Best Rated Instant Camp Tents

If you change camping places frequently or just do not wish to deal with tents’ poles, this list with instant camp tents is the right text for you, all these tents you can set up in a minute or two. Keep reading.


So what is an instant camping tent

The term instant tent describes a structure where the frame is pre-attached to the tent, they remain attached to each other all the time and you pack them together. This means that usually the whole tent and frame are a single piece, so this is convenient because you cannot lose any element.

When you search for instant tents for camping you will notice that most of them are cabin style tents, but there are dome tents as well. Those built as cabin tents are usually with telescopic poles, and these tend to be a bit long when packed. Instant dome tents usually open like an umbrella, and they pack well so you have a narrow elongated tube. One example you can see in this video, have a look:

There is also the third type, some call them instant pop up tents for camping, and these are tents that you simply throw in the air and they deploy themselves. This is because of their spring pole system, you have ring-shaped poles sewn-into the tent’s sleeves. When expanded, such a tent may look like a tunnel structure, and when packed into their carry bags they look like a disk, large in two dimensions. See here one of them:

But this is not all, there are types that cannot be placed in any of these groups, one could call them pop-out tents, you will see an example below. In any type, essential is that the frame is together with the tent, so all these structures are very easy to use.


My list of instant family camping tents

The tents in the list below are ordered by the floor area from smaller to larger, and you will realize the differences are big:

 

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.

The idea behind such a list is to present a variety of designs, so here you have representatives from various types, and I am always trying to avoid products that are similar to each other.


1. TETON Sports Quick Tent

TETON Sports Quick Tent shown without the fly to see its pre-attached frame.
TETON Sports Quick Tent shown without the fly to see its pre-attached frame.

This is a dome-type instant tent, and it is also one of those that open like an umbrella. So this is incredibly easy to use construction. It is here in the group of camping tents because of it weighs 4.3 lb (1.95 kg), so although it is portable, it is best suited for places with a motorized access.

They also use this tent in combination with their Outfitter XXL camping cot that serves as a platform for this tent, so you can sleep off the ground. The tent is designed for such cots and you have 6 attachment points to lock it to the cot. But this is a fully floored tent and you can use it as an ordinary tent of course.

You have a full-coverage rain fly for full protection against elements, this is a 75D polyester taffeta. All seams are taped and the official waterproof rating of the fly is 2000 mm. Note that they build it as a solo tent and as a tent for two people. The dimensions of the solo tent are (L x H x W) 82 x 39 x 32 inches (208 x 99 x 81 cm) and its packed size is 25 x 8 x 5 inches (63.5 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm). The solo tent has one door and one vestibule.

What I like:

  • Exceptionally easy to use.
  • Full-coverage fly.
  • Very good price.

What I dislike:

  • Heavy to be carried on the trail.
  • A bit low.


2. Ayamaya Pop Up Tent with Vestibule

Ayamaya Pop Up Tent with Vestibule.
Ayamaya Pop Up Tent with Vestibule.

Do you remember what I mentioned about tents that deploy automatically when you throw it in the air? This is one of them, so when packed it looks like a disk, and when you throw it in the air, the poles will expand it automatically. As you realize from the picture it looks like a tunnel-type tent.

Note that it is a 2-layer structure, and this means that you have an inner tent that is preattached to the shell, and this inner tent has its own sealed floor that extends to the front vestibule. So the tent has a floored vestibule, but the floor in the vestibule is not sewn-in, it is linked-in. You also have 2 windows and 1 door. The tent is fully freestanding, but you have all stakes and guylines included.

I find the tent low for its overall size, the peak height is 51 inches (130 cm). There are two fly windows that are 2-layer type, so you have mesh from inside and flaps from outside.

The elastic poles are like spring wires, but this is 7-millimeter thick fiberglass. The shell is a PU-coated 190T polyester with a 3000 mm waterproof rating. The floor is a polyester with a 4000 mm rating. All the seams are taped.

The tent is very light, it weighs 11.9 lb (5.4 kg), and the packed size is 34.6 x 34.6 x 5.9 inches (88 x 88 x 15 cm. It is officially for 4-6 people and the inner area is around 5 m² (54 ft²). The vestibule area is around 1.5 m² (16 ft²).

What I like:

  • Weight.
  • Ease of use.
  • Price.

What I dislike:

  • Packed size.
  • Not the best ventilation.


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3. OzTent 30 Second Expedition Tent RV 5

OzTent 30 Second Expedition Tent RV 5.
OzTent 30 Second Expedition Tent RV 5.

This exceptional tents is a breathable canvas (polyester and cotton blend) construction and it is included also in my list of heavy-duty canvas tents for camping. But it is here in the list because of what you see in its name, this tent can be ready in 30 seconds, and one person can do this easily. But you will want to know that the tent is very long when packed, it measures 78.7 x 15.7 x 7.1 inches (200 x 40 x 18 cm).

The tent is fully freestanding so you can pitch it anywhere. It is officially for 5 people and for this you have 72 ft² (6.7 m²) so it is best to downgrade this to up to 4 or so. This is a pleasant cabin-style tent with windows on all sides, it is tall and boxy, yet they claim its official wind rating is 100 km/h or 62 mph. You have a stand-up height, 74 inches (188 cm).

