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With staycations looking likely to be the new normal, many families are on the lookout for a low-cost getaway. A family camping holiday fits the bill nicely, providing a unique experience that can form special memories. How can you be sure of choosing the best family tent for your needs? Pick the wrong one and your holiday could become a nightmare which will put everyone off sleeping under canvas for life!  

Worry not -we’ve done the research so you don’t have to; read on to find the best family tents to keep the little ones happy and to set you up for a lifetime of camping adventures.

In a rush? Here's the best family tents according to us:

  1. Best for a good night’s sleepColeman Mosedale 5
  2. Best for space - Kampa Bergen 6 Air Pro Tent
  3. Best for those on a budget Quechua Arpenaz 4.1
  4. Best for flexibility of sleeping arrangementsVango Keswick II 600
  5. Best for first time campersVango Anteus 600 XL
  6. Best for extra-large families or groups - Outdoor Revolution Airedale 12.0
  7. Best for: those who appreciate a little luxuryDometic Ascension 601

Things to Consider When Looking for the Best Family Tents

Size

In order to find the best tent for your family camping trip, there's a few factors you ought to consider. You’ll need to know how many people will be going for a start. Some bedroom compartments are smaller so might be better suited for families with young children. If you want to fit in an air mattress, change a baby, or just have more room generally for activities you might want to add on extra compartments. If you've got heaps of gear, look for a tent with a large porch. Nothing worse than having to put your damp hiking boots next to your head whilst you're sleeping.

Use

Where will you be using it? If space is a premium then you’ll need a tent with a smaller footprint. When and where will you be going? In summer you’ll appreciate a tent with good ventilation and mesh doors to keep out midges. For somewhere which attracts rougher weather – we’re looking at you, mountains - you’ll need a tent that’s strong enough to withstand wet and windy conditions. Check out the waterproof rating. A wet tent means a wet sleeping bag, wet clothes… well, wet everything really. A leaky tent could ruin your whole trip. And we all know small children who are wet and shivering don't make for the best of camping holiday memories.

Pitch

Do you prefer a tent that pitches in the traditional way, or would an air tent with pre-angled inflatable beams would be more convenient? Most tents have videos showing you how to set up the tent and how long it should take. this should give you a good idea of how complicated it's going to be. Similarly, if you're going to be backpacking and wild camping with your family, you'll find most of them would be too heavy for a rucksack. If your kids are older, think about getting a few smaller and lighter tents to divvy up.

Still no idea to start or want a quick run down on the best brands? Take a look at our best tent brands article.

FAQ

Are expensive tents worth the cost?

While you do get what you pay for in a tent, there’s no need to spend a fortune. A middle of the range family tent should be good value for money, as long as its constructed with quality materials and has some useful features such as compartments, hooks and loops for your belongings. However, if you’re a frequent camper or you’re going somewhere notoriously wet and windy you might appreciate spending more to get a high-end tent.

Can I cook in my tent?

It’s safer not to. Although tents are ventilated, this is only designed for general living, not cooking. Cooking in a tent increases condensation which could cause a build up of carbon monoxide. Tents are made from flame retardant fabrics but cooking inside is still a huge risk.

You could create a separate camping kitchen using a tarp shelter. Check out our article on best camping stoves and best camping tarps for this one and you'll be serving up that perfect camp supper in no time.

What features should I look for?

The list is endless. Some think standing room is of utmost importance, and it is indeed, extremely useful if you're sorting out gear or organising your teenager's 'floordrobe'. Blackout lining is also useful, it cools the tent down in warm temperatures and lets you sleep for longer if it gets light in the early hours. The best tents will also have plenty of guy ropes, a very sturdy sewn-in groundsheet and pockets, storage and loops are key for hanging up all your bits and bobs.

Are tents bad for the environment?

Great question. Our best tent brands provides some information on this and our best outdoor brands piece is great for outdoor gear brands that are doing their bit for the environment. Unless you're interested in bell tents and yurts, the majority of portable family tents are made from man-made materials such as polyester and nylon which aren't known for doing great things for the planet (fossil fuels, we're looking at you).

But the environmental debate is nuanced. If you're going on a family camping holiday instead of say, abroad on a plane or to a hotel, chances are you'll be using far less natural resources, exploring from the campsite on foot and using little electricity. Camping also connect us to the outdoors and this encourages us to want to protect it, so as with all things, the answer is yes and no!

