The 6 Best Cabin Tents in 2020

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    Are you tired of getting changed, huddled over trying not to hit the damp roof of your tent?

    Could you use more storage space when camping?

    Do you yearn to stand free?

    Then cabin tents might be a good choice to consider.

    Unlike dome tents which can feel a bit cramped with low ceilings, cabin tents have a high roof due to their vertical walls.

    With the extra living space the walls give you, they are a fantastic option to consider for group camping trips with friends, or young families. 

    But sometimes families, in particular, can want some more privacy – which is why this review includes an alternative cabin tent option that can offer something different than standard models. 

    Generally, these cabin tents can be heavy and awkward to carry, making them fine for car camping but not backpacking.  So if you’re planning to hike to your campsite, a cabin tent might not be the best choice. 

    Picking the right cabin tent for you can be difficult. Many of us don’t have hours to spend researching every detail before we buy. So we’ve reviewed five tents that are the best options on the market – plus a bonus alternative option as well.

    Product

    Review

    Rating

    Price

    Best Overall Tent
    The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin is the best cabin tent, with plenty of room, easy set-up, and great features.
    4.5/5
    4.5/5
    Best Large Tent
    This behemoth from Ozark Trail is perfect for camping with a group thanks to how much space there is.
    4/5
    4/5
    Best Small Tent
    This smaller cabin tent from Eureka provides plenty of headspace without sprawling out on the ground.
    3.5/5
    3.5/5
    Best Tent for Durability
    The Kodiak Flex-Bow is the most durable cabin tent we reviewed, meaning you can use it all year.
    3.5/5
    3.5/5
    Best Value Tent
    If you’re looking for a value cabin tent, this offering from QOMOTOP is a great option
    3.5/5
    3.5/5
    Best Alternative Option
    These tents offer something a little different but still meet all the needs of traditional cabin tents.
    3.5/5
    3.5/5

    After the product comparison, you can find more in-depth information about how we reviewed these products to find the best cabin tents. 

    We factored in how durable the tent was, how easy setup was, the amount of headroom it offered, and any other features the tent came with we liked. 

    Product Comparisons

    4.5/5
    Best Overall Tent
    The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin is the best cabin tent, with plenty of room, easy set-up, and great features.

    Weight: 30.5lbs | Height: 6’6” | Dimensions: 14’ x 9’ (126ft2) | Bag Dimensions: 28” x 11.5” x 11.5” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Price: $$ | Hydrostatic Rating: 600mm

    Pros

    Max. Capacity: 9 people
    Easy setup
    Mesh ceiling for great views
    Removable divider

    Cons

    Issues with zipper on older models
    Not designed for bad weather

    The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent ticks all the boxes. It’s incredibly easy to set up, spacious with a room divider for privacy and is pretty durable for an instant cabin tent.  This makes it a fantastic family cabin tent.

    The main feature of the CORE 9-Person model that blew us away was the incredible mesh roof. This lets the hot air in the tent escape but also gives unrivaled views of the night’s sky with the rainfly off. 

    You can lie back and gaze up at the stars from the comfort of your tent in the CORE model and share some unforgettable moments with your fellow campers.

    As an instant cabin, the CORE model can be pitched very easily, in under 60 seconds according to the company. We would say it’s probably more reasonable to expect set up to take about two minutes – which is still remarkably quick for a tent this size!

    One of the concerning issues I came across with the CORE model was a common issue with the zipper getting caught on the cuff and jamming or damaging the material. 

    However, when contacted CORE said that the issue had been reported to their customer service team and has been addressed. 

    So if you go for this tent, be aware that models from before 2020 may have issues with the zipper but CORE says the issue is now fixed for new models. 

    With fantastic views from this spacious tent, it is one of the best cabin tents on the market and our favorite pick.

    4/5
    Best Large Tent
    This behemoth from Ozark Trail is perfect for camping with a group thanks to how much space there is.

    Weight: 61lbs | Height: 7’82 | Dimensions: 16’ x 16’ (256ft2)| Bag Dimensions: 52.5” x 14” x 12.5” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Price: $$ | Hydrostatic Rating: 600mm

    Pros

    Max. Capacity: 12 people
    3 separate rooms
    Awning for outdoor space

    Cons

    Manufacturing quality varies
    Might be TOO big

    Some might see this colossal camping tent as excessive, but it’s great for large group camping trips. 

