Finding The Best Camping Tents

Columbia Tents - Pinewood 10

Tents like the Columbia Pinewood 10 are great for family camping.

Everyone knows that having a good shelter for overnight outdoor adventures can make all the difference in keeping all campers happy and comfortable. So how do you go about finding the best camping tents for your next excursion?

A good place to start when scoping out your options is to search tents by size. If comfort and extra space is a priority over minimizing weight, get a roomier model than you technically need. If you’re a minimalist, then the lightest tent with the least materials used is your best bet. It’s quite simple really, isn’t it!

Below we’ve put together options in two broad groups that should cover just about all types of campers — the best camping tents for groups and the best camping tents for 1-2 people.

The Best Camping Tents Of 2016

PhotoNameFloor AreaSeason RatingPacked WeightRatingPrice
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Tent 4 Person Lime/Gray60 sq ft3 Season8 lbs 12 oz5.0$$$
Big Agnes Copper Spur Ul3 Tent44 sq ft3 Season4 lbs5.0$$$$$
Columbia Pinewood 10 Person Dome Tent150 sq ft3 Season36 lbs5.0$$$
Coleman Red Canyon 8 Person Tent, Black170 sq ft3 Season25 lbs4.3$
Eureka Sunrise 5 Tent81 sq ft3 Season5 lbs 7 oz4.6$$
PhotoNameFloor AreaSeason RatingPacked WeightRatingPrice
MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent, Red29 sq ft3 Season3 lbs 7 oz4.9$$$
MSR Nook Tent28 sq ft3 Season3 lbs 8 oz4.8$$$$
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Tent31.1 sq ft4 Season6 lbs 15 oz4.5$$$$$$
Black Diamond Eldorado Tent, Yellow30.8 sq ft4 Season5 lbs 1 oz5.0$$$$$$
Marmot Eos 1P Tent21 sq ft3 Season2 lbs 13 oz 5.0$$
Marmot Limelight 2 Persons Tent, Green, One32 sq ft3 Season5 lbs 0 oz4.8$$$
Kelty Salida 1 Tent20 sq ft3 Season3 lbs 14 oz4.9$

More Details On The Best Tents For Camping By Size

If you’d like to investigate further, we’ve put together individual size pages with information on top-rated tents. See the options and links below to continue exploring your options!

One Man Tents

Traveling solo? Check out our one man tent reviews to find the best option for you. Single person tents cater to those needing a tent sufficient to withstand the elements, be lightweight, and provide comfort when hitting the trails.

Two Man Tents

Coupling up? See our two man tent reviews. We include tents suitable for backpacking or camping by car, as well as options for those that want a shelter with plenty of space to ultralight tents for minimizing weight.

Three Man Tents

See our 3 man tent reviews for checking out what’s available for your small group.

Four Man Tent Reviews

Every 4 man tent has features and is designed for the various needs of users. This is getting to more of the family camping tent size.

Five Man Tent Reviews

Our five man tent reviews and guide provides information on the best family camping tents suitable for sleeping 5 people.