Comparing tents based on how many persons the manufacurer recommends the tent can sleep, is quite difficult. As you can see below, the size of a so called "4 man tent can vary enormously." Some of the tents on this page could sleep 5 at a push, with others been barely large enough to sleep a couple.
Sizes range from 49 sq feet up to 101 sq feet
Prices start at $49.95 and max out at $849.00 info_outline
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Five of the tents get good ratings and have more than 5 reviews. The smallest is made by Kelty the Trail Ridge 4 it is a very popular tent. Coleman's Instant 4 "pictured below" is only a tiny bit bigger. Both are on the small side for two parents with two teenagers.
Very small 3 person families looking for a quality tent could consider the Trail Ridge 4 If they are hiking or cycling, if weight is not a factor better options exist below for the same price. There is a page devoted to Coleman's Instant tents
The largest is the Evanston 4 with 80 sq. ft. it will easily sleep 4. As with many tents from Coleman the price is attractive, over $150 info_outline it makes a good choice for those wanting to try camping for the first time. The Sundome 4 is smaller than the Evanston. With the Sundome model having more than 2000 reviews, to say it is a popular tent is an understatement. The MSRP of $99.99 is not expensive, subtract the current discount of around $-10 info_outline and it is a bargain for small families.
Two of the 5 are small cabin tents. Both are made by manufactures with a history of focusing on quality. Eureka's Copper Canyon model is known worldwide, with 7' of headroom this tent is a nice roomy tent for small families, with a net price of around $200 info_outline the Copper Canyon 4 will give you many years of trouble free camping. Kodiak's Canvas Flex Bow Deluxe 4 is a deluxe tent in all sense of the word. It is a little bigger than the Copper Canyon 4 but costs considerably more. Made from canvas the Canvas Flex Bow Deluxe 4 can be used all year round "even in the snow" and still keep a degree of warmth inside. With both of these cabin tents it is worth taking a look at the larger 6 person versions both of which offer, a lot more space and headroom for only a few extra dollars.
Of the others, one of the leading suppliers of quality tents today Alps Mountaineering makes the Lynx 4 described as a "perfect 3 season tent" by some. It is hard to find anything wrong with it, the only factor is "headroom" and sleeping area, both could be considered a tad small, when compared with the larger tents on this page.
The North Face makes the Bastion 4, it is considered to be a true Expedition Tent It can be used year round in any of the four seasons. As you can see in the "picture above" it comes with a large front vestibule area. Another smaller one can be found in the rear. With its lifetime guarantee and campers describing it as a "world class tent" and "bullet proof" on the The North Face website. One would have to ask what is the price? It is the most expensive of all the tents on this page; quality does come at a price. It is ideal if you are looking for a tent that will allow you to camp during the winter months in the snow.
Four of the tents were discounted more than 25% on Jan 17th, 2021. Kelty and Coleman both have two of the tents. The Shiro 4 "pictured below" is the most expensive of all 4-man tents. It has no reviews yet, so it is difficult to gage just how good it is. On all other counts it looks good. The other tent made by Kelty is the Trail Ridge 4 With Footprint small in size and price, it's a bargain at the current price for very small families.
Coleman makes the other two deeply discounted 4-man tents. The Instant 4 has been covered above and in depth on another page devoted to Coleman's Instant Tents The Hooligan 4 is more of a backpacking tent than the traditional family camping tent, better suited to hiking and cycling trips this lightweight tent large in size is a bargain at its current price of just $89.99 info_outline
Three of the tents can be called large within the context of 4 person tents. The two largest both have 100 sq. ft. of sleeping area, they are actually larger than half the 6 person tents This clearly demonstrates the problem with choosing a tent based on the number of persons the manufacurer decides the tent is suitable for.
Chinook's Twin Peaks Guide 4 with aluminum poles is easily large enough for four adults. With only a couple of reviews it is difficult to form a solid opinion based on the reports alone. Many 6 person tents exist of a similar size with an excellent overall score, that could be easily chosen based on the price and ratings alone. With aluminum poles this tent is currently available after discounts for $499.99 info_outline
The 2 for 1 All Day Shelter "pictured below" is one of Coleman's newer models. It is spacious with a front porch and like most of Coleman's tents quick and easy to setup. 7'2" of headroom it's ideal for those longer trips.
Coleman's Evanston 4 Screened is the next largest with 80 sq. ft. Priced to sell at a little over $150 info_outline and with an excellent overall score of 88% and more than 150 reviews, this tent is great value for small families looking for a little extra space without spending a fortune.
All of the 4 person tents that retail for $99.99 or less are covered in detail, on another page devoted to,
tents currently priced under $100
One tent that jumps out is the Meramac 4 "pictured below". It is often to be found just around the $100 mark. With an excellent overall score of 90% it is a great buy when deeply discounted. Alps Mountaineering Tents are primarily targeted towards backpackers.
Coleman dominates the best selling 4-man tents. Apart from these Kelty's Trail Ridge 4 is a very popular tent with an excellent score of 88% Quite often the best-selling tents are those with a lower price point, the Trail Ridge 4 seen in the video below is not a cheap tent it sells around the $200 mark after discounts. With plenty of headroom and more than enough room for three, this tent is ideal for very small families looking for a tent that will last many years.
The Sundome 4 and the Instant 4 both have hundreds of reviews and have an excellent overall score, both retail at a price that is on the low end for four person tents, unfortunately neither are particularly large, at the price though, they both represent good value for money. The Montana 4 is not often discounted. When it is it's worth taking a look at. Lastly the Hooligan 4 is a popular tent with more than 500 reviews, it is probably better suited to families looking for a lightweight tent that can be carried on a bicycle. Weighing 13lb makes it a little heavy for hiking, if you are looking for something lighter there is another page devoted to lightweight tents ideal for hiking.
It is always difficult to pinpoint one single tent and call it "the best tent" Coleman's Evanston 4 Screened can not be faulted, its roomy gets good reviews and is easy to set up. One thing that should be considered is the headroom. It is 5' 11" at the highest point in the center, as the tent can often be found right around the $150 mark one can forgive having to stoop a little.
The Trail Ridge 4 "in the video above" also has just enough headroom with 5'11" at the highest point. Campers have repeatedly rated this tent highly. It has an overall score of 88% which is decent score on this website. Kelty builds good solid tents, that for the most part get excellent reviews. Though not the cheapest 4 person tent available today $269.95 info_outline For a 3 season tent of this size and quality it represents excellent value. It's worth noting the Trail Ridge 4 is a tad small for a group of four.
You can compare all of the four person tents side by side in an Interactive Comparison Table
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