5 Best 4 Person Tents in 2020

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For those of you who are searching for a great 4 person tent you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a selection of 5 of the best 4 man tents and put together this review.

Whether you’re searching for a tent to fit four people, or you and your partner just like to have the extra space, these tents are definitely for you. Read on to find out what makes each one of these tents amazing.

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Kelty Salida Camping and Backpacking Tent, 4 Person
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Coleman 4-Person Cabin Tent with Instant Setup | Cabin Tent for Camping Sets Up in 60 Seconds
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ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4-Person Tent, Clay/Rust, Model:5424617
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Best 4 Person Tents – Top 5
#1 Kelty Salida 4 Person Tent

This 4 person tent by Kelty Salida is backpack-friendly – with the tent only weighing 7 pounds / 3.2 kg, you won’t even notice it in your bag. So, this tent is ideal for those who like to hike a bit before finding the ideal spot to put up your tent.

It’s a dome-shaped tent in the colour white with some green, and it comes with compact folding poles, gear loft loops, colour coded clips and fly attachment. The rain fly is waterproof, provides full-coverage, and it’s longer at the entrance so that you can leave dirty shoes there rather than bringing them inside.

On the sides, at the back of the rain fly, there are spots that could be used to guy out the fly at the base, separating it from the tent itself, to allow more air flow. The tent is made of 100% polyester, with a fully seam taped construction, whereas the floor is made from nylon. This 4 man tent is free-standing, easy to set up (can be done by just one person in around 5 minutes), and has internal storage pockets.

Free-standing tents are great because this means that they can easily be put up anywhere, the type of ground doesn’t matter, and they’re faster to assemble. Plus, it’s much easier to move if needed.

Being a 3 season tent means that it’s designed to be used during spring, summer, and fall. Not only can it protect you from rain and wind, but it’s made to provide great ventilation. Even though it can retain warmth inside, it’s not good enough for the cold winter temperatures.

It has one door, which is very large and D-style for easy access in and out, one vestibule, 2 poles, and it has No See Um Mesh for protection from insects. This type of mesh is perfect because it doesn’t just keep out insects, but lets you star gaze too – which is a big part of camping for me.

The maximum height is 56 inches, the total dimensions of the tent being 99 x 56 x 80 inches, with a floor area of 55 ft² / 5.11 m², and the vestibule area is 11 ft² / 1.02 m².

This tent is so spacious that four backpackers can comfortably fit inside this tent, including their gear.

The only issue I’ve found with this tent is that there’s no footprint included, so you’d need to buy one separately. While footprints are not mandatory, I personally really like having one.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Easy and quick set up
  • Spacious
  • Quality material
  • Free-standing
Cons
  • No footprint included

#2 Coleman Cabin Tent Instant Setup

The Coleman Cabin Tent comes in brown, and is a very cheap 4 person tent. Made out of durable 150D polyester with taped seams. The welded corners and inverted seams keep water out, and an integrated rainfly provides extra protection from the weather with better ventilation without the need for extra assembly.

This cabin tent sets up instantly, and can easily be done by one person in as quickly as 1 minute. The fast assembly is very much thanks to the pre-attached poles. Although, I do have to mention that this can depend on your height. I’m quite short (5ft), and because of my limited reach it can take us shorter people slightly longer to set it up.

What I love about Coleman is that they test all of their tents against rain and wind. They have something called a rain room, where 35+ gallons of water are sprayed over the tent for 10 minutes, ranging from light drizzles to heavy downpour, and if more than two tablespoons of water manage to seep into the tent, then it fails the test. For the wind test, they have strong fans to blow at the tent at 35+ MPH. If the tent stays in place throughout the wind, without any pole damage, then it passes this test.

The dimensions of the room interior are 8 x 7 ft, total dimensions being 96 x 84 x 59 inches, it weighs 8.2kg and the center height is 11 inches. Also, Coleman offer a 1-year limited warranty.

Included you’ll find that it has an expandable carry bag to keep the tent in, making it easy to take with you when hiking.

With all of these great features, this is easily one of the best 4 person camping tent. Being made my Coleman also ensures high quality.

There are four windows in total, two on the front and two large ones on the sides, but I wouldn’t have minded another window so that I could enjoy my surroundings even more from the inside. Plus, having the door not be in the center caused my partner and I some irritation because in order to get out I had to stumble over him when I wanted to pop outside in the middle of the night.  That being said this is still easily one of the best four person tents that I have used.

Pros
  • Instant setup (pre-attached poles really help)
  • Water and wind resistant
  • Included carry bag
Cons
  • Door is off-center

#3 ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Tent

This fourman tent by ALPS Mountaineering comes in the colours clay grey with a bit of popping orange, or grey with navy blue. At first, it seemed a bit too pricey for me, but after actually trying it out I quickly realised that it is very much worth the price.

ALPS Mountaineering was established in 1993, and they’ve been providing high quality tents ever since. You really do get a lot of value for what you pay for with this brand.

With the Lynx Tent series, you’ll find no difficulty setting them up because they are free-standing and have a two-pole design, which are made out of aluminum so that they are more long-lasting.

The polyester tent fly resists water and UV damage, while also adding two vestibules for more storage space. The floor is made with durable poly taffeta and has a 2000mm coating, whereas the fly has 1500mm polyester coating. Factory sealed seams on the fly and floor are what makes it so water resistant.

