Best 8 Person Tent of 2023

By: Derek Vitiello | Last Updated on May 23, 2024

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Based on our camping experience, the best 8 person tent is The North Face Wawona 8 because it has everything you could possibly need and more – like three doors for easy access, an oversized front porch, quality materials, and a lifetime warranty.

We understand that this may not be everyone’s top pick, so we’ve also assembled our other favorite options below – that way you can pick the perfect four person tent that best fits your needs.

8 person tents can be a great addition to a wide variety of gear closets, and they are a great balance of having a larger tent but not something that’s too oversized or too difficult to setup. They usually will have great features, lots of headroom, and be made of high quality materials that will withstand several years and lots of car camping trips.

We’ve thoroughly researched and tested all the best 8 person tents currently on the market and have narrowed it down to the six top picks below. They are all highly rated, quality tents, and are made by great brands that are well-known in the outdoor industry.

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6 Best 8 Person Camping Tents

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North Face Wawona 8 Person
  • Overall best 8 person tent
  • Three doors
  • Oversized vestibule
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Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8 Person
  • Ample mesh allows for plenty of ventilation
  • One of the best cabin tents available
  • Vertical walls with tallest max height on this list
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Gazelle T8 Hub Tent
  • Instant setup in under 90 seconds
  • 1 year warranty
  • Weather resistant with high waterhead rating and large rainfly
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White Duck Avalon Canvas Tent
  • Durable cotton canvas material that’s waterproof
  • Lots of interior space for an 8 person tent
  • Built to last a lifetime
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Coleman Skydome XL 8 Person
  • Fits up to three queen sized air mattresses
  • Large dome tent
  • Pre-attached poles
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Zempire EVO TL V2 Tent
  • 3 year warranty
  • Super quick setup
  • Air beams instead of traditional tent poles for support
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Editor’s Choice – North Face Wawona 8 Person

The North Face is a great brand that is often part of any extreme outdoor event, from trans-Antarctica expeditions to Everest summits and more. They are a leading brand you can trust to make some awesome outdoor gear that will support you through lots of adventures to come. We’ve selected their Wawona as the best 8 person tent because of it’s high quality, 3 doors, and oversized vestibule.

We love that the max interior height of this tent is a generous 6ft. 6in., so even the tallest people in your group can stand up straight inside. Even the vestibule itself is about 6 ft. x 6 ft. (L x W), so there’s enough space there to store bikes or even use it as a small lounging area with a couple of chairs.

The tent is actually shaped like a rectangle, where the depth is 8 ft. and the width is 14 ft., which then splits into two rooms with a removable room divider. This leaves each room being 7 x 8 feet.

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We really like the ample amount of mesh, which is mostly located near the top half of the tent so you still have some privacy for changing and sleeping. Even with the rainfly on, you have the options of opening the two side doors to their mesh layer for a great cross breeze.

On the back side of the tent, a portion of the rainfly can roll up and expose some of the upper mesh. With a lot of tents, we typically find that once the rainfly is on, you’re sealed in, but this tent has great options for airflow even with it on.

And of course, The North Face didn’t forget about the small details. They’ve used DAC MX poles, which are strong and lightweight. Color-coded poles and trims help speed up setup time, and the internal organization pockets help you stash gear. There’s 75D polyester throughout the tent, except the floor has 150D, making it stronger to withstand wear and tear. The waterhead rating is 1200mm, which is an ample amount for most casual camping weather conditions like rain and light winds.

This 8 person tent is a great option to add to your car camping setup, and is perfect for everything from weekend getaways to family camping trips when you want the space, ventilation, and privacy this tent has to offer.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 24.9 lbs.
  • # of Doors: 3
  • # of Vestibules: 1
  • Vestibule Square Feet: ~36
  • Floor Size: 168” x 96”
  • Square Feet: 112 sq. ft.
  • Peak height: 78”
  • Poles: DAC MX
  • Waterhead rating: 1200mm PU all around
  • Fabric Quality: 75D polyester canopy and rain fly, 150D polyester floor
  • Highlight: Three doors plus an oversized vestibule

Pros

  • Overall best 8 person tent
  • Three doors
  • Oversized vestibule
  • DAC MX poles
  • Includes a room divider
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Mesh is accessible even with rain fly on

Cons

  • Small doors for the overall size of the tent

Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8 Person

Eureka! started all the way back in 1895, well after the gold rush in California. They started making rugged canvas wagon covers and grew into a company that supplied the tents that took Sir Edmund Hillary on a Nepal expedition, and later James Whittaker on the first all American Everest expedition. Needless to say, Eureka! makes some great camping gear and this cabin tent is no exception.

