There’s nothing quite like camping as a group. Be it with family or friends, it enhances the experience regardless. Finding a tent though… that’s not always quite as fun. With this article, I hope to make this easier for you all by providing you with some of the best 5-person tents I have found thus far.
Everyone has personal preferences about tons of little things, including myself. I usually prefer taller tents that have mesh ceilings, for example.
The six tents in this list all have different features that make them great, so no matter what your preferences are you will be able to find the right tent for you.
Best 5 Person Tents – Top 6
#1 Coleman Sundome Tent
The Coleman Sundome Tent is actually a 6 person tent, which is what makes it perfect for 5 people. I never get a tent that is for the same number of people I intend to stay in it because you always need that little bit of extra space, especially for all your gear.
This dome 5 person camping tent is available in two colors; bright green with a touch of white, or navy blue with grey and some lime green.
It’s quite affordable and durable as it’s made out of 75 denier polyester taffeta. There are welded corners with inverted seams that stop water from making its way inside your tent.
One thing that I find quite interesting is how all of Coleman’s tents have to pass a rain and wind test. Before being available to the public, their tents are put in a rain room where over 35 gallons of water rain down on the tent, starting from a light drizzle to a heavy downpour so that it’s more realistic. Afterward, they measure how much – if any – water got into the tent. If more than two tablespoons are found then it’s a fail.
As for the wind test, their tents are placed onto a rotating platform as strong fans blow winds of 35+ MPH from all directions. The aim of this test is to ensure there was no pole damage or rips and tears in the fabric.
This 5 people tent has a large D-shaped door that is mostly protected by the rainfly when it’s on, and the large windows have mesh panels that provide plenty of ventilation and you don’t have to worry about insects getting in.
Thanks to the Insta-Clip pole attachments it’s really easy to set up this tent, it only takes about ten to fifteen minutes. The dimensions are 10 x 10ft, with a center height of 6ft, and two queen airbeds can easily fit inside.
There’s an E-port, for easy access to slip an extension cord through and have electrical power inside of the tent. When camping for longer than a day an electrical port is really useful and it’s not that common for tents to have a port, for some reason.
The tent also has mesh pockets sewn into the tent’s walls to store small essentials within easy reach and so that you won’t 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 lantern.
Included with this tent you’ll find that you have everything you need – poles, a rainfly (with pre-attached guy lines), ground stakes, instructions, and a carry bag so that it’s easy to take this tent anywhere.
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.
- Included rainfly
- Good ventilation
- Carry bag
- Frail stakes
#2 Core Dome Tent
This is another tent that is meant for 6 people but that’s what makes it more ideal as a five man tent. It is made out of durable polyester and comes in the color bright orange with a grey rainfly that fully protects the windows.
Pitching this tent is really simple and it can be done by one person in just a couple of minutes.
This dome shaped lightweight 5 person tent has fiberglass poles and weighs around 5.77kg. The floor has dimensions of 9 x 11 feet (width x length), and with a center height of 6ft, two queen sized air mattresses can easily fit inside. I love the height because even my tall boyfriend can easily move around when inside.
Core have something they like to call H20 Block Technology which means that the tent is made with water repellant fabrics, sealed seams, a fully taped rainfly, and rain-resistant seals on the door and windows.
There is an adjustable ground vent so that you are able to get the right amount of ventilation coming in. The vent also helps to fight against condensation building up overnight. Also, ground vents are superior to other vents because they are able to draw cool air in from the ground while hot air escapes through the large mesh windows and ceiling.
Moreover, this tent has a gear loft so that you can keep small items organized, and it comes with a lantern hook so that it’s even easier to illuminate the tent at night. There are also integrated interior pockets on the tent’s walls so that everyone has a chance to store their small items.
Apart from the rain fly you also get the tent stakes that you need and a carry bag.
Core also offer a 1-year limited warranty.
The E-port is fully closable when not in use, which is a great feature to have because otherwise, that would be a major spot for water leakage.
The only thing I didn’t like about this tent is that there’s only one door – when as many as five people are sharing a tent it really helps to have two doors for when multiple people want to get in and out at the same time. Also, there’s no vestibule. Vestibules are a great addition because you can store gear there and have more space inside of the tent, and you could even sleep in the vestibule on a particularly hot night.
