After 12 hours of research evaluating 38 products, we picked Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent as our top choice.
There’s nothing like spending the night under the stars with the smell of a smoldering campfire still lingering in the air.
There’s nothing like it, that is, when you’re properly prepared… when rain isn’t leaking into your tent… when there’s enough fresh air in the tent to properly breathe…. you get the picture.
While the National Park Service can help you pick the perfect destination for a weekend or a month away from the world, only you and your fellow campers can find the perfect tent for your needs.
And, if you’re thinking a Coleman tent might fit the bill, you’re not alone. With over 100 years in the business, these guys make a mean tent. Their WeatherTec system does an awesome job of keeping everything dry, while their thoughtful ventilation systems allow you to enjoy your temporary home day or night.
We’ve lined up the best of the best Coleman tents to help you make that decision.
This Coleman tent really is instant to set up (okay, a few minutes and it is easier with two people) and it’ll keep you dry with its advanced weather protection. You’ll get loads of space and plenty of views from the windows.
It’s heavier than most tents and requires extra storage space. The stakes aren’t as high-quality as the rest of the tent and it’s worth investing in stronger ones.
Sleeps 8 people, or 2 queen airbeds.
If you need (or want) a big tent, this is the one for you. If you’re looking for something instant, you may decide that another Coleman Instant Tent is a better size for you.
Other sizes available, including 4-person and 6-person.
Set up is fast and easy. It’s possible to set up on your own, but way easier if you have an extra set of hands.
And, while it can go up in a minute, you shouldn’t be disappointed if it takes two or three (especially the first time out).
In addition, extra time is needed for laying a tarp underneath (don’t skip this step) and fixing the guy lines into place (don’t skip this either).
Disassembling is also straightforward, though you may be one of the many who expands the rip strip on the storage bag to get the tent back inside.
You can have one or two rooms, through the room divider can be tricky to move out of the way if you don’t want to use it. There are also two doors and seven windows. How incredible is that?
The weather protection is serious business and you can trust that you’ll stay dry all night. Users don’t experience water underfoot. Condensation is rare, but cracking one of the windows will remove it. (Pro tip: zip the doorway before staking for a better seal.)
The 150D material is 2x thicker than you’ll commonly find with tents and the WeatherTec system features waterproof walls. Along with the integrated rainfly, the welded door and door awning provide everything you need to battle all but the worst weather conditions.
What extra features? There really isn't much we could put in here except a few tiny storage pockets. Sad, we know. It still gets a reasonable score for being instant with loads of windows.
This dome tent comes in blue, black or brown and will fit most camp footprints. Better still, you can stand in it.
The price is right on this tent; you should be able to pick it up for less than $200, which is decent for this size plus the instant setup feature. And, if you treat it right, this tent will last for a very long time. Overall, a pretty good value.
This Coleman tent offers a lot: a lot of space, a lot of windows, a lot of height, a lot of weather protection. While some users find the lack of power cord access irritating, this tent has way more pros than cons.
Expect great ventilation and supreme weather protection with this small Coleman tent. Set-up is remarkably easy and the price is right.
It’s definitely small and most adults won’t be able to stand up inside.
Only sleeps 2. It's tiny, but there’s more room than you would expect for a 2-person tent.
Additionally, there are other sizes available, including a 3-person and 4-person option.
It takes 10 minutes to set this up with single-pole assembly and instructions are sewn to the carry bag. You will need to stake this Coleman as it’s not a free-standing tent.
Privacy is spot on in this one-room tent. It's got one door and one window which are covered by the rainfly. (Don't worry about ventilation; it's provided by mesh interior tent.)
With its included, full-coverage, heavy-duty rainfly and hardworking bathtub floor, you’ll be sitting pretty throughout some rather inclement storms.
The 1000D polyethylene floor wraps up the sides and has welded seams. The WeatherTec system waterproofs the walls to help keep everything dry and a 450mm coating on the included rainfly is nothing to sneeze at.
