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Best 2 room tent: 2021 review and buyer’s guide

Best for Small Families
If you have young kids who like to get rough, consider the NTK for its large vestibule.
Best Screen Room
If you want a spacious, outdoorsy living area, consider the Coleman WeatherMaster.
Best for Big Families
For an easy setup and a large living area, the Vango Airbeam is perfect.

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Last Updated: April 22, 2021

Having separate rooms in your tent can be great for getting the most out of your tent. You can use them as two private sleeping areas or as a bedroom and living space.

Which is why we’ve written this roundup of the best 2 room tents!

Regardless of what you need a 2-room tent for, we’ve got you covered. We looked at a huge selection of multiroom tents to generate this list of the best of the best.

So stick with us as we go through exactly why we loved these tents, and why we think you’ll love them too!

Product

Review

Rating

Price

Best Screen Room

If you want a spacious, outdoorsy living area, consider the Coleman WeatherMaster.

4.7/5.0

Best for Small Families

If you have young kids who like to get rough, consider the NTK for its large vestibule.

4.5/5.0

Best for Big Families

For an easy setup and a large living area, the Vango Airbeam is perfect.

4.5/5.0

Best for Friends

Do you need a vast tent to fit lots of people? The CORE has an excellent high capacity.

4.0/5.0

Best Alternative Design

Instead of a two room tent, consider a tent you can attach smaller tents to.

4.0/5.0
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Our Quick recommendation

If you don’t have time to go over all the details and you just want to go with our recommendation, that’s fine!

We LOVED the Coleman WeatherMaster with Screen Room. It’s a fantastic family tent that is spacious enough inside the main body of the tent but the screen room really elevates this tent to new heights.

It’s great for bug-free sitting and watching the kids play around the campsite or storing camping gear you don’t want to leave in the tent – like smelly hiking boots.

Best value for money

When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, the WeatherMaster impressed us once again. It’s a low-cost model but offers high-quality features you’d expect to find on a tent double it’s price.

Not only is it our recommended option, but it’s a great budget option for families looking to save some dough.

Reviews of the Best 2 Room Tents

Best Screen Room

Coleman WeatherMaster Tent (6/10 Person)

If you want a spacious, outdoorsy living area, consider the Coleman WeatherMaster.

Capacity: 6 | Weight: 32lbs | Dimensions: 11’ (W) x 9’ (L) x 6’8” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 41” x 10” x 10” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: $

Overall:

Pros

  • Large screen room.
  • Hinge-style entry.
  • Useful storage pockets.
  • Electrical cord access for bringing power into your tent

Cons

  • Weather handling abilities could be more masterful.

If you want a 2 room camping tent you can hang out in as well as sleep in, the Coleman WeatherMaster is an excellent choice. It has two sleeping areas, fitting three sleepers in sleeping bags or two on air beds in each.

The mesh screen room provides a comfortable area to hang out, sit and watch kids as they play outside, and more. It won’t protect you in the rain, but it’s decent for sunny or cooler days. On those days, it’ll protect you from those pesky bugs that you’re sick of eating you alive.

If you wish to leave the tent and take on the bugs or venture into the wild, the hinged door makes it easy, especially if you’re carrying a child or animal. 

The door also allows kids to easily package in and out without fumbling with zippers. That’s also a great feature for friend groups who’ve had a few beers and can’t coordinate their hands with a zipper.

Once night falls, you can collapse into your sleeping areas, separated by a screen. It’s easily removed if a child has a nightmare and wants to sleep in one room. With it up, the screen provides a nice feeling of privacy, for parents away from kids for the night or couples in a friend group sleeping separately.

However, if it rains at night, you’ll want to add an extra full coverage tarp on top of the rainfly. Waterproofing spray and seam seal will be your best friend with this tent, too. The tent comes with Coleman’s Weather Tec System which includes a waterproof tent floor and inverted seams

Without extra weather protection treatment, the tent has some minor leakage, but once that’s dealt with, the “WeatherMaster” in its name rings true.


