The best family tents should be fairly easy to set up, provide protection from the wind and the rain, be durable, and big enough for the entire family.

Most tent buying guides focus on small one or two person tent models. These small tents are lightweight, easy to carry and pack in, and don’t take up a lot of space. If you are heading out on a solo camping trip I would defiantly stick with a smaller, more compact tent.

However, if you are planning a trip with multiple adults and kids, you will find that these smaller tents get cramped quickly with all the extra gear.

In this guide, I will walk you through what to look for and our picks for the 10 best family tents for 2019.

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Top Picks For Best Family Tents:

If you want to skip all the extra details here are our top three picks for best family tents for 2019.


What to look for when choosing the best family tent:

Before we breakdown the 10 best family tents, here are a few key factors that you should consider when searching for the best tent for your family.

Size:

When taking your entire family camping you need to have a tent that is large enough to accommodate everyone, plus all their gear. If a tent is labeled as a six-person tent, figure that there will be enough room for six sleeping bags side by side, and that is is. There will not be any extra room for gear or pets. The occupancy number on the tent is the max limit that it can hold, comfortable or not.

So with that in mind, go bigger than you think you’ll need. Kids move around a lot and have a lot of gear that they need with them. Also, consider any activities that you may do in the tent besides just sleeping. If you get unexpected bad weather for an afternoon and have to keep the family inside for the afternoon you want to have enough room to move around a bit and not be squeezed in like sardeins.

Height:

The best family tents should be tall enough for an average sized adult to stand up in. Look for tents that can accommodate your height once you are inside and this will make it much easier to move around.

If thinking of overlooking height remember that this is your shelter for bad weather. If you’re stuck in a tent waiting out a rainstorm, a taller tent means you can relax in comfort and possibly even hang some damp clothes to dry. 

Durability:

I always recommend that you don’t skimp out with a cheap tent because you don’t want it to break when you’re out camping. A cheap tent may be suitable for backyard campouts but they won’t stand up to a storm when you are out in the woods.

Your tent is the only shelter you have, and it’s worth paying a bit more to get one that can stand up to the elements. You’ll also save money in the long run because it will many seasons.

Layout:

Larger tents usually have some sort of dividing wall separating the inside into multiple rooms. Also, the best family tents have vestibules on each side with sleeping rooms, then a common room in the middle. They can also have a vestibule off of the front that acts as a porch of sorts. These room options are ideal for a large family as they increase your privacy and options.

Setup Ease:

This one is important. How much time do you want to spend setting up your tent? We have an older canvas tent that is probably 6′ by 10′, and once it is set up it is amazing. There is so much room you can have cots, a table and chairs, camp stove, and even a wood stove for heat. BUT- it takes at least half a day and at least three people to set up. For a long term camp it is amazing, but for a normal family camping trip, it is overkill by a longshot.

The best family tents should be easy to set up in just a few minutes and one or two people. You don’t want to spend your vacation trying to figure out an overcomplicated tent setup.

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10 Best Family Tents Of 2019

When you are planning on taking your entire family camping finding the prefect family tent is not an easy task. With multiple things to consider we have found the 10 best family tents for 2019.

1. Coleman Elite Montana

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You can stretch out and relax in style with the Coleman Elite Montana 8-Person Lighted Tent. The Montana is a long, narrow tent at 16×7 feet, and inside there’s a large single room with a full floor.

The large outdoor tent can fit three queen size air beds, ensuring your whole family has plenty of room. When the sun goes down, you keep the party going with the six built-in LED lights that provide 100 lumens of illumination. During the day, the auto-roll windows neatly roll down when you unzip them and can open at an angle to let in light but not water when it rains.

This 8-person tent is designed with the WeatherTec system that features patented welded floors and inverted seams to help ensure you stay dry. An extended door awning creates a dry space for you to store gear and enter the tent. The patented hinged door makes it easy to come and go.

The heavy-duty tent sets up easily in about 15 minutes. Clip on the included rainfly for added wetness protection, or gaze at the stars through the mesh ceiling.


2. CORE 9P Instant Cabin Tent

Core 9 Person Tent

This huge tent has a 14’ X 9’ floor plan can sleep 9 adults in sleeping bags not counting additional gear and has a center height of 78″. It can also sleep fewer campers with lots of extra room for gear.

Telescoping poles come pre-attached to the structure so your tent pops up in just a few short steps. A detachable room divider is provided to add privacy when needed or it can be removed for an open living area.

The side T-door gives you easy access to your tent as well as great airflow through the large mesh windows. These advanced vents draw cool air in from adjustable air intake vents on the ground and allows hot air to escape through a large mesh ceiling.

You can enjoy views of the sky through oversized mesh ceiling panels and know that if it starts to rain, this tent has got you covered. With extra wide, thick tape that is heat sealed to the rainfly fabric, wind and rain don’t stand a chance.


3. Coleman Instant Family Tent

The Coleman Instant Family Tent is a spacious 14 ft. x 10 ft. tent fits 4 queen-size airbeds. There is room to stretch out with 6 ft. 7 in. of center height.

This tent has a zippered divider that you can use, giving you the option of either one or two separate rooms. There’s a door at each end and plenty of windows with mesh screens and one end can be converted into a sunroom.

Assembly is easy and done in less than a few minutes. Since this is an externally framed tent it comes out of the bag with all the pieces ready assembled. Just unfold and extend all the poles until they lock into position.


4. Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

This is a great three room tent and at 20′ x 10′ it is huge.  It has a center area that’s great for coming in/out of and two side rooms that are separated by dividers. 

Like others on our list, this tent packs right up into a duffel bag with relative ease. This tent is SUPER-EASY to set up by yourself. The middle of the tent stands about 7 feet. The two ends taper to about 5-foot height. Each end has a zippered door that opens. 

The rain fly sits perfectly and tight and keeps a normal rain storm’s water from entering the tent.  With the reasonable price, this is a great alternative to the Coleman Montana.


5. Coleman WeatherMaster

The Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Tent has two rooms and plenty of space for the entire family. Up to ten campers can sleep easily inside thanks to the 17-by-nine-inch footprint and six-foot, four-inch center height.
This tent has enough room to fit three queen size air beds. Two doors— including a hinged front door— offer easy in-and-out.

A convenient electrical access port lets you run a cord from your device in the tent to an outside power source. An interior gear pocket helps you keep things organized.

This heavy-duty tent sets up quickly thanks to color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves and stores conveniently in the included carry bag. It comes equipped with a Rainfly that provides adequate weather protection if you get caught in a rainstorm. The mesh roof that will allow a little sunlight to come in on sunny days.


6. Coleman Red Canyon

This nice family tent measures in at 17- by 10-feet with six feet of head room in the dome. Coleman’s Red Canyon tent is spacious enough to comfortably sleep eight campers.

Ideal for weekend camping trips with family and friends, the Red Canyon features removable privacy walls, allowing you to create up to three separate rooms.

The Red Canyon is quite easy to put up. Poles are color-coded for simple assembly, and shock corded together. For light and ventilation there are four mesh panels – on and opposite the door, and at each end. The center ones have zippered privacy flaps and the others are covered by the rain fly.


7. Wenzel Klondike

The Wenzel Klondike measures 16-feet by 11-feet. The Klondike sleeps eight, five in its 98 square feet of interior space, with room for sleeping three more in the 60 square foot screen room with its zip up walls. With a tall 6.5 feet of head room lets you stand up straight while inside the tent.

The attached screen room can also be used as sun shelter, a picnic room, a gear room or a room just to relax in. A full mesh roof and two mesh windows keep bugs out and let the breeze in. In addition, a rear mesh vent creates a ground breeze.

Weather Armor polyester fabric with a polyurethane water-resistant coating protects from top to bottom. Double-stitched, lap-felled seams throughout the body of the tent provide a shingle effect against water. All threads, zippers, and webbing are treated with superior water repellency applications to enforce these critical areas.


8. Coleman Evanston

Enjoy the great outdoors without the bugs inside the Coleman Evanston 8-Person Tent with Screen Room. Great for car camping and extended camping trips, this spacious tent offers enough room for 2 queen-size airbeds and is designed to set up in under 15 minutes thanks to snag-free, continuous pole sleeves and Insta-Clip pole attachments.

The tent’s WeatherTec system features patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep the rain off you and your gear; a rainfly is included for extra weather protection. Extended awnings let you keep the windows open for enhanced air circulation without letting in the rain.

The tent also comes with a separate screened-in room for extra ventilation, covered storage for your gear, or an extra sleeping area on warmer, dry nights. Remove the included rainfly to let in more sunlight through the mesh roof on dry days or to gaze up at the stars on dry nights. ”


9. Core Extented Dome Tent

A 14’ X 9’ floor plan can sleep 9 adults in sleeping bags including all the additional gear. With a center height of 72″ and room for three queen air mattresses there is plenty of room for everyone. The two additional ridge poles maximizes interior space to make this tent feel like a spacious outdoor retreat.

You’ll love the views through the mesh ceiling panels and if it starts to rain, we’ve got you covered. With extra wide, thick tape that is heat sealed to the rainfly fabric, wind and rain don’t stand a chance. Advanced vents draw cool air in from adjustable air intake vents on the ground and allow air to escape through a large mesh ceiling.

You can conveniently run an extension cord into your tent through the E-port. This triangle section of the tent closes securely with hook and loop strips around your power cord or closes fully when not in use.


10. Coleman Prairie Breeze

With its spacious design, LED lighting, and reversible fan, the Coleman Prairie Breeze 9-Person Lighted Cabin Tent makes the campsite feel like home.

This cabin tent is guaranteed to keep you dry thanks to a WeatherTec system that uses patented welded floors, inverted seams, and a covered zipper to seal out the water. The integrated fan system provides cool comfort on hot days, while the built-in LED lighting provides bright overhead illumination that’s perfect for reading a book or studying a trail map.

Designed to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, this tent is constructed from durable Polyguard fabric that endures seasons of use. Setup is simple thanks to the snag-free continuous pole sleeves and Insta-Clip suspension that secures the tent poles with a snap. A range of other convenient amenities–including storage pockets, six oversized windows, and an E-port for routing electrical power–round out this fully featured camping tent.


Final Thoughts On Choosing The Best Family Tents

When it comes to choosing the best family tents for your next camping trip we recommend that you always buy one that is just a bit larger than you think you will need.

That will ensure that you have enough room for extra camping gear and enough space that you don’t trip all over everything as you come and go throughout your trip. Consider the needs of your family and invest in a good tent that will meet your needs for many camping seasons to come.

Which of these did you choose for your best family tents?

-Bobbie

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