 9 feet by 6 feet.
In terms of weather-resistance, this shelter features a WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams.
Additionally, this tent features taped seams, as well as zippers that do not snag. The floor of the WeatherMaste is durable as well as bathtub style, to ensure flooding does not occur. If it is warm, not to worry! The windows and doors offer great ventilation.
How to Choose The Perfect Family Tent
If you want to purchase the right family tent, there are 3 factors to consider. Capacity, rooms, and weather resistance are all important to think about. When my family and I were in the market for a tent, we got together and discussed the following. Then, we used these factors to choose our perfect tent!
How many people are you trying to sleep in your tent? This is the first thing you will want to decide before shopping for a shelter. I have found that some, not all, manufacturers like to stretch the capacity.
Therefore, I recommend buying a tent that fits at least one person more than you will have. If you want to have even more room for a table as well, check out a tent with a sunroom or a tent made for 4 or 5 people more than you will have.
When choosing a tent, another important factor to consider is weather resistance. If there is any chance of rain on your trip, you are going to want a shelter that will keep you and your belongings dry.
If you want to take the tent out in the summer, you will want to check out how well the tent ventilates. In addition, no-see-um mesh is something to think about if you live on the coast.
How many rooms do you want in your shelter? This depends on a number of factors. The first is how many people want to share a room together. Then, you have to decide if you want a sunroom. The screened in an area will allow you to enjoy nature without being bothered by bugs, the sun, and other weather.
These extra spaces are good for setting up a table and enjoying an annoyance free meal. If you have a large interior space, I think it can be fun to set up a table in the middle of the room for games or meals. The middle space can also be used as a movie room or hangout area.
Family Tents = Family Fun
Camping with your family can be fun and painless with any of the top 10 best family tents on my list. However, only one tent can win editor’s choice of best family tent. That honor goes to the Coleman 8-person tent.
Why? It is the best shelter for the price, and will keep you happy 3 seasons out of the year.
Nevertheless, you and your family know what tent will be the best for your individual circumstances. I hope my guide has helped you make a decision so you can get outside and get camping!