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The Best Outdoor Tents on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve rounded up camping stoves, hammocks, and cots before, now we’ve tackled outdoor tents, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated (and least expensive) outdoor tent

Coleman Dome Tent for Camping

“This tent was rather dashing,” says one of the more than 6,000 reviewers of this Coleman dome model, which comes in a variety of sizes accommodating two to six people. “You too can become the envy of your temporary neighbors with the bright, complementary colors and dome shape.” Performance-wise, an EDM fan brought it to Michigan’s Electric Forest Festival when it was “super windy and was raining buckets … Without even treating it with Camp Dry or any sealant, we were bone dry and cozy in this tent for five days.”

Putting the tent up also proves to be a positive experience for many reviewers, with one writing, “If you’re looking for strenuous activity in order to fall asleep, you won’t find it erecting the tent. I was able to do it myself within five minutes, no joke. I checked Guinness World Records and couldn’t find anything relating to erecting a tent fast, so I mailed my submission. Still waiting on hearing back.”

And now some micro-picks for every type of outdoor tent you might be looking for.

Best one-person tent

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx One-Person Tent

“This isn’t the tent I’d take with me to Mount Everest,” writes one reviewer of the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx tent, “but it did survive a harsh two weeks in Iceland during rain, wind, and even snow/ice. If I had paid hundreds of dollars, I’d probably give it four stars. But it’s a solid five stars for the money.” Cost-effectiveness comes up a lot. “This thing performs better than any 1-person tent I’ve ever rented or borrowed,” says another reviewer, “like it should cost around $400. Use the money you saved to buy a better sleeping bag or air core, because that’s where the comfort is at night.”

Best one-person pop-up tent

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent

“Setting the tent itself up was by far the easiest part of the entire process. It took me longer to figure out how to set up my sleep pad and inflate it than it did to pop the tent up, set the camp spikes, and attach the rainfly,” writes one reviewer. “I also did it completely in the dark with a small flashlight, but I am confident I could do this with absolutely zero light, it’s that easy.” The ease of setup doesn’t mean this tent is wobbly, though. “I’ve been using a regular tent for rough camping every night near the road whilst traveling by motorbike in Alaska, Canada, and the lower 48 states. I chose the Teton because after a long day riding it is easy to put up and can also stand on hard ground without the use of tent stakes to make it stay up,” explains one reviewer, who calls this “a highly recommended tent at a good price that saves a lot of time and is ultraconvenient.”

Best two-person tent

ALPS Mountaineering Meramac Two-Person Tent

Many reviewers lament the snug industry standard of two-person tents but say the Meramac is slightly more forgiving in the space department. A couple who camped at Big Pine, Angeles National Forest, Big Bear, and June Lake claims it has enough room for “two adults and a medium dog plus some of our gear, including a dog bed, a large wool blanket, clothes, and shoes.” Meanwhile, a six-foot-eight solo traveler says he “could stretch out with no problem, and there would have been plenty of room for a second person.” He adds, “In my previous tent, I couldn’t roll over without hitting the sides, the ceiling was like a foot from my face when I was laying down, I had to crawl in and out, and it was so poorly ventilated that water from condensation would drip on me all night even in dry weather.” Or as another reviewer puts it, “Both times I have used this in the rain I have slept like a baby straight through the night.”

Best tent for rain

Kelty Salida Camping and Backpacking Tent

“I bought this tent a little over a year ago and have had the opportunity to use it several times. I have taken it to Joshua Tree a few times, Sequoia and Yosemite, and every time I have loved it,” writes one satisfied reviewer, who adds, “It rained on me all night in Sequoia and the roof never leaked and the floor never got wet.” Another avid hiker says, “I have taken it on about 5 or 6 long weekend trips this year and it has handled everything upstate NY could throw at it. Through a night of constant rain, we stayed completely dry … Last weekend I used it in Harriman State Park with 30 to 40 mph winds all night while in the low 40s and stayed nice and warm inside. In addition to that, the tent is very well made and extremely light for its price.” Dozens of reviewers cite the easy-to-set-up rainfly as a huge benefit of this Kelty tent, with one saying, “The best part was the clip-in system for the rainfly and the color-coded matching that really made it easy for us. We set it up in the dark, too, with very little light.”

Best tent for backpacking

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Two-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

“I have two of these tents and have used them for backpacking in the Sierras, Tetons, and Glacier National Park,” writes one reviewer. “Total use is probably 30+ nights, and they are still holding up well.” Many other backpackers also recommend this lightweight two-person tent. “I bought this tent for lightweight backpacking along the Appalachian trail. It sets up easily and provides a surprising amount of space, enough for 2 people and their gear to sleep comfortably,” says one, adding, “Tear down is very easy, all the poles collapse down together, and there’s no special tricks required to get it back into its carry bag. It is the best investment I have made for backpacking.”

