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Most Spacious Rooms
Here’s a tent perfect for families with kids who want their own bedrooms.
Best Overall
For a quick and easy setup, consider the CORE. It’s a fantastic option for families in a hurry and friends who’ve never been camping before.
Best 3-Season Tent
If you want to camp in all weathers, the Vango Odyssey is the tent for you.

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Last Updated: April 22, 2021

If you’re looking for the best 3 room tent, you’re in the right place. Welcome!

We’ve looked at every aspect you can think of about multiroom tents and quizzed each tent to make sure that they were up to scratch.

We’ve now got the definitive list of our six favorite three-room tents. Whatever you need a three-room tent for, we’ve got you covered.

So stick with us as we give you the tour of each of these tents!

Product

Review

Rating

Price

Best Overall

For a quick and easy setup, consider the CORE. It’s a fantastic option for families in a hurry and friends who’ve never been camping before.

5.0/5.0

Most Spacious Rooms

Here’s a tent perfect for families with kids who want their own bedrooms.

5.0/5.0

Best 3-Season Tent

If you want to camp in all weathers, the Vango Odyssey is the tent for you.

4.0/5.0

Best 3-Room Tent with a Screen Room

This tent is perfect if you want to hang out in nature without the bugs. The screen room has got you covered.

4.0/5.0

Budget Buy

If you have limited funds and are questioning if you’ll enjoy camping, here’s a tent for you. Its quality is higher than its price.

3.0/5.0

Best Alternative

For a tent with an included screen room, consider the Coleman WeatherMaster.

3.0/5.0
Table of Contents

Which 3 room tent do we recommend?

If you’re in a hurry and you just want to know which of these tents impressed us the most, it was the CORE 12-Person Instant Cabin. It’s spacious and super easy to set up.

What about for campers who are a little more strapped for cash?

If you need something low-cost but still good value, the Grand tent from Stansport is an affordable option that offers quality beyond its price.

Product Comparisons

Best Overall

CORE Instant Cabin 12 Person Tent

For a quick and easy setup, consider the CORE. It’s a fantastic option for families in a hurry and friends who’ve never been camping before.

Capacity: 12 | Weight: 51lbs | Dimensions: 18’ (W) x 10’ (L) x 6’7” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 51” x 12” x 12” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 600mm | Price: $$

Overall:

Pros

  • Can work as one room tent or three.
  • Limited 1-year warranty.
  • Ground vent.
  • Fantastic peak height.
  • Handy gear loft and storage pockets

Cons

  • Leaky seams.
  • Rooms don’t have separate entrances from the outside.

We’re starting off with a 12-person tent reeking of simplicity and practicality, spacious with the three rooms you need to fit your party.

These rooms are separated by removable dividers, letting you have a large open floor space in the day time, which is a fantastic option for family and friend bonding. They’re accessible through the center vestibule, which contains front and back doors to the outside.

Each room has large windows with mesh to keep out bugs and rain, excluding the center room. The center has HUGE doors with the same bug mesh, fantastic for a view to the outside and excellent ventilation.

This mesh, along with the polyester tent and fly fabric, is excellent at keeping you dry. The included H20 block technology helps with this. However, several users had issues with leaks at the seams so consider some seam seal if camping in the rain.

The CORE 12-person instant cabin fares better in the wind; the steel tent states and telescoping steel poles hold steady.

The nature of the poles allows for a simple, swift setup. They’re pre-attached, letting you set it up in two minutes or less. It’s easily done with one person, but customers feel it’s easier with a friend.

Overall, the CORE 12-person instant tent is a durable camping tent with a minor issue that provides privacy and bonding space in one.


Most Spacious Rooms

Ozark Trail 3 Room Instant Cabin 12-Person Tent

Here’s a tent perfect for families with kids who want their own bedrooms.

Capacity: 12 | Weight: 61lbs | Dimensions: 16’ (W) x 16’ (L) x 6’8” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 52” x 14” x 12” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 600mm | Price: $$ 

Overall:

Pros

  • Spacious feel.
  • Large awning for outdoor space
  • Fantastic ventilation.

Cons

  • Flimsy material.
  • Setup could be better.

If you want something even bigger with more of a cabin experience, consider the Ozark Trail. Its overall size is smaller than our top pick but it has more head room, and the rooms have a more spacious feel.

One of the key features of the Ozark Trail 3 room tent is the seven closeable bug mesh windows. They let in light, making it feel roomier than it is. The two doors have the same mesh.

