Planning a family camping holiday but struggling to choose the right tent? You’re in the right place!
Camping holidays are fun for all ages – the kids can get off their screens and run themselves tired with their new campsite friends while you sit back and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine, perfect. But not so perfect if you all end up in awful moods because you didn’t get a good night’s sleep… which is why choosing the right tent is so important.
However, finding a tent that everyone will be happy with is a difficult task, especially for larger families. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of the best large family camping tents currently on the market. We’ve included quite a range of tents, so you should be able to find something in there to suit your family – happy holidays!
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Starting off our list of the best large family tents is the NTK Arizona Camping Tent.
This tent is a great option if you want a large space but don’t want to compromise on quality. The double-layered rainfly is constructed of durable polyester laminating with polyurethane, resulting in a 2,500mm water resistance (more than most of the larger models on the market).
On top of that, the seams are sealed so you won’t get any pesky drips and the bathtub-style floor is fully waterproof, has a thermal silver lining, AND is treated with antifungal. The awning extends way over the door too, keeping you dry as you make your way in and out.
There’s great ventilation as well thanks to the abundance of mesh on the interior (although watch out, it can get a little chilly because of this), and the set-up is a doddle too thanks to the color-coded system. There’s also a gear loft on the interior as well as a convenient lantern clip. Not quite as tall as some of the models we’ve looked at, yet with a center of over 6 ft, this tent achieves a fantastic blend of space and quality.
There’s also an optional room divider for the interior, so 9 of you (if you can actually squeeze that many in) don’t have to be stuck in one area. The price may be considerably higher than some of the other models we’ve looked at, but it’s definitely worth it if you want that added quality.
Next up is the Coleman WeatherMaster. This enormous tent can accommodate up to 10 people or, if you like to camp in style, it can fit three queen-sized airbeds.
The optional room divider makes this a fantastic family tent, as you can separate the spacious interior into two rooms if you need to (one room for kids one room for adults sounds pretty good, right?). The center of the height is a mighty 6ft 8 inches tall, so you won’t end up with a bad back from hunching over, and we love that the doors are hinged to add a really homey feel.
Other homey touches include a bunch of pockets in the interior to help keep you organized and angular windows that can be left open during a drizzle without letting water inside the tent.
Speaking of drizzle… this tent will keep you and your family protected from bad weather 3 seasons of the year thanks to Coleman’s WeatherTec features – welded floors, inverted seams, zipper protectors, and wind-strong frame.
We do recommend taking a few spare blankets with you, especially if you feel the cold easily because the mesh on the roof (which is great for ventilation) does mean it can get a little chilly on the inside.
This Coleman tent certainly isn’t the lightest we’ve found, so make sure you have some little helpers with you, and be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes to set this beast up. Once it’s up and running, however, you really will have your own home away from home.
Moving on, we’re excited to introduce you to the Core 9 Dome Tent. We love that this tent features not only pockets but also a gear loft and a lantern on the interior – so you can really settle in. Plus, if you like to stay hooked up no matter where you are, this tent also features a fully closable E-port.
This tent is slightly less spacious than the WeatherMaster yet, with a ceiling height of 6 ft and room enough for three queen air mattresses, it’s hardly small. Plus, it’s considerably lighter than the WeatherMaster, making those treks to and from the car a little easier.
If you’re into stargazing, you’ll love the removable rain fly and mesh paneling on the top of the tent, and the PU-coated fabric and sealed seams will keep the rain out when the fly is in place (although if you’ll be heading out in very wet conditions, we recommended topping up your waterproof coating).
The great ventilation makes this a fantastic tent for those sweaty summer months, but there’s no room divider so be aware that you’ll all be sharing one space.
And now for something a little different… the Trek Tents Family Tent. This safari-style tent is constructed from heavy-duty cotton canvas with reinforced vinyl flooring, which means that it can stand up to bad weather all year round. On top of that, the poles are made of steel that’s been treated to resist corrosion and increase longevity.
The huge center height of 7.5 ft combined with the vertical walls maximizes interior space, and there are also three enormous windows and a giant door – this tent will most likely make you feel like you’ve lost a few inches! Plus, when unzipped the door and windows provide great ventilation (but don’t worry, they’re covered by bug screens). the only thing missing that we’d really like to see is a room divider.
Unfortunately, all that heavy-duty canvas and steel does make this one heavy tent, and it’s by no means cheap either. However, if you do decide to invest in this tent, you can be sure that it won’t let you down anytime soon.
We love absolutely love the Wenzel Klondike Tent, mainly because of its versatility.
The main compartment can accommodate five campers, and then you have the choice of either putting another three into the second compartment or leaving it empty and using it as a porch – perfect if your kids decide to bring a friend along last-minute!
The tent itself features fairly sheer walls to capitalize on interior space and a decent center height in the main compartment (lower in the porch/second room). It has fantastic ventilation thanks to the mesh on the roof, the zippered side windows, and a guyed-out vent at the back.
But don’t worry you’ll be nice and secure in windy conditions thanks to the sturdy fiberglass roof frame. The rainfly, waterproof coating, and water-repellent stitching do a good job of staving off water, making this a great 3-season tent. Despite its smaller capacity than some of the other tents we’ve seen, it isn’t actually much lighter but, aside from that, we don’t really have many complaints about this one.
