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10 best family-sized tents
There’s a lot to consider when buying a family tent. The first thing to remember is not to simply match the number of people to the berth. In other words, don’t automatically go for a four-berth tent for a family of four people. Larger tents often work better for families, not just because of the extra room, but because children are often happier if they’ve each got their own sleeping compartment.
Other things to think about are whether the tent has room to stand up, if only to get dressed in the morning, and whether it has a fitted groundsheet and good ventillation. Our round-up includes something for everyone, from cheap-and-cheerful, budget buys right up to luxury tents that will be the envy of the campsite.
1. Robens Klondike Tipi: £362, amazon
You can really glamp-it-up in this teepee-style tent, especially when its woodburning stove is added. It’s really comfortable for up to six people, with an optional extra four-person inner tent, although you can’t use this at the same time as the stove.
2. Vango Solaris 500: £485, amazon
Bigger tents don’t have to be a faff to pitch, proved by this new offering with Vango’s nifty AirBeam inflatable poles. Despite being a tunnel tent, it has plenty of headroom and a huge, pre-attached sun canopy that doubles your space.
3. Outwell Earth 5: £150, amazon
This award-winner from Outwell is incredibly easy to pitch, has plenty of room (not just for living but storage and sleeping), excellent ventilation and lots of light too. It’s also durable, despite the low price.
4. Outwell Alabama 7P Tent: £799, campingworld
Another award-winner from the family camping experts, this has a holiday-saving floorplan that allows parents and kids their own space. We love the extra-light middle section that will fit a table. There are some good extras available too, including a huge side awning.
5. Gelert Quest 8: £125, amazon
This easy-to-pitch and affordable tunnel tent is an update of last year’s model, which was a hit for Gelert. It has a large central living space, a big porch with two entrances, and a good size inner with curtain to separate parents and children.
6. Nordisk Reisa 4PU: £392, amazon
This versatile option has a front that opens up as a large tarpaulin for added ventilation, while the central compartment has an entrance each side, with roll-up windows and doors that can be used as tarps with the extra poles. It’s robust and spacious, with plenty of storage and it packs down really small.
7. Olpro Wichenford 2.0: £260, amazon
With three sleeping compartments, this tunnel tent has plenty of wellthought out space for a family of four (though it can fit more). The tech fabric is more weatherproof than some, so is a good choice for an unpredictable British break. This price includes a tent carpet.
8. Coleman Cortes Octagon 8: £213, amazon
This one may not be great for a long holiday as, with the inner tent up, it is just one big bedroom. But it is a good option if you often need low-cost accommodation (it could become a staple at family weddings). Then, if you just pitch the outer flysheet, it works as a shelter in the garden at home or as a play space for the kids.
9. Halfords Urban Escape 4 Man Tent: £50, halfords
This tunnel tent is a brilliant budget option that includes a large four-person bedroom with zip divider in case you want two bedrooms, as well as a light living area with door canopy for extra shelter. There’s a sewn-in groundsheet to reduce draughts and insects, a built-in mosquito net and handy storage pockets.
10. Heimplanet Nias Tent: £500, heimplanet
All Heimplanet tents are inflatable and pole-free. This one, new for this year, is great for four to six people and is particularly quick and uncomplicated to set up. If you don’t need both inner tents, just use one and keep bulky holiday equipment like bikes and surfboards in the other.
Outwell’s brand new Alabama 7P Tent is the daddy of all family tents, in our opinion. Expensive, yes, but well worth the outlay if you and your kids are likely to be holidaying in the great outdoors for years to come. For a more wallet friendly option, the Gelert Quest 8 is a solid buy.
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