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The best pop-up tents of 2021

Best for Festivals
Pop-up this tent quickly so you can start popping
Best Overall
We LOVE this tent - it ticks all the boxes!
Best Budget Option
If you’re camping on a budget, the Ubon keeps costs low

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Last Updated: April 15, 2021

You totally want a tent that takes forever to assemble, don’t you? Come on; it’s part of the fun!

Just kidding – you want something that sets up in SECONDS which is why you’re reading our best pop-up tents review!

We’ve looked at hundreds of tents, including all sorts of quick pitch technology.

Pop-up tents are great for short trips where you need an easily pitched shelter, like festivals. They’re especially useful for trips when you don’t want to share your tent with other people. Take your own personal pop-up and steer clear of your snoring fellow campers.

So stick with us as we go through what makes these tents pop!





Best Overall

We LOVE this tent - it ticks all the boxes!


Best for Festivals

Pop-up this tent quickly so you can start popping


Best Budget Option

If you’re camping on a budget, the Ubon keeps costs low


Best for Kids

Teach the kids the fundamentals with this little tent


Best for Families

Fit the whole family in this behemoth pop-up


Best for Solo Camping

Going solo? The Reabeam is our lone camping

Table of Contents

Our Best Buy

If you’re in a rush and just want to know which tent we recommend, the Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up is difficult to beat.

Which tent is best for campers on a budget?

If you’re looking to keep a tight hold on the purse strings, the Coleman Pop-Up or Ubon Pop-Up tents are both great low-cost options.

Overview of the Best Pop-Up Tents

Best Overall

Quechua Pop Up Tent (2/3 Person)

If you want a high-quality, tough tent to withstand the elements, consider the Quechua.

Capacity: 2 | Weight: 6.83lbs | Dimensions: 4’7” (W) x 7’6” (L) x 3’ (H) | Bag Dimensions: 25” x 24” x 3.5” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 2000mm | Price: $



  • Spacious tent for two or three people
  • Weather-resistant to keep you protected
  • Remarkably quick and easy to pitch
  • Great for hot summer trips


  • Some users find it difficult to pack

This Quechua 2 person tent is the best pop-up on the market. It’s a stunning white tent, impossible to miss on your campsite, but the inside is a contrasting black. There is darkroom tech that keeps the light out so you can sleep soundly.

It’s a pop-up tent made to sleep two but three could fit in the tent at a squeeze. You’ll be close and intimate, but if you’re a family or perhaps drunk festival attendees, this won’t be much of an issue.

For festival attendees, the dark tent interior will be extra useful so you can sleep away your hangover before another day of fun. The excellent ventilation in this instant shelter is great for keeping your tent cool during those delicate mornings.

Despite the dark, stuffy nature inside the tent, there are two tent panels you can open and secure with guy lines. These work to air out the tent, and because of their angle, they shouldn’t let rain in. They’ll let a chill into the tent, though, so try to stick to sunny season camping.

The rest of the pop-up tent can withstand rain well, but it’s especially impressive in winds. It can withstand 50 kilometers an hour, or Force 6 winds. The manufacturers tested this in wind tunnels and on turntables.

You’ll only find the tent’s downfall when you pack it up again in the carry bag. Whilst the ease of setup is remarkably efficient, breaking down the tent is a different story. Not only can it be difficult to get it down, but it’s a little flimsy once you do. 

The packing experience involves wrapping the pop-up tent up with a yellow rope. Some users found the clips used during this process broke easily. This left them dissatisfied, expecting a better quality tent for the price.

Best for Festivals

Coleman Pop-Up 2/4 Person Tent

An inexpensive tent that’s not a huge loss if it’s trashed, the Coleman pop-up tent is great for festivals.

Capacity: 2 | Weight: 6.41lbs | Dimensions: 7’6” (W) x 4’6 (L) x 2’11” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 27.25” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: $$



  • Easy on the wallet
  • Keeps you dry despite the low price


  • A nightmare to disassemble
  • May break when folding it down

Are you a festival goer? Worried that rambunctious partying attendees will ruin your tent? This Coleman pop-up tent may be a suitable pick for you. 

The 2-person pop-up tent is almost so affordable that you can easily fit it into your festival expenses. At the same time, the tent is so inexpensive that if someone ruins it, it’s not a disaster.

Despite the affordability, it’s still an excellent tent. For one, the rainfly is water and fire resistant—the latter is particularly useful during festivals. You never know what those pesky attendees will get up to.