You're not expecting much from this little tent, are you? But, here’s a convenient flashlight loop on the ceiling and a useful vestibule for storage.
Let’s start by saying that Coleman is known for its family tents and car-camping options; they are not known for backpacking tents. You need to bear that in mind when looking at the Coleman Hooligan; it’s their best option for backpacking, but it’s not the best backpacking tent out there.
The reason for this blaring disclaimer is the weight of this tent; it’s over 8 pounds. You can backpack with it, but you probably won’t want to. But, it’s totally worth it if you also use it for car camping
The MSRP sits at $75 (for the 2-man tent) and you'll score this for much less. If you're not smiling, we can't help you.
The internal LED lighting is what sets this Coleman tent apart from the crowd, but you’ll also like the angled side windows, extended dry awning area, internal e-port, and that patented weather protection.
Some users find it a bit narrow and experience issues with the hinged door.
Sleeps 8 people, or 3 queen airbeds.
Whether you’re planning to camp with small children or you just want extra space and convenience, this is the Coleman tent for you.
The only other size available is a 6-person tent.
The conventional set up isn’t the easiest for beginners, but it shouldn’t take you longer than 15 minutes. Arranging everything just so for your glamping experience will probably take longer.
Most, but not all, users appreciate the hinged door that auto closes and the two windows that auto roll.
Some users experience problems with the door when it’s not on a completely flat surface – and the velcro strips that are meant to keep it closed without using the zipper (which, incidentally only works on the outside).
There is, however, only the option for one room (there's no room divider).
It's made of durable Polyguard fabric sporting the Coleman WeatherTec protection and an included, detachable rainfly.
When it comes to ventilation, you’ve got two angled windows (which keep out the rain), a ground vent and a roof ventilation system that really does require the included rainfly if it rains.
All in, the weather protection system works exceptionally well, though this tent is designed for high temperatures and humidity, so don’t expect it to keep you warm.
They’re not just “lights” either, you get 3 settings: high, low and nightlight, which are powered by 4 D-batteries or a rechargeable cartridge (not included). They’ll run between 26 and 81 hours, depending on the setting, and you’ll get between 5 and 100 lumens. And, there’s also a wall switch so you don’t need to fumble around.
On top of the lighting, there’s also an internal e-port, so you can enjoy more creature comforts indoors.
This modified dome cabin comes in your choice of blue, black or green. Plus, it's big and tall and doesn't weigh too much. You gotta love that.
Although the MSRP is $280, you should snag this tent when you can pick it up for $160 on Amazon. That takes this tent from a good value, to a great value. Plus, then you’ll have extra money in the budget for your glamping accessories.
It’s seriously weather resistant (though you shouldn’t mistake it for a 4-season tent). With a generous center height and plenty of floor space, you can really enjoy this tent over longer camping trips.
It’s hardly the cheapest Coleman tent on our list.
Sleeps 10 people, or 3 queen airbeds.
It’s exceptionally spacious, with super-high ceilings, so you probably never need to crouch (unless you’re a pro basketball player).
Also comes in a 6-person size that includes a screenroom.
Although it’s not initially intuitive, the conventional tent set-up – as well as break down – is decidedly swift and easy. It takes about 20 minutes with the color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves.
The two angled windows and roof ventilation keep everything fresh and almost everyone loves the hinged, auto-close door. There's also a second door and a removable room divider that can pack away if you don’t need or want two rooms.
The biggest problem with this Coleman tent is probably its name; people expect a 4-season tent that will keep them toasty warm in freezing conditions and manage even the toughest of storms.
We think it should have a name more suited to what it is: a large, 3-season, long-term friendly tent with more than adequate weather protection. Anyone buying this tent with that name would find themselves easily at home.
In addition to the 1000-D polyethylene bathtub floor the walls are a 75D polyester taffeta (with a 68D polyester mesh inner tent) and an included rainfly – all with corner welds, covered zippers and the WeatherTec system. Additionally, the frame can handle 35+ MPH winds.
