Searching for the best 6-person tent on the market in 2020?
Are you looking for the best bang for your camping buck without sacrificing anything on quality?
Look no further….
We’ve analyzed 25 of top 6-person tents, whittling down our list to the top 10 best family camping tents for 2020.
First, we subjected them to rainstorms and tear tests.
We even asked a group of 12 – 14 year-olds to set them up at a campground near my home in the foothills near Lake Tahoe.
Of course, we did this while paying attention to the most important critical features in each tent: everything from cost to comfort.
Our data revealed some very interesting (and perhaps surprising) insights.
So if you’re looking for the best recommendations, from budget to seriously waterproof outdoor shelters, and you want to know whether the hype is true, this guide is for you.
Let’s dive right in...
- Best Overall
- Best Value 6-Person Tent
- Best Vestibule Tent
- Best Large Camping Tent
- Best Dome Tent
- Best Large Family Tent for 6 People
- Best Waterproof Tent
- Best Camping Tent Brand
- Best Summer Tents
- Best 4-Season 6-Person Tent
- Buyers Guide:
- Tent Sleeping Capacity
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
- Our Final Verdict: 10 Best 6 Person Tents
- Conclusion: 10 Best 6 Person Tents
1 – CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
- Instant set-up
- Adjustable vents
- Large gear loft
- D-style door
- Floor vents bring in dust
- Zippers can stick
Here you have it, our TopNotch Editor’s Choice for the best 6-person tent.
Camping enthusiasts will be amazed by the true (verified!) 60-second instant set-up.
Your camp neighbors will look on with envy as you arrive at your site and are enjoying your first cold beer while they’re still setting up tent poles.
In addition to a quick set-up, this tent has many other fantastic features.
The door is a D-style, which is roomy and allows you to easily move in and out with all of your gear.
A large gear loft is a handy spot to store your valuables and the interior pockets are very well-placed.
The adjustable vents are also a nice touch, allowing for more than adequate ventilation.
Last but not least, the weather resistance wasn’t quite as good as we’d like to see – so just make sure (as with all new tents really) that you weatherproof it before you take it out.
All in all, it’s the Core is a fantastic tent, and it’s why this quality product is our selection for our TopNotch Editor’s Choice Award.
Read Full Review: CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
Best Value 6-Person Tent
2 – Eureka Copper Canyon 6
- Full mesh roof
- Dedicated power port zipper
- Gear loft
- Easy set-up
- Poor wind resistance
- Thin floor material
This product delivers on the manufacturer’s promises and lives up to the dream of an affordable 6-man tent that doesn’t break the bank.
Waking up leisurely on a camping morning with a view of the gorgeous day ahead through your full roof mesh screens – it felt good.
Mild season camping has never been dreamier.
…the ease of set-up and found it simple to assemble solo in less than 15 minutes.
Once up, the design is really user-friendly and we appreciated the dedicated power port zipper to make sure our electronics stayed fully charged.
What’s more, you know you can always count on Eureka to produce a super comfortable tent. We slept all through the night without ever feeling cramped.
After all the fun we had testing this tent inside and out – on our local trip in Lake Tahoe, we were amazed at just how affordable this tent was as well.
At the end of the day, this tent proves you can have a great time outdoors without stretching the budget.
I want to note that the floor is quite thin and if there’s a chance of high winds it may not be the best choice.
The Copper Canyon was an easy choice for our TopNotch Best Value award.
Read Full Review: Eureka Copper Canyon 6
Best Vestibule Tent
3 – The North Face Wawona 6
- Super easy to set-up
- Large vestibule
- Good weather resistance
- Enhanced ventilation
- Poorly designed stuff sack
Our tent reviews are in and this North Face 6-person tent easily runs away with the TopNotch Top Pick Award.
It may just be the ideal 6-person tent.
What does that mean for you?
We absolutely loved many of the features of this high-quality tent, and appreciated the extra room that came with its spacious vestibule.
The roomy 100 square feet is probably more comfortable for four campers than trying to use it as a 6-man tent, however, families with kids will be fine for 6.
Best of all.
The one large space offers two windows and three doors for a variety of ventilation needs – there are 10 pockets and even a line to hang-dry items inside – very handy.
The overall height of the vestibule easily allows a generous 6’ + of headroom making it a super comfortable option for nearly anyone.
We didn’t enjoy the poorly designed carry sack and relatively heavy weight of this tent but those were minor deductions – we only carried it from the car at the end of the day.
Ideal for families looking for a dependable 6-person tent with a vestibule, The North Face Wawona 6 offers the great quality we always expect from the company.
