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Top 10 Best Instant Tents in 2017 Reviews

More people, especially teenagers and young adults, are now moving away from the idea of having organized trip, staying in luxurious accommodation, and follow a common set of predetermined of activities. Instead, they tend to do more adventurous activities, exploring the nature in a more nature-friendly way. Camping with instant tents is one of the greatest ideas for this group of people, and with the new camping season kicking in for this 2017, it is the best time to grab hold a tent and get away from the city life and spend more time outdoor enjoying the greatness of nature and having fun with family and friends.

As a matter of fact, one would fall into a miserable stage if going camping without a tent; therefore owning one would be a must. However, the camping experience would even be more miserable if you are having a tent with low quality or mismatched to your condition and camping type. Tent comes in variety size, shape, and materials while some do serve specific purposes of camping. With great availability of tents, we are picking bestselling products with quality and do some more review and analysis over their pros and cons hoping to inform you well for your decision to by one of your own. This review will also be preceded by a detailed guidance helping you more on how to choose the best tent type that meets your purpose. 

Instant Tents Technical Details

Product NameByItem WeightProduct Dimensions
Wenzel Alpine Tent - 3 PersonWenzel8 pounds6.25 x 6.75 x 25.25 inches
Coleman Weather Master 6-Person Screened TentColeman32 pounds10 x 10 x 41 inches
Sundome 4 Person Tent (Green and Navy color options)Coleman10.25 pounds4.09 x 9.02 x 7.01 inches
Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon TentColeman21.5 pounds9.5 x 9.5 x 25.25 inches
Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent Deluxe XLPacific Breeze Products6.5 pounds52 x 51 x 95 inches
Sundome 2 Person Tent (Green and Navy color options)Coleman7.17 pounds48 x 60 x 84 inches
Coleman Montana 8-Person TentColeman6.71 pounds9 x 9.25 x 27.5 inches
Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon TentColeman22.4 pounds10.2 x 11 x 25.6 inches
Coleman 2000018295 8-Person Instant Tent, BlackColeman41.45 pounds9.84 x 9.84 x 46.85 inches
Coleman Instant Cabin TentColeman24.9 pounds72.01 x 107.99 x 120 inches

Guide to buying a tent that fits your conditions

Buying a tent could be as easy as just paying the money and have the product transferred to your location at will. However, with an informed decision on camping purpose, material use, cost, etc. you can have the best tent that matches just right to your need. Here are most common elements to consider before you choose to purchase a tent.

Know your purpose:

  • First and foremost you need to ask yourself what type of camping you are going to do. Is it a car camping, backpacking, expedition, or mountaineering? If you are going for a car camping, you are driving to a campsite thus the material and tent type should prioritize comfortability with lots of available utility. For the backpacking purposes, the most priority for you would be the one with lighter weight as possible. For an expedition or mountaineering, you are do not plan to come back early in that condition, and camping for expedition or mountaineering is more adventurous and your tent is more vulnerable to harsh nature condition such as strong wind or heavy rain. So, you would need a very durable tent for this type.

Know the season:

  • Most tent serves at least 3 season – spring, summer, and falls. The three-season tents are structured to handle strong winds (but not snow loads), and the walls are made from mesh, which strikes a good balance between ventilation and protection. Four-season tents feature tough fabrics, sturdy pole structures. They typically have low, boulder-like shapes to help shed wind and snow, and large vestibules for gear storage.

Consider the weight:

  • packing tents into a carrier would not be a weight problem, but if you are carrying them on your own, tent weight must be as light as possible. Typically, you would need a tent with total weight of less than 5 pounds.

Pole Material:

  • the vast majority of good backpacking tents are made of aluminum poles, which are strong, light, and easy to replace. Fiberglass poles are found on inexpensive, light-duty tents. Of course, they’re more affordable, yet a lot heavier and less durable. If you need a supreme quality, go for the poles that are made of carbon fiber which is super-light in weight and super-strong. The only down part is that they are not as durable as the aluminum ones.

