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The Best Outdoor Tents on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Fun for the whole family. Photo: H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStoc/Getty Images

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
From $58

“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

“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

“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.”