    The three separate rooms offer spacious private areas that can each be used as a bedroom thanks to the canopy attached to the front. With the canopy up, the covered area outside is the same size as each room. So you’ll have plenty of space to sit in the shade! 

    Some campsites have regulations about how big tents can be, so be aware that might be an issue with a tent this size. 

    This is another instant tent with poles attached to the fabric to allow for easier pitching. This model will take slightly longer than other instant tents because of its size and shape, but it still goes up exceptionally quick. 

    Some users report Ozark Trail tents materials could be of higher quality, so I wouldn’t expect this tent to last a lifetime. But with proper care and avoiding exposing the tent to harsh weather conditions, I would expect the Ozark Trail to last long enough to get your money’s worth from it. 

    This tent means you can all stay together in the same tent rather than having to split up, meaning it is well-suited to large families with young children or a group of friends looking to get away together. 

    If you’re looking for a big cabin tent with rooms to give everyone some privacy on your trip, the Ozark Trail model certainly offers that. That makes it our pick for the best cabin tent for large groups.

    3.5/5
    Best Small Tent
    This smaller cabin tent from Eureka provides plenty of headspace without sprawling out on the ground.

    Weight: 18lbs 10oz | Height: 7’ | Dimensions: 8’ x 8’ (64ft2) | Bag Dimensions: 26” x 7” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Price: $$$ | Hydrostatic Rating: 1200mm

    Pros

    Max. Capacity: 4 people
    Small but spacious
    Waterproof

    Cons

    Weaker fiberglass poles
    Longer setup

    If you want a cabin tent for the extra height but don’t need much floor space, this tent is a great option. 

    Often with tents, it can be hard to see how they decided on the capacity. With the Eureka model, however, four people could sleep on the floor without feeling claustrophobic. In fact, there is enough space for two queen-sized air beds and room to move.

    This sense of space is helped by the high roof which makes the tent feel open and roomy. 

    With more substantial coating, this tent has a hydrostatic rating of 1200mm meaning it is classified as a waterproof cabin tent, rather than just water-resistant. Whilst this isn’t going to be enough to protect you from a downpour, it will keep you dry in light rain. 

    However, the fiberglass poles are a mark against the Eureka as they are more likely to splinter and shatter, tearing the tent fabric more often than poles made of other materials like steel. 

    Unfortunately, this tent doesn’t come with much living space, meaning it isn’t great for groups of more than two. However, it could also be used as an additional tent for larger group trips that need more sleeping areas but not living space. 

    So for campers looking for a tent with enough space for them to stand comfortably but doesn’t come with sprawling rooms, this is an excellent choice.

    With fantastic views from this spacious tent, it is one of the best cabin tents on the market and our favorite pick.

    3.5/5
    Best Tent for Durability
    The Kodiak Flex-Bow is the most durable cabin tent we reviewed, meaning you can use it all year.

    Weight: 79lbs | Height: 6’6” | Dimensions: 10’ x 14’ (140ft2) | Bag Dimensions: 48” x 16” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: No | Price: $$ | Hydrostatic Rating: N/A

    Pros

    Sturdy and durable
    Front canopy

    Cons

    Heavy
    Requires maintenance
    Difficult to set up

    If you’re looking for something that is going to stand up to the elements better than your average cabin tent, the Kodiak Flex-Bow Canvas tent is the best cabin tent for rain and bad weather.

    Canvas does need more maintenance than synthetic fabrics so make sure to care for it properly. However, the Hydra-Shield coating on their cotton duck canvas means the fabric is breathable and watertight. 

    Unfortunately, Kodiak doesn’t provide a hydrostatic rating for this tent. This can make comparing it to the other tents listed here difficult, but you don’t need to worry about this tent keeping you dry. 

    With the ceiling 6’6” tall, there will feel like there’s plenty of space in the Kodiak model and the canvas fabric will mean you can venture out into colder climates!

    However, this tent does not come with a power cord vent – and whilst for some campers this won’t be an issue, up to 77% of us use electric hook-ups at campsites when they are available. So if you’re looking to go electric, this might not be the tent for you. 

    This canvas cabin tent is our pick for a durable tent that will last many camping trips.

