June 27, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents
Camping is better with people. We know there’s a pure kind of joy to be found in taking a solitary sabbatical, but the real fun is sharing that joy with friends and family.
If your companions don’t have a tent of their own, it’s nice to be the person that can break out the large tent. We know there’s a lot out there, making it hard to choose, so we’ve hand-tested the best large tents on the market in 2021!
In a hurry? Here’s the test winner after 10 hours of research:
7 Best Large Camping Tents – Overview
Here are the top 5 picks (keep scrolling for more details and picks 6-7).
- Cabin-like 10-person tent has enough room for 3 queen size air beds
This tent from Coleman is a 7 to 10-Person juggernaut. This tent uses a couple of neat tricks and smart architecture to give you and your guests a spacious and comfortable trip out into the wilderness without becoming a heavy, cumbersome addition to your backpack if you’ve booked a backcountry site or you’re backpacking for a few days.
This is a four-season tent, making it an incredibly versatile investment. If you’re the kind of camper that enjoys the balmy summer nights as much as the challenge of camping in the deep bone-biting cold, then you’re going to get a lot of utility out of this tent.
The beauty of a four-season tent like this is the incredible flexibility you get in terms of ventilation and insulation. Even if you don’t end up using it in the winter extremes, you’ll find that it’s useful for nights that are a little more chilly than you were expecting.
- An incredibly simple solution to sheltering several people without headache
- 30 pounds is a little on the heavy side if you’re planning on carrying this tent the entire time
- WEATHERPROOF: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in; included rainfly offers extra weather protection
This tent from Coleman comes in many different sizes. For your uses, we’re going to focus on their 4-6 person tents. Coleman is always known for making exceptional camping gear, and it’s no surprise that their Sundome Tent holds up to that standard of quality.
This tent is designed for use in warm weather, so you’re going to need to keep that in mind if you’re an all-season camper. If you’re sticking to warm weather, however, this tent is incredible at its job. The windows on the Sundome are wide, well-ventilated and they transfer heat well.
These windows in conjunction with the ground vents create a maximalist airflow, so your summer nights are never stuffy or stifling. This kind of ventilation is crucial when it comes to jamming several adults and their prodigious body heat into a tent for a few nights at a time.
This tent and its construction put comfort at the forefront. The WeatherTec system built into this tent is also going to be important when it comes to keeping yourself sane during the summer. Those unpredictable rains are mitigated by Coleman’s patented welded floors and inverted seams.
These are specially engineered to help ensure you stay dry no matter how hard the rain pelts your rent. The sturdy frame of the tent and the Insta-Clip pole attachments will stand strong against winds around 35 miles an hour, no problem.
- Ample standing room
- A perfect choice for experienced and novice campers
- Exceptionally comfortable in the summertime
- Stands up well against nasty weather
- If you’re not camping in the summer months, this tent can be pretty uncomfortable
- Instant 60 Second Setup; Sleeps 9 people; Fits two queen air mattresses; Center Height:78
This tent from Core is surprisingly spacious, easy to set up, and perfect for large groups looking to get together. If you’re looking for something with comfort on par with the indoor spaces you’re used to, you’re going to love this tent. It sleeps 9 people comfortably, and it has ample room for air mattresses, technology, and even whatever pets you’re going to bring along.
The most impressive aspect of this tent, hands down, has to be how quickly it can be set up. Many hands make light work, and that holds true for this tent. A few folks working together can easily slap this 9-person sanctuary together in a minute or less.
It’s genuinely impressive to watch every time we’ve put that claim to the test. This feature is hard to overstate, and it’s easily one of the most important things to take advantage of when you’re camping with a large group. Quick setup means more time to settle into your site, and that means longer periods of allowing yourself to unwind.
This tent isn’t shaped like smaller done tents, and that’s to its advantage. By shaping itself more like a small cabin, you’re able to squeeze more standing room out of it. Its center height of 78 inches is more than enough room for most adults to stretch their legs without bumping up against the ceiling or having to hunch unnaturally.