Design type:

  • There are known 6 types of a tent that serve various purposes with their own ups and downs. First, the A-frame tent is simple, light and cheap. The design comes with a sloping wall which has less room for elbow and head. The A-frame one is recommended for general and peaceful weather condition. The modified A-frame type is the one using a center hoop pole, a ridgeline, or curved sidewalls to embark more internal spaces, and it is more stable than the A-frame type. The third one is the Dome which varies by many shapes and sizes. These are very commonly used type because of its arched ceilings and great interior space. It is quite durable in windy day. Fourth, the hoop or tunnel are very specific in weight and weather resistant. The down part is that they need proper staking to stand still and acquire their shape. Fifth is the pyramid or teepee shape tent. The bigger size is normally supported by a vertical center pole and staked out to the side that form a pyramid-like shape. It durability and space provision is great but the bottomless design may make it hard for you on a rainy day. Last, it is the wedge tent. Imagine a shape of roof of the house, the wedge tent are aerodynamic which is higher at the head and lower at the foot. The interior space is however a bit narrow for the head part.

Sleeping capacity:

  • This indicates the number of people fit into a tent for sleep. Grab a tent that has the capacity to host the number of people you intent to with a bit more space for gears. Please also consider your height that you need to know every single details, I mean dimensions, of your tent.

Here are the top 10 best instant tents in 2017 reviews

10. Wenzel Alpine Tent – 3 Person

Just from its outer look, one could easily tell it is a dome-type tent (pentadome to be exact) with a removable top fly. Digging deeper into the materials, the frames themselves are made of shock-chorded fiberglass which is easy to set up. It comes with 2 customizable mesh windows and a D-style front door that ease up ventilation in the tent thus making it fit for almost any type of weather. The total weight is only 8 pounds suitable for a small family outing or a few friends. The armor is a polyester with a polyurethane coating that prevents water seepage. The seams are all double stitched and lap-felled, adding the strength and durability to the cover while improving the protection from rain. The zippers and webbing are treated with high-quality water-repellent substances.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Grey/Blue
  • Base: 8.5 by 8 feet
  • Center height: 48 inches
  • Interior space: 49 square feet
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Windows: 2
  • Door: Dutch D-style
  • Floor: Welded polyethylene
  • Frame: Fiberglass
  • Carrying weight: 8 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 6.75 x 25.25 inches
ProsCons
Affordable price.The rain fly is a bit tiny at the top, but it did just fine. Experience from a user reported to have gone through a terrible weather like rainstorm yet not a drop of water felt.
Big interior space.Even with large space, the internal area is a little bit air tight. Opening windows or door would deal with the case.
Fast and easy to build: All you need is to have the main 3 poles stood up and the rest will follow.
Durable against harsh weather like rain storm.
Pretty compact and fairly light weight

9. Coleman Weather Master 6-Person Screened Tent

This Coleman weather master is very popular among families who love camping activities. It is also suitable for scout leaders and extended camping excursions. Most important of all, the tent lives up to its name of weather master since it is durable against strong wind and rain storm with the frames engineered to be stronger and more responsive. The outer cover comprises of polyester with double stitched leak-free seams that dramatically increase resistant to water. Added onto the polyester fabric there are an anti-wicking thread, webbing, and zippers that prevent water seepage. Not only does this tent provide a big space for more sleep but the rooms are also divided into 2 sections that add more privacy. The design provides more comfort that allows you to have control over airflow inside the tent with Variflo adjustable ventilation including the vented cool-air port and electrical access port.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Brown
  • Form factor: Dome
  • Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 41 inches
  • Weight: 38 pounds
  • Doors: 2
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Pole Materials: Fiberglass
  • 75-denier polyester taffeta fly
  • 68-denier polyester mesh inner tent
  • 1,000-denier polyethylene floor
  • 19-millimeter steel poles
ProsCons
Very durable against strong weatherHeavy
Plenty of room for people and gearsDue to its big size, it is time-consuming to have it set up. The first try out may take up to 30 minutes.
Supreme ventilation system: 2 doors plus a more windows
The door from the screen room to the tent does not zip at the bottom which is not relatively air tight and it flaps in a slight breeze.

