Camping is a fun way to get out of the house and explore. Sleeping in a tent can make an ordinary night extraordinary. If you don’t find the right one, however, the fun can quickly diminish. Not having enough room in your tent is a quick way to ruin the fun, so we searched to find the best tents for large families.
We have complied a list of some of the best large tents we could find, as well as some pros and cons to owning them.
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Disclaimer 2: most tents advertise on the small side when “# people” is listed. So please keep in mind that while a tent may be “6 people”, comfortably it may only fit 4-5. We state what the manufacturer advertises, not what we think will fit.
Need to know info about Tents for large families
First off, when we say “large family tents”, we don’t just mean parents and kids. These tents can also be for you and your dogs, your friends or in-laws you don’t want in your house.
Secondly, a 3-season tent is for general weather conditions. 4-season tents are built for extreme weather conditions and offer additional insulation and stronger materials. Most family tents are 3-season.
- expensive but allows for good ventilation and insulation
- can leak in not “weathered” (left in the rain a time of two so the materials can swell and nestle together
- PVC-coated canvas or acrylic
- strong and weatherproof
- Polycotton canvas
- cotton blended with polyester
- can be treated to become waterproof
- does not get baggy when wet
- can be hard to ventilate in warm climates
- needs sunlight protection to maintain long-term durability (can be coated for this protection)
- extremely lightweight
Tent pieces and parts
Bathtub floor- a type of tent flooring that is flat but extends up the sides of the tent for several inches
Rain fly- layer of waterproof material that is placed over the tent itself
Stakes/Pegs- spike, usually made of metal, that are driven into the ground to keep tent secure
Tent divider- removable “walls” that can be put up to room off your tent
Tent poles- the “skeleton” of the tent, usually made of metal, that provide structure to the tent
Vestibule- covered porch area, can vary in size
If you’re curious about the different types of tents, you can read more about that here.
Best of the Best Large Tents
This 9 person tent weighs 18.2 pounds and packs down to 27in x 10in x 10in.
This four season tent can withstand snow as well as rain and wind, keeping you comfortable in the best and worst weather Mother Nature can dish out. If that weren’t enough, heat treated seams give this tent added rain protection.
- Sleeps 9
- H2O block technology
- Center height 72 inches
- Best budget family tent
- Complaints of faulty seams
This 74 inch tall tent is perfect for the tall camper in your family, which sleeping room for 8 ensures everyone should have ample leg room.
LED-lit poles are an added bonus that will help on those nights when you need to find something at midnight.
- Large tent with built in LED lights with low, medium and high settings
- 2 doors for easy access along with 6 windows
- Easy set-up
- 3-season tent
- 30+ lb
Ease of assembly and durable polyester materials make this tent great for backyard camping as well as backwoods.
It has an 84 in tall center, but weighs only 23 pounds, also making it a great addition to your camping supplies.
- 84 inch center height
- UV resistant
- Easy set-up and take down
- 3-season tent
- 23 lbs
- Rain fly not waterproof, may need to be sprayed with waterproofing spray
This polyester and steel tent has multiple rooms and space enough for 12, meaning lots of camping with family and friends while still getting some privacy.
The screened in sunroom can be used as is or changed to a third bedroom, giving extra sleeping space at night.
- 2 minute set up
- 3 entry doors
- Comes with room divider
- 3-season tent
- Recommended at least 2 people for set up
One of our favorite tents on the list, this one has a main room and an additional private room. The main measures 14ft x 8ft and the private is 8ft x 6ft.
- Large camping tent with option to divide into one private room.
- Has an awning
- 14 ft x 8 ft
- 3-season tent
- 39 lbs
- Probably will not fit 11 people comfortably
This 9-10 person tent has 2 doors and 3 windows, allowing for both ventilation and easy access.
A full coverage rain fly and included mosquito netting help keep you dry as well as bug free.
- 2 doors, 2 rooms
- 6+ ft height
- 1 person set-up
- Outstanding ventilation
- 26 lbs
With it’s built in LED lights and fan system, this tent offers some of the comforts of home without breaking the bank.
It is easy to assemble and offers room for 2 queen sized beds.
- Built in LED light and fan systems with illuminated wall switch
- Oversized windows
- 14 ft x 10 ft interior floor space
- 36 lbs
- 30 minute set up with one person, 10 minute set up with 2 people
- 3 season tent
This tent also offers 2 doors, making it easy to access the indoor and outdoors without disturbing other campers in your tent.
It is 18ft x 10ft and 76 inches tall, giving you lots of room to move around.
- 18ft x 10ft floor space
- 6.3ft height
- Easy set up
- Does not come with carrying bag
This gargantuan tent has the ability to have from 2 to 4 rooms, giving everyone their own private place to camp if the need should arise.
It sleeps up to 14 people and can fit 5 queen sized air mattresses without busting the seams, which is impressive for a tent under $400.
- Center height 78 inches
- Large camping tent with dividers for possible 1, 2, 3 or 4 rooms
- 4 doors, 12 windows
- Each room fits a queen air mattress
- Unique tent design
- Weighs approximately 60 lbs
And there you have it. Some of the best tents of 2020 for big families (or in-laws).
Do you have a big tent that you just love? Let us know about it in the comments!