What are the best top rated tents to buy?
4 Person Tents
6 Person Tents
Easy to set up Tents
The Best Rated Tent:
What qualifies a tent to be deemed top rated? "better than average"
is probably a good place to start. A quick check of my data, revealed that the average overall score for all the tents on www.optimumtents.com with more than 5 reviews, is 74%
To narrow things down further I decided to raise the bar on one of the qualities, to determine what could be called top rated.
Top rated cabin tents
Nine cabin tents score well and have great reviews. Prices range from $159.99 to $649.99
The Octagon 98 "pictured above"
made by Coleman.
has 6'10" of standing room, it is easy to set up, tested by campers in the rain and wind without problems. A half length fly is included.
- Extremely spacious, 169 sq ft
- An easy and simple twenty minutes to setup
All in all this is a good value choice for larger families with more than a couple of children. Octagon 98
Kodiak is the manufacture behind another three of the cabin tents. The Canvas Flex Bow Model
is truly a deluxe tent available in three different sizes, the 4 person tent
represents the least value at $469.99
add on another $100
and you get an extra 28 square feet and extra 5" of headroom for the 6 person version
The largest of the three designed for eight
more than it's little brother, it is though double the size and considerably larger with 140 square feet. Which is nowhere near double the price.
You can watch Kodiak's own video of the canvas flex bow tent below.
Even though this is a heavy and sturdy four season canvas tent, it can still be easily set up by one person alone, as highlighted in the video. Quality is stressed throughout and this is supported by the stellar reviews this model gets.
Another 20 cabin tents
ideal for large families going on an extended camping trip, wanting a little extra space and enough room to stand up, can be compared together on a page devoted to cabin tents
Top rated dome tents
Thirteen of the fourty-one top rated tents are dome tents, easy to set up these tents are very popular for families new to camping, none are particularly large in size, groups of 4 or more maybe better looking at another types of tents. Of the thirteen the Mountaineering Meramac 3
made by Alps
scores an impressive 90% with more than 100 reviews, it is though a three person tent and can only be considered for small families hiking or a couple with a newborn.
and Big Agnes
have two dome tents with excellent scores, the Trail Ridge 6
and the Flying Diamond 4
. Both come from quality manufactures with reasonable prices that will leave you a little left over to spend on some other camping gear.
Below is Kelty's own video of the trail ridge tent.
Watching this video the first impression I get is "lightweight but sturdy", ease of set up is stressed along with the large doors.
Many other dome tents
get great ratings and excellent reviews. All 49 are examined on a page dedicated to dome tents
Top rated large tents
The five largest tents all have a sleeping area of 140 square feet or more. One is a cabin tent already covered above
. The other 4 are modified dome tents, two are Coleman's Evanston Screened 8 and 6 model. I like these tents a lot and you can read about it's great qualities here. Whilst updating this page I noticed the overall score had dropped slightly, still well above average.
Of the others, one just jumps out, with awesome ratings the very large Grand Pass Family Dome
from Mountain Trails
offers unheard of value for less than $200.00 With 180 square feet it makes it one of the largest tents available today in 2017 the best deal on square footage for sure on this site.
You can see a video here
by Wenzel, demonstrating how easy it is to setup.
other large tents
with a minimum of 99 sq feet of sleeping space, if you want more space.
Top rated 4 person tents
Four of the 4 person tents get high ratings the ever-popular Sundome 4
is deeply discounted to $58.36
from its already low MSRP of $89.99 Extremely popular with over 500 reviews on Amazon makes it an exceptional deal for those on a budget.
The Canvas Flex Bow Deluxe 4
is a small canvas cabin tent for those wanting something a little sturdier than your average tent, an extra $50 gets you the much larger Canvas Flex Bow Deluxe 6 person tent
much better value, for just a little extra.
The Big House 4
manufactured by Big Agnes offers a lot of headroom with 6'8 standing room for a small tent, it can be purchased with or without the awning pictured below.
A few of the featured 4 person tents
could be considered lightweight enough for backpacking.
Top rated 6 person tents
Oddly like above, six of the 6 person tents end up with excellent ratings. Marmot's Limestone 6
is the only one that has not already had a mention. Marmot
stands out in its ability to create extremely high quality tents. It is hard to find a bad word in any reviews about Marmot Tents. This kind of excellence comes at a price though, the Limestone 6 only leaves you a little change out of $500 If your looking for a quality tent for a smaller family and your comfortable spending more to get more, any of Marmot's tents are worth further research.
Below is Marmot's own video of the limestone 6 person tent.
Watching the video you get a good feel for how roomy this tent is, and how well thought out is the ventilation for those hot summer nights.
All the 6 person tents
can be compared side by side in the 6 person tents
Easy to set up tents
If your looking for a tent that sets up in seconds Coleman's 6 person instant
tent just missed getting on the page, as it had a slightly lower rating. In the video below you can see the two guys set up the Coleman Instant tent in less than a minute.
The best rated tent for camping If your curious as to what is the best-rated tent I have looked at,
it is the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8
it is the only tent that I have seen with a near perfect rating, perfection comes at a steep price though. If you are in this for the long haul and expect to be camping often over the coming years the $799.95
investment may be well worth considering.
In the end the best tent is going to be the one that suits you, your family and your pocket best.
You can compare all the above tents side by side in an Interactive Comparison Table