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Best Family Camping Tents of 2022

best family camping tents

Looking for the best tent for family camping?  The answer really depends on what type of camping you do with your family and how you will use the tent.  Below I’ve listed the top family camping tents by type and their standout features.

 

Best Family Camping Tents 2022:

The family tents are reviewed below. If you still aren’t sure which tent is for you, scroll down to read the guide to choosing a family tent.

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Family Camping Tents Reviewed

1. Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8P Tent

Best Overall Family Camping Tent

eureka copper canyon 8p family tent

The Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8P is by far the most usable family tent.  The usability is because the tent has two rooms, each with their own door.  That gives you the flexibility to use one room as a hangout space or for gear storage and the other for sleeping. Or, because there are two doors, you can have people sleeping in each room without having to crawl over each other to get in/out. The tent is also very easy and fast to put up.  With a durable construction and materials, you don’t have to worry about getting wet in this tent.

Notable Features:

  • Two rooms and two doors
  • 156×120 footprint size
  • 84 inches of headroom and near vertical walls
  • Fits 2 queen sized air mattresses or up to 8 campers on pads
  • Massive windows and great ventilation
  • Sturdy steel main pole with fiberglass secondary poles
  • Storage pockets, E! PowerPort

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2. Core 12P Instant 3-Room Tent

Best for Large Families

core 12 instant family cabin tent

There are a lot of large tents, but few are actually set up in a way which makes sense for large families.  The Core 12 is an exception. It has a really smart layout with three rooms: there is a center room and two bedrooms off to the side.

The room dividers are removable, so you have some flexibility in how you want to use the tent. You could easily fit 4-5 people on cots or pads in each bedroom.  Or you could put a queen air mattress in each bedroom (with room to spare) and a twin cot in the middle room.

Because it is an instant tent, it is one of the fastest and easier family tents to pitch. Just bear in mind that instant tents tend to be weak.  Be gentle when setting it up and taking it down and it will last a long time.

Notable Features:

  • Very affordable large family tent
  • Three rooms: one central room and two bedrooms to the side
  • 18×10 feet
  • 80 inches of headroom and near vertical walls
  • Fits 2 queen sized air mattresses and a twin or up to 10 people on pads
  • Instant setup in 5 minutes
  • Storage pockets, vents, E! PowerPort

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3. Nemo Wagontop 6P Family Tent

Best 6 Person Family Tent

Nemo Wagontop 6p tent

While definitely not the cheapest family tent, the Nemo Wagontop is one of the most well-thought out.  It has a large sleeping area of 100×140 inches that easily fits four people side-by-side on pads.  There are big windows for ventilation and views.  There is also a small porch room for storing gear. You can fit a chair in there for sitting too. When the rain fly is staked out, you also get a huge vestibule area.  It can be folded back and rolled up.  Like this, the front room turns into a screened porch.

As you’d expect from the brand Nemo, the Wagontop tent is really durable. You don’t have to worry about it leaking or tearing.  The criss-cross pole design also makes it very stable in high winds.  It’s a family tent which will last you a lifetime.

Notable Features:

  • Screened porch plus sleeping area
  • Front and back doors for easy in/out
  • Rain fly stakes out to create a massive 27 sq. foot vestibule
  • Withstands heavy wind and rain
  • Very sturdy and durable tent
  • Windows open for ventilation and views
  • Easy to set up, even by one person
  • Storage pockets, lantern hook,
  • Lifetime warranty

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4. Marmot Limestone 8P Family Tent

Best for camping in cold or bad weather

marmot limestone 8p family camping tent

The Marmot Limestone is a tent made for serious family camping.  It is a modified dome tent – a shape which withstands windy conditions well.  It also has a two-layer construction, sturdy poles and lots of ventilation.  You don’t have to worry about this tent leaking on you.  Nor do you need to worry about condensation buildup when camping in cold weather.

The Limestone has a different layout than most modified dome tents.  Instead of using the “mod” part as an entranceway, it is its own room with an entrance.  There is a second entrance to the main area.  Having two doors means you can lots of flexibility with how to use this tent for family camping. Keep it open to create a big room or use the removable divider to create separate rooms once your kids get bigger.

At 187×100 inches, the Limestone will fit: 3 queen size air mattresses (with still some room to move around), a queen mattress plus twin plus pack-n-play, or 6-7 campers on sleeping pads.  Since there is a massive vestibule, you don’t have to worry about cramming your gear inside the tent.

