If you are in search of an extremely easy-to-use summer camping tent, check out our selection of the best 6-person instant cabin tents.
As you’ve already guessed from the title of this post, the two tent features that are in focus here are:
- Cabin-style shape.
- Instant setup.
The former makes the tents pleasant and livable, with steep and straight walls and numerous windows. The latter makes the setup very easy because of the frame that is pre-attached to the tent.
But the tents in the list below come also with some other features that you’ll understand when you’ve read our review. These include dark-rest design, integrated light, full-coverage fly, etc.
Our list of the best 6-person instant cabin-type camping tents
The tents in the list below are ordered by floor area from smaller to larger.
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1. Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
This is one of the best-known instant cabin tents. It has been on the market for years, and it is incredibly popular and affordable. The tent is formally a single-layer type with an integrated rain fly. This together with its pre-attached frame and telescopic poles make it very easy to use.
The tent is fully freestanding, with windows on all sides, and one door shown in the picture. The windows are the double-layer type with mesh and zippered panels. Note that the peak height is 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m).
The official capacity is 6 people and it is possible to put 6 sleeping pads on the floor, the dimensions are 10 x 9 ft (3.05 x 2.74 m). But the overall area is 90 sq ft (8.4 m²), so I see it best suited for couples or for parents with one kid. The packed size (L x D) is around 48 x 9 inches (122 x 23 cm), and the weight is 24.9 lb (11.3 kg).
- Extremely easy to use.
- Very good price.
- No vents.
- Long when packed.
2. Ozark Trail 6-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent
This tent is very noted for its dark-rest design. So you have dark materials, and the roof is also interesting three-layer construction. In this part, you have the fly visible in the picture, a mesh ceiling, and then closable panels for the mentioned dark-rest use.
Note also that the fly has a couple of vinyl windows. So you have plenty of options to regulate light in the tent. This brand has a series of tents built with these same features, just to know; this tent is the smallest in the series.
But the tent is here also because of its cabin shape and its instant setup. It is freestanding, with 3 large windows, an E-cable port, and a floor vent. There is also a gear loft included. Note that this is a surprisingly affordable tent.
Here are some numbers you will want to see. The weight is 20 lb (9.07 kg) and the dimensions are 10 x 9 ft (3.05 x 2.74 m). So the floor area is modest 90 ft² (8.4 m²). The peak height is 66 inches (166 cm), and the packed size (L x D) is 43 x 8 inches (109 x 20 cm).
- Dark rest.
- Very easy to use.
- Very good price.
- Not very large for 6.
3. KAZOO Family Camping Tent
The official capacity of this tent is 6-8 people, but when you see its actual dimensions you realize that this is unrealistic. The area is 90.3 ft² (8.4 m²) so this might be enough for six but as usual, it is best to downgrade the number of users even more.
The tent is quite tall for its size, the peak height is 72.83 inches (185 cm). You have a full-coverage fly for complete protection against elements, and this is a rare feature with cabin tents. There are two windows on the fly, and this is yet another unusual detail for such a full-coverage fly. The fly attaches to the base of the tent, there are buckles in four corners. Note that the tent has two large D-shaped doors.
The leg poles are straight, so this is a cabin-style tent and it is also instant by the design so you can have it ready in under one minute. It is fully freestanding but you have a full set of 18 stakes included in the package. The awning shown in the picture is supported by two extra poles that are included. The frame is pre-attached to the tent and you have thick 19 mm diameter 6065 aluminum poles.
The fabric is a 210T rip-stop polyester and its waterproof rating is 3000 mm. The same fabric is used for the floor which is a bathtub type construction. There are several wall pockets inside, and a carry bag is included. The weight is 17.85 lb (8.1 kg).
- Great poles & fabric.
- Full protection with its massive fly.
- Very good price.
- The official capacity is unrealistic.
- Long when packed.
4. Bushnell Shield Series 11′ x 9′ Instant Cabin Tent
This Bushnell Shield Series 11′ x 9′ Instant Cabin Tent is also the smallest in a series of tents built in a bit similar style. It weighs 26 lb (11.8 kg) and the floor area is 99 ft² (9.2 m²).
The tent is nicely designed with its 5 windows, and it is supported by a strong steel frame. It is an instant type of course and this is why it is here in the list. The setup time is 60 seconds for the main part. The fly is large but it allows for views around, it offers an awning on the front and multiple storage elements, some are visible in the picture.
You also have an E-cable port, gear loft, reflective fly for UV protection, and one large door. There is also a large floor vent which is useful in the hours of rain when you have to keep the windows closed.
The peak height is 72 inches (183 cm) and the packed size is 47.6 x 10.4 x 10 inches (121 x 26 x 25 cm). Note also that this is a very affordable tent.
- Storage features.
- Easy setup.
- Very good price.
5. Core Lighted 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent 11 x 9
This tent is the smallest in the series of lighted tents of this brand. Note also that they have a series without the light. The light system is built into the ceiling poles of the tent, and it comes together with Core’s unique diffusing fabric panel that is added to disperse the light. You have several lighting/brightness settings (high, low, and night light).
But the tent made our list because this is a cabin-style construction with an instant setup. The official setup time is 60 seconds. It comes with large windows with mesh and zippered panels, and it is also nicely ventilated with two-floor vents. You also have an e-cable port.
The frame is steel, and the fabric is their H2O Block 68D polyester that they describe as water-resistant and with a PU coating. Their tents are always properly done with taped seams. The floor is durable 125 g/m² polyethylene.
A few numbers. The tent is very light with 14.5 lb (6.6 kg), and the area is 99 ft² (9.2 m²). The dimensions are 11 x 9 ft (335 x 274 cm), and the peak height is 72 inches (183 cm). The packed size is 44 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches (112 x 24 x 24 cm).
- Very light.
- Nicely ventilated.
- Tall tent.
- A bit expensive.
Our selection of the best 6-person instant cabin tents wouldn’t be complete without some additional tips to consider before buying:
Ease of use
All these tents are instant type so they are easy to use, but there are differences. The simplest and the easiest is a single-layer tent without a separate fly. You have a great option here.
These instant cabin tents are built for comfort and for summer camping. So they are with a minimal fly and this should be fine for most situations. But if you know you will be camping in an area with lots of rain, think about a tent with a full-coverage fly. You have such an option here in the list.
Reduced glare in the tent
If you camp with people who need to sleep during the day, or if you like to take a nap, or sleep longer in the morning, then a dark rest tent is the best option. One of them is shown above.
Great protection & aluminum poles
Product Name: KAZOO Family Camping Tent
Product Description: Excellent protection and an extra awning space with the help of included aluminum poles, plus its instant setup.