The Best 6 Man Tents Reviewed

I’m a family man (I have three boys all under ten). With this in mind, holidays can be very expensive. But how do I envision a family holiday? Well, my wife and I need to relax; the kids need to run, jump, and generally, raise hell. Camping is a great way to unplug and spend time with your family and doesn’t cost a ton of money.

Now, of course, you can do this with two small two or three person tents, but those of you with kids will know the bickering and fighting that happens when you put siblings together in a small tent. This is just one of the advantages of a six-person tent. With enough space, you can relax knowing that you are all sleeping in your new six-person tent.

Below, we have put together a list of quality tents to get you started on your next family (or group) wilderness vacation.

Last Updated: June 1, 2018
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By Mackenzie Jervis:

We've updated our list to reflect some newer models and better quality tents for 2018. Some of our additions include tents from Coleman and Kelty.

Coleman Sundome 6
  • Coleman Sundome 6
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Large Carry Bag to hold necessities
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Coleman Weathermaster 6
  • Coleman Weathermaster 6
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Extremely roomy
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Eureka Copper Canyon 6
  • Eureka Copper Canyon 6
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Removable divider
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8 Best 6-man tents

 

Coleman Sundome Tent

Coleman Sundome Tent
Pole Material: 8.5 mm diameter fiber glass poles

Height: 1.88m

Sleeping Area: 3m x 3m

Living Area: No designated living area

Weather rating: 3 season
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The Coleman Sundome is an excellent option when looking for high quality at a low price. The fiberglass poles, enhanced ventilation, and electric accessibility port make this a crowd favorite for any camping experience.

While there are no separate bedrooms, this 6-person tent has large windows, and floor vent more maximum ventilation. It's small (for a 6 person tent) size makes it a breeze when seeing up: a quick snag-free 10 minutes.

The WeatherTec TM System, patented welded floors, and inverted seams keep water out and keep you dry. The Insta-Clip pole attachments stand up to high winds.

The privacy vent window will keep things, well, private, without making the inside too stuffy.

For under $100, this lightweight and easily carried tent could be just the thing to get you out the door with your family.

Pros
  • Large carry bag to hold all tent necessities
  • Standing room
  • Affordable price
  • Electrical Access Port
Cons
  • Only one room- no dividers

Coleman Weathermaster 6 Person Screened Tent

Coleman Weathermaster 6 Person Screened Tent
Pole Material: 11-millimeter fiber3d poles

Height: 6 ft. 10 in.

Sleeping Area: 17 x 9 ft. in total.

Living Area: Tent divided into two rooms

Water rating: 3 season
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With 2 large rooms dividing the living space, as well as a screened-in floorless room, the Coleman Weathermaster is a great option for families. There is also a storage space so you can put away needed things while still having room for everyone.

You can access the the tent by two large doors on either side. The tent was made with WeatherTec system so the tent is leak-proof and will make sure your family stays dry. While this tent is large, if can be set up in 5-10 minutes after the initial set up and getting the hang of it as the assembly instructions can be a bit confusing at first.



Pros
  • Roomy tent
  • Can handle heavy weather
  • Easy to walk around
  • Screen room
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • Poor set up instructions
  • Plastic stakes

Eureka Copper Canyon 6

Eureka Copper Canyon 6
Pole Material: 16 mm fiberglass & 19.5 mm steel

Height: 7 ft.

Sleeping Area: 10 x 10 ft. (9.3 sq. meters)

Living Area: No separate areas

Weather rating: 3 season
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This one-room tent sleeps 6 people comfortably. The vertical walls offer maximum use of interior space and allows for more comfortable use of cots. The durable steel/fiberglass frame with clip attachments, pole sleeves, ring/pin assembly, color match on tent make set up a breeze.

A zippered port allows you to connect the inside of the tent to power while keeping the bugs and water out. Mesh windows allow for ventilation while keeping the inside private or protected from rain.

This is a great tent for beginner campers and will be an amazing place to share with your family on your next trip to the outdoors.
Pros
  • Spacious
  • Great ventilation
  • Lots of Pockets
  • Removable divider
  • Easy one-person set up
Cons
  • Small tent stakes
  • Thin floor material

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6-Person

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6-Person
Pole Material: DAC aluminum

Height: 67 in. in the taller room, 44 in. in the smaller

Sleeping Area: The smaller room is 84 in. x 52 in.

Living Area: The larger room is 96 in. x 90 in.

Weather rating: 3-4 season
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The Flying Diamond 6 is one of the most weather-resistant tents out today. The fly fully covers the tent. The shorter size is more wind resistant and if secured to the ground (though this isn't necessary for every-day use) can really stand up to strong winds.