    3.5/5
    Best Value Tent
    If you’re looking for a value cabin tent, this offering from QOMOTOP is a great option

    Weight: 16.75lbs | Height: 4’11” | Dimensions: 8’ x 8’ (64ft2) | Bag Dimensions: 28” x 11.5” x 11.5” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Price: $ | Hydrostatic Rating: 600mm

    Pros

    Low-cost option
    Quick setup

    Cons

    Short roof
    Poor waterproofing performance

    If you’re looking for a value for money cabin tent, then the OT QOMOTOP 4-Person model is a good choice. 

    Like other instant cabin tents, this model can be set up quickly and efficiently like the CORE 9-Person model. Although, this is slightly less impressive as the CORE tent has more poles and is larger.

    A disappointing feature of this tent is the fact that the peak height of the tent doesn’t even reach five feet. One of the advantages that cabin tents offer is roomy headspace but this QOMOTOP model doesn’t hit the standard we’d expect. 

    This tent scored a hydrostatic rating of 600mm similar to other models on this list. But reviews from users suggest that the overall ability of this tent to keep the rain out is poorer than, for example, the CORE.  

    So if you’re going camping in bad weather  this tent should probably be avoided. 

    This tent does come with steel poles which are more durable than fiberglass, which is a positive for the durability of this tent. Replacing broken telescopic poles on an instant tent can be tricky and might mean sending the whole thing back to the manufacturer to be replaced. 

    But sturdier steel poles reduces the likelihood of this in the QOMOTOP.

    At the lower end of the price range, it isn’t quite as good as the other best cabin tents on this list. But for its price, it’s a fantastic low-cost option. It would be a good choice for a small family looking for a first tent.

    3.5/5
    Best Alternative Option
    These tents offer something a little different but still meet all the needs of traditional cabin tents.

    Weight: 44lbs | Height: 6’3” (6-P) + 4.8′ (3-P) | Dimensions: 6-Person – 12’ x 10’ (120ft2) + 3-Person – 8’ x 6’ (48ft2) | Bag Dimensions: N/A | Doors: 2+ | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Price: $$$ | Hydrostatic Rating: 600mm

    Pros

    Connectable tents offer versatility
    Sturdier shape than most cabin tents

    Cons

    Set up will require a lot of effort
    Expensive

    This is something different. The starter bundle comes with a hexagon-shaped 6-Person cabin-style tent and a 3-Person tent that can be connected to it. 

    You can purchase more of both tents independently to build the exact tent to meet your needs every trip. Less of the family coming this trip? Leave a 3-Person tent at home! Want to go out camping by yourself? You can use the 3-Person tents independently as well! 

    This is admittedly an expensive and time-consuming option but can create a system of connectable tents you can adjust for any occasion.  And you can still get value from the system but you have to commit.

    The separate tents give each room a feeling of privacy that makes this a good cabin tent for family camping with older kids. You can give them the independence of a whole tent of their own whilst still keeping them connected to the main body of the tent.

    Cabin Tents: What are they good for?

    Cabin tents have straight walls which create more space and give the tent a higher roof. The extra living space makes family camping easier and the high ceilings make time spent in your tent more comfortable.

    This is one advantage they have over dome tents when it comes to camping with a large group. 

    Modern models are often surprisingly easy to set up, with many instant tents on the market promising they can be set up in under two minutes. 

    However, cabin tents are not ideal for all conditions. They are heavier which makes them a bad choice for backpacking. They also struggle with high winds and poor weather due to their shape. 

    Cabin tents are ideal for family or large group car camping trips in good weather conditions.

    How We Decided

    Use of space 

    A key component of cabin tents is the extra space they give you with their taller, vertical walls. One of the first criteria for review was how well these tents made use of their extra space. 

    The standout tents here were the Eureka Copper Canyon 4-Person and the Ozark Trail 16’ x 16’ Instant Cabin. 

    Eureka managed to scale back a cabin tent into something more manageable for small group camping. It’s ideal for couples or small families as it doesn’t take up much ground space but the high roof makes the tent feel roomy and open. 

    The Eureka tent is made even more roomy thanks to the handy storage pockets and gear loft

    The Ozark Trail model goes the other way. The design with three rooms provides privacy but it also maximizes the potential space that the tent can occupy. Fitting the awning into the design in the way they have means you get a covered outdoor area the size of the rooms. 