8. Sundome 4 Person Tent (Green and Navy color options)

This is yet another Coleman Sundome tent that is standing among the top runners. Twice as big as the previously reviewed above, the tent is able to accommodate up to 4 people with not so different qualities. With this large space, it is very suitable for a small family. The ventilation system utilizes both the big zippy door and two windows with the mesh vents on the roof. Water seepage is not an issue with the polyester cover, double-stitched, and hidden needle holes. Both the floor and covering fabrics are coated with water repellant substance to even better minimize the leakage. With these qualities, heavy rain doesn’t seem to be an obstacle for your camping experience. The internal frames, by the way, are quite durable being made from shock corded fiberglass. For best comfort and more spaces for your gears, 3 people inside the tent would be just perfect.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Green and Navy
  • Form factor: Dome
  • Dimensions: 4.09 x 9.02 x 7.01 inches
  • Door: 1
  • Windows: 2
  • Occupancy: 4
  • Pole Material type: Fiberglass
ProsCons
Compact for a small family camping typeMight by doubtful to host 4 people (especially full grown adults)
Affordable priceA few reports of broken seams and detachment leaving limp, floppy corners.
Easy to set upNot suitable for cold nights as the perfect ventilation may remove the heat and warmth from your tent.
There is a hook hanging from the roof that allows you to hang electric lantern or any light weight items
Pretty handy mesh pouches for your material storage
It has an opening that you can run in cable for AC power
Strong and durable against strong wind and rain

7. Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent

Amazed by its accommodation capacity, this tent provides a very large interior space big enough to host big family. All could gather at one place. What a joyous moment it would be! Despite big size, this free standing tent is quite simple and easy to setup with little efforts. It also comes along with dividers that allow you to create three separate room for private spaces. With exclusive Weathertec System, it is reassured that you are safe from dripping or seeping water inside the tent, and that means you can still enjoy your moments through heavy rain experience. The ventilation system is what unique of Coleman’s tent and like others, this 8-person Red Canyon incorporates Cool-Air port and Variflo adjustable venting system that supports smooth air flow while you have the control over it. Here are some more details for your information.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Black, with possible blue rain fly
  • Form factor: Dome
  • Weight: 21.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 25.25 inches
  • Door: 1
  • Occupancy: 8
  • Pole material type: shock-corded fiberglass
ProsCons
Easy to set up: one person would be enough and it takes around 30 minutesPretty heavy
Room dividers are detachable that allow you to customize your spaceDue to its big size, it is more vulnerable to strong wind
Affordable price for a big tent at this seriesOnly one door that might not be comfortable for big group

6. Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent Deluxe XL

You would not want to come to a beach without this comfort and cool instant tent. Having the latest supreme design, this eye-catching tent lives up to its name of being the fastest and easiest set up of all available beach tents in the market. In less than 30 seconds, you are all set and ready to enjoy the beach. Additionally, you can also find it very compact and extra light weight that allows you to carry it around. With the measurement of 95Lx52Hx51D, this tent provides a roomy interior that is able to fit up to 4 people. The ventilation system is not a problem for this tent because it has a large open front with 3 extra-large windows on the walls. You can have a comfy relax moment inside the tent while enjoying the cool sea breeze. Here are some further information for you about the tent.