Because of this sturdiness, setup is a little more complicated than other tents on this list. But with some practice, and the help of the color-coded poles and straps, it could should become easier.

With two rooms, it's a great family tent. The rooms are two different sizes so the kids (or even adults) can feel cozy in their cubby-like room.

Being bigger than some others on this list, it would seem that carrying the tent to your site would be a nightmare, but not with the Flying Agnes. The carrying bag is separated into three sections to help keep everything organized and snug. With the shoulder straps it's an easy carry compared to other tents of similar size.

This is a great tent for sleeping, but not so much for hanging out because of the short height. But if that's what you're looking for then this would be a great addition to your trip.


Pros
  • Big and versitile
  • Two rooms
  • Well designed carrying bag
  • Good ventilation
  • Great in wind and storms
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Short inside

Coleman Instant Tent 6

Coleman Instant Tent 6
Pole Material: Pre-assembled poles connected to tent

Height: 6 ft. 2 in.

Sleeping Area: 10 x 9 ft.

Living Area: No separate living area

Weather rating: 3 season
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The Coleman Instant Tent 6 is a great tent for those not wanting to fuss with setting up a tent and short on budget. While it is inexpensive, that doesn't mean it's cheap.

It's comfortable, well-ventilated on hot days, and will keep you dry in a storm. With the large windows on all sides, you can escape the sun but still have an amazing cross-breeze to cool you off.

The "Instant" Coleman series makes setting up a tent super easy. You don't have to worry about connecting any pieces, or making sure things fit right because they're already attached. You don't even need to worry about a rain fly because the fabric is waterproof.

While the floor material is durable and the fabric is waterproof, the Coleman Instant Tent is not going to stand up to harsh weather. We would recognize getting a rain fly- sold separately by Coleman- and possibly a separate tarp to put as a base.

Pros
  • Extremely fast to set up
  • Tall 
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable floor
Cons
  • No Rainfly
  • Only one door

Kelty Trail Ride 6

Kelty Trail Ride 6
Pole Material: Aluminum

Height: 74 in.

Sleeping Area: 98 x 120 in.

Living Area: No separate living area

Weather rating: 3 season
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The Kelty Trail Ridge 6 includes a gear loft, plenty of storage pockets, and a floor area of 82 sq. ft. This tent fits a lot in a small space. While it might not fit 6 fully-grown adults, a family with younger kids can easily and happily fit, including all of the necessary gear.

Assembly is straight forward and takes less than 15 minutes. It also comes in a convenient carry bag that won't weight you down when heading out to the campsite.

Other features include 2 doors, mesh wall panels for privacy while retaining ventilation, noiseless zipper pulls that are especially great when you don't want to wake up the little ones, and a footprint to protect the tent floor.

Overall, this is a great tent for families wanting to start out their camping adventures.
Pros
  • Lots of storage
  • Easy assembly and packing up
  • Good construction
Cons
  • Awkward entry/ exit
  • Not room for 6 adults

Coleman Evanston Screened Tent 6-Person

Coleman Evanston Screened Tent 6-Person
Pole Material: Arcflex poles

Height: 5 ft. 8 in.

Sleeping Area: 10 ft. x 9 ft.

Living Area: No separate living area but it has a 10 x 5 ft. screened in porch to enjoy the outdoors without bugs

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The Coleman Evanston Screened Tent has four large windows to ensure great ventilation. It also has a fully enclosed screened-in porch to help keep the bugs away while you still get to enjoy the outdoors.

This tent is easy to take down and set up with two poles for the main cabin and one each for the rain guard and porch.

While only having one room, this is one of the more spacious 6-person tents out right now.
Pros
  • Great ventilation
  • Keeps bugs out
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to set up
  • Very spacious
  • Good protection from weather and rain
Cons
  • Isn't great for cold temps
  • Lacking in storage comartments

Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast pitch

Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast pitch
Pole Material: Metal Alloy poles

Height: 2.1m

Sleeping Area: 4m x 2.13m

Living Area: No specific living area. Sleeping and living area are the same.
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This is a large tent, and you can stand up anywhere in the tent, it is more like a cabin that a tent. It uses color coded pole system that matches poles to hubs. The poles clip to the fabric meaning less hassle compared to needing to threading poles through sleeves. The Guy lines have a reflective quality meaning they are easier to see at night if you decide to go for a walk in the dark. Once inside the tent, you can divide the room in two giving occupants more privacy, but still having room for two queen size air beds. One side of the tent has two built-in cabinets with shelves to store your belonging, saving you from diving into your luggage for everything you might need. The floor is seam welded to the main tent keeping the inside of the tent nice and dry. The whole tent can be packed into its wheeled carry bag for easy transport and storage.