Best for Small Families

NTK INDY GT 4-5 Person Tent

If you have young kids who like to get rough, consider the NTK for its large vestibule.

Capacity: 6 | Weight: 14.73lbs | Dimensions: 12.8’ (W) x 8’ (L) x 4’7” (H) | Bag Dimensions: Unspecified | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 2500mm | Price: $

Overall:

Pros

  • Front vestibule.
  • Double tent doors.
  • Affordable tent.

Cons

  • Tent gets stuffy.
  • The tent sleeping area could be larger.

The NTK tent is an excellent choice for small families with kids who like to get dirty. Like the pick above, this 2 room camping tent has a tent screen room although it’s mainly for use as a vestibule—a safe place for mud-covered kids to change into clean clothes without dirtying the tent sleeping area.

Three of the area’s walls are removable, so you can also turn it into an awning if you’d like to get some sun and don’t mind bugs.

NTK’s vestibule also has a floor, making it a great space for kids to sit and do activities like coloring and playing with their toys.

On colder days, shut the space on all sides and view the great outdoors through the tent windows. When you retire to the sleeping area by night, you can store your gear in the vestibule.

The actual 6-person tent sleeping space doesn’t have two rooms, so you can repurpose the expansive vestibule for that if you wish. The sleeping area is large enough to sleep four, but you’ll need to use sleeping bags instead of air mattresses.

Plus, the more people you have in the sleeping space, the hotter it gets. The tent ventilation isn’t great, but it’s more bearable when you open the front and side tent doors.


Capacity: 5 | Weight: 40.9lbs | Dimensions: 16’ (W) x 9’ (L) x 6’8 (H) | Bag Dimensions: 27.5” x 14.17” x 13.77” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 4000mm | Price: $$

Overall:

Pros

  • Easy assembly.
  • Holds heat well.
  • Dark sleeping and bright living area.
  • Mesh pockets in the bedrooms are useful for personal belongings

Cons

  • Entrance zip snags.

Did you like the tent above but your family is larger? This tent has a spacious living area with large, clear windows that can work as a second tent bedroom. The entire family can fit comfortably inside this tent.

There are two dark room sleeping areas as is—one sleeping three people and the other two, all in sleeping bags.

It’s a great family camping tent for a group that needs lots of sleeping space, although you could easily split the living area into a half bedroom, half living area. The sewn-in groundsheet and well-sealed walls make it work for either.

Vango Airbeam’s living area is also great to hang out on rainy days but still has an excellent view of the outdoors.

Before getting inside the tent to experience this luxury, the spacious camping tent with an excellent peak height (great for tall people) has the added bonus of being pitch-free. Instead, it blows up. There are no tricky tent poles to deal with, and as it’s a blow-up tent, the fabric is extra durable to prevent mishaps. 

Customers found no flaws in the 5-person tent, inside or out, but did complain that the entrance zip snagged almost every time they used it. They also noted that rain could pool on the roof. Thankfully it doesn’t impact the tent’s structure—but be sure to sweep it off when the rain stops.


Best for Friends

Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Do you need a vast tent to fit lots of people? The CORE has an excellent high capacity.

Capacity: 9 | Weight: 27.82lbs | Dimensions: 14’ (W) x 9’ (L) x 6’5” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 48” x 11.5” x 11.5” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 600mm | Price: $$

Overall:

Pros

  • Fantastic living area.
  • Tent ventilated well.
  • High capacity instant tent.
  • Vertical design makes this great for tall campers

Cons

  • Tends to leak.
  • Bedroom and living room don’t have separate doors.

Families can make do with the smaller tents above—what about friends? You’re not as close and need more tent space to sprawl out, or bring partners into the mix. This spacious, great peak height 9 person tent does the job.

The two rooms can work as separate bedrooms, although one is marketed as more of a living room. The large mesh doors and enormous windows let light in and allow liveability.