Fully equipped with extra large #8 zippers on the doors and vestibules, gear loft, stakes, guy ropes, storage pockets, and two doorways, this tent for 4 people has everything you could possibly want or need.

The base size is 7’6” x 8’6”, center height at 4’4”, total tent area is 64 Sq. Ft, with a vestibule area of 25 Sq. Ft, and the total weight is 3.4kg. The packed size is 7” x 23.5. Considering that this is a 4 person cabin tent, it packs up into a very small package.

It’s very easy for one person to set up, even for short people like myself. For a total newbie, someone who has never set up a tent before, it might take 15 minutes to do so. Once set up, staked, and guy lined it is extremely stable.

My partner and I like a very spacious tent so that we can take our dogs with us, which is why we opted for this good 4 person tent even though it is just two of us. Plus, my boyfriend is almost 6ft tall, so we really can’t do with a small tent. Us and the dogs fit comfortably inside along with our gear. We had our tent up for four days, with no issues whatsoever even when it rained – not a drop of water could be found inside.

Our queen-sized mattress fits inside easily, as well as a bed for the dogs. The two internal stash pockets also came in really useful to keep stuff handy and not have clutter all over the floor.

I just don’t really like the stakes that come with this tent, I can’t see them lasting too long and I’ll probably need to replace them with new ones soon.

Pros
  • Spacious
  • Easy to assemble
  • Water resistant
  • Durable material
Cons
  • Flimsy stakes

 #4 Coleman Sundome Tent

Here we have another tall 4 person tent by Coleman. As stated in the name, this is a dome-shaped tent, and there are two options for the color; either bright green with a little bit of white, or navy blue with some grey and a hint of lime green.

It’s very affordable and durable, made out of 75 denier polyester taffeta. The welded corners and inverted seams stop any water from getting in, and the fact that this tent can withstand 35+ MPH winds (thanks to the very strong frame) make it weatherproof.

The large windows and ground vent ensure great ventilation by pushing warm air upwards, so you don’t have to worry about restless nights due to heat or a lack of fresh air. It’s also very easy to set up and should only take around ten to fifteen minutes to do so. Inside you can fit one queen sized air bed, as the dimensions of the room interior are 7 x 5 ft, and the center height is 4ft. Technically you could fit two mattresses, but for extra comfort I’d only put one inside.

As an added bonus there is also an E-port, for easy access to slip an extension cord through and have electrical power inside of the tent. Although when I go camping I can manage just fine without any power, if it’s just for 1 day or 2. When I camp for longer than that, though, an E-port is rather necessary and, unfortunately, it’s not a common thing for tents to have – so we’re really lucky with this one!

Plus, there are mesh pockets sewn into the tent’s walls to store small essentials within easy reach and to not have clutter lying around. You’ll also find that inside of the tent there’s a ring in the center of the ceiling where you can hang a lamp.

Included with this tent you’ll find that you have everything you need – poles, rainfly (with pre-attached guy lines), ground stakes, instructions, and a carry bag.

There’s also a 1-year limited warranty.

The only thing that I did notice is that the stakes seem rather frail, and personally I’d rather invest in getting some more durable ones. Apart from that, there isn’t a footprint included but that’s fine for me as I already had one but if this is your first ever tent, you’d have to get one separately.

Pros
  • Included rainfly
  • E-port
  • Great ventilation
  • Plenty of space
  • Carry bag
Cons
  • Frail stakes
  • No footprint included

#5 Mountain Trails South Bend Tent

The Mountain Trails South Bend Tent is clearly one of the best 4 person tents under 100. This one comes in the colors red and black with some touches of white, and the tent itself is made out of polyester, and the floor is welded polyethylene.

It has a shock-corded fiberglass frame which makes the tent very stable. The pin-and-ring system makes it easy and quick to setup and take-down. Large mesh roof vents and windows provide excellent ventilation while also keeping insects out. There’s also a large D-style door, utility pocket, and gear loft so that you can store items within easy reach and reduce clutter on the floor.

The tent stakes and pole when packed unroll with tent, so that you can keep everything compact and neatly together. There’s an attached mud mat to help keep the tent floor clean, which also becomes the wrap when you pack everything up, and attached duffle wrap around the rolled up tent to keep it secure as well as the elastic bands.

The measurements are (W x H x D) 9 x 4.3 x 7 ft, and it has a center height of 52 inches (4.3 ft) allowing you to sit up comfortably inside the tent and move around with ease. The interior space is 63 square feet in total, and it weighs 3.2 kg.

When I used this tent there was quite a bit of heavy wind and it rained for hours, the tent did really well against the wind and rain – it stayed stable and no water managed to get inside the tent.

Although it does come with a rainfly, I do not really like this one much for the design. It’s very short and just doesn’t do much good.

This tent does very well in warm and hot conditions thanks to the great ventilation, but this also means that it’s quite useless in the colder months. So, not only should it not be used during the winter, but that also rules out higher altitudes because it gets cold there too. Actually, depending on where you live you might not be able to use it in Autumn either if it already gets really cold.

Pros
  • Large D-style door
  • Mesh roof vents for good airflow
  • Easy to set up and take down
Cons
  • No carry bag included
  • Not good in the cold

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