On the inside, the removable room dividers roll back, letting the window light shine throughout the tent, but there’s still a separate feel to the three. If you want even more light, step outside under the 68D polyester rainfly awning, which is ideal for socializing outside in the shade.

The rainfly and tent fabric on the Ozark Trail are both excellent and waterproof, pairing with steel poles and stakes to provide a stable and durable experience. If you’re inside and in a rainstorm but need some extra ventilation, you can open the floor vents and let some more air in.

Unfortunately, though the Ozark Trail 12-person is sturdy in harsh weather, it’s not the best around trees or rocks. Customers found that the lightweight material rips easily, so try to keep away from stray branches and ground debris. 

Be extra careful during its swift and simple setup, too—although assembly takes longer than the two minutes advertised. Still, despite its downfalls, it’s still an incredible family camping tent.


Best 3-Season Tent

Vango Odyssey 800 Tunnel Tent (8 Person)

If you want to camp in all weathers, the Vango Odyssey is the tent for you.

Capacity: 8 | Weight: 50lbs | Dimensions: 90 sq/ft | Bag Dimensions: 27.56” x 15.35” x 11.42” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 4,000mm | Price: $$$

Overall:

Pros

  • Keeps sunlight out.
  • Extra weather protection features to keep you dry
  • Flame and waterproof.

Cons

  • You can’t fit air mattresses when using the sleeping pods.
  • Ventilation is questionable.

For a smaller family or friend group, consider the Vango. Rather than having three spacious sleeping areas, it has two compact ones and a large communal space. To make the most out of the sleeping pods, you’ll need sleeping bags instead of air mattresses, but once that’s sorted, you’re free to camp however you please.

The sleeping pods and central living area are far from the best feature of the 8 person 3 room tent, though. Its standout point has to be its waterproof nature and durability. 

First of all, the windows are PVC rather than bug mesh, so there’s less chance any rain will seep through, even after a direct hit. 

Second of all, the rainfly is a hefty, heavy material that keeps rain out and resists fire, too. It seals heat in on top of that, and the entire tent has a tension brand system to resist wind.

While many camping tents are fine for short storms and slightly chilly nights, this one is fantastic for almost year-round camping. 

You’ll be a little too cold in snow, but it’s excellent to withstand a sorry autumn. The large communal space comes in even more useful when you’re camping in a storm, too.

Then in the morning, after a late night of chatting and fun in the living space, you can wake up at your leisure, kids allowing, of course. The dark inner fabric of the tent, paired with window privacy curtains, keeps the sunlight to a minimum so you aren’t blinded by the light at sunrise.

All in all, it’s an excellent tent for cozy camping across three seasons, with enough privacy to split adults and kids but not too much, either. However, be cautious when assembling the tent, as customers found it creaks, pops and rips easily, and the manufacturers haven’t disclosed the fabric or pole materials.


Best 3-Room Tent With a Screen Room

Coleman WeatherMaster Tent (6/10 Person)

This tent is perfect if you want to hang out in nature without the bugs. The screen room has got you covered.

Capacity: 6 | Weight: 32lbs | Dimensions: 17’ (W) x 9’ (L) x 6’10” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 44” x 13” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: 

Overall:

Pros

  • Screen room for socializing bug-free.
  • Not too private, so you can check on the kids at night.
  • Small and intimate enough for family bonding.

Cons

  • Not the most weatherproof.
  • Too small for a group of friends.

Here’s another 3 room fantastic tent that does its 3 room occupancy differently. It’s a 6 person tent, and those 6 people fit neatly into the inner room, which comes with an optional room divider to make it two rooms. The third room is a spacious 6 by 9 foot screen room.

The screen room has various uses. One, if you cover it with a tarp, you can make it an additional sleeping space if you have a larger family but only a 6 person tent. Two, storage for luggage. Three, socialization by day.

It’s a fantastic place to put out folding chairs, sit around and chat while staying free of bugs. It’s transparent on all sides, letting you view your nature-filled surroundings without having to endure the annoyances that come with it.

It’s a reasonably strong mesh, matching the sturdiness of the polyester tent fabric and rain fly, along with the steel poles and stakes. However, it has a downside: it’s not as waterproof as the name would suggest.

Coleman’s WeatherTec System does come with this tent. It includes features like inverted seams and waterproof tent floors. However, the weather resistance of this tent could be improved.

Most Coleman customers state the tents needed waterproofing spray treatment and seam seal, so we recommend doing so before you take this tent out for a spin. That aside, it’s a fantastic family camping tent for liveability and long summer trips.

