How To Choose The

Best 4 Person Tent

Table of Contents
  1. 01. What You Must Know
  2. 02. The Tents
  3. 03. Top Pick
Table of Contents
  1. 01. What You Must Know
  2. 02. The Tents
  3. 03. Top Pick
1

What You Must Know

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What You Must Know

Choosing the right tent is very important because essentially you’re choosing your home away from home. There are a plethora of makes and models, which can become overwhelming. Here’s a round up of some of the best four man tents to help you choose the right one for you and to enhance your overall camping experience.

Is a four person tent the right size for me?

Normally four adults wouldn’t squeeze into a four man tent. What a four person tent means is that it would fit four adults in sleeping bags lying side by side leaving no extra room.

The general rule when picking out your tent is to take the amount of people sharing the tent and then go up a size if extra room for personal items is needed. This means if there are three adults they should opt for a four man tent.

A four man tent is also well suited to family with two small children or a couple who prefer having plenty extra room or need space for their pet/s.

Another key thing to do when looking for your four man tent is to check the dimensions of the tent. If you were 1,9m tall you would definitely need a tent with a length of over two meters to avoid sleeping in the fetal position for the duration of your camping trip. Surface area also differentiates from tent to tent, so if you’re after some extra room in your tent, make sure the dimensions match up to what you’re looking for.

Is weight important?

The short answer is maybe.

Well, it all depends on what you’re looking for. When considering the weight of your tent keep in mind that the lighter your tent is, the more you compromise on durability. Most camping enthusiasts will say that lighter is better, but that isn’t always the case. For example, if you are going car camping, weight consideration will not be of the utmost of importance, as you will not be carrying the tent for long periods of time.

However, if you are considering taking your tent on a hike, you will definitely want to find something that’s on the lighter side. As a general rule, a tent should be around about 1,1kg (2,5lb) per person.

Don’t forget that if you are backpacking or hiking you can share the weight of the tent by distributing the rainfly, tent and poles out. At the end of the day you must consider what you will be using you tent for, will you be hiking and backpacking, or will you be car camping with your tent close by, or maybe even a little bit of both?

Also if you intend to camp somewhere where there are heavier winds, you’ll want to go with something a little more durable and heavy. This will prevent the wind from ripping your tent from the ground and potentially smashing into someone or something.

How many tent doors should I have?

This comes down to comfort versus weight. With two doors on your tent, tent living is made more convenient and comfortable.

Just think, you wouldn’t have to roll over your sleeping partner in the morning to squeeze out the door, but you could rather slip out the door that is closest to you without waking them up. Although having two doors is great, it will add weight.

If weight is a major factor for you when buying your tent and you need it to be as light as possible, you should consider a one door tent. If the weight doesn’t concern you too much, then the choice is up to you! Having two doors is also great if you’re camping during the summer months and you need that extra bit of ventilation.

You will thank yourself for the extra door when the breeze comes rolling through the tent on a scorching hot day.

What is tent ventilation?

If a tent has good ventilation it means that water that is inside the tent can escape. If a tent has bad ventilation it would create dampness inside the tent because of the condensation collecting overnight. That means wet sleeping bag and wet gear. No, thank you!

When we sleep we produce about one litre of water when we exhale and this is why tent ventilation is so important. Well placed vents in the tent can help minimise the condensation collected and if these vents are close to the bottom of the tent, make sure your gear and other personal items are not blocking them.

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The Tents

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The Tents

Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent

This affordable 2,7m by 2,1m (9 ft x 7 ft) tent is ideal for the occasional camper. With its easy to set up design and continuous snag free pole beams, the Coleman Sundome Four Person tent is a dream for those who cannot be fussed with complicated instructions.

Coleman’s WeatherTec system protects campers from the harsh elements with its welded floors and inverted seams. The rainfly is quintessential for protection against wind and rain and it gives you just that extra bit of insurance against water getting through into the tent.

It weighs in at 4,4kg (9.7 lb), which is not too shabby for a four man tent, but is heavier than average. This tent is not for the very serious, heavy duty camper who is looking for a tent that can withstand extreme weather, however it is a great choice for those looking for a summer tent.

PROS
  • Easy to set up in 10 to 15 minutes
  • Large windows with an air vent for ventilation
  • Durable carry bag
  • Affordable
CONS
  • Cannot withstand strong winds and heavy rains
  • Heavy
Zomake 4-Person Pop Up Tent

If you are looking for a versatile tent then the Zomake Four Person Pop Up Tent might be a good choice for you. This 1,8m by 2,4m (5.9 ft x 6.9 ft) tent can be used for camping as well as on the beach for shade. It has windows on both sides, which are completely netted and has doors that fully open on either end making it ideal for warmer weather.

