If you’ve ever gone on a camping trip with your family or a group of friends you know what a hassle it is to lug around a bunch of huge tents, especially if you’re visiting multiple locations.
Well, in case you do a lot of camping, or camp at least two or three times a year, you might want to invest in a larger, four-person tent. With it, you won’t have to worry about lugging around multiple tents and setting them all up – you’ll have a compact solution to that problem. I know it helped me a lot when I went camping with some friends and it saved us a lot of time.
So, today, I will provide you with a list of some of the best 3-4 person tents around. Here we go!
What To Consider When Buying
When purchasing a tent, you should consider a lot of different things, and you might find that they’re not all quite as obvious as you might think. Here’s a list of all the most important factors you need to consider when purchasing your tent.
For starters, don’t confuse the actual size of the tent and the capacity of a tent. Those are two vastly different things, and you should keep that in mind when purchasing.
The capacity of a tent refers to how many people can fit in it – here, I’m talking about four-person tents. However, even if two tents have the same capacity they might not have the same size.
The size of a tent refers to the surface are of the tent and its height. For example, some four-person tents are made so that four people can just barely fit into it and it might be quite a snug fit, possibly even uncomfortable for larger people. Others, however, are so large that they can even fit five people if needed, like two adults and three kids, even though they are four-person tents.
When it comes to height, you need to consider what you want to use your tent for. If you want to put a small table and sit inside of it, you might want a taller one, but if you only need it for sleeping or you’re going to camp in an awkward spot, a shorter one will suffice. You also need to think about the place you’re camping in and whether the tent will fit properly.
There are two types to consider when it comes to height – the less durable but much taller cabin-type tents and the shorter but sturdier dome tents. Which one you want to get is up to you.
I already mentioned how difficult it might be to lug around a bunch of tents on a trip, even when they’re all bundled up, right? Well, a four-person tent is much heavier than a regular one, obviously, but it is still far lighter than four separate tents.
However, not all tents are equally heavy, and some may weight you down far more than you might think at first glance.
Generally speaking, the larger the tent is, the heavier it is, but that might not always be the case. A tent that has a steel frame it will weigh more than a plastic tent, even if it is smaller.
If you’re only going to the camping location by car, you don’t need to worry about the weight too much, but if you need to trek to the location, this is one of the most important things you need to think about.
You might not know what tent seasonality is at first, but it is fairly simple – in short, it refers to the seasons of the year for which the tent is well-suited for. You have summer tents, for example, which have far more ventilation and are much thinner and lighter than winter tents that contain heavy insulation.
Most 1-season tents are quite flimsy though and are only suited for summer months, so they’re usually not worth considering unless you’re on a tight budget.
2-season tents are a bit sturdier, usually suited for summer and spring and they can hold up fine when there’s some light rain or wind, but they can’t stand much more than that. If you’re only camping in the summer, this is a perfect choice.
3-season tents are sturdier affairs that you can use even if you are camping in the fall months. You can stay in them even during heavier rain and wind, and they will hold up.
3-4-season tents are what you ought to buy if you want to camp during most of the year, but don’t plan on going anywhere during the winter. They’re quite tough and can get you through heavy rainfall and storms without a problem – even some light snow.
4-season tents are the full package – you can use them practically anywhere, and they will prove to be incredibly durable. Snowstorms are just fine if you’re using a tent like this and if you plan to go mountain-climbing, this is the type of tent you ought to get.
You should carefully consider what you need and pick accordingly. Keep in mind that tents usable in multiple seasons of the year will cost you more.
Top 5 Best 4 Person Tents
I have used a ton of different tents in my day, both ones I owned and those of my friends. Here are some of the best ones I have been in so far.
#1 Sundome 4 Person Tent
This is a tent made in the USA, and most of it is from polyester with a bit of steel here and there. The construction seems mostly solid, but the materials are of the cheaper variety so you should be careful when using it since it might rip or break if you’re too rough with it.
Setting it up is easy though, and even one person can do it in around ten minutes or less. It is also quite compact when bundled up, and you can easily carry it with you on hiking trips. The weight is negligible, and you’ll be surprised by how effortless it is to lug around.