Best (less expensive) tent for backpacking

Featherstone Outdoor Backpacking Two-Person Tent

One deal-seeking reviewer raves, “So let’s be real about this. This is the same EXACT tent as the MSR Hubba Hubba 2P tent. It’s also the same EXACT tent as the Nemo 2P Tent. But the main difference is the cost.” Despite the price point, shoppers love the quality of this backpacking tent: “I have 0 things to complain about. Every stitch looked perfect. There were no loose, frayed ends. The tub (floor of tent) was taped and sealed very well. Absolutely no holes or issues I could find.” Many agree that this easy-to-set-up tent is a great deal. “My 8-year-olds are able to set it up. The tents are super easy to set up and have plenty of room,” one reviewer says, adding, “The tents have performed well in the rain and also with wind. The aluminum poles are sturdy. The purchase is an all-in-one deal. That means you don’t have to go purchase the footprint separately. Even at its current price, I believe it is one of the best deals you can get.”

Best bivvy tent

Winterial Single-Person Personal Bivvy Tent

This tent is recommended by hundreds of solo hikers and backpackers who want something lightweight yet practical. “This tent is designed for one person to take backpacking/hiking with them. It is NOT designed for comfort, it is not designed for two people, and it is not designed for people over 6 feet tall,” writes one comprehensive reviewer, who adds, “This is a lightweight tent designed to keep you dry and mosquito free while you sleep, and it functions incredibly well for this purpose.” Many other reviewers agree that it works well: “This bag is the cat’s pajamas for me: big enough with more than adequate room for my gear, and light enough that I’m not too stressed about taking that extra store of snacks to munch on, too.”

Best tent with built-in lights

Campla Tent

A USB-powered LED system sets Campla’s tent apart from many competitors; a married couple even claim theirs was “dubbed ‘the party tent’” on a group trip “because of the super-fun lights!” The father of a Boy Scout says it stands out in fields full of familiar brands and styles. “There were 67 families in our group,” he explains, “and we had probably a dozen inquiries as to where we got this tent and how much it cost … The lighting system does require a USB battery source, which we had with us. It provides ample light for anything you would want to do in the tent yet is dim enough that it is not overbearing and hard on the eyes.” Beyond its bold looks, the tent held up for one reviewer who faced rough weather, withstanding “hard rains and almost 70 mph winds when other tents were flattened, poles bent, and destroyed.”

Best dome tent with screen room

Coleman Dome Tent With Screen Room

Hundreds of reviewers rave about this tent’s screened-in front-porch area (though many note that this area won’t stay dry during rainstorms). “We absolutely love the screened-in ‘porch.’ It’s great for sitting and keeping zipped up if the bugs are bad,” writes one reviewer. “Also great for a place to put your shoes so you don’t track all the leaves and dirt into the inside of the tent. This makes cleaning it when you’re ready to leave much faster. Even with the porch screen zipped, there’s a good breeze that will go through.” Another satisfied reviewer adds, “It felt spacious because of the ability to have so many unzipped windows.” But even if the windows are zipped up, this tent is fairly big: “Spacious enough to fit a large dog crate and two adults and all our personal items and a queen-size mattress. We were actually able to fill the mattress up with the electric pump powered by my car outside and then squeeze it through the doors fully inflated.”

Best tent for car camping

Coleman Cabin Tent With Instant Setup

“Huge and ridiculous — obviously not for backpacking — but my husband and I love it,” writes one happy camper. “We throw a queen air mattress in here when car camping and we feel like kings. It’s so easy to set up and take down.” Many other reviewers also appreciate the quick setup, like one who says this tent “restored my lost love of camping. I set it up and took it down by myself. Got it back into the included bag by myself.” Another writes, “I was able to set this up quickly, and I even had my two-year-old climbing on me begging, ‘Mommy, up,’ the entire time. I had it up in under a minute and it was just easy to take down!”

Best tent for family camping

CORE 9P Instant Cabin Tent

Many reviewers love that this tent can easily fit a family of four or more — like one reviewer in the Midwest who “fit four sleeping bags, two children, two adults and a 109-pound golden retriever very comfortably,” or the “single dad and four kids under 14” who spent seven nights in Yellowstone, or the “two adults, four young kids, and 120-pound dog” who “easily had two queen mattresses in it and still had room to move.” Lots of campers like this tent’s height: “Super-spacious, and I can stand up straight throughout most of the tent (I am six feet tall). It comfortably slept me, my wife, and five young kids.” In short, parents love it: “This is a great family tent — being able to show up at our site and know I’ve got everything I need (no poles to go missing!) and know I can have shelter up with a minimum of cursing within a few minutes of arrival takes so much stress out of the trip!”

Best extra-large tent for family camping

NTK Arizona GT Sport Camping Tent

When it rained for 24 hours straight at a campsite over Labor Day weekend, a serious NTK fan says, “Everyone with their Colemans and easy zip-inside windows were soaked … [and] wanted to know where I got this amazing tent that laughs at the rain gods.” Another camper kept his tent up for nearly five weeks straight despite “Michigan’s wacky weather” and stayed dry throughout “many torrential downpours.” As for its size, most reviewers agree that this tent is big enough for families. As one puts it, “We slept two adults on a queen-size air mattress and two large dogs with all our gear, a lantern hanging from the middle, and even had room to use our camp box as a nightstand!” One reviewer warns, however, that “the only possible drawback is the size. It is HUGE … But I doubt anyone is going to mistake this for a backpacking tent. This is family car camping at its finest.”

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The Best Outdoor Tents on Amazon, According to Reviewers