15 of the Best Family Tents and What to Look For in 2021

Camping is an ideal way to get the family to spend some quality time together. It can be challenging to encourage everyone to put their phones down, but camping offers families the opportunity to get back to basics and reconnect with nature.

If you want to take the whole family away, make sure you’ve got the right tent first. We’ve compiled a guide to the best family tents, and what to look for when choosing the right tent for you.

What to look for when buying a new family tent

As with any holiday, accommodation is crucial to keeping the whole family happy. Choosing the right tent for you can feel like an overwhelming decision. For starters, there are thousands of options available to you, each with different size, shape, colour and functionality. To make the decision a little easier, here are a few tips on what to look for when purchasing a family tent:

1. Waterproof

While it’s important you like the look of your tent, there’s no point in going for something that looks stylish, when ultimately, it might not keep you warm and dry. While we do live in a beautiful country, the weather is unpredictable at best. Therefore, it’s worth looking at the waterproof rating of any tent, also known as the Hydrostatic Head rating. The rating measures the quantity of rain the tent can withstand in millimetres. It’s key to remember that the higher score, the more durable the tent.

2. Space

It is nice to gather the family in one place, but it’s also essential to make sure everybody has enough space. Despite taking longer to erect and dismantle, staying in a bigger tent will make sleeping, socialising and relaxing far more agreeable. When choosing your tent, consider the number of people that will be staying inside, and whether the size seems adequate.

3. Features

Whether it be awnings, storage pockets, hanging points, vents or porches, the smallest details can make the most significant difference to your holiday. Research some of the more minor functional features of the tent, to see what makes it unique and stand out from the rest of the market.

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Our favourite family tents

From compact 3-person tents to large 10-person units, we’ve compiled a guide to our twelve favourite tents to take the family away in.

1. Berghaus Air 6 XL

  • Inflatable beams
  • Quick-release air valves
  • Tunnel construction

With sizeable sleeping spaces, the Berghaus Air 6 is the ideal tent no matter how many members of the family you’re taking away. The generous standing room allows you to socialise comfortably in the tent. Erect the partition walls in the sleeping area if you want to create a sense of privacy or take them back down if you want more of a communal feel. Stay cool with the ventilated bedrooms and control the natural light with the integrated curtains.

View this tent, prices from £660.00

2. Coleman Mosedale 5 Family Tent

Coleman Mosedale

  • BlackOut Bedroom technology
  • Tunnel construction
  • Fibreglass poles

Despite its large size, the Coleman Mosedale 5 is surprisingly easy to pitch due to its simple tunnel construction. With two bedrooms and a spacious living area, the Mosedale can comfortably house a family of up to 5 people. In 2019, Coleman was awarded the prize of Best Family Tent at the Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards with a satisfaction rating of 93%.

View this tent, prices from £249.00

3. Dometic Ascension FTX 401

  • Multi-point inflation
  • Premium polyester construction
  • Rear storage area

Specifically designed with family camping in mind, the Dometic Ascension FTX is equipped with spacious bedrooms and innovative features. The polyester construction guarantees a comfortable night’s sleep and protection from all types of weather. This model features mesh panels on three sides and a large porch door which can be opened on a particularly sunny day.

View this tent, prices from £1,737.50

4. Eurohike Sendero 4 Family Tent

  • Sewn-in groundsheet
  • Waterproof tent
  • Fibreglass poles

With prices starting from just £79, the Eurohike Sendero is fantastic value for money. Accommodating up to four people, the Sendero boasts a large bedroom and porch area. Assemble the tent with lightweight fibreglass poles and the fully sewn groundsheet – keeping out draughts and insects. This tent is the ideal choice for first-time family campers.

View this tent, prices from £99.00

5. Hi-Gear Zenobia 6 Nightfall Tent

  • Nightfall bedrooms
  • Tunnel construction
  • Deluxe peg set

With innovative darkened sleeping technology, the Hi-Gear Zenobia will be popular with both early risers and late sleepers. The bedrooms exhibit this light-blocking fabric, allowing you to sleep peacefully all through the morning. Boasting reliable fiberglass poles, the Zenobia remains reliable and flexible, even in the most unpleasant conditions. In 2020, Hi-Gear tents were voted joint 1st in the Best Family Tents category at the Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards.

View this tent, prices from £199.00

6. Kampa Bergen 6 Air Pro Tent

  • Excellent headroom
  • Inflation technology
  • Weathershield fabric

Due to the sturdiness and reliability of their products, Kampa won the Best Family Tent award at the 2018 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards and came highly recommended in 2019. The Bergen Air Pro is a large premium tent, housing up to 6 people. Thanks to its AirFrame system, the unit can be quickly erected in less than ten minutes. In the summertime, the tent stays comfortably cool thanks to its Weathershield AirFlow material - which allows it to breathe easily in warm temperatures.