In the summer you won’t get hot in it either as it is quite well-ventilated, though it only has a single window and a door.The tent is dome-shaped, and you might have some space troubles with it. It’s only 9 by 7 feet, and that’s barely enough to fit four people with some limited luggage. It’s also quite short, with its center height being only slightly below 5 feet. It’s also poorly suited for heavier rainfall and windy weather.
#2 AmazonBasic Tent
This tent comes at an astounding price that is more than affordable for anyone. If you’re thinking about a one-time camping trip and want a single tent that you probably won’t use that often, this is a great choice for you and your family.
While you may think that a cheaper tent like this one could be a bit less sturdy than costlier tents, that’s not quite the case, and this tent is more than able to hold its own against the elements. Some light rainfall won’t be a problem for it, and the materials it is made of are more than adequate when it comes to durability – you don’t have to worry that you’ll break it when you’re setting it up.
If you have problems setting up tents, though, this one will be the exception. It is surprisingly easy to put up, and you can do it in just a few minutes, on your own.
However, it has its issues. The size is a better fit for two or three people and their gear, rather than four adults. You might find it to be a little bit too cramped with four people sleeping inside since the size is only 9 by 7 feet and the height is 59 inches at the center.
There are no real windows on it either, so you won’t get too much light inside of it, and the ventilation is a bit poor.
Lastly, it’s heavier than it looks and carrying it around might prove to be too much for most people.
#3 EUREKA! Copper Canyon 4
This tent is one I didn’t own myself since I don’t like cabin tents, but it is a tent my friend had and that I slept it. It’s quite large when it comes to height, and even tall people can stand in it with ease, since it is 7 feet tall, and you can’t teach that.
However, the floor is only 8 by 8 feet, so fitting in 4 adult people can be a bit tricky, though two adults and two children can fit in just fine.There are windows on every side so you will have no visibility problems inside of it. It is also quite well-ventilated, and comfortable in the summer months. It is still good in the spring and fall too, and it can withstand some serious rainfall and wind.
The materials the floor is made out of are quite thin and easy to rip if you're not careful enough so you should use a tarp.Lastly, there’s the main reason I don’t like cabin tents – it is quite heavy. I can’t lug it around when going on a hiking trip and that goes for most people.
#4 Suisse Sport Yosemite Tent
Plenty of four-person tents aren’t fit for four adult people when it comes down to it. Sure, you can fit four people in, like sardines, but that’s not comfortable or easy to manage. Luckily, this tent has no such problems due to being more than spacious enough. The floor size is 8 by 10 feet, putting it far ahead of most tents. The height is decent for a dome tent like this, and it’s 6 feet at the center.
This tent can also easily be split into two rooms with a divider that comes with it. It’s little more than a curtain though, so it doesn’t offer that much privacy, but it is still better than nothing. The doors and windows are also quite large, and you can easily get into it, and the ventilation is great.
However, the materials are quite flimsy, and you might rip it if you’re not careful. The stakes are the worst, and you should probably replace them immediately if you buy this tent.
Lastly, there are the zippers – they have no covers. This is fine in good weather, but if it rains a bit more, you will be in trouble as water will be seeping in from all over the place.
#5 ALPS Mountaineering Meramac
Overall, this is a good quality tent suited for most types of weather. It has quite a bit of insulation, and it can be easily set up, in less than five minutes, unlike most tents for heavy weather. It’s also relatively spacious, having around 8 by 9 feet of space and 6 feet of height in the middle.
You will find that it’s easy to carry as well; it weighs around 12 pounds which is not too much, though it’s not light. However, for a tent like this that is more than acceptable.
For lighter weather, this tent is also good since you can remove the fly cover and it is well-ventilated, with two large doors and plenty of windows, so you don’t have to worry about that too much.
However, the largest issue with this tent is the zippers. They are poor and tend to get stuck as well as leak water into the tent. The floor material doesn’t fare much better and can get ripped easily.
When it comes down to it, most of the tents I described here are quite good, though each has some downsides. The one I liked the most and the one I still use is the Suisse Sport Yosemite Tent; it is one of the best tents I used and the most spacious one. It also comes at a decent price and most of the flaws it has can be fixed fairly easily, so I had no problems with it. For less savvy people it might pose some problems but I like it a lot, and it’s the best one for me.
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