After 8 hours of research evaluating 194 products, we picked CORE Lighted 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent as our top choice.
When's the last time you disconnected from today's attention-grabbing world?
If you can't remember, maybe it's time to ditch the cell phone and get into nature.
Imagine singing birds at sunrise and gentle ocean waves at night. If you and your family love spending time in the wilderness or on the beach, camping is a wholesome, inexpensive, and rejuvenating vacation idea.
It gets better, though:
Even if you spring for the biggest and best family tent you can find, it will be so much more affordable than Disney World.
Here's the best part:
Tents, although so basic in principle, have come a long way in design and ease-of-use. Listen to this: you can fully assemble a PORTABLE CABIN, by yourself, in 60 seconds flat.
But here's the kicker:
You'll enjoy quality time with your family and create memories to last a lifetime.
Looking for the most magnificent tents out there? Look no further. We did the research for you. These are the best family tents.
You go to the lake to camp; but what if you camped ON the lake? Sleep under the stars on the open water for a trip you can't forget.
You'll probably have to swim/paddle to get in or out of it, but there's a "landing" dock area.
A foot pump makes this tent easy to set up. No poles required; just step down with your foot to fill the tent with air! It's a little heavy, and you'll need to set it up on land first and carry it into the farm pond, river, lake, or saltwater flat.
Inflated, it stands up to high winds without issue. The raft body has three air chambers; two on the bottom and one to reinforce the sides. You won't need to pack an air mattress; the floor is a 6" thick drop stitched high-pressure floor that doubles as a bed. The tent fabric is heavy duty, waterproof, sealed with heavy duty #8 zippers.
A heavy-duty hook and loop attach the sides to the topper. Easily and safely get in and out through the side doors — even in an emergency.
Getting in and out is easy with an inflated "dock".
Dimensions: 8 x 8 ft and 6'3" tall expanded; 60"x24"x18" stored
Capacity: Six people
Let the lull of the waves rock you to sleep. The inside of the tent fits people up to 6'3", or if you're taller, just use the tubes as a headrest or sleep diagonally. Standing room is up to 6'3" in the middle, so you'll be plenty comfy even if you're tall.
Roll it up like a burrito and pack it to go. The weight is approximately 130 pounds so make sure to have help. It's not very portable and a pickup truck or large van really helps here.
A separate screened in porch provides an oasis in the shade while still being part of nature and bug-free.
This tent is the most difficult to assemble on our list. It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes, though.
This Alpha Camp tent isn't an instant popup, but we think the 20 minutes or less it takes to set up will be worth the wait. It's very sturdy, and that sunroom is perfect for morning meals!
Eco-friendly silver coating blocks harmful UV rays.
A giant "D" style door and side windows allow flawless ventilation, not to mention a great view. High-grade steel poles keep any wind at bay.
Reflective tent rope ensures safe camping at night. It also includes the rain fly, which is sold separately on other tents.
Aside from the extremely spacious interior (yes, you did read right; this tent is 17 feet long), the star of this tent is the floorless sunroom. Lounge bug-free but still a part of nature in your homey "porch" with sun and weather protection.
Dimensions: 17' x 9'; 6'6" tall
Color: Orange & White or Blue & White
Capacity: Six or ten people
This tent comfortably fits two queen air mattresses with room to spare for luggage and accessories. There are two large side pockets to keep you organized, which always leads to a more comfortable trip.
The tent is airy and light with plenty of shade if you want it, while still having a good look at the world around you. The top opens up to the heavens for stargazing or breezy naps, or cover it if it rains.
A cable port for electric cord access is accessible so don't worry about charging any electronics!
Includes a carry bag with wheels, even though at 32 pounds it falls in range with other tents its size. The wheels make it even more portable!
This tent folds into 19.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches.
With such a sturdy frame, this tent withstands winds up to 35mph, it also has a 60-second setup and fits four queen mattresses.
Every wall doesn't open to windows.
Coleman claims it takes only 60 seconds to pitch or take down this tent — even by yourself. Reviewers say it's true!
Supported by a pre-attached sturdy frame, this tent easily withstands up to 35+ mph winds, so don't hesitate to take it to the beach or a cliffside.
It comfortably protects two queen mattresses.
This tent is also available in 4-person and 6-person styles.
