Whether you’re camping or hiking, this guide to best cabin tents will provide you with a great starting point for your journey.
For this list we've considered 13 different cabin tents. See the full list below.
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The Core Instant Cabin is a well-designed and functional tent that offers an excellent option to all outdoor enthusiasts that want a large comfortable space. With a pre-assembled frame, most of the effort of setup has been taken away.
With its mesh roof and huge windows and doors, you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort with uninterrupted views. The design allows you to enjoy the space with windows open while maintaining privacy, but they can be closed with zip panels.
The Wenzel Klondike 8 sleeper comes in at a close second in the Best Cabin Tent review. Well-priced, good looking and filled with great features including a screen room, it is an excellent addition to your family’s camping gear staples.
The Eureka Copper Canyon 6 is a great looking, all rounder that is rated for three seasons. It comes up tops for space and comfort with a 10 x 10 ft. internal space, and a very generous center height of 7 ft.
While it is still quite heavy, it packs up into a convenient and compact package, making it easier to carry around.
The Coleman WeatherMaster is a two-room tent with an additional screen room, giving you exceptional space. Weighing in at 32 lbs. this is one of the heavier tents reviewed but given the size of the tent, this is to be expected.
The Coleman Montana 8-person tent is a hybrid between a traditional dome tent and a cabin tent. With the familiar crisscross tent pole structure, setup is about 15 minutes, which is a bit longer than other tents reviewed, but considering the size of this tent and all the additional features, it is well worth the effort.
The Standing Room Tent is a hanging tent, and as such does not come with a frame. You need a separate 10 x 10 ft. canopy frame that you can attach this tent to. Clips are included.
This large cabin tent is sure to offer you the closest thing to the comforts of home. With an impressive 8.5 ft. center height, even the tallest person can stand up tall and in comfort.
The CORE Instant Cabin range has options for 6 to 12 people. The one reviewed here is the 6-sleeper with wall organizer.
Perfect for a small to medium sized family or group, this freestanding tent is great for summer and mild temperatures.
While the tent can sleep 6, it will be a tight squeeze, so for maximum comfort, stick to maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.
A little bit smaller than some of the other cabin tents, the Coleman Instant 6 sleeper offers great value for money. Poles are pre-attached to allow for quicker setup with an integrated fly.
While this tent does feature Coleman’s WeatherTec system, some users have reported leaks in heavy rain, so best keep this freestanding tent for dry weather camping trips.
If you’re a regular camper, the tent you ultimately buy should be an investment. Spend a little more for something durable and strong. Both the Core 9 Instant Tent and the Wenzel Klondike offer a quality product that will last a number of years. The main distinction between these two is setup time. The Core 9 is an instant tent, so setup time is an impressive 60 seconds. The Klondike can take up to 20 minutes.
If you and your companions are more comfort oriented, look no further than the Eureka Copper Canyon 6, or Standing Room Family Cabin Tent. Both offer a large living space with generous headroom, even for someone over 6 feet. The Copper Canyon is the most compact, and weighs about 25 lbs., making it a good option if you need to be mobile. The Standing Room Tent is a hanging tent, and does not include a frame, so you’d need to purchase a separate frame, but it’s perfect for a long camping trip as you’ll feel like you’re almost at home.
If privacy is important, the Coleman WeatherMaster 6 has a room divider. Whether it’s to give the kids their own little space or for friends to have some privacy, this is a nice feature to have. When not in use, the divider can simply be folded away.
If speed is your thing and you don’t want to spend a lot of time messing about just to get your tent up, the Core 9 Instant Tent, Core Instant Tent with Wall Organizer or the Coleman Instant Tent 6 will have you up and ready in just 60 seconds.
Unlike dome or long tunnel tent, cabin tent offers a comfort of almost straight walls and practical space use. This is great for joint camping, as you will be able to stand up and move around the tent easily.
Although on a heavier side and made of nylon or canvas, cabin tents most resemble home outdoors and are perfect for long car camping with more people. However, they are not suitable for hiking or backpacking.
All the above tents have good space in terms of living area, and height clearance. What sets them apart is additional communal space, like a screen room, or a split two-room configuration.
Consider how much time you are prepared to spend setting up. Some tents are easy to do on your own, while others can be part of the adventure, and you can set up as a group, or with your children. Then 20-30 minutes is not such a deal breaker.
It’s a good idea to prep your tent before you head out. Make sure you use a seam sealant or seam tape if you’re heading into wet conditions. This will ensure that any needle holes created during the manufacturing process are well closed.
The main things to consider when buying a cabin tent:
- Number of people
- General Use
Among cabin tents the easiest one to set up are CORE Instant Cabin Tent with Wall Organizer, Core 9 Person Instant Cabin and Coleman Instant Tent 6.
You don’t want to spend most of your holiday fighting with your tent. While a manufacturer might proclaim a quick setup – even as little as 60 seconds, you will still need to practice a few times before you become proficient. Practice setting up and taking down the tent a number of times before you start your trip, especially if you’ll be doing it on your own.
For the fastest and easiest set up check our suggestion for Pop Up Tents.
A cabin tent is traditionally bigger and heavier than a dome tent, so if you’re looking for a backpacking option, a cabin tent might not be your best bet. On average a 6-person tent will weigh around 24 lbs. If you are okay with the weight, look for a compact package that is not too cumbersome to carry. Some tents include a pack that can be carried as a backpack, keeping your hands free to carry other things.
All tents will use a fabric that is treated for various degrees of waterproofing. Some may be treated to resist stains and be strengthened for abrasion resistance, offering additional durability.
Poles are generally steel or fiberglass as these materials give a good balance between strength and weight.
While manufacturers may rate their tents for a specific number of people, this guideline is really for maximum sleeping area, which does not take into account additional space for gear, chairs or tables, or just space to get dressed and move around. For comfort, opt for a tent with capacity more than the expected number of campers.
Most general use tents will be rated as 3-season so it will withstand light rain and wind. Things like mesh roofs and windows will provide better ventilation but can be cold when the sun sets, even with a fly attached. A separate rainfly will keep condensation and light rain out, but check if the fly is adjustable or fixed, and how much overlap there is over windows and doors to prevent leaks.
Look for a sturdy frame with options for guy lines for improved stability to withstand wind.
Factors that will add to comfort include space, and temperature. You’ll want sufficient space to not feel cramped as well as good ventilation from vents and windows. Some tents feature blackout technology that reduces the amount of sun that gets in, thereby reducing the internal temperature by up to 10%.
If the floor of the tent is not very durable or well sealed against moisture, you may need an additional footprint. This is cumbersome as it’s additional gear to pack. However, if you are sleeping on a cot rather than directly on the floor, you may be able to do without an additional footprint.
It’s always useful to have a range of accessories that you can purchase to improve or upgrade your purchase. Some manufacturers include additional footprints or screen rooms that can be attached, or extra tent poles. Being able to buy specific replacement parts that get broken or lost, rather than replacing the entire tent is also a pro.
1. Core 9 Person Instant Cabin - Best Cabin Tent
2. Coleman Instant Tent 6 - Best Budget Cabin Tent
3. Wenzel Klondike 8 - Great Cabin Tent
4. Eureka Copper Canyon 6 - Comfortable and Spacious Cabin Tent
5. Coleman WeatherMaster 6 - Best 2-Room Cabin Tent
6. Coleman Montana 8 - Best Larger Cabin Tent
7. Standing Room Family Cabin Tent
8. CORE Instant Cabin Tent with Wall Organizer - Great Fast Set Up Cabin Tent