Yet another tent by Coleman has made it onto our hitlist… the Coleman Montana Tent. If you liked the sound of the Coleman WeatherMaster, but were a bit overwhelmed by its giant capacity, then this might the one for you. Smaller, cheaper, lighter, and with a few more homey touches, the Montana is almost the WeatherMaster’s little sister.
Not only does it have a hinged front door, a feature that we love, but this door also has its own awning to stop those pesky trickles down the back of your neck when you’re entering/exiting. Similarly, the windows also have their own awnings, which means they can stay on and let the airflow without letting water in when it’s raining. It also has an E-port if you like to stay hooked up and some storage pockets to keep you orderly.
This tent also features Coleman’s WeatherTec features to protect you from the elements – welded floors, inverted seams, zipper protectors, and wind-strong frame – and we can’t get enough of the continuous poles sleeve that won’t snag during set-up. The slightly smaller capacity also makes this one of the lighter tents on our list, although we wish the windows weren’t so small as well!
Although advertised as an 8-person tent, we think that this is a little bit generous – you’d be better off sticking to no more than 6 if you like some space. Our main complaint, however, is the lack of a room divider… but if you’re happy with one open space then this is a great, affordable option. Oh – and it comes with a year’s warranty too.
Is that a cabin over there in the corner of the campsite? Oh no, it’s just the Ozark Trail Cabin Tent.
This giant of a tent features vertical walls and a whopping center height of over 7 ft make for one cavernous tent. The large central area (10 x 14 inches) can be separated by a divider, creating two rooms for up to 10 (although we recommend no more than 8) people. Plus, there’s an interior loft for storing gear and an E-port too.
Assembly is fairly speedy, although it’s perhaps not as ‘instant’ as advertised (roughly 10 minutes). For a tent this size, we were pleasantly surprised by how lightweight it is, although we were a bit sad to see there was only one door.
You can be sure that this tent won’t leak on you and your loved ones, thanks to the coated polyester fabric construction, a waterproof bathtub floor, sealed seams, and durable steel and fiberglass poles.
Spacious, reliable, and with some nice touches, this tent really is a steal at this price.
We’re super psyched to tell you about the Coleman Connectable Tent Bundle. The larger, central component is a 6-person tent with near-vertical walls to maximizes interior space but, check this, you can simply zip a 3-person annex onto the side – how cool is that?!
This is an awesome feature not everyone from the family comes along on every trip, as you can literally customize your tent to the right side. Also, additional attachments are available, so you don’t have to stop at a 9-person tent – keep on adding more until you get the size you need! There isn’t any designated vestibule or storage area, but we guess you could always use an entire add-on for that if you were really bothered.
But just because the design is a novelty it doesn’t mean that it overlooks the important bits – this tent is still windproof (despite the odd shape) and features inverted seams, welded flooring, and protected zippers to keep out the rain, and we love the extended awning over the door.
Although still reasonably priced, this bundle costs me than your average Coleman 9-person tent (although we suppose it isn’t really ‘average is it?), and it’s also a little heavy.
Aside from that, this bundle is a great way to save on investing in multiple tents and make sure you always have enough room!
So, there you have it, our list of the best large family tents around. As you’ve seen, they come in all shapes and sizes, so what is it you should be investigating before you purchase one?
Think about how much space you’ll actually need. Extra space will add to the cost and weight, so don’t overdo it unless you’re happy to splash out.
Also be aware that when tents are advertised as ’12-person’ this often means 12 people squished in like sardines. If you want any kid of room to manouvere, we’d say add at least 2 people to whatever capacity you need.
Flimsy as they are, room dividers really do give you a sense of separation in a tent, which can be fundamental to maintaining happy family vibes on a trip.
On the flipside, getting rid of them creates a larger open space, and means you all get to hang out together. Both have their pros and cons, but it’s nice to have the option. Despite this, don’t miss out on your dream tent because it didn’t have one – you can always tie up a sheet and make one yourself.
Family tents are generally catered for summer holidays, not treacherous winter camping. This means they aren’t as well prepared to battle the elements, so be careful if you are planning a trip that might get hit hard by the weather.
Thoroughly check the water resistance before you buy anything and, in most cases, we recommend adding your own waterproof coating a few days before you set off.
Still struggling to decide which tent is right for you? Let’s see if we can help! These are our top three:
Our best family tent in terms of allround performance has to be the Coleman WeatherMaster.
This giant of a tent has it all – tonnes of space, dual hinged doors, clever windows that can be left open during a downpour… the list goes on!
On top of that, it has a room divider too, giving you the choice of dual bedrooms, winning.
‘Most homey’ isn’t a category we use often, but we just had to give the Trek Tents Family Tent a shout out. It really is like a portable home thanks to its huge doors and windows, sloped roof, and incredibly spacious interior.
What’s more, it’ll keep you dry and warm all year round, what’s not to love?!
And now for our absolute favorite… the NTK Arizona Camping Tent. It’s just so refreshing to see such quality materials in a family tent!
As well as being considerably more weatherproof than most tents of its nature, it also comes with a gear loft, lantern hook, anti-fungal thermal floor, AND a room divider – what more could you ask for?!