Teepee (or tipi) tents are nothing new – they’ve been around for years and were traditionally made from animal hides draped over wooden frames. They provide a large central space and typically have very tall centers, which is most likely why their popularity has grown in recent years.
Nowadays, canvas teepee tents are becoming a strong glamping favorite thanks to their ability to accommodate multiple air mattresses, dressing tables, plus lots of baggage.
They’re pretty heavy though, and there are modern designs that have strayed from the traditional canvas coverings and instead opted for more typical tent fabrics, such as nylon and polyester.
These tents still provide ample space, but they are generally a lot lighter to carry and can be used on trips when you’ll be lugging your tent around with you.
There are undoubtedly pros and cons of each, yet all teepee tents carry with them a cozy and spacious feel that really does make a tent home. Here, we’ve hand-selected the best teepee tents around, bringing you a range of shapes, styles, and sizes, so that you can find the one that’s right for you.
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The first item to make it onto our hitlist is the DANCHEL Tipi Tent.
Hands down one of the best things about this tent are its fantastic waterproof rating – with 5000mm water resistance you can be sure to keep dry even in the wettest of conditions (although hopefully, you’ll get better weather than that!).
And in case that wasn’t enough, the stitches are all taped too – we just wish this tent stood up to wind as well as it does to rain.
The main fabric is also silver-coated to help regulate temperature and provide UV protection. However, if cooking is your thing, you won’t be able to do it inside this teepee tent, as the material isn’t fireproof.
There are five ventilation windows, two transparent windows, and three ventilation holes, so you can be sure of excellent airflow and 360-degree views. Like most tents that fit 5-7 people, this isn’t an ultralightweight tent, but 25lbs for a 13 x 8 ft tent is pretty good going.
Set-up is simple too – nail the teepee tent into the ground, add the bracket, stand the doorpost, and straighten the surrounding rope – voila! If you’re after a simple, durable, weatherproof option for 5-7 people, we don’t think you’ll find any better.
The Wenzel Shenanigan Teepee Tent is a great choice for anyone looking to buy a teepee for up to five people without breaking the bank.
Weighing in at under 11 lbs, it’s surprisingly lightweight for a 5-person teepee tent, which makes it a possible choice for backpacking adventures (if you share the load between you).
It also looks super cool (check out both the blue and red versions), and has an inverted T door for ease of entry.
It might not have as many windows and vents as the DANCHEL Tipi Tent, but it still has three large windows with roll-back privacy flaps plus two large guyed out vents and three rooftop vents – which is certainly enough for us!
Like the DANCHEL above, this teepee tent has a simple 1-pole set-up. It’s constructed of polyester material that’s welded to the polyethylene floor to makes sure no pesky leaks find their way inside but, unfortunately, no waterproof rating is provided.
Slightly smaller and shorter than the DANCHEL, and with fewer windows, yet a fraction of the price (and weight) and with cool designs – if you’re looking for a high-quality budget teepee tent, you won’t do better than this.
Introducing another teepee tent with a surprisingly reasonable price tag, the Vidalido Teepee Tent.
The thing we like most about this teepee tent is the extra-large door on the front that can be converted into a porch to create a very welcoming campsite vibe (and also provides excellent ventilation).
It’s also been built to last with an anti-rust reinforced steel pole, taped seams, and waterproof-treated polyester/Oxford fabric (3000mm rating). The doors and windows themselves are constructed from high-end nylon mesh to keep the air flowing but the mosquitoes out.
This teepee tent can supposedly sleep up to six people comfortably (but we recommend just four or five), and it’s well-ventilated too thanks to the breathable inside and the vent surrounding the peak of the tent (as well as the large door) – although this could be a little bit troublesome in the wind.
Oh, and how could we forget, it even comes with a string of colorful flags so that you can really make this teepee camping tent a home!
And now for a more traditional cotton tent, the DANCHEL Bell Tent.
