Best 4 Person Tent

Best 4 Person Tent

A four-person tent is easily one of the most popular tent sizes, and pretty much every brand makes their own version (or multiple versions in some cases). This leaves you with the paradox of choice, so we’ve assembled the top rated tents for you to pick from. We’ve chosen tents with a variety of features, shapes, ventilation options, and price points so you can choose the best 4 person tent for you situation. Make sure you’re taking into consideration factors directly linked to your typical use, like 3 season vs 4 season, max height, number of doors, ease of assembly, storage options, and more!

Best 4-person Tents

There are our picks for the best products

Product

Preferred
Use

Price

Coleman Skydome Screen Room Tent: 4-Person

3 season best all around

$$

Editor’s Choice

Eureka Space Camp 4

Lots of head room

$$$

caddis rapid 4 person tent

Caddis Rapid 4 Tent

Easy Assembly

$$

best 4 person tent

Coleman PEAK1 4-Person Dome Tent

4 Season Capable for the Serious Adventurer

$$$

snow peak tent review

SnowPeak Alpha Breeze

Accessibility / Luxury

$$$

slumberjack daybreak 4

Slumberjack Daybreak 4

Budget

$

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Editor’s Choice – Coleman Skydome Screen Room Tent

Our top pick for the best 4 person tent is this Coleman Skydome because of it’s built-in screen room, affordable price, and easy set up. The porch area adds an extra space that’s weatherproof – it’s perfect for morning coffee, storage, extra sleeping quarters, or just a bug-free lounge space. Because of the near vertical walls, this tent has 20% more headroom than other Coleman tents. It’s an affordable price, especially for all its features. Plus, it sets up in only 5 minutes, so you can enjoy more time camping and less time fussing over your gear.

We also love the mostly mesh design, which allows for lots of ventilation with the rain fly off. I can say that we do appreciate a traditional rain fly (vs. zipper windows), so this Coleman design is right up our alley. This Skydome tent also made our Editor’s Choice for best tent with a screen room, so you know it’s just overall a well-rounded tent that’s well-designed.

Specifications

  • Weight: 13.26 lbs.
  • Screen Room Size: 28 sq. ft.
  • Packed size: 9″ x 8″ x 23.5″
  • Floor size: 8′ x 10’6″ including screen room – 60 ft² (8 x 7 ft. without screen room)
  • Peak height: 4ft 7in
  • Poles: Fiberglass
  • Occupancy: 4 (6 and 8 person also available)
  • Season: 3 Season

Pros

  • Best overall with affordability, size, and quality
  • Included screen room for bug-free hanging out

Cons

  • Shortest peak height on the list

Eureka! Space Camp

Eureka! has a long running role in history since their formation in 1895. They answered Uncle Sam’s call-to-action in World War II by devoting all their resources to make large all-purpose field tents to serve as barracks, mess halls, and hospitals for U.S. forces. They also provided the tents for Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first confirmed men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest (1953).

They continue to make high quality outdoor gear today, and their Space Camp is no exception. It’s consistently rated very highly by users, and has many desirable qualities for a 4 person tent. The tall peak height lets you stand up (as long as you’re 5’8″ or shorter), and the 2 doors with vestibules let you get in and out easily while also storing gear outside the tent. There’s 10 pockets for stashing items, adjustable venting to help attain the perfect temperature, and a durable 7000 series aluminum frame that will stand the test of time.

Specifications

  • Weight: 13lb 14.4oz
  • Packed size: 8″ x 25″
  • Floor size: 96″ x 90″ (60 ft²)
  • Peak height: 5’8″
  • Poles: 7000-series Aluminum
  • Occupancy: 4
  • Season: 3 Season

Pros

  • 2 doors with vestibules
  • Aluminum frame

Cons

  • Taller frame isn’t good for windy conditions

Caddis Rapid 4 Tent

caddis rapid 4 person tent

Caddis is a small company that was founded in 2005 with a focus on float tubes for fishing. They’ve since expanded their business and product line to include shelters and tents, including this Rapid 4 Person Tent. Spend less time setting up camp and more time enjoying the outdoors because this tent only takes a couple minutes to set up. It’s super easy and can be done by only 1 person if needed. There’s multiple windows for ventilation, an integrated gear loft and side storage, and a rain fly to keep inclement weather out. This tent has the highest peak height on our list at a whopping 6ft 8inches, and this can be either a pro or con depending on how you most frequently camp. It’s best for warm weather camping so the hot air can rise, and shouldn’t be used in cooler temperatures because it will be difficult to heat.

