10 Of The Best 4 Person Tents for 2020

A tent is a mainstay of every camping experience. If you have a tent that leaks in the rain or lets in the cold on a winter day, you’ll ruin the camping trip and potentially endanger yourself and those camping with you. Here are 10 of 2020’s best 4 person tents.

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Having a tent is an important part of the camping experience. If you have one that’s too small, you’ll be forced to sleep beside a small, tornado-ish 4 year old who will beat you up in her sleep. Get one that’s too big and…..

Well, I personally think there’s no such thing as a tent that’s too big. But that’s just me.

Too small or just right, here are a few things you need to look out for when trying to decide on a new tent for camping or backpacking.

Capacity

You need to decide how many people are going to be lodging in the tent. In addition, you need to make sure you add belongings and sleeping apparatus. You will have a lot more room with 4 people in sleeping bags as opposed to 4 people with sleeping cots.

If you are bringing small children or 4-legged friends, you may want to go up a size.

Time of year: 3-Season vs 4 season

The terms for the seasonality of tents are “3-season” and “4-season”.

3-season tents and made for general backpacking and camping. They can withstand a moderate beating by the weather and general wear and tear. They come in a variety of weights and materials depending on the climate you plan on camping in.

4-season tents are designed for the harshest of climates and weather anomalies. More support poles and heavier fabric allow them to withstand large amounts of water and snow. Less mesh allows for insulation and retention of warmth.

There are also “3-4 season tents”, which are a slightly sturdier but have less ventilation than 3-season tents. These would be, for example, great in the fall but not in the summer or winter.

The best 4-person camping tent should fit whatever your weather needs are.

Weight and packed size

One consideration to take into account is the weight of the tent and how far you are going to carry it. A 30 pound tent that is driven to a campsite is a little different than a 30 pound tent that you have to carry 10 miles.

Another consideration when picking a tent is the packed size. For the same reasons listed above, a tent that is small when packed is much easier to carry long distances.

Types of tents

Pop-up or instant tents

Simple, inexpensive tents not made to withstand much more than easy summer nights because of their instability. They are very easy to put up and break down.

Backpacking tents

These tents are lightweight and small, perfect for days in the middle of the forest. They can have a small porch and multiple entrances.

Hammock tents

Suspended above the ground, these tents are lightweight and used when sleeping on the ground isn’t possible due to conditions like wet ground and dense undergrowth.

Regardless of the type, the best 4-person tents protect you from bugs, water, and sometimes heat and cold, depending on where you’re camping.

Here are some of the best tents for 2020.

Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop up Portable Camping Hub 4- person Tent

  • Dimensions: 94″L X 94″W X 78″H
  • Collapsed Size: 8″ X 8″ X 67.5″
  • Weight: 30 pounds

This tent takes 90 seconds to set up and can be set up by one person if needed. It has multiple doors to help with ventilation, as well as giving multiples points of exit, which is especially helpful late at night for late night potty breaks.

The floor is removable to you can easily shake out dirt and sand. It uses velcro to latch, but this doesn’t affect it’s ability to keep out rain. Even with a steady downpour of water, the floor of this tent will stay dry.

The rainfly is also removable. This gives way to some amazing night views of the stars on the nights it’s not raining. It also helps with venitlation.

Pros

  • 90 second set up and take down
  • Multiple doors
  • Removable rain fly and floor

Cons

  • Can be cumbersome to carry
  • Does not withstand extreme weather conditions in some instances

Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 4-Person Deluxe Canvas Tent

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  • Dimensions: 108″L X 96″W X 73″H
  • Collapsed Size: 24″ x 13″
  • Weight: 54 pounds

This tent, while impractical for backpack camping because of it’s weight, is perfect for throwing up in the backyard. It is made of thick, durable, waterproof material and is made to withstand rain and wind.

It has a 6’1″ ceiling so almost everyone will be comfortable walking around inside. Combine that with 10’x14′ of floor space and there’s room for everyone.

The 70″x54″ awning above the doors provide shade as well as a covered entry into the tent itself.

Pros

  • Made with 100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight and breathable
  • 2 doors for easy entry/exit
  • Exterior awning
  • Made for 4-season camping

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Not well ventilated, so not ideal for extreme heat conditions
  • Expensive

What other Campers say about the Kodiak:

“Beautifully made tent and well worth the money, great for extreme weather, privacy, and simple glamping!” -Amazon review

“This tent ended up being more of a palace than a tent. ” -Trailspace review

Coleman Sundome 4-person Tent

  • Dimensions: 108″L X 84″W X 58″H
  • Weight: 10.3 pounds

This tent is a must for camping with kids or people who wake at first light. It’s dark room technology blocks out 90% of sunlight, so sleeping in can be accomplished with ease.

You can purchase a Coleman dome with an additional screen room, as well, giving you access to the outdoor while keeping the bugs away. It can also be a perfect area for your four-legged friends.

Pros

  • Set-up in about 10 minutes
  • Big enough to house a queen-sized air mattress
  • Has internal pockets

Cons

  • Not made for extreme weather conditions
Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent Set Up & Review

KAZOO 4-Person Camping Tent

  • Dimensions: 95″L X 86″W X “H
  • Collapsed Size: 8″ X 8″ X 67.5″
  • Weight: 14.3 pound
  • Stakes: 12

This tent can be put up by one person in about 90 seconds, and take down is just as simple.