A group of friends could also avail, but it’s a little small and not that private despite the room divider.


Budget Buy

Stansport Grand 6 Person Tent

If you have limited funds and are questioning if you’ll enjoy camping, here’s a tent for you. Its quality is higher than its price.

Capacity: 6–8 | Weight: 15lbs | Dimensions: 18’ (W) x 10’ (L) x 6’ (H) | Bag Dimensions: 30” x 9” x 9” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: 

Overall:

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Offers decent privacy.
  • Electrical cord port, excellent for camping with older kids.

Cons

  • No windows.
  • Questionable material quality.
  • The center height is only 6′

Here’s a family tent for people on an extreme budget—you want to try out camping, but you’re not sure how well your kids will like it. Maybe they’re older and a little cranky, wanting their own space and privacy.

Luckily, they’ll get their privacy by night in this family camping tent. It features two sleeping pods at either end, with a central living area. However, the room dividers don’t reach the floor, so for complete privacy bring a few cushions to line the gap.

Other than that, there aren’t any standout features to the end. It has an electrical cord port for those tech-addicted teens, though if you’re camping for a technology detox, perhaps use it for lights or a heater instead.

You may need some artificial light, as the tent has no windows. On the bright side, the material is thin, so it may let in some level of light.

It’s thin nature can be troublesome around the zippers, as some users had issues with it ripping. Being more optimistic, the metal poles and stakes held steady. It’s not bad for a budget buy—just be gentle with it and avoid camping in harsh winds and around scratchy branches.


Alternative Option

Coleman Connectable 3-Person & 6-Person Tent

For an alternative option, consider a set of connecting tents. They work for family and friends trips, as well as going solo.

Capacity: 6, 2 | Weight: 44lbs | Dimensions: 20’ (W) x 16’ (L) x 11’ (H) | Bag Dimensions: 8” x 3” x 36” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: $$

Overall:

Pros

  • Unlimited connection options.
  • Incredible ceiling height.
  • Fantastic privacy.

Cons

  • Gets pricey the more tents you add.
  • The waterproofing isn’t perfect.

This friend or family tent bundle is for a 6 person and 3 person tent, but you can connect three tents to the 6 person tent.

Rather than getting one large tent with three rooms, why not go extra private with the Coleman connecting tents? Each tent is an instant cabin tent on its own, and when connected, you have a little network of sleeping pods and living areas.

Each tent is of equal quality; decently waterproof with sealed seams, withstanding winds over 35 miles per hour. It’s the same story whether you use them separately or apart.

The pre-attached steel poles make the setup easy; the trickiest part will be zipping them together. Be sure you don’t block off the electrical cord port while you’re attaching them.

As for how many tents you can attach? With a large enough flat clearing, the options for separate rooms are unlimited. The 6 person tents have three attachment points for 6 or 3 person tents—so theoretically, you could have four sixes attached, each of the additional three with one six on then, a few sixes on those …

Of course, the larger the tent you attach, the less room you have to connect more. Three sixes side by side will block some of the attachment ports. So maybe it’s better to stick to the three and the six and a few more threes as needed, unless you want true luxury.


Which tent gives you the most space?

Winner: Ozark Trail 3-Room Instant Cabin

Most of the tents have an even split with room size, but the Ozark Trail is the clear winner here – it’s one of the biggest tents going. There are longer tents, but none as wide as this one. The square 16 by 16 feet shape ensures each room is a lengthy 8 by 8 feet, including the area under the outdoor awning.

That’s plenty for several campers to sleep side by side on sleeping bags, or a single camper to store gear and sleep in a mini air bed in their private bedroom.

If you are instead looking for something a little smaller, then you can check out our guide to the best 2 room tents.

Which 3-room tent is tallest?

Winner: Ozark Trail 3-Room Instant Cabin

Although the Coleman WeatherMaster has a taller peak height, the Ozark Trail is the best option for tall campers due to it’s uniform height. The ceiling doesn’t slope like it does in the WeatherMaster.

In terms of floor space, the Ozark Trail is our pick again because of the wonderful design and external awning. It’s such a great feature, it gives you a covered extra space the size of a third of the already massive tent!

Which is the most comfortable 3-room tent for spending time inside?

Winner: Vango Odyssey & Ozark Trail 3-Room Instant Cabin

If the weather isn’t perfect and you need to spend some time inside your tent, you want plenty of space to be versatile enough for socializing.