With lots of mesh windows on all sides of the tent, there’s plenty of options for ventilation. The windows zipper closed for weather protection and privacy, or can zipper open for lots of air flow. The near vertical walls on this cabin tent, combined with the tallest max height on this list (7ft.), make for an airy and spacious 8 person tent that also made our list for best tent for tall people.

We like how this tent has two doors that are catty-corner from each other, letting you access the tent from different sides without stepping over too many people. You can also split the room in half with an attachable room divider, so each room has their own entry way. This would create a 2 room tent, which would be great for family camping trip. There are also plenty of storage space, a zippered port for an electrical cord access, and an included gear loft.

The main downside of this 8 person tent is the thin floor material. If you plan on car camping in this tent frequently, we recommend purchasing the footprint and/or a tarp to lay on the inside of the tent floor for added protection.

Specifications

  • Weight: 33 lbs. 8 oz.
  • Season: 3
  • # of Doors: 2
  • # of Vestibules: 0
  • Floor size: 156” x 120”
  • Square Feet: 130 sq. ft.
  • Peak height: 84” (7 ft.)
  • Poles: steel & fiberglass
  • Waterhead rating: 1200mm
  • Material: 75D polyester canopy, floor and rain fly, 68D mesh
  • Highlight: lots of mesh and huge peak height

Pros

  • Ample mesh allows for plenty of ventilation
  • One of the best cabin tents available
  • Vertical walls with tallest max height on this list
  • Quick and easy setup

Cons

  • Thin material on the floor

Gazelle T8 Hub Tent

Gazelle has become one of our favorite tent brands and we really like the design of their T8 eight person tent. One of the first standout features we noticed was the instant setup, which takes less than 90 seconds from bag to done. In our experience, this is one of the fastest and easiest setups we’ve encountered, and it’s really cool to be able to setup your tent quickly so you can focus on the more fun parts of your camping adventure.

To enter the tent, there’s two D-shaped doors in the front that allow for easy access to the two room interior, which is separated by a zippered privacy panel that’s shaped like a door. Once inside, you can stand upright (6ft. 6in. max height) and use the interior zippers to open and close the windows for either ventilation or weather protection. There’s lots of mesh storage pockets throughout: two removable gear lofts, four large side storage nets, and six wall mounted pouch pockets.

All the zippers are high quality YKK, and the oversized rainfly stakes down for weather protection or can be rolled up for ventilation. Another standout feature about the bath tub floor is that it’s removable, which allows for easy cleaning. Gazelle offers a one year warranty, which is just another awesome feature from this great camping gear brand. We love everything about this tent besides the fiberglass poles. We would have preferred to see steel poles, but this tent still performs well and the fabric is built to last a long time.

Specifications

  • Weight: 56 lbs.
  • # of Doors: 2
  • Floor size: 168″ x 94″
  • Interior Space: 110 square feet
  • Peak height: 78″ (6ft. 6in.)
  • Poles: fiberglass
  • Fabric Quality: 210-denier shell, 300-denier floor
  • Waterhead Rating: 2000mm shell, 5,000mm floor
  • Highlight: Great family tent that has lots of storage and interior space

Pros

  • Instant setup in under 90 seconds
  • 1 year warranty
  • Weather resistant with high waterhead rating and large rainfly
  • Generous interior space and max height
  • Lots of storage pockets

Cons

  • Uses fiberglass poles

White Duck Avalon Canvas Tent

canvas best 8 person tent white duck avalon review

White Duck is the leading brand for the best canvas tents and their Avalon is one of our favorite tents currently on the market. If you’ve never owned a canvas tent before, it could seriously be worth checking out – people who have them love them. Their high quality canvas materials make for a waterproof tent right out of the box, and can be re-treated over the years to maintain waterproofing. This leads to a product that will last as long as you want and you’ll never have to buy another camping tent again.

Canvas tents are very weather proof and we love how this Avalon has mesh windows all around the sides of the tent and a large opening with a mesh covering. They allow for lots of ventilation (especially with the roof vents), or can be zippered shut for weather protection and privacy. It can sleep eight campers in sleeping bags, or it can fit several mattresses, including at least two queen air beds or several singles.

