The best pop up tents requires the user to erect a heavy wooden or metal framework. Then they have to place an awkward to maneuver canvas over the framework. The entire structure is held in place using ropes and spikes. Because of its weight and because of the awkward shape of some of the pieces, transporting a conventional tent to a camping site can be challenging. Conversely, a pop-up camping tent is designed to be lightweight, portable, and easy to set up. Most campers can carry a pop-up tent on their back. When they arrive at the campsite, they only find a suitable location to place the tent and then easily manipulated the framework until everything snaps into place. There are a variety of pop-up tents, each with its unique set up mechanism and each made with distinct materials.
Table of Contents
- What to Look for When Purchasing a Pop-Up Tent?
- #12 Gazelle Outdoors Camouflage Camping Hiking Easy Setup Instant Pop-up Tent
- #11 Yodo Easy Up Instant Tent for Family Camping, Orange/ Blue
- #10 STAR HOME Seconds Pop-up Quick-opening Tents 3-4 Person (BLUE) – Large Pop up Tent
- #9 Kany Outdoor Automatic Pop-up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent 2-3 Person Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicing Protective Anti-UV Beach Tent Sun Shelter Canopy Quick Set Up
- #8 Winterial 2-Person Instant POP UP Tent – Perfect for Camping / Festivals / Over-Night Trips / Quick / Portable
- #7 Genji Sports Instant Camping Tent – Easy Assemble Tents
- #6 Pop Up Tent by Survival Hax – Automatic & Instant Setup – Lightweight 2 to 4 Person Tent includes Portable Pack for Hiking and Camping
- #5 Coleman Instant Cabin Tent
- #4 Pop Up Tent by TSWA – Automatic & Instant Setup Dome Waterproof Tents for Backpacking 3-4 Person Portable Pack for Hiking and Camping shelters
- #3 Mountaintop Outdoor 2-3 Person Camping Tent/Backpacking Tents with Carry Bag, Automatic 3 Season Tents for Camping Hiking
- #2 Leapair Instant 2-3 Person Tent Pop Up Hydraulic Pressure Automatic Tents for Camping Fishing Outdoor Over-Night Trips
- #1 Coleman – The Best Pop Up Tent in 2017 For Your Camping
- Final Words
What to Look for When Purchasing a Pop-Up Tent?
With so many pop-up tents available on the market, it can be overwhelming for a first-time tent buyer to know what they should look for. The first criteria to consider is the size of the tent. To determine this, first, identify the number of people you will have with you in your party. If you’re going to keep your camping gear inside of your tent, you should count that as one person. It is good to buy a tent that is just a little bit larger than the number of people you plan on occupying it with.
This will give you a little bit of breathing room and some much-needed privacy. You will want to decide between having a double skinned or a single skinned tent. The double skin has more insulation, will protect you better from the rain and will continue to keep you protected from the weather even if the exterior skin is damaged. A single skin tent is lightweight and provides more internal space when you compare its size and its weight. And in some instances, it is cheaper. A good pop-up tent will be made from waterproof material and will have air vents.
#12 Gazelle Outdoors Camouflage Camping Hiking Easy Setup Instant Pop-up Tent
Like the previous model would review, this tent is produced by Gazelle Outdoors. This company has developed a stellar reputation for creating affordable, yet quality tent material. This model is made from 190 T polyester, and it has been coated with silver to protect it from UV rays. It is easy to get in and out of this tent thanks to the full-size D door at the front of the tent. You will not need to worry about air ventilation because the tent has windows, which, like the front door, have a mesh screen. It is a fairly large tent, with a 6. 6 x 6. 6 x 3. 94’ dimension.
When used outdoors, the tent can be set up using the ground stakes. However, many have used this tent as a place for their children to play indoors, and they are happy to note that the tent can set up just as easily without the ground stakes when wind is not a problem.