Read Full Review: North Face Wawona 6
Best Large Camping Tent
4 – Marmot Halo 6
- Tall and roomy
- Great design and easy set-up
- Very well ventilated
- Lots of mesh equals great views
- Flimsy included stakes
- High end of the price point
The square design of this roomy tent is just one of the features focusing on comfort.
The front vestibule and interior pockets add to it’s allure and this tent is a good option for family camping.
It’s roomy and spacious with an ample 92+ square feet interior.
The ventilation is fantastic and will keep condensation at bay on all but the wettest of camping trips.
In addition, the ample mesh windows are amazing in fine weather while the large rain fly keeps bad weather under control.
The downside is:
It’s very much on the pricey side – and probably a little more expensive than we’d like to see, but Marmot makes consistently durable products which last for years..
If you want to save a good couple hundred dollars – then you should take a good look at our TopNotch Best Value Award winner – the Copper Canyon – it’s such a great value top tent.
Read Full Review:
Best Dome Tent
5 – CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
- Sealed seams
- Mesh ceiling
- Gear loft
- Zippered privacy windows
- Small rain fly
- Zippers may snag
…An easy tent that sets up like a dream and has enough room for the whole family.
There’s no need to imagine, though: we’ve got it right here.
The CORE 6 comes in at the large end for overall dimensions compared to many of our favorites.
We found it was good for four adults to rest comfortably and probably only really works as a tent for 6 if the campers are on the smaller side or include children (we didn’t take the kids – and 4 was just about right).
It delivers well on sheer roominess with the vertically designed walls that make it feel even larger than it really is.
Think about it.
How many devices do you take camping?
There are cameras, phones and ipads. Not to mention even a few old-fashioned card games.
All of these can be easily stowed in the gear loft and kept safely out of harm’s way.
The quality is good and the storage bag is nicely sized.
…we loved lying in bed watching the night sky through our mesh ceiling. Summer camping just doesn’t get any better.
We would prefer a larger rain fly and you might want to consider lubing up the zippers pre-trip – they did get stuck a couple times.
Read Full Review:
Best Large Family Tent for 6 People
6 – Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
- Highly customizable
- Moveable pockets
- Straight side increase inner dimensions
- Plentiful airflow with mesh panels
- No vestibules included in base price
- Openings largely exposed to the weather
Let’s be clear.
This product is a great base model offering good quality and a host of extra options.
Although it’s easier to set-up with a couple of people, one person can certainly get camp arranged on their own without too much trouble.
While the overall square footage is a bit less than some of our other contenders, if we’re honest most 6-man tents for sale are truly only comfortable with four adults, so the slight decrease isn’t the end of the world.
In its basic version, this tent is still a well-made product for those not looking to break the bank.
… we found with the basic version is the lack of vestibule, but it’s nice to be able to customize the rest to suit.
If you’re looking to increase floor space and comfort there are a multitude of add-ons that’ll take things up a notch.
Read Full Review: Big Agnes Big House Deluxe 6
Best Waterproof Tent
7 – Nemo Wagontop 6
- Roomy interior floor plan
- Good-sized screened porch
- Excellent window ventilation
- Well-designed carry bag that packs easily
- Vertical walls aren’t great for wind
- Set-up is slightly complicated at first
Families are going to love this huge tent.
The generous interior is further enhanced by an additional 26 square feet of screened porch in the vestibule.
Even better, the vertical wall design and interior height make it comfortable for nearly everyone.
When we had them side by side it was easy to notice this tent is very similar in design to our Editor’s Choice winner, and equally comfortable to hang out in. The Nemo Wagontop also offers excellent resistance to rain.
Although this is on the higher price point, we were so enthused by the enormous feel of the tent that we believe it’s justified.
What we really like is that when it’s time to go home you can easily fit the tent back into the carry bag, unlike so many competitor’s bags which strain (and even break) at the seams.
We know you probably won’t choose to camp in inclement weather if possible, but it’s wonderful to know you’ll remain dry if mother nature has other plans.
Always do a test set up at home:
The Nemo isn’t ideal in windy conditions and you’ll probably want to set it up at home first to become familiar with the slightly complicated set-up.
At the end of the day…
… if you have a large family, want to bring along friends and dogs, or simply like your space, the Nemo Wagontop 6 is a top choice.
Best Camping Tent Brand
8 – Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
- Superior quality
- Massive interior
- 2 rooms
- Hinged door
- Requires thorough waterproofing before use
Overall Coleman products have been satisfying customers for over a century.
