Getting into the great outdoors with your family and friends is one of the easiest and probably most fulfilling vacations you can take. There is no need to fly, just load up the car, drive into the wilderness, and set up your tent. Having the right tent can make or break your trip. It can mean the difference between being warm, dry, and sleeping well. Or being cold, wet, and not getting a wink of sleep.
At A Glance: Our Top 6 Person Tents
If you’re in the business of looking for a 6 person tent, then you’re either a family camper or you like a lot of space. Camping with 4, 5, or 6 people isn’t easy. As well as having enough space to sleep comfortably, you’ll also have to manage to store everyone’s gear. If you’re car camping, then gear storage isn’t such a big deal, but if you’re backpacking, then you’ve got up to 6 backpacks you’ve got to find a place for.
Not all 6 person tents are made equal and they can differ quite considerably depending on the style, price, and design. In this article, we take a look at some of the best 6 person tents around and review them in detail so you can find the perfect fit for your adventures.
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The Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent is one of the most popular 6-person tents around. This is due to its comfort, functionality, and reasonable price.
The tent is made from polyester, a durable material that is also great in heavy weather. It’ll handle some wear and tear too. The poles are made of steel, which makes the tent heavy but steel is the strongest material tent poles can have, giving you a solid structure for any weather.
Setting up this camping tent is quite easy, but it is big so you’ll struggle if you try doing it alone. Some people have found it difficult but it’s all about practice really. Once the tent is up, you’ll notice how spacious it is.
Getting in through the large door is easy and once inside you’ll be able to stand up. The tent is 6ft 8 inches high, so even the tallest of people will be comfortable. Inside the tent are two rooms and a screen room. The screen room is ideal for storing gear, and the two rooms are great if you want separate sleeping areas.
As you would expect from a brand like Coleman, the camping tent does well in rain and wind, you’ll be dry and warm for sure. Some people have experienced leaks, but this is rare. The ventilation is also pretty good, so you can stay cool on those hot evenings.
The Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent is a more affordable option as far as 6-person tents go. Despite the low price, you still get a lot of space but you do miss out on extra features like vestibules and a full-coverage rainfly.
The tent is made from polyester and the floor from 1000D polyethylene. The super thick and durable floor takes away any need for a footprint. The tent’s poles are made from steel and are tough. Once set up the steel gives you a solid structure that handles wind well.
The setup is pretty breezy and once up the tent is quite spacious and can fit two queen-size mattresses comfortably. You can divide the tent into two rooms, each with its own door, ideal for having some separation at night.
Inside the Coleman Sundome camping tent, you’ll find a built-in LED ceiling light and some good internal storage pockets. There are no vestibules in this tent so you’ll have to find a spot for your bulky items that will take up too much floor area in the tent.
This camping tent is quite good in wet weather although the fly doesn’t reach the ground, so water can leak in through the door. Also, the mesh interior while being good for ventilation does let it get a bit cold inside when the car is camping in chilly conditions.
The Eureka Copper Canyon 6 -Person Tent is the first cabin tent in the review. A cabin tent is a bit boxier and well, cabin shaped, rather than being a dome-like the others. It gives you extra space thanks to the vertical walls and a high ceiling.
The Eureka Copper Canyon 6 is made from polyester while the poles use a mix of fiberglass and steel. The polyester is good with wear and tear, and the combo used in the poles is ideal for structure and flex when it’s windy.
The setup does take a while due to the size but it’s not difficult. Once up, you access the tent through a single door. It’s very spacious inside and full of storage areas. There is also an E-port that’s hidden and zipped up in the corner for you to run AC mains into your tent.
The single door is a little annoying in terms of access, especially in the middle of the night. And there is no room divider, so it’s just one large floor area inside.
It’s pretty good at handling wind and rain, so you won’t need to worry if a storm comes in. The mesh insides and windows of the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 also offer great ventilation to keep the temperature comfortable.
The Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch is a pretty solid 6-person option. Easy to set up, spacious, well priced, and durable, what’s not to love.
This family tent is made from poly guard which is a little bit tougher than polyester. It’s abrasion-resistant, good in bad weather, and will manage wear and tear with ease. The poles are made of fiberglass and threaded with a shock cord to add some strength and make the setup easier.
This tent uses a fast-pitch system, so setting it up is a piece of cake. It comes with a large single room inside, one door, and a screen room at the front that is ideal for storing any gear you have. The screen room is not fully waterproof, so it’s best you hide your gear in the corners. It also features a tub floor for dryness, an E-port for AC mains, and some good storage areas.
The only drawbacks are that there is just one door that makes access a bit tricky and that the plastic clips for the poles don’t seem very durable. Overall a solid 6 person tent though at an affordable price.
The CORE 6 Person Dome Tent is the most affordable in the review, and if you’re on a tight budget, its worth seriously considering. And despite being more affordable than the rest, you still get a lot of floor area plus it’s one of the lightest too.
The tent is made from 68D polyester with fiberglass poles. This makes it light, durable, water-repellent, and good in heavy wind. The rain fly is treated with CORE H20 Block Technology to ensure you stay dry.
Setting up is like most dome camping tents, quick and easy. Once up you have one door but no vestibule for storage. It’s spacious inside and anyone who isn’t tall can stand up in there. Inside you’ll find a gear loft and a place to hang a lantern and that’s about it.
The inside walls are mesh, and the windows provide great ventilation to stop any condensation and keep you comfortable.
