When a family or group of friends is large and in charge, you need a tent that matches. You want a spacious camping tent with a high ceiling and privacy, as well as a communal tent area where you can enjoy each others’ company.
A rowdy group of friends may want a dark tent to sleep off a hangover, too—parents could also utilize that feature after listening to playful kids all night.
Luckily, there are several tents below that will suit anyone in any circumstance.
Here are the biggest tents for camping on the market right now:
Reviews of the Biggest Tents for Camping
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: $$$
- Helps keep sunlight at bay.
- Insulated; keeps heat in.
- Water and flame resistant.
- Not suitable for use with air mattresses with room dividers down.
- Not the most ventilated tent.
The Vango is a wonderfully large family camping tent, but if you’re looking for spacious sleeping areas in a tent, look elsewhere. This tent is mostly living space, with two neat sleeping pods at each end.
Each tent pod fits four campers in sleeping bags; it’d be fantastic for two small families wanting to sleep separately.
Unfortunately, the room divider in each pod makes it difficult to use the tent with air mattresses. If you want to downsize your party, then mattresses won’t eat up your space.
When day hits, there’s plenty of space for you to commune in the main body of the tent, in rain or shine.
This 8 person tent is waterproof and flame resistant, so no matter how wet it gets outside, that tent material is impenetrable. The tent won’t even let in a chill, as it seals the heat beneath it. This may cause some condensation on the tent walls, though, as the tent isn’t the most ventilated camping tent in the world.
However, that’s a small price to pay for the Vango’s immense durability and strength under strain—an excellent quality in large family camping tents.
Another area you’ll find won’t let heat escape or water in is the tent windows. Most tents have closable mesh windows, but the Vango’s are PVC. They’re entirely clear, so they let light stream into the tent when uncovered, with no chance of anything leaking in or out through them.
Plus, they come with blackout coverts for night and morning time in the tent.
The tension band system in the tent adds further strength to the structure, helping it resist wind. The bands form triangles that add rigidity to the bend in the tent’s poles, so the tent can resist wind in more directions than most.
Clearly, the tent can withstand any storms fall camping brings. You may even be able to venture out in winter, though it’ll be a little chilly—perhaps just stick to the three seasons with this tent.
All in all, it’s a tough, large tent that anyone could find use in.
Capacity: 12 | Weight: 53.2lbs | Dimensions: 20’ (W) x 10’ (L) x 6’6” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 45.8” x 14.5” x 12.6” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: $$
- Dark room system for people with hangovers.
- Skylight mesh roof, great for stargazers.
- Weak material.
- Doesn’t withstand harsh weather/storms.
Camping with a friend group is fantastic until sunrise, when one of you wants to jump up and go fishing while the rest sleep off hangovers in the tent. In this instance, you should look into a dark rest instant cabin tent with multiple rooms.
This Ozark Trail 20 by 10 is a 12 person instant cabin tent with its capacity spread across three rooms. Every room in the tent is fitted with dark room tech so no evil morning sun can leak in. The center tent room has two large doors, so this is where the fisherman should sleep with the hungover campers in the rooms on either end of the tent.
If you want to be really cruel, whip off the rainfly and ceiling panels to let the sun in through the skylight mesh roof of the tent—a fantastic inclusion for stargazers, but not for morning-haters sharing the tent.
Once everyone is awake and alert—by cruel or natural means—it’s a tent with plenty of liveability. The tent Ozark Trail 20 by 10 fits four queen air mattresses, but if you choose to use sleeping bags, instead there’s space to walk around and perhaps set up some foldaway furniture. The interior of the tent makes a great hangout space in the daytime when the weather is bad.
You should have no leakage issues under the 190T coated polyester tent fabric, and the steel and fiberglass poles withstand wind well.
With that said, it’ll withstand tame wind and rain, but customers found the tent falls apart in thunderstorms. They also found the fabric a little flimsy, so try not to let anything scratch it.
Overall, the tent withstands a moderate beating, but you’ll need a different tent for extreme weather.
Capacity: 6–8 | Weight: 81lbs | Dimensions: 20’ diameter x 11’5” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 45” x 12” x 12” | Doors: 1 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: N/A | Price: $$
- Long-lasting, durable tent.
- Wonderful center height.
- Double stove jacks.
- It lacks ventilation.
You can’t do much better than a canvas tent when it comes to serious camping. It’s a tough, sturdy tent material surpassing even the Vango, so it’s guaranteed to last. Plus, it’s easy to mend the tent if it rips or wears down, and the stakes and poles are heavy-duty steel and replaceable.