Although this is a large tent it sacrifices a living space to enable it to have very large sleeping areas. The size of the tent also means that it is large and heavy when packed. The tent could benefit from windows instead of just insect mesh. On a windy day you might want to have the light from a window but not the draft from the window mesh.
Pros
  • Two built in cabinets with shelves
  • Illuminated guy lines that are easy to see in the dark
  • Welded floors
  • Fast pitching in approximately 8 minutes
  • Wheeled carry case
Cons
  • Needs two or more people to pitch
  • No internal bedrooms only a room divider

 

 

Criteria for Evaluation

As you might have already noticed, there is a huge variety of 6 men, family tents. There are many different shapes and sizes and features. If you need a 6 man or family tent, the first thing you should consider is the layout. Do you want bedrooms? Bedrooms add privacy to the occupants while they are sleeping and also double up for daytime storage rooms. Beware that even if the manufacturer states that a bedroom can sleep 3 people, check the dimensions.

The location of the bedrooms in the tent may also be an issue. For instance, if you have young children you may wish the bedrooms all to be next to each other, it makes the children feel more secure sleeping close to their parents and also if a child wakes in the night it is easier for the parent, especially if the bedroom dividers can unzip. Or do you prefer bedrooms separated by the living area? This offers more privacy, and you are less likely to be woken up by an occupant leaving their bed in the night. 

Living space and storage

 Do you need an area, similar to a living room? Do you want a dining area that is sheltered from the wind, sun or rain? Do you need storage? Think about the luggage you will have, everybody’s bags need to go somewhere, try and imagine where you will put these. Is there enough space for eating, enough playing a game of cards? Only you know if these are important for you.

Some tents have specific storage areas, cabinets, and closets of sorts, or are storage pockets enough. You need to be able to store your gear without tripping over it. Are you camping on a campsite with electric hook up, or you intend to hook up to your car or solar panel? Then you might like a specific electric cord door. It might sound unimportant but a lamp hook in the ceiling of the living area is handy if you want to sit and read in the evening.

Windows

A lot of people overlook tent windows, but in a large tent, windows can make all the difference. Large windows give great natural lighting and make the tent feel more spacious. But if you can see out the whole world can see in, so check for curtains or blinds. You probably don’t want windows in the sleeping areas. Four AM sunrises might not be when you want to wake up so you will likely want a darkened area.

How is the door built?

Where is the door and does it have a porch or vestibule? A large door is great in the summer, but if it is raining it may let water drip into the tent when you are opening the door. Some tents have more than one door, meaning you can choose which door is best depending on the conditions. Do you have a porch or rain gutter/gully to protect from flooding your tent just by opening the door?

The ground sheet on larger tents is usually a separate part and often is a trip hazard at the entrance so check how the groundsheet fits.

Traditional tents and teepees have made a revival and are seen as glamorous. Made with modern fabrics, these tents can offer a comfortable camping experience. Most even accommodate a wood burning stove or heater with a chimney through the roof. They are really quite easy to pitch, most involving just a center pole or post and pegging out. However, they are generally heavier and have a large heavy and sometimes wooden pole. Although they don’t have separate bedrooms they are cozy and warm.

Inflatable tents vs poles

You may have noticed that the tents above either have poles or air beams (inflatable tents). So which is best?

When I first came across inflatable tents I immediately thought these will be no good for any serious camping. But I was wrong. Inflatable tents definitely have their place in camping. So how can you decide which is best for you?

Most of us have at some time or another seen, if not slept, in a tent which had poles to hold its shape.

A pole tent will definitely take longer to pitch: 10 minutes or more for a large family tent. You have to build the poles and thread them or attach them to the flysheet, you will need to peg out guy cables and peg out the tent. With a large family or 6 man tent, it is almost impossible to do this on your own. Pole type tents are generally bigger and also mostly less expensive than air beam tents.

Air Beam or inflatable tents are a single unit, and basically, all you have to do is inflate it. How they work is simpler than you may think. Where you would normally have poles these tents have an inflatable tube. The tube is made from the same material as a bicycle inner tube, inside a fabric tube.  

If you get a puncture you can just fix it the same way you would fix a bicycle puncture. Inflatable tents are just one piece and maybe an extra fly sheet. This makes them heavier to transport as everything is in one bag. But a lot easier to pitch. To pitch an inflatable tent you just lay it out and pump it up.