There are some negatives that are to be expected considering the low price of this dome tent. The zippers can catch, the rainfly doesn’t go all the way to the floor, and there is no bucket bottom on the floor. So if it rains a lot, you’ll probably get wet.
Overall a solid budget option for anyone looking to spend a little less on a 6 person tent, maybe even for car camping. It is missing some key features, but for the price, it’ll do.
REI is the store you go to when you really want to get some great camping gear. And if you know the brand well, you know they also design great quality, affordable gear in almost every category.
Their REI Base Camp 6 tent is a great option for 6 people too. It has a simple two-pole construction, with easy to feed sleeves to create this simple dome tent. There are two doors on either end making for easy access for everyone in the tent.
The Base Camp also has some nice ventilation for getting in some fresh air on those hot summer nights, and they also double as a great way to stop those horrible morning drips you get from having so many people in the tent. Although, if you really camp in hot weather, there are better options.
The vestibules are decent, although for 6 people it might not be enough storage, especially if you are hiking in. It would be perfect for car camping though.
Overall, it is a simple, durable, cost-effective tent that will last you for years to come!
A review of camping tents wouldn’t be complete without Marmot being in it. Marmot makes great tents and their Limestone Camping Tent is no different. Spacious, light, portable, great in heavy weather, and easy to pitch, you can’t go wrong really.
The tent is made from polyester with fiberglass poles. Both are durable and provide good protection against rips and abrasion. The rainfly comes down to the floor and is excellent at keeping you dry.
The Marmot Limestone tent is color-coded to help you set it up quickly, and once up gives you one big spacious room with a nice peak height. There are two doors for easy access, especially during the night, you won’t have to wake anyone up when nature calls. The one vestibule is large a provides a lot of space for keeping your shoes/backpacks.
If you do fill it with 6 people, the tent will be quite cramped. it’s a better idea to only have 5 or even 4 people sleeping in it. It’s a shame there is no room divider and some more internal storage would be helpful too.
Overall the Marmot Limestone is a great six-person tent, especially if you plan to do some backpacking.
The Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Person Tent is one of the lightest but least roomy of all the camping tents in the review. It’s too small for 6 adults to fit in, even with the near-vertical walls and peak height. That being said, you can use it for backpacking, and is worth considering if you’re 5 in a family.
Made from polyester with aluminum poles, this tent will last and the structure will hold up well in heavy winds. A footprint is also included with this tent and will help ensure the floor lasts a long time.
The set-up is incredibly easy, even one person can do it quickly. Once up, there is a large room with two vestibules for storage and two doors for easy access. There are also a few storage pockets inside too.
Overall a solid tent for 4 or 5 people, but it’s a bit too small for 6.
Not all six-person tents are made equal and it’s worth thinking that you’ll only be able to fit 5 people in a six-person tent comfortably. All the tents in the review are spacious but some are designed for taller people, giving extra head and should space. If you’re tall, check out the peak height dimensions under each one to pick one that’ll be more comfortable.
Only some six-person tents are portable, as their weights can vary from 15-25 lbs depending on the make and model. If you plan on backpacking, you’ll want your tent to be as light as possible. Try to stay around or under the 15lbs mark. If you’re planning on car camping, then you can prioritize comfort overweight as long as the tent fits in the trunk.
All the tents in the review are rated for 3 season camping. This means they’re good for cold weather above freezing and warm summer weather too. They are not made for icy winter camping and if you plan on it, you may need to add a footprint and other accessories to keep you warm.
There is pretty much no point in having a camping tent if it’s not going to keep you warm and dry. All the tents in the review are excellent at stopping water from getting in, letting condensation out, and managing heavy winds. You’ll be able to camp in comfort, knowing you’ll be warm, safe, and dry.
There is always a balancing act between the thickness and durability of materials and their weight. The thicker the material the longer it will last and the heavier it will be. All the camping tents in the review use a polyester rain fly, which is durable, but the lighter tents use a thinner version and are therefore a little more delicate. If you’re looking for a light tent, then you’ll have to succumb to thinner materials and be careful not to rip them by mistake.
The poles can be made from either fiberglass, steel, or aluminum. Both light materials, fiberglass gives more flex in windy conditions while aluminum and steel have more strength to it. Both are great pole materials.
The tents in the review all have different access and storage designs. The best of them have two doors, two vestibules, and some internal storage too. We highly recommend picking a tent with these features as it will make your camping experience far more comfortable.
The extra vestibules are ideal for keeping bags out of the camping tent, while the two doors make everyone’s life easier when getting in and out of the tent. They are also ideal for ventilation when you want a nap on a hot day, especially when you are family camping!
The best 6 person tent on a budget is the CORE 6 Person Dome Tent. It’s by far the most affordable while being portable, light, spacious, and durable. If you’re on a tight budget or don’t camp too often, this is an awesome choice to go for.
The best backpacking tent for 6 people is the Marmot Limestone Camping Tent. Reasonably priced and light enough to share the weight at 17.9 oz this tent packs down quite small. It is the only tent in the review you could get away with backpacking with. It’s also got the marmot quality stamp and is excellent at keeping you warm and dry.
The all-around best 6 person tent is the Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent. Affordable, spacious, with two rooms and a screen room, it’s hard to go wrong with this family camping tent. You get all the privacy you need to camp in a group, a lot of storage space, and great weather protection.