If you find the rainfly is creating too stuffy an atmosphere, you can change its position to let some ventilation into the tent. Users found that it gets incredibly hot inside the tent, despite the mesh windows. The rainfly obscures the windows, anyway.

That said, you don’t want to spend too much time in this Coleman pop-up tent. It has a painfully low center height, so you’ll always be on your knees. Even then, your head may brush the ceiling.

It’s mostly a pop-up tent made to crawl into and fall asleep after a hard night of fun. 

When morning comes, you’ll want to wait a while before folding it back up if you’re hungover. It’s a nightmare to disassemble even with a clear head. Plus, users find that it may break if you make a mistake when folding it down.

Once finally back to its flat, transportable shape in the carrying case, you may still find the Coleman pop-up awkward to carry.

Best Budget Option

Ubon Pop up 2-3 Person Tent

If you’re camping on a budget, consider the Ubon dome tent.

Capacity: 2–3 | Weight: 3.45lbs | Dimensions: 4’11” (W) x 6’7” (L) x 3’7” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 27.8” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: $



  • Much more spacious than anticipated
  • Well-ventilated to keep cool
  • Storage pockets are handy
  • Ideal as a beach tent


  • Tent materials used are pretty low-quality
  • Not suitable for all-year camping

If you’re on an extreme budget, here’s a pop-up tent you may like. It has all the features of a far pricer tent.

First of all, it’s decently large for a pop-up tent and still lightweight. The tent doesn’t have the best ceiling height, but width-wise, it has enough space to sleep two parents and a child quite comfortably. 

The manufacturer states the 2–3 person pop-up tent fits a “full” bed, but by measurement’s standards, the tent is an inch too narrow for a queen. However, if a solo camper wanted to bring a twin air mattress it would be a luxurious experience.

There’s a hook on the ceiling to hang a lantern by night, and by day you can throw the double doors open and enjoy natural lighting and fantastic views. You can tie the door curtains up to ensure the view remains unobscured.

As you relax in the tent, you can store your personal items in the two inner pockets for easy access whenever you need them.

If you’d rather keep the doors closed so you can relax in peace, that’s fine too—you’ll have plenty of ventilation. The doors are insect-proof mesh and the tent fabric is thin so it’s breathable, making it an ideal beach tent or for camping in the summer. However, if you take it away from the beach, you’ll need to purchase some tent stakes if you want it to stay up for a while.

That said, the manufacturers state the tent works for four seasons. Unfortunately, the pop-up tent fabric is a little too thin to seal heat in for winter camping.

The zippers aren’t great, though, so if you want the tent to last as long as your trip does, be gentle with them. The tent fabric can be flimsy too.

Best for Kids

Regatta Waterproof Malawi 2 Person Pop-Up Tent

If you require a tent for backyard camping, the Regatta is an excellent choice.

Capacity: 2 | Weight: 5.5lbs | Dimensions: 4’6” (W) x 7’6” (L) x 3’2” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 30.91” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 3000mm | Price: $



  • Fully waterproof fabric to keep you dry
  • Lantern hook for ghost stories at night
  • Great size for kids


  • Thin, weak groundsheet
  • Difficult to fold down

This is a fairly light tent, so it’s not one to take in cold or windy conditions. It’s ideal for camping in fair weather conditions and would make a perfect pop-up tent for kids to use alone, giving them some independence.

It’d also be a fantastic backyard camping tent, keeping them close to home and near warmth should it get too chilly outside.

Although, it’s still safe to use the 2 person tent if it rains. Despite the thin, breathable fabric there’s significant waterproofing in it. You may want to use some seam seal to improve the protection but in light rain, it’s great on its own.

There’s proper ventilation on the sides, so the children can still breathe during rain showers, and the fabric is thin enough to let light in. There’s also internal pockets and a space to hang a lantern at night for kids who fear the dark.

Despite the ventilation, some users had issues with condensation so make sure the kids have a towel to wipe down the walls. Don’t be too rough with it, as it’s not the strongest fabric in the world. The groundsheet is particularly flimsy, so go shoe-free in the pop-up tent and keep the pets out.

Once the trip ends, as one user put it, you’ll need “an expert at origami” to close the instant tent down again, so unfortunately, that element of the tent is far from kid-friendly. 

Best for Families

Ayamaya Pop Up Tent (4-6 Person)

Family camping trips require a larger tent, and the Ayamaya is a great option.

