There’s nothing quite like camping in a big group, whether you're thru-hiking, spending some time in the wilds or going to a festival. Don’t get me wrong, I also love solo adventuring, but being close to nature lends itself extremely well to being social. Perhaps it ignites the caveman memories in us. So when outdoors with friends, I prefer sleeping as a group in the same tent which is why I decided to review the best 6 person tents for this article.
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
Coleman 6 Person Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 6
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6
Kelty Outback 6
CORE 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent
The Eureka Copper Canyon 6 weighs 25lbs and when unpacked has a footprint of 10’ x 10’ x 7’ with almost vertical walls. It has an E-Power Port to easily run electric cables into the tent (I highly recommend the Honeywell 360 if you're looking for a tent heater). And for storage you're looking at 2 high stash pockets as well as a gear loft. ($$$)
The Eureka Copper Canyon has a fantastic amount of space largely due to the walls which pratically go straight up and down (unlike most tents whose walls slope inwards). It includes a large door for easy access, large windows and a mesh roof for excellent ventilation. The 7-foot roof means you can stand comfortably inside the tent even if you're quite tall.
It's really waterproof and will withstand some intense weather with minimal water getting in. My only niggle is that all the storage pockets are quite high. There are a few things I like to stow closer to ground level so I can reach them in the night without having to stand up or get out of my sleeping bag. But that's a really minor issue.
For warm and crowded camping conditions, the Eureka Copper Canyon may be a great choice. It provides excellent space and ventilation, making it a good option for hot days during festivals or housing several people.
Suggested Use: base camping for short stays
Weight: 25 pounds
Unpacked size: 10’ x 9’ x 6’
One minute setup! No hassle at all on that front. Heavy-grade 150 denier polyester with taped seams lines the entire tent to give a moderate amount of protection from the elements.
You may consider purchasing an additional rainfly to protect window seams against heavy rainfall since the one given is pretty basic. The inside doesn’t allow as much sleeping or storage capacity, making it potentially uncomfortable for larger families. Overall, the tent is relatively heavy in the carrying bag and may be a hassle to put back into once you are finished camping.
This tent is best designed for camping in basic campgrounds or festivals for families of less than six. Camping during decent weather conditions is a must. If you need extra storage space inside, you may want to consider only sleeping 2 adults inside.
Suggested Use: base camping, car camping & festivals
Weight: 25 pounds
Unpacked size: 10’ x 10’ x 7’
In my opinion the ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek is one of the best 6 person tent on this list. It’s extremely stable, comfortable and will withstand some pretty serious weather. It’s got a good amount of floor space, excellent headroom and great options for storage. You’re not going to worry about condensation because it’s got excellent ventilation while the large windows provide a lot of light.
At 25lbs you’re not going to walk a long way carrying it, even if you split it up. And you’re going to want an extra set of hands to put it up, especially when fixing the fly.
If you are looking for a large tent that’s going to last while not breaking the bank, this tent strikes the balance between price and durability. While it’s not really great for thru hiking, it’s a great choice for base camping and festivals.
Suggested Use: backpacking & base camping
Weight: 14 pounds
Unpacked size: 9’ x 8’ x 6.3’
I think the Big Agnes Flying Diamond is a great 6 person tent and is specifically great for backpacking because it’s one of the lightest on the market. It’s straightforward to split up for thru hiking and when you set it up you can easily fit in everyone and their gear. Meanwhile for base camping you can comfortably fit 4 air mattresses.
It’s got an open-vented roof and the large windows allow even more ventilation. It’s got 2 doors and plenty of headroom so you can walk all the way through without disturbing your buddies. And best of all, it’s built to last.
It’s definitely the most expensive option in this list. A little niggle is the built-in doormat, which, while a nice touch, may prove to be more annoying than useful.
If you’ve got the budget and are looking for a really versatile, durable, large tent this is definitely the tent for you, especially if you are looking to do backpacking in a group. The only reason it’s not #1 on my list is that the Camp Creek 6 has a slightly better “all-round features to price” ratio IMO.
Suggested Use: sheltered campsites & gentle backpacking
Unpacked size: 8’ x 10’ x 6’
The Kelty Outback 6 is very light for a 6 person tent which makes it a good candidate for group backpacking. It has a full-body rainfly that seals completely over the sides and door to deflect wind and rain. It’s got two doors (so you won’t need to climb over people while they are sleeping), great ventilation and a lot of storage (including both loft hooks and side organizers).
Even though it is rated for 6 people, you may actually only have enough room for 3 adults with all their gear. It’s not great in ‘big’ weather. And while the rainfly is good at enclosing the tent, the opening itself isn’t brilliantly designed which means it’s quite easy to bring the rain in with you as you come and go.
It’s a good buy if you are planning to do some gentle backpacking, maybe with the family. But you’ll want to make sure you set up in a sheltered area. If the Flying Diamond is too expensive for you and the Camp Creek 6 is too heavy, then this is a good middle ground.
Suggested Use: festivals, sheltered campsites & backyard camping
Weight: 16 pounds
Unpacked size: 11’ x 9’ x 6’
The Core 6 is the best budget tent I reviewed for this piece. It’s spacious, durable and holds up relatively well during wet conditions. A full-top mesh screening and air-intake gives good ventilation. It’s got a gear loft with a lantern hook near the top and additional pockets on the side which means you can use most of the floor space for sleeping.
It’s not an expensive tent and that means you can’t expect the best build quality. I definitely wouldn’t want to be using this in really wet and windy conditions.And I wouldn’t expect it to survive long-term, heavy use.
If you are on a budget and planning to camp in a sheltered site or during forgiving weather, this tent is a good choice for you. It will withstand light-to-moderate rain and it is spacious enough for a comfortable night’s sleep. So it is very good value for money; just don’t expect it to set the world on fire!
Buying Guide to Get the Best 6 Person Tent for You
Depending on the type of weather you’ll be staying in and the length of time, you may need to closely consider what type of tent design you need. For instance, if you plan on camping for a festival or at a campground for an extended period of time, you may need a tent that will be comfortable enough to house you and your gear. In this case, cabin style tents with good headroom, storage capacity, and weather resistance would be suitable. If you are backpacking or only hunkering down for the night, you may rely less on extra space and prefer something easier to set up like dome tents.
Two tents may be rated for up to six people, but this does not mean that they will meet your expectations. If you are purchasing the tent for quick setup as a simple place to rest, it's okay to go for a tent with less space and work involved in setting it up. However, if you are planning to camp as comfortably as you can for an extended stay, you may want to get a tent with extra space for storage or headroom.
If you have a lot of gear you need to manage and carry, you may want a tent that is lightweight to carry. Backpackers are a good example of someone who would not want to purchase a tent that is very heavy, as they will be carrying their tent and gear for long periods of time. A tent that has more weight with better material may be a good sign of weather resistance and durability for those who will be settling down in one spot.
The quality of a tent is especially important for those staying in potentially dangerous weather conditions of the backcountry or for an extended period of time. Rogue winds and heavy rainstorms can cause support poles to topple over or tent stakes to come out of the ground or rain to come in. Shooting for a tent with waterproof seams, strong support poles and heavy materials may be the best signs of a quality tent.