The Odyssey has a great communal area as well as separate sleeping pods to give campers privacy. The huge living area in the middle of the tent is big enough for playing board games or comfortable enough to sit and chat away for hours.

The Ozark Trail also impressed us for how comfortable it was. The three big rooms can be used as bedrooms, living areas or storage rooms. The covered outside area also makes this tent a lot more spacious and comfortable.

If you need some space for storage, which tent offers the best option?

If you need a tent with some storage space, the Coleman WeatherMaster might be the tent for you.

The 6-Person version comes with a screen room. This is excellent for storing dirty gear or equipment because there’s no floor that might get damaged or need cleaned afterwards.

It’s also a lifesaver for stinky hiking boots you don’t want to bring into the main body of the tent!

The CORE 12-person instant cabin comes with four hanging storage pockets that are great for personal belongings. There is also a gear loft which is handy for keeping anything away from little hands if you’re camping with kids. The mesh pockets and gear loft provide plenty of room for valuables you want to keep safe.

Which tent is best for you?

Group of friends sitting around a campfire

Which tent is best for your group size?

If you’ve got a small crew but maybe a lot of gear, the Coleman WeatherMaster is a great option. It has plenty of storage space and room for a few campers. It’s brilliant for smaller groups, up to three or four campers.

For groups a little bigger than this, the Vango Odyssey is super comfortable, durable and protective. It’s an all-rounder that is perfect for groups of up to seven or eight, where it starts to get a little packed.

For big group trips with more than eight campers, either the CORE Instant Cabin or the Ozark Trail would be a good option. The Ozark Trail has more segregated rooms if personal space is important but the CORE is great for when you all want to share the same space.

Which Three-Room Tent Is Best for Families? 

The Vango Odyssey 800 is best for families as it allows privacy by night, but there’s a communal living space for you to bond by day. It’s excellent for small families who’d like to spend their trip together, but the parents and kids would prefer separate sleeping quarters.

However, the Ozark Trail is also a great family tent for families with older kids needing more privacy.

Privacy is vital in a 3 room tent but having a shared space is also important for bonding and activities. We evaluated these family camping tents based on both.

The Coleman Connecting Tents was perfect for both of these, thanks to the nature of the dividers. You can leave them open if you like, but when closed up, you’re in an entirely separate tent!

Which Three-Room Tent Is Best for a Group of Friends? 

The Ozark Trail 16’ x 16’ is best for a group of friends. Friend groups generally want more privacy among them than families, so the three wholly separate vestibules allow it easily. You still have a communal area to hang out in under the awning of the Ozark Trail, too.

Which tent should you take to a festival?

If you’re planning a festival, we’d recommend the Ozark Trail. It can be pitched quickly and is great for group camping trips as we’ve covered.

The awning is great for sitting under during lazy mornings, recuperating from the night before. You can shade yourself from the sun but still gulp in the fresh air.

Which three-room tent is easiest to set up?

Winner: CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin

Many instant tents often have longer setup times than advertised, but customers complained minimally about the CORE. It pops up with ease, and the setup goes smoothly, letting the relaxing begin from the start.

Can these tents be pitched by one person?

It’s always easier to set up tents with two people, especially with tents this size.

Although experienced campers might manage some of these tents by themselves, the only one we would be confident a lone camper could set up is the CORE.

Are these tents easy to carry?

All of these tents are quite large which makes them heavy and awkward to carry over long distances. They are fine for car camping but backpacking is out of the question with these tents.

Which tent will hold up best on bad weather days?

With lots of extra weather protection features, the Vango Odyssey 800 really impressed us.

The Vango Odyssey tent, our pick for the best 3 room tent when it comes to bad weather

Is It Waterproof?

Winner: Vango Odyssey 800

All of these tents are waterproof to an extent, withstanding short storms and days of light drizzle. Some require additional treatment but are otherwise okay.

Our winner for this category goes beyond that, with the highest hydrostatic head rating of 4,000, ensuring not a drop can leak through the tent fabric. That makes it perfect for camping year-round.

The smartest inclusion is the PVC windows in place of the usual mesh ones. Even with a rain fly angled over them, mesh windows will never be as waterproof as PVC.

The Diamond Clear Windows in the Vango Odyssey 800, our pick for best 3 room tent when it starts to rain

Is condensation a problem in the rain?

Winner: Vango Odyssey 800

The ventilation in the CORE and Ozark Trail tents makes them great for preventing condensation from building. However, the ventilation is due largely in part to the abundance of mesh on the tents.

