Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written about all kinds of outdoor items before — including the best patio heaters and the best paddling pools — here, we’ve rounded up the best tents for camping, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.co.uk.
Best-rated overall tent
The best-rated overall tent is this Coleman three-man, rated 4.5 stars with 1,707 reviews. When selecting a tent, many camping bloggers recommend aiming for one that weighs below three kilogrammes per sleeper; weighing in at 7.2 kilogrammes for a three-man, this tent fits the bill. Sixty-nine reviewers called the tent easy to erect, and seven more said it was easier to put away than your average model. Many reviewers were impressed with the rain and wind the tent could withstand, with one reviewer saying that the tent withstood Storm Ellen and a heavy downpour in the Dordogne. He did, however, warn that he had found the tent was no match for any winds above 40 kilometres. Thirty-five reviews praised the porch area, not just for storing gear but for sitting and enjoying a book and a brew with a view — a real “lifesaver” on rainy days, according to one couple. The tent comes with a built-in veranda area for storing your extras such as muddy boots and camping chairs.
Best-rated one-man tent
If you’re riding solo, the GeerTop 3-4 Season one-man tent could be the tent for you. Its 493 reviews have left it with an average rating of 4.3 stars and a whole host of encouraging reviews. One customer — a backpacker over six feet tall — said that both he and his backpack fit comfortably inside. Another reviewer, a self-proclaimed “bushcrafter,” gives the tent top marks for both its portability (weighing 1.5 kilogrammes) and its anti-bug panels, with little to no creepy-crawlies wiggling their way in on his expeditions.
Best-rated two-man tent
For a duo, this Coleman dome tent is the highest-rated two-man-tent option, rated at 4.6 stars with over 1,500 reviews. One reviewer was blown away by how roomy the tent actually is once erected, considering that packed away it is no larger than a 10-inch iPad. He said that his grandsons, a double blow-up mattress (“inflate once inside!”), and two sleeping bags fit comfortably in the space. Another reviewer said the setup was a doddle even when done in the dark — and while a tad inebriated. A couple reviewers did, however, mention that the pegs provided weren’t always sufficient and that it might be worth investing in a bag of extras just in case.
Best-rated four-man tent
For a larger party, it might be worth upgrading to a tent with multiple rooms; this model offers two bedrooms with an additional communal area and outdoor veranda. One reviewer called the tent family friendly, saying that his kids can’t wait to set it up for another trip. Another father said he hadn’t taken the tent down once in the five-week school holiday, and after it withstanding hail, rain, and sun, he’s sceptical that anything thrown at the tent would bring it down. A few reviewers complained that the quality of the instruction manual was subpar, but one reviewer said that after a practice setup in the back garden, you should be good to go.
Best-rated six-man tent
For a six-man option, this Coleman tent has a 4.5-star rating, a panoramic view, and costs just under £200. Within its 1,385 reviews, there was plenty of recurring praise for its colour-coded easy assembly, value for money, and roominess. One reviewer who didn’t fancy the usual crawling that most tents require couldn’t recommend the tent enough as a “glamping” option. Another reviewer also loved the entrance that opened up like a real door and said the tent itself was easy on the eyes, unlike a lot of other models. Seven reviewers loved that the fully unzippable flysheet, offering a 360-degree view, made trips rather picturesque.
Best-rated pop-up tent
If “insert pole A into hole B” isn’t part of your vernacular, a pop-up tent might be the best pick for you. Twenty-nine reviewers reported how easy it was to assemble this particular Lumaland model, rated at 4.5 stars from over 500 reviews. One customer, fed up from scrambling to pack up her tent on the miserable festival Monday morning, couldn’t recommend the ease of this pop-up model enough. Another reviewer was also pleasantly surprised at the fact that the tent “actually” fits back inside the tent bag (which is unusual for pop-up tents, as they tend to require wrangling). According to 12 reviewers, the tent can take whatever the rain clouds throw its way, and according to another four reviewers, it’s not overly stuffy in direct sunlight. Again, some reviewers recommended stocking up on some spare pegs, as the ones provided are rather diddy.
Best-rated blackout tent
If you’re somewhat nocturnal and struggle to sleep through the sun, this blackout model from Coleman could be the pick for you. Reviewers say it ticks all of the boxes that you’d expect from a good tent, being lightweight (five kilogrammes), roomy enough for two (plus gear), and quick to assemble. As for the blackout effect, customers were impressed: One reviewer said only the tiniest sliver of light informs you that dawn has arrived. Another reviewer said the blackout quality afforded them at least two extra hours of sleep above what they would usually get in the height of summertime. As the blackout is so effective, one reviewer urged other customers to ensure they packed a lamp or two to actually see once inside.
Best-rated upright tent
Rated at 4.4 stars from a massive 4,754 reviews — almost double the highest-rated tent on this list — reviewers used the WolfWise upright tent in many ways. Twenty-seven reviewers used the tent for their campsite toilet, another 26 as a shower tent, and many more said the tent was endlessly useful as a changing room to spare your modesty (and save whacking your head against a smaller tent’s ceiling). When packed away, the tent is thin and light, according to one reviewer who vouches for its durability at both the beach and a windy campsite. As a pop-up model, assembly is a breeze, according to 46 reviewers.
Best-rated for kids
This kids’ option is rated 4.2 stars from 243 reviews and comes in a rather groovy print. One grandparent said both of his grandchildren have plenty of room to lie about and play in the tent and says it’s suitable for garden use in the summertime. Another reviewer set up the tent in her nephews’ bedroom, reporting that they enjoyed it so much it had enticed them to get to bed earlier. She did worry, though, that her nephews enjoyed playing in the tent so much that they might try and smuggle it into school. Another grandparent echoed these sentiments, saying that just as soon as her granddaughter finished her breakfast, sure enough she would find her having a tea party in the product.
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