Glamping is one of the fastest growing sectors in the outdoors industry and for good reason – there’s something special about the ambiance of a home away from home that protects you from the elements while exposing you to some of the best parts of camping. You get to see some of the best parts of nature and sleep outdoors, while still having the comfort of a big bed and some space of your own.
Most glamping tents aren’t like traditional camping tents because they are made of thicker materials and are quite large. They may remind you of a safari tent, since they are made of heavy duty canvas. The material is breathable, durable, and offers exceptional weather protection that can last a lifetime if it’s maintained properly.
We’ve assembled the best glamping tents currently on the market, so you can pick the one that’s best for your situation. Our personal favorite is the White Duck Avalon, which is a traditional canvas bell tent made of heavy duty cotton canvas that comes with a lifetime warranty. We’ve also included an alternative glamping tent that’s a little out-of-the-box, the Zempire EVO TXL V2. It’s a traditional camping tent but it has all the bells and whistles seen in luxury tents. Other options include several canvas tents with different features and designs, so you have lots to pick from.
7 Best Glamping Tents
These are our picks for the best best glamping tents:
- Editor’s Choice – Stella Stargazer Bell Tent
- White Duck Avalon 20′
- Affordable Glamping Tent – Coleman Skylodge 12
- Zempire EVO TXL V2
- Kodiak Cabin Tent
- White Duck Alpha Wall Tent
- MC Canvas Bell Tent
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Editor’s Choice – Stella StarGazer Bell Tent
This Stell StarGazer Bell tent is a luxury tent made of 11.5oz dye-free canvas, which is the thickest cotton canvas on this list. Even with this thick fabric, our favorite part of this tent is actually the PVC windows and how the lower curtain can be clipped open.
It’s called the StarGazer because of the large PVC windows on the upper part of the tent that are sewn directly into the tent fabric. It allows for stargazing, but it’s also a really cool feature that lets you look outside and watch the elements from the comfort of your bed. Plus, it really adds a glamping look to a traditional bell tent and lets in lots of natural light.
Looking at the photo below, you can see another awesome feature on this tent, and that’s how the lower curtain can be pinned open to expose a mesh layer that circles the entire tent. We love how this would provide even more ventilation on warmer days, but it can be closed for privacy and weather protection. Even when this flap is down and secured, there are several zipper mesh windows built into the fabric that can be opened or closed.
The StarGazer can be used in all four seasons, and comes wood stove ready with a built-in stove jack. The floor is fully enclosed but can also be removed for easy cleaning, and the tent has been tested to withstand gusts up to 50 mph. This glamping bell tent would be perfect for people who have the space for a large footprint and who want the extra features in the tent ceiling.
- Diameter: 19’6″
- Max Height: 11’4″
- Door Height: 5’10”
- Tent Fabric: 11.5 oz.
- Floor Material: 19 oz. ripstop PVC
- Stove jack? Yes
- Highlight: Stargazing tent with PVC overhead windows
White Duck Avalon Bell Tent 20′
White Duck Outdoors makes our favorite canvas glamping tents currently on the market, and we love their commitment to quality. Their cotton canvas luxury tents are built to last a lifetime, and come with a lifetime warranty. They even offer an optional extended warranty that covers the product from accidental damage, as well as regular wear and tear. We’ve selected their White Duck Avalon as our Editor’s Choice not only because of the quality, but also because it’s the perfect size and shape for glamping.
Their material is a heavy duty 10.10 oz. army duck cotton canvas that been treated to be water-repellant (PFC-free), mold & UV resistant. It’s waterproof straight out of the box and they do offer an additional fire-repellent treatment for a small add-on. The twelve windows zipper open to reveal a premium no-see-um bug mesh, or stay shut for weather protection and privacy, plus vents in the roof allow for lots of air circulation. All the seams and corners are reinforced for added strength, and White Duck uses a proprietary shock-absorbing grounding system to keep the unit strong and upright in harsh weather conditions.