Notable Features:

  • Insanely sturdy construction
  • Good ventilation for cold-weather camping
  • Withstands heavy rains and wind
  • 19 sq. foot vestibule
  • Two doors and two rooms
  • Only 20lbs 13oz
  • Color-coded poles for easy pitching
  • Near-vertical walls and lots of headroom
  • Storage pockets, lantern hooks
  • Lifetime warranty

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5. Ozark Trail 10P Tent

Best Budget Family Tent

ozark trail 10p large family camping tent

For such a cheap tent, the Ozark Trail is really well-thought out.  It is a modified dome tent with three rooms.  Because each room has its own door, you can actually use all of the rooms for sleeping – no one will have to crawl over each other to get in/out!  There are massive screened windows and doors for good airflow and light.

The tent is a massive 20×10 feet. The middle room is the largest (around 8 feet long) and the smaller side rooms are about 6 feet long.  A queen size mattress easily fits in the smaller rooms.  The large size does mean it is harder to pitch and won’t handle bad weather well.  But it is still a great  budget family tent for summer camping.

Notable Features:

  • Three rooms and three doors
  • Fits three queen size air mattresses with room to spare
  • Large screened windows and doors
  • Very affordable

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6. Eureka! Space Camp 6P

Best Tent for Family Backpacking

eureka space camp family cabin tent

At 120×100 inches, the Eureka! Space Camp 6P tent can actually fit six campers in it. The pole construction creates near-vertical walls so you can actually use the space near the sides of the tent.

There are two large vestibules and doors, so storing your gear won’t be an issue either.  It is designed to withstand bad weather and has aluminum poles.  The fly and floor material are a bit thin, but this is what allows the tent to get down to an impressively low 16.1lbs.   Only the Big Agnes Big House 6P tent comes close to this weight but it doesn’t have vestibules.

Notable Features:

  • Weighs just 16.1lbs
  • Two doors and two vestibules
  • 120×100 inches
  • Adjustable ventilation
  • Very durable construction
  • Withstands bad weather
  • Vestibule turns into awning
  • Lots of storage pockets

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Choosing a Tent for Family Camping

There are lots of different ways to go family camping, so it’s no surprise that there are also lots of different types of family tents.  The options can seem overwhelming.  However, if you ask yourself these 10 questions, you’ll be able to narrow the options down to the perfect family tent for your needs.

 

1. How Many Rooms Do You Need?

When choosing a tent, most people first look at the size.  Really, they should be looking at how many rooms they need.   Most families will need at least a two-room tent.  One room is used as an entranceway or porch for storing gear.  If it is large enough, you can even hang out in there during bad weather. The second room is used for sleeping.

 

2. Tent Size

Once you’ve established how many rooms you need, you can calculate how big the sleeping area of the tent needs to be.

  • If sleeping on pads, you will only need about 80×25 inches per person, which comes out to approximately 14 square feet per person.
  • If sleeping on air mattresses, you will need a lot more space. A twin mattress is usually 76×38 inches and a queen mattress is 80×60 inches.

Don’t forget to add an extra 6-12 inches of space around the sides of the tent.  Otherwise you will end up right against the tent wall, which can cause condensation problems and leakage in the rain.  You may also want to add some extra space for walking between each pad or mattress.

For more info, read: How Big Does a Family Tent Really Need to Be?

 

3. Type of Tent

There are four main types of tents used for family camping:

  • Cabin Tents
  • Tunnel Tents
  • Dome Tents
  • Modified Dome Tents

Each tent type has its own pros/cons.  For example, cabin tents have better headroom but don’t withstand windy weather very well.  Dome tents are better suited for bad weather but tend to be cramped inside.

For more, read: Types of Camping Tents (with Pictures)

 

4. Number of Doors

Having an extra door can really improve the functionality of a tent.  For example, some two-room tents have a separate door for each room.  This means people can enter/exit the rooms without bothering people in the other rooms.

 

5. Ease of Pitching

If you are going to be camping at the same spot for a long time, the ease of pitching won’t matter as much.  But, if you mostly go for weekend camping trips, you will want a tent which is fast and easy to pitch.

Here are some of the factors which affect ease of pitching.

