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Best tent with AC port in 2021 – Top air conditioned tents

Best Budget Tent
Doesn't match the Bushnell on a hot day but a great budget tent with 1 AC port.
Best Overall AC Tent
An excellent all-round tent with 1-2 AC ports and great features for staying cool in the summer.
Best AC Tent with Awning
Good for giant groups and comes with 2 AC ports but will be too large for most.

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Last Updated: July 16, 2021

Welcome to our review of the best tent with an AC port!

We’ve looked at HUNDREDS of tents to bring you the best warm weather camping tents going.

These tents go further than simply having ac ports, they’re also top summer performers with plenty of ventilation and family friendly features.

If you’re in a rush, the best tent with ac port is:

  1. Bushnell Shield Series 6/9/12 Person Tent with ac port – Best Overall AC Tent
  2. Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Tent with ac port – Best Budget Tent
  3. Ozark Trail 12-person 3-room Instant Cabin Tent – Best AC Tent with Awning
  4. Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent

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Price

Bushnell Shield Series 6/9/12 Person Tent with ac port

Best Overall AC Tent

An excellent all-round tent with 1-2 AC ports and great features for staying cool in the summer.

5.0/5.0

Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Tent with ac port

Best Budget Tent

Doesn't match the Bushnell on a hot day but a great budget tent with 1 AC port.

4.3/5.0

Ozark Trail 12-person 3-room Instant Cabin Tent

Best AC Tent with Awning

Good for giant groups and comes with 2 AC ports but will be too large for most.

4.1/5.0

Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent

No AC port and requires using a portable AC unit through the e-port, but comes with a good screen room.

3.5/5.0

In a hurry? The best tent with an AC port is …

The Bushnell Shield Series 6/9/12 Person Tent is the best tent with ac port. Not only does it include two ac ports at either side of the tent, but it comes with excellent ventilation, two room dividers for privacy at night and a specially coated rainfly to block UV rays and cool down the tent during the day.

Looking for budget tents with aC ports?

The Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Tent doesn’t come with many of the handy features of the Bushnell tent – it’s missing room dividers, storage space and the basic rainfly can leave it hot and stuffy during the day. 

But it is a fantastic budget tent with an ac port and comes with plenty of room for the whole family. We especially love the large screen room at the front which can be sealed up at night and turned into another bedroom if wanted.

Best tents with aC ports compared

Best Overall AC Tent

Bushnell Shield Series Instant Cabin Tent with AC Port (6/9/12 Person)

An excellent all-round tent with 1-2 AC ports and great features for staying cool in the summer.
Overall:

Pros

  • 2 AC ports (1 on 6P model)
  • Instant tent and set up in under 1 minute
  • Two removable room dividers to provide privacy at night
  • Reflective coating on the rainfly to cool the tent

Cons

  • Not as cheap as the other offerings
  • Heavy

The Bushnell Shield Series instant cabin tent is by FAR our favourite tent with an ac port and comes in 6 person, 9 person and 12 person sizes. It is an instant cabin tent so set up is seriously fast. You just need to take the tent out of the bag, extend the pre-attached poles and stake down the tent.

Normally, tents that perform well in hot weather turn into a swimming pool at the first signs of light rain but this Bushnell tent will hold its own both in the summer heat and the fall rain.

First and foremost – the Bushnell Shield Series instant cabin tent comes with TRUE ac ports. And two AC ports on the 9 and 12 person tents at that. 

True AC ports means you can use a proper air conditioning unit rather than a portable ac that you have to use inside the tent and feed the cable through the e-port. The tent does come with an e-port though, so fret not if you are bringing a portable ac system.

The attachable rain fly that comes with the Bushnell shield series instant cabin tent helps kill three birds with one stone – sun protection, ventilation and waterproofing.

The sun protection of the tent is down to the heat shield technology. This is a reflective coating on the bottom of the included rainfly which helps to block the UV rays of the sun. This helps the tent stay wonderfully cool in the summer.

The fact that the rain fly is attachable, rather than fully integrated allows the tent to have a fully mesh roof, which can let in cold air while the rainfly remains on the tent for protection. This ventilation is useful for hot days but also for when it rains. Tents without these features tend to end up with condensation forming on the inside of the tent and no one wants a soggy sleeping bag!

In day to day use, the tent is an excellent performer. There’s loads of room inside this cabin tent – enough room even to stand up and walk around. 

The 9 and 12 person tents come with two room dividers which can transform this tent into a 3 room tent. This is brilliant for getting some privacy at night and a classic family favourite. To add to the family friendly feel it also comes with handy storage pockets on the wall and a gear loft on the ceiling.