Even though there’s really limited information on the specifications of this tent and the Caddis company website isn’t very established, this tent consistently receives raving reviews and makes the cut for lots of “best of” lists. If you’re looking for an easy set up tent for quick overnight camping trips, this is going to be a great option.

https://www.rei.com/product/200113/caddis-rapid-4-tent

Specifications

  • Weight: 20lbs 8oz
  • Packed size: 9″ x 50″
  • Floor size: 96″ x 96″ x 72″ (64 ft²)
  • Peak height: 6ft 8in
  • Poles: Steel
  • Occupancy: 4
  • Season: 3

Pros

  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Tallest peak height on this list

Cons

  • Tall height would be hard to keep warm on fall camping trips

Coleman PEAK1 4-Person Dome Tent

best 4 person tent

This Coleman PEAK1 is seriously one of the most well-thought out, high quality tents we’ve seen not only from Coleman, but from the market in general. If you’re willing to spend a little bit extra money, this tent is well worth it with its thought out design and rugged 4 season and all weather capabilities. The 7000-series aluminum poles withstand winds up to 45 mph, and the waterproof fabric with robust rain fly keep the moisture out. The big door is as wide as the whole tent and has a spacious vestibule for gear storage.

Perhaps the coolest aspect of this tent is the ample mesh and star view window. Almost the entire tent is made of mesh besides the tub style flooring, and the included rain fly has a built-in star view window that zips open for extra airflow and the ultimate view of the night sky. Sleep with the rain fly off for the most ventilation possible (of all the tents on this list), or cover with the rain fly and still have nice ventilation using the pop out ventilation flaps.

If you’re looking to get outside no matter the weather, then this tent is perfect for you.

Specifications

  • Weight: 12lbs 15.1oz
  • Packed size: 25.98″ x 8.66″ x 8.66″
  • Floor size: 94″ x 94″ (61.3 ft²)
  • Peak height: 5ft 10in
  • Poles: 7000-series aluminum
  • Occupancy: 4
  • Season: 3-4 Season
  • Price: $$$ 439.95

Pros

  • Can be used in all 4 seasons
  • No-see-um mesh exterior means lots of ventilation

Cons

  • A bit pricier

Snow Peak Alpha Breeze Tent

snow peak tent review

Snow Peak was founded in 1958 after Yukio Yamai realized he was dissatisfied with the available gear on the market at the time. His company started making products in his hometown and has grown into the company we know today as Snow Peak. This tent (and all their products) are super high quality and we’ve added this Alpha Breeze to our list because of it’s accessibility and strong construction.

The feature that immediately stood out to us was the 4 doors, which give access to the tent from every side. There are two main doors which are wide enough that they practically take up the whole side of the tent. They both have large vestibule areas for storage, and one of them can be converted into an awning using longer poles. There are two other doors that are smaller corner doors which provide access and mesh for ventilation.

The second best feature is its sturdiness and stability, since it’s built to withstand rain and wind, as you can tell by its contoured shape. Once the rain fly is on, you can see how it would be extremely waterproof and able to stand up to harsher conditions compared to a more square-shaped tent. Even with its ergonomic shape, it still has a generous max height of 6ft 1 inch and the largest square footage of all the tents on this list. This Snow Peak Alpha Breeze is a great option if you want to spend a little extra money for something high quality, functional, and accessible.

Specifications

  • Weight: 24lbs 3.2oz
  • Packed size: 14.9 x 8.1 x 6.1″
  • Floor size: 9.1 x 8.5 ft (77.35 ft²)
  • Peak height: 6ft 1in
  • Poles: Duralumin A6061
  • Occupancy: 4
  • Season: 3

Pros

  • Built to withstand wind and rain
  • High quality materials
  • High peak height

Cons

  • Most expensive tent on this list

Slumberjack Daybreak

The Slumberjack Daybreak 4 is one of the tents on this list that we have used for a long time and have recently retired it. It lasted a solid 8 years before we decided to purchase a new tent, and we highly recommend it. We’ve done a full write up if you want more information about the Slumberjack Daybreak 4, but here’s a little breakdown of the best features.

We originally picked out this tent because of the full mesh frame, which was the most ventilation possible for warm camping nights. We used this tent many times, but the mesh really came into play during a trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, where we slept without the rain fly on and watched the Milky Way rise above us through the no-see-um mesh. Fast forward to fall camping trips in Arkansas and Oklahoma, where we slept with the rain fly on and it kept us plenty warm.

The tent is super easy to set up and only takes a few minutes, and the large front vestibule is plenty of space for packs and dirty shoes. The rain fly is full coverage, which provided ample protection during rain storms and windy nights. As a bonus, the Daybreak is our most affordable and lightest tent on this list.

Specifications

  • Weight: 11lbs 2oz
  • Packed size: 7″ x 26″
  • Floor size: 99″ x 84″ (57.75 ft²)
  • Peak height: 4ft 10in
  • Poles: Fiberglass
  • Occupancy: 4
  • Season: 3 Season

Pros

  • Most affordable tent on this list
  • No-see-um mesh exterior for ample ventilation

Cons

  • Lower peak height

Thing to Consider When Choosing a Product

When trying to narrow down 4 person tents to the best choice for you, make sure you’re taking into consideration your typical use and how it relates to the features below:

Max Height

Max height is the maximum height of the tent and is typically located in the center or apex of the tent. Because 4-person tents are typically smaller and shorter, there’s not usually much to talk about when it comes to head space. That being said, several of the tents on our list actually have a height that allows standing, especially the Caddis Rapid 4 that stands at 6ft 8inches. On the reverse side, the Coleman Skydome (our Editor’s Choice) is only 4ft 7in. If being able to stand in your tent is a big priority, then make sure you’re picking something at least an inch or two more than the tallest person in your party.