Capacity: 4–6 | Weight: 10.25lbs | Dimensions: 12’ (W) x 8’6” (L) x 4’4” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 34.6” diameter | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 3000mm–4000mm | Price:



  • No condensation buildup even in rain
  • Hook for a lantern is handy
  • Unbeatable size for a pop-up tent
  • Great vestibule for storage


  • It can be stuffy
  • You can only close and open the windows on the outside of the pop-up tent

If you’d rather have a pop-up tent best for use as a family, then this instant tent is more suitable. It has a larger capacity than the tents so far as it’ll fit four people—two adults and two kids—nicely.

There’s also room for camping gear, or perhaps a dog in the 4 person instant pop-up tent once you have it sprung effortlessly into shape. The front vestibule design is a great extra feature for storing anything you don’t want in your sleeping space, and is also a nice area to sit in and watch the sunrise on some folding chairs.

Back in the sleeping area, you can store more personal items close to you, as the pop-up camping tent contains some storage pockets. These are perfect for torches, bedtime-story books and tech devices.

Although, you won’t need the torches unless you plan to venture outside at night. There’s a hook to hang a lantern and ward off any fears of the dark. The 4 person pop-up camping tent is made from thick fabric and doesn’t let much light in at night, so the lantern is a great tool for playing shadow puppets with the kids.

Is that game too dull or childish? Then you can use the E-port to power their devices instead and let them make their own fun.

They’ll need that fun if it rains during the day, anyway, as you can’t have much active fun in the pop-up tent. It has a low peak height, so you’re stuck on the ground for the duration of your trip’s tent-time.

On the plus side, there’s no condensation buildup when it rains so at least you won’t be wet as you hang out in the 4 person pop-up tent.

You’ll need to open the ground vents to ensure the walls stay condensation-free. Anyway, it can get mightily stuff without them.

If it’s still too hot in there, you’re out of luck. You’ll have to get wet if you want to open the mesh windows—they only open and close from the outside. You can’t open the door either, as the little awning over it only stops water running down the front of the pop-up tent. It won’t deflect water angled towards the door.

Best for Solo Camping

Reabeam Pop Up 1 Person Tent

Going solo? The Reabeam is our top pick for this activity.

Capacity: 1 | Weight: 3.1lbs | Dimensions: 4’ (W) x 7’ (L) x 3’33” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 26.7” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 2000mm | Price: $



  • Highly durable in wind.
  • Withstands tropical wind.
  • Blackout fabric for sleeping in.


  • A little too small for taller people.
  • Window vents can only be opened on the outside.

Do you prefer to go solo? This tent will keep you safe and dry, despite the low cost.

This instant tent is highly suitable for backpackers who want to sleep in after a long day of hiking. The interior is dark, blocking out the sun so you can sleep the morning away and get back to backpacking in the early afternoon.

Rebeam tested the tent’s abilities in a wind tunnel and confirmed it can withstand Force 6 or 50 kilometers per hour winds, and it can handle heavy rain—it’s excellent to whip out in a storm you’d rather not hike through.

It’s a little bulky to carry, like many pop-up tents. This is something you’d want to suspend from your pack, or attach to the front of it so it doesn’t swing against your legs.

Speaking of legs, you’ll have to curl them up when you sleep, unfortunately. It’s not a long tent—though it’s 7 feet long, an average height adult found their feet touching the end of the instant tent when sleeping.

The only other downside that users mentioned is having to close and open the window vents from the outside—which can be a little annoying when it’s raining or dark. 

Which pop-up tent is easiest to set up AND take down?

Whilst the advantage of pop-up tents is their ease of setup, a common issue with pop-up tents is that they can be a hassle to get back into their carry bag. They often need to be twisted and bent in just the right way to get them to squeeze back in.

All of these tents have incredibly easy setups (it’s kind of the point of pop-up tents!). The ayamaya is slightly harder due to it’s size, but that’s not a criticism of the tent. It’s more of a trade-off between size and instant setup.

When it comes to packing away the tents again, the tent with the least complaints about getting it back in the carry bag is the Ubon.

It’s never going to be easy to wrangle a tent into a perfect circle for storage. At the end of the day, so long as it’s not nightmarish or requiring an “origami master,” you can say that the pop-up folds down “easily.”

Can pop-up tents be set up by one person?

Absolutely! The set up for pop-up tents is so easy, even a beginner will be able to manage by themselves.

You just realize the tent from its carry bag, let it fly into shape (maybe turn it over if your tent’s turtling), and then stake it down!

Super easy. Super quick.

A woman setting up the Quechua Pop-Up tent

Which tent is quickest to pitch?