We’ve particularly selected their 20′ size because it perfectly fits a large bed between the pole and the wall while facing the door (see image above). It could also accommodate several smaller mattresses or a variety of furniture, such as a wood burning stove – there’s a built-in stove jack if you want to use it in all four seasons. Even the door opening is well over 6′ tall, so you don’t have to stoop to enter.
White Duck tents are the most durable and comfortable tents in the industry and their shipping and returns are always free. Their Avalon is easily our top pick and it would be perfect for a wide variety of camping and glamping situations.
- Diameter: 20′
- Max Height: 11’2″
- Door Height: 6’6″
- Tent Fabric: 10.10 oz. Army Duck cotton canvas
- Floor Material: 16 oz. polyvinyl
- Pole: galvanized steel
- Stove jack? Yes
- Highlight: Top of the line canvas tent
Affordable Glamping Tent – Coleman Skylodge Cabin Tent
For the budget conscious glamper who wants a home away from home without paying for a canvas tent, this Coleman Skylodge may be the perfect solution. It’s a traditional polyester tent that is oversized with a 7 foot max height and it’s the most affordable glamping tent on this list. Its recommended capacity is 12 people, so there’s lots of room for a large bed (it can technically fit four queen sized mattresses squeezed in together) or even furniture or gear storage.
We also like the extended screen room, which measures 5′ x 10′ and offers a weatherproof porch that’s perfect for bug-free hanging out. It uses color-coded poles and sleeves for a simple and quick setup, and the Coleman WeatherTec system keeps rain and moisture out. With large mesh windows for ventilation and an oversized entrance, this Coleman is practically a portable mansion.
The main downside of this Coleman compared to the canvas options above is that polyester isn’t as breathable, so you’re more likely to have issues with condensation. It’s also not as weather resistant, but would still be able to handle most weather conditions for casual campers. On the other hand, its size and portability would be better suited for campgrounds and larger tent pads.
- Dimensions: 15ft. 6in. x 11ft. (with screen room 19ft. x 10ft.)
- Max Height: 7ft.
- Tent Fabric: 65D polyester
- Floor Material: polyethylene sheet with 1500mm
- Poles: fiberglass and steel
- Highlight: DIY glamping tent for casual campers
Zempire EVO TXL V2
Zempire is a small company based out of New Zealand, and while this shape and size may be more like a traditional camping tent, the features and durability make it a great option. It’s essentially an oversized durable polyester tent, but instead of using traditional poles, it uses SeroLink air beam technology. Plus, it has super high quality fabrics and all the features you could ever dream of having in a camping tent.
The EVO TXL V2 has three distinct areas within the tent: an outer covered porch, an inner living area, and a sleeping quarters (lower angle area in the back of the tent). The tunnel design offers plenty of headroom in the majority of the tent (max height of 84.6″ or 7′) while offering better structural rigidity in windy conditions. With that stability and an off-the-charts waterhead rating of 6,000mm, this tent is ready for all kinds of weather and has been tested in torrential rains.
There are three doors: a main entrance and two side doors. The main door can be completely unzipped and stored in a side pocket, which is a cool feature if you want to keep the tent open. The sides of the tent have PVC windows, and the upper portions are tinted for sun protection. They also have three layers and zip with an internal cover, bugproof mesh, and waterproof cover. There’s ample ventilation with all the doors and windows plus lower draft vents in the living area and vents in the ceiling.
Despite its size, it sets up in only a couple minutes using a dual-action air pump. Because of this easy setup, this is the perfect glamping tent for a less permanent situation where you may move around more frequently. You’ll still have all the features of traditional tent camping plus luxurious features and space.
- Dimensions: 258″ x 181″
- Square Feet: 257.3
- Max Height: 84.6″
- Door Height:
- Tent Fabric: 150-denier oxford polyester
- Floor Material: polyethylene
- Poles: air beams
- Highlight: Air beam technology with all the bells and whistles
Kodiak Cabin Tent 12’x12′
Kodiak started back in 2006 with a mission to make quality gear that they themselves would actually use, so you can see this thoughtfulness in their product line. We selected their 12’x12′ cabin tent as one of our favorites because of the size and materials. We also really like the optional add-on 8’x8′ awning, which increases the living space by 43% and can be used as an additional room.