The cabin shape is also core to its ability to fit two queen-sized air mattresses. By having high, straight walls and a large, open floor you’re able to, pretty neatly, slot your air mattresses in against the corners without feeling like curved walls are looming over your face once you’ve settled in for bed.
Speaking of the floor, there are adjustable ground vents along the floor of this tent, giving you the air circulation to comfortably fit 9 people, all of their equipment, pets, and air mattresses. You’re not going to feel stifled or cut off by the polyester of this tent.
If you’re not big on sharing an open floor plan, there are room dividers and wall storage so your personal items can stay personal and everybody can find a way to split themselves into smaller sanctuaries.
If you’re at a campsite with electrical access, you can use these room dividers and the electrical cord access port to recreate the feeling of home right inside of your tent in less than five minutes. It’s a magical effect, and it makes for an incredible camping experience.
- If you’re bringing picky campers along, they’re going to feel comfortable during their outdoor outing
- Great for privacy, which is important if you’re going to have nearly a dozen people sharing a relatively small footprint
- Comfortable in the summer months without sacrificing privacy
- It’s huge and if your campsite isn’t made for 9 people, it’s going to swallow your space whole
- Our Browning Big Horn Series is a free-standing tent with fiberglass poles and steel uprights, giving ultimate extra strength and stability
This tent from Browning is a huge, spacious option that’s serviceable, easy to set up, and incredibly light. If you’re looking for large rent that will set up quickly, and won’t tear your wallet apart, then you’ll get a lot of mileage out of this tent.
This browning tent holds 5 people comfortably. Once you’ve set it up (a process that takes a few minutes at most, if you have a few hands on deck), it stands at a healthy 84 inches. This tent is closer to a portable cabin with an open floor plan than it is to a traditional tent.
The high ceiling is more than enough room to stand up in, it has true headroom, so you’re not going to be subjected to the claustrophobic feeling of standing just below the ceiling of your tent. It’s a three-season tent, so it’s going to best serve you between late spring and early autumn.
It’s comfortable enough, but there aren’t any bells and whistles to encourage airflow like the tents from Coleman and Core. That means you’re probably going to end up sleeping with the windows and door open some nights, which isn’t always ideal if you’re going to be out there with hungry critters and bugs that like to nose around in your personal space. It’s a small issue, but it’s important to consider because it’s hard to fix once you’re out there camping.
- It’s great at what it aims to do
- Easy to carry, it’s much lighter than a lot of other large tents
- If you’re looking for a simple tent that will house a lot of people over the weekend, this is an affordable option that’s very serviceable
- Lots of headroom
- Honestly very plain, the inside isn’t as comfortable as similar tents, and it’s not exactly the most beautiful thing to look at once it’s been set up
This tent from Reylo is massive, spacious, and comfortable. It’s a weatherproof dreadnought of a tent, but it still comes with all of the creature comforts you’d expect from a group tent designed to hold 6 to 10 people. This tent is weatherproof first and Foremost.
Reylo put a lot of effort into sealing seams by sewing them so their point of contact faces inwards, adding seam tape to the sewn areas, and keeping the stitches tight so they don’t leach water into your fortress. The steel poles, the guy ropes, and the stake-able corners secure the tent to the ground and provide enough structure to keep it upright and stable during heavy winds.
This the kind of tent you’d want on your side if the sky opens up in the middle of your peaceful retreat. While testing this tent, we had a great time with the spacious interior. The tent is a 13′ × 9′ × 78″ titan. The floor, walls, and ceiling all work together to make a sturdy and easily accessible space to bed down for the night while you’re out on the trail or car camping out to a local spot with a fully outfitted spot.
The interior doesn’t have to be a stark open area. Reylo includes an apparatus to divide the area into several smaller rooms so everyone in your party is able to carve out space for themselves without having to bring along more than one tent.