Winner: Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up

Get the stopwatches at the ready, cause this is going to come down the milliseconds!

The Ubon will take a few seconds extra as you have to unlock the poles to set it up but other than that speed of set up comes down to the finest margins with these tents.

Whilst we thought that the Quechua was the quickest to set up, there really wasn’t much between these tents in terms of speed.

Unless you’re aiming to break any world records in pop-up tent pitching, our honest feedback about which of these tents is quickest is that it doesn’t matter.

They’re all SUPER quick.

Are these tents easy to carry?

Whilst they are usually light, these tents are awkward to carry because of their disc-shaped bag. However, this can make them great for car camping as the flat disc can slide into spaces bulkier tents can’t.

Some of the bags can be quite big. If you’re around the 5’2 mark or under, it takes up half your body size. Give this one to the taller attendees or friends to transport on your camping trip.

Who are these tents best for?

Which tent is best for 2 people?

Winner: Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up

It probably won’t come as a surprise that we recommend the Quechua Pop-Up for two people. There’s plenty of space inside the tent with handy storage pockets for keeping personal belongings safe.

The tent offers all-round value whilst being comfortable for two campers.

Which tent is best for 4 people?

Winner: Ayamaya Pop-Up Tent

The Ayamaya has to win in terms of how many people you can fit into the pop-up. Many pop-up tents you’ll see are made for one or two people, three if you’re lucky. You can’t reasonably expect a large tent to pop up as easily as something smaller.

The Ayamaya has to win in terms of how many people you can fit into the pop-up. Many pop-up tents you’ll see are made for one or two people, three if you’re lucky. You can’t reasonably expect a large tent to pop up as easily as something smaller.

However, the Ayamaya proves it’s doable and results in an excellent tent for a family of four people.

Which tent is best for family camping?

Winner: Ayamaya Pop-Up Tent

Pop-up tents aren’t the best for long camping trips, but they can be wonderful for backyard family camping, or a weekend car camping trip.

They’re one of the best options for first-timers and can be a wonderful backup if you find you enjoy camping and want to buy something better.

If you have young kids, though, you may want to stick with the pop-up for a while. They’re not too expensive, so if an excited child kicks or runs into the side of the tent and damages it, it’s not disastrous.

The impressive size of the ayamaya tent makes it an excellent option for family camping, large enough to hold a family of four.

Which tent is most comfortable?

Winner: Ayamaya Pop-Up Tent

If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in your tent or you want something that’s going to be large enough for tall campers, consider the ayamaya pop-up.

It’s large enough for a small family so should be able to cope with larger campers as long as they stick to smaller groups.

The Ubon is on the smaller size and would probably be an uncomfortable tent for someone over six feet tall.

Which tent has the best storage space?

Winner: Ayamaya Pop-Up Tent

A pop-up tent with a vestibule is rare, so we were really pleased to find this nice feature on the ayamaya.

Sometimes you can feel like you’re crammed into pop-up tents and have to spend the night pressed against your gear or fellow campers.

The ayamaya gives you the option to put your extra gear and camping equipment in the vestibule and out of the way.

Are pop-up tents good for festivals?

Pop-up tents are usually a perfect choice for festivals. However, the often also get treated as being single-use, disposable items which they aren’t. Make sure you take any tent home with you after a festival.

If you want a low-cost, reliable and easy option it has to be the Coleman Pop-Up for us. Get pitched right away and chill out with this great tent.

Can you take any of these tents backpacking?

Pop-up tents are great for backpacking in the sense that they’re lightweight and easy to set up. One shake, a few stakes, and you can dive in and relax after a long, tiring day.

Where you may find issues is with their bulk. They typically fold down into thin but large circular shapes. This is fine if you can attach it to the bottom or front of your pack, but keep in mind it can be awkward when squeezing between trees or navigating through thorny brush.

A backpacker viewing nature

Are these tents ready to protect you from bad weather?

Sometimes there are freak storms even in summer, so you can’t help getting caught in it. You want to be reasonably sure your tent can handle that. There are no doubts that the water-resistant Quechua is up to the job in harsher weather.

keeping out the rain in wet weather

Winner: Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up

The Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up is tested in simulated storm conditions to make sure that it is capable of facing heavy rain in tropical climates. The waterproof materials on this tent impressed us most out of all the pop-ups.

Pop-up tents don’t usually offer a lot of protection and we’d recommend sticking to fair-weather camping in them. But this option from Quechua offers some serious weatherproofing to keep you dry on your trip.

