Best 3 Person Camping Tents

Here you have a selection of best 3 person camping tents, functional and in a variety of styles, and with some truly unique features, from the best-known brands in the outdoor industry.

If this is about camping and you need a 3 person camping tent, you will want as much space and comfort as possible. This is why my focus is primarily on the floor area. Even the storage area is of secondary importance because you will usually have a car next to your tent. So this is completely different from what you might want to have in a backpacking 3 person tent.

But there are also nice options among three-person tents that can be transported on a motorbike. You will see some in the list below. On the other hand, you will see some that are so light that can be used also as backpacking tents.


My list of best camping tents for 3 people

The tents in the list are ordered by the total protected area, and this includes the inner floored area and the area under the porch or vestibules if the tent has it.

 

I did my best to include representatives of various styles and types. This is because each type has some advantages in certain circumstances, I shall say a bit more in the conclusion below. So you have dome tents, cabin tents, and tunnel tents in the list.

I hope you will love the products I present below, I choose only the best that is on the market, those that I can fully recommend, and present them here in the site. Just a heads up that as an associate of Amazon and other sellers, I may earn some commission from qualifying purchases of products bought via links on this page, at no additional cost for you.


1. KAZOO Family Camping Tent 3 Person Saturn

KAZOO Family Camping Tent 3 Person Saturn.
KAZOO Family Camping Tent 3 Person Saturn.

This tent is one from the series of 3 tents, the other tents are Saturn 4 and Saturn 6. When you see its features you will realize why it is here although its floor area is quite modest. So let me give the dimensions first. The base is 7.8 x 7.8 ft (2 x 2 m), so the floor area is only 4 square meters. This is all you have here, there are no vestibules.

But note that it comes with a pair of extra poles to create the awning shown in the picture. This extends the useful and covered area a lot, so you can use it for sitting and cooking whenever the sky is clear.

But this is a cabin-style instant setup tent. They write about 5 seconds setup which clearly makes no much sense. But you can indeed have this tent ready in a minute or two. The frame is a combination of aluminum and fiberglass poles and it is pre-attached to the tent, so just extend its telescopic poles and it is almost ready.

You have a full-coverage fly for complete protection from elements. This makes it unique among instant tents. Such tents are usually with a partial coverage fly. Note that you also have windows on the fly, and the walls are steep so you have plenty of volume inside.

The tent is fully freestanding but you have stakes to secure it properly. There are 2 doors and this is yet another great feature here. The peak height is 53 inches (135 cm) and the weight is 11.9 pounds (5.4 kg).

The inner tent fabric is B3 mesh and 190T breathable polyester. The fly is 190T ripstop polyester with a 3000 mm waterproof rating. The floor is 150D Oxford polyester. The packed size is 35 x 6.7 x 6.7 inches (89 x 17 x 17 cm).

What I like:

  • Instant setup.
  • Full-coverage fly.
  • Windows.
  • Aluminum poles.
  • Very good price.
  • Awning configuration.

What I dislike:

  • Quite small area.


2. Coleman 3-Person Connectable Tent

Coleman 3-Person Connectable Tent.
Coleman 3-Person Connectable Tent.

This is a very unique cabin-style freestanding tent. It can be used as it is, as a 3-person camping tent, but you can also combine it with its bigger 6-person cousin. In fact, you can connect several of these 3-person tents with a core 6-person tent. So this is a great option for larger families with kids. You can expand your tent village.

The tent is very easy to use because of its Fast Pitch system. This implies that roof poles are shock-corded and pre-attached to the top hub element. The tent has 2 doors and 2 separate windows, but the doors also have mesh windows paired with panels for privacy and protection. There are small brims created by short poles so both doors have a dry entry design.

The tent is moderately tall, the peak height is 57.6 inches (146 cm), and because of its steep walls, you have plenty of headroom. Here are a few more numbers which you will want to know:

  • Weight: 15 lb (6.8 kg).
  • Dimensions: 8 x 6 ft (244 x 183 cm).
  • Area: 48 ft² (4.46 m²).

What I like:

  • Unique construction.
  • Connectable design.
  • Affordable.
  • Ventilated.
  • Easy to use.
  • 2 Doors.

What I dislike:

  • The weight.


3. Coleman Tent OctaGo

Coleman Tent OctaGo 3 Man Tent
Coleman Tent OctaGo 3 Man Tent.

Here you have a freestanding cabin-style structure with an octagonal base, hence the word OctaGo in the name. The walls are steep so you have plenty of shoulder space. The peak height is moderate 57.87 inches (1.47 m).

A very interesting detail is its full-coverage fly that is with vertical zippers so you can open it as shown in the picture and have nice views around. You have one door but there are no less than 8 windows.