In cold or wet weather, this ventilation can be limited by the rainfly or closing windows. Mesh windows for ventilation are often problematic in the rain.

Customer reviews suggest other issues with these tents in the rain. But condensation is not one that is commonly reported.

The Vango has poorer ventilation due to features like the PVC rather than mesh windows. PVC or plastic windows are great for stopping the rain coming in whilst also letting in light. Users still don’t report issues with condensation in the Odyssey so we aren’t worried about it being an issue.

Standing strong in gusty winds

Winner: Vango Odyssey 800

The Vango comes with their patented Tension Band System technology which improves the stability of the tent in strong winds. Their PowerFlex fiberglass poles also help create a strong yet lightweight structure.

The Coleman Connectable tents are also a better choice than the other tents here thanks to the more wind-resistant design. Other tents we reviewed had high walls which can catch in strong winds and damage the tent.

Both the CORE Instant Cabin and the Ozark Trail Instant Cabin come with pre-attached poles and a tall structure which can be vulnerable in windy conditions.

Are these tents three-season suitable?

Winner: Vango Odyssey 800

If you are looking for a tent to take out from Spring until Fall, the Vango offers superb protection for these climates. It is by far the best tent we reviewed for dealing with stormy weather.

Other models like the Coleman WeatherMaster, Ozark Trail and CORE all have too much mesh on them for cold weather camping.

Other than the Vango, the tents we reviewed were generally best suited to fair-weather camping in the summer months and during more mild spells in Spring and Fall.

How Long Does It Last?

Winner: Vango Odyssey 800

When you buy a tent, you don’t want it to last one season and have that be the end of it. That’s why we’ve dubbed the Vango our winner as users praise the durability of the poles and stakes more than any other tent’s buyers.

Plus, all Vango kit comes with a limited warranty of two years so if anything goes wrong in that time, they’ve got you covered.

FAQ: Filling in the gaps

Why Would You Pick a Three-Room Tent?

You could easily purchase three small tents and be done with it. However, a three room tent gives you privacy and community in one.

Plus, the ceilings are usually tall, giving you ample space to walk and hang out in comfort. This makes these tents some of the best tents for tall people.

These large capacity many person instant cabin tent types are often more cost-effective, too. A 3 room instant cabin tent is also a great choice for people wanting a quick setup.

How to Get the Most From the Space in a Multi-Room Tent

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your multi-room tent:

  • Use sleeping bags instead of air mattresses; you fit more people in.
  • Keep all your gear in one room, tight to the wall and piled high.
  • Use chairs and tables that fold almost flat, and store them against the wall.
  • Consider parking nearby so you can store gear in your vehicle, giving the tent more livable space.

You can also get the most out of your 3 room instant cabin tent and other tent types by buying a larger capacity tent for smaller parties.

Can you take any of these tents backpacking?

Nope! They are all too heavy and too awkward to carry for backpacking.

If you have a big group, you are better off investing in separate small tents. You can use tarps to create a communal space for socializing if the weather isn’t good.

a woman hiking on a path

Removable or Fixed Dividers: Which Is Better?

This is up to preference. Fixed dividers are great for people wanting a cabin-like experience. On the other hand, removable room dividers allow for a better bonding experience and freer passage through the tent.

Removable dividers are also great for 3 room instant cabin tent setups, especially many person instant cabin tent types, as fixed dividers take longer to assemble.

Can you fit queen airbeds in these tents?

You absolutely can! All of these tents are big enough for a couple of queen airbeds.

You can even fit up to four queen air mattresses in the Vango and three comfortably in the Ozark Trail with enough space left over in each room for storing gear as well.

Fire burning in the evening with snow-coated mountains in the back

The Final Verdict

There are tons of large tents on the market, providing privacy and bonding space alike.

Our pick for the best overall 3 room tent is the CORE 12 person instant cabin tent. It may not win in each category above but hits every mark for a multi-room instant cabin tent.

It’s perfect for families and friend groups alike. It goes up fast and gives separate couples or subgroups or the friend group their own sleeping space. Similarly, it keeps kids and parents separate after that long, exhausting day. 

But once the sun rises, you can open the removable room dividers and bond as a large unit once more.

Our second choice is the Ozark Trail, a fantastic family tent.

It may go up a little slower, but it’s fantastic for a feel similar to a 3 room instant cabin tent and an enhanced feeling of privacy. Plus, that awning is the perfect spot for bonding with your fellow campers in the sun. It also makes our shortlist as one of the best large tents.

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.