Coleman has 6 of the 8 best-selling tents on Amazon for good reason and offer great customer service and a full 1-year warranty.
If you’re looking for a well-sized, very comfortable tent for the family that’s easy to set up and take down we highly recommend this product.
But, if you’re in search of more extreme weather resistance or enjoy camping in the off-season this might not be the tent for you.
On the flip side, if you’re looking for a well-priced, generously-sized, quality product Coleman continues to deliver.
This particular product offers a staggering 153 square feet – when you include the huge front porch – and ample headroom for all but the tallest campers.
Have you heard?
Millions of people list spending time in nature as one of their favorite pastimes and if you’re heading out, why not have a comfortable tent…?
This tent offers a clever hinged door and room divider that cuts it right down the middle to allow for privacy.
If the question is Who Makes The Best Tents For A Family?
A clear answer is…Coleman.
Read Full Review: Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Person Tent
Best Summer Tents
9 – Coleman Sundome Tent
- Quick and hassle-free
- Super easy set-up
- Excellent ventilation
- Large rain fly
- Not very wind-resistant
- Awkward carry bag
If you’re looking for an instant tent that sets up in no time and comes down just as quickly, this is your baby!
Everyone likes a deal and this tent really is a winner.
The Coleman Sundome 6 offers a super easy set-up.
You’ll be enjoying your first cold one while you watch your friends struggle with their poles.
Quality is important and Coleman always delivers a well-designed and manufactured tent.
There are a few well-placed pockets and the mesh roof makes for excellent star gazing on nice nights.
In addition, the rainfly offers more coverage than many on the market, so although you may not want to deal with the weather, you’re well covered if it happens.
Although it’s a roomy 100 square feet, it’s more comfortable for four than six, unless some campers are younger children.
In Lake Tahoe, we had a super windy few days – we weren’t so impressed with the billowing – hence it didn’t score high for wind resistance and we would have liked a second door.
The bottom line?
If you want to camp during all 4 seasons this may not be the tent for you.
But if you’re looking for a well-priced 6-man tent, it’s an excellent option.
Read Full Review: Coleman Sundome Tent
Best 4-Season 6-Person Tent
10 – Kodiak Canvas Tent Flex-Bow 6-Person Deluxe Tent
- Premium grade duck canvas
- Well thought out ventilation
- Impressive quality
- Not free-standing
- Not a super quick-set up
This tent may bring up memories of old. You may find yourself reminiscing about camping back in “the old days” when the majority of tents were heavy canvas beasts.
And this tent is just that: a beast.
But don’t be confused; Kodiak Canvas is ushering in a whole new era of canvas tents.
First of all, this is a charming tent and the hip crowd will embrace the homey feel and nostalgic look.
…this is not your grandpa’s tent.
The canvas is substantially softer in feel than previous renditions and the nearly vertical wall shape and height is roomy and welcoming.
The large awning adds additional space and we happily sat for hours listening to the stream and reading.
The light-colored material and thick fabric makes it the ideal tent for dry, sandy conditions but also stands up to the rain and wind when properly staked.
The Best Bit?
For off-season camping the ventilation at the top allows for the use of propane heaters.
Now, you do need to know it isn’t free-standing so staking is required but this extra set-up work results in a superior 4-season tent. And the canvas means this quality tent will stand the test of time.
Read Full Review: Kodiak Canvas Tent
Why Trust Us?
Well, one reason is because our resident tent expert Rhonda Delameter has spent decades camping all over the world. Whether overlanding for months across Africa in a hefty canvas tent, climbing the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in search of a hidden lake, or car-camping New Zealand, she has spent the equivalent of actual years sleeping in the woods.
If you’re intent on getting the best car camping tent or simply a cheap 6-person tent for the occasional family getaway, we’ve got you covered. Camping is on the rise, and tent manufacturers are producing better and better product for us.
We tested these products in the intense heat of Death Valley and the high altitudes of Mt. Jefferson. We endured rainstorms and late season snow.
These are unequivocally our favorite choices in our family tent review.
But that’s not all.
During our testing phase we paid close attention to the details such as how well the seams were sewn, how much overlap did the rain fly offer, and not only how many pockets the six person tents had but how well placed were they?
From budget-friendly to big enough for a party, we have the best option for you.
Check out the details below…
Tent Sleeping Capacity
Any veteran camper will tell you that just because it’s called a 6-person tent, this doesn’t mean 6 adults will be getting a good night’s sleep.
And, BTW, if you try it – you’d better be really good friends!
What we will say is that each of our top ten ranked well overall in floor space, and will sleep 4 comfortably (and more if there are kids in the mix).
