Your first family tent should be something awesome. You don’t quite need a six-person because you’re still moving around or walking from your car. You don’t need a two-person tent because you’ve added to your gear load lately.
A four-person tent is the sweet spot between your smaller, lightweight hiking tent and your six-person expedition tent. It gives you some space without overloading you. It won’t matter what size your campsite is, you can maneuver it into the right place.
We’ve reviewed ten of the best four-person tents to inspire you and help you make a decision. Let’s take a look.
Our first tent is a three-season tent with a sturdy aluminum frame and a full zip rain fly. There’s vestibule space for your gear and for the creation of a small staging area. It uses a simple clip system that’s intuitive, and you will have the tent assembled in about ten minutes or less.
It has two doors and two vestibules, so everyone has space to get into the tent without tripping over each other, and you can keep things organized. The fly uses 75 denier polyester for durability and the 1500 mm coating repels water well. The 75 denier poly-taffeta floor uses factory taped seams to prevent leaks, and the 1500 mm coating repels any groundwater.
There’s proper ventilation from the windows and through the top. Large D-style doors are easy to zip up and down. It includes mesh gear pockets and gear loops for storage, plus a gear loft for larger gear. It doesn’t come with a footprint, but the company has one built for the dimensions of the tent for sale separately.
The Kelty TN 4 features Kelty’s stargazer fly with a two-door, two-vestibule design to keep everyone organized. It has excellent ventilation and uses DAC Pressfit poles for a durable yet comfortable camping space.
The color-coded clip system makes it a lot easier to get the tent pitched quickly. The floor material is 40 denier sil nylon with an 1800 mm waterproof coating. The floor is 70 denier nylon with a 3000 mm waterproof coating. It doesn’t come with a footprint, but if you’re camping on smooth ground, you may not need it.
It packs down smaller than many tents of this class at just 16 x 12 x 4 inches with a 14 inch folded pole. The peak height is a little low for our tastes, but it has terrific unobstructed views and won’t take up too much space in your gear as you pack back down.
Core’s instant tent sets up in less than 30 seconds and features a bright green rainfly with core H20 block technology. It has plenty of storage with gear hooks and mesh pockets.
It has one large, D style door in the front for easier access, but there’s no vestibule space because the rain fly isn’t full coverage. However, ventilation is excellent thanks to mesh windows and door panels. An adjustable air intake vent allows fresh air to enter while also driving heat and humidity out through the ceiling panel.
There’s plenty of space for storage. It includes mesh gear pockets and gear loops. There’s a lantern clip in the middle for better lighting. It consists of a gear loft as well.
The first time you unfold the tent, the poles may be a little bit stiff. Give it a practice run before you’re out so that you can be careful and not risk puncturing the tent because you’re in a hurry to set up before dark.
The Hilleberg Keron is a four-season, double-walled tent that can carry a moderate snow load while keeping you warm. If you don’t plan to stop your camping during the cold season, this is a great option to have.
It has a single door that leads to the front door of the inner tent while leaving a generous vestibule space for gear and staging. Ventilation is good through the large fly doorway and adjustable vents towards the back.
The outer tent fabric is Hilleberg’s Kerlon 1800 fabric, a highly durable 40 denier ripstop nylon coated with three layers of silicon and a 5500 mm waterproof rating. The floor is 100 denier nylon with an astonishing 20,000 mm waterproof rating. It’s built to last through moderate winds and snow without moving or leaking. However, if you only car camp in fair weather, it may be overkill.
The Arctic Oven 12 actually fits a few more people in fair weather camping, but if you plan to take it during the fourth season, you’ll have to reduce your people in the name of gear. It allows you to vent a small cook stove through the top for warmth while excellent insulation prevents all that heat from escaping.
It’s quite an investment, but you get a tent with maximum living space and near vertical walls. The full zip fly creates vestibule space for gear and is made from Arctic Oven’s Vapex material. It resists condensation and provides a breathable, yet weatherproof layer.
There’s a screen on the window and at the back to encourage air flow. Insulation is excellent, but using it in the winter with the stove cuts down on the amount of space you have to move around. It’s expedition quality, but it may be out of the budget for many families.
The Wagon top uses a unique design to give you a full vestibule space while maximizing interior living space. The frame draws the walls up nearly vertical to create better headroom with very little sweet spot. The rainfly is integrated with the tent and aluminum frame, so set up is easy.
When the weather is good, the front vestibule is removable, which keeps the front entrance clear. There are large mesh windows that can be zipped up or down. It has a single door, so you might be stepping over each other at points, but it’s large enough to accommodate everyone.
It has good ventilation and with little condensation. It goes up in about five minutes but make sure you do a practice run with the vestibule before heading out. The floor fabric is 150 denier nylon, so you may not need a footprint if you’re doing some fair-weather car-camping. The integrated rainfly uses 75 denier nylon and good waterproofing to protect from moderate inclement weather.
The Copper Canyon is a cabin style tent with a large, D-Style door and windows for excellent ventilation. Peak height extends nearly to the walls of the tent, and the rainfly doesn’t interfere with entrances. You don’t get a vestibule, but you do have plenty of usable space.
The full mesh roof helps condensation evaporate while fresh air travels in from the door and windows. It has a bathtub style floor made of 75 denier nylon with a 1200 mm waterproof coating. The rainfly and inner body fabric are the same type of material for consistent protection against the weather.
The windows have stash pockets for when everything is stowed. Plus, guy lines have storage pockets as well, so you can stash them too when not needed. It uses a fiberglass and steel frame to give the tent some durability and allow it to withstand moderate winds without buckling.
If you need quick, temporary shelter for a festival or a night under the stars, this instant tent is the one. It may not last against much inclement weather, but you can bring it along for when the sun gets too much, and you need a quick place to crash.
It takes seconds to pop out, and large mesh windows help encourage air flow through the tent. Double doors on either end can be opened completely or closed with a mesh screen for bugs. When you’re ready to sleep, close the privacy flaps and you’re ready to go. For mild showers, you can turn the window fabric into an impromptu fly with included guy lines.
The fabric is mildly water-resistant PU coated polyester. It should offer protection from mild showers, but not much else. Be careful of groundwater and splash back.
Our last tent is a durable, all mesh body tent with a full coverage rain fly. In nice weather, you get a full view without solid panels. The dome frame is durable and wind resistant, while the rain fly has built-in cutaways for better ventilation.
The rainfly and floor are made of 66 denier nylon, and the fly has a 3000 mm waterproof coating. It comes with a 150 denier Oxford footprint to protect the floor and soften the feeling of the ground. The aluminum frame is lightweight and provides suitable protection from wind.
The four-person has two doors and vestibule space to accommodate gear. There are mesh storage pockets and gear loops but no gear loft. There’s some space between the bathtub floor and the rainfly if you don’t pitch on flat ground or your guy lines are slack, so be careful on colder nights.