The best family tent for you will depend on how you’ll be using it and what kind of features you're looking for. If you’re planning a series of weekend camping trips, then a mid-range tent like the Vango Anteus should be fine. For longer breaks you may appreciate the space and luxury of the Dometic Ascension. The Coleman Mosedale is a good choice for small families, and if you want to take the whole family or a large group of friends, then the Outdoor Revolution Airedale will fit the bill. Going on an extended camping trip? You’ll appreciate a tent with loads of storage space and head room like the Kampa Bergen – not being able to stand upright gets old pretty fast.

ourComparison

Dometic Ascension 601 Air Tent

A luxury family tent jam packed with features

Outdoor Revolution Airedale 12.0

A stylish family tent with bags of space and a real contemporary look

Vango Anteus 600 XL Family Tent

One of the toughest family tents for when things get rough

Vango Keswick II 600 Family Tent

A roomy tent with features you’d expect in pricier options

Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 Family Camping Tent

One of the best family tents, plus, adults will appreciate the extra standing room

Kampa Bergen 6 Air Pro Family Tent

A high-quality, durable tent that’s great for larger families

Coleman Mosedale 5

An ideal family camping tent for a summer holiday

final score

84

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final score

80

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final score

81

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final score

81

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final score

80

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final score

75

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final score

81

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The Good

  • High quality 150D polyester flysheet with an impressive 6000mm HH waterproof rating
  • Sleeping is easy with box-style bedrooms will take large camping cots and air mattresses
  • Metal carabiner lantern hanging points and popper cable points

The Good

  • Contains three 4-person micro polyester inner tents separated into pods for privacy
  • A clip-in divider allows each inner tent to be split into two
  • Valves inflate each Air Tube in 1 minute and prevent over-inflation
  • 4000mm Hydrostatic Head rating with fully taped seams

The Good

  • Large PVC windows in living area let in plenty of light
  • Internal bedroom divider can be removed to make one large bedroom
  • Additional side door with built-in canopy for extra space

The Good

  • Fully sewn-in groundsheet and external storm skirt for protection against bugs and rain
  • Pre-attached front awning gives plenty of space for dining or just chilling
  • Vango’s Sentinel Active Plus fabric is strong, waterproof to a 4000mm HH rating, yet compact when stored

The Good

  • Built to withstand up to 50km/h winds
  • Mesh doors on the bedroom provide good protection against bugs
  • Colour coded items make this tent super easy to erect – get the kettle on!

The Good

  • Optional inner tent allows an extra two bedrooms
  • Zipped window blinds for extra privacy
  • Hydrostatic Head rating 6000mm
  • Bedrooms are constructed from light-blocking material and are ventilated

The Good

  • Fully integrated and robust ground sheet for great protection
  • Zipper stoppers on the doors ensure that zips are easily reachable in an emergency – even for children
  • The flysheet is treated with Coleman’s UVGuard which provides SPF 50 sun protection

The bad

  • On the pricey side
  • Quite a large footprint

The bad

  • It’s huge – may be too large for some campsites
  • Supplied manual pump isn't very durable so you may need to upgrade
  • No fly guard

The bad

  • The front canopy can catch the breeze if it’s very windy
  • The lantern fixing point is at the back of the living area rather than the centre

The bad

  • No mesh door on the side entrance
  • The colour can be attractive to flying beasties

The bad

  • Although it's a four person tent, the single bedroom’s a bit cramped
  • No mesh at the front door – if the midges are out in force you’ll know about it

The bad

  • Pricey
  • It’s big - you’ll need a large site
  • Heavy and bulky to transport

The bad

  • The BlackOut material from the bedrooms can leak through to the outer skin over time
  • Not as durable as some
  • Poles can snag on the material when setting up

