Instant tents are great because you get to spend less time fumbling with instructions and poles and can just get right into enjoying your camping trip instead. So, if you’re tired of wasting so much time to set up a tent, these instant tents are exactly what you’re looking for.
I’ve put together this list of the seven best instant tents and reviewed them for you. I’m going to tell you exactly what I like about each one of these – what their strengths are, as well as their weaknesses.
Whether you’re going camping as a couple, a large group of friends, or a family, you’ll be able to find the right tent for you in this round up of our favorites.
Best Instant Tents – Our Top 7
This Instant Cabin Tent by Coleman has 4, 6, and 10-person tents. The 4 and 6-person tents are very similar, even in color, whereas the 10-person tent has a few differences and instead of brown, it comes in green, blue, and black.
These tents are completely instant and can be set up as fast as a minute because of the pre-attached poles. Even if you’re a first-time camper, it’s impossible for it to take you longer than a couple of minutes. You’ll want help setting up the 10-person tent but for the others, just one person would have no problem doing it alone.
The 4-person tent has an interior of 8 x 7ft and a center height of 4ft and 11 inches. A queen-sized air bed can fit inside easily. As for the 6-person tent, the interior is 10 x 9ft with a center height of 6ft and can fit two airbeds.
The 10-person tent is 14 x 10ft, 6ft 7 inches center height, and four queen air beds fit without a problem. It also comes with a room divider for added privacy, which I think is quite necessary for so many people in one tent. Plus, being able to have a changing room for everyone is brilliant.
All of the Coleman Instant Tents are made with durable 150D/150D polyester taped and welded seams that prevent water from getting in, and they have an integrated rainfly that offers more weather protection and better ventilation. Having a rainfly that is integrated also means less assembly for you.
With windows on almost all sides, you’ll have loads of fresh air coming in at all times.
A large and hinged door makes it really easy to open and get in and out of the tent, and they come with a carry bag included so that it’s really easy to pack the tent back up and carry it around with you.
This is one of the best quick setup tents, and it also has integrated storage pockets so that you can keep small items organized and in one place.
Despite having enough ventilation, ground vents are always a good thing – which this tent, unfortunately, does not have. It doesn’t have a vestibule either, which is also not a necessity but a nice thing to have if you want to use it.
This Core 9 person instant cabin tent is available in the colour green or wine, and can easily fit two queen air mattresses as well as nine people and their gear.
Obviously if you, as a group, have a lot of gear you’d need to plan your trip for less than nine campers.
After just a few short steps, you’ll have this tent up in no time because it just pops up.
It has an interior of 14 x 9 ft and a center height of 78 inches, and it’s made with H20 block technology – this means that the tent is waterproof because of its heat sealed seams.
There’s an electrical cord access port, which can be fully closed when not being used, and a removable room divider so that you can have more privacy.
Included with this waterproof instant tent you’ll find a rainfly, 7-inch steel tent stakes, and a carry bag.
You’ll also find that there are storage pockets in the walls so that you can keep items, such as keys and phones, off of the floor.
Adjustable vents let you regulate the amount of fresh air coming in depending on the temperature. Plus, any hot air that comes in can escape through the mesh ceiling.
The mesh ceiling has to be my favorite feature of them all because not all tents let you stargaze and it’s a must for me. Of course, if you need protection from the rain, the rainfly’s got you covered.
A large T-style door makes it really easy to get in and out of the tent, and the door has mesh for even more ventilation.
This core 9-person instant cabin tent has telescoping steel tent poles, which are sturdy enough to withstand strong winds.
The only complaint that I can think of is that the zippers seem a bit flimsy and not very waterproof, and yet again there’s no vestibule. I like to go camping when it’s warm out, so having the option to lounge while being protected by mesh from any insects is ideal for me.
Here we have another one by Core, but this time it’s a 4-person instant dome tent that comes in green.
This tent is perfect whether you just plan to use it in your backyard or go camping.
Since it is quite small, some would prefer to use this tent for three people maximum. Personally, I found it great for a camping trip with my partner. The great thing about it being smaller is that it’s lighter and easier to carry around with you.
It has an interior of 9’ x 7’, a center height of 54 inches, and can fit one airbed inside. Made with 100% polyester, this instant tent for camping sets up in 30 seconds thanks to the pre-assembled steel poles.
Truly, all you need to do is unpack and unfold the tent, then extend the poles until they click into place and that’s it! It does come with straightforward instructions so that even first-time campers won’t have any difficulty.
This one has a lot of great features; a gear loft, lantern hook, storage pockets, an adjustable ground vent, and an electrical cord access port that can be fully closed when not in use.
The adjustable vent lets cool air come in from below, while any hot air inside can escape through the mesh ceiling.
Included you have a rain fly, tent stakes, and a carry bag.
The ‘H20 block technology’ means that the tent is made with water repellent fabric, has sealed seams, and a fully taped rainfly.
Although the rainfly is quite good, I wouldn’t say that it’s a full-coverage rainfly as it doesn’t really protect the door.
This instant tent by Hui Lingyang is perfect for families of 4-6. It’s very affordable and comes in the colours blue with black or green and black.
With a spacious interior of 12.5 x 8.5 ft and a center height of 53.5 inches, this tent can easily sleep six people, or less if your group has a lot of gear with them.
Thanks to the pre-assembled poles this tent pops up within seconds and is ideal for all types of outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking, festivals, beach gatherings, scout trips, and so on.
Take down is just as easy as setting it up, and it only takes a few minutes to have it back in the bag and all packed up.
The heat-sealed seams, 190T polyester water resistant fabric, and integrated vented rainfly are sure to keep your dry no matter the season.