Most are even roomy enough for the family’s wet dog to join in the camping fun, all while offering room for gear as well.
Let’s face it, even with a small group not everybody wants to sleep in a single sleeping bag.
One of the great reasons for buying a 6-person tent is so that you can add to your comfort with a blow-up mattress, or two.
Our general advice is this:
Expect a tight fit if there are 6 of you, and consider upsizing to a larger tent capacity if your group includes larger adults, poor sleepers or furry friends.
One area that is easy to overlook when tent shopping is the storage capacity for bags, camping games, and food.
Think about it.
Unless you only head to known campsites, you can’t assume you’ll be able to leave your luggage and valuables in your car.
Unless you only head to known campsites, you can’t assume you’ll be able to leave your luggage and valuables in your car.
The majority of 6-person tents do feature a good-sized vestibule but it’s wise to consider what you pack to camp and check out the storage space before buying.
If there are 6 people in your group, that means 6 sets of bags and when you figure in kids toys and dog accessories, the space can get used up in a hurry.
All good tents come with pockets, some like our Top Pick with a mind-boggling 22 of them.
When shopping for your ideal tent the number of pockets and pocket placement should be a consideration.
Quality of Ventilation
Ventilation is key.
Not only because you don’t want to be sweating your a*s off inside your tent, but also for your general health.
When shopping for a 6-person tent, make sure to check out the number of windows and ventilation openings.
This is especially important for off-season camping when you may be zipped up inside more often.
One nice feature to look for is a tent with an inner mesh door allowing airflow while still keeping the pesky bugs out.
Humidity in any tent overnight isn’t ideal so ensuring proper roof and window ventilation is necessary for adequate cross airflow.
Top Tips When Buying a Tent:
- Look to see what your tent is made of. Ideally you want nylon or polyester. Some tents are made from canvas, but in general this creates a much heavier product. One of our favorites – the Kodiak Canvas Tent – is canvas but was also well rated, specifically for it’s 4-season capabilities.
- Buy a tent with the footprint, or ground cover, sewn in. While it is more common to have the footprint as an accessory, having it attached is one less item to deal with.
- Ideally, the rainfly extends all of the way down your tent walls. Some rainflies only cover the top third or so of the overall tent dimensions, which can make for one very damp camping trip if the weather turns. When the fly extends all of the way down the water is directed to the ground rather than the walls of your tent.
- In an ideal world all tent seams would be double stitched. If you can see through the seams to any degree your tent isn’t going to be fully waterproof. One tip is to coat your tent seams with a silicone seam sealant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q How big is a 6 person tent?
A: All 6-person tents vary in size but the majority of them run from around 75 square feet to a larger 100 square feet. The addition of vestibules increase the dimensions for ease of living space as well as additional sleeping room if weather permits.
Q What size tent do I need?
A: This is a good question. Some families of 3 really like to spread out. Maybe you’re a couple with 4 very young children and a 6-person tent will work out fine. The most important thing to do is take into consideration your unique situation.
Q. How much is a 6 man tent?
A: Prices can be all over the board. Our winner for Best Value won’t break the bank, while other products can get extremely pricey. It is best to compare not only price, but other metrics such as comfort and weather resistance as well when making your decision.
There you have it!
Now you can shop with confidence knowing we’ve got your back – and bedtime – covered with this comprehensive review of the best 6-man tents.
Family camping has become more popular than ever.
By letting us do the research for you, you can rest easy having all of the relevant facts and details figured out for you.
We spent hours setting up, taking down, and otherwise enjoying these 6-person camping tents in all sorts of conditions.
We endured heat, wind, and rain to determine how truly durable they were and what tents worked best in what conditions. Our 6-person tent reviews are based on real use.
We’re confident our detailed analysis will help you find just the right product for your needs.
Whether you head to the great outdoors every weekend or merely enjoy a few days of family fun each summer, you now have all of the facts at your fingertips.
Let’s take a closer look at the ratings.
Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
To make sure you find the very best product for your needs we used and abused these top-rated tents, keeping a keen focus on three essential metrics.
After all, if you’re choosing the best tent for family camping, you want to get it right the first time around.
We understand you work hard for your money and finding the most durable tent that’s also good value for money is important to you.
We took each tent out into the woods and we set them up. We analyzed whether or not they allowed for a one-person set-up or if the whole family needed to jump in to get the tent set up for the night.
We also tested them in all sorts of conditions.
Even though YOU may try to camp only when the sun is shining, we all know the weather gods often have their own ideas and we can assure you which is the best 6-person tent for rain.
