For individuals who love to camp with a small family or a close set of friends, purchasing a good 4 person tent becomes a necessity.
Camping is not only enjoyable, it can be therapeutic and adventurous as well. Planning a camping trip with your friends and family is the ultimate escape from everyday life and the urban environment we mostly live in.
It’s important for you not to let an underperforming tent get in the way of that. Thankfully, many 4 person tents on the market today offer a mix of affordability, great features, ample space, and good environmental protection to help you plan your trip.
Depending on your wants and needs from a tent, it can take quite a well to do adequate research to pick the best possible 4 person tent for the requirements of the trip. Important features such as accessibility, space, durability, maneuverability etc. all make a huge difference not just to the time you spend in the tent, but also your entire adventure.
Best 4 Person Tents in 2018 Reviewed
To help you out in your purchase, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best 4 person tents available in 2018. Many of these tents are feature-packed and affordable, while some are more advanced tents that you should consider if you’re in need of additional bells and whistles (and space).
Eureka Copper Canyon 4 Person Tent
Great All-round Tent
The Eureka Copper Canyon 4 person tent is one of the most popular choices among campers, and for good reason. It’s large enough to accommodate 4 people and can afford to leave room on the floor even after placing a queen-sized mattress.
Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent
Best Affordable 4 Person Tent
The Coleman Sundome deserves praise for its great price and ease of setup. If you’re only starting out camping or don’t do it regularly, the Coleman Sundome is probably the ideal product for you.
The Eureka Copper Canyon 4 person tent is one of the most popular choices among campers, and for good reason. It’s large enough to accommodate 4 people and can afford to leave room on the floor even after placing a queen-sized mattress. At its center, The Eureka Copper Canyon is 7 feet high, so unless you’re camping with Shaq, it’s unlikely you’ll ever run out of head room.
One of the best aspects of the Copper Canyon 4 is its ventilation system. The meshed roof allows heat to rise and escape while the large zippered windows bring in fresh air into the tent.
The rain fly in this tent is a quarter fly; it covers the tent’s mesh roof during wet weather conditions but leaves adequate space between itself and the mesh to allow hot air to be ventilated out. The fly attaches to bottom of the tent’s poles, so it’s in place more securely than what you’d get from other tents.
Along with the water-resistance protection that comes from the welded flooring and ergonomic inverted seam, the Copper Canyon 4 also comes with guy lines to help keep the tent sturdy when the wild winds start to blow. The tent has a combination of steel and fiberglass frame, which makes it sturdy and durable. You won’t need to be replacing it a few years.
- Very roomy for a 4 Person tent
- Very easy to install
- Durable and sturdy
- Good weather protection
- Excellent ventilation system
- Great light reflection feature
- Difficult to handle when wrinkled
- The stakes can be improved upon
The 2018 version of the highly popular Marmot Halo 4 person tent not on maintains all the features that made its predecessors great, but also vastly improves on them. The newer iteration has larger doors, superior floor material, more compact packed size, and larger vestibules that allow for an awning configuration.
The Marmot Halo 4 is a 3-season camping tent, and its best feature is the fly. This full-coverage fly provides fantastic protection against rain and snow, keeping its brilliant 100% polyester Oxford floor fabric dry in wet conditions.
The polyester Oxford floor has an incredibly high 3000mm waterproof rating, with the rainfly possessing a 1800mm. For comparison, an ordinary umbrella has a 400-500mm waterproof rating. This goes on to suggest just how effective the Marmot Halo is at protection against rain and snow.
Because of these features and overall superior build quality, the tent comes at a slightly heavy 13lb 7oz (6.1kg) weight, but that’s not going to be too different from its previous iterations, and the compromise is more than worth it. However, the price point is what will keep most people away. It retails at around $399, which is far less impressive than its features, and perhaps the only negative aspect of the tent.
Regardless, it’s hard to argue that this tent doesn’t provide features and protection worth that price. If you play to camp in wet or snowy environment, then are very few 4 person tents available in the market that could beat the Marmot Halo 4. For this reason, it makes it into our list as one of the best tents you can buy. We highly recommend this tent to all serious campers.
- Roomy, backpacker styled design
- Incredible set of weather protection features
- Very reliable tent with great durability
- Very easy to setup
- A costly product
Perhaps the cheapest 4 person tent in this list, the Coleman Sundome is a popular choice for most campers just starting out.
It’s large enough to be considered a true 4 person tent, with 63 square feet of living space and a roughly five-foot tall ceiling. It’s not the tallest ceiling among tents, but it’s certainly enough for a small family, especially if there are children involved.
Perhaps the best aspect of the tent is its reliable WeatherTec system which, considering the tent’s price tag, works very well. The domed roof allows for rain and snow to fall to the sides, and its tub-like interior almost always remains dry during wet conditions.
The Coleman 4 person tent also features a window in its door, a window on the opposite wall to the door, and two mesh panels on the top half of each side of the wall for ventilation. The awnings over the door and a partial rainfly keeps the tent well protected from pests and rainfall.