That being said, the max height involves more than just being able to stand up straight. You must also take into consideration that taller tents are harder to keep warm because warm air rises. If the tent is too tall, the warm air will rise and leave the cooler air on the bottom. This could be a benefit if you only camp in warm temperatures, but could be a major downfall if you enjoy fall and spring camping.

Shape

There’s a lot of factors that go into the shape of a tent, from the beginnings of the design to the presence of pre-curved poles or straighter walls. Sometimes you won’t know your preference until you’ve had a few tents, but if you think you may like one way or another you should follow that. Tents with near vertical walls will allow for more usable space, but the walls will also catch wind easier and leave you susceptible to breaking poles during gusts. A more curved design is meant to let the wind skate over the surface, which is better for adverse conditions.

Floor Size

Because these tents are all designed for 4 people, they have generally a similar square footage of tent space. However, we wouldn’t typically recommend a 4 person tent for 4 people unless 2 are small children. The capacity of a tent shows how many people can squeeze in mummy style, not necessarily how many people can sleep comfortably. This doesn’t leave any room for changing clothes, storing gear, or sitting in the tent. We personally use a 4 person tent for 2 adults, and enjoy having the extra space. This also allows for a queen sized mattress for us to sleep on, which is much more comfortable!

4 person tent layout

Ventilation

Because the sun’s rays can go through the tent material but the resulting heat can’t escape, a warm sunny day will make your tent more of an oven than anything else. Ventilation allows the warm air to escape, keeping you more comfortable – this is especially important on sunny warm days, and is essential for getting your tent cool enough to sleep in at night. Ventilation is not as important for cold weather camping, and can actually hurt you by making your tent too cold. This is why a 4 season tent will have less ventilation and less mesh than a 3 season tent.

Weather Protection

Some tent companies put a lot of effort into weatherproofing their tents, while others include it as an after thought. If you are someone who typically gets exposed to adverse conditions like wind and rain, you should put more emphasis on picking a tent that can withstand these conditions. This means a more robust rain fly and sturdier poles like aluminum instead of fiberglass. If you only camp on perfect sunny days, this will be less of a factor for you.

Ease of Setup

Some tents on this list take only a few minutes to set up, while others can take upwards of 10+ minutes depending on construction. Generally a quicker set up time is preferred, unless the tent takes longer to set up because of a desirable feature like being a larger, taller tent or having extra vestibules or multiple rooms.

Weight and Packed Size

Since people rarely carry 4 person tents for backpacking, the weight and packed size isn’t necessarily a factor. If you do find an ultralight backpacking tent for 4 people, you can pretty much guess that it will be quite expensive. We’ve included the weight and packed size measurements for your reference, but we wouldn’t consider them to be a major factor for purchase because they’re all fairly similar and you don’t need to carry them long distances.

Vestibules & Porches

Not all tents have a vestibule, which is a small area of space under the rain fly but outside the main tent, typically located outside a door. This area is mostly used for gear storage such as muddy shoes and backpacks, or anything else that doesn’t need to be in the main tent space. Some vestibules can be converted to awnings, as seen in the Slumberjack Daybreak and Snow Peak Alpha Breeze.

Another option is a screen porch, as seen in our Editor’s Choice Coleman tent. This allows for a bit more usable space since it’s bug free and large enough for a couple camping chairs. Think of it as a front porch versus a vestibule is more like shoe rack outside your door.

Conclusion

There’s a lot of factors that go into picking the perfect tent for your situation, but it really comes down to your typical use and what features you enjoy having. Our top pick is the Coleman Skydome because of its screen porch, classic design, and affordable price, but all tents on this list could be a “top pick” for someone depending on their desires. That’s why we have included a large variety of shapes and prices, so you can pick what’s best for you!

FAQ

What are the best 4 person tents?

We’ve selected the Coleman Skydome as our top pick for best 4-person tent, but some other great options include the Eureka Space Camp, Caddis Rapid 4, Coleman PEAK1, the Alpha Breeze by SnowPeak, and the Slumberjack Daybreak. These tents are all extremely highly rated by users, and offer their own specifications and best uses.

Who makes the best high quality camping tents?

Some of the top brands for a quality camping tent include Coleman, SnowPeak, REI brand, Erueka!, and Slumberjack.

Who makes the toughest tent?

There are lots of tents out there that are built for rugged and extreme conditions. Keep an eye out for features like aluminum or steel poles, a robust rain fly, and a contoured shape to let the wind fly by.

About the Author

Ashley Vitiello

Ashley is an adventurous soul who loves all things nature, especially warm sunshine, hiking, wildflowers, and mushrooms. If she isn’t writing content for Know Nothing Nomads, she’s probably in a forest looking at big mountain views and tiny pieces of moss on the side of the trail.

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