The 12 Best Instant Tents

Sports & outdoors By James 

The 12 Best Instant Tents

Sports & outdoors By James 

Our Top Choices

Best Instant Tent for Big Groups

CORE Two Room Instant Cabin Tent

The CORE Two Room Instant Cabin Tent doesn’t kid around when it comes to space. This mammoth of a tent can sleep up to 12 adult campers, and even features a removable room partition to give different groups a little more privacy. Despite its monumental size though, the CORE Two Room Instant Cabin Tent pitches and collapses with relative ease, taking no more than 2 minutes to set up or fold down.

Best Overall Functionality

Coleman 2-Person Pop-Up Tent

The Coleman 2-Person Pop-Up Tent might seem pretty basic, but it really delivers wonderful performance with its simplistic design. The tent literally pops up to minimize the effort and time you put into pitching, but aside from that, it also comes equipped with supreme durability, ventilation, sun protection, and basic storage compartments that all fold down into a lightweight little package.

Best Instant Tent for Solo Campers

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent

There’s no need to pack more weight or space than you need if your hiking alone. On our list, the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent comes in as the best instant tent for solo campers, and for good reasons. By the mechanism of tension, this tent simplifies both set-up and pack-away, letting you get it all done in under a minute for supreme convenience and ease. Plus, built to last against the elements and wear and tear, the Lynx Tent is one that you’ll be sure to enjoy for many years down the line.

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With the summer season in full swing, you might be thinking of taking advantage of the sunny weather by going on a trip outdoors. Hiking and camping can be loads of fun, especially if you come prepared with everything you need. For instance, a sturdy, spacious tent can provide loads of comfort to keep you feeling rested and safe from the elements even in the thick of the wild.

Now, if you never got to earning your tent pitching badge back in your girl or boy scout days, then putting up a traditional tent might make you want to call it quits and head back home. Fortunately, lots of tents these days are designed with easy instant mechanisms that get them standing and ready for occupancy with as little effort from you as possible.

Interested in streamlining that tent pitching process? Here are the 12 best instant tents currently on the market.

 

CORE Instant Cabin Tent with Wall Organizer

CORE Instant Cabin Tent with Wall Organizer

If you were looking for something that offers a little more space, the CORE Instant Cabin Tent with Wall Organizer might be right up your alley. Able to sleep six campers, this tent features fast-pitch tech that lets you get the entire thing up in less than a minute. For strong winds and rain, it’s highly recommended that you also install the stakes and guy lines to keep your tent nice and secure.

Along the floor of the tent is an adjustable ground vent that improves air circulation to keep your tent less stuffy and a whole lot cooler. Inside, a gear loft can accommodate shoes, small bags, canteens, and food to keep your stuff off of the cabin floor. Plus, a dedicated wall organizer gives you lots of compartments that can help you keep all the essentials within arm’s reach.

  • Capacity: 6 adults or 9 children
  • Footprint: Rectangular
  • Center height: 6 feet

 

Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup

Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup

Coleman is possibly one of the most popular brands in the outdoor and camping market. Offering a range of products from sleeping bags, to hiking gear, to outdoor cooking essentials and more, Coleman has cemented itself as a brand to be reckoned with. Their Cabin Tent with Instant Setup is one of their best in this category, featuring a 60 second set-up process that will save you precious time on your trip.

The instant tent comes with pre-assembled poles – just like the other tents on the list – that let you simply pull the structure to stand, after which you can attach the stakes and guy lines. Despite being pretty spacious and sizeable, the Coleman Cabin Tent collapses down to a fraction of its set up size, letting you carry around the lightweight tent with ease. Of course, it also boasts premium Coleman craftsmanship – from fabric quality to waterproofing – so you can sleep sound even in the middle of nowhere.

  • Capacity: 3 adults or 4 children
  • Footprint: Square
  • Center height: 4 feet 11 inches

 

Hewolf Waterproof Instant Tent

Hewolf Waterproof Instant Tent

Experienced campers should take no more than a minute setting up the Hewolf Waterproof Instant Tent. Designed with an instant pop-up frame, all you need to do is pull up the top to lock the rods in place, and you’re good to go. For extra stability, pin the tent’s corners down with 6 stakes and add guy lines if you’re expecting some wind. On its own though, the Hewolf can stand up against 17 mph winds, perfect for those slow summer days.