This sturdy Danchell tent is also incredibly large—20 feet in diameter, with a center height that gradually increases and peaks around the center like a teepee tent. It would be smart to assemble your gear and sleeping bags/pads around the low tent walls at the edges, leaving the tall tent center for your living space.
However, this is a camping tent best suited to relatives, as despite the ample space, there’s no privacy inside the tent. Theoretically, you could commission a privacy curtain room divider and have it installed in the tent if you wish to camp with a friend group and want to split the tent in two.
There are two stove jacks in the tent, so you’d get one each to keep warm on a winter camping trip. And again, being a canvas tent, it’s simple to add another jack in a more convenient spot.
You could also use the jacks in the tent as ventilation as that’s something else the tent lacks. However, ground vents are better in rain and wind in tents. You could have those put in too, but it would be much better if a camping tent of this quality came with them pre-installed.
Capacity: 12 | Weight: 61lbs | Dimensions: 16’ (W) x 16’ (L) x 6’8” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 52” x 14” x 12” | Doors: 2 | Power Cord Vent: Yes | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 600mm | Price: $$
- Equal size sleeping areas and awning.
- Large communal area outdoors.
- Wonderful ventilation in each private room.
- The material may rip.
- Setup can be complicated.
Where the last camping tent lacked privacy and ventilation, this cabin tent Ozark Trail has more than enough for your needs.
The large family tent features three 4 by 4 foot rooms, each with its own window and vent. The tent rooms are separated by doors that roll back, but leave part of a wall still separating the separate spaces.
It’s a little difficult to assemble the 12 person cabin tent thanks to the nature of this 3-room setup, split by walls with doors. But once you get it done, you’re ready for tent fun.
This Ozark Trail extra-large family camping tent is wonderful for extended families—it sleeps four to a room in sleeping bags, so you could split the kids by age group and have the parents in one room.
Similarly, you could put all the kids in one room in the tent and two sets of parents sleeping separately if camping with another family. Aunts and uncles and their kids, perhaps?
By day, you can all bond under the tent awning. The tent awning is included in the tent’s overall 16 by 16 foot size and is a wonderful area to sit in the shade, or protected from light drizzle, watching nature. It’s also great for parents to sit under and watch kids play around the campsite.
If the weather isn’t permitting, you can all retire inside the 3-room tent and throw back the doors to hang out. You’ll still feel mildly separated, but you’ll be able to hear and see each other from your separate rooms. Then you can wait out the storm—it’s a decently tough 12 person tent when it comes to weather.
Unfortunately, it’s not as tough when there’s direct impact involved, so don’t play rough and stay away from trees with swaying blankets. One light swipe against the family tent, and you’ve got an enormous rip in the camping tent, which is unfortunate given its sturdiness overall.
Capacity: 8–10 | Weight: 57lbs | Dimensions: 22’ (W) x 10’ (L) x 6’5” (H) | Bag Dimensions: 36.8” x 14.7” x 11.8” | Doors: 3 | Power Cord Vent: No | Hydrostatic Head Rating: 5000 mm | Price: $$
- Great livability.
- Private sleeping areas.
- Highly ventilated.
- Leaky central seam.
If privacy is your group’s main concern, this is the camping tent you want. The three sleeping pods in the large family tent make keeping to yourself easy. If you have a friend group made up of two couples and four singles, you’ll love this camping tent—two of the sleeping pods sleep two, and one sleeps four.
For families, it’s a great way to sleep with two sets of parents and pack the kids together.
You could also make use of the large living space between the sleeping pods if you want to fit more campers with further privacy. However, it’s best used as a living area with some fold-out furniture so you can hang out, letting the sun stream in through the three mesh-covered doors.
Even when it’s not sunny, it’s still an excellent large tent to take out, any time of year. Rainy? That’s fine, it’s weatherproof. Too hot? It’s flame-resistant and well-ventilated, with large vents in every room.
The vents slope down, so there’s no chance of rain leaking in when it’s stormy. Plus, the steel and fiberglass poles are plenty strong to deal with stormy winds.
Before you take it out in the rainy season, though, consider using some seam seal on the central seam. Users found it tends to leak in that area. Some feel it could do with some extra stitching there, too.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Advantages of Using Big Tents?
Besides luxury and comfort, large camping tents have several advantages over smaller ones.
- There’s room to socialize if weather conditions are poor.
- Plenty of sleeping space for people who like to stretch out.
- They’re tall, so you can walk, run, jump and dance.
- Room for fold-out furniture.