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The poles are strong steel and this holds for the 8 legs and roof poles. So this is a strong and stable structure. The fabric is polyester with a 2000 mm waterproof rating. The windows are with a No-see-um mesh, and all seams are taped. The floor is waterproof polyethylene.

The weight is 25.6 lb (11.6 kg) and the dimensions are 9.61 x 8.86 ft (2.93 x 2.7 m). The floor area is 64.6 ft² (6 m²), and the packed size is moderate 25.6 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches (65 x 20 x 20 cm).

What I like:

  • Full coverage fly.
  • Many windows.
  • Steel frame.

What I dislike:

  • No vents on the roof and on the floor.
  • Heavy.


4. Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent

Crua Tri 3 Person Tent.
Crua Tri 3 Person Tent.

This is a tent with some truly incredible and unique features. It is here because officially this is a 3-person tent that offers 68.5 ft² (6.36 m²) of the total covered area. The inner floored sleeping area is 19.5 ft² (4.6 m²) and the rest is a fully covered and protected vestibule or porch. The porch looks like yet another front room.

To continue with numbers, the tent weighs 48 lb (22 kg) and it is bulky, its packed size is 33 x 24 x 19 inches (85 x 61 x 48 cm). The overall dimensions are 126 x 79 inches (318 x 200 cm). The peak height is 62 inches (160 cm). There are some really good reasons for such weight and packed size.

This tent is dark rest type due to the fact that it includes an inner insulated tent which is a thick cocoon within the shell tent. The inner cocoon gives it an R-value of 4. So when you close the tent, there is no light inside. This same cocoon gives it sound insulation as well. The inner cocoon tent is with two large inner windows with insulated flaps. Note that it is also on my list of extreme cold weather camping tents.

The outer fabric is a high-quality waterproof but breathable mixture of cotton and polyester, or polycotton, with a ratio of 80/20. The waterproof rating is 5000 mm. The picture above shows its solid windows as yet another exceptional detail, there are two of them here.

The tent is tunnel-type and it is supported by 4 loops. The loop poles are shock-corded strong aluminum, and you also have 2 shorter poles that support the inner cocoon.

The tent is ventilated, you have three separate wents equipped with dual stiffeners and Velcro tabs. The door is with mesh as one layer, and you can keep it that way whenever you want because it is deep under the porch.

What I like:

  • Dark rest design.
  • Ventilation.
  • Insulation.
  • Enough space per person.
  • Completely unique tent.
  • Very durable & tough materials.

What I dislike:

  • The price.
  • The weight.


5. ALPS Mountaineering Backpacking Tents Acropolis 3 Person

ALPS Mountaineering Backpacking Tents Acropolis 3 Person.
ALPS Mountaineering Backpacking Tents Acropolis 3 Person.

I have decided to add a good representative of typical dome tents because such tents usually offer full protection and they perform well in windy and harsh conditions. On the other hand, they pack nicely and they are light and compact for transportation so you do not need a car.

So this Acropolis is a perfect example. The tent is from a new series of this brand, there is also a 4-person version available. This is a great three-season tent with aluminum poles and a full-coverage fly. You have 2 doors and 2 vestibules for storage.

The poles are strong and thick 7000 series aluminum with 11 mm diameter. The fly fabric is also quite durable 75D 185T polyester with a 1500 mm waterproof rating. The bathtub floor is the same 75D 185T poly taffeta but with a 3000 mm coating. All seams are factory-sealed.

Other features include extra-large #8 zippers on doors and vestibules, mesh storage pockets in the corners, and a gear loft. Here are some numbers. The tent has a floor area of 49.5 ft² (4.6 m²) and the two vestibules add 22 ft (2 m²). So the total protected space is 71.5 ft² (6.6 m²).

Note that the word Backpacking in the name is a part of its official name, but the tent weighs 10 lb 4 oz (4.6 kg). So this is surely not a backpacking tent. The peak height is 51 inches (130 cm), and the packed size is (L x D) very good 24 x 6 inches (61 x 15 cm). You can transport it even on a bicycle.

What I like:

  • The packed size.
  • The weight.
  • Full protection.
  • Aluminum poles.

What I dislike:

  • Not lots of volume inside.


6. Big Agnes Copper Hotel HV UL3 Tent

Big Agnes Copper Hotel HV UL3 Tent.
Big Agnes Copper Hotel HV UL3 Tent.

This tent is far from an ordinary camping tent. In fact, it is much more than this. You could describe it as a dome tent, but you realize that it has a huge porch, and there is also a smaller vestibule on the other side.