It can be a little cumbersome to carry, but is made from heavy duty materials and is very sturdy. It also has a hydrophobic coating, making it great for camping even when the weather isn’t cooperative.

It boasts room for 2 queen sized air mattresses and has an internal height of 61 inches, so roominess should not be an issue.

Pros

  • 30 second set up
  • Multiple doors
  • Aluminum frame
  • Exterior awning

Cons

  • Does not withstand extreme weather conditions in some instances
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OT QOMOTOP 4 Person Camping Tent

  • Dimensions: 96″L X 96″W X 59″H
  • Weight: 16.7 pounds

One person, 60 second set up is just one of many great things about this tent. It’s multiple windows as well as removable rainfly give you lots of options for ventilation.

While only 4’11” tall, the 64 square feet of interior gives you lots of space to stretch your legs, as well as places for your stuff.

Pros

  • 60 second set-up
  • Multiple windows
  • Removable rain fly and floor

Cons

  • Large carry bag
  • Not very tall

What campers say about the OT QOMOTOP 4 PERSON CAMPING TENT:

“When I took it out of the shipping box, it was in a duffel – about the size of a baby’s pack & play. All you have to do is lay it out, unfold & lift 2 corners & it “pops” into a tent. The poles are attached to the tent. Floor is attached so no steaks are required.It’s just as easy to take-down, roll & put back into duffel. Really – all in about 2 minutes!” -Amazon review

ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4-Person Tent

  • Dimensions: 90″L X 102″W X 52″H
  • Collapsed Size: 6″ x 23″
  • Weight: 8 pounds 10 ounces

With aluminum poles and a heavy duty nylon floor, this tent is superb at holding up to the lighter elements like rain and wind. It also has mesh doors and a mesh roof for excellent ventilation in the heat.

It is roomy and easy to put up, taking 5 minutes or less with one person.

Pros

  • 2 pole design makes for easy set up
  • Aluminum poles

Cons

  • Can be heavy for backpacking
  • Not meant to withstand extreme weather conditions

Big Agnes Copper Spur 4-person Ultralight Backpacking Tent

  • Interior: 86″=in x 96in
  • Packed size: 26″ X 13″ X 7″
  • Weight: 5 pounds 11 ounces

One of the lightest tents on the list, this one weighs just under 6 lbs and is perfect for backpacking. Added features such as a door stash to keep unzipped doors out of the way and a storage mezzanine make this tent an awesome addition to the list.

Pros

  • Steeper walls= more standing room indoors

COns

  • Expensive
  • Not suitable for extreme weather

What other campers say about the big agnes:

“I’m not a slim guy. I’m 5’11” 215lbs with a wide, long torso and yet I felt nice and cozy! I had plenty of foot and head room (always a problem in other tents).” -Amazon review

Kelty Sequoia 4-person Camping and Backpacking Tent

  • Dimensions: 88″ X 78″ X 98″H
  • Weight: less than pounds

This is the lightest tent on our list, perfect for carrying long distances if the need should arise. It’s mesh walls and roof give it’s dwellers a 360 degree view point. It does have a rain/privacy fly when you need it, however.

Having 6 foot of interior height, the average adult can stand comfortably inside, while 60 square feet of floor space makes it easy to lie down too.

Pros

  • Easy set up
  • 6 foot interior height

Cons

  • Not made for weather extremes
  • Expensive
Kelty Sequoia Tent

Eureka Assault Outfitter Four-Person, Four-Season Backpacking Tent

  • Dimensions: 90″W x 96″H X 56″H
  • Packed Size: 8″ X 22″
  • Weight: 14 pounds

This tent is built to withstand driving rain, blowing sand, and arctic cold. It has a full coverage storm shield as well as double panel doors and closable vents to help with ventilation.

It is a 3.5 season tent because while it can withstand the elements, it does not have the load bearing support for extreme snow conditions.

While it is shorter than other tents at only 4ft, 8in, it has loads of legroom as well as internal storage.

Pros

  • US Marine Corps design
  • 3.5 season tent, able to withstand extreme weather conditions
  • Easy set-up and take down
  • 2 doors

Cons

  • Shorter height
  • Smaller than most 4 person tents

What other campers say about the Eureka assault:

” All in all I couldn’t be happier with this tent and would highly recommend it. Great design Eureka!!” -Amazon review

“Great tent! Fair Price. Too heavy/bulky for backpacking, but great for car travels. Easy/quick set up. ” -Campsaver review

MOON LENCE Pop Up 4 Person Tent

  • Dimensions: 94.5″W X 82.6″L X 49.2″H
  • Packed Size: 8″ x 25.5″
  • Weight” 10.8 pounds

Boasting a 1 minute set up time and only a 10 pound weight, this tent takes ease to a whole new level. It has 4 large vent windows and a large door with dual zippers to help with ventilation.

It has an abundance of not only headroom but legroom as well, making it confortable for everyone who uses it.

Pros

  • 1 minute set-up
  • 2 doors
  • Fits a queen-sized air mattress

Cons

  • Fiberglass tent poles, not as sturdy as aluminum
Moon Lence Pop up 4 Person Camping Tent

Do you have a tent that you adore? Drop it in the comments and tell me why you like it.

If you’re looking for tents with some extra leg room, check these large tents out.

10 Best 4-person tents of 2020

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