There's more to camping than the awe-inspiring journey outdoors. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you picture camping? The starry nights, your camping buddies laughing, roasting dinner over the fire – and, a tent.
The whole camping experience can be made better, or worse, by the tent you choose. I want to help ensure that your journey in the great outdoors is only made better by choosing a tent specifically for your needs.
Mountainsmith Equinox 4 - Best 4 Person Tent
This blue tent has dimensions of 96" x 84" x 52". Polyester rainfly fabric offers UV resistance and keeps rain out, while the bathtub floor keeps water from seeping in below. Well-placed vents and large mesh panels control airflow in the tent.
The Mountainsmith Equinox 4 is incredibly lightweight and strong. Setting this tent up is surprisingly easy, and even though it is lightweight, it will hold up in strong winds. The design of the tent overall is great at keeping out rain and blocking wind, and the vents work well at preventing condensation.
Up to four people can fit in this tent and store belongings in the two vestibules.
Great quality tent for group camping at a great value.
Browning Camping Glacier 4 - Best 4 Person Car Camping Tent
This vast tent has an 8’ x 9’ base with a 6’ center height. Plenty of storage available with two vestibules, pockets, and gear loft. Two doors for easy entry/exit as well as straight sides with mesh windows.
The spacious Glacier tent is tall enough that many people can stand up, and while this tent can fit four people with their own space, you can also throw a queen-sized mattress pad in here for that luxury feel when car camping.
It is a heavy tent, but that is fine for car camping. The durable design will keep you dry in even the heaviest of rains. The Browning brand itself is also reliable and well known enough to make to help you make your decision if you’re sitting on the fence.
Want a comfortable tent that feels like a home away from home? This is the tent for you – and your family, and your dog, too.
Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 4 - Best 4 Person Backpacking Tent
This yellow tent is large enough to fit four people yet is still lightweight at 9.5 pounds. Built for rugged conditions, it has a watertight floor with reinforced seams and cut away vents. Bonus feature – mesh top for stargazing.
Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 4 has everything you will need for backpacking through most terrains. Its superb ventilation will keep you comfortable on warm and cold nights.
Most importantly, it packs up tight for your backpack and is relatively light. You can tackle setup and take down in less than 5 minutes. The mesh pockets allow you to keep your things up off the ground, so you won’t have to fumble around the edges in the dark.
This tent will allow you a hassle-free journey with a peek at the stars during clear nights. If you need extra room, this is the best one for you.
Alps Mountaineering Lynx 4 Review - Best 4 Person Camping Tent
The two-pole design makes setup for this tent a snap. Polyester tent fly is resistant to UV and water damage. The floor is 7'6 x 8'6 with a max height of 52’. Total weight for the tent is 8 pounds and 10 ounces. Comes with a gear loft, stakes, pockets, two vestibules, and two doorways.
The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 4 is lightweight and holds up strong in windy, rainy weather. It is versatile, so really any terrain will suit this tent.
This tent is truly roomy. You can fit your family in this tent, sleeping bags, and still have room for a small table and chair. One person can setup along with ease, so this will leave others free to finish setting up a fire or blowing up an air mattress.
This is the ideal tent for a group that camps in varied terrain.
Eureka Copper Canyon 4 - Best Tent for 4 Person Family
This enormous tent measures 8’ x 8’ with a max height of 7’. It is matched by its hefty 18-pound weight. This tent packs a ton of features; including two high storage pockets, a large gear loft, and s zippered power port allows power cord access.
The Eureka Copper Canyon 4 is a tent made for a family. This open tent can fit two nice sized cots, your gear, and still have room for a small table and chair. Its vertical walls and roof height allow everyone walking room, so it feels more like a small cabin and less like a tent.
To make things even better, this tent is durable even on windy/rainy days. Things can bump up against the wall of the tent and still remain dry.
This is the quintessential tent for a family camping trip that can weather the storms and provide plenty of space.
Kelty Grand Mesa 4 - Best 4 Person Tent Under $200
The Kelty Grand Mesa Tent has 98” x 80” x 56” dimensions and weighs 7.7 pounds. It is designed for 3-season use with fully taped inseams and gear loft loops. The freestanding design and color-coded clips make construction simple.
This nifty tent folds up small for easy transport which is impressive for its ability to hold 4 people. Even in gusty mountain winds, this tent held strong through stormy nights.
I do recommend getting a tarp for the footprint. Also, depending on where you’re camping, sturdier stakes might make setup a bit easier.
This solid tent provides the most bang for your buck for the average camper’s needs.
Haven't found what you're looking for? If you want something smaller, do check out my reviews of 3 person tents and 2 person tents! Or if you need a bigger tent, click through to read about my best 6 person tents and 12 person tents.