What are the best tents under $100 to buy?

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Of the 100 plus tents I have looked at 29 can be bought for less than $100. Finding a decent sized tent at this price is a bit of a challenge, it is possible though. Some of the tents below are heavily discounted making them great deals.
Coleman Sundome 4 person tent

Top rated tents below $100

Eight of the tents have a very good overall score "much better than the average for all tents"

Two of them easily qualify they both have lots of reviews, more than 800 in total. Both are made by Coleman.

The 3 man version is small, real small, forget about standing room this is kneeling room only. Coleman's Sundome 4 is a little better and probably deserves consideration for very small families or couples wanting to try camping for the first time without breaking the bank. The 4 person tent is actually $1.97 cheaper, with 28% more space and an extra 7" of headroom, making it very easy to choose the larger one. The Sundome 4 pictured above is currently just $58.36

The larger Sundome 6 that is surprisingly, only $82.12 is covered in more detail below in the next section devotet to the largest tents under $100

Best value tents below $100

The tent with the biggest dollar savings is the Zephyr 1 reduced $103.96 along with very good ratings, makes it excellent value at its current price. Another is the Mystique 1 it too is nicely discounted 55% offering you a saving of $88.01

twin peaks sport dome tent

Wenzels Twin Peaks Sport Dome pictured above, made by Mountain Trails looks good even at the MSRP of $69.99 discounted 29% makes it even better value for money for smaller families, looking for a quality tent with good ratings.

It is pretty rare to find the Sundome 6 for less than $100 With 100 sq feet of sleeping space it looks very attractive at this price, the six feet of standing room is also nice. Discounted to $82.12 makes it a much better deal than the Sundome 4 on a dollar per square foot basis if your looking for a little more space or have a growing family, it would be an excellent choice.

Largest tents below $100

Five tents have 6 feet of standing room or more two of these have more than 100 square feet of living space. Largest of them all is the Blue Ridge with 117 square feet along with 6 ft. 00 inches of headroom made by Wenzel. The 8 person Red Canyon, pictured below is quite large and represents great value, even when it is priced at a little more than $100

Coleman Red Canyon Tent

Another tent that looks at a quick glance worth passing over, is the Salmon River 2 room dome tent, If you look at the reviews in detail you will see that most all are excellent testimonials only a few campers have negative things to say mostly about it's size and the rain fly. Good for 6 people? Probably not! 3-4 people will have more than adequate space and a little privacy if they wish. Currently just $95.70 makes it a good option for small families.

Coleman's deeply discounted Sundome 6 gets another mention here because it also drops into this larger group of tents.

Last of the five is the Branch Canyon made by Texsport with just a few ratings it is hard to make any kind of judgment about this one. If you are searching for a cheap large tent the other four appear to be better choices.

Cheapest family tents

Thirteen of the twenty-nine tents can be purchased for less than $75 all offer enough space only for the smallest of families.

Coleman makes four of them. Even though the Sundome 3 is one of the cheapest tents available today "with a good overall score" at $60.33 It is hard to choose it when the larger Sundome models cost only a little extra for considerably more space.

Another Coleman tent is the Hooligan 3 bigger than the Sundome 3 this tent gets a vote for very small families wishing to get away backpacking for a long weekend. A slightly a larger version pictured below is available it would be ideal for longer hiking or cycling trips. I have covered Coleman's Hooligan Tents in more detail on a page all about Coleman's Tents.

Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent

The Twin Peaks Sport Dome has already been mentioned above in the best value section. On sale at $49.95 It is hard to find anything wrong with this tent. If you are in the market for a small tent for whatever reason.

Last of the thirteen is the Ridgeline made by Wenzel pictured below. It is only $89.72 It's overall score is well above average, lots of the 200+ reviews get 5 stars. Yes it's a small tent offering a lot of value just like the other twelve.

Ridgeline 4 Tent

Quite often when one thinks of cheap the next thought is usually "poor quality" none of these thirteen tents above do anything but excel in all areas "except size" Apart from the Sundome 3 Any of the other twelve would make great choices.

Most popular tents below $100

By far the most popular tent is the Sundome 4 with more than one thousand reviews, lots of buyers have given it five stars, the next best selling is the Ridgeline it has more than 200 reviews, both have a great overall score.

Of the twenty-nine tents, ten have more than 100 reviews five of these are made by Coleman three of them are the dependable entry-level Sundome model With two large windows an awning and a quick 15 minute advertised setup time, these small but spacious tents are great for people new to camping not wishing to commit a whole lot of cash. Another is made by Wenzel "it is very affordable" the Ridgeline also has lots of happy owners who rave about it.

Another worth mentioning is the One Touch Set Up unlike the others above it is not made by a well-known manufacture, which makes it jump out from the rest. All of these eleven tents have had favorable mentions elsewhere on the page.

It is hard to not include Coleman's hugely popular 4 person Instant Tent "pictured below" just a tad more than $100 On a good day you can ocasionally find it for less than $100.

4 Person Instant Tent

Best of the rest

Two other tents do not get a mention above, the Automatic Instant Pop Up 6 "pictured below" is quite large in size with 78 square feet of space. It only has four feet nine inches of headroom though. With just a few reviews some of which are claiming "it easy to setup and others the opposite" it would be hard to choose this tent based on the information available.

6 person Automatic Pop UP


The other one are all what one could call medium sized tents. The Cedar Ridge Rimrock 4 I was not sure who "Cedar Ridge" was, it turns out that they are ALPS Mountaineering newest brand addition, this caught my attention as ALPS are renowned for making high quality tents for serious all year round camping. As you can see in the video underneath ALPS have applied what they know to this new budget line.

A decent sized "64 square foot" ALPS backed tent for $82.10 now that is a good deal!
The initial reviews are excellent!
  • "super easy to set up in the pitch dark"
  • "No leaks or anything"
  • "set this up in 10 minutes by himself"
As ALPS are publicly behind this new brand, it is near certain you will be getting a quality tent that will last for years.

If this is your first time camping and you are not sure how much to spend. Any of the twenty-nine tents mentioned above would make a great choice without breaking the bank.

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