However, the tent’s 9 person capacity includes that living area. Perhaps it could work as a living and sleeping space? If there are fewer people on your trip, both tent spaces fit an air mattress for a more glamorous trip.

The instant cabin tent is easy to set up—with CORE claiming it only takes 60 seconds. For those friend and family camping trips with a long drive to your destination, nothing is better than an instant cabin tent that’s easy to set up within minutes of arriving.  

A nice feature we liked in the CORE is the electrical cord access vent. You can charge devices or run an extension cable into your tent to bring in a power supply.

Your trip gets slightly less glam when you realize the tent’s seams can be a little leaky, a common problem with the CORE range. Some seam seal fixes that issue, and the high-quality steel poles hold up against all other weather issues.


Capacity: 6 | Weight: 33lbs | Dimensions: 16’ (W) x 12’ (L) x 7.5’ (H) | Bag Dimensions: 33” x 19” x 18” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 5000mm | Price: $$

Overall:

Pros

  • Four season two room tent.
  • Ample space to hang out in the 2 room tent build.
  • You can attach additional tents.

Cons

  • Lacks tent windows.

This large camping tent with a phenomenal tent livability and peak height has areas for sleep as well as hanging out. It’s far from a tent for privacy upon purchase—six people fit side by side in a large sleeping area. The vestibule area serves as a hangout space; it’s large enough to be considered a second room if necessary.

You can utilize this excellent 6-person tent in all weather conditions, including snow.

The 2 room tent aspect comes in a little differently, though. This Crua Core attaches to other, smaller tents in the range, adding additional sleeping or communal space to your heart’s content. The tent also attaches to your car to expand your space that way.

Regardless of what 2 room tent you purchase and how you make the connections, you’re getting a tough tent you can sleep comfortably in. The dark tent interior is a plus when it comes to slumber—but the tent’s lack of windows removes some of the liveability inside.


Which tent gives you the most space?

Comparison of floor size and height

The Crua Core gives you plenty of space inside the tent to sprawl out or store some gear.

TentHeightLengthWidth
Coleman WeatherMaster6′ 8″9′11′
NTK Indy GT4′ 7″8′12′ 9″
Vango Airbeam Odyssey 5006′ 8″9′16′
CORE Instant Cabin 6′ 5″9′14′
Crua Core 7′ 6″12′16′

Which tent is the most comfortable?

Winner: Vango Odyssey 500 & Crua Core 6-Person Tent

If you’re looking for a tent with lots of space for hanging out together, the Vango Odyssey 500 is an excellent option. The communal space is light thanks to the huge windows and the peak height is tall enough most campers won’t need to worry about it.

The Crua Core also comes with lots of usable space. It has an even taller peak height of 7′ 6″ and comes with 192 feet of space for you to sprawl out.

Plus, you can add smaller, private tents to the Core and increase the size and comfort of the tent. You can use the smaller tents as bedrooms or storage space.

Do you need a lot of space for gear storage?

Winner: Crua Core 6-Person Tent

If you’re looking for a tent with floor space for camping gear, the Crua Core is a great choice. The large porch area at the front of the tent is perfect for storing your gear.

All of the tents we reviewed came with handy storage pockets for personal belongings. However, we were disappointed none of these tents came with a gear loft! We love a gear loft – they’re great for storing things out of reach from curious kids.

Which tent is best for you?

Which tent is best for fitting everyone in?

Winner: Crua Core 6-Person Tent

The Crua Core tent has to win out here. The sleeping space holds six as it is. Add the ability to attach additional tents, and there’s no denying this two room tent wins capacity-wise, no arguments.

No matter what your group size, you can add more tents to make sure everyone can fit together.

If you’re wanting something bigger, you can check out our roundup of the best 3 person tents.

Which option is best for family camping tent?

Winner: Vango Airbeam Odyssey 500 Tent

Privacy is important in family camping tents as the kids get older. If you are looking for a family tent that will work for years of trips together, the Vango is the ideal choice. It’s great for families because of the extra space, durability and privacy it offers.

