Are you a semi-regular camper who rarely thinks about getting new camping gear but is always disappointed when you get to the camp ground and realize your tent sucks?
Or are you a hardcore camper who needs a 1 or 2 person tent and is looking to upgrade for the best value?
Either way, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best camping tents and have put them all into our easy, interactive chart below. Not only that, but we’ve gone and reviewed what we believe are the Top 5 Camping Tents on the market today.
So, if you’re just looking to upgrade to something that you can set and forget while car camping or if you want to get the best of the best, complete with all the waterproofing, strength, and durability possible, keep on reading, because we’ve got it all laid out for you!
Keep in mind that the tents below are all 5-person or less, and that each tent is probably most comfortable at least 1 person short of the limit (companies typically give ratings based on how many people can fit inside like sardines). You don’t want to have to leave all your gear outside if it starts to pour…you might not want a soggy camping stove!
If you’re looking for a larger tent for the whole family, click here to go to the best family tent section of the site.
Top Camping Tent Comparison Guide and Key
Included in the matrix are 7 columns:
- Tent brand and name/model & Picture (click to view more details or to purchase)
- Sleeps – The number of people that can sleep in this tent, according to the manufacturer
- Size (feet) – Dimensions of the tent’s interior floor
- Center height (inches) – Measurement from floor to the tallest point of the tent in the center
- Weight (pounds) – Stated weight of the tent from the manufacturer, all items included
- Rating – The average user rating on Amazon.com. This is a helpful statistic in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase
- Price – These are approximate prices from Amazon.com. They change frequently based on availability, promotions, and more. Generally speaking: $ = under $50, $$ = $50 to $100, $$$ = $100 to $200, $$$$ = $200+
+ Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier
Top 5 Camping Tents
Kelty Trail Ridge 4 – 4 Person Tent
This freestanding easy to set up tent is among the best you can find.
It features over 55 square feet of living space and more than that, the walls are steeper than most tent walls, meaning there’s more room inside volume wise. For your ‘average’ sized tent, this one feels bigger than it really is.
It is freestanding, which means it is very easy to set up with the aluminum shockcorded poles (you’ll probably have it up in under 10 minutes).
Kelty has focused on ease of use and comfort with this tent (and obviously quality – Kelty makes outstanding tents and gear), so you’ll find things like various vents (even on the fly) to control condensation and ventilation, a fly that covers the entire tent, excellent waterproofing including a nylon floor with taped seams, and multiple mesh storage pockets inside.
Overall this is a great 3-season tent that has quality construction, good material, long-lasting durability, and good features. Oh, and did we mention that it has a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.com from actual users? 81% of reviewers gave it a perfect 5 star rating.Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.
EUREKA! Copper Canyon 4 – 4 Person Tent
The Eureka Copper Canyon is a very cool tent. It’s 8 x 8 floor plan is fairly roomy in itself, but it absolutely blows its competitors out of the water when it comes to size – it’s 7 feet tall!
This cabin style camping tent has windows on each side, including the large D-shaped door, and has fairly large roof vents, too. This means you’ll have great ventilation and be able to control the internal environment with ease.
It doesn’t have many fancy features (though it does have storage pouches, including one overhead, plus a small zip along the bottom giving you the option to run in a power cord), but its unique design and expert craftsmanship and quality make it one of the best buys when it comes to camping tents. Eureka has a solid reputation and they certainly live up to it with the Copper Canyon 4 – 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon is excellent!Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Tent
The ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 is an excellent backpacking tent from top to bottom.
Freestanding style with aluminum poles that the tent clips to makes this an easy to set up tent. It only weighs about 6 pounds, which means it’s a decent carry (especially if you’re out with someone else – one can carry the tent, the other the poles and footprint). A door on either side of the tent improves versatility and convenience.
Mostly mesh, this is an excellent summer tent that lets loads of refreshing breeze in and allows for an excellent night time view. Don’t be alarmed, however, it’s got an amazing fly that will definitely keep you dry through the most torrential of downpours. 2 vestibules help keep your boots dry and are a nice addition.
One of the biggest things for us was that we found it for a fair bit below $200, it had 4.7 out of 5 stars from real user reviews, and 80 percent of people who reviewed it gave it a perfect 5 star rating. We’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong if you’re using this as a 3-season backpacking or camping tent.Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.
Marmot Limelight 3 Person Tent
Another tent on the list because of it’s high quality design and engineering, the Marmot Limelight 3 is a super tent for nearly every situation.
You won’t need to worry about getting wet if you’re in any rainy or snowy conditions – the floor will keep the moisture out, the fly is a very good piece, and when the fly is attached, you’ll get two vestibules (one over each door), so you could get a few pieces of gear in there to keep them dry during rainfall.
As mentioned, it’s got two doors for convenience, each of which has some mesh on it to help with ventilation. As a whole, the tent has ventilation enough to ensure no condensation builds up on the inside, and to make sure you won’t overheat in the summer. The design of the poles and the fly mean that you won’t get any rubbing of materials, which also helps with condensation and waterproofing, and of course is a sign of quality and longevity.
With a near perfect rating from it’s users, this is one of the most popular tents, perfect for 2 people plus gear in any backpacking or camping situation. It’s fairly roomy, is only about 6 and a half pounds, and the quality is unsurpassed.Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.
TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent
Our list wouldn’t have been complete if we didn’t include a 1 person tent! And at this price (we found it for under $80 on Amazon.com), it’s a steal of a deal.
The Sports Outfitter XXL utilizes a pop-up system for insanely quick and easy set up and take down (both jobs can be done in under 1 minute). The ease of use is helped by the fact that it only weighs about 4 pounds.
You’ll find mesh from top to about a quarter of the way to the bottom of the tent, so it feels bigger than it is, cuts down on weight, and allows for maximum breathability and ventilation. If you’re stuck in rain, don’t worry – it has a great fly complete with a bungee vestibule that deflects water when you’re going in. The waterproofing on the tent between the floors and the fly guarantee you a dry night, no matter what it’s doing outside.
This is a cot tent, but is made to be used with or without the cot, so don’t worry if you don’t have one or would prefer to sleep on the ground (here’s a nod to the tent’s versatility).
Owners of this TETON love it, so we fully stand behind recommending it to you if you’re on the look out for a good one person tent that won’t break the bank.Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.