In other words, we did the work for you.
We went out in pounding rain, gale-force winds, and heat all in the name of research.
We spent the night with a party of 6 to test their true capacity. We even took along some of our tallest friends to verify the advertised height and see what the numbers added up to practically.
Last but not least, we examined the seams. We ran the zippers up and down repeatedly, making sure they didn’t catch.
We thoroughly tested them with adults and kids alike for a realistic measure of their durability.
Value for Your Money
While we know you’re not looking to skimp on quality just to keep the price low, getting good value for your money is always important.
More than price alone, we considered true value for your dollar in this metric.
Value for Your Money Rating
The clear winner in this metric was the Eureka Copper Canyon 6.
With a price-point under a couple hundred bucks this well-made and comfortable tent earned a TopNotch high score of 9.
On the low end of the scale, the all-weather Kodiak Canvas Tent earned a lowly ranking of 6, along with the Nemo Wagontop and Marmot Halo 6.
Even though we loved the size of these tents, the equally massive price tag made them out of reach for many.
Ease of Use & Set-Up
Arriving at camp after a long week followed perhaps by a long drive in, the last thing you’re looking for is the additional challenge of erecting a human puzzle.
In the dark.
With hungry and tired kids.
We rigorously tested each of our best rated tents for ease of set-up.
Ease of Use & Set-Up Rating
We asked the questions.
Can it be done by one person?
How long does it take?
How many poles are used?
What we found was that some of these tents are incredibly simple and can be easily managed by one person in less than five minutes, while others require either two campers or take a much longer go of it.
At the end of the day, our Editor’s Choice CORE Instant Tent, our Best Value Eureka Copper Canyon 6, and the North Face Wawona 6 won the day, bringing in rankings of 9/10.
Overall, the majority of our tents scored decently in the ease of set-up category.
In final place was the Kodiak Canvas Tent, a fantastic 4-season tent once up, but too heavy and bulky to make for a super easy set-up
Durability & Workmanship
This metric is always one of the most important factors in our testing.
After all, who wants to spend money on an inferior product, experiencing tears, leaky seams, or sagging roofs?
Our reviewers really put these tents through the wringer to make sure we offered you the most reliable choices.
Durability & Workmanship Rating
This time, our Top Pick scores at the top of the pack with a solid score of 9/10.
This tent offers outstanding workmanship with sturdy poles and consistent stitching.
On the opposite end…
The popular Coleman Weathermaster had our lowest score with 6/10.
Although it’s a roomy, well-designed product, our team found it a bit less hardy.
Comfort is king when searching for the right tent.
After all, It’s your home away from home so it better deliver a good night’s sleep!
In this category we’re thrilled to let you know that all of our top 10 are pretty darn comfortable at the end of the day.
Having said that, two of our TopNotch Award winners, as well as the Coleman, scored an excellent 9/10.
It’s generally understood that a 6-person tent is truly more comfortable for 4, with additional space and often better features to complement your camping experience. And while that holds especially true with our winners, it’s also true for basically all the tents on our list.
Even our three lowest ratings scored a reasonable 7/10 so you can rest assured that any on our list (they are the best tents to buy) will lead you to a super camping experience.
Here’s the truth.
Never fear, we’ve got your back.
We headed to the woods – mostly rain but sometimes shine – to test each tent’s weather resistance. We also got brutal with my garden hose in the backyard.
Weather Resistance Rating
Our goal – to never have you wake up in a soggy sleeping bag.
Once again, the Nemo Wagontop 6 led the pack with our 4-season Kodiak Canvas Tent also earning the very respectable score of 9/10.
Every one of the tents tested is certainly water-resistant, some being able to withstand quite a good lashing of foul weather and hosepipe.
Where some of the low scores came in were from a mix of ability to withstand wind along with general issues with condensation or seeping seams.
Scoring lowest in this category were excellent products that we simply found to be better used in mild climates and conditions.
Our Final Verdict:
10 Best 6 Person Tents
Are you ready for our final tally?
Here are the final numbers from our testing and analysis of our favorite 6-person tents.
10 Best 6 Person Tents
There are so many 6-person tents on the market today that finding your perfect tent can be confusing, at best.
Based on our testing and research the CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent – our Editor’s Choice – will have you enjoying camping more than ever before.
Now’s the time for you to choose the very best tent for you and head to the woods to make memories that’ll last a lifetime.
We hope you enjoyed our review, thanks for reading; we certainly enjoyed trying out each of these great tents.
All that’s left is for the team here at TopNotch to wish you many happy hours of camping and many cozy nights in your very own home away from home.