You can’t expect a ton of privacy from a 2 room tent, and once again we’re not including the Crua Core here.

Short of connecting other tents to yours, the Vango offers the most privacy in its two rooms. The room divider is quite thick, providing a feeling of separation that the other tents can’t match.

Three people around a campfire

Which tent is best for camping with friends?

Winner: CORE Instant Cabin Tent

If you’re camping with friends, the CORE tent is great for hanging out and spending time together. You can toggle the removable room divider so that it’s out of the way and all share the tent together.

Which tent is easiest to setup?

Winner: Vango Airbeam Odyssey 500 Tent

Nobody likes a difficult setup, no matter how avid a camper or energetic the person.

For an easy setup, you can’t get anything easier than the Vango Airbeam. Granted it’s not the fastest in the world, but it certainly takes the least effort on your part. Plug in the pump, stand back and relax for a moment.

The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin tent is also an easy tent to setup. With pre-attached poles, you just need to unfold this tent and extend the telescopic poles. Voila! It’s pitched.

Can all these tents be setup by one person?

All of these tents will be easier to setup with an extra pair of helping hands but if you’re left alone don’t panic. These tents can be set up by one person.

The CORE and the Vango have quick pitch technology to make set up easier which helps when you are setting up the tent by yourself.

How do these tents cope with the weather?

Which of these tents come with extra weather protection features to keep you sheltered during bad weather? Are there any tents that are only suited to mild conditions?

What happens when the rain starts pouring?

Winner: Vango Odyssey 500 and Crua Core

If you’re going to be camping in the rain, the last thing you want is a leaky tent.

Both the Vango and the Crua are designed for camping in the UK so come prepared to deal with light to moderate showers. They also have a pretty impressive performance in heavy downpours as well.

The Vango comes with extra features like their fantastic patented Diamond Clear Windows. They’re great for letting lots of natural light in whilst keeping the rain from getting in your tent.

The Diamond Clear Windows in the Vango Odyssey Air 500 Villa, our pick for best 2 room tent when it starts to rain
Vango’s Diamond Clear Windows are great for when the weather forces you to spend time in your tent

Does condensation build inside these tents?

Winner: Crua Core

With the excellent ventilation of the ground vents and spacious interior, this tent won’t have issues with condensation even when it is cold and rainy.

Other tents might have issues with condensation in the rain as the ventilation gets blocked by a rain fly or closed to prevent the tent from leaking water. The angled windows on the Coleman WeatherMaster are great for allowing ventilation to circulate the tent even in light rains.

The CORE Instant Cabin has a mesh roof. Lots of mesh is great for ventilating the tent in summer but in the rain it can cause problems with leaking.

Can these tents stand tall in the wind?

Winner: Vango Airbeam Odyssey 500

This tent comes with Vango’s patented Tension Band System which helps keep their tents stable in strong winds. It’s an excellent feature that helps keep this tent standing tall in high winds.

Tall, cabin-style tents might catch in the wind as their vertical walls aren’t the best design for windy conditions.

We were also impressed by NTK’s INDY GT which comes with their extra thick nano-flex fiberglass poles to improve sturdiness in heavy winds. 

Which tent is best for three-season camping?

Winner: Crua Core 6-Person Tent

You don’t want your trip to be a one-off. It would be nice to go out again next year, or perhaps multiple times annually. Can the tent survive the test of time, and weather, come to think of it?

As a four season tent, the Crua Core says yes to the latter. It’s also generally regarded as tough and durable, so the former is covered, too.

The Crua Core Dome is an instant tent that is great for bad weather

If you’re planning some summer camping, the CORE Instant Tent has excellent ventilation to keep you cool even as things start to heat up. The simple design with mesh ceiling keeps this tent cool in warmer weather.

Which tent is the most durable?

Winner: Vango Airbeam Odyssey 500 & Crua Core

Both of these tents are made from quality materials that should last for years. They are designed to cope with harsh weather which should not lower the life expectancy of these tents.

