10 Best Camping Tents That Will Last A Lifetime

By Just In Case Jack | Last Updated: February 13, 2020

Camping TentsIf you’re looking for the best camping tent, you’re in the right place.

Because nowadays, there are so many different types of tents to choose from, such as:

Survival TentsCanvas TentsWinter TentsHammock Tents / Etc.

And within each category, there are hundreds of brands and models.

So how do you shift through all the overwhelming options to find the ideal one for you?

It’s NOT easy, and it can be very frustrating unless you have someone who knows all about survival gear and camping gear in your corner.

That’s why today I’m going to help you find the best camping tent for you by covering the following topics in detail:

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tent stove from far away

Why Choosing The Right Type Of Tent Matters

One thing I know about camping is that your tent choice can “make or break” your trip.

Pick a high-quality, well-designed camping tent, and you’ll sleep well and thoroughly enjoy your camping trip.

Choose a leaky, discount tent, and you’re asking for a nightmare camping experience.

Plus, there are too many many design options on the market today.

So how can you find the right tent with so many camping tent options on the market today?

For example, earlier this summer, I was able to get off work a little early for a last-minute weekend camping getaway.

Luckily, our camping gear is well organized, so packing the car was fast – until I had to choose which tent to take along!

You can call me a camping enthusiast because I have way too many tents!

I own the following tents:

Name any activity where having a shelter is crucial, and I’ve got a tent for it!

But for this quick trip, we weren’t doing anything special.

We were heading to a mountain campground for two nights, setting up the tent a few feet from our car.

All I needed was something dependable and comfortable.

A tent with enough space for two adults and the dog. A place to sleep soundly and headroom to make changing in and out of clothes hassle-free.

So which category of affordable tents would work best for this sort of relaxed camping?

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campsite with a dome tent

Best Camping Tent Features

When it comes to camping in a typical campground, I like to think of the tent as a bedroom.

So look for a design and features that are like what you’d find at home.

Space for a comfortable bed or air mattress. Enough room to change clothes. A bedside table and lamp. A spot for the dog to curl up at your feet.

If you think I’m kidding, let’s look at the key features common to all high-quality tents!


Most of them have a large floor plan. This leaves plenty of space for camping cots, luxury air mattresses, or even inflatable beds.

Since you’re not carrying weight very far, you can afford to have several rooms for more privacy.

This is an essential luxury if you have the whole family along.

Kids in one bedroom, parents in the other? Easy.

Put the baby down for a nap while you relax in a camping hammock. Sure thing.

Ceiling Height

While we’re on the topic of space, another feature a quality camping tent has is a tall ceiling.

Changing clothes is so much easier when you DON’T have to squirm into your pants while lying down on your back.

Many have a dome shape. This means the highest point is in the center.

Others have vertical walls providing extra headroom from edge to edge.

Vertical wall tents are the best if you want to easily stand up in your tent.

Storage Space

Sadly, we’re all familiar with the annoyance of losing something in the corner of the tent or under the sleeping bag.

Such as a missing tactical watch, a lost cell phone, an EDC knife, or, worst yet – car keys.

All those everyday carry items end up on a nightstand at home.

The best tent manufacturers know this, so they include many tent pockets. The best ones have many along the walls of the tent-sized just right for these small items.

In the middle of the night, these pockets can save you from rummaging around in the dark.

This is important when searching for a small flashlight (like the FireHawk Tactical Flashlight) or headlamp to visit the bathroom in the dark.

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Quality & Warranty

Of course, we’re talking about a tent here – a portable shelter to protect you from the elements.

Who cares if the tent has the latest fancy survival gadgets if it leaks or can’t withstand windy storms?

So buy a tent built with clean stitches, durable zippers, and high-quality materials.

And it’s also smart if you can find one with a long-term warranty.

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small tent in a campground

How To Find The Best Camping Tent For You 

When it comes down to it, the right tent for you depends on how you use it, where you’ll camp, and who’s coming along.

Searching for “best tents” online will provide thousands of results.

So to help narrow down the results, you need a way to filter down the results and narrow your search.