- Plenty of ventilation
- Easy set up
- Closable E-port
- Only one door
- No vestibule
#3 Moon Lence Instant Tent
This 5 man tent by Moon Lence is available in three colors: beautiful blue, vibrant green, or bright orange.
The dimensions are 9.5 x 10 ft (width x length), it has a center height of 4 inches and weighs 4.65kg. Inside its carry bag it only has dimensions of 32.7 x 7 x 7.1 inches, so it’s really effortless to carry this tent around with you.
This cheap 5 person tent has four large mesh windows and a large D-shaped door that has dual zippers for more durability and ventilation.
Apart from the carry bag, instructions manual, and rainfly, you also get included with the tent 10 lightweight alloy pegs and 5 guy ropes.
This tent is made out of 190T PU2000m which is very resistant to water and UV rays and the floor is made out of durable 210D Oxford. These materials are very breathable and the tent itself is stable and able to withstand strong winds.
Despite being advertised as a 3-season tent, due to the single-wall construction and a lack of vents this is not a good tent for cold conditions. It does have a great waterproof rating though, so it’s fine to use this tent in early spring or late fall when unexpected rain is common.
The windows and door are equipped with high quality SBS zippers that can be closed tightly, providing more weather resistance. Also, the door can be rolled to the ground and fixed with toggles so that you can keep it open without any hassle for those particularly warm days.
Being an instant pop up tent means that it is one of the easiest tents to pitch, and it also means it is freestanding. Freestanding tents are great because they can be set up anywhere, no matter the type of ground you’re on, but the downside is that they aren’t as stable and secure as others.
All you have to do is lift the top of the tent and pop the top mechanism down. Simply click the bottom joints into place and you’ll have the tent up within a minute. Then, you just need to secure all of the stakes which takes another 5 minutes. It’s great to not have to spend so much time just on the tent so that you can get right to enjoying the camping trip.
When it’s time to go home, this tent is just as easy to take down and pack up this tent as it is to pitch.
There is a storage pouch inside so that you can keep small items organized, and a hook at the ceiling to hang a lantern and easily light up the inside of your tent at night.
- No vents
#4 Ayamaya Pop Up Tent
The Ayamaya pop up tent may very well be one of the best 5 person tents out there. It’s available in the colors green and grey or Khaki which is mostly orange and white.
It has an interior of 12.5 x 8.5 ft, so 5 people can easily and comfortably fit inside. The center height is 4.5ft, and this tent has a unique vestibule design that offers a separate room for your gear or shoes. You could even use the vestibule as a sleeping space when it’s too hot or as a place for your pet/s to sleep.
Personally, I prefer my tents to be slightly taller than I am (and my boyfriend prefers the same for himself but that’s not as realistic in my opinion), and that is the only thing I didn’t like about this one.
Having a place to keep my shoes where they’ll be protected is amazing because that way, I can reduce the amount of dirt being brought in by a large amount. Also, it really is the perfect sleeping place for my dog.
There’s an electrical cord access port that enables you to run a power cord from the outside and provide power inside your tent. There are also storage pockets inside the tent to keep all of your small items organized and in one place, and a hook so that you can hang a lantern.
This tent is made with a double layer of polyester, the inner and outer layer are connected by hooks, and this effectively prevents condensation from building up inside of your tent. There’s a gap between the two layers so that the tent is more breathable, and ground vents provide plenty of ventilation making it perfect to use during spring and summer.
The large door, four windows, and hooded vents also provide a lot of ventilation, so being hot and bothered when inside this tent is not an issue. It’s great that the front door is absolutely huge. It also rolls up so that you can keep the door open for as long as you’d like. The windows and doors have double panels so that you can keep them open but still be protected by any insects by the mesh.
Thanks to the preassembled poles this tent sets up in seconds. No need to fumble around with poles or anything like that.
Inside its carry bag the dimensions are 34.6 x 34.6 x 1.2 inches, so it’s really easy to take and carry around with you.
The ground has heat sealed seams and is made of 4000mm waterproof PU coated oxford, and the rest of the tent is made with 3000mm waterproof PU coated polyester. So, not only does the material have a great waterproof rating, but having heat sealed seams and an integrated rainfly guarantees that you’ll stay dry.