Overall, the Coleman Sundome is an excellent choice if you’re looking to get into the hobby of occasional camping and don’t want to waste too much. It also serves great as a backup tent.
- Widely available
- Comfortable and roomy, which makes it great for casual campers
- Easy to setup
- Good waterproofing with the WeatherTec system
- The stakes aren’t of the best quality
- Cheap quality materials
If you’re looking for a 4 person tent that has ample storage space, good weather protection features, and is extremely durable. Then the ALPS Mountaineering Taurus might be the ideal one for you.
Traditionally, ALPS Mountaineering designs tents meant for cold, snowy weather, but with the Taurus 4 they’ve built one that works well in all conditions. It’s made with a Weather Tec system, possessing welded flooring and inverted side beams meant to keep water out of the interior.
The ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4 person tent has fiberglass poles in its free-standing two-pole design, two vestibules for storage, two doors with a zippered window on each, and a mesh roof. The ventilation provided by the windows and the mesh room are praiseworthy, and the fiberglass poles provide extra durability and strength.
The ALPS tent can also be carried and packed quite easily. It is one of the most portable and easy to set-up tents on this list. If there’s one complaint about this tent, it’s the poor stakes that come with it. However, most tents in this price range (roughly $100) tend to suffer from that drawback, so it’s not necessarily a big negative.
We highly recommend the ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4 person tent to anyone who is looking for a jack of all trades. This tent is reliable, durable, spacious, and meteorologically versatile.
- Great build quality that makes the tent extremely durable
- Special flooring allows for camping even on uneven terrain
- Great design and portability
- Easy to set-up
- The stakes that come with the tent are of poor quality
You’d be forgiven if you thought the NTK INDY GT is a 6-person tent. It’s a lot bigger than normal 4 person tents, and that’s because it advertises itself as a “4 to 5-person” tent instead.
While it can be mistaken for one, this advertisement is only partially true; the NTK INDY is large enough to fit 4 individuals plus a child or a pet. That’s still extremely impressive, since it provides more space than any of the other tents listed in this article.
It’s made from a double-layered material, with 190T polyester laminated with polyurethane that supports a 2500mm water resistant rainfly. What makes this tent unique though is that it is designed for hot climate as well. The heat-seamed thermoplastic coating on the material absorbs UV radiation.
The NTK INDY GT is even fireproof using a CPAI-84 certified material and is remarkably hygienic due to a special antifungal polyethylene layer integrated into its build.
Despite its larger than average size, the NTK INDY GT is surprisingly easy to set-up. It takes only around ten minutes to prepare the tent. It also offers excellent portability, weighing at 12.35lbs (4 kilos) and fits without issue in a regular camping backpack.
The doors allow easy access for any person, and the windows are simple to use with the mesh type zippered design. The mosquito mesh ensures the interiors of the tent stay free of any bugs.
Overall, the NTK INDY GT is one of the more feature packed tents available. It’ll cost you around $115, which is a great price considering how many features it offers and just how spacious it is. If you camp in areas with inconsistent and unpredictable weather, the NTK INDY GT would be the ideal tent for you.
- More spacious than majority of 4 person tents
- Packed with features
- Very easy and quick set-up
- Extra hygienic due to its antifungal nature
- Limited availability
- The poles aren’t the strongest
The Nemo Bungalow is without doubt one of the best family-friendly tents around. For us, it is the best family-oriented tent one can buy. The tent is made to be a hybrid design, sharing similarities with costlier backpacking tents but featuring a large amount of interior space for a family camping trip.
The Bungalow is comprised of a nearly all-mesh body. This body provides superior ventilation without compromising on durability. The corners, poles, and other stress points of the Bungalow are strong and sufficiently reinforced.
It has a single oval door with a curved zipper line on each side. Though a single door seems limiting, it is large enough to allow individuals to move in out of the tent with ease, because that single door behaves like two doors due to its shape and design.
Despite having such ample room and being made of durable material, the Nemo Bungalow is one of the lightest tents out there. It weighs in at just 9lb and 13oz, which is around 4.5kg. The tent is erected by 4 aluminum poles which are sturdy and dependable.
The rain fly works as intended, and it leaves a couple of inches of space between itself and the mesh body to prevent the trapping of moisture. The excellent ventilation and the adequate rain fly make the tent very usable in all types of seasons.
The price point of the Nemo Bungalow is higher than normal, retailing at $369. However, keep in mind that it is a hybrid styled tent, and is intended to serve the purpose of family camping. Its high-quality build and spacious design make it arguably the most reliable hybrid design product on the market, which is why we highly recommend it for family campers.
- Incredibly roomy
- Sturdy and durable due to high quality materials
- Surprisingly lightweight
- Hybrid style tent allows for lots of room
- Works wonderfully in different seasons
- A tad complicated to set-up
- Price is a little steep for most
This is an important question you should be asking yourself. Most branded tents feature a rainfly that is a segregated waterproof cover designed to fit the roof of your tent. This helps protect against rain and also provides the secondary effect of keeping your tent warm.
There are two types of rainflies commonly used. One is a roof-only rainfly that lets in more light while providing limited protection from rain while the other is a full-covered rainfly providing maximum protection against rain, snow, and wind at the cost of reduced light.