The CORE Instant Cabin has pre-attatched poles which can break and are difficult to replace. But the Vango and Crua are fantastic and durable tents.

As a side note about the longevity of these tents, Vango’s customer service is wonderful when it comes to trying to extend your tent’s life. Recently I emailed them about a tent I had bought second-hand which didn’t have poles and they helped me figure out exactly what I needed to get the tent operational.

Whilst some companies might see a broken or missing pole as an opportunity to make customers buy replacements, Vango really seem committed to helping you get the most out of your tent.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Advantages of Two-Room Tents? 

The biggest advantage of 2 room tents is privacy. It lets trip participants sleep separately and talk amongst themselves while getting a break from the larger group.

If the group is smaller, a two-room tent provides separate sleeping and living areas, great for longer trips and glamping.

Lastly, 2 room tents are fantastic money savers. Picture this: two couples going on a camping trip together. Instead of both spending time shopping for two two-person tents for camping, instead, they can pool their money and purchase a two-room tent. 

Shared ownership lets the couples take the tent out individually for more glamorous trips, but they can also go together, bond with each other and have a good group time.

Can you fit queen airbeds in these tents?

Yes! There’s lots of space for queen airbeds in these two room tents. The CORE Instant Cabin can even fit two or three queen air mattresses.

Fixed or Removable Room Dividers: Which Is Better? 

Choosing between fixed and removable room dividers is a matter of preference.

Fixed dividers make the tent feel more like a cabin tent and can create a sense of enhanced privacy. However, they also make the tent trickier to set up as they stop the tent from being a simple and easy shape.

Removable divers don’t have this issue, and they have several other advantages. One is opening up the tent and making it feel spacious, which is also great for inviting other people to spend time in your tent by day. It creates a communal area to hang out and have fun.

Families can utilize removable dividers for another purpose too: night terrors. Kids get scared, and the younger they are the more likely they’ll have night terrors about bears or haunted woods or something. 

Roll away the removable tent divider and you’re all in one room, giving the child a sense of comfort.

How to Connect Room Dividers

Connecting room dividers depends on the type of tent you have. Sometimes they’ll zip into the ceiling or walls, other times they’re pre-attached.

Read the tent instructions that came with the tent carefully, and search for zippers, velcro and buttons around the inner tent walls if the instructions don’t mention anything.

How Much Privacy Can You Expect in a Two-Room Tent? 

You can’t expect a ton of privacy from a 2 room tent. Dividers are thin, so you’ll still hear each other when speaking at full volume unless your tent is extremely expansive.

Still, a room divider can provide mild comfort to privacy-loving campers.

You don’t have to see your friends snoring away. You can whisper to your partner so your friends or kids can’t hear, and you can cuddle without prying eyes and teasing pals.

What’s so great about a screen Room?

Unlike other tents here, the screen room is a third room to the sleeping area’s two.

A screen room is an excellent asset in a tent—especially one with multiple rooms. The more rooms you have, the more the tent can feel like a home away from home. The screen room only adds to that.

Kick back and have some beers, sit in safety and watch the kids make a mess, turn it into a sleeping area or throw a tarp over it in the rain and hang out. There are numerous possibilities, making it an incredible bonus feature to have.

We have also ranked the WeatherMaster tent as one of the best large tents going.

The Best 2 Room Tent

The best 2 room tent has to be the Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent as it doesn’t have two rooms, it has three!

Yes, one of those rooms is a screen room, but it has many, many uses alongside the two sleeping areas which fit a queen air mattress each.

It’s a great 2 room tent for liveability, and it’s highly versatile. Plus, it’s a total bargain. Sure, it has its flaws when it comes to mastering weather, but they’re easily fixed.

Author at Wilderness Redefined camping website
James Black

James has been escaping to the outdoors for as long as he can remember. This first started in family camping trips but soon turned into adventure camps and hiking through the Scottish Hebrides. Now he has turned towards trying to make camping more comfortable and accessible.