Because canvas is more breathable than traditional polyester, condensation is no longer an issue even though the fabric is waterproof, UV resistant, and has an optional fire retardant finish. Double stitched seams and reinforced corners paired with galvanized steel poles make this tent ready for all kinds of wind, rain, and even snow. You can use it year-round, and could even pair it with a wood burning stove to make it into a hot tent setup.

The Avalon is the perfect glamping tent, and is best for long term campers who plan on setting up and staying for longer periods of time. This camping tent also requires a large tent footprint and wouldn’t fit at most campgrounds that offer a tent pad, so it’s best used for off-grid camping.

Specifications

  • Weight: 125-134 lbs.
  • Floor size: 16’5″ diameter
  • Peak height: 9’8″
  • Door Height: 6’2″
  • Poles: galvanized steel
  • Fabric: 10.10 oz. Army Duck cotton canvas
  • Highlight: Canvas tent that’s built to last a lifetime

Pros

  • Durable cotton canvas material that’s waterproof
  • Lots of interior space for an 8 person tent
  • Built to last a lifetime
  • Can be used year-round

Cons

  • Heavy tent and long setup time

Coleman Skydome XL 8 Person

Skydome xl Coleman dome tent review

Coleman has been making quality outdoor gear for over 120 years, and their experience shows in all their tents. They’re simple, affordable, and easy to setup, which is perfect for quick weekend getaways and family camping trips. Their Skydome XL is an oversized 8 person tent that has plenty of space with a 6 foot peak height and 112 sq. ft. of living space. As a bonus, it’s one of the most affordable tents on our list.

Because this tent is wider instead of deep, it actually allows for three queen sized air mattresses. Plus, with near vertical walls, there’s plenty of head room inside the tent. One of our favorite features of this tent is one that you don’t typically see – there’s LED lighting that shines warm diffused overhead light throughout the tent. It’s powered by batteries, so you don’t need an electric hookup.

Coleman doesn’t publish specific information about their material denier and waterhead rating, but all their tents come with WeatherTec to help keep the weather out. This is essentially a series of design elements like a tub-style floor and welded corners that are intended to withstand casual weather conditions like light rain and winds up to 35 mph. That being said, we wouldn’t take this tent on camping adventures that are going to expose you do heavy rain or high winds since Coleman doesn’t waterproof their tents like most other brands.

For ventilation, there’s a ground vent and a mesh roof for high-low circulation, plus some mesh on the single door. And for quick weekends away, setup is super quick and only takes 5 minutes using the pre-attached poles and color coded brow poles.

Specifications

  • Weight: 20.9 lbs.
  • Seasons: ideal summer conditions only
  • # of Doors: 1
  • # of Vestibules: 0
  • Floor size: 192” x 84”
  • Floor space: 112 sq. ft.
  • Peak height: 72” (6 ft.)
  • Poles: pre-attached
  • Material: Weathertec
  • Highlight: integrated lighting & wider design

Pros

  • Fits up to three queen sized air mattresses
  • Large dome tent
  • Pre-attached poles
  • 5-minute setup
  • Near vertical tent walls
  • 1 year warranty

Cons

  • No information on waterhead rating
  • Only one door

Zempire EVO TL V2 Tent

Zempire is a New Zealand based company that recently hit REI’s shelves and website. The company has small, humble beginnings, and they’ve grown across the world because of their dedication to smart design and what they call “the last 10%.” This is a set of design features that elevate a product to something extraordinary. Their products are easily the most well thought-out, high quality tents on the market currently and we love their entire product line. This EVO TL V2 is their mid-range family tent and it’s the second largest tent in their EVO series.

Even though this tent is quite large, it’s practically an instant tent that sets up in a matter of a few minutes, and it’s perhaps one of the quickest setups on this list. This is due to a lack of poles, since this tent using state-of-the-art air beams instead. It uses as SeroLink frame system with angled beams that inflate using double-sealed Boston valves. We found that pumping the different sections full of air only takes about two minutes with the double-action pump, plus a few minutes for staking and general setup.

The list of cool features on this tent would take up several pages to cover, but we’ll try to highlight our favorite features to really showcase what this tent is all about. Both the canopy and rainfly are made of a 150D oxford polyester and the rainfly has a whopping 6000mm waterhead rating, which far outshines anything else on this list. This material is UV treated to block harmful rays, and also has a fire-retardant treatment. There’s lots of ventilation with lower draft vents, ceiling vents, and mesh windows.

