Oh the joys of camping! Whether you're looking to upgrade a well-loved tent that's getting a little shabby, or you need a larger tent to fit your growing family, or you're a first-time camper looking for a tent, look no further. We will review the best 4 person tents available. On top of this, we'll be considering storage space within the tent, quality and value for money.
In reviewing tents here we've stuck to the brief: A 4 Person Tent. However, for many campers, especially when camping with the kids, there is a tendency to upgrade. So when looking for a tent for 4, people often shop for either a 6 or an 8 person tent. This isn't how we've worked with this review, and our top three 4 Person tents have all been assessed as a tent for four people!
Coleman 4-Person Evanston Tent with Screened Porch Canopy
( 4.5 out of 5.0 )
Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
The North Face Bastion 4 Season Tent
( 4.4 out of 5.0 )
There's nothing quite like the great outdoors is there? And there's nothing quite like camping to bring you and your loved ones closer to nature. And while an RV or camper van offer a great option, let's face it they aren't cheap. So here's what we love about camping:
So whether you want to camp with an electric hook-up near a city centre or in the middle of a national park, there really are no limits. You just need a tent to get you started!
You really need to consider a number of factors before you can buy your tent.
Consider these carefully before deciding on what type of tent to go for.
Are they really designed for 4 people to happily vacation in, each with their own personal space? Now, to be honest. No. And in my personal opinion if you're going to be doing anything other than just sleeping in it, it is always better to go bigger. I'd suggest a family of 4 is better suited to a 6-8 berth tent. That said, a larger tent takes up more storage space at home and definitely takes longer to erect and pack away. If you're only using it for short (like 1 or 2 nights max) a family of four in a four person tent isn't a bad idea.
Setting up a 4-Person Tent
Setting up a 4-?Person Tent might seem a bit tricky. But honestly, once you've mastered the art you'll soon be an expert. Probably after your first trip. But if you are going to be arriving at night with your brand new tent fresh it its packaging, here are some tips.
Firstly, you really should read the instructions and check out video showing how to put the tent up before you set off. Even better, have a dry run at home in your back yard or local park.
Our top three all offer something different. From a pop-up style instant tent to an extreme condition serious campers tent and one in between. Which one you go for will depend on how you plan to camp. Make sure you get what's right for you!
The biggest selling point of this tent has to be the pop-up instant style of putting it up. For a novice camper (and let's be honest a good few seasoned campers) this holds massive appeals. No stress and worry of putting the tent up "wrong". But this tent is more than just an instant tent, and great all-rounder that can fit 4 to sleep. This makes it one of the best rated tents.
I could go on and on about how great it is to have a tent that only takes a minute to put up. Because it really is. But the Coleman Instant Tent offers a few more great features, not least the weathertec system and built-in vented rainfly.
This is an all mesh design. It's perfect for summer, but in the winter it would offer very little insulation. An additional room for storage would be great.
A great tent. Very similar to the Coleman Instant Tent in terms of features and build. The differences are two. Firstly it is not instant. No pup up here. However, it is very fast to construct. Secondly it has a front porch which, is fine weather provides an extra living space which we loved.
Really a lot is good about this tent. OK, it does take longer than 1 minute to put up. But not a lot more. It's really straightforward in fact and took all of our reviewers less than 10 minutes. We all loved the front porch for extra living space, and found the inside to be reasonably spacious for four.
Aside from offering separate bedroom space, which all of our tents could be improved by, we'd love to see a rain cover on the porch to make it usable as a living space.
Now this is a serious tent. It has been built to withstand the worst weather Mother Nature has to offer. Athlete tested to endure the most extreme conditions, in the most extreme places. We have to be honest, our reviewers didn't test this thing on the base camp of Mount Everest and so you'll have to take the word of the good and the great of the extreme explorers' world. The tent is up for the job. What we did notice was how lightweight this tent is. So if you are taking this hiking you should be able to manage.
Really this is an advanced piece of kit. You know that you'll keep warm, or cold practically anywhere. But aside from this, it also offers a vestibule area of 14.8ft at the front and 7.2ft at the rear - total floor area is 61.5ft.
For what it is this tent is great. So anyone planning on buying a tent that can fit up to 4 people in for more extreme camping trips, you'd do really well to go for this one. I don't personally like tents with different sized front and rear vestibules so would prefer it to be designed differently if using this regularly for 4 people.
It really was a close call. For a family of 4, we have gone for the Instant tent. It really will take the stress out of camping, particularly for those in a hurry or new to camping trips. But with this tent you aren't just getting an easy set-up. This is a sturdy tent. WeatherTec tents are built with a coated polyester fabric combined with anti-wickening thread, webbing and zippers, all designed to keep you dry when the rain comes down. The tent's welded waterproof floor and inverted floor seams massively increase the water resistance by hiding the needles holes inside the tent and away from the elements. A serious tent that will absolutely do the job and is up in seconds. A great buy.