The mesh windows on both sides and ground vents offer plenty of cross ventilation, and the extremely large door also contributes a lot. Aside from letting in plenty of fresh air, this also prevents condensation and the windows having mesh assure you that insects will stay out.
Included with the tent are a storage bag, wind rope, and stakes.
Only weighing around 5kg when packed up, it’s super easy to take this tent along with you
This is one of the best instant set up tents, and it does offer a vestibule which makes it perfect if you like to bring your dog along with you on your camping trips, or just so that everyone can remove their shoes and leave them there before entering. It also provides extra space for gear because this space can easily be protected by rain.
There are also two integrated storage pockets so that you can keep small items organized and in one place, and there is an Electrical cord access port which can be fully closed when you’re not using it.
Although this tent is advertised as completely water resistant, I would argue that this tent is better off used as a 2-season tent. This is because I wouldn’t trust it in heavy rain or strong winds, so it’s better to just be used on a good day when it’s warm.
This is a cheap 2-person easy pitch tent by Genji Sports. Made with 190T polyester with 2000mm PU waterproof coating. The rainfly is made with the same material, whereas the floor is PE 120g waterproof fabric.
The dimensions of this tent are (L x W x H) 220cm x 150cm x 110cm and weighs around 3.4kg. When packed up into the bag it’s about 2ft long and 8 inches in width.
Being small and lightweight, it was easy to take this tent with us via motorbike which I liked very much. It makes this tent ideal for day trips where you don’t need much stuff with you.
It’s extremely simple and easy to set up and take down because of its unique automatic pole system and one-piece design.
There’s a very large door on the front and two small windows that have mesh panels. To be honest, the windows are so small that I think it’s more accurate to call them small ventilation holes. I would not use this tent during the summer when it’s very hot because it does not provide a lot of fresh air coming in. It’s much better to use this tent in spring when it’s just a bit warm and breezy because you can leave the door open with just the mesh screen up.
With two people inside there wasn’t much room for our gear, and I’m really glad I had brought along a fan because it gets very hot because it’s cramped. I think I’d have preferred to just go camping by myself and with my dog, to be honest.
Also, with our sleeping pad, there was very little room left over and we were barely even able to get changed.
It does come with metal stakes and a carry bag.
Everything seems to be very well made, except for the stakes as they seem rather flimsy.
One of the best instant cabin tents is this one here, by OT QOMOTOP. It sets up within seconds and has many features that make it amazing. There are multiple different sizes available: 4, 6, 8, and 10-person tents.
Depending on which size you opt for, one person should be able to set it up without any difficulty. Although for the larger sizes you might want another person to help out open up the tent.
Let’s get into the dimensions for each size. The 4-person tent has an interior of 8 x 8 feet and a center height of 11 inches, whereas the 6-person tent has measurements of 10 x 9 ft (5ft 9 inch center height), and 1 queen size airbed could easily fit inside both of these tents as well as camping gear. These two tents have four windows and one ground vent each.
The 8-person tent is 13 x 9 ft with a center height of 6ft 6 inches, and the 10-person tent has dimensions of 14 x 10 feet and the center height is 6ft 4 inches. There’s plenty of room for two air beds inside and gear in both tents. Both of these tents have two ground vents, five windows, and a detachable room divider.
All of the tents have PU taping on both the rainfly and tent’s inner seams and PE tube floors with welded corners that keep water out. Even through heavy rain, you’ll remain bone dry inside. The rainfly has color coding so that it’s extremely quick and easy to assemble.
They also have electrical cord ports so that you can easily bring electrical power inside and can be fully closed when you’re not using it.
A carry bag, tent stakes, mud mat, gear pockets, and a gear loft are also included.
I love that this tent comes with a mud mat, and it’s made with the same waterproof material as the flooring. The reason I like door mats so much is because I find it quite useful to have a place where everyone can keep their shoes so that everyone doesn’t bring dirt inside the tent every time they come inside.
The mesh roof, along with adjustable ground vents, provide enhanced ventilation and assure you that you’ll find no condensation overnight.
After hearing about all of these amazing features, I’m sure you can now agree with me that this is indeed one of the best easy set up tents.
The only possible complaints would be that they all have just one door, and when you’re a really large group it’s better to have more than one entryway. Aside from that, the tents can be quite heavy when packed up so taking this one with you backpacking is not an option.
The Ozark Trail Instant Tent can fit 11 people, comes in the color orange, is made with durable polyester, and has a center height of 76” so that even the tallest of people can move around easily.
It’s really easy to set up, and you can have it up in a matter of minutes. Considering the size, it’s best if two people are able to put up this tent.
This tent has three rooms in total – there’s the main area which has a removable room divider, and then there’s an additional room attached to the rear side. It’s great to be able to have some privacy, especially when you’re so many people sharing a tent. Plus, you can use one room as a changing room which is really helpful.
The main cabin area has dimensions of 14 x 8ft, whereas the room extension is 8 x 6ft. When packed up the size is roughly 48 x 10 x 10 inches, so it’s best to take this tent with you by car.
Not only is this tent affordable, but it’s also one of the best instant tents for camping by far.
This tent is best used in warm weather, because the large windows, doors, and mesh ceiling provide a lot of cross ventilation and fresh air coming in.
On the front there are double doors and when the room divider is up it attaches in the middle of these two doors so that each room has an entryway. The back room can be accessed whether you come in from the left or right side.
There are no floor vents though, so you’d need to keep the windows open at all times. Thankfully they have mesh panels so this isn’t really an issue.
A carry bag is included, and the tent also has an electrical cord port, storage pockets, and a lantern hook. I do wish the storage pockets were larger because with so many people there’s much more clutter.
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