Product specifications:

  • Color: Blue
  • Dimensions: 52 x 51 x 95 inches
  • Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Occupancy: 3
  • Packaging includes: carrying case and 5 sand pockets
ProsCons
Very compact and light weight, suitable for lone travelerIt could shelter 2 adults. For children, 4 would be completely fine
It comes with large and easy pockets to store your tools and gearsAfter continuous usage for one week, there seems to be some open along the stiches and small cracks along the fabric.
The sand bags do a perfect job to hold the tent to the ground from strong winds
Affordable price

5. Sundome 2 Person Tent (Green and Navy Color Options)

The 8th product in the row, here we have the Sundome 2 person Tent. Coming in two different colors, it has more water-resistant up to 33% if compared to a standard Coleman tent. It is also quite compact and designed for backpacking experience with the total weight of only 7 pounds. Besides, the ventilation for this dome tent is quite good with its wide open door and 2 windows. Even on a rainy day, the mesh vents on the roof provide additional rooms for air to flow in and out. The covering materials comprise of polyester with water seepage protective coats. The frames are very lightweight made from corded fiberglass which is easy to set up. One recommendation for this tent, beware of the extra space to store your gear if you are going to fit 2 people inside the tent.

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 23.6 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Occupancy: 2 people
  • Door: 1
  • Window: 2
  • Floor: Welded Polyester
  • Frame: Fiberglass
ProsCons
Cheap priceBe warned that the poles are made with inexpensive elastic cords that may break. Just in case this happens, bringing along a tent pole repair kit would be so nice.
Easy to set upA little bit heavy for lone traveler
Durable against wind and rain
It also comes with two small mesh bags that works just fine to hold stuff like wallets, cell phone, etc.
It has electrical cords connected into the tent that you can use the AC power.
It has hook inside at top of dome for hanging light weight tool

4. Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent

Here comes the third runner-up among the top instant tent in 2017! This Colman Montana provides an excellent camping experience for a big group such as family, scout leaders, and extended camping trips. Imagine gathering around the tent with fire and a small BBQ in a nature-friendly trip with friends and family. That is an awesome experience. The cabin is designed with specially-angled windows that protect you from the rain even if they are open. The walls and roof are made from protective polyester, double-stitched, and welled, which protect you from rain at ease. The detachable rain fly is superb and flexible that allows you to enjoy more sunlight and breeze on a fine day. Adding on top of these quality, the tent is known for its hinged door that helps you getting in and out at ease. It is also has protections from rain and sun light.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Green
  • Dimensions: 9 x 9.25 x 27.5 inches
  • Weight: 24.5 pounds
  • Occupancy: 8
  • Door: 1
  • Pole material: Fiberglass
ProsCons
Great ventilationHeavy weight
Protective against rainThe room is said to be able to host 8 people but for most comfort experience, 5 is recommended.
Electrical access port
Easy set up
It has more protection against wind, like no other Coleman dome tent, from the Insta-Clip pole attachments

3. Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent

Measured at 10.2 by 11 by 25.6 inches, this Coleman Red canyon tent is very exclusive in providing great camping experience, mostly recommended for family. You could just simply throw this compact tent at the back of your car and drive ahead for the camping site. The set up could be done by one person though it is much faster and easier to have it done by two. The detachable dividers allow you to set up three separate room for more privacy. The ventilation is as cool as ever that is supported by unique-to-Coleman Cool-Air ports and Variflo adjustable system that allows you to control and adjust the airflow at will. Like other products of Coleman, you won’t have to worry about rain at all. Leakage or seepage is not a problem with the Weather Tec that guarantees the comfort and dry experience on a rainy day.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Red
  • Form factor: Dome
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 11 x 25.6 inches
  • Weight: 24 pounds
  • Door: 1
  • Occupancy
ProsCons
Roomy with dividers for privacy wallsWith one door, it may be hard for entry and exit for a large group of campers
Easy to set up, approximate 30 minutes for one personAnother con reported for this tent is that it is very weak against strong wind
Very sturdy and strong against rain