First, start with a headcount of everyone who will be sleeping in your tent. Don’t forget to add the family dog to the tally if you take your pet camping – as I do.

Once you have your headcount, you must decide on the type of tent that makes the most sense for you – dome/cabin/vehicle.

Finally, move on to narrowing it down to just a few reputable brands and a price range you can afford.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be down to only a few to choose from, and then you can focus on the unique features.

The key features that help set one tent apart from another.

Note: If you’ve got a large family camping with you, investing in more than one tent might make sense. Or a tent with more than one room.

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Camping Tent At Night In Mountains

10 Best Camping Tents On The Market Today

Let’s get this out of the way – there is no such thing as the “Best” camping tent.

Why? Because what’s best for me might not be best for you.

So let’s go over the main types of camping tents, and we’ll share a few of the best ones within each category.

Dome Shape

Dome tents are the most traditional style of tent you’ll see across most campgrounds.

And most of us have spent at least a few nights in a dome tent.

They’re simple to set up, stable in winds, and provide lots of floor space for a given weight.

1. Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome

The Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent

The Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome

The Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent has a 10ft by 9ft floor plan.

It also has a screened front porch (10ft by 5ft) to keep the bugs away while you’re lounging in camp chairs.

If you grew up anywhere with black flies and mosquitoes, you know how important that feature can be!

If it happens to rain, the Steel Creek Tent has you covered with its rain protection fly.

It also has awnings over the side windows for better ventilation when the rain fly is on.

The “Fast Pitch” system features pre-attached, color-coded poles making it very easy to set up. That way, there’s no confusion over which pole goes where during setup.

As with all dome-shaped tents, the listed height of 70″ is only at the very center and slopes down quickly at the sides.

2. CORE 9-Person Extended Dome

CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

CORE 9 Person Extended Dome

This CORE Extended Dome Tent fits up to 9 people. So it can fit three queen-sized mattresses!

Plus, there’s a center height of 6 feet so that most people can stand up straight in the middle.

The CORE is lightweight but durable due to the use of fiberglass poles.

And you’ll stay dry even in torrential downpours with its H20 Block Technology. All CORE tents are equipped with water-resistant PU-coated fabric and taped seams to help keep moisture out.

This large family dome tent features a gear loft with a lantern hook to keep your gear organized and an electrical cord access port.

This allows you to run a tent ac unit cord outside or any other electrical device.

3. Coleman Sundome

Coleman Sundome Tent

Coleman Sundome

The Colman Sundome Tent is a sturdy camping tent with factory-sealed main and floor seams.

Plus, it uses only a heavy-duty fabric (1000D polyethylene), which helps to prevent rips and tears.

On top of all this, the Colman Sundome also comes with a coated polyester fly.

Finally, access is a breeze with the massive ‘D’ style front entry door.

Cabin Style

These days, the cabin tent is the king of the campground. And for a good reason, they feature nearly vertical walls.

This means having high ceilings across the entire footprint. A feeling of extra space no dome option can rival.

4. Eureka Copper Canyon Cabin

Eureka Copper Canyon Cabin Tent

Eureka Copper Canyon Cabin

The Eureka Copper Canyon Cabin Tent uses a 6-pole design to provide an 8ft by 8ft floor and almost 7ft of headroom.

The full mesh roof, protected by a rainfly, allows excellent air circulation.

Plus, it also reduces the clammy feeling that many tents get overnight.

It also features a large door and windows all around to let the breeze through.

5. Coleman Tenaya Lake Cabin

Coleman Tenaya Lake Cabin Tent

Coleman Tenaya Lake Cabin

The Coleman Tenaya Lake Cabin Tent comes with even more family-friendly features.

This one measures 13ft by 9ft. It has almost 7ft of headroom!

Plus, it includes a built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar to help keep your clothes and camping gear organized.

I know how my duffel bag looks after a couple of days in camp, and this would be a welcome addition!

If you’re camping where there’s electricity, Tenaya Lake has a unique electrical port. This allows you to route a cord inside without allowing bugs or leaving a door partly open.

When it’s time for bed, the 8-person layout has an interior divider that splits the space into two rooms for privacy.

6. CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin

CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin

The CORE Instant Cabin Tent claims to have a 60-second setup! So, if you need speed, this might be the right tent for you!

It can sleep up to 9 people and fit two queen air mattresses.

The center peak height is an incredible 6 1/2 feet – so even the tallest campers can change clothes standing up!

The CORE Instant Cabin also features H20 Block Technology for superior drying even in high winds and heavy rains.

It also features a room divider and many wall storage pockets to keep items neat and off the floor.

7. The Big Agnes Big House Deluxe

The Big Agnes Big House Deluxe

The Big Agnes Big House Deluxe

Big Agnes Big House Deluxe is a sturdy cabin tent with great modern features.

With an 8ft by 9.5ft footprint and 6.5ft of headroom, it’s not an enormous option on the market, but it’s well laid out for up to 6 people.

There are a dozen side pockets, including some large enough for electronics like a solar phone charger or small tablet.

The other pockets include a pair of “bedside tables.” These stash pockets keep the unzipped door from flapping in the breeze.

The front door also features a welcome mat. This is a perfect landing zone for all those muddy or sandy shoes before coming inside.

Kodiak's Flex Bow Tent

Kodiak’s Flex Bow

8. Kodiak’s Flex Bow

If you want the longevity and benefits of investing in a canvas tent, then look no further than Kodiak’s FlexBow Tents.

Their cabin-style canvas tents are one of the best on the market. Sure, they cost a bit more than nylon ones, and they also weigh more as well.

However, they are made to last you a lifetime.

They also help dampen campground noise and stay cooler in the sun and warmer in the cold due to the insulating nature of canvas.

The Kodiak “flex bow” design comes in 4-person, 6-person, or 8-person size options.

Vehicle / Car Camping Tents

Sometimes it’s easier to turn your vehicle into your tent.

It’s nice to access the items in your vehicle without getting up, getting dressed, and walking across your campsite.

9. Napier Outdoor Sportz SUV

Napier Outdoor Sportz SUV

Napier Outdoor Sportz SUV

The Napier Outdoor Sportz SUV is a roomy vehicle tent. It adds a massive 10 ft by 10 ft cabin style and 7 ft by 6ft screen porch to your vehicle’s tailgate.

The universal sleeve helps keep the packed size compact and will easily fit in the back of most small SUVs. And makes reaching the cooler for a midnight snack or packing up during a storm that much easier.

Also, it allows you to use the cargo area of your SUV as a sleeping space.

You can quickly detach it if you plan to camp without a vehicle or drive during the day.

Just remove it from the back and close the opening. This leaves the shelter protected from all kinds of adverse weather conditions.

It’s a vehicle camping solution that adds a lot of flexibility. These setups are an ideal solution for music festivals or remote camping areas.

10. Tepui Kukenam Sky

Tepui Kukenam Sky Tent

Tepui Kukenam Sky

Of course, we can’t talk about vehicle tents without touching on the modern camping tent craze I see in the Pacific Northwest – car-top shelters like The Tepui Kukenam Sky.

Now, it doesn’t boast the same size or sleep as many people as a cabin tent.

Instead, this is a 3-person, 4-season design that unfolds from your car’s roof rack.

I wouldn’t call this style a camping essential, but it’s a new modern tent that might be the perfect solution for some.

But if you’re in an area where sleeping on the ground isn’t a good option, this allows you to sleep on a stable, flat surface.

Kodiak Truck Bed Canvas Tent

Kodiak Truck Bed Canvas

11. Kodiak Truck Bed Canvas (EXTRA BONUS)

Kodiak Tents makes a truck bed version of its popular canvas tent.

This allows you to use the bed of a pickup truck to sleep comfortably off the ground ANYWHERE.

This is an excellent option for those who enjoy camping in a traditional campground and remote terrain.

So if you go on hunting or fishing trips, this is the solution you need.

Final Thoughts

We’ve given a few examples of good tents for each category, but we’d love to hear your favorites. Share your favorite type, style, and brand with everyone in the comments below.

I like each style, and that’s why I own several. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I went with a dome tent for my trip.

But I’m looking to add a modern vehicle tent soon – I guess you can never have too many choices…

Jason K.

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