Most come with a hand pump. Your lungs can inflate to maybe 2 psi, whereas an inflatable tent’s air beans need to be inflated to between 4 to 7psi. Once you have inflated the tent you just need to peg it out. Most of the family size tents will inflate in approximately 5 to 6 mins. Sounds easy, but if pumping a car tire for 5 minutes will build up a sweat, so will inflating your tent.

There are pros and cons in pitching both types. But how do they compare in less than perfect weather conditions? In windy conditions, a pole tent will only take so much before poles either bend or break. However, an inflatable tent may sag into the wind, but no damage will be done to the structure of the tent.

To summarize, pole tents are easier to carry, and less expensive than an inflatable one, but take some time and more people to pitch it. Inflatable tents are more expensive, easy to pitch even by one person.

Neither is really better or worse but simply depends on the type of camping you are generally into, as well as your personal preference. If you are usually the only one who gets stuck with the job of building a camp, then perhaps an inflatable model is the way to go.

If you tend to stick to the more traditional methods of doing things, well go pick yourself up a model with poles.

FAQs

Q: What are some construction features of a tent that I should focus on?

Before you take your tent and venture out into your wilderness exploration, you’ll want to set your tent up around the house first. If you have a freestanding tent, you’ll be able to stand the tent up without using stakes. That means the tent setup process will be faster and your tent is easy to reposition and move to a new spot. Many tents are made to be freestanding since they are so easy to set-up, but some lightweight tents won’t have this feature to decrease weight. So, first determine if your tent is freestanding or not.

Next, you’ll need to look at the pole hubs of the tent. Pole hubs are great features since they usually make assembly of the tent much easier. First, remove the folded pole sections out of your bag and create the tent skeleton, following the segments of the tent as you go. Sometimes, tents include smaller cross poles and these can be apart from the hub. These cross poles are usually easy to label once you assemble the main poles of the tent. Another nice benefit of having a hub is that they make a tent more durable and stable.

Pole clips are another feature used on tents to connect poles to tent canopies and/or tent sleeves. The fabric tension in a pole’s sleeves are usually stronger in pitch, but sometimes threading your poles can be difficult. Pole clips are light and easy to attach, making the stitching process easy. Also, you’ll get more airflow with pole clips, and better ventilation.

Also, take a look at your tent and check its color coding. Most tent manufacturers’ color code their tent setup instructions so that you can more quickly and easily set-up each tent pole tip to the right tent corner, sleeve, or clip. This helps increase your speed when you set-up your tent.

Q: What materials should my tent be made of?

Most good six-person tents come with strong, low-weight aluminum poles. Aluminum poles are strong and also help to reduce weight if one is going to carry the tent in a pack. So, if you’re looking for high-quality poles with your tent, opt for aluminum poles.

The fabrics most six-person tents are made from can vary widely and usually include specialized versions of nylon and polyester fabrics. Most fabrics used in tents include the dernier, or fabric’s yarn weight in grams based on a 9,000-meter length of yarn. If the dernier is higher, the fabric is more durable yet heavier. If the dernier is lighter, the fabric will be more lightweight but not as durable.

Q: What’s the best way to store a tent?

When you’re taking down your tent and putting it into storage, it’s important to make sure that it is completely dry and free of debris, and packed away in the manner suggested by the manufacturer.  This helps to keep the tent newer for a longer period and to prevent the growth of mold or mildew, which can make the tent pretty much unusable.

Q: What tent size should I get?

Doing some math, if you have 25sq feet per person and 4 adults under 6ft tall, you would need 100 square feet minimum. Start adding gear, bags, supplies, or airbeds/cots and the extra square footage starts flying out the window. How long you plan to camp is also something to take into consideration. The longer the trip, the greater amount of personal items and gear, and it will take up tent space.

Q: What do I need to know about my tent’s interior height?

Tents are commonly assumed to be short, causing hunched over walking or even crawling around. These family tents are far from that, their spacious rooms don’t stop with the floor space. With heights as tall as 6ft 8in, there is plenty of room to stand, change, stretch and easily move about the space. Tents with extra height can even be used for more storage with added gear lofts.

Final Thoughts

When searching for the best six-person tent for your outdoor adventures, you’ll need to use your intuition to plan ahead a bit. If you know when you plan to camp, where, and if you need to move around and backpack, then you’ll be able to assess what type of tent you’ll need.

For those outdoor enthusiasts that prefer camping year-round, they’ll want a more durable, three to four season tent; however, campers that only plan on camping a few times during warmer months won’t need to zone in so much on durability. Also, if you plan to backpack with your tent, you’ll need something lighter, but if you plan on staying in one spot, you can opt for almost any tent design.

The point is really having a well-built shelter to house you, your family, or friends during some quality time with nature, thus allowing you to pay attention to what really matters.

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