The huge porch is fully covered and the same holds for the vestibule. The total vestibule plus porch areas are 9 + 27 ft² (0.9 + 2.5 m²), while the inner tent floored area is 41 ft² (3.8 m²). So the total protected area is 77 ft² (7.2 m²). Now you realize why it deserves to be here, this is a lot of space.

But see also the incredible weight which is 4 lb 9 oz (2.07 kg), so this is in the category of ultralight backpacking tents. More versatile a tent cannot possibly be.

The tent is low, you have 43 inches (110 cm) peak height. The packed size is excellent (Lx D) 21 x 5.5 inches (53 x 14 cm). The waterproof rating is 1200 mm, but this is a silicone treated material. The poles are top-notch DAC Featherlite NFL and one of them is added to support the porch.

What I like:

  • Incredible porch area.
  • Great ventilation.
  • Ultralight.
  • Ultra-compact.

What I dislike:

  • The price.


7. Coleman Waterproof Tasman Unisex Outdoor Tunnel Tent 3 Person Plus

Coleman Waterproof Tasman Unisex Outdoor Tunnel Tent 3 Person Plus.
Coleman Waterproof Tasman Unisex Outdoor Tunnel Tent 3 Person Plus.

I have to admit that I have never understood the meaning of the word Unisex in the names of some tents on the market. You have it here and I am using it because this is part of the official name of the tent. Observe also the word Outdoor which sounds redundant.

But in any case, this is a great 3-season tunnel-shaped tent with a huge waterproof rating and enormous space for 3 users. This should explain the word Plus in the name.

So to start with numbers. You have a relatively modest inner tent room of 41 ft² (3.8 m²). But there is also a porch or you can call it a vestibule or even a front room, that adds 45.2 ft² (4.2 m²). So the total protected space is enormous 86 ft² (8 m²).

The front area is with a removable bathtub floor. You can roll it to the side when you do cooking or when you use camping chairs. The tent has 3 doors and solid windows. So you realize why I included it here in the list. The tent has been on the market for many years already.

It is supported by three externally positioned loop poles. This allows for a dry setup. There are also several roof vents.

The inner tent is built of breathable fabric, and the door has a mesh section. The fly is polyester with a 3000 mm waterproof rating, so this explains the word Waterproof in the name of the tent. The seams are taped.

This is a fire-retardant material and it offers UV protection comparable to the UPF factor of 50+. The floor is highly waterproof polyethylene. The poles are fiberglass.

A few more numbers:

  • Weight: 11.46 lb (5.2 kg).
  • Dimensions: 14.44 x 6.56 ft (440 x 200 cm).
  • Peak height: 61 in (155 cm).
  • Packed size: 19.7 x 5.5 x 5.5 in (50 x 16 x 16 cm).

What I like:

  • Great space.
  • Solid windows.
  • Great price.
  • Great waterproof rating.

What I dislike:

  • Fiberglass poles.

Final thoughts

So this was my list of best 3 person camping tents, and I hope it was useful. You realize that some of these tents are more than just camping tents, and they are with very different features. If you cannot decide what to choose, here are a few tips that may help.

Protection

This is the main purpose of any tent, so choose a tent that corresponds to climate and weather conditions where you plan to use it. If this is about windy places with lots of rain, go for a low profile and aerodynamic configuration, and a tent with a full-coverage fly. This means a dome tent, or eventually a tunnel tent.

If this is about extreme cold, you have an insulated tent here, and you will not find anything better. On the other hand, for warm and calm weather conditions, choose a pleasant cabin tent with windows and lots of mesh openings for ventilation.

Ease of use

There are big differences here. You have seen some tents that are instant-type, so these are the easiest to use. But some are heavy and bulky and this means not so easy to use, but this is for good reasons, they are built for maximum protection.

Price

There are huge differences here, this will depend on the type of tent, on the climate for which it is built, and on its versatility. This all has its price.

Editor’s choice tent

There is no way to choose the best tent in an absolute sense, each of them is great in some way. But I have decided to put forward the tent below because of its quality, protection, unique features, and durability.

Unique insulated tent
Crua Tri 3 Person Tent.

Product Name: Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent

Product Description: This is one of just a few insulated tents on the market, and I would dare to claim that this is the best.

Brand: Crua Outdoors

SKU: B01M72L9B5

MPN: 1005

  • Features - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
  • Design - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
  • Quality & craftsmanship - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
9.8/10

Summary

My rating of this tent is very high but it deserves it.

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User Review
10/10 (2 votes)

Please see more about this tent in this video:

Now you can see more about its testing in freezing temperatures:

You might want to see also my separate list of the best 4 person car camping tents in a variety of styles and sizes. For something smaller see my list of best camping tents for 2 people.

Thank you for reading. There is a comment box below, so let me know if you have questions or comments.

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