The camouflage material and the fact that the tent only weighs 4 pounds makes it the perfect accessory for any camping excursion. While the tent is not waterproof, it is water resistant. If you use a water repellent on the outside of the tent, it should hold up to most storms. It is the perfect tent for two or three people.
#11 Yodo Easy Up Instant Tent for Family Camping, Orange/ Blue
This tent is designed for individuals who are looking to set up a comfortable structure fast. One of its features includes preassembled poles that will allow you to have your tent up and to run in just a few seconds. It has a unique two-door design, which is perfect for ventilation. Since it has D-shaped doors, it is easy for you to get in and out, even if you are a larger adult.
Thanks to its reflective guy lines, the tent has a greater visibility during the night. The inside of the tent has pockets or compartments that you can use to store your gear. This way, everything stays nice, organized, and dry. With an 80 x 80” footprint and dimensions of 91 x 83 x 57”, this tent is designed to be the perfect camping accessory for two or three adults. And at 11. 7 pounds, it’s going to be easy for you to transport this tent in and out of the camping site.
A unique feature about this tent is that it is versatile. The fly can be used on its own to provide shelter without even setting up the tent.
#10 STAR HOME Seconds Pop-up Quick-opening Tents 3-4 Person (BLUE) – Large Pop up Tent
With the ability to comfortably fit three people, a 4 ½ foot height and a 9. 5 x 6. 5’ floor area, this tent is more than sufficient to cover most camper’s needs. It is made from a PU coated 190T polyester. It has a 4,000 mm waterproof rating and super strong poles that are made from fiberglass. The tent pegs are made from galvanized iron, and so you know they’re going to be solid. It has two doors, a front, and back that have zippered nylon. The entire tent can be open, or you can have the door open and the screen mesh material closed to prevent bugs from coming in. It is equipped with storage pockets that allow you to keep all of your gear organized.
One of the unique features about this tent is how easy it is to put up. If there are no heavy winds, the tent can be put up in a matter of seconds. Taking the tent down can be a little bit of a challenge, but once you master the skill, the process becomes a lot quicker. Since the product only weighs 8 pounds, it is easy to transport it with you wherever you go.
#9 Kany Outdoor Automatic Pop-up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent 2-3 Person Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicing Protective Anti-UV Beach Tent Sun Shelter Canopy Quick Set Up
Thanks to its unique pop-up design, you will never need to worry about assembling the tent. Unlike some of the other models we have reviewed up to this point, this tent has the unique distinction of being able to pop up and pop down easily in a matter of seconds. The tent’s fabric is coated in silver, with the goal of providing UV protection.
The tent comes equipped with two built-in sand pockets and four fixed bands, all designed to keep the tent in place even in the strongest winds. It is relatively large at 79. 7×47. 3×51 inches. It is super lightweight, weighing only 2. 2 pounds. So you can easily carry it wherever you want to go, such as to the beach, the park, or on a camping trip.
#8 Winterial 2-Person Instant POP UP Tent – Perfect for Camping / Festivals / Over-Night Trips / Quick / Portable
This is the perfect tent for two people, whether it’s going to be used at a festival or on an overnight camping trip. It is not exceptionally large, coming in at around 90 x 50 x 42”, but it does provide enough room for at least two people and their sleeping pads. Ventilation is cared for by a large front door as well as two side windows. The poles are made from fiberglass, and hooked stakes are provided. The tent is water resistant, but it is not waterproof. So you will have to protect yourself against heavier rains by using a tarp or a waterproofing spray. Weighing in at 4. 8 pounds, the tent is light enough for you to throw it over your shoulder and take it with you as you hike and camp.
#7 Genji Sports Instant Camping Tent – Easy Assemble Tents
One step is all you need to take as a set up this pop-up camping tent. Two seconds to put the tent up, and five seconds to take it down. One of the reasons why it is so quick to install is because it has a uniquely designed pole system, and it is assembled as one piece. You will be able to easily get in and out of your tent thanks to the large D-shaped door. Also, multiple windows protected by mesh provide the ventilation you need. The tent covers a 35. 4-inch ground area and has dimensions of 6. 3 x 6. 3 x 27. 56. It is relatively light, coming in at 9. 35 pounds.
