Here is our review of the best family tents with a vestibule, all with useful features and from some of the best outdoor brands.
What is a tent vestibule?
It is sometimes not so simple to make the difference between a tent porch and a vestibule. This holds in particular with larger family camping tents where a vestibule is large and supported with extra pole(s), and the same is with a porch. With smaller tents this is less problematic.
Quite generally, tent vestibules are a sort of mudrooms in front of tent’s doors. They are suitable to store your camping gear, to use the space for cooking, and also for siting.
My list of top rated family tents with a vestibule
The tents in the list are ordered by the vestibule area from smaller to larger.
Note that some of them have been around for a some time and some are quite new on the market. All are very functional and reliable.
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1. Nemo Wagontop 4p Tent
This Wagontop 4-person tent by Nemo is the smallest in a series of three that includes also Wagontop 6P and Wagontop 8P. So if you need a larger shelter, you can easily find one, they share almost the same features.
It is here because of its functional and tall vestibule that has 26.9 ft² (2.5 m²) which is on the left side in the picture. Behind this space you have an inner floored area of 69.4 ft² (6.45 m²).
Here you have a unique construction that makes the tent freestanding. They have achieved this with poles that are Y-shaped on both ends, and they attach to the base with ground grommets. This all makes the structure self-supporting. The tent’s general shape is close to a tunnel type.
There is a one door behind the removable vestibule, and you also have large panoramic windows on the sides.
The poles are thick and with a 14.5 mm diameter, and this is aluminum. The wall fabric is a moderately durable 75D polyester with a 1500 waterproof rating. On the floor you have a much more durable 300D polyester with the same waterproof rating.
The weight is 20 lb 1 oz (9.1 kg) and the packed size (L x D) is 27 x 10 inches (69 x 25 cm). This tent is also in my list of best 4 person car camping tents.
In this video you can see more, please have a look:
What I like:
- Top-quality materials.
- Nice vestibule.
- Tall and pleasant.
- Great lifetime warranty.
What I dislike:
- The price.
- Single-layer design.
2. Kelty Rumpus 6 Person Tent
Next up in our list of best family tents with a vestibule is this Kelty model that is built as a dome-style shelter, and it is added to the list because of its two vestibules. The main front vestibule is simply enormous, and it is supported with an extra loop. The vestibule area is 42.9 ft (4 m²).
One could say that this front vestibule is the most important part of the tent, as you realize from the picture you can use it as a garage for your bicycle. The packed size of the tent is 26.5 x 9.5 x 8.5 inches (67 x 24 x 22 cm) so you can indeed use it for a bicycle tour. But note that it is not light, the weight is 18 lb 7 oz (8.37 kg).
The whole structure is protected with a full-coverage type fly for complete weather protection in a 3-season use. The fabric is a standard 68D polyester used everywhere, and with a moderate 1200 mm waterproof rating. All seams are fully taped.
The tent is supported with fiberglass poles, and here you have what they call the Quick Corners design for pole attachment. So you have narrow and deep pockets/sleeves where you place the end of a pole.
The floored area is 85.7 ft² (8 m²), so with the vestibules you have in total 128.6 ft² (12 m²) of the covered space. Please see more in this video:
- Ease of use.
What I dislike:
- Fiberglass poles.
3. Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 Person Tent
I mentioned above that there may be confusion regarding a porch and a vestibule. In this Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4-Person Tent, you have them both, but again it depends how you call such additional covered areas.
The tent incudes a shell and two inner tents that are separated by a central covered space that you can call a porch. But the full coverage fly extends on the two narrow sides and creates two additional vestibules.
So the central floorless area is 42 ft² (3.9 m²), and the two classic vestibules on the two ends offer 11 + 11 ft² (1 + 1 m²). The two mentioned inner tents have in total 67.5 ft² (6.27 m²). Now you realize why this extraordinary tent is here. The floorless space, no matter how you call it, is almost the same size as the floored area.
But see also this. The tent has no less than 4 doors, and it offers plenty of storage pouches. It is supported with top quality DAC aluminum poles. The fabric is a polyester taffeta with a 1500 mm waterproof polyurethane coating. All seams are taped.
The carry bag is backpack-style. The tent weighs 22 lb 5 oz (10.12 kg), its overall dimensions are 175 x 90 inches (617 x 229 cm), the peak height is 70 inches (178 cm), and the packed size is 25.5 x 16.5 x 9.5 inches (65 x 42 x 24 cm).
Please see more in this video:
- Quality poles.
- 4 Doors.
What I dislike:
- The price.
So this was my selection of best family tents with a vestibule, all built in different styles, and you have great options to choose from. Regarding the floored area they are relatively small, with the official capacity in the range of 4-6 people. However, all of them represent series of tents, so you have them also either smaller or larger than the tents shown here.
Editor’s Choice tent
The tent below is my choice tent because of its overall functionality and quality. It has two vestibules and an area that can be called a porch. The price may look steep but the tent is worth it.
Excellent features and high quality tent
Product Name: Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 Person Tent
Product Description: This tent has two vestibules plus a large central porch area, in addition to two separate inner tents, each for two people. It is incredibly functional and well-built.
Brand: Big Agnes
- Features - 9.7/109.7/10
- Design - 9.5/109.5/10
- Quality & craftsmanship - 9.5/109.5/10
User Review( votes)
For more options please check under the category Outdoor Shelters. You might want to check also my list of the best roof top tents for camping. Let me know if you have questions or comments, thank you for reading.