There aren’t many drawbacks to this tent, but the main one is price. It’s certainly not the cheapest tent with an ac port and if you’re looking for a more budget pick then the Wenzel Klondike tent might be a better choice for you.

Overall, if you’re looking for an excellent summer tent with an AC port then we highly recommend the Bushnell instant cabin tent.


Best Budget Tent

Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Tent with AC Port

Doesnt match the Bushnell on a hot day but a great budget tent with 1 AC port.
Overall:

Pros

  • The ground ventilation flap can fit an ac unit
  • Great for those on a budget
  • Large windows for ventilation
  • Great for those on a budget

Cons

  • Longer set up
  • Not brilliantly waterproof

The Wenzel Klondike tent is a cheap and cheerful summer 8 person tent. It doesn’t have some of the nifty features for hot weather that the Bushnell does, but it does give you a home away from home for those on a budget.

There is no dedicated ac vent with this tent but the ground vents can fit an ac unit. You’ll just need to prop the ac unit up off the ground and ensure that the ground vent material isn’t covering the back of the ac unit.

The major benefit of the Wenzel Klondike tent is the large screen room at the front. If the heat of the sun gets too much then you can open up the large windows and the front door of the screen room to get a breeze through the tent and then chill out in the screen room.

The screen room is also fully sealable (the windows zip up) and comes with a proper floor which means you can turn it into a second bedroom if you’re needing the space.

The Wenzel Klondike tent does come with an additional rainfly, but it’s not quite up to the quality of the Bushnell tent. There’s no reflective coating so the tent can get pretty hot during the day if you keep the rainfly on. You can always choose to take it off, but then you’ll have to be wary of UV rays.

The setup of the Wenzel tent is also trickier. It’s not an instant tent so expect to have to do a traditional set up of getting tent poles out of the bag and fighting to get them through the loops in the fabric.

The Wenzel also thinks of practical use and includes two storage pockets on the walls of the tent. However, we’re big fans of tents which include gear lofts in the ceiling and this tent doesn’t have one. On top of this, the tent has no dedicated e-port. So if you plan on using the ground vent AND bringing in other cables, be aware that this can be tricky.

While these are probably necessary for keeping this tent so cheap, you may want to consider your personal situation and whether storage space and electricity ports would be useful for you.

But overall, this Wenzel tent is a strong contender and a great choice for those on a budget.


Best AC Tent with Awning

Ozark Trail 3 Room Instant Cabin 12 Person Tent with 2 AC Ports

Good for giant groups and comes with 2 AC ports but will be too large for most.
Overall:

Pros

  • Two true AC ports
  • Instant tent – ish
  • Three rooms for privacy
  • Large awning which can protect from the sun
  • Lots of windows for ventilation

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Very large
  • So large that set up can be difficult
  • Fabric durability can be a concern

Big family? No problem. This Ozark Trail instant cabin tent has a whopping capacity of 12 people. 

It’s no surprise that with this capacity it’s closer to a summer palace than a classic tent and this brings a host of advantages and disadvantages with it. Like the larger versions of the Bushnell tent, it comes with three rooms which can be excellent for giving the family some privacy. 

Although a notable difference is that the rooms are fixed in, with zippered doors whereas the Bushnell tent has room dividers that can be removed to create one large space.

This Ozark Trail tent comes with two true AC flaps, one at each end of the L shape of the tent and includes an electrical access port too. You may notice that there is one fewer AC port than there are rooms, so campers in one room may wish to either keep an internal door open or a window instead.

We also love the large awning outside the front door which can fit a few campers underneath while they shield from the sun. It also comes with 7 windows which can provide plenty of ventilation throughout the tent on a hot day.

The main drawback of this tent revolves around the sheer size of it. The amount of material and tent poles required to construct it makes it bulky, heavy and difficult to set up – despite it being an instant tent (i.e. with pre-attached telescopic tent poles).

Secondly, the fabric of the walls does feel a bit thin and flimsy and we can potentially see an overexcited kid doing some damage here.

If we had to choose between the Ozark Trail tent and the 12 person version of the Bushnell tent, it would be a tough decision. We’d encourage you to consider whether you really need a 12 person tent and all the issues it can bring – setup and durability issues are very common and often picking up two medium sized tents can be a better solution than one large tent.

But if you’re set on picking a large tent up then the Bushnell edges it due to its reflective rainfly which is ideal for summer weather and more durable materials (although again – durability is an issue with all 12P tents).

However, if you love the idea of a big awning to sit outside and you’re slightly more budget focused, the Ozark Trail may be more up your street.


Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent with E-Port

No AC port and requires using a portable AC unit through the e-port, but comes with a good screen room.
Overall:

Pros

  • Large screen room is great against bugs
  • LED lighting that lasts all night
  • 8 large mesh windows provide excellent ventilation

Cons

  • Only an e-port so you must be using a portable AC inside the tent
  • Longer set up
  • Waterproofing doesn’t live up to the name

The Coleman Elite Weathermaster 6 person tent is a traditional camping tent offering with a twist – it comes with an integrated screen room!

This screen room is great for sitting in and watching the sunset or protecting you from irritating insects. 

But sadly the tent performs poorly when it comes to air conditioning. The Elite Weathermaster used to come with an AC port but has since been updated and this port has disappeared. 

We think this is a shame but Coleman does provide an alternative. The tent comes with an e-port which allows you to feed cables into the tent. You can therefore set up a portable AC unit within the tent and power it through the e-port.

This isn’t ideal though as it does take up room in the tent and anyone with a more traditional air conditioning unit is out of luck.

The tent’s name, WeatherMaster, also does not quite ring true. While it’s perfectly adequate for fair weather camping like the other tents in this review are, it isn’t quite as waterproof as the name would suggest. We wouldn’t plan on using this for camping out of the main camping season.

Like the Wenzel Klondike tent, the Coleman Weathermaster is also not an instant tent. This means a longer set up although we love the color-coded poles that Coleman includes.

The Elite version comes with LED lighting which can be handy at night for bathroom breaks, staying up late and chatting with friends or a night light setting for any kids who struggle to sleep in the dark.

We do think however that the standard Weathermaster tent is almost as good as the Elite model, for a lower price.

But if you’re looking for a smaller or more traditional camping tent than the others in this review, then check out the Weathermaster tent.


Best tents for different group sizes

Possibly the most confusing aspect of tents is their claimed “capacity”. The capacity of a tent refers to the maximum number of people you can fit into the tent. That means everyone packed in like sardines with no room for storing gear and no space to stretch out.

Instead it’s better to think of the comfort capacity of a tent. The comfort capacity takes into account that you probably don’t want to be shoulder to shoulder with other people when you’re sleeping and should be the first port of call if you have a specific group size in mind.

Best tents with an ac port for a group of 4

The best tent with an ac port for a group of 4 is the Bushnell Shield Series 6 Person Tent.

It comes with plenty of room for 4 campers, although the height of the six person model may be a little low for very tall people to stand up. The storage pockets and gear loft are excellent for freeing up some extra space to sleep though.

Best tents with ac port for a group of 6

The best tent with an ac port for a group of 6 is the Bushnell Shield Series 9 Person Tent.

We love that the 9 person version of this tent comes with room dividers which can turn this tent into a three room tent during the night, and keep it as a large spacious room during the day. It won’t stop you from hearing any serial snorers but it will give you the feeling of having your own bedroom.

If you’re on a budget and happy to sacrifice some useful features to combat hot weather and the privacy of the room dividers, the Wenzel Klondike 8 person tent is also a top choice for a group of 6. Although be aware that the tent ac port is, in fact, a ground vent.

The Bushnell Shield Series instant cabin tent doesn't just come with an ac port, it also comes with a handy camping gear loft!
The Bushnell Shield Series instant cabin tent comes with a handy camping gear loft

Best tents with air conditioning ports for a group of 8 – 10

The best tents with air conditioner ports for a group of 8 – 10 people is a close tie between the Bushnell Shield Series 12 person tent and the Ozark Trail 12 person tent.

Both of these tents are excellent in their own right and are absolute behemoths. They each come with 3 rooms – actual rooms in the case of the Ozark Trail tent and as attachable room dividers in the case of the Bushnell tent.

Both have space for two ac units and both of these air conditioner slots are real slots, rather than simply providing an electrical port for powering an internal portable air conditioning unit.

The Ozark Trail has the wonderful feature of a large front awning which is great for sitting beneath. 

But the Bushnell tent slightly edges it out with a rainfly designed to reflect UV rays which can hugely help to cool the tent. 

On top of this it comes with plenty of gear storage options on the wall and is made of slightly more durable materials. Although we will always encourage you to buy two smaller tents over one larger tent, as the size of these tents can affect their longevity.

So what’s the best tent with AC port?

This is a choice that comes down to what size of tent you’re wanting – but in almost all cases your best bet will be the Bushnell Shield Series 6 / 9 / 12 person tent with AC port. It has wonderful protection from the sun and the heat and plenty of useful storage options for families and groups alike.

If you’re wanting something a little cheaper then you may want to consider the Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Tent with AC vent. It’s still an excellent tent with plenty of room and a large screen room. However, you can see where the costs have been cut as there are fewer storage options and poorer performance in the heat.

Author at Wilderness Redefined camping website

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.