View this tent, prices from £999.99

7. Outdoor Revolution Camp Star 500XL Air Tent Package

  • Premium fabric construction
  • Oxygen AIR Frame system
  • Dynamic speed valves

Inflating in just ten minutes, the Outdoor Revolution Camp Star is an inflatable tent boasting a quick-pitching and pole-free Quadruple Oxygen Air Frame Tube System. Made with lightweight and waterproof fabric, the Vacation has a respectable Hydrostatic Head rating of 3,000mmm. The tent sleeps up to five people, with the optional bedroom divider splitting the bedroom into two.

View this tent, prices from £699.99

8. Outwell Airville 6SA

Outwell Airville 6SA

  • Two master bedrooms
  • Quick & quiet inner doors
  • Optional veranda

Ideal for camping adventures with friends and family, the Outwell Airville 6SA is a super spacious and well-designed unit. Sleeping six people in two master bedrooms, the tent’s Power Air System with Gothic-style tubes can be inflated and deflated with minimum difficulty. The large tinted windows reduce glare and ensure privacy.

View this tent, prices from £1,600.00

9. Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 Family Camping Tent

Quechua Arpenaz

  • Great value
  • Easy assembly
  • Wind resistant

Specially designed for family camping trips, the Quechua Arpenaz is an affordable four-person tent, offering fantastic value for money. The flysheet’s fabric can withstand winds over 50 miles per hour and offers UPF 30 sun protection. When erected, the roof of the tent stands well over head height, making it easy to stand up and walk around. In 2020, Quechua was awarded Highly Commended status in the Best Family category at the 2020 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards.

View this tent, prices from £99.99

10. Quest Guide Tent

  • Sleeps 10
  • Unique PVC groundsheet
  • 100% cotton canvas flysheet

Accommodating up to ten people, the Quest Touareg Bell is a tipi-style tent perfect for summer camping with large families. During the summer, roll up the sides and enjoy the spacious socialising area. In the winter, roll down the sides and socialise comfortably around the single central pole. Stay cool in the summer and warmer in the winter with the 100% cotton canvas flysheet equipped with breathing and insulating properties.

View this tent, prices from £740.00

11. Robens Klondike Grande 9 Person Tent

Robens Klondike

  • Breathable HydroTex fabric
  • Reflective guylines
  • Zip-off groundsheet

Comfy, roomy and straightforward to pitch, the Robens Klondike Grande is a retro-styled bell tent equipped with modern technology. Designed with HydroTex Polycotton Fabric with a water-repellent treatment, the Klondike Grande benefits from reduced condensation and natural breathability. Housing up to nine people, this model has a stovepipe port, ideal for a wood-burning stove.

View this tent, prices from £970.00

12. Vango Beta 350XL Tent

Vango Beta

  • Tunnel construction
  • TBS tension band system
  • Factory taped seams

Perfect for a small family camping trip, the Vango Beta 350XL can comfortably accommodate up to three people. The tent gives an impressive space to weight ratio due to its tunnel design. The Vango Beta gets its sturdy stability from the Tension Band System, which can be adjusted to prevent sideways movement in strong, changeable winds. Store your various pieces of camping gear in the functional porch area. In 2018, Vango Tents were voted Highly Commended in the Best Family Category at the 2018 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards.

View this tent, prices from £180.00

13. Zempire Aerodome II Pro Air Tent

  • Waterproof fabric
  • 2 individual bedrooms
  • Large living area

Despite its vast size, the Zempire Aerodrome is surprisingly simple to erect. The Aerodome can sleep up to six people in two separate compartments, giving you a variety of options for sleeping arrangements. The great dome structure gives you plenty of space to socialise. Light and air flow breezily through the tent due to the various draught vents. The tent’s fabric has a Hydrostatic Head rating of 10,000mm, keeping testing weather at bay throughout your holiday.

View this tent, prices from £1,599.99

14. Eurohike Genus 800 Air Tent

  • Tunnel construction
  • Inflatable beams
  • Fully waterproof

Arrive on site and pitch your tent in just 15 minutes with the Eurohike Genus 800 Air Tent. The inflatable beams, with the included pump, allows you to pitch up quickly and gives you more time to enjoy the great outdoors. This large, tunnel-shaped structure has two bedrooms separated by a roomy living area.

View this tent, prices from £249.00

15. Hi-Gear Hampton 4 Nightfall Family Tent

  • Darkened bedrooms
  • Fully waterproof
  • Colour-coded fibreglass poles

If you’re looking for a reliable family tent without blowing the budget, the Hi-Gear Hampton Boasting is the ideal choice. Boasting plenty of space, excellent value and simple practicality, the Hampton 4 Nightfall is a classic tunnel tent packed with family features, including darkened bedrooms, which blocks out 80% of sunlight for a better night’s sleep.

View this tent, prices from £280.00

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