What I like:

  • Very useful large awning.
  • Very reliable tent.
  • Pleasant & breathable materials.

What I dislike:

  • Expensive.
  • Very bulky when packed.
  • Heavy.


4. KAZOO Family Camping Tent

KAZOO Saturn Family Camping Tent 6 Person
KAZOO Saturn Family Camping Tent 6 Person.

There are many reasons for having this tent here in the site. This is a cabin-style instant tent and you can have it ready in under one minute. The tent is fully freestanding but you have a full set of 18 stakes included to fix it properly. You have a huge fly that protects the tent completely, and it also allows for the nice awning shown in the picture, the poles for this purpose are included in the package.

The area is 90.3 ft² (8.4 m²) and the tent is quite tall with its peak height of 72.83 inches (185 cm). What makes it even more pleasant are its two windows, a feature quite unusual for such a full-coverage fly. Note that the tent has two large D-shaped doors. The fly attaches to the base of the tent, there are buckles in four corners.

The frame is pre-attached to the tent and you have thick 19 mm diameter 6065 aluminum poles. Equally impressive is the fabric, so this is a 210T rip-stop polyester and its waterproof rating is 3000 mm. They use the same material for the floor as well where you have 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).

What I like:

  • Great poles & fabric.
  • Full protection with its massive fly.
  • Freestanding.
  • Very good price.

What I dislike:

  • The official capacity is unrealistic.
  • Long when packed.


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5. Gazelle 26800 T4-Plus Pop-Up Portable Camping Hub Tent

Gazelle 26800 T4-Plus Pop-Up Portable Camping Hub Tent
Gazelle 26800 T4-Plus Pop-Up Portable Camping Hub Tent

You have seen that in the official name of this tent they use the words Pop-Up, but it would be more appropriate to speak about a pop-out design. The picture above shows what I mean, the poles create those X-shaped structures on the sides, and you push them out from inside, this is how the tent gets its shape.

So this is a unique 2-room cabin-style structure with a pre-attached frame and with a semi-instant setup. The official setup time is 90 seconds, but this is perhaps a bit unrealistic. The tent is very tall with its 78 inches (198 cm) peak height, and it is not freestanding.

The bathtub style floor is removable, there are Velcro tabs all the way around the perimeter. The picture above shows the skirt on the tent body that goes around and this prevents splashes.

The tent is officially for up to 8 people and for this you have 110 ft² (10.2 m²), and this is not much, so better downgrade the number of users to up to 5 or so. They describe it as a 3-season tent but I see it best suited for two seasons in the warmer part of the year. Note that the packed size is 63 x 11 x 11 inches (160 x 28 x 28 cm), and the weight is 47 lb (21.3 kg), so it needs lots of space in the car. It is included in my list of best 8 person camping tents and best 8 person instant tents.

What I like:

  • Very unique design.
  • Many windows.
  • Storage pouches.
  • Very tall and pleasant tent.
  • The front room is a screen room.

What I dislike:

  • Very bulky.
  • Heavy.
  • Small for the declared capacity.


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6. Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person

Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person.
Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person.

As you realize from the name and also from the picture, this Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup is a cabin-style tent with straight and tall walls. The peak height is impressive 79 inches (201 cm). There are two doors (one is visible above), and 5 windows. One of the two doors is a hinged door.

Yet another great feature here is its dark rest design. Coleman as a brand is well-known for its dark rest tents, so this is one of them, they claim that it reflects 90% of the sunlight. The fly is a partial-coverage type and it attaches to the legs. This is why the tent is fully freestanding.

The official capacity is 10 people and for this you have an area of 140 ft² (13 m²). The packed size is 42 x 9 x 9 inches (107 x 23 x 23 cm) so it is a bit long when packed in its carry bag, but this is quite typical for such instant setup tents.

I see it best suited for summer camping and for calm weather conditions, you have seen how tall the tent is; but they claim it can withstand winds over 35 mph. The official setup time is 60 seconds, so now you know why it is here in the list. This tent is also in my list of best dark rest camping tents.

What I like:

  • Very pleasant structure.
  • Freestanding.
  • Dark rest.

What I dislike:

  • No floor vents.
  • Unrealistic official capacity.


7. CORE 10 Person Instant Cabin Tent With Screen Room

CORE 10 Person Instant Cabin Tent With Screen Room.
CORE 10 Person Instant Cabin Tent With Screen Room.

This tent could be described as a 3-room structure, you have two inner rooms plus the screen room visible in the picture. The tent is pleasant and tall with a peak height of 84 inches (213 cm).

As you realize from the picture, this is a cabin-style tent, there are two doors with windows, plus four separate windows. Its official setup time is 2 minutes. Note that the poles that support the screen room must be added so they are not pre-attached to the tent.

The fabric is a 68D polyester and they claim it is suitable for all seasons with Core H20 Block Technology. The floor is a catenary cut polyethylene and fully waterproof. The poles are steel, there are many of them and this is reflected in the tent’s weight which is 40 lb (18.14 kg).