This tent is perfect for camping anywhere, outdoor festivals, or even backyard camping.
- Oversized door
- Breathable & Durable
#5 UNP Cabin Tent
This 5 person cabin tent by UNP has a nice shade of blue as well as some white and orange. It’s really easy to set up and can be done within a matter of minutes.
The tent is made out of 185T polyester, with 1000mm polyurethane hydrostatic rated coating. The poles are made of fiber reinforced polymer composted materials (4 are steel and 3 are fiberglass).
The dimensions are 10ft x 9ft, and so 5 sleeping bags or one queen sized air mattress, can fit inside with ease and with space to spare for your gear.
The center height is 6.5ft so that even the tallest of people don’t have any issues to stand up and move around inside the tent.
The tent has some great features, such as an E-port so that you can bring electrical power inside your tent, and a gear loft and mesh storage pockets which enable you to be able to put small necessities in one place and keep them organized. You could even hang a small fan from the gear loft.
The ceiling is mostly mesh making it perfect for stargazing at night and, of course, it helps with air circulation even more so that hot air can rise and escape.
There are two roof vents and a low side vent to create a sort of ‘chimney effect’ for enhanced ventilation and reduce condensation. With a zippered access, you can adjust the vents from the inside.
The windows and door have bugproof mesh paneling for great views and ventilation while simultaneously being protected from insects. The door is very large and D-shaped so that it’s not difficult to get in and out, plus the door can be rolled to the side for when you’d like to keep it open.
The carry bag is 24.6 x 8.26 x 8.26 inches, which is about as big as a sleeping bag. It’s just as easy to pack the tent back into its carry back when it’s time to return home as it is to pitch. When packed up, the tent weighs around 20lbs.
Cabin tents are brilliant because they have near-vertical walls and a rectangular floor plan to maximize space.
The rainfly attaches with buckles for an easy and quick setup, plus they can be adjusted for the perfect fit.
- Mesh ceiling
- Large door
- No vestibule
- Unprotected door and window (from rain)
#6 Coleman Montana Tent
Here we have another one of the best tents for a family of 5, by Coleman. It comes in a nice green color that’s easy on the eyes, and it’s made out of polyester taffeta 75D with a 450mm PU rating.
The tent weighs around 19 pounds and has shock-corded fiberglass poles. The dimensions are 12 x 7 feet with a 5ft 8-inch center height which is perfect for me, but not for my boyfriend.
Two queen size air beds can fit inside easily, or five sleeping bags, and the tent is very easy to set up – it only takes about 15 minutes to do so.
Coleman have something called a ‘WeatherTec system’ which means patented corner welds and inverted seams that keep water out.
The floor is tub-style and made out of rugged 1000D polyethylene and with welding-inspired technology in order to strengthen the floor even more and eliminate needle holes to make it more waterproof.
Even the zipper cuffs are weather resistant, so getting wet from inside this tent is impossible.
I really like the awning of this tent, as it adds loads more protection on the door not just from rain but wind too. It also means that you can keep your shoes outside of the tent and not worry about them getting wet.
A carry bag is included for easy transportation, and the tent’s frame has been engineered to be even stronger and wind resistant than ever before thanks to the redesigned poles and guy-out triangles.
There’s an E-port so that you can conveniently run an extension cord into the tent and provide electrical power.
The windows of this tent are angled so that you can keep them open even when it’s raining for more fresh air coming in.
Storage pockets have been sewn into the walls for your convenience and comfort so that everyone can keep their small necessities like phone and keys organized and in one place – as opposed to having clutter all over the floor.
Without the rainfly on, the majority of the ceiling is mesh which is really nice on summer days and for stargazing at night which is a must for me.
The thing is though, there aren’t any floor vents. So, while that mesh ceiling is great for hot air to rise and escape from, floor vents would be ideal for cool air to circulate in at the same time.
Apart from that, I suppose I could complain about how there’s only one door. When as many as five people are sharing a tent, it’s bound to happen that multiple people want to get in or out of the tent at the same time. At least the door is really large.
- Extended awning
- Angled windows
- Large door
- Simple to set up
- One door
- No floor vents
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