Although there are some differences between tipis and bell tents, the terms are often used interchangeably nowadays, and we love this teepee tent so much we just had to include it in our list of the top teepee tents.
The high-quality cotton canvas fabric has been treated to keep you dry as a bone (3000mm water resistance), and it comes with a stove jacket (protected by a fireproof fiberglass fabric panel) in the wall so you can bring a touch of home cooking to the great outdoors.
Plus, the bathtub floor is made of super-durable PVC to stop any wear and tear from forming and to stop water sneaking in from the ground level.
This teepee tent will keep you warm in winter but in summer you can crack the windows open or fold up the base of the tent entirely for great ventilation. Due to the nature of the tent, it’s lacking the large windows seen in some of our other options, so you won’t be able to see much from your tent unless you’re lying down.
However, this is one beautiful teepee camping tent that’s just as well suited to cold winter nights in England as it is to safaris in the tropics. It is a little on the pricey side, but it’s a solid investment that won’t let you down, and we highly doubt you’ll ever retreat buying one of these.
The GEERTOP Teepee Tent is a two-walled tent, meaning it has an inner tent plus a full-coverage rain fly.
The outer tent is constructed from anti-tear polyester cotton for endurance, while the inner tent is entirely meshed for great breathability. Plus, the inner tent can be used solo if you get great weather on your camping trip.
It has a large door that can be propped up to provide additional shelter, and the setup is super easy thanks to the single-pole design.
Although the floor plan is pretty spacious, the height of this tent is a bit smaller than some of the other options on our list (6 ft), so it might not be the best choice for any tall folk out there. The materials used are anti-rip and durable, but the waterproof rating isn’t the highest we’ve seen.
Although it does have rooftop vents, there aren’t any windows on this teepee tent (although if you use just the inner tent you don’t need them), so you won’t be able to admire the scenery with the door shut.
However, it’s surprisingly light for a large capacity tent, making it possible for backpacking adventures, and it’s reasonably priced too.
The thing that really sets the Ozark Trail Instant Tepee Tent apart from other tents of its kind is its instant assembly (the clue is in the name really). This tent has been cleverly designed with the poles pre-attached to the tent so that you can unfold this tent in just two minutes.
It’s also freestanding, which means you can move it around once it’s assembled until you find the perfect spot. Plus, unlike most other teepee tents, the walls aren’t entirely straight, and the incline at the top means that this tent performs better in the wind than most teepee tents.
We also love the little touches that come with this teepee tent – there’s an e-port so that you can stay hooked up to any nearby power sources, hanging organizers to keep your gear tidy, and a couple of sectioned pockets too so that you can keep your valuables nearby.
The two windows of this Ozark Tent aren’t the largest we’ve seen, but the door is huge and has windowed panels on it. The pop-out rooftop vents will keep you well ventilated, as will the bottom vents, and we love the towering center height of just under 8 ft.
Just bear in mind that it’s pretty heavy so isn’t the best tent for backpacking. It’s also very reasonably priced, and it comes with a 6-month warranty too for added peace of mind, making it a great contender for an affordable teepee tent for up to six people.
One of the things we love about the PlayDo Teepee Tent is that it’s available in a range of sizes (9.8 to 23 ft diameters) so you can be sure to find the size that’s right for you. And we love that even the smallest tent starts with a whopping 8.2 ft center height, while the largest is over 13 ft tall!
It’s also incredibly versatile, with a top-stove pipe vent for hot meals (don’t worry, the fabric surrounding it is fire-resistant), taped seams, and waterproof-treated fabric to keep you warm and dry in winter, and a mesh inner screen, mesh windows, and rooftop vents to keep you cool in summer.
We do wish the details of the water resistance were available though…
The windows have sturdy SBS zippers, and you can roll up the walls too to create an extra draft. Although the PVC floor isn’t super flimsy, we do recommend picking up an extra tarp for increased durability.
Overall, this is a very cozy teepee tent that will serve you well all year-round (assuming that the water resistance is up to scratch).