#6 Pop Up Tent by Survival Hax – Automatic & Instant Setup – Lightweight 2 to 4 Person Tent includes Portable Pack for Hiking and Camping
This tent is designed to make pitching a tent as easy as possible. You throw it into the air and it opens up. Since it is so light, weighing in at only 3. 5 pounds, it’s easy for you to take it with you on biking trips, on backpacking trips, and on hikes. This is a four person tent. It is a 6. 5’ x 6. 5’ tent. So you’re going to have enough room for up to four adults or two adults and two children. A unique feature of this tent that it has a front and back door. So you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature as well as get a nice breeze.
#5 Coleman Instant Cabin Tent
The 150 D/150 D polyester seams and an interior that is large enough to house to queen-size air beds make the Coleman Instant Cabin Tent the perfect place for up to six people to enjoy their camping experience. While it is not as light as some of the other tents we have reviewed, weighing 24. 9 pounds, for its size, it is relatively light. The tent has a 72×108×120 inch dimension. At its center, it stands 6’2 in height. This is more than enough space for most people to stand and stretch out. The floor has inverted seams to keep water out, and it has a built in rain fly for added water protection.
#4 Pop Up Tent by TSWA – Automatic & Instant Setup Dome Waterproof Tents for Backpacking 3-4 Person Portable Pack for Hiking and Camping shelters
This pop-up tent was designed with the idea that camping should be fun. For this reason, the instant tent is designed to set up easily, and it comfortably fit between three and four adults. With a waterproof index of 1,500 mm and coming equipped with nails, ropes, and a compressed bag to carry the straps, this tent is everything that you need to allow you and your family to enjoy a comfortable camping outing.
#3 Mountaintop Outdoor 2-3 Person Camping Tent/Backpacking Tents with Carry Bag, Automatic 3 Season Tents for Camping Hiking
Attractive and easy to set up and take down, this tent is the perfect camping accessory to accommodate up to four adults. The tent’s dimensions are 72. 8 x 72. 8 x 49. 2”. It is equipped with dual doors that allow you to get in and out without needing to climb over the other people in the tent. The rain fly can be used as a ground sheet or can be used on its own to provide some protection without needing the tent to be set up. At 8 pounds, it’s easy to carry in and out of your camping site.
#2 Leapair Instant 2-3 Person Tent Pop Up Hydraulic Pressure Automatic Tents for Camping Fishing Outdoor Over-Night Trips
With a detachable rain fly that can be used as a ground sheet, an interior pocket for keeping your gear organized, and an interior hook for hanging light, this pop-up tent is perfect or campers who want to enjoy the great outdoors while at the same time maintaining a measure of comfort. Taking advantage of air hydraulic technology, this tent allows the user to simply spread it out on the ground, lift it up, and call it a day. UV resistant polyester helps to protect campers from harmful sun rays.
#1 Coleman – The Best Pop Up Tent in 2017 For Your Camping
This tent is designed to sleep two people and can be set up in less than 60 seconds. It is very lightweight, and it is perfect for use at festivals, fishing trips, or last-minute camping excursions. It’s light, coming in at 7 pounds and is relatively compact with the dimension of 27. 5 x 1. 5 x 27. 3”. This tent assembles itself. It can be a challenge to get it back together, but it’s not that hard that it can’t be done. While the tent will stand up to a medium rainfall, you will want to purchase a tarp if you are expecting heavy rain or the wind.
Camping is an enjoyable pastime. The better the tent, the more fun you will have. We hope that our review has given you a basic idea of what to expect when purchasing a pop-up tent, as well as some things to consider before making the purchase. Happy camping.