The best family tents reviewed (2023)

Compact and lightweight or spacious and luxurious? Here are the best family tents to suit everyone's needs.

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by Chris Williams |
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There are a huge variety of options for tents. If you are looking to upgrade your family's camping gear or strike out for a first-time family trip to the wilderness, then you've come to the right place.

Like any smaller models, family tents range in price, size, and shape. Before you invest in a tent, you'll want to make sure you know the weight and size, as well as whether it's suitable for where you'll be wanting to pitch up. With that being said, be sure to take a look at the specifications we've included for each tent in this list so that your camping trip can be smooth sailing.

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The best family tents at a glance:

Best in test: Robens Eagle Rock 5XP

Best value: Vango Osiris Air 500

Best rooftop family tent: Tentbox Lite XL

Best budget inflatable family tent: Quechua AirSeconds 4.1 Fresh & Black

Our picks of the best family tents that have each received an individual award be it value for money, clever design, or space. If you want to learn more about which tent is right for you, scroll to the bottom of this article to find our buying advice.

When camping as a pair, we often like to be cheeky and pitch a three-person tent for that extra room. The same idea can also apply for a large group – some of these five- or six-person options are also brilliant picks for a family of four with a load of gear and a giant cool box to store.

The best family tents in detail

Best in Test

Robens Eagle Rock 6+2XP best family tent lfto
Price: £1109.99


Of all the family tents we've tested at LFTO, this one ticks the most boxes in terms of the way it


  • Very spacious
  • Handy separate bedroom
  • Great quality materials
  • Feels very durable


  • Takes up a lot of boot space!

Best Value


It's perhaps no surprise to find Vango clutching the Best Value award. Its tent – and gear in


  • Made from recycled bottles 
  • Fast to pitch 
  • Excellent bedroom space 
  • Good waterproof rating 


  • Others have better headroom

Best budget inflatable family tent


It takes most people a long time to trust air tents for obvious reasons. But in all the years


  • Fantastic value
  • Pitches very quickly
  • Blackout bedroom
  • Good quality materials
  • Small packed size


  • Pump not included
  • Need larger size for bigger kids

Best roof tent for families

Tentbox lite roof tent
Price: £1,895.00


Go back in time a few years, and hardly anyone had heard of a roof tent, but now, all of a sudden


  • Pitches in seconds
  • High-quality materials
  • Memory foam mattress
  • Very spacious interior
  • Two skylights for stargazing


  • Bulky to store when not in use
  • No porch or living area

Best large family air tent


The key thing to remember when buying a family tent is that when a tent is described as 4-person,


  • Spacious family air tent
  • Good waterproofing
  • Silent bedroom doors
  • Darkened bedrooms
  • Huge porch area


  • Very heavy and bulky
  • Longer setup time for an air tent

Best family tent for stargazing

Coleman Octagon 8 pitched
Price: £215.57


A few years ago, we got our hands on the Coleman Octagon, which was great fun for sleeping out


  • 360 views from inside
  • Easy to assemble
  • Good internal height
  • Clever hinged door
  • Very spacious


  • Only one room
  • Fairly bulky and heavy

Things to consider when buying a family tent:


To start narrowing down your options, consider what kind of outdoor adventures you're hoping to have, then pick the type of tent that best suits your needs.

Tunnel tents are great for weekend and summer camping as they offer lots of space, are easy to pitch, and use traditional poles. However, they are often heavier than other shapes.

Dome tents are good for hikers and trekkers because small dome tents are quite stable and lightweight. They are also cheap and work well in moderate wind.

Geodesic tents have crisscrossing support poles, making them much more capable of dealing with high winds and harsh weather. Geodesic tents sacrifice space and are a little more complex to pitch than other styles, but are great for camping in extreme environments. Less suitable for casual campers and families.


Next, make sure you're familiar with waterproof ratings:

– 1000mm: Will keep out light rain. We'd call this rating more water-resistant than waterproof.

– 2000mm: Waterproof and will keep out rain.

– 4000mm: Will keep out heavy rain.

– 10,000mm+: These ultra-durable tents deal with driving rain and snow and the extra pressure applied onto tent floors by people and equipment.

Camping Style

Will you be pitching at a campsite or wild camping? Will your tent go up right by your car, or will you have to carry it a distance? These are all good questions to ask yourself before purchasing your tent. The weight and size are important to check as you do not want to be lugging around an excessively large tent if you are walking for a while.

Additionally, a highly active family of four might be better served by having the grown-ups each carry a two-person tent so that you're more mobile and a group (and get a bit more privacy at night).

Consider your aims and experience level. If you're a first-time camper, it's worth purchasing a beginner's tent that isn't too pricey just in case the camping life isn't for you.

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Pictured: The endless possibilities of family fun that come with a big tent

On the flip side, if you do have some outdoor experience, then be sure to go for a tent that suits the way you and your family like to camp. If you prioritise space, or you're on the hunt for just a little extra luxury, then we would recommend the Robens model. But if you don't mind some closeness (which, if you're camping as a family, is inevitable), go for something like the Coleman Octagon and stargaze together.

Similarly, if you're the type of camper who takes the bare essentials, you'll likely want to keep things simple with the Vango model. Or, you might be after a high-tech tent with all the bells and whistles, in which case we'd direct you to the Decathlon Quechua, which is also fantastic value for its price.

Extra equipment for family tents:

In order to improve your camping experience, there are some valuable extras that you might want to consider so everything will run smoothly.

Best family tent pegs

High-Strength Steel Tent Pegs
Price: £29


Sometimes, supplied tent pegs get pulled from the ground when the weather conditions get really


  • Very durable
  • Ribbed construction keeps them locked in place
  • Sharp point can crack through hard ground


  • Heavier to carry than regular pegs

Best camping power board


Modern campsites come with all the commodities of home life, and with this socket supply, you will


  • Has UK mains plugs and USB ports
  • Compact design keeps cables organised


  • Does not contain a battery to store power

How we tested the best family tents

We test tents as thoroughly as any other piece of outdoor equipment we use. Given tents come in a wide variety, we test each against its intended use, whether that be 3-season wild camping, summer backpacking, or family camping.

To test these family tents, we didn't summit Ben Nevis with them on our backs, but we pitched up at campsites across the UK in a range of weather conditions – from the height of summer to a thunderous November night.

Not only do we take notes on the ease of pitching and obvious features, we also spend a long time examining how the materials stack up against varied conditions, as well as the overall liveability of each tent. If we aren't comfortable, or it can't hold up, then it won't make our best of list.

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Chris Williams is a Digital Content Writer for Live For The Outdoors. He trained as a journalist in New Zealand and has been working on Live For The Outdoors since 2021.

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