I see this tent best suited for family camping in warm weather conditions and without much wind and rain. It is nicely ventilated, with lots of mesh on the ceiling and with two floor vents.

Regarding the area and capacity, the tent is officially for 10 people and for this it offers an area which is close to 203 ft² (19 m²), so this is an extra large camping tent in every sense.

What I like:

  • Very pleasant and livable tent.
  • Ventilated.
  • Lots of storage pouches.
  • Tall tent.

What I dislike:

  • Heavy.


8. Core Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Core Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent.
Core Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent.

The Core brand has a series of tents with integrated lights, and this Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent is currently the largest in the series. The tent is designed with 8 telescopic legs poles, you can see half of them in the picture above. This is an impressive freestanding 3-room construction, with 7 large windows on all sides. There are two doors and they also have windows. Its official setup time is 2 minutes, and this is why it is here.

The tent is very tall, you have 80 inches (203 cm) peak height. Formally you can fit 3 queen size beds inside. The mentioned lighting system works on 4D batteries or 5V.

The tent’s official capacity is 12 people, and for this you have an area of 180 ft² (16.7 m²). Note that it is heavy, the weight is 54 lb (24.5 kg), this is because of its steel frame and its overall size. The packed size is 49 x 16 x 11.5 inches (124 x 41 x 29 cm).

I see this tent best suited for quiet summer camping, it is nicely ventilated and suitable for warm-weather conditions. You have around 20 steel stakes in the package, to secure it in the case of sudden winds. This tent is included also in my list of best 12 person family camping tents.

What I like:

  • Very pleasant and livable.
  • Freestanding.
  • Integrated lights.

What I dislike:

  • The tent is heavy and bulky.
  • Long when packed.


9. Ozark Trail 12 Person Instant Cabin 16 x 16 3-Room Tent

Ozark Trail 12 Person Instant Cabin 16 x 16
Ozark Trail 12 Person Instant Cabin 16 x 16.

This is one of the most impressive tents on the market with its 3 rooms and a huge awning/porch area. Note that the dividers between its rooms are fully sewn-in. The overall dimensions you can see in the title above, yet one person can set this tent up in just a couple of minutes. The tent has no less than 7 windows and 2 huge doors. It is also nicely ventilated with its two floor vents visible in the picture above.

The tent is fully freestanding, but you have a full set of stakes and guylines to secure it properly. The poles are telescopic and this is all steel. The tent is heavy because of this and because of its overall size, it weighs 61 lb (28 kg). The peak height is 82 inches (208 cm). The area is around 192 ft² (17.8 m²).

The mentioned awning is a part of the fly and you have the pole for its support included. The fly is a durable 68D polyester with PU coating and a 600 mm waterproof rating. The floor is a 1000D thick polyethylene with a bathtub design. The materials meet the flammability requirements of CPAI-84.

What I like:

  • Incredibly large.
  • Freestanding.
  • Very pleasant.
  • 3 Rooms.
  • Integrated awning.

What I dislike:

  • Heavy.
  • Long when packed.

Final thoughts & how to choose

So this was my list with instant camp tents, and you have seen how very different they all are. The differences are regarding the instant design and also regarding the size and official capacity.

Now, regarding the capacity, it is best to simply ignore what manufacturers write. They determine the capacity by the number of pads that can be placed on the floor of such a tent. This is fine for backpacking tents, but none of them here belong to this group. So focus on the actual size and area and then you will know what suits you best.

A few of the tents are portable, and those are with smaller space of course, but most of them are too heavy to be carried anywhere. You have seen that some have separate rooms, and some have screen rooms for sitting and cooking. Most of them are for quiet weather and summer camping, but there are some that can be used throughout the year.

So what to suggest? This seems almost impossible in view of the variety that you have here. But if this is about family camping, here is what I would suggest:

Editor’s Choice tent

I would put forward this CORE 10 Person Instant Cabin Tent With Screen Room, this is because of its several rooms and the front screen room that make it a perfect and pleasant tent for family camping.

Very pleasant and functional tent
CORE 10 Person Instant Cabin Tent With Screen Room.

Product Name: CORE 10 Person Instant Cabin Tent With Screen Room

Product Description: This tent has been on the market for a number of years, tried and tested by many. This is a pleasant and functional tent with a renown brand behind it.

Brand: Core

SKU: B078WYF51D

MPN: 40036

  • Features - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Design - 9.2/10
    9.2/10
  • Quality & craftsmanship - 9/10
    9/10
9.2/10

Summary

The tent scores high in all criteria and the overall high rating is well deserved.

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User Review
6.6/10 (4 votes)

You can see a bit more about this tent in this short video:

Note that we have a separate list with canvas camping tents, so have a look, such tents are breathable and good for all seasons. Check also our text with extra heavy duty camping cots for heavy people and extra-long camp cots for tall people, you might need one of them in your camping tent. Do you know anything about the so-called inflatable tents? Check some of them here. Let me know if you have questions or comments, there is a comment box below.

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