Posted on: 05. Sep, 2013

We have been working hard to put together this list of camping tent reviews so that you can dive straight in to finding out about the very best and most popular tents on the market today. We don’t list every single tent, because why would you want to read about ones that people aren’t buying and that aren’t as good?

This list contains a range of styles, sizes and price ranges so that you should be able to just dive right in and find the most suitable one for your needs. Click one of the links below to read our review on that product, or scroll down a little further for our guide on how to choose the best camping tent.

List Of Camping Tent Reviews

Family Tents (6 persons and up)

31o08YpxxBL Coleman Montana 8 Tent
41nrOjJEC6L._SL160_ Coleman 6-Person Instant Tent
41ulkJGUpiL._SL160_ Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
31KCrsThNwL Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Tent
41V57KG1PDL Genji Sports Pop Up Outdoor Family Tent
 41-Q0aAaNQL Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6 Tent
 31PzirQWRVL._SL160_ Coleman WeatherMaster Screened 6 Tent

 

Regular Tents (up to 4 persons)

41NKY3mzxWL._SL160_ Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent
41fLxpw1G6L._SL160_ Wenzel Pine Ridge 10-by-8 Foot Four-to-Five-Person 2-Room Dome Tent

 

Specialist Hiking and Lightweight Tents

41ztmYDaCAL._SL160_ Coleman Hooligan 2 Backpacking Tent

 

Camping Tent Buying Guide

Tent Size

The first and most obvious thing that you will need to narrow down first is how big you need the tent to be.

The size of a tent is measured in how many people it can fit, snugly and without any extra space. This is ok for backpackers and people who are travelling light, but for families or even just couples who have a lot of gear with them, it’s always a good idea to go at least one size up. Personally, when I go camping with my partner we use a 4 man tent for the two of us and there is enough room for us to sleep in the middle of the floor and have our bags down each side.

Tent shape

Tents come in a range of various shapes and styles, each one with it’s own benefits. We list the main ones in the box below.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B004E4AW1K” locale=”us” height=”113″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31zIFun6x0L.jpg” width=”250″]Dome tents are one of the most popular and practical types of tent. They are based on the basic dome shape, obviously, and it is this that makes it great at protecting from strong winds and makes it extremely easy to put up. They are a great all-rounder.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000EQ813S” locale=”us” height=”178″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JVAP2AXAL.jpg” width=”250″]Also known as Pup Tents, A-frames are built using an A-shaped pole at either end of a single ridgepole. They can sag a bit in windy conditions and are not generally as strong as other more modern styles, such as dome tents.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B003C4TLM4″ locale=”us” height=”167″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Han0lozjL.jpg” width=”250″]Teepee tents are obviously named after the shape that they resemble, but they are also extremely lightweight and tend not to include a floor. They don’t offer great protection from the elements but can be great when used in the right conditions.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001TSCF96″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31o08YpxxBL.jpg” width=”250″]Tunnel, or hoop tents are named as such due to their being constructed from a series of arched poles that create a tunnel-like structure over which the lining is draped.

 

Fabric

There’s not really much to say about fabric. Most modern tents are made from nylon although some will have better waterproof coating than others, so look out for this in the product description.

Zippers and Seams

The strength of your tents zippers and seams is an important factor if you plan to be getting a lot of usage out of your tent, but isn’t something thats easy to figure out when shopping online. In this case you should see what other customers are saying and if they have had any issues, but our reviews on camping-essentials.org will mention this also if we have found any reports of weakness in this area.

Cost / Price

Obviously cost will factor into your buying decision and as with anything you will probably have to trade off some benefits against a cheaper price unless you are willing to invest in the very best models. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your tent each year you really should consider laying down a few extra dollars on the best tent your budget will allow because it will come back to you in the long run when you don’t have to repair or replace it prematurely.