    The downside of the Ozark Trail model is that some campsites have restrictions on the size of tents they allow. Sometimes this is based on the size of tent pads. Finding an area of ground flat enough to pitch the 256 square foot shelter might present a challenge. 

    That is a benefit of the Coleman 3-Person and 6-Person Connectable Tent Bundle. Due to the adjustable nature of the tents, if you are having difficulty getting pitched you can always rearrange parts of the tent and follow the lay of the land. 

    Excluding the use of multiple separate tents, they also are the best option for privacy out of all the cabin tents reviewed. It would be ideal for families with older kids or a group of friends who want to go camping together but also have their own area. 

    The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin is a standard size for cabin tents of capacity between 8 and 10 people but makes good use of the space. 

    Used a 9-person cabin tent with my brother and dad and always had plenty of room. The straight walls make it feel very spacious.

    The removable room divider means that you can switch between separating the room into two or keeping it as one large space. 

    Of course, the room divider will not provide as much privacy as the Coleman connecting tents can. 

    Unfortunately, the QOMOTOP is under 5′ at the center height so if you’re looking for a tent with room above your head, it’s probably best avoided.

    If you want lots of indoor and outdoor living spaces, the Ozark Trail model is our favorite tent. If you just need something a bit more roomy for you and a partner or a small family, the Eureka Copper Canyon does a fantastic job. 

    How easy are they to setup?

    How easy and quick it is to set up tents is often a concern for family camping. With little kids running about (sometimes very adamant they want to help), a long and difficult setup can start the trip on a sour note. 

    Tip: Test before you go! Whatever tent you buy (dome or cabin), trial setting it up before you head out on your camping trip. Make sure the tent is in working order and you know how to use it.  

    By far the easiest tent to set up reviewed was the CORE 9-Person model which makes it a great family cabin tent choice.

    With the telescopic poles attached to the fabric, the tent can be set up by one person in about two to three minutes. CORE claim that it can be done in 60 seconds (and I’m sure they’ve managed to do it) but being realistic it is likely to take slightly longer – but not much. 

    Being able to set up a tent this size in less than three minutes is truly incredible. It’s especially great for any single adults who want to take kids camping as it can all be done by one person – even if you haven’t got much experience camping before! 

    The Ozark Trail 16’ x 16’ Instant Cabin is also an instant tent but due to the size and shape of it, setup is a bit more difficult. It’ll probably take two adults about 30 minutes to set up the first time but after that, it should get much quicker. 

    The QOMOTOP model is also fantastic for quick set up. It comes with telescopic poles and given that the tent we reviewed was only for 4-people, it is very easily managed by one person within a couple of minutes. It is easier than the Ozark Trail cabin tent and probably the CORE model, but it has a great advantage due to its size.

    The Eureka Copper Canyon Cabin Tent can be set up by one person fairly easily, despite not being an instant tent. I would imagine if you have some experience with tents it shouldn’t take two adults longer than ten minutes. 

    If you are inexperienced, the instructions are easy enough to follow without any complicated parts, so don’t panic. It’s not a hard tent to set up. 

    The Kodiak Flex-Bow Canvas model, however, is difficult to setup. Durability has been prioritized over ease of setup in this tent. Connecting some of the poles when the fabric is tense can be a struggle, so be prepared for more of a challenge with the Kodiak than other models. 

    You’ll need at least two adults to set up this tent – particularly for some of the trickier parts like the canopy.   

    The Coleman Connectable Tents Bundle was also difficult to setup. Whilst the fact that the tents can be moved independently to fit the campground makes things easier, you can’t escape the fact that this model requires setting up at least two tents rather than one. 

    So if your family needs a quick and easy setup, the CORE model is perfect. Avoid the Kodiak Flex-Bow or Coleman connecting tents if you are worried about a difficult setup. 

    How durable are they? 

    Many cabin tents are not designed for use in harsh weather conditions. If you want something that is going to cope with the wind and the rain, you need to be careful with which cabin tent you choose. 

    We also considered how long the tents were likely to last and how susceptible they were to damage. 

    The best option for a lasting tent that can handle cold weather as well as warm, is the Kodiak Flex-Bow. The cotton duck canvas with Hyrda-Shield coating means the fabric is waterproof and breathable. Cotton canvas is also a great insulator to keep the tent warm. 