You don’t immediately think of this sort of feature as one that will cut down on the amount of space and equipment you’ll need for a long hike or backpacking trip, but it’s so good at creating ample, comfortable space for everyone that we feel comfortable saying you’d have an enjoyable time with just the one tent rather than bringing several.
- Stands up well against weather
- Their customer service is quite responsive, which gives us a good impression of the quality of their tents
- Well-ventilated, so summer doesn’t become cloying or unbearable
- Lacks an ability to split the tent into separate rooms, so if you’re using a large tent to house 8 to 10 people, it can feel like you’re never able to find a moment to yourself
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This one is a little different. It’s admittedly a little strange if you’re looking for a traditional camping solution, but if you’re willing to branch out a little bit to find a new comfort zone, then this tent might change the way you camp forever.
If we’re going to be upfront about the issues this tent presents, the biggest one is going to be its weight. It’s not a small tent, and that means you’re going to be lugging a lot of mass around. You’re only going to want this tent if you’re camping in a large group, so this is the perfect opportunity to divvy up the labor by assigning a person to be the “tent guy.”
If you can look past the weight, this tent is excellent. It’s an impressive 16 feet all the way across, and everybody’s going to have plenty of room to lie down and claim a slice of the pie for themselves. It’s fully weather-proof, and despite its size, it’s surprisingly sturdy. If you’re smart about your setup, you’re going to be able to secure it pretty well, and it’s not going to allow itself to be bullied by the wind.
- Great for large parties
- The high ceiling gives everyone ample standing room
- Non-traditional tent shape is sure to make your trips a little more exciting
- It’s pretty heavy, so it’s hard to suggest to someone that’s going on a trip that involves a lot of walking
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This tent is a little bit on the smaller side, but it makes up for that by being a joy to spend your time in. The tent itself is spacious enough to feel like you’re not rubbing elbows with the folks you’ve brought alone, and overall it’s comfortable during most of the year.
The best feature of this tent, by far, is the porch section. The front of the tent opens up and gives you a makeshift rooftop patio of sorts. It’s perfect for storing equipment that got caught out in the rain or lounging in the shade. This addition to the tent makes up for the lack of space on the inside of the tent.
This tent isn’t exactly small, don’t get us wrong. It’s large enough to house four people and a small pet or two without feeling like you’re being crushed by the walls of your shelter. It’s also notably sturdy in all of the aspects that matter the most.
As a shelter, it’s rugged and sturdy. Wind and rain aren’t going to pierce the shell of your fortress. Your trip isn’t going to be cut short by an unexpected chill or a particularly strong gust of wind. It’s a good tent that covers all of the basics while adding a little more fun in the form of a small patio.
- The porch area gives you a sense of space the cabin style tents don’t really have
- Great for families with pets
- Much smaller than other tents we tested
The Coleman WeatherMaster does a lot to earn its name. The basic construction of the tent and its overall levels of ventilation push it way up above its competition. This Coleman tent is easily one of the most reliable large tents out there right now.
Size wise, it hits the large tent sweet spot, if you’re camping out with a group of folks larger than 10 or so, it’s going to be a little untenable. We wish it were more of a cabin-style tent, but it’s still quite spacious even if you do lose out on a little bit of headroom. That’s a minor complaint in the face of all the good this tent has going for it.
The four-season nature of this tent makes it incredibly versatile, which is one of the most useful aspects of a tent you’re going to be stranding yourself with while trudging through the great outdoors. You can totally seal yourself off from the cold and bundle up just as easily as your ability to pop open a few vents and create a cross breeze that will make your summer nights a gentle retreat.
If you’re stuck deciding between large tents because you’re looking for the perfect addition to your collection, then you’re absolutely going to love this Coleman offering.In Best in Class Reviews, Camping Gear Reviews & Guides
Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he’s not writing, he’s probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.