This 12’x12′ is one of the larger tents made by Kodiak, but it’s one of the smaller tents on our list. It’s ready for luxury camping but is small enough that it could actually fit at campgrounds and smaller campsites – it’s where rugged meets refinement. It still has a generous 7.5′ ceiling for walking around upright and a large D-shaped door for access, as well as a 1″ galvanized steel frame and a 5″ stove jack.
The durable tent material is made of heavy duty Hydra-Shield cotton duck canvas, which uses a tight weave and a silicone finish to maximize waterproofing and breathability. There’s six large windows that can be open or closed to mesh or being fully covered, and there’s even a storm window that’s covered with an awning so it can be open for ventilation during rain. The sewn-in floor keeps water out, and the sturdy frame can hold up to strong winds and even some snow loads.
All these features make this tent a great smaller option for luxurious glamping that can be done year-round.
- Dimensions: 12′ x 12′
- Max Height: 7’6″
- Tent Fabric: 8.5-10 oz. canvas
- Floor Material: 13.5oz. vinyl
- Pole: galvanized steel
- Stove jack? Yes
- Highlight: Cabin canvas tent with add-on awning
White Duck Alpha Wall Tent
Just like the White Duck Avalon bell tent above, this canvas wall tent is made of heavy duty materials that are built to last a lifetime. It comes with free shipping from a great company and it’s one of the most weather resistant tents that provides some of the best protection from the elements. This is especially seen in the storm door, which uses multiple layers to alternate shut, and the three-layer windows.
Because of the vertical walls and high ceiling, you can stand up straight in the entire tent and you don’t have to stoop in order to get through the door. It can fit a minimum of two queen sized mattresses, and would comfortably fit one queen sized bed with multiple smaller beds or even furniture. The options are endless, and the rectangle shape with four walls is easier to to fit furniture instead of having the curved walls seen in bell tents. It’s even ready for a wood burning tent stove and winter weather conditions.
You’ll also see the White Duck quality built into this large tent with features like YKK zippers, PVC dipped mesh, double-stitched seams, and a weatherproof canvas exterior that’s ready for the elements. This tent would be a great option for someone who wants more headspace and straight walls instead of the curved ones seen in bell tents.
- Dimensions: 14′ x 16′
- Max Height: 9’5″
- Door Height: 7’3″
- Tent Fabric: 10.10oz army duck cotton canvas
- Floor Material: 16oz. PVC groundsheet
- Poles: aluminum
- Highlight: High quality and roomy wall tent
MC Canvas Tent
MC Canvas is a lesser known brand of camping products, but they do make a luxury tent that would be an option for a budget-conscious glamper. It’s one of several cotton canvas bell tents on this list and it has the classic features like mesh windows, ceiling vents, a removable groundsheet, and is wood stove ready. The lower walls can be rolled up to provide 360-degree ventilation, but there’s not a mesh layer underneath to protect against bugs and critters.
This MC Canvas tent is one of the most affordable glamping tents on this list, but that comes with a price. It doesn’t have a PU coating, meaning it’s not waterproof (only water resistant) and the company directly says “do not stay in the rain overnight.” That means this tent would require extra work and waterproofing on your part, but it would still be a great option for someone with a tighter budget who wants a simple design.
- Diameter: 13′
- Max Height: 8.2′
- Door Height:
- Tent Fabric: canvas
- Floor Material: 540gsm PVC (3000mm)
- Poles: galvanized steel
- Highlight: Simple and affordable canvas tent
Thing to Consider When Choosing a Glamping Tent
There are a few things to consider before purchasing:
Canvas Tents vs. Polyester
Canvas is naturally breathable and allows water vapor to escape, which in turn minimizes condensation, humidity, and mugginess. Most canvas tents lose their waterproofing over time and will require upkeep in the long run (even though Kodiak says that you should ‘rarely, if ever have to retreat’ their materials). Long term setup in highly humid climates requires extra canvas care, and most locations in the U.S. will require annual or bi-annual waterproof treatments. But with proper maintenance, canvas tents can last a really long time.
