What is the Best 4 Person Tent?

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Dec 03
best 4 person tent

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. 

The Best 3 Four Person Tents

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! 

2nd

Coleman 4-Person Evanston Tent with Screened Porch Canopy

( 4.5 out of 5.0 )

  • 9 x 7 ft footprint
  • WeatherTec System guaranteed to keep you dry
  • Screened Porch
  • 15 minutes to set up
  • Front Porch not covered in case of rain

1st

Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent

( 4.6 out of 5.0 )

  • 150D/150D Polyester/taped seams
  • 8 x 7ft footprint, 4ft 10in center height
  • Pre-assembled poles for fast and easy setup in about a minute
  • WeatherTec system's patented welded floors and inverted seams to help keep water out
  • One room design

3rd

The North Face Bastion 4 Season Tent

( 4.4 out of 5.0 )

  • Waterproof - impenetrable moisture barrier to guarantee dryness
  • Wind Protection - Limiting air penetration reduces the wind-chill factor
  • Reflective - maximises your visibility in low light for improved safety
  • Front vestibule is large, back vestibule is tiny. Both should be the same size. 
  • One room design

Why Buy a 4 Person Tent? 

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:

  • Camping offers something for everyone: There are basically three options to consider, recreational camping for people who want all the comforts of home, primitive camping for those who really enjoy getting closer to nature and finally wilderness camping for those with adventure at heart. Across the USA there are a wide range of camping facilities in each of these categories. And with your own tent you can even try all three in one trip!
  • There are over 27000 public campgrounds in the US and Canada. You better get started! 
  • Camping isn't just about getting in touch with nature. Urban campgrounds can be found across the country near most urban areas. This gives you a peaceful base for exploring

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! 

What to Look Out for When Buying a 4 Person Tent

You really need to consider a number of factors before you can buy your tent. 

  • How many people do you want to regularly sleep in the tent? And do you want separate bedroom compartments? This is often missing from a 4 person tent, and if you do you may want to consider a 6 person tent. 
  • Do you need a lot of storage? This will depend on how long you're camping for, how many of you there will be, whether you'll be near your car (often a handy storage aid when camping.
  • Do you need an easy up style tent? You'll pay for the privilege but a pop up tent can be very handy! 
  • What will the weather be like when you're camping? If you're planning a summer only vacation use for your tent then you'll probably be more concerned about ventilation and insect nets. Whereas an experiences mountaineer may want to consider wind protection and insulation.

Consider these carefully before deciding on what type of tent to go for. 

What does 4 Person tent mean? 

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. 

Detailed Reviews of the Best 4-Person Tents

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! 

Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent

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.

Features

  • 150D/150D polyester/taped seams
  • Spacious interior - 8x7 ft footprint, 4ft 10 center height
  • Pre-assembled poles for fast and easy set up in about a minute
  • WeatherTec system's patented welded floors and inverted seams help keep water out
  • Illumiline reflective guy lines for greater visibility at night
  • Built in vented rainfly for extra weather protection

What's Good About It?

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.

What Could Be Improved?

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. 

Coleman 4-Person Evanston Tent with Screened Porch Canopy 

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. 

Features

  • 10 x 8 ft footprint
  • WeatherTec System will keep you dry
  • Modified dome structure, easy to transport and simple to set up
  • 68" center height
  • Front porch provides extra living space
  • Control airflow with Variflo adjustable ventilation
  • Easy set up with color-coded pole sleeves and shock-corded poles

What's Good About It?

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. 

What Could Be Improved?

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. 

The North Face Bastion 4

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.

Features

  • Dual doors with poled front vestibule
  • Fully taped, nylon bucket floor
  • No-stretch Kevlar guy lines with camming adjuster
  • PU port window, cold-crack tested to -60F
  • High-Low venting
  • Reflective guy lines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls
  • Compatible with square gear loft
  • DAC stakes
  • 4 fabric snow stakes included

What's Good About It?

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. 

What Could Be Improved?

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. 

Final Verdict on Best Four-Person Tent

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.