Dimensions: 168 x 79 x 120 in (About 10 x 9 and 6 feet tall)
Capacity: Six people
If you don't love waking up with the sun, a dark tent is an excellent option for you. The dark room technology in this tent also reduces temperatures inside the tent for a comfortable night's sleep.
Although it claims to be a six-person tent, you'll be much more comfortable with four adults (or six children).
Even if you're taller, you may be able to stand inside the tent; the center easily fits a 6' man without crouching.
Includes an expandable carry bag for easy travel. It's 25 lbs and when packed lays at 48 inches.
This 100% weatherproof tent is spacious and even includes a front porch!
Poor instruction manual, but it's pretty easy to set up even without it.
It's a big tent, and it's not a popup tent, so it'll take maybe 15-20 minutes to put together. Remember, this is a very durable and waterproof tent so you'll want to take the time to set it up securely.
You'll also want to purchase the Footprint for the base of your tent. It shields the floor of your tent from footprints or coolers inside, and wet/abrasive ground outside. It will significantly prolong the life of your tent floor. A tarp would work too.
This single wall tent boasts room for up to six people, but there's also a four-person tent available. A massive front vestibule has two grand doors while large windows open up expansive views of the world around you.
A second vestibule leads to a back door for easy entry and exit with up to six people. Heavy-duty and pre-bent 14mm poles provide tons of interior space for you, too.
It's also bright and airy so you'll easily be able to identify it in a public place!
Dimensions: 10 x 10 ft Color: Golden Oak/Saffron Yellow Weatherproofing: Yes, lots Capacity: Six People
With ceilings high enough to stand beneath and astronomical windows, there's no chance you'll be uncomfortable during the day or at night. The airflow in this tent is unmatched with only one single wall — the rest are windows that open up to nature.
At 23 lbs, it's suitable for parking and camping but might be a little heavy for backpacking. It folds up into a duffel bag sized pouch that's easy to carry.
This tent can be combined with other Crua tents to create one gigantic, unique, and exciting camping experience. It can also attach to most vehicles!
You can get a six-person tent for less money, but you get what you pay for and here, you’re paying for quality workmanship.
For a tent this big, you’d think it would be a little more challenging to put together — but it’s not!
The airframe is the star of the speed show here; just hook it up to a generator and the frame is set within minutes. Then simply attach the covering.
The tent is made of breathable polyester material with an HH5000mm water-resistant outer layer. Don’t worry about campfires; it’s fire-retardant.
Ideal for hunting, fishing, festivals, beach camping, safaris, and even glamping, this durable and spacious tent will comfortably put up with whatever you throw at it.
Dimensions: 16 x 12 ft; 7.5 ft tall
Color: Forest green
Capacity: Six people
The Crua tent has a large attached canopy for socializing outside the tent. Inside, you’ll find a LOT of space — 192 square feet, to be exact, with a 7.5ft sweeping ceiling.
The Crua Core can be used alone, but it really shines with its complete set. The luxury glamping setup is essentially four tents attached together into one! Attach Crua Duos and Crua Cocoons to create small bedrooms.
There’s also a bug mesh to keep pests outside.
It folds into 33 x 19 x 18 inches and weighs 33 lbs. It’s not an ideal tent for backpacking (unless you’re really strong!) but it’s perfect for a family vacation!
LED lights are built into the roof poles to produce homey overhead lighting (and yes, there are two light switches: one inside, one outside).
There are lights, but there’s no built-in nightlight timer. This tent is pretty flawless aside from that!
Telescoping poles come pre-assembled and pre-attached to the structure so your tent easily springs to life. It shouldn’t take more than two minutes for one person to pitch the tent.
This tent feels more like a home! It has two rooms (optional divider) and two switches for your 3-setting overhead lights. The lights require 4 D batteries.
Unlike many other tents, this CORE tent comes with its own rain fly — you don't have to purchase it separately!
Dimensions: 14 x 9 ft; 6’6” tall
Color: White, gray, light blue
Capacity: Nine people
An adjustable oversized vent system ensures the air keeps flowing. It's designed to draw in cool air from the ground level while a mesh ceiling allows trapped heat to escape.
Two rooms will give privacy — something usually totally given away while camping.
Also, if you take away the rain fly, you can lay back and experience gorgeous panoramic views for stargazing on clear summer nights.
For basically being a portable house, this tent is pretty darn easy to carry at only 32 pounds. It’s not a lightweight tent, but it’ll be a piece of cake to take out of a truck and assemble.