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.
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.
If you are bringing small children or 4-legged friends, you may want to go up a size.
For casual campers, I recommend subtracting two people from the “size” of your tent to give you a more comfortable and realistic size. So a 4 person tent can reasonably fit 2-3 people, a 6 person is better for 4-5, etc.
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.
These tents are lightweight and small, perfect for days in the middle of the forest. They can have a small porch and multiple entrances.
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.
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. Ask me how I know.
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 ventilation.
Unfortunately, this tent can be cumbersome to carry due to it’s weight. It weighs about 30 lbs, making it less than ideal for backwoods, rustic camping.
It also does not withstand extreme weather conditions, so check the weather in your area before you decide to trek into God’s wonderland.
This tent is a must for camping with kids or people who wake at first light (like mine). It’s dark room technology blocks out 90% of sunlight, so sleeping in can be accomplished with ease. I have found that kids definitely sleep later if “the sun isn’t awake”.
You can purchase a Coleman dome with an additional screen room, as well, giving you access to the outdoor while keeping the bugs away. My kids love these screen rooms, and I love them too, because it means I don’t have to use half a can of Deet to ward off the tiny, winger vampire bugs.
Set up takes about 10 minutes, and this tent is big enough to house a queen-sized air mattress. This brings me to my next point.
While this tent is great for kids, I would not recommend it for 2 adults and more than one child. A family of 4 or more will be cramped in a tent that can only house one air mattress. Just food for thought.
This tent is NOT made for extreme weather conditions, either, but it only weighs around 11 lbs so it’s easy to pack.
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 Mother Nature decides to water things.
It boasts room for 1 queen sized air mattress or 2 full with room to spare, and has an internal height of 61 inches, so roominess should not be an issue.
Another 3 season tent, this one will not stand up to extreme weather. There have also been reports of it not holding up in windy conditions, but I have not experiences problems with this tent in the wind.
One person with a 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. It fits one queen or 2 full mattresses as well as camping supplies, making it a great tent for 2 adults, or 2 adults and 2 small children (even though idk why you would want to share a queen mattress with tiny humans who become WWE wrestlers in their sleep.
As previously mentioned, this tent is not very tall, so you should take that into account. It also has a larger carrying bag. This along with a 17lb weigh make it a little difficult to carry. Lastly, this tent is also not a 4 season tent and will not hold up in extreme weather.
This tent makes the list because of it’s weight. 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.
Unfortunately, lighter weight means more expense (although that’s really dumb), so this is also one of the more expensive tents on the list. Unfortunately, the price does not give it extreme weather approval. This tent is also a 3-seasoner.
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, or extended-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.
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 comfortable for everyone who uses it. It also has multiple windows, which helps with ventilation.
Lastly, the price on this tent makes it one of the cheapest on the l
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.