    Other tents made of man-made fabrics like nylon and polyester are lighter, smaller, and cheaper. But canvas tents are thicker and more durable. 

    Generally, the CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent did well when we reviewed how durable it was. It understandably did not offer the same levels of protection as the Kodiak which is designed for all year use. 

    The Ozark Trail 16’ x 16’ Instant Cabin Tent uses a variety of manufacturers which might be responsible for differing reviews of quality from users. It’s size also means that it can be susceptible to damage in high winds. 

    The unique octagon shape of the Coleman 3-Person & 6-Person Connectable Tent Bundle means that unlike other rectangular cabin tents, the wind does not catch the frame as strongly. Coleman has tested the tent in over 35 mph winds without any issues. 

    Whilst the Eureka Copper Canyon 4-Person Tent does well in regards to protective waterproofing and no-see-um mesh protection, it is let down by its fiberglass poles. Fiberglass can commonly shatter and splinter, damaging the tent fabric. 

    However, reviews from users suggest that the fiberglass poles do not majorly impact the durability of the tent. 

    Eureka has survived some crazy storms for me while other stuff flies through the air. I would spend the $80 if you have it because I do see my tent being on the small side. They’re tanks though.

    Eureka also offers a product warranty for the lifetime of their tents (about 7-10 years) which means that they will repair any damage due to manufacturing or material defect. So if you do have an issue with broken fiberglass poles, Eureka can repair the tent for you. 

    The QOMOTOP Cabin Tent comes with more durable steel poles. Although the fabric has a hydrostatic rating of 600mm, users have reported issues with the tent not being able to cope with anything more than light rain. 

    So be aware that this tent might not keep you dry if the elements turn against you. 

    If you are looking for a tent to potentially last a lifetime, the only recommendation we can give here is the Kodiak model. The CORE and the Coleman models are also fairly durable and protective but there are concerns about the Eureka and Ozark Trails models. 

    Features and Extras

    A lot of modern tents come with some exciting bells and interesting whistles to try and gain favor with customers. 

    The best feature found on any of these tents has to be the wonderful mesh roof on the CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent. Not only does it allow hot air to escape and cool the tent on warm summer’s nights, but taking off the rainfly provides a breathtaking vista of the night’s sky.

    You and your family can lie back in your sleeping bags and look up at the stars above, without having to leave your tent. 

    Similarly, the massive doors intended for connecting additional tents to the Coleman 3-Person & 6-Person Connectable Tents can also be used as large windows. This means you can sit in your octagon and enjoy stunning views all around your tent. 

    The QOMOTOP 4-Person Instant Cabin Tent comes with mesh windows that look deceptively small from the outside but give the tent an open feel inside by letting in lots of light. 

    The Eureka Copper Canyon 4-Person Tent comes with some nifty storage pockets including a gear loft. I love a gear loft, especially as someone who rolled over in their sleep before and crushed their new sunglasses… 

    The gear loft can be used to safely store glasses, flashlights, snacks, or whatever else you are worried about getting lost in the tent (car keys, in particular, can often go wandering after a few days – I like keeping them in a gear loft for easy access and safekeeping). 

    Both the Ozark Trail 16’ x 16’ Instant Cabin Tent and the Kodiak Flex-Bow Canvas Tent come with a canopy. This is a great feature that can provide shelter from the sun or rain. They are particularly handy to cook under if it’s raining. 

    Always take care and follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you are cooking under a canopy. Never place a campfire close enough to a tent to be covered by a canopy.

    All of these tents came with additional features that made them special. Both the CORE model and the Coleman connecting tents can provide stunning views from the comfort of the tent, but the CORE’s mesh roof with access to the stars is truly unbeatable. 

    Wrapping It All Up 

    The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent is a great all-round option and one that we recommend as the overall best cabin tent.

    The removable room divider, easy setup, and mesh ceiling all made this tent our favorite option. 

    But if you need something a bit larger the Ozark Trails model is a great option. Meanwhile, the Eureka Copper Canyon 4-Person Tent is great for smaller groups who still want a high ceiling.

    For a sustainable option, the Kodiak offers the best all year protection and durability. 

    And for something a bit out there, the Coleman’s connecting tents are an innovative way to have a shared camping experience whilst retaining a little bit of privacy. 

    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.

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    James Black

    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.

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