The type you want to get will depend on where you’re planning to camp. A waterproof tent with a full-coverage rainfly is ideal for rainy regions where storms can unexpectedly amass. For drier, cooler places, a roof-only rainfly will suffice.
While there are many obvious aspects of a tent that you should look at such as cloth quality, basic construction, durability, and comfort of the lining, one of the more important parts of the tent are the poles.
The poles are what determine the ease with which you can set-up a tent as well as its stability and strength. Many modern lightweight tents are designed to be freestanding since they are easy to set-up. This means that you could literally pick the erected tent up and place it elsewhere. Of course, a lot of the bigger tents won’t always have this feature.
Regardless, poles determine the stability of the tent, whether it’s freestanding or not. You want a tent that has as few poles as it can go without compromising the structural integrity of the tent. Fewer poles means a faster setup. It is also easier to connect poles into clips than it is when threading them into lengthy pole sleeves, so keep an eye out for the mechanism type as well.
As for material, aluminum poles are considered stronger and more durable than fiberglass ones. That’s not to say fiberglass won’t serve anyone’s purpose; fiberglass is good enough to accommodate a low-capacity tent or one that will mostly be occupied by children.
This is a pretty easy one. When fully erected, the two most important dimensions one should consider are peak height and tent floor length.
Both these dimensions should be based on the individual’s height. Shorter tents are good enough to serve most people, but if you’re considerably taller than average than a tent with a short peak height and small floor area might not be comfortable for you.
This isn’t a rule set in stone though. You don’t have to be a giant to want a tent tall enough to allow you to stand up. Additionally, a taller tent is also really useful in keeping a lot of air inside, which can get rid of the claustrophobic atmosphere common in many tents.
It’s important to note that peak height is not always arbitrarily set; it generally depends on the shape and design of the tent. Cabin styled tents have near-vertical walls that give ample space to stand and lots of space for air. However, such tents are more prone to being affected by wind because they are not aerodynamic.
Tents with dome styles have superior strength and rigidity when erect and boast superior wind-shedding capabilities due to a better aerodynamic design. However, they offer inconsistent height due to their design that reduces the amount of space near the edges.
Modern tents can go quite far with their features. Some even have fireproofing features for extra safety and durability, while others have vestibules that behave like mini garages for your tent.
These are all optional features that can further improve the camping experience. Certain tents will offer awnings or shelters that can be attached to them to keep your muddy boots and other items out of the rain. Many brands offer these for additional price, but there are a rare few that have a vestibule built in to the tent.
There are also mesh panels, doors, and inner pockets to consider. Mesh panels come in a variety of design. Some go across the entire tent making it airy and highly ventilated. Others have mesh panels covering only a part of the tent. Both have their ups and downs. We recommend an ample coverage that isn’t overboard. However, for humid climates a larger coverage is important, in our opinion.
Most tents come with a single door, but there are many that have multiple entrance/exists. You should choose what is best for you with this feature. Most people don’t mind a single door, while others are particularly picky about this part of the tent and want at least two. There’s no denying that having multiple doors in a 4 person or higher tent has its advantages though.
Finally, there are inner pockets and loops. Almost all the tents will come a with a lantern loop placed at the upper center of the ceiling to hang a lantern. There are also additional loops on the inner wall of many tents that can be used to connect a meshing shelf to place small items such as cellphones in. These are mostly sold separately, but it’s recommended that you buy a tent with multiple loops to have that option.
Is fabric material an important part of the tent?
The fabric of the tents tends to vary widely, depending mostly on the brand. Most brands have their own fancy names for specific fabric types. Most of these though are specialized versions of nylon and polyester.
A good way to determine the quality of a fabric is through its thickness. This is given by a unit called denier, which is the fabric’s yearn weight in grams based on a 9,000-meter length of yearn. A higher denier value means a thicker fabric that is more durable but also heavier. A smaller value means ultra lightweight fabric that might rip more easily.
Ideally, you want a tent with as high a denier value as possible without making it too heavy to maneuver or set-up comfortably.
How should I tackle the pricing?
There is a lot to choose from in the market for tent camping. It can certainly get intimidating because of the large variation. A lot of people make the mistake of going for cheap tents made from generic brands.
We don’t recommend such practice. If you’re purchasing something to literally live inside, it should be good enough quality to serve the basic needs and be reliable. This doesn’t mean you need fancy, expensive $1000+ tents – you just need to make sure what you’re buying has certain qualities and meets specific requirements to optimize your experience.
How long will a tent last?
The tent’s life largely depends on the quality of material as well as where and how much it is used. A tent’s biggest enemy is UV radiation, so using it in high altitude regions will generally result is greater wear and tear.
Most tents in such conditions will not last even more than two or three months. A tent that is taken care of and used in milder regions will last several years.
What additional items do I need to buy for tent maintenance?
Almost all tents come with most of the essentials such as guy lines, poles, pegs, and stakes when required. However, some tents that use stakes usually come with poor quality, so you might need to buy additional ones. You will need to buy these separately from the product pages associated with tents.