  • Size: In general, larger tents are much harder to pitch than smaller tents.
  • Weight: Some large family tents weigh more than 50lbs and are a pain to carry to the pitch site.
  • Height: Short people might not be able to reach the top of the tent when pitching.
  • Freestanding or not: Some tents have guylines which need to be completely staked out whereas others are freestanding and will stay up even if the guylines aren’t staked out.
  • Type: Certain types of tents, such as tunnel tents, are usually much more difficult to pitch than other types.
  • Pole clips vs. sleeves: It can be incredibly annoying and time-consuming to push poles through sleeves. Tents which clip onto the poles are faster and easier to pitch.

 

6. Weather Resistance

You obviously don’t want a tent which will start leaking on you in the rain.  However, weather resistance isn’t just about rain.  Depending on the conditions, you may also need a tent which will withstand wind and hot sun (such as a dark room tent).

Another weather factor that people overlook when choosing a family tent is condensation.  Family tents without ventilation often have problems with condensation buildup, which can make the tent wet even in dry weather.  You’ll need a tent which has features like mesh roof panels and air vents you can open.

Also read: How to Solve Tent Condensation

 

7. Extra Features

Before choosing a family tent, decide on what features really matter to you. Some features to consider are:

  • Storage
  • Power cord access (power port)
  • Windows
  • Lantern hooks

 

8. Price

Cheap family tents usually start around $150 and can go up into the thousands.  If you aren’t sure which type of tent you need, it’s probably better to start with a cheaper tent.  Take the cheap tent for a few camping trips to see what you like about it and what you don’t.  Better yet, rent or borrow a tent from someone (Read: Etiquette of Borrowing Camping Gear).  Then you will know exactly what you want when it comes time to invest in a better quality tent.

 

Comparison Table

Below is a comparison of all the top family camping tents of 2022.  You can sort the table by tent size, number of rooms, price, etc.

TentBuy AtPriceTypeSleepsFootprintRoomsDoorsVestibulesHeadroomWeight
Big Agnes Big HouseAmazon$$$$$Cabin69.8x8.3'1208116.4lbs
Coleman Dark Room Amazon$Dome610x9'1116817lbs
Coleman Instant CabinAmazon$Cabin610x9'1107224lbs
Colemany SkydomeAmazon$$$Dome610x8.5'1117219.5lbs
Eureka Copper Canyon LXAmazon, REI$$$Cabin610x101208422lbs
Eureka Space CampAmazon$$$$Cabin610x8.3'1227816.1lbs
REI Base CampREI$$$$$Dome69.2x9.2'1227420.6lbs
REI KingdomREI$$$$$Tunnel610x8.3'2217521.4lbs
CamprosAmazon$$Tunnel814x9'2107217.4lbs
Coleman MontanaAmazon$$Mod. Dome816x7'1107424.5lbs
Coleman SkylodgeAmazon$$Cabin812.5x9'2107729.7lbs
Eureka Copper Canyon LXAmazon, REI$$$$$Cabin813x102208431.1lbs
Marmot LimestoneAmazon$$$$$$$$Mod. Dome815.6x8.3'2217720.4lbs
Nemo WagontopAmazon, REI$$$$$$$$Tunnel815x10'2218030.2lbs
Core 9 Instant CabinAmazon$$$Cabin914x9'2207830.5lbs
CamprosAmazon$$Tunnel1016x92107220.9lbs
Coleman Instant Dark Room 10PAmazon$$$Cabin1014x10'2207935.5lbs
Coleman SkylodgeAmazon$$$Cabin1014x10'2107940.5lbs
Ozark TrailAmazon$$Mod. Dome1020x10'3307827lbs
UNPAmazon$$Mod. Dome1018x9'2107823.1lbs
CamprosAmazon$$$Tunnel1220x93207224.3lbs
Coleman SkylodgeAmazon$$$Cabin1215x11'2108452.7lbs
Core 12 InstantAmazon$$$$Cabin1218x10'3208052lbs
Eureka Copper Canyon LXAmazon, REI$$$$$Cabin1214x12'2208436.8lbs

 

Image credit: “DSCN0249” (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) by Lenny Flank

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Diane Vukovic grew up camping and backpacking in upstate New York. Now, she takes her own daughters on wilderness adventures so they can connect with nature and learn resiliency. With dozens of trips under her belt, Diane is an expert in minimalist camping, going lightweight, planning, and keeping her kids entertained without screens.

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