Aside from its easy set-up, the Hewolf Waterproof Instant Tent also boasts a few other features for your convenience and safety. Its spacious interior can easily accommodate a queen-size inflatable mattress, the walls are double-layered and protect against UV rays, and it also comes with two different entryways so you can open up your tent and let in a cool breeze.

  • Capacity: 3 adults or 4 children
  • Footprint: Hexagon
  • Center height: 5 feet 5 inches

 

LETHMIK Instant Automatic Pop-Up Tent

LETHMIK Instant Automatic Pop-Up Tent

Designed with the novice camper in mind, the LETHMIK Instant Automatic Pop-Up Tent is a lightweight build that easily sets up in just 30 seconds. The tent’s skeleton expands into place by simply pulling the center upwards, locking the poles into the dome shape so you can quickly take shelter without the fuss. On its own, the tent can stand without a hitch especially in light wind conditions. But the package does come with stakes and wind rope in case you need to reinforce your temporary retreat.

Made from durable 190TPU fabric, the seams on the LETHMIK are taped to prevent leakage. Its high-strength fiberglass poles are both durable and lightweight, so it won’t add too much of a burden to your shoulders during a hike. All things considered, the efficient LETHMIK tent offers convenience and comfort from all angles. That, plus its reasonable price, might just make it a suitable choice for buyers on a budget.

  • Capacity: 2-3 adults, 4 children
  • Footprint: Square
  • Center height: 4.5 feet

 

ZOMAKE Pop-Up Tent

ZOMAKE Pop-Up Tent

If you’re expecting fairly clear weather, or if you’re simply planning to camp in your own backyard, then the ZOMAKE Pop-Up Tent is an affordable and obvious choice. Folding down to a round disc shape, the first thing you’ll notice – and appreciate – about this tent is that it’s tiny collapsed footprint can easily fit into any storage space. Once you take it out, the pre-assembled rods just find their way and literally pop right up without any need for your effort.

The spacious tent sleeps up to 3 adults or 4 children and offers lots of ventilation with three entryways and mosquito mesh covers that allow a fresh breeze to pass through your outdoor retreat. Take it out to the beach for a quick day trip with the fam, or pop it open in your garden for some relaxing star gazing. This tent’s just perfect for those mini doses of the the great outdoors.

  • Capacity: 3 adults or 4 children
  • Footprint: Rectangular
  • Center height: 4 feet 2 inches

 

Easthills Outdoors Coastview Easy Set-Up Beach Tent

Easthills Outdoors Coastview Easy Set-Up Beach Tent

A trip to the beach calls for a completely different kind of tent. So, if you were planning to soak up some summer waves with your family, then you might want to consider copping a beach-appropriate tent. The Easthills Outdoors Coastview Easy Set-Up Beach Tent uses the pull-to-stand mechanism that lets you easily and effortlessly pitch up your retreat within no time at all.

Specially designed for use on the beach, the Easthills Beach Tent also features a zippered porch that you can lay out flat to let in the cool shore breeze while you watch the kids build their sandcastles. The porch can also be zipped closed to give you some privacy while you catch some z’s or change your clothes. Naturally, collapsing the design is fairly easy as well. Just press down on the closing mechanism and the tent should fold down, ready to be packed away.

  • Capacity: 3 adults or 4 children
  • Footprint: Hexagonal
  • Center height: 4 feet

 

TETON Sports Outfitter Quick Tent

TETON Sports Outfitter Quick Tent

These days, solo travel is becoming more and more of a thing. So not everyone needs the spacious mansion-like tents with built in closets and whatever else. If you’re one of those solo campers, the TETON Sports Outfitter Quick Tent should make a suitable addition to your growing hiking gear collection.

The tent sleeps just one but offers a lot of space with its XXL silhouette. To pitch it up, just roll it out, lock the poles, pull the drawstring, and you’re all set. The effortless process is perfect if you’re hiking alone, letting you set up in no time so you can retreat from rain or cold as quickly as possible. When it’s time to pack up, the tent collapses down into a 25-inch unit ready to be stuffed into your main pack before you head out on your next adventure.