Polyester tents are significantly lighter, easier to setup, and are more suitable for people who move their tent more frequently. While polyester will also lose its waterproofing over time, it will last much longer than canvas tents. On the downside, polyester doesn’t have the natural breathability of canvas, so you are more likely to have issues with condensation and moisture. Also, the tent shape won’t be as large or grand as a one of the canvas tents above.
There are four main shapes we’ve included: bell, cabin, tunnel, and wall tents. The White Duck Avalon, Stella Stargazer, and MC Canvas are all bell shaped. They use a strong center pole like a teepee tent but the bottom of the shape falls straight down instead of flaring out. This makes it feel like there’s more usable space inside because the walls don’t flare out as far. They also look more like traditional luxury glamping tents.
The Kodiak and Coleman are a cabin shape and the White Duck Alpha is a wall tent. Both canvas wall tents and cabin tents are quite similar in that they have rectangle or square shapes with vertical walls. This shape is ideal for large groups or people who want lots of space and headroom. The Zempire is a tunnel tent, which isn’t usually seen in larger tents, but it’s a great example of how shape contributes to stability. Because it’s more contoured, wind can blow over and around it, making it more resistant to adverse weather.
Ease of Setup
It’s safe to say that these tents are over-sized, so it’s going to take more time to set them up. Something like the Coleman and Zempire will only take a few minutes because of their more traditional design and fabric, but all the canvas tents will take significantly more time. Not only do they weigh a lot, but they also come with heavy duty metal frames and lots of guylines for extra support. These tents would be more ideal for static camping where you plan on staying in one place for long periods of time.
All of the tents on this list should be set up by at least two people, if not more. Be patient and make sure everything is set up correctly – that way you don’t have to worry about the stability.
All of these tents have a really generous capacity, and are quite spacious tents. White Duck illustrates some sleeping arrangements so you can get an idea of just how much space there is, and we’ve seen several other manufacturers do this as well. If you’re doing some traditional camping, these tents will hold several (if not lots) of campers on regular sleeping pads and cots.
But since we are talking about glamping, these canvas tents are perfectly suited for a more home-y set up. Furniture like queen sized beds (or even king sized) and couches are common, as well as a table and chairs and even a dresser. In a luxurious and spacious tent, the options are endless.
The luxury tents above vary greatly in price, but they also have very different levels of quality. While it may be tempting to go with a more affordable option, you’ll find that they are lower quality fabrics, thinner poles, and even may not come with a waterproof material. There’s a reason why brands like White Duck, Kodiak, and the Stella Stargazer are our favorite canvas tents, and that’s because they are durable, made of quality materials, and come with long warranties. They are the type of products that are built to last a lifetime, especially if you maintain them properly. If you are looking for a cheap camping tent you check out Best Tents Under $100, and Best Tents under $200.
What is the best tent for glamping?
Our favorite glamping tent is the White Duck Avalon, because it’s made of high quality materials and has the traditional glamping tent look. Plus, it has lots of windows for air circulation and a lifetime warranty.
How much does a glamping tent cost?
Heavy duty canvas tents like the glamping tents on this list are more expensive than regular polyester tents, and you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $2000 depending on features and quality. While it can be daunting to spend money on a higher quality tent, it would be worth it in the long run.
How long do glamping tents last?
High quality canvas glamping tents can last a lifetime if they are properly taken care of. This includes reapplying waterproofing to the canvas and letting it dry out thoroughly whenever possible.
Are there toilets in glamping tents?
You won’t find a bathroom or toilet inside your glamping tent, but many properties have nearby facilities for you to use.
All these products are great options for luxury tents that are perfect for your glamping adventure. Whether you go with one of the bell tents, an oversized wall or cabin shape, a regular camping tent, or some other glamping tent, we hope it’s exactly what you were looking for when it comes it price, features, and durability.
About the Author
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.