Coleman has been producing outdoor gear since way back in the early 1900s – it even supplied camping stoves for troops during WW2! Since then, it’s firmly established itself as a reputable outdoor brand, known for its high quality, quirky features, and surprisingly reasonable price tags.
Coleman’s tents in particular consistently come out on top in heaps of our reviews, so we thought it was about time to give them the attention they deserve with a review of their very own.
At A Glance: Our Top 3 Coleman Tents
Backpacking, family outings, glamping… no matter what the occasion, there’s a Coleman tent for you. Here, we’ve reviewed a range of the best Coleman tents around so you can be sure to find one that’s right for you – happy camping!
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We’re starting off strong with the list of the best Coleman tents by introducing you to the Coleman Cabin Tent.
Our absolute favorite feature of this 4-person tent is its Dark Room technology… and no, this isn’t something out of Star Wars… The materials used have been carefully selected to repel 90% of sunlight, which is perfect for those afternoon naps or mornings when you want to snooze a little.
Another thing we love about this tent is that it’s an absolute dream to set up – not only is it super simple (the aluminum frame is pre-assembled, winning) but it shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes solo. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that it’s a little heavy, so it’s better suited for vehicle-based camping than backpacking.
This tent is also ultra-durable thanks to the 150D anti-rip polyester used for the fly and the solid 1000D polyethylene flooring. This, combined with the waterproof exterior and welded corners, mean you will be well and truly protected against the elements. We only wish the zippers were a little better, as they have been known to snag from time to time.
This tent comes in a range of sizes but, no matter which one you go for, it’ll feel nice and spacious thanks to the near-vertical walls and tall center height, although only the largest model features a room divider. Easy to set up, durable, weather-resistant, spacious, sunlight-blocking… do we need to say any more?
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, the Coleman Sundome Tent is a fantastic all-round tent for a pair of happy campers.
The structure of this dome-shaped tent, constructed from sturdy fiberglass poles, has been carefully designed to withstand even the harshest of winds. On top of that, it features a 75D polyester taffeta rainfly, a 1000D polyethylene floor, AND welded floors and inverted seams, providing great protection against rain too. Don’t worry though, the large window and ground vent will keep the airflow going in hotter conditions and stop condensation from forming at night.
Although pretty lightweight, this tent remains nice and spacious and boasts a 4-foot center height, which is pretty good for a weatherproof 2-person tent. It also features an E-port, which is a great touch if you like to stay hooked up to the campsite power source. It has a couple of internal storage pockets too but, apart from that, doesn’t have as many features as you see in tents with a higher price tag (and, unfortunately, this includes vestibules).
Overall, this solid little tent takes a no-frills approach to camping and manages to offer fantastic weather protection despite its spacious interior and low price tag.
Enjoy camping in large groups? Then you should definitely check out the Coleman WeatherMaster Tent.
This enormous tent can accommodate up to 10 people but, if you like a touch of luxury, it’s great for 6 people as you can fit in three queen-sized air beds. Don’t worry if you like your privacy though, it comes with a room divider that creates two rooms, each with its own door to the outside world.
The whopping center height of 6ft 8 inches makes this is a great tent for any taller folk out there. Plus, this spacious interior combined with a bunch of mesh storage pockets makes this tent feel nice and homey, as do the hinged doors.
The set-up time isn’t the fastest we’ve seen, but it’s not too slow either (especially when you consider the size of the tent!) – once you’re used to it, you should be able to assemble this tent in around 20 minutes. It’s also a pretty heavy tent, so make sure you’ve got someone around to help you carry it!
But why is it called the WeatherMaster? Well, it’s probably because of the welded floors, inverted seams, zipper protectors, and wind-strong frame… and we absolutely love that the windows are angled downwards yet open inwards so you can keep them open when it’s raining and not get wet. Our main gripe is that the rainfly is a little small, which means that you get a lot of breeze through the mesh roof, so things can be a bit cold in frosty conditions.
This 3-season tent offers a huge amount of space and has some cool features too, making it great value for money overall.
Introducing our best tent for festival go-ers, the Coleman Pop-Up Tent. Although not strictly limited to festivals, this tent does make a fantastic bit of festival kit thanks to its lightweight and super simple set-up.
But how simple is the set-up really? Well, it couldn’t be easier thanks to the preassembled poles – simply unpack your tent, palace it on the ground, and voila – your tent will be pop itself up. The whole process should take you around 10 seconds, which is perfect when you’ve already trudged from the car to your camping spot with tonnes of gear.
You might be wondering whether this lightweight and rapid setup come at the cost of quality, but we’re pleased to say that it doesn’t. This tent actually offers decent weather protection thanks to the water-resistant polyester fly, and we love that it’s fire-resistant too in case you have trouble with any campfires. It also features the usual inverted seams, zipper protectors, wind-strong frame, and waterproof flooring we’ve come to expect from Coleman.
You can also roll the fly back to top up your tan from the comfort of your bed or to look at the stars at night through the mesh roof. We will warn you that the interior is cozy to say the least… so make sure you’re comfortable with whoever you’re sharing with! Our main complaint is that the door opens inwards and, if it’s raining, tends to bring a lot of moisture in with it – so be careful when entering/exiting during a shower.