This is listed as a tent that sleeps 4 comfortably or 5 closely (depending on what website you look at), but we feel like it’s more of an 8 person tent when you look at traditional measurements. Most other tents have a size rating that’s based on the maximum amount of people it will sleep, and normally you would size up for extra space. This EVO TL only counts the designated sleeping quarters towards the capacity, and completely disregards the living area, which can double as sleeping quarters for several other people. The other tents on this list range from 112 to 130 square feet, and this EVO TL is 199 square feet.

The designated sleeping area sleeps 5 people shoulder to shoulder and can separate into 1-3 separate rooms. But that’s not accounting for the massive middle ‘living’ space (shown in dark grey above), which can double as a sleeping area for several more people. This extra room measures 112 x 132″ (9.3 x 11 feet), and is in addition to the sleeping area, which measures 87 x 132 (7.25 x 11 feet). Essentially, there’s no shortage of space in this tent, which is why we’ve decided to include it as an option for an 8 man tent.

The main downside of this tent is the price, which is much more expensive than any other options on this list. We could see how it’s more than worth it though, as it offers an extensive list of over-the-top specifications and well-designed features that are sure to wow you every camping trip. This is the perfect luxury camping tent for someone with a flexible budget.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 69.2 lbs.
  • Floor size: 199” x 132” interior space
  • Floor Space: 199 sq. ft.
  • Exterior space: 53 x 132 inches
  • Peak height: 80.7”
  • Poles: air beams
  • Fabric Quality: 150-denier
  • Waterhead Rating: 6000mm
  • Packed Size: 27.6 x 19.7 x 18.9 inches
  • Highlight: Endless amounts of cool features and high quality materials

Pros

  • 3 year warranty
  • Super quick setup
  • Air beams instead of traditional tent poles for support
  • Amazing amount of cool features make this tent awesome

Cons

  • Most expensive tent on this list

How We Test, Review, and Rate

We love outdoor gear, and we love recommending gear that adds value to our outdoor adventure. We know and understand the importance of having gear that’s worth every penny, so we thoroughly research and test every product we recommend. No matter how we procure an item, our goal is to remain as unbiased as possible, and we put it to the test against its competitors to find the best and worst features.

We also understand that each adventurer is different, and our favorite 8 person tent may not be yours. That’s why we rate and review a wide variety of products currently available, so you can see a breakdown of all the features and pick what’s best for you and your situation. We don’t recommend anything we wouldn’t personally use, so whether you’re looking for highest quality, an affordable price, superior weather resistance, a certain brand, or any other desirable feature, there’s sure to be a tent on our list that’s perfect for you.

Thing to Consider When Choosing an 8 Person Tent

There’s are some things to take into consideration when shopping for the best 8 person tents, and you should look carefully at your typically camping situations in relation to capacity, sleeping layout, materials, ease of setup, and max height. We’ve selected the Wawona 8 as the Editor’s Choice because it perfectly balances all these features for the best all around tent.

Capacity

The first thing we will always need to discuss when buying a tent is the capacity, or the number of people it’s supposed to sleep. You will find that this rating refers to the maximum amount of people a tent will sleep, with each person being shoulder to shoulder or even head to toe depending on the tent. This means putting eight people in an 8 person tent will be cramped and won’t leave any extra space for gear, pets, or even a backpack.

This is why we will always recommend sizing up by at least two people, unless you are sleeping in cold weather consistently, where having a larger tent would be too difficult to heat. But for most casual campers, sizing up by two people is a good rule of thumb. If you want even more space for pets, gear, or even just room to stand up in, you could size up even more.

This gives you some flexibility with sizing, and lets you pick something based on features or even price tag. For example, say you have eight people who regularly camp with you. This means purchasing at least a 10 person tent. But if you like a particular tent that sleeps 12, then that will just lead to extra space for you. You could even purchase two smaller tents, like two 6-person tents and split up your group. Since larger tents do tend to go up in price, you could end up spending a similar amount of money with two smaller ones.

Another way you can understand a tent’s interior space is by the square footage. Even though the tents above fit into the same capacity category, they do vary quite a bit when it comes to actual square feet. Use our post on how much space do you need in a camping tent to figure out how much space you need per person, then you can look at the square feet for each tent above.