  • Capacity: 1 adult
  • Footprint: Rectangular
  • Center height: 2 feet 6 inches

 

CORE Two Room Instant Cabin Tent

CORE Two Room Instant Cabin Tent

So maybe you’re not a solo traveler. Maybe you’ve got a couple (or a dozen) other hikers in your group. If that’s the case, the CORE Two Room Instant Cabin Tent can be your mini mansion in the great outdoors. Able to accommodate up to 12 people, this behemoth of a tent features 2 doors and 5 windows to keep the scenery in view even when you decide to retreat into the comfort of your temporary wilderness home.

Of course, you would think that with such a size, it would be impossible to assemble and pitch the tent in less than 15 minutes, but that’s where the CORE Two Room Instant Cabin Tent might surprise you. With pre-assembled poles, this monstrous tent pitches in just 2 minutes, saving you the time, effort, and backaches that come with more tedious designs of the same size. Folding it down is just as easy – just unlock the central pole junction and you can roll it up to be packed away.

  • Capacity: 12 adults or 18 children
  • Footprint: Rectangular
  • Center height: 6 feet 6 inches

 

Coleman 2-Person Pop-Up Tent

Coleman 2-Person Pop-Up Tent

Rely on Coleman to not let their competitors get too far ahead. For couple travelers who want a spacious yet effortless, the Coleman 2-Person Pop-Up Tent has it all. As one of t Coleman’s most affordable designs, this nifty little thing does all the work for you. Just unpack it, set it out on the ground, and let the pre-assembled poles find their own way. The entire thing should be up and ready to accommodate your tired self in just under a minute.

Able to accommodate two sleepers, the Coleman 2-Person Pop-Up Tent comes with all the features you would expect out of a Coleman tent. That includes an excellently waterproofed structure, strong yet lightweight poles, and a multi-position rainfly to give you the perfect marriage between ventilation and protection against the elements.

  • Capacity: 2 adults
  • Footprint: Rectangular
  • Center height: 2 feet 11 inches

 

Timber Ridge Instant Cabin with Rainfly

Timber Ridge Instant Cabin with Rainfly

Designed to make your camping trip easier and more enjoyable, the Timber Ridge Instant Cabin with Rainfly boasts a no-assembly design that lets you pitch up your retreat in under one minute. The design uses a quick-open system that locks all the poles in their proper place with a simple tug, cutting the set-up time in half and giving you more precious moments to enjoy the great outdoors.

Inside the spacious square-based tent can sleep up to 6 people and comes equipped with a bunch of interior pockets where you can keep things like bug spray, power banks, and other essentials easily within reach. To collapse, just press down on the dedicated unlock buttons arranged on the pole joints and fold the whole thing down to a backpack friendly size.

  • Capacity: 6 adults
  • Footprint: Square
  • Center height: 6 feet 5 inches

 

Alvantor Camping Tent

Alvantor Camping Tent

If you’re expecting sunny days, the Alvantor Camping Tent makes a great addition to your hiking pack. The small tent is exceptionally affordable at less than $25 each, making it an easy purchase for buyers who want a tent that won’t weigh too heavily on their pockets. Despite the price, the tent features a spacious interior that can sleep one to two people with ease.

Set-up of course is rather simple and intuitive. The pre-assembled poles lock into place as you release the tent from its bag, letting you do away with the tedious process of pitching it up manually. The fabric used for the design is exceptionally breathable, allowing ample amounts of air to pass through and cool down the interior for a comfortable wilderness snooze. Keep in mind though, it’s not waterproof. So, it would be wise to check the weather forecast before you throw this tent into your pack.

  • Capacity: 1 to 2 adults
  • Footprint: Rectangular
  • Center height: 3 feet 3 inches

 

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent

Another entry in the solo trekker category is the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent. Designed with poles that apply tension on each other and pop up when released from the carrying bag, this is one of those convenient tents that pitches itself. To collapse it back into its case, simply fold the poles down and fold the tent up to fit it back into its pack.

Aside from that, the ALPS Lynx single sleeper tent offers a bunch of other convenient features, like reinforced zippers, lots of internal pockets, mosquito mesh windows for clear outdoor views, and a designated gear loft to keep your essentials off of the tent floor.

  • Capacity: 1 adult
  • Footprint: Rectangular
  • Center height: 3 feet