Ease of Setup

85

%

Waterproofness

90

%

Durability

90

%

Eco Score

70

%

Ease of Setup

80

%

Waterproofness

85

%

Durability

80

%

Eco Score

75

%

Ease of Setup

90

%

Waterproofness

85

%

Durability

80

%

Eco Score

80

%

Ease of Setup

85

%

Waterproofness

80

%

Durability

80

%

Eco Score

80

%

Ease of Setup

90

%

Waterproofness

70

%

Durability

70

%

Eco Score

90

%

Ease of Setup

65

%

Waterproofness

85

%

Durability

85

%

Eco Score

65

%

Ease of Setup

85

%

Waterproofness

90

%

Durability

65

%

Eco Score

85

%

Capacity

6 person

Pitch time

16 mins

Pack size

90 x 58 x 50cm

Weight

53.1kg

Capacity

12 person

Pitch time

20 mins

Pack size

88 x 69 x 57cm

Weight

45.4kg

Capacity

6 person

Pitch time

20 mins

Pack size

70 x 30 x 34cm

Weight

24.65kg

Capacity

6 person

Pitch time

22 mins

Pack size

70 x 37 x 36cm

Weight

24.65kg

Capacity

4 person

Pitch time

15 mins

Pack size

60 x 24 x 24cm

Weight

9.8kg

Capacity

6-8 person

Pitch time

30 mins

Pack size

77 x 53 x 53cm

Weight

39kg

Capacity

5-6

Pitch time

20 mins

Pack size

68 x 32 x 32cm

Weight

17.2

Dometic Ascension 601 Air Tent

Best for those who appreciate a luxury camping trip

Why we like it

A luxury family tent jam packed with features

The Good

  • High quality 150D polyester flysheet with an impressive 6000mm HH waterproof rating
  • Sleeping is easy with box-style bedrooms will take large camping cots and air mattresses
  • Metal carabiner lantern hanging points and popper cable points

the bad

  • On the pricey side
  • Quite a large footprint

Capacity

6 person

Weight

53.1kg

Pitch time

16 mins

Pack size

90 x 58 x 50cm

A proper glamping experience, it is the fine touches and attention to detail that put the icing on this  tent. The oversize airframe inflatable poles allow quick and easy set up, whilst the high beams give a good interior height. There’s a roomy rear storage area, a big living area and a front awning that’s ideal for cooking. An optional annexe can be zipped onto the side for extra storage or even a portaloo.

Built from quality materials, there are also some great features such as zipped curtains, multiple ventilation panels, and ‘sleeptite’ inner tents made from darker fabrics to block out morning sun.

Ease of Setup

85

%

Waterproofness

90

%

Durability

90

%

Eco Score

70

%

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final score

84

%

Dometic Ascension 601 Air Tent

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Outdoor Revolution Airedale 12.0

Best for extra-large families or groups

Why we like it

A stylish family tent with bags of space and a real contemporary look

The Good

  • Contains three 4-person micro polyester inner tents separated into pods for privacy
  • A clip-in divider allows each inner tent to be split into two
  • Valves inflate each Air Tube in 1 minute and prevent over-inflation
  • 4000mm Hydrostatic Head rating with fully taped seams

the bad

  • It’s huge – may be too large for some campsites
  • Supplied manual pump isn't very durable so you may need to upgrade
  • No fly guard

Capacity

12 person

Weight

45.4kg

Pitch time

20 mins

Pack size

88 x 69 x 57cm

A whopper family tent that sleeps 12 people, with three bedrooms for literally the whole family, yet still relatively lightweight and simple to pitch thanks to the six pre-curved Oxygen Air structure that can be inflated in one minute – no more faffing around threading through fabric!

Tinted windows allow the sunlight in whilst reducing glare, and the tent is constructed from 100 Denier Hex polyester fabric for a swish look. A sewn-on canopy and storm straps help protect against rough weather.

There’s plenty of space between bedrooms for chilling in wet weather or gear storage.

Ease of Setup

80

%

Waterproofness

85

%

Durability

80

%

Eco Score

75

%

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final score

80

%

Outdoor Revolution Airedale 12.0

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Vango Anteus 600 XL Family Tent

Best for first time campers

Why we like it

One of the toughest family tents for when things get rough

The Good

  • Large PVC windows in living area let in plenty of light
  • Internal bedroom divider can be removed to make one large bedroom
  • Additional side door with built-in canopy for extra space

the bad

  • The front canopy can catch the breeze if it’s very windy
  • The lantern fixing point is at the back of the living area rather than the centre

Capacity

6 person

Weight

24.65kg

Pitch time

20 mins

Pack size

70 x 30 x 34cm

Built with strong winds in mind, Vango’s Patented Tension Bound system holds the tent in place when things get gnarly. The fibreglass poles are lightweight and flexible enough to make erecting the tent a cinch.

Pockets in the sides of the tent allow for extra storage and it’s roomy enough for standing upright. There are cable entry points with cable tidies leading up to the lantern fixing point, which keeps everything neat.