There are internal pockets and a hinged door, but this Coleman tent isn't strongest on internal features. That said, we do appreciate the internal power port as well as the hanging light ceiling clips.
It's big; it's tall - and this cabin style tent is available in just one color (brown) so you don't have to make a choice on that.
Although it’s far from being the cheapest Coleman tent on the market, most users are quick to point out the value for money rather than denigrate it for the price tag. The MSRP is $300, but you should be able to pick it up for $200 on Amazon.
Heavy-duty fabric, fast set up and superior weather protection are just the standards you get with this tent. The screened porch and spacious interior, plus the 4 large windows and reasonable price make this an awesome pick.
It’s heavier than you might expect. The back screen can’t be closed for privacy without the rainfly.
Sleeps 6 people, or 2 queen airbeds
It’s roomier and taller than most people expect even though it’s shorter than many 6-sleepers.
Comes in an 8-person screened option as well.
This Coleman tent goes up in 15 minutes with conventional tent setup techniques. But, it's very easy to do. Some people would buy better stakes, of course, but that’s just a tenting thing.
There are 2 rooms (when you count the screen porch) and technically 2 doors. There are also 4 windows that will have awnings when covered by the included rainfly.
If privacy is super important to you, this isn’t the tent for you. The back mesh screen isn’t covered unless you use the rainfly, which you may not want to do.
The weather protection is way more than adequate, as is the wind protection (though it can get a little noisy in high winds).
The included rainfly has window awnings in addition to the full WeatherTec protection. Intsaclip pole attachments stand up to strong winds while the welded floors and inverted seams do the rest.
Essentially, this is one super-durable tent.
Now for the biggest, most obvious positive of this tent – the screened room. It’s quite big. And, although it’s not covered by the rainfly, there is a mesh drain on the ground to deal with the water that does flow in.
More importantly, it keeps you away from bugs and allows you to keep the door open for ventilation at the same time.
It’s heavier and lower than many people would like. And this dome tent is only available in green, though that’s hardly a game changer for most.
Although the MSRP is $200, you'll find the 6-sleeper for about $125 on Amazon. We find this large, feature-rich tent to be a great value for the MSRP, but we'll certainly take it for less.
This is a user and budget-friendly tent with great ventilation, an included rainfly and plenty of space. It goes up quickly and offers an internal e-port.
Perhaps there’s too much ventilation for early spring or late autumn camping.
Sleeps 6 people, or 2 queen airbeds
Of course, you won’t sleep 6 people comfortably, but that’s just how tent sizes work. Users have managed to fit 2 queen airbeds in, but it’s not pretty. Think of it, rather, as a solid tent for 2-4 people – and one that’s tall enough to stand in.
Available in a variety of other options, including 2-person, 3-person, and 4-person.
This tent goes up quickly and easily - just 10 minutes with the continuous pole-feeding system. It comes down and packs into its storage bag just as simply and swiftly. While it's not instant, it's easy enough for newbies to manage without stressing.
There's just 1 room, with 1 door and 2 windows on the 6-sleeper version. The windows are large, but privacy isn't an issue - nor is ventilation.
A rainfly is included to protect the WeatherTec walls and 1000D Polyethylene floor.
The rain protection is superior and it’s very definitely leak proof. As far as a battering from the wind is concerned, you’ll be happy there too. But, you will need to use the guy lines on the rainfly to feel totally secure.
Ventilation isn’t a problem with low mesh vents and two large windows. As such, you shouldn’t count on this tent for colder nights as it’s not going to retain any heat in the tent.
There’s an internal e-port, 2 conveniently-placed mesh interior pockets and a ceiling hook for hanging a light.
If you want to splash out there are options for Coleman Sundome tents that come equipped with LED lighting or darkroom technology. Both are excellent upgrade options if you know what you’re looking for.
This dome-style tent is available in green and navy. Other color options are available for the lighted and darkroom-style tents.
The MSRP for the 6-sleeper tent is around $140, which is already very reasonable. You'll find it on Amazon for less much of the year, though you'll obviously pay more for the lighted or darkroom options.