2. Coleman 2000018295 8-Person Instant Tent, Black (14×10 Feet)

This is another family camping tent that hosts up to 8 people with more popularity and better user satisfaction. Most families picks this choice for its unique comfort and quick setup capability. The tent are pre-attached to the poles and that makes setting up assured to be done in one minute or less. So with this quality, you can save a lot of more time with family and friends. The space provided by this tent is so awesome. Measured at 14 by 10 feet with the center height of 6.5 feet, you can enjoy all the rooms provided. It has special function against water seepage and rain using the exclusive weather tec system adding on top of the water proof walls and welded floor. The tent could also be bought with a rain fly that helps you more through heavy rain.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 9.84 x 9.84 x 46.85 inches
  • Occupancy: 8
  • Weight: 41.45 pounds
  • Doors: 2
  • Windows: 7
ProsCons
Instant cabin: Super-fast to set up in one minute or lessIt is heavy
Very roomyDurable against rain but weak against wind because of its size
2 Doors that ease up the entry and exit while allowing more air flow
It comes along with a divider for 2 rooms
Plenty of windows

1. Coleman Instant Cabin Tent

Unlike a normal dome tent, this modified shaped tent is very spacious while providing more room for the head. Measured at 72 by 108 by 120 inches, it is able host up to six camp sleepers. Despite being weighty, this tent is not at all hard to set up. At an effort of two people, you can have it ready for your camping experience in 60 seconds or less. The pre-attached poles make all these setup pretty simple, and even if you are unfolding, it is going to take little effort as well. The durability is assured with the polyester walls and roof with extreme weather protection components added on. All the seams are double-stitched while the fabrics are covered in rain/water repellant. This would ensure you can have a dry time during a rainy day.

Product Specifications:

  • Color: Brown or Black
  • Dimensions: 72.01 x 107.99 x 120 inches
  • Weight: 24.9 pounds
  • Occupancy: 6
  • Height: 71 inches
  • Door: 1
ProsCons
Very compact, easy to setup and unfoldHeavy
Durable against rain and windOnly one door that makes it hard for entry and exit given using it to a maximum occupancy
Large room for head

All in all, these are the reviews for the top 10 best instant tents in 2017. I do hope these are clear and adequate to guide and inform you when you need to buy one. In short summary, just keep in mind the purpose of your camping, number of people, size of tent, weight, weather, and tent materials. These will help you select the best tent that fit to your purpose and conditions. If you wish to seek for reviews of other products, please never hesitate to browse around.

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  1. Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent

    Going for a camping at a nice beach and thinking about bringing along a tent? I would highly recommend this outstanding Pacific Breeze which is just perfect for your condition while it can provide you with comfort and cozy rest while you enjoy the beach. Second to none, this tent is the fastest and easiest to set up. The compact size and light weight makes it very comfy to carry around at ease. The walls are made of breathable polyester with water repellant plus UPF 50+ sun protection. These conditions make itself protective against sun, rain, and wind from all outdoor activities. The internal part is quite roomy supported by fiberglass poles and water resistant PE floor material. It also has internal pockets to store your materials and personal items.

  2. 10. CORE 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent – 11′ x 9

    This is a tent from Core Equipment that will take you approximately one minute to set up and bring it down. The tent is designed for 6 people, and can fit in two queen-sized mattresses. When in a tent, you realize how power is critical. Instead of running wires across, this tent has an electric cord access port. Additional features that make this tent stand out include, the rain fly, carry bag and tent stakes. It is easy to pack, as the tent poles are attached to the tent.

    9. Ozark Trail 16×16-Feet 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Pre-Attached Poles

    This tent by Ozark Trail is big enough to accommodate up to 12 people, and can accommodate 3 queen-sized beds. This makes it a good family, group or team tent. Setting up this tent will take you less than 2 minutes. This is because the poles are pre-attached hence setting is a simplified process. It has two internal room dividers, so you can create a living space and a sleeping section separately. It comes with a beautiful design and has seven closable windows for maximum aeration.

    8. OuterEQ Instant Tent Camping Tent 3-4 Person

    This tent by OuterEQ is designed for 3 to 4 people. It is a bit smaller, lightweight and is easy setting. it up It has one door and one window, which also play a critical role in ventilation. Other features that make this tent a best seller includes, shock-corded fiberglass frame, ripstop rainfly and transparent inner tent, all made of polyester. The tent weighs, 4 pounds, while the measurements are 79 x 79 x 53 inches. It is easy to put down, to package and to transport.