Sleeping Layout

Part of the benefits of sizing up to an 8 person tent is that it’s the smallest capacity that will support two queen sized air mattresses, as anything smaller would only allow for one queen mattress. Depending on the layout, it may even fit three queen mattresses like the Coleman Skydome XL 8 above. Some of these tents also have a designated sleeping area, where you can use detachable room dividers to separate the space into several smaller rooms. All these things add up to the flexibility of having several different sleeping layouts if you’re camping with less than eight people.

Materials

For any tent, you always want to make sure it has a sufficient waterhead rating so you are prepared in case of any rain. This number is measured in millimeters (mm), and we’ve included it in the specifications of each tent above. All our top picks have numbers at least 1200mm or higher and this is sufficient for most casual camping conditions. If you are consistently exposed to adverse weather and torrential rains, you should definitely get a tent with a higher waterhead rating.

As far as denier goes, that’s a number that represents the thickness of the fabric, with a higher number being better. A sign of a good tent is having a high denier at least 60 or higher, with a significantly higher number on the floor fabric. For example, the Gazelle T8 above has a 210-denier fabric on the canopy, but a 300-denier fabric on the floor. This is ideal in a high quality tent that’s meant to withstand the wear and tear of constantly being stepped on. This doesn’t mean that any smaller numbers aren’t sufficient, although they may last longer with extra support in the form of a tarp on the inside floor and/or the matching sized footprint below.

For the poles, a tent of this size should really use a high quality pole material like aluminum or DAC. While it’s possible to get by with fiberglass poles, they won’t last as long as a better metal. You will usually only see fiberglass in the more affordable tent options, so if you have the budget to upgrade just a bit, we would recommend doing so. It will overall increase the longevity of your tent because metal poles are less likely to splinter or break.

Ease of Setup

As we start getting into the larger tents past 4- and 6-person capacities, the tents greatly increase in size and complexity, which inherently makes them harder to setup. Several of the tents on this list strive to make it as simple as possible by using color-coded poles and sleeves, but they still take time. The quickest setup time on this list is the Gazelle T8 – because of its hub design, it only takes 90 seconds (or less) to set up. All the other tents would take at least 5-10 minutes, with the canvas taking the longest at upwards of 20-30+ minutes.

It will always be easier to setup with two or more people, but with this size tent we would assume you aren’t camping alone anyways. Just make sure you have help when you arrive to your campsite, and know that the first couple of setups will take more time, but you will get faster as you figure out the flow.

Looking for the easiest tents to setup? Check out our Best Instant Tents for Quick & Easy Setup

Max Height

All the tents on this list have a very generous max height, with most of them well surpassing 6 feet. The tallest traditional tent we looked at is the Copper Canyon LX, which is 7 feet tall inside. Plus, near vertical walls make it to where you can stand up straight in a majority of the tent space, giving you room to walk around and change clothes upright. Some of the alternative tent options did have a taller max height, like the White Duck canvas tent (9’8″ or 116 inches) and the Zempire (7’2.6″ or 86.6 inches), which would also make them great products if max height was a big feature for you.

For most casual campers, a tall max height can be a huge benefit, and it also makes for a spacious interior and allows for larger windows for ventilation. The down side is that the tall height can catch wind like a sail, which is not ideal if you are regularly exposed to windy conditions. If this is a concern for you, then you should definitely consider downsizing into multiple smaller tents that will have less headroom but be better protected against the wind.

FAQ

How big is an 8 person tent?

The best 8 person tents on our list range from 112 to 199 square feet. Most of them run about 120 square feet. They would sleep eight people in close quarters, but we usually recommend sizing up by at least two people, meaning this tent should sleep six or less people comfortably.

How many people does it take to set up an 8 person tent?

It usually takes at least two people to setup an 8 person tent, but there are a few that can be set up with one person like the Gazelle T8 Hub or the Zempire EVO TL V2. As a general rule of thumb, plan on using two people whenever possible, even if it seems like you’ll be fine on your own.

Conclusion

All that said, there’s several options on this list that would be a perfect fit for a wide variety of situations and budgets, so you can be sure you’ll find the best 8 person tent for you and your family. Whether you go with our Editor’s Choice Wawona, the luxurious Zempire, or any of the other superb options, we hope you enjoy all the future adventures it will take you on.

Our #1 Recommendation: North Face Wawona 8

Not only is the North Face an outstanding brand that comes with a lifetime warranty, but their Wawona 8 is one of the best 8 person tents currently on the market. It has high quality materials, a decent waterhead rating, and an extended vestibule that’s perfect for a storage space and a drip-free entrance.

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