It’s made out of anti-UV polyester, which adds extra protection against the sun.  A great feature of this tent is that it has a sunroof, which is also fully netted and can be closed. This Zomake tent’s most attractive feature is that it can be set up in seconds. Yes, you read that right. Seconds!

This is as hassle free as a tent set up gets. Folding it away is slightly more tricky than putting it up, but that’s nothing a Youtube video can’t help you with. It folds up into an 80 cm disc with a width of 3cm (1 in), which makes it painless to store. It also only weighs 2,7kg (6 lb). If an affordable and versatile tent is what you are after, then this one will fit the bill.

PROS
  • Easy to set up in only a few seconds
  • Sun roof
  • Doors on both sides
  • Can be used for camping as well as on the beach for shade
  • Affordable
  • Anti-UV material
CONS
  • Tricky to put away
  • Not for heavy rain or winds
Eureka Copper Canyon 3-Season Tent

If being able to stand up in your tent is a non negotiable, then this could be the one for you. With a 2,1m (7 ft) centre height even the tallest of your family and friends will easily be able to stand up straight in this cabin style tent.

The Eureka Copper Canyon Four Person Tent is also 2,4m (8 ft) wide and long so space will not be an issue in this one. One of its awesome features is that it has a power port for an outdoor electrical cable to plug into so that you can charge all of your electronics while camping: the future is now!

This Eureka tent weighs almost 8,5kg (8 lb 10 oz), so it’s definitely heavier than your average four man tent. What you’re compromising in lightweightness you’re gaining in durability. This tent is not flying off from the ground any time soon!

This tent can also easily be set up by one person. Although this tent won’t break the bank, it is on the pricier side.

PROS
  • Can be set up by one person
  • Spacious interior
  • Centre height of 2,4m (8 ft)
  • Power port
CONS
  • Not very affordable
Kelty Grand Mesa 4-Person Tent

This tent would be very well suited for any person who loves to hike or backpack and has to carry their tent as it only weighs just over 3kg (7 lb).

The Kelty Grand Mesa Four Person Tent has colour coded clips and fly attachments for easy set up: so helpful!

This tent does feel smaller than the average four person tent and this is due to its trapezoidal shape, which means that it is smaller in width at the back than at the front. This 2,5m by 2m (8.1 ft x 6.7 ft) tent would be best suited to two people with a small amount of gear. The Kelty

Grand Mesa has a vestibule, under the full rain fly, which is super handy for muddy shoes and other gear.

PROS
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Colour coded clips and fly attachments
CONS
  • Limited interior space
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Tent

This tent has been cleverly designed with a two pole set up, which makes set up exceptionally quick. The two vestibules are perfect for storage and for extra protection against harsh weather.

With its lightweight design, the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Four Person Tent, weighing under 3,5kg (8lb), is another tent that is great for hiking.

This reasonably priced tent has two doorways for easy coming and going and for extra ventilation. This 2,6m by 2,3m (8.5 ft x 7.5 ft) tent has plenty interior space with a centre height of 1,3m (4.3 ft).

This tent would be a great choice for anyone who is looking for a versatile tent that is light as well as durable. If you’re considering taking your tent with you on a hike or backpacking trip, this might be the one for you.

PROS
  • Easy setup with just two poles
  • Two vestibules
  • Lightweight
  • Two doorways
  • Reasonably priced
CONS
  • Not for heavy rains
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Top Pick

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Top Pick

OUR CHOICE
Zomake 4-Person Pop Up Tent

The clear overall winner is the Zomake Four Person Pop Up Tent! This tent is affordable, versatile and extremely lightweight. It is lighter than the Coleman Sundome, the Eureka Copper Canyon, the Kelty Grand Mesa and the ALPS Mountaineering tent and therefore can be used for any sort of camping trip that you’re planning.

Even though the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent is easy to set up with just two poles, the Zomake tent pops up in a matter of seconds, which cannot be beaten. This hassle free tent feels more spacious than the Kelty Grand Mesa Four Person Tent and also has two doors for easy accessibility as well as ventilation. The Eureka Copper Canyon tent has more space to offer, but the Zomake is a better all rounder tent.

This tent would make a great choice because it is spacious, has two doors and great ventilation.