  3. 7. CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent – 14′ x 9′

    This is bestseller tent by Core Equipment. The tent is designed to accommodate up to 9 campers and can fit 2 queen air mattresses. It comes in a beautiful design, and setting it up it pretty easy and bringing it down. Also, packing and transportation of this tent are simple tasks. Just like other tents from the same manufacturer, this tent includes, tent stakes, rain fly, and a carry after purchasing it. Other features include an electric cord access port that you can close when not in use. Adjustable ground vent and CORE H20 block technology, which ensures that the tent cannot allow entry of water.

    6. Lightspeed Outdoors Amcan ple 6-Person Instant Tent, Gray

    If you want a tent that accommodates six people sleeping in a sleeping bag or 2 large inflatable beds, then this is one is good for you. There is plenty of pockets on the interior side to help you be organized. The tent has 4 windows that have zippered blinds and are adjustable to balance ventilation and privacy. The front door is large and has a removable rain fly, that has taped seams. It will be easy setting it up and also bringing it down, courtesy of its design. It is also unique that you can use it almost anywhere your heart takes you. Whether you are going to camp in the warm weather, in the mountains, in the beach or in cold weather, you will only need one tent.

    5. Instant Family Tent – 6 Person Large Automatic Pop UP Tent

    From the tent name, you can get an overview of this tent by Flexzion. It is made in a unique one-piece design that makes it easy setting it up and also and bringing it down. This tent measures 10 x 7 feet enough space to comfortably accommodate up to 5 people. To increase tent’s strength and to make it more wind resistant, the tent has a unique poles design. The front door is large for easy access and exit.

    4. Yodo Reflective Waterproof Tent

    If you want a 3-season tent, that you can use when going for a picnic or camp, then this one by Yodo, fits the bill. It is unique since you can use it in 3 different ways. First, use it as a tent, with a fly. Secondly, you can use it without a fly and finally, you can use as a sun shelter, by using only the fly. This tent has inner pockets, put to help keep the camper organized. It has a two design, that enhances ventilation and can use them to view the outside when inside. The tent poles are pre-assembled making it easy and fast to set up, bring down and to pack.

    3. EasyGo Shelter – Instant Easy Up Beach Umbrella Tent Sun Sports Shelter

    his EasyGo tent is the easiest and quickest portable shelter you can get in the market. It is best for beach outing and sports field. It will only take you less than a minute to bring it up, as it is designed as a complete unit. By just pulling a string, the shelter opens up. It can provide shade and wind protection for four people. This item measures 4 x 4 x 4 inches and weighs 8.4 pounds. It is easy to package and carry, as there are no loose parts.

    2. Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent (14’x10′)

    If you want a tent that can accommodate up to 8 people at a go, then this may be the best tent for you. It is spacious that it can fit two queen size bed, so when you are out to camp with your whole family, this tent will serve you well. It has large screened windows and doors that offer you a great view of the outside. For additional safety and comfort, this tent has the WeatherTec system, welded floor and thick waterproof walls. The tent has two doors and seven windows, for easy access and exit, and for maximum ventilation.

    1. Coleman 6-Person Instant Tent

    This is a 6-person tent that will take you less than 2 minutes to have it up, and bring it down. It doesn’t matter whether you are using it for the first time or you are a regular user, but the whole experience is simplified. The tent comes with the WeatherTec system, patented welded floor, and the inverted seams that are put to ensure water doesn’t get into the tent. It is spacious enough for six people and can fit two queen-sized beds.

    With these reviews, we hope it will be easy for you shopping for the best instant tent. Remember, the greatest factor in instant tents is the time it will take you to set and bring down the tent. These tents are best for few people, who have no experience setting up the ordinary tents.

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