It might not be the perfect tent for a weeklong camping trip with tonnes of gear to store, but it’s great for festivals or overnight backpacking trips where portability is key. Plus, at this price, this tent is an absolute steal!
On the hunt for a backpacking tent? Then look no further. The Coleman Hooligan Tent is a lightweight, durable, affordable option catered for backpacking ventures.
We absolutely love that this tent comes with a vestibule for storing gear. This is a feature that’s often omitted to shed a few pounds but, when you’re out on the trail for days at a time, you’ll be glad of having somewhere dry to store your gear (after all, who like donning wet boots first thing in the morning?). Similarly, they haven’t skimped on the fly either – it’s full length and, along with the usual Coleman features, will keep you protected from the elements. Plus, the center height is way better than we expected.
Despite this, all models (it’s available in a range of sizes) are fairly light for the amount of space you get – especially if you split the weight with your buddy (one takes the poles and the other takes the materials). We do wish that it packed down slightly smaller… but we guess you can’t have everything.
Although the set-up features a simple ring-and-pin system, this isn’t a standalone tent so set-up can take a little longer. However, we like that the pole sleeves don’t have any gaps in them so there’s nothing for them to catch on to.
Overall, this little number has everything you need in a basic backpacking tent, and it certainly won’t break the bank.
The Coleman Dome Tent has to be one of our allround favorite Coleman tents.
One of our favorite features of this tent is its large screen room (more commonly known as a porch) that lets you soak in the sights of the campsite from the shelter of your home. Plus, we love that the door from the porch to the sleeping area is hinged – you’ll almost think you’re stepping inside a house, not a tent!
The size also helps the homey vibes. This tent is large enough for two queen-sized airbeds, or up to 8 individuals sleeping pads (although we think this is pretty generous), and with a 6-foot center height too, this is one spacious tent.
Despite the roomy dimensions, the dome structure of the tent means this tent won’t get destroyed by the wind, something which often happens to larger tents. Plus, it features the usual Coleman weather protection. The rainfly is removable if you want extra ventilation or to do some stargazing, and the four windows (with awnings) let you admire the views and provide extra draft when you need it.
It’s also surprisingly affordable and comes with a 1-year warranty. Although it’s a little heavy for its capacity, and it doesn’t fold down super small either, for a vehicle-based camping trip, it really does have everything you need.
And finally, Coleman’s most versatile tent yet, the Coleman Connectable Tent Bundle.
This bundle includes both a 3- and a 6-person tent that is simply zipped together to form a 9-person tent. This is great if you do a lot of camping with different-sized groups and don’t want to have to invest in multiple tents (you can purchase more 3-person tents and add them on to cater for however many people you like). It also features E-ports so each tent can stay hooked up.
You might think the unusual shape would make this tent susceptible to the wind but, actually, it does very well thanks to the sturdy frame. It also features inverted seams, welded flooring, and protected zippers to keep the rain out.
It’s lacking a porch or other type of storage area, but we guess you can always use a 3-person tent section for your gear and the main section for sleeping. It’s not the lightest either, but it’s not designed for backpacking trips.
If you’re after something versatile to suit various campong needs, then this tent is the one for you!
As we’ve seen, Coleman has a huge range of tents on the market. But what should you be keeping an eye on when you’re weighing up which one is right for you?
Most Coleman tents these days feature Coleman’s WeatherTec technology, which means weather-resistant fabric, inverted seams, wind-strong frames, zipper protectors, and welded waterproof floors. Although this does a great job of protecting against drizzles, for horrendous weather, you’ll need a little more. Keep an eye out for their 4-season tents with more durable materials if you’ll be camping year-round, otherwise, WeatherTec is more than enough for casual camping.
Coleman does a pretty good job of keeping the weight down while retaining nice features. Having said that, they do sometimes get carried away and the features can end up weighing you down – if you really want to shed some pounds, you might have to go right back to basics.
Ultimately, which tent is right for you will come down to the kind of camping you’re planning. If you’ll be taking a car, then weight doesn’t matter and you can splash out on a large, luxurious tent full of quirky features. If you’re backpacking, go for something light. The good news is that Coleman really does have a tent for everything, so it’s just a matter of finding the right one.
Still, struggling to decide which Coleman tent is right for you? Here are our top three to see if we can help you choose:
Our best tent for couples has to be the Coleman Sundome Tent. With a great space-to-weight ratio, you don’t have to break your back to have enough room for the two of you.
On top of that, it provides great weather protection and even has an E-port – what more could you ask for at this super low price?
Our top pick for family camping is the Coleman WeatherMaster Tent. This incredibly spacious tent can accommodate even the largest of families, and it really does feel like a home thanks to the tall center height and hinged doors.
On top of that, we love the divider that creates two separate rooms – one for adults and one for kids sounds pretty good, right? All of this at a fraction of the price you’d expect to see for a tent of this size, winning.
And the award for the best Coleman tent goes to… the Coleman Cabin Tent. The tall center height and near-vertical walls really max out on interior space and we love the super simple setup.
But our favorite feature just has to be the Dark Room technology – say goodbye to getting kicked out of your tent by the sunlight in the morning, and hello to relaxing lie-ins in the great outdoors!