Condensation when the temperature cools

Winner: Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up & Ayamaya Pop-Up Tent

The Quechua also does well at dealing with condensation if it is raining.

The tent has great ground vents to keep the tent cool in the heat but also prevent condensation from forming when the weather outside gets chilly.

The ayamaya is also excellent at preventing condensation thanks to the ground vents. The Regatta Malawi is disappointing vulnerable to condensation when the temperatures drop, however.

Withstanding Windy Weather

Winner: Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up

Once again, the pop-up that impressed us the most when it came to wind resistance was the Quechua. It can withstand strong winds of up to 30mph.

The Reabeam also offered a surprising performance in the wind. All of their tents are also tested to the same wind speeds as Quechua, meaning they should be as wind resistant as the Quechua in heavy winds.

However, the Quechua is made using more durable materials that provide better long-term protection.

Handling the Summer Heat

Winner: Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up

With the Fresh & Black patented design in the Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up, it is great for hiding from the hot summer sun during the day. The tent can block up to 99% of the sunshine, even in broad daylight.

Combined with this are the fantastic low-ground vents which circulate in cool air to keep the tent from getting too stuffy.

Are any of these pop-up tents suitable for winter camping?

Depsite handling a surprising amount of different weather conditions, the Quechua shouldn’t be taken out in the winter.

None of these tents offer adequate protection to keep you safe (or comfortable!) when camping in winter, so we don’t advise considering any pop-up tent for winter excursions.

A snowy landscape, not suitable for ever the best pop-up tent

Which tent will last the longest?

Winner: Quechua 2-Second Pop-Up

We’ll admit that the Quechua comes with some flimsy clips, but besides that it’s a tough pop-up tent. Tested and proven to withstand insane, Force 6 winds, you can guarantee this is a tent that’ll last. It’s made with high-quality materials to give you a long lifetime of use.

It may not last as long as a traditional tent, but you can expect to get three or four years of casual recreational use out of this at least. Just don’t put it through too much hardship!

FAQ: Is that all you need to know?

How Do Pop-up Tents Work? 

Pop-up tents literally pop up, like one of those prank peanut cans where the snake springs out as soon as you remove the lid.

Unzip the bag, pull out the tent and with a light shake, it springs into shape. All that’s left to do is stake it and deal with the rainfly, if applicable. This makes pop up tents the easiest tents to set up.

Due to their sudden pop-up assembly, which often happens right in your hand, these tents are usually small. If you want a large, quick setup tent, you may want to look into an instant cabin tent instead.

Are Pop-up Tents Reliable? 

Some people find that pop-up tents leak easier, and aren’t great for breathability. You also can’t replace the poles if they break and you need to buy a whole new tent when one breaks.

That doesn’t necessarily mean their poles break more easily, though—they’re typically aluminum poles or fiberglass poles, like a regular tent.

While they’re cheaper and may not be as high-quality as regular tents overall, pop-up tents are reliable, especially if you treat them right. If leaks are an issue, consider waterproofing spray and seam seal.

There’s not much you can do about a condensation problem other than pack a towel on your trip.

Lastly, if a pole breaks and you find you’ve been enjoying your tent, maybe it’s time to upgrade to a more standard tent anyway.

Is There Other Instant Set up Tents?

There are other instant set up tents, but they’re not as instant as you’d think. You have to do some minor assembly work.

Instant tents are more or less all the same assembly-wise. They have pre-assembled poles that you slide into position and lock. All that’s left to do after that is stake the tent.

Sometimes you’ll also have to arrange and stake the rain fly; other times it comes as an integrated part of the overall tent. 

Arranging the rain fly is often the most difficult part of the tent, but only if the tent is tall. If it’s a lower tent then it’s a simple, one-person job, like assembling the rest of the pop-up tent.

Can you fit a queen sized air mattress inside these tents?

It will be a squeeze to fit queen-size air mattress in any of these tents, but you should be able to fit one inside the Quechua and Coleman pop-ups.

The 2-Person Ubon tent is too narrow for an air bed so upgrade to the 3-Person version if you want to take a blow-up bed with you.

The Best Pop-Up Tent

The best pop-up tent is the Quechua 2 Second 2-Person Tent. It’s a little pricer than any other of the pop-up tent on this list, sure, but it’s worth it.

Withstanding high winds and snugly sleeping two, you can’t expect much better from a pop-up tent. You’ll be dry, safe and satisfied in the Quechua, hence its status as the best pop-up tent of the group.

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.