Ease of Setup

90

%

Waterproofness

85

%

Durability

80

%

Eco Score

80

%

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final score

81

%

Vango Anteus 600 XL Family Tent

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Vango Keswick II 600 Family Tent

Best for flexibility of sleeping arrangements

Why we like it

A roomy tent with features you’d expect in pricier options

The Good

  • Fully sewn-in groundsheet and external storm skirt for protection against bugs and rain
  • Pre-attached front awning gives plenty of space for dining or just chilling
  • Vango’s Sentinel Active Plus fabric is strong, waterproof to a 4000mm HH rating, yet compact when stored

the bad

  • No mesh door on the side entrance
  • The colour can be attractive to flying beasties

Capacity

6 person

Weight

24.65kg

Pitch time

22 mins

Pack size

70 x 37 x 36cm

An easy to erect Vango tent tent with a fully enclosed extension on the front and a flat front living area which maximise living space. The cable entry points are a nice touch and help keep devices charged – essential when camping with kids. An integrated mesh main door increases air ventilation while keeping the bugs out at night.

A toggled inner divider system allows the sleeping area to be split as needed and mesh pockets in the rooms keep belongings within easy reach.

Ease of Setup

85

%

Waterproofness

80

%

Durability

80

%

Eco Score

80

%

No items found.

final score

81

%

Vango Keswick II 600 Family Tent

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Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 Family Camping Tent

Best for those on a budget

Why we like it

One of the best family tents, plus, adults will appreciate the extra standing room

The Good

  • Built to withstand up to 50km/h winds
  • Mesh doors on the bedroom provide good protection against bugs
  • Colour coded items make this tent super easy to erect – get the kettle on!

the bad

  • Although it's a four person tent, the single bedroom’s a bit cramped
  • No mesh at the front door – if the midges are out in force you’ll know about it

Capacity

4 person

Weight

9.8kg

Pitch time

15 mins

Pack size

60 x 24 x 24cm

One of the best family tents for a couple or family camping with one or two small children, this is a spacious, easy-to-put up tent that gives plenty of standing room, even for the tallest of adults. The UPF fabric lets daylight in whilst blocking out some of the harmful UV rays.

Ease of Setup

90

%

Waterproofness

70

%

Durability

70

%

Eco Score

90

%

No items found.

final score

80

%

Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 Family Camping Tent

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Kampa Bergen 6 Air Pro Family Tent

Best for having loads of space

Why we like it

A high-quality, durable tent that’s great for larger families

The Good

  • Optional inner tent allows an extra two bedrooms
  • Zipped window blinds for extra privacy
  • Hydrostatic Head rating 6000mm
  • Bedrooms are constructed from light-blocking material and are ventilated

the bad

  • Pricey
  • It’s big - you’ll need a large site
  • Heavy and bulky to transport

Capacity

6-8 person

Weight

39kg

Pitch time

30 mins

Pack size

77 x 53 x 53cm

Lovely spacious living area and porch area which easily provides enough space for a table, four chairs and a storage unit. A side annexe gives extra space – you could fit in a portaloo or even turn it into a wardrobe using Kampa’s optional wardrobe rails. Cable entry ports allows for easy device charging, and the storage pockets and drop step for the front door are nice touches.

The front can be fully opened to provide ventilation – ideal for cooking that camp breakfast – and the large PVC windows make it light and airy. The sleeping area has one master bedroom with two smaller double bedrooms on either side, plus there’s the capacity to add an extra double room.

Ease of Setup

65

%

Waterproofness

85

%

Durability

85

%

Eco Score

65

%

No items found.

final score

75

%

Kampa Bergen 6 Air Pro Family Tent

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Coleman Mosedale 5

Best for a good night’s sleep

Why we like it

An ideal family camping tent for a summer holiday

The Good

  • Fully integrated and robust ground sheet for great protection
  • Zipper stoppers on the doors ensure that zips are easily reachable in an emergency – even for children
  • The flysheet is treated with Coleman’s UVGuard which provides SPF 50 sun protection

the bad

  • The BlackOut material from the bedrooms can leak through to the outer skin over time
  • Not as durable as some
  • Poles can snag on the material when setting up

Capacity

5-6

Weight

17.2

Pitch time

20 mins

Pack size

68 x 32 x 32cm

A spacious 5-6 person family tent with a generous living area which easily fits a table and chairs. We love the BlackOut Bedroom – it blocks out 99% of daylight which cuts down on those early morning awakenings. The simple tunnel design means it’s super easy to pitch and the covered window in the living area allow both light and privacy. This is camping made easy.

This is a tent Coleman have worked hard to get right. The fibreglass poles aren't heavy and they're super flexible so it’ll withstand anything the weather throws at it. There are multiple entrances which makes things easier when it’s wet and wild out.

Ease of Setup

85

%

Waterproofness

90

%

Durability

65

%

Eco Score

85

%

No items found.

final score

81

%

Coleman Mosedale 5

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