- Lots of space for gear storage.
- Private sleeping areas, as many large family camping tents have multiple rooms.
What Are the Disadvantages of Using Big Tents?
One disadvantage of using big tents is setup. They’re tall tents, so it’ll be difficult to get the rainfly on and fully extend the poles. Setting these behemoths up is easier with two people, and best if one can sit on the other’s shoulders for a better grasp on the rainfly.
The other disadvantage is that campsites may not accept large tents—you could get around this by booking two neighboring spaces, but even then, they may not be okay with it.
When camping in the wilderness away from a site, it may be difficult to find a clearing big enough to set the tent up, too.
Are Big Tents Difficult to Set up?
Most of the time, big tents aren’t difficult to set up, and many are instant cabins. Their height will be the main issue as you struggle to wrangle the rainfly across the large, often 7+ foot high roof.
Tents on the market with multiple wholly separate rooms, like the 16 by 16 Ozark Trail, also pose difficulties as there are more pieces to fit together, like a jigsaw puzzle.
Which Tent Has the Biggest Living Area?
The Vango family tent has the biggest living area, wide and spacious in the center, while the sleeping pods sit at either end of the camping tent. It’d make a fantastic space to set out some furniture or create a clearing to serve as a dance floor for a group of friends with some beers and not a care in the world.
For families, it’d be a wonderful area to set up some games and other bonding activities.
How We Decided
Large tents have specific attributes to look for when choosing a tent for your needs. Let’s examine what we looked for, and which tent stood out in each category.
What’s the Max and Comfort Capacity?
Tents say one thing on the packaging, but it’s another story when you’re all inside. You can sleep well when adhering to the max capacity, but cutting the numbers often makes it a superior comfort experience.
That said, the Skandika tent advertises an 8–10 person capacity, but if you utilize the living area, you’ll find many more people.
All three sleeping areas offer enough space by themselves, though, and the advertised capacity matches the comfort one.
Will It Last?
Let’s say you camp as a yearly family reunion trip, or you’re just total outdoor enthusiasts. You don’t want a camping tent that’ll work for an annual outing or two and then die. Or worse, it works for two outings in one year, and next year you have to buy a whole new setup.
There’s no chance of frequent replacement with the Danchel. Canvas tents last an age, and they’re easy to repair if broken, ensuring you get fantastic use out of them.
How’s the Value for Money?
Winner: Vango Odyssey 800 Tent
Tent’s don’t come cheap, and you want to know you’re getting what you pay for. The tents above all provide plenty of value, but the Vango has to be one of the best.
It’s a long-lasting large camping tent with sturdy fabric and poles. So, it’ll last as well as perform excellently with its spacious interior that’s perfect for family and friend groups.
It may not be as durable as a canvas tent, but it’s definitely the runner-up, with its livability pushing into the top spot for most valuable.
Are There Extra Features?
Sometimes a tent is just a tent, but little design choices or extra features can make a great tent stand out in a sea of adequate and good—that’s this Ozark Trail.
In this case, the larger Ozark Trail out of our picks stands out thanks to its dark rest feature inside the tent. It’s fantastic for friends with hangovers or parents who don’t want to rise as early as their excitable kids.
This small standout feature makes a world of difference despite its apparent simplicity.
Is It Weatherproof?
The Vango tent can handle the weather regardless of season, excluding snow as it won’t keep the heat in well enough.
Speaking of heat, if you happen to get caught up in a forest fire, you’ll be safe to gather your gear in your tent. The tent is flame resistant, giving you time to assemble your things before you make your escape.
Can One Person Manage Setup?
Large tents aren’t the best for setting up alone, but instant cabins make it so much easier. The larger Ozark Trail of our picks is great for that—you can’t go wrong with an instant cabin tent for setup.
Despite its bulk, it’s a simple Ozark Trail tent. It’s a uniform shape and while you can turn it into a two room tent with its room dividers, they are basic sheets. So there’s nothing complex to work around.
You may struggle with the Ozark Trail tent’s rainfly due to its height, but outside of that, it’s an easy family cabin tent to tackle solo.
The Big Blowout
The best big friend and family camping tent is the Vango Odyssey 800 Tent. It’s large and liveable, but the sleeping pods are spacious enough to sleep two people on either end of the camping tent. On top of that, it’s wonderfully durable and can withstand almost all types of weather conditions.
Although it’s not the most ventilated large camping tent in the world and you can’t use queen air mattresses inside the tent sleeping area, it’s still one that families and friends alike will enjoy. It’s by far the most versatile tent of the bunch.