Don’t let the classic tent-like appearance of the Winterial Teepee Tent fool you… it’s definitely still a teepee.
We love that this teepee tent has a center height of 8 ft and can sleep up to seven people (although we think this might be pushing it slightly), yet it still weighs just 15 lbs – split between a group, that’s really not a lot of weight to carry.
It has four see-through windows. four mesh vents and, unlike most teepee tents on the market, it has two doors, which is great if you don’t want to disturb your fellow campers if you stay up late or get up early (or go to pee in the night.
The tent floor and body are marketed as waterproof, plus there’s an included rain cap for the top of the camping tent but, unfortunately, we can’t find a waterproof rating anywhere. The materials used aren’t the highest quality, but they’ll certainly do the trick and they’ve helped to keep the price down!
At the risk of sounding cliche, the Dream House Teepee Tent really is dreamy. With an impressive waterproof rating of 5000mm, you can be sure you won’t wake up to any drips in this tent. Plus, there are ties for extra support in windy conditions.
The poles are constructed from galvanized steel, the groundsheet is made of durable PVC, and the tent seams are taped, but make sure that you use the included cloths to cover the zippers and prevent leaks. We love that the groundsheet is removable too and that the walls can be rolled up to increase ventilation.
There are multiple sizes of this teepee tent available and, with a center height of over 8 ft for the smallest version of this tent, tall people will have no problem walking around freely inside any of them.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the cheapest teepee tent available and it weighs a tonne, so it definitely has more of a luxury camping vibe. However, we think it’s a case of you get what you pay for with this one, and it’s worth the investment if you can afford it.
First and foremost, how much space do you need? There are teepee tents of all sizes out there, but the larger you go, the heavier and more expensive they will be. Also, we think a lot of tents overestimate their capacity, so be wary that if you cram 8 people into a 6-8 person teepee tent, you’ll end up feeling pretty cramped (which sort of defeats the point of a teepee).
Opting for classic tent materials, such as nylon or polyester, is a great way to save money and shed some weight and you still get the perks of plenty of floor space and a tall height.
However, the canvas teepees can be incredibly durable and if you want to cook inside, perhaps on a safari adventure, then you’ll need fire-treated canvas material. It’ll cost you more, but it will likely be a lifetime investment.
As you’ve seen, not all teepee tents are created equal when it comes to weather resistance. The waterproof ratings vary considerably, so make sure you check this out, especially if you want a 4-season tent.
Also, the tall shape of teepees can make them bend somewhat in the wind – some teepee tents have ties for extra stability and this is a must-have if you plan on pitching your teepee halfway up a windy mountainside.
Our Top Three…
Okay, so you’ve seen our list of the best teepees around, and you know what to look for when you’re browsing, but in case you still can’t decide, here are our top three:
It was a tough call between the Vidalido Teepee Tent and the Wenzel Shenanigan Teepee Tent, but we eventually decided that the Vidalido was the best budget option. Although slightly more expensive than the Wenzel, it’s 3000mm water-resistance was a winner for us.
We also absolutely love the extra-large door that converts into a spacious porch – perfect for inviting the neighbors round. On top of that, the materials are incredibly durable, and it even comes with colorful flags to decorate with!
Our best all-round tepee tent just has to be the DANCHEL Tipi Tent. It has everything you could want in a tent – it’s super waterproof, has taped seams, and the silver-coated floor is great for temperature regulation.
Plus, it has tonnes of windows so you can really feel at one with nature, and the ventilation is excellent. It also has one of the best space-to-weight ratios of all the teepees we’ve looked at, making it a solid choice for 4-season backpacking trips – go on, what are you waiting for?
And finally, what’s our ultimate favorite? You might have guessed it… it’s the Dream House Teepee Tent. Okay, we know it’s not the cheapest option but, for the money, you get weatherproof and super durable materials, great ventilation, and more than enough room for even the tallest of people.
Available in a range of sizes, you can find the perfect teepee tent for you, and with such high-end materials, it really will be your glamping buddy for life!